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Landscaping Challenges Commercial Property Owners and Managers Face

Property owners and their managers are the keys to running a successful unit. However, there are several daily factors that need to be watched in order for the operations to run smoothly.  Here are some common issues that those in charge can face, and some solutions for when they pop up!

Drainage Problems

Due to the topography that commercial buildings are often set in, the sprinkler lines and water filtration systems are often not equipped to handle an influx of weather. Drains can clog and cause water to back up into the lots and dirt, flooding them and causing problems to the interior of the buildings. Sprinklers are also above ground, making them susceptible to damage from animals, cars, and other commercial vehicles. Running checks to make sure the sprinkler units are intact, as well as the drains and pipes running through the buildings, will guarantee that no individual unit is overlooked.

General Maintenance

With so much focus on a building’s overall health, it can be easy to let landscape upkeep fall by the wayside. Flowers and other accessory details to building fronts are a key component to maintaining an attractive appearance! Trees and plants will shed their leaves and clog drains, and having gardeners and landscapers visit during the transition months will help with this. Clearing the leaves and trimming trees and shrubs are just the start of the potential work, so consult an expert for the full scope of work.

Construction

Commercial buildings see tenants moving in and out constantly. As a result, contractors and other construction workers can cause damage to the landscaping, despite their best efforts to avoid it. Since there are limited entry points to some units, walking through the decor is an ever-present risk. Talk to the project manager ahead of time and come up with a solution or alternative, and see if some of the surrounding flowers and planters can be protected.

For any and all property issues, property owners and managers should encourage their tenants to speak up and alert them to any issues. This will ensure that all parties are satisfied and that the relationship remains solid on all sides. Plus, guests may spot a problem when it’s present and not know who to report it to, so staying vigilant is imperative.

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Create The Perfect Snowman For Your Yard This Winter

Building a snowman is classic. It’s easy, fun, and allows for everyone involved to express their creativity with the season’s favorite activity. This year, craft a snowman that will complete your outdoor space!

Set The Foundation

Work to roll solid snowballs to allow the snowman to stay together. Don’t be afraid to add a touch of water to the snow if the powder is too fine to pack together; turning the hose on to a light mist will make the snow more malleable for shaping. When the balls are ready, flatten the top and bottom to create a stable foundation for them to sit on. Take care not to make the top one too large, and lift with your legs to get the layers on top. Snowballs can get heavy, and knocking them out of alignment can erase all the hard work spent rolling them into shape.

Smooth It Out

Nailing the classic snowman ratio is no easy feat, and sometimes the balls can come out lopsided or lumpy on one side. Taking a spray bottle filled with water to the uneven sections and smoothing them down with your hands is effective. Don’t forget to wear gloves while doing this task. If that proves to be too chilly, take a rag and smooth the snow down with that.

Bring It To Life

The tried-and-true snowman face has coal for eyes, but there are many options for crafting a snow face. Try using fruit or cookies to create a unique appearance. For other details, use real buttons for a cute and functional look that can be put to use for years to come. Above all, don’t forget the classic carrot nose, or use another vegetable of your choice for a unique touch!

Match The Snowman To The Decor

Cold-weather accouterments are the best part of accenting your frozen figure, and if your home is boasting a beautiful set of decorations, include your snowman in the fun! Wreaths, holly, or color-complimenting gloves and a scarf will match the color scheme of your exterior decorating. Place your favorite sports team’s apparel on, such as a baseball hat or a football jersey, to showcase your team spirit. Spring holidays approaching? Put a heart-shaped box of chocolates in its hands for Valentine’s Day, or let him sport a green ensemble for St. Patrick’s Day. The possibilities are endless.

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How To Keep Heavy Snowfall From Damaging Bushes

Snow is notorious for causing damage throughout the winter months. The weight of frozen water on home structures, delicate trees, and exterior paint and decorations is almost expected. As far as the plants and flowers, they are in significant danger of suffering under the weight of snow. Here are a few things to keep in mind before the heavy snowfalls roll around!

Make Sure Bushes Are Strong

Before the snow starts coming down, treat both the roots and branches of bushes to ensure they are healthy enough to support any extra weight. Mulch, fertilizer, and any snow treatment materials should be applied in a timely manner before the temperatures drop too low. Not only will they be fortified against outside forces, but their health will stay intact for you enjoy during the next season.

Watch The Roof

If the bushes are situated under the roof, snow and icicles can slide off the foundation of the house and crush any plants below it. When it comes time to handle the snowfall on the ground, take a few minutes to remove snow from the roof or overhang in small increments. Do this after clearing the ground; in the event that something breaks loose, the bushes underneath will not have the added weight of the loose fragments to add to it.

Keep Up With Maintenance

If it is safe to do so, go out in regular intervals to remove snow from the bushes. If left to pile up too long, the snow can compound and be too heavy for the foundation of the branches to handle. Use your hands or a broom to gently sweep snow off the tops of bushes or hedges. or even a light aerosol spray canister to get into smaller areas.

Deposit Snow Elsewhere

Try not to dump excess snow on foliage or bushes in your yard. What may look like a small amount could contain rocks, branches, or large shards of ice that may weigh the area down. Instead, place the snow on the sidewalk or asphalt, if the area allows for it. Even pushing it to the middle of a lawn into an organized pile will minimize the area affected by the weight, and piling it up out of harm’s way will aid in the health of your bushes.

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We can help you gear up for any level of snowfall! With Blue Tree, we’ll help you plan and execute the perfect layout for your yard that will sustain little damage in the winter months. Contact us for a quote today!

Liven up your Yard this Winter with Evergreen Plants

Greenery for Your YardWinter is here! Soon, plants and greenery will either be buried in snow or will have lost their leaves for the winter. Luckily, there are several plant varietals that can stand up to chilly weather, while providing your outdoor space with a healthy, lively appearance in spite of the temperature outside. See our top choices for implementing evergreen plants that will stand up to gardening’s toughest season.

Boxwood shrubs

Boxwoods are excellent winter plants, provided that they receive proper care before the temperature drops too low. Be sure to treat them with proper weather-resistant materials, such as anti desiccants or plant guards, before it gets too cold to do so. Water your boxwood shrubs thoroughly before the cold freezes any sensitive roots or stems, and if the shrubs are not in sunlight, consider moving them so they receive maximum exposure. Shrubs love sunlight and giving them enough vitamin D in the winter will allow them to bounce back and flourish when spring returns.

Nandina

As a vibrant choice, plant nandina between traditional darker shrubs for a pop of color. Most breeds come in shades of red and ruby and are one of the toughest forms of fall foliage to stand up to frigid temperatures. Take extra care in pruning them; if left untamed, some nandina plants can grow to heights of five feet or more!

Spruces

As the classic Christmas tree, the spruce is both resilient and gorgeous for wintertime topiary options. Plant a few in the ground for a festive look that will last throughout the years, or place smaller ones in potted plants for easy transporting. Plus, you can shape them with ease, for an added personal touch.

Cypress trees

Cypress is a popular choice for households, and with their size and stamina, they will last throughout the winter. Line your yard with them for creative fencing and a forestry feel that will complement the snow and sleet of winter. Invest in mulch for their health and appearance, and enjoy them in the springtime too.

As a bonus to accent your evergreen plants, consider planting some winter berries. This seasonal choice won’t boast leaves, but the pop of color will brighten the duller grays and browns that are prominent in winter landscapes. Pick them and display them on a dining table or in a wreath, or let them grow outdoors for the quintessential “winter wonderland” look! There are several species of winter berries such as Little Goblin and Berry Poppins, so choose one that matches your decor.

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Show Off Amazing Landscaping with Proper Lighting

You’ve worked hard on your outdoor space, and now it’s time to show it off! Light fixtures are crucial to tying any landscaping together, for both functional and aesthetic purposes. Here are some of our tips for creating a safe, attractive space with lights in all areas.

Safety First

First and foremost, proper lighting should be a safety feature for outdoor spaces. For security reasons, choose base lighting that is motion-activated, especially for front yards or backyards with open space. If there are any aspects of the yard that require manpower, such as a grill or sound system, ensure that there is a light fixture nearby to operate those smoothly.

Most importantly, pools and hot tubs demand lighting to keep swimmers safe, especially small children. If possible, install light inside the pool itself, if the pool is in the ground. For outdoor pools, clip-on underwater lights are available at most hardware stores and are easy to install.

Light the Path

If your yard has a walkway, consider placing outdoor pathway lighting alongside the area. Individual lights placed as ‘spotlights’ will do the trick, but there are opportunities to personalize this touch. Above-ground lanterns are a pretty detail that goes one step further than traditional LED floodlights, and if the yard calls for it, tiki torches are fun and festive for landscapes that have a tropical touch.

Emphasize Details

Beyond walkways, landscaping that deserves recognition falls into several categories, including plants and decorations. Use the same lanterns and ground lights to illuminate gardens and larger clusters of plants. Fountains and statues will benefit from a couple of spotlights as well, especially while entertaining.

Accessorize

Now that the basics are taken care of, add personal touches for added effect. Tabletop lanterns and candles to highlight seating areas are easy to operate and store in the colder months and are cost-efficient to maintain. If an overhang has a sturdy foundation, hanging light fixtures are both trendy and functional, and string lights through trees and latticework on outdoor features are always in style.

While shopping for lighting, home improvement stores offer excellent selections for all types of lighting, from permanent fixtures to temporary accessories. They also provide batteries and replacement bulbs for said lighting and offer seasonal accouterments to match the seasons. Don’t rule out major retailers in other industries; sometimes, a supermarket or other lifestyle shopping outlet could have the perfect piece for accenting your landscaping!

Contact Blue Tree

Let us help you choose lighting that works. At Blue Tree, we’re involved in the landscaping process from start to finish, including installing those personal touches throughout the entire space. Contact us for questions and quotes today!

 

Create A Stunning Patio The Neighbors Will Envy

Whether you’re hosting a cozy family gathering or a party with all your friends, the patio is the place to be. But when you want to entertain, a dated, neglected, or poorly designed outdoor space can put a damper on your fun.

Revamping the patio is a great way to create a comfortable outdoor haven that can even increase your home value. Read on to discover how you can create the patio of your dreams (and maybe even your neighbor’s dreams!) and become the envy of the block.

Add a  Fireplace

This common indoor feature is right at home outdoors. In fact, an outdoor fireplace is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for almost every season. Set the mood for a romantic evening with a loved one or a fun night with the kids roasting marshmallows. If a permanent fixture isn’t an option, a portable fire pit is an excellent alternative. You can store it and use it for years to come.

Layer Your Lighting

No patio is complete without the right mood lighting, and a layered scheme is an excellent way to create an outdoor space that shines (literally!). You have plenty of options: Freestanding gas lamps offer functional illumination with a touch of glamor. Fans with attached light fixtures brighten the space and provide a comfortable breeze. White string lights add a delightful twinkle. The sky’s the limit!

Add Stylish Accessories

Not used to decorating outdoor spaces? Think outside the box! The kitchen isn’t the only room in the house that can boast statement-making accent walls: Tile or textured materials, such as stone and brick, enhance the patio space without taking up valuable real estate. To lend natural beauty and a splash of color, add hanging planters or an ivy wall.

If your patio is protected from the elements, you can even hang artwork, set out throw pillows, and incorporate other accents. Attach a glass-free window pane to achieve a rustic look, or hang metal wall art to match the furniture for an industrial-chic vibe. Swap out accessories to instantly refresh the space for different seasons and holiday.

Incorporate a Theme

Finally, it’s important to find your personal style and have fun with the patio! Travel lovers can imbue a cozy French restaurant feel or laid-back Spanish siesta elements. If you have a pool, opt for a nautical theme that’s fun in and out of the water. Follow a design path that suits your tastes, and the patio is sure to become your favorite spot to spend time.

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Let us help you elevate your patio game! We specialize in landscaping and hardscaping for every type of patio and enjoy customizing spaces to fit all types of homeowners. Contact our crew to get started today!

How To Maintain Your Yard In The Hot Summer Heat

In the throes of summer heat, going outside to work on the yard is a chore that most want to avoid. With a bit of planning, though, less time can be spent sweating over your space, in favor of enjoying the fruits of your labor! Here are our tips for performing maintenance that will last through hot weather.

Create a Watering Schedule

Watering in the middle of the day will cause the water to evaporate, robbing foliage of essential hydration. Plan on watering early in the morning or later in the evening, after the heat of the day has subsided. If a sprinkler system is in place, set the timer to go off at optimal periods. Not only will it take the guesswork out of knowing when to water, but it removes the risk of over watering plants and grass, saving on water bills!

Know When To Mow – And Fertilize

There are benefits to lawn upkeep in the hotter months, besides enjoying barefoot strolls across the grass! The longer the blanket of grass is, the better protection the lawn has in the unrelenting summer temperatures. Not only is the immediate surface of the lawn protected, but the soil underneath will have a welcome shield from direct sunlight. Keep the length of the blades longer, but stick to a consistent mowing schedule all the same.

Contrary to popular belief, fertilizing can do more damage to a lawn in the summer months. The nutrients will produce a new crop of grass, which will have a hard time surviving in the heat. Save the treatments for the colder months following summer, when new sod can flourish, and take care of existing grass to the best of your ability.

Protect Outdoor Furniture

Faded, sun-damaged furniture is no picnic to look at, much less to use and enjoy. Consider investing in furniture covers for when the sun is beating down on more permanent fixtures, such as pool tables and grills. Covering furniture is essential to protecting the temperature as well, especially for metal or heat-retaining stone, which will save your skin when it’s time to wander outdoors.

For lighter pieces, simply move them in the shade or indoors. Be sure to remove cushions and smaller plants from direct sunlight. That way, the color won’t be washed out of fabric fibers or plants, keeping them attractive and fresh into the next year.

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How to Make Your Next Landscaping Project Affordable

Undertaking a brand-new landscaping project can be a daunting prospect when all the materials and labor are taken into account, not to mention the pressure of knowing what you want before it all begins! Luckily, there are many paths to take when saving money on landscaping projects. Check out some of our favorite methods for affordable outdoor renovations.

Plan Ahead

One factor about landscaping projects that is often overlooked is the time factor. Start thinking about what the project will require a few months in advance, so there are no surprises or headaches later on. Choose a season with mild, predictable weather that won’t delay progress to complete the project, and acquire materials such as tools and bulk items at a pace that won’t break your budget.

Drive around your neighborhood and look at what each house presents. If one neighbor has a flower arrangement you enjoy, ask them how they executed it, and if another neighbor has a healthy-looking lawn, inquire about the service they used to install it. This will not only aid in project planning but will encourage creativity for your own space.

Pick Long-Lasting Materials

One major setback many landscaping projects face is the tearing out of dying, weed-ridden plants and constantly replacing them. Take inventory of your yard. Are some flowers failing in the heat, while others are flourishing? What plants look dry and withered, and which ones are holding their integrity year after year? Plus, is your furniture faded from too much sun exposure?

Choose materials that are not only appropriate for the time of year but will regenerate and flourish in next year’s season. Consider grass that can be regrown with simple upkeep and fertilizer, or perennials and low-maintenance annuals that won’t break the bank. For the holding units and accessories, try durable pots, window boxes, and even furniture that won’t take the brunt of the sunshine and need replacing every couple of years.

Shop Secondhand Tools

Lacking the tools to complete the project? Chances are, someone else has what the job requires at a fraction of the cost. Ask around the neighborhood for short-term loans on gardening tools or equipment that can perform hefty tasks, like lawn mowers and larger hand tools. This community mindset will not only save your budget, but the materials will be coming from a trusted source.

Jump online and check out what other products people are selling as well. Craigslist and eBay are prime contenders for this category of purchases. Take heed with this option though; not all online sales are what they seem, so look for tools marked “new” or “gently used” before buying. Plus, selling off your own landscaping materials generates cash back for other necessities.

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Transform Your Backyard Into A Coveted Sports Venue

Few things are more enjoyable than getting friends and family together to engage in friendly competition, especially in your own backyard. No matter the size or shape, any backyard can be transformed to house sports equipment, setups, and courts to satisfy even the most gung-ho sports fanatics. Here are some ideas to create the next go-to sports center for everyone to enjoy!

Invest in a Sport Court

Multi-sport courts are both trendy and low-maintenance. Outdoor sports tiles are easy to clean and arrange, and several companies boast notable safety approval reports. Plus, they can house several sport accessory forms, such as basketball hoops, tennis nets, and more. Choose a generic surface or customize your own!

Plenty of Open Space

This is the classic, fail-safe route for optimal backyard fun. A simple expanse of well-maintained lawn can play host to dozens of outdoor sporting activities. Set up a volleyball net, croquet wickets, soccer goals, and so much more! The versatility of a spacious backyard will please all age groups, and make your yard a versatile spot for games of all types.

Water Sports and Accessories

Pools can be excellent venues for outdoor sports. Sporting good stores and pool supply shops offer poolside basketball hoops and nets that stretch over the entire body of water, creating a makeshift court in minutes. For those with lakefront property, try a floating trampoline or water skis to amp up the activities even further! Even water polo balls and beach balls serve as tools in a variety of outdoor sports and are sold almost everywhere.

Professional Entertainment

If the backyard is too small for traditional sports, make it a premium viewing spot! Invest in a television that will take center stage in your outdoor space, to watch the big game for every season. A prime sound system will enhance the space, immersing guests in a court side experience, and comfortable outdoor couches and chairs will beat plastic stadium seats any day.

No space at all? No problem! Tabletop tennis, pool tables, and darts are popular toys that can go both indoors and outdoors, and are durable and require little maintenance. Choose an air hockey table to create an arcade-like atmosphere or a rod hockey game for a nostalgic feel. Combine any of these with a sporty backyard to create the ultimate entertainment area.

Blue Tree Landscaping

Game on! Here at Blue Tree, we recognize the importance of a functional, fun backyard and want to help yours be the best it can be. Our team of experts will help design and implement the best surfaces and accessories for the space allowed. Call or email us to get started today!

Reasons Your Outdoor Pool Needs A Fence

When a yard has an outdoor pool, a fence might seem like a great option to help add some decor to the space. However, any enclosure like a fence can serve an important functional purpose beyond just looks, and stand as one of the focal points of the pool. If your outdoor pool doesn’t have one already, here are a few reasons why it could benefit from a fence, from the obvious to the fun:

Safety

First and foremost, a fence is an excellent safety measure for a variety of household inhabitants. Smaller children will be kept safe by being blocked off from the open water if the fence is secure enough, and pets that run the risk of slipping into the pool area will be shut out as well. If the design is solid, even larger forces such as debris from storms, or flyaway cushions from the furniture surrounding the pool, will be contained and blocked as well. Ensure that the material you choose to build your fence can stand up to most circumstances, and the worry of accidents or damage will be eliminated. It’s not a wise choice to make the investment if the fence can’t keep toddlers at bay.

Keeps unwelcome visitors out

Depending on the terrain of your yard, small creatures can wander near the pool of their own volition. This is out of the pool owner’s control, of course, so to save the risk of them falling in or damaging any of the surrounding equipment or surfaces, consider a fence that reaches the ground to minimize the intrusion of unwanted animals. This way, anything that enters the pool will be at your discretion, eliminating the worry of unwanted guests or endangering the creatures in question.

Boosts backyard style

Beyond the functionality of a fence, make a statement with yours! Choose from a variety of materials and styles to match your outdoor pool’s unique look and feel, from wooden to wrought-iron and beyond. A fence also serves as a prime decorating piece for parties, when the style allows for it. String lights through the slots of a thinner fence, or tie balloons to the posts to add a festive touch to any occasion. By protecting against inclement weather, a fence around an outdoor pool will accentuate every feature that brings the yard together, and maintain its many other uses as well.

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Let us help install the perfect fence to suit your pool! At Blue Tree Landscaping, our team of experts has ample experience implementing proper outdoor fencing that will create purpose and style that will last for years to come. Contact us for a quote to get started!