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Mulch - The Little Garden Helper That Works in a Big Way

Mulch - The Little Garden Helper That Works in a Big Way

Many property owners think that mulch is just used for aesthetic purposes, however, that is far from the truth! While it does look beautiful, it is also very beneficial to your soil and your plants. Did you know that mulch can help prevent weed growth? Well, good news! It can! Adding mulch to your landscape beds will also insulate your soil, protect against extreme temperature changes, prevent soil erosion, and more. Certain types of mulch can even repel bugs! Read on for a more in-depth explanation of how mulch can actually help keep your soil and plants healthy. Mulch protects your soil from erosion, temperature changes, and moisture loss. When you add a layer of mulch that is a few inches deep, you are thoroughly covering your soil. This will greatly benefit your soil, therefore, your plants as well! Check out the ways mulch can help protect your landscape. Mulch will: Prevent soil erosion - Soil erosion is a natural process that happens over time. However,...
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Awesome Landscaping Starts with an Awesome Design!

Awesome Landscaping Starts with an Awesome Design!

An awesome landscape design does not come easily. There are many things that must be considered and many principles that must be followed. It's not enough to just combine the plants and elements that you think will look good together. Professionals see a blank landscape as a potential work of art, therefore there are some guides that must be followed before you can call it a masterpiece. The basic principles that must be followed in a landscape design are balance, color, unity, textures, and scale and proportion. Here is a more in-depth explanation for each design principle. Balance can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical. You want your landscape design to have a sense of order and not just have things haphazardly placed beside each other. This can be achieved by following the principle of balance. There are two ways to go about this, symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical balance is a classic concept which is more formal. It simply means that...
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How to Achieve a Low Maintenance Landscape

How to Achieve a Low Maintenance Landscape

When you have a busy schedule, it can be such a task to have to maintain your lawn. But worry not, because we have two tips to help you achieve a low-maintenance lawn. The first is to use native plants found in Pennsylvania, and the second is to use ground covers like mulch and rock. Both offer so many benefits that allow property owners to have a beautiful lawn that will surely up the value of their homes without having to spend too much time on lawn care and maintenance. Read on to learn how to make landscaping made easy. Using native plants will reduce the need for fertilization. One of the best decisions property owners can make is to use native plants for their lawns. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, native plants by definition are those that have been in a certain environment even before European colonization. What makes them low-maintenance? Because they have already adapted to the area, native plants...
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Client's Most Requested Perennials, Trees, & Shrubs

Client's Most Requested Perennials, Trees, & Shrubs

Perennials, trees, and shrubs are natural eye-catchers and give show-stopping pops of color to your landscape. That is why our clients love them so much! Here in the state of Pennsylvania, there are certain types of vegetation that our clients just can't get enough of. Below are examples of the most popular perennials, trees, and shrubs that we plant frequently in the Washington area. Popular Perennials in Pennsylvania Perennials offer benefits to homeowners like the fact that they require less maintenance than annuals do. Instead of digging them up when they die and replanting them each year, perennials grow back and all you have to do is prune them to make sure that there is room for them to continue to grow. Below are the 2 most common perennials that we plant in our area. Daylilies Daylilies are so popular because not only are they beautifully vibrant with a mix of reds, oranges, and yellows, but they also grow fast and thrive for a long time. However,...
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Hillside Landscape & Lawn Renovation in Canonsburg, PA

Hillside Landscape & Lawn Renovation in Canonsburg, PA

Our clients in Canonsburg, PA were tired of looking at their dead, empty lawn every time they walked to their front door. They were excited to use this opportunity of nearly a blank slate to customize their front yard. Our team was called in to revive their hillside landscape and turn it into a luscious green lawn matched with landscape beds full of dark chocolate mulch. We were excited to work on this property because, just like the homeowners, we saw the great potential that this lawn had. Our first step was to sit down and collaborate with the homeowners to get an exact idea of what they were thinking for their new design. They wanted to change every single aspect of their front lawn with the exception of three things: their walkway, the beautiful outdoor lamp next to that walkway, and a small tree positioned in the middle of their lawn. The features that they wanted to add included landscape beds, shrubs, mini trees, boulders, walkway lights, and new grass. Continue reading to...
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