What Should I Look for When Hiring a Landscape Designer?

5/16/2017

What Should I Look for When Hiring a Landscape Designer?

More and more people are enjoying outdoor living by choosing landscape designers to create functional spaces with multiple purposes, such as relaxation and entertainment. As a homeowner, selecting a landscape designer is a big decision. The right designer will have the knowledge, skills and experience to create beautiful, enjoyable spaces that increase your property value. At Ohio Valley Group, we know choosing the right landscaping designer typically involves some amount of research. This is an essential part of the process, as it can help in saving you both time and money. Below are some tips on the traits to consider when selecting a landscape designer: Knowledge and Experience Spending time reviewing the portfolios of contractors you’re considering will give you an idea about their skills and abilities. Many landscapers have websites that showcase their creations. You also have the option of directly consulting with the designers and reviewing their portfolios. Learn about their reputation and how long they have been in business. The landscape design process is complex and relevant experience is required to successfully complete a project. Follow-up/Maintenance Service Options Choose a landscaping designer whose portfolio goes beyond the basics is necessary. Services like landscape lighting and overall maintenance are often requested. Not all landscaping professionals provide the same services, therefore, you should consider the availability of short-term or long-term maintenance contracts. Local Climate Considerations Weather conditions play a major role in landscaping design. As such, your chosen designer should have in-depth knowledge of your local climate. This includes being educated on local plants, trees, shrubs and flowers. He or she should also be aware of rain fall, snow fall and the intensity of sunlight. Do not speed through the process of hiring a landscape designer, wasting time and money. The success of your yard renovation is dependent upon your selection. Get in touch with our design-build experts to explore your...

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3 Helpful Irrigation System Maintenance Tips

4/21/2017

A well-maintained landscape can enhance beauty and add value to your property.  An irrigation system plays an immense role in keeping your landscape and outdoor space in tip-top shape.  If an irrigation system is incorporated into the layout of your property, it is vital that you ensure it is functioning properly.  Below are 3 useful tips to assist you in maintaining your system: Sprinkler Head The sprinkler head is the part of the underground irrigation system you can actually see. This is the best place to start. Visually inspect each sprinkler head to check for impediments like clogs. After affirming nothing is preventing the sprinkler heads from flowing, you can move on to see if they are faced towards the right direction. Examine Your Water Pressure Your irrigation system could perform below par if your water pressure is not functioning optimally.  If it is too high, the desired area will not be properly covered by your sprinklers. Signs of this include rapidly misting or rotating sprinkler heads. Additionally, low water pressure could result in your system under-performing.  If there are dry areas or the sprinkler heads are improperly rising or rotating, a low-pressure problem could be to blame. To resolve water pressure issues, contact an irrigation professional and schedule an inspection. Check for Leaks Detecting leaks can be challenging. Though uncommon, leaks can occur in the pipes of your system.  Leak indicators include overgrown areas, patches of grass that are greener than others and unexplained damp spots. If waterlogged areas are around the heads, though, this is not an automatic indication of a leak. Standing water around sprinkler heads could signal misalignment or damage to the sprinkler head. As you see from these tips, irrigation system maintenance does not have to be complicated.  Basic care can keep the water flowing and keep your landscaping looking immaculate and...

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Spring is the Perfect Time to Start Your Maintenance Projects

3/29/2017

As the weather starts to warm up, the conditions are ideal for getting started on lawn maintenance and spring landscaping. To ensure that your property looks great in the months ahead, you’ll need to prepare your grass, gardens and patios as soon as the final frost is over. Here are a few reasons why now is the best time to begin your spring projects: Favorable conditions. The cool days of early spring are perfect for prepping your property and planning out your big projects. While rain showers may keep you from starting anything too ambitious, you can still design your landscaping and hardscaping plans and purchase materials. Get the tools that you’ll need, start seeds for a vegetable garden, and get your hose hooked up outside. Once the long, hot days of summer set in, you’ll have missed the chance to enjoy the more pleasant weather conditions that spring offers. Getting acclimated. Planting in the spring after the last cold front of winter gives your plants the opportunity to acclimate to the environment. Once you get them in the ground, it will take some time and care to help them thrive. Follow the care guidelines closely, as each plant has it’s own requirements in terms of water and sunlight needed. Plenty of options. Local nurseries and hardware stores with garden centers will start to get seasonal plants in stock. It’s the perfect time to browse the options that are best suited for your region. Take a trip to the nursery to get a better idea of what you’d like to plant in your garden this year. If you’re interested in a complete landscape makeover, contact The Ohio Valley Group to get a free...

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Home Landscaping Design Tips

2/27/2017

Spring is the perfect season to start preparing your property for a beautiful landscape design. With some thought and consideration for what you want and the space that you have to work with, you can come up with an ideal plan. Here are some landscaping tips that homeowners can use in the design and planning process: Plan ahead. Before you go shopping for plants, mulch, and garden decor, create a plan. Take measurements so you know exactly how much space you have to work with. Think about the placement for the various plants that you buy. Select the best spots for shrubs, bushes, and flowers, and don’t forget to take the shade and sunlit areas into consideration. Different plants will have different requirements for the amount of sunlight and shade that they need in order to grow and thrive. Add color. When choosing plants, make sure that you add vibrant colors to really make your property pop. Each season brings different conditions for various flowers, so try to plant a variety of types. Plant flowers along the front of your house to greet guests with cheerful annuals and perennials. Create focal points. Make a few areas that will serve as focal points from different angles and views. It should be something that’s visually appealing and draws the eye in, such a colorful flowering shrub, a tree, or even a decorative feature like a lawn ornament or statue. Other features to consider for focal points include a fountain, birdbath, or even a walkway lined with attractive plants. Opt for low maintenance. Since you probably won’t want to spend all of your free time outdoors tending to your landscaping, opt for a low maintenance design. Don’t use too many different types of plants, and choose types that are easy to trim and maintain. With a beautiful and simple design, you’ll be able to enjoy the look of your property all year...

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Tree and Stump Removal Winter Safety Tips

1/13/2017

The winter season can be accompanied by heavy snowfall and high winds. This could cause branches to snap from the weight of snow or ice. Even more dangerously, big trees could be brought down causing immense danger to lives and properties. As such, there are safety measures that should be exercised before and after winter storms to maximize safety. Below are some safety tips for tree removal: Remove Hazardous Limbs and Dead Wood Before a Winter Storm. Trees are typically considered hazardous based on the compliance code of each state. When deemed unsafe, they should be removed as they could cause injuries or property damage. Keeping your property safe should be an ongoing project. This can be done by scheduling property maintenance with a professional company that specializes in tree services. Not only will this enhance the health of the trees, it will boost the safety and value of your property. Use Professional Services. Tree removal is an extremely dangerous job. Therefore, homeowners should always use the services of professionals to eliminate the risk of becoming seriously injured or worse. Tree removal experts take out many trees and stumps all through the year. They use various precautions and safety measures to safeguard themselves against becoming injured from falling limbs and other dangers. However, even with their training and level of expertise, some of these professionals still become injured when carrying out their jobs. Tool Safety is Essential. Tree removal tools like wood chippers and chainsaws can be dangerous, if used incorrectly. In a split second, the smallest distraction could cause an ax or chainsaw to inflict severe damage. Therefore, it is best to leave the task of removing trees and stumps to the professionals with the right clothing and expertise. Following these winter safety tips could go a far way in keeping your loved ones and property...

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