Careful Cutting—Working in a Winter Wonderland

12/27/2016

If landscaping winter projects are on your to-do list, keep in mind that they can be dangerous if they aren’t done properly. It’s important to take precautions and stay safe while working outside. Here are some smart safety tips to keep in mind: Wear protective gear. Personal protective gear is a must when cutting wood in any season, but in the winter it’s especially necessary due to the cold. Be sure to wear gloves, a hat under a helmet, hearing protection, and safety goggles to cover your eyes. A warm jacket and chaps will keep your body safer from the elements and the risks of using a chainsaw and cutting wood. Check the conditions. In the winter, the ground is likely to be frozen and it could be slippery in some areas. When cutting wood with a chainsaw, you want to be sure that you have solid footing and aren’t on a slippery surface. Proper footwear with good traction is a must. If you can avoid it, don’t work outside when it’s very windy, snowing, or when there’s freezing rain coming down. Ideally, you want to be outside when there’s little to no wind and the conditions are calm. Store equipment properly. If you’re going to be cutting wood with a chainsaw, make sure that it’s been properly stored. The sprocket cover should be clean and free from moisture. Try to keep the fuel tank dry, and remove any snow surrounding it before getting started. The throttle trigger should also be free of snow. You want your equipment to be as dry as possible in order to ensure that it functions properly and safely. Hire professionals. The very best way to ensure your safety is by hiring professionals to take care of all of your wood cutting and winter landscaping needs. The Ohio Valley Group has extensive experience and the right skills to carry out the job properly and safely. Save yourself the time and the trouble, and simply call in the professionals. You’ll stay safe, and they will too, because they have the right equipment and skills to do...

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Holiday Entertaining in Your 3 Seasons Room

11/23/2016

A 3 seasons room is a great space for entertaining during the holidays. It allows you to accommodate all the guests you host, and gives your guests the feeling of being outdoors without having to bundle up. Here are some helpful tips to make your 3 seasons room ready for your holiday guests: Warm it up. In the colder months, a 3 seasons room can become chilly. Many are not built with an HVAC system like the other rooms in the house, therefore you have to provide other ways to warm it up. Make sure that you keep the room cozy and comfortable with a space heater. An appropriately sized space heater can help you achieve the ideal temperature for entertaining. The sun can serve as a natural warmer as well, so keep the windows free of shades or curtains and allow the sun to enter. Serve snacks. While the main course may be served in your dining room, serving snacks around your home before the meal is always a good idea. Place trays of finger foods around your 3 seasons room, and if space allows, create a small bar area for beverages. This will allow everyone to enjoy some quality time chatting and relaxing before sitting down to eat. Keep it comfortable. Any time that you’re having friends and family over for a meal, you want to make sure that they’re comfortable. That means not only keeping the temperature at the right level, but also providing plenty of seating. Depending on the size of the room, you’ll want to have extra chairs available for your guests. Choose furniture that fits well in the space, and take out anything that isn’t serving a purpose when you’re entertaining. Your guests will appreciate the time and attention you give to this space, and you’ll appreciate the extra room for entertaining. Happy...

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Outdoor Entertaining for Fall

10/26/2016

As the temperature begins to change, our trees start to glow with beautiful autumn colors. Having a few trees in your landscape can provide a natural, colorful backdrop for outdoor entertainment. Here are some tips you can implement to host the perfect fall get-together with friends and family in your outdoor living space. Before you pick a date for your next outdoor party, make sure that your yard and surrounding garden beds are neat and well-maintained. Clear each area of errant leaves. If you don’t want to throw the leaves away, pile them in a corner of your yard for your children to enjoy! And when you have guests over, their children can enjoy it as well. A fire pit is an ideal addition to any outdoor entertainer’s toolkit. This feature can make a world of difference when the temperatures begin to drop. It provides your patio with a cozy feel and allows you to bring the indoors outside. Add a bag of marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers to give your guests a treat to enjoy while they spend time on your patio. An outdoor grill and kitchen will only enhance your entertainment capabilities alongside the fall beauty. Outdoor kitchens are perfect for both warm and cool temperature entertainment. They also double your kitchen space if you are making a lot of food for guests! Include plenty of seating and surface space for food and drinks to make your area more functional and...

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Landscape Tips To Maintain Healthy Grass All Year

9/28/2016

Healthy grass can be maintained all throughout the year; however, it will require some amount of effort. The best way to maintain a healthy lawn is to work from the bottom up. Below are some landscaping tips you can you to achieve healthy grass year round: Establish a Substantial Soil Foundation. Grass thrives well in soil that contain a neutral pH. It is also important that the soil has the right amounts of potassium salts, phosphorus and nitrogen for the region. If the soil is not right, there will be problems throughout the year. Additionally, you will be wasting money on soil amendments like fertilizers that will not work properly. This is because the soil is too alkaline or too acidic. Less is More. Start your lawn care in February or April, depending on where you live; in southern parts of the United States, February is ideal for starting lawn care. During these times, the temperature of the soil supports weed growth but the unwanted plants is yet to get a foothold. Begin a six-week schedule for applying lawn chemical. This should start with a fertilizer containing a pre-emergent herbicide. You can move on to using a straight fertilizer with a high content of nitrogen. Spot-spray on separate, selective weed as required. Invigorate Your Lawn. Correct mowing and edging are also great methods of maintaining healthy grass year round. An extremely dense lawn might require spring dethatching. This enables the soil to breathe and allows nitrogen exchange, which is a good place to get your lawn started. Buy or rent a power rake to avoid breaking your back with a manual rake. Clean up is very important. Blow or sweep away excess fertilizer from driveways and walkways on the grass. This will prevent the chemical from being washed into public...

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Highland Heights Outdoor Living

9/6/2016

Highland Heights Outdoor Living

The homeowner of this Highland Heights property wanted the total outdoor living experience. The addition of a Trex deck, large paver patio with a bluestone soldier course and an expansive pavilion accomplished this by making the most of a very spacious backyard. The pavilion includes a tall stone fireplace, wood paneled vaulted ceilings, pizza oven and full outdoor kitchen with matching buffet. Tucked in the corner, an oasis pond adds to the calming ambience, as does a circular fire pit complete with natural stump seating. IMAGE...

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