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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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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Summer 2016 Landscaping Trends

8/5/2016

The outdoor design and landscaping trends for summer 2016 are truly a reflection of the lifestyle trends happening all around. Below are some 2016 summer landscaping trends: Sustainable Design. Less turf grass, drought-tolerant plants and low-maintenance gardens are now the norm in landscape design. It is now customary for many homeowners to incorporate a sustainable design into their landscaping plan. This is done for both environmental and economic reasons. Incorporating Edibles. Blended gardens that integrate ornamentals and edibles do double duty. They provide a remarkable alternative to turf grass. They also supply homeowners with a bountiful harvest of fruit, herbs and vegetables. A Touch of the Indoors. There are now waterproof and fade-resistant outdoor fabrics made from acrylic fibers that can transform outdoor furniture into masterpieces. Homeowners now have the option of creating permanent outdoor living spaces with comfortable fabrics and furniture pieces. Featured Water. The sound of water on the property can soothe the hassles of life away. Fortunately, there are water features ranging from high-end water walls to inexpensive self-contained systems that will keep you on trend. Let There Be Light. Today’s landscape lighting systems have the capacity of expanding the outdoor space, while lowering utility bills. One of the hot trends this summer is having lighting systems that can be controlled from a cell phone app. As such, your lights can be on exactly when you need them to be. Fire It Up. Fire pits, fire pots and fire tables are all designed to create great places for each member of the family to safely enjoy. There are simple, functional and affordable designs for homeowners with smaller budgets. There are also elaborate statement pieces that can remarkably transform the vibe of your personal hideaway. These 2016 summer trends are sure to improve the look of your outdoor space and add value to your...

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The Benefits of Backyard Renovations and Pools with Ohio Valley Group

6/28/2016

The Ohio Valley Group has over two decades of experience performing residential outdoor improvements for homeowners. As summer has started, it is time to get your backyard and pool ready. Here are the benefits of hiring our company for your backyard and pool renovations. Increased Safety. When you are hosting evening parties or enjoying some time on your deck at night, you want your property to be adequately lit. Without the correct amount of illumination, it is possible to trip, fall, and become injured. Also, lighting is vital to security. We make sure to provide lights that keeps strangers from lurking around your home without being noticed. Clients gain peace of mind knowing we have been recognized by Kichler Lighting as a Premier Lighting Pro, so everyone is in good hands. Beautiful Aesthetics. At Ohio Valley Group, we are dedicated to heightening the aesthetics of all clients’ backyards. We specialize in ecoscapes and patio designs. Our landscaping designs are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Our features conserve natural resources while adding beauty and function to your yard. We offer numerous alternatives to pavers and blacktop. Our stamped concrete resembles brick, cobblestone, and other natural items. While it appears unique and expensive, it is quite easy on your wallet. For a one-of-a-kind addition to your home, we can install a stunning water feature. We work with each client to create something that impresses the eyes and brings a sense of peace to a residence. Heightens Efficiency. When a home is energy efficient, utility bills will be lowered. At Ohio valley Group, we want to help you save money each month. Pools and spas offer relaxation and fun, but they can use a great deal of water and energy. Our construction specialists create paradise-like environments that include water and energy efficient technologies that lower your monthly expenses. More Fun with Family and Friends. Summer is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining. Nothing is better than preparing a delicious meal on the grill to share with family and friends. We consult with clients to design the ideal exterior bars, kitchens, and fire pits. We offer top opulence with elegant stainless cabinets, granite countertops, wine refrigerators, and pizza ovens. These features make it possible to eat, drink, and converse while enjoying nature’s bounty. When you want to reap the...

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Springtime Tips For Your Outdoor Patio

4/4/2016

As the days lengthen and get warmer, homeowners begin turning their thoughts to their outdoor living spaces. Those areas can take a beating during winter, necessitating a springtime cleanup in order to get the space ready for summer entertaining. Now is the time to assess what needs to be done, while the weather is warm enough, but well before you’ll use your patio daily. By following these tips now, you’ll ensure that your patio will be bright and inviting for the coming season. Trim Dead Branches and Sweep. Prune broken or dead branches from bushes and trees near your patio and sweep away leaves prior to washing the area to make the job easier. Whisk Away Dirt and Grime. Winter winds can bring mud, leaves and other debris onto your patio. Chances are your furniture, if left outside, also is looking dingy. One of the first things that patio lovers should do is thoroughly clean the patio surface with a hose and broom. Mix dish washing soap with warm water in bucket and then spray furniture with a hose. Scrub chairs and sofa with a nylon scrub brush and then thoroughly rinse. Let the furniture dry off in the grass. You may need to wipe water that gets trapped in metal supports. Select a sunny day for your work to speed drying time. If the patio surface or furniture is particularly grimy, consider using a power washer. Assess Lighting. If you have permanent outdoor lighting, check to see that all fixtures are working. Like greenery, some may not have survived the winter. Spring is a good time to replace old bulbs with more efficient LED fixtures or even replace them with solar Tiki torches that will add a bit of fun to your outdoor festivities. If you use overhead light strands, make sure that all bulbs are working. Planters. Wooden planters fall apart after several years. Discard questionable ones and check for cracks in ceramic containers. Replace as appropriate. Food and Beverage. Light your grill to ensure that it is working properly and clean the grates before the year’s first barbecue. Consider adding an outdoor beverage center than can double as storage to make entertaining more...

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