Tips on Getting Your Yard Ready for Back to School

8/9/2019

Haircuts, notebooks, new clothes, and early mornings—those are some of the many things that typically come along with the start of a new school year. Amidst the shuffle of back-to-school season, one important factor that’s not to be overlooked is lawn care. Just like your family, your yard deserves some attention before your fall routine falls into full swing. Not only will giving your yard a fall facelift provide you with a clean slate for the new school year, but it’ll also simplify the maintenance you’ll face when spring is in bloom. It’s easier to work with your yard in the late summer and fall because the soil is still dry and warm. The soil’s light texture makes it easier to rejuvenate the earth than it will be when your ground is wet and heavy from a hard winter. The ideal time to start this prep work is about six weeks before the first freeze, which will vary by region, but typically lands around the beginning of the school year. Whether you live in a cold climate with lots of snow or never see a flake, cleaning up your yard as the seasons change will lead to a lush landscape come spring. One of the first things to do is check your trees for hanging limbs that may have been displaced by summer thunderstorms. These limbs should be removed as they can be dangerous during after school playdates. The same goes for branches protruding from plants or creeping close to windows and entryways. These out-of-place limbs and branches should be removed for safety and appearance, but also because they can trap moisture and invite termites into your home. When the larger plants are cleaned up, check for debris in your flowerbeds. After a long hot summer, annuals will likely die, and could act as a breeding ground for harmful insects that may spread disease in the spring. And while perennials should last from season to season, their stems need to be cut within an inch or two of the ground for prosperous growth in the coming year. To protect the remaining plant, you can mulch your flowerbeds to act as a barrier. Mulch will also protect flower bulbs, which are another great way to plan for a fresh and...

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Personalize Your Summer Backyard Paradise

7/12/2019

It’s officially summer! And there’s no better time to make the most of your outdoor space. Whether you’ve always dreamt of having a pool to jump in on the hottest days, if you’d love to have company over to dine in your outdoor kitchen, or if you just want a simple but beautiful refuge to relax, Ohio Valley Group can help you personalize your summer backyard for a season of fun and relaxation right outside your door. Every landscape we design is constructed for the long-term and to the highest professional standards. Our designers work in tandem with our construction teams to reach a seamless execution of even the most difficult projects. You can add a calming hot tub next to a stone patio or deck, build a picturesque pathway leading to a tranquil garden with a trickling water feature, install a full bar with cutting-edge appliances, or simply refresh your plants and trees to add color and last from season to season. The opportunities are endless, but we’ll help you narrow them down to create your own piece of paradise in your summer backyard. To give your yard a lush burst of color for summer, it’s best to start with the lawn itself. During the colder months, harsh weather can do some serious damage to your grass. So once the sun is shining and the temperatures are warm, it’s time to make sure your lawn is healthy and thriving with a lawn installation or renovation. When your lawn is well cared for, it lays the foundation for above-ground landscaping or below-ground installations. By installing or renovating your existing lawn, you’ll have a sense of pride in your property and your family and friends will want to spend their summer days enjoying. Feeling removed from the noise of the street and surrounding houses will put you at ease so you can fully unwind. Adding trees and shrubs to your property is a great way to add a feeling of security, giving you and others a sense of privacy. This privacy will allow you to feel relaxed and comfortable which is exactly how you should feel in your own backyard. Once you’ve selected and placed your larger plants, you can add pops of color with flowers and smaller bushes. To...

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Get Away Without Taking Off

6/14/2019

Designing a Summertime Backyard Summertime is busy—between camps, sports practice, birthday parties, and work, it’s hard to find the time and money to get away. But we’re here to tell you that finding summertime rest and relaxation doesn’t have to mean planning an extravagant trip with planes, trains, and automobiles. There’s a private oasis right in your backyard that Ohio Valley Group will help you discover. Learn about how we can help develop a summertime backyard. The first step toward attaining your almost-tropical summertime backyard is sitting down with our experts at Ohio Valley Group and telling us about your dream backyard in great detail to make sure we don’t miss a beat. You can also fill out our convenient Vision Planner, which asks questions that help us get to know you and your inspiration on a deeper level. Once we understand your vision, we’ll work with our construction team to deliver a seamless transformation from start to finish. Whether you want a water feature to bring the ocean closer, or a patio or deck to act as a perfect landing place for your grill, the possibilities are endless and we will make sure they’re affordable. Upon request, we will give you a full estimate before any work begins so we can be sure our plans are in sync. We’ll do whatever we can to give you the at-home retreat you’ve always wanted at a budget that works for you. One of the best ways to define your space is by laying a stone patio or a stamped concrete surface. Stamped concrete is designed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, cobblestone, and many other patterns, so we use it as an alternative to natural pavers such as asphalt, natural stone, and precast pavers. These surfaces create differentiation from your yard and other landscaping elements to add visual interest and a landing pad for grills, tables, lounge chairs, and more. No matter which surface you choose, a patio can designate dining, grilling, swimming, or lounging space while keeping the surrounding areas lush and green. Stone patios are also the perfect home for a fireplace or fire pit. You can match the heat of the summer and the soft glow of the sunset by enhancing your patio with warmth from a beautiful...

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All About Our Vision Planner

5/17/2019

Thinking about transforming your yard? Have your eye on a cool new feature? Want a fresh start for summer? Don’t put it off for one more day. Ohio Valley Group is ready to make your lushest dreams come true. Spearhead your next landscape design project right away by filling out our Vision Planner, an online tool on our website that helps us to help you achieve your goals and turn those daydreams into a stunning final product. Every beautiful landscape design project starts with a vision, but transforming that vision into a reality is typically a lot easier said than done. The heart of Ohio Valley Group’s passion is helping our clients make their landscaping dreams come true. That’s why we created the Vision Planner. The Vision Planner is an online questionnaire that’s easy to access and asks a variety of straightforward questions about your location, lifestyle, preferences, past projects, time constraints and more. Your answers will tell us about your needs, what you like, and perhaps more importantly what you don’t. The Vision Planner opens our lines of communication and helps us see the project from your perspective. Filling out the Vision Planner is the first step in creating the yard you’ve always wanted. Being able to clearly articulate your vision is a critical step in attaining your desired end result, but there are a number of other necessary steps to be completed along the way. We pride ourselves on a thorough design process that enables us to learn about you and your property and to discover your unique needs and wishes. The best way for us to do that is by working collaboratively with you from start to finish. Consider our Vision Planner the starting line, providing us with the key details we need to kickstart your landscape design project. The Vision Planner will ask questions ranging from your ideal timeframe to the hobbies your family enjoys so that we can really understand exactly what you’re looking for. The questions will tell us more about your general design preferences, what foliage you want to incorporate, the lighting and irrigation requirements you have and more. Your answers will inform us not only about your technical needs but also about the atmosphere you’re hoping to attain. You’ll start with...

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All About Home and Garden Month

4/25/2019

The Ohio Valley Group is dedicated to supporting you in creating the landscape of your dreams. It seems Spring is here (the coat of yellow pollen is a sure sign), and the plants are ready to grow! Are you ready for yard work? Do you have what you need? Is your yard the yard you’ve always wanted? Where can you improve? Let’s get our hands dirty and come up with some exciting projects this month! How Can You Improve The Space? A cool way to go about this is to walk through your yard and take photos of areas that you dislike or find boring. Start asking yourself, “what makes these areas boring?”. After you find some answers, the next question is “What can I do to make them awesome?”. These questions will start your creative juices flowing so that you can easily find better solutions. Start to look online for some inspiration from other people and see what they did. This is a brilliant way to get closer to your vision of the yard you want. You now have photos of the areas you like less, so be sure to use those for reference and start picturing cool new ways to innovate the landscape. Oh, and remember to have fun! What Yard Projects Are There? Sometimes people don’t know where to start when landscaping or even what constitutes landscaping! This can feel overwhelming, but have faith, it doesn’t have to be so complicated so let’s go over some simple landscaping ideas you can do now! Flower bed border- This is a super simple idea that adds a lot of life to your existing flower bed. Simply start putting a stone of your choice around your flower bed, and Voilà, you now have a flower bed that looks 10x more appealing. This also saves a lot of money, and you might even be able to start this today! Hiding your AC unit- This takes a little more work but all you need is some wood and nails, and start hammering your planks together to create a box around your AC unit. Leave some cracks and plenty of space between the wood and the AC so that it doesn’t affect its function. Garden hose home- Similar to the AC unit, build your hose...

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