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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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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