How Can I Use the Vision Planner to Start My Landscaping Project?

3/12/2018

Most homeowners know that their property could use a little sprucing up, but the job can seem so complex that you don’t know where to begin. Don’t worry, The Ohio Valley Group can help! We are a landscaping company that specializes in designing and executing landscaping for residential and commercial properties. What is the Vision Planner? We know how hard it can be to put landscaping ideas into words, so we came up with the convenient Vision Planner that provides us with the information we need to help you. The Vision Planner is essentially an online form with questions that help you think about what you want to do with your space. Most of the questions are open-ended, enabling you to type in exactly what you want. There are also a few multiple-choice questions when the range of possible answers is finite, such as whether or not you currently have an irrigation system.  The Vision Planner also asks for your contact information, so we can discuss anything the questions didn’t address. How Will You Use Your Landscape? Next up is a series of questions that basically amount to “How will you use it?” If you regularly entertain a large number of people at once, we need to take that into consideration when making design choices. Likewise, any special events you have coming up may dictate what you want to be done and when you need it completed. What are the Important Features for Your Landscape? After that, the Vision Planner asks questions intended to help us determine important features. For example, what areas would you like us to focus on? Does your property have any special maintenance needs we should know about? These questions help us visualize your property and see what would work best for it from a design perspective. Then, we ask questions pertaining to your likes and dislikes. We need to know if you love a particular color or material so that we can include it in your final design. We also need to know if you dislike any specific colors and materials so that we know to avoid them. The Vision Planner also inquires about your tastes in plants, including whether or not you are interested in the gardening on your own to maintain certain species....

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Landscaping CRM Software: One of the Tools We Use to Delight Customers

1/31/2018

There are many elements that go into making a company great. This includes responsiveness, customer engagement, provision of accurate timelines, and other aspects of excellent customer service. It’s often the inner workings of a business that determine how they respond and interact with their customers. In other words, if a company has good systems in place, it allows them to be better for their customers, and to get more done in an efficient way. But how do you know if they do? We know that it’s not exactly easy to understand what’s going on behind the scenes at any given company. You want to feel confident that the landscape company you’ve chosen has systems in place. You also want to know that they are using these tools in order to keep you in the loop. But you’re not exactly sure how to know if they’re doing just that. That’s why we’re peeling back the curtain and giving you a peek at the gears of our company. We’re giving you a look at some of the tools we have implemented to make us run better—and in turn to provide you with better customer service. At The Ohio Valley Group, we’re always looking for ways that we can improve our operations in order to provide the best possible customer service. Here are a few ways we do just that. Using Landscaping CRM Software for Better Customer Service An essential tool in our toolbox is landscaping CRM software. We have implemented a comprehensive software system that helps us to run the business. This is a tool that you don’t see, but that makes a big difference in how our daily operations run. You may have heard of CRM software, or “customer relationship management” software, which covers a vast range of applications and is designed to help manage customer data, among other functions. So, why exactly does any of that matter to you? Well, landscaping CRM software helps us in many ways that directly impact you. Let’s look at a few of them. Tracking Jobs CRM for landscapers helps us stay on top of jobs, ensuring that everything remains on track and the job gets done on time. It also helps us ensure that we always have necessary materials in stock so that...

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New Trends in Landscape Design in 2018

1/12/2018

The landscape design trends for 2018 are all set to emphasize the notion of using gardens to provide homeowners with remarkable pleasure.  This includes growing foods, providing wildlife with a place of refuge, or creating a place to relax and share meals with family and friends.  The New Outdoor Dining For quite a while, outdoor dining rooms have been conveniently positioned right off the house and close to the kitchen. However, more contemporary dining spaces are often pushed out further into the garden. Although the distance between the new dining space and the kitchen will be farther apart, it is well worth the extra steps.   The convenience of designing an outdoor dining space right off the kitchen is undeniable.  However, creating a modern, all-inclusive destination inside the landscape will immerse individuals in the ambiance of their surroundings.  This provides a more lavish experience and guests will get to take in more of your beautiful garden. Below are 3 tips for creating the ultimate destination for outdoor dining: Use special lighting, flooring, and furniture to transform your dining area into a spectacular sanctuary For a lush feeling, surround your outdoor dining space with container and in-ground plants Include a nearby pool, fire pit or other spaces in the landscaping design for pre-dinner and post-dinner entertainment Making the Most of Your Small Garden Landscape design specialists love to create function and visual appeal even out of the smallest gardens.  By no means are small gardens a modern phenomenon but remarkable advances have been made in how these spaces are designed.  Recent design trends lend credence to the “less is more” concept. It is important for everything in a small garden to have numerous uses.  For example, a concrete fire feature would create a bold element running through the space.  It can serve as curb edging for the deck.  Additionally, it can be a planter and collect downspouts of water from the house.  It can provide seating and, of course, it transforms into a fire feature when necessary. Restoring the Natural Habitat It is common knowledge in the landscaping industry that the population of bees and butterflies are dwindling.  However, not as many know that frogs, birds, and turtles are also experiencing lost habitats.  Much of the declining habitat has become...

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Tips for Upping Winter Curb Appeal

12/15/2017

It may seem difficult to keep your yard looking great when plants die and damp snow creates mud puddles. But, it is still possible to do some upkeep during the winter season. If you pride yourself on having impeccable throughout all four seasons of the year, these guidelines will help upkeep your winter curb appeal. Manage Snow and Ice It is essential to ensure that both guests and household members can make it to the front door without encountering any mishaps or suffering any injury.  Slips can be prevented by laying down salt and shoveling regularly to manage ice and snow and clear the walkways, driveway, and stairs of leaves and other debris. This also makes your home and yard look nice and well-kept. Keep the Lawn Tidy Even though the grass may have lost its vibrant color, the lawn can still be kept looking neat. Periodically raking and getting rid of leaves and other debris will ensure the lawn is much more aesthetically appealing. Spruce Up with a Fresh Coat of Paint Trees are typically bare during the cold months of winter, so the fall and winter seasons provide a clearer view of your property than during the spring and summer. This could more readily reveal chipped or faded paint. As such, giving the exterior of your home a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in significantly enhancing your winter curb appeal. While painting is possible in the winter, make sure the temperature is above 35° and you choose the correct type of paint. Clean the Gutters During the fall, rain gutters are usually subjected to the accumulation of leaves. Therefore, it is important to clean out the gutters so they do not detract from the appeal of your property. This is a great opportunity to show that you are on top of exterior home maintenance.  Additionally, cleaning out the gutters will also ensure they function optimally. Winter Decorations Whether it is a strategically placed inflatable Santa Claus, elaborate nativity scene, or subtle wintry decorations, you can bring out the beauty of your landscape with some festive decor.  You could also hang a simple wreath on the front door, string small lights around the shrubbery, or neatly stack a pile of firewood against a wall....

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Cleveland Wedding Venue: Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens

11/21/2017

The process of planning your big day can be stressful. We understand this and want to help make every detail perfect—including the venue. Ideal lighting, eye-catching decor, splendid landscape, and mouthwatering food. At Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens, the goal is to provide you with an experience that will dazzle your friends and family and bring your wedding dreams to life. We have meticulously designed and landscaped the venues to ensure your wedding is perfect and will be a memorable experience for all the years to come. The Possibilities Are Endless Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens entreats you to say “I do” in the captivating backdrop of blossoming roses and lush, green vegetation. The many comforts of our self-contained venues are without limit. You and your guests will be surrounded by our stunning landscapes, gardens, and fine architectural expressions. Also, we offer a full bar, delicious food selections by Hungry Bee Catering, flexible alternatives for small functions, and a groomsmen lounge and bridal suite. Ask about our exceptional seasonal discounts! The Backdrop When it comes to taking pictures, you’ll be absolutely spoiled by choice. One of our venues is set with the wonderful backdrop of a rustic oak woodland through which a perennial stream flows unhindered. And, that is only one example—each of our venues offers a unique experience. The creative craftsmanship and “out of this world” landscape designs leave little to the imagination. We have 5 tranquil featured gardens: The Topiary Garden The Great Lawn The Main Terrace The Bocce Court Garden The Farm Gardens Collection Schedule a Tour Today! We invite you to visit us and tour our facilities. Scheduling a tour is simple— just contact us via phone at 440-543-7777 or complete the inquiry form on our website. Upon arrival, you will be received by one of our dedicated professionals who will then take you on a full site tour. For us, this is a welcome opportunity for us to get an understanding of how you envision your wedding day. Please be aware that Sapphire Creek is currently under construction, but will be completed next month (December 2017)! You also have the ability to take a virtual tour here. Pricing and Booking Pricing is dependent upon on the venue you choose, the number of people who will be in attendance, and the time of the...

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Fall Projects to Get Your House Ready For Spring

10/12/2017

Your garden has worked hard over the past two seasons and the time is coming to put it to rest. Making the necessary preparation will give it what is required to enjoy a refreshing rest this winter and come back robust and resilient during the spring. Below are some fall projects for spring to help with the preparation: Weed Control Identifying and eradicating weeds should be an important part of your landscaping efforts this fall as it will save you a lot of time when spring comes around. Now is a great time for the application of herbicides to broad-leaf weeds. This is particularly true for dandelions and other perennials. The cold weather of winter does not kill these weeds once fall ends. During springtime next year, they will be back. Eradicating them now will make your experience better next year. Planting You can plant trees and shrubs during the fall. Fall is also the ideal time to plant spring bulbs if you want to enjoy the splendor they will add to your spring landscaping. Irrigation There is a common misconception that trees will get all their required irrigation during the long, cold winter months of winter via snowfall. However, there are areas in which soil freezes during the winter. Any water left in that soil becomes ice and is no longer available to plants. Even on a warm day when the snow melts, it may not get down to the roots of the trees. This creates an ‘icy desert’ that could subject your evergreen trees and other parts of the landscaping to winter damage. For the porch and patio, you can extend their use into the fall and beyond by adding a fire table or fire pit. The décor can also be enhanced with accessories in the seasonal colors of the...

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