How to Decorate Your Front Porch for Fall

9/22/2017

A front porch is a perfect place for fall decorations. With a little creativity and some seasonal items, you can create a beautiful display to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Here are some tips on how to decorate exterior areas in the fall:   Use the Seasonal Harvest The fall harvest brings a bounty of pumpkins, gourds, and the last of the fresh corn for the year. Tie up colorful dried out corn cobs and large corn stalks to the railings or posts of the porch. Bales of straw can be added to create varying heights and platforms for other decor items. A pile of pumpkins on top of a bale of hay is the perfect way to show off the fall harvest. With natural elements, you can easily display the rich colors and various textures of the season. Add Colorful Flowers Mums are the ideal fall flower, so take advantage of their short blooming season. Place mums of different colors in pots on the stairs or at the sides of the doorway. They add a bright pop of color, and come in colorful shades of yellow, orange, and even purple. Don’t Forget the Lighting Highlight your beautiful porch display with lighting. Add rustic lanterns to give off a glow. In the evenings, turn on the porch light to attract eyes to your decor. Add candles to the front windows to enhance the charming, rustic look of fall farmhouse. Even modern style homes can have a cozy, country feeling with the right fall decor features. Fall decor is one of the best ways to add rich colors and textures to your home’s front porch. Take advantage of the bounty of pumpkins, gourds, and colorful mums by creating a charming display for the autumn season. You can easily transition the decor for Halloween and throughout the month of...

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How to Maintain Landscaping During Hot Days and Cold Nights

8/15/2017

Temperature fluctuations can be hard on plants. Hot days followed by cold nights can cause injury to trees that have thin, smooth barks. In addition, fluctuation in temperature could trigger flowering in certain plants and impact how long the flowers last. Fluctuations in temperature and increased moisture level caused by cold nights could also impact the taste of certain fruits and vegetables. As such, it is important to find ways to maintain landscaping during hot days and cold nights. Below are some tips that can be used to maintain your landscape: • Select plants that are compatible to the climate and growing conditions of your location. Typically, native plants are well-adapted to the local conditions and can withstand the rigors of temperature fluctuations. In addition, you should choose trees with strong wood or structure to lessen the impact that fluctuation can have on them. • It is important to keep plants healthy. This is especially because healthy plants have a greater capacity to handle different types of stress. • Perennials should be mulched and young trees wrapped to safeguard them against the fluctuating temperatures. • Make sure that an even moisture level is maintained. Water and mulch as required and improve the soil to assist with the retention of moisture. • If you are located in an area with extremely windy conditions, planting a windbreak might be something you want to think about. These are some of the methods that can be used in maintaining landscaping during hot days and cold nights. Of course, you have the option of hiring a landscaping professional to help in minimizing the effects of temperature fluctuations. Remember that regardless of how well-executed your plan is, Mother Nature is still in charge. However, it is important to be aware of weather conditions and do your best to safeguard your...

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The Importance of Irrigation Planning

7/18/2017

One of the most important aspects of landscape design for homeowners to consider is irrigation planning. From choosing the right equipment and sprinklers to setting the amount of water, proper irrigation is essential. If you’re taking the time to do beautiful landscaping on your property, you need to make sure that it’s well watered. Sprinkler location The placement of sprinklers has to be carefully considered. Some areas will require more moisture than others, but all plants will need water to thrive. This is especially true during the hot summer months. It’s also important that areas of the lawn don’t receive too much water. Over-watering can turn your lawn and garden into a mud pit. Proper placement of the irrigation system will ensure that landscaping receives the right amount of moisture each day. Professional installation Once the placement of the sprinklers is decided upon, they must be professionally installed. This will ensure they function correctly. Irrigation specialists will know where and how to place the piping and sprinklers for your property to look healthy and attractive all year. Quality equipment The quality of the irrigation equipment that you install and use is almost as important as the placement. Each landscaping project requires specific types of pipes and sprinklers. An expert design-build team will know which types are ideal for your property and your specific needs. Don’t trust cheap, low quality equipment to function properly. You can maintain the look of your landscaping for years to come with high quality sprinklers.   An experienced and knowledgeable design-build firm will be able to come up with the irrigation plan that’s ideal for your property. You’ve invested in the landscaping to beautify your home, so be sure to invest in the proper irrigation system. Maintain the look of your lawn and gardens throughout the seasons with the right equipment placed in the right areas. Ohio Valley Group can...

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Summer Design Trends

6/22/2017

Summer is the ideal time for enjoying your outdoor spaces with friends and family. The summer trends in landscaping for 2017 are keeping design build contractors busy with backyard styles like the ones highlighted below: Natural Materials Landscaping designers have been noticing the minimalist design, which has been dominating furniture, décor and hardscaping materials for years, is no longer in high demand. Instead, homeowners are gravitating towards more natural materials. Requests for clean, geometric and modern designs are dwindling. More and more clients want a more old-fashioned, do-it-yourself look in their outdoor space. Natural materials incorporated in backyard landscaping designs often feature railway ties. These can be used to make free-form decks, swing seating and smaller outdoor furniture. Active All-Age Play Spaces An increasing number of family members are playing together in the backyard to keep active and create deeper bonds. This is evident in the increased request for play spaces for adults, children and even pets. The requests include basketball courts, tennis and Bocce courts. In addition to being great spaces to play, these areas help to prevent weeds. Old and New Mash-Up Many homeowners are no longer choosing one design style and sticking to it relentlessly; a number of outdoor lovers are mixing old and new. This popular trend in architecture and interiors is making its arrival in many backyards. Mixing styles was once a big taboo, however, it is now one of the popular summer trends of 2017. No longer is it about modern or traditional design but combining the two in a compelling manner. This can be done by incorporating modern elements in a traditional landscape or putting traditional elements in a modern backyard. These are just a few of the summer trends that have been making their way into backyards everywhere this year. Contact Ohio Valley Group to create your ideal outdoor living...

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What Should I Look for When Hiring a Landscape Designer?

5/16/2017

What Should I Look for When Hiring a Landscape Designer?

More and more people are enjoying outdoor living by choosing landscape designers to create functional spaces with multiple purposes, such as relaxation and entertainment. As a homeowner, selecting a landscape designer is a big decision. The right designer will have the knowledge, skills and experience to create beautiful, enjoyable spaces that increase your property value. At Ohio Valley Group, we know choosing the right landscaping designer typically involves some amount of research. This is an essential part of the process, as it can help in saving you both time and money. Below are some tips on the traits to consider when selecting a landscape designer: Knowledge and Experience Spending time reviewing the portfolios of contractors you’re considering will give you an idea about their skills and abilities. Many landscapers have websites that showcase their creations. You also have the option of directly consulting with the designers and reviewing their portfolios. Learn about their reputation and how long they have been in business. The landscape design process is complex and relevant experience is required to successfully complete a project. Follow-up/Maintenance Service Options Choose a landscaping designer whose portfolio goes beyond the basics is necessary. Services like landscape lighting and overall maintenance are often requested. Not all landscaping professionals provide the same services, therefore, you should consider the availability of short-term or long-term maintenance contracts. Local Climate Considerations Weather conditions play a major role in landscaping design. As such, your chosen designer should have in-depth knowledge of your local climate. This includes being educated on local plants, trees, shrubs and flowers. He or she should also be aware of rain fall, snow fall and the intensity of sunlight. Do not speed through the process of hiring a landscape designer, wasting time and money. The success of your yard renovation is dependent upon your selection. Get in touch with our design-build experts to explore your...

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3 Helpful Irrigation System Maintenance Tips

4/21/2017

A well-maintained landscape can enhance beauty and add value to your property.  An irrigation system plays an immense role in keeping your landscape and outdoor space in tip-top shape.  If an irrigation system is incorporated into the layout of your property, it is vital that you ensure it is functioning properly.  Below are 3 useful tips to assist you in maintaining your system: Sprinkler Head The sprinkler head is the part of the underground irrigation system you can actually see. This is the best place to start. Visually inspect each sprinkler head to check for impediments like clogs. After affirming nothing is preventing the sprinkler heads from flowing, you can move on to see if they are faced towards the right direction. Examine Your Water Pressure Your irrigation system could perform below par if your water pressure is not functioning optimally.  If it is too high, the desired area will not be properly covered by your sprinklers. Signs of this include rapidly misting or rotating sprinkler heads. Additionally, low water pressure could result in your system under-performing.  If there are dry areas or the sprinkler heads are improperly rising or rotating, a low-pressure problem could be to blame. To resolve water pressure issues, contact an irrigation professional and schedule an inspection. Check for Leaks Detecting leaks can be challenging. Though uncommon, leaks can occur in the pipes of your system.  Leak indicators include overgrown areas, patches of grass that are greener than others and unexplained damp spots. If waterlogged areas are around the heads, though, this is not an automatic indication of a leak. Standing water around sprinkler heads could signal misalignment or damage to the sprinkler head. As you see from these tips, irrigation system maintenance does not have to be complicated.  Basic care can keep the water flowing and keep your landscaping looking immaculate and...

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