Sure, there’s snow on the ground and ice all around, but now’s a great time to begin planning a new landscape design to brighten your yard and enhance your outdoor living come spring.
Just because plants can go dormant in winter doesn’t mean people have to. In fact, certain landscaping projects are actually better suited to the off-months. To begin with, there’s planning. With the perspective that comes from time off from summer lawncare considerations, less outdoor activities, and fewer attention-grabbing maintenance chores, you can revisit existing designs and reconsider plant palettes. And with the bones of the garden exposed, you can easily see what’s out of balance and where you might want to add in structure or visual texture, whether in the form of plants or hardscaping, such as a meandering walkway, a hidden sitting area, a patio or firepit. Winter’s a great time to take a step back, look closely at your current landscaping, and visualize changes that can add more beauty and functionality.
Even though winter is the bleakest time of year, it can help you understand flow and the way your property spaces are laid out and connected. It’s easier to assess which sightlines to keep clear and which to screen out. For example, in one direction, you may want to borrow the view of a neighbor’s 200-year-old stone wall, but in another, there might be a tower or building that should be obscured at all times. With everything exposed, you can plan a more effective screening feature such as evergreens or attractive fencing that will block the view even in barest winter.
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A quality driveway adds considerable functionality and beauty to your property. In fact, even the most expensive and attractive home will be diminished by a poorly designed and installed driveway.
Although many people opt for traditional asphalt driveway, more and more homeowners are thinking outside the box and opting for a variety of highly-attractive alternatives such as cobblestones, brick, stone, and pavers. Even a regular asphalt driveway can be improved tremendously with an attractive paver or cobblestone edge or apron that acts as a stylish transition from the road to your property or your driveway to your garage.
So while asphalt driveways are a good cost-saving option and add longevity, enhancing it with an attractive alternate hard surface such as pavers will beautify it and add a unique touch to your property.
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Having a tree in your garden or close to your house can really spruce up the appearance of your home. As beautiful as they are, trees also pose a potential hazard and have to be properly maintained, because in New England trees are often the victims of harsh weather, such as severe rain, snow and ice storms.
The damage caused by fallen trees is typically covered under homeowners’ insurance, whether they fall on your property or your neighbor’s, but there are some factors to consider. Dead trees are considered a potential liability and should be removed before they fall, something that most insurance companies see as the homeowner’s responsibility. Not removing a dead tree could be considered negligence.
Although insurance companies will typically cover the damage caused by fallen live trees, it’s up to the homeowner to arrange the removal of the tree or any leftover debris. In some extenuating circumstances, your town may remove the tree if it hinders or damages public property such as roadways or power lines, or poses access constraints. When a tree falls, there are other losses to consider, such as replacing the tree and the cost of the deductible for repairs to the home.
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A well-designed and maintained landscape is not only aesthetically pleasing, it increases the value of your property. However, landscape design is more in depth than just planting trees, shrubs & grass. To create a truly attractive, well-thought-out landscape requires the services of an experienced professional landscape company.
Professional landscape design offers knowledge throughout each phase of the project ranging from planning to the final execution. Professional landscape companies inherently know which species of plants, trees and grasses will thrive best in your yard, which will contribute to the longevity and further enhance your property with mature landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, professionals will come to the table with the understanding of the best combinations of trees, flowers & plants that will compliment one another. A major drawback to consider in attempting to undertake a project of this nature on your own is you run the risk of losing a great deal of money and time if the plant materials chosen are not well suited for the property and a very real potential of them not be planted correctly. There is a very real possibility that an event such as a single rainstorm could wash away weeks of hard work leaving you with a barren aftermath of repair and damages. That is why it’s crucial to hire a professional to handle your landscaping needs.
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Nothing puts the “fun” in “functional” like hardscapes when it comes to outdoor living. Let’s face it, there’s only so much volleyball and badminton you can play on the lawn before your family and friends get tired of hanging around in your backyard.
That’s where masonry comes in.
A well-designed and professionally installed hardscape such as a patio, fire-pit, or even outdoor kitchen adds new functionality, excitement, and just plain fun to your property. After all, who doesn’t like to hang around a cozy fire on a starlit summer night or chilly fall evening?
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