No matter the season or the temperature outside, there are deer everywhere in western Pennsylvania. It’s not surprising – white-tailed deer are the state animal. Their population has grown steadily, and there are about 1.5 million deer in PA, with 30 deer per square mile (and in some people’s yards, it may seem like there are more than that.)
If your dream is to have a carpet of lush, deep green grass this summer, there’s plenty of preparation that is required before you will be able to enjoy a picture-perfect lawn that complements both your home and your landscaping. Pre-summer lawn care in Pittsburgh includes several necessary steps that will not only bring out the beauty of your grass in the summer, but will also keep it green in the fall.
Though it’s still cold, winter will be leaving us soon, so we’re looking forward to the traditional signs of spring: birds singing, leaves unfolding, and of course, flowers blooming.
You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy some color in your yard. Plant some early spring flowers now. Some of the best choices for colorful perennials include:
If you’ve been thinking of creating outdoor living space for your home that can be enjoyed throughout the season, now is the time to get started. Although it’s still winter, designing, planning, and building outdoor living space in Pittsburgh should be started as soon as possible so that you can enjoy the outdoors by summer.
If your home is getting cramped because your kids are getting older and bigger, or you’ve realized that the space you have is just too small, consider adding outdoor living space. Many homeowners have learned that you can enhance your space with: Continue reading
Prepare for your Spring Landscaping!
Every great yard begins with a plan. Although it’s still winter, this is the perfect time to begin thinking about your spring landscaping projects. Here’s what we recommend to get started with your landscaping design: Continue reading
Five Fabulous Outdoor Hardscape Ideas for Fireplaces
Regardless of the warming trends we’ve enjoyed during the past few years, Pittsburgh-area weather is usually pretty cold from November through March. Many traditional outdoor areas can only be enjoyed in the late spring, summer, and early fall. Pools, patios, and decks are usually abandoned until the chill is out of the air.
Outdoor Fireplaces Add Comfort in Every Season
How about an idea for an outdoor feature that you can use the entire year in Pittsburgh? Fireplaces are an outdoor addition that add beauty and value to your property, while allowing you and your family a welcome escape from the indoors. Add a couple of cozy blankets and some outdoor cooking gear, and you’ll look forward to being outside.
Just like indoor fireplaces, no two outdoor fireplaces are alike. Adding other hardscape features will make this area one-of-a-kind.
· Mantel. A mantel isn’t only for the indoors. You can also add a mantel to an outdoor fireplace. Use the same family of materials, or mix and match. Treated, reclaimed wood beams strike a rustic tone, traditional wood is classic, and cast stone and metal have a modern vibe. Other options include limestone, granite, or concrete.
· Hearth. If you want to sit close to the fire (great during the winter months, or after an evening dip in the pool), a hearth should be included in your fireplace design. Make sure that the hearth is not too high or narrow. Brick, flagstone, and concrete are common hearth coverings.
· Retaining Wall. This feature can be used on the sides or behind your fireplace. It extends your hardscape, creates drama, and is the perfect place to put flowers and other greenery. Some retaining walls are designed around built-in grill tops, creating an outdoor kitchen to complement the fireplace.
· Seating. Some seating can be designed as a part of the hardscape. For instance, building a stone or concrete seating configuration as a sectional or circular setup ensures plenty of seating and ties the fireplace and patio together. Of course, you can also purchase outdoor furniture in any style if cushioned comfort is important.
· Lighting. No matter the time of year, you’ll need lighting for ambiance and safety. Hardscape lighting is designed to work with stone materials. Uplighting with wall lights and directional lights will showcase the fireplace and surrounding area properly.
Hardscape Outdoor Fireplace Projects in Pittsburgh
Let A&N Lawn Service help you design an outdoor fireplace that can enjoyed year-round. We have multiple financing options available that allow you to fund these projects over time. Call A&N Lawn Service today to learn more.
Planning Your Spring Hardscaping Project Now
Although winter has just started, you should plan your spring hardscape project as soon as possible. While you may be thinking that you won’t even be out in your yard until the grass is bright and green again in March, by then, many landscaper contractors are already booked through summer.
Why Should You Finance Your Next Outdoor Living Project Right Now?
With autumn coming around, most homeowners know that their yard will soon be covered in a carpet of fallen brown leaves. Instead of raking them up, putting them in bags, and waiting for leaf pick-up day in your neighborhood, use them to your advantage.