Six Ways to Expand Your Outdoor Living Area

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Square footage is at a premium thus expanding on what you have available makes sense (cents)! Take a walk around the exterior of your home and envision these five ways to enlarge your space. Make every square foot count by creating a more usable and enjoyable environment.

  1. Connect your outdoor living space with formal or informal walkways. Adding a brick walkway flanked by a stonewall or flowering shrubs, perennials and dwarf trees can give a sense of enclosure as well as make easier access to all the outdoor spaces. Pathways to these spots in the landscape will make them seam together for an overall cohesion.
  2. Add an outdoor fireplace or firepit to the patio area for enjoyment on a cool autumn’s night. Adding adequate space for eating around the cooking area or roasting marshmallows should be considered as well as lighting for night-time entertaining.
  3. Build a custom water feature to appreciate as a focal point including serene background sound. Water brings in wildlife to your outdoor space, making your land a nice backyard habitat for beneficials too!
  4. Build a secluded seating spot in your outdoor living area surrounded by your favorite blooming plants for all season. Using an underutilized area of the space for intimate gatherings or just a place to get some sunshine can draw people outdoors for healthier living.
  5. Add a living green screen of dwarf trees and shrubs to shield for privacy in the yard. A green screen can drown out noise and make a nice backdrop while inviting wildlife into the space. It also gives a clear boundary without being obtrusive to neighbors. From all sides a green screen is easily enjoyed.
  6. Add a cutting garden of perennials and annuals to a sunny spot in the landscape. This garden will give the homeowner hours of enjoyment closeup or from a view inside. Perennials can be divided and multiplied for years of lasting enjoyment with an abundance of bouquets.

These are services we provide and more. Take a look at our website and decide what you want to add to your home garden today!

Preparing the Site Before Land Clearing

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Unless you’re building on a cow pasture with no trees in sight, you will want to prepare the site before a land clearing crew arrives. Walking the land with your architect, landscape designer and contractor will be prudent during this foundational process. As professionals with experience, they can advise the best views, environmental advantages and avert potential hazards while making financial recommendations that will save money, time and headaches later. After this meeting, prepare with these tips:

  1.  Consider the house footprint and other buildable areas to clear. These should be marked off clearly with neon paint or tape. (i.e. driveways, septic tank and leach fields, wells, garages, outdoor patios, fire pits)
  2.  Property boundaries should be marked clearly for land clearing.
  3.  Consider the road access for construction and heavy excavation machinery for land clearing on the property. Where will it be stored daily to not constrict traffic flow?
  4.  Protect trees that will not be cleared by taping off around the tree out to the drip edges or beyond. Compaction of the soil in these areas around the roots will deprive it of oxygen and bring about death. In addition, piling soil or debris around a tree or its root system will also kill the tree.

For a consultation with us, use our easy contact form online to schedule an appointment. We’d love to talk to you about your land/lot clearing needs and to educate you on other proper procedures to ensure your land is treated with environmental delicacy when land planning. Our forestry mulcher and chipper can leave your lot and land clear with no environmental damage occurring. Call us today at 828.712.1590.