Unique Patios come in all sizes and shapes to meet your needs….

The item that Landscaping Contractors are most called to design, build, and maintain are Patios. Why patios? Well for several reasons:
1. They are usually the first upgrade made to a new home
2. They can be created in all sizes and shapes to change your existing home appearance
3. They can be the first and most important start to an expandable outdoor living space
4. They can change the appearance of your yard design quickly
5. They are extremely customizable utilizing the homeowners needs, wants and desires

How do you customize the design of your patio into a unique space that enhances the appearance of your home, yard and outdoor living space?IMG_0186

The first step would be to contact your Landscaping Contractor to guide you through the process. Swan Creek Landscaping is the leading expert for designing patios that are unique and have the long-lasting appearance you want.

What is the right way to plan a custom designed patio?
There is no real right or wrong way to design a patio. Everything goes and yes, there is a chance you can make a mistake. The good news is that the right landscape contractor will notice a problem, point it out and offer solutions and related alternatives. Your current landscape may present some restrictions that will need to be considered before you develop a creative design. Ask these questions:Cole patio firepit pavers techobloc
1. What is the topography of the yard? Do you have hills and slopes? This being the case, the size of your patio may be somewhat restricted. The cost associated with leveling the yard and smoothing things out can be expensive and time consuming, requiring equipment and labor hours.
2. Check to see if there are any restriction, ordinances, or homeowners’ association regulations that must be considered before you start. Sometimes the size of the patio, its features (fire pits, pizza ovens, etc.), electrical regulations, and plumbing codes may need city, county or homeowners’ association approvals before proceeding. Or, you can call on Swan Creek Landscaping who will take care of the bureaucracy for you.
3. What features do you want to incorporate into your patio? Make sure you have your wish list of needs and wants. Talk with the family members, neighbors, and friends about the features they have and what they would suggest.

IMG_0219Designing your Stunning Outdoor Patio
The centerpiece of your backyard will be your Patio. The design options are endless. But if you want something really outside of the box, you need to call Swan Creek Landscaping. Some of the most popular features include:
• Tiers Spaces that can be used for multi-use levels
• Attractive outdoor lighting and fencing accents
• Updating of the landscape with mulch, new plantings and flower pots
• Fire Pits and Wall Seating that are naturally unified into the patio
• Outdoor Kitchens that include Pizza Ovens, Beverage Coolers, and Barbeque Centers

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. prides itself in providing unique Patios for our Cecil and Harford County clients. From design, to construction, until the dark of night turns on the lighting system, we provide uniquely designed outdoor spaces that we can also maintain year round, including your yard, plantings, and landscape. Pick-up the phone and call us to learn more.
Phone: 410.378.8668
Website: http://www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com

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Garden Tools – What do I need?

They say you can tell the age of the gardener by the size and number of their tools.  How many tools do you really need to be able to work safely around your house tending to your landscape?  Well, that depends on how deeply involved you want to be in maintaining your landscape and gardens. Is pulling a few weeds and planting a few bulbs in the spring as much as you want to do outdoors or do you enjoy the outdoors and satisfaction you receive by getting fully involved in the maintenance of your landscape?

Having long been a person who thoroughly enjoys yard and garden maintenance, I can recommend some of the tools for the passive gardener or the investment in tools required for the weekend warrior.

Tools & MoreThe passive gardener will need:
• Garden Gloves, Knee Pads, Wide Brim Hat, and Safety Glasses
• Small Hand Cultivator & Rake, Yard Rake, Leaf Rake, and Spade
• Hand Pruner, Small Bucket, Collapsible Water Hose, and Spray Nozzle

The weekend warrior who really enjoys the challenge of maintaining a landscape or garden will need:
More Tools• Garden Gloves, Knee Pads, Wide Brim Hat, Work Boots, and Safety Glasses
• Spade, Flat Nosed Shovel, Leaf Rake, Garden Rake, Hoe, Pitch Fork, and Wheel Barrel
• 5 Gallon Bucket, Garden Hose, Hose Reel, Spray Nozzle, and Large Mulching Bucket
• Walk Behind Lawn Mower and/or Lawn Tractor (depending on size of the yard)
• Trash Container, Weed Eater, Hand Trim Saw, and Large & Small Pruner

When using all types of tools, the key word is SAFETY!  Use the right tool for the job.  Don’t force the tool or us them as pry bars.  Clean your tools up after use. Have a safe place to store the tools. And we always recommend the use of SAFETY GLASSES.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps home owners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties with all of their landscaping needs, helpful hints and questions.  From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations. When considering your landscape, hardscape or lawn maintenance needs please give us a call for a free consultation on how we can turn your visions and our experience into an outdoor living experience you and your family will appreciate.

Phone – 410.378.8668
Website: http://www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com

 

Are your flowers wilting? Why?

Flowers and plants are going to wilt now and then. Knowing why they are wilting and how to address the wilting is key to a quick recovery. So, what can go wrong?

1. Verticillium wilting is a common infection which comes from the soil and enters the roots causing wilting and yellowing foliage. When this happens, you will have to renovate the soil and replant.
2. Once you cut flowers they will start to wilt; there is no way to escape this fact. Cutting flowers from its vascular system allows air bubbles to form on the cut area. The air bubbles will not allow water Flowers 2to enter the stems. To extend the life of cut flowers, cut the stems off under water and then place them in the vase.
3. Transplanting plants can cause a shock to their systems. This often occurs when you transplant flowers in hot weather and/or in full sunlight. It can also happen when the plant is placed in a new growing environment. To help avoid this problem your can:
• Plant early in the morning
• Avoid full sunlight plantings
• Avoid excessive high temperatures
• Be careful handling the roots
• Always provide a little fertilizer
• Make sure they have water regularly
4. Water, in the correct amounts, is key to a healthy plant. Too much water or too little will both cause wilting. The soil should feel moist, not muddy or dripping with water.
5. The lighting conditions could be wrong. Do you have plants that require no sunlight in an area where the sunlight is excessive or do you have plants that need sunlight in a shaded area? The solution is to check your plants lighting needs (do a little research online) and move the plants to a correct lighting environment.

1-Garden PictureWhen purchasing plants, check with the nursery or garden center so that they can direct you to the right planting conditions and related plant needs. Most plants you purchase will have a little plastic tab stuck in the pot with general planting information.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps homeowners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties with all of their flowering, mulching and spring clean-up needs, with helpful hints and tips. From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations. When considering your landscape, hardscape or lawn maintenance needs, please give us a call for a free consultation on how we can turn your visions and our experience into an outdoor living experience you and your family will appreciate.
Phone: 410.378.8668
Website: http://www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com

Your plants need protection from the wind & rain….

Maryland is known for its long summers with high heat, high humidity, and often time’s severe thunderstorms. Because your plants also recognize the weather conditions and need protection from the most severe conditions, it is important to plan for some natural protection barriers. With only a few minor changes to your garden and beds, you can make sure that your plants are protected from any unnecessary stress the weather might bring.

Tips for Protection

High Winds can cause extreme stress on the root system and may even uproot some of your plants. The best way to protect your plants is to anticipate the wind damage and build a barrier or wind Flowers 3break that reduces the wind velocity to a reasonable level. When building your barrier keep in mind that you do not want to make a solid barrier by using solid materials like bricks, wall blocks, or wood. This type of barrier can cause the winds to act in strange ways, causing downdrafts, updrafts and vortex wind conditions. The best way to protect you plants is with hedges or picket fences.

Excessive Rain can harm your plants in several ways, including rotting. It is important to know the water needs for the different plants in your garden because some are just fine with large amounts of water, while others are going to die. Protection of the neck of the plant is particularly important. Protect it by covering it up will help ensure you are reducing the risk of water damage. Another way to help with excessive water is to have a built-in grade pitch to your house, garden, or plantings so the water is encouraged to move away to drain into the yard area.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. can help in accessing the need for wind and water protection barriers. Home owners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties can rely on our “outdoor maintenance” swancreeklandscaping trucksprograms to access your total landscape needs. From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping expertise that will exceed your expectations. When considering your landscaping needs, please give us a call for a free consultation on how we can turn your ideas and visions into an outdoor living experience you will use for years and never forget!
Phone – 410.378.8668
Website: http://www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com