Privacy landscaping can make you and your neighbors happy!!!

Some time you just want to be by yourself or you just don’t want to hear your next door neighbor on their cell phone.  You just want to relax with some quite time with no interference or you really want to sit out in the warm sun without the neighbor’s basketball bouncing through the patio and over-top of the grill.  The answer just might be a phone call way and just around the corner.

Garden PictureLandscaping Your Yard for Privacy

Designing a landscaping that creates a soft, quite, natural, privacy barrier can change the whole dynamics and enjoyment of your outdoor living space.  There are many ways to address privacy barriers other than building an eight foot tall fence.

Softscapes – One of the best ways to landscape for privacy is the addition of trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers designed in such a way that the line-of-sight is deterred and the normal day to day sounds of our neighbors and local traffic are muffled.  Layering the plants allows for the larger plants to be designed on the outside of your yard creating a taller barrier and providing a place to nestle in the lower bushier plants to the inside for more subtle noises.

cole patio firepitHardscapes – Designing decks and patios for privacy is another way to soften the neighborhood noises and allow for more privacy.  The addition of Pergola and Trellises will not be able to hide the entire yard, but it will allow for private areas for your and your guest.

Decorative Walls – One of the best ways to add privacy is to use Decorative Walls.  They can be used around the slops of the yard to create new living spaces or gardens.  You can also add an attractive addition to your patio or pool area that could include decorative fencing on the top edge for maximum privacy.

Water Features – This is a unique way to design a new outdoor living space that is peaceful and relaxing, but it will also mask the noises of the neighborhood.  The addition of a fountain or waterfall will also muffle the sounds from the air conditioner, street traffic and conversations from your neighbors.  There is just something about the sound of a water feature that is relaxing and soothing to the ear.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. prides itself in providing privacy landscape options for our Cecil and Harford County clients’.  Our Design Group will create a unique outdoor living space that will meet your privacy needs, while providing a unique outdoor living space.  In addition, our Service Group performs yard maintenance, mowing, plantings, landscaping, patios, pruning and gardening on a contract basis.  Pick-up the phone and call us to learn how Swan Creek can change the look of your property with privacy solutions that will enhance the appearance of your home and value.

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

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Tips on Watering your Maryland lawn green during the “dog days” of summer….

Maryland is blessed with a great climate that allows our residents to be outdoors three quarters of the year.  But, keeping your landscape and specifically your lawn green during the hot days of August can be a challenge.  But Swan Creek has some ideas, suggestions and tips.

Dog PictureThe very best solution is to have an irrigation system which can be the greatest way to keep a Maryland lawn nourished and cooled off. Your yard needs water on a regular bases and the best way to get it is with some type of Sprinkling System (in-ground or above ground). It is the best defense against the “dog days” of summer that can bring brown spots and can even kill parts of your yard.  It also allows the yard to soak up needed water and nutrients while allowing the excess water to be evaporate by the sun.

Watering Tips:
• Best time to water you lawn is between 4:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. in the morning
• Do not water in the hottest part of the day…the water will evaporate before being absorbed
• Do not saturate your lawn with water…this can cause a breeding ground for mold and disease
• Avoid watering by hand…it is inconsistent and will not spread evenly around the yard
• Most lawns require about 1” to 2” inches of water per week depending on soil and grass type
• Avoid watering by hand with a hose and spray nozzle because of the inconsistency in spraying
• Use of an inexpensive sprinkler supplied by a water hose and placed around the yard can also be most effective. Make sure you take note of time in each area so as not to over water
• Keep your mowing height at 3” or greater. Tall grass can best absorb the water, while helping to eliminate stress on the plants
• Buy a good mulching bade for your mower and stop bagging you clippings. The blade will cut the grass into finer pieces and allow it to drop back into the lawn for added food and nutrients
• Keep your fertilizer in the bag during the hot months unless you have a sprinkler system. You can quickly burn out the yard if applied at the wrong time. Consult your nursery
• Planting shade Tree Picturetrees around your property might also give your lawn some relieve from the heat and can even offer shaded areas for your outdoor living spaces

Remember, with all lawn care Mother Nature is always in charge. But, seed companies are constantly coming out with new grasses and some recent introductions to the market are slow growing grasses, grasses that need a minimum amount of water, and grasses you do not even need to be mowed.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. provides lawn, grass and watering tips to our Cecil and Harford County clients’.  Our Maintenance Group will inspect your yard to determine your watering needs and then make recommendations for proper care of your entire yard and landscape.  In addition, our Maintenance Service Group performs yard maintenance of all types including: mowing, plantings, pruning, landscaping, and spring/fall clean-ups on a contract basis.  Please call us to learn how Swan Creek can change the look of your property with yard maintenance that will enhance the appearance of your home along with the value.

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

Repairing Bare Spots in the lawn and bringing them back to life!

Everyone experiences bare spots around their lawn from time to time.  Some are from diseases, some from animals, some from dogs relieving themselves, some from kids playing in the yard and some just from general yard damage.  There are ways to fix these damaged bare spots, it just takes a little time and tender care.

Some tips to consider:
Grass 31.    Watering alone will not fix most bare spots.  It will fix brown spots caused from your dog relieving itself by neutralizing high nitrogen from the pee.
2.    Thin and browning spots can be caused by drought or lack of water, so applying some water might just bring back the grass, as long as there is some grass.
3.    For outright bare spots, rough up the area with a rake or hand cultivator.  Lay down some seed, selected to match the grass you have in the yard. Your Lawn & Garden Store can advise you in this area.  One type of seed that is often recommended is Scotts Turf Builder E-Z Seed which is said to grow grass anywhere.  It has both seed and fertilizer, and you only have to water and keep the area moist to eliminate the bare spot.
4.    One other consideration might be to buy some sod from your Lawn & Garden Store or the local Nursery.  Again, rough up the area, remove just enough dirt to allow for the sod base to fit snuggly into the space, level with the rest of the yard, tamp it down snuggly with your feet and water.  You should water for several days until it takes root and can live on its own.
5.    Watering you bare spots is of course necessary to let the new grass take hold and fill in.  But don’t forget about the rest of the yard. Making sure your yard is receiving the right amount of water is best tested by just pushing your finger into the ground area and seeing if it is moist.  This will always help to keep your yard healthy and green.

Bull Dog PictureSwan Creek Landscaping, Inc. is pleased to offer grass growing tips and advice along with other landscaping and lawn solutions to our Cecil and Harford County clients’.  In addition to our lawn and property Maintenance Services Swan Creek also performs Landscape and Hardscape services that include: Gardens, General Landscaping and Hardscapes that include retaining walls, walkways, driveways, pool decks, patios and outdoor living spaces…both large and small.  Please call us to learn how Swan Creek can change the look of your property with Landscaping Programs that will enhance the appearance of your home along with the value.

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

Vacation time is coming up so prepare your lawn for your few days off!

Most everyone takes a little time off to go to the beach, amusement park, or to visit grandma.  Your yard is not so lucky, it cannot take any time off, but if you prepare it before you departure you won’t have any surprises when you come home.

For short periods away your lawn will take care of itself. Just make sure you:
Tractor Mowing• Mow the day before you leave so the growth will not be that great upon your return
• Water – If you have a Watering System make sure it continues to water while you’re gone
• Water – No Watering System make sure you give it a good drink the day before you leave
• Mow the first thing upon your return and get back on a normal mowing schedule

For longer periods away your lawn will have to be prepared for your absence.  Just make sure you:
Mowing Grass• Mow your yard a notch lower than normal to allow enough time for little more growth
• Water – If you have a Watering System make sure it is set to work while you’re gone
• Water – No Watering System make sure you deep water to  ensure some moisture is present
• When you return raise the mower level 2 notches to limit the amount you cut off…most professionals say you should not remove more than one-third of the growth at any one time

When you are going to be gone for long periods of time you may want to have your landscaper come in and keep the grounds looking good.  Having your landscaper, a neighbor or a family member come around at different times on a regular basis every day to offer some type of security so drive-byes do not think the house is empty.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. provides lawn care services for our Cecil and Harford County clients’. Our Maintenance Group performs yard maintenance of all types including: mowing, plantings, pruning, landscaping, and spring/fall clean-ups on a contract basis. In addition to our maintenance service Swan Creek also performs Landscape and Hardscape services that include: Gardens, General Landscaping and Hardscapes including retaining walls, walkways, driveways, pool decks, patios and outdoor living spaces.  Please call us to learn how Swan Creek can change the look of your property with Landscaping Programs that will enhance the appearance of your home along with the value.

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

Edging the Lawn….Why, When, and How!

Lawn maintenance is an ongoing project for every landscape and depending on the time of year is constantly changing.  Edging your lawn is an important maintenance item in keeping your yard looking neat, clean, and healthy that provides sharp, defined lines that says “I care about the look of my landscape” and it shows.

There are several issues to address in creating a planned schedule for how often you need to be edging.

1-Grass1. Do you fertilize? In the spring of the year everyone is out  spreading fertilizer to make sure the yard is green and healthy.  Well, that does work, but it also makes the grass grow faster.  Often times it seems like the grass is growing faster around the edge of your driveway and walkways.  Well that very well might be the case since often times excess fertilizer that lands on the driveway and walkways is swept into the yard with most of it landing along the edge and that grass grows fast!

2. Timing is everything!  You will surely want to edge your yard in the spring since debris, clippings and the freezing and thawing from the winter months has fill in the edge area along driveway and walkways.  And, since you fertilized your grass it will have a “spring” growth cycle which will require your frequent attention.  You should look over the areas to be edged every time you mow the grass to see if it needs edged.  During the summer months you might go several mowing’s before you need to edge, depending on how wet or dry it has been.

3. Tips to make it edging easier (somewhat) – The type of edging equipment (manual, electric, or gas-powered) you have really does not matter as far as the process is concerned.  With edging machines you should place the blade so it rest in the grass along the edge of the hard surface with the wheels or guide against the hard surface…ideally the edger should be at a 90° degree angle.

You now need to create a small trench like area by moving the edger between the hard surface and the soft surface of the yard. You will probably have to move the edger back and forth if the ground is firm. If you have curves and turns in your driveway or walkways not to worry the edging tools will move right along the surface.

Depending on the edging equipment you have there are some other options.  You could use a spade shovel or a step on edging spade to dig around the edge of your hard surfaces.  This can be time consuming and will take a lot of effort on your part, but will result in a nice deep edge around your drive and walkways.

WeedeatingYou might also have a string trimmer that has optional settings and/or attached wheels that can be used for edging along with the normal trimming.  Often times this type of equipment work fine and gives you clean, neat edges quickly and without much effort.

Of course, when your done edging you will have to sweep up the debris, which can be used in your small planting pots or clean off the surfaces with a power blower which leaves a nice, clean surface.

4. Safety is always important! Lawn maintenance and the use of power equipment does pose some risks of flying debris that should always be addressed.  Always use eye, ear, leg, arm, foot and hand safety protective gear to ensure you avoid the dangers of flying objects that can hurt, really hurt!

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps homeowners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties with all of their Landscape needs, including complete lawn maintenance that includes edging. 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 (patios, walkways, driveways, pool decks and outdoor living spaces) 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 enjoy and appreciate.

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