What do the terms Hardscape and Softscape mean?

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If you are considering a landscaping project on your property, you will be talking to landscape professionals who will often use the words/terms Hardscapes and Softscapes. You may be puzzled by what the two terms mean and how they are different.

Hardscapes refers to those parts of the landscape that are permanent and which often times remain the same for many years. Hardscape examples would include: Retaining Walls, Sidewalks, Swimming Pools, Patios, Stairs, Driveways, Decks, Water Features, Outdoor Kitchens, and Fire Pits.
• There are many varied and different types of materials used in hardscapes including: Concrete, Bricks, Granit, Flagstones, Creed Bed Stones, Wood, Terrazzo, Slate, Plastics, and Blue Stones.

Softscapes refers to those parts of the landscape that are not permanent and are often in a state of flus. Think of it as soft features of your landscape that are ever changing, including: Flowers, Plants, Trees, Shrubs, Hedges, Vines, Turf, Bushes, and Mulch.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps home owners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties create both Hardscapes and Softscapes that meet our clients’ wants and needs for a value added landscape that enhances the value of their property. 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 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 many years and never forget.

Phone – 410.378.8668
Website: Swancreeklandscaping.com

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Why would I want to invest in a Landscape Design in the winter?

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Winter is upon us and the cold, the wind, and the snow keeps us pinned down inside until the spring flowers start to pop. So why would you be interested in investing in a design for your Outdoor Living Space, Patio, or other Hardscape Landscape project at this time of year?

The fact is that the very best time for project installation is in the early spring, thus allowing you to maximize your usage when the weather breaks. There are many benefits to “winter” design and early spring construction including:
• Time Factor – You and your Landscaper have the time to design, review, and make changes to the project before  spring breaks.
• Cost Factor – A big benefit to off-season design/build projects is the cost. In the winter, the landscaper is in  his slowdown mode with the extra time to spend creating and refining your design.
• Material Factor – During the winter, when demand is at its lowest, the cost of construction materials may be  lower by as much as 10% to 15%. Once the design is finalized your landscaper can take advantage of the lower  cost.
Construction Start – Once designed, the landscaper can come onto the property and begin the basic layout of the  project, finalize the materials list, and perhaps begin some rough grading. When the ground is frozen and the
grass is in its dormant state, there is less chance of major damage to the access areas, the grass, and the site  itself.
Short Waiting Time – You have decided on the design, you are now first in line for springtime installation as  soon as the weather breaks.

Yes, Mrs. Simpson, the right time to address your springtime landscape project is during the winter months when the design, material, and construction moons are aligned with your desire for Outdoor Living Space utilization from springtime to next winter.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. can meet your “winter design/build” needs and welcomes the opportunity to help home owners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties create both Hardscapes, Softscapes and Landscapes that meet their wants and needs that will enhance the value of their property. From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations. Call us for a free consultation. Let us turn your ideas into an outdoor living space.

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

10 Plants that thrive in the winter

The coldest winter day can turn warm and inviting with perennial plants and trees that bloom, and have color or unique characteristics in the winter months. They can stick their heads thru the snow and from behind the dormant plants in your yard beds and gardens. It is not just luck that they live; they thrive in the cold and add color and a warm unique appearance. If your desire is to have a garden/landscape that looks great and will be noticed in all seasons of the year, remember this listing of plants. By adding these and other plantings to your landscape, your winter months will continue the beauty and unique character of your landscape.

1. Winter Berry is holly’s nephew.  They lose their leaves and what remains are their vibrant red berries. Expect a “thank you” from the birds as they gather to eat.

2. Firethorn is attractive all year long, with white flowers in the spring and green leaves the rest of the year. They also have attractive orange or yellow berries.

3. Corkscrew Hazel has flowers in the spring. Once the leaves are gone in the fall, twisted braches that wind around will add dimension to your yard.

4. Red Twig Dogwood with its red stems gives great accent color in your garden year round. The red vibrant color is regulated by the amount of sun it receives.

5. Camellia is the most popular evergreen of all winter plants, with a bright rose colored flower. It should be planted where it can get the most sun.

6. Holly is known as the “winter green” of which there are some 400 varieties. Sizes can vary from a little bush to 40’ foot trees with bright red berries.

7. Heather blooms all year long and has flowers during the summer and fall. In the winter, the thick foliage makes a unique contrast to the other plants in the garden.

8. Hellebore comes in many varieties. The flowers are cupped shape coming in colors that you choose to add colors to your garden. It likes a full-shade area.

9. The Paper Birch tree has colorful yellow leaves in the fall, but when winter really hits, the white bark stands out as a contrast to evergreens in your yard.

10. Paperbark Maple tree has a unique copper color and pealing bark that is attractive to the eye, both on the tree and on the ground. The green leaves turn into a cinnamon color in the fall. This plant grows best in partial sunlight.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps homeowners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties design landscapes that include annual and perennial plants and unique trees to ensure truly attractive gardens and curb appeal that is colorful, warm and inviting year round. 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 Landscaping, Hardscapes 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 that you and your family will appreciate.

Phone – 410.378.8668
Website: www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com

Never too early to think SPRING!

wintertechoblocpatiodisplayWinter time in the landscape and hardscape business is a time to catch up on all the little tasks you were too busy for in previous months.  Servicing, maintaining and even replacing equipment, lining up jobs for spring and optimizing our web presence.

While everyone on the east coast is feeling the single digit temperatures, you see the gloom of winter.  Like Clark Griswold staring out his window envisioning the new pool he’ll install with his Christmas bonus, we hope you’re doing the same….thinking about what that patio you’ve been considering will look like in the warmer months.  Swan Creek Landscaping can make your day-dreams a reality!  Now is the perfect time to get the wheels cranking.  Call us today and we’ll set up a free consultation.  Spring and summer will be here before we all know it!  Lets just hope you don’t have a Cousin Eddie to hang out around your pool in a Speedo.