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Is Investing in Landscaping for my home worth it?

IMG_2958If you are thinking about landscaping your new home, refreshing your home’s current landscape, or adding a new outdoor hardscape (patio, pool surround, fire pit, retaining walls, etc.), you must be thinking “Will I get my money back?” and “Is it worth the investment?” The answer is yes!

Maryland is blessed with a climate that is conducive to spending a lot of time outdoors. Outdoor living spaces have become very popular with homeowners because it affords them the opportunity to spend quality time with their family, friends, and neighbors in an environment that is relaxing and aesthetically pleasing, while adding privacy and personal comfort.

Maintaining and improving your home with paint, garage doors, new windows, siding, roofs, etc., can all raise the value of your home. But do not forget the added property value you receive with the addition of an outdoor living space and related landscaping. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ALLA), there is great value and return on your landscaping investment that can:
•    Create a 20% to 30% return on your investment
•    Increase your home value by as much as 12%  many buyers will   pay a 10% to 12% premium for homes that have an attractive appearance or an expanded outdoor living space
•    Greatly increase the appearance and curb appeal of your property
•   Shortens the time spent on the real estate marketplace when selling

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. prides itself on providing uniquely designed Outdoor Living Spaces in Cecil and Harford Counties that enhance the value of our clients’ homes and businesses. From design to construction, till the dark of night turns on the lighting system, we provide living spaces that will meet and exceed your expectations. And, we are not done when the project is complete. We can continue by maintaining that outdoor space and the remainder of your entire property with Lawn Maintenance that will keep it beautiful year round. Contact us to learn more about how you we can help you to make the right landscape investment while enhancing the value of your home.

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

 

 

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7 – Tips for hiring a Landscape Company

swancreeklandscaping trucksMake sure you take a hard look and ask the right questions to eliminate disappointments down the road. Service and attention to detail are the key factors to ensuring your landscape, hardscape and/or yard maintenance project is completed to your satisfaction. Whether you’re installing a simple landscape, pool deck or a complete outdoor-living space, the quality of the landscape contractor is important, extremely important!

What to look for:

1. Professionalism – Are they prompt in returning your calls? Do they show up on time for project meetings? Are they respectful of your valuable time by being focused, organized, and prepared for meetings?

2. Proposals – Are you presented a detailed, complete proposal that incorporates all of your project needs and wants?

3. Customer References – Are you provided with a list of references with contact names and phone numbers of people who will discuss their honest opinions of the company?

4. Project Examples – Are you shown examples of similar projects they have completed for your review and discussion?

5. Design Capability – Are they equipped to provide and share design advice for your project? Do they have a designer on staff?

6. Competitive Pricing – Once a project has been designed and presented, is their pricing competitive and meets the project elements you requested? “You get what you pay for” has always been true and especially in the landscaping business. There are many unseen ways to cut corners. If having a cheap price is your driving motivation, then more than likely you will be getting a cheap job. Choosing a company on price alone is never a good idea.

7. Management Participation – Is the management and the representative you are working with going to be involved in your project? Will they be paying special attention to the design details of the project, overseeing construction, and directing their crew in meeting the key elements of their proposal and communicating back to you?

Exceeding the clients’ expectations by listening to your ideas, wants, and needs is how Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. has built a quality reputation over the past nine years, while adhering to the highest corporate standards in the industry today. If you are looking for a quality company to handle your Landscaping, Hardscapes and/or Yard Maintenance needs in the Cecil and Harford County area, please pick up the phone and call Swan Creek Landscaping.

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

The best time to landscape in Maryland is NOW!

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The weather has turned cold, the boats have been taken out of the water and there’s the possibility of it snowing, but it is not the time to put your landscaping project in a folder on the back of your desk. To ensure that your new hardscape and landscape project is on the front burner come springtime, then right now is the time to get it designed and start the project moving.

What can your Landscaper get done in the winter?
At Swan Creek Landscaping we can meet with you to develop:
•  A “hit-list” of your wants, needs, and “have to haves” for your project
•  Design a project that meets those needs and is within your budget
•  Create site plans, including the materials needed for the project and a site layout
•  Develop a purchase order to buy some of the materials during the winter slowdown period when materials  pricing is at its lowest

Can you actually start work on the project?
That depends on the type of landscape or hardscape project you are requesting. Most of the time there is work that we can do that will give us a head start when the weather breaks and springtime arrives, including performing some preliminary layout work. There is also the possibility of some rough grading while the ground is hard and the grass is dormant, thus reducing the damage caused in the springtime when the ground thaws and the soil is wet. This time of the year is a great time to start the whole process moving for: Pool Decks, Fire Pits, Outdoor Fireplaces, Patios, Retaining Walls, and Outdoor Living Spaces.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps home owners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties get a head-start on creating both Hardscapes, Softscapes and Landscapes that meet our clients’ wants and needs in a timely manner. From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations. Now is the time to be 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 to come and get a head start on your project.

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

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

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.