Hardscape Vs. Softscape: What’s the Difference?

hardscape Montgomery PAOur world thrives on balance. Light and dark. Happiness and sadness. Summer and winter.

The same goes for your landscaping, which isn’t truly complete without two elements that are complete opposites: softscape and hardscape.

Montgomery PA homes that want to look their best would do well to incorporate both softscaping and hardscaping into their properties, but what’s the difference between the two?

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Backyard Landscape Construction Ideas

landscape construction bucks paThere was a time when the notion of “relaxing” in your backyard would have been unthinkable.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the backyard was where people raised chickens, threw away trash…and kept their outhouses.

It was an important part of the home, but also not somewhere you’d want to hang out. Then came suburbs and indoor plumbing, and with them, the idea of leisure at home and landscape construction.

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Using Landscaping to Hide Outdoor Maintenance Devices

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Nearly every commercial facility is a blend of form and function. Sometimes, you have an aesthetically pleasing property because of its design and there’s nothing you want to hide.

But in some cases, you might be challenged to use commercial landscaping elements strategically, to cover-up or mask something on your property:

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Best Practices: Planning Your Commercial Landscape

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How much priority does landscaping get when it comes to your property maintenance budget? It might seem like an afterthought, but it shouldn’t.

A good looking commercial landscape keeps your happy, encourages their customers to visit and can catch the eye of potential tenants.

That’s why proactive property manager should develop an overall plan for how to deal with the issue. Here are a few best practices for planning your commercial landscape with the assistance of a commercial landscaper in PA & NJ:

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Creating Functional Outdoor Spaces

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Your outdoor spaces are an important, if unsung, function of your business.

Your outdoor space is where your employees will congregate when they are on break, and is the first impression anyone will get of you when they come to visit.

While style is vital, function is also important, and these aspects merge together into either a successful outdoor space or an unsuccessful one. Here are some tips for creating functional outdoor spaces through commercial landscaping in PA & NJ.

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The Importance of Project Management in Landscape Design & Construction

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When it comes to commercial landscape design in PA, there are certain “best practices” that must be followed.

One way to make sure these practices are adhered to is through project management, which ensures every landscaping job is thoroughly planned, coordinated and controlled from its commencement to its completion.

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Boosting Property Resale with Landscape Construction

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If you ask a real estate agent what your home needs to sell, chances are you’ll get a two-word answer: Curb appeal.

When the National Association of Realtors surveyed its members last year, 99 percent said they thought curb appeal was important for attracting buyers.

And 96 percent of Realtors say they suggest sellers improve their home’s curb appeal before putting the property up for sale.

If you’re one of those sellers, here are a few real estate landscape construction ideas to help boost your home’s resale potential.

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Best Practices: Planning Your Commercial Landscape

Commercial Landscaping at Flowers MillIf you’re in charge of a mid-size or large commercial property, you’ve probably run into your fair share of pushback if you’ve ever tried to argue for the importance—or even the necessity—of a lush landscape project. Perhaps the money counters at your firm have tried to convince you of the non-necessity of a landscape that does more than simply meet the minimal requirements.

Or perhaps you’re the one who isn’t quite sold on the idea of living greenery as a wise investment. Maybe you’re not yet convinced, for instance, that commercial landscape design can do much more than simply add a touch of required greenery to an otherwise bland, commercial landscape.

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Transitioning Your Landscape from Summer to Fall

As the seasons change, so should your landscaping practices to keep up with your landscape maintenance.

The challenges you face when tending to your garden and your lawn during the summer are different than the ones you’ll deal with when fall arrives. But these are challenges that you’ll be able to overcome with the right preparation. Read on to learn some tips for transitioning your landscape from summer to fall:

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  • This is a good time to deal with problems with your lawn. Start with core aeration, the practice of mechanically removing small bits of thatch and soil from your lawn to help it breathe. As the summer’s hottest temperatures recede, you can, well, reseed your lawn.
  • Give your lawn a rest from the mower and let your grass grow a bit. This gives your lawn time to recover without having to expend energy on regrowing.
  • If you have water features in your yard, start to cover them. This will keep fallen leaves from clogging their irrigation systems.

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5 Tips for Commercial Landscape Maintenance in PA

commercial landscape maintenance in PAWhen you have important business to conduct, you get dressed up. You might be meeting a new client for the first time, and you want to make a good impression.

The same thinking should apply to your commercial landscape maintenance. What do you want customers to see when they arrive: a drab corporate cinderblock, or lovingly-cultivated landscaping?

Here are a few tips for commercial landscape maintenance in PA to help make your property look its best:

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