Creating a Backyard Entertaining Area

Does your idea of a perfect summer weekend include inviting friends and family over for a backyard BBQ or party? If you love entertaining outdoors, you need the right elements in your backyard to make your guests comfortable. You need more than some patio furniture and a grill to make the ultimate backyard entertainment space. Consider adding some of these hardscapes to create a fantastic outdoor entertaining area right at home.

Large Patio

Even if you have a patio, make sure it is big enough to accommodate all your guests. You want your patio to be large enough to comfortably fit tables, chairs, grills and possibly a fire pit. Stone pavers are easy to maintain and look beautiful, a great choice for building an expansive patio. You can extend your existing patio by adding a sunken retaining wall patio with built in seating, a unique and stunning addition to any outdoor space.

Fire Pit or Outdoor Fireplace

Summer day backyard parties often go into the night. Add warmth and a flickering glow to your backyard with a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Everyone loves sitting around the fire under the stars, adding a special element to your outdoor entertaining area.

Outdoor Kitchens

Upgrade your backyard cooking equipment by adding an outdoor kitchen. A gas or charcoal grill is fine, but often you end up running in and out of the house while you are preparing your meal. Spend time with your guests with an outdoor kitchen that has all the tools you need right on your patio.

Make your backyard the place to be this summer with a makeover of your outdoor entertaining space. Contact your local hardscape landscaper to start designing your new patio and other hardscape elements to create the best backyard on your block.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

5 Questions to Ask Your Landscaper

When you hire a landscaper for routine lawn maintenance or to build a new hardscape, you want to ensure you find the right contractor for the job. There are many quality landscapers that offer professional services, but in every profession, there are bad seeds. You want to make sure you find a landscaper that is high quality and will perform the services you need to your satisfaction. Here are five questions to ask a prospective landscaper.

  1. Are you licensed and insured? There are landscapers that do not have the needed licensing and insurance required. Make sure the service you hire is licensed and has insurance to cover their employees for injury and for damages to your property.
  2. What services do you offer? Some services call themselves landscapers, but actually only offer lawn maintenance. You want a company that can perform softscapes, hardscapes and maintenance.
  3. How many years in business? If you have a large project, you want an experienced company that has built a solid reputation. Choose a landscaper with several years in business at minimum and uses experienced, trained employees to complete their services.
  4. What guarantees do you offer? A quality landscaper will stand behind their work. Ask about their guarantee on any projects they complete and whether they provide a written estimate and guarantee.
  5. Do you have references? Take the time to get references and check with previous customers. You can also check online reviews to see what other people in your community have to say about the company.

Avoid disappoint by finding an experienced landscaper for your next project. Make the effort to vet your landscaper before you hire them for the job.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Hardscaping Versus Softscaping Landscape Companies

If you are looking to hire a landscaping company, you also need to decide what type of landscaping you need to have performed. Although almost all landscaping companies may do routine yard work such as mowing, trimming and edging, not all are qualified or licensed to do other types of landscape work. The big difference is usually defined between hardscaping and softscaping, two very different aspects of the landscaping industry.

What Type Of Landscaping Do You Need?

When hiring a landscape service, one of the many factors to consider is what work you will need to be done. There are two main categories of services that can be performed by a landscaper: softscaping and hardscaping. In many states, a landscaper may need different licensing to do both, so it is important to know the difference before you hire a new landscaping contractor.

  • Softscaping. In general, softscaping refers to the care of plants, such as grass, flowers and shrubs. This is the basic job of most landscaping companies, with many only caring for your plants, not doing any work that requires the moving of dirt or earth.
  • Hardscaping. Any time you are adding features to your yard such as a retaining wall, water fountains, fish ponds or other features, it is considered hardscaping. Gravel, bricks, rocks and other materials are all┬átypes of hardscapes.

If you are only looking for lawn care and maintenance, almost any licensed landscaper should be able to take on the project. However, if you are looking for more intricate landscape design and added features, make sure the company you hire is licensed and insured in your state to perform hardscaping projects.

Posted on behalf of Lanier Yardscapes