NALP on Fox and Friends

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The streets of Manhattan were transformed into a beautiful outdoor oasis this past Sunday when NALP took over the Fox and Friends Plaza to inform viewers about outdoor living and lawn care.  A beautiful set featuring gorgeous products and styling … Continue reading

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Landscape Lighting Expands Nighttime Entertaining Options

Landscape lighting is not only pleasing to the eye, but it also serves an important purpose. One of our recent clients was just finishing up a backyard remodel when they called us. They are a family with a young daughter and another child on the way. They love to entertain and spend time outside as a family. They had just put in a new, beautiful deck and landscaping, and had an existing pool. They loved their outdoor space during the day, but it was too dark at night, especially the pool.

We thought that by adding outdoor lighting, they could expand their living space at night and add the safety they were looking for. Our plan included adding copper seat-wall lights under the deck steps to be able to see the steps at night, up-lighting the trees, and adding path lighting along the walkways. This provided enough light for the family and their guests to get from the deck to the pool and backyard safely in the evenings.

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Just Moved and Not Sure What to Do With Your New Yard?

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Did you ever move into a new house and then look outside at the yard and say, “what now?” A new home and a new yard are exciting projects to shape and personalize.  However what do you do if you aren’t a master gardener or don’t possess a green thumb? It might be a bit intimidated when it comes to learning about your new plants, trees, and flowers and how to care for them.  Here are a few a few tips from the experts. Continue reading

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Top 7 Things to Consider Before Making Drastic Changes to Your Landscape

The water crisis facing California is serious and carries imminent environmental, financial and human impacts. Cash incentives are being used in some areas to get homeowners to voluntarily give up their lawns. Before ripping out a lawn or making drastic changes to your landscape, the experts at the National Association of Landscape Professionals advise on the top seven things to consider.

Tip #1: Evaluate what you have. Look at the landscape you have now. Some elements in your landscape may already be drought-friendly, but you may need to change others. Calculate how much water you are using now and how frequently you are watering.

Tip #2: Consider the environmental and human impacts. Lawns and landscapes offer benefits that mitigate drought impacts. Grass cools the air around a home or building, reduces pollution, limits heat islands, suppresses dust, controls soil erosion and sequesters carbon.

Grass also assists in decomposing pollutants, dissipates heat, lowers allergy-related problems, reduces home cooling costs and acts as a fire barrier. Importantly, grass serves as a natural filter to potable water supplies, reducing stormwater runoff and capturing and filtering precipitation.

Tip #3: Educate yourself about how lawns and turfgrass respond during a drought. Most people overwater their lawns and assume that if grass is not green, it may be dying. Grass actually goes into a dormant state during a drought. It may look brown, but it’s not dead. If the crowns and root system are intact and have adequate moisture, grass can sustain itself.  Continue reading

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Outdoor Living Spaces Bring My Family Together

Photo by Denise Cregier

Photo by Denise Cregier

It’s become increasingly more difficult to talk to my older daughters. They’re 15 and 13, and quiet. (My youngest is four years old and never at a loss for words.) I struggle to meet them at their level, to engage them in conversation beyond the topical.

I have to say, the fire pit has been the single best thing for our family. It helps us stay connected. It’s the one place we’re all together, where a flat screen doesn’t divide our attention. Yes, there is the car, but the girls are reluctant to speak on anything because of the feeling of being trapped. Continue reading

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April is National Lawn Care Month

We know you love your lawn – we do too!  That’s why we celebrate National Lawn Care Month #lawncaremonth every April.

Here are a few tips from the experts about how to care for your lawn this spring.  Why is your lawn important?  It provides cooling, traps allergens and dust, and stops water run-off.  Other than that – its just plain fun!

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Myths vs. reality: How to get your lawn in top shape this spring

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Have you ever wondered when the right time to apply fertilizer to your yard is or whether it’s ok to cut the grass really short? Check out these myth-busting tips from the pros.

Myth #1: You can water your lawn and landscape any time of day.

Reality: Water is a valuable resource; make every drop count! Watering the lawn in the early mornings or evenings after sunset minimizes evaporation. It’s the best time for water to penetrate deep into the soil. Continue reading

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Holiday lighting safety

Many landscape and lawn care companies support their clients year-round by providing snow removal as well as holiday lighting in the winter. There are many safety concerns that homeowners should take into consideration when putting up their own holiday lights. Here is some advice from landscape industry pros:

Inspect The Lights and Wires
– Inspect all lights, decorations and extension cords before using. Wires can become brittle. Throw lights away if there is exposed copper or broken sockets. Continue reading

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Create a Year-Round Landscape

People who live in cooler climates can take a page from our warm-weather friends who use their yards year-round.  Just because it gets colder for part of the year, doesn’t mean we should put away the lawn furniture after Labor Day and lock the back door until spring.

There are a variety of ways you can extend the use of your yard into late fall and even winter.  Many patios, decks, and outdoor living spaces have fire features, such as fire pits, chimineas, and stone or brick fireplaces that come in all price ranges and are great focal points for outdoor entertaining in the fall and even into the winter.  Add a grill or outdoor kitchen and you have a great space for fall-themed entertaining, dinner alfresco, or s’mores and hot cocoa party.  Adding pergolas, gazebos, or covered patios creates a feeling of shelter and warmth in the winter, in addition to providing shade in the summer.

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