If there’s one thing every business owner strives for, its to be prepared: always and for everything. So, is your business prepared for snow removal during a blizzard? Nursing homes, hospitals, medical facilities and other specialty offices don’t close during a blizzard. Their doctors must get to the patients, and a blizzard makes for emergency situations. Gas stations must get be available to get people the gas they need for their snow blowers and trucks. There is no choice to have a blizzard plan in place for your parking lot no matter what type of business or property owner you are. Are you ready? Read more
Who’s in charge of snow removal on your property? Haven’t thought about it yet? Well, we might be having an anticlimactic October so far, but don’t be fooled, winter is just around the corner. Make sure you are covered the first day the snow falls by securing your commercial snow removal company now. Before you sign a contract, think again about the company you’ve used in the past and make a decision for the future. Timing, liability, experience, and insurance are the top 4 things you should be looking for in a company, and at DeCarlo Landscaping, that’s what you get. Read more
With the winter just around the corner, it’s time for all commercial property owners to prepare their properties for winter. An important area of concern should be assessing the parking lot, sidewalks, and walkways for disrepair and lack of integrity. If any damage is found, fixing these problems before winter is key to preventing any further damage, reducing your risk of trip and fall on your property and allowing for a smoother snow and ice removal process. Autumn sidewalk repair is underway here at DeCarlo Landscaping Design and we want you to be next on our list! Read more
When you’ve got over 30 years of experience in the commercial and residential landscaping industry, you better believe we think we’re the best at what we do. We love to monitor and care for our installed gardens, and it makes us happy to see our installed gardens thriving year after year with the year-round maintenance we provide. We do understand, however, that some of our customers just need help installing, but are avid gardeners and love to maintain their own beds. We respect that here at DeCarlo Landscaping and with that in mind here are a few tips for maintaining your fall garden on your own. Read more
Ready or not New Jersey, it’s time to think winter and commercial snow removal for your business. Local, commercially insured snow removal services can be hard to find in Northern New Jersey as winter approaches. Most business or property owners know by now they need to find someone insured early in order to get a contract. Read more
For those who are comfortable in the garden and working on their landscaping themselves, fall pruning is on the mind. The autumn season is when trees and plants alike should be pruned to make room for new growth the following year and to clean up the look of your landscaping. The importance lies in timing and proper techniques used for pruning in order to get the best look out of your pruned garden. Maybe you used to have a landscaping company that did it for you, or perhaps you didn’t realize all of the work a garden can be. No worries, we’re here to help! Follow our easy 4 step guide and relish in your pruned garden! Read more
The seasons will start to transition in a few weeks for New Jersey and soon leaves will be starting to change color. Mother Natures sign that winter is on the way will mark the time for local New Jersey businesses to secure their snow removal company for the upcoming 2018 winter weather season. Finding a reliable company to clear your building’s parking lot and walkways can get harder and harder as the winter approaches and local companies start to reach max capacity. Read more
Don’t be the only business owner in Northern New Jersey plowing your own parking lot this year. In fact, we’re reminding you now that August is the time to get your snow plowing company secured and ready for first snow. As most commercial property owners know by now, sooner than later the snow will be here causing delays, parking lot disasters, icy sidewalks, and all that winter brings with it to the Garden State. Read more
Having a great yard is a sense of pride for many homeowners.
Not only that, but it brings great resale value to your home as well! Whether you’re looking for a complete transformation or small project, picking the right landscaper is huge.
Read on to learn the questions you must ask any landscaping service.
Upfront Questions for Local Landscapers:
Do they offer consultations?
Ask them they if they will come out, see your yard and say what they think they can do with it.
Tell them your ideas for what you want and listen to their input.Being the professionals that they are, they’ll probably have some ideas you hadn’t considered.
During this consultation, you’ll be able to get a feel for their expertise, and the type of worker they are.
Be aware though, you are taking up a business person’s time and might be charged for the visit.
What are their prices?
Once you’ve talked with different landscapers and hear their ideas for your yard, you can get down to the brass tax of it all.
Find out the prices of your local landscapers before asking more specific questions. This way you’ll know which companies are within your budget and which companies you can eliminate right off the bat.
Decide who gives you the best bang for your buck and then get to the details.
Learn More About the Company:
How many years of experience do they have?
Are you more likely to trust your yard to someone who’s new to the industry or a company with years and years of experience? Look for local landscapers who have been around for a while who know what you want and how exactly to install it.
Experienced companies understand the type of soil, ground levels, and other nuances that newcomers may overlook.
What type of services do they provide?
You may like the prices they offer and the experience they have, but do they offer the services you are looking for?
Some companies will be full service and do landscape install, maintenance, and hardscaping where they’ll add a deck or patio to your yard.
Make sure the local landscapers you’re looking into offer what you want. Some companies just install gardens and other greenery. Some just do maintenance work on the yard for you.
Know what type or service you want and find the company that fits the bill.
What are their guarantees like?
If your plants or lawn starts to die within a few years, will they replace it at no cost to you?
All landscape contracts should come with a guarantee for their work.
Most – if not all – have a least a 2-year guarantee. Finding companies that give 3, 4, or even 5-year guarantees aren’t difficult to find, however.
Ask, also, at this time if any equipment they install is also guaranteed or if it is guaranteed for longer or shorter than the greenery.
Can They Do What You Want?:
Ask to see examples or testimonials
A landscaper may talk a big game and offer you great prices and great ideas for your lawn, but the proof is in the pudding.
Before they get to work on your yard, ask them to see pictures of their former work.
Look for work they’ve done on houses and lawns that are similar in shape and size as yours. Don’t be afraid to also check to see if they come with any recommendations or have customer testimonials you can read.
How long will it take?
Installing any landscape project will take time.
That’s without including uncontrollable aspects such as weather and shipping delays, putting a deadline on a project may be unreasonable.
It depends on what all you want to be done, but ask your local landscapers to give an estimated timetable for how long it will take them to complete the job.
If you really have a date you want it to be completed by, ask how busy the company is with other jobs, where they get their resources from and how many laborers they’ll have on the job.
With the 7 questions listed above, you are now ready to look around your city for the best landscapers to hire.
Are you thinking about residential landscape design for your front yard or backyard? If so, you have so many options. How can you possibly narrow down your choices?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. By looking at the trends that have emerged this year, you can get some great ideas for what you should do with your yard.
Your home will be the envy of the block by following these five residential landscaping trends for 2017.
1. Promoting the Growth of Edible Plants
In a perfect world, you could grow your own food and live off that.
You don’t need a farm to be able to enjoy such a smart, healthy, sustainable life. Instead, it’s all about what you grow in your garden!
If you have the whole backyard to work with, grow your own vegetables and fruits. When the time comes, you can harvest these and consume fresh produce for weeks on end.
If space is an issue, you can still live off your garden, but on a smaller scale. Edible plants tend to grow vertically, so they won’t take up too much room. That means regardless of what kind of backyard situation you have, you should have space for these.
2. Inviting Bees with a Pollinator Garden
A pollinator garden, as you may have guessed, is like heaven for bees. The whole point of these gardens is to bring as many bees to your backyard as possible. That means growing pollen and nectar-producing flowers.
Bee population is a growing concern. By planting your own pollinator garden, you’re encouraging bees to propagate and thrive in your backyard.
Here are some quick tips for pollinator garden success:
- Go pesticide-free if possible
- Select plants for all four seasons to keep bees around all year long
- Build protection for the garden in the winter months
- Make sure the space gets plenty of sunlight
- Mix up your flower varieties
3. Xeriscaping (And Other Sustainable Gardening Practices)
Today, everyone does their part for the environment. That means sustainable gardening is a huge trend for this year.
One of the mot popular types of sustainable gardening is xeriscaping. With xeriscaped yards, there’s an irrigation system for water to travel through. The plants you grow in a xeriscaped yard require far less frequent watering than many other types of plants.
4. Installing Outdoor Kitchens
With such a lovely yard, why not spend some extra time out there? If you have the space (and the budget), outdoor kitchens let you reconnect with nature.
We’re talking about more than a dining table and grill in the backyard. This is the whole hog: an oven, refrigerator, and more. Many of these appliances are “smart,” meaning we can control them via a smartphone app.
5. And Our Favorite Residential Landscaping Trend for 2017 Is…Hardscaping
Sculptures, rocks, and stones are still made for a wonderful addition to any backyard, even in 2017.
There’s a reason hardscaping is still all the rage. These additions, although costly, will often last for years with basically no maintenance. Hardscaping adds personality to any backyard, and who doesn’t want that?
Need some help getting the residential landscaping of your dreams? Contact us at DeCarlo Landscaping Contractors. Whether you need shrub trimming, weed control, yard cultivating or other landscaping services, we’re happy to offer them.