by Greg Greg

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Landscape with Hardscaping


Do you want to enhance your business’s curb appeal as well as your enjoyment of its outdoor space? You may want to consider hardscape design.

Hardscape landscaping is all about making practical and aesthetic design decisions that combine to create a pleasant and welcoming space. 

Read on to learn the top three ways you can improve your business’s landscape with hardscaping! 

What is Hardscape?

Hardscape landscaping refers to any aspect of a landscape design that is non-living. Since these elements take longer to install and are more permanent than plants and other features, they’re typically the first elements that are installed. Hardscaping is a big umbrella term that can refer to: 

  • Walkways
  • Steps
  • Fences
  • Patios
  • Gazebos
  • Decks
  • And more

Water features also count as hardscape features. This can be as small as a birdbath or as large as a stone fountain outside the front door of your business. 

Hardscape Ideas

Starting with pathways, then larger objects, and following up with smaller objects is the easiest way to begin your hardscape design. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

1. Practical Pathways

Stone or cement pathways and walkways are practical additions that help direct the flow of traffic to and from your business. Even better, their design can help set the tone for the rest of the aesthetics of your landscape.

Ensuring that your pathways are smooth and free of bumps and cracks that people can trip on can save you from costly litigation. It also helps ensure that your business is easily accessible to everyone. 

2. Soothing Shade

Not all businesses are lucky enough to have trees surrounding the property that provide ample shade in the summer. If this is the case for your location, you may want to prioritize patios and gazebos. These can be great places for both employees and customers to relax. 

These features can also help enhance your business’s curb appeal, as it makes a commercial property look more welcoming. Of course, patios, gazebos, or pergolas aren’t complete without seating.

Consider concrete or stone benches that will last the test of time. Plus, you won’t have to worry about chairs or tables being stolen or blowing away during a storm. 

3. Mass, Form, and Line

When you’re considering what else to add to your hardscape design, don’t forget the three design elements: mass, form, and line. Mass is all about how much space an object or group of objects takes up in your landscape. Form refers to the shape or negative space formed, while line is the flow throughout the outdoor space. 

How your pathways lead customers to the front door is a good description of line. Meanwhile, use a combination of large and small elements such as a large fountain and several plant pots, in order to create attractive mass and form. 

Improve Your Curb Appeal With Hardscaping

If you want your business to look more inviting and professional, hardscaping is a great place to start. Beautiful pathways make it easy to access your building. Meanwhile, shade formed by patios, pergolas, and more can create a pleasant space for customers and employees alike to relax. 

Lastly, consider employing the main three design elements in order to make decisions on other elements such as water features, statues, and more. 

Our team of designers is accomplished at turning complex design ideas into business landscapes that match your budget. Fill out our quick estimate form today to get started! 

by Greg Greg

3 Tips for Sidewalk Safety During Wintertime

sidewalk safety

When you’re a kid, the prospect of snow is always exciting. You get to look forward to possibly missing school and staying home. There’s also snowball fights, snowmen, sledding, and snowboarding.

When you’re an adult, however, the idea of snow can be a haunting idea. There is the possibility you may miss out on work, but depending on your job, you may still have to go to work. There’s also the task of clearing snow from your driveway and walkway.

However, clearing your sidewalk of snow is also important. Sidewalk safety is especially important when covered by snow and ice. Keep reading to learn important safety tips about sidewalk safety when it snows this winter.

The Importance of Sidewalk Safety

If you live in a community, your contribution to keeping sidewalks snow and ice-free will go a long way towards being a good neighbor. If it snows enough, people in your neighborhood will likely have to stay home. This means that families and especially the kids in your neighborhood may be outside to enjoy the snow.

If there is a lot of snow accumulation, the depth of snow on the sidewalk may be hard to determine. Clearing the sidewalk of snow will help prevent people from falling through snow that is deeper than it seems.

Also, snow can hide the presence of ice underneath. This, of course, can lead to slips and falls. If you have visitors to your property and they are hurt due to snow and ice, you may be responsible for their damages.

Maintain your sidewalk to keep your family and community safe during the winter.

Rock Salt and Calcium Chloride

One of the first things to sell out at stores when preparing for snow is salt. Salt has long been associated with its effectiveness in preventing snow and ice from accumulating. 

However, there are a few concerns when rock salt is used. Pets, such as dogs, can be hurt when stepping on salt. There is also the risk of animals ingesting salt and suffering complications.

Salt accumulation can also spill into local waterways and contaminate the ecosystem when the snow melts. Over time, the salt will also damage concrete and metal. If you have concrete on your property that has seen wear and tear from snow, get an estimate on repairs.

Calcium chloride works at lower temperatures than salt, down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is less calcium chloride needed to be effective, but it also doesn’t contain cyanide.

Be Prepared

During winter, keep a close eye on the forecast. If you see snow or sleet in the forecast, check to make sure you have enough of whatever you will need to ensure that you can keep your property safe. You should also have an extra supply of what you need.

If snow is imminent, don’t wait until it starts to lay down your salt or calcium chloride. Pre-treating is the most effective way to manage snow and ice. Make sure you reapply new coats at regular intervals as well.

Snow Removal and Commercial Landscape Design

De Carlo Landscapes is here for all your snow removal and commercial landscaping needs. We also do repairs to asphalt and concrete. If you found this article on sidewalk safety helpful, visit our website to check out our services to see how we can help you.

by mike mike

Spring Hardscape Projects

March is a fantastic time to start planning your Spring Hardscape Projects. These types of projects can really amp up your backyard landscape and improve the look and feel of the home. Local New Jersey residents are already scheduling for the 2020 Spring season in hopes of finishing up projects and enjoying their yards all summer long. Whether its a pool hardscape, a new driveway or walkway, or perhaps something more utilitarian like a retaining wall its time to get started.

For our hardscape projects, first, a DeCarlo representative needs to visit your property to provide you with a free estimate and understand your specific design requirements and time frame needs. We will then put together a transparent estimate, which covers exactly what you can expect us to do so that we are all on the same page. Once we all agree upon the terms, we get to work as stated in our agreement.

Installation of pavers and the accurate placement for any hardscape project is a process that requires skill and experience. Correct measurements and planning for proper sloping, drainage and design are required. DeCarlo Landscape Contractors hardscape installers are some of the most experienced in the local New Jersey/New York area. You can be sure that we have the experience and knowhow to get the job done right. Contact DeCarlo this Spring for an in-home consultation for the perfect backyard hardscape project. 

Check out our gallery to see some of the jobs we’ve performed in New Jersey. 

by mike mike

The most important aspect of your driveway

You may think that the most important aspect of your driveway is its look. That fresh clean sharpness of the blacktop or the even and smooth look of concrete can be really appealing to the eye. However, the most important aspect of your driveway is durability. Vehicles need to pass over its surface multiple times daily, it must stand up to the four seasons of weather in New Jersey, not to mention kids playing sports on its surface! Read more

by mike mike

Summer Paver Projects

Doing a paver project this fall? Don’t do it yourself, call DeCarlo Landscape Contractors for your fall project. Building and maintaining a paver project is unique dependant on the specific project. Precise measurement, planning, and execution are key to making sure the project is completed correctly and will last. 

Paver Project Ideas:

  • Paver Patio
  • Driveway
  • Out Door Kitchen Area
  • Walkways
  • Garden Walks
  • Fire Pit Area
  • Pool Surround

If you’re looking to do a paver project this summer, call DeCarlo Landscape Contractors. With our experience and understanding of the variables involved with paver work, you can be sure the job is done correctly. Paver jobs can be particularly challenging for those without experience working with them. 

by mike mike

Concrete Repair for your Commercial Property

Liability is a major concern for any property owner, business owner or management company. To reduce risk of liability, parking lots and sidewalks must be kept in good condition in order to reduce your risk of things like a trip and fall on your property. Parking lot neglect, uneven sidewalks, cracks, and crumbling curbs can all be a hazard to those that traverse your property. Get them fixed now!

Throughout New Jersey and New York walkways, curbs, sidewalks, and other concrete fixtures are constantly being repaired due to the weather changes and natural wear. Summer is one of the best times of year to think about getting the concrete repair accomplished for your commercial property.

At Decarlo Landscape Contractors, we specialize in the construction of concrete hardscapes, retaining walls, curbs, islands, commercial parking lots, walkways, and other concrete structures. From installation to repair, our team has provided concrete construction services to businesses for over 30 years.

We provide these services for the following:

  • Churches
  • Municipalities
  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Apartment complexes
  • Medical buildings
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Parking garages
  • Office buildings
  • Shopping & retail centers
  • Gas stations
  • And more!

If you have a concrete structure that needs to be repaired on your property, get ahold of us today for a quote. The quicker you get repairs completed the better you can sleep at night knowing your liability has been reduced.

by mike mike

Hide Unsightly Features On Your Commercial Property

Due to the need for certain items on your commercial property that are required for day-to-day operation, you may have some unsightly features on your commercial property. Items like dumpsters, garbage cans, recycling containers, air conditioning units, gas meters, and storage sheds are most common. Since these structures are to be used regularly, they need to be accessible, but they create an eyesore on your property. What can you do to hide them? DeCarlo Landscape Contractors have your answers to hide unsightly features on your commercial property.  Read more

by mike mike

Experienced Commercial Property Masonry

As a full-service commercial property contractor, DeCarlo Landscape Contractors provides experienced commercial property masonry as one of its services to northern New Jersey businesses. We pride ourselves as being one of the best in the industry which is proven in our repeat customers and referrals to local businesses.

With our years of experience in the commercial property contracting industry, DeCarlo Landscape Contractors continues to build on its established reputation, high-quality workmanship, and customer service. Commercial property contracting is a competitive industry, but when you realize the quality of work, our competitive pricing and quick turn around time you will choose none other. 

We are hands-on throughout the whole process from design to implementation of your masonry project. Our attention to detail, constant site management, and communication with our clients are keys to our success.  We hope you will consider us when looking for bids on your next commercial property masonry project. 

by Caitlin Caitlin

Autumn Sidewalk Repair

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

by Caitlin Caitlin

Why use Travertine Pavers around your Pool?

When you’re investing money in your backyard, landscaping or home in New Jersey, your money needs to be spent wisely. Although New Jersians are used to driving down the shore to the beach with plenty of access to the water, many also opt to have a pool installed in their yard as well. Those who are investing in a purchase such as a pool, are interested in using the best quality materials for their install, and Travertine Pavers are a top choice. Read more