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Gardening Tips For Spring

Gardening Tips for Spring

Spring is here and it is time to put those green thumbs to work! Here are our top 5 spring tips that every gardener needs to put into action!

  1. Prune – This is a great time for you to prune! Early spring is when we suggest pruning your dormant plants such as roses, ornamental grasses and evergreen shrubs.
  2. Mulch – If you’re planning on using certain types of mulch, this is the time to do it. Remove all leaves and debris in the area where you’d like to mulch. This will help the mulch to do its job insulating root systems, retaining moisture and controlling weeds. Generally, we suggest a good coating of around 3 inches for the mulch.
  3. Fertilize – You can fertilize trees and shrubs with slow release fertilizer this time of year. Be sure to read directions properly and only apply what is recommended. Ruining your beautiful trees due to over fertilization is a costly mistake.
  4. Plant – Wait until after the last freeze and plant new trees and shrubs so that they get a full season of growth ahead.
  5. Prepare – Get your mower serviced and all garden tools sharpened and oiled. This will make sure that your tools are prepared and working at their optimal ability all season.

Missed out on the green thumb, or too busy to get to these tasks? You may be in need of our residential landscape maintenance services. DeCarlo Landscaping & Design helps to maintain many residential landscapes throughout the New Jersey area. We work hard to continually reseed, resod and replant as needed throughout the season to ensure your landscaping is always looking its best! Visit our page on landscape design to find out more about our landscaping maintenance service.

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Parking Lot Repair

It’s safe to say that it doesn’t look like any more snow will be hitting the New Jersey area this year. Snow, salt and plows can leave a lasting mark on your parking lot with potholes, cracks and crumbling. Your parking lot is now an eyesore and can become dangerous to automobiles and pedestrians alike. This is the perfect time of year to get your parking lot repaired!

Due to the freeze/thaw cycle of water and ice, small cracks that may have not even have been noticeable last year are gaping and large now. The cracks that winter leaves behind can become a danger to pedestrians and the potholes can cause damage to vehicles driving through. Getting those cracks and potholes repaired is a must to ensure that your tenants, clients and customers can all traverse your parking lot safely.

DeCarlo Landscaping Design offers patching, repaving, sealing and crack repair for commercial properties throughout New Jersey. We use our knowledge and experience to determine what repairs you need and to ensure your parking lot is in good shape for automobiles and pedestrians. If you are in need of parking lot repair, DeCarlo Landscaping Design is here to help! We have over 30 years of experience and are proud to service New Jersey commercial property owners.

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Get ready for spring!

Happy New Year! The new year is the perfect time for planning, setting goals, creating project plans and thinking ahead. With the lack of winter weather, we’ve been experiencing here in New Jersey, it’s easy to look forward to spring with high hopes. Here are our top tips for wrapping up winter and preparing to look ahead to spring.

  1. Recycle Holiday Decorations – Did you know that you can reuse your holiday items? Use ashes from the fireplace to fertilize alkaline loving plants. Use your old Christmas tree, wreathes and pinecones for mulch, decorations outdoors or for birds to use as a home for the winter.
  2. Think ahead – What are your goals for this year? Are you planning on installing a new pool, revamping your landscaping, installing a water feature in your garden? Explore all of the possibilities and write them all down for review.
  3. Set a budget – This is where a lot of our clients get hung up. Set yourself an affordable budget. Any reliable landscaping service such as DeCarlo Landscaping Design can work with any budget large or small, and still make your yard beautiful.
  4. Hire a professional – Involving a professional landscaping company in your planning is probably one of the best things you can do ahead of time. Working with a professional who knows what plants thrive in your area, have experience with landscaping design, and take pride in customer satisfaction is a must.

If you’re ready to start off your new year right, then get planning! Once you’ve set a budget and have an idea in mind for what you would like for your landscape design, contact the experts here at DeCarlo Landscaping, we’d love to make you our next satisfied customer.

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Stone Veneer to Change the Look of Your Home

Are you tied of the dated look of vinyl or aluminum siding on your home? Sure, vinyl and aluminum siding is great, it lasts forever and requires virtually no maintenance besides a power washing one every couple of years. But did you know that there is a more aesthetically appealing siding that can be used in conjunction with you existing vinyl or aluminum siding.

De Carlo Landscaping has always used stone veneer for landscape projects such as retaining walls, piers, porticos, fireplaces, etc. We also provide stone veneer installation services to homes. Check out a recent stone veneer job where a home’s entrance was drastically improved by adding stone veneer incorporated with the current siding.

Besides being warm and beautiful, stone veneer is maintenance free. A quick wash with a garden hose once in a while will remove pollen and debris. The stone siding will give your home a more unique look, instead of the boring vinyl or aluminum siding.

Check out our gallery for more information. If you are interested in stone veneer installation, we can show you the types of materials we use and the available styles and look that would work well for your home.

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Ideas to Increase Curb Appeal

Do you have pride of home ownership? All of our landscaping clients here in New Jersey are proud of their home and neighborhood. Keeping your landscaping groomed and maintained is a key part of home maintenance and upkeep. So what if your home needs a facelift, requiring more action than standard maintenance. Here are 3 services that De Carlo provides that will instantaneously increase your home’s curb appeal.

Driveway- Does your driveway look like it hasn’t been taken care of for decades? Is the asphalt breaking apart into gravel? If you are re-paving your driveway, this is a great time to think about driveway pavers. Pavers come in a wide variety of colors, styles and sizes. Not sure about adding pavers to your whole driveway? Add pavers at the entrance of your driveway and asphalt to your garage.

Plantings- Overgrown plants taking over your front yard? Unsure which plants are weeds? Sounds like your property could use some new plantings. Incorporating local plants to add some color and depth to your frontage will increase curb appeal and property value.

Lawn- Is your lawn full of crabgrass and unsightly bare spots? Have you always dreamt of having that perfect lawn? With a newly seeded lawn you can have that perfect lawn. A consultation with De Carlo will clarify your lawn’s needs. Perhaps your grass can be brought back to a healthy condition, or perhaps it would be more economical to completely replace your grass.

Check out the De Carlo Gallery for more landscaping design ideas!

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Asphalt repair after the winter

DeCarlo provides asphalt repair and patching services to New Jersey and New York parking lots. You may notice that there are more potholes in your parking lot now than before the winter. This is because asphalt expands and contracts with different temperature extremes. This accounts for cracks in the asphalt. During the winter months, ice expands these cracks. This along with the friction from snow plowing, pot holes can quickly develop in your parking lot and driveways.

Previous parking lot patched areas may need patching and this is a common issue that we generally see in aging asphalt surfaces. We suggest contacting a DeCarlo representative, so we can visit your parking lot to accurately advise you of how long your should expect your asphalt parking lot to last and when resurfacing should be budgeted for.

Pot hole patching is important for the safety and wellbeing of visitors to your commercial property. Patching of pot holes is also important for the overall life span of your parking lot. If you are quick to enact and fix pot holes, they will not get larger. Water and vehicle traffic won’t erode the holes and therefor they will not become any larger. We defienetly suggest addressing pot hole repairs during March and April, before the Summer months.

A pothole free parking lot is just one of the benefits of contracting with DeCarlo Landscapes. A safe and clean parking lot is good for business and DeCarlo Landscapes can provide this service to your business at competitive rates. Contact DeCarlo Landscapes to learn about our parking lot maintenance packages.

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Power Sweeping parking lots for the Springtime

From all the salt and sand dropped on your parking lot this winter, now is a great time to start thinking about power sweeping for your parking lot. Power sweeping may have been on the backburner this winter, since snow removal trumped your property management concerns this winter. Now that the winter season is behind us, DeCarlo Landscapes is currently accepting new power sweeping clients for the 2015 Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.

Each power sweeping client gets on scheduled maintenance sweeping plan. Our power sweeping trucks arrive at your property when your business is closed and clean all surfaces of your parking lots. We take care to make sure that our power sweeper representative walks your property and along the sidewalks and islands to physically pick up any trash or debris that the power sweeper doesn’t pick up.

One property manager recently told us that his landscaping company blows off the parking lot with backpack blowers twice a month, with the regularly scheduled landscape service. This practice isn’t the same as power sweeping. With back pack blowing, rocks and debris don’t get picked up and removed from your parking lot, there are merely pushed to the sides. With power sweeping, we actually remove the debris from your parking lot.

Customers visiting your commercial property notice the cleanliness of the parking lot and grounds. Our power sweeping clients agree that keeping the exterior of their commercial property clean is important for business, and we do too!

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Time to think about hardscape work around your pool

Now is a fantastic time to get ready planning your backyard landscape improvement. One of the services that local New Jersey residents have been scheduling for the 2015 Spring and Summer seasons are pool hardscapes and pool patios. Our Travertine pavers are very popular. Our residential pool customers choose Travertine over other pavers because they care about quality and durability. We recommend Travertine pavers, especially around pools.

So what are the steps of the pool paver patio process? Well, 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 offer you a competitive pool paver estimate, which covers exactly what you can expect us to do for your backyard pool space. Once we all agree upon the terms, we get to work removing the old pool deck surface and start preparing the base of the pavers.

Installation of pavers and the accurate placement for sloping, drainage and design is a process that requires skill and experience. DeCarlo patio paver 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. Lastly, the pavers are laid out, cut to size and compacted. Contact DeCarlo this Spring for an in home consultation for the perfect backyard pool patio.

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Child Friendly Backyard Landscaping

The first step in creating a child friendly backyard is figuring out what your family’s needs are. Are your children interested in tire swings, trampolines, basketball, gardening, or tree houses? Including the things that will be utilized the most and for the longest time by your children is important. Once you have these things figured you, you can really get started. Below are some child friendly backyard ideas.

Garden: The backyard is a big chance to introduce kids to nature and biology from a young age. Whether planting vegetables, fruits or herbs, teaching kids how plants grow, and the process of care needed is a means to integrate learning into fun. Kids enjoy watching plants grow, helping water, and watching their hard work pay off when they can finally harvest something. It might make them more apt to eat veggies as well!

Sand Box: A sand play area can be a low cost addition to your back yard. Whether you go for a store bought sandbox or an actual separated area, kids really feel like this area is their own space.

Plenty of room: Children need room to move and run freely. If there is not much space, consider small pieces in the back yard that will still give them enough room to play a game of kickball.

Plants: Keep in mind that some plants can be poisonous to children and pets. Kids will put anything they touch into their mouths, so be careful with anything that produces a berry or with prickly parts.

Fire Pit: Fire Pits can be fun for kids and parents alike. Obviously, caution needs to be used when deciding on this aspect for your backyard. Consider the age of your children, the size of the fire pit and the safety of access to it.

 

 

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2015 Landscaping Trends

Here are some of the hottest trends for 2015 Hardscapes:

Dual Purpose Pieces:

What’s better than one item that can be used two ways? One of the hottest trends for 2015 will be the dual purpose piece. Converting fire pit to fish pond is a great way to use one item all year long! Outdoor furniture which appears like nothing but a comfortable seat for your relaxing purposes, can serve as a convenient hidden storage unit as well!

Outdoor Living Spaces:

Many are starting to create a backyard getaway to be enjoyed by family and guests alike. Outdoor living spaces range from a small, casual entertaining space to a full on private resort. The possibilities are endless, pool table, built in grilling area, refrigerators, TV’s and full bars are merely the top of the iceberg. Many include a small outdoor shower, ideal for rinsing off after a dive in the pool.

Outdoor Kitchens:

Why should you prepare the meal indoors when you can entertain and cook at the same time in your very own outdoor kitchen? A full outdoor kitchen, including grill, expansive cooking areas, refrigerators, wine cooler, built in bar and seating area allows for entertaining outdoors in the best way. Have a particularly large area? Think about adding an outdoor brick pizza oven.

Natural Stone:

Stone is another one of the hottest trends for 2015. The natural look of stone can enhance the look of your backyard tenfold. Picture your outdoor kitchen with a beautiful granite finish, or a stacked stone inlaid fireplace for gathering around at night. From patio surfaces to sidewalks, brick is a quick way to enhance the esthetic appeal of your back yard.

The options for your patio and Hardscapes are endless! Need some inspiration to get started? Take a look at some of the work DeCarlo Landscaping Design has performed here.