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Child Friendly Backyard

When couples decide to grow their families, usually that means buying a home. With the home buying process being as stressful as it is, and the pressure of a new baby on the way there is an endless list of things to think about. An important thing many forget to do in their new home is to child proof the backyard.

In order to tackle the backyard, you need to take into account what your family’s needs will be. If you are planning for a large family, think swing set, pool, and tree houses. If your children are already older, you can think about adding things like fire pits and horseshoe pits that may present a hazard to younger children.

Once you have a good idea of what you need and want for your backyard, scan the yard for the already implemented areas and remove any hazards. Children need space to run and move freely, think open concept area. Look for plants that may be poisonous to children and pets, children tend to put anything in their mouth so don’t risk leaving a poisonous bush that produces beautiful berries.

Here are some ideas for kid friendly spaces:

  • Hidden sandbox or open sand area
  • Fencing around pool with lock
  • Removable or fold up ladder for pool
  • Tree House (with adult supervision)
  • Trampoline for older children (with adult supervision)
  • Keep lawn regularly mowed to reduce tick exposure
  • Remove prickly rose bushes and poison ivy from the area
  • Consider fire pits once children are old enough
  • Vegetable garden for introducing children to nature

You’d do anything to protect your children in and around the home. Taking the time out to make your backyard childproof and child-friendly will let you rest easy and enjoy your backyard with your family. Call us today and we will help you to create a child proof backyard that everyone can enjoy.

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Commercial Grounds Maintenance

As one of the top commercial grounds maintenance companies in Bergen County, DeCarlo Landscaping design provides commercial landscape design, install and grounds maintenance on some of the most well-known commercial properties in the area. We work with our clients one on one to maintain the safety and value of their property for years to come and to provide a beautiful initial impression on prospective clients, tenants, and employees.

Maintaining your commercial property is not a once a year job. With that knowledge in mind, DeCarlo Landscaping Design provides grounds maintenance services throughout the season. From spring clean up to winterization in preparation for the winter to come we are there checking in with our clients and evaluating the trees, flower beds, lawn, sidewalks and more. If a problem is found or we think there could be some improvement, we work with property owners and managers to figure out the best and the quickest way to fix the problem.

Grounds Maintenance can include the following:

  • Spring & Fall Cleanups
  • Mulching & edging
  • Mowing & weeding
  • Cultivating
  • Irrigation
  • Shrub & Tree pruning
  • Winterization
  • Design maintenance
  • Sodding & Seeding

It is important to us that our clients get everything they need for their commercial property and are satisfied with the work that we provide. For that reason, we go above and beyond working with each commercial client to determine what services are needed. We then tailor the services that we provide to match.

Please visit our commercial services page for more information on how DeCarlo Landscaping Design can help your commercial property be the most professional well-kept property on the block. Spring is a great time of year to get started with a new company who can give your property a facelift, call us today!


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Retaining Walls: Top Ten Things to Know!

Retaining walls can become a big investment of time, money and labor. However, they could be just the thing that your property needs to function better, look better aesthetically and to be safer for your family. Here are the top ten things you should know when planning to install a retaining wall.

  1. Don’t just look at function. If your property NEEDS a retaining wall due to a slope or grade, don’t think of a retaining wall as only what it is. Retaining walls can be incorporated into your lifestyle by designing your outdoor living space around the area.
  2. Be Creative! There are so many options for design when it comes to retaining walls, think about designing something with a curve instead of a straight line to add more character to your landscaping design.
  3. Size Matters. If you are working on a particularly large retaining wall, don’t hesitate to ask for help. A professional company with experience in retaining walls can help with their knowledge of structure and experience in design when you get into a larger job.
  4. Terrace for sloping. Sloping properties can benefit from terracing, or gradual stepping up of the retaining wall.
  5. Materials are important. There are many different natural stones, manufactured stones, blocks and other materials that you can use for retaining walls. Do some research in the material you will choose, each material may change your budget, timeframe, labor cost etc.
  6. Retaining walls need a solid base, it is important to start a few inches below your current level in order to prepare a good base of the wall.
  7. Drainage is important. You may need to add additional drainage depending on the wall you choose to add. Using gravel or fabric covered drainage pipes can help prevent clogging.
  8. Use a Level. Don’t eye it! Using a level will keep the structure steady and balanced as well as provide a pleasing look to the eye.
  9. Backfill for support. Backfilling will add support which is important when you are putting in a new structure.
  10. Keep the design clean. Use cap blocks to top off the retaining wall to provide a nice, clean, finished look on the top.

Some projects are just too much for the average Joe, and that’s ok! Retaining walls can be better left to professionals with knowledge and experience in installation. Due to the cost and labor, intensive work that installing a retaining wall can be, we recommend that homeowners and commercial property owners alike leave it to the experts. Visit our wall construction & step gallery to view some of our work!

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The green space on your commercial property used to look beautiful and lush, but now it’s looking bare or full of weeds! Consider doing some ground work this year and installing some new turf to brighten up your property. The question is do you use seed or sod? In this blog, we will go over the pros and cons of both and let you make the decision!

Seed Pros:

  • Undoubtedly the cheaper option
  • Able to develop a deep root system which may help it to last longer
  • Good for large areas

Seed Con’s

  • Timing is important when planting new seed, this option leaves you with two windows for planting which are late summer and early fall
  • Cultivation, aeration, dethatching and adding topsoil are needed to help the seed take root
  • Susceptibility to weeds
  • A seed needs time to germinate and grow, allow for about 6-8 weeks for a lush lawn

Sod Pro’s

  • Quick Results
  • Can be used for larger areas or for patch jobs
  • Timing is not an issue, sod can be put down any time of year

Sod Con’s

  • Sod Costs more than seed
  • More labor intensive than seed

The landscaping experts at DeCarlo Landscaping Design have been helping commercial property owners keep their properties full of lush lawn for over 30 years. We have the experience needed to determine whether your property would benefit from seed or sod and to help guide you through the process of choosing what is right for your property.

Let us help you to create the healthiest, vibrant property on the block. Although seeding and sodding achieve the same goal, the timing, budget and labor requirements make these methods very different. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into with each process and as always, if you are unsure, ask for help from a commercial landscape expert.