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Four Things You Need To Know About Commercial Landscaping

The importance of commercial landscaping is often overlooked. It plays a crucial role in how your business is presented to the public. It’s too easy to think that you can handle this landscaping yourself. The time that you spend making the front yard of your business look nice eats into your productivity. You’re better off hiring a landscaping company to handle this for you. We understand everything that’s involved in making your company’s yard look great. Here are four things that you need to know.

1) Add plants and shrubs – don’t have them removed.

Every detail matters when it comes to your commercial location. Of course, if you have existing plants that haven’t been cared for properly and are dead or dying, they do need to be removed. But once they’re out of the ground, they should be replaced. You want your front entryway to look welcoming, and nothing does that job as well as some greenery.

2) There’s more involved than just mowing the lawn.

Most businesses have at least a small strip of lawn in front of them. This is the first thing that many companies hire a commercial landscaper for – to mow that bit of lawn. However, we can also prune your shrubberies, plant flowers, and take care of the borders between your flowerbeds and the lawn. We can do whatever is required to make your yard look nice. And yes, mowing the lawn is a part of that, just not the only component.

3) Don’t forget to care for your landscaping.

Caring for your grass and plants involved more than just mowing the lawn. Everything will need to be properly watered and fertilized. Those flower beds need to be weeded and tended to. When you include landscaping in your yearly budget, make sure that you factor in these additional services. Otherwise, you’ll end up with dying flowers and a weed-strewn lawn. This is the opposite of the image that you want to present to the world.

4) Planters are a great option.

If you want to brighten up the doors to your business, but don’t have any flowerbeds, choose some planters. There are plenty of different ones to pick from and just as many types of flowers that will happily grow in them. These planters can make your entryway look less bleak, as they add some necessary color.

If you’d like to know more about what commercial landscaping entails, please contact us. You can fill out the contact form on our website or call us at 440-236-9000.

How A Homeowner’s Association Can Save Money On Landscaping

There are many things that a homeowner’s association can do in order to make the common areas of their developments look nice. Landscaping is necessary, but tends to be costly if a solid plan isn’t in place. In order to get the most out of your landscaping dollars, consider one or more of these suggestions.

1) Choose Native Plants

Rather than choose plants that simply look nice, pick ones that are native to the area. Native plants will require less care in the long run, because they’re already acclimated to the climate. On top of this, they’re less likely to die should the weather take a drastic turn. There’s nothing wrong with choosing non-exotic varieties.

2) Have Some Bulbs Planted

Flowers that grow from bulbs are extremely easy to care for. All that your landscapers need to do is plant the bulbs and prune away the dead leaves after the flowers bloom. There are bulb-based flowers that bloom in the spring, summer, and even the fall, ensuring that you’ll have some colorful additions to your garden throughout most of the year.

3) Pick Perennials Instead of Annuals

Your favorite flowers might be annuals, but it makes more sense to choose perennials. What’s the difference? Annuals die off once the weather gets cold. They’ll need to be removed from the ground and new flowers will need to be planted the next year. Perennials will keep growing year after year. They do need a little TLC in order to survive the winter, but they’re much less expensive in the long run.

4) Choose Your Planting Areas Wisely

It’s safe to say that you want your development to look nice. However, you need to think about where each plant is going to go. For example, you don’t want to put large shrubs near walkways. They’ll require more pruning in order to keep them from covering the sidewalk, and may present a safety hazard. Pick the correct plants for each area.

5) Don’t Forget About Shrubs

Some well-kept shrubs can make the common areas of your housing development look nice year after year. If you pick varieties that grow slowly, they’ll require less pruning. On top of this, there are some that change colors in the fall, just like the trees. For the best results, include some evergreens in the mix. They’ll look particularly festive in the winter.

If you’d like more information, fill out our contact form on Moscarino Landscape + Design website or call us at 440-236-9000.

Your Yard Transformed

The local, family-owned landscape company that began with a garage, a mower and a dream has grown to well over 100 employees with two locations, a massive fleet of vehicles and equipment, and a prestigious list of both residential and commercial customers. We asked Chas Moscarino, president of Moscarino Landscape and Design, how he grew his company into one of the largest and most successful in the region. His answer was a little surprising. It isn’t because they always had the lowest price or got the job done in the least amount of time. It’s because of the Moscarino team and the level of service they offer their customers which is similar in quality to what you would expect to experience at a fine spa or resort.

Property Maintenance with no Apologies

“Our company is a lot like a concierge for your yard, whether you are a homeowner or a homeowner’s association. When we are maintaining your property, we advise you on what things should or should not be done,” Chas says. “When circumstances you may or may not be aware of become a problem for your lawn or landscape, we present you with our insight and, if necessary, a menu of optional solutions. We stay on top of what is happening out in your yard so you can spend more time enjoying it and less time attempting to resolve the problem yourself. Despite our strong focus on service, our clients nd themselves amazed at how reasonable the cost of our programs are.”

Every Backyard Can Be a Dream Backyard

“When you are ready for that dream backyard project, we’re here to not only design and build it, but also to advise you at every step on making any key improvements that you desire,” Chas explains. “You don’t create a backyard oasis every day, but we do. Our extensive experience with these projects allows us to provide you with valuable insight that creates a better result and saves money along the way. Improvements can be the construction of new outdoor areas to live and play in. It could also include new plantings to enhance your yard’s appearance or curb appeal. If you have an older home with landscape you love that has become overgrown and unmanageable, we will work with you to rehabilitate it in a manner that suits your tastes and lifestyle.”

Communication is Key

“We are passionate about communication,” Chas emphasizes. “If you call us before 5 p.m., we will return your call the same day. We believe it is important to listen carefully to our clients. That way we can deliver their project exactly as they desire. Just as important, we are careful to ask the right questions.”

When we maintain a yard, we make certain we learn exactly what the owner’s expectations are up front,” he adds. “Every customer is assigned a manager to answer questions or resolve any problems”

Prepare to Be Pampered

Once you contact Moscarino about your project, they are going to ask a lot of questions. During this consultation, it is all about you. They are going to want to know the size of your family living at home. The size of your extended family including frequent guests. Is your family active? They want to know your color preferences, what style you like inside and outside of your home. Do you have pets? Do you like to garden, or would you like your landscape low maintenance? What are your ideas? What does your dream look like? Did you bring pictures of what inspires you or sketches of your personal dream? Do you need to do it all now or would you rather do it in stages over several years as your family grows? Do you want privacy? What are your plant preferences? Do you cook and who does the grilling in your family? What is your budget? And, yes, they understand budgets and strive to give you the most for your dollar. Expect this level of attention to detail in every step of the process.

After the team has absorbed this information from you, they invite you back for the presentation of a 3D rendition of your dream yard as you requested. Then they usually present something else that includes some ideas and suggestions of their own.

Design Trends for 2018

• Upgrading surfaces to Travertine Marble or Bluestone

• Incorporating “Egg” style Kamado Grills into outdoor kitchen areas

• Still hot as ever – Fireplaces and fire pits
• Landscaping with all season color and interest.

The First Step

With Moscarino Landscape & Design’s experience and commitment to customer service, every step, beginning with your first call, becomes more fun and exciting as your project grows.

Excited already? Contact Moscarino Landscape & Design by calling 440-236-9000 or email them at [email protected] so you can enjoy your amenity- lled backyard this year. For added inspiration, please visit CreateMyLandscape.com.

Three Types of Inground Pools: What You Need To Know

With summer right around the corner, now is the time of year to begin thinking about having an in-ground pool installed at your home. There are three main types of in-ground pools, each with their own set of pros and cons. We’ll go over them here in order to help you make a decision.

Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass pools are those made completely of the material. The bottom and sides consist of a smooth type of fiberglass that holds water well. These pools come in an array of shapes and sizes, although they can’t be customized. Instead, you have to choose the model that you want. A fiberglass pool is extremely easy to care for and will cost you less over time than any of the other models. They are also durable and easy to install. Your main costs will be the pool itself, labor and installation costs, and then yearly care and maintenance.

Pros

  • Low maintenance.
  • Easy to install.
  • Very durable.

Cons

  • Not very customizable.

Vinyl Liner Pools

A vinyl liner pool is one of the least expensive options. This type consists of a vinyl liner (hence its name) that sits inside of the pool’s space. These liners are made to fit and can be customized to your ideal size and depth. However, they won’t last as long as fiberglass or concrete pools and have been known to harbor algae that grow on the walls.

Pros

  • The least expensive of the three
  • Easy to install
  • Customizable

Cons

  • Potential algae growth on the liner itself
  • Will need to be replaced regularly
  • Easily damaged by sharp objects

Concrete/Gunite Pools

Concrete pools are made of poured, molded concrete. They are custom-made for your yard and can be designed to fit your desired depth and size. Since the concrete is molded, patterns can be pressed into the surface, making your pool look very nice. However, concrete pools require quite a bit of maintenance to keep algae at bay. They make up for this with their overall durability.

Pros

  • Will last for many years if properly maintained
  • Very customizable, almost limitless options

Cons

  • Can take a long time to install
  • The most expensive type of pool

Now that you know about main types of these inground pools, each with their own set of pros and cons, are you ready to have one built in your yard? If so, call us today!

Why Is Lawn Maintenance Important?

Lawn maintenance is a series of necessary tasks that include mowing your lawn, adding fertilizer, and doing everything required to make the patch of grass surrounding your house as healthy and green as possible. Why do you need to tackle regular lawn maintenance? Here are some of the more important reasons.

Cities and Housing Developments Require Proper Maintenance

Let’s start with the simplest reason why lawn maintenance matters – it’s the law. Almost every city has a law in its books regarding lawn care. If your grass gets to be too long, and you ignore the many warnings given out by the city, they’ll fine you, mow your lawn themselves, and then charge you for it. Also, housing developments, especially those with homeowners associations, have rules about lawn maintenance. This is why many of them choose to hire a landscaper to handle the job for you.

Your Lawn Adds Oxygen to the Atmosphere

Did you know that every green, living organism on the planet adds oxygen to the atmosphere? These plants, lawns included, take in carbon dioxide and send out oxygen. It also traps pollutants during this process. A lawn that measures roughly 50 feet by 50 feet produces enough oxygen to maintain a family of four. Obviously, this amount goes up if your lawn is bigger. However, if your lawn isn’t properly cared for, then it isn’t as effective as it should be.

Increases Your Property Value

It goes without saying that curb appeal is crucial. If you’re trying to sell your house, then nothing is better than making every inch of the outside look nice. This includes your landscaping. Potential buyers will be more likely to consider a house with a nice lawn and some healthy plants. Plus, the quality of the lawns will make the entire neighborhood look better.

Produces an Air Conditioning Effect On The Outdoors

Yes, you read that right. Many people are aware of the fact that trees create indoor shade, making them less likely to need to use air conditioning. However, your front lawn can cool down the outdoors. Studies have shown that eight yards full of green grass have the effect of creating 70 tons of air conditioning. This is quite a bit!

Does Your Lawn Need Maintenance?

If you need lawn maintenance, then call Moscarino Landscape + Design. We have many years of experience and can keep your lawn looking healthy.

Pushing The Limits With Fabulous Fire Pits

Depending on where you live in Ohio, you’re probably allowed to have a fire pit in your backyard. Before you hire a company to build one, you first need to know what they’re capable of. Here are some great fire pit suggestions.

Portable versus Permanent Fire Pits

There are two main types of fire pits. Some are portable, which means that they can be carried around your yard from place to place. These pits tend to be made from metal, and are either fire bowls or tables. The other types of fire pits are permanent. They are built into a certain section of your yard and are usually made of stone or bricks. This latter type is quite nice, and they can add a level of sophistication to your backyard.

Do You Want To Burn Wood or Gas

You also have a choice of between wood and gas burning fire pits. There are pros and cons to each. A gas fire pit works kind of like a grill. The gas is kept in a hidden spot on the pit, and it turns on with the flick of a switch. Wood burning fire pits require a bit more work on your part since you’ll need to gather the wood and know how to build a fire. However, few things smell as nice as burning wood.

Placement Matters

When you’re planning your fire pit, you also need to determine where you’d like it to be located in your yard. Some people like to have a fire pit built into their back deck. This isn’t a good idea since wooden decks are quite flammable. All it takes one flying ember and you have a problem on your hands. Instead, aim to keep at least ten feet in between your house and the fire pit. If your yard is quite large, then feel free to make this distance even greater.

Making Your Fire Pit a Cozy Spot in Your Yard

A fire pit surrounded by a nice set of chairs is ideal. Even better is a setup that includes a small table (great for preparing s’mores) and other comforts, such as outdoor lighting. You need to ensure that the lighting enhances the fire, and doesn’t distract from it. This is why you need a professional to help with the process.

There’s nothing like a fire pit to provide a comfortable place to relax on summer nights. Are you ready to have one built in your yard? If so, call us today!

How To Choose A Landscape Designer

There are many reasons behind hiring a landscape designer. Maybe you want to overhaul your existing flowerbeds and start from scratch. Or you want to add some additional plants, but aren’t sure where to begin. A lack of time can be a factor as well – gardening can be a time-consuming task, even you’re just choosing and planting flowers. No matter the reason, there are some things to look for when choosing a landscape designer.

Experience and Education

One of the most important questions to ask is about how much experience the landscape design company has. Also, you need to include a few regarding the education of the designers. This can range from a college degree in architectural landscape design to a certificate in horticulture. With that said, experience and a clear vision are what really matter here. You need to find a landscape designer to who can come up with and execute a plan for your yard.

Liability Insurance, Licensing, and Bonding

Every landscaping company needs to have the right kind of insurance, just in case something goes wrong. You’re probably thinking “It’s gardening! What’s the worst that can happen?” Well, you’d be surprised. Rocks can accidentally go through windows (thanks to lawn mowers), underground pipes can break while a tiller digs up your yard, and so on. Insurance is for all of those little contingencies. In Ohio, a landscape architect (or a landscape architect firm – there are two types listed) needs to be properly licensed by the state. If they don’t have this license, then they are operating illegally. You need to ask your potential landscape design company to ensure that they meet this requirement.

Specific Gardening Practices

And then there are specific gardening practices. This is a catch-all phrase that encompasses the things that truly matter to you. Do you want a company that handles all organic gardening? What about one that practices water conservation? Will they choose local, native plants or find ones that will work well in your yard, but actually come from other climates? There are many other gardening practices to ask about as well depending on your specific needs.

Cost

Last, but far from least, the cost is another concern when it comes to choosing a landscape designer. Will they be able to stay within your budget? If you have a specific amount set aside for this purpose, you need to make sure that the company you choose can work within your boundaries.

Top Ten Colorful Plant Choices For Your Patio

A patio garden can be a stunning addition to your yard. These gardens are easy to care for since each plant grows in a container. This means less weeding, something that no one enjoys. If you’re looking for add some color to your patio or porch, look no further than these ten very colorful plants.

1) Geraniums

Geraniums need soil that drains well. They require between six and eight hours of sunlight a day, so make sure to place in a sunlit spot on your patio or deck.

2) Jasmine

Jasmine is less colorful than some of the other plants on this list, but it smells great and makes a nice addition to a patio container garden.

3) Angelonia

Angelonia, also known as snapdragon, comes in a wide array of colors. This plant loves hot weather and will thrive all summer long.

4) Plumbago

Plumbago is actually a shrub that will grow to be between eight and ten feet tall. However, a younger plant fits nicely in a patio planter. Just be prepared to replant it in your yard at a later date.

5) Pentas

Depending on the climate, pentas are either perennials or annuals. Here in Ohio, they’re going to be annuals. These pink, purple, red, or white flowers attract birds to your yard.

6) Gardenias

Gardenia plants produce fairly large flowers. They like hot weather and mix of both sun and shade, making them ideal to grow in pots that can be moved around.

7) Petunias

Grandiflora petunias are excellent container-based plants. They come in a number of different colors and can add some variety to your patio garden. However, you do need to keep them out of the rain, since it can damage them.

8) Impatiens

Impatiens attract birds to your yard, making them ideal if you have a lot of cats who like to sit indoors and look out the window. These flowers come in white, red, yellow, purple, orange, and pink.

9) Sunflowers

Most sunflowers reach a height of six feet tall. Thankfully, there are plenty of shorter varieties that will grow properly in a container. Look for the Music Box, Pacino, Teddybear, and Big Smile varietals. They’ll grow to be no more than three feet tall.

10) Angel’s Trumpet

Angel’s Trumpet is a tropical plant that grows into a large tree. However, in Ohio’s climate, it stays small and will thrive in a container – as long as you bring it indoors on cool nights.

The Importance of Landscaping

Many people place an emphasis on their homes. They spend money upgrading the windows, power washing the exterior, and taking care of things like their porches, awnings, and railings. The landscaping is usually overlooked. It shouldn’t be though. Your home’s landscaping is as much a part of its curb appeal (even if you’re not selling your home) as the structure itself.

Landscaping Ties Everything Together

Every house can benefit from nice landscaping. You need to think beyond a basic flower garden and consider adding shrubbery and trees. They do more than make your yard look great, since they also produce shade. A nice, shady yard will look great from all angles, especially the street. Once your yard looks nice, your neighbors might feel the need to follow suit. The next thing you know, your entire neighborhood will be cohesive.

There’s more to Landscaping than Just Flowers

The flowerbeds surrounding your house are important, but so are the borders, brick paths, and other things that make your yard complete.  Don’t forget about these accents. Looking for landscaping ideas? Consider a pergola or trellis covered in leafy vines or large rose bushes. You can also add a stone or brick walkway that connects one part of your yard to another. Concrete molded or wooden borders can be added to the exterior edges of flower gardens. There are many ideas that go beyond simple flower beds.

Don’t Forget the Lawn

Yes, the lawn. You can spend plenty of time and money planting flowers and placing bricks around the borders of your garden, but if the lawn is neglected, nothing will look right. Your lawn needs to be well taken care of. This means that it needs to be fertilized, sprayed with an herbicide to cut down on weeds (such as dandelions), and mowed regularly.

Expert Landscaping Design

Sure, you could try to create a garden on your own, but it’s just as easy to hire an expert. For example, landscaping design includes knowing which plants bloom at certain times of year in order ensure that your yard has flowers all summer long. Landscapers also know how big certain plants will grow, and can create an attractive arrangement of greenery that works well together.

There are many reasons why you should hire a professional landscaping company to make your yard look great. After all, your landscaping is as important as your home. It’s time to call Moscarino Landscape + Design. You can reach us at (440) 236-9000.

Four Benefits of Hiring a Service to Fertilize Your Lawn

This time of year you’ll start to see ads on TV for lawn services. Fliers will also arrive in the mail informing you about lawn fertilization packages. Why? This is the best time of the year to start taking care of your lawn. It all starts with a thorough application of fertilizer. Here are four reasons why you should hire a service to fertilize your lawn for you.

1) Your lawn will look better.

This is the most obvious reason. Fertilizing your grass adds nitrogen, which seeps into its root structure. All plants need this essential nutrient, which makes them healthier. Your lawn is no different. You’ll be surprised at how much better it will look after it’s fertilized.

2) Everything will happen according to a schedule.

Although homeowners start out with the best intentions, they don’t always follow through on time. “I’ll fertilize the lawn on Saturday” turns into, “I’ll do it sometime two weeks from now.” This isn’t what’s best for your lawn. If you hire a service, then you know that your lawn care will be done on time, according to the schedule.

3) The experts know how to apply fertilizer evenly.

One of the trickiest things about applying fertilizer is getting it to spread out evenly over your entire lawn. It’s easy to over apply it one area and then under-apply it in another. This is particularly true if you’re using granule-based fertilizer. Lawn care companies have access to professional tools that ensure your lawn ends up with a nice, even coating of fertilizer each and every time.

4) Your lawn will receive the right type of fertilizer.

Did you know that there are several different types of grass fertilizer? The experts know which ones to use depending on your soil conditions. They might test your soil first to see which type will work best, or they’ll be able to tell just by looking at your grass. Some things, like yellowing grass and signs of disease, make it clear which kind needs to be used. This is much more accurate than trying to choose a type of fertilizer by yourself.

If you’re ready to hire a lawn service and spend the summer looking a nice patch of green grass (as opposed to yellow, dying grass or weeds), then call Moscarino Landscape + Design. You can reach us at (440) 236-9000.

 

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