Friday, March 27, 2015

Preparing your patio

Preparing Your Patio for Spring

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Spring has officially started with the arrival of March. So, it is the high time to plan and start working for organizing your outdoor spots including backyards, gardens, and patios. Starting right now will help you get through the winter’s big push over the rest of this month or so. Check out these outdoor organization tips to prettify your patio and decorate it for the beautiful spring months.

Custom Paver Patio Clifton Park, NY

Wash the Filth Away

Winter storms can leave a nasty residue all over the patio and deck. Choose a sunny, bright day to clean up the places. Clean the dirt and cobwebs with a broom first. Give the places a gentle bath with a hose and rub with soapy water and brush in case they are icky. If there is fungus, mildew stains, or weather-beaten patches, use a pressure washer to wipe them away. A power-wash will wash all the winter blues away.

Clean the Patio Furniture

The patio furniture needs to be freshened up or replaced because nobody wants to sit on dirty cushions. Scrub the furniture with an environmentally friendly cleaner. Deep clean the cushions and if you want to keep them looking fresh, use vinyl protectant.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Entrance Landscaping, Landscape Design : Pearl Landscaping & Patio Company

Entrance Landscaping ~ Albany, Troy, Latham, Clifton Park, Saratoga, NY

Have you lived too long with an entry you don’t love, vowing that this will be the year of the new front yard? Before beginning your project, you’ll want to consider all the elements and how they work in concert to create great curb appeal and a wonderful welcome to your home. Consider Pearl Landscaping & Patio for your next landscaping project. From landscaping, landscape design, patios, retaining walls, lighting, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, pergolas and more. Serving Albany, Troy, Delmar, Latham, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Landscaping Entrance Clifton Park

Project: Redo the front yard.
Why: Your landscape is one of the first things you, a visitor or a prospective buyer sees when arriving at your house. Renovating the front yard can renew your pride in your home, increase its value and, if desired, lower landscape maintenance costs.

1. Circulation is not functioning well. The main purpose of the front yard is to provide an entrance to your home. A good design strategy includes:
  • Planning for vehicle circulation and parking
  • Creating a welcoming walkway to the front door
  • Highlighting the front entry

2. Views need to be blocked or enhanced. Options for enclosing a front yard for privacy include walls, fencing and plants. Be aware that most municipalities have regulations governing the height and setback of front walls and fences.

3. You’d like to reduce watering or other maintenance costs. A front yard renovation can be a prime opportunity to consider which site elements can be made more ecologically sustainable. New plantings can help your new front yard conserve water. Strategically placed trees can help reduce cooling costs in summer by shading your home, and heating costs in winter by blocking wind.

First Steps

Decide what you want. Think about the overall goal of the renovation and whether your objectives are short- or long-term. Are you freshening up plantings to sell your home soon, or are you making long-term improvements, such as revamping paths or a driveway to improve circulation and access?

Determine your budget. Early in the process, you will not know how much your renovations will cost, but you need to have some idea of what you can and want to spend. A general rule is to spend 10 percent of your home’s value on landscaping.

Landscape Design Project : Latham, NY

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Retaining Wall Project

, Retaining walls are the most used vertical design element in a landscape. They are highly functional but can have a beauty and grace all their own. The companys making the block materials used are looking more and more like natural stone and rock outcroppings.

A properly designed and installed retaining wall should last for 70 to 80 years. What more and more people are coming to realize is that a retaining wall is much more than the beautiful stone face that you see. The hidden structure behind the wall fa├žade is the real work horse behind the stability and longevity of a wall. It should include a combination of a good drainage field of clean drain rock and perforated pipe to allow any water approaching the wall to be eliminated. It is also imperative that sufficient compaction of the subsoil, back fill and drain rock take place.

Here are just a few things to consider when planning a retaining wall project:
What kind of soil do you have? Is it a well draining sandy, loam or is it a clayey soil that tends to hold water for a long time?
What kind of a load is the finished wall going to be holding up? Driveway or vehicular traffic? Lawn and landscaping? New storage shed? Pool and patio? A line of fence?
How tall does the wall need to be? Will it be tiered or terraced?
Will a set of steps be required for access?

Contact Us for your next retaining wall project. Serving Albany, Troy, Latham, Clifton Park, and Saratoga, NY.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Landscape Lighting

In the spectrum of home improvement, landscape lighting might be the most overlooked. It is, however, one of the least-obstructive design projects you can undertake. You won’t have to move out or do without the kitchen, be limited to the use of just one bathroom or be constantly cleaning up construction debris. Any work conveniently takes place outdoors.

While the implementation of the project can be easier to cope with, the complexity and expense will vary greatly depending on your preferences. You may have a beautiful old oak tree in your front yard, and adding a strategically placed floodlight would be enough. Or you may have a large sloping site with many different elements that need attention, so you may want to involve a professional landscape architect.

Significant trees take command of a landscape during the day. Once night falls, they disappear into the darkness unless appropriately placed lighting illuminates them. The effects can be remarkable. Whether underlit, flooded from one side or lit from fixtures mounted to branches, the features of the tree take on an extraordinary appearance when highlighted with light.

Landscape lighting can be installed quickly compared to other projects. You can get your oak tree lit up in an afternoon. Professional installations usually take a few days. Factor in design time of at least a month.

Permit: Simpler projects may not need permits, but this is an area dealing with electricity, and proper installation is mandatory. If the new system connects or plugs into existing electrical systems, it is unlikely that a permit is necessary. But if it requires wiring or rewiring of any kind, it’s best to call in professionals.

Best time to do this project: Spring and summer, unless you live in a mild climate; then anytime should work.

For more information on our landscape lighting servers visit Pearl Landscaping & Patio Company

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pool Landscaping ~ Patios Albany, Clifton park, Troy, Saratoga, New York

Pearl Landscaping & Patio Company.  Today's advancements in pool patio materials have eliminated the plain concrete patios so many of us grew up with. Now, a pool patio can dramatically improve your home's landscape design. The choices are endless. Contact Pearl Landscaping & Patio for your landscaping project serving Albany, Clifton Park, Saratoga, Schenectady, NY 

Natural Stone

Natural stone is a very luxurious choice for patios, you can cut costs by choosing stone from a local quarry. The native New York flagstone here was hand cut to match the travertine in the home. This is labor intensive and adds to the total cost, but the result is magnificent.

Stone can be installed various ways, depending on the soil conditions. If the existing soil is clay based, it would be wise to lay stone on a 4-inch concrete slab with steel reenforcement for a sturdy base.

Stone color can vary dramatically, since it's a natural product. Samples can give you an idea of what it will be like, but know that there will be color variations.

Flagstone patios can be installed with ground cover planted in between, as shown in this image. This type of application complements the natural surroundings — but be sure to have the patio slant gently away from the pool to avoid runoff into the water.


Pavers are still a popular choice for homeowners. This pool patio is made with Belgard Mega Bergerac Squares and the Belgard Dublin Cobble. Many colors, shapes, and patterns are available to help cater to all individual tastes and needs. Remembering that, the type of pavers you have decided on need to be slip resistant.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Winterize Your Patio ~ Pearl Landscaping & Patio Company

big chunk of fall is devoted to preparing for winter. Whether it's enjoying clear skies and the few remaining sunny days, or getting the most out of your garden before the frost hits, we all instinctively know that we have to get ready for darker, wetter, colder days ahead.

If you're a homeowner, this includes prepping your home for a round of nasty weather. For those with an outdoor patio, there's a lot to consider. From storing to cleaning, these 8 tips will help you keep everything in your patio ready and waiting for warmer weather.
1. Clean and store your patio furniture. If you're packing away patio furniture for the winter, give everything a decent cleaning so your furniture isn't sitting in grime for the next 6 months. No need to go overboard though — they're bound to gather more dust and grime before next summer.

For now, wipe dirt and debris off tables and chairs, and spray and wipe down everything with water. Make sure it all dries completely before storing it indoors or covering it with a patio-furniture cover. Tie each cover to the furniture's legs so that it stays in place.
2. Scrub patio cushions. Cushions can become a breeding ground for gunk of all sorts. Wipe off all your outdoor cushions with a soapy sponge and water, and scrub off anything that needs to be removed. Let it dry completely for a few days to make sure there's no moisture left.

If you find any mildew when cleaning your cushions, leave them in the sunlight (the sun is a natural mold inhibitor). When the cushion is dry, scrub off loose spores with a dry sponge. If you encounter a particularly tough stain, rub a few drops of bleach on it and wash and rinse it away after a few minutes. After washing and drying completely, wrap your cushions in an old sheet or a garbage bag and store them inside.
3. Clean off the grill. First, fire up your grill for several minutes to burn off any remaining residue. Turn it off, and scrape off all the extra bits with a wire brush or ball of aluminum foil. Remove the grease tray and wash it in the sink with dish soap, and wipe all of the exterior surfaces of your grill with a soapy sponge and water.

If you have a grill that can move and you're planning to move it indoors for the winter, make sure to detach the propane tank — these tanks should never be stored inside. Cover the tank loosely with a large plastic bag, and keep it in a safe spot outside. If you're keeping your grill outside, make sure everything is turned off and cover it.

4. Store garden tools and accessories. If you have small potted plants you don't want to bring inside, toss them into the compost. It's generally better to just start fresh next year. Turn any empty large containers upside down to avoid water collecting inside. Untwist and untangle hoses, and wind them in a neat circle to put inside so they won't freeze and crack.
5. Clean off hammocks. Take your hammock off of its hooks, lay it flat and scrub it with warm water and dish soap. Rinse and hang to dry. Make sure you never use bleach on hammocks — it may wear through the fibers, creating a safety hazard.
6. Clean and store umbrellas. Cleaning umbrellas can be a bit tricky. If there's just a bit of dirt and pollen on it, simply dust it off and store it inside until summer. If it needs a bit of a scrub, wash it off with dish soap and a sponge. If you have a vinyl umbrella, a detergent made for convertible car tops can do the trick.

After you're done washing the umbrella, make sure to let it dry completely in the sun for a couple days. Never store an umbrella that's remotely wet if you want to avoid mildew!
7. Freshen up the base of your patio. It's always a good idea to get the summer grit off of your patio before winter hits. Power-washing your patio base (or just using a hose with an attachment nozzle) will help remove any dirt and debris that's piled up.
8. Keep using it! If you live in a location blessed with decent winter weather, you may very well use your patio throughout the winter. Keep everything covered so it won't get dirty or wet, but don't store your furniture so you can still use it at a moment's notice. Consider using an outdoor patio heater and keeping some quilts handy for brisk evenings outdoors.