Saturday, September 9, 2017

Paver Patio & Fire Pit Albany, NY

Extend your time outdoors with a warm and inviting gas fire 🔥 pit for your backyard | Albany, NY 
Paver Patio, Fire Pit & Sitting Wall Project | Albany NY

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Pearl Landscaping & Patio Company 
Albany, New York 
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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 façade 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.