February in New Jersey can be windy, damp, snowy and—let’s face it—bitterly cold. For many residents, it’s simply not the time of year when they enjoy heading outdoors. We get it. As residents of New Jersey ourselves, we understand the desire to stay indoors during Mother Nature’s frosty months. But as landscapers, we’re obligated to worry about our neighbors’ outdoor landscaping—especially during the off-season. So, with February being the month of love, we’ve decided to offer some sweet tips on how you can romance that tired old landscaping—so it blossoms perfectly come summer.
If you’re ready to take your landscape relationship to the next level, we’ve got the secrets to making it all work right here:
Add design and color.
Boring old garden bed got you down? Consider upgrading with a new functional design. Our landscape designers can turn your ideas into reality—right before your eyes. With a fresh garden shape, some added color (think bright flowers or sharp greenery) and possibly even fencing installation at your Basking Ridge property, you can definitely add some spark to any dull area.
Install an outdoor kitchen.
Does your patio lack some pizzazz? If you’re the neighborhood “go-to spot” for summer barbecues, consider adding an outdoor grill or kitchen. From a brick oven pizza addition to built-in grills, outdoor kitchens are all the rage right now. Start a plan of motion now so your creation can be in full swing by grilling season.
Add a paver walkway.
Do you have a nicely landscaped area that you’d like to lead guests toward? Paver or natural stone walkways are a wonderful addition to any backyard landscape—and can lead guests to the perfect conversation spot. Professional design by a landscape architect can really boost the look—and property value— of an old boring yard, too. Plus, walkways can be complemented with stone retaining walls and textured patios. These beauties look so great you might never want to go back inside!
It’s time to think outside the box! Why not add a small water feature to your backyard oasis? The soothing sounds of water can be both peaceful and cathartic. Birdbaths, koi ponds and small waterfalls are great ideas that will help create a heavenly look.
Consider landscape lighting.
If you’re going to add color and fresh greenery to spice up your landscaping, you’re going to want to show it off! Landscape lighting is the perfect way to highlight architectural features, enrich garden beds, provide extra security and, of course, light up your walkways! You can choose from a wide range of landscape lighting options from Castle Point Landscape Design.
Add a fire pit.
There’s no better way to say romance than with a winter snuggle by the outdoor fire pit. Best of all, these resourceful additions can be used all year long. Make s’mores over the fire pit with the kids in spring and summer and cozy up next to the heat with neighbors during fall and winter. Fire pits can be designed in many shapes, colors and textures, too.
Research your contractor before doing anything.
In the world of landscaping and masonry, shortcuts are never a good thing. We highly recommend researching your contractor before hiring anyone to do your job. At Castle Point, we’ve seen our share of short cuts when we’ve been called to “fix a job.” Doing the job right from the start is always our priority. We’ve seen how poor workmanship can cause a domino effect of problems. This is why our team is committed to doing the most professional job we can from day one. You can trust our team to allow for proper techniques such as professional grading, draining and measuring from day one. Plus, we always follow proper installation methods according to industry standards—right from the start.
Now is the right time to start planning your spring or summer dream. The team at Castle Point Landscape Design would be more than happy to meet with you to discuss all of your landscaping ideas. Feel free to check out our gallery online to spark some ideas and then schedule your free estimate by contacting us online!