Hardscapes & Masonry

How Did Your Patio Pavers Weather the Winter?

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It’s time to get your patio ready for the new season. But wait, before you roll out the rug, take the cushions out of storage, and re-hang the lanterns, a good patio cleaning may be needed as well.  Here are some tips to help you set the stage and get ready to enjoy your outdoor living space.

  • Pavers: While good looking and long lasting, do require some upkeep. Mold and other organic stains can detract from their beauty and harsh winter weather can dull their appearance. The good news is, there are patio cleaning products and services that can get them back to looking brand new in as little as one day.  Seal ‘n Lock, an environmentally safe cleaning and sealing process, restores your patio, walkway and driveway pavers without using toxic chemicals. This pet and plant friendly system dries in hours and allows you to use your patio the very next day.

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  • Edging: Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or you hire a pro, your patio, walkway and driveway will look neater and cleaner after being edged.  Additionally, edging protects large plant roots from lawnmower blades and helps keep weeds from encroaching into the crevices of your pavers.
  • Uninvited guests: Use a broom, hose or leaf blower around light fixtures, windows and doors to eliminate cobwebs and critters that will surely be found in covered furniture, umbrellas, grills and other outdoor items that were stored for the winter.
  • Cushions: Always check the manufacture’s tag for instructions first, but here’s a simple and effective way to freshen your cushions:

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Do a Greens Check: In addition to your patio cleaning, make sure you check the lawn as well. Although it may not be in need of a mowing just patio cleaningyet, a good feed and weed along with checking for divots left by forgoing animals will get your backyard ready for the summer foot traffic.

Just think, if you get the whole family involved, you could be enjoying your morning cup of coffee on your sparkling clean patio by the weekend.

The Benefits of Fire Pits

Benefits of Fire Pits“Winter is coming.” You don’t have to be a Game of Thrones fan to know that much to be true. Fall is in full swing and the weather is quickly dropping. We have even seen a few snow flurries recently. Because of this, people everywhere are covering their patio furniture and heading indoors, neglecting their landscape until the weather warms. But why? Who said you can’t reap the benefits of your beautiful backyard throughout fall and winter?


The Benefits of Fire Pits: The Perfect Winter Addition to any Landscape


If you love the great outdoors, a fire pit could be the perfect addition to your backyard. Benefits include:


  1. Entertainment: Do you like hosting parties? Is your home the local hangout spot for friends and family? If so, you NEED a fire pit. It is the perfect way to extend your parties well into the night, providing both light and warmth.
  2. Roast those Marshmallows: Nothing beats gathering around an open fire and roasting some marshmallows. But it doesn’t stop there. Add a grill to your fire pit and you can cook just about anything over the open flame.
  3. Focal Point: A fire pit could be the focal point your landscape so desperately needs.
  4. Home Value: A professionally built fire pit can add to your home value, while also making your home easier to sell. That’s what we like to call a win-win.


Professional Hardscaping from Urban Gardens


From retaining walls, to patios and, of course, fire pits, Urban Gardens can execute every aspect of masonry and stonework in your landscape. We use only the finest materials, and work with the best crafted products proven in the outdoor industry.


If you’re interested in learning more about Landscaping & Real Estate, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Houzz, and Pinterest.


Urban Gardens – a unique, multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery serving the greater Baltimore area!


Warming Your Patio for Winter

Winter Patio WarmthAfter spending lots of time and money on making sure that your landscaping is the best that it can be, the last thing you want to do is have to neglect it during the fall and winter months due to the cold weather. You still want to enjoy nights with family and friends on your carefully designed Urban Gardens patio. You may be wondering; what can I do to make my backyard a great place to be in the cold months? At Urban Gardens, we have some solutions for you.

Block the wind – Wind can be a huge deterrent in going outside during the winter. It makes the cold even colder and can chill you right to the bone. Add some sort of fencing or wind block to help keep your outdoor space warm and welcoming. You can also use trellises or arbors with blinds or winter friendly plants to block the wind.

Add a fire pit – Nothing says warm in the winter like a built in outdoor fire pit. Snuggle up with some nice throws and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy the fresh air this winter. A fire pit is great for gatherings in both summer and winter and adds a little bit of flare to your patio. You can also add to your home’s curb appeal and resale value by adding a fire pit.

Add lighting – Lighting will not actually make your outdoor space any warmer, but with the sun setting so early now, it’ll make it more welcoming and give it a warmer feel. Track lighting, accent lighting, and path lighting can all help you make your patio feel warmer and more hospitable in the cold winter months. The lighting will accent your patio nicely and can be used year round.

Don’t let your outdoor space go to waste when it gets cold. Make your patio a comfortable and welcoming place year round by using some of the tips listed above or calling Urban Gardens for some more winter patio ideas!

If you’re interested in learning more about Warming Your Patio for Winter please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website.
Urban Gardens – a unique, multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery serving the greater Baltimore area!

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The Benefits of Professional Hardscaping Services

Professional Hardscaping ServicesNothing is more rewarding than rolling up your sleeves and building a structure – patio, walkway, etc. – with your bare hands. Unfortunately, many of us do not have the time, know-how, or resources to accomplish every home improvement project on our wish list. This is where Urban Gardens comes in. We are a unique, multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery serving the greater Baltimore area. We provide professional landscape design, landscaping, and, of course, Hardscaping Services. With our help, you can have the landscape you have always dreamed of!


The Benefits of Professional Hardscaping Services


  1. Expertise: Professional hardscapers are professionals for a reason. They know what they are doing. They have the experience and know-how to create the perfect patio, wondrous walkway, or fantastic fire pit you have always wanted, but never had the time to construct.
  2. Time: Speaking of time, while you struggle to find time to work on your patio, balancing work, your family life, your social life, and your home improvement project, a professional hardscaper will be able to construct your new hardscape quicker than you could ever hope to.
  3. Symmetry: A professional hardscaper will look at the bigger picture and try to blend your new hardscape into your existing landscape. Remember, everything in your landscape should flow together and complement one another. Your landscape should not look like a series of small projects; it should look like one, seamless landscape.
  4. Tools and Materials: Professional hardscapers not only have access the highest quality materials, they also have the tools to get the job done right. If you attempt a do-it-yourself patio or walkway, you have two choices: buy equipment or rent equipment. Either avenue is not cheap.


Hardscaping Services from Urban Gardens


 

Urban Gardens can execute every aspect of masonry and stonework in your landscape, from retaining walls; terraces; walkways; pergolas; and fire pits to brick, paver, and stone patios. We use only the finest materials, and work with the best crafted products proven in the outdoor industry.


If you’re interested in learning more about Professional Hardscaping Services, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website. We work throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area: Baltimore County, Carroll County, and Baltimore City. We service clients in a 25 mile radius from our nursery facility at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.


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Outdoor Lighting Fun Facts from your Baltimore, Maryland Hardscaper

Hey Maryland, how much landscape lighting do you have around your Maryland/D.C. home or residence? You need a sufficient amount of landscape lighting to fully enjoy the features of your home and provide some extra benefits you may have not even thought of. Here are a few ways that landscape lighting can improve your home beyond added illuminationmodern house evening:

  • It can increase property value – Not only can it add to the aesthetic, but it can also add to the value of your home. According to a Gallup poll, installing outdoor lighting to highlight the details and landscaping of your home can increase its value by up to 15%. So, it may seem like a little touch, but it’s actually an investment on the future value of your home.
  • It is proven to lower crime – Having outdoor landscape lighting can reduce the amount of crime and even in some cases prevent crime from happening in the first place outside your residence. Studies have concluded that outdoor lighting is successful in preventing crime by making criminal activity more visible to the naked eye. It makes sense, criminals want to do their business in the dark, not in the well-illuminated, professional light.
  • Outdoor landscape lighting doesn’t create expensive energy bills – With systems like light timers and motion sensor, lights can automatically go on and off by themselves. This doesn’t waste energy and can actually help the functionality of  your outdoor landscape lighting system.

With these facts in hand, it makes so much sense to think about your outdoor landscape lighting system as a valuable asset to your home. These kind of lighting systems are the best invisible ally you’ll have in not only making your home welcoming, but in deterring anyone who might want to vandalize or commit crimes near your Maryland or D.C. home. It’s the best friend made of light that you never had.

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

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The Benefits to Installing Outdoor Lighting Systems

We all sleep a little better at night knowing that our house is safe and secure, which is why we are here to share some illuminating information on how outdoor lighting can help keep your home out of harm’s way.Exterior of a Mansion at Night

General Safety

Even the most familiar places can be difficult to navigate in the dark, and there are plenty of hazards that can trip us up outdoors: rocks, steps, a dip in the ground. Many homeowners make use of zone lighting in order to make certain areas of a yard more visible come nightfall. Places that make sense to light? Patios, decks, gardens, pools, and outdoor seating areas. Lighting on walkways – sidewalks, garages, and entryways – will make you step easy.

Security Measures

A well-lit landscape is known to deter trespassers and potential criminals. Motion detector light systems are helpful not only to help your welcome visitors see as they walk through your yard, but also to help keep unwelcome visitors off of your property.

Stay safe: consider incorporating outdoor lighting into your Maryland landscape to keep your home, family, and friends, well protected.

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

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Benefits of Functional Outdoor Lighting

Adding A Fire Pit To Your Backyard

The summer is officially here, that means backyard BBQ’s and spending time outside. What better way to enjoy some time outside than with a fire pit and roasting some s’mores by the fire.fire pit

Besides offering an additional area for entertaining, well-planned outdoor patios and landscapes can increase the value of a home, offering extra floor space for living. Here are a few essential features to consider when choosing an outdoor fire pit or fireplace.

If you’re a traditionalist and want to see yule logs all aglow, wood-burning fireplaces or pits create an atmosphere of flickering flames that flit in the darkness. But if you’re not keen on the cinders that accompany wood and the task of procuring burning material, gas might be a better option: whether from a propane tank or a home’s natural gas system, gas-burning fireplaces and fire pits are a convenient alternative to wood.

Choosing between a fire pit and fireplace depends on how large an area you want to heat as well as personal preference. Fireplaces can heat a larger area than fire pits, and are generally set into a wall, whereas fire pits are often freestanding and can be structured into many different shapes.

Custom fireplaces and fire pits can be built into many areas of a landscape to offer warmth, comfort, beauty and functionality. Whether a simple fire pit lined with stone or an upright, fully functional brick pizza oven, Urban Gardens offers a large variety of options for homeowners looking to heat up their lives. Always safety conscious, Urban Gardens builds in necessary drainage systems, ensures that the fire feature is placed in a safe area, and lines fireplaces appropriately with a mortar liner or fireproof brick. For added visual interest, many styles of mantels, from wood to stone, can be built into the fireplace.

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

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