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How Did Your Patio Pavers Weather the Winter?

Courtesy of E.P. Henry Corporation Blog:

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 by warming your patio for the winter.

  • 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.

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 Facts on Landscape Lighting, Articlebase

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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Urban Gardens, Who Are We?

Urban Gardens is a multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery that serves the greater Baltimore area. At Urban Gardens, you can expect to find landscape designers, horticulturists and gardeners that are knowledgeable about everything you could possibly want to know about your garden or landscaping for your home.backyard

When it comes to landscaping your property, we will create a garden or landscape that is a refreshing and different from that of your neighbors. Our philosophy is based on extending the living space of a home into the landscape, reflect your personality in the garden and enhance your outdoor living space.

Each project is given the full attention of our team and we will not lose sight of your objectives while meeting if not exceeding your expectations. We will work with you to create something you will love. The designs we create and implement are simple, clean and classic with modern styling.

Our job is to overcome any natural landscapes and create a functional and user friendly space for you and your family to enjoy.

Our expertise includes:

  • Sustainable Design
  • Project Management
  • Design-build
  • Landscape restoration
  • English gardens
  • Rain gardens
  • Herb gardens
  • Landscape maintenence
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Arbors and Pergolas
  • Patios
  • Terraces
  • And more…

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, award winning 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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