With the weather starting to turn towards fall and colder weather, being able to still enjoy the outdoors can be a little less… enjoyable. However having some sort of fire feature, such as a fire pit or outdoor fireplace can warm things up in your outdoor space pretty quickly as well as bring people together. In our last blog we discussed the nuances and benefits of having a patio installed at your home, and briefly touched on the idea of having a stone fire pit put in along with that. What we didn’t mention, was that outdoor fireplaces can be an enticing option as well for a fire feature, and they look beautiful. So which option should you go for? We broke it down for you so that you can make the right choice.
The main upside of the fire pit is the option to be able to surround it, place seating all around, and have an interactive experience with many guests being able to gather and feel the warmth of the fire. Although being able to have the communal gathering around the fire is a huge upside, there are downsides, such as smoke being allowed to flow freely and potentially lead to a bad time for some depending on wind and other factors.
The outdoor fireplace makes for a gorgeous statement for your property and can be designed in a number of different ways using a variety different types of stone. The fireplace is used to sit in front of and does not offer that communal surrounding option that a fire pit does but simultaneously it will take up less space than a fire pit arrangement as it can be built on the edge of a patio. You do not have to worry about the smoke issue when it comes to a fireplace, as the chimney directs the smoke up and away. The fireplace is great if combined with a pavilion as well and can be used while it is raining in that case.
So Which One?
Given this analysis of each option, we say just put on a jacket! Just kidding, fires are great and everyone should have a great way to enjoy them, but the experience you will get from both the fire pit and fireplace are different and depending on what type of person you or your family are will dictate which is better. For example if you’d like to roast marshmallows and sit around with your family telling stories the fire pit is probably for you. If you are looking more for added ambiance and a great looking piece to complete your yard while also providing heat than the fireplace is the choice for you.
Whichever you decide is the right option for you, we are here to help and can assist with your design ideas as well as install and even fill your new feature with wood to burn! Give us a call to learn more.
Have you been thinking of ways to improve the outdoor experience at your home? A patio may be the right move for you, and there are several attractive reasons to choose one over other outdoor enhancements. Some of the reasons include; space for entertaining, added value to your home, more budget friendly than decks, low-maintenance and durable with long lifespans. We have broken down some of these attractions of having a patio installation to help you decide if it’s right for you.
Get more use out of your backyard with a patio that is perfect for hosting barbecues, birthday parties, and almost any other event while saving you from indoor messes. Add some outdoor furniture, a grill, fire pit or even a hot tub to really give your patio a draw. If you are feeling fancy with your patio design you can even have stone grill & fire pit permanent fixtures built in.
Tougher Than a Deck
When it comes to enhancing your outdoor spaces, maintenance is something that must be considered. As you might already assume, stone or pavers are far more durable than wood and require very minimal maintenance once every two to three years at most, while wood needs to be sealed or stained almost yearly and occasionally needs boards replaced. Aside from maintenance the durability of a patio can make it last over 20+ years withstanding heavy rains and extreme temperature changes.
Affordable with High Return on Investment
Patios are typically cheaper to install than decks. A deck, according to this article from HouseLogic, runs an average of around $33 per square foot to install, while a patio will run you an average of around $15 per square foot. Aside from installation costs due to the maintenance and durability factors, a patio is more likely to improve your homes value with the average home value increase of around 12% while a deck being closer to 10% on average. The low cost combined with the high return and usefulness, make installing a patio a no brainer when it comes to yard improvement.
If you or someone you know are interested in having a patio installed, we can help! Check out our page about our paving and stone landscape offerings here to learn more.
Do you ever look out into your yard and think that it is just missing something? Or maybe you look out and look right into your neighbor’s window. You might just be in need of some new trees to liven up your outdoor areas. When it comes to choosing what kinds of trees you want to plant, there are several factors to consider, as different trees can serve different purposes. This decision is one that can either haunt or bless you for years to come, even a lifetime. Okay, okay, you could always cut down and replace a tree but trust us, that is a pain and it is much easier to make the correct decision on the first try.
Why Do You Want to Plant a Tree?
When deciding on what kinds of tree or trees to plant in your yard you should ask yourself: why is it that I want a tree? The main reasons usually revolve around the following: shade, privacy, scenery (something pretty), or to block the view of an eye sore. Once you can answer that, then you can move onto the different types of trees starting with coniferous (evergreen) or deciduous (loses its leaves). Evergreens are typically ideal for privacy and windbreak, but not very good for shade and remain a consistent green color all year round. While leaved deciduous trees are quite the opposite as they can provide overhead shade, less blockage for privacy and often vary in color and vibrancy depending on time of year, as well as lose their leaves in colder months. With that being said, all different types of species of trees have their own unique differences and are not strictly limited to these characteristics.
Growth Rate and Flowering
Moving further down the tree line, there are other key factors that should go into your tree decision, such as the growth rate of the tree and flowering tendencies. If you are looking for a tree that will grow and flower quickly you will want to stay away from the hardwoods, and go for the typically smaller ‘soft-wooded’ trees they usually have a shorter lifespan but can bring life to your yard quickly. Hardwood trees on the other hand, grow much slower, live longer and grow to be larger than their counterparts making them great for shade.
There are many options, but of the tree species that we have in stock at the Southpark Nursery our best options are the Autumn Blaze Maple, Cottonwood, or Willow. All of these are hardwood options that grow to be rather tall with decently wide branch reach and plenty of room for hanging out underneath.
We recommend the Colorado Blue Spruce or the Juniper as they provide nice thick needles that make them tough to see through as well as tough for wind to break through.
A rocky mountain classic beloved by all who have ever been to the area, the Aspen tree is our choice for a tree that will look nice in your yard with it’s smooth near white bark and shimmering leaves. There are a few different types of Aspen but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Our choice is the Honeycrisp apple tree, these trees look good, tend to not grow very tall and of course they produce some of the most delicious fruit known to man.
All of these trees mentioned and more can be found at the South Park Nursery, and our experienced staff will be able to help further assist you in making the right choice for your yard’s wants and needs.
With warm weather upon us, we are seeing plants, shrubs, and trees flourishing with green and flowering in the valley. Rain is falling in small spurts and snow melt is still a factor, but we all know that this does not last and by the end of the summer fire danger is always a concern and lawns and native grasses lose their green beauty for a less favorable yellow/brown hue. That is why watering your lawn is crucial during the summers here in Wyoming if you want to keep it lush. Doing so manually can be non cost efficient, ineffective, inconsistent, and time consuming. Having an expert installed irrigation system will save you money, water evenly and your lawn will never miss a watering leaving it near perfect.
Clear Cut Benefits
The healthy, green, flourishing lawn you have always wanted is what a professional irrigation system will give you. These systems are the most effective way to guarantee that your lawn gets the precise amount of hydration it requires and does not get drowned out by over watering.
Time: Save yourself time with an irrigation system that is programmed to to work on it’s own schedule that is ideal for your lawn. Spend your time doing what you love rather than manually watering your lawn.
Money: Save money through the efficiency of your system. An irrigation system will pay for itself before you know it and the benefits will outweigh the installation cost quickly.
Water: Save water through an ideal watering schedule and optimal dispersion of water.
Don’t Over Water! And Definitely Don’t Under water!
Under watering will become obvious as your grass wilts discolors and is crisp like straw, the grass does not quickly bounce back after being stepped on. On the flip side over watering will result in a soggy yard and grass blades to become limp and wilt, you may also notice the need to mow your lawn more frequently because of thick thatch growth.
Disease from Over Watering
Excessive amounts of water on your lawn can create a breeding ground for diseases such as rotting in areas that do not get enough water, root rotting, moss that will take over, powdery mildew and brown patch lawn disease.
Ways to Tell Your Lawn is Healthy
Ideal signs of a great lawn include having an even green or dark green color throughout, grass blades that bounce back instantly after stepping on them. Other signs include even thatch at the soil level and blades having fairly even thickness throughout the lawn.
Get Your Dream Lawn Without the Hassle
South Park Landscaping’s expert irrigation technicians will set you up with a system that will keep your lawn lush all throughout the warm seasons. We don’t stop there either we provide ongoing maintenance to winterize in the fall, activate in the spring and provide repair and troubleshooting services. Not to mention that if you are in need of a retrofitting or expansion of your current system, we have you covered! Give us a call today.