Nothing neatens a yard more effectively than an attractive mulch spread on the bare soil under all trees and shrubs. In fact, using mulch is a good landscaping habit! Some of the benefits, however, make it worth the effort. A really good job of mulching your garden usually offers these benefits:

  • Inhibits weed germination and growth. (Weeds are not only unsightly, but they also steal resources from desirable garden plants!).
  • Holds in soil moisture, protecting your plants from drying out quickly.
  • Moderates soil-temperature fluctuations (This benefit is especially valuable during that turbulent-weather period in spring when you don’t want your plants to be stressed.)
  • In cold-winter areas, protects plant roots from winter cold and helps prevent frost-heaving, in which plants are literally pushed out of the ground by the natural expansion and contraction of the soil as it cools off and heats up.
  • In hot-summer areas, helps keep plant roots cooler
  • Depending on what you use, adds a bit of welcome nutrition to your garden as it breaks down.

The “right” or “best” mulch to use depends on your climate, the part of the country you’re in, and the part of the yard you’re using it in. Your yard is the first thing prospective buyers see when they approach your home. If you welcome them with a neat, attractive landscape you are likely to sell your home more quickly at the price you want. Experience has shown that this positive first impression, this “curb appeal”, will encourage potential buyers to appreciate the other features of your home.

Call Paradise Landscape & Hardscape today for more information on how to beautify your yard with mulch!

Maybe its time to upgrade your outdoor living spaces and you’re anxious to get started. You’ve planted a few of the soft materials but can quickly see that the hardscape design should be installed before progressing too far. At this moment you’re probably realizing that hardscaping is the backbone of your design while the beautiful plants and grass are the finishing touches. Paradise Landscape and Hardscapes can help you achieve this vision you have with walkways, water features, fire pits, pool decks, and patios surrounded by lush plants and blooms.

Team Paradise has a ton of experience in combing the perfect blend of hardscaping and landscaping to create a gorgeous finished product that will not only beautify your landscape but increase your property value.

Annapolis Hardscapes

Our satisfied customers can be found in many cities and towns in Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas. We know how to take direction as well as offer a creative and educated insight to bring the best solution possible for your paver patios, walkways, water features, fire pits and the like.

Need an outdoor living space to take advantage of our long summers and cool falls? Is fresh air your thing? No problem. Every home is as uniques as our own home. Outdoor living spaces such as kitchens and living areas are always fun and handy, especially if you have kids or a large family or need to host a party! It’s easier to clean up an outside mess and eases the wear and tear of your home interior.

The possibilities are limitless. You can truly create most any type of outside room these days. Most electronics compatible with outdoor living, so it’s pretty easy to have a full-blown hook up with surround sound speakers and television.

Beds of small trees or flowering shrubs make a stunning wall that can offer privacy and sound reduction. Then add a little panache with a customized paver patio flooring and boom, you’re stying.

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We’re want to help you build your dream home to create lasting memories in. Call us today or fill out our FREE ESTIMATE form to get started.

Hardscaping and Landscaping Combined

Softscapes and hardscaping combined, create the mood and overall theme for your outdoor living space. Hardscapes are permanent structures in the yard, like pergolas, retaining walls or water features, driveways, walkways, and paver patios and pool decks, as an example. Hardscape designs are located throughout the landscape in various areas.

Softscapes are the plants and other organic materials that fill in the rest of the yard to create the ambiance. These materials include shrubs and trees, flowering plants, vines, and grasses and the like. Ask Team Paradise about which planting time is best for your landscape goals.

Don’t let your landscape be neglected. The whole package adds to the value of your home and property value. Not to mention, it’s a natural extension of your living space and who doesn’t love a little more space? Team Paradise knows how to create perfect harmony between your home’s interior and exterior spaces.

More On Outdoor Additions

Stone and wood are common materials for permanent structures in outdoor landscapes. Our highly skilled professionals know how to handle these materials. Call us today to get started.

Our specialties include:

  • Paver Patios
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Retaining Walls
  • Porches
  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Driveways
  • Other paver installations
  • Natural Stone

We can make your outdoor spaces a little more friendly in the fall by adding a fireplace, fire-pit or patio heater. These additions are perfect for tailgate parties and other evening functions. Go Ravens! Whatever it is you can think of, pool decks, an outdoor kitchen or living room hideaway with lots of privacy, an outdoor office, a dramatic lush landscape with large boulders and rock garden elements or simply a nice cut yard and beautiful flower beds… Team Paradise had you covered!

All we need to know is what you’re thinking about. That’s how we bring the dream to life. There are a few things you can do to help your goal come to fruition…

Things to Consider

Write it down on paper. Make lists and maybe sketch out a few designs. We realize that most of you are probably not artists, but even the most simple sketch can help us get on the same page as you quickly.

No time for that? Contact us! Even if you’re not quite ready to start yet, fill out our FREE ESTIMATE form and let’s get a Team Paradise member over to your home to discuss what you’re thinking about.

The sooner you get moving, the sooner we can get you scheduled. You’ll be enjoying your new outdoor living space in no time!

As a homeowner, it can be difficult to discern why you might want to hire a landscape professional. Furthermore, it might be even more confusing as to whether or not the one you’re hiring has all the right qualifications, licensing, insurance, etc. Paradise Landscape and Hardscape has both the professional credentials, design creativity mixed with years of experience to help you create a perfect oasis outdoor living space as well as help you do the maintenance and dirty work! There are a few reasons why we think you should hire us to be your Landscape Company.

An attractive and well-maintained commercial facility makes a clear statement about the quality of your business. It makes a favorable impression on each visitor, client, vendor or prospective employee from the moment they step foot on your property. It also boosts employee morale. Imagine the positive impact that a well-landscaped outdoor eating area would have on your staff. Providing a place to rest and recharge for a few minutes, outdoors, can also enhance productivity and reduce stress levels.

A hotel that adds a water feature, a retail store that adds a brick paver entrance with colorful planters, or a restaurant that screens the parking lot with tasteful plantings all position themselves to retain current customers as well as attract new clients. They also distinguish themselves from their competition.

We live in an fast paced age, often with significant stress. At the end of a long day wouldn’t it be nice to come home to an inviting, relaxing special residence… a place that gives you a sense of peace and comfort? A well-designed landscape can be the key to making your home a place where you like to spend time. With the significant growth in interest in outdoor living, we find that customers are not only looking for beautiful garden areas, but also functional outdoor spaces that add usable area to the home. Outdoor kitchens, bars, fireplaces and dining areas add beauty and real value to your property.

A landscape professional knows:

  • The climate and which plants will thrive in all seasons
  • Which trees and plants are best suited for a particular type of soil
  • Where to plant on your property based on light and other factors
  • The correct season and techniques for pruning trees and plants
  • The details of how to keep a lawn healthy, beyond mowing and trimming
  • The proper and safe application of fertilizers and pesticides
  • The materials, the cost and the time needed to complete a project

Beyond planting, trimming and mowing, a professional can:

  • Design and build hardscapes such as patios, pathways, water features, outdoor kitchens, etc.
  • Provide the necessary tools and manpower to finish a project on time
  • Dig and divide emerging perennials
  • Remove leaves from the bottom of ponds or other water features
  • Clean gutters to prevent water from drowning plants below
  • Free up your time so that you can spend it doing other things

Professional landscaping not only beautifies your home, it is also a wise investment because:

  • It can add between 7% and 15% to the value of a home. (Source: The Gallup Organization)
  • It can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home. (Source: American Public Power Association)
  • Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate. (Source: Money Magazine)

Our landscape professionals at Paradise Landscape and Hardscape are licensed by the state of Maryland and trained in various areas of expertise. You can be assured that your landscape project is in the best of hands. We are local, family owned and take pride in absolutely everything we do! Whether you are considering enhancing a commercial or a residential property, it is important to remember that everything doesn’t have to happen at once. Our design team is exceptionally skilled at “phasing” landscape projects over a period of months or years. You can add features from your custom landscape plan as your budget allows, knowing that you will still be progressing seamlessly toward a complete landscape that will truly suit your taste and needs.

Call us today for a free estimate and start enjoying the benefits of professional landscaping!

Many communities in Annapolis, MD, have lush lawns with healthy grass. When it’s grooming time, all property owners in Annapolis must follow a strict lawn care schedule in order to keep their yard neat and tidy. If you don’t know how to care for a lawn, the team at Paradise Landscape and Hardscape can help. Team Paradise consists of highly trained landscape technicians, so if you need help mowing your lawn before winter, you’ll benefit using our lawn care services. In this blog post, you’ll learn how to prepare for a fall routine, practical lawn care strategies, when to stop cutting grass, and more.

Preparing for the Last Routine

Before your final mowing routine, fill your mower with plenty of gas. Then, check the oil level; if it’s low, the mower will run sluggishly as its blade slices through the grass. You shouldn’t mow your lawn incorrectly during the last routine because inconsistencies will create an environment for fungus. After the grass is properly trimmed, add fertilizer because it produces the best results in the spring when it’s sprinkled on a lawn in early fall.

The last trim won’t always happen on a certain day each year since the weather patterns always influence a lawn’s growth cycle. If your neighborhood is very warm outside in the fall, the grass will continue to sprout. This is why you must monitor the weekly weather forecast in your area carefully for inconsistencies. If the temperature drops 50 degrees F and rises again, you shouldn’t put your mower away because the grass will gradually grow on the hotter days. Instead, delay your final trim until the temperature outdoors falls below 50 degrees F and stays there.

Throughout the winter, your grass should be around two inches tall, so adjust your mower’s blade correctly. At this height, snow mold won’t be an issue, and arctic conditions will never stress out the grass.

One Cut After the Last Leaves Fall

When all of the leaves drop on your lawn, you may want to use your mower one more time before the cold weather arrives to make mulch. For this job, you’ll need to scout your property in advance to determine the best way to shred every leaf. Then, while you’re cutting the lawn, other steps must be taken to protect your mower.

Scouting is the only way to make the process of cutting leaves easier and less time-consuming. You should always wait until your lawn is totally covered with leaves before scouting because it gives you an opportunity to develop a practical strategy for raking. While raking, spread the leaves out so that the mower can cut everything evenly.

Before starting your mower, check the blade’s height. There should be proper clearance between the blade and the ground. If the blade is too low, some leaves may stick to the bottom of the mower.

While you’re cutting the leaves with the mower, take your time because the blade may have to spin several times to shred thick bundles. If you push the mower too quickly, it won’t produce a fine cut that transforms leaves into mulch.

Strategies for Cutting Grass Around Outdoor Living Spaces

You must cut the grass around outdoor living spaces correctly in the fall to avoid time-consuming maintenance and cleanup routines in the spring. The following strategies will make this job easier:

  • Cut strategically: When grass is trimmed by an outdoor living area, some trimmings will fly everywhere. If you point your mower’s flap away from a patio or deck while trimming the lawn, pieces for grass won’t land on furniture and appliances. You won’t have to direct a flap away from an outdoor living area if you operate a mower that has a bag for trimmings.
  • Target weed roots: In the spring and summer, weed roots will linger underneath the ground by a deck or patio. If you target and destroy these roots in the fall, you won’t have to constantly mow down weeds in the spring.

Tips for Grass Cutting During the Next Seasons

When winter is over, you shouldn’t crank your mower immediately after the grass grows tall. Instead, you should follow a few easy steps to properly prepare for the next mowing seasons.

Usually, after a mower is operated frequently throughout the previous seasons, its parts will develop some wear and tear. To protect your mower until the final job of the year, always service it in the spring.

Benefits of Using Our Lawn Maintenance Services

Our grass cutting team gives homeowners in Annapolis peace of mind because we always cut grass at the right time before winter arrives. We make lawns look great in the fall by focusing on the following things during lawn maintenance jobs:

  • Height: Although grass no longer grows in the fall and winter, it still needs volume in order to give a property curb appeal. This is why we trim lawns strategically to keep the grass lush throughout the colder months. There are many grass species in Annapolis, and some types appear fuller and richer when they’re a certain height. If you let us trim your lawn, we’ll examine it and trim every stalk correctly.
  • Patterns: After a lawn is mowed, its grass usually tilts in the direction where a blade made the cuts. Because this happens, we always cut grass in a pattern. For example, if we cut your grass diagonally, we’ll cut it in a straight line after it grows back before fall.

Contact us today. Team Paradise has equipment for large and small lawns in many neighborhoods in Annapolis. If a job just seems too challenging, we can tackle it. We offer:

    • Trimming and edging services
    • Lawn mowing services for residential communities and traditional grass
    • Lawn mowing services for commercial properties that might have taller grasses

Because we offer lawn maintenance services, you won’t have to do anything before fall to prepare your lawn for cold weather. Our lawn care team will cut your grass, remove weeds, provide nutrients, and more. If you want a beautiful lawn that will impress your neighbors until spring, contact us today, and schedule an appointment for our professional lawn care services.

One of the most overlooked aspects when it comes to beautifying your landscape design is usually the lighting. So much of your time, money and energy is dedicated to just maintaining your yard and landscape, we can help there too! So usually by the time it comes around to lighting, it’s last on the list and most likely neglected. Most people stick to very basic options instead of thinking outside the box to jazz up or dial down your entire space. When you live in Annapolis, MD the seasons are mild enough to use your outdoor living space consistently with a few modifications here and there. Paradise Landscape and Hardscape can help you extend your sanctuary outside and add value to your home while making it look stunning. There are a lot of benefits associated with landscape lights that range from increased usability of your outdoor space to better security — landscape lights will make your yard even better.

Choosing the perfect type of home lighting, however, is not as easy as you may think. There are so many options on the market for ambient lighting that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, which can make it easy to go with the most simple solution.  Team Paradise can help you navigate the waters and help you design your space perfectly. We have decades of experience in the landscape design industry that can help find the perfect solution for all of your concerns and questions.  We understand you need options. Paradise Landscape and Hardscape offers a variety of options for our customers to choose from depending upon what you need. A few types of lighting ideas and services we offer are listed below:

LED Lighting

LED lighting can completely transform the look of your landscape drastically! Fortunately, when you hire Paradise Landscape and Hardscape, we bring years of experience to help you create your space and take the stress out of the entire process. When it comes to using lights in design, we consider a few areas: spotlights to highlight features such as garden and plant features, floodlights to for larger areas like walls and trees, and pathway lights to highlight outdoor walkways, paths, patios and pools. Team Paradise can install LED lights to create a beautiful landscape with added safety features.

Holiday Lighting

Tis’ the seasons with any type of holiday lighting that you can imagine! Whether it’s Christmas, Hannakak, Easter, the Fourth of July, Graduation, Retirement or a Wedding… holiday lighting is the way to go. After all, nothing says home like beautiful holiday lighting all around the house. But getting this done is another story and can be quite exhausting just thinking about it. No worries, Paradise Landscape and Hardscape to the rescue. We offer all kinds of lighting services to our customers so they can stress less and leave the celebration details to us.  We will make your home look warm, welcoming and festive for any holiday event you can imagine. Team Paradise believes that you shouldn’t discard decorating your house with holiday lighting off the list just because it looks tiring. That is what we’re here for.

Decorative Lighting

Need a little flair? No problem. This type of lighting is great for parties. It doesn’t matter what kind of party you are throwing, something small for your close friends or something huge with all the gang, party lighting would make your house look more inviting. That is why Team Paradise offers different kinds of decorative lighting for every occasion imaginable. Whether you want to keep it low-key or want everyone to know what kind of a party you are throwing, we will get you to the end game you’re looking for.

Ambient Lighting

TURN ON THE MOOD with ambient lighting general lighting. This type of home lighting serves as the primary source of light for a certain room and sets the tone for the foundation of all the lighting of a room. Aside from the basic lighting functionality, the ambient lighting improves the sense of warmth and depth of a room or space. It works to provide a comfortable level of illumination without too much glare. This allows you to navigate an entire room safely too. A central source of it for every room is essential to achieve an excellent lighting plan. A perfect source needs a strategy in choosing which lights to use and in what area or part of the room to place it Whether you want to install a contemporary pendant light fitting, ceiling downlights or pathway lights, we have you covered.

Tree and Pathway Lighting

We love this kind of lighting because it infuses itself with the natural outdoors and really shows off the nature around your home. Bathing your home in a welcoming glow using tree and pathway lighting is one of the most effective ways to use these lights. Tree and Pathway lights improve curb appeal and offer security parameters. These designs are often used with other landscape lights to give your house a dazzling appeal after the sun goes down. We can help boost the value of your home and appeal with any type of lighting.

Benefits of installing lights in your outdoor living space:

So those a few ideas around how you can use lights around your home. Let’s talk about why you might want to add lights to your home:

Illumination

Your living room doesn’t have to be the only place where your family and friends spend quality time. Your patio and backyard can also be used for any event you can think of and to extend the living space outside. In fact, if you have well-illuminated ambient lighted patios and backyards, most likely your get-togethers would be spent outside versus inside.  Dinners, games and alone time… the perfect lighting can add a lot of mood.

Security

When you have lighted home and property, it helps deter the chances of vandalism and burglary. Criminals have nowhere to hide in the lights.  When you install lights at key entrance points like doors, windows and the perimeter of your house, it will make it difficult for anyone to break in unnoticed. When it comes to choosing spots to install the lights, call Paradise Landscape and Hardscape. We’ll help you decide the perfect place to install lights and their features.

Value

No matter the size of your house, landscape lighting will only enhance the value of your home while adding personality and security. While any addition to your outdoor living space is going to result in increased property value, outdoor lighting will help you get the most bang for your buck… a study showed that 41% of potential buyers see outdoor lights and living spaces as an essential quality for the home they are considering. Clearly outdoor lighting plays a role in the decision-making process when purchasing a home. Paradise Landscape and Hardscape offers many ideas and solutions to help you achieve exactly what you’re looking for in Annapolis, MD.

Outdoor Décor

Lastly, outdoor lighting when done right, shows off your home, your style and everything that you’ve worked so hard for.  These days, there are a ton of furniture pieces, patio style, pool fixtures and walkway lights that add a ton of decor. If you can dream it up in your imagination, Team Paradise can make it happen. Give us a call today so we can help you make the absolute best impression in your neighborhood! You name it – we do it. Let us help streamline your life and reduce your stress in Annapolis, MD by consolidating your multiple vendors for these services into one company. Mahalo! We look forward to meeting you and helping you build your own slice of paradise!

Want to add value to your home? Plant a garden in the sky. Rooftop gardens are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to wow buyers and shore up the value of your home, real estate agents say.

Homes in big cities benefit the most from a rooftop garden, where homeowners sacrifice yard space for the urban experience. But even suburban homeowners are taking advantage of deck and
roof space to grow gardens with an elevated view. “It’s just such a luxury to have somewhere you can go that’s outside of your four walls,” said Leslie Piper, consumer housing specialist for the National Association of Realtors and a real estate agent. “Buyers really see it as something indulgent.”

That’s actually part of the reason why for a time interest in outdoor spaces like roof gardens had been withering. But as the housing market recovers, buyers’ appetites for these unique
outdoor havens have returned.

When NAR surveyed 1,000 buyers about what makes them fall in love with a home, outdoor living spaces came out on top, beating out their desire for open floor plans and curb appeal. More
than 54 percent of those surveyed said that outdoor space was the most attractive quality in a home.

“It’s certainly cropping back up as something that’s becoming more important to homeowners,” Piper said.

Buyers are specifically looking for outdoor fireplaces, wet bars and a lounge area for entertaining, as well as a place to grow their own fresh herbs and vegetables, she added.

Most of the amenities for an outdoor space can be added by the homeowner, so they tend to be a relatively inexpensive way to add value to a home.

“You can go online now and look at all these great resources that are out there, and in the past you didn’t know where to start,” Piper said. “That kind of access to ideas is really
spurring these spaces.”

If you are looking for an attractive roof garden built in to a new home, check out these seven homes.

According to the EPA, green roofs can also provide shade and remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. On hot
summer days, the surface temperature of a green roof can be cooler than the air temperature, whereas the surface of a conventional rooftop can be up to 90°F (50°C) warmer.1

Green roofs can be installed on a wide range of buildings, from industrial facilities to private residences. They can be as simple as a 2-inch covering of hardy groundcover or as complex as
a fully accessible park complete with trees. Green roofs are becoming popular in the United States.

In addition to mitigating urban heat islands, the benefits of green roofs include:

  • Reduced energy use: Green roofs absorb heat and act as insulators for buildings, reducing energy needed to provide cooling and heating.
  • Reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions: By lowering air conditioning demand, green roofs can decrease the production of associated air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Vegetation can also remove air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions through dry deposition and carbon sequestration and storage.
  • Improved human health and comfort: Green roofs, by reducing heat transfer through the building roof, can improve indoor comfort and lower heat stress associated with heat waves.
  • Enhanced stormwater management and water quality: Green roofs can reduce and slow stormwater runoff in the urban environment; they also filter pollutants from rainfall.
  • Improved quality of life: Green roofs can provide aesthetic value and habitat for many species.

Interested in having a Green Rooftop? Call Paradise Landscape & Hardscape today!

Sources: YAHOO! Finance and EPA

Our mission is to create your paradise with a dream backyard. We are always striving to improve the outdoor living space concept by using environmentally friendly materials to create a back yard solution with a huge impact, usually stemming from our highly creative designs! Outdoor living spaces create an extension of your home for entertaining, enjoying and realizing. We’ll give you a truly “magical makeover” to reflect that lifestyle that you deserve, by turning your backyard into an oasis to enjoy with your friends and family. Great outdoor living landscape designs typically include fireplaces, fire pits, kitchens and water features combined with the most suitable landscape plantings for the shade or sun. We’ll create a great design that integrates with your home to amplify and beautify your outdoor garden living space. A Paradise Landscape & Hardscape plant or flower bed blends seamlessly into both the natural surroundings and your home’s design features. Plants and flowers can be chosen to present a succession of blooms that start in the spring and bloom until the fall!

Drawing upon your home’s existing architecture and landscaping, our landscape designer will craft a plant or flower bed that will match your unique tastes and truly accentuate your home’s features.

  • Custom Plant & Flower Bed Design
  • Plant & Flower Selection
  • Plant & Flower Bed Installation
  • Native Plants & Wildflowers
  • Mulch Installation & Top Dressing
  • Plant & Flower Bed Maintenance
  • Annual Flower Planting
  • Seasonal Cleaning & Re-Edging
  • Insect & Disease Control
  • Seasonal Upkeep

If you are interested in installing a plant or flower bed, we invite you to contact our landscape design professionals at 443-458-­5588 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll perform an initial evaluation of the property and explain where and how a plants or flower bed can help make your landscape design dreams become a reality.

Occasionally a plant will die in the garden. Sometimes the reason is readily apparent, such as an attack by pests or diseases. Or maybe the plant had been set in unsuitable conditions — like a sun-loving plant in shade. Or perhaps the plant wasn’t hardy in that zone.

Yet in most cases, the cause can be traced to a lack of water, and that can be the problem even if you have an automatic irrigation system. Because as good as these systems are, they aren’t perfect. For example, one of the lines might break, and you might not notice the problem until it’s too late. Or, the lines may be in good shape and the emitters work perfectly, but the water coverage is inadequate. Or, a plant may have grown to the point where it’s blocking the spray of water from the emitter. As a result, the surrounding plants are getting plenty of water, but certain plants never do.

The lesson to be learned here is simple: Don’t expect automatic irrigation systems to automatically solve your plants’ irrigation needs. Inspect your system routinely for changes in water pressure due to damaged lines or faulty valves. Examine heads and emitters, which can become clogged by debris. Take the time to actually watch the system at work. Avoid Watering Problems with Irrigation and call us today!