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!

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!

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!

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.