Maintenance Tips for Your Maryland Paver Patio

November 24th, 2014

paver patioIf you’ve spent the money and time having an exquisite paver patio installed on your Maryland property, then you definitely won’t want it to degrade over time. While paver patios are relatively simple to take care of, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance to ensure yours stays looking just as pristine as the day it was installed years down the line. Rhine landscaping, your Maryland paver patio installer, is here with a few vital tips for caring for your patio.

Keep ‘Em Clean

Regularly sweeping, rinsing, and mopping your Maryland paver patio is critical to keeping it looking its best. You can easily banish the majority of surface dirt with a simple spray from a garden hose, and can use a power washer should you run into more resistant debris. If you spot stain or mark on your paver patio quickly use soap and a bristle brush to scrub it out, otherwise it may set in permanently. If you’re having trouble removing a stain you may use paint thinner instead of soap, but apply sparingly.

Take Down Weeds

Weeds: The bane of any Maryland homeowner’s existence. Left to their own sinister devices these pesky plants can swiftly turn a pristine paver patio into a hotbed of chaotic messiness. Take ‘em down before they can get a foothold in your yard or patio by using a solution of white vinegar and water to wash your paver patio regularly. Make sure to take your paver patio for a walk  too, as consistent foot traffic helps kill budding weeds.

Seal Away

Another important part of shielding your Maryland paver patio is sealing it. Applying sealent protects your paver patio from moisture and the elements by creating an invisible, water, oil, and UV repellent coating. Sealing your patio will keep it looking brand new for years to come. If you’re not sure if your patio has already been sealed, dribble some water on it. If the water beads up and isn’t absorbed into the patio it’s sealed. Make sure to re-seal your paver patio every 2-4 years for maximum longevity.

Need Help With Paver Patio Maintenance?

Call Rhine Landscaping. We’re an experienced hardscaping company that’s served Maryland for years. We know the ins and outs of paver patio maintenance and have the techniques and expertise at our disposal to make sure it’s done right and done affordably. We also install brand new patios and have done jobs ranging from simple walkways and patios to very elaborate terraced multi level patio systems. If you’re interested in a having an effortlessly beautiful paver patio, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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Common Landscaping Mistakes in Maryland

November 18th, 2014

landscaping With so many online guides to landscaping, it’s no wonder that people often find themselves confused, or committing errors. It’s hard to know if your source is reputable, and often advice that works for one person’s yard may not work for another’s.  Rather than offer specific advice that may not work for you,  Rhine Landscaping is here with a guide on what NOT to do when it comes to landscaping. So put down the pruning shears and potting soil and listen up. You just might be surprised.

Don’t Install Plants That Will Outgrow Their Foundation

Foundation planting is a first step towards personal landscaping that’s often recommended by Maryland landscaping publications and websites as an excellent start for beginners. This can often send excited homeowners into a tizzy, quickly purchasing and planting to fill this space. What they don’t often plan for is that plants grow, often substantially and that filling your foundation immediately will result in plants shooting out all over the place, necessitating frequent pruning. Do yourself a favor and plant sparsely at first, with full knowledge of your plant’s maximum size.

Don’t Prune Too Quickly

You’ve got a long line of perfectly manicured shrubs surrounding your property. Suddenly your eye catches an errant branch timidly jutting out from formation. You hand slides coolly down to your leather holster. It’s pruning time. But hold that itchy trigger finger Tex! It’s great to take pride in keeping a well-manicured Maryland lawn but pruning too quickly and too often can permanently damage plants. Do the research to find out when the best time to prune your shrubs is, and stick to that schedule.

Want To Cut Down on Landscaping Mistakes by 100%?

Call Rhine Landscaping. We’re an experienced landscaping company that’s served Maryland for years. We know the ins and outs of landscaping and have the techniques and expertise at our disposal to make sure it’s done right and done affordably. If you’re interested in a having an effortlessly beautiful lawn, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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Outdoor Fire Pit Design Tips for Maryland Homeowners

November 11th, 2014

fire pitWe’ve already discussed some of the many benefits that an outdoor fire pit can provide your Maryland home with. It’s a beautiful and practical addition to any backyard that can extend your home’s useable space, provide you with warmth during the colder months, and look great doing it too. So let’s say you’ve decided to go ahead on constructing an outdoor fire pit, the next obvious question is: How do you design one? Rhine Landscaping is here with a few things to keep on your mind while designing your backyard fire pit.

Price

One of the foremost concerns on any Maryland homeowner’s mind when considering any substantial property renovation is the price. It’s important to set a budget for your project before you begin and to stick to it. While, if you have the necessary skill, it is possible to construct a fire pit yourself for a lower price than a professional, that’s not accounting for the costs of any mistakes like improper installation, poor material selection, and the potentially poor quality of the result.

Fuel Source

Though there are some alternate fuels available most Maryland homeowners with outdoor fire pits prefer either wood or gas powered systems. While wood does offer that genuine real-log smell, it also requires constant fueling and careful observation to make sure that the fire doesn’t get out of control, as well as a steady supply of firewood. Some Maryland homeowners prefer to fuel their outdoor fire pit with gas or propane which can provide a quick starting, remote controlled fire, that you won’t have to continually dump logs into.

Location

Many Maryland property laws require a minimum distance between a fire pit and the home proper, others may require a permit, or a site inspection from the local fire marshal. It’s important to look up any regulations on outdoor fire pits and fire sources to make sure you’re cooperating with the law. A good landscaping company will take care of permit research and application for you.

Interested In an Outdoor Fire Pit?

Call Rhine Landscaping. With an outdoor fire pit from Rhine Landscaping, you can design a fire pit that fits with your home’s aesthetic, provides warmth, augments your lawn’s appearance, and complies with all safety standards.. Whether you prefer wood burning, natural gas, or charcoal fire pits, at Rhine Landscaping we use only high-quality materials to emphasize the beauty of your home. We also want to make sure that safety plays an important role. We examine the area and make sure the fire pit is built in a safe spot at an appropriate distance away from your home. We also make sure to line it with fireproof mortar and brick to protect the stone of the fire pit, and to protect you!

To find out more about installing a fire pit in your backyard this fall, visit our website and contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today!

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When to Do Your Tree Planting in Maryland

November 3rd, 2014

tree plantingWhen it comes to landscaping in Maryland, one of the most frequently debated topics is tree planting. Specifically, when, where, and how it should be done. It’s easy to understand why, trees can be some of the most expensive and enduring plants in a landscape and homeowners want to make sure their investment pays off. Rhine Landscaping is here with information on when Maryland residents should think about tree planting.

Overview

Typically, the best time to do your tree planting in Maryland is in the late winter or early spring. If that’s impossible for whatever reason, autumn is your next best bet. Summer and early winter are poor choices and should be avoided at all costs. Extreme temperatures will kill budding trees, and the frozen-hard winter earth can make the physical tree planting near-impossible.

Dormancy

One of the most important factors to consider when tree planting in Maryland is dormancy. Dormancy refers to the period of time when a tree is resting, similar to hibernation. While dormant, trees are much less susceptible to harm. Trees typically enter dormancy in  mid-autumn and leave it during spring. Thus tree planting times are best determined by knowing when a tree has entered its dormant state.

When to Plant Deciduous Trees

Deciduous trees, trees that shed their leaves at the end of the growing season, are easy to understand. The shedding of leaves in autumn signals that the plant has entered its dormant state and is ready for tree planting. The opening of buds in spring means that the plant is active and should not be moved.

When to Plant Evergreen Trees

Evergreen trees, trees that retain their leaves throughout the year, are far less sensitive to being moved than their deciduous counterparts. Tree planting in Maryland for evergreens can be undertaken earlier in the fall and later in the spring but it’s still vital to avoid planting them in too much heat. If you’re experiencing an unusually warm fall, hold off on tree planting till the temperature cools down.

Want To Avoid the Hassle and Guesswork?

Don’t want to worry about when you should be doing your tree planting? Call Rhine Landscaping. We’re an experienced landscaping company that’s served Maryland for years. We know the ins and outs of tree planting and have the technique and expertise at our disposal to make sure it’s done right and done affordably. If you’re interested in a having a beautiful lawn without any work, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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When and How to Use a Leaf Blower on your Maryland lawn

October 27th, 2014

leaf blowerLast week we discussed the importance of raking, and the real benefits it provides to your Maryland lawn during the fall. However, what about Maryland homeowners who’d prefer an easier solution, one that doesn’t involve bending over all the time? That’s where leaf blowers come in. Leaf blowers are an incredibly useful fall landscaping tool, but there is a definite time and place to employ them. Rhine Landscaping is here with some tips on when and how you should be using your leaf blower.

Sweeping Debris

If you need to move grass clippings, dirt, debris, or leaves off your Maryland driveway, porch, or deck quickly, using a leaf blower makes sense. Leaf blowers are great for quick removal of materials like these, especially if you’re pressed for time and are looking to make small portions of your yard presentable.

Leaf Roundup

It’s a common misconception that leaf blowers can completely trivialize the leaf removal process. The truth is that leaf blowers are best used in conjunction with rakes and other fall landscaping appliances to completely clear your lawn of leaves.

Leaf Blowing Steps

  • Start in the far left-hand corner of your Maryland yard, lay down a large tarp, and begin blowing as many leaves as you can onto the tarp.
  • Don’t be picky. Avoid trying to nab every last leaf with your leaf blower. It wastes time and defeats the purpose of the device. Just settle for getting the majority.
  • Once you’ve rounded up most of the leaves and blown them onto the tarp, ask a friend for help folding it and moving the leaves to the trash or a composting pile.
  • Move the tarp to another corner of the lawn and repeat, until you’ve cleared away most of the leaves.
  • Follow up with a rake to take care of any leaves the blower didn’t.

Leaf blowers aren’t a catchall solution, but they are a valuable tool in your fall landscaping arsenal, especially if they’re used correctly. However, there’s an even easier option available if you’re looking for one:

Call Rhine Landscaping

If you don’t want to worry about the constant upkeep of leaf blowing and other fall landscaping chores, you should consider hiring an experienced Maryland landscaping company to take care of it for you. Forget about all the hassle and start enjoying a beautiful lawn today with Rhine Landscaping!

What’s so Important About Raking Leaves?

October 21st, 2014

raking leavesWith fall upon us, most Maryland homeowners are doubtlessly faced with the tiresome chore of raking leaves. It’s not exactly a fun task and, because it’s required repeatedly, it can leave many wondering if this bit of landscaping is necessary at all or just for show?

Why Rake?

The answer’s as simple as breathing, your lawn’s breathing to be more precise. See, lawns actually need exposure to the open air to stay alive, as well as receive sunlight and water. A covering of leaves can smother your lawn and permanently kill grass, as well as foster the growth of aggressive molds and fungi.

But Wait There’s More!

That’s not the only reason that it’s important for Maryland homeowners to undertake the routine landscaping chore of raking leaves, there’s also the matter of preserving cool-season grasses. Cool-season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass, are most active during cold fall weather, which is when they fortify their root systems for the upcoming year. Keeping them in exposed to fall sunlight, air, and fresh water is crucial to their continued growth.

But When Do I Rake?

The general rule of thumb is not to leave a layer of leaves on your lawn for more than 3 days. However this is only a basic landscaping guideline and the actual amount of time you can afford to wait may be much less or more given your Maryland home’s specific circumstances. Thicker, wet layers of leaves should be removed much sooner than thin, dry layers.

Yards with lots of deciduous trees will have more leaves and thus require more regular raking, starting earlier in the season. Homeowners with access to leaf blowers can probably also wait a little longer than those with traditional rakes.

Rhine Landscaping

If you don’t want to worry about the constant upkeep of raking and other fall landscaping chores, you should consider hiring an experienced Maryland landscaping company to take care of it for you. Forget about all the hassle and start enjoying a beautiful lawn today with Rhine Landscaping!

Rhine Landscaping has been serving the Maryland area with landscaping, hardscaping, and swimming pool design and installation for years. If you’re interested in a having a beautiful lawn without any work, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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Why Should I Install a Fire Pit this Fall?

October 13th, 2014

fire pitThe leaves are changing, apple cider is brewing, and pumpkins are being carved. Fall is here, and what better way to enjoy the cooler weather than sitting around a cozy fire? A built-in fire pit makes a great addition to your patio, and now is the time to build it before it gets too cold. The benefits of a fire pit are endless; keep reading to check out a few of them:

  1. Aesthetics. Fire pits can add a little something to your patio. With a wide range of possible materials such as stone, clay, or fire-resistant brick, you can choose what looks best for your patio. It will most likely become to focal point of your backyard, so placement is key.
  2. Entertaining. Entertain guests this fall with an Oktoberfest party. As it gets chillier outside, people seem to be huddling together for warmth. With your fire pit, guests can gather around and keep warm while enjoying some pumpkin beer or hot cider.
  3. Family Time. Now that the kids are back in school, you don’t see them as often as you did in the summer. Catch up with your family and spend some quality time together around the fire. Roast marshmallows, make s’mores, and share stories from your day.
  4. Safety. With large amounts of people around fire, safety is key. A freestanding fire pit could easily become knocked over. Instead, install a fire pit into your patio so that there is no chance of this happening. A built-in fire pit also has walls that contain the fire, making the area safer for guests, small children, and pets. If you choose to install a gas fire pit, the fire can be easily controlled. 

With custom fire pits from Rhine Landscaping, you can design the perfect fire pit for your backyard. Whether you prefer wood burning, natural gas, or charcoal fire pits, at Rhine Landscaping we use only high-quality materials to emphasize the beauty of your home. We also want to make sure that safety plays an important role. We examine the area and make sure the fire pit is built in a safe spot at an appropriate distance away from your home. We also make sure to line it with fireproof mortar and brick to protect the stone of the fire pit, and to protect you!

To find out more about installing a fire pit in your backyard this fall, visit our website and contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today! You can also follow us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Source: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/advantages-of-a-patio-fire-pit

Killing Weeds Organically with Soil Solarization

October 6th, 2014

soil solarization

When caring for your Maryland, yard finding a balance between convenience and ecologically friendly landscaping practices can be a challenge and killing weeds is no exception. Even if you remove every weed in sight by hand, roots and all, there are still thousands of invisible weed seeds waiting to sprout. But what if you could kill pesky weeds, without chemicals, before they even start to sprout. Soil Solarization is a preventative, organic method of killing weeds. It’s not easy, and requires starting your yard over from a clean slate, but the benefits are huge.

  1. Before you do anything, make sure you can identify any poisonous species like poison ivy, oak, and sumac. You’ll be getting knee-deep in the weeds, so knowing any dangerous plants is absolutely necessary before beginning soil solarization.
  2. Soil Solarization means starting over from scratch and getting down to the root of your problems so you’ll have to trim down any tall vegetation with shears or a power trimmer, and mow any additional grass and weeds down.
  3. Next, you’ll have to cut down any trees as flush to the ground as possible using an axe or chainsaw, removing the stumps before moving onto the next step. You can use a crowbar or mattock to get the stumps complete removed.
  4. The next step of soil solarization requires using a tiller and steel rake to till and rake your soil, completely removing all the weeds and roots from your yard. Follow up with a thorough blasting with a hose to moisten the disturbed earth.
  5. The next and perhaps most crucial step of soil solarization is where we actually get to killing weeds. Spread a clear polyethylene sheet over your yard and weight the edges down with cinder blocks. Keep the sheet tightly stretched over your yard for 4-6 weeks. During this time, the sun will penetrate your soil, heating all the weed seeds and killing them before they have a chance to sprout.
  6. After soil solarization has occurred, you can remove the plastic sheeting, lay down some landscape fabric, and get to replanting. Congratulations, you’ve essentially purified your lawn organically and without any chemicals.

While soil solarization is a wonderful and incredibly ecologically friendly way of killing weeds and “restarting” your lawn, it’s obviously a very labor-intensive one. If you’re looking for a Maryland company that can handle the task of soil solarization and subsequent replanting, then you should consider contacting Rhine Landscaping.

Rhine Landscaping

Rhine Landscaping has been serving the Maryland area with landscaping, hardscaping, and swimming pool design and installation for years. If you want to begin killing weeds with Soil Solarization, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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What can a Water Feature do for your Maryland Home?

September 30th, 2014

water feature

From fountains to gently flowing rivers, there are a wide variety of available water features available for purchase. Maryland homes are especially well suited to these with natural flora and fauna, as well as plenty available for purchase, that can flourish when provided with a water source. Here are a few reasons why the next big addition to your Maryland home should be a water feature.

Increased Property Value

One of the most obvious benefits of the addition of a water feature is the immediate increase in home value. While a water feature can be somewhat costly to build, homeowners can see a return of as much as three times the investment cost. Structures that are visible from the road will also attract potential buyers and lend your property immediate charm that will help your home stand out.

Peaceful Relaxation

The gentle sight and sounds of rushing water, coupled with the sight of resplendent greenery can make the cares and struggles of the day disappear. Imagine being able to come home and unwind in a jungle paradise of your own design. It is not just an idle fantasy either, there’s actually a fair bit of science suggesting that the sound of running water has a definite impact on stress and anxiety levels.

Added Life

The effects of adding a water feature to your Maryland home aren’t just limited to the structure itself, a water feature can turn your backyard into the kind of ecosystem necessary to support a wide variety of plant and animal life. Instead of putting up bird feeders, elegant avian creatures will flock to the sound of running water, or bathe in a birdbath. Similarly, you can surround a waterfall with trees increasing not only your home’s visual appeal and value, but also helping keep the environment green and the air oxygenated.

Contact Rhine Landscaping

A water feature can make all the difference between a lifeless lawn and a verdant paradise, so if you’re interested in turning your home into a beautiful sanctuary that you can safely unwind in, consider calling Rhine landscaping. Rhine Landscaping offers flowing streambeds, fountains, bubblers, waterfalls, Koi ponds and pondless water features make a landscape come alive. We can also assist you with your landscaping, hardscaping, and swimming pools. Our designers and landscapers can turn your dreams into reality.

Call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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SelfGrowth.com

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Creating Your Perfect Landscape Design with 3D Technology

September 25th, 2014

3D landscape designDesigning your own custom landscaping can be a challenge. You have to decide exactly what you want everything to look like without getting a complete visual of it. You like the idea, but will you still like it when the actual, physical landscaping is finished? It’s bound to look at least a little bit different than you envisioned in your mind – that’s where three dimensional design technologies come in. If you’ve ever wanted to see exactly what you’re getting before you go to all the hard work of actually creating it, you should find a residential landscaping contractor that uses 3D technology.

Benefits of 3D Technology for Landscaping

  • See everything before you build it – We mean everything. 3D landscaping technologies allow us to put every little detail down so you can see exactly what you’re getting before you get it. Imagine building a house and yard for the game, “The Sims.” It’s a lot like that, except even more detailed. You’re able to choose that types of plants that you would want as well as any hardscaping features.
  • Experiment with it – There are probably things that you’ve never considered doing with your landscaping for one reason or another. Either you don’t think it will look good in your yard or it’s something that you haven’t been introduced to yet. Being able to manipulate the area that you want to landscape on a computer will help you get a better idea of what can be done and what it will look like when it’s finished!
  • Make changes quickly and easily – Having a 3D view of the area that you want to landscape can help give you peace of mind in the decisions that you’ve made for your new landscaping. If you decide that you do want to make a change, though, you can easily change it right on the screen to see if you want to physically make that change. The great part about using computer technology is that you won’t have to start from scratch on the design – it’s simple to add or change things whenever you want to.

Hiring a Landscape Designer that Uses 3D Design Tools

When considering making large scale changes to your property it’s vital to consult a professional. Rhine Landscaping prides itself on providing clients with individualized service and attention to detail that is unsurpassed in the industry. With a strong team of experienced and qualified professionals, including architects, engineers and landscape designers, Rhine has a track record of taking the simplest to the most complex project from dream to reality. If you’re interested in professional landscaping or professional landscape maintenance, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today to talk to someone about your free estimate!

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