Backyard Patio Design Ideas

August 29th, 2014

unique patio designFall may be right around the corner, but there isn’t any better time to have a patio built. The busy season is winding down for many contractors and it’s a great time to start designing your backyard patio. Extending your living space will give you a way to get some fresh air when the days and nights start to cool down. There’s no reason to abandon fresh air just because the weather is getting cooler. With some of our patio design tips, you can stay warm on your patio all winter long, while enjoying the crisp Maryland air!

Patio Design Tips

  • Add a fire pit. Sure, you could build a bonfire in your backyard (depending on where you live and lots of different restrictions). Alternatively, you could add a built in fire pit to your patio. You can get really creative with fire pits these days. There are options for glass pit and even fire pits that run the perimeter of your patio to create a warm bubble for your Maryland backyard patio.
  • Built in seating. It’s a good idea to get big plushy chairs to help make your patio more comfortable, but built in patio seating. You can always do perimeter seating with stone benches around the area. Having free standing chairs built out of the same material as your patio can help bring the whole patio together. Swap out cushions for each season and voila! You’ve got comfortable built in seating.
  • Try out a patchwork patio. Instead of going the traditional route, try mixing and matching your patio pavers. You’ll get a unique patchwork look that is guaranteed to be a conversation starter. This is a great way to get an individualized look for your backyard if you have more eclectic tastes. Pair your patio with a boho design and you’ll have a cool, funky outdoor space.
  • Add a pergola. Pergolas can be used for lots of different things. You could grow an ivy around it to help your patio blend with nature. Another option is to have a retractable cover installed over it to extend your outdoor space even through rain and snow. A pergola adds interest to your patio and is a great starter point for decorating.

Custom Patio Installation

Your outdoor patio should be a reflection of your home and tastes. Make it as unique as you are by designing your own custom patio. Now is a great time to get started and we can help you every step of the way. Call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today to talk to someone about your new custom designed patio!

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Winterizing your In-Ground Maryland Pool

August 21st, 2014

pool closing baltimoreLabor day is just around the corner. Many people choose to leave their Maryland pools open a little longer than that, but some people prefer to get them closed early in the season, when most public pools are closing. Pool closing can be complicated and requires a specific skill set. If you haven’t done it before, it’s best to ask a professional to show you the ropes or just to bring a pool maintenance company in to handle it altogether. If you’re planning on closing your own pool this year (even if you’ve done it before), you should look into a refresher to make sure that you don’t miss any steps. That’s why we’ve gathered some step by step information to get you started with closing your Maryland pool this fall!

Tips for Winterization

  • Balance your water chemistry – This may not seem overly important since you’re closing the pool, but you want to make sure that it doesn’t freeze over the winter. You’ll also want it to be clean for opening by next summer and balancing will help with that.
  • Purchase a winterization kit – This chemical kit will ensure that your water is blue and gorgeous next season when you’re ready to open your pool again. Follow the instructions on the kit very carefully.
  • Protect from freeze damage – This is the most important thing that you can do. You don’t want the water in your pool to freeze because it can cause cracking and other damage to the pool itself. Make sure that you leave some water in the bottom of the pool, but keep the pH levels balanced and insulate it.
  • Blow the water out of your plumbing – You can do this using a shop vac or by renting special equipment. You need to make sure that all of the water is out of your plumbing lines to avoid freezing and bursting of pipes. After this, you’ll need to seal the skimmer and the pool itself.
  • Drain EVERYTHING – Make sure that you drain the filter equipment to prepare everything for winter. Make sure that after you drain the filtration system, you keep track of anything that you remove so that you know you have it for next spring.

In-ground Pool Design from Rhine

Closing a pool can be complicated, but if you’ve talked to an expert and brushed up on your knowledge, you should be okay. In-ground pools are a great asset to your home and your lifestyle. If you don’t have an in-ground pool yet, we only have one question: why not? Contact Rhine Landscaping or Rhine Pools to start working on your custom pool design. Fall is when concrete sets best, so don’t think that we can’t get started ASAP! Call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today to talk to someone about your new in-ground pool!

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Is Your Baltimore Landscaping Ready for Fall?

August 15th, 2014

fall landscape maintenanceCan you feel it in the air? The nights have been much cooler and the days aren’t filled with scorching humidity anymore. That can only mean one thing: fall is right around the corner. Students are preparing to go back to school and pretty soon we’ll be breaking out boots, sweaters, and scarves. But before we’re ready to start sipping on hot cocoa in the evenings, we need to focus on a few housekeeping things. Fall landscaping maintenance is very important for the health of your lawn and garden. In order to make sure that everything looks good in the spring, you need to take the time now to perform some routine seasonal maintenance.

What Types of Maintenance are Required in the Fall?

  • Pay attention to your lawn – You should be watering up until it’s too cold to water. You don’t want water freezing on your lawn, so make sure that you’re watering in the morning so that the sun can heat and dry your lawn. You should also take this time to do a little extra seeding if you’re lawn isn’t as lush as you would like it. Throw some fertilizer on (make sure that you’re following directions, though, and not over fertilizing – we like to keep the Chesapeake fertilizer free) and feed your grass/plants.
  • Remove debris often – Your parents didn’t have you raking leaves as a kid just to build character (even if that’s what they told you). Making sure that you keep the debris off of your landscaping will help ensure that your grass, trees, and plants get all the sunlight and water that they can, even in the cooler months. Removing debris will also discourage mold and mildew from growing on your plants and grasses (along with bugs and other critters).
  • Give your flowers some TLC – Your perennials will be back next year, so you need to make sure that they’re ready for spring. Cut them down to soil level to help them stay warm and insulated throughout the cold winter months. You should also remove annual bulbs to give your perennials more room to stretch out and to clean up the whole area a big. Make sure that you’re feeding the flowers and other garden plants that are remaining there to help sustain them all winter.

Fall Landscape Maintenance from Rhine Landscaping
It’s important to take care of your Maryland landscaping year round to make sure that it looks beautiful and lush in spring and summer. Rhine Landscaping has been serving the Maryland area with landscaping, hardscaping, and swimming pool design and installation for years. If you want to begin your fall landscaping project, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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What are the Uses of Retaining Walls for Your Sykesville Home?

August 7th, 2014

retaining wallWhen you hear “retaining wall,” you probably don’t think of something particularly attractive or aesthetically pleasing. Many people think that retaining walls are just used to hold in soil or as just another piece of the landscaping – if that’s the case, you haven’t seen a well-executed retaining wall. Retaining walls can have many different uses for your Sykesville home. There are some that you’ve probably never considered, especially if you haven’t spent a lot of time worrying about your landscaping. Let’s start with the most important reason to build a retaining wall!

Purposes of Retaining Walls

Hold back the soil, of course – You probably already know that retaining walls are used to keep soil in its place, but do you know why? Soil can easily slide downhill and cause mudslides if there’s too much rain. You can see where this would be problematic if your home is downhill from a particularly large collection of soil. Retaining walls are built strong so that they can easily hold back hundreds of pounds of soil.

Use them as permanent planter boxes – Planter boxes can get expensive, especially if you start going for nice flower boxes. Retaining walls aren’t always cheap either, but if you already need one, you can easily have it double as a planter box. Choosing the right materials for the retaining wall as well as the right flowers can give your Sykesville front yard or back yard a great aesthetic lift and boost your curb appeal. What’s more, the roots of your plants will actually aid your retaining wall in holding back soil.

Slow down water – If you’re downhill, you may be having water problems as well. Water can leak into your basement and cause mold, flooding, and destruction of your property. While retaining walls will not 100% fix the problem, they can be a huge help in preventing water from getting into your home, especially if you have a drainage system installed in your retaining wall. The plants and soil in the retaining wall will use the water and whatever material you choose will help to hold it back.

Retaining Walls from Rhine Landscaping

At Rhine Landscaping, we specialize in professional hardscaping for both residential and commercial clients. We use only the highest quality materials when installing retaining walls and work with our clients to design the best layout to suit your needs and exceed your expectations. At Rhine Landscaping, our Landscaping Designers are ready to design a landscaping layout to work with your retaining wall to make your yard visually appealing.

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

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Advantages of Hiring a Baltimore Landscape Designer

July 30th, 2014

professional landscapingCurb appeal is an important part of owning any type of home or business. Without curb appeal, your neighborhood value begins to depreciate and people are less likely to buy homes in your area. It’s also useful if you’re trying to sell your own home. People want to buy a house that has been well taken care of. If you’ve clearly taken care of the landscaping (which is what many people get their first impressions from), then you’re more likely to have a home that will do well on the market. One of the best ways to boost your curb appeal is to hire a professional landscaper.

Why Should I Hire a Professional Landscaper?

Get the experience – There’s something to be said for experience. Someone who has been doing a job for a while will know how to landscape your outdoor space to make it look as good as possible. Landscaping on your own is not an easy job, especially if you don’t have a whole lot of experience in the matter. While you could do a great job, there’s also a chance that your landscape won’t turn out exactly how you want.

Save yourself time – Designing a landscape is time consuming and difficult work. For those who have full time jobs, families, and themselves to take care of, designing a landscape usually doesn’t fall high on the priority list. Even if you know that it’s important, you may simply not have the time to devote to designing, landscaping, and maintaining your yard. A professional landscaping company can help you with all of it and leave you time to take care of other things in your life.

Save money – We know what you’re thinking. “How does paying for someone to take care of my landscaping save me money?” Professional landscaping companies have the equipment and expertise necessary to get a job done. You may find yourself spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars to take care of a job that a landscape maintenance company can do much cheaper. It’s also easy to make mistakes that can cost you heavily if you don’t have the right amount of expertise.

Residential Landscape Design from Rhine Landscaping

Professional residential landscape design is our specialty. Leave it to the experts. You’ll be with us every step of the way to help design your perfect yard. To get started with your professional landscape design, contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today! You can also follow us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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Pavers or Natural Stone for Your Sykesville Pool Deck

July 24th, 2014

natural stone pool deckWhen you’re relaxing on a sunny, warm summer day, you want to be doing it on a personalized patio. Something that’ll make you sit back and go “this is my oasis.” Your backyard should be a place that you can go to get away from all of the pressures of the workweek to hang out with your family and enjoy yourself. You also want something safe. Slipping and falling into a pool isn’t pleasant for anyone. Keeping all of this in mind when you’re out and about shopping for your new pool deck can be overwhelming. It helps to have a guide to help you make an informed decision on whether a paver or natural stone pool deck is right for you.

Pros and Cons of Natural Stone

  • Sophistication – If you want that air of sophistication and beauty, natural stone is a great option. Natural stone comes in many different options when it comes to color, shape, and size. No matter which way you use them, though, they’re almost guaranteed to look good. If you really like the natural look and have already started cultivating that with your landscaping and hardscaping, natural stone can add a little something extra to your pool deck.
  • Durable – Since natural stone isn’t man made, it’s a product that you know will survive the elements. Natural stone takes a long time to deteriorate and can withstand most weather conditions. If a stone does crack, it’s easy to replace it, unlike concrete, which requires you to either replace the whole thing or regularly repair it.
  • High Maintenance – One of the biggest problems that people have with natural stone is that it is pretty high maintenance. It needs to be sealed every season so that it doesn’t stain or begin to lose its luster. That can get pretty pricey after a while.

Pros and Cons of Pavers

  • Safe – Pavers are the safest option for pool decks because they’re non-slip. If you’ve got kids (or if you’re just clumsy), patio pavers are a safe bet for keeping your feet solidly on the ground. You also don’t have to sacrifice aesthetic for utility. Patio pavers come in a variety of different colors, shapes, and sizes so that you can customize your Sykesville pool deck.
  • Inexpensive – Pavers are going to cost you a lot less than natural stone. Because of all the work involved in extricating natural stone, it tends to be more expensive than pavers. Stone and brick pavers usually come with a lifetime warranty, as well, so you’re saving money over time. They’re durable and won’t blow your whole pool budget.
  • Uncomfortable – The problem that you get when you decide on pavers over natural stone is that it doesn’t feel as nice on your feet. It’s not going to be extremely uncomfortable, but it’s definitely not as luxurious. With pavers, you trade the extra luxury for safety. What makes these pavers non-slip is also what makes them less comfortable to walk on

Pavers and Natural Stone from Rhine Landscaping

When you’re ready to build your new Sykesville pool deck, you need to talk to the experts. We’ll work with your existing landscaping and hardscaping for the best results. To get started, contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today! You can also follow us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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Why You Need Baltimore Landscape Maintenance

July 18th, 2014

professional landscape maintenanceSaturday morning rolls around and you’ve finally got some time to yourself to kick back by the pool with your family. You’re ready to enjoy some cold beverages and work on that tan that you’ve been thinking about all summer. About halfway through putting your bathing suit on, you remember that you haven’t mowed your lawn. Or watered the flowers. Or pruned the trees. You’ve got that thing at your parent’s tomorrow that you can’t miss, too. With a groan, you opt for your outdoor work jeans instead of that suit and get ready for a day of hard work instead of relaxing. Sound familiar?

Now imagine this. You’ve hired a Baltimore landscape maintenance company and remember that they’ll be here this afternoon to take care of all of those things that you forgot about in the haste of your busy week. On goes the swim suit, you pack the cooler, gather the family, and it’s off to the pool you go! Life is too busy as it is these days. The last thing you want to spend your time doing is keeping up with your landscape maintenance on a day when you’re supposed to be relaxing and enjoying yourself. Having time to yourself isn’t the only good reason to hire a landscape maintenance company, though.

Benefits of Professional Landscape Maintenance

  • Have the best yard in the neighborhood – Your neighbors that are taking care of their landscaping themselves probably don’t have a lot of experience in professional landscaping. Their yard may look good, but yours will be designed and taken care of by professionals who dedicate their whole lives to making landscaping look good. You can’t go wrong.
  • Increase your property value – You’ll actually be increasing your property value as well as the value of the neighborhood. The better a neighborhood looks, the more money realtors can usually get for homes in the area. Bringing the standard and value of your neighborhood up is a way to easily make the neighborhood that you live in a place that people want to live.
  • Reduce stress – Spring and fall are especially difficult for landscape maintenance. With the season change comes a lot of work. Trees have to be pruned, leaves need to be raked, things need to be prepared for the season – it’s a lot of work. If you don’t know exactly how to deal with the landscape maintenance, you may be doing more harm than good to your landscaping. Plus, you’ll get the chance to take care of other important things or just kick back and relax while someone else takes care of the hard stuff.

Professional Landscape Maintenance from Rhine Landscaping

When you’re ready to hire a landscape maintenance company, you need to hire the best one. We know how to take care of your landscaping so that it looks amazing and continues to thrive. To get started, contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today! You can also follow us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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Choosing Materials for Your Maryland Fire Pit

July 10th, 2014

fire pitRoasting marshmallows by the fire pit is one of the greatest traditions of summer. When Maryland nights cool off in the summer, there’s no better place to be than clustered around a fire pit with friends, family, and the ingredients for s’mores. Building your fire pit to work with your existing hardscaping will help you enjoy it even more. You’ll get a great, cohesive look in your outdoor space that’s also practical and useful. Fire pits are great all year long for entertaining and keeping warm. Once you’ve decided to have your fire pit installed, you should start looking at material options so you know what you’ll be working with!

  • Pavers – Pavers aren’t just for paving your driveway, walkway, or patio. Pavers are a great material choice for your fire pit if you’ve already used pavers somewhere else in your hardscaping. They’ll blend almost seamlessly into your outdoor space. This rings true for any material that you choose, but pavers work especially well. Match the colors you already have or pick something that complements them. Either way, pavers are a tough material that will last for years.
  • Natural Stone – A lot of people prefer the natural stone option because it’s affordable and attractive. You can get natural stone in a plethora of different sizes, shapes, and colors. You’ll also find that every natural stone that you use is unique in its patterning and texture that will make your fire pit one of a kind. There are many options when you choose natural stone, so be sure to ask your landscaping company about the different types of natural stone available and what they think would work best for your situation.
  • Metal – Though there will generally be some type of stone or block used along with metal, metal can be a really cool material to use for your fire pit. Some different materials that are frequently used for fire pits include copper, steel, and aluminum. Metal is generally a low maintenance material to use for your fire pit. You just have to be careful about the type of metal that you’re using. Metal isn’t always the best option if you have children or if there are frequently children at your home as it is much easier to get burned using a metal fire pit.

Fire pits are great all year round, but there’s no better time to have on installed than in the warm summer months. If you have any questions concerning fire pit installation, contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today! You can also follow us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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Choosing the Right Water Feature

July 2nd, 2014

choosing the right water featureWater, of course, is essential to life on earth. It can also be beneficial to your own life at home. The sound of running water is utterly relaxing, and the sight of it is extremely elegant. Incorporating a water feature into your landscaping plan can add a wonderful sense of serenity and beauty to your home environment. However, it’s essential that you select an appropriate water feature for your specific landscape.

First off, consider the amount of space needed for your project. You should choose your water feature based on the amount of space available for landscaping. Some prefabricated water features have strict space requirements. Make sure you measure twice and cut once. Also, remember that after constructing your water feature, you will have to find a use for the all dirt it displaced.

Location, Location, Location
The location for your water feature must be free of underground utilities. So, before committing to a location, check with your local utility company whether or not it is safe to dig.

Also consider the amount of sun a location gets and the amount of sunlight your water feature will require. Aquatic plants generally need four to six hours of sunlight daily.

Lastly, consider the angle and altitude of your potential landscaping location. To avoid fertilizer and rainwater runoff, choose an even, elevated area for your water feature.

Ensuring Safety
Safety is the number one priority in landscaping. So, if children or pets will be wandering your garden, you must be careful to maintain both their safety and the safety of your water feature. You may specifically select a child and pet-friendly water feature, or you could simple construct your water feature in a fenced off area.

Let there be Life
Both flora and fauna can be gorgeous additions to your garden. Koi are a traditional choice for adding aquatic life to a water feature, but don’t discount plant life and alternative breeds of fish. Make sure you have the knowledge and resources to properly care for your chosen wildlife.

Money Matters
Of course, you must be aware of your budget. Keep track of the cost of materials and installation for your water feature before becoming too dedicated to it. There are water features to suit every budget if you only look for them.

Seal of Approval
If you will be performing extensive plumbing work to create your water feature, you may need a permit. Check with local authorities whether or not your landscaping project requires approval.

Rhine Landscaping is a prime resource for choosing and constructing your water feature. This Baltimore landscaping company can create a beautiful streambed, fountain, bubbler, waterfall, Koi pond, or even a pondless water feature, an upcoming trend in landscaping. Whatever your dream is, Rhine Landscaping can bring it to reality.

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What Materials Should You Use for Your Sykesville Walkway?

June 27th, 2014

maryland walkwayYou started talking sometime back in December about all of the work that you know needs to be done for your home and that you’d get to those projects by summer. We all know how it goes. Spring rolls around and you still have the best of intentions, but you just can’t seem to get the ball rolling. Well, we’re a week into summer now and it’s time to start getting on those projects! A great place to start is your walkway. If you don’t have one, it can really help add to the curb appeal of your home. Updating a walkway might also be necessary to make your home look more cohesive. Once you’re ready to get started, there are a few things to consider. Let’s work on answering the big question: what material will work best for your home?

  • Slate – If you’ve been a Maryland resident for a while, you know that there’s a lot of slate and shale around here. Slate makes a great walkway material because it’s impervious to most things that would cause it to deteriorate or change colors, such as water and sunlight. Slate comes in a wide range of grays, from light to almost black.
  • Clay/Brick Pavers – If you like to occasionally change things up, pavers are for you. They’re also eco-friendly and fairly inexpensive. Interlocking pavers can be created in different sizes, colors, or designs, depending on the kind of look you want for your home. Pavers have been used for hundreds of years and are still a very popular choice amongst homeowners and contactors for their durability and ease of installation.
  • Natural Stone – If you already have a natural look to your patio or home, natural stone can be a great addition to it. Natural stone comes in different colors, shapes, and sizes as well, and can be cut or ground down to work better with your walkway design. You can also incorporate the natural stone into your home in different ways to get a cohesive look for your landscaping, hardscaping, and home design.

The material that you choose for your Sykesville walkway is all dependent on the look that you want for your home and your budget. You want to make sure that you get a strong, durable material that will look great for the cost of the job. At Rhine Landscaping, we can help you work within your budget to build a walkway that will be a perfect addition to your Maryland landscaping. When you’re ready to get started on your summer walkway project, contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or clicking here today! You can also follow us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

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