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Start Planning Your Backyard Makeover this Winter

Tips from Your Local Landscaping Experts 

In the peak of summer while you are in your backyard, grilling and chilling with friends and family, you often think of ways to enhance your green space. Whether it is additional seating for entertainment and relaxation, more textures and colors in your garden foliage, or a better play area for kids, redesigning your backyard is always exciting.

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A Guide to Christmas Tree Safety

Advice From Your Trusted Landscaping and Tree Service Company

With the holidays quickly approaching, it is time to start decorating your home for Christmas. However, when it comes to setting up your tree, there are several safety tips you must keep in mind to ensure this Christmas season is memorable for all the right reasons. Decorating your Christmas tree can be one of the most carefree and enjoyable parts of the holiday. However, be sure to exercise caution during the process to prevent fires and other tree related injuries. Read below to learn more about Christmas tree safety from your professional landscaping service. We want you and your family to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

4 Christmas Tree Safety Tips  

Christmas trees are a perfect addition to any home during the holidays. Each is beautiful and unique, but a decorative tree can pose a serious risk if you do not follow proper precautions during set up. Here are a few safety tips for this holiday season:

  1. Buy Fresh Trees: When shopping for a Christmas tree, select one that is green and fresh. Look for a pine or spruce tree because they have flexible needles that bend, not break. In addition, needles that are hard to pull off are indicative of a fresh tree. Finally, inspect the trunk and ensure that it is sticky with sap. A fresh tree is less likely to become a fire hazard. If you are buying an artificial tree, look for a “fire resistant” label.
  2. Tree Placement: Once you have selected the right tree, cut off roughly 2 inches from the base and place it in a secure, water-holding stand. Make sure you keep water in the stand at all times to prevent your tree from drying out. Avoid placing your tree near fireplaces, radiators, or other sources that emit heat. Do not place your tree where it blocks doorways or exits.
  3. Inspect Your Lights: For Christmas trees, only use indoor lights that do not emit heat, such as LED lights. If you are using multiple strands of lights, plug them into various circuits around your home so you do not overload a single electrical outlet. Check for broken sockets, frayed wires, and loose bulbs. Discard and replace any damaged lights immediately. Lastly, ensure that your Christmas tree lights are unplugged in the evenings before bed.
  4. Ornamental Attachments: Take proper precautions when hanging ornaments from your Christmas trees. Use a ladder or step stool for out of reach places in order to avoid knocking your tree over. Fragile ornaments should not be on the lower part of your tree where children and pets have easy access. Additionally, lighted candles or flammable items should never be placed anywhere on your Christmas tree.

Choose an experienced landscaping and tree service company for all your landscaping and tree needs.

Call Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. at (215) 822-3886 today or contact us using our online form and we will be in touch with you soon. 

Seasonal Landscape Maintenance for a Beautiful Yard

Useful Tips for Stunning Outdoor Spaces All Year Round 

Following a seasonal landscape maintenance plan is a great way to ensure a beautiful yard all year round. From planting, pruning, mulching, and weeding, to fertilizing, watering, leaf removal, and seasonal cleanups, every activity plays a key role in achieving healthy and attractive outdoor spaces. 

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Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

How to Choose the Right Material for Your Outdoor Living Space

When it comes to re-doing your patio, driveway or walkway, there are some popular concrete paving solutions for you to choose from such as pavers and stamped concrete. Since these two products share the same base material, they also share a lot of similarities. However, they also possess unique characteristics that make them better suited to different kinds of locations and projects. Investing in your exterior property is a big commitment, so it’s important to consider all factors before deciding which materials to incorporate into your design. 

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The Pros and Cons of Stamped Concrete

Exploring the Unique Properties of Stamped Concrete for Your Patio or Walkway

If you want to upgrade your outdoor living space, there are many design choices you’ll have to make along the way. One of the most important decisions will be choosing a finished surface for your patio or walkway area. Since property renovations can add up quickly, it’s likely you want a material that is not only durable and aesthetically pleasing, but cost-effective as well. Enter, stamped concrete. This product is an extremely popular choice for homeowners, mainly because it is designed to mimic the qualities of higher-end products like stone or brick pavers but at a fraction of the cost. However, as with all major decisions, consider the pros and cons before deciding if stamped concrete is right for you. 

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Pavers vs. Concrete

How to Choose the Right Material for Your Outdoor Living Space  

If you are planning on adding or replacing a walkway, patio or driveway, one of the first major decisions you will encounter is what type of paving material to select for your specific design. While some materials are more cost-effective than others, there are certain types that may be more durable or easier to maintain, proving your paving choice is of the utmost importance. Depending on your needs, pavers or concrete can provide you with several different advantages. With these two options in mind, it can still be a tricky task to determine which paving material is most suitable to your needs. Let us help you by introducing you to the pros and cons of each material so you can make the most informed decision for your home.   

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Transform Your Space with Paver Patterns

Update Your Walkway, Driveway or Patio with a Unique Paver Pattern  

When you envision your outdoor living space, chances are you have a very specific look and feel that you want to convey. One of the easiest ways to give your property a unique stamp is through the laying pattern of your pavement surface. Before you buy your materials or begin to work on your paver patio design, make sure to review local building codes and local regulations to see if there are any requirements you need to follow. A professional contractor can help you navigate these and other logistics to ensure your home improvement project goes smoothly. 

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Landscaping Mulch and Stone: Which One Should You Use?

Weighing the Benefits of Landscaping Mulch or Stone

After planting your trees, shrubs and flowers, it’s time to add the finishing touches. When it comes to landscaping, an important decision you must make is whether to use mulch or stone around your home. Each option offers its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s imperative that you do a little research beforehand and choose the one that best suits your needs. If you still require some help completing your vision, contact our landscaping experts who can help you plan a design that will add flair to your garden and maximize your curb appeal. 

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Popular Types of Trees and Shrubs for Privacy

Your Guide to Creating a Private Oasis at Home

Do you ever dream of getting away from it all without actually having to leave home? By choosing the right trees and shrubs to plant around your property, you can turn your backyard into a more secluded oasis, perfect for kicking back in private after a long day. Before getting started, it’s important to first identify your goals by assessing your existing space and determining the specific areas you want to seclude. If you need help bringing your vision to life, work with our trusted landscaping design professionals who can create an outdoor living space that you will use and enjoy for years to come.  

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Common Types of Evergreens in the Northeast Region

Discover What Makes Each Tree Unique

When you think of attractive trees, you can’t help but think of evergreens. Unlike deciduous trees that transform with each season, evergreens are unchanging but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful. Rather, thanks to their consistent nature, evergreens are the perfect trees to plant on your property as they will ensure your yard maintains some visual interest, even in the middle of winter. Not only are these trees aesthetically pleasing, they also provide wildlife, like birds and small animals, a safe place to take shelter in every season. 

Types of Evergreens

If you are looking for a simple way to enhance your landscape, planting evergreens is a good place to start. Even if you don’t believe you have a green thumb, you can take comfort in knowing that evergreens are extremely sturdy trees. They thrive even in poor soil conditions since they possess the unique ability to continue processing any food that is available throughout the year. Here are some of the most common evergreens found in the Northeast region: 

  • Pine Trees: When identifying the types of evergreens, pine trees are usually what come to mind first. While most of these trees are cone bearing and have long needles, pine trees are not all the same. For instance, the Eastern White Pine is a fast-growing species that can reach 80 feet in height and beyond, which makes it an ideal choice if you desire more shaded areas around your property. Conversely, the Pinyon Pine is a slow-growing tree that typically only reaches between 12-15 feet in height. Therefore, these types of evergreens are excellent for growing in pots or rock gardens. 
  • Spruce Trees: Unlike Pine trees, Spruce trees grow shorter needles and hanging cones. Some of the most popular Spruce tree options include the Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce and White Spruce. The Norway Spruce has dark green foliage and thrives in cool conditions. The Colorado Blue Spruce trees are known for their pyramid-like shape and blue-gray needles. Both types of trees can grow to reach 60 feet, unlike the White Spruce which is ideal for growing in pots or along the perimeter of your home.  
  • Fir Trees: Some of the most common Fir trees that belong to the evergreen family are the White Fir, Douglas Fir and Fraser Fir. White Firs appear to have a silvery gray-green foliage and look especially attractive when planted alongside darker colored evergreens. Both the Douglas and Fraser Fir trees are the perfect evergreen to have in your home as a Christmas tree.  

Contact Sabia Landscaping & Tree Service for Quality Landscaping Solutions

At Sabia Landscaping & Tree Service, we want your property to live up to its full potential. We believe that the best-looking gardens combine a mix of species, including evergreens. Collaborate with our experts who can help you design and install the landscape of your dreams. Our services also include weekly landscaping services that cover everything from lawn mowing to complete property management. We can also help you transition your yard from season to season to ensure that it always remains in optimal condition. 

Contact our team today to schedule your landscape or hardscape design consultation. Call us at (215) 822-3886 or contact us online

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