Landscaping Evansville IN & Newburgh Indiana
4899 Vann Rd Newburgh, IN
  
20 Nov 2020

The ABCs of Swimming Pool Maintenance

Having a swimming pool sounds like all fun and games until you have one. They require maintenance, and failure to keep up with yours comes at the cost of gallons of wasted water and significantly impacted durability. With a little planning, you can take control and enjoy your pool to the fullest.

Swimming Pool Anatomy 101

A pool is more than just a container of water. There are four primary components you need to be concerned with to devise a well-rounded maintenance plan. Whether your pool is above or below ground, they are as follows:

  • 1. Water- critical to keep clean to prevent dangerous contamination, mineral buildup and rust
  • 2. Liner- keeps water contained, making it necessary to keep free of algae and mold
  • 3. Filter- continually cleans water much like the liver cleans blood, your pool’s primary defense against cloudiness, dirt and contamination
  • 4. Skimmer and main drain- keeps water flowing to and from the filter, a must in keeping water clean and preventing cloudiness

The Four C’s of Maximum Pool Durability

To ensure the big four components of your pool are properly maintained, it’s important you’re familiar with the big four C’s and work them into your pool maintenance plan.

1. Chemical Balance

You don’t have to be a scientist to maintain the proper chemical balance in your pool, but you do need to get it right. There are four elements that must be included on your maintenance schedule:

  • Regular pH checks- maintain a level between 7.4-7.6.
  • Regular shock treatments- perform after sundown to avoid UV rays and with pump running to ensure proper circulation.
  • Regular alkalinity checks- maintain a level between 100-150 parts per million.
  • Regular chlorine checks- amounts vary depending on pool size.

2. Cleaning

At least once per week, set aside time to clean your pool. There are three main tasks that need your consistent attention.

  • Skimming debris like leaves- you can do it manually or purchase an automatic skimmer that does the work for you. Just make sure you empty it as instructed.
  • Brushing- this removes dirt and prevents the spread of algae. Don’t forget accessories like slides and ladders.
  • Vacuuming- once large debris is removed and surfaces are scrubbed of dirt and grime, vacuuming is the finishing touch that’ll leave it sparkling clean.

When you clean, employ these three steps on a regular basis. It shouldn’t take much more than an hour per week to adequately clean an average pool.

3. Circulation Maintenance

When your pool water sits, carbon dioxide slowly dissolves into it, throwing off the pH level. After several days, microbes make their way into your stagnate water which opens you up to algae and unpleasant smells. You might as well swim in a pond! To ensure regular circulation, you need to give your pump some love by following these two tips:

  • Keep pump running at least 10 hours per day.
  • Periodically reverse water flow through the filter to remove any buildup.

4. Consistency

Consistency is key in keeping your pool properly maintained. While there are several components involved, it’s not as intimidating as it may seem when you break it down into smaller tasks. The key is to create a schedule you can adhere to. For example, you could dedicate time on Monday evening to check chemicals, do you cleaning on Wednesdays and remove buildup in your pump Friday.

A pool is a place to stay cool, create memories and have fun with the ones you love the most. Make the most of yours by following these tips and sticking to it!

26 Aug 2019
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Built-In Grills / Outdoor Kitchens

Over the past year, nearly 80 million Americans grilled outdoors. From improved flavors and personal enjoyment to spending time with friends and family and so much more, it’s no mystery why so many choose to pass up the climate-controlled kitchen for the outdoor culinary experience.

Just because you’re cooking out doesn’t mean you have to pass up on the amenities you enjoy in the kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, and we have a wide array of options to help you arrive at the perfect solution for your needs.

Impress Your Summertime Guests in Style

We can help create the same kitchen feel in your own backyard with a variety of excellent options sure to give your guests something to write home about:

  • Seat up to 4 with our Jr. Gourmet Q with Raised Bar.
  • Entertain in a compact yard with Little Q.
  • Cook your best grilling recipes yet with the Luxury Q.
  • Inspire the ultimate grilling experience with the Master Q.
  • Upgrade your patio with the spacious Mesquite Q.
  • Entertain larger crowds with the Supreme Q.

These are just a few of the outdoor kitchen options we offer to transform your backyard into a bbq paradise.

Exciting Grilling Features

We strive to help you go above and beyond in the latest grilling technology, and we have the variety needed to meet just about any budget. Just some of the features you can explore in our vast inventory of grilling solutions include:

  • Venting systems and gasket features for improved temperature control
  • Stainless steel burners and rotisserie kits for even heat distribution
  • Heavy-duty temperature gauges to monitor internal cooking temperatures
  • Reliabull heat technology to reduce hot/cold spots
  • And much more!
30 Jun 2017

Parade of Homes 2017

We would like to thank several of our builders for working with us to have a successful Parade this year!

Parade of Homes 2017 Awards as follows:
  • Category 5 Best exterior with Corey Hirsch Construction
  • Category 6 Home of the Year Exquisite Homes by Jeff Lancaster
Hopefully many people had a chance to go out and see the houses for those who didn’t here are several highlights of our work.
28 Jun 2017
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Landscaping Tips That Will Make You Stand Out in 2017

The first impression visitors to your home develop occurs as soon as they pull in the driveway. It makes sense that you want to ensure that impression is a good one. There are a few hot landscaping tips for 2017 that’ll be sure to make you stand out and shine.

Turn on the Waterworks

If you’ve ever taken a Yoga class or engaged in meditation, you know the background noise can make all the difference in the quality of the experience. The sound of flowing water can be especially soothing, and the addition of a feature like a waterfall, pond, or fountain can add a whole new aura to your yard.

water feature, waterfall home landscaping

Let Your Yard Shine Day and Night

You shouldn’t be confined to enjoying your yard during the day. The addition of a lighting feature can help you see your way around at night, and this can be great if you enjoy backyard barbecues or other gatherings that run into the evening hours.

You can get creative with your lighting setup. Whether you want to showcase your garden or add a lighted path along your main pathways, you can let your individuality show. Best of all, the addition of lighting in your yard can be a strong deterrent to crimes like break-ins.

outdoor led lighting evansville Indiana

Fruit and Vegetable Gardens

It can be difficult to eat right in a society that offers tasty convenience foods around every corner. You can set yourself up for success when you make a healthy snack easy to access. Fruit and vegetable gardens are trending in 2017. Depending on what you decide to plant, you can add a colorful flair to your yard, and the whole family can get involved in the care of your garden.

If you’ve struggled in the past to keep a fruit and vegetable garden alive and healthy, there are professionals for hire who can get you started. Not only can they ensure your plants have the best possible start, but they can teach you how to keep them healthy and vibrant.

home vegetable fruit garden

A Few Tips Before You Transform Your Yard

If you’ve decided to take your shot at customizing your yard with these trendy landscaping tips for 2017, there are a few things you’ll want to do before you get started. If you’ll be doing the work yourself, it’s a good idea to start by trimming trees and hedges as well as any other prep work that will increase the appeal of your yard.

It’s never a bad idea to invest in professional services if you aren’t confident in your ability to do the work yourself. It’s an investment that can go a long way in the many first impressions to be made.

17 Oct 2016
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Eight Hot Trends for the Upcoming 2017 Gardening Season

Whether you’ve long had a green thumb or you’re just interested in getting your hands dirty next gardening season, there are eight hot trends you’ll want to be aware of to be the envy of the neighborhood.

1. Fruits and Vegetables

Who doesn’t want to save a few dollars at the grocery store? You can do just that when you plan for a fruit or vegetable garden. You can find all you need and more at most garden retailers.

2. Furniture

Your garden can truly be a place to unwind and relax when you incorporate lawn furniture. This season, you can expect to see more placement of these pieces in the gardens of true veterans.

3. Vertical Gardening

You can increase space as well as create an aesthetic wonder when you consider vertical gardening. This method is made simple through the use of wall-mounted planting pockets.

4. Box Balls

These large concrete balls are a great addition to any garden as they add a certain degree of structure that can increase appeal to your garden even when your flowers have diminished near the end of the season.

5. Fresh Paint Job

A coat or two of whitewash on your garden fencing can provide a fresh look and feel, and this will be popular during the upcoming gardening season.

6. Rustic Approach

As you seek out the best decorative containers in 2017, go for the rustic look by choosing items such as:

  • Zinc
  • Wicker
  • Rusty steel

7. Think Bold

Be ready to make a statement next year. It’s expected bold choices such as zingy dahlias and brilliant red heleniums will be popular.

8. Water Features

A water feature can bring the whole garden together. The investment is one that will pay off for many gardening seasons to come.

27 Jul 2016
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Six Landscaping Trends to Follow in 2016

We all want our lawns to reflect the best of us, and that’s why the National Association of Landscape Professionals has listed the top landscaping trends of 2016. Vice president of NALP reports that homeowners are attempting to create an indoor look on the outside for this year. She said, “The latest trends reflect the desire to bring the indoors out — to create comfortable landscapes that are both functional and beautiful.”

1. Extending Interior Spaces

To make the most of outdoor entertainment, consider adding furniture and appliances. A growing trend is to add a fully-functioning kitchen complete with living and dining rooms.

2. Tech it Up

With so much technology at our fingertips, there are many ways you can incorporate it into your landscaping techniques. Wi-Fi complete with compatible devices to hook up to televisions can add a unique viewing experience. You can even light up the area with creative lighting and enhancements.

3. Colors Inspired by Nature

If considering painting, the blending of Rose Quartz and Serenity has been announced as the Color of the Year for 2016 by the authority on color, Pantone.

4. Native Gardens

We all want to do what we can to protect the environment. When you plant native flora, you encourage helpful wildlife to flourish in your yard.

5. Storm Water Management

An interesting 2016 landscaping trend is to show off your storm water management techniques. Whether you use rain barrels or a stone retaining wall, they’re sure to be in style.

6. Organic Gardens

Another exciting trend this year is organic, edible gardens. If you have a green thumb and are ready to take your flower bed to the next level, consider including fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables this year to increase appeal and lower your grocery bill.

22 Jul 2016

World’s Top Ten Most Beautiful Flowers

Flowers have long been used to express emotion and show the world how we feel. Whether you’re having a rough day or just need to stop and smell the roses, a flower can turn your day around in an instant. If you’re considering additional flora arrangements to your yard or have an upcoming event you’d like to decorate for, there are ten flowers in particular you should consider.

1. White Lotus

From the Nymphaeaceae family, the white lotus is commonly found in southeast Asia and eastern Africa. This flower is a great addition for ponds and other water features as it prospers well in these conditions. It’s breathtaking white petals are sure to capture the attention of your friends and neighbors.

white-lotus

2. Tulip

Tulips add a simplistic yet popular feature that has long been cultivated throughout the world. Popular in Europe, Africa, and Asia, the tulip is typically grown in pots and makes a popular fresh-cut flower to use for any occasion. While breeding is typically associated with the Dutch, the tulip has original cultivation roots in Iran.

tulips

3. Rose

Roses are a classic staple of scented flowers, and they have long served as one of the most romantic floral gestures available. When you work with this flower stemming from the genus Rosa, you can choose from a number of colorful varieties that symbolize various things. For example, yellow is seen as a sign of friendship while red indicates feeling of true love.

roses

4. Canna

Although not a true lily, canna lily is consists of a total of 19 different species of plant, and they represent a close living relation to a number of other familiar plants including ginger and even bananas. Their colorful varieties make for a great addition to any yard.

canna

5. Bleeding Heart

If you’re looking for the perfect addition to a shady garden area, look no further than bleeding heart. These flowers feature a fairy-like appearance, and they add a magical touch. You can expect them to bud from April to June, and they come in three primary colors:

  • Red
  • Pink
  • White

bleedingheart

6. Dahlia

Native to Mexico and areas of Central America, the dahlia is a perennial plant that is commonly noted for its bushy and tuberous characteristics. With around 30 different species and an impressive 20,000 cultivars, it’s not difficult to find one that suits your taste.

dahlia

7. Cherry Blossom

If you ever visit Japan in the spring, you’re sure to run across the gorgeous cherry blossom. Noted for its soft pink and white hues, this flower is popular both in Japan and the United States. Even when they fall to the ground, they still create a pleasingly aesthetic addition as they carpet the ground.

cherryblossom

8. Parrot Flower

The parrot flower gets its name for an obvious reason as it resembles a parrot in flight. While rare, the plant can be found in Thailand, Burma and parts of India.

parrotflower

9. Dove Orchid

The dove orchid is a pure white flower that can add an aura of innocence to your yard or garden. Within its petals lies a hidden structure which resembles a dove complete with tiny pink dots and a small yellow beak. The overall flower features a peaceful appeal.

doveorchid

10. Lily of the Valley

The inspiration for a number of ancient legends, Lily of the Valley is a popular flower chosen for a number of momentous occasions. The soft white flowers appear fragile and induce a feeling of innocence in the eyes of the appreciative beholder.

lilyofthevalley

13 Jul 2016
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Lawns Through the Ages

Your lawn is the first thing people see when they enter your driveway, and homeowners take great measures to ensure theirs are both healthy and aesthetically appealing. However, few know the history of the lawn and how it transformed over time.

Lowdown on Lawn History

Europe is known for its mild climate and open grasslands, so it’s no surprise that this is where it seems the lawn originated. During the Renaissance period, land cultivated with chamomile and thyme signified a high status quo among the French and English elite, and these components still provide an excellent alternative to grass in modern times.

In the 1600’s, the emergence of the closely shorn grass emerged. While much of this work was performed by sheep and other grazing animals, the wealthy began to take more interest in the aesthetics of their lawn and hired people to perform this grueling labor.

The Cultivation of North America

When immigrating to the New World, Europeans brought grass seeds with them. As in Europe, only the upper-class citizens of these early days had the time and resources to manicure their lawns.

Bowling in Canada created popularity in the cultivation of turf once they peacefully gained independence from Britain in the 1860’s, and this required flat stretches of mowed grasses. When Scottish immigration increased to the United States in the 1800’s, this practice followed.

Industrialization and the Modern Lawn

Industrialization in the mid-1800’s brought on the concept of parks in order to beautify urban areas. Frederick Law Olmstead, also known as the American father of landscape architecture, planned Central Park in New York City, and he was credited for designing suburbs where residential homes featured a manicured lawn of their very own. Edwin Budding helped promote this new idea by inventing the first lawnmower in 1830, thus making it possible for even the middle and lower class to manicure their lawns.