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Material Management And Storage When Constructing An Elevated Patio

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On October 15, 2012

In Southwest Florida we see many homeowners replacing wood decks with an elevated patio. There is less maintenance involved and it’s a gorgeous addition to any property. We are actually in the process of constructing a raised patio extending off our our pool deck. We are using an Anchor Wall Retaining Wall (which doesn’t require permitting) and Bel Gard pavers.

If you are considering adding an elevated patio make plans for proper material deliveries. You don’t want all the materials delivered at once if you can help it because you will need to store them. You need to have an open area where it can be easily accessed by your contractor but not easy to steal. You wouldn’t want to, nor can you store materials on your street. You don’t want to block your driveway, gate areas or walkways. You won’t want to place them where your kids or your pets can get hurt. You won’t want to infringe on your neighbor’s property (unless you have their permission). You’ll also have to consider the damaged it may cause to the grass if the materials will be placed there for long periods of time. It’s so hot that having a pallet of pavers sit in a single spot for more than a couple of days may suffocate the grass below.

Having building materials delivered as needed will avoid overcrowding and unnecessary dangers during the construction process.

You’ll also need to make provisions for the parking vehicles and equipment if you have a contractor installing the new addition. Neighbor’s don’t want trucks blocking the road and don’t want heavy machinery and unwanted cars parked on their property.

Material management can be tricky. Take the extra time and thought into how it will delivered, stored and installed for the best, least disruptive outcome.

We’ll be sure to give you an update on the construction of our elevated patio as it goes along. If you are considering adding an elevated patio to your property give us a call. Our design team can give a you a 3 dimensional drawings so you can see what it will look like before it’s constructed.

Did Tropical Storm Debbie Burn Your Lawn?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 8, 2012

Can you believe it’s already been a month since we felt the impact of tropical storm Debbie? We’ve been flooded with calls about dying grass. We are not surprised to find that most of the complaints are from customers that live along the salt water.

Not only did we see the levels of our canals rise over the sea walls and saturate our lawns but Tropical Storm Debbie was also accompanied by high winds. High winds tossed all of that salt water over our houses, landscaping and yards. The areas that got misted with the salt water will most likely recover quickly with the natural drying out process and fresh water rains our Southwest Florida climate affords to us in the summertime.

The areas along the sea walls and near the water’s edge may or may not be as lucky. Too much water on a yard is as dangerous as too little. Too much salty water on a lawn is disasterous. The salt burns the grass. If you notice you have brown spots or your grass is dying where you know there was storm surge, flooding or water sitting that was salty your best course of action is to soak it with fresh water. Fortunatley for Southwest Florida we have had a lot of afternoon storms to help wash away the saltiness that Tropical Storm Debbie brought us.

If this doesn’t appear to be working you may consider adding a little bit of fresh water garden hose time to the area, you may need to fertilize the area (moderately), you may need to re-seed the area or you may even need to consider re-sodding the area. If you live in an area prone to surges of salt water you may want to consider adding a rock bed, mulch bed, an area of pavers or maybe even a retention wall in lieu of replacing sod. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape can send our experienced staff to advise you of your best course of action.

Above all else remember, lawn technicians, landscapers and sprinkler system companies have no control over the weather. If you were the unfortunate one that sodded a yard or planted new landscaping along an area adjacent to salt water just before Tropical Storm Debbie – be kind. Any good business owner will help you the best they can but they cannot warranty items caused by Mother Nature flexing her muscles.

Creating a Garden Focal Point

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 9, 2012

A garden focal point is a unique visual element that draws attention to the eye. The combination of garden focal points and accessories create an outdoor area that is pleasant and invites people to spend time there. A small garden should only have 1 main focal point with 2-3 accessories while a larger garden can handle more.

Garden focal points include but are not limited to the following:
1. Fire pits, fire places and outdoor cooking areas
2. Water features, water falls and ponds
3. Statues and sculptures
4. Bird houses and bird baths
5. Outdoor benches or an outdoor seating area
6. A structure like a gazebo, shed, pergola or trellis
7. Outdoor wall art
8. A large hanging pot or collection of hanging pots
9. A tree or group of foliage this is a contrasting color from the rest of the environment
10. Garden gates

There no hard rule for creating garden focal points. Be creative but don’t be over bearing. You want to create a place of serenity, not confusion. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape will be happy to help you design an outdoor area you long to spend time in. With our free design services you will be able to visualize what your outdoor space will look like before it’s constructed.