How to Create a Private Backyard Oasis On Your Property

Steve and Suzy are great people, but you don’t want them meddling in your business all day and night. Especially when you’re looking to relax and unwind in your backyard on a refreshing summer eve.

That’s exactly why we’re here. To show you how to create a private backyard oasis on your property. An oasis that your neighbors won’t be able to watch you from. An oasis where you’ll truly be able to unwind and relax through the day and night.

If that’s of interest to ya, well, keep on reading.

Creating a Private Backyard Oasis On Your Property

So, how do we create the privacy you’ve always dreamed about in your backyard? How do we keep prying neighbor eyes out of sight? That’s simple.

Well, it can be complex. It really depends how you want to do things. This is your oasis, after all.

But enough with my fluff, let’s dive in and look at a few ways to add privacy to your backyard:

Tall Tree Install

This one is common sense. The easiest way to add privacy is to install mature trees around your backyard.

These trees can block the vision of your neighbors and keep things a little more private around your backyard.

For a first move, this is one of the easiest ways to increase the privacy of your backyard. At Huston Contracting, we can help you find and install the tallest trees money can buy. And we certainly recommend this in some situations.

However, this isn’t an end-all, be-all solution. Other times, you may be better off working with other landscaping solutions to add privacy.

High Fences

A high fence is a key to privacy in the backyard. Without a fence, your backyard may feel open and inviting to any and all of your neighbors. Even before installing trees, make sure your fencing is up to par.

By installing the highest fence your homeowner’s association will allow, you’ll find privacy all around you. The only issue will be spying neighbor eyes from above.

Covered Porches

To further your privacy, covered porches can add barriers from the neighbors. These cover and/or screened-in porches will ensures eyes from above cannot see what’s going on in your backyard.

This is ideal while enjoying a cold one as the stars come out, but not enjoyable if you’re looking to get some sun while enjoying the backyard.

Outdoor Kitchens

Many don’t know this, but you can build your outdoor kitchen with privacy in mind. As the kitchen is usually tall, the grilling areas and more can all create natural barriers to nosy neighbors.

Many of our Olathe landscaping clients have asked us to build extravagant and tall outdoor kitchens with the idea of adding privacy to the outdoor spaces. And of course, we happily obliged.

Create the Backyard of Your Dreams – A Private One!

These are just a few ideas. While the team here at Huston Contracting believe in being friendly with the neighbors, we understand there’s times when we all need a little privacy to truly enjoy our outdoor spaces.

In those times, just get in touch to learn more about your Olathe landscaping options.

Why Investing in Your Olathe Landscaping Just Makes Sense

Investing is a tricky word these days. You’ve got the stock market. You’ve got your home. Maybe you even have some Bitcoin. These are all things people consider investments. Many consider the items listed above to be solid ones, too.

But your landscaping? Most don’t consider landscaping an investment. Some do, but most don’t. For most, landscaping is about planting a few flowers and mowing the grass.

If you’re reading this, you may have different thoughts. You may believe investing in your landscaping is worthwhile. Maybe you find it’s a great way to increase the value of your home.

Why Investing in Your Olathe Landscaping Just Makes Sense

That idea couldn’t be truer. Seriously, investing in landscaping can add huge value to your home. Most people don’t realize it, but landscaping is one of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home.

For example, some have suggested that proper maintenance and upkeep of your landscaping could lead to a 6-13% increase in the value of your home.

Think about those numbers:

You have a home that’s roughly valued around $400,000 right now. You invest a little bit of money each year on landscaping projects and upkeep. When you go to sell the home, you get a 13% increase in value due to your landscaping. Now your home is worth $452,000!

That’s a pretty huge increase in value if you ask me, especially when all you had to do was add a few landscaping projects here and there.

Now, how do you see this increase? Well, here’s a few ideas for the Olathe homeowner looking to add value through landscaping:

  • Monthly Maintenance: Just take care of your lawn. Mow it weekly. Have professionals fertilize the grass quarterly. Install an irrigation system to ensure your landscaping gets ideal amounts of water all year. That’s about it.
  • Outdoor Environments: One of the most valuable ways to increase your home’s value through landscaping is with things like outdoor kitchens, fire pits, porches and more. The addition of these items can send your home’s value skyrocketing.
  • Water Features: Some buyers love water features, others not so much. Ideally, you use small water features to add value. We’ve had great success adding natural creek beds to landscaping lately, as it’s a hot ticket item for new homeowners.

Build Your Olathe Landscape, Add Value to Your Home

By investing in your landscaping, you’re investing in your home. You’re investing in selling your property for a higher value. Plus, you get to enjoy stunning landscaping while you live in your home. A true win-win.

If you need help doing just that, get in touch. The experts here at Huston Contracting, Inc. We love to help Olathe residents build the yard of their dreams – while building their future, too.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Landscaping Projects

It’s summer. The heat has rolled into town. You may or may not be thinking about Olathe landscaping projects right now. But, if you are, we wanted to give you some quick tips and tricks to ensure you make the most out of them.

See, landscaping isn’t easy. In fact, it can be downright tough. For that reason and many more, it’s worthwhile to make the most out of your Olathe landscaping projects. No reason to sweat outside for hours on end and not see stunning results. Or spend a ton of money and not be thrilled.

Make the Most Out of Your Landscaping Projects

Let’s dive in and look at a few ways to get the most out of your efforts in Olathe:

  • Think Long Haul

When getting the most out of a project is on your mind, you shouldn’t be thinking seasonal. It should be long-term. I’m talking yearly.

Think outdoor kitchens, retaining walls, flower beds, and evergreen plants. You can get a great bang for your buck by building your landscape around long-term structures built to last years – not months.

  • Plant Perennials

We all love flowers. They bring beauty to an Olathe landscape in a way no other plants can. But you don’t want to replant them each and every year. You want them to continue blooming year after year.

If that’s you, then you’ll want to plant perennials all around your landscape. They take the same time to plant and prosper year one, but after that you’ll have flowers for years on end.

  • Pay Attention to HVAC

Your HVAC units can hinder your landscaping and hurt your plants. Luckily, this is an easy fix that’ll ensure you get great results from any landscaping in Olathe.

If you’re doing it yourself, make sure to keep any and all landscaping at least 2-3 feet away from your HVAC units. This will ensure the plants don’t bother the unit – and vice versa. A professional Olathe landscaper will do this automatically.

  • Build a Berm

One underutilized landscaping trick is building a berm. If you have a boring area around your landscaping that needs a little sprucing up, then add a berm. The berm will give your home that “golf course” look you’ve always dreamed of.

  • Plan and Prepare

When working with professional landscapers, we love it when you’re as specific as possible. Then we can get you an estimate and scope down to the dollar. This helps eliminate any issue moving forward.

We want to work with you for years on end. This means getting the job done right and on budget – our main goals. So, the more details you give us – the easier it is to stay on budget for you.

Olathe Landscaping Projects Made Easy

If you’re looking to get any Olathe landscaping projects done this year, please reach out. Our team at Huston Contracting is here to make your projects last a lifetime!

Olathe Landscaping Sure to Add Curb Appeal: 4 Fun Ideas Before the Fall

Summer isn’t even here yet and you’re already talking about the fall? Yes, that’s just how life goes here at Huston Contracting. But here’s the deal…

We don’t want you wasting the summer months and early fall with a subpar landscape. We want your lawn looking lovely and your landscape lavish as the weather cools off.

So, we wanted to throw together a few quick tips on how to add curb appeal to your landscape. Although, there’s more to it than that. For example, an Olathe outdoor kitchen installed in the fall wouldn’t get a bunch of use.

However, if you installed that same kitchen in the spring, you’d have 5-6 months of use before the cold weather kicked in and you had to go back to cooking inside. What a drag!

Olathe Landscaping Sure to Add Curb Appeal: 4 Fun Ideas Before the Fall

So enough with the fluff, let’s dive in and look at a few fun ways to add curb appeal:

Outdoor Kitchens

We may be biased, but an Olathe outdoor kitchen is a pretty great way to add curb appeal and get a ton of use out of your landscaping projects.

Seriously, we’ve found homeowners use their outdoor kitchens more than just about any other landscaping project. There’s just something about cooking a wonderful meal in the great outdoors that brings families together.

Fire Pit Fun

There’s not much better than roasting marshmallows on an open fire. So, why not add a luxurious fire pit to your Olathe landscape?

Fire pits look great, add insane curb appeal, and generally, get a lot of love during those warm summer nights and cool fall ones. Seriously, most people get a lot of use when they install a professional fire pit and it looks great.

Fertilizing Fun

Ok, so this might not be a huge project like the others on this list, but a little fertilizer can go a long way. With proper fertilizing techniques, you’re sure to find your curb appeal up as you landscape gets greener and greener.

Seriously, this is the best cheap way to take your curb appeal from lame to fame within the neighborhood.

Don’t Doubt the Drought

Last but not least, you should always expect a drought in the hot summer months. Your Olathe landscape just isn’t meant to cope with extreme heat.

So, you need to plan for it. This means planting drought-tolerant plants, prepping for the heat through fertilizing in the spring, and keeping those sprinklers on standby.

Curb Appeal and a Great Deal?

If you’re looking to add a little curb appeal before the fall, we’re here to help. At Huston Contracting, our job is to make your landscape look as lavish as possible. This means helping you add curb appeal in fun and creative ways. Get in touch if that sounds interesting.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Landscaping in Olathe

It’s here. The warm weather is almost upon us. Gone are the days of freezing cold weather and ugly brown Olathe landscapes. Coming are the hot months, pool days, and lavish landscaping weather.

If you take Olathe landscaping seriously, like I imagine you do, then you’ve prepared for this weather all year around. You planted seeds in the fall. You kept things tidy during the winter months.

When spring rolled around, you were more than ready to pay your dues and get those thumbs green. Your lawn has already started to look good, but you understand that the coming months are key to a solid landscape from June through October.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Landscaping in Olathe

Let’s dive in and see exactly what to do and what not to do this summer:

Don’t Water When It’s Not Needed

There’s many times in the spring and early summer where your lawn won’t need any watering. So, don’t give it any.

There are too many times we see lawns and Olathe landscaping looking awful because of overwatering. Just don’t do it. Only water your lawn when it needs it. This means when they’re newly planted or if they start to look slightly unhealthy, starting to wilt, or brown.

If your lawn looks nice and green while there’s been consistent rain, leave the sprinklers off for a change. Your lawn will thank you.

Do Water Deeper

When you believe your plants and lawn need a little watering, then do it right. A typical sprinkler often doesn’t do much in the warmer months – because the water simply evaporates before the roots of any plant can get to it.

Instead, try using a soaker hose with a full stream of water. This type of watering will penetrate deeply into the ground and ensure the roots of plants actually receive the water they need to succeed.

Don’t Ignore Those Weeds

If you ignore the weeds in your lawn and let them seed, then they’ll soon spread. What was once a few weeds will become a massive problem.

Never ignore your weed issue. Always pull all the weeds you can find with a legitimate weeding tool – not just your hands. You need to get the roots out of the lawn.

Do Fertilize Your Lawn

Always. Be. Fertilizing. This is especially important during the rapid growth times of spring and early summer. During these months, your Olathe landscape can turn from good to great. You just need to add a little fuel to the fire.

By fuel, we mean some great fertilizers. Use fertilizer when the weather is a little cooler, either in the spring or in the morning during the summer months. This allows your plants and landscaping to absorb the nutrients and fight the summer heat.

Get Your Olathe Landscaping Down Pat!

With the do’s and don’ts above, you’re sure to have the best looking lawn on the block. If that doesn’t happen for some reason, just get in touch. Our professional team here at Huston Contracting will have your lawn looking lovely in no time!

 

 

How to Clean Up Your Landscape After a Brutal Winter

Make no mistake about it! The winter is not easy on your lawn. From the brutally cold temperatures to the lack of sun, it’s easy for a lawn to go from green to lean when the winter months roll in. The good news is there are a few simple solutions.

By properly cleaning up your lawn after the tough winter months, you can get your lawn back on track quickly. That’s where we come in. At Huston Contracting, we specialize in getting your lawn looking great again – and fast! That’s what professional Olathe landscapers are supposed to do.

How to Clean Up Your Landscape After a Brutal Winter

With that in mind, we wanted to talk a little bit about how to clean your lawn up after winter and share some tricks and tips to make life easier. So, that’s exactly what we did. Below you’ll find a detailed guide for cleaning up Mother Nature’s mess after wintertime:

Get Rid of Debris

First and foremost, you must get rid of any and all debris. Seriously, winter can spread trash, branches, road gravel, and so much more all over your lawn. All these items look bad, but that’s not even the worst part. They can affect how your grass grows and looks.

Don’t let debris fester throughout your property. Clean the stuff up before spring has sprung and flung. Or hire a team of Olathe landscapers to do it for you. Either way, this is the first step before moving on to anything else on the list.

Fresh Fertilizer

Once you have a clean and debris-free yard, it’s time to get your lawn looking even lovelier. This means adding a little fuel to the fire by laying down grass seed and fertilizer. You want everything looking good as summer rolls in and a little fertilizer will surely do just that.

Some people opt for professional help here. At Huston Contracting, we offer fertilizing services in and around the Olathe area. For landscaping veterans, you could also do this yourself.

Add New Life

Once the lawn is cleaned up and the fertilizer laid down, it’s time to add to your Olathe landscape. This means bringing new plant life into the fold. Spring is the ideal time to add elements to your landscaping.

One of our favorite ideas? Spring is the perfect time for annual flower designs and installation. A few fresh flowers always make a landscape look lovely, especially when blooming.

Quick Springtime Tips, Impressive Results

Here at Huston Contracting, we’re all about quick tips that get great results. By implementing the three ideas above, you’re sure to turn that wintertime frown upside down and have your lawn looking amazing before the heat hits us.

If you need any Olathe landscaping help, we’re always here. Just reach out to the professionals at Huston Contracting and we’ll be in touch.

 

Going Green! 5 Ways to Conserve Energy Through Landscaping

Going green has become popular in nearly every industry. We’re all trying to be environmentally-friendly these days, and that’s a great thing. However, most industries have to make huge changes to help the environment while improving their operations.

With Olathe landscaping, things are a little different. See, by changing your landscape just a little bit, you can also help the environment. There’s tons of ways to do this. Why? Because your landscape is the environment.

A tweak here and a change there can mean hundreds in savings for homeowners. Plus, the environment wins, too. A true win-win situation!

5 Ways to Conserve Energy Through Landscaping

So without further ado, let’s dive into the five ways you can conserve energy with your Olathe landscaping:

  • Shade Over Everything

The easiest way to save money on your landscaping is to shade your home. When the sun beats down on your home, things heat up inside. In the summer months, this means your home continually gets hotter and hotter. A hotter home always equates to higher A/C bills.

By using leafy trees to shade your home, you can drastically lower your utility bills in the warmer summer months. At Huston Contracting, we believe this is the best way to go green. Add some large trees to your property.

  • Wild Wind

In the winter months, the cold wind actually does more damage to the inside temperature of your house than just the cold. As such, you’ll want to insulate your home from the wind as much as possible.

How do you do that? Simple, add some evergreen trees and shrubs around the sides of your home. These plants will take the brute force of the cold winds and keep your home as warm as can be. This will lower heating bills.

  • Landscape Design

One costly concern for landscapers around the world is water. In Olathe, there are many months that our lawns need water. As such, many Olathe residents spend hundreds of dollars a year watering their lawns.

There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s certainly not a “green” principle. Luckily, there’s a simple solution. By working with a landscape design professional, you can incorporate drainage solutions and irrigation systems into your landscape.

By adding these two things to your landscape, you’ll be able to significantly lower your water bills in the hot months. We believe this is one of the more efficient ways for Olathe landscapers to truly go green.

Go Green Today!

If you’re looking to increase efficiency within your home through landscaping, get in touch today. At Huston Contracting, we have dozens of ways for specific homeowners to lower energy bills through their landscape.

We look forward to hearing from you!

4 Low Water Usage Olathe Landscaping Ideas

Some think your lawn can’t look great unless it’s April through July and the grass is as green as it’s ever been before.

At Huston Contracting, we know that’s just not true. So we wanted to show you a few low water usage Olathe landscaping ideas. Using these unique ideas, you’ll be able to improve your lawn and keep your landscape looking good.

It won’t matter if the rain isn’t falling or you’re looking to cut back on the watering, you can still implement these ideas.

Low Water Usage Olathe Landscaping Ideas

Let’s take a look at these ideas and how you can improve your Olathe landscaping without using much water:

  • Create an Outdoor Environment

This is the easiest way to improve your Olathe landscape without using a ton of water. You can add features like an outdoor kitchen, retaining wall, or a covered porch. These unique features won’t cost any water and will add significant value to your landscaping, especially in the backyard area.

Don’t delay, though! By investing in an outdoor kitchen early in the season, you’ll be able to enjoy it even more this year.

  • Find the Right Plants

Certain plants require water every single day. If you don’t water some species of plants daily, they will look withered and weak. On the other hand, there are some plants that look great year around – whether they get a ton of water or not.

If you plant species like Agave, Sage, Lavender Cotton, and more – you won’t have to water these plants often. These species simply don’t require a lot of water to look great, especially in the spring and summer.

  • Walkways Galore

Walkways are one easy way to change the whole face of your landscaping without using much water or breaking the bank. Using natural stone to create unique walkways to your covered porch, outdoor kitchen, or a sitting area is a great Olathe landscaping idea for the coming months.

  • Maybe a Little Mulch

Ok, this idea might be a little basic. We get that. But there’s really never a bad time to add a little mulch around your landscaping. Fresh mulch looks exactly like it sounds – fresh! You don’t need any water to add a little mulch and this small change will add a lot of life to your landscaping like never before.

Create Your Ideal Landscape…Today!

You don’t need to waste water all the time to keep your lawn looking ideal, especially around this time of the year. Just get in contact with Huston Contracting. As the Olathe Landscaping experts, we’re here to help you create the lawn of your dreams. We look forward to working with you!

 

There’s No Better Time Than Now! 3 Springtime Olathe Landscaping Tips and Trends

Spring has almost sprung for Olathe landscaping. The afternoons are starting to get warm and the sun is creeping out behind grey skies. It’s time to start focusing on the landscape once again. With that in mind, we wanted to talk about some amazing landscaping ideas for the spring.

With 2018 in full swing, we’ve had time to see what landscaping ideas will turn into trends this spring. We believe we’ve pinpointed exactly how to turn your Olathe landscaping from dull to darling in the least amount of time.

There’s No Better Time Than Now! 3 Springtime Olathe Landscaping Tips and Trends

Instead of waiting around, it’s time to take action and make the Olathe landscape of your dreams a reality. It’s time to get in touch with Huston Contracting and take control of your lawn. Here are a few ideas on how to do just that:

  • Climate Focused

Climate matters in 2018, especially in Olathe, Kansas. If you’re making landscaping changes in the spring, you’ll want areas and spaces that you can enjoy through every season. At Huston Contracting, we found a few ways to help you with that.

If you’re building an Olathe outdoor kitchen or a covered porch, you could also consider an outdoor fireplace. The fireplace design and area could be close to the kitchen or porch and provide ideal heating for the space during the cooler months.

  • Water Management

Managing how much water you use on your lawn and landscape is a huge trend coming into this year. You need to focus on low water usage Olathe landscaping trends. Obviously, an outdoor kitchen or patio won’t use much water.

You can also build walkways, incorporate an energy-efficient irrigation system, and add plants that don’t require a lot of watering. Sage and Lavender Cotton are two of our favorites here at Huston Contracting.

  • More Tech, Newer Spaces

Keeping with the theme, eco-friendly innovations are all the rage in the landscaping world these days. Things like low emission lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and more have taken over the market.

The best way to help the environment while still keeping your lawn looking great? Install an irrigation system that use smart technology to keep the lawn watered, but conserve as much of it as possible.

At Huston Contracting, we’ve recently started installing some of these systems and have seen insanely positive results. Many of our customers who have said systems have cut their watering bills in half – while their lawns look better than ever before. Suffice to say, we’ve got a lot of great feedback from these systems.

Let’s Tackle These Trends Together!

With spring upon us, it’s time to start paying attention to your Olathe landscaping. If you’re ready to take your lawn to the next level, then get in touch with our team at Huston Contracting. We look forward to working with you this year!

 

How to Find the Perfect Commercial Landscaping Designs in 2018

The winter has come and almost gone. Spring is sure to be here sooner than later. It’s time to get your landscaping in order, especially if you’ve neglected things this winter. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for. At Huston Landscaping, we’re here to help you design the commercial landscape of your dreams in 2018.

With that in mind, here are a few tips, tricks, and trends to lookout for this year:

  • Outdoor Functionality

Each and every year, more companies are focusing on giving employees access to outdoor spaces designed for functionality. Most corporate areas have tons of unused space, especially outdoor.

If you have a rooftop, it’s not too tough to turn the space into a roof garden filled with unique landscaping elements and green space. Outdoor sitting areas are also very popular. Every employee needs a wireless area throughout the day and many commercial landscaping projects are taking this into account.

  • Place-making

Speaking of making use of unused spaces, place-making does just that. Many commercial landscapes feature vacant spaces between buildings or structures. Instead of letting these spaces go to waste, many companies are incorporating place-making.

Place-making is the art of using these spaces to create sitting areas filled with fountains, sculptures, and more. Many times these spaces can change a corporate, commercial space into something uplifting and relaxing.

  • Native Plants

In many a roof garden or sitting area, it’s easy to incorporate native plants and flowers into these spaces. At Huston Contracting, this is one of our specialties. We can help you add plants to all your commercial landscaping spaces in Olathe, Kansas.

  • Energy Efficiency

Green commercial landscaping has become a priority for many a business. Most companies have a green initiative in place to help them add plants, landscaping, and more. Occasionally, these plans include increasing the efficiency of a space with solar panels and more.

  • Concrete Designs

Gone are the days of just black and grey concrete and asphalt. While these are still used, many commercial landscapes also incorporate concrete that features different designs and colors. This is especially true in entrance ways and other areas with a lot of foot traffic.

If your commercial landscape could use a little sprucing, but you don’t have many green spaces options – we suggest stained concrete. This creates a unique contrast and can look absolutely stunning when installed properly.

  • Responsive Irrigation

At Huston Contracting, we always recommend commercial landscaping includes responsive irrigation. Often, commercial spaces are vast and hard to take care of. With responsive irrigation systems, you can stay on top of watering the green spaces without breaking the bank and wasting resources.

These systems often only provide irrigation when it is totally necessary. If Mother Nature is doing her job, then the system simply conserves resources. If responsive irrigation is what your commercial landscaping in Olathe needs, we’re here to help.

How to Find the Perfect Commercial Landscaping Designs in 2018

If you’re looking to improve your commercial landscaping in Olathe, get in touch today! At Huston Contracting, we have numerous design options available in 2018. Plus, it’s the perfect time as spring is just around the corner.