Tag Archives: outdoor living

Four ways to create a cozy patio space

patio furniture by Treescapes Outdoor Living CenterYour patio or lanai space should be your refuge, the place you and your family head to unwind after a long day. It needs to be inviting and give you the opportunity to entertain your family and friends comfortably.

There are several design elements to remember when pulling together a cozy patio. Whether you are building it from scratch or revamping an outdoor space with patio furniture, keep the following factors in mind:

  1. Select a style that complements the architectural details of your home – In an effort to make your patio space seem comfortable and inviting, choose a patio furniture style of that complements the architectural details of your home. If you live in a Victorian style home, for example, you might want to select more old-fashioned style pieces, such as wrought iron or wicker pieces. If you have a country-style home, look for charming, wooden furniture. If you’re your home is more modern and contemporary, choose more sleek, streamlined pieces.
  2. Invest in quality outdoor patio furniture and accessories – If you are trying to create an outdoor room, you will need to select additional furnishings and accessories to pull the space together. Comfort and quality should be key when shopping. Nothing is worse than finally making it outside to your private oasis and finding your outdoor furniture is too wiggly or not comfortable. Experts recommend you look for aluminum loungers made with long, unsegmented framing pieces and patio furniture assembled with stainless steel screws for longevity.Make sure you select lawn or patio furniture and accessories that are meant for the outdoors and are mold and mildew resistant, fade resistant and UV protected. Choose wisely — it’s worth the investment.
  3. Create a gorgeous space with planters – Your patio should reflect your personality while creating a relaxing environment. Planters are an excellent way to connect your patio space with the outdoors. You can bring in a pop of much-needed color to an otherwise drab area or create a custom wall of privacy using taller plants and pots.  And it’s simple to change out your planters according to the season, making your patio inviting throughout the spring, summer and fall.
  4. Choose colors that complement your surroundings – Be sure to keep your overall design in mind when selecting a color scheme. Not everything has to match exactly; you can mix colors and textures as long as they complement one another. Select big and bold accent pillows in red and orange, for example, if you have a beige or white patio furniture palette. Mix floral or striped prints with plain colors to give the space some pop. Don’t go overboard, however, as this space needs to evoke tranquility.

Please give Treescapes a call at 316-733-6388 or drop by our showroom at 1202 N. Andover Road if you have questions about creating a cozy patio space.

Three tips for selecting grills

selecting grillsWe know it’s tempting when you enter a store that showcases various grills, to head straight for the biggest and baddest grill on the showroom floor. It’s so shiny and it has multiple grilling surfaces, fancy gauges and side burners — it’s an outdoor chef’s dream. And, chances are, this grill has a pretty hefty price tag. It’s important, however, to keep in mind the size grill you need and the space your have available for outdoor cooking. You want to get the most bang for your buck.

  1. Consider quality firstExperts say gas grills are not priced solely by size, but their quality. Just because a grill is huge, doesn’t mean it is made of quality materials. Typically, grills are made from cast aluminum, cast iron, sheet metal or stainless steel. Stainless steel is a popular choice but make sure you take a good look at the frame as many manufacturers use other materials which can rust easily. Bring a magnet with you to test which parts of the grill are stainless steel. Experts advise that if you can afford the expense, cast aluminum will outlast stainless steel.
  2. Select the right size grill for your needsThere are so many grills to consider, from your classic black grill to top of the line stainless-steel grill with an attached rotisserie burner, so it’s important you have an idea what you need before you go shopping. Will you be grilling burgers for your family of four or do you typically hold backyard parties for 25 people in the summer? Do you need a smoker box, side burners to boil corn on the cob or do you like to warm sauces? Perhaps you need extra grilling space to toast your buns? Keep these needs in mind when shopping.
  3. Understand the BTU ratingMany manufacturers promote their BTU (British Thermal Unit) rating when trying to sell their grills. This measurement indicates the amount of heat created by the burner. It’s easy to think a higher BTU means you have a more powerful grill when really the size of the grill and how well it distributes heat that determines its merit.

Please give Treescapes a call at 316-733-6388 or drop by our showroom at 1202 N. Andover Road if you have questions about selecting the right grill for your outdoor needs. 

Three ways to protect your plants from freezing temperatures

landscaping tips for winterLandscaping experts, like Treescapes, will tell you that your plantings play an important part in your environment for they not only help provide much-needed oxygen through photosynthesis, they provide long-term beauty to your landscape. Throughout the summer you most likely care for them by providing water on hot, dry days and perhaps specific feedings, but what should you do when freezing temperatures are in the forecast? How can you increase the chances of preserving your special plantings in the event of frost?

What causes frost injuries?
Ice crystals can form in plant cells when the temperature goes down significantly, causing frost injuries. Because of the damage, water becomes unavailable to the plant tissues. You can identify frost-damaged plants easily because they will appear water-soaked and then shrivel and eventually turn brown or black. Not all plants are hardy enough to survive frost.

How can I protect my plants when freezing temperatures are in the forecast? This is a question our landscaping experts at Treescapes will be glad to answer, as seen below:

Water your plants before nightfall
Experts recommend you water the surrounding soil thoroughly during the day because wet soil can maintain heat better than dry soil. This helps protect the roots and also warms the surrounding ground air.

Cover the plants before dusk
Landscaping professionals will also advice you to create protective covers using bed sheets, blankets and/or drop cloths for your more vulnerable plants. Stakes can be used to keep the material from touching the plants. Burlap-type bags loosely tied at the base can help larger plants/bushes from damage. Be sure to remove the coverings once temperatures rise the next day so the plants can breathe. Use caution when using plastic or vinyl coverings as they can trap moisture and cause further damage.

Add mulch to your landscape
Not only does mulch help make a garden or landscape look complete, it acts as an excellent insulator, holding in heat and moisture when the temperatures drop. Applying a layer two to three inches thick of shredded pine or bark or even pine straw, can help trap heat.

What do I do if my plants freeze?
If you notice signs of frost damage, resist the temptation to prune the plant or immediately dig it up. It’s important to wait until warmer temperatures and the risk of frost is gone to remove damaged parts. Once you see new growth you can prune.

Part of the list of landscaping tips is for you to also consider raising planting beds to help protect against frost damage and place more cold sensitive plants close to the house or in pots that can be moved inside.

Choose your plants wisely
It’s important to know the high and low temperatures your plants can tolerate and choose ones for your landscape that are suitable for your growing zone. While damage may be minimal for some plants at 32 degrees, delicate plants will die. Be sure to choose species hardy enough for your landscape.

Please give Treescapes a call at 316-733-6388 or drop by our showroom at 1202 N. Andover Road if you have questions about preventing frost damaged plants, or if you need landscaping assistance.