Backyard Tailgating with Kitchen and Bar Hardscapes

Exotic concrete counter top and sink in an outdoor kitchen set with two glasses and a bottle of red wine and a vase of tulips alongside a built in gas barbecue for healthy outdoor livingFootball season is in full swing, and while the pandemic may be preventing you from inviting your friends into your living room to watch the game, you’re not completely left without options. Whether you’re looking to safely social distance or want to enjoy the final days of tolerable New England weather, hardscapes are your best bet when it comes to hosting a sizeable gathering. If you’re thinking about upgrading your backyard tailgating with kitchen and bar hardscapes, let’s review some things to consider first. Continue reading Backyard Tailgating with Kitchen and Bar Hardscapes

Multi-Purpose Landscape Features for Summer

Garden backyard pond with waterfall water plants brick paver patio trellis landscapingNothing beats a vibrant landscape to accompany the warmth of summer – except of course a landscape that fulfills a purpose beyond the aesthetic. If you consider your yard an extension of your living space, it makes sense for you to incorporate versatile features into your landscape. Fortunately, there are many options for features – both living and constructed – that can provide you more than just scenery. Let’s review some multi-purpose landscape features for summer so you can get the most out of your yard. Continue reading Multi-Purpose Landscape Features for Summer

What to Look for in a Landscaping Company

A landscaper using a leaf blower around decorative shrubs and a small tree.If you’re considering investing your money in a professional to maintain your landscape this spring, it’s important to realize not all landscaping companies are created equal. It’s easy to fall into the trap of hiring the first landscaping company you happen upon, but if you rush your decision, you may be left with a subpar landscape design and maintenance as a result. You want to invest in a multi-faceted company with a track record of reliability and flexibility. Let’s discuss some of the most important things to look for in a landscaping company.

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Planning Your Landscaping for Your Shady Property

A shady garden with a miniature pond water feature, flat stones, and large-leafed plantsNew England is home to some of the country’s most densely forested states, leaving many properties cast in large amounts of shade. Since most plants require sunlight of some degree to survive, this predicament leaves many property owners wondering how to go about their landscaping. Given the dreariness of a sunless yard, plants that can weather these environmental conditions are important to adding color to the landscape. Fortunately, Dolan Landscaping has tips for planning landscaping for your shady property. Continue reading Planning Your Landscaping for Your Shady Property

Eco-Friendly Drainage Solutions for Your Sodden Landscape

A dry stream made of large stones surrounded by a garden, exhibiting eco-friendly drainage solutionsIs your yard a swamp? Do the soles of your shoes become saturated with water every time you step outside after a drizzly day? In New England, it’s not out of the ordinary to hear of a flooded basement, soil erosion, or deep, lingering puddles overtaking one’s yard due to the hectic weather patterns. Fortunately, many eco-friendly drainage solutions are available to help your property absorb heavy rainfall and direct water runoff away from your home. Continue reading Eco-Friendly Drainage Solutions for Your Sodden Landscape

Choosing the Right Pavers for Your Property

A mason placing concrete pavers to form and outdoor patioPavers add a unique aesthetic to your walkways, driveway, and outdoor living space. They add a touch of elegance and cleanliness to everything from poolside patios to porches. However, when deciding the material of your pavers, there are a few details you need to take into account, such as your budget and vision. Fortunately, you have many options when choosing the right pavers for your property. Continue reading Choosing the Right Pavers for Your Property

5 Advantages of Having an Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen with a counter top, sink, and grill overlooking pond to accentuate the advantages of having an outdoor kitchenDuring New England summers, it’s typical to see families cooking outdoors, whether it be grilling up some burgers or roasting hotdogs over a fire. But what if you had an incentive to cook all your meals outside? When grilling, you’re limited to the features of the appliance, but with an outdoor kitchen, you can save yourself the constant trips inside to use the faucet or fridge. And that’s just one of the many advantages of having an outdoor kitchen. Continue reading 5 Advantages of Having an Outdoor Kitchen

The Different Designs for Patio Construction

Photo of a finished Dolan patio, complete with fountain and bench.Patios are a wonderfully flexible way of extending the living space of your home, allowing you to work, play, and relax just a few short steps from your door. If you’re looking at getting a patio installed, you have many options on the design, to both suit the needs of the space for you, as well as a style that complements the rest of your home and landscape. Below are some basic design and feature ideas to give you an idea of the possibilities available for patio construction. Continue reading The Different Designs for Patio Construction

Building a Pet-Friendly Yard and Garden

A dog laying in the grass in a backyard smiling at the camera.When it comes to landscaping your yards and garden, it’s important to take your pets into consideration if they like to head outside. This can range from overhauling your outdoor living space to be more pet-friendly to picking the right plants and fertilizers to avoid making them sick. The following are several things to keep in mind when talking to a contractor about landscape construction, or if you’re picking out plants for the next year’s garden. Continue reading Building a Pet-Friendly Yard and Garden

Tips for Hardscape Maintenance and Cleaning

Man cleaning his patio with a pressure washer.From patios to walkways and retaining walls, the hardscape on your property is both functional and beautiful. And while a well-made hardscape will last for years, it’s important to spend some time each year making sure it’s not only looking its best, but also still structurally sound. Below you’ll find some basic tips for maintaining your hardscape as well as making sure it stays beautiful for years to come. Continue reading Tips for Hardscape Maintenance and Cleaning