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Back To School? Back To Backyards.

Heading back to school can be a big deal for your kids. It means they are making new friends, learning new things, and gaining new life experiences. Keeping the family connected during the busy back to school season can be difficult, but the solution may be in your own backyard.

Your home’s backyard can provide the perfect place for gatherings of all kinds, and a well-designed yard can be the key to bringing family and friends together during the school year. As the weather cools, opportunities for outdoor activities open up and you have the chance to make your home the place to be. Here are a few items you can add to your yard to provide the ultimate social space for you and your kids:

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Seating. Adding purposeful seating can bring people to your backyard and make them want to stay. A seating-wall is perfect for adding to an outdoor fireplace and is easier to manage than chairs. What can be a comfortable spot for your kids to do their homework after school can also become a warm social circle during cooler nights. Your kids stay closer, and your house becomes “the spot.”

An outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen makes for a relaxing cooking experience and keeps dirt from being tracked inside your home during serving and cleanup. Guests will be impressed and time for socialization will double with more room to linger around the cooking area.  Plus, cooking outdoors is fun and we can provide all the functions of an inside kitchen.

Lighting. As the summer winds down, hours of daylight decrease. Adding accent lighting to your backyard will create a warm environment and keep friends and family together longer as the sun fades away.

 

If you’re ready to create the perfect space for your kids to socialize after school and for your friends and family to bond, contact Basnight Land & Lawn at (757) 436-9617 and find out what options are best for your home.

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Does Your Business Have A Snow Removal Plan?

It may not exactly feel like it now, but Hampton Roads is in for a cold winter that is likely to include some ice and snow. Past years have taught us that by the time snow hits, it’s too late to get ahead of slippery sidewalks and damage to landscaping. Having a smart snow removal plan is extremely important for business owners both in terms of customer/employee safety and peace of mind during stressful weather events like snow storms.

Basnight Land & Lawn works for companies, HOA’s and other commercial entities all year long, designing and preserving functional landscapes. During the winter, these clients reserve us to be on high alert for snow and ice removal. These services include:

  • Landscape protection (a particular challenge for water front properties)
  • Snow removal from public sidewalks, driveways and more
  • Landscaping winterization before the snow starts falling and we experience frequent deep freezes.
  • Ice and slip-hazard management

As a business owner or HOA leader, we understand that you have enough on your plate to have to worry about scrambling to keep your commercial property safe and intact in the event of a snowstorm. Let Basnight do the work for you. Get on our snow removal priority list today and find yourself ahead of the game when bad weather hits this winter. Call a landscaping technician at (757) 436-9617 to talk about your snow removal plan.

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Basnight Wins National Contest With Anchor Wall Systems

Basnight Land & Lawn Recognized for Outstanding Design and Use for Retaining Wall Solutions

DSC_2312Anchor Wall Systems, Inc* recently held a National Photo Contest requesting Landscape Designers & Contractors to send photos showing how the ‘Highland Stone’ product was used in a hardscaping project. Out of the many submissions Anchor had received, they had chosen a paver ‘Outdoor Living’ design by our very own Christian Basnight. The picture was photographed and submitted and by our local distributor representative Andy Mooney. Anchor Walls Systems mentioned that Christian won the contest due to his creative use of the ‘Highland Stone’ product within a ‘Unique Water Feature’.

As you can see, Basnight’s landscape designers will go the extra mile during the design stage to ensure you have both a beautiful and functional hardscape that will last many years to come. Also, our installers are ICPI certified**. Give Basnight Land & Lawn a call today for a free consultation and let our designers create the ‘Outdoor Space’ of your dreams. #BuildSomethingBeautiful #NaturesOutdoorContractor

*Anchor Wall Systems develops attractive and durable, retaining and free-standing wall systems.
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**ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute), sets the standards for the hardscape paver industry in North America. ICPI provides ongoing education and certifications for paver designers and installers.
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Mr. Basnight Presents Award at SEVA

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Recently, the Basnight Team showed their support and attended SEVA CAI’s (Southeastern Virginia Chapter Community Associations Institute) Annual Awards Ceremony & Installation of their 2016 Officers & Directors. This year the event was held on December 4th at the Westin, located in Town Center, Virginia Beach. Kent Basnight, president of Basnight Land and Lawn, went on stage to lend a helping hand to present the names of a few Award Winners as they came up to receive their trophy. The awards are a way to show appreciation to SEVA CAI members who go above-and-beyond to assist the chapter and its various committees with events, education and membership recruiting.
What is CAI? For over 40 years, Community Associations Institute has been providing education and resources to the volunteer homeowners who govern their communities and the professionals who support them.
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Smokeless Fire Pit

The cool seasonal weather is here and many people are gathering around the fire pit to continue enjoying their outdoor spaces. A fire pit not only provides heat, but also light for entertaining family and friends in the evening hours. One of the drawbacks to using a wood burning fire pit is to be on the side where the wind is blowing smoke towards you and your guests. People tend to move to one side of the fire pit to avoid the smoke. And when the wind changes directions it is time to move again. Basnight Land & Lawn has a solution. We have introduced the Zentro Fire Pit insert, utilizing an innovative new approach to design, which is ‘Nearly Smokeless’. The Zentro Fire Pit insert is well constructed and affordable.

 

Give Basnight Land & Lawn a call today to have your very own ‘Nearly Smokeless’ Fire Pit professionally installed to enjoy with family and friends for years to come. 757.436.961710299052_340038366151136_5355613897487760969_n

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Oyster and South Festival 2015

Are You Ready For The Best Oyster Festival in Hampton Roads? Mouth Watering Oysters… Oysters… Oysters & Other Seafood! Delicious Fresh Foods from Local Restaurants, Cool Beverages, Live Music by local favorite Buck Shot, Monster Truck Rides with Stone Crusher and Plenty of Good Old Southern Style Fun!

 

Benefits CHKD (www.chkd.org) and The Sidney M. Oman Cancer Center @ the Chesapeake Health Foundation.

 

THE OYSTER & SOUTH FESTIVAL is coming NOVEMBER 21st from 1PM TO 5PM at Historic Greenbrier Farms in Chesapeake.

Tickets $40 each. Children 12 and under free. Available at Monarch Bank off Hanbury Rd in Chesapeake & Tidewater Mulch & Material @ 225 Sign Pine Road in Chesapeake. You can also purchase ONLINE at www.showclix.com/event/OysterSouthFestival

 

Greenbrier Farms is at 225 Sign Pine Rd “The Heart of Hickory ” in Chesapeake. #oysterandsouth

 

Check out last years Fun on Youtube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCJkzM3-nrw

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Belgard Master Craftsman Awarded to Basnight Land and Lawn

Basnight Land & Lawn, Inc. is proud to announce that we have been awarded the “Master Craftsman” designation which is the highest accreditation available from Belgard Hardscapes. There are currently only 69 “Master Craftsman” contractors in the USA, and just two serving the greater Hampton Roads area – we are one of them.

IMG_0670You may wonder what this means to you, the client. Simply stated, Belgard’s “Master Craftsman” certification signifies that Basnight Land & Lawn’s Installers & Designers workmanship and quality is superior to what is normal for the industry. Additionally, our Installers & Designers are ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) Certified Paver Installers and NCMA (National Concrete Masonry Association) Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Installers. All of these certifications require ongoing education, and ensure you will have a first-rate design and install team working with you at all times to project completion.

We also know that the little details matter. Basnight’s install team gives a great deal of attention to the prep work that goes on below ground as much as what happens above ground, like the precision cuts that are made to the material to be more aesthetically pleasing.

Whatever project you desire — paver patio, walk path, driveway, retaining wall, pool deck, steps, outdoor kitchen, outdoor pizza oven, bar area, fire pit or fireplace — our award-winning staff is ready to install a quality constructed hardscape that will last for years to come. Call us today 757.436.9617 to schedule your Free Consultation.

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Take Gardening to The Next Level with a Raised Garden Bed

This simple summer DIY project will give your yard a distinct look and also help protect your flowers and vegetables from rodents and insects all season long.

What you will need:

For this project you will need sturdy wood cut to your desired dimensions, we recommend four 4X4’s cut to 16 inches for support posts, and four 8-foot-long 2X12’s. Construction Heart Redwood is an ideal choice because of its high resistance to rot; this is because the wood comes from the center of the log.

Additionally you will need a roll of gopher wire, a staple gun, a pack of 3 1/2 inch wood screws, a power drill, 16 cubic feet of planting soil, wood clamps, and a shovel.

Building your Raised Garden Bed:

Assemble your raised garden bed upside down on a level surface. Place a piece of 8-foot-long wood on its thin edge and align a post piece to one side. Use the wood clamps to secure the 4X4 wood pieces to the longer ones, drill pilot holes for the screws (make sure that your drill bit is slightly smaller than the screw itself), and secure the two pieces together. Do this for all of your wood pieces and secure all the fours sides together making sure they are level and square.

Place the built bed where you plan for your garden to be, then mark and dig holes where the 4 posts sit. After placing the bed in the holes, make sure it is level, and then fill the holes to secure your bed.

Spread gopher wire across the bottom of the bed and staple it to the inside of the wood walls, stretching the material to avoid wrinkles. Now you can fill your bed with a mix of planting soil from your local garden store or compost. Quickly water the soil to moisten it and your new garden bed is ready to go!

For a more decorative touch, you can paint or stain your garden bed however you like before assembling it or before digging it into the ground.

Now that you have a raised garden bed ready to go, you can call Basnight Land & Lawn to transform the rest of your yard into a summertime oasis! Call 757-436-9617 today! 

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Best of Hampton Roads 2015

The “Best Of Hampton Roads” 2015 Awards

Basnight Land & Lawn is proud to announce we are the recipients of 6 prestigious Virginian Pilot’s and Pilotonline.com’s “Best Of Hampton Roads” 2015 awards. “Best Of Hampton Roads” is a yearly “Peoples Choice” award that is categorized by city and business service type within the Hampton Roads Metro Area of Virginia. This year Basnight Land & Lawn won the following: Landscaper, Chesapeake – Gold; Landscaper, Virginia Beach – Gold; Outdoor Lighting Services, Chesapeake – Gold; Outdoor Lighting Services, Virginia Beach – Silver; Garden Center/Nursery, Chesapeake – Bronze; Garden Center/Nursery, Virginia Beach – Bronze.

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The entire staff at Basnight Land & Lawn wants to thank all our wonderful customers, colleagues, friends and family who had taken the time to vote for us. Winning awards like these helps validate our company culture that thrives on excellence, continually improving the quality of our landscape work and customer relations.
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Give our friendly staff a call at 757.436.9617 and let us design your dream outdoor living space to include: a professionally designed landscape, pavers, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, water features, irrigation, outdoor lighting and more.

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May is National Barbecue Month!

outdoor kitchen williamsburgTime to roll out the grill and prep your steaks because May is National Barbecue Month! But why cook with the same old Weber grill you’ve had in a shed all winter? Take your outdoor-cooking game to the next level with a modern outdoor kitchen.

Basnight can turn your patio into a full-blown kitchen with a grill, smoker, sink, refrigerator, oven, and even a bar. Turning a portion of your backyard into a kitchen or dining area is a great way to add entertaining space for the summer months. Adding a roof and seating area to a fully decked-out counter space can turn the area into an all-weather relaxation station as well.

tiki torches Adding stylish tiki torches to your backyard can help lessen the impact of mosquitoes and other insects. Citronella oil is popular as a ‘natural’ insect repellent and comes from the Lemongrass plant. The oil has been proven to be effective at repelling multiple species of mosquitoes and flies when used in torches and when applied to the skin every 30-60 minutes. Additionally, adding torches to your landscape can add a new dimension to the design and help provide some fantastic mood lighting for your yard.

For all of your outdoor kitchen needs, you can call Basnight Land & Lawn! We offer stylish furniture, weather-proof appliances, expansive countertops for food preparation, and more. We can even add a roof so you can cook outside in the rain.

So what are you waiting for? Go to your local grocery story, buy a pack of rib-eye steaks (or veggie burgers), set up some tiki torches, and call basnight so that this time next summer you can enjoy a fully-stocked and ready-to-rock outdoor kitchen!