As the weather cools down, people tend to start spending less time in their backyards. Unfortunately, this means they are missing out on all of the fall fun activities their backyard has to offer! We know you put in hard work during the warmer months to make sure your yard looks great, so why not extend the use of it into the fall months? Here are a few ideas for outdoor fall activities you can do at your own home:
- Movie night: Hosting a movie night in your backyard is simple, fun and easy to clean up. If your town doesn’t have a drive-in theatre, you can create the experience right at home. This activity is perfect for the month of October when everyone loves to watch spooky movies – all you’ll need is a projector and snacks! Tell your guests to bring their own blankets or dress warmly.
- Bonfires: Nothing sparks memories of fall like a bonfire. Whether it is an outdoor fireplace or a stone fire pit, your guests will associate your home with fond memories for years to come. During October, bonfires are great for toasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories.
- Pumpkin carving: Leave the mess outside with this classic activity! Pumpkin carving is fun for people of any age, and your friends and family will have a blast being together in one spot to compare their gourdgeous artwork. For an added twist, turn it into a carving competition!
- Camping: If your family loves to camp but doesn’t have time for a weekend trip during the busy holiday season, your backyard can become the perfect campsite. This activity is great for children because they will have the safety and security of being at home with all of the fun that comes with sleeping outdoors in a tent.
At Basnight Land & Lawn, we believe that backyards can be the key to bringing people together during the fall season. If you’re looking for the perfect fire pit, outdoor lighting or landscaping to fuel your fall activities, give us a call at (757) 436-9617 or fill out the contact form online to find out what options are best for you.
Fall is the busiest time of the year for most families – kids are back in school, being driven to and from extracurricular activities and having friends over all while parents are getting ready for a holiday season full of family visits, travel and parties. The last thing you’ll want to worry about through the whirlwind of fall fun is working on your yard. This is the month that is time to prepare your yard for cooler temperatures. Prepare your yard for the upcoming fall season by doing a few things now. Here are a few tasks to check off your list:
1. Be sure to clean up your garden by pulling weeds, trimming back leaves and deadheading flowers. If you have a larger garden with many seasonal vegetables and annual flowers, you’ll want to pull these and clean up the area before temperatures get cold and the ground begins to freeze.
2. Continue to mow your lawn until the growing season fully ends, but plan on coring and fertilizing your yard to protect it from heavy rains and relieve it from pressure and damage that can accumulate during summer activities.
3. If you have water features in your yard, consider whether they will need to be drained or not to prevent damage during freezing and thawing. Smaller fountains can be drained and stored inside, but more complicated features may require the help of one of our maintenance professionals.
4. We know you’ll want to keep using your pool until the very last warm day of the year, but now is a good time to make sure you have all of the right materials to prepare your pool for closing. Check to make sure your items for drainage and cleaning are organized and ready to go!
5. Consider adding a fire pit and outdoor seating. A professionally installed fire pit is a fast and easy way to have a fire with friends and family during the fall, and causes no damage to your yard. Now is a great time to add a fire pit so that it is ready for the first chilly night of the season!
Many fall maintenance tasks will require the help of a professional. The experts at Basnight Land and Lawn are ready to help you prepare your yard now so your fall is easy-going and open for family activities and fun! Whether you need a patio or fireplace, call us today at (757) 436-9617 or fill out the Contact form.
One of our client property managers recently asked us, “why do your beds look so much better than everyone else’s?” One of the main reasons is simple – we use only locally grown flowers and shrubs, and we’re involved in the growing process and know exactly what it takes for plants to thrive in our environment. This is also directly related to the quality staff that we employee.
This level of quality control is extremely difficult to provide, but it’s part of the Basnight standard, and means flower beds maintained by Basnight Land & Lawn look great, whether it’s first day the flowers go in, or six weeks later.
Our commitment to excellence extends beyond the plants, though. We use top quality mulch, again sourced locally and regularly inspected for quality control, and make sure our beds have the right consistency, mulch color and depth, so that your properties look their best.
One other aspect where the Basnight approach makes a difference is in irrigation and drainage. Early summer means heavy rains, and we are up to the challenge of making sure water drains properly on your property. And, when it comes to drier months, a Basnight-installed and maintained irrigation system provides trouble-free, consistent watering at the right amount for your plants and grass.
No matter what the need, the full-service teams at Basnight Land & Lawn are ready to help your properties this spring. if you have a question about our commercial landscaping services, or if you’d like a no-obligation review of your property, give us a call at 757-436-9617.
It’s unofficially summertime and that means lots of warm nights spent outdoors with family and friends. The longer days contribute more natural light, but later nights require an outdoor lighting scheme to both highlight beautiful landscaping and keep traffic areas safe. Basnight Land & Lawn specializes in landscape lighting for walkways, pool decks, foliage accents, and more. Here are some tips for effectively lighting your outdoor areas!
Draw the eye strategically. Effective walkway lighting, for instance, helps bring people from point A to point B safely and with visual interest. It should also work with low light at dusk and moonlight.
Follow the “less-is-more” adage. When it comes to landscape lighting, there is such thing as too much. Highlight the landscape features you love and make sure people can get where they are going safely. Include more accent lighting than that and it may be excessive.
Don’t be afraid of natural light sources. Whether it’s a firepit or solar-powered pathway lights, harnessing the power of natural light can save you money and seriously beautify your landscape.
Play with warm and cool tones. One way to make your outdoor features really pop is to mix warm and cool light fixtures (consider the difference between moonlight and candlelight).
Get bold. Bright, bold colors are not off limits for many landscape aesthetics. Take this pool lighting, for instance.
Are you ready to upgrade and enhance your landscape lighting? Call Basnight Land & Lawn at (757) 436-9617. We can create an innovative lighting design that will keep your yard looking great all day and into the night.
There are few things better on a cool spring or summer night than snuggling up next to a backyard fire pit. It’s one of the most popular hardscaping requests we receive and clients typically have a lot of questions about the options available. A good fire pit is beautiful, safe, easy to light, and usable all year long. But all fire pits are not created equal, in size, shape, or function (see our fire pit gallery here).
Classic 360° Fire Pits
When someone thinks of a fire pit, this is the type they typically picture. It can be either wood-burning or gas-powered and constructed with various types of stone. Some customers opt for built in seating while others prefer to place chairs around the structure. Either way, this traditional style will keep everyone warm and provide a comfortable gathering spot.
While not technically “fire pits,” outdoor fireplaces like this one have been gaining popularity. They are often combined with outdoor kitchens and tend to save more space than traditional circular fire pits.
Gas Fire Tables
These come in a variety of heights and have a contemporary aesthetic for a streamlined backyard or patio. Homeowners who invest in a fire table must be able to safely install a gas line as well.
We believe that there is a fire pit (or related fire feature) for every home. It’s important to think of fire pit installation as part of the whole, because the surrounding hardscaping and landscaping help make it functional, safe, and comfortable. Basnight Land & Lawn specializes in fire pit design and installation. We build the perfect fire feature to enhance your landscaping and your home. Call us today at (757) 436-9617 to get an estimate for your project.
Spring is the time when grounds maintenance companies get to shine, and make you, the property manager look great. Smart property owners know that quality grounds maintenance is much more than cutting grass and spreading mulch. Companies like Basnight Land & Lawn make sure the property looks great, no matter what the season.
This month our crews are cleaning up after late winter and early spring storms, removing downed branches and trimming shrubs. We’re also adding color and staging beds with plants and flowers of varying heights and hues.
Irrigation systems go through spring startup testing for full functionality, and drainage systems are checked for clogs and debris. Of course turf applications are happening as well, along with fresh mulch and any needed paver repairs.
No matter what the need, the full-service teams at Basnight Land & Lawn are ready to help. From pavers and water features to shrubs and regular maintenance, if you have a need for commercial landscaping services, give us a call at 757-436-9617.
If you have an in-ground pool, now is the time to think about opening it and getting ready for summer swimming. While many people just think about clearing the water, testing PH levels and getting any debris out of the pool itself, there are a number of other things you can do to make the most of pool-prep, including upgrading the pool deck itself.
When installing a new pool or renovating the pool area, the first aspect to consider is safety. It’s important to follow all local codes and regulations in order to protect your family, friends, and property. One way we like to enhance safety is by installing slip-resistant porcelain pavers around the pool area. The Mirage line is both frost and skid-resistant and is a beautiful choice for any pool deck.
You’ve taken the time and money to invest in your pool. Why not make the pool area even more attractive with water features, accent lighting, hardscape installations, or an outdoor kitchen? These additions make entertaining easier and more fun for everyone.
Firepits are another great addition to any landscape, but especially for one with a pool. Cooler summer nights will be much cozier when friends and family can get out of the pool and warm up by the fire.
If you’re ready to update your pool area, now is the time! Let Basnight do the work to get your pool ready for summer entertaining. Call (757) 436-9617 to talk about your project or contact us online. We also do work for the homeowner’s associations, condo associations and more.
During the winter, the condition of your lawn may be low on the list of your priorities. It’s generally on the brown side till spring. This year, however, the weather has been warmer than usual and you may be noticing greener grass or even weeds sprouting up already. Many of our clients are asking, “What can I do to have a beautiful landscape this season?”
As a homeowner, a great looking yard can make all the difference in both curb appeal and the way you see your home. A bad looking yard, on the other hand, can be a real thorn in your side. It’s common for people to have a love-hate relationship with their landscapes, but you don’t have to be one of them! Basnight Land & Lawn specializes in landscape design and installation for beautiful lawns all year. There are plenty of ways to enhance curb appeal that are “evergreen:”
Call or contact Basnight Land & Lawn today before the spring rush begins to talk about how we can work together to make your landscape one you love!
Dependable Grounds Maintenance You Can Trust
This is an exciting time of year at Basnight Land & Lawn: property managers are creating their bid lists for RFQs and talking with grounds maintenance companies about 2017 contracts. We’re very appreciative of the opportunities to continue serving existing communities and expand to new properties.
We’ve already heard from several managers asking us to bid on additional properties from their portfolios, based on their experience working with Basnight Land & Lawn. In addition, we are pleased to welcome back two large portfolios to the Basnight family of award-winning grounds maintenance.
Basnight Land & Lawn is fully licensed and insured, and has provided grounds maintenance services for nearly 30 years. Our team is consistently rated one of the top 100 outdoor contracting companies in the nation by Landscape Management Magazine. Our grounds maintenance team has the experience, certifications and expertise to ensure your grounds are managed to your complete satisfaction. From design services, pavers and water features, to drainage solutions and snow removal, the Basnight team is known for excellence.
If you don’t already have us on your bid list, we invite you add us and send your RFQs for a comprehensive proposal. Please contact Kent Basnight at email@example.com with your RFQ or bid questions.
Did you make any personal New Year’s resolutions this year? Maybe you want to get fit, spend more time with family, or be more mindful about spending money. The new year is a time to start fresh and reorient goals and habits. This reorientation doesn’t have to stop with you. This year, think about the ways you can improve and add ease to your professional life. If you are involved in building maintenance, property management or a homeowners association, consider focusing on your organization’s grounds and landscaping. Basnight Land & Lawn can help.
Beautiful and well-managed landscaping makes a difference. It has an even bigger impact when the people in charge of the organization don’t have to worry about its maintenance. Make it a professional goal this year to feel good about the way your grounds look without having to worry about maintaining them.
Basnight Land and Lawn can develop a structured commercial landscaping plan for your organization that is based on the unique needs of your customers, employees, and/or residents. We offer:
- Design and installation of landscaping
- Grounds maintenance
- Subdivision entrance features
- Irrigation design (start up and winterization)
- Concrete walkway and driveway design
- Accent lighting
- Snow removal
- Pest control
- Large-scale lighting
- Turf and ornamental treatment applications
Call us today at (757) 436-9617 to learn more about what we can do for our commercial clients.