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Work Hard, Play Harder: Four Ways to Enjoy a Spring Lawn

park-429696_1280When the spring weather begins to warm up it is natural to begin to tackle the overdue yard work and mile-long task list. But as the old saying goes “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy…” there needs to be time for plenty of rest and relaxation. So after you’ve trimmed the hedges, mowed the lawn, watered the flowers and picked the weeds, take some time for yourself.

1. The classic option is to enjoy the springtime sun with a glass of your favorite beverage (preferably paired with a tiny umbrella) while watching the sun set. Sit on the porch, lay on the grass, whatever suits your fancy. But leave your smartphone and laptop indoors and just relax in the beauty of nature.

2. If you must bring a smartphone or laptop, you can definitely use it to enjoy your lawn in a different way. Share photos of your accomplishment, your kingdom, your humble abode. You can become the king (or queen) of social media on your block and simultaneously show off your golf-course-like landscape. It’s a win-win. And if you have a professional camera, taking time to take interesting pictures of a familiar place can help you break artists block.

3. Host a party outdoors. After you have sufficiently shared your accomplishment on Facebook and Twitter, some of your friends will want to check in and make sure that the results haven’t been photoshopped. Invite them over for night out on the deck. Get burgers on the grill, light some tiki torches, and have fun. Make sure to spray for mosquitoes first though.

4. If you’re a little more active, and want to vary your workout routine, practicing yoga or other relatively stationary activities outdoors can be a nice change of scenery. Yoga is a nice exercise to try because it is appropriate for all ages, focuses on relaxation and breathing, and clears the mind.

You don’t need to go to a spa, travel the world, or climb an ancient mountain to find your happy place; that place is already in your backyard if you can imagine it. And if your home is still far from being an oasis, call the professionals at Basnight Land & Lawn to get it there.

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What’s on Your Wish List? New Yard?

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The holiday season is finally here! We know how busy the next few months can be with gift shopping, hosting family and friends, and holiday dinners. However, it is important to remember to take some time for yourself and consider your own wish list as we head into November.

Often when thinking about our home, we want to impress guests, the neighbors or potential buyers. As the current resident though, you are the one who sees your home every day. Your home and yard should look the way you’d like them to be! Think about what activities you love and take a look at areas of your backyard and decide what is on your wish list this holiday season. For instance:

  • Do you frequently have family gatherings or friends over? It may be time to add an outdoor living space, fire pit, kitchen or seating area to your wish list! If you are wondering how you can increase time spent with loved ones in your backyard, adding additional, comfortable seating that encourages socializing may be the solution.
  • Are you unhappy with the state of your lawn and don’t have time to maintain it? Monthly maintenance by our professionals needs to be on your list! Basnight provides services for residential properties keeping irrigations systems working, winterization, grounds maintenance, and service repairs.
  • Are you bored with your backyard and don’t want to spend time in it? Everyone should have their own backyard oasis that they can relax in. If you aren’t spending time in yours, you may need to add some excitement! Add a water feature, pond or landscaping to your wish list and have a beautiful outdoor space right outside your back door!

This holiday season, let Basnight Land & Lawn make your wishes come true. If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor space, landscaping, water features or monthly maintenance, give us a call at (757) 436-9617 or fill out the contact form online to find out what options are best for you.

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5 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Landscape

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5 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Landscape

More and more people are investing in their homes with a professionally designed and installed landscape. Landscapes are more commonly seen by the homeowner as an extension of the home itself. A well planned, professionally installed landscape opens the possibility of enjoying many outdoor activities.  The options for improvements and amenities to your yard seem endless. The following are just a few examples of landscape enhancements:  paver patios, walk paths, retaining walls, fire pits, outdoor kitchens & grills, pools, gazebos, pergolas, ponds, vegetable or flower gardens and outdoor lighting.

  1. Relaxing – Whether sitting in a chair on your paver patio or next to your pool on a chaise lounge, relaxing in your own yard is one of the most popular ways to appreciate your landscape. There are many activities that are well suited to accompany your leisure: reading your favorite novel, magazine, or blog; sunning; listening to music; or viewing the mesmerizing flames in your fire pit, are just a few.
  1. Meals – A few traditional and still popular ways to savor a meal outdoors is to have a picnic or fire up your favorite grill. A more modern alternative is to have an outdoor grill or kitchen. There are many different styles and options for appliances such as: ovens, grills, sinks, refrigerators, and stone hearth pizza ovens. The pleasing aroma of your culinary masterpiece will surely have your neighbors’ line up at your front door for a taste.
  1. Entertaining – Entertaining family and friends in your yard is an American pastime. Whether a holiday or special occasion, there are few settings more comfortable than entertaining in your very own backyard landscape. Patios and decks are great staging areas, especially if you have an outdoor kitchen and seating area. Add a beverage cooler to your outdoor kitchen and your social becomes a party. Music is another great addition to any get-together and with the availability of low cost portable Bluetooth speakers paired with a mobile device, anyone can become a DJ.
  1. Exercise & Outdoor Sports – Instead of going to a gym, why not exercise in your yard and enjoy the setting the outdoors can offer. Yoga and free weight lifting can easily be done on your patio or deck. If you are a sporting person, you can: play volleyball, soccer, football, cornhole, or practice your golf swing by driving on an artificial tee. Another great and rewarding activity is playing with your pets in your backyard. And if you have a dog, most will want to play fetch till your arm gets too tired to move.
  1. Gardening – With flower and vegetable gardens can be quite relaxing, provide some exercise and be visually pleasing to the senses. There seems to be no end to the color and texture combinations within a flower garden. And for food lovers and cooks alike, who does not enjoy an easy access to fresh veggies?

If you really want to relax, let the award winning team at Basnight Land and Lawn design your ultimate landscape. Give our friendly staff a call at 757.436.9617.

Make your landscape dreams come true.