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Summer Entertaining with Outdoor Kitchens

Summer is just around the corner and outdoor parties will be the hub of fun and entertainment. Is your backyard ready to host all the festivities? If you answered no, here are a few reasons why having an outdoor kitchen is a must to make your summer parties a hit for you, family, and friends.

Expanded Living Space

No one wants to be cooped up in a stuffy house when the smell of fresh cut grass and the cool summer breeze can be enjoyed. Outdoor kitchens are perfect for expanding your living space and taking the entertainment outside. With an outdoor kitchen, you can prepare the food while still enjoying the company of friends and family. Gone are the days of secluded kitchen and living room areas, welcome to summer fun! An added bonus to an outdoor kitchen: your friends and family won’t be able to stop talking about the beautiful architectural hardscaping and featured landscaping in your backyard.

Save (and Earn!) Money

Outdoor kitchens are a great way to keep cash in your wallet during the summer. Utilizing an outdoor kitchen space can save you money when you cook out instead of going to restaurants. Not only will the food taste better and the air smell better with your best recipes, but you can ensure that whatever you’re eating is the freshest and the best price, things you can’t always be sure of at a restaurant. Additionally, outdoor kitchens are a huge added bonus for when you sell your home. Outdoor kitchens greatly increase the value of your home because of their high rate of return!

Get your home ready to host the best summer parties this season. Don’t wait! Visit your trusted local Aspen Valley for top quality materials to bring your outdoor kitchen to life.


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Premium Mulch VS. Inexpensive Mulch

Chicago has been breaking records in regards to warm weather the past few months and we are all getting excited for spring. Soon, we’ll trade dark and rainy days for sunshine and blooming flowers. Before then, make sure your landscape is ready for the onset of spring. One way to do this is by mulching your desired landscape areas. However, for many homeowners this brings up great concerns as to what type of mulch to use that will benefit their landscape. Here are a few reasons why top quality premium mulch from Aspen Valley is more beneficial for your yard and garden than the poorly made, inexpensive mulch you can get a gas stations and grocery stores.

Quality

One of the biggest reasons to use premium mulch in your backyard landscape is due to its quality. While inexpensive mulches can initially save you money, they won’t benefit your plantlife long-term. Inexpensive mulches lose color quickly, fall apart easily, and end up costing more in the long run when you have to continually replace it. When you buy bagged mulch from your local one-stop shop, you never know what exactly you are getting. The bag may advertise Premium Hardwood Mulch, but it is likely there is less than 1% of hardwood tree bark in the mulch blend! Buying mulch from a dedicated landscape supplier ensures that you are getting the actual hardwood mulch you desire that will last in your landscape much longer than inexpensive mulch.

Coverage

Another reason to buy premium mulch from a landscape supplier is to ensure you get the most mulch for the money. Buying cheap mulch from a gas station, may not provide you the same amount of mulch that is advertised. When most mulch bags come in 2-3 cubic feet of coverage, the cost can quickly rack up if you have a large landscape to cover. It is important to keep in mind that your mulch should also be 1-2 inches in depth for plant beds and 3-4 inches in depth over tree roots which will affect the number of yards of mulch your landscape requires. With all these measurements to keep in mind, it is much easier and more time considerate to buy your mulch in bulk from a dedicated landscape supplier. To help you figure out just how much mulch you need for your landscape, our yards of mulch calculator can help.

Premium mulch is the way to go for the best quality and most coverage in your home’s landscape. Aspen Valley Landscape Supply is happy to help you with all your mulch needs. Visit your local Aspen Valley location now to prepare your landscape for spring!


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Winter Lawn Care


The winter months can be brutal on your home’s beautiful landscape. Don’t let the snow and freezing temperatures ruin what you’ve worked hard to create. Follow these winter landscaping tips to protect your home’s exterior from the elements this season.

• Make sure fallen leaves or debris have been completely cleared from your landscape to prevent insects and disease from spreading.

• Replace mulch around trees and shrubs to protect the roots and keep soil rich.

• It can be challenging for homeowners to determine how to protect plants from frost. We suggest using plant covers, shrub covers, and tree protectors to ensure the living materials used in your landscape are healthy and strong this coming spring.

• What you use for de-icing your hardscapes is typically personal preference. Consider using magnesium chloride or driveway salt for concrete safe ice melt. To melt ice on your pavers and other hardscaping materials, we suggest using sand or cat litter. When the snow and ice melt, the resulting runoff will not affect the surrounding plant materials.

• Get in the holiday season with exterior decorations. Hang strings of lights from tree branches and line porches and deck railings with garland. Make the most of all the seasons!

For more winter lawn care tips, visit your local Aspen Valley.


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