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HOME & LEISURE contents

The right hardscape can add space – and value – to your home 6 Vacation time isn’t always relaxing for pets 12 The great outdoors – with amenities – awaits! 18 A spring cleaning, starting from the top 26 For less-confident gardeners, seek advice and plant 34

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The right hardscape can add space – and value – to your home By Brandy Centolanza

Love spending your time outdoors at home relaxing or hosting a cookout or party? Looking for ways to improve or upgrade your home’s outdoor space? There are plenty of hardscape options in store for you. continued on page 8

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Hardscape is the addition of any non-living element to a home’s landscape. This can include fences, walls, trellises, stepping stones, paver pathways, patios and fire pits. Hardscaping allows you to “expand your outdoor living area, so you can spend more time outdoors and entertain when the weather is nice,” said Allan Hull, the nursery manager at Peninsula Hardwood Mulch. So what is hot in terms of hardscapes? “Firepits are trendy right now,” said Hull. “A lot of people are using sitting walls by their firepits so they don’t have to worry about benches. It’s a built-in wall, which is nice.” David Chewey, a landscape architect with Custom Gardens, agreed. He’s noticed that customers are trading in wooden decks for raised patios with outdoor kitchens and firepits and fireplaces. “They are looking at it more as an outdoor extension of their house,” Chewey said. “It’s a nice addition to the home and allows you to enjoy all the seasons.” Using pavers in all shapes and sizes for patios (large slabs are most popular), driveways, walkways or poolside is also big right now. Some people are adding hot tubs, gazebos, garden benches, stepping stones, and ponds and fountains to the yard as well. Most hardcapes are

made from hard materials such as brick, stone, wood or concrete. “They also have porcelain pavers now, which is cool,” stated Chewey. When considering adding hardscape to your home, there are numerous items to keep in mind. This includes the size of what you want depending on how many people you like to entertain and how often; the time of year you most like to entertain (Chewey suggests covering for shade in the summer); and where you want to add hardscape in relation to your house and yard as well as a neighbor’s property (privacy fences or screens are an option). People tend to think small, simple and inexpensive when it comes to hardscape additions, but Hull suggests that putting extra effort and money into a project can make it look more pleasing and even add value to your home. He also recommends keeping in mind the quality of installation to avoid continual maintenance and seeking professional assistance when necessary. “If you do a good job, you almost never have to do any repairs,” he said. Chewey also recommended hiring a professional as well as checking with municipality ordinances before starting any project.

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The great outdoors – with amenities – awaits! By Brandy Centolanza

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For anyone convinced they have the exact opposite of a green thumb, don’t despair: there are many options for annuals, perennials and shrubs that tend to be a bit harder to kill. Once well-established in the first weeks after planting, these plants require little by way of watering and pruning and often are more resistant to insect damage and disease. Unsure gardeners just need to ask for advice from an expert at any gardening center or the Virginia Cooperative Extension and pick one based on the location, sun exposure and soil composition of their yard. “Making sure they are planted correctly and in the right conditions – sun, shade, wet, etc. – is very important,” says Jessica Mueller, manager at Cooke’s Gardens in Williamsburg. continued on page 36

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In general, the easiest plants to grow are native species – those that naturally occur in Hampton Roads, says Kendahl Huber, greens good manager at Anderson’s Home and Garden Showplace in Newport News. Some of her favorite examples are Virginia sweetspire, Serviceberry, Baptisia and JoePye Weed.

Going by yard layout, Crimson Pygmy Barberry, Carissa Holly, Dwarf Fountain Grass and Compacta Holly are among Mueller’s recommendations for areas of full sun. The latter, she adds, is a good substitute for English boxwood because it is similar in appearance, much less expensive and more diseaseresistant.

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