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  • Landscaping your yard doesn’t have to be expensive! Try these tips to keep costs low and still get a beautiful yard. Build in phases Divide your project into phases (deck, grill area, trees, gardening, etc) and pay as you go forward with each phase. You’ll be able to adjust your budget accordingly and pay as you go. Cheaper is not ... Read More

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  • The holidays are here! These are some fun decorating ideas that will complement your existing landscaping for a beautiful and festive home.\ Light existing trees Put trees on a solitary tree in your yard is a nice look. Wrap lights around the branches, but look out for delicate spring blooming branches. Put lights along a path that leads to you ... Read More

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  • When you’re working with a landscaping pro, there are a few things you can do to make the project fun for both of you! Set a budget. Just as with interior design and remodeling projects, have a firm idea of what you want to spend before you contact a pro. Not only will this give the landscaper a starting point ... Read More

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  • Tip 1: Plant a tree. Not only do trees look nice, but if they shade your home, they can cut cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Plus, a strong native tree provides a necessary habitat for wildlife. Tip 2: Low-maintenance landscaping saves you money now, adds value when you sell. Not only does shrubbery and colorful plants make ... Read More

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  • Caring for your lawn in the fall isn’t just about preparing for winter. There are many thing you can do to make your lawn healthier and more supportive of the local ecosystem. Save the leaves Fall leaves are integral to many critters’ life cycles. If you can keep some in a pile, do so. Feed the birds Leave flower stalks ... Read More

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  • Great landscaping work can unfortunately get expensive. While some of these are necessary costs for a healthy yard that fits your lifestyle, there are little tricks to help keep it in budget. Decide how much design you want. Although it’s less expensive to build a square patio or deck, it’s no bargain if you find the result so unappealing that ... Read More

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  • Winter will be here before you know it, so make sure your yard is ready for the cold. 1. THEY GIVE THEIR DRIVEWAY AND WALKWAYS SOME TLC. Your lawn’s overall look includes your driveway and walkways. The fall is an important time to fill cracks in asphalt or concrete, and apply a sealant to help prevent water penetration damage from ... Read More

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Easy Backyard Upgrades

  • Upgrading your backyard doesn’t only need a major remodel! These quick fixes will make your backyard more enjoyable for entertaining and nights with family. Give us a call if you need some help! DIY Seating Furniture can be an expensive investment for backyards, but there are options for make-it-yourself benches, chairs, and tables. Here is one of our favorite budget ... Read More

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Fall Landscaping Tips

  • Fall will be here before we know it, so its time to prepare your yard for colder weather. Here are our fall landscaping tips: Continue to mow your lawn until it stops growing. If grass blades get too long, they shade the other blades around them. Also, at snowfall, the too-long grass will get packed down and promote snow mold. ... Read More

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Landscape Design Tips

  • Follow these tips to start your landscape design and get a yard you love! Make a list of needs and wants. Do your kids need a play space? Do you want to grow vegetables? Would your family gather on a patio? Do some very rough sketches of the yard with thoughts of where you want to place things; it’s a ... Read More

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Native Maryland Plants

  • The best way to have a yard that is sustainable and looks beautiful all year round is to plant native plants. Of course we can suggest a list of great plants that will beautify your lawn and be easy to care for. If you prefer to head to the nursery on your own, look for these plants: Fern: Dennstaedtia punctilobula ... Read More

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  • Small yards might seem like a dead-end for landscaping, but there are many ways to take advantage of the space and turn it into your outdoor oasis. Window Boxes – Beautify your home and give you space to grow herbs, flowers, and small fruits and vegetables. You don’t need ground space to garden after all! Built-In Seating – Bench seating ... Read More

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  • DON’T: Plant cool-season vegetables Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to attempt veggies like peas, lettuce, carrots and radishes in summer. They will quickly bolt in the heat, meaning that they’ll devote their energy to blooming and producing seeds, making the edible parts bitter. DO: Plant hot-season vegetables Take advantage of summer’s plentiful heat and sunshine by planting these heat-lovin...

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  • Attention all green thumbs! Summer gardening is here, and with it a slew of new trends. Adding something new to your yard or redesigning your garden will help turn your outdoor space into an oasis! As the weather gets hotter, you want a space you can enjoy all season long. Check out these spring gardening trends, and get digging! Sustainable ... Read More

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  • We are thrilled to receive such positive reviews from our clients. Here are some of our favorites: We have used Great American Landscapes on a number of our projects, with fantastic results. They have built 2 beautiful stacked stone fireplaces, and a flagstone patio for us. I can’t say enough great things about the work they did for us or ... Read More

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  • Next time you head to the nursery to purchase new plants for your yard, you might be overwhelmed by the selection! The best way to make sure you purchase plants that work for your lifestyle and your space is to ask a plant expert.   Most garden centers will have a few employees around who are prepared to ask your ... Read More

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April Gardening Tips

  • The best thing about spring is all the beautiful flowers and plants that bloom! If you love gardening or are looking to get started, you know April is a busy season. Here is what should be on the to-do list for April:   -Keep rows covered until the risk of winter weather is totally gone. Remember to remove them on ... Read More

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  • Sure, you can head to the nursery and buy a few plants to stick in your yard. But without the eye of a professional, your yard might soon look like an overgrown forest! Working with a landscape designer can ensure you use the right plants for your yard and climate, keep things organized, and add plants in a way that ... Read More

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  • Are you sick of looking at your backyard and getting bored? What that patch of grass might need is some landscaping! This could include anything from trees to plants to a deck to a fire pit! If you’re excited about designing a new landscape project with us, here’s how to get started.   Take a look at the yards in ... Read More

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  • If you’ve ever gone to a nursery or hard store looking for new plants to add to your yard, you’ve likely come across something called Hardiness Zones. All plants have a recommended zone range, which is a number between 1-13. Those number coordinate with the zones of each area of the country, which is assigned a zone number. The Hardiness ... Read More

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  • Spring will be here before you know it, have you thought about what May flowers you’re hoping for after those April showers? Using plants that are natural to our climate and environment will make them more likely to be successful, and will encourage local wildlife like birds and butterflies to come visit your yard! Here are some ideas of natural ... Read More

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  • Top Landscaping Trends

    Just like fashion, food, and TV shows, landscaping trends change from year to year. For this year, we’re seeing a few common requests and trends for landscape design.   Low-Maintenance Maybe it’s a response to climate change and droughts around the country. Aiming to spend less money, less time and reduce the use of fertilizers and weed killers, homeowners are ... Read More

  • Benefits of Lawn Maintenance Services

    Keeping your trees, grass, flowers, and plants alive and flourishing is a tougher job than you may think. Many homeowners end up frustrated that the garden they worked so hard to plant begins to die after a few short months. Leave your lawn maintenance to the professionals and call Great American Landscapes for a quote! Proper ongoing lawn maintenance services ... Read More

  • How To Recycle Your Yard Debris

    You know you need to recycle, turn lights and water off when not in use, and do other things to reduce your carbon footprint. But are you thinking about your impact on the environment when you’re working in the yard?   Yard projects likely produce more waste than you realize. All those tree branches, lawn clippings, and other debris can ... Read More

  • 3 Landscaping Tips To Improve Curb Appeal

    While improving your landscape in the back and the front is a great idea, improving your curb appeal will instantly help make your home more sellable! Before you put your house on the market, try these tips for a house buyers can’t help but pull over for!   Flowers in the Front Create a welcoming first impression by adding color ... Read More

  • Snow Removal – Winter is Coming

    Winter is coming and Great American Landscapes employees were trained today on safe operation and repairs of the following equipment.  Our commitment to professionalism and safety are practiced throughout the year. Station A – Truck Plows Station B – Skid Steer Plows Station C – Salt Spreaders Station D – Snow Blowers We provide snow removal for commercial and residential ... Read More

  • How to Keep Your Yard Beautiful in Winter

    Winter is here, but your yard doesn’t have to suffer! With these tips, your yard can look beautiful throughout the cold weather – even if you only enjoy it through a window.   -Add a tree or shrub with berries. These can provide a much-needed bit of color in an otherwise barren yard. Plus birds will love to come visit ... Read More

  • 2016 Grand Award in Landscape

    We are winners of a 2016 Grand Award in Landscape by the Landscape Contractors Association.  Our company has provided year-round comprehensive maintenance services for over 13 years to The Heights School, 20-acre private boys’ school in Potomac, Maryland. The maintenance scope includes not only the typical turf management, ornamental plant care, and annual flower planting, but also water retention...

  • Cool Backyard Elements

    Want to mix up your yard? Add something big to make your backyard a place to relax, entertain, and spend quality time with loved ones. It doesn’t have to be all grass and plants, build something spectacular so your yard stands out!   Pool A swimming pool is always a hit, with kids and adults alike. Even if you have ... Read More

  • Fall Landscaping Tips & Reminders

    In the fall, you might think raking the leaves and taking down the Halloween decorations is all the landscaping you need to do. But fall landscaping is extremely important for prepping your lawn for winter, and guaranteeing you have lush grass to enjoy in the spring! Rake and remove the leaves in the yard- This helps to avoid damage to ... Read More

  • How to Avoid Lawn Damage on Halloween

    When you’ve got a perfectly manicured lawn and landscaping in your front yard, figuring out how to decorate for Halloween and greet trick-or-treaters without wreaking havoc can be tough. Here’s a few tips to avoid lawn damage this Halloween.   Clear a Path Make a clearly defined path for kids to take. Line it with lights or other decorations for ... Read More

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Perennials 101

  • Perennials are the backbone of most flower gardens because they come back year after year. Unlike annuals that must be replanted each year, hardy perennials die at the end of their growth season, and then re-grow from the same roots the following year. Perennial flowers are hardy, dependable performers. They are easy to care for and provide a wide variety ... Read More

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