As the new season approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the health of your yard. Before you start planning, the first step is to evaluate your needs and choose the right landscaping services.

Most homeowners can agree that maintaining a healthy yard is the most essential feature to look for in a service. However, knowing where to start and what needs to be prioritized can be overwhelming.

In this blog, the experts at Pat Calabrese & Son walk you through the world of landscaping services, providing an overview of what to look for in a service so you can decide exactly what your property needs.

Start With the Basics: Lawn Maintenance

When it comes to building, maintaining, and optimizing an outdoor environment, it’s best to have the basics covered first.

A healthy lawn is the foundation of a great outdoor space and significantly influences your property’s curb appeal. What’s more, overgrown or unevenly edged lawns hurt the quality and health of your grass and, in some cases, other plants.

Routine lawn maintenance services can help prevent damage to your yard and plants through a combination of mowing, edging, fertilization, and watering.

Here's how each aspect contributes to the overall health and appearance of your lawn:


Regular mowing at the appropriate height helps to keep your lawn looking neat and tidy while promoting healthy growth. It prevents grass from becoming too long, which can lead to shading and inhibit root development.


Clean, defined edges along sidewalks, driveways, and garden beds give your lawn a polished look. Edging also helps to prevent grass from encroaching onto paved areas, reducing the need for frequent trimming.


Providing your lawn with the right nutrients through fertilization ensures lush, green growth and helps to strengthen the grass against pests, diseases, and environmental stressors.


Proper watering is crucial for maintaining a healthy lawn, especially during hot, dry periods. Deep, frequent watering encourages deep root growth and resilience to drought conditions.

By incorporating these essential lawn maintenance practices into your routine, you can enjoy a vibrant, well-manicured lawn that enhances the beauty and value of your outdoor space.

Beyond the Basics: Hardscaping Services

Hardscaping refers to the incorporation of hard materials into the natural landscape. Hardscaping services are broad and can encompass a variety of tools and techniques. If you have specific aesthetic preferences, there can be a lot to consider. Each idea can be tailored to fit your specific needs, budget, and personal style.

Here are some common designs that might inspire you:


Patio pavers have many advantages. Pavers are made from brick or natural stone, which means they are durable and long-lasting. In colder months, the ground will freeze. When it thaws, the ground will expand and contract. Pavers have more seams that allow the surface to adapt to these ground changes, remaining flexible to avoid cracking.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are beneficial for landscapes that slope or are prone to erosion issues. Gardens situated on hillsides or slopes can benefit from a retaining wall to help level garden beds and planting areas. In loose soil conditions, a retaining wall prevents the ground from shifting or sliding.

You might consider a retaining wall to improve aesthetic value. Besides their functional benefits, retaining walls can add definition to your garden and complement floral and plant arrangements. You can choose between wood, masonry, concrete, or brick according to your design parameters.


If you’re considering a driveway installation, you have the following options: asphalt, concrete, interlocking stone, or exposed aggregate. The driveway you choose should stand up to weather conditions and heavy use. It should also fit the character of the home and landscape. The right service will help you make an optimal choice.

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchens are ideal if you enjoy spending time outdoors and entertaining. These kitchens typically consist of an island, grills, preparation surfaces, and matching seating. When deciding what layout works best for you, consider what equipment you will use and how much space you will need.

Landscape Construction: Tools and Equipment

Building and altering your outdoor living space may require the use of heavy equipment. To achieve your desired features, it’s important to have the right tools and equipment available. Understanding some of the building requirements allows you to make a more informed choice for your yard and the necessity of a professional.

Here are a few examples of common tools and equipment:

  • Skid steer loader: This type of equipment is used to carry material around the worksite, such as dirt or gravel.
  • Excavator: Excavators can be used to dig areas for pools or ponds, remove stumps, grade and level, and clear land.
  • Auger: An auger is a spiral-shaped tool that is used to drill into the ground for fence poles, plant bulbs, and install lighting.

Most of these tools make light work of complex, time-consuming processing in your projects, however they require special licenses and certifications to rent and operate.

Invest in Your Outdoor Living Space: Choosing the Right Service

Faced with functional challenges and aesthetic priorities, you shouldn’t have to make compromises. With a professional assessment, you can guarantee the health and quality of your landscape with customized solutions to any kind of problem.

Partnering with the right service gives you access to resources and design experience that can meet and exceed your expectations. Professional landscape services work efficiently and ensure the best materials and resources are being used to deliver long-lasting quality results.

Landscape Design and Construction Consultations

One of the first things a great landscaper does when entering a property is understand the property owner’s vision of their outdoor oasis. Together, the landscaper will determine how an outdoor living space can be enhanced or built for its intended purpose through site planning and design.

After concluding the evaluation, the landscaper will present conceptual design plans. A final design plan will then be developed based on aesthetic, functional requirements, timeline, and budget.

Craft Your Dream Outdoor Space with Our Landscaping Experts

Possessing a knowledge of landscaping terms and techniques gives you the confidence to make decisions for your home. Using this page as a reference, you can communicate your needs with a professional.

At Pat Calabrese & Son, we pride ourselves on our experience and commitment to quality. Whether you want to save time on outdoor chores or realize your dream outdoor living space, we’re here to help.

Call us at (610) 558-1329 to schedule your landscape design and construction consultation today.