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How To Design A Beautiful Yet Functional Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen is one of the things that homeowners consider having in their gardens. It is even among the top trends for this year. Having one can be an asset for your home as it increases your property value and adds more functionality to your outdoor area.

If you plan on creating one, here are some tips that you should consider.

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Think About What You Want

Before you start purchasing the things you will be needing for your outdoor kitchen, think about how you want it to be. This will depend upon your budget, the space available, your lifestyle and other factors. Ask yourself, do you want it to be basic? Do you want it to be extravagant? Are you going to build it exclusively for family members to bond together or are you doing it for entertaining guests? 

How Much Space Do You Have?

If you have a spacious outdoor area, you will have to make sure that you are not going to walk too far from your house going to the outdoor kitchen especially when you prefer to cook outside and dine inside your home. If you have a smaller property, you have to strategically think of the best areas to place your appliances and its size to ensure that there is still enough room left for the sitting area and other features. 

Draw Your Plan

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To have an efficient kitchen, draw out your plan. Draw where you plan to place the grill, sink, benches, storage areas and other features. If you are not sure, talk to a professional who can help you in planning out your design perfectly.

How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

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Decide as to how much you are comfortable spending. Work within that budget and avoid getting too excited. Sometimes, things can get out of hand and you will be surprised how much you’ve spent (usually on things that you really won’t be needing). Remember that you will not just spend on the outdoor appliances alone. Depending on the complexity of the design, you will also spend on building materials, labor, landscaping fees, permits and more.

Don’t Forget the Climate

People living in areas with a mild climate would surely spend more of their time outdoors. But, for those who live in areas where it rains a lot, make sure you have a patio or other structure that could serve as a shade or cover for your grill and other outdoor kitchen appliances.

Your Home’s Design and Landscaping Should Complement One Another

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The outdoor area should complement with the indoor area of your home. Think of a design that would merge the two together. It should appear as if it is an extension of what’s inside your home. See to it that their designs complement one another. You can make use of compatible materials or build outdoor structures using similar architectural details as what’s indoors, such as your benchtops and counters. 

Choose Materials Requiring Less Maintenance

Any appliances that you place in your outdoor kitchen would be regularly exposed to the elements. It will go through wear and tear faster than those you use indoors. It has to be maintained regularly to ensure that they last longer, even if you are not using it much often. Durability is important. So, when purchasing appliances and features for your outdoor kitchen area, choose those that require less maintenance and can withstand the elements such as stainless-steel grills.

There Should Be Adequate Lighting

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Add ambiance to your outdoor kitchen by adding proper lighting. It is important to have good light when you cook outside. This also extends the use of your kitchen for those late-night barbecues with family and friends. 

Your Kitchen Should Not Just Be Stylish

When you build an outdoor kitchen, make sure that it is not just aesthetically pleasing. It should also be functional. There should be enough room for you to cook comfortable and for people to dine. Consider adding a sink so when you need to wash up, you don’t need to go back inside.

Don’t Forget The Utilities

Just like the indoors, your outdoor kitchen would require utilities too. Depending on the appliances and features you add, there should be plumbing, gas and electrical lines installed. You might also need to acquire permits on some features you plan to add.


Outdoor kitchens serve as an additional entertaining area all year-round. Those are the tips you should bear in mind if you want to have a beautiful outdoor kitchen. If you need more help, consult our experts at Premier Lawn Care. We provide landscaping, outdoor lighting and other outdoor property maintenance services that would surely help you in creating the perfect kitchen outdoors. Plan ahead and transform your outdoor area into a space that you will love. Contact us today!

Landscaping Tips To Instantly Improve Curb Appeal.

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There are plenty of things that a homeowner needs to do before they can successfully place their property on the real estate market. Not only do you need to spruce up your old kitchen, and paint over your roommate's questionable color choices, but you also need to think about how you're going to establish the curb appeal that draws buyers towards your home.

While the inside of your house might be the thing that ultimately sells your property, it's the outside that convinces people that they want to take a second look. With that in mind, here are a few tips for instantly improving curb appeal.

Maintain Your Yard

 

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No matter how stunning your home is on the inside, an overgrown and shabby garden will always detract from a good first impression. When you want to get the most out of your property, it's important to look at your yard from a third-party perspective and think about what you need to do to excite potential buyers.

Could you benefit from re-doing your driveway, or adding a few flowers to the front part of your building to make your property seem more colorful? Speak to a landscaping expert if you're having trouble making upgrade choices.

Remember to do the little jobs too, like pulling up weeds, getting rid of leaves, and mowing the lawn on a regular basis. Proper yard maintenance is key to great looking home

Add Lighting for a Good-Looking Property Day and Night

Lighting is an incredible way to add to the curb appeal of your home. Not only is it inexpensive, but it's fantastic for those times when someone might want to come and see your property later in the day, and you still want to give them the full effect of your stunning yard.

A home that's well-lit looks safer and more inviting during the day, and in the evening. Not only will your lights help to guide buyers down the path to your home, but they can also be a powerful security feature too, as thieves and burglars are more likely to avoid well-lit homes.

Consider a Landscaping Overhaul

While mowing the lawn, getting rid of weeds, and potentially planting some new flowers will all help to make your property more appealing to buyers, there's a chance that you might need to invest in a few more significant upgrades too. For instance, a great driveway can be a powerful incentive to buyers who want to know that they'll have somewhere safe to park their car when they're coming home from work.

On the other hand, if your landscape is dull and boring, you might want a professional team to come in and turn things around. A freshly-designed landscape can be a great way to ensure that new buyers can really get the most out of the natural space around your property. In fact, sometimes the right landscape can even encourage a buyer to spend more on a home!

While there's no perfect guide to convincing someone to buy your property, you can rest assured that strong curb appeal and a stunning garden will help you to convince your buyers that your property is right for them.

Landscaping Mistakes You Should Not Make This Fall and Winter

Every one of us wants to have an outdoor area that will look great throughout the entire year. Now that fall is coming, plants and trees would begin to shed its leaves. The wind becomes cooler as the winter season would arrive. You may have hired a landscaping company to help you prepare your lawn for fall and winter. Several problems may happen no matter how much you avoid it. Still, there are ways on how you can prevent any major problems in your outdoor area.

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In this article, we will discuss to you some of the common landscaping mistakes. You might be surprised that you have been doing one of these mistakes throughout the years. To start with, here are those mistakes:

Cutting Grass Too Low

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It is not good to cut grass too low. Cutting grass too low would make it more susceptible to damage. It may be done for some varieties of grass but there are other grasses that are not suitable with this. It would be best to seek the help of an expert to know how short you should cut the grass. When cutting or mowing your lawn, it is advisable to ensure that the length of the grass would be consistent with its grooming requirements.

Not Watering Shrubs, Trees, And Other Plants In Your Lawn

You may think that the plants in your lawn no longer require water during fall or winter season as it is already shedding leaves. That is the most common misconception of homeowners. Regardless of the season, plants still need water. If you do not water your plants regularly, you will surely encounter major issues. Watering plants should not be delayed because your plants may get dry. The worst thing that could happen is that the plants would die from dehydration. It can also be susceptible to disease and later on cause serious damage to your plants.

You Used The Wrong Plant Fertilizer

There are different fertilizers available depending on what your plants need. You have to ensure that you will be using the right type of fertilizer for it. Do take note that it you should not only look at what your plant needs, you also have to consider the season. Why? There are fertilizers that are not compatible with colder temperatures. For example, fertilizer in granules take long to dissolve. Using this type of fertilizer is only good if the weather is still warm. During fall and winter, it is recommended to use spray applicator when applying fertilizer. Applying fertilizer is always important to ensure that the plants will be healthy and will be able to withstand the changing weather conditions.

Not Treating The Soil With Mulch

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Before fall and winter comes, make sure that you have applied mulch around plants and trees. Remember to use high quality mulch only. You may think that you’ve saved money from using cheaper and lower quality mulch but using mulch that has poor quality may end up damaging the plants. It can affect the quality of the soil and may even cause fungus outbreak in your plants. It also makes your plants and trees susceptible to pests. It should be done before snow happens. If the ground is already frozen from the cold weather, mulching can be very difficult to perform.

Ignoring Minor Pest Problems

When homeowners notice pests in their plants, most of them tend to ignore it. This is something that you should not be doing. If you notice pests, make sure that you find a solution to remedy the problem. You may hire an expert to help you get rid of it. Before winter comes, your yard should have no signs of pest infestation. When ignored, pests can do major damage to your plants and trees. Instead of having beautiful plants and trees after winter season, you may end up having unhealthy and disease-infested plants.

Using Weed Killers During Winter

Spraying weed killers around your plants should not be done during winter season. You may think using weed killers would be a good idea for treating plants during that time but it is something that you should avoid. Use it only when temperature is warm. This is also one of the main reasons why you should always prepare for fall or winter. Early preparations are always important as not all tasks are possible to do during colder temperatures.

Not Buying New Supplies For Your Yard

You may think it is the wrong time to splurge on new gardening or landscaping supplies. But, during fall and winter, most stores offer summer clearance sales. You will see the best and most enticing bargains during these times. Most prices are on a markdown so you should not miss it. This can be the perfect time to replace some of your old and almost broken supplies with a new one.

Not Keeping The Yard Clutter-Free

When we say keeping the yard clutter-free, we are just not talking about getting rid of clutter and random stuff you have placed in your yard. We also mean that you have to rake the yard regularly. If you let fallen leaves accumulate around the yard, fungus and mold may thrive. These would later on affect the condition of your plants, trees, and even the soil. Make sure to rake leaves on a regular basis. This would also make it easier for you to remove snow that may have accumulated in your yard during winter.

Not Planting Ahead Of Time

It is always recommended to prepare ahead of time. That is why you should also start to plant flowers and trees in time for spring season to come. There are varieties of flowers that would take time to grow. Some trees would also take time to mature and bear fruits. It is just reasonable to start planting now.


Those are some of the most common landscaping mistakes that you should avoid. Taking care of your property's outdoor area may not be the easiest thing to do but it will always pay off in the end. If you lack the time to do this, you can always hire landscaping experts to help you prepare for fall and winter season. If you happen to live around Middle Tennessee area, Premier Lawn Care is the company that you should call. We offer landscaping services and other outdoor property maintenance services that would help you achieve a stunning outdoor area throughout the year. Contact us today and let us discuss your needs.

A Guide On Garden Preparation For Fall 2017

Aside from the variety of plants in your garden or lawn, the steps you take to maintain your garden or lawn would also depend on the weather. Spring is the perfect time to add new plants, shrubs or trees in your garden. By summer, you would witness that your new plants would start to grow and bloom. During fall, plants continue to mature until winter season comes.

Now that summer is coming to an end and fall is drawing near, it is the perfect time to start preparing for fall. In this article, we share to you some tips on how you can get your garden ready for fall 2017. To start with, here are the garden preparation tips:

Check The Garden First

Before you start doing anything to your garden or lawn, you have to check it first. Walk around and look closely into each plant. Check the turf grass and the soil. By doing this, you would be able to determine what your garden really needs. Sometimes, you'd need to aerate the soil, divide plants into smaller batches and more. A soil test may also be required to see if the soil still has the right pH and nutrient levels. Do not forget to check your irrigation system as well. It may need repairs or replacements.

Check The Perennials

Do not forget to check all of the perennials. See if there are any signs of disease. Check its leaves if there are spots. Look into its stem to see if it is rotting. If there are perennials that may be affected by disease, apply the right treatment for it. Start pruning its branches. If the disease has gone worse, it would be best to just remove the plant before its disease would transfer or spread to healthy plants around it.

Do Not Forget To Inspect The Trees

Just like other plants in your garden, make sure to check trees. Look for signs of disease or rot. If you see that there are damaged or rotting branches, prune the branch before the entire tree is affected. Doing this during fall is much easier because most of the trees would shed leaves and branches are bare.

Remove Mulch

Aside from checking for signs of damage caused by disease on your plants, shrubs or trees, make sure to remove mulch that you may have placed around the trees and other plants in your garden. Too much mulch can cause molds and mildew to form.  It would be best to remove it and replace it with a new one depending on the condition of your soil.

Bring Plants Outdoors

During fall, the weather slowly becomes cooler. This is the perfect time to bring your indoor plants outdoors. By doing this, your indoor plants would be able to get enough sunlight without having to suffer from too much heat or too much cold. This will also help your herbs and other varieties of indoor plants to grow for a much longer period of time.

Mow The Lawn

During fall, do not forget to mow the lawn. Set the blade to its lowest setting. By cutting grass lower than what you usually do, you would help it get enough sunlight. When the grass is cut low, the heat from the sunlight would easily be absorbed by the crown of the grass.

Till The Soil

It is important to till the soil. This would allow water, oxygen, and other nutrients to be absorbed well. You may be asking why you should till the soil during fall. The reason for this is that it is much easier to do as the soil is still soft. If you do it after winter, the soil is hard and still begins to thaw from the snow or frost. During fall, the soil is warm. In this temperature, good microorganisms thrive. This allows you to have a healthier soil in your garden before you start planting new plants when the next spring season comes.

Get Rid Of Weeds

Fall is also the ideal time to get rid of weeds. Many weeds may have taken over your lawn during spring or summer. Apply weed killer or poison if necessary. By doing this, there will be less weeds when spring season comes.

Make sure to choose the right type of weed killer. You may have to consult an expert about this especially if you are worried about the chemicals that is in the weed killer. Some of them are not pet-friendly and child-friendly. If you start applying weed killer in your lawn, make sure to keep your pets and children inside the house until the soil has not absorbed the poison.

Fertilize The Soil

During spring and summer, plants grow and bloom. Because of this, majority of the nutrients found in the soil are absorbed by the plants. During fall, it would be best to start fertilizing or adding amendments to the soil. As winter comes, the quality of the soil is enriched by the fertilizer.

Use organic fertilizer rather than chemical fertilizers. Before you start applying fertilizer, make sure that you have tilled the soil. Do not forget to get rid of weeds as well because this will compete with the nutrients in the soil.

When you start to fertilize, make sure that you cover parts of your garden that do not have plants. It could either be that the plants did not bloom during spring or summer or you have removed them already.

Collect Seeds From Your Plants

During fall, some plants start to mature, ripen or dry out. This would be the best time to start collecting seeds from your flowering or fruit-bearing plants. Avoid harvesting flowers and plants. Just let the fruits ripen and flowers dry out. By doing so, the plants and trees would have mature seeds which you can easily collect.

Store the seeds in a clean, dry and cool place. Do not forget to label them so that you can easily determine what those seeds are when you start planting next spring season.

Empty Water Containers

Are you among those who like to collect rain water? If you have barrels or containers filled with rain water, start emptying it before snow comes. Do not forget to clean it as well. If you will not drain it out, there is a higher chance that the container or barrel will be damaged when the water in it starts to freeze.

 

 

Those are some helpful tips that would serve as your guide on how to start preparing for fall 2017. Fall is almost here and it is never too early to start preparing for it. If you need expert help, do not hesitate to contact Premier Lawn Care. Premier Lawn Care offers landscaping services and other property maintenance services. We have experts who can guide you in every step to ensure that your lawn will look its best no matter what the season is.

Home Selling: Does Your Landscape and Hardscape Need a Makeover?

When you think about improvements before you sell a home, you might think to revamp the interior to impress picky buyers. The trouble is that this leaves a lot of your exterior property off the list. Here are four reasons you need to put your landscaping and hardscaping front and center in your selling and home staging plans.

1. Curb Appeal

The concept of curb appeal may seem so overdone in real estate that it is practically cliché, but it remains extremely important. If prospective buyers cannot get past the problems they see from the street, they may not ever walk inside. This means that there is absolutely no excuse not to repair, maintain and replace parts of your yard, driveway and garage, particularly those aspects that are easily visible from hundreds of feet away. This is the area where you may want to throw the bulk of your home improvement budget, just so you can impress buyers as they drive up.

2. Update for the Season

You might have the most beautiful and manicured property on the street during late spring and summer, but the off-season always presents a challenge. If you are selling a home outside of the peak plant growth for the area, you have to rethink the landscaping before listing the home. After all, those lovely flowers are not going to excite anyone if they have already bloomed, wilted and been plucked away. Give your landscaping a seasonal upgrade. Add extra lighting around walkways, retaining walls and steps to highlight the special features of the property on the shorter days of the year.

3. Overall Care for the Home

As you inspect the exterior property, you must pay attention to the message that you send to buyers who come to look. Bear in mind that anyone who loves your curb appeal and interior is likely to check out the backyard, as well. What are they likely to find? Will they see an outstanding space for entertaining or relaxation? Or, will they be horrified to glimpse cracked pavement and crumbling outbuildings? Overgrowing trees and bushes and chipped or cracked walkways make a home seem older or neglected. Some minor upkeep and repairs may make a big difference in the property’s overall appearance.

4. Upgrade the Property

Of course, making your home look its best for buyers is about more than just bringing your property into the 21st Century. You want to compete with the neighbors, which means you need to have a landscape that is current without being too over the top. Think of what you like about the properties in your neighborhood, and add a few elements with your real estate agent’s agreement. Something simple like a new retaining wall, raised-bed garden or paved walkway might be all you need to take your property from drab to fab. As an added plus, you might recoup as much or more than you paid to install it in a higher sale price.

The home on the block with the amazing landscaping and hardscaping is the one that buyers will snatch up in an instant. With these four reasons to revamp your exterior property before selling a home, you know exactly how much of an effect this makeover could have for your home sale.