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Summer’s Almost Over But Outdoor Living is Just Getting Started!

Before we know it, summer will be winding down and crisp fall weather will grace us with brightly colored leaves and shorter days. For those of us wdscn4494ho have been cooped up inside to stay out of the August heat and humidity, you may be relieved to know the cooler temperatures are on the way!

Your outdoor spaces do so much more than simply look good. They bring your family together. They offer the perfect sanctuary for a place to unwind after a long day. They are where you create memories with your loved ones to last a lifetime.

When you design your outdoor spaces with more than just spring and summer in mind, you extend the possibilities to relax, host and enjoy being outside.

Gather Around a Fire Pit

Backyard fire pits have become a staple of many homes. These features can be artfully constructed to match the look and feel of the rest of your landscape, using stone, brick or a variety of other materials. Edward Gosman & Associates specializes in the design and construction of customized fire pits that will become everyone’s favorite place to hang out! There is nothing quite like gathering around a fire pit on a brisk fall evening with your favorite people.

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Add Some Light

Bring warmth, security and ambiance to your yard by adding strategically placed lighting elements. Lighting gives you the ability to highlight your favorite parts of your outdoor design, from water features, flags, ornaments or foliage. Outdoor lighting also helps to keep your home secure when you return home after dark once the days start to get shorter.

Fall Weather is More Mild

People often think of summer as the best time to enjoy their patios and outdoor spaces, but sometimes it may simply be too hot to enjoy our yards during the summer. This is why your outdoor projects can reallydsc04292 shine in the autumn months; you can comfortably enjoy relaxing or hosting guests even in t
he middle of the day, and carry the fun into the evening with fire pits and outdoor seating.

 

Take advantage of our moderate coastal climate and soak up the opportunity to enjoy being outdoors year-round with the proper outdoor arrangement! Start those outdoor living projects now to extend the functional use of your yard long after the summer ends!

Whether you have a specific upgrade in mind, or want some direction for a full landscape overhaul, give Edward Gosman & Associates a call and we will be happy to assist you: (757) 421-2500

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Create a Backyard Oasis with Your Landscape

Caught between our busy lives and various responsibilities, we all experience stress in some way. It comes in many different forms, but no matter if it is work, health, relationship, family, or money-related, stress makes it difficult to enjoy the rest of our lives.

One proven method of reducing stress is to spend more time in nature. With a few strategic landscape upgrades, you can create your own personal outdoor oasis you can retreat to when life begins to feel hectic, right in your own backyard!

 

Carefully Selected Plants

What makes a lawn even more enjoyable? Not having to use up your precious time to tend to it to keep it looking nice. The landscape experts at Edward Gosman & Associates can carefully select low-maintenance plants that will not only look great in your yard, but will be one less thing for you to worry about! Even better, our landscape maintenance teams can keep those plants healthy and happy all year long.

 

The Healing Powers of Water

Water features serve more than just aesthetic or recreational purposes. Just look at some of the most common sounds many people choose to help them fall asleep: babbling brook, raindrops and ocean waves. Scientists have explored this phenomenon, and determined there is a calming psychological effect in response to being near bodies of water. The good news for you is that you don’t have to have waterfront property to enjoy these soothing powers! A pool, hot tub, fountain, falling water wall, fish pond, waterfall, or any other water feature mimics the same calming response. Bonus – many of these features can help you cool off in the Hampton Roads summer weather!

Let the landscape design and maintenance professionals at Edward Gosman & Associates turn your yard into your own personal oasis this summer!

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Why the Grass is Always Greener when Someone Else is Taking Care of it!

From mowing grass and trimming plants to fertilizing and seeding, yards require lots of work to stay beautiful. This effort translates to time, and your time is valuable.  When you add up the time spent running to various stores for mulch, plants and equipment, in addition to the hours actually working outside, your weekends and free time can quickly get taken over by yard work.

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Hiring an experienced and professional landscape maintenance team like Edward Gosman & Associates gives you back your precious leisure time, so you can spend more of your weekends and evenings doing the things you enjoy most.  From playing in the yard with family, relaxing in the hammock or porch swing reading a book, or grilling your favorite barbecue for a summer cookout – you deserve to use your yard for fun and relaxation, rather than back-breaking work!

Why not experience the sense of relief that comes with driving up to your house at the end of a long day to find the grass perfectly manicured, the bushes trimmed and the flower beds expertly mulched?45597_423162846193_1147107_n

When that “honey-do” list of all the things that need to be taken care of around the yard starts to feel cumbersome, give us a call and let us take some of the load off! Edward Gosman & Associates offers full-service landscape maintenance and installation in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and the surrounding communities. We look forward to talking with you about how you can enjoy your yard even more, by spending less time taking care of it and more time enjoying it!

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Hard Time with Hardscapes? Create Harmony with Transition Zones

It happens all the time. Homeowners call us after trying their hand at a major landscape or hardscape overhaul themselves, and they tell us their struggle with making their desired landscape “flow.”

Perhaps they live on a waterfront property, have a sloped yard or simply want to incorporate several different outdoor elements. No matter the landscape, transition areas help make a yard look its best because they offer gradual, rather than abrupt, changes.

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Our team embraces this challenge – in fact, it’s what we do best! We have over 35 years of experience helping homeowners implement a well-thought-out plan so their yard stands out beautifully.

Here are a few example scenarios of how we can help ease transition zones in your yard:

Having a Hard Time Planning Hardscapes?

The key to successfully incorporating hardscape materials like rocks, patios, stones, walkways and more into your yard, is to remember flow of movement. Think of how people will walk through (and how their eyes will move across) your yard. An apron of bricks or a different stone can help break up the start of a walkway against a driveway or patio. A curved walkway adds flow and charm to a garden, and patio blocks and pavers can be arranged in any number of designs. A stunning hardscape transition zone can make a big difference on the look of your entire landscape.1451484_10151828813871194_132310400_n

Merging Different Elements

Your lush, green lawn and carefully planned beds of flowers and shrubs don’t have to stand apart from each other. A beautiful yard incorporates elements that blend the areas where different materials meet – from patio to grass, water to lawn, flowers to hardscapes, and more.

Garden edging, whether with rocks, bricks, natural stone or cobble, creates a nice link between planted beds and surrounding patios or grass. Incorporate both hardscape and softscape elements for a properly balanced landscape.  A fountain will stand out when surrounded by perennials. A retaining wall is enhanced by flowering shrubs.

These are projects best left to the pros, and the experts at Edward Gosman & Associates can point you in the right direction in regards to optimal layout, path width, slope and placement of hardscape elements.

Creating harmony in your yard means looking at the big picture as well as the individual parts. The landscape design and installation team at Edward Gosman & Associates has been working with Hampton Roads homeowners for over thirty-five years to create yards that are stunning (and functional!) works of art. When you’re ready to resolve the design challenges in your yard, give us a call at (757) 421-2500 for a free, no-obligation estimate!

Why Wait Until Summertime to Spruce up Your Yard?

Every summer, warm weather and sunshine brings homeowners out into their yards, where they realize the improvements they want to make to their landscape. Perhaps you need expert advice on how to incorporate the right native plants to thrive in your yard, or maybe it’s time for a complete landscape overhaul. Although our skilled staff is fully capable of building the landscape of your dreams any month of the year, it is best to start thinking about your landscape now!

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At Edward Gosman & Associates, we believe in taking care of our customers. We walk your property, share our ideas for its potential and ask questions about your lifestyle – all as part of a conversation to better understand your dream for the space. With over 35 years in the business, we help you imagine the possibilities and develop a plan to see them through.

We have helped countless families in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and surrounding areas discover the true beauty of their yards through adding the right elements to your existing spaces. With plants, hardscapes, lighting and more, we specialize in all aspects of maintenance to keep your yard looking wonderful.

During the late winter and early spring, our designers can spend more time working with you to create a unique design for your yard because we are not spending as much time overseeing construction projects. Beat the rush that normally occurs at the first signs of spring, and take a look at your yard now to make those improvements you’ve been dreaming about a reality.

Depending on the complexity of your project, winter allows us ample time to order specialized materials and, in some cases, start constructing hardscape elements. While we take pride in our track record of tidy worksites that have minimal impact to the yards of homeowners, we know most people would prefer to not have their yard under construction during the months they want most to be outside!

Don’t wait until mid-spring to decide you want to improve your landscape. Call Edward Gosman & Associates at (757) 421-2500 to start your landscape design project now for beautiful results you can enjoy the entire year!

Edward Gosman is Hiring

Edward Gosman & Associates Landscaping is hiring.  We are currently seeking people with landscaping and lawn maintenance experience. A Driver’s License is required, and having a registered tech or Commercial Applicators license is a plus. If you or anyone you know is interested in working for an established Chesapeake landscape company, please complete our online application.

We Won Best of Houzz 2016!

houzzlogoWe’re so honored to have been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2016 award! You can read the full press release from Houzz here.

According to Houzz, “Your work won in the Design category, as your portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2015.”

You can see the Edward Gosman & Associates Houzz profile, here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/ edwardjr.