Thursday, February 25, 2010

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Did you know that the first inch of rainwater flushes the majority of pollutants from the area around your home directly into local waterways such as creeks, ponds, and rivers that eventually lead to the Chesapeake Bay?

A Rain Garden is a simple and aesthetically pleasing approach to catching and absorbing rainwater and purifying it before it heads to local waterways. A rain garden can be as simple as a shallow, grassy swale, or a depression in the ground filled with vegetation tolerant of excessive water.

In 2004, the Congressional Research Service reported that 50% of water pollution issues in the United States are attributed to storm water runoff. The EPA has also discovered that 70% of pollution in local waterways is carried there by rainwater during a storm. The damage caused by storm water runoff is largely incremental, and the best solution to storm water runoff is to address the problem where it falls. A rain garden is a simple and beneficial solution to this ongoing issue.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Increase Your Home's Value with Hardscaping"

Boring, gray concrete sidewalks are a thing of the past. With the introduction of concrete pavers and the traditional look of brick pavers, the possibilities are endless.

Two studies, by Clemson University and Florida University, revealed that quality hardscaping installed by professionals contributes to higher resale values in single-family homes.

Smart Money magazine states that “Spending 5% of the total value of your home on landscaping, and doing it wisely, you can add 15% or more to the value of your home.”

At Mast Landscapes, we want you to get the most for your money. We install unique, quality hardscapes including, but not limited to, patios, retaining/sitting walls, walkways, and water features to match the client’s wants and needs. We use the finest materials, from manufactured concrete products to natural stone, in an array of colors.

You can rest assured your hardscaping project will be installed by a qualified professional guaranteeing a safe and structurally sound product for many years to come. Schedule an appointment with one of our associates today and uncover your landscape’s potential.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Its hard to imagine right now, with two feet of snow still on the ground that spring will ever be here again ... but spring comes every year so I'm sure this year will be no different!

This is the perfect time to call us at Mast Landscapes (540.432.0788) if you're thinking of redesigning your gardens or if your landscape just needs a little sprucing up. By planning ahead now you'll be one of the first on our spring calender... so don't wait until May, call today!

Think warm, sunny thoughts...