Sun shade balance


In an ideal world your home would get the perfect amount of sun/shade throughout the day to have a sun-soaked multi-colored oasis of flowers and shrubs. However, as we all know, that is never the case. Inevitably there will be a bed or beds in your garden that get almost no sun and usually these beds are under large trees where roots can make planting difficult.

Call Seiler’s Landscaping today to schedule a consultation to develop a plan to make that shade bed stand out. A surefire way to accomplish having a wonderful shade bed is to utilize plants that not only do well in shaded areas with less than ideal soil, but also look spectacular.

Some plant varieties that are ideal for these shaded areas are hosta, coral bells, liriope, English ivy, ferns, ajuga and astilbe. Depending on whether you’d like the area to be completely covered with groundcover (i.e. the English ivy or the ajuga) or independent plants (i.e. hosta, coral bells, or astilbe) the designer from Seiler’s Landscaping can create exactly what you have in mind. Just within that small list of plant material that will do well in shaded areas there is a variety of colors and textures that will make the shade bed your new favorite!


Consider all the seasons

There is no denying that the color, smell, and textures of a landscape are clearly visible during the spring and summer months. Most homeowners scramble to add a pocket of color and to add new mulch to have the home looking fresh for spring. While it is an exciting time for the landscape industry, it is not the only season. Considering all season interests is something that the designers at Seiler’s Landscaping do with every design.

With the changing climate of the Cincinnati area, having a mix of deciduous and evergreen plantings will give your landscape focal points and a nice structure year round. Homes that have all blooming and deciduous shrubs and trees may “wow” the neighborhood in the spring, but come Fall/Winter and their landscape will look barren. Mixing varieties and sizes of spruce is an easy way to have different colors even within the evergreen category.

While it may not be something that you have considered before, consider calling Seiler’s Landscaping today to set up a consultation and have your landscape look spectacular ALL year!


Adding the perfect amount of lighting

Having a well thought out LED lighting system will truly make your landscape the envy of the neighborhood around the clock. Often times the true beauty of a landscape is only enjoyed during daylight hours, and at night it is simply unlit and dormant. An LED system is extremely reliable (unlike some horror stories with solar lighting) and has a huge immediate impact on the look of your home.

Seiler’s Landscaping can help you add the perfect amount of up lighting and accent lighting to showcase your beautiful landscape in the late evening/night time hours. During the hot summer days of Cincinnati it is much more enjoyable to be outdoors in the evening when things have cooled a bit and having an LED lighting system will make your landscape impossible to ignore.

There is also an added safety bonus to having your home lit at night and makes moving around the property simpler if you arrive home at night. Overall, there is an untapped period of time for your landscape to “shine” that most people aren’t taking advantage of.


Does your landscape need a colorful wake up?

After a long spring and a lot of work you can finally enjoy the fruits of your labor and sit back and take in the outdoor environment at your home. However, upon sipping your lemonade on your paver patio you realize that the landscape looks good but just needs a bit of seasonal “spark”. Don’t fear, the team at Seiler’s Landscaping is here. There are several varieties of plants that can add seasonal pop, and the designer will guide you to the type of plant material needed for your area.

If it is a relatively large area then Endless Summer Hydrangea can really add a colorful, hardy boost of color to your landscape. If you don’t have a large area that needs color then adding some smaller perennials will get the job done! Consider adding some Lavender or Dianthus to convert a bland area into a colorful pocket. Either way, if your landscape is in need of a colorful wake up, call Seiler’s Landscaping today for a free consultation.


Highlight your home's architectural features

Cincinnati has a wonderful mix of old and new neighborhoods, all with their own story and characteristics. As popular landscape trends fade and the existing landscape at your home becomes outdated and out of place, planning a new landscape should become a priority. The team at Seiler’s Landscaping can make any style home “pop” and give it outstanding curb appeal. Whether your home is a historic landmark or not even a year old each style provides Seiler’s Landscaping a unique opportunity to highlight the home’s key architectural features. So regardless of the style of home you have, Seiler’s Landscaping can make it the envy of your entire neighborhood!


Making your patio a breeze


When selecting a patio several factors will influence the final product you decide on. That can be an overwhelming process to get started, so call Seiler’s Landscaping to have a landscape designer meet you and guide you through the procedure. The size of the patio is very important when starting to design the patio. Having in mind how many people you entertain and what type of space you will need is a great starting point.

From there the designer at Seiler’s will be able to create a visually interesting and also functional patio shape. The next step is to look into what type of materials will be used to create the patio. A concrete pave blend has a very professional and welcoming look and there are a variety of different color options to match your existing materials. Lastly, consider your budget to drive the conversation with the designer as far as size, shape, and materials are concerned. Be open to new ideas and materials!

Adding a patio or outdoor living space is an exciting, but sometimes overwhelming process that the team at Seiler’s Landscaping can make a breeze!


Properly watering new landscape

Improper watering of a new landscape installation is the leading cause of plant fatality. This is especially tricky because watering correctly does involve some keen senses because no two plants require the same amount of water. With a completely new installation it is a bit easier because all of the plant material will need a good amount of water as opposed to being mixed with established plant material.

The unfortunate aspect of having to water a new installation is that it takes more time, but this is a wonderful time to get familiar with each plant and all of the components of your new landscape.  The foreman from Seiler’s Landscaping that installs your landscape will always soak the plants thoroughly to get them off to a good start. Also, they are available for any and all questions about watering each specific plant!

The key to successful watering lies in finding a happy medium and being persistent in the weeks following your installation. You want to avoid the soil being too wet or dry, which seems obvious enough, but as stated before you cannot assume all of the plants are good after a light rain. Each shrub or tree has varying water needs and ultimately the best way to gauge is to get your hands dirty! If the soil around the burlap root ball is dry and dusty add water, and if it is completely muddy or has standing water that is just as deadly. Again, the key is to find a happy medium and to truly monitor the plants until they become established.


New home? Let us take the landscape duties

One of the most exciting events and major purchases for people is purchasing a new home. Finding the home that is fit for you is an exciting but often very tiring process. Due to the amount of decisions that will affect your home/family for the duration of your time spent there, people are often “spent” by the time the process is ending. The landscape of the home is really looked at as the ribbon on the present and is handled or addressed last in the process.

This is where Seiler’s Landscaping can be extremely helpful relieving many of the decisions regarding your outdoor living space. Seiler’s Landscaping has an expert eye and decades of experience with new construction homes as well as renovations. The designer from Seiler’s Landscaping will have ideas and professional designs that will wow you and take the entire decision making process out of your hands. To schedule a free consultation now in the Cincinnati area call our offices and let Seiler’s Landscaping handle your entire outdoor living space!


How to fix a slope

One of the most common areas Cincinnati homeowners approach Seiler’s Landscaping to ‘fix’ is a hillside or slope on their property. Often these slopes can be in awkward spots on the property and present a difficult challenge most homeowners shy away from. Often times, the despair comes from a lack of vision or idea and the homeowner simply doesn’t know what to do with the area.

That is where a landscape designer from Seiler’s landscaping can make all the difference. The designer will use your ideas and input blended with their know-how to design something practical and beautiful. Believe it or not, the slope is actually beneficial to the landscape design because features such as natural stone retaining walls and water features don’t have to be “forced” and created.

The slope allows for a nice blend of natural stone and landscape plantings that Seiler’s has been installing for over 30 years. So when you are faced with a difficult slope in your yard and cannot devise a plan, call Seiler’s Landscaping to set up a consultation!


The importance of soil quality

When installing the high quality plant material on your landscape project Seiler’s Landscaping pays close attention to the condition of the soil on your property. Having spectacular looking plant material is very important, but making sure the plant has quality soil to develop in is equally important.

At Seiler’s Landcaping we enhance the soil in every way possible, and to do so we use the very versatile Peat Moss. Peat Moss is made up of a host of sphagnum mosses which are cultivated and harvested in bogs. There are several uses, like cleaning up liquid spills that happen around your home but it is ideal for utilizing when installing a landscape because it holds up to twenty times its weight in water and reduces the amount of watering you have to do.

Also, because it retains so much moisture it holds nutrients and minerals from leaching out of your soil. Lastly, it is an organic material so it will naturally break down over time and you will not have to re-apply each year (like compost). Call Seiler’s Landscaping today to begin re-creating your landscape and we will make sure the plants get off to the very best start!