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MILLERSBURG -- As much as you would address enhancing the inside of the house, the ability to use that outdoor space at your home is becoming more and more important to people, according to Grasshopper Property Maintenance owner Kim Kellogg, who has spent the past 27 years serving Holmes County and Sugarcreek, creating and maintaining beautiful environments.
Grasshopper offers commercial and residential design/build and renovation projects (including landscaping, hardscaping, water features and lighting installations), weekly maintenance of turf and landscape beds and complete turf management.
"This is true with people in this area, but especially in metro areas, this is becoming huge," he said. "You can go as far as adding a pool to enhance the outdoor space."
More and more people are staying home as opposed to traveling, and are making the most of their outdoor space.
"The trend over the last few years, people have been spending more time at home than traveling," Kellogg said. "In doing so, they are not only improving their homes, they are improving the outdoor environment. That would include adding a small deck or porch to the house ... (or as) elaborate as doing an outdoor porch, patio, outdoor kitchen, pavilion and all that kind of stuff to go with it."
He saed gazebos seem to be trending out of style, but places like Berlin Gardens are busier than ever building pavilions and more substantial structures to cover outdoor kitchens and such.
"I'm seeing more people going with outdoor fire pits or something to sit around," Kellogg said. "They are going with built in pits or portable ones."
These are all projects that Grasshopper offers.
But if you are looking at doing something this season, he says you are a little late. Most landscaping companies would be pretty busy about this time of year.
"If somebody wanted to do a project of this nature through us, they'd be looking at the fall at the earliest," Kellogg said. "We have some of these things scheduled for this year. Some people are doing these things in phases, trying to be more creative with the uses.
"It's not so much as pouring a concrete slab anymore," he continued. "There are all sorts of things that can be done with plain old concrete, from a regular slab to a washed aggregate to doing stamped or colored concrete. There are also all kinds of manufactured paving materials that look like stone. And, there is the possibility of using natural stone as well."
There are all sorts of limestone and sandstone products available that can be used for a natural stone project.
Kellogg said smaller scale projects, such as upgrading the landscape of a lot, is another way people can make the most of their space.
"Just adding some newer shrubs, that would give them more longterm color in the summertime is one example," he said. "There are literally hundreds of things people can do to upgrade their landscape. Giving their shrubs a good pruning -- not shearing, but a a good pruning. General maintenance of existing landscape, such as removing overgrown shrubs and replacing them with something that may be better suited for the space provided.
"You see a lot of people go to the garden center and purchase a cute little shrub, two feet tall and two feet wide, and they put it about three feet from their house," Kellogg continued. "It ends up growing 15 feet high and wide. That's something that could be removed and replaced with something more appropriate."
Kellogg suggests checking out the Ohio State Extension Office website for a lot of good fact sheets and information on proper pruning and choosing the right plant for the right place.
Grasshopper Property Maintenance specializes in design, building and maintaining landscapes, water features, hardscapes and low voltage lighting, lawn and landscape maintenance, landscape enhancements, snow and ice management, fertility, weed control, insect control and aerating turf.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.