Don’t let a summer storm cancel your culinary plans!

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Don’t let a summer storm cancel your culinary plans!

You’ve invited all of your family over for a cookout in your outdoor kitchen but to your dismay, you discover that rain is in the forecast. Don’t let a summer storm cancel your culinary plans!

A louvered pergola offers the best of both worlds – dinner outside, with no worries about getting damp. Simply close the pergola overhead to keep yourself, your guests, and your kitchen dry while you cook and dine, and enjoy the soothing sound of rain surrounding the festivities.

Once the storm is over, open the pergola up to let in the sunshine. You’ll be cozy and dry the whole time. Your kitchen – and your guests – will appreciate it!

At Knutsen Landscaping, we are always exploring new ways to enrich your experience working with us to achieve the property of your dreams. That’s why we are so excited to continue bringing you premier service by partnering with StruXure, as their exclusive dealer in the Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, and York area.

At Knutsen, we are always expanding the scope of our business, in order to bring you, your family, or your business the newest and most innovative services as possible. Along with StruXure, we guarantee comprehensive planning, proper installation, and better design. As always, our top priority is your satisfaction, and your confidence in a job well done.

Never too hot for a hot tub

Sinking into a frothy hot tub is the perfect way to relax after a full morning of summer yard work or after swimming a few laps in the pool. But it’s easy to get a tad overheated whilst enjoying your hot tub if the sun is glaring down on you from overhead.

That’s why a louvered pergola is the perfect addition to your backyard. With our state-of-the-art technology, you can adjust it to achieve the perfect blend of sun and shade for your hot tub dip.

Our louvered pergolas also come in handy if that summer drizzle in the forecast arrives a little early. All you have to do is close the pergola until you’re finished enjoying your time in the hot tub. Our unique state-of-the-art louvered pergolas allow you to truly outsmart the season, and soak up every minute of summer enjoyment.

At Knutsen Landscaping, we are always exploring new ways to enrich your experience working with us to achieve the property of your dreams. That’s why we are so excited to continue bringing you premier service by partnering with StruXure, as their exclusive dealer in the Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, and York area.

At Knutsen, we are always expanding the scope of our business, in order to bring you, your family, or your business the newest and most innovative services as possible. Along with StruXure, we guarantee comprehensive planning, proper installation, and better design. As always, our top priority is your satisfaction, and your confidence in a job well done.

Don’t let the sun stop your swimming

Ah, the heat of summer. The dazzling brightness of the sun overhead. The inviting coolness of the pool. It’s all picturesque and dreamy…but not for your skin!

Sunburn is one of the drawbacks to spending a long day soaking up the sun’s rays, as you leisurely float around on a raft in your pool. But if you have a louvered pergola, you never have to fear a sunburn again!

Simply customize the settings so that you’re receiving the perfect amount of light – enough to keep you warm, but not enough to give you that painful burn. As the sun’s position in the sky changes, you can change the amount of light filtering in, to get that perfect blend of sunshine and shade. Your skin will thank you!

At Knutsen Landscaping, we are always exploring new ways to enrich your experience working with us to achieve the property of your dreams. That’s why we are so excited to continue bringing you premier service by partnering with StruXure, as their exclusive dealer in the Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, and York area.

At Knutsen, we are always expanding the scope of our business, in order to bring you, your family, or your business the newest and most innovative services as possible. Along with StruXure, we guarantee comprehensive planning, proper installation, and better design. As always, our top priority is your satisfaction, and your confidence in a job well done.

Keep your cool

The sunshine draws you outdoors…but sometimes the heat chases you back inside! After enduring the chill of winter, it’s only natural that you would want to soak up every moment of summer sun possible, but it’s no fun being sticky and sweaty.

Pergolas can be the perfect solution to this problem. But sometimes, the sun is still in your eyes and you’re just too warm. That’s why our motorized, louvered pergolas are special. With our advanced customization features, you can adjust the position of the louvers to attain the perfect amount of sun, shade, and air flow.

At Knutsen Landscaping, we are always exploring new ways to enrich your experience working with us to achieve the property of your dreams. That’s why we are so excited to continue bringing you premier service by partnering with StruXure, as their exclusive dealer in the Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, and York area.

At Knutsen, we are always expanding the scope of our business, in order to bring you, your family, or your business the newest and most innovative services as possible. Along with StruXure, we guarantee comprehensive planning, proper installation, and better design. As always, our top priority is your satisfaction, and your confidence in a job well done.

Don’t let the heat keep you away from your plush new patio furniture. It’s always possible to have a cool breeze beneath our louvered pergolas, with just a few quick clicks of a button.

No need to bake while you’re barbecuing

Barbecuing is a beloved, favorite summer activity, whether you’re cooking up some steaks for a family dinner or grilling out for your Independence Day celebration.

But as any seasoned “barbecuer” knows, it’s important to have the right amount of shade while barbequing. You need shade that has enough air circulation to prevent smoke from becoming trapped underneath, but enough coverage to protect you from an uncomfortable sunburn afterwards.

Louvered pergolas are the perfect solution to this dilemma. With our louvered pergolas, you can customize the amount of light beaming down on you as you barbecue, so that there is still the movement of fresh air, while you enjoy your preferred amount of shade.

At Knutsen Landscaping, we are always exploring new ways to enrich your experience working with us to achieve the property of your dreams. That’s why we are so excited to continue bringing you premier service by partnering with StruXure, as their exclusive dealer in the Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, and York area.

At Knutsen, we are always expanding the scope of our business, in order to bring you, your family, or your business the newest and most innovative services as possible. Along with StruXure, we guarantee comprehensive planning, proper installation, and better design. As always, our top priority is your satisfaction, and your confidence in a job well done.

Outsmart the seasons with your louvered pergola

Summer is eagerly anticipated each year, as it’s a time for vacations, for lounging around on the side of the pool, and for slowing down the schedule to relax. However, one of the less desirable results of the arrival of summer is the heat. Just when you’re wanting to throw open the curtains to greet the long days of the season, the sunshine often has a way of streaming inside and turning your nice, cool home into an oven.

The beauty of a louvered pergola is that, through our state-of-the-art customization features, you can block direct sunlight from baking your home through the window panes, without keeping your curtains closed and without sacrificing the sunshine you’ve longed for all winter.

Simply station the pergola outside your windows and close it to block out the hottest part of the day. There’s no need to crank the AC just yet.

At Knutsen Landscaping, we are always exploring new ways to enrich your experience working with us to achieve the property of your dreams. That’s why we are so excited to continue bringing you premier service by partnering with StruXure, as their exclusive dealer in the Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, and York area.

At Knutsen, we are always expanding the scope of our business, in order to bring you, your family, or your business the newest and most innovative services as possible. Along with StruXure, we guarantee comprehensive planning, proper installation, and better design. As always, our top priority is your satisfaction, and your confidence in a job well done.

Don’t let the heat keep you from enjoying the beauty and brightness of the summer! Invest in a louvered pergola to make the most of your summer and outsmart the season.

We’ve Got You ‘Covered’

At Knutsen Landscaping, we are always exploring new ways to enrich your experience working with us to achieve the property of your dreams. That’s why we are so excited to continue bringing you premier service by partnering with StruXure, as their exclusive dealer in the Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, and York area.

StruXure is one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the country. They offer a truly unique product – a pivoting, louvered-roof pergola – that can be conveniently controlled with a remote or smart phone app, and has the ability to close, slide, or pivot as you wish. Their pergolas are sure to enhance any space, both residential and commercial. StruXure also employs state-of-the-art technology such as wind, rain, and snow sensors, voice command, and home automation integration capabilities.  This is the only waterproof pergola on the market that, when closed, fully evacuates the water down through the posts or into your existing gutter system.

“Our pergolas let the light in, provide shade when you need it, and protection from the rain,” said owner Andy Knutsen. Their first installation in the Lancaster area included a fan and LED lights. That one was secured using two posts and roof mounts.  They can be tailored to fit specific designs and customized based on the desires of your outdoor living spaces.  “You can also get them free-standing,” Andy said. “It’s a pretty versatile unit.”

“The world’s smartest pergola” (as they’re called) comes in 6 colors and is suitable anywhere, from large commercial areas to small outdoor patios. It provides you with options depending on the day, whether you’re looking to catch some rays, stay in the shade or dry during a rain storm. These StruXure pergolas are the perfect addition to any backyard oasis, and are sure to make sitting outside enjoying the sunshine one of your new favorite past times.

“Together, we can help people live better, by bringing the indoors out through beautiful design and exceptional quality,” said Scott Selzer, founder and CEO of StruXture.

At Knutsen, we are always expanding the scope of our business, in order to bring you, your family, or your business the newest and most innovative services as possible. Along with StruXure, we guarantee comprehensive planning, proper installation, and better design. As always, our top priority is your satisfaction, and your confidence in a job well done.

If you’re interested in learning more about StruXure or any of the other excellent brands and services that we offer, call Knutsen Landscaping today.

Make a Lasting Impression On Buyers with These Four Curb Appeal Ideas

Even though 92% of real estate agents who participated in Homelight’s Q3 2020 survey said they’re experiencing a strong seller’s market, getting the house sold may not be the easiest thing in the world to do. Pennsylvania isn’t necessarily known for its mild winters and people aren’t too keen on braving the cold temperatures. 

Regardless of what Mother Nature decides to do this year, one of the easiest ways to draw a buyer’s attention, it’s by luring them in with amazing curb appeal. We have a few ideas that’ll leave a lasting impression and get more folks interested in buying your home – even in the winter!

1. Seasonal decor is always an eye grabber

You may have gone all out and decorated your yard with Christmas lawn decorations, oodles of lights, and other holiday regalia, but when the holidays are over and the decor is put away… The yard may look a little dreary. 

You can keep the neighbors, passers-by, and more importantly buyers interested in your house by adding seasonal decor. You could add cement benches or figurines. If you love birds, hang lovely bird feeders in the trees in the front yard. If you have a garden, you could add colorful wind-spinners to add movement and color. 

2. Elegant lighting looks great with or without snow

Lighting is an important part of curb appeal, especially now that it gets darker a lot earlier. You may already have a few porch lights and bright flood lights over the garage, but they don’t command the right attention. If anything, they do the complete opposite because the fixtures are less than appeal and the light they give off is just too… Glaring.

You can replace existing fixtures with something with a little more style. If you love that rustic look, go for lantern style fixtures with flickering bulbs. If you like a more modern look, you can choose fixtures with sleek lines and pair them with a warm white bulb. 

Oh, and let’s not forget the walkway! Walkway lights help draw the eye to the front door, but they’re also helpful for visitors to make it safely to your door after the sun goes down.

3. Set the scene with a festive, wintery porch 

We mentioned to add some pizzazz to your yard with seasonal decorations, you can do the same thing with your front porch. Instead of having a Christmas tree with decorations by the front door, just have a few potted evergreens in a corner with burlap ribbon tied around the pot. You could go to the thrift store and find antique items that give off that wintery vibe – like old sleds, wagons, milk cans, and even a wooden rocking chair (or two) and a cozy plaid cushion or pillow on the seat.

4. Don’t neglect the general maintenance

Decorating is the fun part, there’s no denying that. However, all of the hard work you may have put into designing the perfect yard, it’ll be a waste if general yard maintenance isn’t done. As boring and tedious as it may be, you have to keep the yard nice and tidy. 

This means pruning overgrown bushes and shrubs, raking up any leaves, picking up fallen limbs, and even pulling out dead flowers. Oh! And when it snows, don’t forget to keep the driveway, walkways and sidewalk in front of the yard free of snow. If there are buyers coming to see your home after snowfall, be sure to throw down a little salt to prevent these areas from icing over; and be sure to have a welcome mat at the front door so they can keep the salt outside!

Selling your house can be tricky during the winter, but rest assured that when your house has impeccable curb appeal, you’re sure to get a lot of action! Who knows, your house may be sold within days of being put on the market – all thanks to a well maintained yard and thoughtful design.

Bee-utiful Landscapes

What’s the buzz on bees? Now more than ever, people are looking for flowers that actually attract bees! Why is that? We need the bees! The bee species has declined rapidly in the last few years, and this decline is potentially putting food production in danger. We, as home gardeners, can play a significant role in reversing the decline of bees and helping them to make a comeback. Here is just a short list of flowers and shrubs that bees love!

  • Aster
  • Bee Balm
  • Black eyed Susan
  • Cosmos
  • Liatris
  • Pansies
  •  Peonies
  • Snap Dragon
  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnias
  • Boomerang
  • Blues Festival
  • Gatsby Pink
  • Temple of Bloom
  • Viburnums

You probably already have some of these flowers in your garden already! Not only will the bees love you but having a bee friendly garden also attracts other fun things like hummingbirds and butterflies! In order to get your little friends, there even quicker, make sure to group plants and flowers together. Bees love the variety and especially love the bright vibrant colors.

Take care of your plants. This includes watering, weeding, pruning and fertilizing to ensure the most amounts of nectar and pollen for the bees.

Try to limit pesticides or eliminate them all together but if you absolutely need pesticides, neem oil, vinegar, and Epsom salts are natural alternatives that can be used without hurting the bees.

Whether we realize it or not, keeping the bee population going is something we can do that does not take much effort on our part. “Bee” smart about what you plant this year!

Adding privacy to your backyard with landscaping and hardscaping

Need to add a little seclusion to your yard? Nowadays with houses being so close to one another it’s hard not to see your neighbors trash cans sitting outside. The best way to have a little privacy is to add some landscaping. Not only will this give you the privacy you’re looking for, but will also spruce up your yard. Here are just a few ways to make your outdoor living space more private.

  1. Privacy evergreens are a great start. They can provide year round privacy and are typically not municipal ordinances limiting their height. If you need to fill tight spaces quickly, growing columnar evergreens such as Arborvitaes, Spruces, or Hemlocks can be a great solution for blocking sight lines and separating adjoining yards.
  2. Pergolas are great for privacy! There are so many different things you can do with your pergolas to make them your own. They have ones with lattice and a privacy wall, or you can opt for just the privacy wall. You can add your own curtains and customize or have climbing vines drape down. Pergolas are a great asset to your outdoor living area and can make for beautiful decorations aside from privacy.
  3. An oldie but goodie that is most commonly used in neighborhoods everywhere are privacy fences. Adding landscaping in front of your fences such as different flowers and small shrubs can complement any kind of fencing you choose, not to mention it can also break up fencing sight lines.

No matter what kind of privacy you decide to have in your outdoor oasis, making it your own is the best part. The possibilities are absolutely endless and at Knutsen Landscaping we are here to help you every step of the way!