How to Plan Your Pittsburgh Landscape this Spring

Tips from your friendly South Hills landscape contractor 

It’s official Pittsburgh, we’re in the dead of winter! And while we’re months away from springtime, you may find yourself gazing out the living room window wondering what you can do with your front yard this coming spring. The winter is a great time to start envisioning all those outdoor projects you’re jonesing to begin. The winter also happens to be the perfect time to contact a landscape contractor who generally slows down during the colder months. By reaching out to a professional now, they can work with you and start planning your next project. They can also get you on their books early, versus waiting and competing for a spot alongside everyone else who wants a new landscape or outdoor patio in full-effect before their annual Memorial Day party! (more…)

Lawn Care for the Winter

Lawn care tips from trusted South Hills landscapers

During the colder months, residents won’t see much grass growth until the warmth returns in the spring. Once temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, perennial plants and grasses go dormant November through March. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on lawn care during the colder months. During the wintertime, cure cabin fever by tending to your yard on those occasional warmer days. 
Your friendly landscapers in the South Hills, J Bird’s Landscaping, have several tips to care for your yard even during the long winter. And trust us, a little fresh air after being cooped up all winter long, can actually be refreshing!


French Drain Winter Care

Tips for installing and winterizing a French drain in the Pittsburgh climate.

If you live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, you’ve probably had an incident with frozen pipes at least once in your life. While many home and business owners tend to think of preparing their interior pipes for the long winter, some may not realize the threat of a frozen exterior French drain.  French drains are used to keep water away from your foundation, but if your drain isn’t protected from the freezing temperatures you’re foundation may be at risk.  With November temperatures already dropping below freezing in the South Hills, J Bird’s Landscaping is offering several French drain installation and winterization tips before Old Man Winter makes a visit! (more…)

How Much Does Residential Excavation Cost

Pittsburgh’s guide to excavating your property.

Whether you are building a new home in the South Hills, adding an addition or simply preparing your yard for a deck, excavation is one of the first steps in completing a home project. And while some projects may be small, others may require more equipment, time and manpower to complete the task at hand. Excavation isn’t always a costly process, but depending on the size of the area you intend on excavating, you will see the price increase with each additional square foot.

If you’re looking to take on a building or home renovation project that requires excavation, J Bird’s Landscaping & Excavating shares some important information for Pittsburgh homeowners.


Fall Landscaping Tips

Gearing up for Pittsburgh’s cooler months.

Preparing your lawn and yard for the winter months is something you can tackle in the fall. With smaller spans of daylight and overnight temperatures dipping below 50 degrees, you are likely starting to see your flowers dying off, leaves falling, and your grass’s growth being stunted by the change of season. Cleaning up your landscape now is a great way to prepare your yard for the following Spring.

It’s been a long, hot and humid summer and while you’re itching to put away your lawn and garden tools, J Bird’s Landscaping & Excavating’s fall lawn service experts suggest making one last trip around your yard before the snow begins to fall.


Tips for Planting in the Fall

Gardening ideas for the budding Pittsburgh green thumb

When people think about gardening, many associates the planting season with spring. The early winter and early spring give growers plenty of time to grow seedlings, so they can be moved outside into the soil after the highly anticipated “last frost”. In the springtime, plants require the right air and soil temperature before they can be sown into the earth. Other plants need the longer days for maximum sun absorption. And while the spring is a wonderful season for Pittsburgh planting flower and veggie gardens, J Bird’s wants to let you in on a little secret: the fall is for planting too!


What Do Retaining Walls Do?

Resolving hillside erosion through hardscaping.

Pittsburgh and it’s surround neighborhoods – especially the South Hills – have surely seen their fair share of rain this year. It seems like every day you hear about a neighbor’s retaining wall buckling, or worse, hillsides giving way to landslides. Retaining walls are used to add support to dirt that would otherwise recede and shift without a sturdy structure behind it. Pittsburgh landscaping and hardscaping expert’s J Bird’s Landscaping are delving into what retaining walls do and why you should consider installing one today. (more…)

Should I Choose an outdoor Deck or Patio?

Outdoor Patios and Decks Pittsburgh

Adding a deck or patio to your home is a wonderful way to expand your living space. Maybe your looking for a simple, yet relaxing area to lounge or is your dream to craft an outdoor oasis. When it comes to deciding whether to construct a deck or patio, it ultimately comes down to personal preference, budget, and your home’s current landscape. J Birds Landscaping, your one-stop shop for Pittsburgh landscaping and excavation services, provides some professional insight on making the best decision for you and your budget.



Pittsburgh Sod Benefits

If you are not pleased with your current lawn landscape, sodding may be the solution for you.  Sodding your lawn can have many benefits, in addition to speeding up the growth process for your new lawn installation Pittsburgh.  A sodded yard is a lawn that was started from a transplanted bed of existing grass instead of seeds. Sod is harvested from grass that is carefully treated to prevent damage from insects, weeds, and disease.   So what exactly are the additional benefits?  We have listed our top five below.


The Benefits of Hardscaping

Hardscaping in Pittsburgh

It is often necessary to hardscape your yard before planning any soft landscaping design. But first, what exactly is hardscaping? Hardscaping refers to any hard materials such as stone, concrete, and wood that may be used to construct, driveways, walkways, retaining walls, and other such materials that alter the foundation of your yard.

Pittsburgh hardscaping can greatly enhance the look of your yard and can help direct attention to the beautiful softscaping components. In addition to the aesthetic pleasure, investing in hardscaping adds great value to your home and is long-lasting. Rarely will you ever have to replace a hardscape design.