Water features are the jewel of the backyard! Or we should say, can be to jewel of the backyard. When improperly built, unfortunately that is not the case.
Have you or one of your friends ever dealt with a poorly built water feature? Did you make a sizable investment into what you were hoping would beautify your backyard, only to be disappointed by a cantankerous non-functioning eyesore? Unfortunately every year we are called in to people’s homes where they tried to install a water feature through an inexperienced contractor, and long story short, they now have a disaster in their backyard. It is too bad, as these people that tried to go cheap, now end up spending much more to fix the problems and get it installed right.
As the 2015 Top Frog Award recipient, no one is more qualified or has more experience in water features than Tussey Landscaping. The Top Frog Award is awarded to the top Certified Aquascape Contractor and includes contractors worldwide. In 2015 Tussey was the top CAC. We have decades of experience, which allows us to design and create the best water features that require the least maintenance, which means you get maximum enjoyment.
This project shown above was constructed by a major landscaping company in State College Pa. It took an entire summer for them to complete, was costly, and was installed incorrectly on many points.
We always feel bad for these folks this happens to. Tussey Landscaping was called in to advise, and we identified all the problem areas and considered options with the homeowner. Tussey installed the necessary biological filtration, removed the unsightly plumbing mess and installed the proper pumps and plumbing, and rebuilt the majority of the stream to create a more natural mountain stream look. We also installed 5 yr warranty LED underwater lighting for that 5 star resort ambiance.
Above you can see the finished results. Check out the difference! While we did not entirely rebuild the whole pond, we installed what was necessary to provide crystal clear water conditions and make it actually enjoyable. For Tussey to install an entire project of the same size, would take 5-6 working days, not all summer.
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Lifetime Warranty Outdoor Lighting
Ever buy some landscape lighting from the local hardware store with great expectations of lighting up your walkway or landscape? ...and then be disappointed? Yea, a lot of people have taken the same route as you.
Outdoor lighting is a fine art. Not meant to be cheapened by inferior solar (or whatever) light fixtures. These cheap fixtures have a very short life span, are poorly constructed, and even when new, give nothing but disappointing results. Nothing like the ambiance of a 5 star resort you were envisioning for your State College, Altoona, Johnstown or Bedford home.
At Tussey Landscaping, we have the solution.
The Lifetime Guarantee solid bronze AMP LED lighting line will deliver a lifetime of beauty to your home. As an Authorized Professional Contractor, Tussey will bring that atmosphere you see and admire at high end resorts right to your own home.
No more frustration of broken fixtures, lights not working for seemingly no reason, or even fear of wiping out all your lighting with a lightning strike. With the no questions asked Lifetime Guarantee, we stand behind our product with no hassle to you. The fixture, bulb, and everything are covered. No more costly bulb replacements down the road.
Professional outdoor lighting consists of pathlighting, uplighting on trees and plants, accent lighting your home, moonlighting, which is a soft down lighting from above, and more.
With the low voltage LED technology AMP uses, we offer the most efficient and green solution available. Using only 90% of energy traditional incandescent lighting does.
Talk to one of our qualified designers today about your home in State College, Altoona, Johnstown or Bedford, and see what can be done to take the look and feel of your home to the next level. Like the best one on the street.
Weed Remedy For Hardscapes
Having weeds come up in your beautiful paver patio is annoying, and is not ‘conducive’ to enjoying your favorite outdoor area. It gives your outdoor area an unkempt look. And it can often be difficult to remedy the situation, and no one wants to regularly pull weeds in their patio, of all places.
First, let’s look at the cause. Weeds start growing in the cracks of your paver patio when the joints are not properly filled with polymeric sand, or if that polymeric sand has weathered out of the joints over long periods of time. What happens is the joints fill up with dirt, and the weeds grow in the soil that has washed in the joints.
It is very important to use polymeric sand, and not regular sand. Polymeric sand is a product that has been on the market for quite a few years, and it drastically helps decrease the struggle; if installed properly. It comes in bags, and has polymeric bonding agents mixed in the sand that will harden the sand when the bonding agents are activated by wetting the sand after it is swept in the joints. You can find this sand at Tussey Mountain Mulch in Hollidaysburg Pa. http://www.alliancegator.com/2011/gator-maxx-bond/
If you have weeds growing in your patio, the first thing we need to do is spray them with a weed killer, let them die, and then take a power washer and blast out the joints and remove all the dirt or old sand. After the pavers have completely dried, you will want to take new polymeric sand and sweep it into the joints, following all instructions on the bag. After you have the sand installed, the new polymeric sand will become very hard, and inhibit weed growth.
Like all things, this polymeric sand weathers, and for best results in preventing problems you can redo this procedure every 3-5 years. Weeds are crazy, sometimes even growing in blacktop. If you have a stubborn weed peek up here and there, the best way to deal with it is just hit it with weed killer. That will take care of it without disturbing the surface of the hardened polymeric sand. If you go digging in the sand with a tool to dig up the weed, it will only create a crevice for dirt to fill and be even more susceptible to weed growth.
Live Life Outdoors
Ever been trying to relax in the living room, Uncle Bill is watching TV at the maximum volume, kids are raising a ruckus, and you just want a quiet place to escape to?
We make those places for you. Imagine just soaking up the peace of a summer night outdoors on your patio as the fire crackles in the outdoor fireplace. You pull out a cold drink from the fridge in your outdoor kitchen, and curl up on the outdoor sofa and just stretch out and breathe in the cool evening air. Relax. That’s what these places are for. And they are right outside your back door; they are called Outdoor Living Spaces.
Take your life outdoors this summer. Create a place that your family WANTS to come home to! A place where your teenagers want to bring their friends, and ultimately, spend more time with you at home. At Tussey Landscaping, we believe quality time is important for families, and we are in the business of creating the perfect environments for it, …outdoors.
Just unplug for a while. Walk outside to see your fish swimming in the pond and become lost in thought as you watch them swimming around. Look up from your screen, and soak in the beauty of nature. Listen to the music of water as your brook babbles down over the boulders. Watch in delight as your young child feeds the fish and connects with nature, rather than his video games.
Or have friends over that you haven’t had time to visit with in months, and entertain them at the bar of your outdoor kitchen. Listen to your favorite music outside with your outdoor audio system as the twilight fades in across the evening sky, and the soft lighting accents your backyard.
Start your day off right with an extra breath of fresh air outside and have your cup of coffee out by the splashing waterfalls. You’ll feel so much better when you're not in the rat race every waking moment.
All this can be yours at your very own home… Reach out to us and we will create your own personal peaceful environment, outdoors!
Tussey Landscaping is based out of Hollidaysburg Pa, and services the Altoona, Bedford, State College, and Johnstown areas.
Weston has been working at Tussey since 2007, starting as a laborer on the crews. Today he works as a foreman on one of the crews during the landscaping season, as well as our marketing director at Tussey.