• NY and CT Pool Health & Safety – What to Know

    Following the Omicron flare-up and a reminder that in many ways, pandemic safety is the “new normal,” you might be wondering: What steps are necessary [...]

  • The ‘It’ List: High-End Pool Features for CT and NY

    There are purely functional pools that serve a purpose, whether for kids’ play or a spot to cool off on hot days. Then, there are [...]

  • Plunge In Style — Top Pool Trends for 2022 in Connecticut and New York

    With more entertaining and spending time at home, swimming pool projects have been a top priority for many Connecticut and New York property owners. No [...]

  • Zone In on Pool Regulations for CT and NY

    If you are thinking about adding a pool to your Connecticut or New York outdoor living space, you’re probably wondering what regulatory and zoning hoops [...]

  • An Energy-Efficient Pool – Reduce Cost and Swim Healthier

    Adding a luxury swimming pool to your backyard living space creates a retreat, a destination, and a place to play and relax with friends and [...]

  • Our Pros Answer Your Top Questions About Swimming Pool Maintenance

    You asked, so we are answering. As a full-service pool designer/installer with certified technicians on staff who perform everything from routine maintenance to complex repairs, [...]

  • Spring Landscape Maintenance Musts to Get Your Yard Ready for Safe Outdoor Gatherings

    More than ever, we’re anticipating spring—a return to more time outside and meeting up with friends and family we’ve missed while winter weather kept many [...]

  • 4 Ways Professional Pool Service Saves You Money

    Should you spend the money for a pool cleaning service or buy the chemicals and do it yourself? Many property owners think they can simply [...]

  • Neave Pools earned 2 awards

      Neave Pools earned 2 awards at the 2020 Northeast Spa and Pool Association's Outstanding Achievement Awards - Builders Competition. We won an award for [...]

  • How Long Does It Take To Build a Pool?

    You’re ready to pull the trigger on a luxury swimming pool—because if we’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s that there’s no place like [...]

  • Suffering from Covid Fatigue

    5 Landscape Enhancements to Lift Your Mood We’ve all had enough. The trending “COVID fatigue” description is real. We’re stir-crazy from staying at home, sick [...]

  • Should You Hire a Pool Maintenance Pro or DIY?

    How hard can it be to keep your pool clean? Maybe you’re asking yourself this question as you review your budget, or you’re planning to [...]

  • Indoor vs. Outdoor Christmas Lights—What’s the Difference?

    Christmas lights wrapped around tree branches will bring your commercial property’s landscape features to life after dark during the holidays. Decorative lights illuminate show-stopping Christmas [...]

  • Top 5 Considerations for Poolside Landscaping

    A luxury swimming pool is the centerpiece of your backyard, but it’s not a stand-alone feature if you plan to entertain, relax and fully maximize [...]

  • Prevent Lawn Burn Out – Water-Wise Tips

    While there are no statewide mandatory water use restrictions in place now, the U.S. Drought Monitor cites abnormally dry conditions in some parts of New [...]

  • Six Fountain and Water Features Ideas for Your Luxury Pool

    The soothing sound of falling water adds another dimension to a pool—a sensory experience that is relaxing and can make your outdoor living space feel [...]

  • Add a Luxury Spa to Your Pool — What to Consider

    We’re spending more time at home these days and finding ways to enjoy it by building in some of the pleasures of travel and entertainment [...]

  • Don’t Forget These Pool Safety Features

    Planning a pool project is exciting when you consider all of the luxury elements you can include, from a pool sun shelf to grottos and [...]

  • Get Ready for a New Pool—Steps to Prepare for Pool Installation

    You’re about to dive into a pool design and construction project—and you can already see the final results when you look into the backyard of [...]

  • What to Expect During Pool Construction—7 Steps to Build a Luxury Pool

    You’re ready to take the plunge and say yes to the pool you’ve been dreaming about for some time. But now what? How long will [...]

  • Why Isn’t My Grass Green? Five Problems Keeping You From Getting the Emerald Lawn You Want

    Why isn’t your lawn greening up like it should?  It seems like the grass is always greener at the neighbor’s house—but why?  A thick, green [...]

  • Landscaping is an Essential Service—Here’s Why

    To stay healthy and stop the spread of coronavirus, everyone has been working to do their part by social distancing. It’s not easy, and as [...]

  • Get Out and Grow a Garden

    The world is waking up outdoors, and while we are making a healthy choice to stay close to home with our families, by no means [...]

  • How Can I Revive a Damaged Lawn? 5 Tips from Our Lawn Pros

    Winter can take a toll on your lawn—and so can a soggy spring. Not to mention, pets leave their marks over time, and weaker turf [...]

  • 5 Signs Your Swimming Pool Needs a Deep Clean 

    The trusty pool brush you depend on to clean your pool just isn’t enough. The water is not as inviting as usual, and the milky [...]

  • 6 Simple Tips on Pool Tile Cleaning

    The appearance of pool tile can tell important stories about water quality. Calcium deposits and algae buildup are indicators of a chemical imbalance. Sometimes the [...]

  • 5 Essential Pool Service Supplies All Pool Owners Should Have On Hand

    Maintaining a swimming pool requires some understanding of water chemistry—you should know the ideal pH for your pool and how to use a test strip. [...]

  • What Are the Most Common Landscape Problems After Winter?

    Following several months of hat-and-gloves weather, we’re all looking forward to the days when we can sit on the patio while enjoying a barbecue and [...]

  • What Outdoor Living and Landscape Features Improve a Pool Area?

    You can install a sleek, luxury pool that looks like the one you enjoyed during your last vacation—but if all you do is build a [...]

  • What Does It Take to Open a Pool in Spring? 5 Maintenance Musts

    Ready for pool weather? You might be thinking about warmer days, lounging by the pool after work with a cocktail—or planning a Memorial Day weekend [...]

  • What are the Most Common Problems Solved During Pool Maintenance Visits?

    Are you considering a pool for your Westchester, NY property? Maybe you want to know what common pool problems owners face before you move forward [...]

  • What’s the Best Way to Prevent Spring Weeds in Westchester, NY?

    Why does it seem like some lawns sprout weeds faster than the grass grows in spring? Is yours one of them? There’s no secret to [...]

  • What Questions Should I Ask Before Hiring a Pool Contractor?

    You’ve been dreaming of a pool in your Westchester, NY backyard for a while, and now you’re ready to make a move. You can envision [...]

  • How Can I Find the Best Pool Builder in Westchester County, NY?

    You’ve made the decision: You don’t want to spend another summer without a pool where you can entertain friends, relax after a long day and [...]

  • Backyard Makeover—Give Your Hudson Valley Home a Complete Outdoor Living Facelift

    Outdoor spaces are really no different than a kitchen or living room in your home. After a number of years, the style looks outdated—materials and [...]

  • 2021 Outdoor Living Design Trends

    Your outdoor living space is an extension of the home—and a place you can truly make your own with comfortable furniture, kitchen appliances, an edible [...]

  • Design a Pool that Suits Your New England Property

    A pool is a focal point of any home’s outdoor living space, providing a place to play, lounge and entertain. But a pool is only [...]

  • Pool and Spa Tile Update—Give Your Pool a Designer Look with the Latest Tile Trends

    A pool and spa’s waterline is a blank canvas you can customize with the latest pool tiles that offer a luxury look, personalization possibilities and [...]

  • Budget for a Luxury Pool—and Get the Features You Want the Most

    You’ve always wanted a pool—a true staycation attraction in your own backyard. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed a luxury swimming pool at a resort, or previously owned [...]

  • Five Reasons to Hire a Pro to Put Up Your Holiday Lights

    When it comes to holiday decorating, are you a Grinch or a Clark Griswold? Do you sneer at the stress of hanging lights—unboxing, untangling and [...]

  • Too Cool for the Pool—Remember These 3 Winter Pool Maintenance Tips

    When outdoor entertaining shifts from summer nights lounging poolside to cozying up by a firepit in the fall, that doesn’t mean pool owners can put [...]

  • Plan Now for Warm Weather — the Off-Season is an Ideal Time to Start Swimming Pool Designs

    Was there something missing from your summertime outdoor living experience this year? Do you find yourself entertaining house guests at your outdoor space and envisioning [...]

  • Avoid These Top Winterizing Mistakes that Can Damage Your Swimming Pool

    How complicated can winterizing a pool really be? Put on the pool cover and stay out until spring, right? Not exactly. If you have enjoyed [...]

  • Five Steps to Winterize Your Pool the Right Way

    While we are enjoying early fall days and several weekends of swim time left, now is also the time to think about how to prepare [...]

  • Prevent and Treat Five Common Plant Diseases

    By late summer, plants in your New York, Connecticut and New Jersey landscape have weathered heat, humidity, dry spells and downpours. Environmental conditions can take [...]

  • Dealing with Dead Spots in the Lawn? 4 Steps to Get Grass Growing Again

    Is your lawn looking spotty? There are many reasons dead spots can develop in a lawn, from grubs to animal damage and fungal diseases. Not [...]

  • Dealing with Drought—How to Keep Your Lawn Healthy When Summer Heats Up

    In the Northeast, we revel in the warm summer days when we can relax poolside, entertain friends in our outdoor living spaces, and just be [...]

  • Five Pests that can Destroy Your Lawn and How to Prevent Damage

    Your Westchester, NY lawn and landscape is the welcome mat to your home—it makes the first impression on guests, and it’s where you go to [...]

  • Get the Best-Looking Landscape Beds with these 5 Maintenance Tips

    The landscape beds on your Connecticut or New York property can make or break its overall appearance. When plant beds are filled with lush, colorful [...]

  • 3 Strategies to Keep Landscape Plants Healthy on Your New York or Connecticut Property

    A well-planted landscape is welcoming, offers privacy and enhances your property value, too. But landscape plants can also be a problem without proper care and [...]

  • Control Starts Now—Protect Your Turf from Grub Damage

    Have skunks, raccoons, and birds suddenly taken an interest in your turf? Does the grass feel spongy when you step on it? Can you actually [...]

  • How to Keep Weeds Out of Lawn: Tips for Westchester, NY Homeowners

    Lawn weeds are persistent, and you can spend half of your weekend plucking the unsightly plants out of your landscape beds and lawn only to [...]

  • 7 Pool Maintenance Tips from the Pros

    Summertime is swim time. When you have your own, luxury swimming pool and outdoor living space, you don’t have to leave home to feel like [...]

  • Prepare Your New York or Connecticut Property for an Outdoor Event—How a Landscape Professional Can Help

    Whether you’re a commercial property manager preparing a site for an event, or a homeowner who’s hosting a party for friends and family, you want [...]

  • Three Ways an Irrigation Audit Will Save You Money

    When is the last time you put your commercial sprinkler system to the test? We’re talking about getting an irrigation audit of the sprinkler system [...]

  • Five Ways to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for Summertime Events

    Pool party! You’re hosting and now it’s time to prepare your Westchester, NY backyard for an event. Whether your guest list includes children and families, [...]

  • What are the Best Steps to Making a Great Lawn in Westchester, NY

    A beautiful, healthy lawn will enhance your Westchester, NY outdoor space. Lush, vibrant grasses show how much you care about your home, and it improves [...]

  • The Best Lawn Care for Your Westchester, NY Property

    Your lawn makes a first impression on guests—it’s what visitors see when they pull up to your home. The lawn is where you kick around [...]

  • Update Landscape Plant Beds with the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year–Living Coral

    Adding seasonal color to your property’s plant beds can wake up a tired landscape and add instant curb appeal. The vibrant annuals and eye-catching perennials [...]

  • Three Ways to Transform Your Property with a Luxury Pool and Landscape

    Why should you have to travel to enjoy a luxury pool and spa when you can experience the same high-end outdoor entertaining space in your [...]

  • Create a Family-Friendly Pool With 8 Features Kids (and Parents) Will Love

    Your backyard living room and the features you build into your swimming pool can make outdoor fun a splash for children of all ages—and we’re [...]

  • Time to Switch Pool Maintenance Providers? Here’s What You Should Expect From a Pool Service

    There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and beneath the surface of your pool—and that’s why pool maintenance involves much more than a skimmer [...]

  • The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Luxury Pool of Your Dreams

    Design. Build. Maintain. A Single-Source Luxury Pool Specialist is Your Partner in the Process. You’ve got a vision for your great outdoors—ideas for an ultimate [...]

  • Choose a Luxury Pool Design—3 Tips to Jumpstart the Pool Planning Process

    There's a lot to think about before you take the plunge into a luxury pool and spa project for your Connecticut or New York property. After [...]

  • Get Smart—The Latest Spa and Pool Technology

    You’re driving home from work, stuck in traffic, thinking about making the day’s stress disappear by taking a dip into a warm pool with the [...]

  • Bright Ideas: The Latest Pool and Spa Lighting for Your Westchester, NY Estate

    Pool lighting can completely change the way your outdoor environment looks and feels—all with a few taps on your smartphone. Today’s high-tech pool illumination systems [...]

  • Compare Landscape Companies in Westchester, NY: What to Look for in a Lawn Care Company

    You value your Westchester, NY, property and want the lawn and landscape to look its best year-round. Maybe you’ve hired other landscapers to do the [...]

  • Trending Landscape Designs for Westchester, NY Estates

    You pinned the perfect patio idea on Pinterest. You saw a pool on Houzz that would transform your Westchester, NY property into the ultimate getaway. [...]

  • Infinity Edge and Beyond — Customize Your Pool and Spa with Luxury Features

    Imagine a resort-style luxury pool and spa that brings vacation home. You’re not dreaming. The reality is, today’s hottest pool design trends are accessible, and [...]

  • Sprinkler Maintenance Tips for Fall from Irrigation Experts

    It's no secret that the sprinkler system on your property plays a big role when it comes to keeping your lawns lush and green. For [...]

  • Why Fall is the Best Time to Start Planning Pool Renovations

    There’s nothing quite as enjoyable in the summer as having a beautiful pool to share with family and friends. Many memories are created during those [...]

  • What Can You Expect from Pool Remodeling

    Remodeling your pool can be a daunting process that ranges from simple upgrades or replacements to major enlargement or refinishing jobs. Remove the sting of [...]

  • Why Your Pool Needs Automation

    A swimming pool without automation and smart controls is like a computer without protection software: it’s still usable, but with a lot more effort on [...]

  • What You Need To Know About Pool Coping And Decking

    What is Pool Coping? The coping around your pool is the stone or concrete material that caps the pool shelf wall around the edge of [...]

  • Why New York and Connecticut Residents Should Have Pool Heating

    New York and Connecticut residents typically have warm swimming seasons. And yet, there are days when the sun hides behind clouds and the outside temperature [...]

  • Is It Better to Enlarge Your Pool or Just Rebuild from Scratch?

    If you are lucky enough to own a pool, you understand the hours of unbridled joy one can bring. What happens when you and your [...]

  • Benefits of Burlap Covers, Dormant Pruning, & Vapor Guarding Your Landscape For Winter

    As fall approaches in the Northeast it means two things for your outdoor living space and landscape: First, you only have a handful of days [...]

  • Hide Objects With Outside Shrubs and Plants

    When creating your ideal outdoor living space, you imagine having gorgeous flowers or other plant life creating a beautiful surrounding of your home or commercial [...]

  • How to Design and Build Your Own Amazing Bocce Ball Court

    Imagine when you have your next backyard BBQ or summer party and you see your family and friends enjoying a competitive game of the popular [...]

  • Why It’s Important to Plant a Garden That Attracts Bees

    We understand that many people are afraid of being stung by bees, but bees are very important to mother nature and how we live our [...]

  • How to Prepare Your Backyard for the Perfect Playground

    One of the happiest days for your kids is when you decide to install a fun-filled outdoor playground. Countless hours of running, swinging, climbing and [...]

  • Top Outdoor Living Trends for 4th of July

    If there's one holiday or outdoor event where you want to have your outdoor living space looking top-notch, it's the 4th of July. It's easily [...]

  • The Correct Way to Prune and Trim Your Plants

    As we say hello to warmer and brighter days, that means it’s time to show off your beautiful outdoor landscape - and a very important tip [...]

  • 6 Tips to Plan the Perfect Summer BBQ Party

    Everyone raise your hand if you love a good summer BBQ?  Come on, who doesn’t love spending a beautiful day outside with friends and family [...]

  • How to Properly Prepare An Annual Flower Bed this Summer

    Now that you have chosen the annuals that you want to highlight in your garden this summer, you need to have a planting plan in [...]

  • Picking the Best Annuals to Plant This Summer

    You know the saying, “Dress to Impress”? Well, the same saying can be applied to how you treat your outdoor landscape designs this summer. As [...]

  • The Best Features to Add to your Outdoor Permanent Structure

    When you have an outdoor permanent structure in your yard, you have an instant wow factor. Whether it’s a pool house, gazebo, or a pergola, [...]

  • Signs that Winter Took a Toll on your Trees and Shrubs

    Anytime you plant trees or shrubs in your outdoor landscape, you’re making an investment and it’s important you protect this investment all year long, otherwise, [...]

  • Benefits of Sweet Peet Mulch for Your Plant Beds

    Everyone wants a garden full of vibrant, healthy, and gorgeous flowers and plant life, right? That seems like an obvious question, but you know what’s [...]

  • Best Tips for Insect Control – Ticks, Mosquitoes, & Gypsy Moth Caterpillars

    The Spring and Summer mean it’s time to get your outdoor living space ready for months full of pool parties, late-night swims, and backyard BBQs. [...]

  • How to Open a Swimming Pool in the Spring

    Spring has to be one of every pool owner’s favorite time of the year – it’s the time where you can kiss winter goodbye and [...]

  • How to Choose the Best Irrigation System for Your Property

    If you enjoy having a flawless, lush green landscape surrounding your property, then you know how important it is to use proper irrigation. Did you [...]

  • The 4 Best Outdoor Living Trends for Memorial Day Weekend

    Memorial Day Weekend is the ultimate symbol of the start of Summer. It’s time to gas up the grill, open the pool, dust off the [...]

  • Best Tips to Eliminate Weeds and Bugs From Your Lawn

    It’s a problem every property and homeowner encounters – we’re talking about the ugly, annoying, and harmful weeds and bugs that try to ruin your [...]

  • The Best Features to Enhance Your Pool This Summer

    Nothing beats waking up on a hot summer day and knowing you can walk into your backyard and dive into your pool to cool down. [...]

  • 4 Essential Tips To Get a Gorgeous Front Yard Garden This Spring

    After being cooped inside all winter, nothing beats the fresh air of Springtime in New York and Connecticut. The sun is shining, the birds are [...]

  • Don’t Dive into a Dirty Pool. Use These Helpful Cleaning Tips to Get Your Pool Ready this Season.

    Can you feel it? The feeling you get when you take your first dip into your beautiful pool and let the summer sun sprinkle its [...]

  • How Professional Landscape Design Increases Property Value

    Creating the perfect backyard oasis is a multi-faceted discipline. A discipline and a labor of love that encompasses horticulture, environmental engineering, and sculpture. When you [...]

  • Factors to Consider When Planning Spring Pool Renovations

    It can get quite busy in the Neave Pools department. Getting us to plan and install your pool renovation before springtime is best if you [...]

  • Risks of DIY Landscape Design

    DIY can be a great deal of fun. DIY can also act as a hobby that can make you feel more involved in the upkeep [...]

  • Get ‘Em While They’re Hot! Seven Outdoor Living Trends

    We love relaxing outdoors. We also love being comfy. So we’re bringing all the comforts of indoor living right outside to the deck and patio. [...]

  • Growing Plants To Attract Wildlife To Your New York Garden

    Birds, butterflies, and bees bring a garden to life, buzzing, chirping and flitting among the blooms. They entertain us — but they also need us. [...]

  • How To Make A Rain Garden At Home (And, Our Favorite Rain Garden Plants For New York)

    Does a big downpour make you nervous? Do you worry about a wet basement, an overworked sump pump, or huge puddles in your yard after [...]

  • The 6 Coolest of Cool Luxury Pool Features To Consider For Swimming Pools

    A swimming pool is already a pretty great place to be. Add a few luxury pool features and it becomes a vacation-worthy hangout so fabulous [...]

  • How To Protect Your Trees And Shrubs From Winter Cold And Heavy Snow In The Northeast

    Your trees and shrubs take a nice long rest during the winter, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore them. New York’s often harsh winters [...]

  • Deck Design & Construction In New York: Hiring A Builder And Other Considerations

    A well-designed and constructed deck can transform your outdoor living space. It’s a relaxing retreat after a long day at work. It’s a place to [...]

  • What Are The Benefits Of Dormant Pruning Your Trees In New York And The Northeast

    Ah, winter, a time to finally put your feet up and blissfully ignore any landscaping chores. Sorry, gardener. Pull on your boots and gloves. Winter [...]

  • 10 Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Front Porch

    Your front porch is the first thing your guests see when they visit you during the holidays. It’s your gateway to merry. It sets the [...]

  • Make Sure Storm Water Doesn’t Wreak Havoc On Your Home This Winter

    We think of snow floating down in fluffy flakes, piling up in drifts, dressed up as a snowman. But snow eventually melts. Then, it’s water. [...]

  • How Much Does it Cost to Build a Patio in New York? Comparing the Cost of Pavers, Concrete and Flagstone

    A great patio is more than just pavers, concrete or stone. It’s a haven. It’s where you head in the morning with your coffee to [...]

  • 8 Things To Do This Fall To Save Money On Your Water Bill Next Year

    Everybody loves summer and the lovely, lush green landscape that comes along with it. But that water bill? Yikes. You’re not alone.The average American household [...]

  • Best Practices for Fertilizing Your Lawn in the Fall (in New York and the Northeast)

    We know — you’re feeling sort of done with lawn care. Summer’s over, you’ve finally put socks on, and those carefree barefoot in the green [...]

  • Slice Seeding vs. Aeration and Overseeding: Which is Best for Lawn Seeding in the Northeast?

    While you’re still reminiscing about what a fun, relaxing summer you had, your lawn has been a bit stressed out. Heat, drought, insects, weeds and [...]

  • How To Care For And Store Your Inground Pool Filter In The Winter

    Closing up the pool for the winter is a big task, with a long checklist. While water chemical balance and the proper cover are high [...]

  • Swimming Pool Size Considerations: Depth, Decking and Square Footage Options

    Once you’ve decided to get a swimming pool, the fun decisions begin. Infinity edge? A waterfall? Who should we invite to our first pool party? [...]

  • Your Guide to Hiring Christmas and Holiday Decorating Services in Westchester, New York

    Twinkling lights, fluffy wreaths, glittery holiday trees — the sparkle is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Climbing on the slippery roof [...]

  • Your Guide to Renovating a Weed Infested Lawn in New York

    Weeds always seem to win. They sneak in as soon as we turn our backs, ruining the look of our lawns and endangering their health [...]

  • Everything You Need to Know About Winter Pool Maintenance and Care in New York

    Your pool is closed up tight for the winter, all tucked in with the cover on. Now all you have to do is wait for [...]

  • 10 Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your New York Home (From Our In-House Designers!)

    Professional designers know things the rest of us don’t. Neave Decor designer Kathleen Neave has decorated hundreds of homes and businesses for the holidays, creating [...]

  • Building Fire Pits in New York: Sizing and Hiring Considerations

    Fire pits are hot. They’ve blazed onto the backyard entertaining scene in a big way, bringing warmth, fun and lots of gooey, irresistible s’mores. But [...]

  • When is the Best Time to Plant Grass Seed in New York & the Northeast?

    Ah, fall — time for colorful leaves, pumpkins, cider, apples and planting grass. That’s right. While we often think of spring for seeds and new [...]

  • Your Best Options for Lighting Outdoor Steps & Stairs

    When you think about outdoor lighting, it’s fun to plan for dramatic illumination on your favorite tree, patio or water feature, but forget to light [...]

  • Helpful Water and Chemical Balance Guidelines for Closing Your Swimming Pool

    It’s about time to close the swimming pool, but try to hold back the tears — the salt could throw off your pool’s chemical balance. [...]

  • Your Guide to Fall Tree Planting in NY and the Northeast

    Fall is tree season. It’s for traveling down country roads and gasping at the brilliant scarlet leaves of majestic maples and golden oaks. But don’t [...]

  • Your Guide to Hiring a Landscape Lighting Contractor in Hudson Valley and Westchester, NY

    You’ve scoured Houzz and Pinterest for landscape lighting ideas, ripped pages out of home design magazines and watched options on countless home improvement TV shows. [...]

  • Your Guide to Converting a Wood Burning Fire Pit to Gas

    If you already have a wood-burning fire pit, you know how mesmerizing flickering flames on the patio can be. Everybody gathers around it, chatting late [...]

  • Best Decorative Grasses for the Northeast and Zone 6

    Every landscape needs decorative grasses. Beautiful, sturdy, easy to grow, there’s one for every landscape need. Short, compact types are great for edging and ground [...]

  • 5 Mistakes Homeowners Make When Designing A Pool

    Next to your house, your swimming pool is your biggest investment. It’s not a place to make mistakes. But homeowners make them all the time [...]

  • How to Use a Well Water Irrigation System: Pumps, Pressure and Other Considerations

    Yes, you CAN use a well irrigation system. Homeowners with wells often worry they can’t install an irrigation system. What if the irrigation well goes [...]

  • Where to Best Position Landscape Lighting for an All Night Backyard Party

      Your backyard should be among your favorite summer spots. After all, the potential is huge — swimming pool, fire pit, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, [...]

  • 5 Practical Tips to Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Deck and Patio

    Nobody crashes a party like mosquitoes. They arrive uninvited. They stay late. They rarely bring a dish to pass. And to top it all off, [...]

  • 6 Steps to Creating a More Efficient Irrigation System for Your Home

    There’s something satisfying about watching a precise sprinkler system at work — those graceful streams of water, each going exactly where your landscape needs them. [...]

  • Backyard Putting Green Cost: 5 Pricing Factors to Consider

    You know the saying: “Drive for show; putt for dough.” Sure, a good drive can really shorten up a golf course, but a good short [...]

  • Summer Tree Care: Why Do My Trees Have Yellow Leaves?

    As summer inches along, there are a few things you’ve come to expect from your landscape: The grass isn’t growing so fast anymore. On the [...]

  • 10 Common Landscape Design Mistakes to Avoid

    The art of landscape design is harder than it looks. If you’ve ever tried it, you know. Why does that flower bed out front look [...]

  • 4 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Residential Sprinkler System

    If you had a sprinkler system installed, you have no watering worries in the world, right? Just sit back and relax while the gentle spray [...]

  • 5 Things To Never Do To Your Swimming Pool

    Swimming pool mistakes —  they happen. From jumping in too soon after a big lunch to adding way too much chlorine before your kid’s birthday [...]

  • Neave’s 3 Coolest Infinity Edge Pool Designs

    There’s something about a pool with an infinity-edge. If you’re not familiar with infinity-edges, try to imagine a pool where the water flows over one [...]

  • 3 Reasons Why Your Yard Attracts Deer — And What To Do About It

    You know that memo you sent out about wanting to keep your yard deer free? Well, the deer didn’t get it. And now your landscape [...]

  • Perfecting Your Family’s Backyard Basketball Court Layout

    A backyard basketball court under construction in New York by Neave Sports. If you have kids, you know there's a point, as they [...]

  • Tree Pest Control: The Bronze Birch Borer

    Whether the trees on your property have been around for just a few years or a few hundred years, it’s easy to take them for [...]

  • Should You Do Gunite Pool Resurfacing? Look For These 3 Red Flags

    Like your home’s roofing or driveway, time can definitely take its toll on your inground swimming pool. Wear and tear on a pool over an [...]

  • How Long Does A Flex Court Installation Take?

    So you’re ready to turn that swath of land in your backyard into a sports complex that’s family-friendly and, more importantly, all yours. Great. But [...]

  • The Best Pool Landscaping Privacy Plant Ideas

    Some of us — many of us — like our privacy anywhere we can get it. Not everyone is cut out for the stage … [...]

  • 3 Featured Swimming Pool Installations In Westchester County, NY

    It’s been on your “want” list for a few years now: Installing an inground swimming pool. Is this the year? If it is — and [...]

  • How to Tell if a Tree is Dying: 5 Telltale Signs of a Dying Tree

    You look out your kitchen window and, well, something’s not right with the trees along the back of your property. There’s one tree in particular [...]

  • The 10 Benefits Of LED Landscape Lighting For Homes

    Instead of flipping the switch, today’s landscape lighting blog post is all about making the switch. The switch to LED landscape lighting, that is. At [...]

  • Is A Salt Chlorine Generator The Best Pool Sanitizer System?

    What’s the most important thing that happens in your pool — besides the annual Marco Polo tournament? That’s right — the cleaning. Pool sanitization keeps [...]

  • 8 Easy Eco-Friendly Swimming Pool Upgrades

    No doubt about it — you love your swimming pool. But does your pool love the earth? Chances are, pool technology has evolved since your [...]

  • Considering Organic Lawn Care? 10 Things To Know

    Is organic lawn care right for you? It’s a great question. Everybody wants to do the best they can for the environment. But we also want [...]

  • 5 Costly Lawn Care Mistakes A Lawn Service Will Help You Avoid

    Your lawn looks deceptively simple. Give it plenty of water and a dose of fertilizer a few times a year and it should turn into [...]

  • Why Does Dog Pee Kill Grass? And What Can Help You Prevent It

    If you own a dog, chances are you’ve strolled through your yard heaving heavy sighs as you survey the tell-tale circles of brown, dead grass. [...]

  • Early Spring Lawn Care — 3 Common Lawn Diseases In The Hudson Valley

    A nice expanse of green, well-tended lawn is part of what gives customers a great first impression of your residential or commercial property. So when [...]

  • Outdoor Kitchen 101: Wood Fired Pizza Oven Vs. Gas Burning

    Outdoor pizza ovens are hot. About 800 degrees, to be exact, and their sizzle is one of the most popular additions to outdoor kitchens these [...]

  • What Is The Best Low Maintenance Sports Surface For Your Home?

    That weird tingling you feel in your fingers this time of year is the urge to get your hands on a basketball or tennis racquet [...]

  • What Are Invasive Plants In New York — And Other Plants To Avoid?

    The ground is still covered with snow, but we can sense your itchy gardener fingers from here. We’re all daydreaming of adding oodles of blooming [...]

  • Colorful And Fragrant — The 9 Best Shrubs For The Northeast

    Shrubs are the dependable workhorses of the landscape. They anchor our foundation plantings, line up obediently in rows for hedges and provide a great background [...]

  • Neave Masonry’s Top 3 House Front Entrance Ideas

    You drive up to your house and enter your home almost every day. But do you really pay attention to your front entrance? Is it [...]

  • 5 Landscape Lighting Benefits To Instantly Brighten Up Your Winter

    This time of year, when it’s dark by dinnertime and winter grips us in its frosty grasp, there’s nothing like light to restore our glow. [...]

  • The RFP — 5 Benefits Of Creating A Request For Proposal

    You know the importance of finding the best landscape contractor in Hudson Valley for your commercial property. Your reputation depends on having safe, well-maintained, attractive [...]

  • Neave’s 6 Swimming Pool Design Trends

    We interrupt your daydreaming about a new swimming pool with this late-breaking announcement: These new swimming pool design trends will knock your socks off — which [...]

  • Timeline: The Swimming Pool Construction Process

    Once you’ve taken the plunge and decided to install a swimming pool, all that’s left is the anticipation. Oh man, oh man — when will [...]

  • 4 Outdoor Living Trends In Hudson Valley

    If you spend every minute possible outside on your deck, your patio, or lounging by your pool, this is not your favorite time of year [...]

  • 5 Areas On Your Property That Might Need Landscape Lighting

    There are so many ways to trip in the dark in your backyard: That hole your dog dug. Your kid’s skateboard. The garden hose, coiled like [...]

  • LED vs. Halogen Lights — Which Type Of Landscape Lighting Is Right For You?

    When choosing outdoor lighting, one of the most common questions homeowners face is whether to choose halogen lights or LED lighting. That question is right up there with [...]

  • 5 Ways To Light Up Your Landscape As Nights Get Longer

    There’s no denying it: Fall is moving in, along with shorter days and longer nights. No need to head inside yet, though. Autumn nights are [...]

  • Uplighting Vs. Downlighting — Choose The Right Landscape Lighting

    Landscape lighting can be confusing. The best lighting is real artistry, creating a beautiful warm glow that you know comes from somewhere, but you can’t [...]

  • LED vs. Incandescent: 5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting Now

    All the buzz about LED outdoor lighting probably has you thinking: should I upgrade to LED? We hear that question a lot. And after installing [...]

  • Do It Yourself? 5 Problems With Landscape Lighting Kits

    So you’ve been thinking about adding some lighting to your landscape. Do-it-yourself kits are always on sale at the home improvement store. How hard could [...]

  • Dining Alfresco — 7 Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas

    You’ve thought of everything for your new outdoor kitchen: grill, cooktop, refrigerator, dishwasher, pizza oven, flat-screen TV, mosquito mister, margarita maker. What about lighting? Ignore [...]

  • Neave’s Complete Guide To Winterizing Your Landscape This Fall

    Like it or not, winter’s coming. And we have some news for you: You’ve got some winterizing to do. The pretty plants, lush lawn, sparkling [...]

  • What are Foundation Plantings & What are They Used For?

    Years ago, foundation plantings were mainly used to hide the plain, ugly bases of older houses. Houses are built with prettier foundations these days, but [...]

  • The 25 Best Foundation Plants For Northeast Landscapes

    The plantings around your home’s foundation are like a blooming welcome mat. They soften that severe edge where your house meets the ground. They give [...]

  • Rake Leaves Or Mow Them — Can Mulching Leaves Improve Your Lawn?

    So, who out there loves raking and bagging leaves in the fall? Raise your hands. Anybody? Anybody? We didn’t think so. There’s a good chance [...]

  • 15 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Landscape Contractor in New York

    Are you ready for a new commercial landscape contractor? There are signs you might be. Has your current or last commercial landscape provider annoyed you [...]

  • Neave’s Top 3 Trending Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas

    It’s time to jump out of your outdoor holiday lighting comfort zone. Some holiday lighting is tried and true: Twinkling lights. Front door wreaths. Towering [...]

  • Pond Maintenance 101: When Should I Clean My Pond?

    Your pond is a peaceful haven, a place where lily pads float languidly and the sun glints off darting koi. Until it gets all gunked [...]

  • Diverting Water Away From Your Foundation – 5 Poor Drainage Solutions You Can Use

    Drainage in your landscape is one of those things you never really think about — you always just assume it’s there. Until one day, after [...]

  • How To Fix Loose Pavers

    There’s nothing like a party on your beautiful paver patio. Until a guest trips on a loose paver and tumbles face-first into the seven-layer dip. [...]

  • How Much Does It Cost To Install A Fire Pit On My Patio?

    Nothing brings people together outdoors like a fire pit. Everybody wants to gather around and be mesmerized by the flickering flames. Pesky bugs mysteriously vanish. [...]

  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Avoid DIY Lawn Aeration

    It feels good to tackle a home improvement project yourself. It’s good for self-esteem, can save you money and gives you something to brag about [...]

  • Sun Relief: 7 Outdoor Shade Structures For Your Landscape

    When the sun beats down relentlessly from a blue, cloudless sky, all you want is a nice patch of shade. No need to depend on [...]

  • Neave Snow and Ice Management Achieves SN-9001 Certification

    It’s important to make sure that you hire a commercial snow and ice management team that will effectively manage your property. That’s why hiring an [...]

  • 5 Best Outdoor Entertainment Ideas for Your Home

    We love to be outside so much, we’re bringing all the comforts of the indoors out there with us with these fall party decorating ideas. [...]

  • 12 Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives In New York And Connecticut

    We sure do love our lawns. Green, cool beneath our feet, perfect for picnics. But more and more homeowners are taking a second look at this [...]

  • Why is My Grass Turning Brown Despite Watering?

    What happened to your beautiful and healthy lawn? It’s supposed to be green, right? Now it’s a large expanse of brown turf grass. Or maybe [...]

  • When is the Best Time of Day to Run Your Sprinklers and Water Your Lawn?

    During the long, hot days of summer, you might think your lawn is so thirsty it would love a good watering any time of day. [...]

  • The Best Fast Growing Shade Trees For New York and Connecticut Yards

    A good shade tree can be your best friend on a hot summer day. Lounge beneath the leafy canopy to beat the heat. Duck under [...]

  • 5 Different Types Of Fencing That Will Enhance Your Curb Appeal

    Looking for curb appeal? A beautifully crafted fence adds charm and character. The right fence can change the whole look of your home. But there [...]

  • 5 Container Gardening Tips To Enhance Your Home Entryway

    We can’t say enough good things about container gardens. They’re perfect little mini gardens, tucked adorably in a pot. They create instant visual appeal, no [...]

  • What is the Best Mulch for Landscaping a New York or Connecticut Home?

    Mulch isn’t the prettiest word in landscaping lingo, but it’s a wonderful thing. It can help to conserve water, shield your plants’ roots from temperature [...]

  • Liquid Vs. Granular Fertilizer — What’s The Best Summer Lawn Fertilizer?

    Oh, the joy of green lawn, green grass! Your lawn needs a good fertilizer regimen to ensure it’s happy, healthy and green, green, green. You [...]

  • 9 Landscaping Maintenance Checklist Items to Take Care of Before Your Summer Party

    It’s that time of year, when your lush green yard with its immaculately tended landscaping is the scene for fabulous parties and backyard cookouts. What’s [...]

  • 9 Ways To Improve The Flow Of Your Indoor-Outdoor Living Space

    Outside beckons. When sunlight hits your skin, your body starts creating more vitamin D. You get more exercise. And something about the green leaves, twittering [...]

  • How Can I Add a Spa to My Existing Pool?

    Just thinking about a nice, long soak in warm, bubbling water washes away stress. The real thing is even better. The warm water and invigorating jets [...]

  • What’s The Best Material for a Driveway? Pavers Vs. Concrete Vs. Asphalt

    Your driveway paving options used to be so simple. Asphalt or concrete? These days, your options for the best driveway materials will dazzle you. And [...]

  • 5 Affordable Landscaping Ideas To Increase Your Property Value

    Curb appeal isn’t just some urban myth that real estate agents peddle. It’s a real thing. Adding landscaping to your property boosts your curb appeal [...]

  • The Problem With Skimping On These 3 Swimming Pool Features

    Choosing the features to add to your pool is the most fun part of the planning process. Spas! Grottos! Infinity edges! Lighting! But the cost [...]

  • The Best Privacy Trees And Shrubs For A Natural Fence

    Sure, that towering stone wall with the drawbridge over the moat will give you the privacy you crave. But that seems a bit extreme, doesn’t [...]

  • How Long Does it Take to Install an Inground Pool?

    Once you know how much your swimming pool cost will be, this is the next big question: How long does an inground swimming pool installation [...]