Month: January 2019

Featured Project: English Garden

If you ask any green thumb, they’d tell you that gardening is good for the soul. Although there isn’t any empirical evidence of this, it’s tough to deny the benefits. If you’re in doubt, just google the health benefits of gardening. From stress relief and combating depression, to improved hand-eye coordination and a strengthened immune system, it’s easy to see why so many include gardening in their routine. The practice of gardening has no age limit or pre-qualification. It can be as simple as a potted plant on a stoop or as elegant as the project we recently completed.

The homeowner of this beautiful garden customized our Planx Planters to have a classic English Garden feel, complete with a walkway and defined borders. The elegant potting shed anchors the garden and features our wall-mounted NatureScreen trellis product for the climbing plants that will complete the formal garden look.

The client selected English Walnut Planx® and black frames for the raised beds and CityScapes green for the NatureScreen panels. The CityScapes team worked closely with the landscape architect on the design and are proud to be part of this project. We can’t wait to see the garden in full bloom this spring.

Take the Trash Out of Your Dumpster Enclosure

“Wow! Look at that clean, well-maintained dumpster!” said no person ever.

Seriously, though, your customers, tenants, or passersby (potential customers) don’t want to see your garbage.

This often overlooked, but highly visible part of your exterior branding can either sweeten your deal or really stink up the place.

Imagine instead, one of these potential customers driving by and NOT noticing your dumpster. That’s where these recommendations come in handy.

First step, conceal the trash by covering your dumpster with an enclosure. A dumpster enclosure gives your business’s exterior a more elegant look.

Here a few considerations to make as you determine how to create a less than trashy first impression.

Build A Dumpster Enclosure that Suits Your Company

Dumpsters are a necessary reality, but they don’t have to be in plain view. You can create a dumpster enclosure that blends in with your property for a more natural look and feel. Before building your enclosure there are a few things to consider.

  • A Concrete Pad – No need to pour footers. All your enclosure needs is a concrete pad. Make sure it is at least 7” thick and big enough to leave a small amount of room outside of the enclosure posts. This helps the garbage trucks easily roll up and away from the dumpster.
  • Enclosure Walls – Blend your enclosure with its surroundings. Choose materials that coordinate with the color and design of your building. Some companies may be tempted to use chain link fences, but there are several drawbacks here. Just like you can see your neighbor’s yard through their chain link, these “enclosures” don’t actually hide the dumpster. The enclosure should look like a natural extension of the building to prevent it from becoming an eyesore.
  • Consider all you’d like to hide – With adequate planning, air conditioning units, generators, or other ground-mounted equipment can be enclosed inside your dumpster enclosure. Depending on the type of facility you have, also consider how many dumpsters you want enclosed or whether you want walk-in access.

Tip – Allow yourself to get creative as you build a dumpster enclosure that suits the look of your building. Make sure that you check with local ordinances to develop a firm understanding of what you can and cannot do.

For more ideas, visit our Covrit Dumpster Enclosures page!