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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Choosing the right landscape contractor

Paver Walkway Installation Hanover, PAChoosing the right landscape contractor will help you get the best value for your investment. Not all contractors are the same. The contractor that you use can greatly impact how your money is spent on these projects. Just because you choose the lowest-cost option in the beginning, doesn’t mean you will be better off.


Choosing incorrectly initially can mean even more future costs and aggravation. Here is a list of suggestions to consider when choosing a landscape service for a landscaping or hardscaping project:

Available references

Good reputation

Reliable and capable of handling your project

Qualified and sufficiently trained staff


Licensed and carries workers’ compensation and general liability insurance

Professional staff

A company that returns your calls in a timely manner

Here is one landscape project that we installed last year that really sticks out to us. The customer was considering options for their landscape, walk, & yard. We educated them on the process and the benefits of the outcome. On the proposal they made their decision to go with our company. We installed the new landscape design, paver walkway, edgers, & renovated there entire front lawn! After installation the customer was so grateful. They greeted me with a smile and said “Thank you, Thank you, I can’t thank you enough.” They mentioned that other neighbors in their neighborhood were giving them great compliments on it as well. They then told us that another neighbor in the neighborhood had work done by a different landscape company and spent nearly double what they paid just to have a small front lawn reinstalled. Unfortunately we hear this more times than not. So remember make sure you do a screening before hiring the right contractor.

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61st Hanover Builders Home & Garden Show 2013

The 61st Annual Hanover Builders Home and Garden Show 2013

Hanover's Builder's Home & Garden Show - Ryan's Landscaping - PaRyan’s Landscaping has been participating in the Hanover Builders Home & Garden Show for several years. We are glad to be apart of the Hanover community and enjoy participating in activities that promote the local area…

Dates: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 6th through March 9th.

Times: 5:00PM – 9:00PM Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 9:00AM – 6:00PM Saturday

Where: formerly JC Penney’s in the North Hanover Mall
1155 Carlisle St.
Hanover, PA 17331

The show benefits The Exchange Club of Hanover’s Scholarship Fund, community service projects, and efforts to prevent child abuse.

Winter paver patio care…

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With winter weather here Ryan’s Landscaping would like to take a minute to give some tips on how to care for your paver patio to ensure that it looks beautiful come spring. Whether we completed a project for you or you had someone else do the work, these are general rules that apply to all.


De-icers are the enemy of concrete pavers

Regardless if you have a tumbled paver driveway or a beautiful prest paver sidewalk; salt will destroy your investment. Try to refrain from throwing any kind of salt products on concrete pavers. We suggest using kitty litter in place of salt. Will it melt the ice? Probably not, but it will give you some traction for walking across it during the winter and it is easy to clean up come spring.


While sealing of concrete pavers is not typically necessary, it does add a layer of protection for it during the winter months. Does this mean that we recommend using deicers since your paver patio is not sealed? Absolutely not! However, if you have a concrete paver driveway you may want to give it a shot of sealer in the fall. You are constantly dragging salt from the street across your driveway during the winter months and this may help to prevent some issues.

Shoveling Snow, Plows, and Snow Blowers 

When Shoveling snow off sidewalks, we recommend using a plastic shovel. Metal shovels have a tendency to scratch pavers and would destroy the seal on sealed patios. These damages are hard and costly to fix. For driveways we recommend using snow blowers which have shoes to protect the pavers. Set the depth gauges up 1/8”-1/4” to help protect from scratching.

Sweeping and Cleaning

While this is not absolutely necessary it cannot hurt. If you get a nice warm winter day after the snow has melted don’t be afraid to give your paver patio a good sweeping if deicers were applied to them. This will help get those products off your concrete to prevent unnecessary damage.


For snow removal service, please Contact Us or call (717)-632-4074.

Ryan’s Landscaping is a certified Gravel-Lok installer…

Gravel - Lok Certified  Installer Hanover, Pa 17331 Ryan's Landscaping - 717-632-4074Gravel-Lok is a single component, moisture curing liquid scientifically designed to bond together a wide variety of aggregates. When combined with Cell-Tek’s LSG Series Load Support Grid, the result is a permeable and durable natural stone pavement system which can be utilized in a wide variety of civil, residential and industrial applications. The system is also an ideal solution for municipalities, parks and other government porous paving projects as well as stonescaping applications in residential areas. Maintaining the strength of traditional paving methods, nothing is sacrificed while creating an economical, decorative and functional pavement system.

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Ryan's Landscaping is a Certified Installer of Gravel-Lok in Hanover, PARyan's Landscaping is a Certified Installer of Gravel-Lok in Hanover, PA

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Your new sod will give your yard instant grass after installation…

Sod Installation Hanover PA | Gettysburg PA | Lay Sod | Install Sod 17331 & 17325 The installation of sod is a popular way to establish a new lawn. Most of the sod purchased is a blend of different Kentucky bluegrass varieties or a mixture of other common turfgrass types (i.e., fine fescue, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue). When installed correctly on properly amended soil, in the appropriate sunlight conditions and where correct maintenance is provided, a sod lawn can be a valuable part of your landscape.

Instant Lawn

Sod turns a bare patch of ground into a grass-covered lawn as soon as you finish installing it. You get the instant satisfaction of having a green yard. A seeded lawn requires several weeks before the grass grows in. The area looks patchy as the grass first starts to grow. A seed-planted lawn is often covered with straw or similar materials to protect the seeds, leaving the yard looking unattractive. If you don’t have the patience to wait for a dense lawn grown from seed, sod is a faster alternative.

Less Irrigation

Once installed, sod requires less maintenance than grass seed. Sod needs regular irrigation to keep it moist until it becomes firmly established, but the sod typically won’t dry out as fast as a grass-seeded area. A seeded lawn sometimes needs four or more watering sessions per day to keep the ground moist, depending on the weather conditions. Sod usually only needs to be watered twice daily. The less frequent irrigation saves on water and reduces your workload in caring for the new grass.

Faster Use

Because the grass is already grown, a sodded yard is ready for use faster than a seeded lawn. The young grass blades that emerge from seeds are delicate and susceptible to damage. Walking on the lawn and using it for regular activities like playing or entertaining may result in trampled or dead grass. Sod has a head start in growth. The roots usually become established in the lawn in two to four weeks. While light activity is still best in the first four to six weeks, sod is generally ready for use sooner than a seeded lawn.

Soil Protection

Grass seeds rest on top of the soil, leaving them susceptible to the wind. Until the seeds germinate and widespread grass growth is established, the soil is also more likely to blow away. Because sod is a thick mat of established grass, it covers the soil completely, keeping it in place. The covered soil also means you’ll carry less dirt and mud into the house when walking across the lawn.
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Contact Us today. Consultations are always free or call 717-632-4074, we will be happy to assist you.



Landscape Lighting Hanover, Pa 17331 & Gettysburg, Pa 17325 LED Landscape Lighting Contractor

A landscape looks great…during the day. But who really gets to appreciate it besides the mail carrier and anyone else who happens to pass by your home during the day? Outdoor lighting enables you to get much more use out of your landscape. With Professional landscape lighting your landscape will look beautiful year-round, even on the darkest winter nights. There are a myriad of design elements we can incorporate into lighting the landscape to evoke the particular mood you are looking for, whether it be romantic, mysterious, dramatic, or grand.


Security: Lighting can reveal dark areas in your landscape where someone might try to hide.


Safety: Outdoor lighting ensures resident and visitors can safely navigate around the property at night.  No more stumbling over steps in the dark, low-voltage lighting gives you and your guests the confidence to get around after the suns gone down.


Usability: Illuminating private areas of a property allow enjoyment on in to the evening on your decks, sitting areas, and recreational spaces.  You will be able to enjoy your patios party on into the evening hours!


Beauty:  Low voltage lighting highlights the architectural elements of your home, and accentuates the features of your landscape.  We can design a dramatic lighting display lighting your focal point; a fountain, a stature, the weeping branches of your Japanese Maple tree, focus a light onto the gentle splashes of your waterfall and get more bang for your buck from the features of your landscape by being able to view them even after dusk.


Economy: Low-voltage lighting consumes about 1/3 the electricity compared to high-voltage systems and is far less expensive to install.

Contact Us today. Consultations are always free or call 717-632-4074, we will be happy to assist you.

Hanover, PA Retaining Wall, Patio, & Walkway Installation

Do you want an outdoor breakfast nook? A stimulating place to work? A quiet haven of relaxation, or a place to lay back and stargaze together? Or do you wish you could use far more of the land you pay a mortgage for every month? 

Hardscaping Contractors - Hanover, Gettysburg, Littlestown, New Oxford, East Berlin, Abbottstown, PA
Whether it’s bringing the butterflies close, or keeping intrusions far away, we’re focused on outdoor hardscapes that cure drainage challenges, delight your senses, and amaze you with a renewed sense of possibility every time you step outside. We’re simply a more conscientious and creative contractor, committed to designing hardscapes in colors that accent your house, give you a wider space to enjoy, and an atmosphere of breathing room around every eye-catching curve. We welcome you to expect more from us. Because ultimately, not only are we providing a better platform on which to gather for celebration and relaxation…we’re building joy into the life of your home.
Hanover Retaining Wall Installation, RYAN'S LANDSCAPING 632-4074 This was a recent project we just completed in Hanover. The customers wanted to add entertaining area around there pool area. So we listened to there ideas, made a few suggestions, and here is the outcome! This is what you get when you have the right professionals, Ryan’s Landscaping install your outdoor projects.

Contact Us today. Consultations are always free or call 717-632-4074, we will be happy to assist you.

Keystone Retaining Wall Installation in Hanover, PA

This project features Keystone Retaining Walls block & Nicolock Pavers.

The customer expressed their issues with their existing area. They had some ideas, but asked for professional input. We made some suggestions and went to work on giving them an estimate in a price that fit their budget.

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Here are the results when you have the qualified state licensed professionals at Ryan’s Landscaping install your projects. We turn outdoor dreams into a reality!

Contact Us today. Consultations are always free or call 717-632-4074, we will be happy to assist you.

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