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What Insects Are Eating My Trees? UPDATE!

What Insects Are Eating My Trees? UPDATE!

We first published this article in 2018 and 4 years later we can report that the Spotted Lanternfly Fly has invaded New Jersey! The best way to kill them is to step on them! And look for their egg masses that can survive the winter. Their egg masses look like smeared,...

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Drainage for your landscaping project

Drainage for your landscaping project

The days are getting longer and winter’s grasp has the landscape gripping with potential. With just enough time before spring to consider the urban backyard’s landscape design potential the first thing we as landscape design professionals think about is the last thing...

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Our Largest Project to date

Our Largest Project to date

Greetings and Happy June! The official vernal equinox of Summer is almost here. As we enter our 75th year of business we are proud to share a look at our largest and most recent project to date. This urban, community, public space includes plantings, hardscape, a dog...

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Keep Your Pavers Beautiful all Winter

Keep Your Pavers Beautiful all Winter

While we hate to be the bearers of bad news, this winter is looking pretty treacherous. At least six different weather outlets that we trust are calling for above-normal amounts of precipitation this winter. Whether that comes in the form of snow or ice, the weather...

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Your Urban Backyard Garden Lighting Guide

Your Urban Backyard Garden Lighting Guide

Fall is in full swing now. But with your firepit up and running (click here for more info on that), you can still enjoy your back yard. Of course, it gets dark much earlier now, so what you need is lighting to create the exact ambience you want for your space. As the...

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Warm Up Your Fall with a Backyard Fireplace

Warm Up Your Fall with a Backyard Fireplace

Summer is quickly coming to an end. The temperatures might be going down, but your time outside doesn’t have to. With the addition of a firepit or outdoor fireplace in your yard, you can enjoy outdoor time well into the cooler months.In fact, surveys tell us that...

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Water Features in Your Urban Garden

Water Features in Your Urban Garden

You come home after a long, trying day at work. What could be more relaxing than sitting outside in your garden and listening to the soothing flow of water from a garden waterfall? It can drown out the sound of traffic, construction, or the city in general. Even if...

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Roses are Perfect for any Urban Garden

Roses are Perfect for any Urban Garden

Whether or not they have names, roses often smell sweet (sorry, Shakespeare). Not only that, but they look beautiful in any garden. With a variety of colors and species to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a rose bush.A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant...

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Trees in Urban Gardens

Trees in Urban Gardens

Trees aren’t just for parks or very large backyards. Even urban gardens can have trees that work in smaller spaces and make for beautiful flowers, foliage, and shade for your yard. Here are three types of trees to consider: Amelanchier Amelanchier trees offer...

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Full List of Landscape Articles

Brownstone Outdoor Living Space

A rare 25 foot wide Brownstone allows the owners to create a complete outdoor living space with room to spare. The hard-scaped, outdoor, kitchen/bar and flatscreen entertainment area, seamlessly extends the living area of this majestic Brownstone. Breezing by the...

Luxury Apartment Courtyard Landscaping Project

This could be our largest project to date, providing a private outdoor space for a 309-unit luxury rental building. Located in Downtown Jersey City, this 21,000-square-foot courtyard features a pool, sundeck, gas barbecue area with circular pergola, hardscaping,...

Urban Custom Outdoor Wood-Fired Pizza Oven Palazzo

This “pie in the sky” pizza dream sets the stage for a classic night of food and fun with family and friends. The wood fired pizza oven overlooks the dinning table and outdoor kitchen in this rustic style hardscaped backyard. The urban patio is inclosed with European...

Creative Bluestone and Urban Backyard Landscaping

This complex project required detailed diagrams and architectural renderings. Unique materials combined with excellent craftsmanship creates a timeless, modern, architectural, landscape. Stainless steel railings guide the visitor down into an artistic, bluestone laced...

A Fresh Start to an Urban Oasis

This urban backyard in Jersey City, New Jersey had an old fence and bare ground. The owner wanted a dynamic multi-use, low maintenance area to enjoy with family and friends. We divided the space with artificial turf on one side and a stepped blue stone grid on the...

A Winter Landscaping Project is Ready for Spring

It was wintertime when our crews at Hufnagel Landscaping and Construction started this small urban backyard renovation. Our crews at Hufnagel Landscaping and Construction can work year round weather permitting. First off the existing stark white plastic fence needed...

Urban Landscaping with Correct Drainage

This small urban backyard in Hoboken, New Jersey needed proper drainage and a full renovation. Hufnagel Landscaping and Construction is ready for any size project from commercial to urban residential. Once the drainage issue was addressed with the location and...

What Insects Are Eating My Trees? UPDATE!

We first published this article in 2018 and 4 years later we can report that the Spotted Lanternfly Fly has invaded New Jersey! The best way to kill them is to step on them! And look for their egg masses that can survive the winter. Their egg masses look like smeared,...

Drainage for your landscaping project

The days are getting longer and winter’s grasp has the landscape gripping with potential. With just enough time before spring to consider the urban backyard’s landscape design potential the first thing we as landscape design professionals think about is the last thing...

Our Largest Project to date

Greetings and Happy June! The official vernal equinox of Summer is almost here. As we enter our 75th year of business we are proud to share a look at our largest and most recent project to date. This urban, community, public space includes plantings, hardscape, a dog...

Keep Your Pavers Beautiful all Winter

While we hate to be the bearers of bad news, this winter is looking pretty treacherous. At least six different weather outlets that we trust are calling for above-normal amounts of precipitation this winter. Whether that comes in the form of snow or ice, the weather...

Your Urban Backyard Garden Lighting Guide

Fall is in full swing now. But with your firepit up and running (click here for more info on that), you can still enjoy your back yard. Of course, it gets dark much earlier now, so what you need is lighting to create the exact ambience you want for your space. As the...

Warm Up Your Fall with a Backyard Fireplace

Summer is quickly coming to an end. The temperatures might be going down, but your time outside doesn’t have to. With the addition of a firepit or outdoor fireplace in your yard, you can enjoy outdoor time well into the cooler months.In fact, surveys tell us that...

Water Features in Your Urban Garden

You come home after a long, trying day at work. What could be more relaxing than sitting outside in your garden and listening to the soothing flow of water from a garden waterfall? It can drown out the sound of traffic, construction, or the city in general. Even if...

Roses are Perfect for any Urban Garden

Whether or not they have names, roses often smell sweet (sorry, Shakespeare). Not only that, but they look beautiful in any garden. With a variety of colors and species to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a rose bush.A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant...

Trees in Urban Gardens

Trees aren’t just for parks or very large backyards. Even urban gardens can have trees that work in smaller spaces and make for beautiful flowers, foliage, and shade for your yard. Here are three types of trees to consider: Amelanchier Amelanchier trees offer...

Garden Retaining Walls and Raised Planter Beds

With spring in full swing, you’ll want to spend more time outdoors. If your space is small, perhaps you need some extra seating, but you don’t have room for a full patio and a garden as well. Some things to consider are retaining walls and raised planter beds.While...

Herbs You Can Grow in Small Spaces

Just because you may live in a small space without a lot of room for a garden, that doesn’t mean you have to go without fresh herbs for cooking. You can grow enough herbs to create amazing dishes, all in pots on your windowsill or deck. Here are 10 herbs you can grow...

Foodscaping in the urban backyard garden

Are you looking for ways to make your urban backyard garden both practical and pretty? Foodscaping could be just the thing for you! No matter how big or small your space, you can grow plants that you can eat from that are beautiful to look at as well.Your landscaping...

Start Your Landscape Planning Now

While there may still be snow on the ground as you read this, spring is coming…really, it is. When it gets here, you’ll want to have your yard ready for parties or relaxing. Hufnagel Landscape Design & Construction Group can help you get started to plan your...

Snow Can Be Your Garden’s Friend

Winter weather is upon us, whether we like it or not. And for those who appreciate their backyard oases, you may worry about snow and ice can do to your garden. Here are some tips for how to prevent snow from ruining your garden. Heavy, wet snows and ice can break...

Keep Your Pavers Beautiful

You’ve spent a huge percentage of your landscaping budget on beautiful pavers for your patio or driveway, and they’ve looked great all spring, summer, and fall. You’ve enjoyed lovely sunny days on your patio, and maybe gathered around a firepit on the patio on cool...

Add Some Fall Color to Your Garden

Fall foliage is one of the things that many people look forward to about the season. People often take day trips to view the gorgeous hues of the season. With the right kind of trees in your garden, you won’t have to leave your home to enjoy the colors of fall, even...

Make Your Garden Beautiful for Fall

Many people think of fall as the end of the gardening season. After a few chrysanthemums, there’s not much left to planting and gardening until spring. We’re here to tell you that that simply isn’t true. Fall is the time for planting in the garden, and your choices...

Make Watering Your Garden Plants Easier

The long hot days of summer are upon us. With temperatures often skyrocketing above 90, and the sun blazing down on your garden, it will need water—not too much and not too little, but just enough. But if you work long days, or if you’re away on vacation, sometimes...

Native Plants Look Great and Help Nature

Native plants are crucial to ecosystems that help animals and insects get food and shelter. Even the smallest of gardens can help keep ecosystems thriving by planting native pollinating plants. There are a wide variety of trees and shrubs that are common pollinators...

Porcelain Pavers: A Great Alternative to Concrete Patios

Spring has finally sprung, at least in New Jersey, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the lovely weather. If your patio has taken a beating and it’s time for to spruce it up, or if you’re putting in a patio for the first time, porcelain pavers are a beautiful...

Foliage vs. Flowers

Now that spring is here, you’re probably thinking about your outdoor garden. You can’t wait to get a little color back into your life after the dull gray winter. Remember, when you plant your garden, you’ll want to look at more than just flowers. Flowers only last a...

Turn Your Yard into Hoop Heaven

As beautiful as a landscaped back yard can look, maybe taking care of a garden isn’t your favorite way to spend a weekend. Planting, watering, weeding…just too much work! Not only that, but your family has grown up a bit. You don’t have small children any more who...

Beautifying the Garden of an Historic Building

What better way for a local landscaping contractor to help beautify the community than to put its talents to work on a garden project at the library? That’s exactly what Hufnagel Landscape Design and Construction Group did for the Hoboken Public Library. The Friends...

Spring Flowers in Winter? Yes, It’s Possible!

It’s January—cold, icy, maybe snowy—flowers may be the last thing on your mind right now. But you can have the beauty of spring even in the middle of winter, with bulbs that you can force to grow indoors. Forcing a bulb to grow really means tricking it into thinking...

Backyard Walls Can Be Beautiful

According to Richard Lovelace, “stone walls do not a prison make.” But, when you have an ugly wall in your back yard, it may feel like a prison. It doesn’t have to be that way! You can make the walls that separate you from your neighbors part of the landscape, or use...

How to Put the Garden to Bed for the Winter

The end of warm weather doesn’t mean the end of gardening. You still need to put your garden to bed for the winter so it will be in great shape when the spring returns. There are four main parts to preparing your garden for the cold weather: cutting back, cleaning up,...

Decorating Your Outdoor Space

Your deck, yard, or garden is just about finished. You have your grill, your fire pit, and your dining area all set up. Now you have to decorate it! What good is all this wonderful space if there is no place for people to sit and relax? There are any number directions...

Backyard Urban Landscape Fire Pit Installations

Fall is upon us. The nights are already getting much chillier. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to give up your outdoor space. There are a number of ways to keep yourself warm with a stylish fire pit so your patio can remain your go-to entertaining area until...

Adding a Deck to your Landscape

A deck outside of your home will give you days and nights of enjoyment for three out of four seasons of the year. But it’s not a small investment. You’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best for your money, along with something that lasts. Cable rails for decks...

Lighting Your Landscape

Entertaining doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. In fact, that’s when it can become the most fun. To enjoy those hot summer nights, you need some great lighting to display your gorgeous landscaping and patio. The right lighting will draw attention exactly where you...

Take Your Indoors Outside

With summer finally arriving, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take your indoors outside? You can do that with an outdoor kitchen. While these are a relatively new trend in outdoor living, outdoor kitchens are becoming quite a popular addition to backyard living....

Faux Grass Provides Real Beauty to Your Yard

Faux grass can put the finishing touch on a beautiful back yard design. It will always look green and lush. Here are some great reasons to use faux grass to complete a spectacular design. Faux grass requires no care. It doesn’t need to be mowed or...

Before and After: From an Overgrown Jungle to Entertaining Heaven

Combine a family that wanted an outdoor entertaining area and room for their growing family with a very narrow yard, and you could have a pretty perplexing problem. We were able to satisfy all of this client’s needs, turning what was a fairly overgrown yard into an...

Spring has Sprung: 5 Tips to Get Your Garden Growing

Hopefully by the time you read this, the snow will be melting and spring will be in the air. If you’re dreaming of warm sunny days to spend in your garden, here are some things you can do now to get it ready. Order summer-flowering bulbs and seeds Just in case there...

The Days are Getting Longer

The days are getting longer, and while there may still be snow on the ground right now, it won’t be long before you’ll be sitting outside in your backyard, enjoying your gardens and landscaping. Those gardens don’t just magically appear in the spring. Now is the time...

Winter Landscape Protection

You’ve spent the better part of a year enjoying your beautiful garden, patio pavers, and concrete walkways. But now that winter is upon us, you may very well find your landscaping covered with snow and ice. You’ll want to take special care of your landscaped areas...