Category: Landscape

09 Feb 2016

LAN Exteriors new marketing campaign highlights our First Class Service.

From the Desk of the Principal Landscaper

Winter 2016

Thank you for visiting the newly launched! LAN Exteriors was created back in 2014 with a solid customer base and world class service, but we started working hard last year on a marketing strategy with a consistent brand message that highlights the first class service we deliver. Whether you’re already one of our valued clients or if you’re considering us as a grounds maintenance partner we strive to deliver the best service in the industry on a daily basis. As a customer in a competitive marketplace you should expect excellence, and that’s exactly what we strive for in every aspect of our business: from our sales team and marketing materials to our service delivery and quality of work. The LAN Exteriors team works hard to surprise and delight our clients at every opportunity that arises.

Our marketing efforts started off by developing our new logo, the LAN Exteriors Tree. We wanted to develop a logo that represented all the work we do year-round to keep your property fully functional and looking beautiful. The tree is actually a combination of a treetop and a snowflake: The green leaves represent the spring and summer seasons when our landscapers are hard at work in your garden and maintaining your lawn. The yellow leaves represent the changing weather when we focus on property maintenance and construction projects. Finally, the blue around the tree represents snow and ice, when we work tirelessly to ensure full functionality of your property during winter weather events. No matter what the weather is like outside, LAN Exteriors will be there as your partner to ensure your property is the best looking one on the block.

We’ve recently rolled the tree logo out to our entire fleet of trucks, and you’ll begin to see employees wearing logo tee shirts and safety vests this spring as they complete work at your property. We’ve also launched our new website,, where you can learn all about our innovative company, view profiles of our team members, catch up on our latest press releases and blog posts, or even apply for a job. Finally, we created some beautiful marketing collateral for use at trade shows and conventions that really speaks to the level of service we provide. We’ve tied all our marketing materials together with a common theme: superior service and landscape excellence.

Thanks again for visiting us here at We hope you take your time to learn all about our first class services and sustainability initiatives on our beautiful new website. Feel free to contact us today for more information on how we can help you beautify your property and show you that the grass IS greener on the other side. LAN Exteriors. Landscape Excellence.

Richard Lang
Founder and Principal Landscaper

09 Feb 2016

Featured Story: El Niño’s Impact on Spring and Summer 2016

El Niño’s Impact on Spring and Summer 2016

Despite the record snowfall we received during the January 2016 Blizzard this winter has been unseasonably mild thanks to one of the strongest El Niños on record. With warmer winter days drumming up thoughts of summertime at the Jersey Shore, it’s important to discuss the current El Nino and how it might impact our spring and summer growing seasons.

To keep our client’s properties fully functional during severe weather events and to gauge when we can best service clients LAN Exteriors utilizes forecasts from Hackettstown, NJ based WeatherWorks. In addition to continually monitoring the weather conditions in your neighborhood we also look at weather patterns and trends, such as El Niño and La Niña, to help us better plan for the upcoming season. El Niño and La Niña can lead to extreme weather events across the globe. These weather patterns typically occur every two to seven years and last nine to twelve months. El Niño usually means a milder winter in the Northeastern United States amongst other areas, and wetter than average winter across the Southern United States. La Niña is the opposite of El Niño.

Right now we are experiencing of one of the strongest El Niño’s on record. Some of the strongest El Niño events on record are 1972-1973, 1982-1983, and 1997-1998. Extreme weather can occur during or immediately following an El Niño event. For example, the summer of 1983 was one of the hottest on record for the Northeast. And although no two El Nino events are alike they do share similarities. Some El Niño events are followed by a La Niña, as is expected after this year’s event. However, La Niña is not guaranteed and if this El Niño ends rather abruptly this spring it could mean a hotter and drier growing season for the Northeast.

With the current El Niño weather pattern we can expect flowers to bloom, trees to bud, and crops to grow earlier than normal. If the El Niño event persists into late summer we can also plan for a longer than average growing season. This is important information to know when planning for landscape and grounds maintenance services. The extended season this year will allow a longer timeframe to start new landscape projects, catch up on construction and paving work that you’ve been meaning to get to, and to simply enjoy your beautiful outdoor spaces created and maintained by LAN Exteriors.

Thinking of a landscape or construction project for this spring or summer? LAN Exteriors would love to help you create the perfect exterior. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to request a quote.

09 Feb 2016

Picture Perfect Day: Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Each quarter the LAN Exteriors blog will feature a report on a daytrip to an extraordinary outdoor venue in or near our service areas of New Jersey, Southern Upstate New York, or Eastern Pennsylvania. We visit locations that showcase landscape excellence, are inspirational, and transport you to a different world, even if just for a few hours. Our first report showcases Longwood Gardens in nearby Kennett Square, PA. A visit to these famous gardens will undoubtedly enhance your perspective of the unseen beauty of our region.

forestParadise Found. As I exit the Longwood Garden’s visitors center, tastefully buried deep inside a landscaped hillside, my intuition tells me to head directly to the Conservatory for a stroll through the Orchid Extravaganza, this seasons showcase display and the reason for my visit today. But instead I’m tempted by the mild air on this El Niño winter day to take a detour and head through the outdoor gardens instead. I turn right and find myself lost in Peirce’s Woods alongside tall pines and calming lakes. Delight begins to take over as I begin to feel as if I’m walking through a picture perfect fairy tail forest. treehouseI still and stare at the lake as the stress from work, just two hours away, melts away. As I turn the corner I stumble upon the Canopy Cathedral Treehouse, a two level treehouse inspired by a Norwegian Church. Children’s laughter fills the air as the little ones run and play in this storybook setting.

Further up the path, past the Italian Water Garden, I exit the forest and enter the vast 86-acre Meadow Garden. You can spend hours hear walking through the open countryside and meadows on three plus miles of paths. While the meadows are full of native wildflowers and vegetation, I can’t help but feel I’m in a far off place. A visit to the Webb Farmhouse & Galleries, located at the far side of the Meadow Garden is not to be missed.

meadowMy hike through this vast terrain has left me hungry, so I head off to lunch at The Café. This high-end food court meets farm-to-table cooking is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat. I sample the famous Kennett Square Mushroom Soup and decide its simply too good to not order an entire bowl. I accompany my soup with a roasted vegetable and mozzarella panini and a thick iced chocolate brownie. This meal provided the perfect fuel source for my afternoon at Longwood Gardens. For those of you who are looking for a full service dining option, try 1906, Longwood Gardens Fine Dining Room featuring their famous Kennett Square Mushroom Soup and an extensive menu of farm-to-table entrees and drinks served in a picturesque setting.

conservatoryAfter lunch I backtrack to the Peirce-du Pont House to learn about the history of the gardens and visit their first conservatory. This house was built in 1730 by the Peirce family and purchased in 1906 as a summer home for the du Pont family. After all these detours, I’m finally ready to head to the main Conservatory and check out the Orchid Extravaganza.

To call this building a greenhouse is an understatement. Instead, it is one of the greatest conservatories and greenhouse structures in the world. It houses over 5,500 different varieties of plants throughout twenty separate indoor gardens. If you need a bathroom break upon entering, head to the Green Wall, where individual restrooms are hidden behind a lush green jungle of foliage on the longest green wall in North America. As you stroll through the different gardens in the Conservatory prepare to have your breath taken away. Each garden is more delightful than the next, from the desert to the tropical rainforest, this conservatory seems to have it all.

Orchid displays can be found throughout the conservatory gardens, but when I step foot in the great Exhibition Hall I’m instantly immersed in the sight and scent of the Orchid Extravaganza. The beautiful orchids were amongst the first to be cultivated at Longwood Gardens and a favorite of Pierre du Pont. These storied plants are crafted into beautiful displays that will have you cleaning out your photo albums for extra space. drink-at-yatchsmanI spend some time just relaxing by the large water displays and realize how lucky we are to have one of the world’s greatest gardens so close to home. After a full day at the gardens I feel ready to head back to the real world and take on the upcoming week.white-dog-cafe

As I leave Longwood Gardens I feel inspired by all the orchids and thirsty for a tropical drink that showcases them. I decide to head into nearby Philadelphia for a Mai Tai, complete with Orchid garnish, at my favorite tiki bar in trendy Fishtown, The Yatchsman. This is the only place I’ve been able to find in the Northeast to make a legitimate Mai Tai that rivals what you’d be served while relaxing on the beach in Hawaii. Happy Hour leaves me feeling hungry yet again, so I head over to White Dog Cafe in the University City neighborhood for some local farm-to-table cooking and their own take on Kennett Square Mushroom Soup – you can decide who has the better version.

Did we inspire you? Longwood Gardens is nearby and a great day trip from most of our service area. Extend the fun and spend the night in Philadelphia for the perfect evening after your perfect day.

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

The Yatchsman
1444 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104