BENEFITS OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPER:
Should you hire a professional landscaping company or not, that is the question. You have to weigh the pros and cons, and use some common sense. You have to ask yourself some important questions first.
1. Is this my first landscaping project?
2. Am I planning on doing a little area or a big area?
3. Do I understand such technical things as drainage, pitching and so on?
4. What kind of plants work best for what I want to do?
5. Do I understand how plants work together in landscaping?
6. Do I want just flowers, or flower and bushes, or flower and trees or all of them?
7. What kind of landscaping would be best for my lifestyle?
8. How much work and time do I want to put into working in my yard?
There is a lot of information you would need to know if you want your landscaping to last a long time. One good down pour could wash away all your hard work. Your best bet is to either do some research online or go to your local garden center or local landscaping company. It’s better to go to professionals that make this their lives work than your local chain stores for this type of information. If you would like to try some landscaping yourself, it is suggested that you work with a small area first. Do you want a small rock garden, a flower bed or a flowerbed with built up levels? To get the most out of your garden you create, you need to research the type of plants you would like to implement in your garden. Some plants flower all summer long, some only in spring, early summer, late summer and fall. You can arrange your plantings so that you have different colors for their prime part of the season. This can keep your garden exciting and colorful. You also need to plant flowers in accordance to their height and spread. Some plants grow taller than others so they do need to be planted accordingly. Some of your plants are ground plants that spread along the ground, so those would most definitely need to be planted in the very front of your garden or they would never be seen and probably die because the other taller plants would rob them of much needed sunlight. So there really is a lot of pre-planning and research to be done before you start planting. Now if you want to go for a bigger project and have never landscaped before, you should hire a professional. You might not like spending the money, but if landscaping is not done properly, you could end up with some serious consequences. Some of these consequences could end up costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. To give you one of the worst case scenarios, if you have landscaping done around your house and the pitch for the drainage is incorrect, this could cause damage to the foundation of your house which could be costly.
If you hire a professional landscaper, they understand all the techniques to avoid these kinds of situations. But please make sure you get references, do some checking on their completed projects. . When you do make a decision on a professional landscaping company, you should rest assure that they will make all the appropriate choices in regards to your home. You should also be able to tell them exactly what you want and they will be able to tell you if that is attainable. And if it is not, they are the best person you can go to for a variety of other ideas. So whatever route you decide to take, just make sure that your end result is spectacular and that it will be something you will enjoy for a long, long time.
Landscaping design holds many possibilities. It can be quite a feat to mix and match the various types of elements to create the perfect design. One of the key factors of a successful landscaping design is the element of unity. All of the materials you use in the design need to come together. Consistency is very important if you are creating any type of pattern. Creating a theme is a great way to ensure unity. Keeping the landscaping design simple will also help the unity flow with ease. Balance is also another important factor for quality landscaping design. Symmetrical design involves both sides of the garden being a complete reflection of the other. This is much easier to achieve then asymmetrical designs. If your attempt at an asymmetrical design doesn’t work, your landscaping will not flow well or be appealing visually. Color is an important element of landscaping design. With so many great plants, trees, and flowers to choose from, you should be able to come up with a combination that is very pleasing. Bright colors are an easy way to make your landscaping area seem larger. One of the most difficult parts of landscaping design is getting the different elements to flow well. Colors can help this transition take place easier. You don’t want the eye to see an abrupt change but a subtle one. Landscaping design can create curb appeal. However, it is important to take all of these factors into consideration so that your landscaping design will be eye appealing rather than overwhelming.
LANDSCAPING LIGHTING IDEAS:
A rapidly growing trend in home landscaping is in landscape lighting. Not only do homeowners want their homes looking great during the day, but also at night. Landscaping lighting is a wonderful way to add color and appeal to your home after dark. Most of these lights operate on a low amount of electricity, with some even using solar power. They are available in many shapes, colors, and sizes. A couple strategically placed spotlights or floodlights can make an ordinary house look amazing at night. Landscape lighting can be used to accent features of your house, certain plants such as a large tree or maybe your sidewalk or walkway. When you are going for the elegant look or just want your home to stand out from your neighbor’s house, landscaping lights can make the world of a difference. Adding light to illuminate your landscaping is a brilliant way to bring it to life. There are many great lighting ideas to choose from that will enhance the beauty of your landscaping without taking away the appeal.
Adjustable flood lights work very well. They provide a great deal of light to the area. Pathway lights come in many colors and shapes, so you can pick one that blends well with your landscaping.
Pagoda lighting offers a unique décor of its own. They come in an array of shapes and sizes to meet your needs. They stay in the ground with built in stakes. Pagoda lights come in very low wattage of 12 volts up to 120 volts. There are themed landscaping lights that actually appear to be a part of the landscaping. Choose from birds, seashells, snails, turtles, and frogs. Each one of these lovely landscaping creatures are ceramic with a hidden light inside to illuminate your landscaping after dark.
Solar landscaping lights are a great idea. Not only do they offer lighting, but they are either free to operate or cost very little. These lights absorb energy from the sun throughout the day and store it. As it gets dark, that energy is converted to light. If the lights have not absorbed enough power to run all night, they will switch to electricity. Solar lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes to enhance the beauty of your landscaping.
LOW MAINTENANCE LANDSCAPING IDEAS:
If you’re like most people today, you have an extremely busy, hectic schedule. You want to have a beautiful yard, but just don’t have the time to devote the maintenance and upkeep that is required to keep your landscaping in that majestic condition. It never fails, something always comes up or you’re just too exhausted to even think about it or much less do it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still lust for that beautifully landscaped manicured yard. There are things that can be done to keep your landscaped yard up to the desired look that you have envisioned without much hard work entailed. For starters, you could plant flowering shrubs or coniferous shrubs. You get the desired look and beauty with these. The pros of planting shrubs are that you do not have to water them all the time; the aromas they emit can be quite pleasant. The types of shrubs and the colors you have to choose from are totally astonishing. It is recommended that you do occasional pruning and fertilization, and that would be pretty much it. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of low maintenance shrubs you can choose from. Do you enjoy beautiful flowerbeds? You could implement ground cover plants that would cut down on weed development, thus saving you time on having to pull weeds. You could also use any of the wood chips, barks and colored stones to fill in the exposed areas to cut down on weed production. With all the new tall grasses that are on the market today, you could also choose several of them to add to your landscaping. If you would like to have a lot of flowers growing in your yard, you might want to consider planting plants that are perennials. That means they would come back every year. This would save you from having to go out and shop for new flowers every spring and then take the time to prepare the soil which would include fertilizing, tilling and whatever else would be required for the particular plants that would be incorporated into your scheme. Some plants that you may want to incorporate in your landscaping project could require daily tending to, but there are steps you can take to save you time there also. You could purchase a self-watering, watering system that would alleviate you from having to do that chore on a daily basis.
GARDEN FOUNTAINS, GARDEN PONDS & WATERFALLS:
Water features such as a pond, fountain or waterfall are almost always the first thing that catches the attention of your guests. That's why these are one of the most popular ideas for landscaping today! Water is naturally very relaxing, so it makes sense that people would want to have water in their gardens. Waterfalls are especially desirable because you not only get the look of a garden pond, but also the serenity of the sound of splashing water. Garden fountains can make a nice addition to your landscaping if you don't have room for a full pond or a winding waterfall and stream. They are often less expensive to setup and require less maintenance as well.
WALKWAYS & GARDEN PATHS:
A neat and organized walkway can be a great addition to your garden or landscape design. This can be a sidewalk made out of paving stones or even just a mulch path that curves through your garden. Walkways allow you to walk through your garden without disturbing the plants or landscape design. They can also add a touch of professionalism and class as well.
WHAT IS XERISCAPE:
If you live in a drier climate, you may have heard the term xeriscaping rather than landscape and have wondered exactly what that means. This is actually a very relevant type of landscaping for desert climates in which drought friendly measures are used in the process of landscaping. Literally the word is a combination of the Greek word for dry xeros and the word landscape. It refers to a type of gardening or landscaping that doesn’t require additional irrigation in order to maintain. This is great for desert regions and certain areas that do not get as much rain as other areas in the country or have little access to fresh supplies of water. Drought tolerant landscaping and smart scaping are other terms used in lieu of xeriscaping. Some things you can do in order to make the landscaping process much less painful in drier climates is to choose plants that are native to the area whenever possible. Even if you can’t find plants that are native to your particular area that you like perhaps you can choose those that are native to similar climates instead. This process will help you choose plants that are far less likely to experience great distress as the result of a lack of water. You can have beautiful landscaping through this process if you take the effort during the planning stages. You should keep in mind how the plants will be grouped when xeriscaping as this will have a large part in how successful your project is. Grouping the plants that require the most water closely together will limit the amount of water you need to ‘spread’ around your plant and garden area. You may also wish to consider placing plants that are more susceptible to a need for water in more shaded areas in order to limit evaporation of that oh so precious supply of water. You should also keep ‘turf’ areas limited as much as possible and use drought tolerant plants to create an oasis affect surrounding the areas of turf. For the grassy areas you should take great care to use drought tolerant species of grass rather than other species that will require much more water in order to maintain. This type of gardening and landscaping is definitely not for everyone. It requires special planning and pretty regular maintenance in order to keep things lively and looking great throughout the many growing seasons. This type of landscaping is work but well worth it in areas where you would not otherwise be able to maintain a healthy garden or growing area around your home. Some of the wonderful advantages of xeriscaping include the following: lower water bills, conservation of water for other uses, little or no lawn mowing, and a garden that will survive the water restrictions that will kill other gardens. You will find that these gardens become a natural habitat for other animals and insects that can be quite lovely to watch. When wondering exactly what it meant to xeriscape, the short answer is that it means to landscape with conservation of resources in mind. This is probably one of the most efficient and Earth friendly ways one can landscape his or her home.
WHAT IS A HARDSCAPE?:
If you are researching your next landscaping project you have probably come across the term hardscape at some point in your studies. While this may be a relatively new form of terminology, the idea behind it is hardly anything new or revolutionary. In fact, most landscaping is a combination of plants and hardscaping of some sort. Whether you are using decks, stone patios and walkways, or pavers for our driveways most of us have some sort of hardscape landscaping in our lawn and garden area. Hardscaping goes well beyond that though in reality. This term can refer to any solid materials you use in landscaping at all. From the borders you use for your boxes to stone paths that line your lawn as well as the rocks and such surrounding your Koi pond (assuming of course that you have one). Even fences, gates, arbors, and gazebos can fall under the title of hardscaping quite accurately. Despite all the years and many advances in technology concrete remains the most popular choice of material when it comes to hardscaping. There are several reasons that this material is such a popular choice not the least of which is cost. Beyond costs, however, are the facts that this material is durable and able in many cases to stand the tests of time, it is a material that can be sealed in order to prolong its life and beauty, and it is easily formed into many new and amazing shapes. You will find that concrete can be used for many hardscaping projects both big and small and many sizes in between with grace and beauty few other materials could match. This is one of the primary reasons for its continued popularity. In addition to concrete, stones and bricks are also quite popular when it comes to hardscaping. These materials are each beneficial in their own rights and work to achieve certain looks or ‘atmospheres’ within the scope of your landscaping projects. I’m a sucker for river rock and the old ocean side cottage feel that this can add to landscaping. Others prefer bricks and an Italian countryside feel to their landscaping. Whatever your preference there is hardscaping material that can assist you in accomplishing your landscaping goals.
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