Tips To Creating A Landscape Design For Family and Friends

Tips To Creating A Landscape DesignWhen homeowners are working on a landscape design, it’s important to consider family and friends. Not only should the design be suitable for everyone who lives in the home, but it should also provide a welcoming atmosphere for guests who visit frequently. Here are some simple landscape tips that will allow you to create a design that accommodates everyone:

Designate an area for entertaining.

Outdoor lovers who enjoy hosting gatherings with loved ones will want to make sure that they create a comfortable entertaining area. Make the entertaining space an extension of the home’s interior by using furniture to make areas for dining and relaxing. Add outdoor sofas, tables, chairs, and perhaps even an outdoor bar where guests can gather for drinks.

To achieve a comfortable spot for dining and entertaining, it’s necessary to have a paved patio or a deck. You can use concrete or patio pavers to designate a flat surface area. If you opt for a deck, you can use wood or composite materials. Consider the benefits of each, and decide which one will be more suitable and budget-friendly for your home.

Make a place for play.

Families with young kids should leave some open space in the landscape plan. There should be a place for play, whether it’s used for tossing a ball, playing soccer, or even adding a play set for kids to enjoy. Even adults can benefit from open space, where outdoor games like horseshoes can be enjoyed.

If you are working with a smaller yard, consider keeping the plants restricted to the periphery, leaving the rest of the lawn open. This will allow you to add decorative landscaping that will beautify and enhance the curb appeal of the home, but will still leave space for kids to run around freely. Keep flower beds confined to out of the way areas so that there’s less of a chance that flowers will get trampled.

When planning the landscape design for your home, don’t forget to consider the needs and desired of family members. If you enjoy entertaining, make comfortable areas that are accommodating to friends and relatives of all ages. Your home can be a place where everyone enjoys getting together.

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February Landscaping Tips For Homeowners

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 3.21.42 PMWith the spring season just around the corner, homeowners should start to prepare their property for the months ahead. Cold temperatures, snow, and icy conditions can continue for several more weeks, but there are some helpful landscaping tips that can be used as the weather begins to ease up. As winter draws to a close by the end of February, there are some simple steps that can be taken to get the lawn and garden ready for the upcoming growing season.

Cleaning Up. While you likely cleaned up your lawn and garden at the end of fall, there’s a good chance that leaves and other debris have accumulated again over the winter months. Take the time to collect and remove any dead leaves, branches, and other debris from the yard and from flower beds. If you have containers or pots that need to be cleaned out, now is a good time to do so. Then, once you have new flowers and seeds, you will be ready to get them potted and planted right away.

Pruning. It’s safe to start pruning some bushes and trees this month, such as berry bushes, fruit trees, and wood shrubs. You can also cut back any ornamental grasses. However, you want to avoid pruning flowering bushes that will be producing blooms in the spring. Leave those plants alone for now, since they will be producing buds shortly.

Start Planning. Another easy thing to prepare for the spring is to start thinking about what types of plants you will want to purchase and grow. Do some research on the best flowers, shrubs, trees, and other types of plants for your region and for the specific areas you want to fill in. If you are going to grow a vegetable garden, this is a good time to begin acquiring seeds. Start creating a scheme for flower beds and gardens so that you know just where to plant each item.

While the temperature still may be quite cold in February, it’s not too early to start landscaping. February is the ideal time to prepare. Get ahead so that when the warmer weather comes, you’ll be ready to plant, mow, and grow.

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Tips To Save For The Landscaping You Love This Year

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 11.41.27 AMTrying to save money on landscaping to build your outdoor living space can be a stressful situation. As if that’s not hard enough, prices for materials such as soil, wood and rocks, fluctuate seasonally. Below are some tips to keep in mind as you shop for your outdoor living dream.

Design. Although it’s cheaper to build a square patio, it’s no bargain if you find the result unappealing. It may be worth it to pay a designer to create a your dream space that you can use during your favorite seasons or all year around.

Plan. We will work closely with your land to create an outdoor environment that enhances your lifestyle and home value. From creating a plan for your home to maximize views and limit grading disturbance, to minimizing future landscape maintenance, we have the expertise to solve problems on paper.

Phases. Not everyone has the financial resources to landscape their backyard all at once. Divide your project into phases. You’ll save and be able to evaluate your progress and adjust plans each step of the way.

Time. Time management is the key to saving. Lumber for outdoor projects is often cheaper during winter months. Don’t rush out to buy newly released plant varieties. When production catches up in a few years, prices will likely drop.

Still need help saving for your outdoor living dream? Call us today to create a your dream space that you can use during your favorite seasons or all year around!

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How To: Make Your 2016 Bulbs Look Great

20130922_schlessal_0124-Edit_5-Edit_6-Edit_7-Edit_8-Edit_9-Edit_fusedNothing brightens up a yard more than the glory of colors produced by hundreds of flowers. If you’ve thought about upping your gardening game in 2016 by planting bulbs that produce showy blooms, you still have time to make your outdoor living space the talk of the neighborhood. Here are some how to landscaping tips that will make easy work resulting in a colorful front or backyard that will last from early spring until the first frost.

Choose Bulbs Wisely. Start with high quality bulbs as these will produce the best flowers. Select plump and firm bulbs and avoid those that are soft or have mold. Bigger bulbs also tend to fare better than smaller ones of the same variety.

Plant at the Right Time. Early spring bulbs such as snowdrops, tulips and daffodils that begin sending shoots up as soon as the days start to lengthen and warm require planting in the fall. However, you still have time to plant summer and early autumn-flowering varieties. Dahlias, gladioli and lilies that bloom during the height of summer should be planted after all danger of frost has passed. The best time to fertilize existing bulbs is in the spring when they send out new roots.

Plant Properly. How and where you plant bulbs is crucial to their success. Most bulbs like sunny locations where they won’t be subject to rot. However, make sure by looking on packaging to determine if your species would rather have a shady location or full or partial sun, preferred by most bulbs. Another thing you can do to ensure that your blooms are the best they can be is to plant them firmly into position, at the depth suggested by packaging. Place bulbs pointy side up and make sure they have good, fertile soil for the best chance of superior blooms.

Group and Layer. To make interesting scenarios, group bulbs into numbers of at least 30 to 50 to provide sufficient color and groupings. Bulbs are at their best when packaged in layered groupings of at least 30 units.

The important thing to remember when selecting bulbs for your landscape is how selection and planting will fit into your overall landscape. Make sure your bulbs fit into your lifestyle so you are not surprised by scenarios that don’t fit your home’s visions and spending structure.

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