Does Landscaping Go Out of Style?

While it is hard to imagine beautiful flowers or a green lawn losing popularity, landscaping does have trends that come and go. Yes, having a lush lawn will always be in style, but the landscaping elements you surround it with can trend in and out of vogue. If you want to maintain a stylish home, this includes renovating your landscaping to keep up with the latest trends.

Updating Your Landscaping

Consider the back and front yards of your home two more rooms to decorate. While you may not repaint or completely change the flooring every year, you may want to add a few new touches to keep each room stylish. The same is true for your landscaping. You don’t need a completely new landscape design every year, but you should update some elements from time to time. Here are some ideas to update your front and backyards.

  • Add a new garden trend. Change your flower garden to an edible, vegetable garden. Sustainable landscaping is hot right now.
  • Modernize a water feature. Have a boring garden pond? Consider updating to a more modern water feature like a sheet waterfall.
  • Privacy trees. Trees are a great way to add privacy and green to your yard, a popular option over fencing right now. Talk to your landscaper about adding privacy trees to the edge of your property.
  • Beautiful drainage. Keep your yard healthy and properly drained with a beautiful dry creek bed. This is a natural, beautiful way to promote drainage.

Your landscaping can go stale without a few updates now and then. Talk to your local landscaper to add new elements to improve the beauty and style of your outdoor areas.

Posted on behalf of:
Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

How Advanced Irrigation Can Improve Your Lawn

Are you tired of fighting off the brown and yellow grass in the last months of summer? It can be difficult to keep a beautiful, green lawn without the right irrigation system. Even if you have an older irrigation system in place, it may not offer all the benefits of newer systems. Here are some of the advantages of adding a new smart irrigation system to your yard to improve your lawn for next summer.

  • Wi-fi capabilities. New smart irrigation systems can be set up to connect with your smartphone or tablet, giving you access to controlling your irrigation from wherever you are. This can help you manage your watering schedule beyond just setting a timer – you can turn on your sprinklers whenever, from wherever.
  • Reduced water use. With better controls comes better use of water. Smart irrigation systems are aware of weather and can be set to detect rain and precipitation so that you don’t use your sprinklers when it’s raining.
  • Improved lawn care. Not only can smart irrigation systems control your watering, they can help improve the care of your lawn. Some systems have capabilities to check fertilizer levels, temperatures, light and many other factors that impact your lawn. One interface can manage your lawn care and keep you on top of improving the health of your grass.

If you are ready to get the green, lush lawn you always wanted, consider investing in a new smart irrigation system. Talk to your local landscaper about upgrading your irrigation to a smarter, greener system that will help you get the best lawn for next summer.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

4 Feature Options to Improve Your Landscaping

Is your yard in need of an upgrade? Even if you have a nice lawn, beautiful gardens and a lovely landscape design, there is always room for improvement. Sometimes you don’t need a completely new look for your landscaping; just a single added feature to give it a new focal point can do the job. Here are four great feature options to add to your yard to give it a new look.

Water Feature

Whether you have a small or large yard, a water feature can be just the ticket to bring pizazz to your yard. For small yards, get a fountain or bubbling urn; medium to large yards can add a koi pond, waterfall or even a water wall.

Update Your Lighting

Want to improve the look of your yard at night? If you are happy with your landscaping but want to enjoy it longer, creative night lighting can help you get more hours with your outdoor beauty.

Raised Garden

Adding a raised garden with a retaining wall is a stunning way to improve your landscaping. Consider a natural stone raised garden in your front yard to create a beautiful focal point for your home – this is also a great way to add curb appeal.

Fire Pit or Fireplace

Want to warm up your backyard? A beautiful fire pit or fireplace is a functional feature that also creates interest in your landscaping. The flicker of flames is a great way to add beauty and light to your landscaping – fire features are also wonderful for late nights with friends and family.

If you need a feature update for your landscaping, call your local landscaper to get started. Just adding one feature can give your yard a mini-makeover and improve the beauty of your outdoor space.

Posted on behalf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Benefits of Adding a Retaining Wall

Retaining walls are used to hold soil, whether they create an above ground planter or they secure a hill or sunken space. These hardscapes can be made from wood, rock, brick or pavers, usually used for function, but they can also be a beautiful addition to a landscape design. There are many benefits to using a retaining wall on your property. Here are a few of those benefits.

  • Erosion protection. The main function of retaining walls is to stop erosion. You will see retaining walls used at the bottom of hills and slopes, or tiered up a hill, protecting homes, structures and driveways from mud slides.
  • Additional planting space. Using retaining walls, you can tier a hill for gardens on each level or make a garden above ground on a small patio. It can be a way to make the most of your yard for planting, even if you have hills or limited soil space.
  • Edging. If you have hills or slopes surrounding your property, a small retaining wall can create a distinct edge to your yard or follow the line of your driveway. Retaining walls can also create a sunken patio or fire pit with a secure edge.
  • Artistic touches. Retaining walls are often functional, but they can also add an artistic touch or classic design to your landscaping. Natural stone, brick or uniform pavers can all be used in different ways to enhance your outdoor space.

Retaining walls are mostly used on property with slope or hills, but any landscape design can be improved with these versatile hardscapes. Talk to your local landscaper about the benefits of adding a retaining wall to your landscape design for function or esthetics.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Why You Should Aerate Your Lawn

Plants, including grass, need air, water and nutrients to flourish. Unfortunately, a thick lawn can eventually become a detriment to itself. The root system, thatch and soil can become so dense that water, air and nutrients have trouble infiltrating this layer and impact the health of your lawn. Aerating your lawn can allow your lawn to get the elements it needs to stay healthy.

What Is Aeration?

Aeration is creating holes in the root layer, thatch and soil to allow penetration of the water, air and nutrients your lawn needs. This could be done manually, poking holes individually, but is most efficiently done with lawn aeration equipment. This loosens compacted soil and thatch from organic debris to allow the elements to penetrate and circulate to feed the grass roots.

Aeration should be done on lawns that have heavy traffic, sod or are struggling to maintain good moisture levels. The surface on heavy thatched lawns can feel spongy underfoot and it can be difficult to keep grass green in the dry months. Often lawns for new homes have aeration issues due to the heavy compaction of the soil that occurs during construction.

Aeration should be done during the growing seasons when the roots can heal. Spring, early summer and fall are often the best times, but not during the hottest months of summer or during the winter.

While you can aerate your lawn on your own, it can be beneficial to have a professional landscaper handle this project. Not only do they have the right equipment, they also have the expertise to ensure the right depth of aeration is completed and can recommend fertilizers and other options to improve the health of your lawn after aeration.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

5 Types of Drainage Solutions

If you struggle with water issues on your property, drainage is vital to protecting from erosion, landscaping deterioration and basement flooding. Directing water flow away from your home and yard to maintain your property can be accomplished through a few different drainage options. Here are five types of drainage solutions to help protect your property from water damage.

  1. French drains. French drains are a network of underground perforated piping that can help distribute water and prevent pooling.
  2. Dry creek beds. A beautiful and functional drainage solution is the dry creek bed. Using stones, you can create a meandering creek bed that attract water and directs it to an appropriate drainage point. Your local landscaper can install this for you.
  3. Downspout drainage. One of the reasons for poor drainage around your home is the downspouts from your gutters. Installing drainage to direct the flow of water coming out of your downspouts can keep water away from your foundation.
  4. Slopes. A natural solution to drainage problems can be changing the level of slope on your yard. A slight downgrade can create water runoff away from your home and prevent pooling in your yard.
  5. New gutters. If the gutters on your home and other structures are not functioning correctly, they can cause water accumulation around your foundations. New gutters combined with proper drainage at the downspouts can help manage the water flow from precipitation on your property.

Consulting an experienced landscaping company that offers drainage installation can help you determine the best solution for managing water issues on your property. Protect the investment into your home by having a drainage solution installed through your local landscaper.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Tips on Lakefront Landscaping

If you are blessed enough to own a lakefront home, you have a small piece of paradise to come home to every day. A big part of the value of your home is where it is located and what is outside of the house, including the landscaping. To make the most of your property, you want to use landscaping that enhances and protects the natural beauty and scenery at your home. Here are some tips to use your landscape design to work with the geographical elements of your lakefront home.

  • Maintain your view. You don’t want to add anything that will obstruct the view of the lake. Adding trees or shrubbery that will grow tall, or structures, should be kept to the sides or front of the home to maintain your view.
  • Use the right plants. Most lakefront homes will have damp soil. You will want plants that thrive in damp conditions to get the best results when adding shrubs or flowers.
  • Don’t remove waterline vegetation. Naturally-growing plants along the waterline should be left in place. Their root structure is most likely deep and helps control erosion; removing them could do harm and disturb the wildlife in the area.
  • Consider hardscape options. A natural stone patio, stairway to the water, or retaining wall tiers are excellent options for landscaping lakefront yards.
  • Chemical considerations. You want to be careful of using chemicals in your landscaping maintenance that could drain into the lake and impact the water eco-system.

Your local landscaper can help you design a landscape that makes the most of your view and protects your property. Adding the right touches to your outdoor space can enhance the beauty of your personal paradise and add even more value to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Improve Your Home’s Value with the Right Landscaping

Are you planning to sell your home or have an upcoming appraisal for a new loan? One quick and inexpensive way to improve the value of your home is to use the right landscaping. Compared to other home improvements, landscaping is fast and affordable, but it can give you more bang for your back when it comes to adding value.

Value of a home is based on many factors. The size, location and upkeep of the home are all important, but when it comes to creating a “homey” atmosphere, landscaping can go a long way. How a home looks at first site or the “curb appeal” has a big impact on value and how desirable your home is to buyers. Changing the landscaping can go a long way in improving your home’s curb appeal and increasing the value. Some landscaping fixes to consider for increased value can include:

  • Installing new sod for a green, lush lawn
  • Adding flower gardens in the front yard
  • Use bushes and shrubs to enhance the entryway
  • Add a paved patio to your backyard
  • Trim bushes, hedges and trees for a clean look

If you are not equipped with a green thumb, talk to your local landscaper about quick, affordable options for improving your yard. They can inspect your current landscaping and offer suggestions to give it a more professional appearance. You may be surprised how a few small changes to your yard can make your entire home seem more attractive, and how affordable these changes can be in comparison to other options. New landscaping is worth the time and money to get the most value for your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Making your Yard a more Usable Living Space

Everyone tries to make the most use of every square inch of their home.  They add seating and storage and upgrade to more quality materials in the kitchen and baths. But one area that is often neglected as a usable living space is the back yard. There are beautiful design choices that can make your backyard more than just a grassy field, but actual livable space that people want to spend time in.

Patio Space

Whether you have a large or small outdoor space, a simple stone patio looks amazing and keeps your indoor floors clean. Natural pavers or a poured patio gives a level area for tables or seating.

Lighting

Adding outdoor lighting can make your patio or yard space much more inviting. Landscape lights, sconces and stair lighting improve safety and usability of your yard at night.  Even simple string lights can add a dramatic effect and draw activity outside.

Water and Fire Elements

Adding natural elements such as water or fire can really amp up the feel of your yard. A water feature can be as big or small as you have room for, but the sound will mask the noise from a busy street and give a pleasant white noise to your outdoor time.  Fire adds a level of excitement to the conversation.  A simple fire pit or a fancy outdoor fireplace can bring drama to your yard.

Try adding some of these elements to your landscape to try to make the most out of your outdoor space.  Your local landscape professionals can help you decide what elements will work best for your yard.

Posted on behalf of:
Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Why add a water feature to your backyard?

Are you thinking of changing the landscape design of your backyard? Maybe you should consider adding a water feature. There are many types to choose from that fit every budget and commitment level. Consider what a water feature can do for you.

Relaxation

There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of water.  It can mask the sound of neighbors and street noise to help you release the stresses of the day. Whether you have a large waterfall, or a small trickle, the sound will instantly calm the nerves.

Easy Upkeep

If you have a water feature, there is less yard to maintain. A pond or pondless waterfall with a rock bed takes up room that you no longer have to mow.

Many Styles

There are so many options for every size yard.  Large ponds with waterfalls, small fountains with recycling pumps, trickling pots; all give the sound that you are looking for while fitting in to whatever size area you have.

Water Attracts Nature

Water features invite nature into your yard. Deer can drink from your pond and hummingbirds will sip from your fountain. Yet another relaxing element that water brings.

Unique

Backyards with water features are one-of-a-kind. Friends will love to visit your backyard to experience the oasis you have built. They also add value to your home and make it stand out from the other houses on the block.

So no matter what your budget or space constraints are, water features can add value and beauty to your yard. Consider adding one from a local home improvement store or hiring a local landscaper to design a piece for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Cunningham Landscape Group
Duluth, GA 30096