Maintain a Professional Appearance with Commercial Landscaping

If you own a brick and mortar business, the aesthetics of your building impacts your brand. The first impression made on potential new customers can affect who walks through your doors. For many businesses, this includes the landscaping around your building. Investing in commercial landscaping is a wise decision for business owners who care about their brand image and growing their cliental.

Why Hire a Commercial Landscaper?

Just like many aspects of your business, quality matters when it comes to maintaining the outside of your building. You do not want to trust your outside maintenance to an amateur. A commercial landscaper can do more than just mow your lawn or remove weeds – they can ensure that the entrance to your business is inviting and reflects a professional appearance. Some tasks a commercial landscaper can handle for your business include:

  • Lawn and plant maintenance
  • Mulching
  • Cleaning sidewalks, entrances, parking areas and walkways
  • Storm clean up
  • Landscape design planning and installation
  • Installing retaining walls and hardscapes
  • Adding aesthetic features like waterfalls or ponds
  • Adding outdoor lighting for beauty, safety and security
  • Irrigation and drainage maintenance to protect your property

Having a commercial landscaping service can ensure your business’ outside appearance looks great all year-round. Plus, it can protect and add to the value of your commercial property. It is a worthwhile investment that maintains a positive, professional image for your business.

If the outside of your business is looking shabby, update your image with the help of a commercial landscaper. Consider updating your landscape design and using ongoing maintenance to make an excellent impression on new, existing and potential customers in your community.

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

Combining Your Pool and Landscape Design

Your backyard swimming pool and the surrounding yard should blend perfectly. They are not two separate entities – they are all part of your outdoor living space. When adding a new pool or changing your landscape design, you need to consider the overall style you want to achieve. Here are some factors to consider when changing your landscaping or pool to ensure consistency in your outdoor space.

What Is Your Pool Style?

There are many types of pools, but most fit into a few basic styles. There are sleek, modern or contemporary designs that have clean or straight lines. Other pools are “lagoon-like” or have a curved shaped to look more natural. The landscaping to compliment a modern pool or a lagoon style are very different.

  • Modern pool styles. A minimal-approach for landscaping works well with modern pools. Clean lawns and limited foliage blends with a sleek pool design.
  • Natural pool styles. If you are trying to create a lagoon oasis in your backyard, you want plenty of plants and foliage. Large ferns and tropical plants can add to the effect you are trying to project.

It is important to consider these factors when making a change to either your pool or landscaping. A modern pool will look out of place in the midst of excessive plants and trees, but a natural pool will blend perfectly. If one area of your backyard is changing, you may need to consider updating other aspects for a balanced appearance.

It can be beneficial to find a company that offers both landscape and pool design in their services when updating your backyard space. This can ensure you create a balanced style that will look fantastic when it is completed.

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

Considerations When Planning Your Irrigation System

To keep your lawn, gardens and other plants in your yard healthy, irrigation can be necessary. The hot, dry summer months can be hard on your landscaping, requiring added irrigation to maintain a beautiful yard. Irrigation is more complex than just putting a few sprinklers in your yard. You need to consider several aspects to create an efficient and effective irrigation system.

Shade and Direct Sunshine

The areas in your yard that are shaded may not lose moisture as quickly as areas with direct sun. It is also important to consider what areas get morning sunshine versus the hot afternoon sun. Your shaded and morning sunshine spots may not need as much irrigation.

Slopes and Drainage

Water runs downhill, even when the soil is dry and needing irrigation. Planning of your irrigation system should take into consideration the slopes in your yard and areas where water can pool.

Watering Near Hardscapes

If you have a deck, patio, pool, retaining walls or other hardscapes, you need to consider how irrigation can impact these structures. You may want to avoid irrigation overlapping certain hardscapes to prevent damage, settling or other problems.

Types of Plant Life

Different plants require various watering schedules. There are some plants and trees that do not need constant watering, while others need moist soil to survive. It is vital not to over or under-saturate the soil to protect the grass, plants and trees in your landscaping.

When adding a new irrigation system, it helps to have a professional landscaper as your installer. They can carefully plan your irrigation system to best suit your landscaping needs, creating an efficient and effective watering system.

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

Cost Effective Landscaping Tips for Curb Appeal

The impression your home creates when seen from the road or driveway is called curb appeal. It is a vital part of your home’s value, especially when it comes time to sell. Any realtor will tell you curb appeal can make a significant difference in how quickly a home sells and how much buyers are willing pay. One cost-effective option for improving your home’s curb appeal is updating the landscaping.

The front yard of a home makes a big impression on visitors or those driving by on the road. The most important consideration is whether it is making a negative impression. A poorly kempt yard can change the entire look of a home. Simply ensuring the lawn is mowed and edged, gardens are weeded and shrubs are pruned can make a big difference. Other tips to improve curb appeal include:

  • Add color with flower beds or planters on the front porch or entrance
  • Clean sidewalks and walkways – remove weeds as needed
  • Add bark mulch around plants for a cleaner appearance
  • Trim trees and remove dead branches

Simple lawn maintenance can improve the first impression your home. You can do many of these tasks yourself or hire a landscape service. If you want to go beyond just basic maintenance, a landscaper can help you choose a few features to add focal points for improved curb appeal.

If you are selling your home or just want to improve the beauty of your home, landscaping is a quick and inexpensive option. Contact a local landscaper to discuss simple ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home, adding value to one of your most important assets.

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

Improve Safety and Security with a Fenced Yard

Fencing is more than an aesthetic feature for your yard. It can also help add security and protect the safety of your family. If you have considered adding a fence, but are not sure it is worth the investment, consider the benefits it can bring to your home and family. Here are a few ways fencing can improve the safety and security of your home.

Kids and Pets

Playing outside is important for kids and pets to get the exercise they need to stay healthy. When your yard is not fenced, you need to be vigilant to be with your kids and pets every moment they are outside. A fenced yard creates a secure place for kids and pets to play and run.

Privacy for Safety and Security

A fence can add privacy, which is important for safety and security. When others cannot see into your yard, it can deter intruders. Burglars and other criminals prefer to target homes where they can plan their break in. When they cannot easily see the entrances and other aspects of the home, they are less likely to target it for their criminal activities.

Keep Others Out

Fencing not only helps keep your kids and pets safe in your yard, it can keep others out. This includes animals and humans. While fencing can be climbed, it is a deterrent that can minimize the risk of others coming into your yard.

A fenced yard can look wonderful and offers many safety and security benefits; fences also add value to your home. Give your family the benefits of privacy and security by adding fencing to your home.

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

What Is a French Drain?

Drainage is a vital component to protecting your property and your home. When excess water accumulates on your property, it can ruin landscaping and impact the foundation of your home. Drainage solutions divert excess water to storm drains or retention ponds and protect your property. One option is a French drain, discreetly removing excess water from your yard.

How a French Drain Works

French drains are a system of trenches and pipes that are installed underground to collect excess water and direct it to drain at an appropriate spot. A common configuration is a trench that is lined with rocks, used to collect surface water from your yard. At the bottom of the trench is perforated piping that travels underground to the designated drainage spot. As water collects in the trench, it enters the piping that slopes to the drainage point, maintaining proper soil water levels.

French drains are perfect for yards that tend to get soggy or have surface water during the wet season. They can also be used to help divert water away from foundations and basements; a home with a leaky basement may benefit from using a French drain to remove storm drain run-off and other water from around the home.

Installation of French drains requires planning. The trench must be low enough to attract water run off and the underground pipes must slope gradually to use gravity to move water to the drainage point. It is recommended to have a French drain installed by a drainage expert, usually a landscaping service.

If you have a yard with excess water, French drains can be an effective and inexpensive option to protect your property. Contact a local landscaper that offers drainage solutions to determine if a French drain is right for your property.

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

Adding Arbors to Your Landscape Design

Are you looking for ways to upgrade your landscape design? Arbors can be a great way to improve your outdoor space. There are many different types of materials, sizes and shapes that can be used when building an arbor and incorporating it into your outdoor areas. Here are some tips to get you started on planning your arbor addition to your landscape design.

Are You Adding Plants?

Before your plan your arbor, you need to decide if you plan on using plants with your arbor. This can change where you put your arbor, what material it is made from and how it is shaped. Considering how the plants will grow, what maintenance they will need, sunlight and how heavy they will be when full grown.

What Is the Purpose of the Arbor?

Arbors are a beautiful addition, but they can also have a function. Consider whether you want your arbor to be only decorative or if it will have a functional purpose. Arbors can add privacy at entrances, divide your outdoor space and even be used as windbreaks. Determining the function can help you with your design and placement.

Match Your Arbor to Your Home

Arbors can be made from many different materials and in a variety of designs. Your arbor should complement the architecture of your home. Arbors can be arched or in straight lines, made from vinyl, metal or wood. Consider how the arbor design will match the rest of your home and outdoor space.

A talented landscape designer can help you determine the best way to use arbors in your yard. When added with planning and purpose, arbors can create an astounding atmosphere and offer function for your outdoor areas.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

7 Reasons to Hire a Lawn Care Service

Do you dread spending hours mowing your lawn and maintaining your yard? Some people enjoy lawn maintenance and gardening, while for others it is a chore. If maintaining your lawn and outdoor space is not your cup of tea, you should consider outsourcing it to a lawn care service. Beyond ridding yourself of a chore you dislike, here are seven other reasons to leave your lawn care to the professionals.

  1. Better care for your grass and plants. Lawn care professionals know the best way to make your lawn and plants look their best and keep them healthy.
  2. Your yard impacts your home’s value. It is worth investing in landscaping to enhance curb appeal and the overall value of your home.
  3. Stop spending money on lawn equipment. Lawnmowers, weed eaters and other lawn equipment are expensive to buy and maintain. Put that money into hiring a service that owns their own equipment.
  4. Improve the design of your yard. Landscapers can improve the design of your yard for form and function.
  5. Reduce risks of injury. Some yard maintenance can be risky; leave tree trimming and other hazardous activities to trained pros.
  6. Your time is valuable. The hours you spend on lawn care could be better used elsewhere. Remember that your time is valuable – often it is worth more than the money spent on lawn care.
  7. Specialized services. If you have a lawn care service year-round, they can perform those specialized services like aerating, re-seeding, sod installation and yard clean-up as needed.

Hiring a lawn care service can be a wise investment in your home and quality of life. Hand over your lawn care to the professionals and enjoy using your time the way you prefer.

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

Trim Trees Now to Prevent Storm Damage

One of the main sources of storm damage to property is trees. It is not just toppling trees that can cause significant damage; dead branches landing on vehicles, patio furniture, roofs, siding and people can also rack up large damage bills. Even though homeowner’s insurance will usually pay for storm damage caused by trees, there is still a deductible to pay and a possible hike in insurance premiums to consider, as well as possible injuries to your family. Trimming trees now could prevent storm damage that could be costly to you in the future.

It is common for trees to have branches that die, even if the rest of the tree is healthy. A branch that was damaged in a previous storm or has been affected by insects or disease can die and become a hazard. When high winds set in or a heavy rain, hail or snow storms hit, these dead branches are the first to come down. Not only do they make a mess of your yard, they can do serious harm and injury when they fall.

Hire a Landscaper for Tree Trimming

The best way to avoid branch damage during severe storms is to proactively remove dead branches. However, this can be dangerous to do on your own. Some landscaping companies offer tree trimming as one of their services, which is a safer and more convenient option. They have the equipment and expertise to remove any dead or dangerous limbs from your trees and can also haul them away for you. Your trees will look neater and be healthier once these old hanging branches are removed and you can reduce your risk of serious storm damage or injuries caused by hazardous limbs.

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

Can Privacy Trees Be Planted in the Fall?

Privacy trees can add a beautiful screen around your property, blocking the view of your house and outdoor living areas. If you are looking for a sustainable option for privacy, trees like cedars, cypress and evergreens that are wide and densely branched can give you a natural fencing. However, to ensure your new privacy trees thrive, you want to ensure you plant them correctly. Fall is a great time to plant most privacy trees, if you do not wait too long.

Why Fall Is a Perfect Time for Planting Trees

During the winter months, many trees are dormant. They put less energy into foliage and work on enhancing their root system. This makes fall a wonderful time to add trees to your yard. The soil is still warm, yet it is not too hot. Small trees can be planted and begin the dormant period of winter in their new home. During the winter months, the roots will take hold and create a secure base for these young trees to grow.

Once the trees are planted, mulch should be added to protect and insulate the roots as they grow during the winter. By spring, a decent root system should be established, and the trees can begin their growth season. Many privacy trees are known for their quick growth – some grow 2-3 feet per year when given the right environment and care.

If you want to begin building a screen around your yard with privacy trees, fall is a great time to plant. Contact your local landscaping service to discuss the best privacy trees for your needs – many landscapers offer delivery and planting services as well.

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