Great Choices for Privacy Trees

Privacy trees offer a natural option for blocking views into your yard while adding beauty and shade to your property. What makes privacy trees unique is that they tend to grow quicker than other tree varieties, some up to five feet per year, and have denser, fuller branches. Some of the best options for privacy purposes are those that have wide, low branches that create a green wall from the ground up. Here are some great choices for privacy trees that offer full screening.

Green Giant Evergreens

If you want a privacy tree that will grow to great heights and offer width, the green giant evergreen is any excellent choice. At maturity, it can reach over 50-feet in height and up to 20-feet in width at the base. These pyramid-shaped trees grow at about 2-3 feet per year, shooting up quickly to give you the privacy you desire.

Leyland Cypress

Dense and bullet-shaped, the Leyland cypress can provide a wonderful wall of green year-round. You can expect at least two-feet of growth per year under ideal conditions, reaching upward of 50-feet at maturity, with a base of 15-feet or more.

Deodar Cedars

While not as dense as the cypress and slower growing than the green giant, the deodar cedar is still a great choice for privacy. They can grow at least a foot per year and reach at least 40-feet in height with large width, up to forty-feet as well.

There are many other options for privacy trees to choose from depending on how quickly you need them to grow and the sun/shade/moisture level you can provide. Talk to your local landscaper that offers privacy tree installation to find the best choice for your needs.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Security Outdoor Lighting Without the Spotlight

One of the many benefits of adding outdoor lighting to your property is added security. Dark yards can be inviting to intruders and give them the cloak of darkness to enter your property and home. Outdoor lighting deters intruders and can minimize the risk of break-ins and other criminal activities, but bright lights can be annoying for homeowners. There are ways to improve your security with outdoor lighting without the problems of bright lights.

Options for Security Outdoor Lighting

The most common security lights are motion-detected spotlights that shine a bright light on anything moving in your yard. While effective, these spotlights can wake you up in the middle of the night for the smallest furry intruder or moving branch. There are other options that can still light up the dark corners of your yard without blasting light that can be distracting.

  • Lamp or decorative lights added on the top of fence posts
  • Under-the-eve lights on your home
  • Sunken lights the emit a glow around walkways
  • Tree lights

These lights can create a glow around your home and property without the aggravating bright light that many security lights can create. When done correctly, outdoor lighting can look beautiful without creating the blinding spotlight that is often used for security purposes. The trick is to find the right combination of lights to dissipate the darkness without creating too much brightness to cause annoyance.

If you want to find the right balance for your outdoor lighting to improve security and safety around your home while still adding aesthetic benefits, talk to your local landscaper. There are many options to create the perfect combination of lighting techniques to give you the results you desire.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Matching Your Landscaping to Your Pool Design

Landscape design should match your home and style, including the type of swimming pool design you have in your backyard. Pool and landscape design should go hand-in-hand to create a blended style. A contemporary or modern pool design may seem out of place with tropical plants that would look better with a lagoon or natural pool style. Make sure you create a cohesive look by matching your landscaping to your pool design.

Modern Pool Design Landscaping Ideas

For a contemporary or modern pool with straight lines, water walls and clean edges, you want landscaping that will not detract from the simplicity. Too much foliage may seem cluttered next to the contemporary pool style. Strategically placed plants, rock gardens, water features and sculptures may be better matched with an elegant modern pool than too much green or flowing plants. Minimal plant life with more hardscapes can be the best option to create the modern style you desire.

Natural Pool Design

Many people prefer to have a pool that looks like a natural water source, with flowing waterfalls, natural rock formations and curved edges. With this type of pool design, an abundance of plant life can create a stunning water oasis in your backyard. Tropical plants blend in perfectly to soften the look of your backyard. The combination of the green leaves, bright flowers and blue of the water can be soothing and inviting.

If your pool style and landscaping seem to clash, talk to your local landscaper to create a new landscaping design. With a few changes, your landscaping and pool design can match perfectly, creating a stunning outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy while adding value to your home.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

How to Maintain a Retention Pond

Retention ponds are a necessity in many developments to give water a place to converge to protect the surrounding property. These basins give storm water and water runoff an area to move toward to reduce erosion and foundation destruction, connecting to drainage systems throughout the property. However, retention ponds do require maintenance to keep them functional and to meet local codes. Property managers must put a process in place to maintain these artificial ponds to keep them maintained, including performing the following duties.

Keep Pond Clear of Debris

Leaves, garbage, branches and other items can be collected in the retention pond. If not removed, this debris can clog inlets and affect the aesthetics of the pond. Retention ponds need to be routinely cleared of debris to keep it functional and to prevent a community eyesore.

Control Plant Growth

Plants are attracted to water, but too much growth can create function issues in a retention pond. Grass and plants need to be removed as needed to ensure the pond is available for water collection. In some cases, plant retardant must be added to keep growth restrained.

Maintain Drainage

Retention ponds have inlets from surrounding drainage systems that can become clogged or damaged. The system needs to be routinely inspected and repaired as needed to ensure it continues to function as expected to allow the pond to work as planned.

If you are a commercial property manager with a retention pond on your property, it is crucial to have a reliable crew to maintain your drainage systems and pond. Consider hiring a landscaping company that offers retention pond maintenance to keep your drainage systems working correctly to protect your property.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Ways to Use Retaining Walls in Your Landscaping

A retaining wall is a structure made from rock, wood or pavers that restricts soil movement or stabilizes property. While retaining walls often have a specific function, they also can be a beautiful addition to landscaping. Here are a few ways you can use retaining walls in your landscaping to protect your property and add a lovely hardscape.

Hill Stabilization

One of the most common ways retaining walls are used is for stabilizing hills for erosion control. Using a wall at the bottom of a hill or slope can reduce the possibility of land or mudslides that can erode topsoil. This can create a stunning border while protecting your property.

Tiered Hills

Not only can retaining walls stabilize hills, they can create tiered, useable flat areas on your hilled areas. Adding two, three or more tiers of flat steps up your hill can give you planting areas for flowers or produce, expending your useable land space on your property.

Sunken Patios

A retaining wall can be used to create a sunken patio that is surrounded by beautiful stone. Imagine stepping down into a patio or fire pit area that is carved out of the soil and lined with rocks or pavers. Retaining walls can also incorporate seating along the wall, often referred to as a sitting wall, great for patio areas.

Retaining walls can be made using many different types of materials, but stone and pavers are the most popular due to durability and aesthetics. If you are interested in adding retaining walls to your property, talk to your local landscaper that offers hardscaping and retaining wall installation. Together you can design a retaining wall that will add function and beauty to your home and property.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

New Options in Lawn and Garden Irrigation

Are you struggling to keep your lawn and garden watered? If you do not have irrigation or your system still requires manual operation, it may be time to update to a new irrigation system. There are many new options and features available in lawn and garden irrigation that can save you time and reduce water waste while improving your landscaping. Here are some of the options you can choose from with a new irrigation system.

Multiple Zones

You need different irrigation options for your lawn, landscaping and garden. New systems come with multiple zones that you can set with your preferences, customizing your watering needs to your different plant types and conservation methods.

Timers

If you still depend on manual controls, timers will make watering simple. Set your timers to water automatically whether you are at home or not, ensuring your lawn and garden are always getting the moisture they need.

Smart Controls

One of the biggest advancements in irrigation is smart controls. Depending on the system you choose, you can have features that take all the guesswork out of irrigation. New smart systems can measure moisture levels and detect rain, helping reduce water waste – no more sprinklers turning on when Mother Nature has already provided enough water. Plus, many smart systems have apps that you can download to your smartphone, giving you access to your system 24/7 from wherever you are.

A new irrigation system can help make it easier to maintain a stunning yard while saving you time and conserving water. If you are ready to upgrade your irrigation system, contact your local landscaper that installs new systems to lean about all the options available.

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

Leave the Yard Clean Up to the Professionals

Every time a storm blows through your town, you can be left with a mess in your yard. Depending on the size of the storm, you may need to spend hours or even days doing yard cleanup to restore your landscaping. If it was a large storm, you may also have tree branches that need to cut up and removed from your property. Here are a few reasons to leave yard clean up to the professionals when the next storm leaves a big mess in your yard.

They Have the Equipment

You may not have all the tools and equipment needed to do yard cleanup right. In some cases, you may need pruning shears, wheelbarrows, rakes, chainsaws, a truck and even a shovel to put your yard back into tip-top shape. Professional landscapers have the tools needed and bring their own to the complete the job right.

Reduce Strain

If you have a bad back or other physical limitations, yard cleanup can be hard on your body. Bending, lifting, climbing and repetitive motions can be cause strain on your body. Give yourself a break and let pros do the cleanup for you.

Hauling Away the Mess

Not only can a professional landscaper come and cleanup the mess left by a storm, they will haul it away to a local collection site. If you don’t own a truck, this can be a crucial benefit of hiring a pro.

Why spend the time cleaning up and hauling away all the storm mess in your yard? Call in a local landscaper that can remove the debris, haul it away and restore your property to pristine condition.

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Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Are Your Downspouts Causing a Drainage Issue?

While it is important to direct water away from your roof and home, too much water on your property in on spot can cause overall drainage problems. Erosion, landscaping troubles foundation settling and even leaks into your basement can occur when your downspouts are not situated properly. If the downspouts on your home are making a mess of your yard and property, it may be time to replace them or add new drainage solutions to protect your investment in your home.

Controlling Downspout Runoff

It is one thing to have gutters on your home that control roof runoff – it is another issue whisking this water away from your home once it leaves your gutter and downspout system. If downspouts from your gutters pour water right next to your home’s foundation or into nearby landscaping, it can cause problems. You can have pooling that can impact plants, your lawn or even leak back into or towards your home. Erosion around your foundation can causing expensive settling that can impact your home’s structure.

To reduce possible damage from downspout runoff, you need a complete drainage system. This system can guide the water from your gutters and downspouts to an appropriate drainage point away from your home. This can prevent erosion and damage to your home and property, a wise improvement to protect one of your most valuable assets.

If you are concerned with the functionality of your downspouts on your home, contact a local landscaper that offers drainage solutions and downspout repairs. They can improve your downspouts or create drainage options that will move moisture away from your valuable home and landscaping to protect your investment.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Add Years to Your Deck with Stain

A beautiful wood deck is a wonderful addition to your home, giving you a raised area for outdoor entertaining. Decks have the advantage of keeping your outdoor living space above ground, out of the mud and away from pests. One disadvantage of wood decks is that they are vulnerable to rot. Weather takes its toll on wood, which can lead to premature replacement costs if protective options are not used. Stain is a perfect way to help keep your wood deck looking beautiful, while protecting it from rot.

Benefits of Deck Stain

Stain, when the right option is used, can offer many benefits for your wood deck. The reason that decks deteriorate is from exposure to the elements. Water is the natural enemy to wood, resulting in rot. The sun also has an impact, drying out the wood and weakening the planks. Stain that offers waterproofing and UV protection can protect the wood. This can reduce the chance of rotting, fading or drying wood on your deck, extending the life of your deck.

Another benefit of wood stain is it can protect the beauty of your deck. You can change the color of your wood if you prefer or just keep it the natural color with clear stain. Either way, it can help improve the aesthetics of your deck while it protects and extends the life of the wood.

Staining does need to be done every few years to keep protecting your deck. Save yourself the time and trouble and hire a landscaper that offers decking staining services. You can sit back and relax while your deck is stained and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful wood deck for many more years.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Benefits of Adding a Patio Wall

You may think that your outdoor space or patio is perfect without walls, but a patio wall can be a beautiful and functional addition. While you do not want to take away from the beauty of being outdoors, strategically placed patio walls can make your patio more enjoyable. Here are some ways adding a patio wall can be advantageous to your outdoor living space.

Wind Breaks

Have you ever had your outdoor furniture blow over or an umbrella become airborne? Even on a warm day, swift breezes can be annoying. If you have winds that usually come from one direction, consider a wind break with the addition of a patio wall. They can also offer shade in the late afternoon when your patio can become too warm in the sun.

Sitting Patio Wall

Not all patio walls need to be tall. A partial patio wall can create a border for your patio and you can add more seating. A sitting patio wall has bench seating, creating permanent furniture for your patio. Even when you have put away your outdoor furniture for the season, you still have functional seating outside for your patio.

Beautiful Hardscapes

One of the most beautiful materials for any patio wall is natural stone. Regardless of function, a patio wall made from natural stone can add an element of elegance to your outdoor living space, while creating value for your home. Both mortared stone and stone veneer can add beauty for your new patio wall.

Looking for ideas for adding a patio wall? Talk to your local landscaper that offers hardscaping options with stone or pavers. They can show you ways to incorporate a patio wall into your outdoor living space to improve the function and aesthetics of your patio.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194