Add Value to Your Home with Professional Landscaping

There are many elements that contribute to your home’s value. Location, size and amenities all are important to sustaining and growing value in your home investment. While the structure and lot are the main factors, aesthetics play a role, including the landscaping surrounding your home. If you want to add value without major changes, hiring a professional landscaping service can benefit your investment.

Designing an Appealing Yard

There is more to creating a stunning backdrop to your home than just green grass and a few flowers or shrubs. Incredible homes have a landscape design that works with the structural aspects, natural features and style. This includes the lawn and plants, but also incorporates hardscapes like retaining walls, patios, walkways and focal features like ponds and waterfalls. A professional landscape design can make a significant difference when it comes to curb appeal and the beauty of the outdoor living spaces.

For those wanting to improve their home, the return on investment in landscaping can be worth the effort. More emphasis is put on the function and beauty of the outdoor areas when it comes to value. People want homes that look stylish and inviting from the outside, as well as contain the features they want inside. Landscaping can add that extra element that takes a home from average to amazing, adding to the overall value.

If you are considering selling your home in the next few years or just want to protect your investment, consider the benefits of hiring a professional landscape service to upgrade your outdoor areas. A professional landscape design can make help differentiate your home and make it stand out as a valuable property in your neighborhood.

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

5 Interesting Additions for Your Landscape Design

A lush lawn and a flower bed are classic features for many homes, but lack creativity and uniqueness. If you want to enhance the style of your landscape design, consider adding focal features that can make your yard distinct and stylish. Here are five interesting options that can create the style for your yard that you desire.

  1. Wall water feature. Forget a fence for the border of your patio. Consider a wall of water that offers a glittering, cooling effect that will transform your outdoor living space.
  2. Towering fireplace. Make your patio the pinnacle of your home with a towering fireplace as a focal feature. Whether you chose natural stone, brick or bright tile, you can change the look of your outdoor space and add warmth and light to your nights.
  3. Artistic lighting. If you already have a fantastic landscape design, but it gets lost in the dark, invest in landscape lighting. Illuminate features and create dramatic shadows and effects with artistic lighting options.
  4. Ponds, bridges and water stepping stones. A pond is lovely, but to make it interesting, make a walkway over the walk. A classic bridge or natural stepping stones create a unique feature for your front or backyard.
  5. Sunken patios or walkways. Changing elevations can create depth and beauty in your yard. Dig down and create a stone-lined sunken patio or walkway that are intriguing features to add to your landscape design.

One unique feature can become the centerpiece of your landscaping and change the overall look of your outdoor space. Contact a professional landscaper that can help you find the right interesting focal point to add to your landscape design to upgrade your style.

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

5 Benefits of Land Grading

Uneven areas around your home can cause problems or make new projects problematic. Trying to level ground with a shovel and rake can be backbreaking work and is difficult to achieve. Land grading with a professional bobcat service from a landscaper can accomplish the results you desire. Consider these five benefits of land grading.

  1. Create an even surface for paving. If you want to add a new patio or driveway, it is much easier when the area is graded. Bobcat land grading can quickly remove excess soil and ensure the area is completely even for better results.
  2. Faster and more efficient. Do you have a project you want done over a weekend? Don’t spend a whole day manually leveling land when a bobcat service can complete it in a few hours.
  3. Create better drainage. Want a slight slope to direct water away from your home? Land grading can create a slope for better drainage on your property.
  4. Sod preparation. Planning to install sod for a new lawn? Land grading can create the level area you need for your new sod without holes or uneven bumps.
  5. Reshape cleared land. Are you expanding your yard or creating a garden? If you have recently cleared land of trees, bushes or plants, use land grading to reshape the soil into a even, useable area.

Bobcat services can make land grading quick and easy, with better results than manual options. For your next project where you need leveling of land, contact a landscape company that offers bobcat services. It is more efficient and can save strain on your body while offering better results for your needs.

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

Tips for Staging Your Yard for an Open House

If you are planning to sell or rent your home, scheduling an open house is a good way to bring prospective buyers or renters. This gives you a chance to showcase your home to many different people at one time and get the best offer. “Staging” is often used in the real estate industry to create an environment that looks inviting. This is true of inside of the home, but should also be done outside, both in the front and back of the home. Here are some tips to make a crucial good impression at your open house with staging for your yard.

Curb Appeal

The first impression of your home starts at the street view. Create curb appeal by ensuring your front yard is tidy, well-maintained and attractive. Have a landscaper mow, edge and complete maintenance on both the front and backyard. You can add some color and a “homey” feel with flower pots on the front porch or doorstep.

Pressure Wash the Walks, Patio, Driveway and Pool Deck

Make sure all paved surfaces are clean. Sweep, pressure wash and clean all surfaces. Many landscapers can provide this service for you, saving you time.

Staging for Your Patio or Deck

The outdoor area in the backyard is an important selling point. Stage the outdoor living area with some patio furniture, plants around the perimeter and other personal touches that will help attendees to your open house envision enjoying your home.

The yard and outdoor spaces at your home can have a big impression when you are showing it to potential buyers and renters. Make sure you spend some time on yard maintenance and add a few personalized upgrades to help you make the most of your open house.

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

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 Plan a Landscape Project

Are you tired of your dull outdoor space? If you are ready to improve the beauty of your yard with landscaping, you need to start with a plan. A beautiful yard does not just happen; there are design factors that help balance the artistic sense of the yard and element considerations to keep in mind. Before you begin changing your landscaping, you want to consider these factors as part of your planning process.

  • Focal points. When landscaping, you want to have focal points, objects or areas that are the centerpiece of your design. This may be a structure, like a patio or fire pit; or it could be a garden or unique tree that is your focal point.
  • Design type. Do you want a natural or classic landscape design, or are you wanting a more modern look? The design type is important to consider from the very beginning to tailor your efforts.
  • Climate. You may love certain plants, but that does not mean they will thrive in your climate. You need to consider shade, soil type and weather when choosing your grass, trees and other plant life. Native plants are easier to grow and maintain; exotic plants will take more effort to nurture.
  • Hardscapes. If you are adding stonework or other hardscapes, these should be planned first. It is easier to do your softscaping around hardscapes than the other way around.

Even if you want to do some of the landscaping yourself, you should consult a professional landscaper to help you plan your project, such as which seasonal flowers to plant for your area. They can offer expert advice that can save you time and money; plus, they can help with the more difficult aspects to ensure it gets done right the first time.

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

The Difference Between Softscaping and Hardscaping

 

When changing your outdoor space, you can rely on the help of a landscaper to help you design, install and care for your landscaping. However, there are different types of landscaping and not all landscapers do all types. Knowing the difference between softscaping and hardscaping can help you choose the right landscaper for your needs.

Softscaping

When many people think of landscaping, they envision plants, gardens and lawn care. That is the basis of most landscaping, and almost all landscapers do this type of work. Working with dirt and plants is called softscaping. If you have a garden that needs to be planted, lawn maintenance or hedges trimmed, this is all under the scope of softscaping. If all you want to do to improve your landscaping is to enhance your lawn and garden area, you can bet that most landscapers will offer this type of service.

Hardscaping

When it comes to building hardscapes, not all landscapers are equipped to handle these projects. In some states, landscapers that go beyond softscaping need a contractor’s license and have different insurance requirements. Hardscapes include any structure that is built using non-plant materials. This includes patios, pathways, garden ponds, fire pits and other outdoor space structures. It is important to make sure your landscaper offers these services if you believe you will want to add hardscapes to your landscape design.

When it comes to choosing a landscaper, you want to ensure they can provide you with all the services you need. If lawn maintenance is all you need, then almost any quality landscaper can handle your needs. However, if improving your outdoor space is in your plans, find a landscaper that offers both soft and hardscaping in their services.

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

Best Plants to Use for Landscaping

There are hundreds of choices of plants you can add to your landscape design. Determining what is “best” for your yard comes down to your needs, preferences and style. There are a few factors to consider when deciding which plants will work best for your yard: space, function, maintenance and aesthetics. Here are some things to consider about these four factors when searching for the best plants for your landscaping design.

Space

The best plants for your landscaping will depend on the space. Small saplings grow into large trees – you need to choose plants that will fit comfortable in your yard and not interfere with your home, pool, plumbing and other features on your property.

Function

What function do you want from your plants? Whether you want trees for shade and privacy, or a vegetable garden for sustainable living, this all plays into the types of plants that will function in your landscape design.

Maintenance

Some plants are simple to grow. Native plants tend to be easier to maintain since they naturally thrive in the region where you live; for example, trying to maintain tropical foliage in a desert region is difficult. If you want easy maintenance, choose plants that do well in your type of climate and require little pruning or other maintenance.

Aesthetics

Plants that add beauty to your landscaping is important. The colors, shapes and textures all add to your overall landscaping appearance. Choosing plants that fit your aesthetic tastes and meet the other three considerations are the most desirable.

To design a landscaped yard that is functional, beautiful and easy to maintain, you need the right plants and landscaping expertise. Talk to your local landscaper to find the best plants that will fit your needs.

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

Trendy Ways to Transform Your Backyard

Are you bored with your backyard or has it become too much work to maintain? Maybe it is time to makeover your yard to give it a new look or simplify the maintenance needed. Trends in landscape design include options to minimize water use and maintenance, as well as spectacular transformations to make your backyard into your own little oasis. Here are some of the trendy ways homeowners are transforming their backyards.

Low Maintenance Trends

If you want to cut down on the time you spend weeding, mowing, edging and watering your backyard, you are not alone. A lush, green landscape design is beautiful, but it takes a lot of work and water to maintain. Some of the top trends in low maintenance landscape designs include:

  • Xeroscaping
  • Rock gardens
  • Larger patios with less lawn/garden space
  • Wildflowers and other native plants that thrive easily in your region

Innovative Landscape Designs

If you care more about having a stunning backyard than how much maintenance it will require, there are some gorgeous options in design that are popular right now. Some of the hottest trends include:

  • Adding a fire pit or fireplace
  • Water features like water walls, fountains and waterfalls
  • Sunken paved patios
  • Lavish gardens with unique plants that add diversity to your landscape design
  • Color-matching in plant life, creating a work of art in your backyard

If you are ready to transform your backyard, you need the help of a talented landscaper to help implement your new design. Ask your local landscaper for ideas to help update your backyard into a space that meets your standards, whether you want a new look or an easier, more eco-friendly yard to maintain.

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

Landscaping Ideas for Small Spaces

You don’t need a large yard to make the most of your outdoor space. Many homes, condos and townhouses have limited yard or patio areas, but you still want to enjoy some time outdoors. While expansive gardens and waterfalls may not be possible in a small space, there are ways to still add beauty and tranquility to your outdoor area. Here are some landscaping ideas to make your outdoor living space, however small, tasteful and enjoyable.

  • Fountains. Large ponds and waterfalls may be too much for a small space, but you can still have the sound and coolness of water with a fountain. Small vertical fountains or a mini-water wall can be added to a corner for a soothing effect.
  • Plant vertically. You can still have flowers and vegetable gardens in a small space; you just need to plant vertically. Look for outdoor planting racks that allow you to tier your plants up in a small horizontal space.
  • Plant bright colors. Bright colors catch the attention of the eye. For smaller front or backyards, planting bright flowers and other plants up front to make the space behind seem larger.
  • Use tall bushes, shrubs and foliage to create an oasis. Even if it is small, you can make your backyard into a natural oasis using tall foliage to enclose the space. Thin privacy trees, shrubs and tropical foliage are come excellent options.
  • Small, intimate seating areas. Make more than one spot for seating – a fire pit area, small bistro set or a comfy patio set. Breaking your small space into individual relaxation areas can make the area seem larger.

Want to have a beautiful outdoor space that fits your style? Talk to your local landscaper for more ideas to enhance the space you have with space-efficient landscaping.

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