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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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