Ideas for Low Maintenance Landscaping

You do not need elaborate, time-consuming landscaping to have a beautiful yard. There are many ways to create a gorgeous outdoor area without needing to spend several hours each week doing lawn care and maintenance. Here are some ideas for low maintenance landscaping and outdoor spaces that are functional and fabulous.

Paved Areas

No one said you must have a lawn. There are plenty of other options for your front and backyard besides grass. Paved courtyards and patios can be stunning and look great all year round without needing to seed, mow or water. You can still add potted plants for natural accents that require much less maintenance than landscaped yards.

Trees and Wild Plants

If you want green foliage and color, but do not want to spend time trimming, watering and weeding, consider plants that require little maintenance. Trees, some shrubs and wild or native plants can be sparsely planted throughout the yard to give beauty without needing much care.

Rock Gardens, Meadow Planting and Other Eco-Friendly Options

Want a low-maintenance yard that is also eco-friendly? There are several ways to reduce the amount of water you need and the time you spend on maintenance. Rock gardens, xeriscaping and meadow planting can create a beautiful landscape design that requires very little water and minimal effort to maintain.

Hire a Landscaping Service

You can have a traditional lawn and garden areas without spending your free time doing yardwork. Hiring a landscaping service gives you the best of both worlds. You can have a lush lawn that is expertly maintained, hardscapes and other elements that you can enjoy while a professional does all the work for you.

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

Warm Up Your Outdoor Winter Space

Does your patio become desolate during the winter? Spring, summer and fall can find your backyard and patio filled with friends and family, but in winter, everyone stays indoors. If you live in an area with mild winters, you can make your outdoor living space open for all seasons. Add a new fireplace to warm up your outdoor area for year-round enjoyment.

Full Fireplace

One of the popular trends for patios is a full fireplace, similar to what you would have in a living room. A flagstone or fieldstone fireplace can create a gorgeous addition to your outdoor space while providing a cozy area to enjoy during the cooler months. You can have a one-sided or two-sided fireplace, depending on where it is located and the size of your patio. A full fireplace tends to become a focal feature and you are bound to receive many compliments on your new patio addition.

Fire Pits

Want a smaller-sized fire feature? Fire pits are easier to fit on smaller patios and can be installed almost anywhere. They are cozy for gathering a few friends around on a cool night or even on a crisp winter day. A fire pit can be rustic with a “camp-like” quality with natural stone or you can have your designer create a more modern or contemporary design with cement or metal. Either option give you a warm place to huddle around while adding flickering light to your patio area.

Don’t spend another winter ignoring your patio and hiding indoors. Talk to your local hardscape landscaper to discuss the options for adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor winter space.

Posted on behalf of:
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

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

Best Way to Utilize Your Front Yard Space in Your Landscape Design

Your front yard is the first thing people see when coming to your home. The shrubs, lawn or gardens between your front door and curb are responsible for creating the first impression of your home. Finding the best way to utilize the space in your front yard depends on your style and the impression you want to relay to those viewing your home. Here are some ideas of landscape designs to best utilize your front yard space.

  • Privacy. If you want beauty in your landscaping, but privacy in your home, consider adding privacy trees or shrubs to your front yard design. Hedges or shrubs can be elegant, yet block the view, giving your family privacy in your home.
  • Simple. Small front yards can look overcrowded or cluttered with too many trees, plants or features. Keep it simple with small flowers and plants edging the walkway or front of the house, with a lush lawn or rock garden out front.
  • Focal points. Bring attention to your front yard with focal points like a flowing water feature, fountain or stone piece.
  • Hardscapes. If you have a slope in front of your home, you can use a retaining walls to create more planting area with tiers. Consider a natural stone retaining wall for a beautiful edging to your front yard. Other hardscapes can include fieldstone walkways or a front patio.

You want your front yard to match your style while making a great first impression. Talk with your local landscape designer to find the best way to use your front yard space, big or small, to ensure the best curb appeal.

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

5 Beautiful Hardscapes to Add to Your Backyard this Year

Are you hoping to transform your backyard from boring to beautiful this year? One of the most dramatic changes you can make to your outdoor living area is the addition of natural stone hardscapes. Not only are they functional and aesthetically stunning, they are a valuable, lasting investment in your home. Here are five ideas of hardscapes that will enhance your backyard for the summer ahead.

  1. Fire pit or fireplace. A natural stone fire pit or fireplace is perfect for those late nights out on your back patio. Use as a focal point to gather your friends and family around when the sun goes down.
  2. Stone patio or pool deck. Natural stone is an elegant surface for any patio or pool deck. It is also durable and easy to maintain, with natural drainage between the stones.
  3. Retaining walls. Create a sunken patio with retaining walls as your border if you have higher ground surrounding your backyard. Retaining walls made of natural stone are beautiful and functional, helping prevent erosion of hillside areas.
  4. Outdoor kitchen. Do you love grilling outside? Add an outdoor kitchen to your patio area to make it easier to make elaborate meals for your family and guests for dinner alfresco.
  5. Natural stone waterfall. Nothing is as soothing as the sound and sight of a cascading waterfall. A natural stone pool or waterfall hardscape is a beautiful addition to any backyard.

Don’t wait another year to make your backyard into the oasis you always wanted. Call your local hardscape landscaper to beginning planning your new backyard additions today!

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

Create the Look You Want with Thin Natural Stone Veneer

Natural stone is highly coveted in home improvement projects, but it can also be quite expensive. One of the main reasons stone is costly is due to the weight and the cost of shipping the material. To get the same beauty of natural stone with a lower cost, thin natural stone veneers are an excellent option. Due to the lower weight, they are less expensive to ship and easier to work with than heavy stone, yet are more durable and unique than manufactured stone veneers.

Types of Thin Natural Stone Veneer

Thin, natural stone veneers offer the same look and benefits of natural stone. They are durable, unique and add value to your home. Whether you are using the veneer to side a home or to surface a fireplace, natural stone veneer can give you the look of natural stone with the same chip and scratch resistance, for less money.

Stone veneers come in a wide variety of options, using different types of stone and methods. Some of the most popular options include those cut from flagstone or fieldstone, including sawn veneer and stacked stone veneers. You can choose a veneer which will provide the illusion that the entire wall or structure is built from stone, when it’s actually only covered with the material.

If you have had your heart set on having a natural stone accent in your home, thin natural stone veneers may be the right choice, saving you money while providing you with the same quality. Talk to your local quarry to learn more about the stone veneer options available for your project.

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

Creating a Focal Point for Your Landscape Design

There are many aspects to consider when creating a beautiful landscape design to surround your home. Strategically placed gardens, trees and shrubs can all be a part of your design, with hardscape elements added in for function or character. However, one of the ways to make your landscaping “pop” is to add in a focal point to be the centerpiece of your entire yard.

Choosing a Focal Point

When you have a focal point in your landscaping design, it will draw the attention of the eye to a central spot, time and time again. It works to complement the other features within your design that become an extension of that focal point. Even in more minimalist landscape designs, a focal point can add that extra element to make it memorable.

Focal points can be as elaborate, or as simple, as your tastes dictate. It should be something that speaks to the theme you want to convey, like the crowning jewel of your yard. Some ideas for focal points include:

  • Water features. A pond or waterfall can be a wonderful focal point for lush, green landscape design.
  • Boulders. Large boulders give a change in depth to a yard, offering a nice contrast to low plants and flowers.
  • Statuary pieces. Using a statues or other stone pieces is a great option for creating a focal point that accentuates the beautiful colors in your landscape design.

Your local landscape design expert or supply store can help you find the right focal point to make your yard more than just a collection of plants and flowers.

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

How Hardscaping Can Improve Your Landscape and Property

The term “hardscape” refers your home’s non-living landscaping elements.

Hardscape elements include an array of items, including fountains, patios, pathways, walkways, pools, retaining walls, and many other structures.

During the design phase of landscapes or gardens, hardscaping is usually among the first elements for consideration as they are usually a landscape’s focal point. Entire landscapes have been designed around hardscape features such as outdoor kitchens or swimming pools.

Hardscapes allow you to create an aesthetically pleasing, yet functional landscape for any property, including residential, commercial, or governmental.

In addition to hardscaping’s distinguishing aesthetic features, there are other worthwhile benefits:

–        Significantly increases the value of property

–        Prevents and reduces property erosion

–        Provides a beautiful focal point for flowers, plants, shrubs, and other softscape elements

–        Makes all landscape areas more accessible (walkways and pathways)

–        Creates social zones (outdoor kitchen, atrium, zen garden, etc.)

–        Ideal and well-suited for property located in regions with limited or restricted water

Substantially less maintenance compared to softscape elements (flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs)

And while, some hardscape elements are quite functional, others are purely decorative.

With an array of benefits, it’s no surprise that there’s a strong trend of property owners investing more in hardscape structures such as retaining walls, lounge areas, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits.

For expert assistance and installation, contact a professional landscaping company to help you create and integrate hardscape elements into the design of your property’s overall landscape. A professional can help you choose, design, and install hardscape elements perfect for your home or business.

Posted on behalf of Cunningham Landscape Group

What is Hardscaping?

“Landscaping” is a term known to most homeowners, even if they’re not quite sure how to go about executing the concept on their own. When you think of landscaping, you probably envision a lush lawn with beautiful pathways and plenty of plant life. Hardscaping encompasses everything in that vision that isn’t a living thing. Fencing, patios, walkways and retaining walls are all hardscapes that a professional landscaper can install in your garden or lawn, but those aspects of the project are referred to as “hardscaping.”

Decks and Patios

A qualified and competent landscaping professional can help you design around existing patios and decks to bring out the beauty of your lawn, or even to conceptualize placement for decking and patios that don’t yet exist. Your landscaping contractor may not handle the actual building of these structures, but can usually arrange for it to be done through a subcontractor.

Walkways and Paths

If your dream garden features flagstone walkways or inlaid brick paths, these hardscaping features are among those that a professional landscaper will provide. Because paths and walkways typically feature heavily in the overall design of your lawn as a whole, he or she will also work with you to determine how you’d like those features to be integrated.

Water Features and Fences

Lily ponds, koi ponds and even fountains can be focal points of your landscaping design, which is why your landscaping contractor will integrate these hardscaping features if you so choose. Fencing and retaining walls can also be worked into a landscaping design by a professional, streamlining the process of creating an awe-inspiring lawn dramatically. Contacting a local landscaper for a consultation will help you determine what your hardscaping options are, and how they can be most effectively executed.