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

Top 3 Reasons to Install a Backyard Fountain

Do you love the water? Even if you don’t live at the beach or have a home overlooking a river, you can add the sound and beauty of water to your backyard. A fountain is a perfect way to bring the water to your home, without much expense. If you want to add some movement and beauty to your backyard, a fountain may be the perfect answer. Here are the top 3 reasons to install a backyard fountain.

  1. Cool breezes. A fountain adds a splash of water and coolness to your yard. The bigger the fountain, the more coolness it can bring to the air. You can enjoy a sprinkle and spray of water on a hot day, with the beauty of sun dancing off the water drops.
  2. Bring the wildlife. Birds and butterflies love a fountain. A refreshing fountain in your backyard can attract colorful wildlife for you to enjoy. By giving them a place to get the water they need to cool off and stay hydrated, you add another beautiful element to your outdoor space.
  3. Relaxing sound. The sound of a water fountain is soothing. You can sit back and relax in your backyard with the gentle sound of moving water. For many, this can reduce stress and help them unwind after a busy day.

Water fountains are a beautiful focal point for any backyard. If you wish you had a relaxing fountain, talk to your local landscaper. There are fountains of all shapes and sizes to fit any size yard and budget. Even small patios can fit a compact fountain that can add beauty and interest to your outdoor space.

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

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

Outdoor Living Spaces Made Easy

Do you yearn for a beautiful outdoor living space that you could enjoy at your home? Wanting a gorgeous patio or stunning backyard is desirable, but also takes a lot of work. Not everyone has the time or knowhow to create the outdoor living space of their dreams. However, you can achieve your ideal outdoor space with the help of a talented landscaper.

Finding the Right Landscaper for Outdoor Living Spaces

When you think of landscaping, you may envision a lawn service that mows your yard and trims your trees. However, many landscapers offer much more than just the routine maintenance. An experienced landscaping service can help you create your dream outdoor living space and make it easy for you to enjoy.

To find the right landscaper for your needs, you need to research what they offer. Landscapers that offer design and implementation of hardscapes, along with traditional landscaping services can help you build your outdoor space and maintain it. Look for landscapers that offer the following services:

  • Patio installation
  • Retaining walls
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Landscape design
  • Water features and irrigation

Those that offer a wide variety of services can help you plan and create your new outdoor space. You won’t need to deal with several different contractors; instead, you will have one company that can transform your backyard into the ultimate outdoor paradise for you and your family.

A beautiful outdoor living space offers a wonderful oasis for relaxation at your home. It can also add value to your property. Make it easy to enjoy the outdoors at your home by hiring an experienced landscaper that can build you the perfect outdoor space and help you maintain it for many years to come.

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

Transform Your Yard into a Sanctuary with Water Features

There’s nothing like the sound of rippling water fountains or running streams to soothe the mind. For most folks, those relaxing moments come along far too seldom, and usually involve packing off to a campsite or vacation destination. It’s surprisingly easy and affordable to bring nature to you, while sprucing up your yard.

Why call a travel agent for the calming effect of communing with nature when you can call your local landscaping service and have it brought to you in your own backyard? A professionally installed water feature will not only enliven your outdoor space; it will enrich you and your family’s lives as well.

Think of the sensation of relaxing at the foot of a stone wall fountain where once was only brick. Add vibrancy to your patio with a koi pond or water garden. Your garden is suddenly transformed into a nature preserve. You and your family can experience local wildlife up close and personal in your own backyard.

Fountainscapes bring dreary corners of your yard to life; your outdoor spaces will be a source of pride for you, entertainment and education for your family, and a natural habitat for local fauna.

You can find a wide selection of water features that will fit your spaces and your budget. Choose from an assortment of construction material, something that blends with your surroundings.

Convert your office building courtyard into a soothing centerpiece for employees and guests with a pondless waterfall or fountain. Contact your local landscaping service today and discover how easily and affordably you can add beauty and value to your home or business with a professionally installed water feature.

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Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA 30269
(770) 648-1385

Invite Birds and Butterflies into Your Backyard

Do you love watching wild birds, butterflies and other creatures? Why not invite some of Mother Nature’s pets into your backyard? Even in urban areas, you can create a small refuge for the winged and underwater varieties of wildlife which can be enjoyable to watch from the privacy of your own home. Here are some tips to help make your yard a place of wonder for wildlife.

  • Water features. One of the best ways to attract any type of wildlife is to offer water in your yard for their use. A beautiful waterfall or even a bubbling urn or bird bath can bring may winged creatures into your yard.
  • Plant life. Birds need places to nest and butterflies also enjoy places to hide from predators and the sun. Shrubs and bushes are great for attracting both birds and butterflies. Like hummingbirds, butterflies and even the bumblebee? Plant pollinating flowers as a food source for these creatures.
  • Ecosystem ponds. Another beautiful addition to your backyard that offers both water and a place for wildlife to live is an ecosystem pond. This can inhabit koi or other fish, frogs and support water plants that attract birds to your yard.
  • Feeders. Food will attract almost anything. After all, look how many friends and family show up when you have a BBQ. Put out feeders for birds and squirrels to bring those creatures running to your yard.

To make your yard a wildlife oasis, talk to your local landscaper for help creating water features and garden areas that will beckon the creatures in your neighborhood. Before long, you will have a lively backyard full of beautiful birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

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Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA
(770) 648-1385

Add the Tranquility of a Water Feature to Your Outdoor Space

You don’t need to pay for waterfront property to enjoy the tranquility of water at your home. Water features are an affordable way to bring the comforting sound and sight of water to your outdoor space. There are many options, big and small, when it comes to water features that can enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal while creating your own private oasis. Here are some ideas:

  • Water garden. Want to bring those beautiful water plants to your backyard? Consider a water garden with a variety of lily pads, ferns and other water plants that need an aquatic setting to grow.
  • Koi ponds. Create a living eco-system in your yard with a koi pond full of brightly colored fish. There is something peaceful about watching these beauties swim, like a natural aquarium in your outdoor space.
  • Waterfalls. The gurgling and splashing sounds of a waterfall is the ultimate in water features for your home. You can choose to incorporate a waterfall with another water feature such as a koi pond or use a pondless waterfall.
  • Bubbling urns. Even yards with very little space can have the added beauty of a water feature with bubbling urns. These recirculating water features come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and designs that can add the sound and sight of water to any space.

There are other water features that can also be wonderful additions to your yard, such as fountainscapes, potted water gardens and advanced water ponds. Talk to your local landscaper that specializes in water feature installation to find the perfect way to add the tranquility of water to your outdoor living area.

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Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA
(770) 648-1385

Dress Up Your Landscape with These Water Features

No matter how visually interesting your backyard is right now, the sparkle of a water feature can turn your landscape into a work of art.

Water features, such as a Koi pond, a pond-less waterfall, or fountain is the perfect addition to turn your backyard into a peaceful escape. Adding one or more of these water features to your landscape is time-consuming and a lot of work. Therefore, even if you have a design in mind, if you don’t have much experience you may want to consult a professional landscaper before starting. However, if you have some experience, plenty of time, and don’t mind the backbreaking work, this can be a rewarding workout.

Add a Stunning Koi Pond

Whether you belong to a Koi show club, or are just interested in adding a Koi pond for visual affect and family pleasure, there are a few things that must be considered for the health and well-being of your prized fish.

•            Skimmers, which are used to collect debris from the top of the pond water, such as leaves and uneaten food.

•            Mechanical filters, which are used to trap large items that may clog the biological filter.

•            Biological filters are used in what is known as a nitrogen cycle, which converts nitrogenous fish wastes.

•            Air and Water Pumps

•            Bottom drains, which can be used with filters and pumps to aerate and recirculate the pond water.

•            Ultraviolet Lights, which help flocculate the algae for removal through the mechanical filter.

What may be required for your Koi pond depends largely on its set up. Consult a professional landscaper regarding which apparatus are necessary and hire a professional, if necessary.

Add a Ravishing Pond-less Waterfall

Whether your concern is for the safety of neighborhood children or a space constraint, adding a waterfall without a pond can be easily achieved. The appeal of a waterfall is the blissful sound of water trickling over the rocks. Imagine the peace and tranquility of a book on the hammock beside your personal waterfall. The stress of your busy lifestyle will melt away, page after page in your personal paradise.

Whatever your imagination can compose, professional landscapers can advise you, some even offer a free consultation, if you are considering them to complete the project. Whether you wish to design your own waterfall flowing from an urn, using boulders, slate, and other materials to realize your backyard dream escape, or you want to use a kit, a professional landscaper can put it all together for you, if you are not incline to DIY.

Add a Fantastic Fountain  

Nothing adds elegant grace to a backyard quicker than a fantastic fountain. You could use a cheerful cherub pouring water from an urn into the fountain, or the more famous Venus de Milo. Even the simplest design coupled with some outdoor lighting will make your backyard sparkle. Fountains can flow down walls, trickle from arches, bubble up by your barbecue, or create a waterfall from a stone wall.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Add Fishy Fun to Your Yard with a Koi Pond

Water features are one of the best ways to liven up your yard, adding another living element to your landscaping design. One of the most popular options is a koi pond, which provides the flash of water along with the fun of live fish and water plants, which can bring your yard to life. However, before you grab a shovel and attempt this on your own, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Placement. You need to know where the gas, sewer and other underground pipes are before attempting to create a koi pond. Cracking a pipe could be a very expensive and dangerous mistake. You also need to be aware of nearby trees which may have roots growing near your pond, as these roots will try and seek out the moisture in the pond.
  • Drainage, plumbing and electricity. Depending on the type of pond you’re creating, you may need to have electricity for pumps and lights, as well as a drain system and plumbing. Incorrect drainage or plumbing could cause other major problems to your property.
  • Liners. There are many do-it-yourself water pond liners on the market which claim to last for decades. However, if this is not the case, you will have a large, empty hole in your yard and, sadly, dead koi.

A koi pond can become the focal point of your yard, adding color, life and movement, but it’s worth the investment to use a landscaping service which specializes in installing water features and koi ponds. Professional installation will ensure your pond is built to last, with all the right equipment and utilities it needs to help your new fish flourish.

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

Regular Maintenance Keeps Your Water Features Looking Their Best

Water features can add so much to a landscape. A pond or trickling creek can add a sense of serenity. A waterfall or fountain can add movement and sound to their surroundings. Nature has its own built-in maintenance systems, but when man-made water features are created using circulating pumps and filtration systems, routine maintenance is required to keep these water features operating and looking their best.

Ponds with aquatic plants and fish are great points of interest, but they also require a properly balanced ecosystem to keep the fish and plants oxygenated properly. Solid materials, such as leaves and other foliage can also be an issue in a pond water feature. Your pond will likely include a pump, filtration system and a skimmer for keeping your pond water clean and circulating. These pieces of equipment need to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. The oxygen levels in your water also need to be checked. You need to think of a pond water feature as a swimming pool without chlorine. Just as a swimming pool requires regular upkeep, so does a pond.

The flowing water of a waterfall or a fountain helps to keep the water feature clean, but even these types of water features can develop algae and have pumps and filtration systems that should be checked, cleaned and occasionally repaired.

The best way to make sure that your water features are being properly maintained on a regular basis is to establish an annual maintenance contract with a landscape professional who has the expertise required to keep your water features at their optimum performance.