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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home

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It is fun to decorate your own house but sometimes, simple decorating can even lead to a very bad Feng Shui. It is understandable that we like to decorate our house to reflect our mood and taste; however, we will like to let you know some of the basic points to cover when decorating your house.

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It is fun to decorate your own house but sometimes, simple decorating can even lead to a very bad Feng Shui. It is understandable that we like to decorate our house to reflect our mood and taste; however, we will like to let you know some of the basic points to cover when decorating your house. The suggestions below are not a complete list of Feng Shui in your home but merely some essential steps to improve the Feng Shui in your house.

First, go to your house’s main entry and stand facing out from your house. Make sure that there is no Poison Arrow pointing to your main entrance. Poison Arrow can come in many forms. It could be a straight road heading straight to your house or a big tree directly outside your house. If you are facing this situation, you should relocate your main door away from this poison arrow or simply just plant a few trees to block this poising arrow.

From the back door, if the land at the back of your house is higher, that is good for you because you have the support of the “Black Turtle”. If there is a hill behind your house, that is excellent. If the land behind your house is low, if you are on a hill top for example then you need to install a bright light and shine it upwards to lift the receding Chi energy. You should also place a tortoise at the back of your house if possible.

Looking out from your main door, the land on your left side garden should be higher then the right side. The left side symbolizes Dragon and the right side represents Tiger. You should not let the Tiger be stronger then the Dragon or it will create problems for you in your house like arguing, family disagreement and so on. To rectify this, try to plant tall trees on your left hand side of the garden so the Dragon energy can be stronger then the Tiger. You should also plant a lot of leafy trees on the left hand side of your garden. Try not to have a garden water feature on your right hand side of your garden especially if you are married. By having water fountain on your side of the garden, it may cause a lot of married issues like sex scandals and third party relationships.

When you are opening your house main entrance door, there should be no mirror facing the main door. This is to prevent good energy, luck and wealth from flowing out again. It is also not good when your back door is facing the main door in a straight-line method. This has the same effect as a mirror. Good energy will flow into your house and then flow out from your back door. You need to capture this good energy in your house and don’t let them flow out from your house..

Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers

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Now that they they are fully autonomous, robotic lawn mowers are beginning to creep in to every day life.

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Robotic lawn mowers are creeping their way in to everyday American life.  Like the dishwasher, they were really more trouble than they were worth in the beginning.  But technological advances have made the robotic lawn mower practical.

Robotic lawn mowers can now mow on a time schedule and return to the charging base all season long without human intervention, this is the breakthrough that makes them truly useful.

An advanced feature on at least one model is the self-programmable mode.  As these robotic lawn mowers work they determine the size of the yard and how fast the grass is growing, when they go back to their charging base they calculate the next time they need to come out to keep the grass at the optimal height.

Rain sensors are becoming standard equipment.  When it starts to rain or the sprinkler system activates, they return to their charging base.  Mowing in the rain was a major complaint for early adopters.

Some robotic lawn mowers even have a wet grass detection system.  Rain sensors are a step in the right direction, but it is the wet grass detection system that cures the problem.  Heavy or long periods of rain can leave the grass wet and the ground soft for days.  Heavier robotic lawn mowers could get stuck and dig trenches losing traction and spinning tires.  Keeping bags of sand handy was just considered part of robotic lawn mower ownership. 

Light weight lithium ion batteries allow mowers to cut longer and recharge much faster.  In fact some can recharge in as little as 4 hours allowing the mower to go out twice a day if needed. 

In addition to faster recharge times, lithium ion batteries do not have the ‘memory’ problems associated with lead acid batteries.  Basically the memory effect is caused when a battery is not fully discharged on a consistent basis, they remember the shortened life cycle, reducing the useful length of time until the need to recharge.

Robotic lawn mowers have become more reliable too.  The addition of thermistors that detect when motors are overheating and less heat sensitive circuit boards and higher quality components extend the life expectancy past 10 years, about the same as a new quality riding lawn mower.

Robotic lawn mowers are now pretty much maintenance free.   Changing the blade once a year and winter storage is about all the attention needed on a routine basis.

Robotic lawnmowers are now able to handle yards as small as 1/8 acre up to 5 acres. Depending on the model, they can handle slopes of up to 30 degrees.  All major brands of robotic lawn mowers are waterproof and can remain outdoors all mowing season long. 

Residential robotic lawn mowers require a perimeter wire similar to an electric dog fence to be laid prior to operating.  Laying the wire is a one-time event that will last the life of the mower.

Setting the perimeter wire is probably the scariest part of purchasing a robotic lawn mower.  It is not difficult to stake the wire in place.  It usually takes about 3 hours for 1,000 ft. of wire.  The wire need not be buried as the grass and roots will grow over it in about 2-3 weeks.

If the mower should cross the wire boundary it will immediately stop.  So there is no need to worry about it running away or mowing the neighbor’s yard.

Operating the robotic lawn mower is simple, actually easier than programming a VCR.  In theory, programming the mowing schedule need only be done at the beginning of the season.  The LCD screens have full instructions and are easy to read.

There are quite a number of internet sites that have detailed information about specific features of the different models of robotic lawn mowers.  Hopefully this general description will give readers the interest to look into these new appliances.

Is Landscape Fabric Even Necessary In Landscaping?

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There is a popular debate as to whether landscaping fabrics are necessary in landscaping or if they even work at all. Here’s one professionals view on the matter.

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Landscaping fabrics are by no means an answer to a no maintenance landscape. I know a lot of folks are under the impression that they can simply buy it, place it, cover it, and forget it. Forever.

First. There is no such thing as a no maintenance landscape. In many instances landscape fabric can make your life a lot easier. However, there is an upside and a downside to using it. And as with most everything else, proper installation and maintenance is required if you intend to use it.

Landscape fabrics have their applications. They aren’t necessary in all applications but might be preferred  in regards to the type of groundcover you use.

Our company uses weed barrier in 95% of the designs we create. It’s the nature of our business as we use decorative rock as the preferred groundcover around here. When using rock for groundcover and path work, it’s necessary to have a separator between the soil and groundcover. Otherwise, you’ll have mud rocks by the first rain storm.

In theory you should be able to use almost anything as a separator. I’ve seen do it yourselfers use anything from plastics to newspapers and cardboard boxes to old carpet remnants. Of course, as a professional, I can’t use or even suggest something like this to my clients. You’re on your own there.

Now personally, on any given project, I would much rather do away with fabrics altogether. I prefer to create living soil planting areas that are mulched and tended rather than being covered and forgotten.  However, some areas are simply too large to apply this method and some folks just outright prefer to cover an area with decorative rock.

Both mulched living beds and rock beds underlain with fabric will require some work to keep them beautiful. Neither is maintenance free. As long as there is wind, rain dirt, and blown in seed, there will be something for you to do in your yard.

When we create a design using landscaping fabric and rock, I make the client aware of a few things. 1) There will be blown in seed and dirt. 2) Something will have to be done about it to keep it from accumulating. I assure them that with the quality of fabric we use, nothing will grow in from the bottom. However, we have no control of what blows in on the top.

Spraying the unwanted weeds with herbicide will take care of the weed problem. However, this does nothing for the dirt, leaf, and plant particles that are hiding under your rocks. And if you allow these to accumulate, they’ll continue to accumulate and you will never get rid of them. So periodic maintenance is required even if you do use landscaping fabric.

Periodically using a blower on your bedding areas will slow down the accumulation of dirt and in some cases eliminate it altogether. How easy and thorough this is depends a lot on the type and size of rock you use.

Small pea gravel accumulates and holds onto dirt, and is harder to clean than rock of a 1 ½" + nature. Not only does it hold onto dirt but has a tendency to be blown all around when being cleaned with a blower. Pea gravel works well for paths, walkways, and smaller areas but I don’t recommend it for covering larger areas.

As far as using landscape fabric under bark and mulch covered beds?  In many cases this can actually be easier to take care of than living beds or rock covered areas as it can easily be picked up and replaced every few years. This will keep your landscape always looking new without having to blow dirt or mulch beds.

Remember. There’s no such thing as a no maintenance landscape. Landscape fabrics can make things easier in many applications but like everything else, they require a little bit of keeping up. No, they aren’t necessary in all landscaping applications. However, I believe you’ll find them to be your best choice for many groundcover applications.

Japanese Gardens – Basic Design Questions That Should Be Addressed

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Designing a Japanese garden is more than plunking down some plants and rocks. Here are several questions you need to address to help with the process of planning out your own garden design.

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As westerners, we are often compelled to try to control and plan all design aspects of what we want when constructing something. We try to anticipate every little detail so we don't make a mistake. Although you will still need to organize and draw out your Japanese garden design, plus determine the shape of your landscape and what you desire for your garden, you should also allow yourself to "go with the flow" and let it "speak to you" as your garden takes shape. In other words, allow for improvisation and ideas to emerge rather than being rigid in sticking to your original design plan.

Before any work begins within the yard itself, a basic garden plan should be drawn up to help you formulate your ideas and the placement of elements. There are several questions you need to address to help with this process:

1) Do you already have an existing garden in the area where you wish to incorporate a Japanese garden style? If so, what type of garden is it (flower garden, English garden, rustic wildflower garden, etc.)?

2) Will you be able to integrate your current garden into the new Japanese garden plan? What aspects and features will remain and what will have to be moved, replaced or  removed entirely?

3) What style of Japanese garden are you most interested in - tea garden, courtyard garden, stroll garden, pond and island garden, Zen rock garden or a combination of two or more? For very small areas, you will most likely stick to only one style. For those that have a large landscape, you can have your choice of any of the styles to suit your desires and landscape area.

4) How large is the area of the site that you are considering using? Does it have natural hills and valleys? Are there any elements, such a stream, already present? Take a good visual view of your selected site and note down all the details on paper. Take measurements as well, so you know the exact area size you will be working with.

5) What elements and features are important to you? For example, do you wish to add a waterfall, water basin, or a rock arrangement? Would you like one small area to feature a Zen garden? Is a stepping-stone pathway that leads to a gate appealing?

6) Will you be building this garden by yourself or will you have help? The size, design and amount of work to create your Japanese garden will affect this answer. Obviously, building a very large stroll garden by yourself would take forever and be impractical.

7) If you plan to use large boulders or plant more mature trees (rather than saplings), how will you get them into your garden? Is there room and access for large machinery to help with placement? Keep in mind boulders and large trees are extremely heavy.

8) Will your garden be formal, semi-formal, or informal (rustic)?

9) Many Japanese gardens are actually built around a theme. Do you have a theme in mind for your garden? An example of a theme would be a miniaturized version of "The Bridge To Heaven", which is a marble and stone bridge that spans the famous Dragon Beard Ditch in China. This bridge was built over 600 years ago to allow the Ming and Qing emperors to cross over on their way to the Temple of Heaven. Your theme could even revolve around a smaller replica or area of an original famous garden of Japan. Read books and view photographs of existing gardens to get some ideas.

10) What do you want to achieve with your garden? Will it be used primarily for meditation? Do you wish to incorporate a strolling pathway with new visual delights beyond each curve? Do you want the invigorating sounds of water, such as a waterfall or fast moving stream? Will it be a place to sit quietly and contemplate nature? Understanding the concept behind the garden design is important.

In conclusion, these types of questions should be contemplated carefully and answered thoroughly before you begin to put your design down on paper, otherwise you could end up with a garden that holds no meaning for you or your visitors. A Japanese garden should have a "reason for being." What are your reasons?

Landscape Design

A big part of the decision on whether or not a landscape is
good is its design. A well-thought out design is one that
is pleasing to the eye.

But if you’re planning to have your lawn landscaped but are
not sure on how to design it, this article will help you
get started with a few tips.

1. Get a contractor

- getting a contractor is the easiest way to go about
landscaping your lawn. They will provide you with the
information and the man-power so that you can have a great
looking lawn in no time.

2. Draw your design

- whether you get the services of a contractor or wish to
do the landscaping yourself, it is important that you put
the design of your intended landscape on paper.

It makes things so much easier instead of merely trying to
describe things as the latter method can make for subpar

3. Organize your area

- regardless the size of your lawn, it is important that
you organize the different areas of it well. A landscaped
lawn isn’t only a vast tract of land with grass, trees and

You should also consider areas such as the tool sheds, your
private area where you can relax and the likes.

4. What plants do you want to have?

- the plants that you choose to have on your lawn will also
determine the overall look of your landscape. Consider them
carefully, because majority of what others will see are the
plants that you have on your lawn.Landscape Planning: What it's All About

Landscape planning is one of the most important procedures in achieving a successful landscape. Just like in major projects, the planning stage in landscaping can help you come up with a great landscape that will suit everything you had in mind.

Architects say that landscape planning is a very important stage in the overall process because it sets the direction of the project. Without proper and careful planning, your landscape can bring you more problems and can even waste your time and property.

Planning for landscapes

In landscape planning, every little thing matters. This is because this will set the basic foundation of the project. The first thing that you need to pay attention to in planning for landscape is the designing stage. This process involves preparation and measuring the plot meant for landscaping. When measuring the plot, many people may find it quite difficult because they need to get accurate measurements. Since exact or accurate measurement is crucial, people cannot afford to commit mistake on it.

To avoid committing mistakes, make every measuring process easy. To start with, get a copy of plot map from your house's developer or builder. You may also get this from the local land records office so you won't be mistaken. To double-check the information from the plot map, try using a scale. Once you are sure that you have the accurate measurements, fit the entire landscape on sheet of paper and starts working with other sides of the property including the front and backyard as well as other permanent aspects of the house including decks, sidewalks, and driveways.

Once you have all these information, you can proceed in creating a landscape template. Now that you have your template, make sure that you have several copies of it. This is to ensure that you will have spare copies of the template when you are not satisfied with your initial plan.

After the designing stage, which is more on getting accurate measurements, it's now time to focus on the designing proper. Of course, it is only common to have a few landscape ideas in mind and you would want to incorporate these right away. But, it is best not to be impulsive in using your ideas because it may ruin the entire plan. The best thing to do is to check if your idea is doable. You can do this by having an objective site analysis.

Here, you don’t only see the glitches in the plan but can also give you better ideas for your landscape. In during site analysis, you will have an idea which types of plants that you should use to be unique and other possibilities that would best work on your space. To get the best design, try to incorporate as many ideas as you can for as long as they complement each other.

After this, you can now proceed to the theme and styles that you want for your landscape design which can be English or Victorian and formal or informal.

The next stage in landscape planning would be the Master Plan. Here, a bubble graph is used to identify different areas in a general point of view. Once you have your "bubbles" in their right positions, you can now add the elements you want for each space providing that they would complement each other.

Doing this can help you visualize the initial outcome of your landscape.
Landscape Can Drive Home Values

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The look of your lawn and garden may be the first and perhaps the most lasting impression people have of your home and property.

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The look of your lawn and garden may be the first and perhaps the most lasting impression people have of your home and property. Landscaping plays an essential role in enhancing its beauty and increasing the value.

Fortunately, homeowners can turn their own landscapes into works of art at an affordable price.

In recent years, many companies have begun to introduce more varieties of bagged rock and mulch. A new line of decorative rock and stone from Vigoro offers landscaping enthusiasts 26 varieties of bagged products in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Decorative landscaping stones and mulches are not only an excellent way to beautify and accent garden beds, ponds, driveways and walkways, they also provide natural benefits to the soil and plants. These benefits include controlling and reducing erosion, retaining moisture, controlling weeds and insulating the soil.

Here are a few tips on choosing and applying mulch:

• Choose mulch that is long lasting and not easily washed away.

• Pick mulch that has a loose structure to let water pass through quickly.

• Apply mulch in late spring. This helps reduce soil temperature and save water.

• Apply fine mulches one to two inches deep. Coarse or fluffy mulches should be put on three to four inches deep.

• Apply mulch evenly and level it with a rake or your hands.

• Wet thoroughly after applying mulch.

• Pull mulch a few inches away from plant stems and tree trunks.

To further control weeds and keep plants healthy, there's a new mulch called Vigoro Mulch with Weed Stop. It's the first to contain pre-emergent herbicide, controlling unwanted weeds for up to four months yet allowing bulbs, established flowers, shrubs and trees to thrive. This mulch is certified by the Mulch and Soil Council as only containing natural forest products.

Landscape Design - Well Balanced Home Landscaping

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A sense of balance is necessary in creating a professional looking landscape design. Creating balance and unity is simple and can actually make designing easier but it is often overlooked. Use these guidelines to simplify your design and to ensure that your garden or landscape has a professional finished look.

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Balance is a principle of all art forms, design, and even landscape design. It implies a sense of equality. And while there may be just a little more to it, this is how I explain it to make it easier for first timers and do it yourselfers to understand.

A garden, landscape, or any form of equal proportions would naturally feel and look balanced. However, most gardens and landscapes are not exact or symmetrical in shape and form. They’re asymmetrical and abstract in form and are often without any natural balance of their own. So landscaping often relies on other elements to create balance and harmony through unity.

Many times, a lack of balance is directly related to a lack of repetition. Repeating alike elements such as plants or rocks throughout the landscape will help unify different areas to each other. As little as one repeated matching plant group, color, piece of decor, or hardscape can accomplish this.

A lack of balance is also created by placing too many or all non matching elements throughout a landscape design. This can sometimes seem cluttered and unkept when it grows in. In the beginning of your design, plan for less, place just a few matching plant groups throughout the garden, and keep decor matching and to a minimum. You can add more later.

So many of the questions that I receive about landscape design deal with the shape of a design . Shape is unique to each design and will ultimately follow all necessary paths and your visions. However, any shape or form can be filled with elements and still be either dull, void, loud, cluttered, and unbalanced. Balance isn’t necessarily dependant on shape. It can be but generally it’s not. So don’t get too hung up on trying to even things out entirely by shape.

Landscape design is an art form and so it deals with "all" the same principles that other art forms use. Repetition, unity, and balance are all principles of art that go hand in hand with each other.

Architects use repetition in design by making doors, windows, fixtures, trims, etc. the same sizes, shapes, and styles. Imagine how your home would feel if every door, door frame, window, and fixture  were of different sizes, shapes, colors, and types. It would be uncomfortable and chaotic.

And so it’s the same with landscape design.

In order to create balance, appeal, and even comfort in a landscape that is lacking, we need to create some form of consistent repetition. As little as one matching element placed on opposites can create a sense of unity and consistency.

It's easiest and most often created in the softscape (plants, ornaments, lawn, decor, etc.). However, it should be considered in the hardscape (walks, driveways, necessities, fences, walls, raised beds, boundaries, etc.) of your drawn design plan.

Landscaping and the Environment

Landscaping is an activity that can change the face of the
environment no matter how small the household’s lawn is.

Because of this, homeowners and contractors alike should be
aware of this fact and find ways of lessening the impact of
this activity.

Here are some tips on having an earth-friendly landscape.

1. Find plants that consume little water

- one of the main requirements of a landscape is to have an
ample amount of water for the plants. But since water is
becoming a scarcer and scarcer commodity, homeowners should
choose plants that consume little water.

Not only do they help save the environment, they also help
cut a homeowner’s water costs.

2. Use organic fertilizers

- artificial fertilizers contain chemicals that may
otherwise be harmful to the soil.

Organic fertilizers should therefore be chosen in favor of
artificial ones to lessen its impact on the soil and at the
same time, ensure that one has a healthy plant.

Creating a compost pit and using cut grass as mulch can
help provide organic fertilizers to a garden.

3. Have trees in your lawn

- trees provide shade in your lawn and if they are
well-positioned, they can reduce energy costs spent on
cooling and heating.

4. Find alternative sources of water

- while sprinklers are a great way to water a lawn, rain
water can be a good alternative too. So when designing a
landscape, find a way of irrigating it using rain water
from the household’s rooftops.

This helps a lot in cutting the costs on water used by
sprinklers.Low maintenance landscaping Chicago

If you live in the Chicago area and you are interested in getting some landscaping, Chicago native plants are your best choices. If you choose native plants you will find that your garden or yard will be much easier to take care of as time wears on. At first working in the yard may not seem like a big deal but you may get sick of it when the bloom wears off the rose, no pun intended. This is normal, we start to take our yards for granted and it is not so much fun to work on the landscaping Chicago anymore.

You can even use these native plants to solve your drainage problems. Chicago, for instance has many problems when it comes to drainage. They get a lot of different weather there and it affects the gardens more than you might think. When you are landscaping, Chicago weather needs to be taken into consideration at all times. Talk to your landscaper about what plants will be best for your yard. Don’t skimp with your landscaping, Chicago residents will know you did it and that is never cool. Take your time and find the perfect plants to suit you and your goals. And mention to the landscaper if you notice that you have any drainage problems and perhaps he will be able to suggest some good landscaping Chicago native plants to use. Just make sure that you see a picture of any plant before you agree to use it. Who knows what you might get otherwise. Everyone’s tastes are different and yours may be the polar opposite from the landscapers.

When trying to choose the right plants for landscaping Chicago take a look around you. What kids of plants do your neighbors have? Which ones do you like and which do you despise? Show the landscaper that you choose what you are interested in seeing if your own landscaping. Chicago landscapers tend to be very flexible and open to ideas. This is your yard after all and you and your family are the ones who have to live with it forever.

When looking into landscaping, Chicago perennials may be the way to go. This way you will not have to plant new flowers and plants each and every year. That is a lot of maintenance and most people with landscaping, Chicago residents anyway, do not have the time for this kind of thing.Choose the landscaping company that will do the best work for you

In this day of the information age it has never been easier to find out what you need to know in order to hire the right landscaping company for the job. No matter if your job is a small one of a large one you still need to make sure that the landscaping company that you choose is reliable and trustworthy and that they actually know what they are doing.

You should start by finding out how long this landscaping company has been in business, the longer the better. If they have been in business for 20 some odd years then there is a much better chance that they are good at what they do. Of course there are exceptions to this rule but it is a pretty good rule of thumb. If they were so bad they would probably not have been able to stay working for so many years.

Your checking up should not end there however. You still need to find out just how well run a landscaping company they are. Look at it this way: most landscaping companies are small business and they only have a few people working there. The owners have to do the bulk of the work on their own. That is why they are not always as reliable as they should be. Like other contractors they have a lot on their plate and they can at times get overwhelmed and not show up for a job when they were supposed to. While I do not excuse it I can understand it. They have a lot of people demanding certain things from them. The owners of the landscaping company will generally have to do all of the free estimates themselves, take the appointments, get to the appointments, do the books and then do the actual landscaping company work. Wow, that is enough tot run anyone into the ground.

That is why you should find out how many clients a potential landscaping company has at the time you ate going to hire them. If they sound as if they will be too busy then you might want to choose another landscaping company, one that will have the time that you need. You need to choose a landscaping company that will be dedicated to the work that you are getting done, you are paying for a service and you deserve for it to be as good as it can be.Choosing the right landscaping contractor for the job

It is vitally important that you do your best to choose the perfect landscaping contractor to work on your yard or project. You cannot afford to choose randomly from the Yellow Pages when looking for a good landscaping contractor because with this method you have no way of actually knowing if they are any good at all. And you need your landscaping contractor to be good, very good.

You can talk to the landscaping contractors that you see in the phone book but do not choose one before you have talked to them and seen some of what the landscaping contractor can do for you. You may be able to get them to actually take you to some of their previous projects, this is the best way to see what they can do for your yard. There are other ways of course such as pictures. You can have them show you a portfolio of their past work as well. This too is a good way to help you make your final decision as to which landscaping contractor to choose.

This landscaping contractor will be the one to come up with the design of your entire yard perhaps in the front and the back yards. You want your landscaping contractor needs to be creative and full to brimming with all kinds of fantastic ideas. So when you have your meeting with the landscaping contractor, have them come over to your home. He or she, or the whole team should come over and go over your yard with you. They should also give you some top ideas for how they can transform your yard into a wonderland of awe.

There are many ways in which the landscaping contractor can do this. They can use slopes and hills or they can use color and texture. The landscaping contractor that you choose will have their own ways of doing tings and making an impression, you just need to make sure that this impression will be one that you want to make as well. You do not want to get stuck with a yard that look like crap do you? That is why you need to see some samples of what this landscaping contractor can do for you.

The key to landscaping design

If you want to incorporate only the best landscaping design then you need to start thinking along the lines of unity. This is key to your landscaping design success and it will need to be applied to your entire yard, all around your home. Your entire properly will need to have a similar feel and look, if you have this your home will have a balanced look of symmetry and this will add all kinds of beauty to your home.

You can create a wonderful sense of unity to your landscaping design in a few different ways. The most common way of bringing harmony to your landscaping design is with similar types of plants and trees. This is easy to do and it will look fantastic. There is another way to get unity to be a basic part of your landscaping design and this is with heights. By having even different plants and trees of the same or similar height you will be bringing the whole design of your yard together like you never knew you could. It will look wonderful and it will be so easy!

Your landscaping design should make use of much more than just plants and trees. Flowers look great but they generally only bloom for part of the year so you need to find some other landscaping design elements that will look perfect all year round. To do this you will want to look at landscaping stones and rocks, or even wood chips just to name a couple of things. You can even use granite and marble in your landscaping design. You can have nice little stepping stones, some statues or displays in your landscaping design or you can just have pretty rocks.

A theme can go a long way towards making your landscaping design gorgeous. If you love butterflies or hummingbirds then choose plants and flowers that will attract them to your yard and garden. This is a glorious way to showcase your design and you will always have something pretty to look at. You can talk to those at your local plant store about which type of plants and flowers will work best for this where you live.

In the end your landscaping design needs to be balanced and whole looking. You can do anything you want with your landscaping design, you can design it yourself or you can use a landscaping design that you have seen in real or in a book. No matter what you decide to do, as long as there is unity your landscaping design will look perfect.

Landscaping DIY: Learning the Basics

Landscaping DIY style can be successful only if one has learned about the basic principles regarding landscaping in general. Whether you are borrowing a certain landscaping idea that you found in a magazine or on the Internet, knowing about the basic landscaping principles would be able to help you understand what you would be doing later on. Knowing about these principles can even help you improve your own creativity as you try to develop your own landscaping ideas.

One of the basic principles of landscaping is aiming to achieve some form of unity in design. Unity, as a principle, should be considered as one of your main goals in landscaping design. Unity can either be applied in the form of consistency and repetition. Repetition creates unity in landscaping design by repeating similar elements such as plants, plant groups, or other types of decor throughout the landscape.

Consistency creates unity by enabling some or all of the various elements of a planned landscape to fit together and be considered as part of a whole. It can be achieved through the consistency of character of the different elements such as height, size, texture, color schemes, etc.

Another important principle essential for landscape design is balance. Balance is a sense of equality in the overall design. There are basically two types of balance being employed in landscape design. Symmetrical balance is characterized by the equal spacing of the matching elements in the garden design. A garden design strikes up a symmetrical balance when the elements share all or part of the same shape, form, groupings, colors, theme, etc.

Achieving asymmetrical balance in garden design can be a little more complex. While element characteristics such as textures, forms, colors may remain constant to create some unity, some shapes and design may be more random. In achieving this form of balance, it is often essential to makes use of separate or different themes in the landscape design but with each one having an equal yet different type of attraction.

Another principle to consider in landscape design is natural transition. This principle can be used to avoid radical or hasty changes in your landscape design. Transition is basically gradual change. It can best be shown in terms of plant height or color. Natural transition can also be applied to all the other elements in the landscape such as textures, shape and size of the different landscape elements.

The transition can be achieved in the natural means by gradual, ascending or descending, arrangement of different elements. A good example of achieving natural transition would be employing a stair step effect from large trees going to medium trees then to shrubs and then finally to bedding plants.

Simplicity is another basic landscaping principle that can be one of the best guidelines you can follow when just beginning landscaping DIY. The aim to just keep things simple can provide certain advantages to begin with. One is that you can achieve more by doing less. Improvements can be done later.

Picking two or three basic colors to use for the landscape and then repeat them throughout the garden design is a means of keeping things simple. Keeping the use of decor to a minimum and limited to a specific theme is also a means of achieving simplicity in garden design.
What kind of landscaping equipment do you need to have around the house?

Everyone’s home could use a little landscaping and if you want to do some landscaping you are going to need to have the proper landscaping equipment around in order to do it. There are a few integral pieces of landscaping equipment that you simply cannot do without. There are other pieces of equipment that are great to have but not absolutely necessary. And some of the landscaping equipment can be quite expensive. If you are going to be doing something that is not one of your regular landscaping jobs then you might want to consider renting some of your landscaping equipment rather than spending too much money to buy it.

Some of the popular kinds of landscaping equipment that many people have without even realizing that is what it is are things like fertilizer spreaders and other applicators. These are not thought of as landscaping equipment sometimes but that is in fact exactly what they are. Do you have this kind of landscaping equipment? DO you use it? If you do not use these applicators you should start. By using these kinds of things you can make your yard so much prettier and healthier. Your lawn will be lush and full and you will not suffer from the weeds that plague you any more.

If you are planning on doing a lot of work on your yard you are going to need to get yourself some irrigations tools. This is especially important when you are going to be planting some new plants or trees. You need to have all of your living shrubbery and flowers getting the right amount of water at all times. In order to get this system working right you might also want to invest in some landscaping equipment like timers and sprinklers. This way you know that your yard is getting watered when it needs it even when you are not home. This is especially great for when you leave town and in the simmer when you are under strict orders about how much water can be used each week.

Landscaping equipment is important to any job, if you want to make your yard as great as you can then you need to get the best landscaping equipment. You can find everything that you need for any job online. The internet is hands down the best place to shop for any of your landscaping equipment needs.

Landscaping Help - Factors to Consider Before Starting

Feeling lost and needing help with landscaping terminologies? Actually, the concept is simple although the outcome can range from plain to atypical. It really depends on what the client wants and how far can the person doing the landscaping venture into in terms of design.

Landscaping can be considered as an art and also a science because it requires meticulous planning, design and keen observation. The landscaper should be aware of the environment, the plants that would grow and wouldn't survive in the place and the conditions of so many other elements, including the weather, wherein the project is to be done before one could sit on a plan and start acting it out.

Modifying the land's features is what the landscaper's concern should be. But what are the elements that he should consider first before even coming up with a blueprint of what has to be done? Here are some.

This is a vital step in landscaping because it can make or break the project. The flora and fauna factors would actually be the main focus once the modification is done because it will give the area its life and, of course, beauty.

But the landscaper should be attuned as to what kinds of plants grow in the place. It would be useless to buy all sorts of plants or even the most exotic flowers if they wouldn't survive in the type of condition where the project is to be done.

In this case, the landscaper could ask suggestions from the clients what they would like to see in the landscape, but in the end, one must choose wisely as to what are the viable plants that could be part of the whole scheme.

Natural Elements
A good landscaper should first seek out the area for its natural elements before proceeding with a plan. Sometimes, the real beauty of the land can already be seen and would only need slight changes.

One should first inspect the land formations in the area, look at the terrain shapes and also the elevation of the place. It is also recommended to first see what sources of water the area could have so that if there's none, something could be done to make it available.

Human Elements
These refer to the man-made components in the area where the project is to be laid out. The reason for this could be that the landscaping to be made can be implemented in a way that it complements its surroundings, like what are the structures adjacent in the area, or the buildings neighboring it and fences nearby.

In the long run, what surrounds the vicinity where landscaping is to me made is vital for its maintenance so it is really a must to consider such before heading out the planning stage of the development.

Abstract Elements
One need not be a weather guy to be accustomed with that kind of information in the area where the project needs to be developed. But weather is an imperative part of the research before anything could be started.

The weather that the place is usually getting will help the landscaper decide what type of plants is to be selected in the process. One could also have an idea for other structures to be done in the plan, especially if the place is either wet or dry most of the time.

Now, with all these in mind, the process is about to begin. One could already draw out a plan by considering all the landscaping help mentioned and begin the task.
Where to find the best landscaping idea picture

Here is nothing that is more useful to someone trying to create a new look and feel in their yard than a good landscaping idea picture. With a landscaping idea picture you will not only get inspired you will learn so much. Yes, I said learn, you can learn a lot by looking at a landscaping idea picture. You can learn what look fab and you can learn what does not look so hot. All that from a little tiny landscaping idea picture. Don’t you think that it is time that you go out and got yourself on?

Where can you find a landscaping idea picture you ask? You can get a wonderful landscaping idea picture from many different places. Your best bet is to get as many as you can and take notes about which ideas you liked and which you really didn’t like. This way when it comes time to start work you will know exactly what you want. You can even show your landscaper the landscaping idea pictures so that he or she can see exactly what you are talking about. This kind of communication is very important because the landscaping contractor may not know what you are talking about otherwise. This way he will see it for himself.

You can get a great landscaping idea picture from the library, in fact you can get hundreds of them there. Visit your library and find the landscaping and gardening section, if you are having trouble then ask the librarian, they are there to help you. Explain that you are afer a landscaping idea picture or two and you need help. They might even have some books of that kind in a different section as well, who knows?

You can then photocopy any landscaping idea picture that you think may be of help to you. Bring a folder with you so that the landscaping idea picture will be protected and then go home and start making the things that you like in each landscaping idea picture and the things that you hate. If you do not want to write right on the landscaping idea picture then write on the back. This is good because if you were to write about the landscaping idea picture on a different page you could get things confused, this is easy to do if you are dealing with all kinds of landscaping idea pictures.Coming up with your own landscaping idea

It is not all that easy to always come up with your own landscaping idea. In fact, most people are going to need a little help with their landscaping, it is a good thing that it is easy to find a landscaping idea to use.

There are a few places that you can get some fantastic landscaping ideas and probably the best place is the internet. You will find hundreds of sites on the internet that will all have a great landscaping idea or two for you to take and make your own. It is important that you put a lot of though and consideration into the landscaping of your yard in the front and in the back so finding the perfect landscaping idea is essential to your success.

You should start by taking a walk around your property in order to get a good sense of what can be done. See how the drainage is and check out the slopes and levels of your property. This way you will be able to tell which landscaping idea is right for you right off the bat. The more you notice the easier things will be. It would be terrible to choose a landscaping idea and then start work only to find that it cannot be completed halfway through due to some aspect of your property. This is why you need to find out all that you can about each landscaping idea that you are contemplating using.

And before you choose the final landscaping idea that you are going to use take a little extra time to learn the basics of landscaping. This is imperative if you have never done any work like this before. If you re new to the whole world of landscaping then you might want to take out a book or two from the library. This way you do not have to pay for them and you will still get all that they have to offer. There is a lot of be gained from reading some good landscaping books, you might even find a landscaping idea in them.

If you know that you want to change the landscaping in your front yard and your back yard then you need to use a landscaping idea that will incorporate both of these. Your front and back yards should flow together, this will give you the best possible design so look at a landscaping idea that will give you this kind of harmony and you will have a better yard for it.

Landscaping Photos, Capturing Every Step

In landscaping design, once you've decided to venture into one, even if you are not a professional, you'll be amazed as to how many the possibilities are about what you can do.

Observing is the Key
It may be true at times that you won't know how the process was done by simply looking at the outcome. But by keen observation, you would have an idea as to what to do with your own project and by asking around, you would know how they were done. Sometimes you'll be amazed to know that such complex structures were not that complex to do.

Observing other landscapes is good. But for you to have many other options and ideas, browse through gardening magazines and books. Sometimes, you don't even have to read thoroughly on the articles about the process, you just have to look at photos to gather more ideas and add up to what you already have.

The Web is the right resource to go to when it comes to landscaping photos. Browse through sites of the professional landscapers to see their ideas. But the blog posts and personal sites of simple people who would just like to share what they made and how they made it with regards landscaping would also be worth seeing.

Through research, you'd have an idea as to what to do and what to avoid if you are planning on making your own.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
This phrase is true for landscape enthusiasts, when presented with different pictures as to how other people have done their project, one could come up with their own ideas, maybe inspired from what they have seen or a combination of two or more styles.

When you look at the photos, you'll be aware as to what colors of plants look good when they are side by side or what other structures could be built in the space provided. In this case, the research that you have to do would be minimal. Of course, you still have to be knowledgeable about the place conditions, the weather, the kinds of plants that grow in it, the soil properties. These all contribute to the success of the project.

Document it Through Photos
Pictures are really of a great help with people who wants to venture into landscaping or are pondering about what they could do with their land, even the professionals would find a great deal of help with pictures.

This is why when you are already doing your own landscaping, it is important to document each step, especially the outcome, by taking pictures. You never know how these photos could eventually help others who, in the future, may look for such and would find your pictures very useful just like how such pictures were able to help you when you were starting on your own project.

Make it a hobby to keep landscaping photos even though you are not a professional. It may serve others in the long run, but it would also remind you as to how you've transformed simplicity into an art form.

And keeping such isn't only for memorabilia's sake but also to avoid mistakes in the future regarding such activity and to learn from the process.
Find yourself a great landscaping picture

If you can find yourself a wonderful landscaping picture you will be that much closer to designing your yard, just like that. This landscaping picture will give you all of the inspiration that you need to come up with the most gorgeous and eye catching ideas around. It is hard to think of all of the best landscaping ideas on your own, especially if you have never taken on a project like this before. So if you are new, do not worry, use a landscaping picture to help you come up with some fabulous ideas, in fact use a few!

Even if you choose to work with a professional landscaper for your yard you should make sure that they show you a landscaping picture. This landscaping picture should show you what they expect your home to look like once it has been completed. This is important as it will help you to choose the right landscaper for the job. The landscaping picture that they show you will tell you a lot about the landscaper. The landscaping picture will tell you how much imagination the landscaper has as well as how much work they actually plan on doing. So never, choose a landscaper until you see some kind of landscaping picture.

This is not the only landscaping picture that your landscaper should show you either. You should also ask that he show you at least one landscaping picture of a job he has completed in the past. The best landscapers usually have more than on landscaping picture, they usually have a portfolio that they will let you flip through. This is so useful because you will see exactly the kind of service you will be getting if you choose this company.

It is important to take care with all of the decisions like this. This is the entire look of your home. When people walk by your house you want them to notice it for how gorgeous and wonderful it looks, not how run down. Having a lovely garden can make all of the different so start thinking about getting in a professional landscaper today. Just make sure that you have him show you a good landscaping picture first and you will be way ahead of the game.What does your landscaping plan need?

There are a few different things that any good landscaping plan will need to be successful. First you should know what a successful landscaping plan is. To be successful a landscaping plan needs to be well thought out and all issues must be dealt with and accounted for. This means taking into consideration the amount of sun each are of the yard will get as well as how much water it will receive and where the water will sit. Drainage is imperative to any well thought out landscaping plan. You need to have the right kind of irrigation if you want anything to grow and flourish in your landscaping plan.

You should take close stock of what is already around before you start any kind of landscaping plan. All of the best ones will use the natural beauties that are already a part of any yard. Most yards will have something going for them so find this and use it to make your landscaping plan stunning. For example there may be some gorgeous flowers or trees, or some great rock formations. Why rip these out only to plant another thing, that is just a waste of living things in some cases and totally unacceptable. Use what is there and your landscaping plan will look that much more natural and gorgeous every single time.

Examine all aspects of the yard to be landscaped. Will you need to level or hill up any areas? Are the angles good as they are or do they need a little help? These kinds of things matter and will have some part of the drainage aspect mentioned above when it comes to your landscaping plan.

Most people do not have a million or so dollars to spend so you will have to take this into consideration when you are coming up with your landscaping plan. You need to know how much you will be able to afford before you go all out designing this amazing, yet expensive landscaping plan. You will probably not be able to afford to change the whole slope of your yard even if you wanted to so try to stay within the scope of your money and your ideas.

Make sure that your landscaping plan has taken everything into consideration and the and only then should you start putting this plan into motion.Looking for just the right landscaping plant?

Finding the perfect landscaping plant is not such an easy job. There are so many different plants for you to choose from and each will have its own special ways that make is a great find for your yard. You can choose any kind of landscaping plant that will compliment your particular yard, just make sure that the landscaping plant that you choose can live in your climate. Not all landscaping plants can thrive in all areas so talk to your local plant specialist. The place where you usually get your plants may be able to help you with your selection of landscaping plant.

There are many different kinds of landscaping plants for you to choose from and some of the best ones are the ones that you would normally never think of. For example if you want to have a gorgeous border you can use sage plants. This is the perfect landscaping plant for any home especially yours. You can do so much with this great landscaping plant. Not only can you make wonderful borders with it you can also add them to pretty herb gardens.

What makes herb gardens to fun is that they are not only pretty to look at they are also practical. You can use all of the herbs that you grow as a landscaping plant in your cooking. Cooking with herbs is such a wonderful bonus to having a gorgeous landscaping plant.

When you are looking for a landscaping plant you will also need to take into consideration what time of year it happens to be. You cannot usually go into a gardening store looking for a landscaping plant in the middle of winter and find a summer bloom. Your shopping will have to be at least a little seasonal. Your landscaping plant, some of them anyway, will have to be purchased at certain times of the year.

You can find a landscaping plant that is annual or one that is perennial. An annual landscaping plant will need to be bought and purchased anew each year where as a perennial landscaping plant will grow back each year on its own. Some perennial plants like tulips for instance will double in number each year if left alone. When there gets to be too many in one spot of this kind of landscaping plant you can simply dig down and split some of them up and plant them elsewhere.

What is landscaping rock?

You can use landscaping rock to add some depth and texture to your landscaping design. This landscaping rock can come in a couple of different forms, actually there are quite a few. Not only is there a find collection of colors of landscaping rock there is also several different kinds of stone to choose from. Different landscaping designs will require different landscaping rock. You can get small landscaping rock or larger landscaping rock.

The trick to using landscaping rock successfully is to fully integrate them into your yard and the design. You need to place them in places that will add to the yard, not in places that will make it look like you are trying to cover something up or take attention away from another part of the yard. If you were to just put your landscaping rock here and there you will be doing nothing for the yard and your yard will end up looking strange and unbalanced. You should plan exactly where each landscaping rock should be placed for the ultimate good effect.

If you take the time to bury your rock it will look much better. This will make them look planted and they will blend in and look as if this is where they really should be, not just where they got clunked down.

How far should you bury your roc in the ground? The depth will all depend upon the landscaping rock that you finally choose fro your yard. If you choose a very large landscaping rock then it should be deeper than a smaller landscaping rock. Four to six inches is a good depth for your landscaping rock to be buried.

It is easy to build a landscaping rock. All you need to do is dig a spot about the size of your landscaping rock and them place the rock into it. You can then just tuck some dirt into the spot around the rock and then you are done. Voila!

Think about it, this is what rocks and boulders look like when you see them out in nature. The next time that you are out taking a walk or you are hiking keep an eye out for any large rocks, look at how they sit in the dirt and then try to get the landscaping rock in your yard to look just as natural.

Not all landscaping software is created equal

There are some fantastic landscaping software programs that will help you to design the backyard of your dreams but there are also some landscaping software programs that are a complete waste of money. The trick is to find out which landscaping software programs are good before you purchase them.

Many of the landscaping software programs that are on the market for the regular consumer are not really very good. Some of them are just plain awful and to buy them is to throw your money down the drain. They will have terrible cartoonish drawings that are not clear and that will not do you any good at all. On the other hand there are some of the more expensive commercial grade landscaping software programs that will blow you away with their capabilities.

What you need to remember when you are using a landscaping software program is that it is not going to do anything for you, it is only a tool for you to use to make your ideas a reality. So if you are wanting to buy some landscaping software so that you can have your yard designed for you then do not even bother. If on the other hand you have some great ideas and you want to get them laid out so that you can see if they are really as good as they seem then a good landscaping software program might be for you after all.

Before you commit to buying any landscaping software try to get a demo. This will let you try out the program to see if it can even help you in what you want to achieve. You should try to choose a landscaping software program that has good graphics. The better the graphics are on your landscaping software the easier it will be fore you to visualize the end result of all your hard work. Remember that this is the goal of any landscaping software program. If the landscaping software is crap then you might be better off using the drawing programs that are already on your computer.

By getting a demo you will also be able to directly compare the different programs in terms of price. Lets face it, if there are two landscaping software programs and they look the same and they both have the tools that you need but one is cheaper, which one are you going to chose? The cheaper one of course. So check out the prices.Why use landscaping stones?

There are many reasons why  you should incorporate landscaping stones into your landscaping design. The main one however is for beauty, pure esthetic beauty. For a landscaping design to look perfect it needs to have layer and this can be a hard thing to achieve without the use of landscaping stones.

landscaping stones are not the only way to give your yard depth but they are the easiest way. You could try to change the slop of your yard. You could dig lower sports and build up higher ones but this could take forever and you would have to know a lot about landscaping to try to tackle a job like that. Just think of the trouble you could get into with the drainage issues if you were to make a mistake! No, it is far easier to simply use landscaping stones to bring some depth to your yard.

You can use landscaping stones to accent certain portions of your yard, you can even plant some plants in these landscaping stones. They look great round the patio and the fence and you can even get colored landscaping stones to bring more color into your yard. This kind of color is especially nice to have in winter when everything is so bare and cold looking. The fact of the matter is that you can transform the whole look of your yard with the simple use of landscaping stones. They are like jewelry only for the yard.

There are many different kinds of landscaping stones and they come in all shapes and sized. The landscaping stones that are right for you will depend on the effect that you are trying to create with your yard. And different parts of the yard might require different sized landscaping stones. You can get a wide variety of colors for your landscaping stones and in some cases you may want to mix a couple of colors together to create a whole new and interesting look.

If you are planning to overhaul your yard this year then you need to start looking into using landscaping stones in your design. These will bring the whole yard together and if they are used right will add balance and harmony to your entire garden.

You can get landscaping stones at your local gardening center and even some home building stores will carry them. Shop around and find the landscaping stones that suit your home and your needs best before you make a purchase.Do you know how to choose the right landscaping supply store?

Choosing the right landscaping supply store means thinking outside the box. You have to stop thinking like a regular consumer and start thinking like a person about to take on a he job and who wants to save some cash. There are many landscaping supply stores out there but only a few of them are worth visiting and these are not the ones that you see the ads for on TV.

The landscaping supply stores that you want to buy your materials from are the ones that cater primarily to those in the industry. If you can get your landscaping materials from a landscaping supply store that does not usually sell to the general public, or at least is not well known by the general public then you are in business. This can take some work though.

Try talking to a professional landscaper to see if you can get the info out of him about the closest landscaping supply store. See what he or she says. What landscaping supply store does this company use? You can tell them that you need to know this in order to make sure that they are getting and using only the best materials. This should work in getting you a name. Then you can go down there yourself and get all of the materials and tools that you need to complete the job on your own. Sound sneaky? Well, it is but it works and it will save you hundreds of dollars on your landscaping supply store supplies.

If you just cannot bring yourself to be so treacherous you can try looking in the phone book. You may find something like this under contractors, it depends on where you live. Do whatever you have to do to find out where the pros get their stuff and you are well on your way to saving some serious money this year. All of the pros get their landscaping supply store items from somewhere so all you have to do is find out where. Most of these places will sell to regular people like you but they do not bother with a lot of advertising because they do well with the companies. These landscaping supply stores do not need to business form the little guys like you. But if you can find these landscaping supply stores you are set.The landscaping tip of all time

There is many a landscaping tip out there to satisfy even the most desperate of landscapers or would be landscapers and you can find hundreds of them online. But in all of my years as a landscape artist I have come to the conclusion that while there are many different landscaping tips only a few are universal and there is a good chance that only one landscaping tip will do you any good. The landscaping tip that you need the most will be different than the one I needed because each project is different, so take your time and learn about as many landscaping tips as you can before you start your project.

The landscaping tip that everyone can learn from is to always make your yard one that will look great at any time of the year. This can be tricky because in the middle of winter many things do not look so hot. This is why it is so important to learn about the kinds of plants and trees that will still bring beauty to your home in the depth or winter and in the summer heat.

To find the plants that will make this landscaping tip work will require you to do a little more work. You will have to find out what plants will thrive in your climate all year round. Of course some will do better during certain months but you need to always have something going on that is attractive in your yard. The best place for you to find out the best plants for this landscaping tip is your local garden center. They are the experts and they should be able to answer all of your questions about what your choices in plants and trees should be. If this does not work for you then take a trip to the library and check out some books on local flowers and trees. These can be gold when you are trying to choose just the right things for your yard.

Another good landscaping tip is to layer all of your planting beds. This will bring a sense of unity and balance to your entire yard. To get this particular landscaping tip working at its best you should also use repetition in this design. Have these layers repeated throughout the yard and it will look that much better to those walking by.The perfect landscaping tree

There is no better way to spruce up a new home, or an old one for that matter, than to use a landscaping tree or two. These trees can add so much to your home, in fact they can even add to the value of your home for when it comes time to sell. There are many different kinds of tree for you to use when you are in need of a landscaping tree and the choice is all yours.

The best place for you to find out what kind of landscaping tree you should be using is the internet. Online you will be able to find out everything that you need to know about every kind of landscaping tree that there is on the market. Everyone will have a different taste in landscaping tree and that is why it is so important for you to find out what yours actually is. If you do not take a look at all the landscaping trees that are out there, who will you know which one is the right landscaping tree for you?

The kind of landscaping tree that you will choose will have something to do with where it is that you live. Some trees do not do well in certain places and certain climates. You will have to make sure that the landscaping tree that you choose can grow and flourish where you live. There is no point in spending money on a few landscaping trees only to find out that it is going to die in just a couple of months. So ask the seller and do some of your own research to find out just what you should be getting for your yard.

Trees matter to the look of your home. It is with trees that you will be able to give your home a pretty garden feel and lets fact it, trees are much easier to deal with than flowers and other plants. There is practically no maintenance for most trees. It will not be hard for you to find a great landscaping tree that will require very little work.

The Mimosa tree makes for a wonderful landscaping tree because it is so gorgeous and lovely. The foliage on this gorgeous tree is like fern in its delicacy. It will make any home instantly more beautiful with its addition and they are deciduous. This is a perfect landscaping tree for any home including yours

Landscaping Around a Patio

If you want your garden to look good, you have to do a little landscaping. The same goes when you landscape around a patio so there is always something new to show to your guests.

The materials that you will use for your patio will include both soft and hard materials. The soft ones are namely the plants, the shrubs and the trees. They can be placed on the exterior perimeter of the patio while you use hard materials such as brick, concrete, rock, stone and tiles inside.

So you have an idea what plants to buy later on, it is best to check the condition of the soil since this will determine what type of flowers will survive these conditions.

A general rule when landscaping around a patio is that you have to work on the inside first then work outwards.

When choosing an area for the patio, make sure that this will be done on a flat area of land. Once you have found it, you must first build forms to be able to add height to the patio perimeter. This is important to achieve the foundational support you will need later on. This should be done evenly up to your doorway.

To prevent any incidents of tripping, you should smoothen the edges and make sure that there are no nails sticking out from the sides of the patio.

Once the forms have been completed for the patio, this is the time that you can add curves by using a bender board made from plastic so it can be moved very easily. To keep these in place, you will have to add stakes every 12 to 18 inches.

When it is ready, this is time that you put the stones in. These should be placed one by one so everything will fit nicely into place.

Since the patio is now ready, those of you who want to make it look colorful should add flowers and shrubs along the walkway. You can use one color or mix this with several. The important thing is that it looks good.

Those who don’t want to plant flowers around the patio can still add color by using potted plants. You can buy these pots in different colors and designs from the store.  The advantage of using this is that you can move them to different locations and during the winter, they can be placed indoors then brought out again during the spring.

Either way, you can choose plants that bloom during different times of the year so there is always something that stands out all season long. Don’t forget to consider the amount of sun that is required for each of them.

You should also get plants of different heights so there is a smooth transition from the patio all the way up to the house. If there are budget constraints, get the smaller ones since these are cheaper. It will just some time before they mature unlike the older plants that are almost ready to bloom.

Landscaping around the patio is no different than fixing one section of the house. Once you have a plan, it will be very easy to implement. If you are not happy, don’t be afraid to make some changes so it will look better than it did before.
Landscaping Around Trees

Most homes have a few trees in the yard. Since they provide shade when it is too hot outside, it is only right that you landscape around the trees to make part of the beautiful scenery.

So how do you do that? The first thing you have to do is get in touch with arborist, a horticulturist or a forester. This is because planting around trees the wrong way can damaged the roots and kill the tree. Once they have established a protected root zone, you will be able to plant flowers and shrubs without any problems.

Instead of planting these on the ground, you can use planted boxes which does a great job of reducing mower damage. If you do decide to use these, be sure to maintain the soil at the original level and that the installation edging materials do not cut the tree roots.

The water requirement for plants and trees are also different. For instance, grass and plants have to be watered daily or three times a week. While the tree on the other hand only needs one application.

To prevent this from happening, you should also construct an irrigation system that is able to cater to the needs of both. You can make this happen by putting the water lines in one corridor outside the protected root zone.

But if it has to go through, make sure bore a hole only two feet below grade. Again, the improper way of doing this will compromise the tree’s stability and health.

But what if you suspect that something is wrong with tree? For that, you will have to inspect the base of the tree.

All trees have a natural root flare located at the base. If there is no flare and there is an excess fill, this has to be removed in order to save the life of the tree. Some of the work can be done by hand while the rest is done with a machine.

So if you want to landscape around trees, it is best to lay a 2 to 4 inch later of organic mulch at the base of the tree and then extend this outward to the protected root zone. Examples of these include wood chips and shredded bark. They must not be piled up against the tree trunk because this keeps the bark wet that leads to the growth of bacteria and fungi.

You must not also use landscaping fabrics or sheet plastic underneath mulch because they prevent oxygen and water going to the roots of the trees.

It is advised to prone out dead, low and rubbing branches. You must never pull on the healthy ones because this will reduce the tree’s ability to withstand heavy winds.

Irrigation must be done in the absence of precipitation. This should be done regularly during the fall until the ground freezes with periods that allows the soil to dry.

If you follow the tips mentioned, you will soon have a nice yard that surrounds a tree. Of course landscaping around trees is just one way to make your yard look good. But as this case has shown, planting flowers or shrubs into the ground and watering them is not as easy as it looks because you also have to pay attention the needs of the tree so both will be able to live.
Landscaping Companies That You can Hire

You hire an interior designer to work on the internal aspects of your home. But for the exterior, you will need to call someone else and that is where landscaping companies come in.

Landscaping companies can do a better job than you because they are the experts in this field. But since there are so many out there and you don’t know who to choose, here are a few points that you should remember.

First, you have to know what you want in your garden. It is best to put this on paper so when you talk to a representative of a landscaping company, they have an idea what you want done and offer suggestions and comments.

When you go looking for landscaping companies, see what services they have to offer by calling them up or visiting their website. It will also be a good idea to get referrals from friends and family who have used similar services before so you know what to expect from them.

The only time that you should set up a meeting is if you feel that the landscaping company is able to undertake the project. The first meeting is free. Here you will discuss with them what you want. Don’t forget to ask them questions like what are their credentials and if their certificates and licenses are still valid.

The landscaping company should also have insurance so if anything happens, they will be the ones liable to pay for any damages incurred.

If they have been doing this for many years, you can ask them for a list of their previous clients so you can call them up and see the landscaping work they did before. You should talk to the owner of the property to see if there were any problems and get their opinion if they would hire them again.

Should everything check out, you can then invite them to your home to conduct an ocular inspection of the garden and give you a quote which will tell you how much they will be charging for the whole project.

For those who are still unsure, arrange a meeting with another landscaping company. Do a similar background check and then compare their rates. Naturally you want to get the best services that will give you good value for your money so don’t think that going for someone that is expensive or much cheaper is always the best way to go.

From here on end,  it is now up to you do decide whether or not you will avail of their services or not. For your safety, the contract should state that the agreed upon price should be followed and that no additional charges will be added in the future. It should also contain the plants to be used, the design system, terms of payment, length of project, maintenance terms and a guarantee.

Those who follow what was agreed upon strictly to the letter won’t have any problems later should something go wrong since this is a binding contract that must be followed.

Landscaping companies who are able to do a good job are able to get repeat business and more clients in the long term. Those who fail to live up to their standards will fold.

If you don’t want to be a victim of negligent landscape companies, do a background check so you know that you are getting your money’s worth.
Landscaping Designs for Your Home

Landscape designs serve as good reference to those who want to make something of their land. There are pictures and articles written about these in magazines while some are posted on the web.

When you are looking at these landscape designs, keep in mind of what can and cannot work for your home or office.  This will help you make a shortlist of what lighting, plants and trees you will be using. You may also want to use some metal, rocks and wood since this adds depth to the garden.

After some time, you will surely find a design that you think looks best. If you feel like incorporating everything here, see to it that the size of the work done here is similar to your land size. Otherwise, you will have to make some adjustments just to get most of it in.

You can also discover some more landscape designs by acquiring software that can help you design from scratch. All you have to do is input some information and the program will do the rest.

So it can work on your computer, you have to first check if the system fits the requirements. You can easily check this by looking at the packaging which will let you know immediately if this is compatible with your hardware at home.

It may eat up a lot of memory so be prepared by getting an upgrade for your hard drive or creating space on your current one.

Creating your landscape design using a computer is best if you are able to inject pictures into the program and if it can show a three dimensional perspective of the land you are working on. Not all programs can do this and you need to take a tutorial first to understand the system.

When working on the landscape design using either a pen and paper or the computer, take into account where the sun is and the type of soil you are dealing because these are things you cannot change and you have to adapt to them.

After putting all these things into consideration, you should now be able to transfer this from paper to the actual thing. Since you cannot do this alone, you will probably have to get help by talking to a contractor.

Given that you are not an expert when it comes to landscaping, the contractor should be able to fill in the other blanks. This includes providing proper garden drainage and in some cases, installing a system that will prevent muddy areas in your garden.

If there are steep slopes that make it difficult to retain the topsoil, they will also need to build a retainer wall so the garden is always leveled.

This is something of course that they should be able to input in the plan you have made.  They will then be able to tell you how much the entire project will cost. If after doing a background check this company appears to be legit and they happen to be better than the others who have submitted their proposals, it is time to sign the document so work may begin.

No landscaping design appeared out of thin air. It requires planning on your part and then execution with the assistance of a reputable contractor. As a customer, do your share so the professionals will be able to take it from there.
Helpful Landscaping Ideas

In architectural terms, landscaping means the art of modifying land areas through the use of natural, cultivated, or constructed elements in an organized manner and with accordance to a comprehensive yet aesthetic planning. If you are getting interested with this art, it is best to come up with fresh landscaping ideas to set your self apart from the rest.

Indeed, landscape design is one of those terms that can be quite overwhelming especially for neophytes. But, this doesn’t have to sound so intimidating because the underlying principles in it can be translated in simple terms or layman's terms, so to speak. Once translated into less complicated terms, landscaping would be easily understood and more people can do it on their own.

Aiding the ideas of creation

If you new into landscaping, you need to landscaping ideas to help you create you own one. But, before going gaga over numerous landscaping ideas out there, you need to familiarize yourself first with the basics of the art. These include knowing the basic elements of landscape design such use of colors and its combination as well as the various color theories. The standards of forms, lines, scales, and textures should also be pondered upon.

To help you come up with your own landscaping project, here are some helpful landscaping ideas that you can use in order to enhance the beauty of your home or make your own personal space pleasing to the eye.

1. Always assimilate the hardscape into the initial and final landscape design. "Hardscape" refers to elements and features including fences and other decorations used in the garden as well as patios and decks because these will give a wonderful transition coming from your indoors to the outdoors of your garden. Always make sure that the elements used in hardscape will complement other elements such as plants.

2. Try building a dependable but fashionable set of fences. People might not notice it but fences—if placed and designed properly—can create a huge difference in the overall look of the house. When doing your own landscape, make sure that you invest on great-looking fence because it will be standard in the garden. To be more creative, try to use plants as a fence aside from using the traditional wood ones. Here, you have a unique and reliable fence that will speak of your distinct taste and preference. But, if you plan to use plants as fence, make sure that they are composed of shrubs so they will be easier to manage.

3. Consider using foliages and drought-tolerant plants to use. If you are not sure if you can take care of the plants in your garden regularly, make sure that you use plants that don’t need constant watering and taming.

4. Combine colors of plant foliages and flowers. To create an eye-catching landscaping, always think of the characteristics of the foliage. Make sure that the foliage of plants has various textures and colors to create easy patterns that are pleasing to eye.

5. Be experimental in choosing materials. One of the most refreshing landscaping ideas out there is the use of substitutes in place of the traditional ones. This is because in enables the designer to explore more possibilities and lets him or her to be more creative.

One good example is the use of wood chippers especially for those who constantly redesign their space. These are a good option especially for people who want to trim their growing plants often.
Landscaping in Florida

Landscaping in Florida is not that different compared to other places in the US. This is because companies who offer their services will still mow the lawn, plant trees and do everything else to keep the garden well maintained.

As a contractor, you should know what plants work best depending on the region and know the best places to put them.  Since Florida is prone to hurricanes, you should know how to water them properly and be able to protect it.

You should also be able to attract wildlife to the garden. Some plants that can make this happen include the Gold Lantana and the Dwarf Fire bushes that are known to attract butterflies which add beauty to the surroundings.

Don’t forget to use fertilizers for the garden. In Florida, this is very important because soil is a major problem. Most of the time, you will encounter soil that is too sandy which also lacks the necessary minerals for plant growth.

One tree that will never go out of style in Florida is the Sabal Palm that is native to the area. A lot of people decide to plant one in the front or backyard because this compliments Florida’s landscape which people want a part of even in their homes.

When you plant this, remember that this should be placed a few yards away from the house so that in the event that a super hurricane comes again, it will not cause that much damage to the home.

Since most homes in Florida don’t have walls or a gate, you will also plant palm trees to give the homeowners some privacy. Some say this is more effective than putting up a fence because the leaves provide more coverage.

You can plant shrubs and other smaller plants near the house. These are ideal to hide the air conditioner and other things that may not look very attractive to those who drive by. The general rule of course when planning what flowers to use is to make it go well with the color of the house which shouldn’t be a problem if you use native species that are accustomed to the climate.

For people that like to go organic, you can also make your own vegetable garden. Given that soil is a problem, it is best to build a raise bed and then put a layer of erosion cloth so it can deal better with the water coming from the plants. Some vegetables that are perfect for Florida’s weather include herbs, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

The condition of the soil may be a challenge for contractors who still service clients but those who are able to surpass this will be able to do a lot of business.

Those who are starting out should offer their services first in the neighborhood and then expand this to get more clients. Advertising will be important here so they should post flyers, maybe put an ad in the paper or pay for a print ad.

You will be able to succeed should you decide to open a landscaping business in Florida. Just remember to use the plants and trees native to the area so you don’t have to worry about what other species have to be bought in and wonder if this will be able to withstand the hot climate.
Landscaping Pictures for Your Home

A picture says a thousand words and it is up to you to find out what it means. When you need ideas on how to improve your garden or backyard, you should look at landscaping pictures and then incorporate this into your project.

You can look for landscaping pictures from a variety of sources. These can be found in books and in interior design magazines. Some release a new copy monthly so there is always something new for you to anticipate.

Another source of information is through the web. Some contractors post their accomplishments while some websites give amateurs ideas.

If you go around the neighborhood and like what your neighbors have done, why not take a picture or ask them how this was done.

When you are looking at the images, pay attention to the details because in most cases, there is nothing written there on how they did it. You can probably print the images and then show this to someone knowledgeable who will be able to tell you what was done and at the same time advise you if this can work in your home.

Once you have an idea of what you want to do, draw this on paper and then try and work it out. First, you will have to buy the plants and the other accessories from the store. When they are brought home, it is time to put these all together.

If somewhere along the way you decide to change your mind, go ahead and do it. After all, plans change all the time and what you have on paper is simply a guide.

One thing you must not forget about landscaping is that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to beautifying your home. You will also realize later on that not everything you see in the pictures can be applicable because of various constraints like the weather and the plants you want may not be available from the store. When this happens, just think outside the box so you are able to overcome this obstacle.

If you suddenly run out of ideas, maybe it is time to hire someone who does this for a living. This will surely save you time and money so your dream garden will not be put on hold.

In order to keep costs down, this has to be done in phases. This will give you time to buy the right materials during the lean season. For instance, wood is much cheaper to purchase during the winter. Plants, shrubs and trees are often sold at a lower price during the latter part of the current season.

You may also check online for some of these items because it is possible to get them here than the nearest home improvement store.

There is nothing wrong with copying every single detail from the landscaping picture. However, you should remember that your neighbors and even you will be much happier when you know that the idea for your backyard or front yard also had some ideas from that brain of yours.

So use your imagination and see what happens. The only thing to do now after everything is finished is regular maintenance so all your hard work will continue to show in the coming months.
Landscaping Stones That You Can Use

Landscaping does not only involve planting flowers, shrubs and tress. To make it look pleasing, you also need to use natural stones. These are better known as landscaping stones.

Landscape stones comes in different shapes and colors. For instance, sandstones can be found in blends of blue, buff, black, brown or pink which are often used for wall making.

For those who will be making a fish pond or a fountain, they will need to use the slate type which is available in black, green and red. Stone marble is another alternative because these stones are finely grained. You can find these in pink white and yellow and have a high absorption of water. These can also be used for paving and wailing.

Limestone is very similar to stone marble because it can also absorb water. It is used primary also for making walls.

You can also use granite since these are fine to medium course and are very strong that are found in colors pink and red.

Apart from the big stones, you will also need some small ones and there are 5 types.

The first is called the river bed pebble. These are usually round and each one measures 2 and 75mm. in diameter. These are often used as decorative borders, ground cover, dry garden beds, swimming pool decks and patios.

Next is the stone circles.  The nice thing about them is that they are low maintenance and used for large patio areas, winding paths and creative edgings for those who will be installing a fishing pond.

There are also stone cobbles which are hand chiseled. They are environment friendly, non slip, does not require any maintenance and are recyclable. These are available in big and small sizes and can be used on a pavement, outhouse and on pool sides. They are very decorative and can be mixed with other types of stones.

Stone steps is another option. From the name itself, you can already tell that these are usually used to make a flight of stairs. There are four types around namely the normal, mortared, pitched and capped stone steps.

Next is the stepping stone that is used on walkway areas and is very easy to install. All you have to do is plan the path and then put in each one. To keep them in place, you should put some builder’s sand, wait awhile for everything to settle then add another layer of sand and mulch as a finishing touch.

As you can see, there are different types of stones that are used for landscaping. You can choose what will work best based on their color so it matches with the rest of the house as well as their characteristics. You can even use a few stones which you find near your house. But since this isn’t always enough, you will really need to order them.

In case you did not know, stones can also be used to prevent weeds from growing. This is done by placing them around flowers.

When you are looking for landscaping rocks, the most important thing to remember is to get those that have similar shape, size and texture. This will give your garden a natural look which people will appreciate when they are invited as guests to your home.
 Landscaping your Yard

Fixing the outside of your home is just as important as fixing the inside. If you are landscaping the yard, it is not enough to just put grass on the ground. You should plant flowers, shrubs and trees.

The garden needs to be maintained so you should cut the grass and water the plants. For that, you will need to buy some equipment like an edger, hedge trimmer and a lawnmower.

If you don’t have time to do this, pay someone to mow the lawn or hire a professional that will drop by and do the work on a regular basis.

Ideally, when landscaping your yard, you should choose two or three colors for flowerbeds and use different plants. Don’t forget that they should compliment the overall look of the house.

It will also be nice to add a few other items like some rocks, a statue or even a fountain. When choosing these from the store, make sure you know which plants need more sunlight than the others. This will prevent you from buying the wrong ones and killing them.

You can also get other ideas to improve the landscaping in your yard by looking at magazines and online sites. It is also possible to incorporate something you saw while driving around the neighborhood because decorating is not rocket science. You simply need to have a little imagination and ingenuity to bring this idea to life. The important thing is that this should reflect your personality.

The best way to start this is by putting your plan on paper. You can do it even if you do not draw that well. Just use some basic shapes and put symbols on them.

Once you have set this up, what you have in your hand is now a blueprint so it is off to the store to buy everything you need.

Don’t be afraid to make some changes in the layout because this is normal when you want the yard to look at its best. You should also make allowances for the home’s porch and decks so you can hang plants on baskets.

The success of your landscaping yard will depend largely on nature. This is because you have no control of the weather. If it rains often, you should only use plants that are able to sustain so much water. The same goes if it snows regularly where you live.

Aside from water and sunlight, you may also need to fertilizers and other chemicals to keep the soil ideal for growing.

The pH balance of the soil should also be checked. This should be between 6 and 7 at all times because if it is below 6, this means it is acidic while anything higher than 7 means there is too much alkaline content in the ground.

Landscaping the yard will not be a bed of roses. There will be challenges like weeds, pests and even the neighbor’s pet. But if you are able to provide balance, you will be able to surpass these challenges and be admired by those who pass by your home.

Who knows? They could learn something from you and also do the same for their own front or backyards so everyone is able to learn a few tricks from each other and uses this to their advantage.
The Wonders of Landscaping

Today, landscaping is more focused on involving topographical elements such as hills, valleys, rivers, and ponds, other features from the nature that include different kinds of trees, growing shrubs, tall grasses, and various types of flowers and based on different inspirations from construction pieces such as buildings, terraces, and man-made fountains.

For those who are so much into home improvement, landscaping has become a very practical solution because there are so many options they can choose from. And, because of the availability of landscaping resources in various magazines and online tutorials, more and more people in getting interested to do it on their own.

People—especially to homeowners who want improved homes—should bear in mind that landscaping if not done properly can ruin their homes permanently.

Improving homes using the concepts of landscaping

The basic thing that people who are planning to do their own landscape is that the house and the landscaping must complement with each other. They should always bear in mind that not all landscaping can look good in any home that is why they should really plan carefully before doing it to avoid wasting time, effort, and money.

As much as possible, all houses should have landscapes because these complement other features of the construction. But, due to lack of money, many homeowners cannot do anything about their homes. But now, since the emergence of "DIY" or "do-it-yourself" landscaping, many people are trying to beautify their homes using these simple knowledge.

In landscaping, harmony and balance are very important because it places everything into a very organized manner. For those you are first-timers when it comes to DIY landscaping, they should really consider, reconsider their plans, limit their choices to avoid being overwhelmed, and confused with so many options. They should also limit the extent of landscaping options to be able to come up with a successful one.

For beginners, there are actually so many aspects in do-it-yourself landscaping to consider. Some of these aspects include the budget allotted, the skills of the person who will do the job, the average climate or weather condition in your location, personal preferences in designs and tastes, and the availability of miscellaneous resources.

To make the personal landscaping a success, one must:

- Make sure that the landscape has a year-round theme to ensure that it will never be outdated when seasons change. A perfect option would be to create a combination of plant-selection that contain flowering trees or shrubs with fall foliages.

- Layer the garden’s flower beds when planting to achieve a uniform or standard look in the garden. Planting beds in rows that include those filled with tall plants, those planted with the next tallest plants, and those containing the shortest plants can do layering.

- Use of "evergreens" for continuity. Although landscaping is more on trees and shrubs, this doesn’t mean that one cannot include other plants such as evergreens. This type of plant is perfect for it opens up more space, provide uniform structure, and a view of variety.

- Experiment on the use of "annuals" to supplement "perennial" colors of flowers. In landscaping, it is best to use perennial flowers for flowerbeds because these have longer span of life. However, perennials only bloom in a specific period of time, it is best to supplement the bed with annual plants to fill up the empty space when perennial are not in bloom.
Landscaping Ideas

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By looking at these landscaping ideas first you have the ability at hand of seeing what items you might like to have in your garden. These ideas will also let you see how you can reasonably change your garden – no matter how big or small – into one which reflects your personality...

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For the person who wants to give their garden a face lift they have some options available to them. These options will range from simply adding new plants and other garden accessories to your garden to hiring landscaping firms. You could look at some landscaping ideas before you begin any major sweeping changes to your garden however.

By looking at these landscaping ideas first you have the ability at hand of seeing what items you might like to have in your garden. These ideas will also let you see how you can reasonably change your garden – no matter how big or small – into one which reflects your personality.

One of the best ways to finding good landscaping ideas is to look at magazines which deal with this area of gardening. You can also get lots of ideas for a great looking garden from exhibitions which are sponsored by landscaping firms. As these places are always on the lookout for new clients they will have the most current ideas and trends featured in their exhibitions.

There may be instances where you will have the opportunity of buying items which can help you develop an idea around which your landscaping ideas can develop. As the key to a great looking garden depends on how all of the items in the garden meld together you will need to think about where all of the items should be placed before you start transforming your garden.

This is vital for your landscaping ideas to come out in the way that you want. You can solidify the look of the garden by sectioning your garden out. This sectioning out can be done on a piece of paper or you could use one of the many landscaping software programs. These programs will allow you to see how various ideas can be incorporated together.

As the program will give you a rough working idea it is even better if you look at each part of the garden and see how you can change the garden’s look. Now if you feel like it you have the chance and ability of making sure that every bit of the garden shows some interesting item, feature or plant in the various seasons. This seasonal garden look is just one of the many landscaping ideas that you can try out.

There are many different landscaping ideas that you can try out. While many of these ideas may require you to spend loads of money there are others that you can try. These different landscaping ideas whether they are simple or complex ideas all have the same end goal in sight, and that is to make your garden look unique.

Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design

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A properly planned landscape design requires a little vision and thought into the future. As a professional, it’s my job to also consider the mature landscape including any damage and inconvenience that improperly placed trees could create. There’s a little more to think about than you might think.

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Landscaping and landscape design goes beyond just creating beautiful designs. As a professional designer, it’s not only my job to create designs but also to envision every possibility of the mature landscape in years to come.

And while most elements will remain what they are for years to come, the one thing that most do it yourselfers and some professionals overlook is the space that tiny little sprouts will occupy when they become mature plants and trees.

Trees serve a number of obvious purposes in the landscape. Creating shade, wind blocks, noise reduction, boundaries, and focal points are just a few. Once I have established where I’ll need trees for these purposes in a design, I have several other considerations before I can designate their permanent home.

Planting without considering the space that the mature full grown plants and trees will occupy can become more than just an inconvenience. It can be costly.

Things to consider.

Around Play Areas

A shaded canopy over play areas, sand boxes, etc. may be desired for shade from afternoon sun. However, you need to consider the mess that birds and other critters will drop right into your childs play area if the canopy extends over it.

The solution to this is to place large shade trees a distance from the area in line with the travel of the sun. If you know the trees you plant and how far the mature canopy will extend, you can still plant for shade without exposing your kids to unsanitary conditions.

Around Pools

Keeping a pool clean is hard enough without a mess of leaves and branches. And while most pool areas are sunny locations, it is sometimes desirable to have a space near the pool where one can escape the sun.

Unlike play areas though, you may not want to shade the entire pool landscape from the afternoon sun. Therefore you shouldn’t plant large shade trees in direct line with the travel of the sun. Design as to create a shady area to one side or the other. This is also another spot to eliminate top rooting trees around concrete. Evergreen types are usually your best bet for around pools.

Roots And Concrete Footings And Foundations

While infrequent deep watering as opposed to frequent shallow watering will help deter top rooting trees, some trees are still determined to seek out other sources of water which may be on the surface or moist areas under structures.

The seeking roots of large trees are a powerful force that can break sidewalks, foundations, and even lift walls out of place. This is the biggest and most costly mistake I see. Know your landscaping trees before you plant them next to your home.

Under Power Lines
Know what’s overhead.

Property Lines And Easements
This one can make enemies out of neighbors.

Underground Utilities, Sewers, And Septic Tanks

Besides the roots being able to break pipes and lines, you don’t want to have to move or destroy a mature tree to fix a leak. Locate lines and plant away from them. Some trees can spread out much further underground than they do up top. Know what’s underground.


You need to keep in mind the mature size of trees in proportion to the size of your home and other landscaping elements. Large trees can dwarf a small home and small trees can look like shrubs placed around a very large home. Know the mature size of trees and keep them in perspective.

Hiding or  framing a home

Consider the view from the street and other areas and consider the purpose of your trees. If you wish to seclude your home, you don’t need much thought for that. However, if you only wish to frame or accent your home, you’ll again need to consider the mature size and placement of your plantings.

Parking Areas

Here’s another opportunity for birds and critters to make a mess of things. If possible, plant in accordance with the travel of the sun. And once again, know the mature canopy of your trees.

Usefulness And Cost Effectiveness

If you’re going to make an investment in landscaping, look for ways to make it work for you. Placed properly, large trees can shade your home and reduce your cooling costs and vise versa. You can intentionally create shade for your shady garden, screen and divide areas, reduce noise, and a world of other applications if you just give it some thought.

Landscaping On A Budget

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It is possible to have an appealing, unique look to your yard without investing thousands of dollars every year in order to do so. Practicing some basic conservation rules can help you to save money and still make your yard look great.

One great new innovation that is all the rage is the art of xeriscaping. As water becomes ever more valuable a commodity, many homeowners are seeking to conserve their water costs by choosing plants that do not need very much water in order ...

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It is possible to have an appealing, unique look to your yard without investing thousands of dollars every year in order to do so. Practicing some basic conservation rules can help you to save money and still make your yard look great.

One great new innovation that is all the rage is the art of xeriscaping. As water becomes ever more valuable a commodity, many homeowners are seeking to conserve their water costs by choosing plants that do not need very much water in order to survive. These plants are available in many different varieties, and they will add a splash of color to your yard while still saving you money. Know which plants tend to use a lot of water- cedar hedges, for example, are the landscaping equivalent of the sports utility vehicle. Don’t plant any if you are concerned about your water costs!

Another way to save money on water is to include a material in your planting that has good water retention qualities. Peat moss, for example, is very cheap. When you mix it in with the dirt and bone meal while planting your new flowers or hedges, any water that goes near the area will be soaked up and retained for later use as the plant’s needs dictate.

As with many other areas of budget concern, the best way to stay within your means when it comes to landscaping is to do the job yourself. This means everything, from picking your plants to weeding and pruning. With the information age in full swing, though, it is not hard to educate yourself well on all the different tasks specific to your yard.

When it comes to weeds, you are probably going to have to expect a few. If you wage a campaign against your weeds, and this is especially true of your lawn, you are going to end up spending a lot of money and time on various chemicals and treatments, processes which, in the end, may end up doing more harm than good. Be content with some weeds on your lawn, particularly if they have some aesthetic appeal, such as clover.

Don’t be afraid to skip the nursery and buy your plants at a box store. A lot of the time, the plants you buy at a big store that carries many varieties of items will cost much less than those at the local nursery. These plants will not have been tended as carefully as the nursery plants, but with some care taken in the planting and tending, they will probably grow to the same levels in terms of appeal as will the plants which cost more but took less time initially in tending. Most do-it-yourself gardeners like to maximize their time outside anyway, so the extra attention these plants may need will help to increase the time spent on your hobby.

One of the best ways to keep a low budget in your landscaping is to limit your green space. Smaller lawns, and less flowers mean less materials needed for the upkeep. Watch what you use as your replacement, though- some types of landscaping rocks (such as lava rock) can be incredibly overpriced. Bark mulch is a fairly inexpensive option, but again, you have to be willing to invest a little extra time into its containment and maintenance.

Landscaping Tips- the Water Garden

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There are a lot of new trends surfacing in gardening, and water gardening is one of the new interests.

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There are a lot of new trends surfacing in gardening, and water gardening is one of the new interests.  Water gardening can include waterfalls, ponds, streams and fountains, all of which can be combined with lighting, plants, and fish.  Water gardening need not have a pond or natural water source moreover, it could be a plastic tub, plastic lined shallow in the back yard or, almost anything that will hold water.

An important consideration in planning a water garden is the choosing a location. Plants and fish both need plenty of sunlight, places in direct light away from trees and bushes are the top places.  This will also help prevent leaves and debris from collecting in the water.

When planning for a water garden the next step is to choose the size you want.  This depends of course on the resources you want to dedicate to it, how much money and time you are willing to spend. A water garden can be expensive if you go for a big garden filled with plants, rocks, fish, and lights. Also think about your property’s size, which will also affect amount of time you’ll spend maintaining your water garden. 

Aquatic pond plants can be free floating, submerged, or marginal. What type you select is a matter of aesthetics and preference.  Some plants are known for their scents, some for supplying oxygen keep the pool healthy, and some are just picturesque. Remember that the plants should only cover about half of the water, especially if you have fish. Fish are not only nice to look at; they’re beneficial in that they help keep debris at a minimum and help in controlling larva and other insects.

One of the big challenges in water gardening is maintaining water free of algae.  Algae problems are usually the result of nutrients in the water from feeding fish too often or over fertilizing plants.  By cutting back on feeding and fertilizing, adding more plants, putting in a pond filtering system, or replacing the water with fresh water, algae is easily controlled. If a pond is constructed correctly and maintained properly algae problems can be kept at a minimum. 

All garden pools, no matter the size, require some maintenance during the year. With proper planning you can create a healthy equilibrium between living and decorative features of a water garden that can almost care for itself with simple maintenance inputs from you.

Landscaping Tips: 6 Basic Steps To Building A Garden Pond

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Building a garden pond is not just a matter of digging a hole, lining it with plastic and filling it with water.  There are other considerations such as whether it should contain fish or just plants; how big or small it should be; its shape, and so on.

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Building a garden pond is not just a matter of digging a hole, lining it with plastic and filling it with water.  There are other considerations such as whether it should contain fish or just plants; how big or small it should be; its shape, and so on.  Be prepared to dig a decent hole and spend many hours complaining about your aching back … but you’ll be very pleased with the results and you can happily stand around, beer in hand, praising your efforts after the fact.  For those who have done it, building a garden pond can be a very satisfying project indeed.

Step 1 - Decide on where to build your pond.
Naturally, level ground would be best or else you’ll spend far more time and effort doing the levelling yourself.  Building a garden pond under a tree is unwise as the roots will continue to grow and could encroach upon the pond’s territory in the future.  The shade of the tree will also mean a lack of sunlight, which is essential to your pond’s survival.  Since you will need electricity for the pump, proximity to an outlet is important.

Step 2 – Prefabricated or do-it-yourself liner?
Prefabs are the more expensive option but you pay for ease of installation, durability and low maintenance.  Liners are available in different price ranges and generally speaking, the more you pay, the longer your liner will last.

Step 3 – Installation
For a prefab pond, tip it upside down on the area you’ve reserved, mark it out with 6 to 8 inches extra around the outside and start digging.  If using liners, measure your outline keeping in mind the size of the liner you will be using.  Building a garden pond that will last for years means that all debris should be removed from the cavity to avoid punctures to the bottom of the pond.  Once the hole is the required depth and size, add the prefab or lay the lining.  Fill to about one quarter capacity with water so that the weight will keep the pond in place as you refill the gaps with soil.

Step 4 – Decoration
You can now add plants, rocks, bark and stone around the ‘banks’ of the pond for a more natural appearance.  If you intend to add fish, plants that overhang into the water will be useful as shade and hiding spots.

Step 5 – Add aquatic plants
If you’re building a garden pond that doesn’t have a pump, you should aim for plenty of plant life to keep algae growth under control.

Step 6 – Install a pump and filter
There are dozens of models on the market and your retailer will be able to help you decide which size is best for your pond.  Read the instructions and follow carefully, but it’s generally a simple task to place the pump in the water and connect the hose to it.  The filter needs to be positioned in front of the pump to encourage water through the filter first.  Building a garden pond and outfitting it should take little more than a weekend, which is one of the things that makes it so rewarding.


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