Monthly Archives: May 2013

Urban Garden Inspiration for Your Atlanta Business

Posted on May 31st, 2013 by
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If you want your business to stand out from the rest, having beautifully cultivated landscaping is a great way to draw eyes to your building.  Whether you own a store, multifamily community, or an office building, urban garden-inspired landscaping can give your building a lovely atmosphere that will delight both clients and employees alike.

Neatly trimmed box hedges provide a nice border along a path. Trees can be planted behind the hedge or the low shrubbery can be used to frame a flower garden.

Flowering plants and shrubs can be planted in boxes placed at different levels. A few small trees can improve the look of a building. Brick or stone borders define a landscaped area adding shape and color.

A courtyard is the perfect place for a few trees, a recirculating fountain, potted plants and chairs or a bench.  Place potted plants or planter boxes near your entry if your building does not have adequate dirt for an in-ground garden.  Window boxes planted with geraniums and lobelia can also add color to your building.

Roof gardens are popular with multi-use buildings. Trees grow from rooftop planters while ivy and other trailing plants spill over the sides of the building.

Outdoor Expressions, a commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta, can build an urban garden for your building.  We are dedicated to making your outdoor space a place to remember.

 

Good Commercial Landscaping is a Complicated Blend of Elements

Posted on May 30th, 2013 by
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Commercial landscaping is often overlooked by landlords when they consider the amenities of their properties. Usually, they consider such items as floor space, electrical capacity and parking as the items most important to their tenants.

While these practical amenities are important, tenants – and potential buyers – are also interested in the aesthetics of a property. It may seem that commercial landscaping is a simple matter of planting, watering and mowing but it is actually a quite complicated blend of elements.

Here are some specifics that every landlord should consider about their commercial landscaping:

  • Aesthetic Appeal – Tenants and their clients prefer to do business in an appealing environment. Superior landscaping increases rents and property values.
  • Maintenance Requirements – Low cost maintenance must be considered before the first plants are installed or maintenance costs could skyrocket.
  • Plant Selection – Some plants are frail while others draw in a variety of animal and insect pests. Use an expert in the local flora and fauna when choosing your landscaping.

For more information on the benefits of commercial landscaping for your property, call us at 888-210-1116. Our goal is making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Great Georgia Native Plants for Sunny Spots

Posted on May 29th, 2013 by
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Known for its hot and sunny summers, the Atlanta area is the perfect place to plant native species to dress up your commercial landscaping. Native plants are fully adapted to the local climate and many thrive in full sun.  If you have a lot of sunny spots in your landscape, these native plants are perfect for your commercial landscaping project:

  • Narrowleaf Evening Primrose: This 18-24 inch perennial spreads rapidly under good conditions but isn’t known to be aggressive. It loves the sun and boasts yellow four-petaled flowers about 2 inches in diameter.
  • Spotted Beebalm: This plant can range in height from 6 inches to 3 feet tall. The yellow and purple tubular flowers occur in whorls and appear spiky among the leaf bracts.
  • Butterfly Milkweed: If you’re hoping to infuse vibrant colors in your landscaping design, this is the plant for you. The bright orange flowers range in diameter from 2 – 5 inches and thrive in full sun. The deep green leaves are the perfect backdrop for the beautiful flowers.

If you would like to learn more commercial landscaping tips, contact our professionals at Outdoor Expressions. We would be happy to incorporatie native Georgia plants in  our company’s landscape design.

Consider a Ha-Ha for Your Landscape

Posted on May 20th, 2013 by

Customers and passers-by won’t be laughing when you add a Ha-Ha feature to your business landscape. All who see it will be giving cries of delight.

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An article on Houzz explains some of the older uses of the Ha-Ha and some modern day variations:

In the 18th century, English gentry found that a sunken ditch with a sloping side and a brick or stone wall protected estates from roaming animals. A fence might also be concealed at the bottom. This design offered security and allowed an unobstructed view of their gardens. The layout was said to be so pleasing that people seeing such landscaping for the first time would utter a “ha-ha” of surprise.

Some modern variations that will show off your success and professionalism:

  • Lovely rock retaining wall (steel may be used and is cost effective)
  • Stone wall with steps down to lower level
  • Reflecting pool
  • Grasses
  • Rustic Fencing
  • Steel Fencing in a serpentine shape (or semitransparent material in the same shape)

When you’re ready to accentuate your beautiful gardens and grounds, contact Outdoor Expressions for your hardscape construction in Atlanta. Make your outdoor space a place to remember.

Caring for Shaded Grass Takes Less Work, Not More

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by
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common problem that people run into when caring for their landscaping is their grass, in shaded areas, becomes sickly and even dies. There are a couple principles that contribute to this resulting loss:

  1. Shaded grass does not require the same amount of water as areas that receive the full benefit of the sun. Without the direct sunlight warming the ground and causing evaporation, shaded areas typically require only about half the amount of water that is used on other sunnier locations.
  2. Grass grows more rapidly when exposed to sunlight, this exponential growth factor requires additional fertilizer in order to help keep up with the nutritional demands of the grass. Just as less water is necessary in shaded areas, the same is true of fertilizer. The decreased exposure to sunlight results in a much slower growth pattern that requires less nutritional supplement for the grass.

The landscape of each location brings with it its own set of benefits and complication. With the assistance of a commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta, you can enjoy the lovely green of your land without the hassle. Outdoor Expressions is your answer to making your outdoor space a place to remember.

It's Time to Mulch! Tips for May Landscaping in Georgia

Posted on May 7th, 2013 by
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When it comes to landscaping, May is a time of maintenance and preparation: the planting season is over, but new growth needs to be nurtured and protected from the scorching sun of mid-to-late summer. A well-manicured landscape reveals care and attention to detail, and by following these spring gardening tips, you can ensure that your foliage will be healthy for the coming months.

  • Hold those shears. Don’t prune flowering shrubs like azaleas, rhododendron, and oakleaf hydrangea until after their blooming season.
  • Watch your turf. May is the prime season for fungal diseases in turf grasses, but luckily, they’re easily treated by fungicide. If you have a recurring problem, consider treating in advance.
  • Lawn’s first fertilizer. If your lawn consists of Bermuda or Zoysia grass, use a balanced analysis to determine its needs and increase the amount of nitrogen with next month’s application.
  • Cover those beds. Mulch is appealing for a number of reasons: it creates a neat, clean-cut appearance, as well as smothering weeds and conserving moisture for summer.

Monthly maintenance can be time-consuming, but luckily, we’re just a phone call away. By taking care to create a beautiful environment, you’re making your outdoor space a place to remember.