Monthly Archives: August 2013

Making Healthy Container Gardens Work for Your Business Landscape

Posted on August 29th, 2013 by
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Container plants are colorful additions to commercial buildings.  Here are a few commercial landscaping tips for container plants.

  • Use large containers to hold slender trees to give shade to an entry or walkway.
  • Containers with shrubs and flowers add greenery and color to a building that does not have enough ground for outdoor planting.
  • Flowering container plants can be placed in planter boxes or hanging baskets for extra color.
  • Container plantings turn a flat roof area or courtyard into a garden.
  • Use large containers with big plants to hide a construction area.

Containers come in all sizes and shapes and an endless variety of plants can be grown in a large pot or a cluster of small ones. Different container styles in classic and contemporary designs are available to set a theme for your landscaping.

An advantage of containers is that specialized planting soils are available to nourish the plants. However, container plants must be watered more frequently than in-ground varieties. They must be fertilized, trimmed and checked for pests. Also, dead leaves and petals should be removed from the containers and the ground around them frequently.

Outdoor Expressions will find the perfect plants and containers to enhance your building’s exterior, making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Why You Should Use Native Plants in Your Commercial Landscaping

Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by
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Keeping your landscape maintained not only helps to keep your property looking nice, it can also help to attract potential customers or residents to your business or property. When considering the commercial landscaping of your property, be sure to use native plants. The following are just a few reasons why native plants are the best option for you:

  • Less Maintenance – Native plants are used to the local climate. This means that they can thrive in the soil conditions and weather conditions that your property provides. Plants from other areas need careful attention in order to survive. Less maintenance equals less money paid for maintenance as well as a thriving landscape.
  • Attract Wildlife – Local wildlife, such as birds, butterflies, bees and frogs are naturally attracted to local plant life. This means that you’ll have beautiful wildlife boosting the curb appeal of your property if you use native plants.
  • Healthier Space – Native plants don’t need chemicals such as pesticides or strong fertilizers to grow, which keeps the property healthy – something that’s very important if you rent apartments to families with children.

For a professional and respected commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta, contact Outdoor Expressions today. Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Outdoor Surfaces: What are the Options?

Posted on August 19th, 2013 by
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If you’re looking to finish your property’s outdoor area, then you’re going to want to put down an outdoor surface that not only looks good, but is functional and easy to maintain as well. The following are a few outdoor surfaces that you could use in your outdoor living area.

  • Tile – Tile has a beautiful Mediterranean style in addition to providing a safe and non-slip surface; however, they can be vulnerable to cracking and staining.
  • Brick – Brick is a classic looking surface that feels natural amongst plants and flowers. They are also affordable and durable and can be found in a number of different colors.
  • Marble – If you’re looking to create an elegant and luxurious outdoor area, look no further than marble. Just remember that marble tends to be one of the more expensive options.
  • Reclaimed Block – Using reclaimed blocks provides the area with a very unique look. However, because they vary so much in size and depth, they can be somewhat difficult to fit together. Using reclaimed block is also an environmentally friendly choice.

Contact Outdoor Expressions for hardscape construction in Atlanta today and for making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Mix Formal and Relaxed Elements in Your Commercial Landscaping

Posted on August 13th, 2013 by
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For some, business culture has taken a noticeable shift to a relaxed, less formal environment. The benefits of commercial landscaping are numerous, and it’s important to remember that your landscape is the first thing that potential customers and clients see. Give your guests a window into the relaxed, casual style of your business with a modern commercial landscape.

Mixing formal and informal elements in your commercial landscape design is a way to draw in guests from the moment that they arrive on your property. Mixing hardscape elements, such as concrete planters, with softer elements like ornamental grass creates a natural, fluid approach to gardening as opposed to the rigid, bordered flower beds in traditional landscapes.

This casual look is achieved by using plants to enhance and complement, rather than dominate, hardscape structures. After the hardscapes are laid out in a geometric pattern, the plants are planted in an asymmetrical design to provide a truly unique contrast. Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, pioneers of the model, loved pairing squares and oblong rectangle hardscapes with free flowing plants to achieve a modern, informal aesthetic.

For more information on developing a commercial landscape to suit your organization culture, contact us at Outdoor Expressions.

What to Fertilize in August

Posted on August 8th, 2013 by
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Maintaining a garden requires keeping track of the types of care each plant needs to grow. Certain plants will require more water or sunlight than others. Contrary to popular belief, not every plant needs fertilizer. The following are summer gardening tips about fertilizing your garden.

During the month of August, you should fertilize the following plants:

  • Eggplants, peppers and tomatoes should be fertilized with a fertilizer containing at least 5% nitrogen. As long as summer vegetables are well-fertilized, they will continue to yield produce.
  • Fall vegetables.
  • Perennials and annual flowers that bloom in the fall.
  • Cannas.
  • Dahlias and Chrysanthemums.
  • Bermuda, Zoysia, grasses for the warm season.

It’s not simply enough to apply fertilizer–it’s also important to water well below the surface level, deep into the soil, to ensure that the nutrients from the fertilizer reach the plant’s roots.

Do not fertilize Azaleas and Camellias. Fertilizer can have a negative impact on their bud formation. Avoid fertilizing shrubs that flower in the summer for the same reason.

If you are looking for a commercial gardener in Metro Atlanta to maintain your business’s landscaping, contact us.

It's Time to Attack! August Landscaping Tips for Georgia

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 by
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Maintaining the landscape of your property is an important factor in drawing potential clients or residents. The landscape, after all, is a huge factor in creating a lasting first impression on anyone who walks or drives by. The following are a few summer gardening tips that you should be sure to follow in order to keep your landscape looking its best.

  • Prevent the Kudzu vine from taking over your landscape by using a potent weed killer. Because Kudzu feeds on leaves, you can also mow down all of the foliage to help prevent its growth.
  • Keep the lawn cut to prevent weeds from growing seed heads, which will lead to the spread of even more weeds.
  • August is a peak season for aphids, which eat plants and succulents. Remove any plants that look to be infected and always keep your eye out for them.
  • At the end of the month, prune your rose bushes back by a third to force stronger growth for your blossoms in the fall.
  • Remove spent flowers, improper growth and seed pods in order to groom annual plants such as Salvia, Begonia and Impatiens.

Contact Outdoor Expressions for more on making your outdoor space a place to remember.