Monthly Archives: November 2013

Tips for Creating a Detailed and Balanced Landscape Design

Posted on November 29th, 2013 by
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Planning a landscape design can be more difficult that it first appears. Not only are there several elements that must be combined to create an even flow, but there is also the need to find the right plants, shrubs and trees to fill the spots.

Take a few notes from a commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta to get you started:

  • Consider the seasons and colors. You need to plan your spacing around the variety of colors that will be displayed in order for your guests to enjoy the full beauty of each.
  • Spacing is important not only for future growth, but also because the natural colors of the plants will either need to complement or contrast the other’s appearance.
  • As with many design concepts, the best plan is to keep it simple. A simple plan allows each plant or feature to make a memorable statement. Examples may include placing only one type of plant in a pot, or using a basic planting pot rather than a decoratively painted one.
  • Do not forget that little details like boulders, pathways, and lighting make a difference.

Need more help? Contact our professionals at Outdoor Expressions.

Design Your Company's Landscaping to Give the Right Energy to Employees

Posted on November 27th, 2013 by
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Landscaping sets a mood for a commercial or residential building. A nicely landscaped office building with colorful plants, trees and flowers should make people who work or visit there feel happy.

A mixture of bright colors adds energy to a landscape. A pathway or border around a building lined with bright red, orange or yellow flowers should wake up employees arriving in the morning. Seasonal flowers such as bright purple irises in spring or red dahlias and yellow asters in fall will suggest positive energy.  A variety of summer flowers can have the same affect.

Tall trees and shrubs can be invigorating, giving an impression of strength and fortitude.

A water element should be powerful, even though it is a recirculating systems. A trickling stream is too relaxing but a waterfall suggesting water over a dam or waves on a seawall represents energy.

Statuary should suggest forward movement. Animals and people in motion, either realistic or abstract, will also imply energy.

Outdoor Expressions, commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta, is experienced in creating energetic and attractive design for commercial and residential buildings.

What is a Berm and How Can They Work for Your Landscape?

Posted on November 25th, 2013 by

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If you have been looking for commercial landscaping tips to improve the appearance of your business’s property, consider installing a berm. A berm is essentially a mound of earth with sloped sites that breaks up an area of equal elevation. Berms can serve multiple purposes in addition to adding an interesting landscape element to a flat area of land.

The trick to integrating a berm into your landscape design is to make it blend in naturally; otherwise, it will appear out of place. Future maintenance of the berm is something you need to take into consideration when designing its slope. If you are planning to grow grass on it, a contoured peak is more desirable than a sharp one to avoid scalping with a mower.

Used as a landscape enhancement, berms can be used to plant trees that can serve a dual purpose as a natural sound or privacy barrier. They are ideal for mass plantings of flowers or shrubs that can provide an interesting display when mixed with various plants or ornamental grasses.

For a landscape element that can be useful in several ways, consider a berm. Contact the experts at Outdoor Expressions for more useful commercial landscaping tips.

Natural Privacy Screens Can Be More Beautiful Than Fences

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by
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Create a beautiful natural privacy screen for your property and outdoor living rooms with plants. It’s a great way to introduce color, texture, fragrance and movement into the landscape, and it can be a much more attractive privacy solution than a fence.

Taller trees like maples, Japanese maples, blue spruces and junipers are perfect for privacy screens. They provide good foliage all year and need little pruning or maintenance. Narrow evergreens with thick foliage will grow to heights that can be manicured to suit your needs, and heights are taller than most building codes allow for structures.

Shrubs like boxwood, yew, privet and quince create a natural barrier and good privacy with their dense branching structures. Let them grow in their natural pattern for an unstructured landscape, or shear them regularly for a more formal look.

To provide seasonal interest, mix trees and shrubs with smaller plants like lavender, lilac and viburnum. By using native plants in your Georgia landscape, you can reduce maintenance and attract local wildlife like birds and butterflies. If your privacy needs require a wall or structure, shrubs, plants and flowers will add color, interest and curb appeal to your structure.

For more professional landscaping advice, contact us at Outdoor Expressions– Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Consider a Natural Lawn Design for Your Home or Business

Posted on November 12th, 2013 by
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Put away the noisy lawn mower and consider a front or back yard with natural grasses and shrubs. Natural grasses, trees, shrubs and flowers require less landscape maintenance for homes and commercial buildings.

Losing the lawn of neatly trimmed grass requires a break from tradition and a desire to return the land to a more natural state.  Native grasses will grow and shade the ground, holding in moisture. This results in using less water to keep the lawn green. Drought tolerant native plants can resist the Atlanta area summers with little rain. Native grasses and flowers can turn a lawn into a meadow.

Using natural grasses and shrubs does not mean that the grounds look like a vacant lot. Landscaping can involve grasses bordered with native wildflowers that attract butterflies and birds in the spring and summer. Trimmed hedges can section wildflower gardens or border walkways. Trees, grass and flowers at different heights offer numerous landscape design possibilities.

Rocks, bricks and stone walkways can add to the landscaping.  A rough stone border or low wall adds a rustic look to a yard.

Outdoor Expressions will create a landscape of natural grass and plants for your home or business building.


It's Time to Prepare! November Landscaping Tips for Georgia

Posted on November 8th, 2013 by
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With winter just around the corner, there are a few things you need to do now to keep your lawn healthy and looking good throughout the coldest part of the year. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Fertilize One Last Time – November is the ideal time to dose your lawn with one final shot of fertilizer high in nitrogen. This will keep it dark green throughout the winter.
  • Be On the Lookout for Scale – These little animals can do a lot of harm in a short period of time. Affected plants should be sprayed with an appropriate pesticide as soon as the problem is noticed.
  • Start Your Holiday Plants Now – Decorative plants like the red, South African Amaryllis and the white Narcissus should be placed in the ground now so they will be in full-bloom for the holidays.
  • Get a Jump on Spring – Bulbed plants should go in the ground now with some bone meal and 5-10-15 fertilizer.

For more information on these and other autumn gardening tips, please contact us at Outdoor Expressions- Making your outdoor space a place to remember.