Monthly Archives: September 2014

Hardscaping and Landscaping is Well Worth the Investment

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by

While many homeowners will spend inordinate amounts of money redoing a kitchen, a bathroom or some other interior space, they often overlook the benefits – aesthetic and financial – that come with redoing the outside landscaping of the home. In fact, the exterior of a house can actually set the tone for the inside. Here’s how:

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Paths & Flower Beds

The use of high-end pavers and natural stone borders can add significant dramatic value to an otherwise ordinary path. Combined with the right flowers and shrubs, the effect can be truly stunning.

Hardscaped Amenities

The addition of a fire pit or a waterscape can add visual interest and a focal point to a side or backyard. With the right seating and other amenities, it can also adds a great place for entertaining your family and your friend.

Lighting

The nighttime also provides an excellent opportunity to show off the exterior of your home with spotlights and other specialty lighting.

For more information on this topic or if you are already looking for landscape designers in the Atlanta area, please contact us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or reach us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Tips to Create an Incredible Outdoor Experience With Your Landscaping

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by

Integrating the great outdoors with the needs of a 21st century entertainment space requires some careful thought, a lot of planning and a knack for integrating the two. Here are just a few suggestions to help you along the way to creating an incredible outdoor experience with your landscaping:

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Remain in Touch with Nature – While this may seem somewhat cliché, the idea of this sentiment is to include plants, shrubs and trees into your landscape and not just build a deck with a pool and some umbrellas.

Create the Space – It may seem obvious but building a deck or patio that frames the entertainment space is the first step in developing the perfect outdoor experience for you, your family and your guests.

Add Some Highlights – Whether it is an infinity pool or other water feature or a simple piece of art, these personalized touches are what will truly make the space your own.

For more information on these and other ideas on hardscape construction in Atlanta, please contact us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or reach us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Creative Ways to Create a Water-Wise Landscape for Your Business

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by

It may come as a shock to some commercial property owners but water can significantly add to your monthly operating costs especially if your property is located in one of the states in the South or Southwest. With that thought in mind, here are a few suggestions for making your commercial property a little more eco-friendly and more affordable with a “water-wise” landscaping strategy:

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Add Some Hardscape

While concrete may not be the most aesthetically pleasing of surfaces, gravel and other stone surfaces do make very attractive water-conserving surfaces. They are especially valuable in high-traffic places where a lawn would otherwise be useless.

Try Xeriscapes

Literally meaning a “dry environment,” these areas combine a multitude of water-conserving plants including cacti, mosses and grasses – each designed to complement the other without the excess addition of water

Go Vertical

Adding plants to a wall create shade, reduce water consumption and create privacy – all benefits in a commercial space. Just don’t go too high or you might create a security problem.

For more information on these and other commercial landscaping tips, please contact us at OutdoorExpressions.net or call directly to 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Vertical Gardens Can be a Striking Addition to Your Landscaping

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by

When it comes to landscaping in a small space, homeowners should think more vertically rather than horizontally. Not only does a vertical garden take up less space but it can add a truly dramatic element to any yard. In addition, there are a few other benefits, namely:

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Enhanced Privacy – Creating a fence using plants is a subtle but effective way to add some privacy to your backyard or entertainment space. They are also quite versatile as removing a few plants makes them seem a lot less intimidating.

Added Air Purity and Fragrance – Planting shrubs and flowers above the ground adds oxygen to the environment and allows their perfumed air to travel more easily to you, your family and your guests.

Increases the Health of the Yard – Many insects and birds avoid plants near the ground because of predators. Keeping a vertical garden gives these creatures a place of refuge and will enhance your yard both biologically and aesthetically.

For more information on vertical gardens in particular and the benefits of commercial landscaping in general, please contact us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or call us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Get an Autumn Landscape That's Sure to Turn Heads

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by

The fall season is just around the corner and its time to start planning the latest version of your landscape. Here are a few autumn gardening tips to help get you off and running:

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Variety is Essential – Don’t just consider the diverse plants, shrubs and trees that you can add to a garden but also try adding some color and texture change with rocks like slate and granite.

Negative Space Counts – Leaving an open area with just a water feature or even a single bush is a great way to create a focal point in the garden.

Man-Made Objects are Worthwhile – Sculpture and other artworks can add a real element of drama to an outside space as long as they are properly exhibited and protected from the excesses of Mother Nature.

Stay Out of a Rut – Going with the same old design from last year may seem easiest but the fun of enjoying a new space for the next few months makes the extra effort worth it.

For more information on these and other autumn gardening tips, visit us at OutdoorExpressions.net or call directly to 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Plan for Spring Flowers Now by Planting Bulbs

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by

Anyone with any reasonable knowledge of plants knows that you must plan ahead for a garden. This advice goes doubly so for planting the bulbs of flowering plants. Without a little forethought, there is no way to successfully grow such beautiful flowers as tulips, daffodils and crocuses. Here are a few more tips to help you on your way next season:

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Give Them Room

Flower bulbs must be planted with care. In particular, each specific plant has a different depth it should be planted as well as how far apart it should be spaced form its neighboring plant.

Layer for Successive Blooms

The deeper you plant a bulb, the later in the season that it will ultimately bloom. Use this little trick to keep your garden flowering throughout the entire fall season.

Add some Perennials

There is no use reinventing the wheel every year. For this reasons, you should include some perennials in your garden. They establish a nice base around which you can plant your annual bulbs.

For more information on these and other autumn gardening tips, visit us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or call at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.