Monthly Archives: December 2014

Get the Right Landscaping Around Your Firepit for Safety and Beauty

Posted on December 23rd, 2014 by

A good firepit offers both an aesthetic and functional addition to any backyard just by its mere presence. Still, it needs the right landscaping around it to gain the attain its maximum use. Here are a few tips for accomplishing this goal:

Build a Perimeter – As the man always says, “Remember, safety first!” So, remove all plants and shrubs in a 7-foot radius around the fire pit. You will need this room for seating anyway – just use stone benches or other non-flammable furniture.

Erect a Wind Screen – In addition to containing the heat to a certain degree, a wind screen also makes for a more cozy and secluded environment. This feature is great for a group of friends or even better for you and that special someone.

Install Planters on the Perimeter – These items will help retain the heat generated by the fire pit and also to distribute it more evenly in the space. Heavier stones like granite work best but porcelain pots can work in a pinch.

Looking for more info or an Atlanta landscape designer, please contact us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or phone our team directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Make your outdoor space a place to remember.

Be Prepared to Protect Delicate Plants From Even Light Frosts

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by

The winter season is definitely upon us but the worst is still yet to come. You’ve been remiss in your gardening duties if you haven’t protected your more fragile plants but it is not too late to take action. Here are few steps you should take right away to protect the most delicate of you plants:

Protect Delicate Plants

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Add Mulch

It may not seem like much, but a layer of mulch – or even better, manure – will insulate the ground and keep roots from freezing – the death knell of plants. You only need an inch or so to keep your plants from feeling the cold.

Use Cloth Covers

Old blankets and bed sheets – not plastic – will significantly shelter your plants from the wind chill factor. No need to be neat. Just cover the plant as necessary and remove as soon as the threat passes.

Bring Them Inside

Potted plants are extremely susceptible to the cold. Make sure you get them inside as soon the weather indicates.

For more info on this these and other winter gardening tips, please visit us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Make your outdoor space a place to remember.

Native Favorites to Consider Planting at Your Home or Business

Posted on December 15th, 2014 by

The choice of what plant to place in your yard is determined by a number of factors not least of which is whether the plant itself can stand the local environment. For this reason, many homeowners and outdoor designers choose to use native plants when creating a landscape.

Here are a few of our favorites for the mid-Georgia area:

Native Favorites to Consider Planting

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Beautyberry – Easy to grow and quite spreadable – although not aggressively so – this lovely small tree has purple fruit that does not appear until autumn with the added benefit of attracting wildlife at that time of year.

Sweet Shrub – The fragrance of the small, delicate flowers of this plant are simultaneously sweet, spicy and pungent. It is a truly unique aroma. As the man in the ad said, “Try it, you’ll like it.”

Piedmont Azalea – Beautiful in both formal and natural gardens, this plant is a mainstay of southeastern gardens because it is almost impossible to kill.

For more information on the native plants of Georgia or if you are already looking for an Atlanta landscape designer, please contact us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or phone us at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

How Landscaping Can Keep Visitors to Your Business Safe

Posted on December 11th, 2014 by

Believe it or not, the exterior landscaping around your commercial property can actually serve more than an aesthetic purpose for your business. In many ways, it can actually help to keep the visitors to your site safe and sound. Here’s how:

Landscaping Can Keep Visitors to Your Business Safe

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Shows the Way – A concrete or brick path is certainly an excellent way to guide your visitors towards the front door of your building. Still, one lined with low shrubs or plants and some low-level lighting is significantly better.

Avoids Trip Hazards – Placing plants at the face of steps is a very economical and sure-to-be-seen way of avoiding any trip hazards. For whatever reason, people are far more averse to stepping on plants than the average warning sign or stripe.

Keeps People Out of the Parking Lot – Simply put, well-tended paths tend to get used. This keeps your property’s guests from walking through the parking lot and having an unexpected meeting with a car.

For more information on the benefits of commercial landscaping, please contact us at Outdoor Expressions. You can find us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Make your outdoor space a place to remember.

Landscaping Tips for a Brick Building

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by

While brick has been around for centuries as a building material, landscapers throughout the ages have struggled to incorporate natural elements with this decidedly manufactured product. With that in thought mind, here are just a few tips for landscaping around a brick building:

Include the Brick Color

Most bricks are variegated in color with multiple natural looking colors. Concentrate on the predominant one – for example, pink – and include a flower similar in tone into the landscape design.

Complement the Color

For darker colored bricks, it is preferable to use lightly colored flowers, shrubs and trees to offset the home’s dominance over the landscape. You can even try framing the home with a row of flowers on the bottom, shrubs on the sides and trees up above.

Paint the Brick

For a completely customized look, paint the brick to suit your taste and then add similar flowers to complete the look. This is not an inexpensive option, however.

For more tips for your brick building or if you are in search of a commercial landscaping firm in Atlanta, please visit us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Make your outdoor space a place to remember.

Unexpected Things Not Everyone Can Do in Their Yard

Posted on December 1st, 2014 by

While most homeowners – justifiably, in most cases – consider their home to be their castle, they cannot always do exactly as they please in their own yards. Still, some are able to accomplish some quite unexpected things that not every person can do. Here are a few examples:

gardening tips

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Growing a Large Garden – While most neighbors will overlook a relatively small garden placed in an unobtrusive spot, digging up your side – or front! – lawn is generally proscribed by government statute or by neighborhood covenant.

Raising Chickens – Similarly, livestock and food animals are usually not considered pets and therefore you do not have a right to keep them in your yard.

Collecting Rainwater – Believe it or not, the rainwater that lands on your home or yard may not be yours. Many localities consider it community property and prohibit homeowners from large scale collection of it.

No one ever said that creating your perfect outdoor space was easy. For more tips on doing so, please visit us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or call our outdoor experts at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.