Monthly Archives: May 2015

How to Handle the Edges in Your Landscape

Posted on May 27th, 2015 by
Materials like rough cut stone can make an attractive border for your landscaping. ©iStockphoto.com/dkapp12

Materials like rough cut stone can make an attractive border for your landscaping. ©iStockphoto.com/dkapp12

The edges of most outdoor landscapes are usually ignored except for being cut short and straight. While this strategy works well for the standard lawn, it produces an average aesthetic. More creative homeowners try something a little different and use the edges of their landscape to create something a little different. Here are just two examples of how to accomplish this goal:

The of Use Hard Edging Materials – Everything from rough cut stones to thin steel sheets can make an attractive border if used in the right way and with the right décor. Stone is great for a traditional look while copper or stainless steel works well with more contemporary house styles.

Border Plants Also Work – Adding a little height along the edges of a landscape creates visual interest and defines the area without having to resort to an unattractive fence. Plants like ripple grass will also add a dramatic effect as they move with the wind.

For more information on creating your perfect outdoor space, please visit us online at OutdoorExpressions.net or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Consider Adding an Edible Crop Garden to Your Business for Healthy Employee Snacks

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by
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Planting a small vegetable or herb garden on your company property provides edible treats, as well as an opportunity for some fresh air. ©iStockphoto.com/simplytheyu

With all the emphasis on the appeal of flowering plants in the commercial landscape, more functional plants often get short shrift. Still, with the dedication of a little plot of land – even just a raised container – you can create a little oasis of tasteful delights on your company property as an unusual and great benefit for your employees. Here’s how:

Vegetables are Easy to Grow

Admittedly, these plants take some regular care but involving your employees in the process is a great way to give them a break from their busy day. There is really nothing like taking a twenty minute break to weed lightly. The small amount of calming work and the fresh air clears the mind and re-energizes the body.

Herbs are Even More Convenient

With appropriately placed containers, you can add color and fragrance to almost any space – even interior ones, if you have the appropriate fluorescent lighting. Herbs grow like the proverbial weed and, once mature, can be harvested on an almost daily basis to enliven any meal.

For more information on commercial landscaping firms and their benefits, visit us online or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Make your outdoor space a place to remember.

Perennials That Are Perfect for Your Corporate Landscaping

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by
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Adding some perennials to your building’s landscape will bring out a splash of personality. ©iStockphoto.com/kongxinzhu

The landscaping around a commercial building can sometimes get a little impersonal. Adding some perennials is a surefire way to liven up the exterior and make the building a lot more personable for both your employees and visiting clients. Here are three low-maintenance suggestions:

Hellebore – Particularly valuable because of their long flowering season, these colorful plants also tolerate drought and shade extremely well. In short, you can plant them in the worst parts of your landscape and they will still thrive.

False Indigo – A relatively tall plant – so it can be installed towards the back of a landscape , indigo is also a preferred choice of both bees and butterflies. It all adds up to wonderful mix of flora and fauna in your landscape.

Peony – For some heavenly fragrance as well as visual beauty, few plants match the peony. In addition, the intersectional ones produce some of the largest blooms found in any garden – residential or commercial.

For more information on these and other commercial landscaping tips for the Atlanta area, please visit us online or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Managing Stormwater in Small Spaces

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by
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Don’t let rain water go to waste, collect it for use in your landscaping. ©iStockphoto.com/EJ-J

Storm water runoff is one of the unrecognized perks of owning your own property. It provides an ample supply of water for your lawn and garden containers but only if you manage it properly. Here are a few tips for doing so easily and efficiently:

Add a Few Barrels for Storage – Directing rainwater runoff through the downspouts on your gutter system into some barrels is an excellent way to preserve some of Mother Nature’s liquid bounty that can be used later on.

Use Some Well-Placed Planters – For even less effort, a few well-positioned planters can collect rainwater directly off the roof if placed with some care. The only problem is you will not be able to pass by without getting wet.

Utilize the Ground as Well – Installing a flower bed in an area that already collects rainwater is a great way to utilize storm water runoff and also to keep the area from becoming a mud-filled mire.

For more information on managing the storm water on your property with planters or for finding an Atlanta landscape designer, visit us online or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Make your outdoor space a place memorable.

How to Use Natural Light to Spotlight Your Landscape

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by
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Nothing makes your landscaping shine like natural light from the sun. ©iStockphoto.com/wastesoul

When it comes to landscaping, a designer has no better friend than natural light – although artificial light at night is a close second. Here are a few ways to take advantage of this blessing from Mother Nature and to turn your backyard from something merely “nice” into something truly spectacular.

Add a Focal Point – This can include a sculpture or just an architecturally interesting plant. Either will cast interesting shadows as the sun progresses across the sky.

Include a Level Water Feature – Reflections are a fantastic way to expand a small space and they add a lot of visual interest as well – especially when a slight breeze causes them to ripple.

Highlight the Rising or Setting Sun – If available, the rising or setting sun makes a dramatic backdrop in any garden. Try to set your backyard seating to take advantage of one of these views.

For more information on using natural light in your yard or to find a Atlanta landscape designer to help you accomplish your vision, please visit us online or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Make your outdoor space a place to remember.

If You Didn't Do These Gardening Tasks in April, Now's the Time

Posted on May 4th, 2015 by
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If you didn’t start your spring gardening in April, don’t wait any longer! ©iStockphoto.com/AlexRaths

Spring is here, and with it comes a host of chores that need to be accomplished in the garden if you want it to be successful for the rest of the year. Here are some important tasks that should have already been finished. If not, it is time to get busy!

Start the Vegetable Garden – For the best, most productive crop, your vegetables – especially peas, carrots, and onions as well as spinach, cauliflower and broccoli – should be in the ground already. Otherwise, you are simply wasting valuable growing time.

Weed the Flower Beds – Just like more desirable plants, the weeds in your garden are just getting established. Taking the time to cull them out now will save you a lot of time and effort in the coming months.

Lay in Mulch – The warm – and hot! – weather is going to deplete your watering efforts. It is best to defend against this with a good layer of mulch. There’s no time like the present to get this done

For more information on these spring gardening tips, visit us online or phone directly to 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Make your outdoor space a place to remember.