Monthly Archives: July 2015

Two Ways to Cover the Space in Your Backyard

Posted on July 29th, 2015 by

Backyard spaces can be customized to a variety of purposes. For best effect, however, the ground cover must be adapted to the use of the homeowner. Here are the two of the more common ways that this task can be accomplished.

Asian Landscape by Cedarburg Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Ginkgo Leaf Studio via Houzz

Lay in a Lush Grass Lawn – The traditional way to cover a backyard space, a grass lawn has a lot of appeal. Not only does it provide safe and pliable place for the kids to horse around but also a cool spot for the adults to engage in conversation or just relax.  Maintaining a lawn does take effort, though you can hire an experienced landscaper to keep it lush and green.

Install Stone, Brick or Gravel Spaces – A xeriscaped yard – one that needs almost no water – is your other option when it comes to covering your backyard. A stone patio – in whatever form – provides a far more stable base for dining, entertaining and whatever else strikes your fancy.

For more on these two landscaping tips and on finding the best Atlanta landscape designers, please visit us online or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Fill Your Landscaping With the Right Annuals

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by

Though they have to be updated every year, the planting of annuals as opposed to perennials is one of the most distinctive ways to create a new flavor in your yard every year. Her are a few suggestions on which ones to use depending on what you want to accomplish:

Craftsman Landscape by Houston Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers David Morello Garden Enterprises, Inc. via Houzz

Sun vs. Shade – Most annuals – coleus, impatiens, alyssum and polka dots, for example – prefer full sun. For shaded areas, try plants such as fuchsia, balsam, oxalis and impatiens.

Dry vs. Damp – Not many annuals – Mexican sunflowers and zinnias are some of the more notable exceptions – prefer dry conditions. Instead, annuals prefer moist, dark earth that is well drained.

Spring vs. Summer – The final factor to consider is the part of the year when you will be planting the annual. At the beginning of spring, concentrate on salvia, lantana and milkweed. At the end of the season, try petunias, violets and pansies.

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

Cute Things to Do When You Only Have a Little Space for Your Front Yard

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by

The image of a sprawling lawn is one that is often seen a as a simple fact of life in suburbia. Unfortunately, the truth is not so glamorous. In fact, most homeowners have to make do with quite small front yards. Here are two suggestions on how to make the best of this particular situation:

Craftsman Exterior via Houzz

Lay Patterns on the Walk – A focal point is always a great way to distract from an otherwise mundane space. Installing a patterned walkway of stepping-stones or just a nice brick pathway is an excellent way to add some flavor to the space without adding a lot of cost to the process.

Go Vertical – Even the smallest of gardens can be significantly expanded by the judicious use of the third dimension – that is, height. Instead of simply laying in monkey grass of other low profile plants, try adding some bushes and tall-growing glasses to add another element to the equation. The result may surprise you.

For more tips on creating the perfect outdoor space in your small front yard, please visit us online or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Feed the Bumblebees With Your Landscape

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by
Bees are essential to almost any landscape. ©iStockphoto.com/VladimirDavydov

Bees are essential to almost any landscape. ©iStockphoto.com/VladimirDavydov

Of all the insects on the planet, bumblebees are some of the finest friends that mankind has. In fact, without them, human life itself would probably prove to be impossible. They pollinate most of our food crops and almost every other flower – in short, they are essential to almost any landscape. Here are just two ways to promote their welfare in your garden so that it stays healthy all year round:

Do Not Disturb – While many bee species can inflict a painful sting, most – other than the Africanized varieties – are not particularly aggressive unless disturbed. Give their hives a wide berth – 6-8 feet is usually enough and you should have no problems.

Provide Proper Forage – Every creature has to eat. Right? Bumblebees are no exception. By simply providing them with plants – geraniums, plum clover, coneflower and bergomot spring immediately to mind – that meet their needs, a homeowner will create an inviting and sustainable place for these creatures to exist.

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Keep Your Plants Alive in Sunny Spots This Summer

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by
Use these tips to help keep your plants from being overexposed to the sun. ©iStockphoto.com/sorsillo

Use these tips to help keep your plants from being overexposed to the sun. ©iStockphoto.com/sorsillo

While it may seem counterintuitive – plants need sunlight to live, after all – some of them don’t tolerate full sunlight as well as the home gardener might expect. Here are a few tips for keeping your plants alive in the sunniest parts of your garden:

Install the Right Plants – By starting with sun-tolerant flowering plants – especially ones that bloom like wildflowers – your garden will have a headstart on the summer season. Try coneflowers, verbena coreopsis and daisies as well as yucca, agave and the tree aeonium. .

Protect from the Wind – Obviously, the sun will deprive plants of hydration through its evaporative effects. Even a moderate wind will exacerbate this situation. Planting shrubbery or even installing fencing can significantly reduce this effect.

Pay Attention to the Maintenance – Without a doubt, a basic disregard by the property owner for the landscape is the primary reason that plants do not survive in otherwise quite plant-friendly environment. Bottom line – pay attention to the plants now.

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Manage Pests in Your Landscape Organically

Posted on July 8th, 2015 by
Here are some tips to help you manage pests in your landscape organically. ©iStockphoto.com/CarolinaSmith

Here are some tips to help you manage pests in your landscape organically. ©iStockphoto.com/CarolinaSmith

While insects can be annoying in general, there are also hugely beneficial – and necessary! – for a landscape to flourish. Therefore, it is essential to manage any extermination efforts with care. Here are just two suggestions on how to tread the fine line of ridding your garden of pests but leaving the beneficial insects alone:

Recognize Your insect Friends and Foes – Certain insects – aphids, squash beetles, grasshoppers and cabbage worms, in particular – are incredibly destructive and need to be dealt with ASAP. Others like lady beetles, praying mantises, lacewings and spiders – should be encouraged to stay and allowed to prey on their pestilential cousins.

Install the Right Plants Similarly, certain plants will attract the right insects and thus help to naturally lower the number of pests in the garden. Examples include cornflower, alyssum, fennel, borage and anise. Plant them on the perimeter and throughout the garden for best repellent effect.

For more information on managing pests in your residential or commercial landscape or if you are looking for an experienced commercial landscaping firm to do it for you, please visit us online or phone us directly at 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.