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Lawn Watering Hacks to Use This Summer

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by
Here are a few lawn watering “hacks” that you should know. ©iStockphoto.com/AOtzen

Here are a few lawn watering “hacks” that you should know. ©iStockphoto.com/AOtzen

For many homeowners, the easiest way to deal with a lawn is to try to over-water into health. This technique is not the most environmentally sensitive way to handle the problem. With that thought in mind, here are a few lawn watering “hacks” that you should know:

Water at Night – Aside from the fact that the midday sun will cause the majority of your water to evaporate before it can be incorporated into the plant, watering during the day can also cause quite a bit of leaf and stem damage.

Water “Deep,” Not Often – One large soaking is far more beneficial than a half dozen partial ones as the water will work its way down to the roots and not just lay on the ground.

Water the Lawn – Most people unwittingly water their walkways and patios while caring for their lawns. To solve this problem, simply ensure that your sprinklers are aimed in the right direction and cover the most profitable ground possible.

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Go Green in Your Landscape With Natural Weed Control

Posted on August 26th, 2015 by
Here are a few suggestions on how to “go green” with your weed control. ©iStockphoto.com/lolostock

Here are a few suggestions on how to “go green” with your weed control. ©iStockphoto.com/lolostock

Keeping weeds from overtaking your lawn or garden is one of the most important tasks facing any home gardener. While many resort to using man-made herbicides, the more environmentally conscious ones choose to take a more natural approach. Here are a few suggestions on how to “go green” with your weed control:

Get Physical – It has worked for thousands of years and in many ways is the most effective way to rid your garden of those nuisances that threaten your more valuable plants. For best results, ensure that you get as much of the root as possible.

Try Boiling Water – No weed – and I mean, no weed! – can withstand a even a minor scalding. So the next time you make pasta, use the leftover water to destroy some of the more problematic weeds in your yard.

Use Vinegar – Especially good for weeds with long taproots, like dandelions, dock, and plantain, enough vinegar will kill almost anything.

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How to Create a Landscape That Won't Eat All Your Time

Posted on August 19th, 2015 by
Here are a few tips on how to create an interesting landscape that will not monopolize your time. ©iStockphoto.com/michaeljung

Here are a few tips on how to create an interesting landscape that will not monopolize your time. ©iStockphoto.com/michaeljung

Some people love the fact and others hate it but there is little doubt that it takes a lot of time to keep up with a home landscape. For those in the latter camp, here are a few tips on how to create an interesting landscape that will not monopolize your time:

Pick the Right Plants – Seems obvious, right? Still, there are countless homeowners who plant maintenance-intensive plants without any consideration for their future needs. Instead, simply consult a professional horticulturalist to find the easiest plants to maintain.

Arrange Them Strategically – Plant maintenance can be made significantly easier by placing plants with the same needs next to each other. Then, when watering, weeding or whatever needs to be done, you can attack the problem in a more systematic way.

Water Them Properly – Probably the easiest advice here – just water in the morning before the sun comes up or in the evening after it goes down. Also, soak the ground in one stretch rather than a little bit every day.

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Don't Damage Your Curb Appeal With These Common Yard Problems

Posted on August 12th, 2015 by
Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your property looking good all the time. ©iStockphoto.com/karenfoleyphotography

Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your property looking good all the time. ©iStockphoto.com/karenfoleyphotography

First impressions do count and the curb appeal of your home is the first thing that your neighbors, visitors and even potential buyers will notice. For this reason, curb appeal cannot be ignored. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your property looking good all the time:

Control the Weeds – Nothing ruins an otherwise beautiful lawn more than a few scattered weeds. Make the effort to control them before they gain a foothold and needlessly grow out of control.

Keep It Looking Neat – There are an abundance of things – toys and tools come to mind – that are necessary for the enjoyment and functioning of everyday life. This does not mean, however, that you should allow them to lay around the house after they have been used.

Paint the Front Door – Believe it or not, the front door is one of the defining elements of your home and its decor. Always keep it looking good even if you have to paint every year.

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Create an Entertainment Space in Your Commercial Landscape

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by

When thinking about the landscape design for your property, don’t just consider flowerbeds and ornamental trees.  You can use your landscaping to create entertainment spaces for your tenants and their employees or customers to utilize.  Entertainment amenities add both real and perceived value to your property, and could make the difference in a competitive rental market. Here are just two suggestions on how to create one of these spaces on your commercial property:

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Add Some Covered Seating – Whether it is used for informal dining, taking a smoke break or having an ad hoc meeting, a covered seating area will be useful for almost every one of your commercial tenants.

Utilize Your Roof Space – Often overlooked, the roof of a commercial building offers a tremendous amount of room and excellent views of the surrounding area. Consider adding some deck space up there for people to relax.  Community gardens are trending features and could make a big difference in employee lifestyles.

Install a Water Feature – A fountain or waterfall combines visual, auditory and tactile sensations that will enhance the entrance to any commercial building. It also provides a nice waiting area for visitors.

For further information on this topic and on commercial design firms in the Atlanta and surrounding Fulton County area, please visit us online or phone directly to 888-210-1116. Outdoor Expressions – Making your outdoor space a place to remember.

Sneak More Life Into Your Commercial Property's Hardscaping

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by

Sometimes a commercial building just needs a small amount of creativity along its hardscapes to move it from run-of-the-mill to extraordinary. Here are a few suggestions to help you accomplish this transformation:

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Soften the EdgesHardscapes need not necessarily be all about the stone or wood of the pathways. Instead, try adding some plants along the edges to soften the lines and create a more environmentally friendly atmosphere.

Add An Unconventional Planting Bed – Flower beds are typically added around the perimeter of a walkway or terrace. To create a little more interest, try installing one in the middle of a path or as a focal point along the way.

Include a Tree or Two – In addition to adding some shade along the path, a tree or two will also add visual interest. Just don’t plant them off to the side. Instead include them right in the middle of the path.

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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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