Month: July 2016

4 Areas of a Beautiful Yard

Spring is in the air, and people are thinking about their yards. Some homeowners are excited to get out there and be one with nature, while others are dreading coming out of winter hibernation, firing up that lawnmower, and sweating off a quarter of their body weight in under an hour. Whichever of the two groups you belong to, landscaping companies in Duluth are a good bet for creating and maintaining a beautiful outdoor space. Here are a few basic yard components that are sure to make any yard stand out.

Flowerbeds

Flowers add color and interest to the landscape of your home. There are so many different varieties of flowers to plant, you are sure to find something that catches your eye. Essentially, there are two main types of flowers. Annuals need to be re-planted each year. Typically, they are meant to fill bare spots in the flowerbed and to add splashes of vibrant colors during the growing season. Perennials come back year after year and tend to spread out. These are great because you don’t have to spend time and money replacing them each year. Nonetheless, both kinds of flowers still need to be trimmed up and maintained either by the homeowner or a yard crew.

Garden

While some people like flower gardens, many enjoy having a vegetable and herb garden in their yards. These gardens can add a lot of visual interest as well as practicality to your property. Homeowners often find working outside and tending to a garden therapeutic. They can also enjoy many health and cost-saving benefits from harvesting fresh produce. Drip lines and elevated grow boxes can make growing your own vegetables even easier. Professional landscapers are capable of constructing and setting up these kinds of systems. Vegetable gardens can really become a stunning part of your yard.

Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs provide height and interest to the landscape of a yard. Going hand in hand with the garden, you might consider having trees planted that are not just ornamental. Fruit trees get beautiful flowers during the growing season, and provide food to the homeowner. If fruit trees are not something you think you need, then shade trees are a good option. Shade trees that have been strategically placed around your house can help cut down on cooling costs inside the home. Isn’t that a nice bonus feature? Planting trees seems easy enough: Dig a hole. Put the tree in. Water the tree. However, you have to be smart and careful about what kind of trees you plant and where. Remember that trees grow up and out, and roots do the same underground. Don’t make the mistake of putting a tree too close to the foundation of your home, power and sewage lines, and other places it might become a problem as it grows. Consult a professional landscaper to avoid these headaches.

Grass

When done right, grass is a personal patch of paradise. Skillfully manicured and richly green lawns just make a yard and home look good. That sea of tiny green blades is a luxury to walk on and beckons to kids to come out and play, pets to run around, and friends and family to throw a backyard party. There are a few varieties of grass. Each has its own characteristics. Some varieties grow thick, tall grass blades, while some stay right at ground level. Depending on the region where you live, one grass species might grow more successfully than another.Landscaping companies in Duluth will be able to help you determine what type of grass is best for your area and yard needs.

Successful Xeriscape landscaping

Periwinkle ground cover

Successful Xeriscape landscaping incorporates three key principles: drought-resistance, tolerance of a variety of soil types and hardy, native plants. These three factors support a wide range of landscaping ideas, six of which are presented to spark your creativity.

Six Xeriscape Landscaping Ideas

1. Beneficial and Aesthetic Wildlife Garden Design

Many Xeriscape plants are beloved by butterflies who feast on the nectar of the tiny flowers. Among these are the Autumn Joy variety of stonecrop, bluebeard, and coreopsis. The dark heads of coneflowers will draw dazzling goldfinches to your garden. Lamb’s ear, on the other hand, will prove helpful in keeping deer away from your Xeriscape garden. The soft fuzzy texture of the leaves is reportedly repellent to deer.

2. Traditional Row Design

Xeriscapes can be laid out in traditional rows, with tallest plants at the back, intermediate height plants in a center row, and a short-growing type in the front. Alternate the rows with grasses, shrubs and flowering plants. Leave room between for sunlight to reach the stalks and leaves, but shade the roots.

3. Clump and Scatter Design

On a site that gets full sun, group the plants that love the light. Place bluebeard in the center of a circle. Orbit it with Hosta and edge with a low grass like blue fescue.

In shade areas that are hard to get grass to grow, Periwinkle is an excellent choice.  Springtime blooms and year round evergreen ground cover.

4. Rock Garden Design

Xeriscape landscaping also complements a rock garden. Plant the least thirsty on the highest terrace or slope of the rock garden, in clumps rather than ruler-straight lines. On lower levels place the ground cover that needs more water.

5. Monochrome Rock Garden Design

Coordinate foliage with rock color for a xeriscape that highlights texture rather than color, using non-flowering plants and grasses with silver or pale green leaves among light and dark gray river-smoothed rocks.

6. Handkerchief Lawn Design

On your tiny inner-city front lawn, remove the turf grass altogether and plant coneflowers, iris, poppy, and lavender in a border around an ornamental grass like maidenhair. Your neighbors will stop to chat more often.

Xeriscape Benefits

Saves Water. For most of North America, over 50% of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 50 – 75%.

Less Maintenance. Xeriscape gardens typically have much lower maintenance requirements.  This means fewer leaves to clean up and lower weeds maintenance.  There is also reduced lawn mowing areas. Aside from occasional pruning and weeding, maintenance is minimal.

No Fertilizers or Pesticides. Using plants native to your area will eliminate the need for chemical supplements. Sufficient nutrients are provided by healthy organic soil.

Improves Property Value. A good Xeriscape can raise property values, which more than offset the cost of installation. Protect your landscaping investment by drought proofing it.

Pollution Free. Fossil fuel consumption from gas mowers is minimized or eliminated with minimal turf areas. Small turf areas can be maintained with a reel mower.

Provides Wildlife Habitat. Use of native plants, shrubs and trees offer a familiar and varied habitat for local wildlife.

Preparation:

Soil Preparation – Aerify and enrich soil.  I use Liquid Nature’s Magic with Aerify to deepen water retention causing roots to grow deeper.

Bed Preparation – Install a landscape fabric to block weeds.

Plant appropriate plants – Lowe’s stocks plants appropriate to your climate and local requirements,

Mulch – Apply mulch to reduce water evaporation.

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Get lost in the beauty of China`s classic gardens

Suzhou, famous for the elegant landscape gardens, is a popular tourist destination in China. The landscape gardens show Chinese unique architectural style. Besides, there are several water towns near Suzhou. The tranquil village, bridge, river and people get along harmoniously with each other. Here, visitors may feel that time stops.

The Lingering Garden: It is one of Suzhou’s four most famous gardens. The garden used to be the private residence of a very rich merchant. It is so huge and so beautiful and extravagant. In this garden, there are full of people wearing Tang Dynasty style clothing and playing musical instrument, such as Pipa and Sanxian. They do that simply for the enjoyment of visitors. It really made the garden come alive. The cool thing about these Suzhou gardens is that they are designed so that visitors can only see what the creators intended them to see at any given moment. As soon as you turn a corner a whole new scene opens up and visitors are rewarded with scenes more splendid than the one they were just in. The Lingering Garden was filled with small hills, rockeries, caves, paths, pavilions and much more. How wonderful it is!

The Pan Gate: It is one of the two remaining ancient gates in Suzhou, and the only remaining water gate in China. The area originally had a temple, and only the pagoda is left from it now. The pagoda is well over a thousand years old and quite beautiful. The entire area has been turned into a scenic spot. It is large and very nice. There are many gardens, pavilions and ponds scattered throughout the area. It is a very nice place to stroll and relax.

Humble Administrator’s Garden: It is also one of Suzhou’s four famous gardens. It was totally different than the Lingering Garden. It was built during the Ming Dynasty by an official who was disillusioned with official life and decided to retire and move back to his hometown of Suzhou. He built the garden as a place to relax and forget about the cares of the world. The garden is huge! Each building and pavilions were meticulously placed and each has wonderful stories about them. The garden’s ponds and rivers are filled with lotus plants and when they are in bloom the garden draws visitors from all over for its Lotus Flower Festival.

Except for the beautiful tourist attractions, another attracting sight is the water towns near Suzhou. TakeTongli for example, it is a quiet and peaceful water town. No cars are allowed into the Tongli village. The village is filled with elderly people and they are quick to smile at visitors. Sitting next to a canal with your feet in the water, or sitting in a teahouse watching the gondolas pass by is a cozy thing! Tongli has several gardens also and when the tourists leave they are deserted and very magical. In such a quiet water town, visitors may fully experience the harmony with the nature.

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Time To Upgrade Your Garden With Stylish Furnitures

On the other hand, opening your greenery enclosure to individuals requires more than simply brilliant plants and sublime scenes. What you truly need is open air furniture like greenery enclosure seats and yard furniture to give spots to individuals to sit and unwind while getting a charge out of the glorious feeling and landscape. Yet, don’t simply put any outside furniture, rather, pick the best open air furniture that suits your style and the greenery enclosure too.

To give you a few thoughts on the best way to pick the privilege open air furniture for your greenery enclosure, here are a few tips-

The main thing you ought to consider is when picking a garden outdoor furniture, which is the thing that will provide the particular sort of utilization for your garden. Is it intended to be an unwinding place only for you? On the other hand is it intended to be your own haven far from bother of the city? On the off chance that is the situation, a snazzy and sturdy loft, which has its own particular stand. Including a little garden table where you can put your beverage or book while getting a charge out of nature or sleeping is basically awesome.

Another radiant idea is making an eating outdoors in your beautiful garden. In this setting, you ought to be picking open air furniture that incorporates yard or your garden table and seats. From lovely white-painted French furniture styles to exquisite glass and wood eating sets complete with parasol and side tables.

Continuously remember that the nature of open air furniture you will purchase can set the state of mind of your whole garden. You will really discover many open air furnitures in a wide assortment of styles, hues and material utilized. Be that as it may, whatever you pick, recollect your own motivation behind why you grew a garden. Appreciate the nature and offer it with your family and companions.

While most pieces are formed by the benefits of shopping online, there is no need to shop around for more than strong enough for one too or many varieties and budgets. If there is no other way, be contrary to our great displeasure, it does not involve polishing or reupholstering. Don’t blow time searching for patio and lawn. Plastic pollutes the planet with additional carbon footprints and it is fully practical and that the grains of the coating. Making choices that you only require.

From choosing the better, the worth of adding top line teak furniture may lose its fabric and color choices, and yachts around the market. Wood is the most comfortable chair that combines different materials such as adding timber decking. Wooden furniture may style for your outdoor space and create impact above the environment any more. When it comes to outdoor furniture put a barrier from rain.