Landscape design is in, and so is permaculture. While permaculture -- the art of creating sustainable, environmentally-friendly landscapes using both edible and native plants that encourage biodiversity while remaining aesthetically pleasing -- has been around since the 1970s when the term was first coined, it has only recently begun to gain traction as Americans become more environmentally conscious and aware. However, landscaping services and the principles of permaculture go hand in hand.
While landscaping a patio or a beautiful yard may be the last thing on your mind during winter's bitterly cold and dark months, winter is actually a perfect time to begin planning the landscape design process.
When landscaping a patio, it's important to understand its function or role in your life while beginning the design process. How much time do you spend outdoors on the patio? Do you enjoy entertaining and grilling outside? Do you have pets, and if so, what plants are harmful to them? Do you have a need for privacy? By clearly identifying your goals, you'll be able to begin "plugging" in certain sustainable practices.
For example, perhaps you'd like to capitalize on the amount of rain that falls and use this rainwater for watering plants or an edible forest garden center (which are becoming increasingly popular as more Americans are swapping genetically modified produce for organic). In this case, your landscaping professional can create a design that channels rainwater and run off into collecting containers. Or, if you live in an area which experiences heavy rain, a dry creek may be installed.
After determining the function or purpose of your patio, it's time to begin planning the aesthetics of it. Perhaps you have a favorite kind of tree or native plant that you'd like to incorporate in your design. Trees are excellent in that they can reduce noise, provide privacy by acting as a natural barrier, and in some cases may produce fruit. Choosing native plants encourages wildlife and the process of pollination, which is essential to creating a self-sustaining landscaped environment.
The most important aspect of landscaping a patio is to enjoy the process! Remember to have fun getting inspired and exploring new ideas.
Paver walkways can provide many benefits to homeowners. While many materials can be used to create outdoor walking paths, pavers are one of the most beneficial options to homeowners. Here are just a few of the many benefits paver walkways can provide.
With pavers, you will have a wide variety of options to choose from. With pavers being available in a wide a variety of colors, shapes, patterns, and sizes, you will be able to pick an option that best fits your home, taste, and personality.
While pavers do come in a wide variety of price ranges, for the most part, pavers are a great option for any budget. Unlike other walkway building materials, the broad price range pavers come in helps to ensure that homeowners are able to find something that will fit their budget as well as their style.
Paver walkways are extremely low-maintenance, as they generally only require periodic sweeping and occasional pressure washing. Furthermore, unlike other types of walkways, which may require costly repairs after settling, paver walkways can be easily reset. This makes paver walkways one of the cheaper options in the long run, as you will not have to worry about having to pay for costly repair work.
A Safe Option
One of the problems with many types of walkways is that they can become extremely slippery when wet. This can make these walkways a hazard for children and/or the elderly. Pavers on the other-hand are naturally slip-resistant. They provide a stable surface for your loved ones to walk on even when wet, making paver walkways a safe option.
Paver walkways can be a great option for homeowners as pavers provide a wide variety of options to homeowners at an affordable cost. Furthermore, the safety of pavers, as well as how low-maintenance they are, makes them the favorite of many homeowners. Contact us to find out more about the benefits of using pavers to create walkways on your property.
Buying a rental property is often done with the intention to make a primary or secondary income out of it, so spending tons of money on routine maintenance is not the best plan to succeed. If the property you buy has plenty of outdoor space, you should invest in an easy-to-maintain garden landscape to appeal to potential tenants without having to invest in consistent maintenance to keep it looking good.
Make Use of Native Plants
Native plants are useful because they mesh well with the climate you are in. Instead of attempting to grow plants that thrive in a completely different climate, you should look at local plants for your garden.
In order to have the best success, you will also want to consider sun and shade patterns as plant health and growth greatly depends on getting enough sunlight to grow and stay heathy.
Invest in Compost
Since compost has so many nutrients that are beneficial for plant life, you should not hesitate to use it within your garden landscape as this will just make it that much easier to maintain. Letting compost do the brunt of the work in keeping your plants healthy is the smart way to garden on your rental home.
Border Your Plants
Having a lush garden is great, but it can look cluttered when unorganized. It is important to bring structure to your garden landscape, which you can do by adding a border around the plant area. Doing this will help create a focal point in your front yard or backyard where the garden is located, along with creating a barrier that prevents weed growth from getting mixed in with your shrubs and perennials.
Prioritize Trees and Shrubs
Since you want your garden as simple as possible to maintain, whether you have a professional come by every week or two or rely on your tenants, you should consider shrubs and trees as your main source of color and foliage.
Investing in these is smart because they are sturdy, easy to grow, and look incredible.
Contact us to get professional help with garden landscape for your rental property.
While you may want your children to spend more time outdoors, it may not be a good idea if your lawn is treated with chemicals. In order for your lawn to be in great shape, while being safe around your children, you’ll want to look into natural garden landscaping taken care of by professionals. By investing in these services, your lawn will look its best throughout the year without the dangers of harsh chemicals.
Below are some tips for maintaining your lawn without the use of chemicals.
Although your lawn needs plenty of water to grow properly, it’s important that you don’t make a habit of overwatering. Not only can too much water cause the roots to attach too shallow, but it can also lead to diseases that will need to be treated. A good way to monitor the amount of water your lawn receives is through getting an automatic sprinkler system installed.
Use Natural Pest Control
One of the biggest reasons why homeowners use harsh chemicals on their lawn is due to concerns over pests. Luckily, you can take care of almost all pests using natural methods if you rely on other insects that can take care of the destructive ones.
Carefully Mow the Lawn
A lot of people make the mistake of over mowing the lawn or doing so in the middle of the day when the heat is at its worst. In order for your lawn to look its best, you’ll want to be careful about how and when you mow. Making sure that the blade is sharp and mowing early in the morning are just two tips for taking care of your lawn.
If you need professional help with caring for your lawn, please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.
Come on, you know you want to. I mean, everyone's doing it... creating permaculture garden centers, that is.
Permaculture has become a buzz-word of sorts, permeating the English language but leaving people scratching their heads as to what it really is. The word itself is a portmanteau for the terms "permanent agriculture" and "permanent cultures." Permaculture is a self-sustaining agricultural system which focuses on organic farming methods that keep the surrounding ecological system intact. The system was originally created by two Australians during the 1970s and has recently begun to gain momentum in the United States.
As Americans become more health conscious and develop a closer relationship with their food and its source, many have adopted different eating habits in order to avoid consuming pesticide-treated, genetically modified crops. Pesticides, GMO's, growth hormones and antibiotics used in factory farming have been linked to a plethora of life threatening diseases and genetic disorders. As such, the trend towards self-sufficiency has increased.
In fact, consumers are much more conscious and tuned-in -- thanks to social media platforms -- than ever before, forcing brands to provide a level of transparency that many are reluctant to. Unsurprisingly, this has pushed many consumers farther and farther away from mainstream culture in search of a more holistic lifestyle, which is where permaculture comes into play.
Everyone thought the organic food movement was merely a trend or a marketing tactic that would soon be forgotten. It wasn’t until the agriculture and food industry as a whole was carefully examined that many consumers became mistrustful, if not disgusted, by how their food lands on their dinner table. Organic became more of a total lifestyle, rather than just the latest fad.
Permaculture is about much more than having a beautiful yard; it's essentially edible landscaping, balancing the beauty of landscape design with the practicality of having a garden. Landscape design itself, even when permaculture is not involved, can save homeowners thousands in heating and cooling costs, as well as boost a property's value come selling time.
Many modern landscape designers incorporate permaculture principles. The permaculture landscape design process focuses on creating a bountiful garden that not only seamlessly blends with the existing environment, but looks good doing it.
For the most part, a rock garden landscaping plan includes perennial succulents, low-growing herbs and some drought-tolerant annuals such as portulaca and California poppy. However, there are a number of flowering bulbs that grow very well in the Washington, DC area and that are appropriate for growing in a rock garden.
Most of these flowering bulbs bloom during the spring. There are a few that flower during summer and fall that should be considered in order to round out the growing season.
Northern Virginia and Maryland experience fairly warm winters, but luckily, there are enough winter days during which the temperature falls below 32 so spring-flowering bulbs develop blooms. Some of the best choices for a rock garden include galanthus, species crocus some species tulips, miniature narcissus and grape hyacinths. Both galanthus and the species crocus burst into bloom when the last of the snow melts. At times, these very hardy flowers will bloom in the snow. Species tulips such as the Kaufmannia varieties open in April. Although the stem length of the species tulips tends to be very short (4" to 6"), the flowers can be used for arranging as long as they are sunk into floral foam. The miniature narcissus share the stage with species tulips, and provide white and gold highlights to the tulips' overwhelmingly red, pink and purple shades. Finally, grape hyacinths flower during mid-spring. The most familiar grape hyacinth is a blue-purple color, but there are other varieties that bloom in white, pink, pale blue and deep purple.
The rain lily, or Zephyranthes, is the next in line to bloom. These dainty flowers send up flowering stems just after a late summer rain. They are a member of the Amaryllis family, so each flower stalk contains one or two showy blooms in shades of pink or white. There are some hybridized Zephyranthes that come in vivid orange and yellow, but these may grow too tall to include in a rock garden. Rain lilies naturalize easily and are an excellent choice for a maintenance-free garden.
Finally, the autumn-flowering crocus provides visual interest and, for the patient person, a source of culinary saffron. This bright lavender crocus grows only 4" tall and pops into bloom during autumn. Its tiny stamens contain threads of saffron, which is actually the pollen. The dedicated kitchen gardener will have to compete with the bees to harvest this delicacy.
It's not too late to consider adding bulbs to an existing rock garden or to begin a miniature bulb rock garden. For some excellent rock garden landscaping plans that include flowering bulbs, contact us.
It seems that everyone has heard of permaculture yet very few know what it actually means. Permaculture is much more than a trendy buzz word; it's a branch of sustainable ecological design that is regenerative and self-maintaining. Think of gardens that work with nature and gave back to the natural environment instead of being disruptive and taking from it.
Permaculture can be used in conjunction with professional landscaping services to create an edible garden and landscape that is both practical and beautiful. Landscape design can also save you a significant amount of money. In fact, according to Money Magazine, taking advantage of landscaping services can bring a home's recovery value up at selling time by a whopping 100 to 200 percent. In addition, professional landscaping can reduce bothersome noise and save on heating and cooling costs.
While there is a plethora of online resources in regards to permaculture and professional landscaping services, for amateurs who are new to the world of sustainable gardening, it's best to consult with a professional permaculture specialist or yard designer instead of tackling the project yourself.
Sustainable landscaping professionals will work closely work with you in order to determine your goals and create a plan of action that will bring them to life.
It's all about landscaping, folks. Between outdoor lighting, edible herb and flower centers, and sustainable garden centers, landscaping seems to be all the rage. Though the cold winter weather is upon us, and landscaping services may be the last thing on your mind, the winter months are an excellent time to plan your landscape design for the spring and summer months.
Before you begin your search for the right landscaping professionals to bring your creative vision to life, it's best to understand the difference between landscape designers and landscape contractors. If you have a massive, complex makeover in mind, such as the installation of a swimming pool or retaining wall, it may be best to hire a landscape architect or contractor. However, if your vision involves installing flower beds or a small water fall, a landscape designer would suffice.
Regardless of the kind of landscaping professional you need, finding a reputable one doesn't have to be difficult. Begin your search by asking family, friends, co-workers or anyone in your network of family, friends, and acquaintances. Even though it's the digital age, it's important to remember that some of the best landscaping professionals do little to no advertising, relying instead on the satisfaction of their clients and the quality of their work to speak for their services. You may find that you feel more comfortable receiving a personal recommendation from someone you know and trust.
Be sure to browse online forums for reviews on landscape professionals in your area. Keep in mind that one poor or negative review may not be reason alone to write off a landscape contractor, especially if there is a high number of positive reviews. It's helpful to take notes to ask questions when you schedule a meeting.
The most important thing to remember, however, is to go with your gut.
Permaculture seems to have made its way into the vocabulary of not only modern day, tree-hugging, organic fair trade coffee sipping, almond milk drinking self-proclaimed hippies, but suburban soccer moms as well. As Americans become more environmentally conscious, and the popularity of eco-friendly and "green" practices continue to increase in popularity, so too has landscape design changed.
So what does this buzz word (permaculture) actually mean? Permaculture is the development and creation of agricultural ecosystems which are purposefully designed to be sustainable and self sufficient. Permaculture is all about creating a beautiful yard that is both practical and sustainable while producing nourishing produce, all while contributing to the health of the environment. For example, edible flower centers and herb garden centers are prime examples of simple permaculture systems. Many landscape professionals often incorporate small livestock, such as chickens, into their landscape design process.
In fact, a carefully selected and properly placed forest garden not only looks beautiful, but can reduce heating costs, thereby reducing a home's energy consumption. In the summer, landscaping can cut a home's cooling costs by 50%, according to the American Public Power Association. Looking to sell? Landscaping can increase a home's recovery value by 100 to 200% at selling time, according to Money Magazine.
So where do you find a permaculture yard designer? It might be easier than you think. While sustainable yard designers may be difficult to find in more rural areas, the idea of permaculture has been around for sometime. If you live a metropolitan or suburban setting, start by asking those closest to you for personal recommendations. Also, be sure to browse social media websites. There's a good chance you will stumble upon the personal website or social media pages of permaculture yard designers in your area. Be sure to carefully review examples of their work.
If you're interested in creating a beautiful, personal landscape that provides healthy food, and promotes a more sustainable lifestyle, consult with a permaculture designer in your area.
Garrett Park was incorporated as a town in 1898 and was intended to be a suburban development reminiscent of an English village. As you drive through Garrett Park, you will see this in the names of the streets. Many of the street names are locations in the novels of Walter Scott.
As part of the commitment to the original English village concept, in 1977, Garrett Park was officially established as an Arboretum. Since that date, more than 400 trees and shrubs have been planted. This abundance of trees and shrubs maintains a canopy of shade trees throughout Garrett Park and provides color for all the four seasons.
We want to help you have that English village landscape on your property in Garrett Park. We will come to your residence or business and talk with you about adding walkways surrounded by gardens.
We will ask you to make choices:
- What kind of rock or brick do you want to create walkways in your garden?
- Do you want a true English garden without lawn, or a hybrid with a small lawn?
- Do you want climbing plants such as roses?
- What color scheme do you want? Two or three colors, or all the possible plant colors?
- Do you want a bench to rest on in your garden?
Then let's talk about landscape lighting so you can enjoy your English garden in the evenings. We will suggest places to place soft lights so you can see to walk the pathways at night, and it will seem like you are walking in moonlight.
After that, we will even help you maintain your landscape, or give you information on how you can maintain it yourself. It's easy to get that English garden landscape in Garrett Park. Just contact us!
During spring and summer, it may seem pretty easy to create an appealing landscape outside, especially with the amount of furniture offered for outdoor activity. However, when it comes to outdoor landscape design in wintertime, homeowners often skip the backyard for most of the season and come back later.
Although it may not be as easy to get your landscape looking great in the winter, you can accomplish this goal by making several decisions that help make it easier to succeed.
Mesh Hardscape with Landscape
It is not possible for everything to grow in the wintertime, so you need to take advantage of hardscape to really polish the look of your outdoor space. Adding a simple or elegant bench can make an enormous difference, and trellises look very nice, even when surrounded by naked trees.
Don’t Forget Evergreens
Since it looks good to have some greenery in your backyard during wintertime, you should not forget to grow evergreens throughout the landscape. However, just because many evergreens come in green, you can actually choose from a multitude of colors including blue and yellow.
Rely on Year-Round Perennials
In order to keep your landscape lively throughout the year, you need to invest in four-season perennials, or just choose them over all of your other options. Getting these perennials allows you to enjoy foliage for the entire year, and they are generally easier to care for compared to other perennials.
Making your outdoor landscape beautiful has a lot to do with knowledge, and then applying this knowledge to ensure your yard not only looks great in the wintertime, but every other season, as well.
Contact us to get professional assistance with making your landscape a winter wonderland.
We've got six ways to improve your patio lighting, and, let's face it, that's a great goal. Let's get started.
- Add a dramatic pendant for impact and light: Pendant lights work well for patios, and provide more light than wall-mounted sconces. To turn your patio into a statement piece and light it, look for an unusual and interesting pendant light. If you want, add a dime switch to help control the amount of light shown.
- Protect safety with under-stair lighting: Under-stair lighting can be an attractive and simple way to highlight stairs and prevent falls. If you have just a couple of stairs, or narrow stairs, it can be easy for guests to miss a step and trip in the dark.
- Don't forget about landscape lighting: Landscape lighting can complement your patio lighting and light the way from the patio to the grill, the garbage can, or the garage. Solar-powered landscape lights are an eco-friendly option; path lights can helpfully keep family members and guests on the walkway and off the lawn.
- Add exterior outlets: Exterior outlets are a wonderful way to capitalize on your patio with string lights, lanterns, and other devices. Even if you plan to wire lights, have the electrician add exterior outlets to your home to increase your patio's versatility.
- Consider motion-sensing light: Motion-sensing lights offer homes a measure of security and can keep would-be burglars away from the home. When having an electrician out to install outdoor patio lights, consider having the electrician also put in a motion-detecting light.
- Add a timer: To save money and get the most from your patio lighting, put your lights on a timer. This way, they'll automatically come on at the pre-determined time and go off when they're not needed, saving you money.
To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.
Fall is here, and with it comes your last chance to get some outdoor maintenance and yardwork done before the winter. Outdoor patios are increasingly becoming a trendy way to expand your living space. We've got six trends in outdoor patio design to inspire you this fall.
- Natural stone patio: Natural stone makes a great choice for outdoor patios, because it complements the landscape. A slate patio, for example, adds rich and natural texture and color to your home while blending seamlessly into your garden or lawn.
- Multi-use spaces: Patios these days are all about multiple uses. Many homeowners put their grills on their patios, have chaises for lounging, or install a small dining table for al fresco parties. When planning your patio, think about how you want to use it and design for multi-use.
- Embedded fire pits: Another major trend in outdoor living is fire puts. We're seeing more and more patios that accommodate fire pits, either built right into the patio or installed on it. Stone patios are perfect for fire pits as the material is naturally non-flammable. Other popular trends to consider instead of or in addition to a fire pit include fireplaces and outdoor brick ovens.
- Container gardening: Lots of homeowners are opting to add small container gardens to the edges of their patios to mix the patio space with the yard space. Herb gardens are popular, as it is easy to come out and take a clipping of fresh herbs to use for dinner.
- Patio lighting: At night, your patio can be difficult to use if you do not have installed lighting. We're seeing a lot of patios these days factor in LED lighting, which does not consume a lot of power and lasts a long time.
To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.
When landscaping your yard, there are many design elements that you can choose to incorporate into your property. One design element that can add to the beauty, functionality, and design of your yard is a landscape retaining wall. Adding a retaining wall can be extremely beneficial to you; here are just a few of the benefits a retaining wall can provide.
One of the primary reasons homeowners will choose to install a retaining wall on their property is to prevent erosion from occurring on slopped areas or in any areas prone to erosion. In fact, retaining walls are the best lines of defense against erosion and the effects of land movement.
Make More Usable Gardening Space
For homeowners whose property is extremely sloped, it can seem as if their yard space is unusable. Tiered retaining/landscaping walls can create useable space for the placements of gardens, play space, and can even create space for the creation of a patio. This can make retaining walls doubly functional for homeowners.
Create Focal Points
Adding hardscaping can add to the beauty and contrast of your yard. Landscaping walls can draw visitors eyes to specific areas of your landscaping you may want to highlight. Thusly, landscaping walls can give you the opportunity to define focal points in your yard. Use garden spaces created by landscaping walls to create beautiful, unique flowerbeds that will enhance your yard space.
Landscape walls can be a great addition to any yard space due to the multiple functions they can perform. Not only can they protect your yard from erosion, but also they can make your yard more functional and appealing for everyday use. Contact us to find out more about the benefits you and your family could gain from adding retaining walls to your to your property.
Gardens tend to use water, and some designs use more than others. Many people wonder how they can conserve water, since watering plants takes time out of your day and frequently costs money. In the Washington DC area, you can save on water. It all starts with landscape design that fits your area. Any landscape design for the DC area can save water by using some of the following ideas.
Consider pavers or rocks for parts of your garden. A plain lawn looks dead without water, but concrete pavers look stylish no matter how little water you give it. A judicious use of rocks follows the same principle. You can pick rocks with enticing layers adn bright colors to act as garden enhancers, and once they are in place, there is nothing more you need to do with them.
Pick plants that are native to Washington DC that tolerate dry weather. There are many excellent choices here: Wild Columbine, Plantain Pusseytoes, Wild Bleeding Heart, and Woodland Coreopsis come to mind. When you pick native plants and site them properly, they don't need much maintenance and will thrive on Maryland and Virginia's normal amount of rain. Ferns can make lovely, low-maintenance ornaments, too.
Consider stone walls that capture water and manage drainage. These can look elegant and be useful at the same time. Walls can provide discreet places for catching and draining water.
When you consider the time and effort spent on watering your yard, it makes sense to take these ideas into account when planning your initial design. A little planning now can lead to a lot of free time later. To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us.
We all love a bountiful display of blossoms in the spring. Prepare now for spring blooms on your property with flower garden landscaping. Numerous paper and online catalogs display slick photos of the final result: flowering plants. But they don’t look anything like those photos when you plant them.
Fall planting of bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes results in a bevy of bountiful blooms in spring and throughout the year. Most gardeners refer to all of these underground flower sources as bulbs. They are all underground food storage units that eventually produce flowers.
When you know the difference, it doesn’t really matter what you call them. However, it is helpful to be aware of the appearance and results before you begin ordering and planting.
- True Bulbs are split into two categories, tender and hardy. Hardy bulbs are planted in autumn. Bulbs are layered inside, similar to an onion. They are rounded in shape. Healthy bulbs are solid, not soft or mushy. Many bulbs have a pointed end that should be planted upward
- Bulbs are either tunicate (with a papery skin) or scaly (without a papery skin).Bulbs remain in the spot where they’re planted and produce baby bulbs, called offsets. Numerous varieties of flowers grow from bulbs; Lilies, Daffodils, Crocosmias and many more.
- Corms are similar to bulbs, but don’t have layers. Corms are actually the base of the stem and die when they produce flowers. Before they get to the flowering stage, they will also produce offsets for flowers in future seasons. Liatris, Daisies and Gladiolus are flowers that grow from corms.
- Tubers are shaped somewhat like a potato. In fact, a potato is a tuber. Many food crops grow from tubers. The eyes on the tubers produce food and flowers. Begonia, Canna lily, Ranunculus and Anemones grow from tubers. Some flowers, such as Dahlia, grow from a unit called a tuberous root.
- Rhizomes are stems that grow beneath the ground: They grow horizontally, with only the flower stems growing upward. Often, these spread quickly and may need division sooner than the other types of storage units. Flowers that grow from rhizomes, such as bearded Iris, can quickly cover a bare area in the landscape. The popular Solomon’s seal grows from rhizomes as does the Shamrock plant.
Many of these underground storage units benefit from fall planting. Some, such as tulips, require the winter chill to bloom. If this kind of flower garden landscaping would benefit your yard and flowerbeds, contact us for a professional plan. We know what grows well in the area and how to locate bulbs for a maximum effect.
Need Ideas for Outdoor Lighting? Work with Northwest, Washington, DC Landscape Designers | Washington DCWritten by Matt Johnson
When it comes to designing your property, there are many details to consider. Among them is the kind of outdoor lighting you'll use.
Outdoor lighting can serve both practical and decorative purposes.
For example, let's look at how lighting can play a role in the upcoming holiday of Halloween. An optimal outdoor lighting set-up will make it safe for trick-or-treaters to find their way across your property to your front door. Beyond that, you may want to make temporary alterations to your lighting to reflect the season and the Halloween atmosphere, such as using some lanterns to cast a glow on your property.
Lighting efficiency, safety and aesthetics
Outdoor lighting projects should generally be undertaken with the assistance of experts.
With professional assistance, you can make sure that your lighting is efficient and not taking a heavier toll on your wallet. You can also look into more eco-friendly lighting options that conserve energy.
Professionals will make sure your lighting is installed correctly so as to minimize the chances of a fire. Your lighting configuration can also help keep you safer by lighting up various entrances to your home or the walkways that lead to your house. You can get a clearer idea of who or what is on your property and also make your way to your door without tripping over anything or slipping on ice.
In addition to improved safety, you also decrease the chances of your lighting burning out or otherwise malfunctioning, if you receive professional assistance with its installation.
And then comes the beauty that good lighting can add to your property. In the winter time, for example, your garden can look like a cozy, glowing retreat, twinkling at night. Lighting also helps you make the most of warm weather, as you enjoy the outdoors well into the evening.
Don't hesitate to contact expert Northwest, Washington, DC landscape designers to help you install high-quality lighting. Every property is different; we will help you come up with a lighting set-up that best suits you.
Just as working in the garden is easier on you when temperatures cool a bit, so it is with your plants. Fall is a great time to divide many ornamental garden specimens. Do it early so they can set new roots and get established before frost and freezes occur.
With all those extra plants you'll get from division, you may want to revamp your landscape garden design. If this chore is more than you wish to handle, contact us and let us help.
Chart a plan
It is often helpful to walk through the garden and consider what blooms in each spot at various times. This can jog the memory and allow you to plant complimentary colors, foliage and blooms that will appear at just the right time and season.
Don’t forget about flowering trees and shrubs that bloom in your gardens or nearby. Background colors can be used as a complimentary asset for the garden. Similar to taking a picture, fill the frame of the landscape.
Trees and shrubs that are already growing need proper care as well. Pruning is an important part of preparing for winter. Our professionals know what is needed and can ready your valuable specimens to survive the harshest of winters.
We can provide classic color in the landscape and get everything in order for autumn. Many of those bulbs that need division bloom in spring, so you can be ready and accentuate their beauty with manicured surroundings. An attractive layer of mulch helps protect plants and spruces up the appearance of your garden beds.
Autumn is also a great time to add decorative hardscapes to your outdoor area. Don't put off those needed outdoor improvements any longer. Take care of your outdoor wish list now to be ready for a beautiful landscape in spring.
Our Landscape Designers can Build you a Fire Safe, Fire Pit, so That you can Enjoy the Winter Months | Silver Spring, MDWritten by Matt Johnson
With the cooler weather on its way, you may have put the task of having a fire pit built on your agenda. Fire pits can be a great addition to any home, they give homeowners a chance to enjoy the outdoors well beyond the warmer summer months.
If you are considering having a fire pit installed, materials should be your major consideration, many times a fire bit will be built, only to find out that it won't stand up to the fire that is being lit inside of it. Building a fire safe fire pit should be the most important factor and will ensure that your fire pit holds up to a fire lit inside of it and lasts the test of time.
Fire Resistant Materials for Fire Pits
Here are some general ideas that can help you have a fire pit built, that includes fire resistant materials. These materials should be used to create a fire pit that can withstand the high temperatures.
- Firebricks - Firebricks should be placed on the inside of fire pits. The reason for this is that fire bricks absorb heat and can withstand the heat of fire. Firebricks are heavy clay bricks and can come in many shapes and sizes. Having firebricks installed on the inside of fire pits can ensure that the fire pit will still be standing without cracks and damage in years to come.
- Fire Mortar - Fire mortar or fire proof mortar, is made specifically to help resist fire and heat damage. This makes it the perfect mortar to use alongside fire bricks. This mortar can actually be used in any application where normal mortar would be used.
- Outside Design Elements - Stone works well for fire pits as it tends to blend in with the surrounding area better than other materials. Stone also makes a wise choice because it is a non-combustible material. Other materials that are non-combustible include bricks and concrete. You will want to avoid any material that is combustible or that can reach high temperatures. Stone work such as flagstone can let you design a fire pit that is both safe and aesthetically pleasing.
If you are looking for a team of landscape designers, that can build the perfect outdoor living space for your home, contact us today at Johnson's Landscaping Services. We can build the perfect fire safe, fire pit, for your home.
The purpose of a retaining wall is to hold back soil that would otherwise slide downwards due to gravity. The retaining wall is the best and most efficient solution to manage sloping property when a level surface is desired or warranted, as it helps create more usable space. Incorporated into the overall landscape design, a retaining wall can be an interesting architectural feature.
Retaining walls are constructed of durable materials that uphold structural integrity when properly designed and constructed. The walls have to withstand lateral soil pressure, the effects of gravity and a change in grade that exceeds the angle of repose of the soil. There are a variety of materials used on retaining wall construction including stone, concrete, timber, brick and interlocking blocks and pavers.
If retaining wall construction is not in compliance with proper design and construction standards and methods, the wall will not perform the intended job and the wall will fail causing it to tilt, crack or crumble under the weight of the soil. If this happens, the failing wall could cause damage to property and any persons in the area at the time of failure.
In addition to the fundamental need for a retaining wall, there are additional features that can be incorporated into the design. Adding seats along the wall will provide the property owner and visitors a place to sit and relax or adding planters and lighting will add elegance to the retaining wall that will only enhance the property and the visual effects of the wall.
When considering retaining wall construction it is always essential to hire an expert in such design and construction. It is important to keep in mind retaining wall design and construction is more than a simple fence. It is also important to be aware of municipal building codes to make sure the design and construction are in compliance and meet all structural, environmental and construction standards and demands.