Landscape Design Supplies

May 29, 2017
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If you're planning a residential landscaping project, start with landscape design supplies and materials that complement the style of your home.

There's so much more to landscaping than just flowers and plants. Depending upon your local topography and the architecture of your house, you can transform your yard or garden into anything your budget allows.

First, think about the big stuff. Will you need to remove large trees, move huge amounts of dirt, change the slope of the land or build an access route (such as a bridge, stairs, walkway)? If so, those tasks may be better performed by a pro. That doesn't mean you can't come up with a landscape design on your own, however. Draw up a plan based on a photo of the area you'd like to make over, then make a list of everything you'd like to include in the newly designed space.

The landscape design materials you choose will likely be based upon the style you're trying to create. Is it a traditional look, Asian-inspired, or ultra-contemporary? Natural or tropical? Do you have an existing courtyard, patio, deck, gazebo or other outdoor structure you're incorporating into the landscape design? If so, materials that match the look and feel of your existing hardscapes will work best.

For neat lawns with clear borders, edging products such as plastic or aluminum strips keep grasses from spreading into unwanted territory. Rocks (real or artificial) and brick pavers are great border makers, too.

Concrete can come in handy when adding a pad or small patio. The mixture also works well to anchor posts into the ground for permanent fencing or support structures in an arbor or pergola. Tile and stone can work well when installed atop existing concrete structures such as poured pathways or patios. On their own, tiles can withstand moisture from soil when laid along a path, but they must be installed on a flat surface to avoid breakage.

Flagstone makes a beautiful patio or stepping stones. And don't turn your nose up at gravel – it comes in many sizes and colors, and it can be used for groundcover, drainage, rock gardens and more.

Timbers and railroad ties work well in both traditional and natural residential landscape designs, but make sure that the wood has been treated with a termite repellant (and not a chemical that's harmful to humans or surrounding plant life)!

Choose and place grasses, shrubs, trees and flowers in areas with appropriate amounts of sun or shade – and don't be afraid to let your personality shine with bold blooms, succulents or other attention-grabbing plant life.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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