Professional Landscaping

June 18, 2015

5 Professional Landscaping Tips - Quicken Loans Zing BlogRecently, Mother Nature gave an unexpected gift to homeowners in the Midwest as a wave of spring showers helped green numerous lawns, brown and dormant from the winter chill.

Landscaping Bricks

Landscaping bricks have many uses in regards to outdoor décor. Some homeowners prefer to use landscaping bricks to create an accentuated walking path to their home, while others prefer to stack the bricks to build a formal patio.

Personally, I prefer creating circular barriers around trees, shrubs and plants with landscaping bricks to contain and separate the planting soil and mulch from the surrounding grass.

Depending on the size and type of project, you may want to consider hiring a contractor to ensure the project is done correctly and won’t require constant repair and upkeep.

Adding landscaping bricks to your lawn can help create separate spaces in your yard, adding ambiance and consistency to your presentation.


Adding mulch to your outdoor décor not only insulates the soil around plants and flowers, it also adds a touch of personality to your lawn as mulch is available in numerous colors. You can coordinate the color of your home with the mulch color you choose or simply accent the trees or shrubs on your front lawn with shredded wood mulch.

Mulch mimics leaf cover found on the forest floor and its uses include:

  • Suppressing weed growth
  • Reducing erosion
  • Providing nutrients
  • Aiding seed germination

While mulch is available in various materials, popular brands sell 20-pound bags of mulch for under $10.

Flowers and Plants

There are thousands of types of flowers that all capture and embody the pleasure, perfection and beauty of nature.

Flowers inspire happy feelings, and many varieties are quite inexpensive. With this being said, it’s no surprise that flowers are the lawn accent of choice for many homeowners throughout the world.

Weather you decide to go big with an elaborate and colorful flower presentation, or take a simplistic approach with a few uniform color flowers lining your lawn’s edge, flowers and plants will definitely brighten up your home’s appearance.


In terms of landscaping, hardscape is the practice of organizing, cleaning, and shaping up the paved areas such as streets and sidewalks.

If you live in a big or highly populated city like New York, chances are there aren’t many sprawling green lawns in your area. In this event, you can upgrade the area in front of your residence through hardscaping.

Upgrading your fences, patio, landscaping rocks, and walkways are a few of the ways you can hardscape your home. Hardscaping can provide the final touches you need to complete your lawn upgrade.

Replace or refresh home address numbers

It’s a nuisance to your houseguests and prospective home buyers (if your home is on the market) to search continually and unsuccessfully for a home address that seems to be created with ten-point font.

There are many ways you can display your house number: painting it on the curb or the rise of a stair on your front porch, inlaying in a stained-glass window, attaching decorative numbers to your façade, displaying a customized lawn sculpture, or simply putting fresh stickers on your mailbox.


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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