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New Landscaping Ideas – Landscaping With Rocks

July 17th, 2008    Subscribe To Our Feed

Landscaping With RocksYou have made a good hobby out of landscaping your yard, but recently you have been bored with the same old materials which you’ve been using year after year. If you would like to try something new, then you should consider landscaping with rocks!

About Landscaping with Rocks

Jeering GuyA few people might jeer at the thought of landscaping with rocks because rocks are usually the things that people want to get rid of in their yards. However, rocks might also make for beautiful landscaping materials as well.

Beach RocksFor instance, if you are the sort of a person who likes to walk at the beach, you’ve probably noticed how unique and smooth the rocks are. These same rocks can really be fine to use when it comes for ideas as to how you can landscape with rocks.

ThinkBegin at your front yard. Think about the places that would benefit the most from landscaping with rocks. Whether it is from the beach or not, make sure that the rocks are large enough so that they cannot be displaced by people or weather factors.

The front yards of people vary extensively, but 2 of the most popular front yard places that people choose to landscape with rocks are as borders for the front walkway, as well as borders for the trees. Whether you have both of these things in your front yard, these are two excellent places to start.

Flower GardenWhen it comes to landscaping with rocks in the backyard, you can keep using the rocks as borders for trees or bushes. You can as well use them to liven up any gardens that you have. The great thing about rocks is that they can be very flexible in gardens.

For instance, whether you have a flower garden, you can use smaller pebble rocks to indicate various paths in the garden. Pebble rocks are frequently used as ground covering, much in the way that mulch is used, because it can stop weeds from growing.

Pebble RocksPebble rocks, however, do have a drawback to them. Unlike larger rocks that can remain stationary, the pebble rocks can "travel" during inclement weather, and also when people walk on them. Hence, if you become hesitant about using pebble rocks for these reasons, you might always look into getting flagstones instead.

For more information on landscaping with rocks, be sure to go to your local bookstore, because there are a variety of books in the home and gardening section.


Landscaping Stones Fill Void In Uncluttered Manner

July 13th, 2008    Subscribe To Our Feed

Stepping StonesOne way to keep your landscaping looking nice and uncluttered while making it appear full is through the use of landscaping stones.

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes they can also be used to separate different types of plants and work for soil retention in wet climates.

Several times landscaping stones can as well be used as stepping stones to get through the area for weeding or other maintenance chores without slogging through the dirt and getting your shoes dirty.

Landscaping stones are available in a extensive variety of shapes, sizes and colors enabling the homeowner to use them in numerous different ways. Some larger stones can be as big as a small car and can be useful in preventing unauthorized access to your yard by motor vehicles.

However, before laying any of these larger landscaping stones along the yard make certain they are not encroaching on any rights-of-way which may have been granted for underground utilities.

White Marble ChipsMany people choose to use landscaping stones, such as marble chips, in lieu of mulch in flower beds. The opportunity with this decision is that any replanting might involve the need to take away all the stones prior to working on the flowerbeds later.

White marble chips can lighten an otherwise dark area of the home’s landscaping, however before putting them in place, make sure all the flowers are in their final resting place and the proper steps have been taken to stop any weed growth.

Outlining Planting Areas With Stones

Flower BedOne of the more popular uses for landscaping stones is for outlining flower beds either next to the house or in isolated regions of the yard. Some stones, originally intended to be used as retaining wall, used in 1 or 2 layers can set off an area of the yard, isolating it from grass or a driveway.

By using properly size stones, the bed can appear as totally separate from the remainder of the landscaping.

Depending upon the color scheme of your outdoor living space, various colors are available that can either compliment or contrast with the color of the home. While some people prefer the landscaping stones seem to disappear when put into place, others appreciate the contrasting colors. Using brick-colored stones side by side to a brick house can separate the bed while still blending in with the home’s exterior.

Rough Surface StonesOther designs of landscaping stones can be made to fit together like a puzzle to create a walkway around or through planted areas. Surfaces can be either smooth or rough depending on your intention of the path’s purpose. For walking on, rough surface stones can help prevent slipping in wet weather.


How To Choose The Right Landscaping Plants?

July 7th, 2008    Subscribe To Our Feed

Landscaping PlantThe weather has got nicer, and after a cold winter all you actually want to do is liven up your yard with some landscaping plants. However, just one visit to your local garden center revealed to you that there are a lot of choices, so you will need some advice when it comes to choosing the right landscaping plants.

About Landscaping Plants

The first thing you need to think of is the effect that you want your landscaping plants to have. Do you want landscaping plants just for aesthetic purposes, or would you prefer to have landscaping plants that are more for privacy?

Landscaping Plants For Privacy

Ivy VineWhether you want landscaping plants that provide privacy, you need look no further than the ivy vine. If you are unfamiliar with the ivy vine, you have likely seen it in movies or in quaint cottage depictions. This vine is quite hardy and requires only a fence or the side of a house to climb up of.

The thing that you might have to take into consideration is the rate at which the ivy plant grows. You see, when you first purchase the ivy plant at your local garden store, you’ll notice that it is relatively small. However, you might find that over the course of a night the vine will have grown by several inches! 😯

Therefore, keep this in mind, because otherwise the ivy will sooner or later completely cover over the area that it is placed upon.

Landscaping Plants For Aesthetic Purposes

Tropical FlowersIf you would prefer to use flowers as landscaping plants, you have to consider the overall climate in which you live. Tropical flowers that you see in your garden store can only be placed outside in case the climate is temperate throughout the year. Otherwise, they are meant as indoor plants.

 Impatiens With Chrysanthemums

Hence, if you live in a climate that had 4 definitive seasons, you should consider a flowering plant that is known to be quite hardy, and those generally are Impatiens or Chrysanthemums. Both flowers do require watering, but only every other day and they require a mix of sun and shade as well.

If you are hesitant about buying either of those kids of flowers, be aware of the fact that these flowers are available in a variety of different colors.

If you would like additional information about landscaping plants, make sure to ask for advice at your local garden center.


Landscaping Pictures Can Lead To Great Ideas

May 18th, 2008    Subscribe To Our Feed

Landscaping Pictures Can Offer Great IdeasWhile it is difficult to visualize what your landscaping might look like if you plan to make a few major changes, looking at landscaping pictures of houses of a similar design with different landscaping layouts could make it easier for you.

A lot of home improvement magazines as well as those focusing on outdoor living oftentimes have landscaping pictures to use as ideas for your own house’s outdoor landscaping.

One of the drawbacks in utilizing landscaping pictures for ideas is knowing where the pictures were taken, most of the ones taken and published show flowers and shrubs in full bloom under sunny skies. The flowers shown in the photograph might be of a house in a climate far different from where you live and when the flowers don’t bloom as long or as full as the ones in the landscaping pictures, it can only lead to disappointment.

When you look through landscaping pictures it is important to know the types of plants and whether they can grow in your climate. In addition, several photos may depict scenes around a patio or a pool which will not fit into your lot. To make sure any shrubs or trees will not soon outgrow the area you have planned for landscaping you had better check their size expectations.

➡ Another challenge when perusing landscaping pictures for outdoor decorating ideas is discovering a house that closely resembles yours. Numerous pictures may be of large rambling houses featuring large lots and a great deal of space.

Keep in mind that while they may appear gorgeous, they may not represent of how your home will look in the end, when completed. Arrangements may look wonderful surrounding a two-story, five-bedroom house, but may not fit into a small lot around a two-bedroom bungalow.

Many landscaping pictures can also include swimming pools and patio decks, but if your house doesn’t have one, the landscaping will never look the same. The pictures can lead to outstanding ideas, but only if the house and the lot on which it sits closely resemble the one you plan to landscape.

💡 If by any chance you are using landscaping software to design your own landscaping, once you have something you like, you may print the landscaping pictures to take with you to the garden shop to be sure you get enough flowers and plants to fill the places you have designated.
Once there, you may as well receive suggestions on the types of plants, shade or sun, that will work better in the long term and leave a trail of satisfaction of your efforts.


Hillside Landscaping – Outtask To Professionals Or DIY (Do It Yourself)

May 11th, 2008    Subscribe To Our Feed

If you want to start hillside landscaping, think of your safety first 😕
What would you do if your hill is fairly steep? I mean if it is very hard to walk up it because of the angle. You would want to outtask the job right?

Have professionals do the hillside landscaping then and save yourself from a hassle.

However, if the hill is simply an area of your yard that you just wanted to landscape, but have not had any real ideas for it? Just do the hillside landscaping yourself. You should start with a survey of the land itself and its location.

For example, if the hillside is in the front of your home, you can create an ornate landscaping design. First of all, evaluate the soil itself – is it arid? If so, be sure to purchase nutrient-rich soil before you begin. Next, you need to think about the plants that you would like to incorporate in the hillside landscaping design.

The best idea is to forgo plants and plant bushes instead. The reason for this is that bushes are hardy in many different kinds of weather and they only require minimal pruning during certain times of the year. The kinds of bushes that you should consider for the hillside landscaping project should ideally be ones that grow horizontally instead of vertically.

Square Shape In LandscapingHave you selected the kinds of bushes that you want? I will take it positive so the next step will be to figure out the kind of pattern that you want them in. And for this, you will not only have to calculate the quantity of bushes you will need, but also the area that you want to dig out for the bushes.

Popular shape that many people choose is the square shape, however yours can be any shape you want – you are the owner here. :) Hehe…

Now with design. Bushes can be placed in a linear pattern and equally spaced so that they form the inside of the square like a checkerboard. Or, you could place the bushes in a spiral pattern. You should discuss design ideas with a professional landscaper if you would like a more ornate pattern.

More information on hillside landscaping can be found at your local bookstore, in various gardening magazines. Ask for assistance at your local gardening center too and you are sure to find the right hillside landscaping ideas doing the proper research.

😉 Good luck!


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