Designing a landscape or a garden?
Whatever you are designing or have a desire to create, the big picture needs to be considered even if it is only a small garden or patio.
How is this design going to relate to the:
- view lines
- site flow
- movement of people
- shape relation
Tunnel vision usually fails!
When building a retaining wall, there’s a simple thought that goes through everyone’s head. “Hey, I need a retaining wall. I’ll just go over to the lumberyard and pick up some of those retaining wall blocks, stack them up and bingo, instant retaining wall. After all, they’re called retaining wall blocks, aren’t they?”
In theory, this is true. But there is so much more that goes into building a wall that will last a lifetime. Retaining walls are made up of many different components which all need to work together as one for the wall to last.
Here is a quick list of components you may need to consider:
- Soil reinforcement
- Slope of the terrain behind (or in front) of the wall
- And of course, the most important part, aesthetics
With a little homework before building your retaining wall, you can create something that will last for years to come.
Every now and then, we all come across this problem. Many people choose to make it their weekend project, and spend their time reseeding and fertilizing. Sometimes this works. Other times, the problem is more complex and a few months later your lawn is right back where it started.
If you find yourself running into this problem over and over again, maybe it’s time to get advice from a lawn care professional. There are numerous problems that could be affecting your lawn—from insect infestations to disease to soil compaction and many more. A landscaper can help you diagnose and solve the problem.
Your time is valuable, so make sure you’re getting results for your efforts.
A successful landscape bed, like just about everything else in life, takes a plan. Many times, I see landscape beds over planted, with beds planted too close to houses, sidewalks, decks and so on.
It’s important to remember that plants are a lot like people. Sure, they start out small and cute, but eventually they grow up to be, well, bigger. This can be a “big” problem down the road, when people end up pruning or trying to rejuvenate plantings that are out of control.
Before you plant, remember to plan ahead. Do a little research about what you’re planting. Find out more about what size the plant will be at maturity, how much sun or shade it needs and other important information about your chosen vegetation. This should help you avoid a “growing” problem down the road.