Secrets To Landscape Success: Day 13

The Design is in the Details!

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These small detailed touches can really set your landscape and garden design off. Create some focal points not only by line and movement in your garden but also think about landscape lighting. Lighting can draw your eye at dusk or at night to a focal water feature, or to a secluded bench at the end of a curvy path. It can also highlight your prized rose or a statue. The possibilities are really endless.

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These focal points do not have to be grandiose or expensive. You can add handcrafted touches you, your children or a family member have made such as: tiles with your children’s feet and/or handprints, or hand designed tiles, a bird house you built or painted, a welcome sign or a sign with you family name. These small little touches is what sets your garden aside from anyone else’s. Your guests will love finding these small little touches throughout your garden.

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Bright plantings around things like garden art, a fountain, bird bath, bench always draw the eye in. A lit garden path can lead to a secluded seating area or some other feature in your garden. Make your garden something more, make it an experience!!

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Get Creative, Have Fun!

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Secrets to Landscape Success: Day 12

Veggies: a welcome integration in your garden.

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When you think of the word ‘garden’ most people in America would think of a garden of vegetables and fruits. In Europe, garden typically refers to your yard and landscaping.  It is totally ok to separate your vegetable garden from your landscaping, however, why not integrate your garden into your landscaping.

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A vegetable garden co-mingling with your flowers or even disguised as a flowering plant can create borders and be just as aesthetically pleasing as any landscaping plants. It also beats the normal rectangular shaped gardens set off in the corner of some plot of your land or even your square or rectangular raised beds. Plant some beautiful flowers around your cucumber plants.  You can plant Borage and Marigolds around your tomato plants.

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You could plant Crocosmia and Cosmos next to your cucumber plants. The possibilities are endless. You landscape professional will have a companion planting guide if this is something you desire.

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Irrigation Gurus!

Meet Sal and Marcos! Our irrigation gurus.

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The health of your landscape depends on irrigation. Improperly installed irrigation systems can wreak havoc to your entire landscape. That is why each pipe, sprinkler, or accessory must be placed accurately to ensure that no flooding or drought will ever threaten all the living elements within your property.

New installs, repairs, maintenance, and irrigation management these two handle!

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The Best Type of Irrigation System

There are many types of irrigation systems, but we at Roanoke Landscapes recommend sprinkler systems. Here are the reasons why:

  • Flexible. The sprinkler system can distribute water anywhere, from five to one hundred meters, depending upon the spray head used. Basically, stationary pop-up sprays are used for small gardens and flowers with delicate petals, while large turf rotors can distribute water up to 100 meters.
  • Economical. It saves time and energy since you no longer have to water plants individually. It also allows you to save more due to minimal or even zero water wastage.
  • Easy to use. There are no hoses to pull or carry around — all you need to do is click the switch.
  • Healthy landscape. Your whole landscape will benefit from the even distribution of water — no floods; no droughts — leaving you only with plants and trees that look fresh, green, and beautiful.

We can also install automated irrigation systems that have built-in timers and rain sensors. The timer allows you to set when to water your landscape. So you don’t have to worry about your plants even if you’re busy in the office, playing with the kids, watching your favorite movie, or even enjoying a Caribbean cruise. On the other hand, the rain sensor can sense heavy rainfall. Once the sensor blinks, the system will stop distributing water.

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Experienced Installers, Quality Products

Our qualified experts are more than willing to assist you in every way they can. Our years of experience and training have taught us not to leave anything to chance. We make sure that the pipes and nozzles are the right ones for the water pressure in your property. And because we want you to benefit more from your project, all our irrigation products and accessories are sourced from the country’s most trusted suppliers.

We value our name. After all, we won’t be members of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and the National Concrete Masonry Association for nothing. Landscaping is our passion. It’s in our blood. We want every Virginia home or commercial property to look like ours by treating it as our own.

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Secrets To Landscape Success: Day 11

Curvaceous

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Throw some curves into your landscape design. Lines create movement and flow within you landscape but curved lines add more depth, allure, and appeal to your landscape design. You can used curved paths, curved edging and fences, you can create curves with your plantings too. This can draw your focal attention to a place or focal point like a gazebo or water feature.

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Curves are in!

Secrets To Landscape Success: Day 10

Creating Pathways

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Creating paths in your garden allows you and your visitors to meander through your landscaping and enjoy it. The careful planning of a pathway can create convenient route for your plant maintenance. Whether you have a big or small yard it is a smart idea to create these pathways in the beginning stages of the planning. Keeping in mind all of the previous secrets to success we have already touched on.

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If your yard is large enough it is a good idea to plan the paths at a minimum of 36″ wide. This allows people to be able to walk together through your garden and enjoy it. Keeping in mind to leave enough extra space for plants to spill over into the pathway or sitting areas like a bench.

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You can still arrange some really great pathways even if your yard is not the biggest. Strategic planning can allow you to get the same effect without having the space to do so. Make sure to convey your wants and needs to your landscape designer. Small or large, pathways create a flow through your garden.

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Have a Lush Green Lawn Without Over-Watering.

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Keep Your Outdoor Space Lush & Green — Without Over-Watering

Your yard and lawn is really just an extended part of your home–for entertaining, enjoying time with your family, and the kids being able to play. Your lawn and landscape is the backdrop of your home, the neighborhood, and the community in which you live. It contributes not only to your home, living, and value but also to those around you. Therefore, it is important to know how much to water without over-watering or wasting your water. This is as important as the overall maintenance of your home.

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We are often ask how much water does my lawn need? The type of your soil will determine how much water your yard needs each week. At the minimum your grass needs  That will depend on your soil, but generally, your lawn will need at least an inch of water every week and it is better to do to in half an inch increments at a time.

Some easy to follow tips to keep your lawn healthy and green by using the least amount of water.

    1. Check for any weather-related restrictions your local counties or municipalities may have. There can at times be limits on times of day and even amounts of water you can use to water your turf.
    2. Make sure your irrigation system is set to water your lawn in the early morning hours; it will give it time for the moisture to soak in before evaporating from the sun.
    3. By letting your grass grow a little taller, it will protect against the sun’s rays. Also longer grass will he keep more of the moisture in and keep it from evaporating as much.
    4. Mulching helps to conserve water by keeping the water from evaporating as well. Whenever possible you should always mulch your yard.
    5. Make sure if you set your sprinkler out, you do not leave it unattended. Not only can the sprinklers cause a mushy mess it will also waste water. Make sure you set a sprinkler timer so you won’t forget about it. Make sure you test how long it takes to accumulate a half-inch of water.

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Secrets To Landscape Success: Day 9

Maturity of Your Plant Selection and Spacing

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When you first plant your landscape everything will seem quite small and barren. You have to think about what your landscape will look like when it matures. How big the trees and shrubs get? What will the plants cover? How will it look? Ask yourself this and make sure your landscape designer takes this in account in their design of your landscape.

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This is also why it is important to properly space your plants to the recommended distances. We can all look at a young landscape when we are planting and think, I will just put them closer together. We want that instant luxuriousness of the mature landscape. We just have to wait, for them to mature. Plants need room to grow to their full maturity. A sure way of killing them or stunting the growth is planting them too close or in too small of a pot or container to allow for good root growth. So stick to the plan, and be patient. It will be well worth it.

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