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17 Jan 2018
what to plant under crepe myrtle

What To Plant Under Crape Myrtle Trees – Our Top 4 Picks!

Crape Myrtle trees are beautiful, and extremely popular for landscaping in Vancouver. They flower gorgeously in the summer, and they’re very hardy, and don’t require much maintenance.

Beyond a seasonal pruning to ensure proper growth, crape myrtle trees require hardly any upkeep at all! So if you’re thinking of incorporating crape myrtle into your landscaping, you’re making a great choice!

However, it can be hard to know what you should plant under your crape myrtle trees. Well, we’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of some of the best plants that work beautifully with crape myrtle trees. Read on to learn more!

  1. Ground Covers

Ground covers are a great addition to your crape myrtle trees. Ground covers include plants that tend to grow to only about 3-4 inches in height, and literally “cover” the ground with dense leaves and foliage.

crepe myrtle pairingsHere are our top picks for ground covers:

 

  • Thyme – Thyme is evergreen and aromatic, and its delicate leaves provide a striking contrast to the blooms of crape myrtle.
  • Sedum – Sedum blooms with a vivid pink color, complementing the delicate colors of your crape myrtle beautifully.
  • Sweet woodruff – Sweet woodruff usually grows up to 12-24 inches in length, but lies flat on the ground. With delicate green leaves and white blooms, it’s a great accent to crape myrtle.
  • Ajuga – Also known as Bugleweed, this plant is in the mint family, and features gorgeous purple blooms.
  • Lamb’s ear – Named for the thick “hairs” on its leaves, lamb’s ear features broad green leaves, and spiky, totally unique blooms.

Ground covers do not have deep roots, and they don’t need much water or attention, making them ideal for planting underneath crape myrtle.

  1. Perennials

Perennials are a great choice to accent your crape myrtle. They have a long, extensive life cycle, so they’ll be around for quite a while. Even though they will be quite a bit taller than ground covers, there are some varietals that are perfect for crape myrtle.

 

  • Irises – With delicate and bright leaves, irises pair well with crape myrtle, particularly because they tend to bloom throughout the late spring and early summer.
  • Daylilies – Daylilies have exceptionally gorgeous flowers. Most bloom in the spring, and they’re very hardy against cold and drought, making them perfect for Vancouver gardens.
  • Coneflowers (Echinacea) – Coneflowers bloom for a long time, are drought-tolerant, and grow well alongside crape myrtle.
  • Russian sage – Russian sage flowers in late summer to early fall, so it will bloom when your crape myrtle stops blooming – providing a unique contrast!

 

Perennials will bloom for years to come after planting, and you can select a combination of perennials to ensure you always have flowers underneath your crape myrtle – no matter the season!

  1. Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs are a beautiful accent to any crape myrtle tree. You can plant them when they’re dormant in the mid-late fall, and plant them below your crape myrtle. Because they flower early in the spring, they will bloom when your crape myrtle doesn’t – creating a beautiful contrast between the foliage of the tree and the flowers of the spring bulbs.

 

  • Daffodils – The gorgeous white flowers of daffodils contrast perfectly with the deep green foliage of crape myrtle.
  • Tulips – Easy to plant, and available in dozens of colors and types, tulips are a fantastic accent to your crape myrtle.
  • Crocuses – Crocuses are available that flower in the spring, summer, or fall – so you can plant multiple varieties, and have fresh blooms throughout the entire growing season!

 

Though they must be replanted every year, spring bulbs are a gorgeous, foolproof method of accenting your crape myrtle with delightful, blooming flowers.

  1. Smaller Shrubs

If you want a longer-lasting planting solution, many small shrubs work well with crape myrtle, as long as their growth is contained and smaller varietals are selected.

 

  • Rose of Sharon – Rose of Sharon flowers in late summer and early fall, providing a great contrast with the summer bloom of crape myrtle.
  • Butterfly bush – Butterfly bush has many garden cultivars which reach a maximum of 3 feet in height, making them a perfect pair with crape myrtle.
  • Witch hazel – Most witch-hazel varietals are flowering, deciduous shrubs which grow well alongside other plants like crape myrtle. You can buy witch hazel that flower either in the autumn or early spring.

 

These shrubs require little attention and infrequent pruning, and tend to grow small – so you don’t have to worry about them eclipsing your crape myrtle tree.

Complete Your Landscape With These Fantastic Crape Myrtle Pairings!

If you’ve just planted a crape myrtle – but aren’t sure what to plant alongside it – this article is sure to help. Whether you’re landscaping in Vancouver, or anywhere else in the country, you’ll be sure to find the right plants to go with your new crape myrtle.

10 Jan 2018
crushed stone driveway

The Different Types Of Crushed Stone For Driveways – Understanding The Basics

Crushed stone driveways are a wonderful alternative to asphalt or cement. With a more natural appearance, lower cost, and unique style, the right crushed stone driveway is sure to impress any visitor to your home, and boost your curb appeal!

In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the different types of crushed stone typically used in driveways, and discuss which ones may be best for your needs – whether you’re a homeowner or a Vancouver landscaping company!

The Most Popular Types Of Crushed Stone For Driveways

There are a few different types of crushed stone that are used for driveways. Here is a breakdown of the 4 most common materials.

 

  • Crushed stone – “Crushed stone” can refer to any gravel-based driveway, but here it refers to a specific type of gravel. This gravel is usually composed of limestone, gneiss, granite, depending on the quarry from which it is sourced. It is usually very uniform in shape and size, and has a medium gray-blue color.
  • Pea gravel – Pea gravel consists of small, smooth “pea-sized” gravel. It can be found in a variety of different colors, with flecks of color like red, blue, green, brown, and tan – so it’s a very popular type of crushed stone for driveways.
  • Pebble driveway – Pebble driveways are very low-cost, and are composed of uniform, round pebbles. Usually, they are only available in a gray color.
  • White marble chips – While white marble is usually used in garden paths and other landscaping features, it can also be used for driveways. With a striking white color and unique style, white marble chips are not cheap – but they are impressive!

 

Though there are more types of crushed stone used for driveways, these 4 are the most commonplace.

How Deep Should A Crushed Stone Driveway Be?

Typically, you’ll want your crushed stone driveway to be at least 4-6 inches deep. This ensures that it will be deep and sturdy enough to bear the weight of cars and pedestrians.

Most experts recommend using 3 layers of crushed stone – heavy, large stone for the bottom layer, a medium-sized stone for the middle layer, and a smaller “finishing” stone to top off the driveway. This helps avoid erosion issues and provide a more solid surface.

Gravel Driveway Maintenance – The Basics

Gravel driveways do require somewhat more maintenance than other types of driveway. Here’s what you need to know about gravel driveway maintenance.

 

  • Pull weeds regularly – If you used a weed barrier when building your driveway, this won’t be too much of an issue. But weeds still tend to crop up occasionally in crushed stone/gravel driveways. Pull weeds when you see them, and douse your driveway with weedkiller every year.
  • Keep extra gravel/stone on hand to level out your driveway – WIth proper building, erosion won’t be a problem. But you still may have to add some material to level out ruts and potholes, and grade your driveway properly.
  • Remove debris often – Sticks, leaves, and other debris should be removed from your driveway every 1-2 weeks. Usually, a rake is all you’ll need to do this.

Choose The Right Kind Of Crushed Stone For Your Next Project With These Tips!

Whether you’re part of a Vancouver landscaping company, or a DIY landscaper, these tips on selecting the right kind of crushed stone are sure to be helpful. So get out there, and start on your next driveway project today!

03 Jan 2018
Hosta fertilizer

The Best Fertilizers For Hostas (Plantain Lilies)

Hostas, also known as Plantain Lilies, are one of the most popular foliage plants for home gardeners, and are also commonly used by landscape contractors in Vancouver. They are perennial – meaning they can endure the winter and grow again in the spring – and require relatively little maintenance.

However, with just a little bit of work, and some knowledge about the best fertilizers for hostas, you can ensure that your plants grow big and beautiful – and avoid pests like snails and slugs. Here’s what you need to know.

The Different Types Of Fertilizer For Hostas

Typically, hostas do not need any other nutrients except nitrogen to grow well, as long as your soil is high-quality. We recommend using a 10-10-10 fertilizer – a fertilizer that contains 10% nitrogen, 10% potassium, and 10% phosphorous.

However, if you experience poor growth, we recommend having a soil test performed, and selecting a fertilizer that contains the essential nutrients and minerals that your hostas need.

There are typically 3 types of fertilizer that can be used for hostas.

 

  • Liquid – Liquid fertilizer absorbs more quickly than other types of fertilizer. This makes it the best choice for fertilizing hostas at the beginning of the growing season. However, liquid fertilizer is harder to apply as the hosta grows.

 

 

  • Granular – Granular fertilizers contain nutrients in small, solid “grains”. As rain and the elements take their toll, these fertilizers wear away, and soak into the soil.
  • Slow-release – Slow-release fertilizers are specialized forms of granular fertilizer. They incorporate advanced coatings to release a steady stream of nutrients over a given time, usually 30, 60, or 90 days.

 

Any of these types of fertilizer can be used for hostas. Simply choose your favorite 10-10-10 fertilizer, distribute evenly, and watch your hostas bloom beautifully this spring!

How To Make Homemade Fertilizer For Hostas

If you want, you can make a very effective homemade fertilizer for hostas. The ingredients are mostly up to you. Most people incorporate Epsom salts for hostas, as it can encourage growth, and use other materials like bone or blood meal, manure, or cottonseed.

Interested in how to make homemade fertilizer for hostas? Our favorite recipe is totally simple!  

All you need is:

  • A large watering can or spray jug
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 2tbsp of Epsom salts

Combine the Epsom salts in the gallon of water, and add it to your watering can or spray jug. Douse your hostas thoroughly!

This works because Epsomsalts are not salt at all – instead, they’re made of magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is a crucial nutrient for hostas, and ensuring that they have enough magnesium will help them grow bigger, and make them more resilient to pests!

How To Make Hostas Grow Bigger

Whether you’re a home gardener, or you’re one of the many landscape contractors in Vancouver looking to grow bigger hostas, you’ve come to the right place! Here are our best tips on how to make hostas grow bigger.

tips for growing hostas

 

Trim regularly – Trim and cut down your hostas regularly in November, or whenever they become dormant. You can cut off withered or unsightly foliage, and trim your hostas into a more pleasing shape. This will help the plant grow bigger during the next spring growing season.

Use the right fertilizer at the right time – You should use a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 fertilizer as soon as your hostas come out of dormancy in the spring. This will ensure they have plenty of nutrition throughout the early growing season. You can also supplement this with an Epsom salts application every month.

Water often – Hostas need about 1 inch of water per week. If you live in a more dry area, ensure that they get all of the water they need, and try to water in the mornings. This will help the plant absorb more water, and grow healthily.

Fight back against slugs – Slugs and snails are the main pests that affect hostas. To fight back against them, simply combine 1 part ammonia with 9 parts water – 10oz ammonia with 90oz water, for example. Then, spray this solution all around your hostas.
It’s diluted enough that it will not harm your plants, but ammonia is highly toxic to slugs and snails, because they absorb it directly through their mucous membranes. This will kill adult slugs, baby slugs, and any slug eggs that may be present in your garden.

 

Follow these tips for bigger, healthier, and more beautiful hostas during the next growing season!

Proper Care For Hostas Leads To Better Results – Follow Our Tips!

With these helpful tips about hosta fertilization and care, you’re sure to have everything you need to ensure the health of your hostas during the upcoming growing season! Thanks for reading, and happy gardening!

27 Dec 2017
waterfall spillway ideas

3 Fantastic Waterfall Spillway Ideas You Can Use Today!

If you have a water feature like a koi pond in your landscape, you can boost its appeal even further with a PVC waterfall spillway!

Traditionally, building a waterfall for your water feature has been a long and involved process. But with a modern waterfall spillway diffuser, you can create a gorgeous water feature quickly and easily. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is A Waterfall Spillway?

Think of it as a “short-cut” to a beautiful waterfall! There are two primary types of waterfall spillways on the market today.

PVC waterfall spillways, also known as a waterfall spillway box, are box-shaped containers. These include a large, shallow opening, through which water pours when the container is filled to the top. Water is pumped into the container via a pump of your choice, placed in the pond below.

As the container fills up, a beautiful sheet of water begins to pour out of the waterfall spillway box. It’s just that simple! The water falls back into your pond, it’s pumped back up, and the cycle continues – resulting in a gorgeous water feature that’s as affordable as it is delightful.

Waterfall spillway diffusers are a bit different. These specialty PVC waterfall spillways attach directly to a water source. Water is pumped through the diffuser, which users vertical ribs to “diffuse” the water into a natural-looking waterfall.  This makes them a better choice for pondless systems, as they do not require a pump to be placed in a pond.

Now that you know what waterfall spillways are, here are a few different ideas on how you can use them in your landscaping!

Exposed Copper Spillway Path

Usually, spillways are hidden by rocks, brick, or other material. But if you have the right kind of water feature, you can make your spillway a feature – instead of covering it up!

copper waterfall spillway idea

Many companies sell beautiful copper spillways, which are often used for public water features. These burnished copper waterfall spillway boxes age beautifully, and look great in combination with exposed rock or brick.

Interested in a totally unique water feature? We recommend creating a garden path incorporating exposed copper spillways. Using pond liner and rocks, you can build a water feature on either side of your garden path, then create two walls of brick, natural stone, or the material of your choice on either side.

Then, simple incorporate several copper waterfall spillway diffusers into the wall. You can control your own flow rate, and with proper drainage systems, you will waste hardly any water at all!

The overall impression of this path is incredible. Guests to your home get to walk through a garden path that’s lined by gentle, natural waterfalls for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Natural Rock Water Feature

natural rock waterfall spillway

One of the easiest projects you can take on is a natural rock water feature, incorporating a PVC waterfall spillway.

First, dig a hole in the shape and size you desire, and install a heavy-duty pond liner. Then, begin sourcing stone – whether it’s from your surrounding area, or a third-party supplier. Surround your new pond with this natural stone.

Then, you can simply install a PVC waterfall spillway with a pump. You may also require a filtration system. This low-cost spillway can be covered with the same rock used in the base design – resulting in a totally natural appearance.

That’s it! Fill your pond, connect your waterfall spillway, and watch your delightful new water feature as the water cascades beautifully down to the pond.

LED Koi Pond Spillway

Waterfall spillway diffusers and boxes can be used in existing ponds, even ones that include fish like Koi. This idea is a bit more “out there”, and uses an LED PVC waterfall spillway.

led waterfall spillway

Many modern spillways come with LEDs, so you have plenty of choices when it comes to colour. You can even get programmable spillways that can change colour based on your input.

This project is incredibly easy. All you need is a PVC waterfall spillway and a pump of adequate size, as well as a construction material of your choice to create your waterfall

Simply place your pump in your koi pond, set up your waterfall spillway box, and cover it up with a 

design of your choice. Here are some waterfall spillway ideas from Pinterest for inspiration.

We recommend natural stone, but brick and flagstone can also be used. If you choose natural stone, you can simply pile rocks up around your PVC waterfall spillway – you won’t have to deal with mortar or any other construction materials.

Build Your Dream Water Feature With A Waterfall Spillway!

Vancouver landscapers like us love waterfall spillways because they’re cheap, durable, and can be used in almost any water feature. So don’t wait – start planning your water feature today. Get the backyard of your dreams!

21 Dec 2017
Compost vs. Topsoil

Compost Vs. Topsoil – What You Need To Know!

Whether you’re newer to the world of landscaping and gardening, or you’ve got a confirmed “green thumb”, you may be a bit confused about the differences between compost and topsoil.

It’s often difficult to understand when you should use one or the other – and even people who have been landscaping in Vancouver for years may not have all of the facts! That’s why we’re here with this in-depth article.

We’ll examine the difference between compost and topsoil, discuss what material is better for specific landscaping applications, and get you all of the information you need to make the right decision for your garden, or your landscaping. Let’s get started.

The Difference Between Compost And Topsoil

Here’s where the confusion usually starts – some people use the words “compost” and “topsoil” interchangeably. However, these materials are very different.

what is topsoil

Topsoil is, as the name may suggest, the “top” of your soil – and is usually composed of dirt and soil which is very high in nutrients and organic materials. Typically, topsoil is dug from other patches of land, or from gardens. Usually, it’s also sifted to remove debris such as weed seeds, debris, small sticks and twigs, and other detritus.

Topsoil is usually purchased directly from a garden supply center, or from an independent vendor. You can buy bags of topsoil and add it directly to your own soil, enhancing its nutrient profile.

This is especially useful if you have a clay-based soil, or you have a soil that’s lacking in nutrients, and need to enhance it for a specific plan to grow.

The main drawback of topsoil is that you’re never quite sure what quality you’re getting. Different brands and batches can vary dramatically in chemical and physical composition, which can result in serious inconsistencies.

what is compost

Compost is quite different from topsoil. Compost refers to a highly-nutritious blend of organic materials, usually created by an individual gardener from kitchen scraps, grass clippings, small twigs, and other organic material harvested from their property.

These scraps are “composted” in a compost bin or in a large pile. They are all piled together, and over time, micro-organisms and worms will begin to break down each individual piece of organic material. This results in an extremely nutrient-rich compost.

There are a ton of different ways you can use compost. You can mix it into topsoil or mulch for an additional boost of nutrients, or you can mix it directly into your existing soil to increase soil quality.

While most people make their own compost, it takes a while – up to 3-6 months – so you can also usually buy compost from local farms and suppliers, if desired.

Now that you understand the differences between topsoil and compost, let’s discuss the different applications for these two products.

Compost Vs. Topsoil For A New Lawn

If you have enough, compost is a fantastic choice for a new lawn. You can dig down into your soil by about four inches, then spread a layer of compost over the entire area, and mix it together thoroughly before the application of sod or grass seed.

This will boost the nutrient profile of your lawn, and result in fantastic growth. However, this requires a huge volume of compost – so it is a bit wasteful if you don’t have a large supply. Also, if you incorporate grass clippings and leaves into your compost, you may end up with weed seeds – which is not ideal for a new lawn.

Because of this, most people turn to topsoil for their new lawns. Topsoil is much more affordable in bulk, and can help build up soil that is clay-like or nutrient poor.

You can always add some of your compost to your topsoil. This combines the “best of both worlds”. You don’t have to use up your entire compost supply on a lawn, but you can still ensure your topsoil has plenty of nutrients for your newly-growing grass.

Topsoil Vs. Compost For A Vegetable Garden

Topsoil does have some good uses for a vegetable garden. If you need to build up a mounded area or a new gardening zone, an application of topsoil is the best, most inexpensive way to build it up.

However, you can eschew topsoil altogether if you have enough compost. Compost doubles as both a topsoil and a mulch – so it can be used as the base for your vegetable garden, without any topsoil required.

Typically, we would recommend using compost over topsoil for a vegetable garden, if at all possible. A nutritious compost will provide fantastic results when it comes to vegetable growth – and as your vegetables grow, die, and return to the soil, it will continue to become more and more nutritionally dense!

Understand The Difference Between Compost And Topsoil – Garden With Confidence!

Whether you’re landscaping in Vancouver like us, or you’re a home gardener looking to grow better fruits and vegetables, knowing the difference between topsoil and compost is essential. So think about this advice, get into the dirt, and start growing stronger, better plants!

16 Jan 2017
decorative fence

Decorative Fence Ideas

A fence can add so much value to your home. Not only does it create physical boundaries between the pathway and your property, or between certain sections of your yard, it can also really compliment the exterior of your home and look aesthetically pleasing. Fences can sometimes look boring if you don’t choose the right one or look after it properly, but there are plenty of things you can do to decorate your fence and many stylish designs to choose from. Here are a few decorative fence ideas to give you inspiration.

Add a welcome gate

If you want a decorative fence around your property or around a certain section of your yard, a gate is a really cute idea that will welcome guests into that area and add something special to the design. White picket fences are simple yet striking, especially teamed with colourful pots and ornaments and a nice bed of flowers. Consider adding an arbour along with a gate, and wrapping fairy lights or an ivy plant around the arch to create a secret garden-like entrance.

 

Combine brick with wood

Depending on where you live and the type of privacy you’re looking for, you may want a decorative fence that’s a bit sturdier. Consider a brick and wooden fence for something that will stand the test of time and match the rest of your home. Brick pillars combined with wooden fence rails in between look very striking and can help to create a natural flow from the home into the garden. Use natural-coloured brick and wood too so that it blends nicely with the overall setting.

 

Create privacy with bamboo

Fences are also great for adding an element of privacy to your home. If you live on a main road, on a road where people can see into your home, or if you simply want to add a barrier around your property, bamboo is a great material to use that creates a screen between you and the outside world, or the home and certain areas of the garden. Bamboo is a renewable resource too and it’s becoming much more popular since it grows back very quickly, is relatively sturdy, and can easily be used as a building material without the need to consume a lot of energy or fossil fuels.

If you’re looking for more decorative fence ideas, get in touch with us today to talk more about your property and the type of fence you’re looking to install.

09 Jan 2017
front yard

How To Revamp Your Front Yard

There are many ways that you can revamp your front yard and create an inviting and warm entry to your home. A visually appealing front yard can completely transform the look, feel, and appeal of the exterior of your home, and especially if you’re selling your home either now or in the future, your front yard is very important as it sets the first impression of the house. Improve your home’s entry by updating your yard with a driveway, porch area, flower bed, water feature or walkway, and give visitors the ultimate welcome to your property. Here are a few creative landscaping designs to revamp your yard and boost your home’s curb appeal.

 

Lead guests into your home

One of the nicest ways to revamp your front yard is to add a driveway. Lead your visitors into your home with a driveway and walkway to give the exterior of your home structure an inviting charm. Invest in a paved, concrete, or asphalt driveway and opt for a design that matches the theme and style of your home. Certain materials such as brick and pavers are permeable, which means that they allow water to run back into the ground, whereas concrete driveways need to be created in a way that allows water to be directed away from the home to prevent any damage to the foundations.

Revamp your stairs

If your existing yard has stairs leading up to the home or around the property, one great way to update your front yard is to revamp your stairs. Garden stairs can completely change the feel of your property, and there are many materials to choose from such as wood, stone, brick, and concrete. Well-manicured stairs can create the most warming welcome, and it’s always nice to line the stairs with stones, plants, or outdoor lighting.

 

Hire the right landscaper

Although the design of your front yard is very important, it’s equally as important to hire the right landscaper to complete the job. Your chosen landscaper should offer you ideas on how to create easy movement around your front yard, and design ideas that will complement the existing design and add a certain appeal. Whether you’re adding a driveway, staircase, flowers and greenery, landscape lighting, a fence, or any other feature, the right landscaper will give your property the visual statement it needs.

If you’re looking for a landscaper in Vancouver, get in touch with us today to talk more about revamping your front yard.

02 Jan 2017
build a deck

When is the best time to build a deck?

If you’re dreaming about installing a deck in your yard, you’ll no doubt have a number of questions about logistics and practicalities, design, season, and how to choose the best landscaper for the job. Decking is a wonderful addition to the home, as it can extend your living space significantly, or even create a brand new space altogether. It’s always a good idea to start planning your landscaping work early, as this allows you enough time to budget properly, finalize the design, and choose the best time for you and your schedule. If you’re planning a yard revamp, here are a few pointers regarding the best time to build a deck and things to consider.

Avoid bad weather

One of the biggest variables when it comes to building a deck is weather. Generally, the weather is less predictable in the winter months, so spring and summer offers better conditions and there is less rainfall and bad weather to delay the work. If you want to build but also enjoy your decking in the summer, spring is a great time to complete the work to build a deck so you can complete it in time for the warmer months.

Budget properly and realistically

Budgeting plays a huge role when it comes to planning your activities to build a deck. It’s very important to budget properly and realistically, and think about all variables and costs that you may incur during the work. Get a detailed quote from your landscaper incorporating the cost of things like materials and labour, and make sure you allocate enough time to save for the project as you don’t want to run out of funds half way through.

Choose a time that suits you

Ultimately, it’s difficult to say when is the “best” time to build a deck, because it also depends on the individual’s preference and situation. There are certain times of year when the landscaping work is a little easier, due to weather and landscaper availability, but it’s also important to factor in when is the best time for the individual. Think about vacations you have planned, school holidays, and any other factors that may affect the project.

Find the right landscaper to build a deck

It’s also very important to find the right landscaper to complete the job and build a deck. Your landscaper should understand your vision for the project, and be able to offer tips and advice to help with the planning process. Your landscaper will be able to advise on the best time to complete the project and answer any questions you have so you fully understand the decking process.

Looking for decking specialists in Vancouver? Get in touch with us today!

26 Dec 2016
front yard

Planning Front Yard Landscaping

Your front yard is the first thing people see when they visit your home. Flowering shrubs, a perfectly laid driveway, and walkways and lighting all set the right tone and provide a warm welcome for your visitors. A well-designed front yard will undoubtedly improve the curb appeal of your home, and if you’re looking to sell your property anytime soon, it’s a great way to give buyers the best first impression and give your home that “wow” factor. Here are a few tips and ideas if you’re planning front yard landscaping this year.

Find the right landscaper

The first step in planning front yard landscaping is finding the right landscaper. It’s important to look for a professional who can bring ideas to the table, who shares your vision, and who feels equally as passionate about the project as you do. Ask to look at your landscaper’s previous projects too for ideas and to see their standard of work.

Outline your budget

Before you begin the work on your front yard, it’s important that you have a good idea of your budget. Consult your landscaper and ask them to outline all material and labour costs, as well as any additional work that may be required such as levelling. Don’t forget to take into account extra costs such as hiring a gardener to complete the greenery work, as shrubbery, flowers, and trees are always lovely additions to your front yard.

Look for inspiration for Planning Front Yard Landscaping

There are plenty of creative ways that when planning front yard landscaping you can create a dramatic entrance to your home. Consider adding a raised porch area, pillars outside your front door, steps leading up to your home, or a walkway that guides visitors to the front door. A symmetrical design will also create a dramatic effect and can be achieved with structures and features, walls, and shrubbery. Look for inspiration in magazines, or walk around your neighbourhood to get ideas from other homes in the area.

Invest in the driveway

One of the key features in your front yard is your driveway, and this makes a huge difference to the overall look of your home. When planning front yard landscaping, consider the different driveway materials out there, taking into account the cost, durability, and aesthetic. Consider materials such as concrete, gravel, asphalt, and pavers, as well as accent features and decorative borders.

If you’re looking for landscaping experts in Vancouver, get in touch with us today!

19 Dec 2016
outdoor lighting ideas

Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Outdoor lighting is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to brighten up your yard. In winter, lights can give your home’s exterior a beautiful festive feel and illuminate the way when daylight hours are much shorter. In summer, outdoor lighting is a lovely addition to your set-up especially when you’re having BBQ dinners and entertaining outside. There are a number of great outdoor lighting ideas to choose from that will create a distinctive mood and brighten up your walkways.

Parameter lighting

If you have a walkway running through your garden, parameter outdoor lighting is great as it naturally leads you and your guests down the path to different areas of your yard. Parameter lighting usually sits at the side of the walkway on the garden beds or on the path, and it’s designed to help you navigate through your yard with ease.

Illuminate features

Outdoor lighting can be used to highlight the beautiful areas of your garden. If your landscape design consists of water features, statues, or pretty flower beds, lights will highlight and draw attention to your yard’s best features.

Hardscape lighting

Add ambiance to your yard with hardscape lighting. Hardscape lighting is usually attached to the walls and helps to add subtle and classy lighting to your garden. The light usually comes from LED tape which is water-resistant and suitable for the outdoors, but it’s recommended that a professional completes the outdoor lighting installation to make sure it’s wired up properly.

Driveway spotlights

Spotlights are a great addition to your driveway to make entry much safer and to add a wow factor to the front of your home. Lighting helps to guide drivers into the driveway to avoid any collisions with obstacles or plant areas. Electrical lighting is much brighter, whereas solar lights are more durable and eco-friendly but deliver a slightly dimmer form of light. Popular driveway lighting includes lampposts, lanterns, and path lights.

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