Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioural, or aesthetic outcomes.[2] It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and soil conditions and processes in the landscape, and the design of interventions that will produce the desired outcome. The scope of the profession includes landscape design; site planning; stormwater management; environmental restoration; parks and recreation planning; visual resource management; green infrastructure planning and provision; and private estate and residence landscape master planning and design; all at varying scales of design, planning and management. A practitioner in the profession of landscape architecture is called a landscape architect.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape_architecture

The famous hotels keep advertising that their property is the best. They say that the beauty exuberated is absolutely serene and mind-blowing. The reason they say this is not only because of the great services they provide but also because of the architectural elegance which makes the brand glamorous. These days a lot of prominent rich men also used landscape architecture to make their property a beautiful haven so that its worth is multitude.

Landscaping is an expensive issue and so can only be afforded by rich people. These days however landscape architecture is being used not only in hotels but also in homes. The main aim of landscape architecture was to include landscapes and more greenery to the property so that it would attract buyers. The same strategy is being used by residential builders these days to beautify homes so that customers will be lured in.

Landscape architecture can also add a lot of functionality.

The main aim of technology is to help in improving functionality while not compromising on aesthetics. In earlier times landscaping was only done to beautify and provide aesthetics. However, these days it is much more because landscape architecture also concerns itself with drainage issues reducing water consumption and soil erosion.Landscape Architecture

The abuse that residential landscape architecture goes through is a lot. Moving vehicles, water tankers, garbage vehicles, children playing are all ways by which the architecture gets abused. Taking note of these situations and factors will enable you to come up with designs that include spacing and proper planning. These landscapes are usually called as amenities. Some examples are a lawn, gym and a pool.

When planning the landscape it is vital to take into consideration issues like erosion, moisture saturation and grading. These conditions can be fought only with proper and strategic planning. A very common example is, it is very difficult to maintain the soil fertility of a forest area but yet the fertility needs to be maintained so that gardening can be done. In such cases flower beds can be installed that take care of both issues. Additionally the colorful flower beds have a soothing flowery fragrance.

It is very important to be choosing the right kind of plants in order for the landscape architecture to look sensational. The plants provide privacy, regulate the temperature, works on stopping sound, prevents soil erosion and also has a huge hand in maintaining the water table.

Outdoor Fireplace

An outdoor fireplace will add atmosphere, warmth and a great entertainment feature to your home. It will be the perfect focal point in your backyard landscape where family and guests love to gather for parties, dining and cozy conversations. With proper backyard fireplace maintenance, an outdoor fireplace will provide years of outdoor enjoyment.

To function properly, maintain a sound framework and retain a beautiful appearance, an outdoor fireplace requires backyard fireplace maintenance on a regular basis. The amount of maintenance required depends on the type of fireplace, building materials used and fireplace age.

Any outdoor fireplace can have problems. Exposure to outdoor weather conditions and changing climate conditions can cause various problems, especially over time. Look at some common problems that occur in outdoor fireplaces.

Problems from Weather Conditions

  • Settling – Outdoor fireplaces are subject to constant ground movement and soil compaction. Even though the fireplace is built on a patio or terrace, the concrete foundation of the patio or terrace can crack and shift as well. In cold winter areas like northern states, the ground readily freezes, then thaws again, causing water in the soil. Over time this process causes the ground to settle and compact resulting in an unstable outdoor fireplace.
  • Cracking – Even the best outdoor fireplace materials like natural stones, brick, rock, stucco, concrete and tile can begin to crack when exposed to intense heat and sun for continuous periods of time. Materials dry out and become brittle and this causes them to crack or chip easily.
  • Crumbling – If an outdoor fireplace is exposed to a lot of rain, snow and ice, materials can become saturated with water. The more porous the material, the worse the outcome. This constant process of absorbing water and drying out weakens building materials. Over time, they may start to crumble or fall apart at corners and mortar joints.

Problems from Defective Parts

  • Back Puffing – Back puffing is a common problem that occurs, especially in wood-burning fireplaces, with improper fireplace installation or without regular backyard fireplace maintenance of the fireplace chimney. The fireplace sends smoke back out through your fireplace opening into your face, instead of properly sending it up the chimney. Smoke guards and weatherproof exhaust fans should be installed to avoid this annoying and dangerous problem.
  • Leaking Gas – A gas leak is nothing to fool around with. It can cause an explosion resulting in harm to your family and property. All outdoor gas fireplaces require a gas line that connects to your main gas supply line at the house. Gas lines, turn-off valves and gas fireplace parts require regular backyard fireplace maintenance for safety. Any defective parts should be replaced immediately by a professional licensed contractor.
  • Defective Pilot Light – Outdoor gas fireplaces have a pilot light that ignites the fireplace burners. If the pilot light is defective or damaged, the fireplace won’t light. Have your contractor inspect the gas valve and gas line for problems and replace the pilot light if necessary.
  • Defective Burners – Gas burners can rust and deteriorate in outdoor fireplaces over time. Located in the fireplace opening, they are somewhat exposed to weather conditions like rain, snow, sleet and wind that can cause them to malfunction. Your contractor should inspect your outdoor fireplace burners on a regular basis to ensure they are working properly.

Ensuring that your outdoor fireplace is well-maintained and free of defects is essential to proper operation and safety. It will help to prevent accidents and fire that can be caused by defective parts. Regular backyard fireplace maintenance will provide years of outdoor fireplace enjoyment for your family in a safe backyard environment.

Basic Outdoor Fireplace Maintenance

All types of outdoor fireplaces require regular backyard fireplace maintenance. Hiring a professional contractor is recommended for maintenance, but DIY cleaning is possible just to keep your fireplace looking good. You’ll have to decide if the labor and effort required is worth your time and attention. Here are some helpful tips:

Wood-burning Outdoor Fireplaces

  1. Keep all plants and foliage around the fireplace well-maintained and cut back. Overgrowth can be a fire hazard. Don’t plant right next to the fireplace structure. Plants and shrubs can attach to the fireplace itself in joints or cracks causing materials to deteriorate.
  2. Use creosote sweeping logs that can help loosen creosote in addition to backyard fireplace maintenance and cleaning.
  3. After loosening creosote, check its thickness. If you see that it’s thin, 1/8th inch thick, the chimney needs to be cleaned by a professional. If the creosote is thicker than 1/8th inch, don’t use your outdoor fireplace until it’s thoroughly cleaned. You could start a fire.
  4. Use a broom and sweep out any debris like leaves or left-over burned wood. Dust ashes and debris off the mantle and hearth. If you have an outdoor shop vac, this is a great place to use it to remove soot and ash. Be careful using a broom on soot and ash as you can easily smear it around. A vacuum or shop vac is better.
  5. Use a stiff-bristled brush and warm, soapy water to clean outside fireplace surfaces, the mantle and hearth. The inside of the fireplace will be more difficult to clean, and may require stronger cleaners to remove buildup. Professional backyard fireplace maintenance is best for difficult areas.
  6. The fireplace chimney and flu should be cleaned and maintained by a professional chimney sweep or contractor to prevent possible fire hazards.

Outdoor Gas Fireplace Maintenance

  1. Make sure the gas is turned off before attempting any cleaning or maintenance on an outdoor gas fireplace.
  2. If your gas fireplace has an exhaust fan, be sure that it is working properly always.
  3. Make sure your ventilation system is operating properly always. If not, have it inspected by a professional and make repairs if necessary.
  4. Clean gas burners with a soft cloth and a soft bristle brush for burner holes. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning procedures and cleaning solutions for your gas outdoor fireplace, otherwise you risk voiding your warranty.
  5. Clean fake logs with a soft-bristled brush at least once a month to remove soot and ash.
  6. Turn off the pilot light during months when your fireplace isn’t being used.

Backyard fireplace maintenance is recommended by a professional at least once a year. If you use your outdoor fireplace year-round, have it inspected twice a year. Failure to do so can result in possible fire and injury to your home and family.

For long-term enjoyment and safety of your outdoor fireplace, talk to your landscape contractor for proper outdoor fireplace care and maintenance procedures that are best for your home.

 

Unfortunately, there is no magic way to turn a green or black pool clear overnight! It usually takes a lot of time, effort and money to clear up a typical “swampy” green pool. It is certainly best if you never let your pool water get this dirty, however most pool owners experience a “green pool problem” from time to time.

Although it is not easy work, there is a proven method of clearing up a green, black or very dirty pool in the shortest time possible.

Follow the instructions below for the best results.Cleaning brushesCleaning

  1. Remove most of the large debris from the pool floor with a large leaf net (not a hand skimmer!). This will stir up the water, and may make your pool look much worse temporarily, but the stirred-up debris will settle within a few hours. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO VACUUM THE POOL IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE BOTTOM OF IT OR IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF DEBRIS ON THE BOTTOM. YOU MAY CLOG YOUR SKIMMER, FILTER OR UNDERGROUND PIPES!
  2. Adjust the pH and Alkalinity levels of the water using pH Plus, pH Minus and Alkalinity Plus. These levels must be within the proper ranges or the water will never clear.
  3. Shock the pool. This means super chlorinating the water to kill off any bacteria and algae. If your pool is very dirty, it may need MANY gallons of liquid chlorine (shock) over a period of days before the water clears. Start off by adding 3 or 4 gallons, and if you see no results overnight, add 3 or 4 more gallons the next day. Continue this process until you notice the water changing color to either cloudy white, light green or clear. YOU CANNOT OVER SHOCK A POOL! The more you add, the quicker it will clear! Note…shock is available in liquid or powdered form, but we recommend using liquid (it works faster). You may also want to add a high-quality algaecide to the water at this point.
  4. Run your filter 24 hours a day and backwash 3 or 4 times a day for quickest results. Green or cloudy water will quickly clog a filter; therefore, you may have to backwash your filter many times a day until the pool clears. THIS IS NORMAL! Remember, you cannot over-backwash a pool filter. The more you run your pool, and the more you backwash the filter, the faster the pool will clear up. If you have a D.E. filter, remember to add new D.E. to the skimmer closest to your filter after each backwashing. A D.E. filter is more work than a sand filter, but the D.E. filter will clear a green pool about 50% faster than a sand filter.
  5. If you follow these instructions and your pool does not clear up within 4 or 5 days, your filter may not be functioning properly. If this is the case with your pool, have the filter system checked out by a professional. The pool will never clear up if the filter is not working properly!
  6. Once the water does clear up, you will most probably see debris on the pool floor (dead leaves, algae, etc.). If there is only a small amount of debris present, you may want to vacuum it up using your own pool vacuum system. If there is a lot of debris on the pool floor, you should have the pool professionally POWER VACUUMED. This will save a lot of wear and tear to your filter system, as well as assuring that no debris gets clogged in your pool pipes.
  7. We strongly urge you to watch our most popular site, How To Clean up just about anything”, where we through every step in detail for you.

Think of winter as your off-season in your annual landscaping game plan. With the right steps, you can prepare your lawn for the coming cold weather months and create a landscape that will add beauty to your home in the coming spring.

Aerate now

Q: When should I aerate and how often?
A: We recommend aerating twice a year in both Spring ( Mar – May ) and Fall ( Aug- Nov ) for most grass types. At a minimum aeration should be done at least once a year.

Q: What do I do after I aerate?
A: There are a few things you can do right after aerating like fertilizing, overseeding, and watering. What you decide depends on your personal preference and the condition of your yard. ( Reference the next three Q & A’s )

Q: What will I achieve by watering my lawn after aeration?
A: Just watering your lawn after aeration can be very beneficial at helping to break down the cores created by the aeration itself. It also allows water direct access to those newly exposed roots. If you are planning on fertilizing with your watering make sure to read all of the instructions on the fertilizer about when or if it should be watered in.

Q: Should I fertilize after aeration?
A: Yes, now is the best time to fertilize while the holes created by the aeration are still open, allowing access to the root system and before the cores start to break down. Always make sure to use the correct fertilizer treatment for the appropriate season. Also remember not to use a fertilizer with any sort of weed control or crabgrass preventer if you also plan on overseeding. If you ARE NOT overseeding a fertilizer with weed control will be fine to use.

Fall is for seeding

Grass grow fastest and strongest when your planting season aligns with the seeds’ natural periods of active growth. Just as with other kinds of plants in your landscape, lawn grasses vary in their growth cycles and regional climate preferences.

Cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrasses and tall fescues, including Kentucky 31 fescue, grow most vigorously during the cool temperatures of late summer and early fall. These grasses flourish across cooler northern climates and into the challenging “transition zone,” where cool and warm regions overlap.

Time to fertilize trees

When needed, there are two general time frames to fertilize trees: early to mid-spring and late fall when plants are dormant. In spring, applied nutrients are converted to essential plant compounds – sugars, carbohydrates and amino acids – that bolster stem, trunk and root growth. In late fall, some nutrients are used in root growth, with the remainder stored in other plant tissues ready to be used when the roots resume absorption and expansion in the spring.

Early fall applications aren’t recommended because the resulting encouragement of growth that often occurs may not have adequate time to harden off before the onset of winter. If not winter-ready, the stems have a greater potential to suffer winter injury because of their soft and supple nature. Depending on where you live, root function can continue into December.

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A thick layer of leaves can suffocate the grass below. If you don’t choose to rake and compost your fall leaves, you could mulch them using a mulching mower. If you have rose bushes or other perennials that require some insulation, you can also use leaves to layer around the bases of these plants.

Cut back perennials

While it’s tempting to cut back the whole flower garden in the fall, even in colder climates, it can be nice to leave some perennials standing throughout winter months. The seeds of Echinacea and Rudbeckia will attract and feed the birds: Sedum will hold onto snow like frosting. There are also plants that like the protection their foliage provides for their crowns. Asclepias (Butterfly Weed), Chrysanthemums and Heuchera (Coral Bells) fare best if cleaned up in the spring.

But some perennials don’t handle rough weather well. They won’t remain attractive after frost and they have recurrent problems with pests and diseases, which will over winter in their fallen foliage and surface in the spring. These perennial flowers-are best cut down in the fall. If they are diseased, throw the foliage away, do not compost it. There will always be exceptions and time will play a factor.

Winter Tips For Your Landscape

The Top Reasons You Need Landscape Design For Your Home

Homeowners of all types will find that landscaping is one of the great things that can be added to a home. If you have purchased a house recently, or you have lived in your home for some time, you may want to look into upgrading the landscaping that you have. There’s a lot of reasons why this matters, especially when you hire a professional. The designers that specialize in this can transform your home from being just another property on a block and transform it into a special place. If you want to stand out, or simply want your home to feel even better than it is, consider a few reasons why you should hire a designer that works with landscapes for your property.

Landscape Design – Create Ambiance For Entertaining

If you have a nice patio or backyard, and haven’t looked into landscaping or water structures, you should really consider focusing on this upgrade. You can easily add ambiance for your home’s entertaining. You could invite friends, family and more, and have seats around a cozy fire, surrounded by natural elements, including water structures that flow with natural sounds. There’s peace found when the sun sets on these things, and during the day, you’ll find that having natural resources makes a great option for living and entertaining. There’s something special about a well landscape yard, especially when it comes to entertaining overall.

Visual AppealLandscape Stones

One reason why people invest in landscaping is because it changes the way that their yard looks. You can make something that looks amazing, and change the overall visual appeal of your home’s exteriors. A well-manicured lawn is great for curb appeal, but what about your backyard? You could create a labyrinth of special elements and make it the most peaceful place at your home. You could sit out amidst nature, and get a visual flow that is going to make you feel like you’re on vacation, even though you’re at your home. Your backyard could feel like a million bucks, even though you’ve spent far less on it.

Create An Oasis For Yourself

Want to get away from it all? Well, with the help of a professional landscaper, you could very well create something that lets you get away from it all. Grab a drink, a cup of coffee, or simply just go lay down and watch the stars amidst flowing streams and green areas for a moment. You’ll find that this could very well change how you view your home, and will absolutely help you create an oasis from the world that can be quite hectic at times. The job of a landscaping professional is to make sure that your home becomes more than just a place where you live, it can become a place of pure tranquility when you need a rest from work, school, and the rest of the stresses of life.

Accent Pools, Patios, and More

Do you have a deck? Perhaps a pool or a patio? If you have these things in place, and you don’t have much in the way of design outside of them, you’ll want to pursue landscaping solutions of all types. In fact, you’re going to find that professionals can frame these areas with amazing options, from trees to grasses, to flowers and more. By adding some nice touches, you’ll find that you can easily make certain that these areas look far more appealing than just having them left alone. Whether you want to sit back and read on a sunny day, or you want to invite your friends, neighbors, and family, the accents that you can build with the help of a professional are great to pursue overall.

Resale Value

Not everyone is thinking about selling their homes. But there may be a time when you want to sell things. If you want to sell your home one day, you’re going to want to pursue options that will raise the value of your property. Well, that’s where a professional can help you out. By having a pro come through and install plumbing, add water structures and more, you can raise the appeal of your home. When someone comes through to tour your house and see if it’s a place where they want to live, they may fall in love with the updates. There’s something grand about a home that has great landscaping, and you could get more than the value of your home, especially when someone falls in love with the way that things look and feel outside.

What are the benefits of drainage correction?

  • Drained land will lower your unit cost of production and help you compete in the marketplace.
  • Drainage is a best management practice.  It reduces soil erosion and assists in the reduction of phosphorus in streams.
  • The benefits of land drainage are many and depend on the condition and management of the farm after the work is done.
  • For corn and soybeans – expect about 35 – 50% increase in yield compared to the same crops in undrained soil.
  • For hay and pasture expect about a 30% increase in  yield.Landscape Stones
  • Grazing periods are extended two to three weeks in the fall, thus saving on barn feeding.
  • Well-drained soils carry more livestock per acre with less damage to the soil compared to poorly drained soil.
  • Tile drained soils create uniform field conditions for early field work.
  • Tile drained soils are essential for no-till agriculture on any soil type.

What will it cost to drain my land?

The following tables may be of assistance in making a preliminary estimate of the quantity of drainage pipe required for a drainage project.
The table gives the size of main drain required to drain an area, when the drain is laid at a specified grade and is flowing full. For example, an 8-inch drainage pipe, laid at a grade of 0.10 feet per 100 feet will drain 16 acres. Your contractor will provide the information for a specific situation.

Landscape contractors – your project, our talented designers and our professional crews have one mission: to get you the new landscape you want and make you exceedingly happy! Our designer will work with you through the entire process, and our crews will deliver timely, dependable, and focused service. We want Landscapes Pro to be the only call you ever have to make again for your landscape needs!

When placed where it can be easily seen from your interior living space, it can be enjoyed from the indoors as well.

There are many options when it comes to the size, shape and style of a fire pit. You can have a built-in fire pit installed, or you can purchase a portable one that can be moved about your yard. If opting for a built-in fire pit, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of outdoor finishing materials including concrete, stone and brick. And remember, fire pits don’t have to be round-they can be square, L-shaped, triangular, or an entirely custom shape.

Driveway Paving Stones

When you choose pavers for your driveway paving project, you can rest assured that you’ll get your money’s worth. high-quality driveway pavers look great and are also designed to withstand the heavy wear and tear of cars, trucks, RVs, and more.pavers

Traditional materials, interlocking driveway pavers are designed to endure dramatic shifts in temperature and humidity without cracking, chipping, splitting, or buckling. No matter where you live or how harsh the effects of the weather may be, your pavers driveway is guaranteed to withstand the elements year in and year out. No other solution can provide the all-climate performance that is offered by our paving stones.

Whether you plan to sell your home or keep it for generations, a paver driveway surface will provide quality and long lasting results that will quickly become the envy of your neighbors.

A number of the streets in many cities were recently refinished. They sure look nice. And nice to drive on, too. Smooth is the word. The only drawback is that, by comparison, your driveway may not look to nice anymore.

When the streets are filled with potholes and cracks it was easy not to notice that your driveway was full of cracks and potholes, too. It would be the same thing if your neighbor put up new siding on their home; you’d suddenly realize that your house could use a paint job or some siding, too.

Solutions

To rectify the problem, you could go out and hire a paving company to tear up your driveway and pour some asphalt. But, as long as you’re doing something about it, why not choose a solution with style; why not choose to have your driveway replaced with brick pavers.

Benefits

A brick paver driveway is a perfect fit. Brick pavers are durable and, aesthetically, they’re the pinnacle of style. Brick pavers have style where asphalt is the absence of style. That’s a difference that will probably show in its effect on the value of your home, too.

From time to time, a brick paver is known to crack. But, instead of tearing up the driveway and replacing the asphalt, you only have to replace a brick paver or two. In other words, a brick paver driveway can last you, not just years and years, but decades.

In terms of character, a brick paver driveway laid out in a straightforward pattern is rich in style. However, the potential with a brick paver driveway goes way beyond that. Why? Because you can create different patterns. You can use different types of brick pavers – different colors and shapes. The number of designs that are possible with brick pavers are limitless.

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What is a Landscape Design Plan?

A landscape plan is like a floor plan for an outdoor area. Landscape design creates a visual representation of a site using scaled dimensions. Include natural elements like flowers, trees, and grass as well as man-made elements such as lawn furniture, water features, and sheds. Landscape designs may also include overlays for irrigation and lighting.landscape plan

Creating a landscape design helps in the decision-making process for selecting materials. It also gives the contractor better tools for cost estimation, helping to ensure the project can be completed properly.

How to Design a Landscape Plan

Create the outline. A design plan begins with a broad overview of the area. This is your basic outline to which you can slowly add elements. Decide on the area to be depicted in the diagram.
Add existing features. Add any rocks, waterways, buildings, poles, slopes, etc. that cannot or will not be moved during the landscaping process. Be sure to use the correct symbols and colors for these as well.
Create ground cover if needed. Fill in the area with the appropriate type or types of ground-cover (such as grass or asphalt) that will be installed. Apply textures for a more accurate depiction of these areas.
Add new landscape design elements. Add plant life such as shrubbery, trees, and flowers and draw in walkways and stairs. Add any lawn furniture, pools, sheds, gazebos, buildings, and fountains that you plan to install.

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Using stone in landscape installations has become popular – And landscaping designs use is due to their attractiveness, versatility and the fact that they are available almost everywhere. Stone landscaping products are used in many areas in a landscape design including patios, lawn pathways, decks in pools, frames, columns, foundations for cottages, gazebos, porches and other concrete structures.The use of stones in landscaping brings life to a garden and makes them seem more natural. There are many of options in designing a landscape using stone. Stones come in different shapes, sizes and colors to add a wonderful accent to a yard or a lawn. However, the overall effect of using stones will depend on the creativity of the landscape designer. You can use them to make stepping stones along the pathway, create small mountain-like structures and you can even use them to decorate walls along the garden.

Imagine The Beautiful  Landscape In your Backyard….

It all depends on your imagination ( the sky’sLandscape Stones the limit)  in how you can creatively incorporate stones in your scape. – Since the variety of stone landscaping products is large, it is not difficult to pick a stone that will suit your specific needs in designing your garden. You will surely find one or more pieces that will match the style and theme of your landscape design. All that is needed is careful study of the design and the area that will be landscaped.You need to clearly identify what structures included in the landscape can be enhanced by stone landscaping products. Then, you need to choose the stones with the right features. For instance, stones with dark colors may not be the best choice in shaded or dark areas but, instead, brightly colored ones that can brighten the area.The shape of the stone is also important to consider.

For example, stones that will be used in steps should be flat with a coarse surface so it will be easy to walk on but not slippery when wet. Stones that will be placed in sitting and dining areas should also be level and not pointy so that the tables and chairs will not tilt. Good stone landscaping products can be purchased online but, sometimes, the landscaping stones that you need are already within your garden. Try to check if you have some good stone pieces in your own yard so you can save yourself some money.On the other hand, if you do need to buy stone landscaping products it will be best to do some research first and check out some designs online. Also, you can learn more about choosing and using these products by asking assistance from a landscaping professional.

So let’s get creative and start you dream scape right in your backyard!