Different Types of Landscaping Services

The increased amount of time that most people spent in their houses in 2020 made them more aware of both the comforts of the home and its limitations. One of the biggest problems was the feeling of being cooped up indoors. The yard offered a welcome change but it was rarely enough to counter the negative impact of the lockdown. Even though the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines means that the end of the pandemic is in sight, the importance of having a yard to spend time in remains. Landscaping plays a key role in making the yard inviting and relaxing. A top-quality landscape that truly offers the benefits of being outdoors requires professional landscaping.

If you area rookie, here is a basic summary of what a professional landscape service must offer you.

  • Design: A great landscape combines beauty and functionality. A qualified and experienced landscaper will be able to understand your sensibilities, the kind of landscape you want, your budget and how your yard will be used. With all this in mind, he will create designs for you and work with you to give you the perfect landscape.
  • Creation: Once you have decided on a design you like, the landscaping company will bring the design to life for you.

However, this is not the end of it. A yard, with all its flowers, plants, shrubs and foliage is a living organism. This means it needs to be cared for to keep it looking its best. This care and maintenance involves:

  • Bed Maintenance and Detailing: Your flower beds need to be weeded, trimmed, pruned and cleaned regularly. Done properly, they will remain a thing of beauty. If neglected, they will become an eyesore.
  • Pruning and Hedging: Plants grow at different rates and need pruning at different times. Many also have specific times of the year when they need to be pruned to remain healthy. If this is not done, the yard will look unkempt and the plants will become sick and straggly.
  • Seasonal Clean-up: With the change in seasons, the yard will need to be deep cleaned to remove any accumulated dirt and debris that could damage the plants.
  • Soil Supplements: The turf cannot be ignored. It needs supplements to keep it healthy and to make it fertile for the plants. Special treatment may be required to ensure that no fungal growth damages the plants.
  • Pest Control: Healthy plants attract all kinds of pests and if they are not dealt with, they will kill the plant. The type of pest control is important – it needs to get rid of the pests without damaging the plants.
  • Irrigation: Depending on the soil, the climatic conditions and the types of plants in the yard, irrigation may be required. Only a professional landscaping service will be able to design and put in place an irrigation system that will be effective.
  • Walkways and Patios: These can add character to a landscape. Paver installation, if not done correctly, will be ugly, uneven and awkward to walk on. Patio landscaping is a special talent because it must blend the deck with the landscape while making it a place for the outdoor activities the family enjoys.
  • Lighting: A beautiful yard is for both, the day and the night. With the right landscape lighting, it can become a place to spend time in after sunset, either to relax or to entertain.

Using a professional landscaper is the right way to create and maintain a yard in which the whole family will love to spend time.

Landscaping Mistakes That Hurt the Value of Your Home

Anyone who has ever bought or sold a house knows the importance of curb appeal in determining its market value. Realtors know the importance of first impressions which is why they make sure a house is looking its best before showing it to prospective buyers. Several elements go into the curb appeal, but none are as important as landscaping.

Real estate professionals will tell you that a great landscape design can increase the value of a property by 20%. On the other hand, bad landscaping can reduce the value. Even if you are not selling your house, the first impression that the landscape design creates will affect people’s perceptions about the interiors of the house and its occupants.

How a landscape is designed depends on the artistic sensibilities of the homeowner and the creative skills of the landscape designer, but some landscaping mistakes can have a significant impact on the selling price of the house and on the impression people get of the occupants.

  • Creating a landscape in bits and pieces will result in a disjointed design and the landscape will have no continuity; this will hurt the market value.
  • Landscaping is not a “fit and forget” project. Maintenance is required to keep it at its best and if that is not done,the negative impact will become apparent immediately.
  • Potential drainage and storm water problems are not only things a savvy buyer will look into but these could be the cause of major issues for you when you are living in the house.
  • Trees are always nice because of the beauty and shade they offer. But too many of them will make an open area claustrophobic and dark.
  • Damaged or unkempt patios are both ugly to look at and a potential source of accidents and injuries.
  • Water features like koi ponds can enhance the appeal of a landscape, but they require a great deal of maintenance to look their best.
  • Unplanned irrigation can leave some areas of the yard dry and arid and other areas soggy and muddy. Neither the occupants nor the buyers will want to spend time there.
  • Lighting is a key factor in landscaping. The lighting, to be effective, must be an integral part of the design.

These are just a few of the landscaping mistakes that can affect the curb appeal of a house.

Your home should have the landscape design you want. Only a professional landscape designer will be able to take your concepts and turn them into the reality that will give your home the look and feel you desire. Trying to do the design yourself will never produce the same results because there is so much technical knowledge that goes into the design – the type of soil, the climate, the need for irrigation, the maintenance requirements, etc. all have to be considered.

Overlooking or not having the skills to deal with any of the many factors that are required for the right landscape will leave the exterior of the home looking a lot less appealing. If you are planning on selling your home, asking a landscape designer to improve the look of the exterior is essential. If you are not planning on selling, great landscaping will make the home a very  pleasant place to live in. DIY efforts will never produce the same results as a landscaping expert.

Creating a Meditation Garden

The restrictions on movement and social interactions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in people spending more time at home than ever before. This can be a strain both on the personal level and for family dynamics as well – the most loved family members can get on each other’s nerves after a period of time.

Social interactions which help to break the monotony and relieve stress are also severely limited. Things will improve in the future, but it could take some time. Finding a way to unwind and destress at home offers a great way to overcome the hassles that excessive home time can cause. One of the best ways to do this is to create a meditation garden.

The Oldest Relaxation Method

Meditation is one of the oldest forms of relaxation and stress relief known to man. It has been practiced in some form or another throughout history. Meditation is not tied to any religion or belief -people of every faith and of no faith at all find peace, comfort and relaxation, both mentally and physically, through meditation. Centuries of proof cannot be ignored.

Creating a Meditation Garden

The first step is to clean up and declutter the area where the garden will be set up. Once the space is clear, it will be easier to envisage the possibilities. This is important also because meditation requires a comfortable space, not one that is overcrowded. The layout and view must be given importance. Meditation involves contemplation and this is not possible if there are distractions or sights that move the mind away from serenity. Even an excess of brightly colored plants and flowers can have this effect. Bright colors are known to stimulate the mind and spirit. Ideally, the meditation area should be set apart from the rest of the garden so that it has a focused ambience that will help everyone relax.

Besides the plants, in some cases a small pergola could serve as a creative retreat. The right lighting will enable the area to be enjoyed even after dark. If there is enough space, a water feature is a good addition to the garden as the sound of flowing water has a calming and soothing effect that is conducive to stress reduction.

What makes for a peaceful meditation garden will depend on the personalities and nature of the people who use it. Fashioning an atmosphere that will suit all those who go to the garden is not easy. Creating a garden can be a time consuming and tiring task, even for those who love gardening. That effort and stress will defeat the purpose of a meditation garden. The ideal meditation garden should be created by a landscaping professional who understands the client’s wants and needs. He will know how to make the best use of the space available, how to use plants and shrubs, lighting and other features to create the right atmosphere and if needed, maintain the area so that it always looks it best without the homeowner needing to put in any effort. Once a meditation garden is set up, it will continue to be enjoyed long after the pandemic is over.

Creating a Tranquil Landscape

The COVID-19 pandemic is a tragedy, experience and learning opportunity all rolled into one, something we will never forget. Among the lessons that it has taught us is the importance of finding peace, comfort, and tranquillity at home. Home is not limited to the built-up structure – it includes the open areas around it, the yard and the garden. Creating a landscape where you are relaxed and can unwind adds a huge amount of value to the home. Being able to de-stress and relax in the open brings balance and energy to your life. Creating the perfect landscape is a matter of personal taste. However, a landscaping professional will be able to present you with ideas and concepts that you might not be aware of to increase the pleasure that the open spaces can bring you. These are a few popular ideas to consider:

Create a Private Area: 
A small section of the yard can be made into a secluded area surrounded by plants and shrubs where anyone in the family can spend time alone to unwind and let go of stress and tension.


Comfortable Seating: 
Outdoor furniture needs to be weatherproof and easy to clean. That does not mean that it has to be ugly or uncomfortable. Outdoors seating is available in all kinds of styles, designs, and materials. Creating a comfortable seating area where a group of people can sit and chill out gives a place for the family to gather or for friends to be entertained. It is important to ensure that the seating fits in with the plants and shrubs of the yards to form a harmonious whole.


Add a Water Feature
Having a pond or small waterfall can enhance a garden’s appearance. The sound of running water is relaxing and watching the flow of the water helps the mind unburden itself of negative thoughts and focus on the positive. In addition, a pond may have colorful fish or plants in it and adding a well-designed waterfall will add a level of sophistication to the area.


Install Lighting
A yard is not meant for daytime usage alone. It is a great place to spend a quiet evening with family and friends. The plants and shrubs form the soul of the landscape but using the right lighting at night can transform the space and either give a new look to the yard or create a completely new ambience.


Think About a Gazebo
Gazebos serve two purposes. First, they add another feature to the yard which serves as a counterpoint to the foliage. A gazebo also provides shade and protection from the elements if the weather is not ideal for spending time outside.

Have a Storage Space
Depending on what the yard is used for, there may be all kinds of odds and ends that are used only occasionally. Having these lying around at other times can be unsightly and give the yard a cluttered and untidy look and feel. A storage area, built into the landscape design so that it blends into it, will keep things neat and tidy.


The way a landscape can be created and the aura it projects is limited only by the preferences of the homeowner and the design skills of the landscape professional.

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