Have You Pruned Your Roses Yet?
Now is the time before your rose bushes start to grow. Why Prune? Bigger blooms! More blooms! Earlier blooms! By eliminating old and weak growth, the plant's energy can go toward producing beautiful roses. Pruning also lets in more sunlight which helps the bush to grow. Put on sturdy gloves, a long sleeve shirt and grab your gardening shears. First, evaluate your bush. Start with the end in mind. When you're finished the bush should have: a uniform height with the canes between 18 and... Read More
Residential Landscape Design: Backyard Living Spaces
The “1960s Brady Bunch-style” backyard (huge, expansive, undefined spaces with lawns that go from fence to fence)…yes, those days are over. Today’s landscapes designs for backyard living spaces are well-structured, distinctive and purposeful - designed to extend your daily living beyond your home’s footprint. Outdoor living spaces are not just for sandboxes and swing-sets anymore. Landscape designs for backyard living can and should reflect the personality and interests of the homeowner. No Cookie-Cutter Solution... Read More
5 Winter Worthy Plants For Your Sacramento Landscape Design!
When the doom and gloom of winter comes, if you are like many of our clients, the blinds get drawn and the backyard landscape is neglected until spring has sprung. Winter is truly a great time to evaluate your yard and see what's missing in your landscape design. Incorporate one or all of these dazzling plants to bring new life to your landscape. Let's begin with a couple of trees, though both are deciduous they have interesting characteristics that will enhance your Sacramento... Read More
Folsom Landscapers help clients feel at home in their landscaping
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Landscaping: to modify or ornament (a natural landscape) by altering the plant cover. While that definition is correct, it does seem to be pretty narrow! Plant cover, what about decks, arbors, streambeds, boulders, water features, walls, patios? I would consider those all part of the landscaping in your yard. All of these elements and more are so important to the “feel” of your home. Have you ever been in a yard that just did not feel right? Maybe it was just as simple as an ... Read More
9 Great Ideas For Backyard Landscaping Designs
#1: Theme Gardens The idea of a theme garden is that all the elements in the yard revolve around one specific idea. You can go subtle or a little over-the-top; a theme garden adds a bit of whimsy and playfulness to your backyard project. Remember that a theme garden can take up your entire yard or just a little corner of it. Here are just a few of the most popular themes: Rose garden – A classic. Rock garden – Go from pebbles to boulders. Moon garden – Many night-blooming ... Read More
Contemporary Landscape Design ... A Modern Approach
Definition: Con·tem·po·rary: “Following modern ideas in style or design.” When contemplating a contemporary landscape design, whether for your home or a client’s property, it’s important to be mindful of the existing structure’s architecture, the style and expression sought by the property owner, along with the emotional and spiritual atmosphere intended for the end result. In its form and structure, a modern approach to the outdoors combines architecture with its ... Read More
5 Incredible Elements for a Sacramento Landscape Design
Sacramento’s warm, dry, fertile Mediterranean climate lends itself to outdoor living at its finest. From early spring through late autumn, Northern California weather allows you to extend your home entertaining beyond its interior, through the doors and out into the garden, deck or poolside. Incorporating unique aspects into your overall architectural plan can lead you to an inspired backyard environment. Open your mind, be bold and manifest a vision that ultimately creates the tranquil... Read More
7 Myths That Could Effect Garden Landscaping!
LAWNS -- MYTH #1: If you cut the grass very short, you won't have to mow as often. Do you want a brown grass less lawn? This is a fairly common sight for homeowners who mow grass too short. The grass isn't long enough to take in its daily dose of sunlight. Instead, the sun burns the roots, and weeds sprout as a result. So now the ground has patches of mushy muck and overgrowing weeds. Your watering of what remains of this lawn only makes it worse. Now you need some garden landscaping. MYTH #2: Watering after sundown takes less water. Sounds... Read More
11 Biggest Backyard Landscaping Mistakes
Let's face it landscaping isn't exactly rocket science but it does require some knowledge and expertise to avoid mistakes. We all know what "mistakes" really means; more money! Here are eleven of the biggest backyard landscaping Sacramento mistakes by both landscape contractors and DIY'ers alike. No Plan Before You Start-If you decided to build a new home today from the ground up you wouldn't hire a general contractor and tell him "go buy some lumber and nails and build me a home". Wouldn't you want someone to draw you a plan so that... Read More
8 Steps to a Successful Landscape Design
You have stared out into your yard filled with weeds long enough. You have decided to do something about it. Where to begin? If you've ever gone on a long road trip, you've probably put together a plan before you set out. You decided which sites you wanted to visit, where you wanted to sleep, eat and rest. If you've played sports or have been part of some team, before you hit the field your coach put together -- wait for it -- a game plan! The same thought process is... Read More
How To Beat The Summer Heat For Your Sacramento Landscaping
The Heat Is On... Summer is quickly approaching and with weather forecasters predicting a hot one ahead, don't forget to water regularly. Here are some helpful landscaping ideas to get your Sacramento landscaping through the upcoming Summer: Fertilize all shrubs and trees once before and after the warm summer months. This will ensure that your plants are getting the right amount of nutrients to help them survive. Do not over water in heavy adobe soils, particularly on azaleas, gardenias, and native California plants. Water heavily at time of... Read More
Landscaping Ideas Sacramento: 4 Easy Solutions For Water Conservation
With the recent economical woes, as well as the local California drought concerns, water conservation is on everyone's mind. Finding ways to be more water efficient can save homeowners and business owners significant amounts of money, in addition to easing the stress on California's natural resources. Many utility companies, cities and counties are even offering incentives and rebates to assist homeowners in their movement toward water efficiency. There are several options available to those wishing to save water; many of which can create... Read More
Landscaping Ideas: Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2012
As a leading Sacramento landscape company, people constantly ask us, "can you just give me some ideas for my yard?" Recently, I came across an article by Business Wire that shared the results of a survey gathered by the American Soceity of Landscape Architects. According to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends, creating outdoor living spaces remained one of the most popular amongst the nations' Landscape Architects. Similar to these national results, we have found that prospective landscape clients here in... Read More
Guidelines To Hiring A Sacramento Landscaping Contractor
You have stared at your back yard dreaming of all the ways you could change it. You've thought about creating an "oasis". You've jotted down some ideas, you've drawn a rough sketch and maybe you've even put a shovel into the ground only to find out that this is going to be hard! You realize that you need to hire a landscape professional but where do you begin? Use this guideline to ensure that you ask your potential Sacramento Landscaper the right questions so that you can have peace of... Read More
Making the Most of Hard to Mow Areas – Landscaping in Folsom
Slopes are a challenge when landscaping in Folsom. An area of a yard that seems to confound most homeowners is how to best utilize a slope. While grass can be grown in just about any location, maintaining a slope can become a real headache especially in areas that are too steep for mowing. If safety is a concern and owning two or three goats isn’t practical, you may want to consider other landscape alternatives. When used creatively, slopes can add a great deal of interest and variety to your landscaping plan. Slopes can be transformed with... Read More
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