Posts Tagged ‘landscape design’

Trends in Classic Landscape Design

Poolside living and landscaping

Backyard landscape

Believe it or not, your landscaping tells a lot about the home owner and their characteristics.  Few outsiders get to see the inside of your home but anyone can observe the outside.  Whether you are in New Jersey or another state, a visual creates an immediate impression.  It’s like meeting someone for the first time.  It takes just a few seconds to form an opinion.  Your landscaping is no different. Continue reading

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Ideas for Landscape Design

Water fountain

Water fountain

There are five basic elements to landscape design in New Jersey: line, form, color, texture and scale. Virtually every landscape design will incorporate these five elements together no matter how unique or customized the actual design becomes for the homeowner. How those elements are used is left up to the creativity of the homeowner and the NJ landscaping professional. There are lots of ways to achieve a well balanced and aesthetically appealing landscaped yard. The possibilities are limitless but there are many things to consider before even getting started. Continue reading

Modern Landscape Design Features

Landscape Design

Landscape Design

Landscape design in NJ includes many design elements like line, form, color, texture and scale. How these all come into play in actual backyard landscaping is largely up to the preference and taste of the homeowner. In order to create the desired designs, homeowners may incorporate the use of various features that are strategically placed so that they achieve their decorating goals. There are many modern features which are used in today’s modern backyard landscaping design. Continue reading

Tips for Backyard Landscape Design

Backyard Landscape Design

Backyard Landscape Design

There are many different factors that must be considered when designing a backyard landscape. Most of the time, homeowners desire to change the overall look and feel of their home by changing their landscape design. Many times, a homeowner has entertaining in mind and wants a landscape design which makes it easier to serve and facilitate an evening with friends. It does not have to be a super involved task and in some cases, landscaping can be a do-it-yourself job. However, more intricate designs and those which require adding irrigation, waterscapes or hardscapes will require the help of a NJ landscaping professional. There are many different elements which must be considered when developing a backyard landscape design. Here are some tips for developing a landscape which can be enjoyed by everyone. Continue reading

Designing a Backyard Pool

Backyard design

Backyard pool design

While the backyard swimming pool may be the centerpiece, it is not the only feature included. Designing a backyard pool will take planning and contemplation. Of course for most, the swimming pool will offer a social quality and it can offer the family hours of relaxation and fun. Prior to calling a Westchester swimming pool professional, there are three things to consider: the layout, location and types of materials to be used. These three features will determine how successful the installation will be. Landscaping should be considered while designing the pool instead of waiting until the pool is installed to try to figure it out. The swimming pool is a large part, the largest feature included in a backyard landscape design. To develop a functional backyard and pool all of the elements much be considered throughout the preparation and planning process. Continue reading

How a Pond Adds Life To Your Garden

This is a guest post by Andrew Parker – http://www.electrostoreonline.com

Andrew is copywriter for Electrostore Online who specialize in electrical garden products including blanket weed controllers andsoil meters.

Landscaping is a renowned method of helping blend a building naturally into the surroundings, seemingly causing a ‘natural’ flow from the home into the landscape that subtly suggests that the home almost grew out of the ground rather than being “plonked onto land”.

A fantastic method of achieving this is by adding a pond with a balanced eco-system (with a variety of pond plants, rocks, stones and fish) – which adds a calming and peaceful area of natural beauty to your garden. A pond will bring wildlife into a landscaped area, which captures the essential “natural beauty vibe” that is desired by both landscape gardeners and their client and creates a tranquil area that adds beauty and value to a home.

However, a pond is not something that should be included “at a whim” as they do require effort and lots of care to maintain, especially if the pond contains fish that need feeding every day. Other maintenance that you perhaps wouldn’t have counted on is removing fallen leaves from the pond in Autumn, blanket weed/algae (which can be easily controlled once a blanket weed controller is installed), or protecting your fish from local predators like cats or even foxes.

Of course, now you have decided that you have the time to invest in a pond then you need to decide on the style of pond that will best work in your garden. Old houses will not benefit from having a brand new 2011 pond “clashing” with the house in the garden, while a Mediterranean-style pond with bold pink and purple bougainvillaea and red geraniums planted in bright terracotta pots might look out of place in a drab council estate in Milton Keynes. Special pond features (like waterfalls etc), surrounding plant life and layout should therefore mirror the existing styles on your property. Garden landscapers have plenty of experience in which styles suit different properties, so do ask for guidance and put in some research online.

If you follow the correct landscaping procedures when incorporating a pond, then you might even cause your garden to be a summertime venue hotspot.

Fixing the Outside of your Home

Curb appeal is always something spoken of when it comes to purchasing a home or even when it comes to visiting a home. Curb appeal is something you want when selling your home or when your welcome visitors. How do you know if you have curb appeal? If you need curb appeal, how do you get it?

Looking at your home each day makes you more oblivious to the eye sores or the real beauty your home front really possesses. Walk across the street and take some pictures of the outside of your home to get a good look at what needs to be fixed up and to get an idea of what is working for your home. If you are still lost during this exercise, pull out some pictures of well landscaped homes to get a better idea of what you’re aiming for.

Now that you see that you need to make some changes to give your yard the look you want. What steps do you need to take to make your yard beautiful giving you the curb appeal you desire?

Some simple things you can do:

Fresh paint – Paint the whole house if needed, but you may need to only update the trim to accent your home
Update windows – Are your windows outdated? Maybe you only need better window shading options.

c. Landscaping – This may be as simple as a quick trim to your bushes and some weed pulling, but you may need to do more. Planting flowers or a tree may be ideal.
d. The door and entry way – Is your entry way clean and clear of debris? Do you need a new door, or would a simple new coat of paint do?

These are simple steps to get you headed in the right direction. Giving your home the curb appeal you desire will help you sell your home for a better price if that is what your goal is. If you aren’t selling your home, having curb appeal will set the mood for you and your guest when walking up to your welcoming door.