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Planning Walkways in Your Landscape

Walkways are a great way to enhance the look and safety of the outside of your home, and incorporating them into your landscape design plans is easy. But there are several things you should keep in mind when planning walkways for the outside of your home.

For one thing, take a look at the outside of your home and observe the natural paths that you and your family use on a regular basis. You want to be sure to have your new walkways installed along those paths since those are the ones your family is already used to using. That way, when planning your new landscape design, you don’t have to worry about breaking your family of any bad habits of walking through your flower beds since there will now be a walkway where they are used to walking.

Keep in mind that any curves or steps you have installed in your walkway will probably add to the landscape design and installation costs. If you really have your heart set on some steps or a fancy curve, make sure you budget for that and recognize that this could drive up how much you end up paying. If you are working within a tight budget, keep the walkway as straight as possible.

However, if the walkway needs to slope more than 10% or so, then a curve or some steps will probably be a necessary part of your landscape design. And sometimes steps or curves in a walkway can look a little boring, so you can enhance the look of the walkway by adding flowers or other landscaping elements to the curve or steps. This will make it more pleasant for you and your guests to look at and walk past.

In this day and age, decorative and stamped concrete are more popular than ever. Thanks to advances in technology and methods of installing concrete, you can get pretty creative with decorative concrete these days. You can make your walkways quite interesting and eye-catching if you have them made out of decorative or stamped concrete. But the more intricate the concrete, the more it will cost, so be sure to budget accordingly for that in your landscape design as well.

After your new walkways have been installed, you might want to look into having small shrubs or flowers planted along the edge of the walkways. Just keep in mind that you do not want to plant anything that will grow too tall. Try to keep those plants to around two feet high or shorter so they do not overwhelm the walkway or cause people to feel too crowded. Plus, smaller and less imposing plants will make it easier for you to carry groceries and other items into your home. You won’t have to worry about knocking into the plants and damaging them.

Finally, try to plant a variety of plants and flowers along your walkway, and try to find ones that bloom throughout the year. That way, you and your loved ones always have something pretty to look at when walking in and out of your home.

How a Rose Garden Could Improve the Landscaping

Enjoy Landscaping With Rose GardeningEverybody likes to take pride in their garden and one way to do that is to add a few flowers. Flowers make the garden look beautiful and fragrant and they really can make all of the difference in creating the perfect landscaping.

Landscaping Your Garden Using Roses

When you landscape a garden you are making it look its complete best. Deciding upon where everything goes and how everything should look can really help you to create the perfect, scenic garden. Rose gardening adds a touch of beauty and elegance to the landscape and that really can help to brighten the garden up and help you to enjoy it more.

Deciding upon a place to put the roses is the hardest part. You have to mix them in with other features such as rockery, other plants and perhaps even water features. A good way of making roses stand out is by buying an arbor and letting the roses grow around it. This is a common landscaping decoration and it does tend to work quite well. It can be used as a centerpiece and guests will absolutely love it.

Dedicating a whole section to your rose garden is a great idea and you may want to plan it all out beforehand. Draw how you want your garden to look and all of the possibilities you can possibly think of where the roses could go. Remember that with certain varieties of roses you have to plant them a certain distance away from each other, otherwise they will not survive long!

One of the most important aspects of rose gardening is the fact that it has to be color coordinated. If the color of the roses clash with the color of the rest of the garden, the whole effect will be ruined and you will have to start your landscaping all over again. There is no room for errors which is why everything needs to be planned out beforehand.

Overall rose gardening can be an essential part of landscaping if you are trying to make the garden look scenic and homely whilst adding a touch of elegance at the same time. Just be sure that you do plan everything carefully from the color of the roses to where you are going to plant them. Try and make the best use out of them as possible and ensure that they are planted in conditions to suit them. Roses can be temperamental so generally you do have to make sure that you are putting them in an ideal place where they will thrive, not die!

How the Right Commercial Christmas Decorations Can Enhance the Work Image of a Company

Christmas is a time of year when all the stops are taken out when it comes to putting up special decorations. Rarely, will a holiday ignite such excitement and every business owner is only too aware of how important it is to mark the occasion and embrace the spirit of the time of year. It explains, at least in part, why providing commercial Christmas decorations are a valuable part of the services any forward thinking landscaping company offers.

While interior landscaping is certainly a year round service, providing plants and flowers to enhance any office or commercial space, the arrival of special festive occasions is a golden opportunity for companies to change things around to reflect the time of year.

Christmas is perhaps the biggest and most obvious example. The availability of distinctly festive plants, such as poinsettias, for example, and floral arrangements featuring them, brings the time of year into the work place. Even if artificial plants are used, the positive feelings are harnessed and transferred into the office environment itself.

One might wonder how this enhances the work image of the company. Well, the fact is that by actively embracing the occasion, the company shows itself to be open, fun loving and positive minded. The splashes of color seen around the office, the red poinsettias and holly garlands across the ceiling all show the enthusiasm that the office as a whole is feeling.

Many companies choose to hire decorations, and have the professionals design, and decorate everything, and then remove it all when Christmas is over. Of course, there is a vast range of decorations that can be hired, so here is a selection of those that are available, some of which can be considered essential and some as hugely elaborate.

Holiday Tree

A holiday tree should be considered essential. It is almost unthinkable that holiday decorations can be put up, without a holiday tree being erected. The selection of trees is quite varied with different sizes and different color schemes applied to match the particular environment or decor of the commercial space.

For example, a regular office on any floor of an office building can accommodate a tree of perhaps 7 or 8 feet in height, but a business which sports a large lobby area, such as a hotel for example, could house a tree of 20 feet in height. In each case, the tree can come decorated in gold and red trinkets and baubles, or perhaps in silver and gold. The range of colors is extensive.

Garland and Swags

Other holiday decorations that should not be overlook are garlands, wreaths and swags. In retail premises, garlands are ideal to hang along the length of counters where customers are greeted and assisted, while in offices they can decorate desks, drape the length of office walls, or hand on stairwell hand rails. Swags and wreaths are highly popular to decorate centrally located pillars, as well as the doors and windows of a building.

Finally, holiday floral arrangements can enrich lobby areas, boasting an array of colored foliage, flowers and trinkets in elaborately designed Tuscan urns. The display can be very large, creating a focal point, or can be more discreet with several positioned strategically around the space.

Creating a Winter Scene

While trees and garlands are certainly to be expected, it is possible to add something extra special by having a winter scene depicted. Typically, these scenes are simply fun winter themes, using animals like polar bears, penguins, reindeer or even Santa Claus on snow covered stages. Whatever the characters, they are invariable involved in some winter activity. For example, polar bears skiing with a sign post pointing to the North Pole behind them.

Outdoor Displays

Of course, for many businesses there is also a great opportunity to go the extra mile and take their holiday enthusiasm outside for all to enjoy. These displays are generally larger in scale than what has been created inside. So, the number of poinsettia plants being used may be greater, and the garden urn may be bigger and more decorative. And, because it is outdoor, artificial plants are often used to counter the winter elements.

With the right range of commercial Christmas decorations and displays put in place, it is very possible to enhance the work experience for everyone, bringing holiday cheer into the work place.

Just like every other area of interior landscaping, professional designers can ensure that the very best examples are achieved, the positive work image is maintained.