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Design Your Landscaping With Christmas Decorating in Mind

Every landscaping project has different considerations according to the needs and wants of the owner. Decorating for Christmas and other holidays is a big deal to a lot of folks and so planning electrical access specifically for it into their landscaping can prove to be a convenience when it comes time to decorate for the holidays.

When talking about landscaping for Christmas, most folks will be considering the role of certain plants in the Winter garden. Evergreens like Holly of course are a common symbol of Christmas and keep their color all year. They’re also a common plant for making wreaths. Many other plants that produce red berries, again like the Holly, also can create a Christmas atmosphere throughout the Winter landscape.

While certain types of plants are necessary for design structure and Winter interest in landscaping, this article doesn’t focus on the actual landscaping structure itself. What this article addresses first is the folks that go all out to decorate their yard and home for the holidays. For them, a special consideration in their landscaping plans is for decorating, decorations, lights, and preparing the landscape to use them in an efficient way. What this basically means is to create and provide electrical access throughout the entire landscape.

Some of the Christmas decorations and lighting displays of today are quite elaborate and require a lot of electricity to run them. From simple single displays to incredible computerized syncronized orchestrations that incorporate the entire yard and home. The outlets and circuits required to run these displays may exceed the outlets and power that most homes have available. And most landscaping plans never consider and supply electricity and outlets where they’re needed most for such activities. In the yard itself.

Aside from Christmas and other holiday decorations, having electrical outlets throughout your property is often convenient for a lot of other purposes. And while we most generally plan for low voltage electrical lighting throughout the landscape, very few of our clients ever consider the need for house current in the yard until we mention it as an option in their design.

So once decided as a consideration for your landscaping plan, electrical outlets, lines, and anything house current has to be installed by professionals. There’s is no room for error with electricity. It’s a good idea for the entire network to have its own panel box and circuit breakers. That way, it’s generally assured there is plenty of power for the yard decor network. And if there are problems with the system, it can be shut down independently without affecting the power to the entire home.

A final consideration for placing electrical outlets and other utilities throughout your yard is the visibility factor. Few things look worse in a well groomed yard. If flower and planting beds are in the landscaping plan, electrical outlets can easily be hidden among shrubs, groundcovers, and other plants in the bed areas. Another option, in or outside of the flower beds, is specially designed weatherproof outlets that fit close to the ground. They can be used when needed and are otherwise unaffected by sprinkler systems, mowing, and weather.

Again, every landscaping project is different with different considerations according to the owner. Decorating ideas for Christmas and other holidays is a big deal to a lot of folks, planning it into their landscaping can prove to be a convenient time saving addition when it comes to time to decorate for the holidays.

How To Decorate Your Pond Area

Landscaping your pond

Landscaping your pond area is a fun activity that can be enjoyed alone or with your entire family. The overall look of your backyard can be enhanced by the addition of a pond to it. In fact, the size of your backyard really doesn’t matter if you really want to install a pond. The addition and landscaping of a pond is a task which will definitely be a fun project to anyone who decides to take it up. You can use your own ideas and creativity to make the pond look attractive for e.g. You can add fishes, water weeds, plants etc.

The Planning process

Finding the right location for your pond is the most important part of pond planning. You have to consider various things before initializing the actual digging of your pond. One such important consideration is finalizing a right and practical location for your pond. Though building and creativity can be a fun task, you could alternatively make use of the pond kits available in the market.

Selecting the right location for your pond may need some thinking and practical approach. For example, if the pond is located in a place surrounded by trees then the dry leaves and twigs will fall in the pond thus making the pond water dirty. Similarly, if you plan to decorate the pond water with water plants and weeds, then you will have to ensure that the pond is exposed to sunlight to avoid the plants from drying. Considering safety aspects is also important and so having electrical sockets or connections nearby the pond is definitely a bad idea.

The view

When you are trying to find the right location for your pond, make sure that you choose a place which can be viewed from inside your home as well as the outside. Selecting such a location will help you enjoy the view even when the outside weather is not so pleasant.

The shape of your pond

There are many different shapes that you can consider for your pond, make sure that it fits your space and your desires. Traditionally, a square or rectangle shaped area is best if you want a formal landscaping area. Giving unusual shapes and curves can give the pond an informal look.

Landscaping around the pond

Once the installation of the pond is over, the next step is the landscaping the area around the pond. The options available for decorating the pond landscape are vast, but the choice is ultimately yours. You can either choose bricks, stone or even try lining your pond with flowers.

Adding the finishing touch

If you wish to give your pond area a cozy and comfortable feel, adding fishes and plants to your pond is a good idea. Although it sounds easy, but care has to be taken, as naturally the fishes will multiply and so will the plants and make the pond overcrowded and untidy.

The landscaping of your pond may involve a lot of time and effort but the ultimate result will keep you and your family happy and satisfied for a long long time.

Should You Spend Money Landscaping Your Lawn?

In today’s economy, everything has gotten much more expensive, so is it worthwhile hiring a landscaper? I too have been asking this because money has been tight in the last couple years. Professional landscaping isn’t cheap and unfortunately it’s something that you have to think about doing every year.

The real question now is landscaping worth your while as a homeowner? Your situation may be different but I think it is. I’ve discovered that landscaping is like haircutting. If you let your hair grow for a long period of time, your haircut cost more. It all comes down to the fact that this can be more work to do. Landscaping to me is pretty much the same thing. If you leave your lawn to its own devices for a few years it’ll cost a lot more to get back up to a pristine state.

If you take the time to maintain your lawn or hire professional landscaper to touch it up every year then your lawn should be much faster and cheaper to maintain on a yearly basis. Plus as you learn to take care of your lawn you can consider just purchasing landscaping supplies as you need them at a much lower cost and doing the labor yourself.

I know if you’re looking to sell your house, landscaping your front lawn is absolutely required. You always get the money you pay for professional landscaping back when you sell your house. I’ve been watching the real estate market for some time in my neighborhood and beautifully landscaped front yards do sell a home for much more.

Needless to say, this does make sense. If you talk to anybody you know, they will judge whatever you present them within seconds. So goes to say that if you try to sell your home a potential customer will gauge how good your home is by how good your front lawn looks. People do judge present by its package.

I did some research just now and discover that a study in the United States has found that a properly landscaped home will sell for 5.5% to 12% more than homes that are not landscaped. At the home sells for $250,000, at 5.5% that could be a $13,000 difference.

Plus I do recommend consulting a professional landscaper if you don’t know what you’re doing. Remember that landscaping is more than just making sure your lawn is cut. Bringing the professional landscaper let you get a professional and creative point of view for your particular situation. I found in my own experience that any type of interior decorator or landscaper that is truly professional is worth their weight in gold.

Allow this professional to plan out your lawn, and make it much better than what it is. Allow this person to suggest new ideas to you including the best shrubbery you can use for your particular climate. Plus many them are more than willing to show you how to keep your new beautiful lawn beautiful.

Before wrapping up here’s one final thought. Be sure to get recommendations from people who you trust as this will help you choose the right landscaper for your needs. Unfortunately like any other industry this can be really good landscapers and really bad ones too. Imagine spending a lot of money and not getting what you’re hoping for.