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Front Yard Landscaping – Knowing The Advantages Of Hiring A Professional Service Provider

August 26th, 2016

Landscaping does not mean pretty looking lawns and front yards. Landscaping involves ensuring that your property and the surrounding are well maintained. Professional landscaping contractors are in a position to do a perfect job at your site and preserve the surrounding. Here are a few points to help you distinguish a professional contractor from the rest.

  • A professional will use natural methods as much as possible in order to avoid or reduce usage of toxic chemicals. This helps in protecting the environment form pollution. This also helps in cost reduction in purchase of chemicals and protects the people living in that property from inhaling the harmful substances.
  • Professional contractors will conduct a detailed analysis of the property. This will help him or her to understand the soil condition, types of trees and plants growing on that area, water drainage issues, and other important characteristics of the property in question.
  • Experienced experts would also conduct an extensive research regarding the tree and plants grown in that region. The knowledge acquired would be incorporated in the redesigning of the landscape. The professionals would not use ornamental plants that are not well suited for the region or incorporate plants that they will not be able to manage their growth. The experience that they have will guard you from incurring extra costs that may arise due to some mistakes.
  • You might find it more convenient to get referrals and testimonials from professionals and clients than those with little experience. You will have a clear view of the work done by the professionals decide whether they are the right people to entrust with your undertaking. With an inexperienced service provider, you may not have an added advantage since they do not have clients to testify that they are good at work.
  • You will also have a better idea of the result since they will provide a detailed outline and schedule of the project. From the start of the project, you will know how the outcome would be and you will not have any surprises along the way.
  • If you want to have a better-looking property, friendly to the environment and easy to maintain, look for a professional contractor to do the job for you. This will not only help you in saving money but also have peace of mind over the choice you made which means you will have no regrets over your choice.

How to Plan Landscaping On a Hill

August 18th, 2014

Planning landscaping on a hill is both exciting and challenging. Some of the most beautiful examples of landscaping are set on hills, but it was almost certainly a job of work to make this happen.

How the landscape is planned on the hill depends on what the area will be used for. If it’s to be an area for recreation and entertaining, it’s best if the hill is terraced. You’ll also need to terrace the hill if you’re planning a cutting garden or a vegetable garden. A series of small terraces or outdoor rooms built on a steep hill are more esthetically pleasing than one long terrace.

However, if you don’t want or need a terrace on the hill, the best thing is to cover the hill with plants to not only beautify it but to prevent erosion. But even this needs careful planning and a bit of work.

First, the plantings should be easy to get to and care for. This might necessitate building steps. Moreover, grass lawns should be avoided on very steep hills. Grass makes a hill look more intimidating than it is, and if the hill is really steep, it can be arduous and even dangerous to mow. This is why landscape designers recommend that a hill that slopes more than a foot in height for every three feet of lateral distance not be mown at all. Flowering groundcover like creeping phlox are ideal for planting on steep hills.

• About Microclimates
Since warm air rises and cooler air sinks, hills also create their own microclimates. The top of the hill will tend to be warmer than the bottom, and a north facing hill is much cooler than a south facing hill. This means that plants with different requirements for climate can be planted at different elevations on the same hill.

• Where Is the House?
A house on the top of a hill looks rather grand, even if it’s small. One way to take advantage of this is to build a meandering walkway to the front door edged with shrubs, flowers and other interesting elements.

• How to Plant
Before any plants are established on a hill, the soil will need to be amended so it’s not too acidic or too alkaline. After that, the hill will need to be covered with landscape fabric and the fabric covered with mulch. This will keep down the weeds, which can be difficult to control on a hill. It also controls erosion.

The plants all need to have enough space on the hill for their roots to establish themselves firmly. If the plant is large, like a sapling, the uphill part of the hole should be dug a bit deeper than usual. The downhill side of the hole should have soil mounded up around it to stop erosion. Holes can be dug flush with the slope of the hill for smaller plants.

Though it takes a bit more planning and work than a more level area of land, landscaping on a hill can bring its own unique beauty and satisfactions in the end.


Trey Palmer is the owner of, a leading provider in Zoysia Sod and other turfgrass needs.

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