The temperatures are warming up and it will soon officially be summer. Below are some of our favorite summer landscape articles to help kick of the upcoming season.
- Landscape Flooding – With thunderstorms and heavy rain, the summer months can wreak havoc on landscape by causing flooding and damage to your yard and home.
Today we thought we would gather up some of our favorite landscape design posts, for a landscape design roundup. Below you will find some of our favorite landscape design projects and tips.
- Backyard Zen – A look at how our design team turned an overgrown backyard into a beautiful zen retreat.
- Annual Pot Plantings – A look at some of our favorite seasonal pots for our residential and business customers. Pots are a great way to add some color when garden beds are not an option and also a great way to add height to existing gardens.
With the most recent wave of storms the Metro Detroit area has seen lots of damage and flooding. Did you know that your homes landscaping could be the cause of your basement flooding? Yes, it is very true. If your landscape is graded improperly and/or you do not have any drainage installed, your landscaping could very well be the culprit of your flooded basement. Not only can improper grading and drainage cause damage to your home, but it can also cause problems to your landscaping.
The biggest cause of flooding for homeowners is the grading around their home. If the grading is not set up to properly run away from your home, all that water ends up sitting against your homes foundation. When water sits against your homes foundation it causes damage to your home and can eventually find it’s way inside leading to extensive interior damage which can be very costly to clean up.
Here are two tips to help prevent water and moisture from building up around your homes foundation. Have mulch around your home? Be sure to leave a 6 inch gap from your homes foundation. Moisture held in the mulch bed can rot siding when left sitting against it for long periods of time. It can touch brick or block but not siding. Gutters should be kept clean and downspouts should extend as far away from your home as you have the room for. If your downspouts release the water to close to your home that water will build back up against your foundation.
The best way to diagnose a grading or drainage problem is to get a little wet, and venture outside when it is raining to see where your problem areas are. If you have noticed that your homes grading and drainage are failing a landscaping project may be just what you need. Most large landscaping projects do take both grading and drainage into consideration. While these projects can be very costly, saving your homes foundation and interior to potential damage is surely more efficient then waiting until something does go wrong.
May is upon us once again and that means Spring flowers have bloomed and Summer flowers are soon to follow. Today we have gathered up all our favorite flower post, for our Flower Roundup.
- The Benefits Of Flowers – Florist have long known, what many recent studies have scientifically proven, that flowers are a symbol of happiness. Flowers create a positive impact on peoples lives, especially in an a time where there is less time to connect with nature.
- Gardening Color Theory – Color theory covers a variety of definitions, concepts and design applications. When it comes to gardening and landscape design color is usually the most prominent factor in the design process and the first one considered.
- Creating A Coloful Garden – Color is a great way to enhance the overall look and feel of your garden. When it comes to gardening and landscape design color is usually the most prominent factor in the design process and the first thing considered. Color draws people in and people know what they like when they see it.
- Gardening Benefits Of Marigolds – Marigolds are hardy annual plants, that are available in numerous varieties. Marigolds offer a variety of health and garden benefits. The flowers of the calendula marigold have been used for centuries for their health benefits. While the more common tagetes variety does not offer as many health benefits they do offer gardening benefits.
It is a known fact that investing in landscaping can increase your homes value. You don’t always need to invest in a full landscape design project to see results either, sometimes landscape renovation and adding a new hardscape element can help.
HOW LANDSCAPING INCREASES YOUR HOMES VALUE
- LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Good landscaping can help you sell your home 6 weeks faster. A 5% investment of your homes value, equals a 150% return on investment.
- LANDSCAPE RENOVATION: Rearranging existing plants and trees and/or correcting soil drainage problems can also help increase your homes value. This process can increase your homes value by as much as 12%, for example a $150,000 home could be worth $18,000 more.
- HARDSCAPE DESIGN: Hardscape design is the installation of structural features such as patios, arbors and decks. Investment of a wood deck for example, yields a 77% return on investment.
THE LANDSCAPING PROCESS
- Landscape Design Consultation: One of our designers will sit down with you to discuss the scope and budget of the project. We will discuss all features such as drip irrigation and hardscape or water features.
- Property Analysis: Your designer will provide an expert analysis of your property and take all required measurements. We will identify light availability, soil and water and address drainage. Utilities will also be located.
- Landscape Plan Development: Your designer will begin planning for integration of new and existing features. We will layout these ideas on a map and take in all of your preferences and ideas.
- Design Presentation: Once your designer has completed your design a meeting will be held to confirm the landscape design plan. We will discuss the materials we intend to use and confirm the time frame for the project and the budget.
Our expert team is ready to assist you with achieving your landscaping goals this season. Give us a call today to discuss your landscaping needs or fill out our online request form and one of our experts will call you back at your convenience.
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