People across the world are choosing to turn their outdoor living spaces into productive gardens to feed themselves and their families. Let's grow some groceries!
Raised garden beds are a popular choice for those wanting a designated growing space for their produce. Styles can range from very simple to more extravagant, multi-tiered structures.
Edible garden options go beyond fruit trees. Herbs are a great option to add a touch of fragrance and purpose to small spaces. Creeping herbs such as mint and thyme can also be used to fill in areas between plants.
Add in some flowers for a pop of color and you have a winning combination.
Creativity and beauty do not have to be sacrificed when choosing an edible landscaping option.
This landscaping choice may need more care from you than a strictly ornamental design would. If you tend to your edible garden often, you will be able to actually enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labor.
...with a garden path and edgers to separate out different growing beds. This helps break up the space so that less feels like more in your design. Stepping stones in gravel or cinder are great options for those shady spots and contribute to a thoughtful and attractive area.
2. Add a visual feature
Have you ever considered a pond? Or perhaps a fountain? Maybe an interesting statue or work of art that you take a liking to? Your outdoor space doesn't have to be 100% plants.
3. Less grass
Even though some varieties of grass are more shade tolerant than others, all types of grass need some sun to survive. Depending on how shady your yard is, grass may not be in the cards for your design — or perfect for some areas and not ideal for others. Aggregate (gravel, rock, cinder) and shade-tolerant groundcovers can be an excellent solution if you still want to fill the space with low-lying greenery.
Contact us today for a consultation on selecting the best types of landscaping to create the outdoor living space of your dreams.
Did you know that landscape irrigation can takes up 30-50% of household water usage? A drip irrigation system can be a great way to not only cut down on water waste, but also on your household water costs. It will pay for itself in no time!
The benefits of drip irrigation don't just stop at your wallet. Your plants will benefit as well, especially if you have plants mixed together with different watering needs. Your landscape professional can help set up your drip irrigation system with emitters to provide each plant their specific watering needs. This ensures that the plants that need a little extra water don't go thirsty, while other plants aren't drowned.
These systems aren't always a "one and done" project. Your system may need to be adjusted to compensate for plant growth. It may also need to be flushed once in awhile. It all depends on the contents of your local water supply.
Drip systems can be added to any existing irrigation system. They can even be added to your exterior potted plants as a great hand-watering time saver!
Contact us to explore the best options for your home, or request a quote today.
Once you and your landscape professional decide on a design for your space, you know exactly what you are going to get! There may be small changes along the way, but not without your consent. Therefore, when all is said and done, what you planned, is what you get.
2. No hard labor.
Working on your yard is hard work. From the initial installation to the monthly (or bi-monthly or weekly) maintenance, it can be labor intensive even for the simplest of designs.
3. Ensured quality.
A professional has a reputation to uphold. The quality of their work is imperative to the future of their business.
4. Saves you time.
You work hard. You deserve some time to kick up your feet and take it easy. The last thing that you want to worry about, after working all day and all week, is taking care of your yard.
5. You don’t have to worry about purchasing the wrong materials.
Time, money, and headaches spared! Get exactly what you need without the stress. This is all in the daily life of a professional landscaper. They know what you need and exactly where to get it.
6. Project planning.
From start to finish, everything is planned out for your project. Certain tasks must be finished before others begin. And that's not even considering the proper permitting and approvals.
7. Work with your weather and climate.
Natural climate and weather patterns are going to play a huge role in the care and maintenance of your landscape design. Some plants will do better in a places such as Haiku, while others will thrive in Kihei. Perhaps a rock design for drainage is best for you. A professional will be able to guide you through the best choices for your climate needs, as well as set up the proper care and maintenance schedule for you.
8. Artistic vision.
They may be able to show you some designs that you had never thought of. A professional will keep up-to-date on new information and new landscaping trends. There is a very good possibility you are going to like what you see.
9. Stay on BUDGET.
When "Doing-It-Yourself", it is easy to just keep buying more and more. Every trip to Home Depot can send your budget cap higher and higher. When you work with a professional, you give them your budget and they give you a price quote to suit your needs.
Ready to contact a professional today?
Contact us for a quote today regarding any of your landscaping needs.
Grow Some Good is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization here on Maui that is dedicated to teaching future generations about sustainability, the environment, and nutrition. Children grow produce in their school gardens, participate in fun outdoor activities, and team up with local chefs to create yummy snacks with the produce they’ve cultivated.
Children often go home and want to eat fresh vegetables and cook meals with their families. Kids are also motivated to have their own gardens at home. How cool is that?!
The program currently involves 12 schools and 3,000 kids participating in outdoor learning every month and is always reaching to involve more and more of the community.
Visit their website for more details: Grow Some Good
Space is a commodity. Many places are building up, and apparently taking their landscaping with them.
A fairly new industry, rooftop landscapes are taking the world by storm. The benefits of growing on your roof include:
Proper waterproofing measures need to be taken to ensure that no leaks occur. This is the most important aspect of a green roof. Roofs are designed to dispose of water quickly not holding water, as happens with a living roof. Even with this step properly done, plant roots have a way of making their own paths, which could ultimately cause leaking anyways.
What is the end use of your rooftop landscape? Are you looking for a garden or an outdoor lounge area? Or perhaps you just want to lower your heating and/or cooling costs.
There are many brands and styles of sprinklers out there, though for the purpose of this post, we'll look at a simple nozzle repair on a Rainbird sprinkler.
Firstly, it's great to have a few of each different type of heads on standby so you don't have to run to the store. Along with knowing your brand, there are also different types of spray heads (360-deg, 90-deg, etc.). Take a look at the types of heads you have now and plan on stocking up.
Next, turn off the water to that system (by using your automatic timer control panel or the shut-off valve for a manual system).
Whether you have a sprinkler head that pops up or a riser (which sticks up out of the ground), the nozzle will screw off in an anti-clockwise direction. You may need to use a small flathead screwdriver to pop the nozzle up before unscrewing. Under the nozzle will be a long plastic 'screen' that you can check for clogging. Rinse out or replace as necessary — note that cleaning out a dirty screen can often solve your problem. Now it's time to screw in your new nozzle. Check to see that the grooves are pointed in the correct direction for your spray.
And that's it. You're ready to turn your system back on and check your work. You can always turn the water back off and adjust the head if necessary, though it's okay to do it while the water is spraying, too.
Need further assistance? Contact us for any of your repair needs.
Greg Stout has over 30 years of experience in the landscape and irrigation industry. Born in Illinois, Greg relocated to Hawaii in the 1970's and has been providing quality design and installation work to the people of Maui since 2000 as the owner of Maui Lawn & Landscape, LLC.