Have you considered adding a fire pit to your landscape design?
Including a seating area in your yard is a great way to break up the monotony of just grass, or just rocks. Throw in a fire pit to your seating area and you have the perfect way to bring people together in your outdoor space.
People have been gathering around fires since the caveman days, and humans still very much feel that primal pull towards the warmth and community that fires can bring.
Just imagine those cool evenings gathered around the fire pit with friends and family, sharing laughs and stories while gazing into the flames...
Plus, can you say s'mores?
If you have ever eaten curry, you are most likely familiar with turmeric. It is a key ingredient for the base of many different kinds of curry.
Turmeric has long been treasured not only for it's unique flavor, but for it's health benefits as well.
Ayurvedic medicine has used turmeric for a very long time, with entire medical books written about it's many health benefits. It can help lower blood pressure, ease arthritis, fend off Alzheimer's disease, and reduce inflammation. It can be infused as a tea, grated and added to recipes, or heated up with coconut oil to increase it's healing benefits. Some people even take turmeric in a capsule directly by mouth.
Growing your own Turmeric can be tricky and takes some patience, but the results are beautiful flowers and a very useful root. Turmeric can be found at your local farmer's market, too.
Contact us today to inquire about adding some edibles to your current landscape design, or to help you design a completely new landscape for your home.
1. Break up the space
...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.
Tried and true design techniques, paired with your professional landscaper's knowledge of plants that will thrive in your specific setting, will have your space transformed in no time.
Contact us today for a consultation on selecting the best types of landscaping to create the outdoor living space of your dreams.
Water conservation is a big topic. There is always a drought somewhere on our fragile planet.
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.
With Youtube, Pinterest, and the internet in general, many people are choosing the route of DIY (do-it-yourself) around the house. Even with the wealth of information literally at your fingertips, there are times when hiring a professional is the better way to go. Your exterior landscaping is one of those times. Here are 9 reasons why you should hire a professional:
1. Get exactly what you want in a landscape design.
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.
Want to get involved? Grow Some Good is always looking for garden volunteers, and volunteers for Work and Learn Days, usually held once a month. Aside from volunteering, monetary donations and equipment/supply donations are welcome.
Visit their website for more details: Grow Some Good
There are many things to consider before just throwing some plants up on your roof. The structure of your dwelling has to be assessed to make sure it can hold the weight of a green roof. (You also need to be sure that rooftop gardening is approved for your living space — need to check with your HOA? Do this first!)
This is an exciting new trend in landscaping. Maybe Hawaii will be next to implement it into our dwellings?
Accidentally clipped your sprinkler head with the lawn mower or weed trimmer? Have an old, cracked nozzle that just isn't working? Try the remedy below.
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.
Landscape lighting can add quite a punch to your yard. 'Feature lighting' sends rays of light to your most loved areas and highlights your hard work (or your landscaper's hard work!). A garden path, garden steps or a driveway are also areas that you can flank with lights for a more practical use.
Solar-powered lighting is a great option that doesn't tax your electric bill and are often easier to install — think wireless!
If you're interested in getting a quote for your lighting needs, drop us a line.
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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.