Shady Yard Landscaping
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.
Drip Irrigation - A Money Saver
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.
Gardeners of the Future
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
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.