Innovative Pool & Landscape Elk River Mn
The methods of landscaping steep slopes and hillsides must simply address creative ways to hold the property in place. And while designs may vary depending on location, materials, and other circumstances, the basics are pretty much the same for most. Some basic methods will hold or simply cover the soil and others will be more elaborate and dependent on other principles
For instance in Elk River Mn , if deep rooted ground cover plants are used without any retaining walls or support, the method of watering will need to be adjusted much different than that of flat or terraced ground. So the survival of ground cover plants and lawns on hills and steep grades will also require different considerations for proper watering.
Some good patio landscaping ideas for planting steep slopes as well as different methods and examples landscape water features for hillsides.
Decorative landscaping structures can add a lot to a home: value, beauty, and an outside living or dining area. Some of the most popular landscape structures are pergolas, gazebos, and arbors.PergolasComing from the Latin word pergola, meaning a projecting eve, pergolas were popular in Italian gardens during the times of the Renaissance. Pergolas have vertical posts that anchor and sustain crossbeams and lattice. Though they can be constructed out of vinyl or fiberglass, wood is typically the most popular material and cedar is typically used because of its durability.Smaller pergolas have four posts and measure 8' x 8'. The smaller styles are usually used to bring attention to a specific spot in a garden, like a pool or sitting area. There are no roofs or walls on this type of structure, so one can feel the breeze while relaxing inside of it.Bigger pergolas are often used to form a passageway. Different pergola styles cover walkways, link pavilions to each other, bring attention to a terrace, or provide an extra architectural element to one's home. GazebosGazebos are used all over the world and each country has a different name for them. They can add a beauty and function to any backyard.Gazebos are usually octagonal or round in shape and can be small enough to fit a few garden lounge chairs in or big enough to host a band. They will have at least four posts and are open structures made of wood, metal, vinyl, or fiberglass. Gazebos have a roof that has one or two tiers that provide protection from the elements.Modern homeowners may choose to build a gazebo in a backyard as part of deck, pool area, or even onto an area of concrete on a patio. People look for gazebos to host parties in, shade an outside dining set, or to cover a spa or lounge area.Non-traditional uses of gazebos include using them as a work or meeting space if the weather is nice. Some suggest using a gazebo as a play area for children. Gardeners are using gazebos as potting sheds so everything can be conveniently located close to the home garden. Some homeowners even place exercise equipment in their gazebos.ArborsArbors in the garden are typically arches that create a focal point to a bigger element in a yard or to welcome guests to one's home. These structures can also provide a short walkway cover, be placed over a bench or gate, be used at the beginning of a path, and indicate a walkway up to a home or an opening in a garden.Arbors often have vines growing on them and can be made of wood or vinyl and can be used in a garden of any size. A cedar arbor is the most popular type because of the durability of the natural resource. A vinyl arbor is the second most popular choice for its durability and light weight.Placing Landscaping StructuresDeciding on a place to put landscaping structures can be as difficult as choosing which one to get. One needs to think about what makes the most sense for their garden and how much room is available. Landscaping structures are great to use at the end or beginning of a path. If there is a hill on one's home that has a great view, take advantage of the viewpoint by placing a structure there. When a water element is available, landscape designers will place a structure near the water so the sound can be enjoyed. The water element could be a pool, pond, or small waterfall. The deck is also a great place to build a landscaping structure since it is a convenient location close to the home. Some will even place a landscape structure in the middle of a large garden to create a reading area or tea room.Using a landscaping structure is a simple way to add an element of style and elegance to any home in a manner that can be cost efficient and worth every penny.~ Flora Richards-Gustafson, 2009
While the majority of elements discussed here focus on the erosion control and planting of hills and sharp grades, there are also other elements that may need consideration. In some instances, access may be necessary up and down the side of the lot and so of course there will be a need for stairs or steps. This directory has a lot of great ideas and pictures of stairs and steps that can be used in landscaping and garden.
Landscaping an irregular shaped lot can be frustrating to most people, but it does not have to be. The uniqueness of it is what makes it stand out providing many more design options. As in any project, you need to consider what type of landscape you are looking for. The possibilities range from low maintenance evergreen plants to a tropical one. Selecting the type of plants you will be using is very important. As we all know, it does get expensive purchasing plants and it is to your advantage to save your plant purchase receipts, especially from major retailers. They provide replacements within one year of purchase if the plant does not succeed. A good blend of plant types is 5% annuals, 15% of tropicals, 30% perennials and 50% evergreens. The reason for this breakdown of percentages is that annuals will only survive one year. Though some tropicals need to be kept in a green house for the winter, many of them will come back in spring, providing they have some protection from wind chill and are properly mulched. Perennials are very resilient and will come back every year. Then there are the evergreens that provide color year round. Depending which direction your door entry faces, you should consider what type of shade protection you will be needing and whether you will be getting the morning light from the east or hottest part of the day from the west. That being the case, the planting of trees in this areas is advisable. Things to consider in selecting a tree is: potential growth, longevity and invasiveness of roots. Take into consideration what underground utilities are within the root growth area, such as water and sewer lines. If your property already has established trees in the path of your lines, it is best they be removed. It will be much more expensive having those lines repaired on an ongoing bases since the tree roots will continue to expand.If your property has a gradual to steep downgrade, you can minimize soil erosion by grading your yard to varies levels. This can be done by either building retaining walls or as simple as planting evergreen shrubs in strategic areas. An example of this is my pie shaped property which is located next to a river. I put in place 80 pound cement bags at the back of the property to minimize soil erosion. I simply stacked the bags criss cross up to 4 feet high and then water them down. This method is very viable and the least expensive.For properties of high traffic noise, I recommend the planting of Wax Leaf Privet shrubs which are evergreen and will grown up to 10 feet. Though there are varies type of Privets, the wax leaf has deep rich green leaves and is very easy to work with. Other plants that can be included are Red Leaf Photinia which can be maintained as a bush or trained as trees reaching 20 feet. Depending on the area that you live in and possible restrictions of home owner association guidelines, installation of an 8 foot treated lumber fence is recommended. This height serves several purposes. It creates a deterrent to possible property theft and the privacy you deserve. A fence of this height will also protect your plants in the winter from wind chill and will keep your back yard at least 10 degrees cooler in the summer, minimizing water evaporation. Also, by landscaping walkways you attract birds which contribute a tropical atmosphere.On my pie shaped lot, I planted Green Ash trees on the North side which provided protection from rain storms which usually come from the North West. To the south, I planted evergreen shrubs getting protection from the constant south wind. For color, I have numerous Crepe Myrtle trees of varying colors which at this point reach 30 feet. They provide an abundance of color visible from a great distance. Since most people do not spend their day in the front yard for enjoyment, it is to your benefit that you have a small front yard. True, that the front yard is judged by potential home buyers and you should keep it well maintained, however, the emphasis of landscaping should be at the back. With all the work it takes in creating a landscape worthy of coming home to everyday, you can add a touch of class to your yard by constructing patio arbors and gazebos. On my property I constructed a 16 foot radius gazebo, 4 foot off the ground, at the corner of the lot. This strategic location provides an overview of the yard and lures you to it to enjoy a morning coffee or a weekend cook out. As a landscape enthusiast, my knowledge based website provides ideas of landscape designs.
Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor space using the compositional elements of vegetation, landform, water and structures such as walls, seating, lighting, steps etc. The U.S.A. is a large country with varied geographical resources presenting opportunities to landscape architects to improvise with and accommodate these resources. Even though there is minimal threat to natural habitats the growing urbanization and moving population is encouraging construction and designing of neighborhood parks or playgrounds. These are relatively small but of intensive use for education, health and recreation purposes. The first American professional landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead Sr. was responsible for construction of the new Central Park (NY) in 1857. The project was resumed after the Civil War along with new ones in Brooklyn, N.Y.; New Britain, Connecticut; San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois and across America. With the success of these ventures and the growing popularity of constructed park cemeteries, the landscape gardener was beginning to be referred to as a landscape architect. Schools and colleges across the country pitched in, offering professional degrees in landscape architecture to budding landscape architects. Landscape architecture is now recognized by the International Labor Organization and is represented by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).The landscape architect is not a lonely figure. They have the backing of professional associations and a wide spectrum of projects ranging from roads, reservoirs, river reclamation, forests, housing development projects, industrial estates, rapid urbanization and other projects. If one is thinking of becoming a landscape architect, one needs to have a creative flair and appreciation for nature in all its forms. Along with this is needed an analytical mind to design, manage, preserve and rehabilitate cities into functional and aesthetically pleasing entities. Whether working for a firm or being self-employed, the increasing demand for designed outdoor spaces is turning landscape architecture into a challenging profession.
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