So, Exactly What Are Hardscapes?
Hardscapes, or hardscaping, is the construction and placement of inanimate (non-living) elements of landscaping, like masonry work, metal works or woodworking elements within the overall landscaping. For example, stone walls, concrete or brick patios, tile paths, wood decks, wooden arbors, metal fencing or design elements that are not included in the the living, growing, changing features of the landscape plans.
In other words, anything used in landscaping that is not part of the softscape can be considered a hardscape element. This includes artificial water features, such as fountains, ponds, Koi ponds and waterfalls, because they retain the water, not allowing it to drain into the surrounding plantings or soil.
This allows the homeowner to construct landscaping (softscape) features that would not be possible because of all the restrictions and problems like soil erosion, foot traffic on bare earth or grass, tier retention and others. A good plan would be to blend those inanimate features seamlessly into the overall landscape plan creating a uniform, cohesive look that is comfortable and utilitarian.
Use these elements to enhance your landscape design. Materials and supplies are available at specialized retailers such as rock and gravel yards, landscaping supply stores, pond suppliers and, of course, the big boxes. And, don’t forget to lay out all your electrical elements before you start putting in these elements like boulders and things. That goes for any drainage or routed water lines. The flamingos, however, can probably go in any time.
Key Strategies For Getting The Most Out Of Your Garden
Gardening can be an essential part of beautifying your home or supplementing you, your family, or your career. However, understanding it and buying the right gardening equipment can be tricky. Here are some great tips that you can use to help you properly and successfully grow a garden like a pro:
* It is important to spray chemicals when it is not windy outside. Wind can cause chemicals to get into your eyes or cause you to inhale them. There are some chemicals that can be very harmful if ingested. By only applying sprayed chemicals on windless days you can help protect yourself from accidental ingestion.
* Get your soil professionally tested. The small upfront cost of soil testing will pay for itself many times over. By knowing exactly what type of soil you have as well as what nutrients are present will give you important information for a successful garden. Once you are aware of deficiencies, you can take steps to amend the soil and get your garden off to a good start.
* Have you ever seen a white powdery substance on your plant foliage? This is a powdery mildew that is most common in zones that have cool nights and warm days or in areas that are over-crowded with plants in humid locations. A common method to rid your plants of this mildew is by applying sulfur to the plant. Sulfur comes in a variety of forms, but a common form is powder.
* When you are pruning a tree, make sure that your tools are sharp. Cutting with a dull tool can tear the bark off the tree, causing unnecessary damage to the tree. Not only that, cutting with a dull tool causes you to spend extra energy in cutting. A sharp tool will give you a cleaner cut with the least amount of effort.
* Water new plants daily or every other day. When you first start plants in new soil, you need to tend to them very carefully. Plants experience a shock when they are in a new environment. Making sure they have enough water will go far in giving them the best chance to thrive in your garden.
* Clean your garden tools before you put them away. It seems strange to worry about keeping a gardening tool clean, but it’s actually very important for the health of your plants. Tools that are put away while coated in dirt can harbor microbes and even insects that can be deadly to your plants.
* To make the most of the water you use, be sure to water your plants first thing in the morning. Doing this makes your water less likely to evaporate, and allows foliage to dry quickly. This reduces the risk of many common diseases, and will help your plants grow to be strong and healthy.
As you read, gardening can be incredibly important to your current and future home. Understanding how to do it right will help you to truly beautify your home or your business.
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