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Loving Your Little Landscape

I have never been a natural gardener. For years, I struggled to keep basic houseplants alive, only to kill them at the first opportunity. It was difficult and stressful to buy a home with a yard, but I knew that I might be able to learn what I was doing wrong and correct the problem. To start off, I focused heavily on the lawn, and tried hard to keep it trimmed and well-maintained. Next, I cleaned up the flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but I knew that it would pay off in the end. When I was done, my front yard was gorgeous, and guess what--it even stayed alive. This blog is all about loving your little landscape.



Loving Your Little Landscape

Water Accents To Customize Your Yard

by Charlotte White

Water accents can turn your backyard into a cozy retreat. Use the following suggestions to inspire you. Some projects can be completed on your own. Other water features may require the assistance of a landscaping contractor.

A Rustic Water Garden

Plan to add a rustic water garden alongside a patio or deck. Choose a section of your yard that has direct access to an electrical outlet. Purchase a wooden barrel to serve as the base of the garden. Install a fountainhead along one side of the barrel.

Once the fountainhead has been anchored, install tubing and a submersible pump. The tubing will route water through the fountainhead. The pump will be responsible for circulating the water. Use a hose to fill the barrel with water. Plant vines and other types of foliage around the water garden. 

A Modern Garden Pool

A modern garden pool will add symmetry to your property. Choose a spot on your property that is level. A garden pool is a recessed water feature. It will require excavation and the installation of pavers or other non-porous materials.

A landscaping contractor is qualified to install this type of water feature. A contractor will conduct all of the excavation steps. They will prepare a diagram that will outline where the paving materials will be installed. An aerator or submersible pump and other plumbing materials may also be added to the diagram that the contractor will refer to. The use of an aerator or pump will prevent water from becoming stagnant.

You will have the opportunity to choose landscaping materials that will accent the garden pool. Plants that are spaced out evenly or garden lighting can be used to add a decorative border around the garden pool.

A Natural Looking Water Feature

Sloped land can be used as the setting where a waterfall is installed. A landscape contractor will need to inspect your property first. They will determine the best spot to install a waterfall. If your land is flat, the contractor can use rocks and other natural materials to build up the land where the waterfall will be located.

This type of project will require the use of a pump and flexible tubing. The contractor will excavate the land. They will dig out a hole that will be filled with water.

A flexible liner may be laid across the area that is excavated. This type of material will prevent water from seeping out of the recessed area. Foliage and lights can be used to enhance the appearance of the waterfall.