Landscaping can considerably improve the appearance of a property. Landscape design, installation and maintenance can all be major undertakings, and many people elect to hire a contractor. When searching for the right service for a particular landscaping project, familiarity with common terminology can be helpful.
Hardscape - Design elements such as patios, walkways, stone walls, fire pits, and other non-vegetative landscape elements. After installation, hardscapes require very little maintenance.
Pergola - A shade structure. These can be used on patios or over walkways. They often have slats, rather than a solid roof.
Ground Cover - Plants which cover wide tracts of ground to prevent erosion and improve appearances. Grasses may be a type of ground cover, though the term generally refers to other types of plants.
Hydro Seeding - A technique for planting seeds for even distribution. Seeds are mixed with wood pulp, fertilizer and binding agents. Hydro seeding can work well for planting grass.
Meditation Garden - An outdoor space designed with soothing elements. These may be well suited for residential properties, or as a spot for relaxation at busy commercial office buildings.
Container Gardening - A gardening technique in which plants are grown in pots or other containers. Some small trees, such as lemon trees, may even be suitable for container gardening.
Permaculture - A gardening technique in which different types of symbiotic plants are grown together. A permaculture garden may require relatively little intensive maintenance.
French Drain - A style of drain which transports water through underground piping. A French drain may be routed under the length of an entire lawn.
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Lawns, yards, and gardens need a bit of TLC to look their best. If home and businesses owners don't have the time to do this themselves, they can hire landscape installation and maintenance professionals. Also simply called landscapers, these professionals can colorscape, hardscape, mulch, plant, and design everything needed for a front or back yard.
Landscapers who specialize in this area often have an eye for design and a creative flair. They can install retaining walls, irrigation systems, lighting, and stone patios. They may also remove weeds, plant trees and shrubs, mow lawns, and provide overall maintenance of the grounds.
Most will do both residential and commercial projects, although some prefer to choose one specialty. Artistic arrangements of flowers like perennials and annuals may be the specialty of one professional, while another may focus on sprinkler system installation. Landscape installation and maintenance crews can be comprised of contractors, landscapers, architects, designers, and lighting experts. They can work as part of a home improvement company, design firm, or landscaping company.
Landscaping and landscape art is nothing new. In fact, this practice has been traced back to the Romans, who took great pride in their landscaped gardens, complete with grand mosaics and water fountains. Today, it's hard to walk through any town or city without seeing parks, business grounds, gardens, and residential yards that are pristinely pruned for the enjoyment of others.
For tasks like maintenance, design, lighting, and planting, consumers can find landscape installation professionals online, in the phone book, or through recommendations at home improvement stores.