Your landscaping matters; it can either enhance or spoil its curb appeal. Outdoor lighting has a significant impact on your home’s landscaping and overall appearance. As per the U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Study in 2017, majority of the homeowners consider outdoor lighting as one of the most essential elements in the front yard to enhance the curb appeal.
However, to make the most of it, you must know when and why to install outdoor lighting.
So, what is the right time to hire a landscape lighting designer and start the installation of the outdoor lighting? The answer is, it depends. There are times when it is easy for us to be involved in installing outdoor lighting at the very beginning. It saves us time as well as money. Other times, it is easier for us to do outdoor lighting installation once the landscaping is completed.
The Outdoor Lighting is More than a Pretty Feature
The backyard is the best area of any home. Many people spend years customizing the landscaping to their exact style and consume much of their time there. Everything you see in your outdoor space is the outcome of hundreds of hours’ worth of effort and landscaping designer. You have formed your own personal habitat; a spot where you can sit back and just relax. If it sounds like you, you are not alone. Almost 70 percent of the homeowners say that they want to utilize their outdoor space for leisure and relaxation while many take the time to make the perfect space to do so. Though, not all the things you place in your backyard should be for visual purposes only.
The outdoor lighting, or more precisely called, landscaping lighting, for instance, is installed by a lot of backyard enthusiasts to highlight specific features of their home and surroundings. While these are installed for that reason, that is not the only reason. Outdoor lighting offers numerous benefits.
One of the most obvious benefits is that outdoor lighting helps accent specific parts of the property. With a range of lighting fixture styles and types available, it is easy to find an ideal setup for your requirements. Statues, bird baths, and trees are some of the elements that you should light up to add an uplifted ambiance you have formed.
The advantages of outdoor lighting are not limited to aesthetics and ambiance only. Think of safety factor as well. If your backyard or garden has a pond, for instance, then you should have the pond lighting not just to exaggerate the water feature of the pond but also to make sure that your guests don’t experience an unexpected swim. Even if they are aware of its location, they could still easily get a wrong step and end up soaking wet. Path lighting, patio lighting, and pond lighting are just some of the few areas where the outdoor lighting offers aesthetics as well as a safety measure.
The other key benefit to install outdoor lighting is added home security. A faintly lit home gives burglars and intruders the chance to sneak through your backyard and into the home, shed, garage, or anything else. Installing outdoor lights, whether continuous or motion sensor can be a smart way to prevent potential burglars.
How to Install Outdoor Lighting?
So far, we discussed when and why you should install the outdoor lightings. Even if you understand that but don’t know what mistakes to avoid while installing these outdoor features, chances are you are going to miss the most of their benefits. Here are some of the tips to avoid those mistakes and make the most of your outdoor lighting.
· Blinding Glare:
What you don’t like your outdoor lighting to do is to make anyone blind coming to your home. In both lawn fixtures and mounted features, if the light bulb, for instance, can be viewed, a viewer may likely to experience a glare. Lantern style porch lights and post-top fixtures having a glass commonly yield glare and can make it hard to look at your home. Select the fixtures with tinted or frosted glass diffusers, or the ones designed exclusively to defend the light source against onlookers.
· Proximity to Plants:
A lot of homeowners install outdoor lighting to highlight their landscaping’s foliage. This often generates interesting silhouettes and shadows, while adding dimension to the front at night. To prevent unseemly glare on the trees and plants or the possibility of them growing around the lights, ensure proper positioning of the fixture.
Excessive mounted lights and path lights with high wattage over-enhance your backyard and make it seem like a helicopter’s spotlight on your home. Don’t install path lights lining every inch of the front work way. Keep reasonable distance as minimal degree of illumination is the most aesthetically-pleasing.
Outdoor lighting is a popular trend, adding more visibility around your exterior doorways; these fixtures come in a range of finishes and styles to match your home’s landscaping needs.
If you are ready to enhance your property and install Landscaping Lighting, trust 3 Bears Landscaping for your installation needs!
The increasing global warning and significant changes in climate have resulted in the emergence of new form of landscaping; we call it sustainable landscaping or green landscaping. The advantages of sustainable landscaping have captured the focus of millions of homeowners and businesses across the world. Here we will talk about the emergence of sustainable landscaping and the advantages of permeable paving systems.
Exploring the Landscape
Sustainable landscaping incorporates elements of both the environment and the economy. It is the efficient planning of the landscape to reduce energy usage, water runoff, and increase the buildings overall performance. With designers using native plants and permeable surfaces around their properties, buildings can be made environmentally friendly.
Effective and efficient landscaping can have a profound impact on both how the building looks and how it performs. A home’s green space is often as large or larger than the home itself. Sustainable landscaping can ensure that you’re able to utilize that space most effectively by managing drainage and runoff, creating sustainable plant beds, and making your outdoor space as beautiful as your indoor space.
Sustainable landscapes are developed to respect an area’s natural resources and to use them as responsibly as possible. Landscapers and green industry professionals have been at the forefront of this movement since it began.
Sustainable landscaping brings a lot of benefits for homeowners in addition to the benefits it brings to the environment.
How Permeable Pavers Help Achieve the Benefits of Sustainable Landscaping?
Grass paving provides an aesthetically pleasing, natural looking absorbent surface, which looks like a lawn but is more resilient to erosion and vehicular traffic. Soil-filled open cells contained within it makes a planting area for grass. Grass paving helps light traffic areas like parking areas and driveways. Since grass parking spaces decrease the heat absorption, this kind of paving brings the additional advantage of cutting down the heat build-up in locality’s environments, a process called the ‘heat island effect’. Though grass paving offers many environmental benefits, regular maintenance is required with time to keep it intact.
Permeable paving stones are also designed to keep bigger joints that are laid on top of multiple layers of aggregate to create a natural drain field. Leaving a space between each paver enables water to penetrate the gravel bed and the soil below. The spaces are filled with clear crumpled stone chips to make a high porosity level. Since permeable pavers act as both a load-bearer and a water-absorber, they must be interlocking while still having enough spaces to let water pass through. They are available in a broad range of styles, designs and colors, letting you get the desired look easily.
Individuals typically can’t impact the world at large. However, the truth is that, with every choice we all make, we are doing just that. Permeable pavers are not just a smart choice when it comes to sustainable landscaping, but also an inspirational one. By adopting these practices, we are joining the group of people who love the planet and want to make it green again for its inhabitants.
When to Cut Your Lawn in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter The best looking landscapes and lawns are those cared in every season. However, most homeowners tend to think that it is only during summer and spring when they are supposed to take care of their trees and flower beds. It is highly recommended that you ensure that your lawn is well taken care of all year round. For instance when the leaves begin to fall, and the grass dry up, remember that the time for winter preparation is near. The best thing to do at this point is to clear vegetable gardens and raking soil clean.
On the other hand, the best time to handle weeds in your garden is while raking leaves. This is because many weeds are hidden by the leaves and raking helps to expose them. It is also important to put fresh mulch on your flower beds because it helps to increase soil warmth in anticipation of the cold weather.
Lawn care is more than just planting seeds in during spring and watering them throughout the summer season. Proper lawn care in the fall helps your lawn to be healthier in the spring which makes it easy to take care of it during spring. All the grassroots that will sprout out of your lawn in the next year will develop in autumn and you must attend them while preparing your lawn. It is advisable that you do some little work during the early
days of autumn and then can relax during the warm summer months.
Cutting your lawn in winter and spring
Your spring lawn care should begin in the final days of winter. It is the perfect time when a lawn mower can easily grind grass. Winter, on the other hand, is a good time for planning the design of your lawn. This is the time to research about the type of plants you can start with during spring. Besides, you can as well use winter period to decide on the best landscaping designs available. There are various professional landscaping companies that you can contact.
There are some aspects of lawn care that are better left to professionals. Although some people might try to do it alone, the results are not always comparable to those done by professionals. Using fertilizer and pesticides, for example, will require a professional who understands the right amount to use and during what time of the year. Some chemicals used are hazardous and need to be handled with great care. Therefore it would be advisable to get the services of a professional landscaper to help you.
In general, every homeowner always desires to have a beautiful lawn. Nonetheless, it also requires some effort to achieve that. It is therefore important to ensure that you take care of your lawn both in spring, summer, autumn and winter. If you are not sure of what to do during either of the seasons, you can contact professional service providers for advice on the same. Do not only take care of your lawn during spring and summer.
Author Bio : Sarah has loved gardening and nature since childhood. She loves to read about new plants and gardening tips.
3 Bears Landscaping of Minneapolis, MN has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 2 year old landscaping and design company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
Brandon, the owner of 3 Bears, says “We strive to provide 5 star customer service to all of our clients, so we are very proud of this reward”.
“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including 3 Bears Landscaping,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”
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By: Nicole Casey
While driving through your Minneapolis/St. Paul neighborhood(s) you’ve probably noticed more and more raised garden beds in your neighbor’s yards. This is more than a trend, this is a lifestyle. Imagine not having to buy all of your veggies at the store! At the same time, you don’t have to dig up your whole yard to plant. The answer is raised garden beds! Raised beds are great for protecting growing plants from the scuffs and kicks of passersby while allowing the soil to warm faster in the springtime, generating an earlier crop. They are also quite decorative and can add significant charm to vegetable gardens and your yard. Each of our garden beds come equipped with "rabbit guards" with folding sides so that your vegetables will stay healthy!
Let’s dig in and get to the facts and benefits of a raised garden bed.
Thinking about your raised garden bed as a container. Essentially, you are able to control your soil, your irrigation, and your weeds in a small and manageable space. Our raised garden beds are also very pleasing to look at and will add a creative addition to your yard.
Our raised garden bed clients see an instant return on their investment from the following:
•Less weeds - (Especially from weeds that grow using rhizomes — like that pesky Bermuda.)
•Less compaction-not stepping on the soil day after day will allow your garden to flourish!
•Less tilling– small spaces mean less weeds and less tilling the soil.
•Plant close together- this allows you to plant more seeds in your small space. Add a trellis you’ve expanded your small garden even more!
•Pest Protection –raised beds can protect against wildlife in your veggies by providing a barrier. We install rabbit guards with folding sides on all of our beds.
3 Bears Landscaping will come to your home and make sure the right spot is selected to build the boxes. Site selection is important as you have to have access to water as well as ample sunlight. An ideal amount of sunlight depends on what you plant but typically you want to have 6-8 hours of direct sunlight on your raised beds. We use either cedar or pine to build our raised garden beds. Pine garden beds can last 5-7 years and are very affordable. Cedar is a more expensive option but cedar will last 20 plus years and will have the wow factor you are looking for.
Please call us today for a free estimate!
What is Overseeding?
So, what exactly does it mean to ‘overseed’ your lawn? When you overseed your lawn you are simply attempting to thicken your grass, reduce weeds, and improve your lawns appearance by adding more grass seed. This is accomplished by adding more grass seed directly to your lawn. You can do this by using a broadcast spreader and spread 2-3 pounds per 1,000 square feet on your lawn after aeration or by using a mechanical slit-seeder.
How to Overseed your Lawn?
At 3 Bears Landscaping, we use a slit-seeding method with a mechanical slit-seeder to overseed your lawn. This is the best method because the machine will use knives to cut into the dirt giving an even seed bed and ensuring that the seeds are implanted into the soil instead of just laying on top of your grass. The slit-seeding machine will allow the seed to penetrate the soil and assist with faster germination of the seeds. For maximum results, we recommend you dethatch your lawn and aerate your lawn before you overseed using a broadcast spreader or use a slit-seeding machine. We have articles about both dethatching and aerating your lawn in our blog archives. We are happy to put together an aeration/dethatching/overseeding package for you based on your lawns needs. Below are the benefits of using a slit-seeding machine.
Benefits of Slit-Seeding
Let 3 Bears Landscaping bring your lawn back to life! Our trained lawn care specialists use only the best tools and grasses to ensure a job well done the first time.
Why Dethatch your Lawn?
In Minnesota we are hit hard with extreme weather year after year. Season after season your lawn breaks down organic compound (thatch) that inhibits growth, beauty, and overall health. In order to maintain a healthy lawn in Minnesota it’s important to manually maintain it with proper organics, aeration, dethatching, and fertilization. By dethatching your lawn you are physically removing the brown decay and roots that are keeping your lawn from looking its best! Excess thatch can make your lawn look brown and unhealthy. It also can be a breeding ground for lawn diseases if there is too much thatch on your lawn.
Benefits of Dethatching Your Lawn
How to Dethatch your Lawn?
Now that we know the why let’s talk about the how. At 3 Bears Landscaping we are happy to come to your home and evaluate your lawn dethatching needs. We use special heavy equipment to get the job done right the first time. We will use a lawn dethatcher to remove all of your access thatch, rake up the debris, and remove it for you. We will then fertilize and reseed your lawn if you would like. This will instantly promote growth and health to your lawn. We can dethatch your lawn anytime during the spring, summer, or fall but prefer to do it during the spring when your lawn is recovering from the winter snow cover. We also recommend lawn dethatching every other year. The dethatcher machine will cut through the thatch with metal blades bringing the thatch to the top of your lawn. We will then rake up the excess thatch and remove it from your lawn. If you’ve never dethatched your lawn before expect a good amount of thatch to surface. It can be physically demanding to dethatch your lawn manually with a dethatching rake. Dethatching can also be hard on your lawn if done incorrectly causing damage that can take months to repair. Ask yourself if you’re up to the challenge of dethatching your lawn. If you are up the challenge that’s great! If not, let 3 Bears Landscaping bring your lawn back to life with dethatching!
By: Nicole Casey
So, What is Lawn Aeration?
Lawn Aeration is an almost mid-evil practice in theory as little pitch fork spikes that are thrust into your lawn pulling out plug-like cylinders from the soil (don’t worry they will repair themselves in a week with new white roots). The newly formed holes will allow your lawn to breathe in and out oxygen much easier making it healthier, softer, and nutrient-rich. The missing plugs in your lawn will give your lawn new life and will improve the root quality. With improved root quality comes a greener grass, softer soil, and neighborhood envy.
Let’s go over the technical benefits of lawn aeration:
Don’t have a lawn aeration machine lying around the garage? Not to worry, at 3 Bears Landscaping we have all of your lawn aeration needs covered. The best time for lawn aeration in Minnesota is in the autumn or the spring due to cool temperatures and minimal weed growth. Please give us a call we will develop a plan for your lawn!
By: Nicole Casey
Ah, the age old question of seeding your lawn vs sodding your lawn. What is a homeowner to do? Your lawn has probably seen better days and you need to make a decision on how to improve it and fast (BBQ season is right around the corner, after all)! We all want that luscious, green, weed-free grass that our neighbors will envy. The question is, how do we get it? Sadly, the answer is usually starting from scratch. So, say your farewells to your old lawn and let’s dig in!
Your decision on how to repair or replace your lawn starts with a few things: your budget, your time frame, your knowledge, and how much work you want to do yourself.
Seeding is a less expensive option overall but takes much longer to get that beautiful lawn you’ve been dreaming of every night. Seeding your lawn from scratch in Minnesota is generally advised in the late summer or early fall. This means you have to look at a lawn you may not like all spring and into the summer and start seeding later in the season. Another benefit of seeding your lawn vs sodding your lawn is grass choice. In Minnesota you have several seed options for our climate. For example, you can choose between Kentucky bluegrass, a fine fescue and perennial ryegrasses. You can also mix and match these seed types based on sunny and shaded areas in your lawn. When seeding, you also have to keep in mind watering your little seedlings so they will germinate and produce that gorgeous end result. It may take 6-12 weeks of watering before your lawn is mature enough to fend for itself.
Sodding is a great alternative to seeding because your lawn is ready to enjoy much faster. There’s no waiting for the grass to germinate and grow, that work was done for you on the farm- hence the added cost. There is some initial maintenance with sodding but much less maintenance than seeding. Here are some things to keep in mind: You want to use FRESH SOD! Make sure that the pieces of sod were cut less than 24 hours before delivery. It will take a few days of watering the fresh sod before the roots have established and another two-three months before your lawn is 100% established. You will have less options for your sunny and shady parts of your lawn with sodding as typically one grass type is purchased and used on your entire lawn. To offset this you won’t have to worry about weeds right away as the grass is weed-free right off the delivery truck. This more expensive option is less maintenance-intensive will be ready to use and look beautiful right away.
To Sum it Up- Should you Seed or Sod Your Lawn?
The benefits of seeding your lawn vs sodding your lawn comes down to two important things; money and time. There is never a perfect catch-all answer but by scheduling a consultation with 3 Bears Landscaping, we can assess your lawn and your concerns and develop and plan that fits your budget and your time frame.