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Japanese Oriental Landscaping

Posted on: augustus 12th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Japanese trees for small gardens.

Even the smallest garden has room for  trees. Whether it’s a nice potted Japanese maple or an eye-catching magnolia, trees are essential in small gardens. Not only do they form the basic of the garden landscape, they also can shade a sunny patio,block an awkward view or provide much needed privacy.

When selecting the right trees for a small backyard, you first should consider its fullgrown size. Little saplings can quickly grow into big ones that overwhelm the site. Next, look for multi-season interest. Trees need to earn their space in small backyard gardens by providing colour, texture or a dramatic form in all seasons. Also, look for dwarf shapes. Instead of a full size white spruce (Picea glauca), which can reach 25 metres, plant a dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca var. albertiana ‘Conica’), which grows to only three metres.

Small backyard gardens have plenty of room for trees growing upward. Columnar and upright shaped trees, like beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’), hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘fastigiata’) and tulip (Liriodendron tuliperifera ‘Fastigiatum’), are slender enough to fit into small gardens.

Here are some more sample trees with their measurements and shapes :

Amur maple (Acer ginnala) are compact, dwarf shaped  maple trees that are much more appropriate for small spaces. They are five metres tall and wide.

Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) produces a froth of yellow flowers in early spring. There are also variegated and golden forms. Eight metres tall by six metres wide.

Paperbark maple (Acer griseum) is worth growing for its exfoliating cinnamon coloured bark alone, but its startling fall colour is a bonus.  Seven metres tall and about five metres wide.

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) cultivars come in a wide range of forms and leaf shapes. From two to six metres tall.

Magnolia (Magnolia) hybrids and cultivars come in a range of sizes, but one of the best for small gardens are “The Girls” hybrids: ‘Ann’, Betty, ‘Susan, ‘Jane and ‘Judy. Size: Range of sizes.

Pool Landscaping

Posted on: juli 26th, 2012 by admin No Comments

 Get The Best Around the Pool Landscaping

It is a great idea to get your pool looking its best by making use of around the pool landscaping. This kind of pool landscaping can turn your boring old backyard into the backyard of the stars. You can have a Hollywood looking backyard in n o time if you play your cards right.

A good pool landscaping design will make your pool the focal attraction and bring out so much more in your yard. If your yard is large you can consider adding gorgeous brick walkways to your yard around the pool. This kind of pool landscaping can lead to other parts of the yard as well. You can have a larger grouping of brick on which you can place your patio furniture, a table and chairs can look fabulous.

Breaking up the brick in the pool landscaping will some patches of greenery is a good touch. These bits of green will breathe life into the whole picture and take out the hard stone look. Brick is a good choice of stone because it is a softer looking stone. The red brick color is warm and inviting it will not leave your yard looking cold and unwelcoming. The green plants will only add to the beauty of the brick as a pool landscaping tool.

You can throw in some landscaping stones around the plants and the edges of the patio. Light colored Stones will add so much to the entire pool landscaping design. Choose small and sharp stones and you have just added a whole other layer of texture tot the landscape and this on its own will make your yard look fabulous.

You can also think about putting in some colorful flowers. If you spend a lot of time by the pool at night add some night blooming flowers as well. This way you will be surrounded by some fabulous blooms and scents all day (and night) long. Combined all of these ideas will make your pool landscaping design the best ever seen.

Start looking into the way to go about this kind of pool landscaping today. Some of it you may be able to do on your own while other aspects you may need some professional help with. Your pool landscaping is going to impress all of your friends when you are done so get started today and it will be done in no time.

Landscaping Software

Posted on: april 2nd, 2012 by admin No Comments

Not all landscaping software is created equal

There are some fantastic landscaping software programs that will help you to design the backyard of your dreams but there are also some landscaping software programs that are a complete waste of money. The trick is to find out which landscaping software programs are good before you purchase them.

Many of the landscaping software programs that are on the market for the regular consumer are not really very good. Some of them are just plain awful and to buy them is to throw your money down the drain. They will have terrible cartoonish drawings that are not clear and that will not do you any good at all. On the other hand there are some of the more expensive commercial grade landscaping software programs that will blow you away with their capabilities.

What you need to remember when you are using a landscaping software program is that it is not going to do anything for you, it is only a tool for you to use to make your ideas a reality. So if you are wanting to buy some landscaping software so that you can have your yard designed for you then do not even bother. If on the other hand you have some great ideas and you want to get them laid out so that you can see if they are really as good as they seem then a good landscaping software program might be for you after all.

Before you commit to buying any landscaping software try to get a demo. This will let you try out the program to see if it can even help you in what you want to achieve. You should try to choose a landscaping software program that has good graphics. The better the graphics are on your landscaping software the easier it will be fore you to visualize the end result of all your hard work. Remember that this is the goal of any landscaping software program.

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Backyard Garden Bridges

Posted on: februari 15th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Backyard Bridge Plans And Designs For Your Garden.

Backyard Garden Bridges were normally seen in most Japanese or Asian gardens. They have close ties to the Far East, where water gardens are linked with meditation and rejuvenation. You can bring this sense of renewal to your own surroundings with a well chosen garden bridge.

Landscape bridge plans are in every design and material. Arc, arch bridges, ornamental, landscape, wood bridges, oriental, Japanese and Asian garden bridges are just a few names you will hear for different types of bridges.   You can purchase or build a small backyard garden bridge no matter what your budget is. Backyard bridge plans can be bought at minimal costs, and sometimes you might even find free garden plans that show you how to build a bridge.Prices are around $100.00 all the way up to the thousands, depending on the size, design and material.

You don’t need to have large areas of water elements in your yard to have a bridge.You often see landscape bridges over dry beds of rock or gravel, and with the right bridge, they are just as nice as the water bridges.   Even if you do have a small yard, you can find backyard bridges with just the right size to add a decorative touch to your garden without overwhelming the natural beauty of your landscape. Whatever the size or style of your outdoor area is, your garden bridge should enhance the style and area and not stand out on its own from everything else in your garden.

There are limitless styles available today, and the best and most unusual backyard bridge plans and designs can be found online. Whether your landscape is formal and structured, or free and unstructured like a country garden, you’ll always be able to find just the one backyard bridge for your garden.

Lawn Garden Shed

Posted on: februari 15th, 2012 by admin No Comments

For many people who have their own property, a garden shed is a do-all small building that is perfect for storing gardening tools, all manner of power tools from weed whackers, lawn mowers, tillers and everything in between. With a little do it yourself building experience, they can be turned into all manner of serviceable little buildings.

They can be converted into workshops, office space, greenhouses and a host of other types of shelters that can be custom made for virtually any usage.   The best kinds will come complete with everything needed to set up and build and are functional for a variety of situations. Although the classic garden shed looks like a little peak-roofed house type of outbuilding, there are so many functional designs on the market right now, and choosing one will always be subjective to your specific garden and utility space needs.