4th of July BBQ’s and backyard parties are just around the corner in St. Louis and so far this year, we’ve been busy creating the outdoor paradise that our clients have been dreaming of.
With spring right around the corner, what better way to get ready for warmer days and outdoor entertaining fun than by planning your outdoor living space? Whether you have an expansive yard or a tiny backyard area to work with, you can bring outdoor style to your home.
Don’t wait until it’s too late; check out this list of things you need to know before you start your 2017 spring gardening season!
The weather outside is…. delightful!
The holidays are just around the corner, but that isn’t bringing our usual winter chill to St. Louis. Take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather by getting a jump-start on your landscape’s maintenance.
The yard is an extension of your living space, so why not make it as functional and liveable as possible? At Quiet Village Landscaping we see the swath of green space around a residence as capital that is often underutilized real estate. Take full advantage of your property by designing an outdoor space that feels more like an additional room than simply a yard. Built-in features like stone or paver fire pits and fireplaces create warmth and welcome use throughout the year, even when the temperatures drop. The benefit of having an open fire for grilling adds functionality to charm.
Sitting walls provide structure to your outdoor space and convenient seating for social gatherings. Our design team balances the functional hardscaping with gorgeous plant and flower selections which soften the feel of your space. The most memorable outdoor spaces have a mix of both elements. Permanent physical features provide a solid structure and support function while softer elements like plantings, trees, and manicured lawn areas create variety with a palette of colors and textures that change with the seasons.
Whether you would like to add structure or softness to your outdoor escape, our team can help. From patios to walkways, pergolas to water features, our goal is to maximize the functionality of your space while adding beauty and serenity that will increase your pleasure and your property value.
We are happy to offer your home our expertise and professional installation skills. Call our office at (314) 657-7050 or email email@example.com to request a free initial design consultation.
You are an artist and your plot of land is your canvas. What will you create this year? Something beautiful? Functional? Sustainable? The better you define your priorities at the start, the more you can tailor your landscape to meet your needs and desires.
Train small trees, shrubs and vines to grow up a trellis or wall. Certain trees and shrubs—including some apple and pear tree varieties—can be trained in the espalier style, growing in a pattern against a wall or weaving in and out of a trellis. There are many vegetables that grow well on a trellis, including varieties of cucumber, squash, indeterminate tomato, and even a perennial climbing spinach vine. Vertical gardening is a great option for small spaces or places that could benefit from a living privacy screen.
Xeriscaping is landscaping with a focus on water conservation. Limiting turf areas, choosing drought-resistant plants, installing strategically positioned shrubs and trees, and incorporating turf alternatives such as rock gardens all have a place in xeriscaping. When correctly installed and fully established, this landscape style is very low-maintenance and does not require excessive fertilization or attention.
Install a raised bed next to a patio or along a pathway to add a new dimension to your landscape. Raised beds can be a good place to contain certain flowers or plants that you enjoy but that have fairly aggressive spreading tendencies. Raised bed gardens drain well and their height makes them easy to weed and tend to. Consider wood frames, cement blocks, or brick, or think outside the box with reclaimed materials. Fill the beds with compost or organic fertilizer before planting, and select varieties that contrast and complement each other in height, color, texture and shape.
Herbs make a fragrant and flavorful addition to your garden space or landscape border. You may be surprised how many interesting and colorful variations of well-known herbs you may find, such as lemon basil and chocolate mint. Perennial herbs come back year after year, while some annual and biennial herbs “seed themselves.” You can interplant herbs with flowers for a beautiful effect, but be sure to remember which plants are okay to eat and which ones are strictly ornamental.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is deeply rewarding. With some research, practice, patience and a little bit of luck, you can grow some of the best produce you have ever tasted. If you are interested in growing your produce organically, limit synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and find out how to cultivate a mini-ecosystem in which plants, soil microbes and beneficial insects all help each other flourish. If this is your first attempt at vegetable gardening, start small, prepare the soil, and plant at the right time. Also, make sure to double-check how large the plants will grow–you don’t want a melon plant unexpectedly taking over your yard!
Installing native plants in your landscape have several major benefits. Many native species are so well-adapted to our climate that they require little additional water during our extreme St. Louis summers, so they are easy on resources. Native plants and flowers provide nourishment and habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other local wildlife. Choose plants that flower at different times or that produce colorful berries so that you have color for three seasons of the year and you keep a steady supply of food for your garden’s little visitors. There is something very comfortable and homey about bringing native plants into your yard—it gives your landscape a very “Missouri” feel.
We are happy to offer your home or business our expertise and professional installation skills. Call our office at 314-657-7050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free initial design consultation.
Great news—the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative “Project Clear” offers small grants to help improve water quality through rainscaping! As MSD announces on their website, they “will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping projects, system improvements, and an ambitious program of maintenance and repair.”
Residents of participating St. Louis County municipalities can now apply for a rainscape rebate to establish a rain garden, amend the soil, or install permeable pavement, rain barrels, or even a green roof on their property. Find out if your property is included in the grant program focus area.
Quiet Village Landscaping can design a rain garden that adds beauty to your landscape while improving your property value. A rain garden is a great solution for existing drainage problem areas in your yard that hold water for hours—or even days—after a downpour. If your lawn has sections where turf refuses to grow and always looks patchy and weak, a rain garden may be just what you need.
By creating a shallow depression planted with a variety of attractive native plants, rain water can be held and properly absorbed by the soil to replenish groundwater supplies. This prevents rainwater from streaming off of your property to pollute and flood neighboring creeks and waterways, and it also provides food and refuge for native wildlife like butterflies and birds.
We recently checked on one of our customers to see how their plant installation has filled out over this past year. Look what we found!
Permeable Paver Patio, Rain Garden and Plant Installation
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