Archive for October 2013

DIY Landscaping vs. Professional Landscape Design

Professional Landscape DesignDo-it-yourselfers are leading a revolution. After all, you can learn how to do anything on the Internet, from cooking to mechanics to carpentry and so much more. There are articles you can read, videos you can watch, and detailed instructions on how to do just about anything. So why wouldn’t you opt to go the DIY route over hiring a professional? It’s cheaper and more rewarding, right? Well, not always. This is especially not true when talking about landscaping.


DIY Landscaping vs. Professional Landscape Design


Reading all of the how-to books in the world cannot make up for experience, knowledge, and an artistic flair. These are all qualities that professional landscapers possess. As we have said before, landscaping is so much more than simply placing plants, flowers, trees and shrubs throughout a yard. Proper landscaping takes knowledge, a good creative eye, and, most importantly, proper planning. This last part is where many DIYers come up short – planning.


Benefits of Professional Landscape Design


  1. Planning: When it comes to your landscape, you want the final product to look like one yard, not a collection of disjointed projects. This is why planning is so important. You need to have a plan before planting the very first flower. While many DIYers focus on only one aspect of their landscape at a time, a professional landscape designer will help you look at the bigger picture and make sure every aspect of your landscape flows together.
  2. Knowledge: A professional landscaper knows which plants go best together and which plants thrive in your climate. Do you?
  3. Execution: Not only does a professional landscaper know how to design a landscape, not only do they know what plants work well together, but they also know how to execute a landscape.
  4. And More!


Professional Landscape Design from Urban Gardens


Landscape design establishes a framework to guide development and begins with a collaboration of ideas and concepts. The landscape designers at Urban Gardens will discuss your project with you in order to determine how best to achieve your vision and determine your project budget, scope and other details.


If you’re interested in learning more about Professional Landscape Design, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website.


Urban Gardens – a unique, multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery serving the greater Baltimore area!

Make your Landscape Pop with Fountains and other Water Features

Water FeaturesIs your landscape missing something, but you can’t quite put your finger on the problem? Well, have you ever considered a Fountain or other Water Feature? Fountains, waterfalls and ponds add beauty, sound, lushness and intimacy to any landscape.

 

Benefits of Fountains and other Water Features

 

There is something about a water feature that just makes lounging in your backyard a little more enjoyable. Perhaps it is the sheer beauty of the fountain or pond. Perhaps it is the relaxing trickling of the water. Nothing is more calming. Or perhaps it is the fact that water features actually improve the quality of air in your yard.

 

Believe it or not, as water molecules are jostled, they release negative ions, which combine with air impurities, neutralizing them and helping to pull them from the air. The end result is noticeably cleaner air.

 

Professionally-installed Fountains and other Water Features

 

When it comes to fountains and water features, it is best to leave that type of work to a professional landscaper, like Urban Gardens. We can incorporate a wide variety of water features, including waterfalls, streams, ponds and fountains, into your landscape to deliver a beautiful and tranquil feel.

 

At Urban Gardens, we design and build water features that compliment your home and transform your landscape. We work throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area: Baltimore County, Carroll County, and Baltimore City. We service clients in a 25 mile radius from our nursery facility at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about making your landscape pop with Fountains and other Water Features, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website.

Urban Gardens – a unique, multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery serving the greater Baltimore area!

 

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The Benefits of Professional Landscape Maintenance

Professional Landscape Maintenance

Getting professional landscaping is a no-brainer for some people. Having a professional do your landscaping is easier than doing it yourself. There is also a better chance that your space will look good if you have someone who knows what they’re doing complete your yard or patio. However, once a space is landscaped, most people don’t consider contacting their landscaping company to help with routine maintenance. Chances are that if you haven’t had years of training and landscaping experience, you’re not going to know exactly how to take care of all the different types of plants that are now in your yard. Check out some benefits of professional landscaping maintenance.


Maintaining the landscape – People are pretty busy these days. There isn’t always time for watering, pruning, and fertilizing. A landscaper can do all of these things when they need to be done, and can also make sure that all of your landscaping needs are up to snuff and taken care of. A landscaping maintenance company can be especially helpful in finding and eradicating pests from your yard.


Increase your property value – When landscaping work goes unmaintained, it detracts from the overall appearance and value of your home. You may not be worried about resale value right now, but it is better advised to maintain the landscaping you’ve already had done, rather than needing to start all over again right before selling your home. This could be incredibly costly in both time and money. A professional landscaping maintenance company can help you keep the resale value of your house what it should be.


Keeping the integrity of the landscape – By hiring a professional, you are ensuring that the landscaping is maintained well. It is just as possible to over water, over fertilize, and over aerate as it is to under do all of these things. A professional landscaper will know exactly what needs to be done and how much to do without hurting the integrity of your landscape.

Don’t leave your landscaping maintenance up to chance. Hire a landscaper to come out and maintain all of the hard work and effort that has already been put into making your space nice and livable.


If you’re interested in learning more about The Benefits of Professional Landscaping Maintenance, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website. We work throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area: Baltimore County, Carroll County, and Baltimore City. We service clients in a 25 mile radius from our nursery facility at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.


The Benefits of Professional Outdoor Lighting

Benefits of Professional Outdoor LightingYou have spent countless weekends and more money than you care to recall on your landscape. And it looks beautiful. Your home is the envy of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, when the sun goes down your home looks exactly like every other home on the block. So how do you ensure your home looks as beautiful when the sun goes down as it does during the day?


The Answer: Outdoor Lighting!


Landscape lighting brightens an otherwise dark surrounding and provides a welcoming atmosphere.


Not only can outdoor lighting add curb appeal to your home at night, but it can also be used to highlight certain areas of your landscape, giving your home a different look at night then it has during the day. This transformation can be quite beautiful. Unfortunately, this type of lighting display is often more than the average do-it-yourselfer can handle.


The Benefits of Professional Outdoor Lighting


When you choose professional outdoor lighting, you choose to work with a professional landscape designer. As you probably remember from our blog, “The Benefits of Professional Landscape Design,” professional landscape designers ensure your landscape is done properly. They make sure that everything works in conjunction with everything else. Remember, your landscape should be one, continuous masterpiece. It should appear as if several individual projects, even if that is the way you have gone about landscaping.


Additional benefits of professional outdoor lighting:


  1. Be Different: If your home was the envy of the neighborhood before, outdoor lighting will help solidify your place as the most aesthetically appealing home on the block. A professional outdoor lighting professional can use lights in such a way to accentuate your home’s most beautiful – or unique – elements.
  2. Safety: Aside from making your home more aesthetically appealing at night, professional outdoor lighting can also increase the safety of your property. Outdoor lighting will make it more difficult for potential burglars to access your home unnoticed. Outdoor lighting can also be used to illuminate walkways to prevent you and your guests from tripping over unseen hazards.


Professional Outdoor Lighting from Urban Gardens


At Urban Gardens we use lighting to extend the pleasure of your landscape well into the evening hours, enhance mood, and heighten awareness of the environment. We use only the highest quality outdoor lighting system available. These systems offer long life, energy saving lamps, sustainable solid brass or copper fixtures, and efficient, cost effective transformers for superior worry-free performance.


If you’re interested in learning more about The Benefits of Professional Outdoor Lighting, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website. We work throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area: Baltimore County, Carroll County, and Baltimore City. We service clients in a 25 mile radius from our nursery facility at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.


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