Landscapes & Plantings

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.


You can also follow Urban Gardens on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.


The Benefits of Professional Landscaping

Benefits of Professional LandscapingWith the state of today’s economy, homeowners everywhere are looking for ways to attain that professional look without the high price tag. How? Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. After all, there is a YouTube video for just about anything nowadays, from how to fix a sink to how to hang dry wall. So why would anyone call a professional to perform a project they can do themselves? More importantly, why would anyone pay a professional to perform a project they can do themselves?


The Answer: Quality!


While some DIY projects are well within the scope of most homeowners, others should be left to the professionals. This is especially true for landscaping. A project that seems so simple is actually rather complex. Landscaping is a lot more involved than just planting a few flowers here and there. A lot of planning and a lot of work go into every professionally done landscape.


The Benefits of Professional Landscaping


  1. Saves Time: Most homeowners do not have the time dedicate to their landscape. As a result, most DIY landscapes do not turn out the way a homeowner envisions. This is why it is best to leave the dirty work to the professionals. Not only will a professional landscaper give you the landscape you have always dreamed of, but they will be able to do it in a fraction of the time you could ever hope to complete the project.
  2. Choosing the Right Plants: Do you know which living and non-living materials go well together. Similar to interior design, landscaping involves a lot of prior knowledge. A professional landscaper not only knows which plants work well with others, both aesthetically and functionally, but they know which plants work well in which environments. Best of all, a professional landscaper does all of this while still meeting your specific wants and needs.
  3. Maintaining the Landscape: Landscape maintenance is a must. And not every homeowner has the time necessary to properly maintain their landscape. This is just another benefit of professional landscaping. Most professional landscapers offer landscape maintenance packages that ensure your yard looks just as good as it did the day it was completed.


Professional Landscaping from Urban Gardens


From smaller scale gardens to multi-acre projects, we create extraordinary landscapes, seamlessly blending the architecture of a property with its landscape. Urban Gardens brings balance to every property. What DIY project can claim all that?


We also offer hardscaping services such as walkways, fire pits, retaining walls and much more to complement your outdoor living space.


If you’re interested in learning more about Professional Landscaping, 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.


You can also follow Urban Gardens on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

The Benefits of Professional Landscape Design

Benefits of Professional Landscape DesignWhen it comes to your home, more specifically your landscape, you have two options: hire a professional or go the do-it-yourself (DIY) route. While the latter has grown increasingly popular for several reasons, the biggest of which is cost, nothing, I repeat, nothing that can measure up to a professionally designed landscape.


The Benefits of Professional Landscape Design


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.


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. Remember, your landscape should not look like a collection of smaller projects; it should all work together – harmoniously. A professional landscape designer will ensure your landscape is done properly and looks fantastic all year long. A professional landscaper will know what plants work best in your local climate, with minimal maintenance.


Professional Landscape Design: The Consultation


A professional landscape designer will meet with you to go over your wants and needs and perform a site analysis in order to best achieve your vision and determine your project budget, scope and other details. From this meeting, your landscape designer will draft a master plan. The purpose of this plan is to provide design solutions for today’s needs, while also addressing future opportunities. Master planning also establishes a logical sequence for construction and budgeting


Professional Landscape Design: The Finished Product


At Urban Gardens we create extraordinary landscapes by combining our artistic vision, expertise and knowledge to seamlessly blend the architecture of a property with its landscape environment.


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. You can also follow Urban Gardens on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.


We work throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area, although most of our projects are located in Baltimore County, Carroll County, and Baltimore City. We service clients in a 25 mile radius (including Monkton, Reisterstown, Glyndon, Hunt Valley, Sparks-Glencoe, Ruxton and Roland Park) from our nursery facility at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.

Landscaping as an Energy Saving Solution

You already know that landscaping can make your yard more beautiful and inviting. Did you also know that it is a great energy saving solution in both summer and winter? The problems that cause the most need for heating and cooling can be eradicated in very simple ways by adding landscaping features to your front or back yard.Energy Saving Landscaping

  • Adding large trees – Large deciduous trees are beneficial in the summertime because they offer shade. If the trees are strategically placed near windows or over the house, they can prevent too much sunlight and heat from permeating your home, which is a great energy saving method. The less heat you have coming in, the less air you’ll need to be running. In the winter, the trees will have shed their leaves and allowed sunlight to stream in to help heat your home. Trees can also block cold wind from getting through the cracks and into your house.
  • Grasses and Shrubs – Blacktop and concrete absorb a lot of heat and cause the area directly around them to be at least a few degrees warmer than areas with a lot of grass or greenery. This phenomenon is called an urban heat island. In the summer, this can be very dangerous to your electric bill. The best way to avoid an urban heat island is to replace as much of the blacktop and concrete around your home as you can with grasses and shrubs. While grasses won’t be as helpful in the winter, if the shrubs are high enough they will have a similar impact to the large deciduous trees.
  • Decks and Fences – Fences can help block wind and keep a home insulated in that way. Decks are a similar idea and can also make you want to be out of your house more. The more you’re outside enjoying the great landscape that you have created, the more energy you’ll save. You can also use solar lamps outside that will last through the day and into the night.

If you’re interested in designing a new energy saving yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

Check us out on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

Source: Landscaping for Energy Efficiency 

Tips for Planning Your Front Yard Landscape

Lacking creativity when it comes to landscape design – particularly in your front yard – will make your house wither away into the background like uncared for plants.  If you’re considering investing some money to create a little curb appeal on your property, try looking at your land from an objective standpoint.  Hop in your car and drive up to your house from both directions, and consider how distinctive your design is.front yard

Plantings aside, evaluate how accessible and inviting your pathways and entryways are.  Then, think about what sort of landscaping requirements need to be addressed: trees and shrubs for framing and accent, size and care of lawn, in addition to structural components like walks, steps, driveways, and so forth.  If you’re not sure where to begin, or need assistance in truly maximizing these elements, contact the professionals Urban Gardens to help get you started in creating an exquisite front yard.

Plantings

A simple way to spruce up your landscape, appropriately selected plants can quickly add visual interest to your yard.  Trees, shrubs, and ground covers are low-maintenance plants that will grow over time to create a thriving front yard garden.  Flowers are inevitably less hardy and therefore demand more care, but fill in gaps between woody plants well, breaking up their structure and fullness with soft blooms.  Recently, there’s been an increasing trend in adding edible plants to front yard spaces, which often don’t require much maintenance and provide a practical alternative to mere ornamentals.

Walkways

Utilize plants to frame out walkways, drawing clear paths for people to enter your home.  When paving or hardscaping a path, follow natural access points, otherwise, visitors will bypass your walkway in favor of traipsing across the lawn or garden.  A good rule of thumb is to install paths that are at least 36 inches wide.  Space and scale permitting, 42-54 inches is optimal for side-by-side walking.  Brick pavers, slate, and tile are all attractive alternatives to harsh concrete and unfinished dirt walkways.  Make your front door attract attention with nearby lampposts, accent shrubs, or potted plants flanking either side.

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

Check us out on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

Sources:

Planning Your Front-Yard Landscape

Choosing the Right Plants for Your Garden, From Your Baltimore Landscaper

Gardens are beautiful and bring light and life into any space. At the same time, they also take work, care and attention. Sometimes in our busy lives, we do not have the time to take care of gardens day in and day out. That is why it is helpful to pick plants that can survive easily in your area of the world and don’t require a lot of maintenance. If you are living in Baltimore, Maryland, there is no sense in trying to plant something that needs a warm climate year round. garden

One of the biggest factors in your plant’s health is water. If you will not be available to water your plants often you can either make sure you have a timed sprinkler that waters them when necessary, or buy plants that are drought-resistant and thus do not need very much water, such as a cactus. There are many plants that are specific for different regions or cities and grow best in those areas, so choosing plants that grow best in your city will mean they will be easier to maintain and look healthier.

Another important factor for deciding on plants for your garden is size.  All of your plants will grow to be much larger than the seedlings that you plant. Make sure that you are prepared for this growth. Also, do not plant plants too close to one another. If you do plant them too close together this could stunt the growth of them and affect their life.

Information like how big your plants will grow and how far apart to plant them can be found easily on the internet and in books anywhere.  If you do not want to spend the time on this, you can also hire a garden designer. These experts can help you with any of your plant choosing questions.

As you can see, deciding what plants to put in your garden is a decision that needs some consideration for many different factors. Once you have ironed out all of the particulars though, all of your planning and thought will be worth it.

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

Check us out on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

Landscaping To Help Boost Your Curb Appeal

Potential home buyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. Yet often a home’s outdoor landscaping is overlooked, or underdone, in the preparation for the sales process. An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home.home

Ideally, the time to get started cleaning up your yard is about a month before you plan on showing your house. That should give you enough time to get everything looking just right and not leave the impression that you waited until the last minute to put things in order. Follow these tips for sprucing up your yard to help your home sell quickly.

Spruce up outdoor containers. Container plants, especially large tropical plants, add considerable interest to patios and doorways where would-be buyers enter and exit the house. Such displays also demonstrate the endless possibilities for designing with container plants.

Touch up the mulch. Nothing spruces up a place like a new application of mulch, so apply a fresh layer in all your garden beds. The color enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and makes everything “pop.” What’s more, mulch is relatively cheap and easy to apply.

Plant some instant color. Seasonal color makes the landscape pop as well, and flats of annuals are also relatively inexpensive. Go for a splash of several colors or a more monochromatic scheme, whatever fits in with the look of your home. This will entice buyers.

Shape unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs. Regardless of the season, it’s a good idea to tackle any overlooked pruning chores because nothing says “neglect” like a bunch of dead branches. The idea is to show how well not only your house but your garden has been maintained. It’s okay to prune deciduous trees and shrubs any time of the year.

Clean up water features. Get rid of any visible algae, and remove leaves and clean filters so that the water is crystal clear. After all, a water feature that doesn’t look good or function properly can be an instant turnoff.

Take care of any irrigation issues. If there are any problems with an irrigation system, fix them. Irrigation system repairs can be expensive, and you don’t want to lay the cost of those repairs on the buyer.

If you receive sufficient notice that your home is about to be shown, water a half-hour or so before the appointed time. The water reduces the glare of paved surfaces and also sends the message that your plants are well-maintained. You might even consider running your irrigation system just to show that it’s working properly.

Repair faucet leaks. A leaking faucet suggests that there may be other problems elsewhere in the plumbing, and that can be an instant turn-off to buyers.

Power-wash dirty surfaces. Consider buying or renting a power washer to clean paved surfaces. With very little time or effort, you can make grungy, grimy surfaces look brand-spanking new. Power washers also do a great job of cleaning fences, as well as brick and vinyl siding.

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

Check us out on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

Source:

HGTV.com: Landscaping-tips-that-can-help-sell-your-home