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landscaping ideas for your small yard

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Just because you have a small yard landscape, that does not mean you have to sacrifice any of your big yard landscaping ideas. There are many tips and tricks that can incorporate all the different design ideas you love into your own space.

tips for landscaping a small yard

  • Create a View – Adding a simple pergola to your yard will give the entrance the grand feel it deserves.
  • Make it Cozy – If the perimeter of your yard is full of lush plants and shrubs, it will block the view beyond your yard, resulting in a cozy, private retreat.
  • Create a Destination – Add a pergola to the back corner of your yard. This gives your eye a destination as well as you! Having somewhere to go will make the yard feel more spacious.
  • Keep Plants Vertical – For landscaping a small yard it is best to use plants that will grow vertical rather than horizontal. These plants not only take up less square footage but they also add to your small yard landscape appeal. It is also important to choose the right plants
  • Add Water Features – Throwing bodies of water in the middle of your yard will help break it up and create an illusion that there is more space than there actually is.

Even if you have a large yard, any of these features would be an aesthetically pleasing addition.

If you’re interested in designing a new small yard landscape or make some minor updates to your landscaping, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered with their top notch landscaping services.

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

For even more tips and ideas for your small yard landscape visit Better Homes and Gardens page “Landscaping Small Yard”: Better Homes and Gardens

Dr. Q’s Quest

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Thank you to all our friends and family who took the time to join us last night at the 2015 Q Quest Valentines Day Auction.  We are continually amazed by the depth of support we personally receive from all of you, and were equally overwhelmed by the show of faces we saw last night.  Urban Gardens donated a $6000.00 landscape package to the auction, and the winning bid was awarded at $4000.00!  Congratulations and Thank You to the couple who won.

A huge nod to Michael Lopez for his energy and dedication to fundraising for Dr. Quinones.  Michael personally spearheads several fundraisers for Dr. Q’s Quest in honor of those in his life impacted by brain cancer.

The road of cancer is uncharted, and often made navigable only by the support and caring of others.  Do not ever underestimate the power of supporting someones cause.  Know that YOU may be the reason they were able to make it down that road.  Thank you everyone!

Warming Your Patio for Winter

Winter Patio WarmthAfter spending lots of time and money on making sure that your landscaping is the best that it can be, the last thing you want to do is have to neglect it during the fall and winter months due to the cold weather. You still want to enjoy nights with family and friends on your carefully designed Urban Gardens patio. You may be wondering; what can I do to make my backyard a great place to be in the cold months? At Urban Gardens, we have some solutions for you.

Block the wind – Wind can be a huge deterrent in going outside during the winter. It makes the cold even colder and can chill you right to the bone. Add some sort of fencing or wind block to help keep your outdoor space warm and welcoming. You can also use trellises or arbors with blinds or winter friendly plants to block the wind.

Add a fire pit – Nothing says warm in the winter like a built in outdoor fire pit. Snuggle up with some nice throws and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy the fresh air this winter. A fire pit is great for gatherings in both summer and winter and adds a little bit of flare to your patio. You can also add to your home’s curb appeal and resale value by adding a fire pit.

Add lighting – Lighting will not actually make your outdoor space any warmer, but with the sun setting so early now, it’ll make it more welcoming and give it a warmer feel. Track lighting, accent lighting, and path lighting can all help you make your patio feel warmer and more hospitable in the cold winter months. The lighting will accent your patio nicely and can be used year round.

Don’t let your outdoor space go to waste when it gets cold. Make your patio a comfortable and welcoming place year round by using some of the tips listed above or calling Urban Gardens for some more winter patio ideas!

If you’re interested in learning more about Warming Your Patio for Winter 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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Winter Landscaping Tips

Winter Landscaping TipsIt’s starting to get colder outside and winter is just around the corner. One thing that most people neglect during the winter is their landscaping. Just because it is cold outside and snow is coming does not mean your landscaping doesn’t still need some TLC throughout the wintertime. Check out some maintenance tips from Urban Garden to keep all of that hard work preserved and ready for next spring!

Lawn – To liven your lawn back up at the end of winter, lightly spread some nitrogen fertilizer. All of those cold winter freezes can leave your grass brown and lack luster. Speaking of freezes, make sure to stay off of your grass as much as possible when it’s frozen. You should also make sure that any defrosting agent for your pavement that may eventually touch the grass is not salt based. Try something like sand instead.

Trees and Shrubs – If rain or snow is lacking in the late fall/early winter months, make sure you give your evergreens enough water to keep them ever green. Wrap any trees that may receive rodent damage to make sure that they make it through the winter. When the cold weather starts to ease a little bit, prune trees down. There is no better time to prune that at the end of winter.

Garden – Go through your bulbs and get rid of the ones that are soft or rotten and make sure that your plot is ready for spring. Get a head start on ordering seeds for the spring and planning your garden in your head so you’ll be ready to plant when the season begins.

Another great idea for winter is to start planning out what kind of landscaping you’re interested in for the spring. There is no bad time to start discussing ideas with Urban Gardens and getting a head start on your spring/summer landscaping!

If you’re interested in learning more about Landscaping Tips for Winter, 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!

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.

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Outdoor Lighting Fun Facts from your Baltimore, Maryland Hardscaper

Hey Maryland, how much landscape lighting do you have around your Maryland/D.C. home or residence? You need a sufficient amount of landscape lighting to fully enjoy the features of your home and provide some extra benefits you may have not even thought of. Here are a few ways that landscape lighting can improve your home beyond added illuminationmodern house evening:

  • It can increase property value – Not only can it add to the aesthetic, but it can also add to the value of your home. According to a Gallup poll, installing outdoor lighting to highlight the details and landscaping of your home can increase its value by up to 15%. So, it may seem like a little touch, but it’s actually an investment on the future value of your home.
  • It is proven to lower crime – Having outdoor landscape lighting can reduce the amount of crime and even in some cases prevent crime from happening in the first place outside your residence. Studies have concluded that outdoor lighting is successful in preventing crime by making criminal activity more visible to the naked eye. It makes sense, criminals want to do their business in the dark, not in the well-illuminated, professional light.
  • Outdoor landscape lighting doesn’t create expensive energy bills – With systems like light timers and motion sensor, lights can automatically go on and off by themselves. This doesn’t waste energy and can actually help the functionality of  your outdoor landscape lighting system.

With these facts in hand, it makes so much sense to think about your outdoor landscape lighting system as a valuable asset to your home. These kind of lighting systems are the best invisible ally you’ll have in not only making your home welcoming, but in deterring anyone who might want to vandalize or commit crimes near your Maryland or D.C. home. It’s the best friend made of light that you never had.

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.

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