What Are Hardiness Zones and What Are the Best Plants for Milwaukee?

Gardening in the U.S. has risen in popularity in recent years, with over one-third of American households now growing food at home or in a community garden.

If you’re one of these green thumbs, it’s more important than ever to know in which hardiness zone you live so. That way you can raise plants that thrive in your climate. For Milwaukee residents, that means zone 5, which means you can grow plants that can survive winter temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit and higher.

This quick guide explains the definitions of zones and plant hardiness, and give suggestions for zone 5 plants that do well in the Milwaukee area.

Colorful tulips and daffodils

Hardiness of Plants

When a plant is considered hardy, it means it can withstand living in colder temperatures.

This is important for gardeners to know when deciding upon the best flowers, plants, and grass to choose for their landscape design. And to do that, you need to know in which hardiness zone you live.

How to Use the Hardiness Zone Map

To know which plants are suitable for your geographical area, you will need to look up your hardiness zone. A hardiness zone is a section of the U.S. that is defined by its average annual winter temperature.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map allows you to find which zone you live in. Each zone is also technically divided into two sections (a and b). While Milwaukee is located in zone 5, most of the city lies in zone 5b.

The USDA’s map divides the nation into thirteen main zones and has been updated through the years as new weather data indicated climate change. The most recent version of the map takes into consideration changes in elevation and closeness to bodies of water when determining where each zone begins and ends.

Prior to the map, farmers had to rely on their own common knowledge and publications (such as the Farmer’s Almanac) to know what crops were most suitable for their climates.

By the 1970s, however, the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map emerged as the favorite and most accurate map. That’s why it is used to this day as the planting standard for gardeners and landscapers.

Zone 5 Plants

As a Milwaukee-area resident, you probably know that our weather is defined by its cold, snowy winters and warm, humid summers. What you may not know, however, is that our zone experiences a growing season that usually begins around May 15 (the last average frost date) and ends by mid-October.

Zone 5 is not the coldest zone in the U.S., but it does mean you need to choose plants carefully. Fortunately, there is no shortage of colorful perennials and bulbs that thrive in zone 5 that are perfect for Milwaukee-area gardens and lawns.

Here is just a partial list of flowers that do well in zone 5:

  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Lilies
  • Delphinium
  • Garden phlox
  • Lavender
  • Hollyhocks
  • Hyacinths
  • Poppies
  • Bee balm
  • Purple coneflower
  • Violets

In addition, these plants for great for ornamental touches:

  • Ferns
  • Hosta
  • Zebra grass
  • Ligularia
  • Jacob’s ladder
  • Coral bells

Several varieties of grass also do well in zone 5. These include bluegrass, fescue, buffalo grass (which is native to this area), and ryegrass.

Get Planting

There’s still time this season to polish your home’s landscaping. The plants listed above are suitable for zone 5, which is a great place to start.

And, if you’d like help with your garden design or ongoing maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We offer professional landscaping design and grounds maintenance solutions throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha.

Watering Your Lawn: How Much is Too Much?

About 78 percent of Americans have homes with landscaping or lawns. Yet 69 percent admitted their landscaping needs improvement.

Even if you believe you’re taking care of your lawn the right way, chances are, you aren’t. From fertilizing to watering, taking care of the lawn isn’t always as simple as you might think.

If you’re asking yourself, “How often should I water my lawn?” you’re asking a good question. It’s not as obvious as it seems.

rainbow from lawn being watered by automatic sprinkler

Year-Round Care

Lawns and a beautiful landscape increase the value of your home. That’s why learning how to take proper care of your lawn and landscape now makes sense. That way, when it comes time to sell, your house will have great curb appeal.

Lawn care is essential year round. Even if your grass is brown in the winter, it needs water. In fact, many Milwaukee-area lawns typically need at least 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week.

How Often Should I Water My Lawn?

It seems easy enough: Turn on the sprinklers every day or every other day. That’s it, right? No, unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Don’t we wish!

First, you need to know the soil type under your lawn. This determines how often you should water, as well as how much. If you don’t know, consult a lawn care professional or buy a soil test kit at your local garden store.

Some tips:

  • If your soil is sandy, it requires water about every third day.
  • Clay soil does okay with one watering per week, while other soils need water every few days.
  • All types of lawn and soil do best with a long, slow soak every few days instead of a little water every day.

There’s also an easy test you can use to see if your lawn is well watered. For the screwdriver test, stick a screwdriver about 6 inches down into the soil. If it’s easy to push, your lawn is getting enough water. If it’s hard to push down, it’s not getting enough water.

Too Much Water

If you notice lots of water running down into the gutter, it’s possible you’re overwatering. Check the sprinkler heads to make sure they’re sprinkling the lawn, not the gutter. If they’re watering the lawn, chances are, you’re overwatering.

Sometimes your lawn exhibits symptoms similar to underwatering when it’s overwatered. Feel the lawn to see if it’s damp before you turn the sprinklers on. If it’s already wet, wait a day or two, then see how it looks.

Too Little Water

It’s possible to give your lawn too little water. So, how do you know if that’s what you’re doing? Here’s how: Some blades of grass wilt without enough water. If your grass is a vibrant green color that turns dull and bluish-gray, that’s a sign of underwatering.

Also, if you walk across the grass and see clear footprints, that’s also a sign the grass needs more water.

Great Lawn Care

Now you know how to answer the question, “How often should I water my lawn?” But remember there’s more to proper lawn care than just watering. Unfortunately, you can never assume you know how to take care of your lawn just because it seems easy. Your lawn is a living plant. It takes knowledge as well as hard work to care for it well.

If you don’t have time to take care of your lawn, ask a professional to help you. It’s well worth it, and we can help! Contact us today for an estimate or appointment.

When is the Best Time for Lawn Aeration?

What if one easy trick could give you the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood?

Lawn aeration can provide you with that beautiful lawn you’ve wanted. However, the trick is to know exactly when you should aerate.

Keep reading for our guide to the best time for lawn aeration.

aerated lawn with holes

What Is Lawn Aeration?

When you aerate a lawn, you perforate the soil with a series of small holes. This makes it easier for air to get through the roots of the grass. Water and nutrients will also have an easier time getting through.

If you have compacted soil, then lawn aeration is a particularly good idea. That is because the solid particles in compacted soils make it particularly difficult for air, nutrients, and water to circulate.

When Is the Best Time to Aerate a Lawn?

Lawn aeration is not a good idea for every season. If you’re not careful, you could end up making things worse for your lawn instead of better.

The ideal season for lawn aeration is fall. This is because you get a perfect combination of factors: the weather is nice and cool (making things easier for you) and there is low weed pressure. And, of course, the grass is still growing during this time.

Spring is typically a bad time to aerate the lawn because the aeration holes could lead to germinating weed seeds. Such weeds germinate in the spring, and aerating just makes things easier for them.

In the event of highly compacted soil, you can aerate in the spring to break the soil up. It’s best to wait for late spring, though, if you do this: weeds will be out, but this gives you a chance to aerate before they flower and then go to seed.

These general guidelines should help you decide when is the best time to aerate a lawn.

How to Aerate a Lawn

Now that you know when to aerate a lawn, there’s a natural follow-up question: How do you do it? It depends on whether you want to use a plug or spike aerator.

The spike aerator is really simple, letting you use a fork or tine to just poke the holes directly into the ground. Plug aerators are designed to cut and remove plugs of soil.

Generally speaking, the plug aerator will give you better results than the spike aerator. However, the spike is easier to use, so some try this method out first.

Alternately, you can hire professionals to do it for you since they already have the equipment and know how. Lawn care professionals are also better equipped to recognize any issues your lawn is having.

Best Timing to Aerate a Lawn

While you may know the best season for lawn aeration, that doesn’t mean every day is good for it. You’ll get best results if you aerate the day after it has rained. That way you benefit from the moist soil without having to water.

If no rain is in the forecast, then you can also just water your lawn the day before. Overall, the goal is just making sure the soil isn’t too dry for aeration!

The Bottom Line

Now you know the secrets about lawn aeration. But do you have pros who can handle your lawn best?

For local experts in lawn maintenance and care,  contact us today. Central Services has been caring for local lawns and landscapes throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha since 1971.

Best Types of Grass for Wisconsin Lawns

Are you a homeowner? Are you looking to add more value to your property? One way you can increase the value of your home is by having a lush, grassy lawn.

In the U.S., 78 percent of adults have homes with a lawn or some other form of landscaping. So, it’s obvious that the majority of Americans value having a good yard on their property.

Are you wondering how you can get your dream lawn? The answer is simple: grass seed!

Here are some of the best grass seed types for lawns in Wisconsin, so you can find the right grass varieties for your landscape.

hand holding grass seeds

Good Varieties of Lawn Grass for Milwaukee and Waukesha

Kentucky Bluegrass

One of the best winter grass seed types is Kentucky bluegrass. Since it’s winter hardy, it’s easier to revive after a long, hard winter than other grass varieties.

It’s commonly planted in Wisconsin and is known for its ability to withstand cold climates. It’s also good for filling in damaged areas of grass.

To perform at its best, Kentucky bluegrass requires full sunlight, although you can plant it in shady spaces as well.

Fine Fescue

If you’re looking for a grass that works well in shady spaces and in soil with low moisture and/or pH levels, let fine fescue come to your rescue.

Fine fescue is one of the types of lawn grass that people rarely plant on its own. Usually, it’s combined with other cool-season grass types.

Be careful not to overwater this grass, though, or you may end up with a poor quality turf.

Bent Grass

Bent grass, while typically found on golf courses, can produce a dense, uniform grass turf—as long as you care for it properly.

Watering requirements for this type of grass are lighter than some other types, but they are frequent. Shallow root systems mean that the seedbeds must be kept moist on a continuous basis. This means bent grass may require more frequent watering than homeowners are accustomed to.

If you don’t have the time and money to maintain a bent grass lawn, you may benefit from choosing an alternative.

When to Plant

Whether you’re looking for drought-tolerant grass or another variety, it’s best to plant your grass during spring or fall.

If you want to have more time to establish your lawn, planting during the spring months is ideal. However, if you’re worried about the effects heat may have on your new grass seed, you’ll want to plant it during the fall months and allow approximately 6 weeks of consistent 50 to 70-degree weather to do so.

Try One of These Popular Grass Seed Types Today

While these grass seed types are quite popular with homeowners in Wisconsin, they are just the beginning. There are many more to choose from.

If you want to have a successful grass growing endeavor, it’s important to plant a grass type that is the right fit for your environment. Start with one of these seed types, and you’ll be right on your way to a beautiful turf.

Not sure which grass is best for your landscaping?  Contact us today!

How Much Value Does Professional Home Landscaping Add to Your Property?

There’s a reason the home landscaping company is booming: A whopping 90% of people think it’s crucial to have a well-maintained lawn but 33% don’t know how to do it themselves. But that’s just one reason that the landscaping industry brings in $61 million per year.

If you’re among those who want to have a great lawn but feel like they can just DIY it, put down the mulch. We’re going to break down how professional landscaping is going to add value to your property.

Keep reading to see how it’s worth the initial expense.

home landscaped with rose and blue hydrangeas

Maintain Your Lawn

If there’s one thing that you must absolutely do to add value to your home, you must maintain your lawn. Out of any landscaping that adds value to a home, the lawn is the biggest element. And it’s easy to see why—the lawn is the first thing people see.

Having a professional care and maintain this major area is easier than having to keep track of it yourself.

Pathways and Decorative Rocks

Once you’ve got basic lawn care down, adding a few decorative elements will boost your curb appeal.

Home landscaping professionals can work with you to add things like pathways and decorative rocks on your property. This allows you to add value to your home in a creative and useful way.

Fencing and Boundaries

Lots of potential buyers look for fencing or boundaries when they’re home shopping. And, fencing and decorative boundaries are fairly easy yard improvement projects. That makes them inexpensive ways to boost your home’s value and make your yard space look pretty.

Planting Beds

Lots of people love to go outside and pick their own fresh veggies and fruit. If you’ve ever wanted your own edible garden, this is a great project to take on.

Of course, this home landscaping project can seem a bit intimidating. That’s why it’s best to call in a professional who can guide you through the entire process.

Find a pro who knows their way around an edible garden. They’ll show you what to plant where and how to plant it.

Bushes and Trees

A lush expanse of lawn can’t be beat, but if you want to add a few more living features, bushes and trees are the obvious choices. Having a few of these commonplace plants can add tons of curb appeal to your home and boost the value of your property.

Wondering if bushes and trees would be high-maintenance additions? A good home landscaping company will help you find hardy shrubs that just need a trim here and there. Trees will also need some pruning from time to time, but a shady spot is always a welcome addition to any home.

Call a Home Landscaping Pro Today to Boost Your Curb Appeal

Ready to add these ideas to your own home? Great! We’re ready to take a look at your lawn and help you make the best choices to add value to your home.

Contact us today and we’ll show you how to take your property’s potential to the next level. We provide services throughout the Milwaukee and Waukesha areas.

How to Revive Grass After a Long, Hard Winter

There are over 40 million acres of lawns across the U.S. That’s because homeowners love their lawns, and for good reason: Having a healthy, vibrant lawn can not only add to your home’s property value but also help cut pollution.

Following a long winter, you may be wondering how to make grass green again or how to revive dead grass fast. Not to worry: Those brown spots can be repaired!

Try these tips for reviving grass after winter and making your grass green again.

damaged, dead grass

Knowing How to Revive Grass

There are several steps you need to follow to bring back dead grass. These include:

Cleaning Up the Yard

The first step is to remove any leaves, dirt, or debris covering your lawn. This makes it easier to revive brown grass and allows you to find any areas which need extra care.

Aerating the Soil

Soil gets packed down with time and can choke off the flow of nutrients to your grass. Loosening up the soil helps the grass get the nutrients your lawn needs to grow. That’s why aerating, which loosens your soil, is great for bringing back dead grass.

Removing Dead Grass

After a long winter, it’s possible that some of the grass in your lawn is dead. You’ll want to dethatch the lawn to help remove any dead grass.

Using a rake to dethatch the lawn allows the soil and living grass to breathe and get the necessary nutrients they need to stay healthy.

Taking Care of Weeds

As your lawn begins to revive, so will the weeds that try to take over your lawn. It is important to quickly remove any emerging weeds before they have time to spread.

Preventative weed treatments can also help stop weeds before they can grow and become a problem for your lawn.

Dealing with Bare Patches

If you find dead spots in your lawn and are unable to bring back dead grass there, you’ll need to regrow the grass. This means either using grass seeds to regrow grass in the dead spots or using sod to quickly cover the bare patches.

With seeds, you’ll need to find grass seed suitable for your soil type and climate. You’ll also need to plant the seeds early in the season. It’s important to regularly water the area to make sure the seeds take root and grow properly.

If you choose to go with sod, you’ll need to select a species of grass that matches your existing lawn. As with seeds, you’ll need to water daily to make sure the sod takes.

Fertilizing

For your lawn to grow properly, it needs the proper nutrients. Using an appropriate lawn fertilizer in the spring helps provide the necessary nutrients. And, depending on the type of fertilizer you use, it may even also kill weeds.

There are many different types of fertilizer to choose from, including nontoxic and organic fertilizers, so it’s important to research before making a choice.

Knowing How to Make Grass Green

Here in Milwaukee, knowing how to revive grass after winter is a must have. Ithelps keep your lawn healthy in the spring. But remember: You’ll still need to take care of your lawn in the spring to get it ready for summer!

Whether you’re interested in learning about how to care for your lawn or deciding between seed and sod, we have the information you need. We can also help you with all your landscaping and grounds maintenance needs. Contact us today to find out more about our services.

Flooded Backyard in Milwaukee? These Drainage Solutions Can Help

Puddles in the backyard may be fun for the kids, but for homeowners they can spell foundation nightmares. If your backyard floods every time it rains, it may be time to call in a good landscaper.

Professional landscapers do a lot more than plant flowers and mow grass. They can assess water drainage issues and install drainage solutions. They’ll have to take it on a case to case basis, though, because what’s right for your Milwaukee yard flooding issue might not be right for anyone else.

Before you find a landscaper to assess your personalized solution, however, read the quick fixes below.

happy girl playing in puddle in backyard

Curtain Drain

What’s the first solution that comes to mind when you think of draining water? A pipe.

That’s exactly what the curtain drain method uses. This method consists of setting a pipe into the ground and running water from your property to the main drain (like a street storm drain). Because the pipe is perforated, it helps collect water from the soil. It then uses gravity and your yard’s natural grade to run the water off.

There’s one caveat though: To use this method, your property needs to be higher than the surrounding lots or the closest road.

A Dry Well

If you’re on low land but don’t want to spend sump pump money, try this solution.

A dry well is an in-yard well that stays dry until excess rain fills it up. A dry well is usually dug in the lowest part of the yard for maximum impact and doesn’t take much (if any) hardware.

Once the well is dug, a landscaper will fill it with gravel to mimic a natural draining system. As the water fills the well, the rocks keep things from getting muddy. The well then empties into the surrounding soil, dispersing the moisture into deeper soil levels than a regular drain.

A Sump Pump

If you have a couple of hundred dollars to spare and extra electricity, invest in a sump pump. These machines collect excess runoff and pump it away. And, the runoff plumbing can deposit excess water wherever you want, even uphill.

Since sump pumps are an investment, talk to a professional landscaper before you take the plunge. They’ll be able to assess the intensity of the problem and give you ideas on the where and how of installation.

Most landscapers will even install it for you! The best way to see if any landscapers in your area do so is to ask for a free quote and let them know what you’re thinking.

Community-Wide Action

If you’re having an unusually wet season or have a low-lying yard, drainage issues are typical. But if they seem to persist or you hear other neighbors talking about them, it may be a bigger deal.

Talk to your landscaper and ask if they see any large-scale problems in the area. If they do, ask for their advice and take your concerns to the HOA.

If you don’t have an HOA or they can’t do anything about it, contact your local government. If municipal engineers are to blame for drainage problems, it may be your city’s legal duty to fix it.

Picking Drainage Solutions

Knowing which yard drainage solution is right for your home is difficult. It takes many small details into consideration than you’ve probably considered.

If you need assistance, one of our landscapers can find the perfect fit for you. Get in contact today and change your back-swamp into your backyard!

5 Unique Plants for Your Garden This Year

Spring is just around the corner, so many of us are starting seeds indoors for our vegetable gardens, making plans for new ornamental flowers and shrubs, and consulting landscaping experts.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and lettuce are all staples on anyone’s list, but why not throw in some unique plants and tasty new treats? Your rose bushes may still be the pride of your garden, but you could spark the curiosity of your neighbors with some unusual and exotic varieties.

Beautiful pink sunflowers blooming in the field

Want to learn more? Read on to discover five unique plants to show off in 2018.

1. Rainbow Carrots

The kids might do a double take when you put these unique plants on their plates. And if you get them involved in the planting, your children will giggle with delight when they pull these festively colored carrots out of the ground.

If you ever wanted to cure picky eating, these carrots might do the trick. And every newly grown carrot (Imagine them now,  in purple, red, orange, pink, white, and yellow!) will bring new joy to your kids.

2. Purple Cauliflower

Cauliflower is all the rage. It can replace rice or pizza crust in gluten-free recipes, and it can also be used to make vegan buffalo wings. Purple cauliflower not only tastes delightful, but it also brings a brilliant color to the garden.

The purple heads are sweet to eat, and they turn a bright green when cooked. Rumor has it that they’re actually easier to grow than the white variety too.

If you have extra space in your garden, purple cauliflower might be a wonderful edition. But, be aware that the heads can grow as big as 15 inches in diameter!

3. Cucamelon

These adorable fruits from Mexico and Central America look like mini-watermelons but taste like lime-infused cucumbers. Their citrus-y flavor makes them a great addition to salads. If you bring these to a potluck, everyone is sure to ask you about them.

Cucamelon vines grow quickly and are plentiful when matured. You can eat them right off the vine, and they taste great when pickled, too. And, if those options don’t appeal to you, you can always throw one in a citrus cocktail.

4. Pink Sunflower

You might not think of sunflowers as unique plants, but the myriad sizes, colors, and varieties in which they are available do make them unusual.

And nothing says summer more than driving by fields of them on the way to the farmer’s market. The golden color of giant sunflowers is so cheerful, and that joy can be doubled by integrating pink ones into your garden.

These gorgeous sunflowers stand 20 to 30 inches tall and come in nearly every shade of pink, such as pale fuchsia, burgundy, and light purple. Imagine how they could look towering over your garden!

5. Voodoo Lily

If you want to go for something all-out strange and mysterious, try your hand at adding a voodoo lily to your garden.

This bizarre plant will bloom out of a dormant bulb, even if you forget about it all winter. But when it blooms it smells like rotting flesh, so you might want to not have it in a pot in the house at that point.

Should you decide to grow a voodoo lily, here are some interesting facts you can share about these interesting plants:

  • Voodoo lilies are a type of corpse flower, which acquired their name due to their repulsive odor.
  • The bulb continues to grow underground, even when the plant is in dormancy. Each year, the bulb grows larger, and the plant gets bigger every time it emerges.
  • They’re easy to grow in pots or in the garden. But, if you live in a colder climate, don’t forget to bring your plants inside for the winter.

Unique Plants for Inspiration

Hopefully, this list inspires you to have fun with your garden. It’s always a good time to bring in some unique and interesting varieties.

But, this list is just a sample. There are dozens more vegetables and flowering plants to choose from that can make your garden the talk of the town. Who knows, your plant selection could be the start of a garden wonderland!

If you’d like to find other ways to make your garden stand out, our landscape design team can certainly turn your vision into a reality. Contact us today for a consultation!

7 Beautiful Garden Lighting Ideas to Consider for Your Landscaped Milwaukee Garden

A garden can go a long way in giving a property a unique and inviting atmosphere. Perhaps you regularly cultivate a garden in your yard, but you are looking for a way to make it stand out even more than it already does? If so, you might consider providing it with some lighting.

A bit of lighting can transform your garden, making it visible all throughout the day and night. Here are seven beautiful garden lighting ideas to consider for your landscaped Milwaukee garden.

villa garden with lighting hanging from tree

1. Lighting Within Water

Does your garden contain any decorative waterfalls? If so, you might consider installing lights within these falls.

By shining light through the water from the inside out, you provide your garden with an elegant and atmospheric aesthetic.

2. Indirect Lighting

A way to give a unique look to your garden is by distributing abstract light. This type of light is created by making use of indirect lighting. Instead of shining light directly onto plants, shine it so that it only partially makes contact with the plants.

3. Cool Lighting

Artificial lighting comes in a bevy of different colors. Whereas yellow artificial lighting typical possesses around 2,000 kelvins, blue artificial light typically contains around 5,500 kelvins.

Using 5,500-kelvin bulbs will give your garden a cool, bluish appearance.

4. Edge Lighting

A great way to make your garden stand out in the dark of the night is by lighting up its edges. By placing lamps along the edges of your garden, you can not only light up a walking path, but draw attention to the plants that line the outside of your garden. Not to mention, it will provide your garden with a clean and tidy look.

5. Mixed Lighting

While you could conceivably place a number of uniform lamps throughout your garden, you might want to mix it up a bit by making use of several different types of lamps. Lamps of different shapes and sizes will bring some much-needed variety to your garden.

6. Lighting from Trees

Wouldn’t it be nice to produce the look of moonlight cascading down onto your garden all throughout the night? Well, you can do so by placing lights in your trees.

When you emit light from your trees, you create an ethereal atmosphere which seems to engulf your entire garden.

7. Direct Lighting

If you want to draw maximum attention to your garden, you’d be best served by direct lighting. Shining a lamp directly onto your plants presents them in all of their glory. This will create a bold, but inviting aesthetic which can be experienced by any and all passersby.

Ready to Enhance Your Garden Lighting?

Are you looking to add a little more atmosphere to your garden? Ready to enhance your garden lighting? If so, and if you live in the Milwaukee area, we here at Central Services can help you.

Our team of landscaping design specialists is well-versed in the light installation process, and we can give you the exact look that you’re looking for.

Contact us today to discuss your needs!

4 Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal With Landscaping Rocks

Landscaping rocks can improve your curb appeal if you use them well. These stones are versatile, aesthetically pleasing, and fit most landscaping plans. Moreover, they are easy to maintain.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the importance of landscaping. They think cleaning their front porches or yards is enough. We believe landscaping matters because:

  • It can nurture and conserve natural resources
  • It creates a good and comfortable home environment
  • It blends with the natural environment
  • It boosts visual appeal and aesthetics

This last point is what we are focusing on. Using various ideas, landscaping rocks can make your property more attractive. Read on to learn how.

a stone landscaped pond

Great Ideas When Using Landscaping Rocks

You may want to lay the landscape rock yourself, but that’s not a good idea. Though DIY projects work, it is better to let professionals handle the job.

Also, some projects can be labor-intensive. This makes it difficult for an individual. Professional landscapers have enough people to do the job and at a faster speed.

Here are four great ideas we would recommend when using landscaping rocks:

Putting Rocks and Boulders in a Small Yard Garden

Find a range of large rocks and boulders, and then put them in a circle in the center of your yard. There has to be a mixture of different rock textures and sizes. Then, this area can get a variety of flowers and plants with different colors. It creates contrast and the garden becomes the centerpiece of your yard. Putting light fixtures of various shapes will light up the garden at night.

Build a Rock Fountain

Garden fountains give an area an added serenity. You can stare blissfully as water flows on the rocks on a warm afternoon. Getting such a fountain doesn’t have to be expensive either.

You’ll use coarse gravel, small smooth rocks, and big uneven stones. There’ll be some drilling on some of the boulders to set them in place. You’ll need a couple of water buckets and a water pump. That’s it!

This fountain can have the uneven rough stones and small smooth rocks in a unique design. After placement, the water can start flowing over them.

Use a Large Decorative Stone

Interior designers like accent walls. These are walls with a bold and different color from the rest of the walls in the room. This same idea can apply when using landscaping rocks. You can put a large decorative stone somewhere in your yard. It could be a large red granite rock. Decorative stones are unique and add color to the landscape.

This decorative stone will have smaller stones of different textures and sizes around it. Maintenance will involve rinsing the stones once in a while to keep them looking bright.

Create a Rock Pathway Leading to Slab Steps

River rocks tend to have smooth textures. These work well on pathways. Several long and flat river rocks placed strategically will create a path. Smaller rocks and gravel can fill up the empty spaces between the flat river rocks. Crushed red granite gravel can add texture and contrast to the path. The end of the path should have large slab steps.

Get the Best Landscaping Service

We know many different types of rock landscaping techniques you can use for your yard. The four ideas above are a quick example of great landscape designs. Not only will they make your curb look good, they’ll also raise the value of your home.

Contact us to see what other ways our professional landscapers can beautify your yard.