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Landscape Lighting – 3 Reasons to Go Solar

Now that the weather has improved, you are finally able pay attention to the condition of the outside of your home. You find that your property would benefit from more light. There are several ways to go about solving your lighting problem and you should weigh the options. If you have special trees or plantings that you would like to highlight then spotlights will do the job. You can get spotlights that are bright white, ones that rotate through a color spectrum, and others that freeze on one color.

You have walkways to your front and back doors that you want to light. Small pathway or rock lights will solve this problem. Perhaps you are decorating for a party and want to brighten up your garden. You can use string lights, hanging lanterns, garden stakes and statuary.

Solar landscape lighting has become popular over the past five years. Solar lighting, decorative and functional, has several benefits over its electric counterpart:

1. Convenient – Solar lights do not need to be placed near an electrical source. So, if you need pathway lights that travel 200 feet down your driveway, you can put solar lights as far away from the house as you choose without worrying about extra wiring. Some are sold individually and others are sold in multiples, connected by a cable. This type of lighting needs to be pushed into the ground and positioned to your liking.

2. Low Maintenance – Batteries are rechargeable. You will not worry about the batteries dying in a solar light because they are constantly being recharged by the sun’s energy. This is not to say that the batteries last forever, you are likely to get two years out of a pair of rechargeable batteries. Solar lights turn on and off automatically. Many, however, have an on/off switch so when you are not home for an extended time, it is best to save the batteries and switch to the off position.

3. Attractive – There are many decorative options. Solar butterfly string lights will draw attention to the boxwoods next to your patio, while solar mission lanterns will give the needed light around your dining table on the deck. Solar wall lights will make your deck stairs safer by being well-marked. Solar floating lights decorate your pool while constantly changing color, and solar garden stakes mark your plantings and make the garden more beautiful.

While electric lights may have more powerful voltage options, they are also labor-intensive to install and add to your monthly electric bill. Solar lights are inexpensive, easy to install and cost nothing to operate.

Landscaping 101: Making Your Landscape a Worthy Investment for Your Home

A clean kitchen, excellent furniture, top-of-the-range appliances, and creative design are not only elements that make up a pretty house. Outdoor structures and plants also make a great impact on the overall appearance of a property.

Landscaping changes the look of the outdoor environment, not only for homes, but also commercial and recreational properties. Landscaping is not just a form of gardening by putting up pretty plants and shrubs and trees, it requires knowledge of the area and making use of it in the most efficient way. This involves both science and art – observing the land and coming up with a good design. A good landscape artist knows how to best blend natural elements and industrial construction.

Landscaping improves the land and its uses. A design can improve a patio or a terrace, providing space to entertain guests. Planned spaces can make room for vegetables, utilizing your garden better and increasing energy efficiency. Adding trees in a systematized way can reduce energy costs inside homes or other buildings. Trees can also be shields from the cold during winter.

Landscaping may be costly but it also adds value to a property. It can add make a property stand out and give its owner a sense of pride. It is an investment that can cost from a few hundred to thousands of dollars depending on personal preferences. The expense doesn’t end there, though. Landscaped properties have to be maintained regularly in order to keep the look consistent as time passes. Aside from the plants, owners also have to invest on pesticides, decors, and fertilizers. Also, it also requires investment of time and effort. Constant, proper care includes weeding, watering, pruning, and even harvesting of any produce. Landscaped areas with decks and patios will also require repair and cleaning over time.

The landscape business is not only beneficial to land and property owners. Landscape artists and architects also benefit. In a 2010 survey, the reported median pay for landscape architects was around $62,000, which is definitely above the usual household income. It was also projected for this industry to grow to 16% until the year 2020. Whether you work for a company or are a freelance artist, this is a good career to consider.

Working in landscaping requires full time attention. It can be demanding and mentally challenging. An artist can use computer software like CAD to plan out a project, but they have to be creative and able to think outside the box when planning a design. Positioning elements like trees and shrubs is very crucial to any landscaping project. A careful study of the environment and preserving natural resources is also required.

Overall, we can assume that landscaping is hard work, both for the artist and the customer. Like most things, there are advantages and disadvantages. Signing up to do professional landscaping on your property may require a lifetime commitment and investment. The key is to find an artist who understands your demands and has the creativity to transform your idea into a work of art.

A Well-Balanced Home Landscaping Design

One of the basic principles of all art forms, design, including landscape design is balance. It serves as a point of equality. Despite being somewhat insignificant in landscaping, there is actually more to it than just that and it will be explained in much simpler context in this article.

A garden or landscape that is made with equal size would feel and look naturally balanced. However, there are a lot of gardens and landscapes that does not have symmetry in both shape and form. These are called asymmetrical or abstract gardens that usually do not follow the natural balance. Their landscaping usually relies on other things to have balance and harmony through unity of some point. Most often, having no balance is related to having no repetition. To repeat similar elements such as plants or rocks all over the landscape allows the unification of areas towards one another. This can be accomplished with as little as repeating one matching plant group in terms of color or decoration.

Placing too many or non-matching elements all over a landscape design will certainly create a lack of balance. It will usually show as clutter and unkempt when the plant grows. Plan for less during the early stage of your design and just try placing a few matching plant groups all over the garden. It is important to keep the decor matching to the minimum as others can be added later.

There are many landscaping questions regarding the shape of the design. Shape is something that is distinctive to every design that will follow all your paths and visions. However, a shape or form can still be filled with elements and yet will still be dull, void, loud, cluttered, and unbalanced. Balance does not necessarily depend on shape. It can but usually it does not. Never get too attached on trying to achieve balance simply by trying to make things even in shape as all landscaping designs do not follow bilateral symmetry.

Landscape design is regarded as an art form as it deals with all the principles that all other art forms use. Repetition, unity, as well as balance are the major principles of art that go together side by side. The use of repetition is employed by architects in their design or windows, doors, fixtures, trims, etc. with having the same style, shape, and size. Try to visualize how your home would be if each and every door, door frame, windows, and fixtures were made with different sizes and shapes. Surely it would feel somewhat uncomfortable and chaotic. This is the same as with landscape design.

Consistent repetition is required to create balance, appeal, as well as comfort in a landscape that lacks it. In truth, balance can be achieved with as little as placing two matching elements on both side in creating both unity and consistency. Balance is easily achieved through softscape such as plants, ornaments, lawn, decor, etc. However, you should also try to consider having some hardscape such as walks, driveways, necessities, fences, walls, raised beds, and boundaries in your design.