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Posted by St. Martin Team on 11/18/2021

Garden edging is an important element of landscaping design that serves many purposes. There are a variety of different materials and techniques for edging, ranging from professional installation to DIY weekend projects. If youíre wondering whether to add garden edging to your outdoor spaces, here are some key benefits to consider:

Defining and Separating Spaces

The obvious visual aspect of garden edging is that it creates a divider between two pieces of the yard. You can use either straight or curved lines to surround flower beds, trees, vegetable gardens and lawns and set them apart from the rest of the space. Not only does this look aesthetically pleasing, it will help you establish traffic flow and set limits.

For example, if you want to avoid damage to your lawn or flowers, defining the edges of pathways will send a more obvious message. Clearly defining what is safe to walk on and what is not will help keep your garden healthy and tidy.

Containing Your Garden

Edging provides some excellent benefits from a pure gardening standpoint as well. If properly installed, garden edging will extend below and above the soil line to create a solid barrier. This barrier can keep away many pests that could harm your plants, and will also keep spreading plants from growing out of control. You can also prevent the spread of weeds with garden edging, keeping your flowers, gardens and lawns free of uninvited guests.

Depending on the material and size of the garden edge you create, you can even discourage larger animals like dogs, cats and deer from trampling your flowers and veggies. This will help prevent cross contamination between different garden beds as well.

Helping You With Maintenance

While it takes some work to install, garden edging will help you with long term landscaping maintenance. Trimming the edges of the lawn is easier when you have a solid line to guide you and youíll avoid spreading grass into the flower beds that youíd need to clean up later. Any plants around the edges of the garden are a lot less likely to be damaged by mowing, weeding or general yard traffic which means you wonít have to replace them as often. This, combined with the bonus of keeping pests and weeds away, means more time for you to spend on other things.

Improving Your Gardenís Appearance

Garden edging can be just as visually pleasing as practical. With the many materials and techniques available for edging, you can create a beautiful aesthetic and benefit your plants. Some edging can create contrast by drawing bold lines between parts of your lawn, while others can stay neutral. Neutral-colored edging will give colorful flowers and foliage a perfect backdrop to stand out against. Not to mention, in protecting your lawn, pathways and garden beds from damage and pests youíll be improving the look of your entire yard.

Garden edging can be incredibly beneficial to a landscape. Along with the visual appeal itís also helpful in maintaining a successful garden. With the wide variety of edging materials available, youíre sure to find something that will fit your aesthetic and practical needs.





Posted by St. Martin Team on 12/17/2020

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When youíre creating a landscaping plan for your home it is essential to design around the local climate and weather patterns. When you opt for plants that thrive in your area, you know they are well equipt to handle the seasonal changes specific to your location. This adaptation makes them easier to care for and less dependent on extra watering. It is especially important to integrate this kind of landscaping when there is some level of drought occurring where you live. 

What to Keep

Drought tolerant landscaping is a beautiful way to save on water usage. The good news is that creating a more drought-tolerant yard doesn't necessarily mean removing all of the plantings you currently have. 

Large trees are a great asset, plan on keeping those. Well placed trees provide shade for your home and garden which can be an energy saver all year long. Shade trees also allow a diverse variety of plants to grow comfortably and provides nesting habitat for birds and other native wildlife. 

A drought-tolerant landscape typically includes little to no grass. Grass requires regular watering to keep it green and thriving. Lawn watering can be expensive and seasonally limited by the town or city where you reside. Opting to replace even a section of your lawn with a rock garden or wildflowers is guaranteed to reduce your water bill.

What to Add

Focus on plants local to your area. These plants have evolved to handle the local climate and will have the best chance of growing with little to no input from you. In general, using rocks or wood pellets instead of grass for ground covering will serve you well. Try lava rock to cut down on erosion and help the soil retain more water. Install ground cloth under the rock bed or add mulch to curb weed growth and protect your native plants from insects. For an added boost for your plantings, add compost to your soil before the mulch.

Irrigation

An irrigation system could be a helpful addition to your landscape because it allows you to control where and how much youíre watering. If you have an irrigation system in place be sure to have it serviced regularly, especially if you have made changes to the plantings or green areas in your yard. 

If youíre considering installing a new system, an efficient option is a grey-water system. Grey-water irrigation allows for the reuse of water from your in-home sinks, washing machines, showers, and bathtubs to water your plants.

The right landscaping can boost your curb appeal and property value to the next level. Ask your real estate agent for their advice and professional landscaper recommendations in your area.





Posted by St. Martin Team on 5/18/2017

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Little beats a breathtaking outdoor view. In fact, you may have bought your house because of where itís located. Large, bay windows and wide sliding doors are just two ways that you could enjoy observing nature without stepping outside.

Fantastic outdoor living options

An outdoor patio offers an excellent opportunity to take in nature. If youíre an interior design traditionalist, think outside the box on this one. Decorate your patio with a two or three-seater sofa, coffee table and end tables, similar to how you would a small indoor living room. Live in an area that enjoys cold temperatures or snow? Encase your patio in plexiglass.

Build large columns at the sides of your front walkway. Another option is to lay light brown or reddish brown cobblestone up your front walkway. Use the space for entertaining or for enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice as you survey your surroundings during the early morning.

Gardens filled with a wide assortment of tall flowers and plants break down the separation between your property and the larger outdoors. Gardens are also good because they inspire you to get outside, put your hands in the earth and help cultivate increase. Grow flowers and plants along the sides and back edge of your yard. It will serve as a gorgeous natural fence. Flowers growing in three to four large clusters in your back yard are a welcomed sight as well. Let your creativity flow. For example, if you love birds, consider placing a marble birdbath in the center of your back yard near a tree.

Donít stop with a garden. Opt for a kitchen or a den that is bordered in rows of windows. Install windows from the ceiling to the floor. Have them wrap around an entire side of your kitchen, making it easy for you to see across the back of your property for acres. Get maximum outdoor exposure by placing your kitchen island, sink and stove on the floor so that they face the windows.

More ways to bring gorgeous outdoor views into your home include opting for a home that has a bathroom window. You can get added privacy by placing the window up high enough so that no one can see inside the bathroom from outside your home.

Go for houses that have tennis courts and a swimming pool. Give yourself reasons to get outdoors. You donít need a large budget to do this. For example, instead of buying expensive porch or patio furniture, get two colorful chairs from a local housing goods store. The aim is to soak in as many natural views and outdoor experiences as you can.

Of course,the best way to enjoy beautiful, natural views at home is to buy a house thatís located near a river, lake, gurgling stream, woods, desert plain, mountains or canyon. These settings offer amazing year round natural views. Houses in these types of breathtaking settings tend to also be pricey, for the views alone. But,all is not lost. You can cut down on these housing costs by bringing Mother Nature to you.




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