How to Transform Your Outdoor Living Space for Fall

With Summer just about coming to a close, have you considered how you’re going to use your outdoor living space this Fall? This is a great time of year to give your yard a little makeover and switch things up so you can enjoy the cooler days and longer nights. Here how you can transform your outdoor space for Fall.

Outdoor furniture

Stay warm and cozy in your outdoor living space by adding a few plush pillows and throw blankets. It’s an affordable and simple way to update your area. Incorporating autumn colors in your couch cushions and pillows will also give you and your guests a spot to relax and snuggle up in the cool evening air. 

Fireplaces and fire pits

You can also add a little warmth and personality to your outdoor living space with a fireplace or fire pit. Choose a classic looking fireplace or a more rustic and homey fire pit. There are plenty of options on the market so it might be hard to pick one. But opting for either will let you enjoy your outside space even in the cooler weather.

Decor and details

Don’t forget about the smaller details either! When transitioning your outdoor space for Fall, think about adding a set of string lights to give the area a warm glow. You can also swap out summer planters for seasonal ones. Make sure you incorporate harvest colors and patterns to really invoke the feeling of Fall.

At Legarden Designs, we can transform your property into a beautiful space that reflects you! Contact us today and learn about all the landscaping services we offer.

Top 5 Summer Gardening Tips to Keep Your Plants Thriving

Summertime can be a great season for gardening but harsh overhead sun, unwanted pests, and increasing temperatures mean your garden needs more TLC than usual. With a few simple steps and planning, you can keep your garden looking fresh all summer (and year) long. Here are the top 5 gardening care tips to keep your garden thriving this summer:

Don’t over-water your plants

You don’t need to constantly water your plants even when it’s excessively hot outside. It’s actually better to water your plants less often, but with more water than vice versa. You should also try to avoid watering plants at night to prevent fungus growth, and at midday to prevent the soil from soaking up most of the water. 

Keep your plants fed

Plants also need much more than just water to survive the scorching summer temperatures and heavy sun exposure. Adding mulch in flower beds and around plantings will help soil retain moisture and keep plants insulated. You can also find plant feeders that attach to your garden hose to make it easier.

Prune your plants

You should also watch out for any damaged or diseased branches, and prune them when you can. This will help the plant grow back healthier and fuller during the next season. Also note any weeds growing in the area and remove them. They steal nutrients and water from your flowers and shrubs! 

Give your plants some shade

If there is part of your garden that gets a lot of sunlight during the day, you’ll want to create a little shade to protect your plants from too much sun exposure. A stunt plant, like a tree or cluster of bamboo is a perfect way to give your flower beds a little extra shade. 

Protect your plants from pests

Bugs and insects can also bother the plants in your garden! The first step is to figure out what types of insects are in your garden area so you can get the correct pesticides to combat them. Also, make sure to avoid using traps for flying insects near doors and high traffic areas.

Our garden services at Legarden Designs handles every element of the process – from the initial design consultation through the project’s completion. We also provide seasonal reviews and yearly walkthroughs. Contact us today!

When You Should Plant Shrubs Around Your Property

Planting shrubs around your home is a great way to give your property some character and beauty. You can also use shrubs for their functionality like lining your walkways, sectioning off patios and gardens, and so much more. But just like other flowers and trees, there is an optimal time to plant shrubs. Read on to learn when.

Summer vs. Fall

If you’re willing to put in the time, effort, and money into rejuvenating your yard, it’s important to understand the right time to plant everything. During the spring and summer months, shrubs use the majority of their energy above-ground in order to grow. If you plant shrubs at this time, it could add an unnecessary amount of stress to the plant and might even cause its death.

Instead, you should plant shrubs in the fall when most of their energy is focused below-ground on the roots. This will give the shrubs enough time for their root systems to grow and spread underground. When summer comes back the following year, the shrubs will be more established and better prepared to handle the heat. 

Maintenance

It’s also important to know how to maintain the shrubs you plant to prolong their lifespan. You should prune during the spring to keep your plants healthy and your walkways clear of overgrowth. Water regularly, remove any dead branches, and use fertilizer to keep your grounds in tip top shape as well.

Our dedicated team at Legarden Designs is here to help you transform your home and property into the beautiful space you’ve been dreaming of. Contact us today to learn more about the different services we offer.

Traditional Patio Ideas for Your Backyard

Before you have an outdoor patio installed in your backyard, there are a couple things you should consider first. Things like material, color, and how you plan to use your patio can all determine its size and style. Here are some popular patio ideas to help you create one in your backyard.

For outdoor dining

Outdoor dining patios are a very popular choice. With these types of outdoor areas, you can use tables and chairs to seat anywhere from two to ten people (depending on the space available, of course). You, your family, and any other guests can use this to enjoy eating al fresco. 

For outdoor living

This type of patio mimics a traditional living room inside your home. You can find a set up that includes couches, coffee tables, and arm chairs. Some outdoor living patios might also include an entertainment area with a firepit and TV!

For sun and lounging

A patio made for lounging in the sun is a great addition to your backyard, especially if you already have a pool. For these types of patios, you definitely consider how many lounging chairs you’ll be placing because this will be one of the determining factors for your patio’s size.

Material and color

The next step after figuring out how you want to use your patio is determining the materials, patterns, and colors you want to use. Many homeowners go for neutral earth tones for their patios so they can blend in with the existing landscape. But don’t be afraid to get creative with it. Choose a bold pattern or color for the patio material or go for a mixed-material combination to create a border around the area. Adding colorful accents in decor will also bring the are to life.

Contact our team at Legarden Designs, so we can help you transform your property into a beautiful space that reflects you.

Increase Your Home Value With Landscaping

Now that the warm weather is here, more people are spending their time outside. Adding a little landscaping and gardening, as well as creating an outdoor living space is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors. It has also shown to increase your home value up to 20 percent. Here are three ideas to beautify your property.

The front yard

If you’re considering selling your home, a good first impression is very important. Since the front yard is the first part of your property that anyone will see, you’ll want it to look good. Planting leafy bushes and vibrant flowers with a stone pathway will all increase your curb appeal.

Gardening and trees

Planting trees around your home will give it a little character, shade, and privacy. You can talk with your local maintenance department to see which trees are recommended in your area. Planting flower bushes can also give your yard a splash of color and help the bees!

Outdoor living space

Creating a patio or reworking your existing deck is another great way to increase your home value. You can choose to keep it a simple seating area or build a pool with an outdoor kitchen. It’s up to you! If you surround the area with trees and bushes, it will also give you a little more privacy.

At Legarden Designs, we can transform your property into a beautiful space that reflects you! Contact us today and learn about all the landscaping services we offer.