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Winter Landscaping Ideas: Add Texture and Color to Beautify Your Yard
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Winter landscapes present plenty of opportunities to bring color, texture, and sculptural beauty to your yard. Inspect your yard and take note of areas where you would like to create interest. Your garden will come alive with a well-planned winter landscape and will still look beautiful even in the dormant season. Here are some interesting winter landscape tips to help you beautify your yard:

Focus on Barks

You should pay attention to the ornamental deciduous trees in your garden that shed their leaves during winter, revealing visually distinctive bark. The branches and trunks of these trees end up adding winter interest. A few popular species in this category include dogwoods and birch trees which are popular for their texture and color.

Include Berries

Many of the berry producing trees and shrubs, hold onto to their berries during fall and winter. These berries are food for the birds that hibernate in your area. You can consider including “crabapples” that retain their berries, making it a perfect addition to the winter landscape.

Consider Evergreens

Evergreens are suitable for the winter landscape for various reasons. They offer different color options besides green, including yellow (Gold Thread false cypress plant), blues such as dwarf blue spruce, and all the intermediate colors. You should always consider adding one or two evergreens in your garden, as they offer decent focal points throughout the year.

Review Your Hardscape

Winter is a good time to seriously review your landscape and detect it’s missing focal points. You may consider some hardscape improvements by including a trellis, an arbor, a bench, and even a garden sculpture to your outdoor landscape. These are essential elements to beautify your yard’s appearance in the winter season.

Decorate Your Summertime Containers

You can utilize summertime plant containers such as window boxes, hanging baskets, and winter-resistant containers that are considered indispensable for winter landscaping. Fill these containers with miniature evergreens like dwarf Alberta spruce, rhododendron and other such plants of different textures and colors and fascinating twigs.

Stick with Four-Season Perennials

Some perennials like ornamental grasses and hellebores have evergreen foliage, making them excellent choices for winter landscaping. The foliage adds visual interest and are functional as well.

Landscaping for winters can be fun. Careful planning and the tips mentioned above will spruce up your landscape during the harsh winter months.

Budget Friendly Ideas for Your Outdoor Patio or Deck
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Transforming your dull and cramped yard into a perfect outdoor space for entertaining yourself and your guests doesn’t need to be expensive. You just have to make a small investment on your patio or deck to spruce up your entire yard. You can create an enviable patio or deck without breaking the bank.

Here are some budget friendly ideas to create a unique escape in your yard:

Budget friendly ideas to create a unique escape in your yard

Use Pavers
Install brick pavers, concrete pavers, paving stones or stepping stones to upgrade the appearance of your patio! They are easy to install, require low maintenance and inexpensive to repair. Create a unique design or stain them in different colors to complement your home’s exterior

Budget friendly ideas to create a unique escape in your yard

DIY a Seating Area
Add a seating arrangement that suits your patio design. Make-it-yourself benches, tables and chairs can be budget-friendly options. You can even use ready-to-assemble furniture to furnish your yard frugally. Low-cost concrete block benches offer a great seating area in your outdoor space.

Budget friendly ideas to create a unique escape in your yard

Add Some Greenery
Want more greenery in your yard? Add some container gardens or potted succulents. You can go vertical with your gardening or choose hanging plants in your patio. You can add flowers, vine-like plants or some foliage to make your patio look natural. Create a living fence or decorate your patio’s wall with an espaliered tree to add visual interest in your yard.

Budget friendly ideas to create a unique escape in your yard

Create a Multi-Functional Space
Instead of going for a traditional patio, make your patio multifunctional by adding a firepit, lounge area, outdoor kitchen, a spacious counter for potting, storing things and a dining spot for entertaining the guests. You can create a cabana or use a metal gazebo to put together a perfect outdoor space for entertainment.

Outdoor Patio or Deck

Revamp Your Worn Deck
Breathe new life into your worn deck or patio! You don’t have to start from scratch to create the perfect patio. You can change the look of your patio by simply refinishing the materials, adding a canopy, striking decor or reusing old materials. Outdoor lighting will provide a decorative element for your patio or deck.

Looking for more inexpensive ways to make your patio more welcoming and unique? Contact us at (949) 346-5199 or check our amazing patio designs.

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Super Tips for Designing Beautiful Garden Pathways
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A well thought-out garden pathway seems like a simple enough concept. However, most people neglect their paths, putting them into garden designs as an afterthought. This ensures that the pathways won’t be able to serve their intended purpose. As you plan your next garden, consider one or more of the following notions for your garden pathways:

Beautiful Garden Pathway

Serving a Purpose
There should be a point to adding a path in a garden. Maybe you want to lead guests into a seating area or you want people to follow the path through the entire garden so that they can experience all of the flowers.

Taking a Logical Route
The route that the path takes should make sense with the elements of the garden. For example, if you’re putting in a curved path, it should follow the lines of the lawn or wind naturally around the flower beds.

Accommodating a Realistic Amount of Traffic
The amount of traffic that the path will have should dictate its width and construction. A narrow path is ideal for allowing a couple to stroll through the garden intimately while a wider path is preferable for rolling a wheelbarrow around the garden.

Matching the Existing Garden Style
The construction materials that you select for the path must fit with the current aesthetics of the garden. Gravel and bark are perfect for an informal garden space while a paved or brick pathway is a better choice for a formal garden. A straightforward mown path is best for a large patch of grass.

If you choose brick, gravel, or pavers for your garden landscaping, request samples ahead of time to experiment with them in the garden space. Path materials often look quite different in a bag in the home improvement store than they do out in the sunlight or among the flowers in your garden. It’s important to know exactly what you’re getting before you invest in a large quantity of material.

Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes is a full service, family-owned garden landscaping company serving both residential and commercial clients in the greater Orange County area. Contact us to help you design a beautiful garden pathway.

7 Ways to Design Your Garden Paths
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Creating pathways can be fun and will give you the opportunity to show off some style. From the materials you use to the layout, the path you create can be whimsical or straightforward.

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Consider these 7 ways you can design your garden path around:

  1. Decide the Purpose for the Path
    The path should have a purpose. Are you showing off the intricacies of your garden landscaping or are you creating a direct path to a specific destination. The path’s purpose will have a lot to do with both the materials you use and how you lay it out.

  2. Keep It Simple
    Don’t go overboard. Making a path too “busy” can take away from other areas of the garden or lawn. Open areas should be accented, not overtaken. Keep things subtle and as simple as possible.

  3. Logical Lines and Curves
    The most logical way to lay out a pathway is to conform it to whatever is close by. By following the contours of a landscaped area (even if the path is laid a few feet away), you set accent and bring out the garden landscaping detail and unique shape.

  4. Choose Materials Wisely
    Make sure you choose the right materials. What will look best with other materials in the area? You have several options to choose from that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A few of the most common materials include pavers, gravel, mulch, brick, cement, sand and artificial turf.

  5. Type of Traffic
    The level of foot traffic on the path will play a role in the type of material you choose. Heavy foot traffic requires materials that won’t wear away or degrade over time.

  6. Time and Maintenance
    Always remember to choose materials that do not need a lot of extra time or maintenance. Sand, mulch, and gravel will often need to be replaced over time if there are excessive amounts of traffic.

  7. Explore Your Options
    Before you decide on one material, try a small area and see if you like it before completing the entire path. There are computer generated programs that will give you a good idea of what an area will look like when it is finished.