Spring is right around the corner, and it is time to start thinking of your arsenal of landscaping supplies. Once the snow melts and we begin to experience the warm temperatures, we take action in repairing any damage the winter weather has left behind. A few other elements will bring a fresh look to landscape design this spring between reviving lawns and garden beds. Professional landscape contractors should keep in mind that landscape design does not always serve a functional purpose. Landscape design is about an aesthetic appeal as well. Mulch, decorative gravel, or landscape lighting is a great way to incorporate function and beauty.
Mulch can bring a pop of color to any garden bed. While it does have functional properties, it is nice to use mulch for its decorative qualities. Mulch will give a lawn a well-manicured look. Mulch can be used to surround the base of trees and shrubs, serving as protection for younger plants. You can also place mulch between flower or garden beds. Mulch comes in various colors to enhance the landscape’s appearance, and the contrast can make garden plants stand out. As for the functional properties, mulch improves the soil’s quality by providing nutrients as it decomposes over time with insects’ additional help. The breakdown adds organic matter to the soil, allowing the health of the environment to thrive. Mulch is also fantastic for retaining moisture, protecting the earth from temperature changes, and prevents weeds. Ask the professionals at FSI Landscape Supply which mulch is best suited for your needs.
Decorative gravel can also act as mulch, making it a perfect solution for areas that need assistance with drainage. The gravel comes in various colors and sizes to choose from; its versatility makes it ideal for any landscape design. An excellent aesthetic combination is flagstone steppingstones along with the decorative gravel as a filler in between. The look is unique and polished. You can also place decorative grave around patios or surrounding firepit areas. You may also choose to arrange gravel to fill or surround plant beds. Installation is relatively easy; a helpful landscaping tip is to use a weed fabric before placement, which helps to prevent weeds from coming through the stones. Add decorative gravel to your list of landscape supplies this spring.
Landscape lighting is sometimes easily overlooked. When planning a landscape design, attention to detail can be focused on other elements, including water features, plant life, or architectural pieces. Illuminating certain areas is not only essential to highlight landscaped features, but it is also necessary for safety. One of the main reasons for landscape lighting is for a homeowner to navigate clearly in the evening hours and enjoy their outdoor living space comfortably. Whether they are relaxing after a long day of work or entertaining guests, illumination enhances the ambiance. Place landscape lighting around the patio area, walkways, or steps to prevent slips and falls. Outdoor landscape lighting can also help deter intruders from invading your personal property. Ask FSI Landscape Supply on the appropriate lighting for your landscape design.