2 Features That Make Your Landscaping More Interesting

If you have landscaped your yard but are unhappy with its design, it is time to make some changes. Consider the following features to increase the landscaping appeal for you and those visiting your home:

Water Fountains

Add a water fountain near a flower garden or other area in your yard you like to spend time in. This will not only add beauty, but will give you a relaxing place to sit as you listen to the water.

Before you get started, talk with a landscaping company, like Southern Landscape Materials, to help you get the area ready. The ground will need to be flattened using a sod roller or a ground tamper. If the area is very large, a landscaper can bring in some fill dirt to fill out any low spots to make the area level. Fill dirt is the soil beneath the top soil, and has very little organic matter. This is why it is often used to fill in spaces instead of used for vegetable or flower gardens. Choosing a good fill dirt is essential so that water run-off won't erode the soil or decompose organic material--thus creating foundation issues for your fountain.

Once you have laid the fill dirt, you'll want to choose your preferred fountain style. You can find fountains that spray streams of water up into the air. You can also find tiered water fountains where the water comes out from the top, and then runs down each tier. There are statue water fountains where the water sprays out of a mouth or other object. These fountains can be very large, or you can choose a smaller fountain to place next to a flower garden. A self-contained fountain is another choice you have. Everything is housed within this type of fountain so no plumbing has to be installed. This makes it easier for you to move the fountain to a different area if you need or want to.

Stone Walkways

To create a beautiful walkway, stone is a material that is budget friendly and looks great. You could use stepping stones as a path to your flower garden or water fountain. You could also use irregular shaped stones on a curving walkway. There are many types of stones you can use, including slate, limestone, granite, and bluestone. If the walkway will be in a shady area, bluestone works best, as moss can grow on the other types of stones if they do not receive enough sun on them. You can sit stone on top of existing concrete, on dry land, or in an area that has a compacted gravel base. Put mulch in between the spaces of the stones to prevent weeds from growing between them. If you have leftover fill dirt, it can be used as a good foundation in place of the mulch.

Visit a local stone yard the see the different shapes, sizes, and stone materials to determine what will work best for your walkways. Talk with a landscaper to see what other features will look beautiful in your yard.