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Look Like a Pro in Utilizing Lights in Your Christmas Holiday Landscape Design

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you can say that it is officially the Christmas season. It is time to bring out those Christmas decorations from the attic where it has been gathering dust for almost a year. This is the season to be jolly as the song says and how else can you make you house look jolly but by festooning the whole house with decorations and lights. However times have changed because Christmas decorations are no longer limited to the house but also the yard. Outdoor ornaments are gaining popularity nowadays. You can get a landscape design ideas for this Christmas season by going online.

With the help of the Internet, you can get a lot of ideas on how to decorate you yard for the coming holidays. You can even make this an activity with your kids to help you out in decorating your place. For sure, they would be more than happy to do so.

The most common thing that most people use to enhance the outdoors holiday landscape design of their house is to utilize Christmas lights. It is readily available in most stores and you can get them in a variety of colors and sizes. If you too are planning to use these materials, make sure that the one you have is the one suitable for use outdoors. These outdoor lights are made in such a way that they can withstand the forces of nature like water, snow, and extreme heat. This is imperative so as not to cause any damage to your property.

You can use the lights to illuminate the shrubs and trees that are in your front yard. You can opt to use chasing lights so as to give the illusion that these are the stars that you see twinkling and beautifying the night sky. There are other kinds of lights that you can use to trace the structure of the house. These can be bought in different lengths depending on how long you need them.

If you live in a place where it will surely snow come the holiday season, you can decorate your front yard with statues of a snowman or Santa Claus with his sleigh being pulled by a reindeer. You can order these items online nowadays and have it delivered to your home so you do not have to get out of the house to scour for these items. You can even order the ones that light up and for sure your neighbors will surely appreciate it.

There are landscape design professionals that offer their services just to design your outdoor holiday decorations. This would be the best way for you especially when you are pressed for time. You can just explain to them what you want to happen and it is up to them to execute their plan making sure that they achieve the look that you want. Also, getting a professional to do the decorating for you will make sure that all the electrical items are set up properly as to reduce the risk of damage to property like fire and the like.

Christmas is one of those times that splurging is not really an issue. So if you want to make your holidays really memorable and wonderful, check out the website of a professional landscape design firm to get some information and ideas before deciding to get their services.

Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping

One of the benefits resulting from the diminishing rainfall now being experienced Australia wide is the growing realisation by the community that there are alternatives to the vast areas of lawn traditionally found around suburban houses.

The new trend toward smaller property sizes has also caused people to look at more practical uses that could be made of the surrounds to their homes.

One of the fastest growth areas experienced over the past 5 years has been the increased usage of decorative pebbles. Landscapers and homeowners basically have two main sources for these pebbles and stones.

Natural coloured stones can be sourced throughout Australia, under licence, from old river and creek beds where their removal does not harm the ecosystem. These stones are quarried, then tumbled to give a smooth rounded edge which adds a touch of class wherever used. Local decorative pebbles are increasingly being used throughout the landscaping of new display homes to provide a low maintenance, low water requirement home environment. Attractive exterior inorganic mulches like pebbles suppress weeds and retain soil moisture when applied over already moist soil. They don’t break down over time and with the wide range of colours available can look great providing a modern stylish garden appearance.

The alternative source of decorative pebbles is the growing range of colours and sizes available in the imported pebbles. Whilst the initial major source of these was from non enviro-friendly areas of beaches and rivers in India and Indonesia, the recent trend had been to the wide range of natural coloured pebbles which are manufactured particularly in China and Italy. The two types of pebbles sourced are either polished and waxed or are manufactured stone that is tumbled from quarried rock to the desired size.

Polished pebbles are sourced from huge mounds of pebbles produced as a by-product to sand mining operations. Stacks up to 4 metres high and covering areas as large as a football field provide the pebbles that are hand picked for the colour required (usually black). These pebbles are then taken to local villages where they are polished by tumbling, then waxed and bagged.
Imported decorative pebbles are increasingly being used in a wide variety of applications including interior and exterior landscaping, roofscaping and the latest trend in decorative concrete – “seeded exposed aggregate”.

One of the many aspects drawing landscape architects and designers to this finish is the complete versatility in design and colour produced by the product. With over 100 different colour oxides available to select from for the concrete colour the wide range of over 40 different colours pebbles available provide a limitless colour combination to work with.

Apart from colour selections, designers can also incorporate exciting features in the project works. Polystyrene cut-outs which are set in the concrete when the initial pour is done can be subsequently removed and replaced with a contrasting feature concrete/pebble combination. Side borders can vary, from the many decorative pavers and bricks available, to hand laid pebble borders using any of the 100+ colours and sizes available.

A particularly popular range of pebbles are sourced from an Italian marble manufacturer who tumbles marble off-cuts to provide a colourful range of smooth edged marble pebbles. These environment friendly pebbles contain all the variations naturally found in marble providing an exceedingly decorative and appealing appearance.

Landscape Design – Creating Balance In Home Landscaping

A sense of balance is necessary in creating a professional looking landscape design. Creating balance and unity is simple and can actually make designing easier but it is often overlooked. Use these guidelines to simplify your design and to ensure that your garden or landscape has a professional finished look.

Balance is a principle of all art forms, design, and even landscape design. It implies a sense of equality. And while there may be just a little more to it, this is how I explain it to make it easier for first timers and do it yourselfers to understand.

A garden, landscape, or any form of equal proportions would naturally feel and look balanced. However, most gardens and landscapes are not exact or symmetrical in shape and form. They’re asymmetrical and abstract in form and are often without any natural balance of their own. So landscaping often relies on other elements to create balance and harmony through unity.

Many times, a lack of balance is directly related to a lack of repetition. Repeating alike elements such as plants or rocks throughout the landscape will help unify different areas to each other. As little as one repeated matching plant group, color, piece of decor, or hardscape can accomplish this.

A lack of balance is also created by placing too many or all non matching elements throughout a landscape design. This can sometimes seem cluttered and unkept when it grows in. In the beginning of your design, plan for less, place just a few matching plant groups throughout the garden, and keep decor matching and to a minimum. You can add more later.

So many of the questions that I receive about landscape design deal with the shape of a design . Shape is unique to each design and will ultimately follow all necessary paths and your visions. However, any shape or form can be filled with elements and still be either dull, void, loud, cluttered, and unbalanced. Balance isn’t necessarily dependent on shape. It can be but generally it’s not. So don’t get too hung up on trying to even things out entirely by shape.

Landscape design is an art form and so it deals with “all” the same principles that other art forms use. Repetition, unity, and balance are all principles of art that go hand in hand with each other.

Architects use repetition in design by making doors, windows, fixtures, trims, etc. the same sizes, shapes, and styles. Imagine how your home would feel if every door, door frame, window, and fixture were of different sizes, shapes, colors, and types. It would be uncomfortable and chaotic.

And so it’s the same with landscape design.

In order to create balance, appeal, and even comfort in a landscape that is lacking, we need to create some form of consistent repetition. As little as one matching element placed on opposites can create a sense of unity and consistency.

It’s easiest and most often created in the softscape (plants, ornaments, lawn, decor, etc.). However, it should be considered in the hardscape (walks, driveways, necessities, fences, walls, raised beds, boundaries, etc.) of your drawn design plan.