Top Trending Backyard Designs

Every year there always seems to be some top trending backyard design that is being promoted and this year was no different. Backyards have become the new resort away from the maddening crowd and long drives from the cottage. Homeowners want a beautiful backyard with designs, additions and features that are both functional and an alluring retreat.

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Regardless of the size or shape of a backyard, a makeover can turn a lacklustre yard into an appealing oasis of relaxation and entertainment. Creating a striking environment may seem like a challenge, but with planning and creativity, you can turn your backyard into something special and increase the value of your home. Here are five top trending backyard designs.

Patios

Patios play an important role in most backyards. It’s the perfect place for relaxing with family and friends. It’s an engaging outdoor room and entertainment area where grills, fire pits, outdoor furniture, hot tubs, planters and décor are all combined. To have the best and most functional patio design, you need to consider exposure to sun and shade, proximity to the house and outdoor views. Enhancing a patio area can be done easily and very economically.

Water Features

The beauty and tranquillity that a water garden adds to a backyard are incentives enough to create one of these stunning landscaping features. Water gardens can transform any outdoor living space into a natural oasis of serenity while creating a habitat to attract birds and butterflies. Complete pond kits will help you easily install a beautiful water garden. They come in a variety of sizes, specifications and can suit any size budget.

Landscape Lighting

One of the best ways to turn a dark environment into magic is by installing low-voltage landscaping lighting. Landscape lighting adds interest and intrigue to any backyard setting. The lights provide a soft ambience for guiding people along your garden’s pathways. They’re used to accent special trees or plantings. They can add additional light to brighten a patio area for outdoor entertaining. The lights are an important feature to improve safety and security near steps. Low-voltage lighting is economical because it consumes about one-third the electricity compared to high-voltage systems, and it is far less expensive to install.

Arbours

An arbour is a great renovation idea for the backyard because it enhances your outdoor living space with a beautiful garden structure. It can define an entrance, guide a visitor through the garden, provide purely aesthetic beauty or be a functional part of the landscape by supporting a gate, a bench or a climbing plant. You can even install arbours in your vegetable garden. Metal arbours are reminiscent of the Victorian era, while wooden arbours make an entrance feel casual and inviting. In a cottage garden, a simple wooden bench arbour can give you a beautiful place to sit in your garden. Arbours come pre-made and ready for installation, or you can buy an arbour kit and put it together yourself.

Flagstone Pathways

Flagstone walkways are a beautiful addition to any landscape. Because flagstone comes in so many shapes and sizes, it is possible to create the ideal pathway for your backyard. Installing stone walkways throughout your garden invites guests to stroll through the yard while taking in the beautiful landscape. A flagstone path makes a great addition to your outdoor décor because they work well in any garden, are easy to maintain and fit into most layouts. While many paved walkways look out of place in a yard, flagstone provides a beautiful alternative.

Finishing Touch

Whichever design project you decide upon, one of these five features will make your backyard a place to relax and enjoy with family and friends.

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The 7 Biggest Advantages of Installing Interlocking Brick

When designing a walkway, driveway or patio, the choice of materials can be overwhelming! One popular choice in the Hamilton area, however, rises above the rest: interlocking brick pavers.

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Interlocking pavers are beautiful, versatile and make a great statement on your property. Here are seven of the biggest reasons why interlocking brick is one of the most popular materials in today’s landscape design projects.

1. Many Designs Available

Gone are the days when homeowners had to choose between beauty and durability in outdoor landscaping materials!

Besides coming in many different colours, shapes and textures, interlocking brick can be used to create a brick design that uniquely suits each property owner. Whether you want an old world look for your property or something that is more contemporary, interlocking pavers can provide the solution.

2. Made to Last

Constructed out of concrete, interlocking pavers are made from a durable material that will withstand weather, weight and foot traffic.

When professionally installed, interlocking pavers can last over 40 years!

3. Non-Slip Surface

Interlocking pavers’ non-skid and non-slip surface makes them safe to walk or drive on, even when they get wet. This is the main reason why many homeowners choose this material around their pools!

4. Easy to Maintain and Repair

Interlocking brick pavers that have been professionally installed rarely require any maintenance or repairs.

Since the gaps between the pavers are filled with sand or stone, weed growth is minimized. A seal is also created that helps keep the gravel foundation dry, preventing shifting.

Want to remove any dirt from the surface? Simply hose down the area or use a pressure washer for a deep clean.

If unevenness, staining or chipping occurs, repairs can be conveniently completed since individual pavers can be targeted.

5. Quick and Easy Installation

Since most pavers come pre-sealed, there is no need to re-seal interlocking pavers following their relatively fast install.

Plus, your driveway, patio or walkway can be used right away since there is no curing time (unlike asphalt and concrete).

6. Environmentally Friendly

Permeable interlocking pavers help prevent excess water run-off and erosion. Pavers capture stormwater run-off and permeate filtered, retained rainwater back into surrounding soil.

This type of material also traps suspended soils and processes nutrients and oils sustainably.

7. Winter Weather Proof

The paver’s breathable joints created by its interlocking, mortar-less system means snow melts quickly. Any snow removal is easy due to the paver’s smooth surface.

Interlocking pavers can easily withstand Hamilton and surround area’s freeze-thaw climate without any unsightly, dangerous cracks forming!

Choose Interlocking Pavers for Your Next Landscape Design Project!

Looking to add a personal touch to your property’s landscape design with a durable material that doesn’t require much maintenance? If so, interlocking pavers are the answer!

For more information on interlocking pavers or to get a free quote, contact us today.

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How You Can Maintain a Beautiful Lawn This Summer

When it comes to lawn maintenance during the summer months, many Hamilton area homeowners look to the experts to help them determine how to keep their lawn healthy all season. There is a ton of information out there that provides tips for achieving a beautiful carpet of green grass but maintaining it during the hot summer season requires a few tricks for success.

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Here are some guidelines to help you achieve a beautiful lawn, but more importantly, keeping it lush, healthy and well maintained all season long.

Weeding

Weeds are a fact of life in lawns, but you can improve its appearance by being proactive. Pull weeds, roots and all with a handheld weeder. You might have to use chemical herbicides if weeds are out of control. By controlling weeds, you give your lawn a chance to improve its appearance because grass pushes weeds out.

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Reinvent Your Backyard Space

With the nasty, long winter months melting away and warmer days of spring finally arrived, now is the perfect time to consider some backyard renovations. Spring is the perfect time to think about how you’re going to morph your backyard into an alluring entertainment retreat for family and friends.

Hardscape Backyard

Regardless of the size or shape of your backyard, a makeover can turn a lackluster yard into an appealing oasis of relaxation and entertainment. Even if you’re on a budget, creating a striking environment is possible with planning and creativity in order to turn your backyard into something special. With a little research, you can design your outdoor space to be more functional and livable while increasing the value of your home.

There are many ways to create a striking environment in your backyard and turn it into something unique. Thoughtful backyard improvements bring two undeniable benefits for homeowners, one is financial, and the other is personal satisfaction. Creating an appealing retreat where you can escape the hustles and bustles of the outside world is worth every dollar spent.

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Remember to Spring Clean Your Backyard

Now that spring is right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about waking up your backyard by giving it a good spring cleanup. As the snow melts away from your lawn, shrubbery and trees, you’re going to finally see the unsightly remains that winter produced and the mess it’s left behind.

After the rough winter we’ve had these last few months, you’re going to discover the packed leaves and fallen branches that remained on the property over winter. However, if you get a jumpstart with a good spring cleanup, you’ll be better prepared for the new growing season.

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Raking & Yard Cleanup

Cleaning up the yard is your first priority because the winter leftovers are pretty disgusting. A good raking around the shrubs will clear out any leaves, broken branches and rubbish that may have blown into your yard during winter storms.

You should rake the rest of the lawn to remove any lingering leaves and plant debris. Once the remnants are removed, your property will look neater. You will also be removing any lingering plant debris that might harbor disease or homes for pests.

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Build a Landscape You’ll Love

If a fabulous landscaped property is your dream, but not your reality, then take these steps to build a landscape you’ll love.

First, bring in the professionals. A professional landscaper will have the education and experience to work with you in creating a backyard oasis to make the neighbours jealous.

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Beautiful Decks and Patios in Hamilton

Just like the couch in your living room, much of your landscaping will be designed around the biggest element of the space. In this case, that design element is any deck or patio that our space includes. If you do not have a deck or patio, but wish to have one in your backyard oasis, a great landscaper can build you one, or put you in touch with a professional company who can.

When determining what design of deck or patio will fit your space, also consider any walkways. When building a landscape, you will want your space to flow and considering where their walkways will be and how they will flow, is essential. Also, these pathways will create natural areas within the larger space, lending to smaller landscaping areas creating that one large landscaping area. A landscaper will also be able to lay out all the options for pathways that might include interlocking brick and stamped concrete to name a few.

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Pruning Best Practices

Pruning is one of the most important cultural practices that you can do in your landscape management. Proper pruning helps to keep plants attractive and vigorous while adding years to the plant’s beauty and usefulness. Many homeowners get apprehensive with the idea of pruning but knowing how, when and why to prune will end these fears.

Man holding pruning shears

General rules of thumb for the pruning timetable:

  • Non-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Prune in late winter while fully dormant.
  • Summer-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Prune in late winter.
  • Spring-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Wait until immediately after they bloom. They are the exception to the rule, but you still should prune them as early as you can.
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Off-Season is the Best Time to Plan Landscape Projects

Even though we’re in the middle of winter with snow piled high and freezing temperatures, the off-season is the best time to start thinking about your upcoming landscape projects.

couple looking outside in winter

It might be hard to wrap your head around the idea of spring with budding flowers and grass turning green, but it’s a great opportunity to plan out your landscape design from the comfort of your home.

Like any good future project, you’ll have the time to plan and carefully consider what you want to accomplish for your landscaping venture.

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Commercial Snow Removal –

Looking for a way to ensure the safety of your customers and staff while on your business’ property this winter? Then look no further than Green Collar Landscaping’s commercial snow and ice removal maintenance program!

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Remove a Liability Risk with Commercial Snow Removal Services

Keeping your business’ property clear of snow and ice is imperative during the winter. Doing so will keep your business open for easy access by customers regardless of the weather. And more importantly, it will keep your customers and staff safe from accidents and falls while at your business.

Focus on Making Your Business Better

As a business owner, you have enough things to worry about while running a business: marketing, inventory, employees, etc. You don’t need to worry about snow and ice removal as well!

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What is the Difference between Hardscaping and Softscaping?

Before creating an appealing design around the outside of your home, there’s plenty to consider including your property’s soil type, regional climate, and water drainage. Once these factors are considered, the fun begins with designing the creative side of your property’s design through hardscaping and landscaping!

Hardscaping and Softscaping: Your Key to an Appealing Property Design

When aiming to create an appealing property, both hardscaping and softscaping elements need to be considered.

townhouse landscaping

The heavier elements in a landscape design such as rocks, stone pathways, and driveways are what hardscaping encompasses. Although they require more technical consideration when being installed, hardscaping elements normally require minimal maintenance thereafter.

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