How a Landscape Designer Can Reduce the Size of Your Rocky Hill, CT, Lawn
If you’re sick of looking out at an endless sea of green--and the endless work that goes with it--you may be ready for some ways to replace a portion of your lawn while keeping your landscape interesting. Here’s how a landscape designer can reduce the size of your Rocky Hill, CT, lawn to add interest and practicality to your backyard.
More Outdoor Living
Many patios are one simple expanse of pavers. Adding to your outdoor living space is an enticing option, especially if the kids are grown and gone, and you don’t need an expanse of grass for football or other sports. This doesn’t mean creating a gigantic patio; rather, you can create very distinct outdoor “rooms” that are connected by various types of walkways. These outdoor rooms can extend like fingers into the landscape. For example, consider a hot tub and small lounging patio surrounded by boulders and lush native plants; a quiet bird watching area just big enough for two, nestled among fragrant shrubs and featuring a bird feeder and comfortable bench; or a circular paver patio with a large outdoor fireplace (include a pizza oven for extra enjoyment), surrounded by a seating wall where friends and family can gather in comfort on chilly days.
This is perhaps the hottest trend in landscaping as we enter the “Roaring Twenties.” With the alarming decline in bee and butterfly populations, more homeowners are creating pollinator gardens that are completely free of insecticides and herbicides (only natural pest and weed control methods are used). These pollinator gardens are typically wilder-looking than some homeowners like; you can make a small corner of your backyard into a pollinator garden, or create several raised-bed pollinator gardens for a neater look. They are typically filled with native plants carefully selected to provide the optimal nesting and feeding opportunities for pollinators. This has the added bonus of being very low-maintenance since pollinators need undisturbed nesting sites and native plants are perfectly adapted to the surroundings.
Groundcovers such as bearberry or sedum spread but don’t grow tall, eliminating the need to mow and providing an attractive alternative to grass. Another bonus of groundcovers is that they typically grow quite densely together, which minimizes weeds.
Ornamental grasses give your landscape a softness that closely trimmed grass cannot. They range from just a few inches tall up to eight feet. Ornamental grasses require very little maintenance, and they are the perfect backdrop for flowering annuals and perennials.
A Water Feature
If your landscape lacks eye-catching features, consider adding a water feature, whether it’s a serene reflecting pool surrounded by crushed gravel (a very modern on-trend look) or a naturalistic waterfall. A well-designed water feature looks beautiful all year, whether the water is running or turned off for the season.
A Game Area
Side yards are often underutilized, yet they still require a substantial amount of work if they’re mostly lawn. Consider replacing that grass with a gravel game area that can accommodate horseshoes, bocce ball, or if your side yard is large enough, a life-sized paver chessboard (which looks amazing, even when covered with snow).
More and more people are starting to do away with lawns and replace them with edible gardens. These can be in-ground, in raised beds, or in containers, depending on how much time and effort you want to devote to growing your own food. Container gardens are a great way to experiment with growing herbs and veggies. If you find it to be a satisfying endeavor, your landscape designer can create an attractive raised bed planting area using masonry, for a cohesive look.
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"We didn't want to let too much time pass before writing to you. We are so pleased with the patio and have already used it many times in the past few weeks. We always had a nice retreat in the woods - but now we are actually USING the space to read, cook and relax. Your team was a pleasure to work with on the project. Dave kept everything moving and we felt very well informed throughout the build. He went above and beyond to make sure that our property was well cared for and that the patio ultimately fit our vision. Jimmy was the other key component to the team. He is an extremely hard worker that was very dedicated to the project and easily served as our onsite contact when Dave was unavailable. We cannot compliment either of them enough! From the beginning, we have loved your vision for this project and we hope to work with you again in the future. Thank you for creating our new backyard oasis! It's perfect." Read more comments
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