The warm weather is here, and if you are like many people, you are beginning to clean up here and there. You may even be looking to make improvements to your property involving landscape, including new walkways, patios, or walls. Hardscaping can make any yard or property look like a million bucks.
What is a hardscape?
The term is something that is not known by everyone, as hardscaping is its own category of landscaping. It usually consists of hard design elements such as stone, concrete, or brick. Some popular hardscape features include outdoor kitchens and living spaces, garden walls, paths and walkways, as well as the maintenance and repairs that come with maintaining these features.
How to give your home that Wow Factor…
Maybe you have been thinking about adding the perfect entertainment area, a stonewall for privacy, or beautiful walkways for your garden or something more. If we might suggest, you might focus on these elements…
Take a look at your Landscape… Below are a few questions to ask before making a hard decision on a Hardscape…
- How do you want it to function?
- Would you like a space to entertain?
- A Space to relax?
- A play space for the kids?
The beauty of answering these questions is that by doing so, you are that much closer to getting exactly what you want when you talk with one of our experts at Frontier Landscaping.
Now, Let’s talk materials…
Some materials you might have seen, maybe liked in someone else’s Landscape or you liked elements of it, but might want a different color, etc. Below are a few more questions to consider before going forward.
- What overall tone or atmosphere do you want these spaces to project?
- What kind of feeling do you want yourself and others to experience?
- What do you visualize the overall, finished Landscape to look like?
Again, this will bring you even closer to having exactly what you want.
Always Ask the Experts!
You can envision your new space for entertaining. You have found the perfect shady place for the kids. You have picked out the perfect hammock placement for naps on weekends…Now, you aren’t sure what to do next. Well, it’s time to ask the experts at Frontier. A Professional opinion is exactly what is needed to make your dreams into reality. By doing that, not only will the elements be in the final project, but it is likely that it will even come out better than you had imagined.
At Frontier Landscaping we understand how important hardscaping is to the overall look and feel of your landscape. When you need help deciding what landscaping work needs to be done, be sure to contact our expert team! Our Frontier Landscaping experts will walk you through our entire design process, and ensure that you will feel confident and clear that your project will be the best that it can be.
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Maybe you are yearning for your own backyard version of our very own breathtaking Multnomah Falls. While you may not be able to recreate one of the world’s natural wonders, you can certainly be inspired to do so. That way, every time you look at your own private waterfall, you will be reminded of that spectacular, breathtaking view…
There are many ways to create this personal water feature, but generally a backyard waterfall consists of two or more pools or bodies of water at different heights. It is just one idea that you would want to discuss with our Frontier Landscape Professionals to see what works for your personal Landscape.
Natural or man-made rocks and boulders are often incorporated into home-based waterfalls. Also, with the guidance of our staff, you can design whatever course you want the waterfall to take… A direct drop (freefall), interweaving channels, or one that breaks into a series of small holding pools or stair steps.
Since the Summer Season is nearly here, now is the perfect time to contact Frontier Landscaping to schedule your appointment to create your garden oasis.
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At Frontier Landscaping, we believe that Walkways lead company to a welcoming home, meander through flower beds, and even provide passage through a yard. They also should mesh well with both your home’s architectural design and surrounding landscaping. Whether you are starting off with new landscape designs, or removing and starting over- Frontier Landscaping can help you arrive at a plan and project that enhances your Outdoor Living Spaces, adds value to the equity in your home and enhances your Landscape Design…
- Adds equity as well as atmosphere to your Outdoor Living Spaces.
- Creates a finished look of Design element and style.
- Connects one area to another allowing your Outdoor Living Spaces to flow.
- Texture and finishes as well as practicality.
Making your selections
There is a seemingly endless supply of walkway material ideas available out there, and it seems anything that can create a pathway is a possibility. Everything from pavers, timber wood, stamped concrete, brick design layouts, and natural stone are just some of the materials available to give our clients at Frontier Landscaping an idea of what options are available to create the designs that fit your vision and fulfill your needs.
Walkways/Pathways through your garden or landscape are a great way to show off your favorite flowerbeds, your overall landscaping or to invite someone on a journey… Our Professionals at Frontier Landscaping can help you on your way to the perfect look that suits you.
How to know when/if a tree should be removed.
It should be obvious, if your tree is completely dead, it absolutely should be cut down for safety reasons. Leaves and needles will fall when a tree is not doing well. Smaller leaves than normal on a tree could be a sign of the health of a tree… Limbs and branches will start falling soon after the tree has expired. There is also a risk that the whole tree could fall as well, endangering property, pets, and even lives.
But what about struggling trees? A damaged or partially dead tree can also be dangerous. Sometimes they can recover, and the human inclination is to give everyone a second chance. Let’s look at some of the considerations first before deciding.
How close is the tree to living spaces?
The first consideration should always be human life and limb. Does this tree threaten sidewalks, a road, or perhaps a backyard where children might play? Is it dangerously close to your home, perhaps leaning towards a bedroom, or an often-occupied back deck? These are areas you simply don’t want to have a tree hospital. If there is any real risk to people, consult your Professionals at Frontier Tree Service and have them handle it.
Is it more costly to treat the tree or to replace it?
As “Tree People”, we love our trees and would rather save them whenever possible. Sometimes this is not possible or recommended. Generally, it depends a lot on what your vision and the recommendations of our Arborist, what a replacement might be. Also, some diseases are easily treated with a variety of nutrients but for many diseases the necessary applications can be costly and require years of treatment to be effective. It is best to get professional consultation from our certified arborists at Frontier to get a full grasp on the effectiveness and cost of saving a tree before spending your money on what may be a lost cause. You might also consider replacement with a hardier species a better long-term solution, depending on the original cause of the tree’s decline. In the end, this decision is up to you.
Being realistic about a trees chance of recovery
Whether it’s wind damage, or perhaps die-back from drought or nutritional deficiencies, every tree has a limit to what it can fully recover from. This isn’t an exact science, but canopy damage of somewhere between 25%-50% could be enough to doom most hardwood trees. If disease is the cause, as little as 15% canopy loss can spell irreversible decline in many species of trees. Knowing the cause is key to making this assessment. Perhaps the tree is just water stressed and dropped its leaves early to protect itself. It is well worth the money to have an arborist give you a diagnostic report and recommendations. We are here to help you make an informed decision and have the facts in hand, rather than going down the rabbit hole!
Don’t take bad advice
Your neighbor really does mean well with his tree advice, “Just throw down some Weed & Feed, it’ll give it a boost!”
But the truth is there are thousands of tree species and sometimes dozens of sub-groups and hybrids within a species. Unless your neighbor just happens to be a certified arborist, and familiar with the kinds of trees in your area, their guess is exactly that. Professionals will sometimes send off soil or leaf samples to specify exactly the nature of what is causing the decline in a tree. You take your animals to a vet. Take an arborist to your trees.
Taking the long view…
Remember that there is a good chance that most of the trees on your property will out-live your great-grand kids. If a tree is in decline, the sooner it is replaced, the sooner a healthy and well cared for tree will someday tower over that same area. Instead of feeling badly about the end of a tree’s life, think about the beginning of a new tree’s life. A life that may likely go on for centuries!
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Lighting for your perfect Late-Summer/Fall Landscape or Patio
Few activities are more relaxing and enjoyable than spending time outdoors with friends and family. At this time of year when it’s still warm outdoors that experience can extend into the evening. At Frontier we recommend Outdoor Lighting to enhance your Landscape, extend the time you can spend outdoors – as well as the safety aspects that come with having a well-lit garden or landscape.
Got a great garden? Why not flaunt it by night? Using overhead, in-ground and other types of fixtures you’ll create after-dark excitement – and deter trespassers at the same time. There are many different moods and lighting options that your professionals at Frontier Landscaping can introduce as options for you to best suit your personal needs and taste.
Lighting the outside of your home is not difficult, but an evening stroll around the neighborhood quickly reveals it’s easy to make mistakes…Too dark on one side, not enough light on the other…. Extremely bright then casting shadows over the front entry… not the right “type” of lighting, etc. The Frontier Landscaping Team will help you steer clear of such ‘missteps’ and find the types and styles of lighting to achieve the style and functionality that you are looking for!
A newly-planted young tree is staked to stabilize it until the roots extend through the soil sufficiently to support it without assistance. Even slight uprooting, if not discovered promptly, can lead to damage or death of the tree.
Trees that may need staking include those with roots inadequate to support above-ground mass, which is the case for bare root trees or those with small root balls. Tall, top-heavy trees and slender, delicate trunks may also need some help.
Qualities of the site or soil may also dictate the need for additional support. These sights include windy areas, extreme rainfall and locations with alot of human or animal traffic.
Soil texture plays a lot in anchoring the roots properly. Sandy loam, loose organic material and forest fines are some examples of that. In this case, more stabilization and soil amendments may be required for proper rooting to occur. The rooting process usually takes about 1 year.
As we see in the first photo, someone was very determined to immobilize this tree!
Complete immobility is not a reasonable or desired result.
* If wind or other factors cause strong movement, the one-sided mooring can
cause the young tree to snap.
* The fasteners will rub against the tree bark, eliminating the tree’s protection
wherever there is friction and expose the tree to moisture and illness. If a tree has
too much of it’s protective bark removed, it is likely that the tree will die from the
exposure. This is referred to as “girdling.”
Correct tree staking employs two or more stakes opposite each other, and ideally parallel to the direction of the prevailing wind whenever possible.
* Proper tree staking/strapping materials are flexible, non-abrasive and adjustable and
should not be tied too tightly but have a little “give”.
* The tree is allowed some movement of trunk and branches, while keeping it’s
feet firmly planted. This kind of movement stimulates root growth as well as
Increasing the growth of the trunk diameter, leading to a much more healthy
outcome for the tree.
Usually, depending on the size of the tree when it was planted, the strapping or staking materials can be removed at the beginning of the next growth cycle. If staking is to remain in place, the strapping and adjustments must be checked to make sure the tension is correct and the bark of the tree free of restrictions.