Front Yard Gardens:
Add curb appeal to your home with an attractive front garden. A strong first impression and an engaging entryway go a long way toward enhancing the value of your property. Front yard gardens should guide guests through the landscape and direct them easily to the front door.
Backyard Landscape Design:
Backyards offer unlimited options for creative backyard designs. Unlike front yards, where clients may desire more evergreen plants so that a formal appearance can be easily maintained year-round, backyards offer an opportunity for a wider range of plant material and programming options. Patios, terraces, retaining walls, stairs, outdoor fireplaces, built-in grills, play areas and sitting areas are part of a long list of choices.
In urban areas it is often important to plant trees that will hide unappealing views and neighboring homes. Arbor Green Landscapes can design a natural-looking green “privacy screen” that makes use of appropriately scaled trees and shrubs. This type of “green screen” can stand alone or be planted in combination with a custom fence.
Few homeowners intentionally install high-maintenance landscapes. Yet without proper planning and design, they may find themselves spending more time they had envisioned caring for their properties.
No-maintenance landscapes do not exist, because plants are alive and require care. But low-maintenance gardens can be achieved. How? By keeping things simple, reducing the size of a garden, massing plants together and creating sustainable gardens. By choosing drought-tolerant plants, limiting perennials, using mulches and following good planting practices. And by installing irrigation systems to reduce the need to hand-water. Annual landscape maintenance contracts let homeowners use their free time to enjoy their gardens rather than maintain them.
A sustainable garden is one that does not place an unnecessary load on the environment. We can create sustainable gardens by choosing the right plant for the right place and by selecting plants that are native, disease-resistant and drought-tolerant. We strive to promote diversity in the garden, and we avoid planting invasive species. Additional options include reducing the size of water-hungry lawns, locating trees to cool a home and planting a windbreak to reduce winter heating bills.
Water can be conserved by choosing appropriate plants and capturing rainwater in rain barrels to use later. Water runoff can be controlled by creating a rain garden (a depression in a low area planted with water-absorbing plants). Existing materials can be re-used through creative garden design. Responsibly-produced lumber can be used to build garden structures. Yard waste should be limited but also composted when possible. We can design and install composting bins and tumblers as well as attractive enclosures to hide composting areas.