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Landscaping Your Property

Landscaping your property will help organize the various portions of your land into usable sections. If designed right, your improved landscape will aid in draining excessive water and prevent flooding, as well as aid in the continued maintenance of your property. In this article we’ll give you the basics of some common practices we use at Be Happy Property Services for creating beautiful and easy to maintain landscapes.

Landscaping designs should include ease of access

Some problems you don’t want to run into after you’ve completed a new landscaping project might include the lack of ability to get to certain parts of your new landscape. Garden beds typically need new soil every so often so its good to design the location of your beds for easily accessing with a wheelbarrow. Having tall, elevated beds might be a good solution for a property positioned on a steep hill, but make sure you have a usable pathway that easily navigates to your garden beds. You don’t want to be stuck with carrying shovel loads of dirt or gravel long distances because you can’t get a wheelbarrow where you need it. Fruit bearing trees often require a cleanup effort once a year to remove the fallen fruit from the ground and/or trees. Again, make sure you can access the trees you plant before finalizing any designs. If you take ease of access into account, you’re back and frustration levels will thank you once your landscape is complete.

Make sure you’re compliant with municipal codes

Landscaping often includes redesigning your property to an extent that makes environmental changes around you. For instance if you install a gutter system that distributes your rainwater to your garden beds, make sure you’re compliant with municipal codes that govern where your run-off can flow to, what needs to be done to filter the run-off and how much run-off the properties around you can afford. It’s best to have a solid understanding of your legal boundaries before setting your heart onto your perfect design. If you’re incorporating a burn pit or fire bit, make sure and check with your local fire department to ensure you’re not installing the pit too close to any combustible items such as trees/foliage, decking or building structures. The legal requirements for your landscaping endeavors may surprise you, so check on them before you invest too much into a landscaping design.

Consider decorations to accent your landscape

Yard art and decorative objects can really help the appeal to your property. It’s important to keep a theme in focus, and not get too carried away with decorations that contradict each other in terms of style. If you’ve stuck to specific geometries for your garden and tree beds, keep that geometric theme when shopping for landscaping decorations. There are a plethora of different wind-mills, water sprinklers and lanterns (to name a few) that exist just for this purpose. Stay focused with your planned style and don’t deviate. The ambiance of your finished landscape will leave you thankful for your shopping stubbornness.

Which plants where? How many?

There are too many variations in plant and flower species to make gardening a simple task. Some plants require more light than others, more or less water than others, as well as humidity, season length, soil depth and foot-traffic allowance. Designate different garden beds for different locations of your landscape so that each bed will maintain a consistent environment. For instance, place one garden bed in a shady corner for a cooler, more humid environment. Then shop wisely for plants and flowers that will thrive in these conditions: less light and more moisture. Alternatively, place a garden bed in a sunny area of your property so you can afford plants that require more sunlight and a drier soil system. For high foot-traffic areas, be sure to plant species that can handle the large amounts of traffic. You don’t want to spend money on flowers or plants that will end up dying a week later because they can’t handle the environment in which you planted them. For a decent guide on what flowers to plant where, and in what densities, visit garden.org. There, you’ll find a large collection of information regarding just about any plant or flower you could include in your landscaping project.

Don’t get overwhelmed with landscaping

Planning a new landscaping project and actually completing it can be a substantial amount of work. If you need help in either planning your project, or completing its construction, rest assured that Be Happy Property Services is here to help at any step of the process. The staff at Be Happy PS is skilled in the knowledge of design principals that actually work, as well as how to successfully turn those designs into reality. Be Happy PS staff also has plenty of experience to help you through the permitting process and staying compliant with municipal guide-lines. To read more about our landscaping services click here to view our landscaping and excavating page. You can also click here to request a free quote for for your up and coming project.

Stop Tiptoeing Around Your Lawn Care: Spring Planting Basics

Lawn Care: Know what you’re planting

It may seem obvious, but many people miss out on this one. Alaska has a unique climate, and a whole host of soil irregularities if you’re planting into the ground instead of pots. Make sure whatever you’re planting is hardy enough for the conditions; certain perennial flowers like tulips, pansies, and columbine do particularly well. Your lawn care efforts will prevail with a nice flower garden.

Locate a nursery near you

Lawn care planting is tough in Alaska, but there are no shortage of local nurseries. These folks know their flora, and it’s always a good idea to have a professional opinion close at hand. Local, nursery-grown plants are often healthier than alternatives, so check out your options when buying. Some popular nurseries in the area are Dimond GreenhousesTryck Nursery, and Far North Garden Supply.

Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize

Alaska’s biggest obstacle to lawn care and gardening is the soil; permafrost and rocks don’t make for a green garden. Laying fertilizer in your garden beds will ensure your plants get the nutrients they need. Compare brands to see which fertilizer is right for your garden; most specialize in one certain mineral deficiency, and your plants will do better if you know what your soil is lacking.

Lawn Care & Planting Professionals

Be Happy Property Services offers an array of professional lawn care and planting services. We have experience in maintaining impressive landscapes for both commercial and residential properties. From regular lawn maintenance to full scale excavation and landscape creations, Be Happy PS has the tools and experience to make your property shine. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by your lawn and garden, or would like to give your curb appeal a new face-lift, contact Be Happy PS today. Click here to read more about our landscaping services.

Lawn Care for Beginners: 3 Surefire Ways to Better Your Yard

Use your lawn care know-how to improve your curb appeal from the ground up. It may be an acre of suburbia or a concrete doorstep, but your outdoor space is the first impression people receive when they visit your property. Here are a few lawn care steps to make sure that that impression is a good one.

Keep it clean

You’d be amazed how many people skip this one. Sweep the porch, cut the grass, and rake the leaves. Remember, you don’t have to go over your lawn with a fine-toothed comb, but clear the junk that accumulates on anything outdoors. If you’re worried about time, try penciling it in to your weekly schedule; say, an hour every Thursday afternoon. While it takes some effort, you’ll notice the difference a little tidying up can make in your lawn’s appearance.

Make a wishlist

This is another good way to boost curb appeal. Maybe you’ve always wanted a stone path, or a water feature, or a tree in the front yard. Let yourself have it! Start by checking out Better Homes and Gardens or your local garden store for ideas. Make sure to do some research; find out what needs to be done, what it will cost, and if you’ll need professional help. Be realistic with your time and money, but if you a vision for your space, it will almost always look great.

Add a personal touch

What impression of your lawn care do you want to give someone looking at your property? Choose a strategic art piece or bit of outdoor furniture that says something about you and your property. Pick a colorful piece of sculpture that intrigues, possibly a sitting area that makes your outdoor space look inviting. Aim to draw positive attention with something that represents what you want to say about your property and your lawn care practices. Now, get out there and build a better yard!