We’ve all been there – its tempting to give into the cheap landscape curbing that’s calling your name. Its all curled up, so nice and tight, sitting on the shelf like a good little piece of coiled black plastic. Especially with it’s darling little price tag hanging from the shelf. It doesn’t want you to know that once you cut those zip ties, it just goes down from there. Once you manage to wrangle it into some sort of manageable form and get it lined up in your yard, there’s no guarantee that it will last. And that cute little price tag becomes a glaring realization that all of those pennies just went down the drain. Especially when it gets near one of it’s biggest enemies like:
A Curved Landscape Doesn’t Have to Be Boring
A blog post about landscaping small yards recently caught our attention.
Professional landscapers in Baltimore gave several tips for how to make a backyard space look larger through professional landscaping. One great suggestion was to avoid lining the fence with trees and shrubs, and to consider edging in curved patterns and sweeping lines to add beauty and space.
Curbing Allows for Curved Patterns
We specialize in custom concrete curbing, which allows for the effect that the article recommends. Instead of having a straight-lined perimeter that makes the lawn look smaller and caged in, use concrete curbing to create the sweeping lines and soft borders. Curbing is long-lasting and will be the perfect fit for a small backyard. Rather than having the focus be on limited space, concrete curbing will attract the eye and add sophistication to any professional landscaping area – big or small.
Customizing the Curbing Shapes
Because concrete curbing is customized, it can be colored, shaped and designed to your specifications. We pour each brick that is installed, so we can create curbing in the shape and pattern you desire. Start by spending time in your backyard and drawing out how you’d like your curbing to be shaped. Then call your professional landscapers to make recommendations on the right shape and color for your curbing. Curbing is long-lasting and will add the “pop” to outdoor landscaping.
Adding Colors and Plants in a Small Backyard
Once the curved curbing is poured, enhance the flower beds with colorful plants and garden decor. As the article recommends, make sure to not put too many large pieces in the backyard, and plant shrubs and flowers that will not outgrow your space. Scale your lawn to make sure that you have the right size of items before purchasing.
For more tips on making a curved landscape pattern as beautiful as it can be, call Olympic Lawn & Landscape at (816) 875-9645
Curb appeal – you’ve heard of it, but you’re not exactly sure what it is. Flowers by your front door? Landscaping edging around your trees? You know it’s about making your home pretty, but not exactly sure what all it involves. Lets try and simplify things for you.
What is Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal (other than the popular TV show) is simply the attractiveness of your home from the outdoors. Curb appeal is especially important if you’re trying to sell your home. As potential buyers drive by your house, it needs to look like it’s been maintained well. It needs to be “cute” and inviting. Good curb appeal will get a lot of attention – both from buyers and non-buyers. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home, a house with good curb appeal will have several cars driving by very slowly, trying to steal a glimpse at your attractive home.
Curb appeal can involved both your front and back yard. Maintaining your home, and your yard, is important when keeping up the outdoor living spaces of your home. Prospective buyers, and neighbors will enjoy your home more – and even be more likely to pay your asking price, when the home looks well-maintained and attractive from the outside.
How to Improve your Curb Appeal
If you’d like to improve your curb appeal, below are a few ideas. Even if you’re not putting your house up for sale this spring, improving your curb appeal will help you keep up your property value. Plus, everyone likes coming home to a cute house.
Paint and Wash Your House for Curb Appeal
As you begin increasing the beauty of your home, look at the paint job. Is the paint peeling or chipping? Is it a popular and in-style color? Make sure that your home has a great coat of paint on it, and that everything from the sides, shutters and trim is well-coated in a beautiful color of paint. If you don’t need a new coat of paint, make sure that the exterior is cleaned. Power wash your windows, porch, gutters and siding to get a fresh, clean look.
Treat Your Yard for Curb Appeal
While we know kids love dandelions and consider them beautiful flowers; unfortunately, home buyers do not. Make sure your yard is well-maintained, mowed, and free of weeds. Rid any pest problems you may have, and keep your yard in great shape.
Add Landscaping Edging and Curbing for Curb Appeal
Landscaping edging will improve your curb appeal. From walkways to garden paths, having edging around your front and back yard will make your home look more sophisticated. Edging has multiple benefits in addition to its cosmetic improvements such as weed control and irrigation.
Add Nighttime Curb Appeal
Remember that not everyone who drives by your home will be viewing it in daylight. You can add curb appeal to your home at night by installing curb lighting around your landscaping areas and driveway. Create a well-lit path to your front door, or even down the perimeter of your driveway skirt. A post light could also work, depending on the style of your home and layout.
Plant Flowers for Curb Appeal
Probably the most well-known way to improve curb appeal is planting flowers. Make sure to find seasonal flowers that will stay abloom all season long, and even into summer. From planting flowers in your flower beds to arranging gorgeous containers, make sure you have flowers and plants all around your home.
Get a Door Wreath for Curb Appeal
A final touch on improving your home appeal is adding a cute, seasonal wreath to your door. Several craft stores and department stores sell affordable wreaths. It’s inviting and friendly, and will definitely get your home some extra attention!
At Olympic Lawn and Landscape we love curbing. If we could we would curb every yard in KC. It’s beautiful, durable and can be made to match your home’s exterior brick or stone work. It’s easier to install than most any other kind of landscape border and comes in a number of custom colors.
But just how is curbing made and installed?
It’s not a secret; in fact, we’d love to share our process. When you call a design specialist at Olympic Lawn and Landscape we will consult with you on the shape, color, texture and placement of your curbing. You’ll be amazed at all of your choices and combinations!
On installation day we’ll come ready to get started. We’ll carefully measure and mark where your curbing will be placed. Next we’ll use a sod cutter to carefully remove the turf from the area without harming any plantings or other features in your yard.
That’s when the magic happens: we mix and color the concrete right there and then extrude the curbing to the exact measurements. Then we’ll add the texture, examine it carefully for any imperfections and then seal it to preserve the color and finish.
Our professional curbing installers will then clean up the area and voila! You’ll have the curbing you’ve been waiting for. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes to your landscaping or driveway and so will the neighborhood.
Show me the curbing!
We’ve made it easy for you to envision your complete curbing project-here’s a great video so you can see just how much curbing will increase your curb appeal, bring up your property value and make your home a showplace. So give us a call anytime at 816-875-9296 to discuss how curbing will end your quest for the perfect lawn edging.
Custom landscape curbing adds great curb appeal and elegance to any lawn. Curbing is perfect for those who’re looking to accent a walkway or flower bed. Curbing is also a perfect way to make your yard stand out, and your landscaping exquisite. You will have already heard of the benefits of curbing for curb appeal and it is also nice to enjoy the beauty of your yard for yourself.
Landscape Curbing for Lawn Edging
Curbing is often used when edging your lawn. Landscaping edging not only provides a physical barrier to separate your plant beds from your grass, but it also helps keep out grass and weeds from growing into your flower beds. Landscaping curbing that’s not only physically heavy, but colored to match your home’s exterior is a great solution for landscape edging around your walkways, garden beds and more. Check out our post about the hidden savings of landscaping edging.
Landscape curbing can be created in a variety of colors, shapes and patterns to match the home’s outdoor design. Colored dye is mixed into the concrete to give your preferred color or curbing. Color your curbing red to look like brick, or granite to match your shutters and accent colors.
Not only can you color your curbing to match your exterior, but curbing comes in a variety of shapes, too. Create a landscaped edge around the perimeter of your home, or a circular border around a tree. A variety of landscape curbing shapes enable you to place landscape curbing just about anywhere, with the design and colors looking elegant and natural.
Our curbing can be stamped and designed to look like any pattern. Not only can we make your curbing custom colored and shaped, but our stamped curbing designs also give homeowners the look they want. Create custom curbing to look like brick or stone – or even cobblestone or slate. Depending on where you choose to install custom curbing, you can pick the design that best matches your outdoor aesthetic.
Check out our photo gallery of custom landscape curbing projects.
If you’re a homeowner with any sort of a lawn or garden you’re probably way beyond keeping it lush and green and are now locked in a battle just to keep it alive.
Some homeowners find themselves with a dilemma. They have a beautiful backyard, yet one spot that’s left for the weeds and random, unwanted plants to grow. Sometimes referred to as a “weed garden,” homeowners leave the weeds due to a lack of inspiration for that area.
As landscaping specialists, we see a “weed garden” and get excited, as it’s a chance to transform a backyard area into something fun and useful. While every homeowner is different, we have several creative ideas for homeowners looking to work on their backyards and get rid of the overgrown weeds.
If you’re a homeowner looking for how to transform your overgrown weeded area, here are a few ideas:
- If the area gets full-sun, pull the weeds and transform it into a vegetable or flower garden. Here are some tips from Weekend Gardener on how to start a vegetable garden.
- Install a patio with an easy-to-assemble Patio Kit. If your “weed garden” is in an area where your guests will walk by, why not add a patio so that you can use the space for entertaining.
- Landscape the area with plants and flowers that grow best in that shaded/non-shaded area. To add a classy touch, edge the area with concrete curbing.
- Is the weeded area in a secluded spot near the house? Would a hot tub work well in the space?
These are just a few ideas for those with an overgrown weeded area. Did we miss any?
How have you transformed your weeded area into a useful space?
Our last post talked about the “Garden Effect” and how landscaping can not only increase your home’s curb appeal, but your property values, too. Homeowners who landscaped their yards and took care of their grass experienced up to a $1.8 return on their investments. Don’t miss out on these type of returns. In the current economic climate landscaping your home is more important than ever.
Landscaping Isn’t Optional Anymore
Long gone are the days where landscaping was a hobby, and optional around the house. With the Garden Effect in full swing, realtors and homeowners alike agree that a lawn must be cared for in order for the maximum property value to apply. For those who are trying to increase curb appeal and property values, consider adding professional landscaping to the “to do” list of household tasks to take care of this summer.
Ideas for Increasing your Property Value through Outdoor Landscaping
If you’re looking for a place to start landscaping, here is some advice as professional landscapers:
1. Pick one area and start small.
When you have it in your head that you want to landscape the yard, the task can be overwhelming and daunting, especially if you haven’t done anything and the yard is a “blank slate.” Pick one area, and start there. Improve the area around you porch and front walkway, or choose to get rid of the weeds in the back and install a nice bed for perennial flowers. Whatever you do, take it one step at a time. Contact us if you need help with landscape design ideas!
2. Consider Concrete Curbing
Concrete curbing is the latest landscaping material, and the best product on the market for landscape edging. Concrete curbing not only looks nice, but it lasts for years, especially if it’s resealed. Concrete curbing offers attractive lines and borders around your home, as well as several benefits for your plants such as weed control and soil aeration. Concrete curbing can be designed, shaped and colored to match your home, providing a perfect way to instantly increase the attractiveness of your landscape design.
3. Don’t Neglect your Lawn
Lawn maintenance and mowing is part of landscape and landscape design. Don’t neglect your yard when you’re in the process of improving your curb appeal. Make sure that it is mowed often, and mowed in different directions each time. Also make sure you are aerating and seeding your lawn and applying seasonal treatments so that weeds and grubs steer clear.
4. Consider an Outdoor Living Area
If you’ve ever watched HGTV’s House Hunters, you’ll notice how prospective buyer’s jaw’s drop when they walk onto a gorgeous deck and outdoor patio. Outdoor living spaces are not only great to have for a relaxing evening or backyard party – but they’re also a great way to increase property value and appeal toward your home. Outdoor living areas don’t have to cost a fortune, and there are also options for patio kits that you assemble by yourself.