What are Moon Gardens?

Most landscaping projects look good in the day, with the sun hih above in the sky. Looking at your yard and admiring what you have done to make your house a home you and your family would surely enjoy. But how about when it’s night time? Sure, you can add landscape lighting that will highlight some features of your yard. So what solution do you have? Well, let me tell you about moon gardens.

A moon garden is a type of landscape designed to make it possible for you to enjoy your yard at night, without flooding everything with artificial lighting. This type of garden will show up better on moonlit nights, but best even with minimal lighting. This is because it does not play to the eye, but with the nose through the use of fragrant flowers.

There are four basic types of plants that are best suited for moon gardens: plants wth white flowers, plants with bright foliage, night bloomers, and plants with fragrant blooms. Mass planting is a good technique to use when planting a moon garden. This means planting the same type of plants in an area of the yard as to have more impact on the design. Planting the right plants for the season can also be of big help when working on a moon garden. A good tip is to plant early bloomers in early to mid-spring so that they can light up the design. Then plant mid-season bloomers to still get that effect. Late bloomers should not be planted until late summer because they will act as reinforcements that will give your moon garden a second wind.

Here is a list of the different plants you can use for your moon garden.

Early Bloomers

  • Snowdrops
  • Other bulb plants, such as white daffodils and white tulips
  • Creeping phlox
  • Bleeding heart
  • Fothergilla
  • Azaleas and rhododendrons
  • Magnolia trees with white flowers, such as star magnolia
  • Bradford pear trees

Season Bloomers

  • Yarrow
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Sweet alyssum
  • Snow in summer
  • Candytuft
  • Shasta daisy
  • Foxglove
  • Laurel shrubs
  • Climbing hydrangea
  • Japanese dogwood

Late Bloomers

  • Mums
  • False dragonhead
  • Garden phlox
  • Sweet autumn clematis

As I’ve said, moon gardens also appeal to the olfactory sense. That means using plant with fragrant blossoms are very ideal for use because of their sweet smell. Some suggestions include peonies, bearded iris, Korean spice viburnum, roses and lilacs.

Moon garden is all about choosing the right plants. It may seem like hard work, but proper information about the things you need to do will surely make everything simple.

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Landscaping 101: Lawn Maintenance Tips

Landscaping is a very serious craft that needs constant attention to detail. That is why the mentality “do it and forget it” just does not work with it. Once you have started a landscaping project, you have to see to it that you pull through and finish it. And also, give the proper time and effort for caring, nurturing and maintaining your yard and garden.

One of the most common and very important landscaping maintenance involves tending and taking good care of the lawn. A yard is nothing, no matter what you do and how big it it, without a properly cared for lawn. The grass basically is the basis from which the rest of the landscape design depends on. A healthy lawn is a must because it serves as the canvass upon which everything depends on.

For these reasons, it is very important to understand the important of having great grass and the need to regularly maintain how theu look. There are basically three things you can do to keep the lawn beautiful and your yard perfect. Be able to do these properly and you will surely have that perfect landscape every time.

1. Fall Fertilization

Fertilization of the grass in the lawn is a very important maintenance for your landscape that you cannot afford not to do it. Every year when the fall season is about to end, make sure that you apply a final dose of fertilizer to the grass. The lawn will absorb the nutrients they need to keep them strong and healthy throughout the winter. This also ensures that when it’s time for spring, the grass wil be ready to blossom once again.

2. Winter Cleaning

A smothered lawn, however small the area is, is not a good sign. That is why before the cold weather sits in, do a thorough walk through your yard and remove any debris you see. Things like tree branched, logs, children’s toys and tools should be removed and put in their proper places so they can’t do serious damage when they get left behind through the winter. Smothered grass tends to be more prone to diseases and may even die completely. A brown spot in your lawn in spring is the last thing you want.

3. Aeration

Aeration is the process of puncturing the soil with spikes or removing cores of soil from the ground. This should be done in the yard’s grassy area before winter comes. This is to avoid thatch from accumulating and choking off the lawn. A serious aeration coupled with fertilization before winter will definitely prepare the lawn against the cold weather and will prepare it for the spring. Aerators can be rented from local home improvement or landscaping shops. Or you can also perform manual aeration to save some cash. But the point is to give your yard breathing space during the winter.

These tasks may seem hard at first. But knowing what to do can definitely simplify them. Also being able to perform these will certainly give lots of benefits for you and your landscape design.

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Landscaping DIY: Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor landscape lighting is not just about safety and security, it can also add to the elegance and appeal of your home and yard when done properly. By adding a few lights here and there, you can put emphasis and add aesthetics on your lovely garden, favorite tree, soothing pond and other landscaping elements. With outdoor lighting, you can also give life to your yard even it’s night and dark outside.

So how can you achieve a good landscape lighting? Well, follow these simple tips and reminders.

Use low voltage outdoor lighting. This is because the usual 120-volts used in everyday lighting can be very dangerous when out outside. To create low voltage lighting, you can install transformers that will reduce voltage for your landscape lighting to a mere 12 volts. With this, you reduce the chance of getting people electrocuted even though you end up with wiring being exposed due to the weather and other elements. However, using transformers can actually result to dimmer lights especially those further away from the power source. Using more tranformers can help with this problem, as well as planning out a good electrical blueprint that will ensure equal power distribution on all the lights.

Plan the project. As with any landscaping tasks, planning is also a crucial part when designing and installing landscape lighting. Things you need to consider include the convenience and safety features of the lighting, the aesthetic and appeal it will add to your original landscape design, as well as the satisfaction and use you can get by adding additional lights. Knowing the three major categories for landscape lighting is important as well. The first type is the path lighting, which uses fixtures that focus light onto your paths and walkways. This type is primarily use for safety, but it can also create aesthetically pleasing lighting effects for your outdoor landscape. Next type is the accent lighting, which focuses light onto specific objects or landscape features, at the same time allowing for more peripheral lighting and dim illumination of surrounding areas. Its main objective is to create more appeal and emphasize individual areas like a tree or a garden. Last but definitely not the least is spread lighting. Just as the name suggests, this type creates a more general mood by emphasizing certain areas instead of just focusing on a single object or feature. Knowing which type to use, or proper combination of the different types, will definitely improve the satisfaction you get by adding landscape lighting.

Cost is important. Safety is not the only reason why low voltage lighting is the best way to go for landscape lighting. Cost also plays an important part when adding lighting to your landscape design and using low voltage system can definitely make it even more affordable for home owners. Aside from the fact that they use less electricity, installation and maintenance don’t cost as much. And with this system, you can actually work on it yourself so you bypass paying huge electrician fees.

Landscape lighting certainly have lots of advantages when it comes to your goal of having the perfect yard. And with proper knowledge on how to do it, you can certainly be a step closer to it with little to no problem at all.

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