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Backyard Tree and Landscape Design

Posted by John Shepard on February 6, 2016
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Anyone with a backyard who wants to enjoy being out there will at one time or another think about backyard landscape design. Though there are many simple things that one can do in the lawn, there are some who want to have something stunning and relaxing for when they have the time to sit out there and enjoy their space. There are some great ideas out there, and they are just waiting to be found. Many of the best ideas come from first dealing with the trees and the tree canopy.  Once you have the foliage, limbs and branches shaped in your mind, it gets easier. It is really easy to come up with unique ideas as well. There are many ways to plan a yard, and there are as many ideas as there are yards. The point it to make if feel like home outside as well as inside the house.

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One of the most expensive ways to work with backyard landscape design is to have a program designed for that purpose. I’m not sure if that is out there, but I know this is often included in programs used to help blueprint new homes. Along with putting the home and with all of the details, most of this software can also aid in backyard landscape design. It will spot your trees, whether evergreen or deciduous. The best thing about it is that it can usually give an estimate of the final cost with all of the things that have been added to the design.

If this is not an option, backyard landscape design can be done just by mapping out the dimensions of the yard on a large sheet of paper and then working on what might be best or desired. Your lot lines are the first restriction and the next is how many trees you want and what size and shape your hardwood trees will be. It might take a little time, but cutting out small paper representations of each addition and then taping them on the paper might help a person to see where they are going with their backyard landscape design and what they might need to remove. We often think we have more or less room than we really do, so getting it to scale is important. Remember to think in the future as your tree size will change dramatically over a few or several years. Visit the West Columbia, South Carolina ISA Information site periodically to see if they have any ideas for you there.

Many have seen spectacular backyard landscape design in magazines or on television. Though they may not be able to remember exactly how something looked, that might be for the best. Though a design might have looked good, it is always more special if the backyard landscape design a person goes with is one that is unique in at least a few different ways. Look at how the tree shade falls during different times of the day and maybe seasons. Consider picking the brain of a certified arborist. Find out which trees will grow and what shape and size they will be throughout their lives. Much like a home, the yard should reflect a little about the people in the house, and it should also feel like home. An exact copy of something else won’t have that cozy feeling many look for when landscaping their yards.

South Carolina Pine Trees

Posted by John Shepard on May 26, 2016
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New growth of pine trees and old stand behind

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South Carolina Pine Trees


Tree Pruning and Gardening Supplies

Posted by John Shepard on February 2, 2016
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tree trimming gearIf you’re an avid gardener or consider yourself a master at pruning trees, like so many millions across the country, you’re probably already a ”regular” at the local nurseries and garden supply stores. In fact, if you’ve got a free afternoon on the weekend, that’s probably where you can be found.

On the other hand, if you’re a beginning or lukewarm gardener and question your ability doing tree service, you may be unaware of the fun and treasures to be had at garden supply houses. Some are big DIY type places, with everything under the sun pertaining to gardening. Other garden supply shops may be specialty nurseries with smaller but select “gourmet” garden supplies.

electric pole chainsawLet’s look first at the larger type of garden supply store. These are usually the backbone of a strip mall, dominating the scene in a can’t-miss-it sort of way. Once you step inside, you might not know where to begin. These are organized like department stores, with patio furniture and cute little bistro tables having their own section. You’ll find patio table umbrellas, hammocks, gazebos, potting benches and lounge furniture.

Hydroponic equipment will have its own area, with everything you’ll need to begin a soil free garden indoors or in a greenhouse. Hydroponics is still not exactly mainstream, so the big garden supply stores have racks of brochures on the how-to’s to familiarize you with this interesting method of gardening.

You’ll start to wish your wallet would accommodate more of these goodies as you browse through the selection of fountains, DIY fish ponds, statuary, gazing globes and sundials. If nothing else, it’s food for thought: “That would be perfect in my rose garden.”

Seasonal flower bulbs in their bins, with colorful pictures above each showing the resulting display next season is enough to make you grab a basket.

tree pruning equipmentIn the actual nursery area, the large garden supply store carries something for everyone, from herbs and cacti in little pots to fruit trees in 15-gallon containers. Eventually these trees will become to large for you to prune and you will have to get a tree service company to assist in trimming and maybe tree removal.

Of course you’ll find every garden tool you could think of, with garden hoses, sprinklers and irrigation systems to suit every style and method of gardening.

Smaller garden supply stores tend to specialize in their plant selections and carry unique and hand made garden accessories. Their book selections are often hand picked by the owner to be useful in the context of their stock. For example,a small garden supply specializing in orchids and ferns would tend to have their bookshelves stocked with books you’d have trouble finding on the subject.

If you have any interest in gardens and gardening and a free afternoon, take yourself window shopping at a garden supply. I can almost guarantee you’ll be back again.