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Friday, April 17, 2015

Curves, Texture, Color

Curves + texture = beautiful design (Landscape design by Bilowz Associates Inc.#WLAM2015.)
What are curves without texture? Curves + texture = beautiful design. Seems simple enough but there's a lot to making that equation work right. If you like a bit of vibrancy to brighten up the monotone effects of hardscape details, make sure you design for plant pockets. Why? Because adding color is hands-down, the play and fun. Plus, all those benefits of bees, butterflies and wildlife.

Before you dash off with some design inspiration, a couple more snippets that might help. Notice that one tree, its structure? It plays an important character in this entire show. And if you missed that elegant but sturdy stone-capped sitting wall (see it in the back/far right?) Be certain to create a place for comfortable relaxation to take in those countless outdoor moments. 

Your end goal: to create a design with balance and harmony for all who share it, including the bees, butterflies and wildlife. On that landscape note, enjoy your weekend. 

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If you like this blog, check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday's Throwback Tips


Prune for structure before bud breaks. 

 Some quick Thursday landscape and garden tips without too much fluff. 

1) Prune - late winter to early spring is pruning time. Before the spring season truly wakes up, this is the time to inspect all your trees and shrubs for damaged or diseased branches and structural problems (i.e., crossed, rubbing branches and damaged or split crotches from heavy snow loads). Without foliage, trees and shrubs are very easy to evaluate. And remember to use clean, sharpened tools to avoid spreading diseases.

2) Aerate, thatch and fertilize the greens. Yes, for all the lawn lovers, this is the season. And remember all the water tips we preach.  Just in case you missed this earlier post, here are some more 'early bird' spring tips.  

3)If you are furnishing an outdoor area with the popular fire pit or maybe just redesigning a grilling space, remember to consider the prevailing winds. It's just that thing that can smoke up later so consider these thoughts in your overall design scheme. 

4) Cents versus Sense. While cost efficiency should always be achieved in any design project you undertake, weigh out all your options and, in some cases, the best decisions can cost a few more cents in the beginning but save you in the long run. Doing it twice is expensive. 

That's it for a quick snippet Thursday. Daily writing has taken a back seat these days but it doesn't mean you can't send your thoughts, questions or just chime in when you need. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and get cooking on these landscape and garden tips. 


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If you like this blog, check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Early Bird Garden Tips


As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driver of nature.”  So let’s tackle that number one water guzzler right off the bat. 

1) If you water your lawn frequently, it actually becomes less drought-tolerant. Do you remember this tip shared earlier in the month? Improve your soil and make conscious efforts to reduce your chemical and water usage. And when seeding or reseeding your lawn, use varieties that are drought, disease and insect resistant.
2) Water early in the AM.
3) Use drip irrigation whenever possible.
4) When watering with a hose, irrigate the roots, not the foliage. Avoid overhead irrigation use. This can cause diseases with your crop and plants.
5) Use mulch to keep the soil cool and moist.
6) Remember to plant native and drought-tolerant materials as part of your mix. 
 
A perfect sunny spot combo 

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If you like this blog, check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.)

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Check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  You can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.) Visit our landscape architectural design firm's website where creating design with balance and harmony is our story. http://www.bilowzassociates.com/

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