Making Your Tulsa Landscape Design More Sustainable

We all search for more ways to help the environment, and one of the ways we can go “green” is by having a more sustainable Tulsa landscape design.  There are many things we can do to use fewer natural resources and reduce waste.

Conserve. One of the main principles of sustainable Tulsa landscape design is to conserve resources already in the drip_irrigationlandscape. Taking steps to conserve water is also very important.

Make sure your Tulsa irrigation system is working properly and is the right type of irrigation system for your soil. This will help  to reduce water usage. Drip irrigation can be used with soil that drains quickly. Drip irrigation generally uses 30-70% less water than an overhead irrigation system, and plants grow to maturity about twice as fast.

Another key to water conservation is to group plants according to their watering needs. Grouping plants together that need watered more often can help reduce water usage. You can also harvest

rainwater with a rain barrel to help conserve water and prevent storm water runoff.

Keep your soil healthy. That is another way to conserve water.  Compacted soil often leads to water runoff.

outdoor garden“Compacted soil leads to problems such as restricted plant growth, erosion, runoff and flooding,” the Landscaping Network noted. “Runoff caused by compacted soils is one of the main sources of water pollution.”

Lawn aeration or removing small core patches of soil and dead grass can help to relieve compacted soil and provide enough room for oxygen and water to reach the root system. The Tulsa landscape design experts at Oklahoma Landscape can aerate your lawn and overseed it so that the soil and lawn are both healthy and sustainable.

Adding mulch to your garden or flowerbed can also do a great deal to conserve water and nutrients while making your landscape look even more attractive.

Choosing plants. Which plants you choose for your landscape design can have an effect on the environment. Plants, shrubs, and trees that are native to your area tend to do better and also require less water. As the Landscaping Network noted, often homeowners want to remove many of the existing plants in their landscape, but this can lead to a disruption in the natural processes in the environment. Thus, preserving existing plants and choosing to add others that are native to the local environment can conserve resources while often reducing the time and energy required for maintenance and care.

Hardscape considerations. Another aspect of sustainable Tulsa landscape design is being thoughtful when choosing hardscape materials. Of course, using recycled hardscape materials is ideal when trying to reduce waste, but you can also use more locally sourced materials as well as those that allow for better water conservation. Permeable pavers are hardscape materials that help to conserve water. These pavers allow water to pass through to the soil reducing runoff and pollution. These hardscapes are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to add a decorative effect to your patio, walkway, or driveway while allowing for sustainability.

The landscape design experts at Oklahoma Landscape can create a design plan for your outdoor space that creates a gorgeous oasis for your home while conserving the earth’s natural resources and allowing you to “find yourself outside.”

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Ideas to Brighten Your Tulsa Landscape This Winter

Tulsa landscapes can look a little dreary during winter. What can you do to add a little color to your landscape, even in the bleak days of winter? We have some tips to brighten your Tulsa landscape design.

Add mulch to your garden. Mulching your flowerbed or garden during the winter can help add color to your landscape and camellia-65804_640help insulate plants for winter. Mulch also offers plants vital nutrients they will need in the spring.

Plant what will flourish in a winter garden. Some plants and shrubs can survive pretty well in the chilly winter weather and even bloom during the winter months, adding significant color and interest to your garden. Camellias are blooming evergreen shrubs that grow to be about 6 to 8 feet tall with showy pink or white flowers. There are numerous varieties of camellias including super hardy ones like “Winter Joy” and “Snow Flurry” that do well in even really cold weather. Pansies are another plant that does well even in colder weather. These cute little annuals can remain stalwart with their bright and fragrant blooms through much of the fall and winter weather.

Add color to your hardscapes. Although the plants in your landscape might not have much color, the hardscapes in your garden can shine through. Paint your fence or gate a bright color that complements your home and outdoor environment or paint your garage door or front door a bright, new color. You can also take the winter months to revamp some of your exterior structures by adding decorative hardware to your garage door or adding new fixtures to other areas of your home and landscape.

red-dogwood-271274_640Add light to your landscape. If you don’t already have lighting in your outdoor living space and garden, why not add lighting design this winter? Professional landscape lighting design can transform your outdoor environment and create warmth and interest all year long. Plus, you’ll be able to use your outdoor living space more with outdoor lighting. The Tulsa landscape lighting design specialists at Oklahoma Landscape can help create the best outdoor lighting for your pathway, deck, or pool area to match your home and outdoor décor.

Create interesting focal points to your Tulsa landscape. Creating focal points in your garden or landscape will also add visual interest amid the dreary winter weather. Outdoor structures like gazebos, pergolas, arbors, etc. can provide interest while also being practical additions to your landscape. Building a fire pit or outdoor fireplace in your backyard will create a focal point while providing a place to relax and entertain friends, even in winter. Other additions to your garden could include statues, birdbaths, or even a decorative pond.

The Tulsa landscape designers at Oklahoma Landscape can help you create the perfect winter wonderland for your landscape and home. We can design and build complete outdoor living spaces to match your lifestyle and complement the architecture of your home as well as take care of all your landscaping and lawn care needs.

Benefits of Tulsa Commercial Landscape Design

Sometimes business owners can overlook an important aspect of their company, something that can actually have quite a large impact on their business. Although commercial landscape design may not at first seem like it will greatly affect a business, there are a number of ways that landscaping or a lack of landscape design can impact a company – either for the good or for the bad.

First impressions are most important. 

Business owners are well familiar with how important first impressions are for a customer. But sometimes owners can focus on commercial landscape design tulsahow the inside of their store looks without realizing that the inside isn’t exactly the first impression the customer may have. When a customer drives up to your store, what do they see? A beautiful and eye-catching landscape design can really impress customers even before they reach your front door and even attract new customers. If two similar businesses were next door to each other, wouldn’t you first walk into the business that was most attractive on the outside? Effective commercial landscape design can help a business stand out amid the competition. Landscape design can take into consideration the personality or brand of the company and successfully reflect that brand image with unique landscaping elements.

As with first impressions, we often do judge a book by its cover, and the same can be said with businesses. A well-manicured lawn and good landscape design can tell a customer that the business owner is diligent, pro-active, and interested in delivering quality. On the other hand, a building without any landscaping can give the opposite impression of its owners.

Attention to landscape design at a business can also tell customers that the owner is concerned about the environment, is eco-friendly, and is interested in creating a pleasant atmosphere for his employees.

Increase employee productivity.

Studies have shown that employees work better at companies that have attractive commercial landscape design and other natural elements.

Regarding a commercial landscape design project at PepsiCo World Headquarters, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) noted that the improved outdoor environment “resulted in lower turnover, less absenteeism, shorter lunch hours, and greater productivity.”

“The quality of a lawn care tulsaperson’s physical surroundings has a real and profound impact on their attitude and performance as well as their enjoyment of a place,” the ASLA noted.

Thus, adding more greenery and landscape design to your business, possible even with outside benches, fountains, or other decorative landscaping elements, can help increase job satisfaction for employees and promote a peaceful, happy environment for employees and customers alike.

Improve market values. 

Commercial landscape design has also been shown to help enhance the market value and curb appeal of a business.

“The proof is in the data, with 99% of real estate appraisers confirming that plants enhance tenancy and the sales appeal of commercial real estate,” E-Landscape Specialty Solutions of Maryland noted. They noted that commercial landscape design provides an “instant wow” factor to a company, providing the quickest way to give a “face-lift” to a building’s façade.

Thus, commercial landscape design can quickly and easily refurbish the look of an otherwise older building, giving it new life, literally and figuratively.

Good landscape design and maintenance might even help to deter crime.

“In a California study, landscaped areas were relatively graffiti-free, while open, no landscaped areas were graffiti targets,” Terra Flora Landscaping in West Virginia noted. “Well planned and maintained landscapes are seen as safer than unmaintained plantings.”

And there’s many other benefits to Tulsa commercial landscape design including significant energy-savings when landscapes are designed specifically with these elements in mind.

The Tulsa landscape design professionals at Oklahoma Landscape can engineer the best landscape design plan for your commercial property. We can take care of all your commercial landscape design and lawn maintenance needs so that you can focus more on your business. From office parks to apartment complexes to hospitals, we can provide you with a custom landscape and lawn care maintenance program for your specific commercial goals.

Let us take the hassle out of commercial landscape design and maintenance and keep your property looking great all year round.

Keeping Rabbits and Deer Out of Your Tulsa Landscape

We may love to watch beautiful deer and rabbits in the wild, but they’re not always so pretty when seen destroying the flowers and vegetables in our backyard. Are rabbits and deer constantly nibbling away at your garden? What can you do to keep these creatures away?

One way to ward off rabbits and deer is to plant foliage that actually repels these animals. You may try planting some aromatic perennials that rabbits and deer don’t favor. Here are few: Echinacea, chives, lavender, garlic, yarrow, peony, catnip plants, and columbine or honeysuckle. Although humans may like the smell of many of these perennials, wildlife like deer and rabbits can actually be repelled by the powerful scent of these plants. You can plant these perennials around the border of your garden or property to help repel these animals.

Along with plants that have repelling smells to certain wildlife, many fragrant soaps can act as repellents. You can hang these bars of deodorant soap, preferably wet, on trees or plants around your landscape to repel pests.

Some gardeners also make natural deer and rabbit repellents combining ingredients like red pepper, hot sauce, garlic powder, eggs, etc. and making them into a mix that these animals do not like and applying it to various plants in the garden.

Along with deer and rabbit repellent plants, many gardeners also use deer or rabbit-resistant plants. These are trees, shrubs, and plants that animals do not like to eat so they don’t bother with your garden in the first place. Deer-resistant plants, trees, and shrubs include juniper, birch, blue spruce, boxwoods, iris, daffodil, lilac, barberry, and holly. Plants that are rabbit-resistant are a little harder to tell but some include birch, hydrangea, elderberry, lilac, daffodils, sedum, and yucca. Planting shrubs that have thorns, fuzzy leaves, or thistles is also a good deterrent.

 A good fence around your garden is one of the most effective ways of keeping these animals out. To keep rabbits out, you’ll need to have a fine mesh fencing around the lower 2 feet. Fences will need to be around 8 feet high to keep out whitetail deer, or they can be slightly lower (around 6 feet) but be slanted. Solid wooden fences will of course be the best deterrent for deer so that they can’t spot what’s on the other side.

Your much-loved dog or cat may also be one of the best deterrents for deer and rabbits.  Other tactics include scaring the animals away with scarecrows, radios, loud wind chimes, and motion-sensitive floodlights.

Visit with the Tulsa landscape design specialists at Oklahoma Landscape for more tips on how to protect your garden from deer, rabbits, and insects.

 

Invigorate Your Tulsa Landscape By Adding Color This Fall

Soon it will be fall. Leaves will change colors and the cool fall air will brush through the Tulsa landscape. People adore the fall season for the display of colors that can be seen across Oklahoma. For an even more colorful fall season, many homeowners plant shrubs, trees, and perennials that are known for their amazing colors in the fall. fall landscape design

The Virginia Sweetspire is a dazzling shrub with great ornamental fall colors. Growing in either shade or sun, the Virginia Sweetspire will showcase small white flowers in the summer, and then its green leaves will turn to a bright red, yellow, orange, or even rich burgundy color during fall.

A hardy deciduous shrub that creates an outstanding display of fall color with orange-red fall foliage is the Chokeberry. This shrub thrives in open sunlight or can tolerate partial shade. The Amur Maple offers nice red color during the fall and can act either as shrub or a small tree depending on how it’s pruned and cared for. Also, different varieties of Sumac including the Tiger Eyes Sumac provide stunning displays of fall color with yellow, scarlet, orange and foliage. These Sumacs are hardy shrubs that thrive in full sun and shouldn’t be confused with their poison sumac cousin.

Naturally, Maple trees will add a rich display of color to your Tulsa landscape this fall. From the widespread Red Maple to the Japanese Maple, these trees are known for their crimson colors and elegant, unique shapes. The Autumn Purple Ash tree is another fall favorite with reddish-purple leaves that change sooner in the season than other trees. Dogwoods afford great color during any season with white and pink flowers in the spring and purplish-red leaves in the fall.

Sedums are a vibrant perennial for fall color as are Helenium, Fall Crocus, Asters and the brilliant Colchicum. These are all great perennials that bloom in the fall and can bring an increase of color to your garden late in the season. For a little contrast, the Russian Sage is a perennial that offers a collection of purple-blue flowers from mid-summer to fall.

Beautify your Tulsa landscape this fall with some of these brilliant late season trees and shrubs.

For more ideas on how to add a splash of amazing color to your fall landscape, contact the Tulsa landscape design specialists at Oklahoma Landscape. We can create a unique color palate for your Tulsa home and garden and create brilliant interest in your landscape throughout the year.

 

 

 

Tulsa Landscape Design Tips: Plants for Edging

Often in landscape design we find nature combined with artistic expression. Using a variety of plant colors and textures makes a landscape look like a living work of art and generates the peaceful ambiance where friends and family can relax and have fun. One aspect of Tulsa landscape design is creating definition to a space with edging. Many different plants and materials can be used to edge a landscape or separate one space the other. Sometimes hardscapes such as brick, stones, or pavers are used as edging around a flower bed or along a pathway. But there are a number of plants that work great for landscape edging.

Better Homes and Gardens highlighted several flowers and plants that are perfect for edging. Here are a few of their picks for best garden borders:

Alyssum, they noted, is a nice annual edging plant. With its compact design and dense spray of tiny pink, white, or lavender flowers, the alyssum makes quite a colorful bouquet of edging for your flower bed.

Japanese forestgrass is a terrific fit for the shade, it thrives in it and creates “compact mounds of gracefully arching foliage” that makes a nice accent along borders. Lady’s Mantle is great for “softening the edge of a shaded path or creating a groundcover” with its groups of chartreuse flowers and scalloped leaves.

Known as “nearly the perfect plants” by Better Homes and Gardens, sedums look great from the day they sprout with different varieties hosting red, pink, orange, and white flowers. Varieties such as Matrona, they noted, create a cool edge with taller plants behind them. These plants are also very drought-tolerant and need little care.

“Covering itself with adorable bobbing pink flowers,” the thrift plant makes a delightful edging plant or groundcover. This perennial has grassy foliage combined with little clusters of colorful flowers.

Some herbs like English lavender, sage, and thyme can also make great edging plants. Other edible plants for edges and borders include strawberries and rhubarb.

The Tulsa landscape design professionals at Oklahoma Landscape can help you design the perfect garden for your home. We can help you choose the edging plants that are right for your pathway or border to create a crisp, polished look for your Tulsa landscape.

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Learning the Value of Mulch – Tulsa Lawn Care Tips

When you think of adding things to your garden mulch may not be high on the list, but actually it’s one of the best things you can add. Mulch can help protect plants and their roots from extreme temperatures and help them absorb and retain water better. Thus, mulch will keep a garden healthier, more resistant to drought and is great for weed control while improving soil quality. Adding mulch to your garden can save much time and energy and help to simplify your other Tulsa lawn care tasks.lawn care tulsa

But how much do you need and which type of mulch should you use?

There are various types of organic and inorganic mulch. Organic mulches like cedar bark, wood chips, shredded leaves, hay, compost, and grass clippings will add nutrients to the soil as they decompose. Inorganic materials include stone, gravel, or black plastic and other landscape fabrics. Stone or gravel can be good to use around areas that are likely to get washed out, and black plastic and landscape fabrics are helpful in vegetable gardens to help warm the soil and hold moisture.

Organic mulch is usually best because it adds nutrients to the soil. Different types of organic mulch though can be better for distinct areas. For instance, fresh organic mulch will be more effective at controlling weeds than aged mulch, but will take longer to decompose, TheFamilyHandyman.com noted. So fresh mulch won’t add nutrients to the soil as fast as aged mulch to help encourage plant growth, but on the other hand, will last longer. Therefore, fresh mulch may work better around trees and shrubs that need more weed control than nutrients in the soil. Like fresh mulch, large pieces of mulch like wood bark will take longer to decompose and thus will last much longer.

Mulch for your flower bed may consist of shredded leaves from your landscape. Grass clippings can add a great deal of nitrogen to your vegetable garden. These organic and free mulches can help make your gardens healthy and beautiful.

How much mulch should you apply?

A deposit of mulch about 4 inches in depth will usually be enough to discourage weed growth and help retain moisture although 2-3 inches may be enough in shadier areas. On slopes, more mulch may be needed to help it stay in place, possibly around 6 inches as it may shift more frequently.

Before you apply mulch to an area, be sure to weed the soil. Keep about a 6 to 12-inch area around woody stems free from mulch as well as about a 1-inch area around the base of plants and vegetables free from mulch to prevent rotting.

While organic mulch helps the soil to retain moisture, it can also prevent the soil from warming in the spring. Thus, mulch will need to be pulled away from around perennials in the spring to allow them to grow better.

The Tulsa lawn care specialists at Oklahoma Landscape can take all the hassle out of lawn and garden maintenance with our custom lawn maintenance, weed control and fertilization programs. Call us today for more information!