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.

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Great Ideas For Landscaping Slopes On Your Tulsa Property

Are you frustrated because you can’t figure out what to do with the slope in your Tulsa landscape? Numerous Tulsa residents find themselves with this type of landscape design issue because so many Tulsa homes were built on the area’s lovely hillsides. These steep hillside slopes can be ratherretaining walls tulsa tricky to garden, but it’s important to landscape these areas to prevent costly and possibly even dangerous erosion and drainage complications. What are some ways to landscape slopes to prevent these kinds of issues?

Make some walls.

Erosion ensues as surface runoff moves downhill taking with it loose soil. The faster the water flows down a slope, the more soil it likely will take with it. Thus, to effectively control erosion, the rate at which water flows downhill must be decreased, and yet still allow for drainage. Carefully constructed retaining walls and terraces can be very adept at preventing soil erosion and flooding. Retaining walls can be constructed using a variety of decorative hardscape materials such as natural stones, interlocking blocks, concrete, wood, brick, or cinder blocks. Because of their decorative appearance, retaining walls can add dimension and character to your landscape. They can be textured and aged or smooth and symmetrical, adding a decorative structure and organization to the landscape while holding back an embankment and creating level areas of land.

However, retaining walls must be properly built so they can withstand the pressure of weather, time, and other elements. These retaining walls must also complement your property’s drainage and irrigation system to be effective. Several shorter terraces are often more effective than one or two larger segments because the more gradual the slope, the less chances there are for runoff.

Put nature to work.

Woody shrubs and trees that have a deep network of roots can help bind the various layers of soil together. Over time or through construction, these soil layers can become weak and less compact. Thus, plants with a strong root system can help keep the soil layers intact and slow water runoff. Hardy, drought-resistant plants like succulents, groundcovers, and native plants that flourish in Oklahoma will help reduce erosion and even help combat weeds. These plants are also usually more low-maintenance plants, providing easy upkeep for you landscape.

Rocks and boulders provide another decorative means of slowing the flow of water down a slope. Add native plants or shrubs behind these stone hardscapes and you’ll create a beautifully natural landscape. Make sure boulders are packed securely into the soil.

Steps that stabilize.

Meandering steps can be used to guide guests up what would otherwise be a difficult slope. You could make a series of steps in a winding or zigzag pattern that adds personality and charm to the hillside. Plant colorful shrubs or groundcover alongside the curving stairway to create even more interest and help prevent surface runoff.

Use Water to the Full

While surface runoff can cause much erosion damage, you can work with the water by diverting it through a stream, waterfall, or other water feature along a shallow slope. Fill in the stream with rocks and you have a natural creek bed. Thus, your babbling brook can safely allow water to flow downstream and form another visual interest piece for your landscape.

Because of the delicate nature of slopes, soil, and their proper drainage patterns, it’s often good to seek the advice of professional landscape designers before making any major adjustments to your slope or hillside. The Tulsa landscape designers at Oklahoma Landscape will be glad to help you correct or prevent drainage and erosion issues by properly landscaping your hillside or slope.

We offer a complete range of landscape architecture, drainage, irrigation, and hardscape services to help you ‘find yourself outside’ in your beautiful and engaging landscape.

 

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.

 

Outdoor Living Ideas for Small Tulsa Outdoor Living Spaces

tulsa outdoor living spacesMany Tulsa homeowners with smaller backyards may think that there’s not a whole lot they can do with their outdoor space. But the Tulsa landscape designers at Oklahoma Landscape would say otherwise. Outdoor living spaces do not need to be huge to be interesting, practical, and filled with awesome beauty. Notice these tips for creating functional Tulsa outdoor environments in even not-so-big landscapes.

Plan Things Out

Tulsa homeowners may want to dive in and start tearing out plants and hardscapes to renovate your outdoor space, but careful planning is worth the wait.

Think about how you would most like to use your Tulsa outdoor living area. Do you enjoy entertaining or cooking out? Would you use the space mostly to relax, read, and get away from the world? Do you love water and would like to have a spa or a decorative water feature? How you plan to use your landscape will shape what features comprise the space, and with thoughtful design you can add more features.

Know what your central points will be and then you can design other things around those main features.

When you’re working with a smaller space, it’s important to have things planned out so that every portion of the space is utilized to get the most function from the area. The sky’s the limit – although you may have less ground space, you can create more vertical space for gardens and additional storage.outdoor living space ideas

Our Tulsa landscape designers can assist you with planning the most practical design for your outdoor space.

Create Different Outdoor Living ‘Rooms’

To make the most of your small outdoor space, create distinct outdoor living areas in the same space by artfully dividing the space depending on its intended use.

For instance, you can have a dining area on a small patio area and cover it with an arbor or small pergola that will visually separate the space. Create a ‘living room’ area with an L-shaped sectional sofa made of indoor-outdoor materials, an area rug and even a coffee table that will effectively divide the space. A fire pit can also be a focal point for a seating area and can form a comfy atmosphere for entertaining.

You can use raised flowerbeds as edging, foliage such as vines or bamboo to separate and add privacy, or use different pavers and hardscape materials to differentiate the spaces. Although you want these areas to be slightly divided visually, you will also want them to connect or seamlessly flow from one to another so that it does have the feel of one complete outdoor environment. Walkways or stone paths can help accomplish this.

Enlarge the Space with Color and Texture

Color makes the world seem livelier. Texture can add dimension and personality to a space. Adding these to your outdoor living space will create more depth and interest in your yard. Colorful container gardens filled with plants of varying textures are very practical.

Pavers and other hardscape materials come in an array of colors, sizes, shapes, and textures. These can often add more charm and are easier to replace or repair than concrete.

Bright, coordinated colors and attention-grabbing fabrics for rugs, throw pillows, and seating areas can make the space more inviting. Using reclaimed, distressed, or antique pieces can tastefully be used in your outdoor space to add character and sometimes even a pop of color.

With a little planning and creativity, any size outdoor space can be the setting for a gorgeous Tulsa outdoor environment. As your premier Tulsa landscaping company, Oklahoma Landscape can help you design the most practical and most engaging outdoor living space.