Landscaping Tips: Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

How to give your outdoor living space and landscaping new life with outdoor lighting.

 Outdoor lighting is often one of the most overlooked elements of landscaping. Whether it’s a newly lit walkway, a few strategically placed flood lights, or mood lighting on a porch or deck, the effects of light and reflection can transform the ordinary into extraordinary.

But there’s more to outdoor lighting than just ambiance. There are lots of benefits to incorporating a variety of lighting elements into your landscape and hardscape. Here are some of our top landscaping tips and benefits for outdoor lighting.

  • Illuminating your home’s exterior can enhance the overall appearance of your property year round.
  • Improving your outdoor aesthetic can also increase property value.
  • Highlighting architectural features, along with beautiful plants or trees, will increase curb appeal.
  • Well-it gathering areas around your home ensures your family and friends longer outdoor enjoyment time.
  • Whether you have a fire pit, patio, porch, walkways or recreational areas, strategic lighting will increase the time your family and friends can enjoy evening events and activities.
  • Lighting your property provides safety and security value.
  • Outdoor landscape lighting deters intruders and vandals when they are looking for targets.
  • Landscape lighting can prevent potential accidents in areas of darkness or uneven ground around your home.
  • Pathway lights provide visibility, protection and elegance.
  • Lighting can deter unwanted pests and animals that can potentially damage your lawn and landscape.
  • Motion-sensing lights are not only energy-efficient, they can serve as security alerts for potential intruders or unannounced visitors.

Our approach to outdoor lighting

All Seasons Landscape considers a number of factors when it comes to creating and implementing outdoor lighting designs, including seasonal changes, plant growth material and property structure. Whether you have a private residence or a public commercial space, All Seasons Landscape can provide high-end superior lighting and installation to those in Indianapolis and surrounding communities. Call today for a free lighting consultation and estimate.

July Gardening Tips

Remember when you were so excited to dig in and get your garden growing last spring? Then summer hit, and along with it came outdoor adventures, vacation plans and socializing with friends and family. So most likely, taking care of all those plants you worked so hard to grow just a few months ago isn’t at the top of your list.

We’re here to help, with these easy lawn and garden tips for July.

July Gardening Tips

  • Pay special attention to newly established plants, keeping them watered during dry weather.
  • Remember: allow water to penetrate deeply into soil (rather than sprinkling frequently and lightly).
  • Apply mulch – especially around young or vulnerable plants – to help conserve soil moisture and control weeds.
  • Do not plant bare-root or ball-and-burlap stock at this time of year.
  • Container-grown plants can still be planted, but make sure to keep them well-watered.
  • If you have fruit trees, continue a spray program to keep diseases and insects under control.
  • Remove water sprouts (sprouts from the trunk) and suckers (sprouts from the roots) from fruit trees.
  • Pinch off faded rose blossoms. Continue a rose spray program to control insects and diseases.
  • Mulch garden to control weeds and conserve soil moisture.
  • Remove faded blossoms from annual and perennial flowers to prevent seed formation.
  • The foliage of spring-flowering bulbs can be removed safely after they fade. This is also a good time to lift the bulbs for transplanting or propagation.

July Lawn Tips

  • Avoid ‘lawn-mower blight,’ which is when tree trunks and shrubs get nicked by the lawn mower. This can lead to severe plant injury and even death.
  • When watering lawns, apply 1 to 1.5 inches of water in a single application per week (avoid frequent, light sprinklings, as this will encourage roots to stay shallow, making them more susceptible to drought).
  • Take care of your bluegrass! It’s a cool-season plant, and is under great stress during hot, dry summers. If water is not applied, the bluegrass will become dormant and turn brown until more favorable conditions arrive in autumn. For extreme dry conditions, rescue watering is required to keep the plants alive, while still dormant. Apply one-half inch of water every 2-4 weeks.
  • Mow grass one-half inch higher than usual during the dry, summer months to help conserve soil moisture. Do not mow when lawn is under severe drought stress.
  • Don’t remove clippings from the lawn unless grass is excessively tall or weedy. Clippings return some nutrients to the soil and do not add to thatch buildup.

And don’t forget, now is the perfect time to make those landscaping (and hardscaping) plans for fall. Give us a call, and we’ll help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams.