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Artificial Grass: The 3 Most Popular Types of Turf and The Professionals Who Can Install Them

Artificial grass, also known as artificial turf in the home renovation and landscape design worlds, is popular in areas that are prone to drought. It’s used for both commercial and residential purposes and comes in a variety of styles with unique characteristics, just as natural grass does. So, what kind of artificial turfs are there? And which should be used for what purpose? Here’s a short guide.

Nylon

Nylon grass is durable, versatile, and resilient to moisture. It’s one of the most expensive types of turf but is also one of the best. It’s known for its ability to withstand pressure and intense heat and is commonly used on indoor sports fields as it can withstand a lot of foot traffic, bouncing back into shape after an intense game. Due to this and its stiff bristle-like texture, it’s also used on many golf courses.

Pros:

  • Versatile use
  • Reliable
  • Durable
  • Heat resistant

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Bristly texture

Polyethylene

Polyethylene is a popular material for use in artificial grass for homeowners wanting to replace their lawn with a well-manicured artificial turf. It’s the most life-like type of synthetic grass on the market and is typically bright green in color, incredibly soft, and surprisingly resilient when its modest price is taken into consideration. However, it’s most effective when used as a secondary thatch in combination with nylon fibers, making it ideal for use on sports fields when finances may be an issue but durability is a must.

Pros:

  • Life-like appearance and texture
  • Vibrant color
  • Resilient to foot traffic

Cons:

  • Can be expensive

Polypropylene

Polypropylene is the cheapest type artificial grass material. Its texture is very fine and soft, but as a whole, this type of grass lacks in resiliency, heart resistance, and durability. In case of prolonged high temperatures, it’s prone to becoming deformed and unlike nylon, can’t be restored to its former glory.

It’s extremely light weight, however, making it a great option for hobbyists who need to use artificial turf for creative indoor projects. It’s best to use this kind of turf indoors, as rain and excessive heat can render it useless.

Pros:

  • Light weight
  • Fine texture
  • Cheap

Cons:

  • Less resilient than other types of turf
  • Prone to deformation due to high temperatures

Who can install artificial turf?

In general, unless you have extensive home renovation knowledge, artificial grass should be installed by a professional artificial grass Las Vegas company.

A professional installation will ensure the longevity and lifespan of your turf, not to mention take the least amount of time possible to install. It is possible to install artificial grass on your own, however, but you run the risk of your turf lifting and peeling. If you opt to do it yourself, be sure that you follow the installment instructions that come with your roll of turf, or, when in doubt, consult a professional with any questions.

9 Essential Landscaping Tools

If you’re starting a landscaping business or upgrading your backyard, you’ll need tools. Most of them will be hand tools, as landscaping work is often tedious and requires care and attention. You’re probably aware that you’ll need a variety of shovels, spades, and buckets, but what specific types are needed? We can help you with that! Here are a 9 essential landscaping tools.

Transplant spade

A transplant spade is designed for moving or transplanting plants to different locations within the garden. It is similar in appearance to a small shovel but has a thinner blade that causes less damage to sensitive plant roots. It is also easier to wield in crowded or small spaces such as in between rocks.

Rakes

Important, but commonly forgotten, rakes should be included in any landscaping arsenal. Each collection should include a level-headed steel rake for leveling and spreading soil, as well as a rake with tines for dealing with leaves and garden debris.

Garden fork

A garden fork makes it easy to break up large patches of soil before commencing further work in the area. Garden forks are also handy for mixing in fertilizer, compost, and manure. The best garden forks have fiberglass handles and stainless steel prongs.

Dutch hoe

Dutch hoes are great for weeding gardens. The blades of the hoe can be used to separate weeds from their roots below the surface of the garden. The hoe should have a high-quality handle that is stable and easy to hold onto.

Trowel

Trowels are used to plant seedlings and dig up light, unimpacted dirt. They are especially useful when it comes to working around small plants and garden borders so that the area doesn’t get damaged.

Secateurs

Ideal for pruning, branch cutting, trimming twigs, and cutting bamboo that is up to 1 cm thick, secateurs are one of the most used landscaping tools. You should have two: an anvil and a bypass. Bypass secateurs have two blades that work in unison to make a smooth, even cut. Anvil secateurs are best for dried out or dead brambles, branches, and bushes.

Hand cultivator

Hand cultivators are essentially garden forks that have been made with bent prongs that makes them ideal for turning soil, mixing fertilizer, and revealing large weeds that are hidden within the dirt.  Hand cultivators are similar to Dutchhoes but have shorter handles.

Grass trimmer

Known by some as a “weed whacker”, grass trimmers are essential for lawn upkeep. They are to be used on lawns that have become too run-down with weeds to be mowed with a traditional lawn mower. Grass trimmers allow for straight edges and clean cuts to be made, and are good for trimming around trees and the edges of your garden or vegetable patch.

Garden shredder

If you haven’t heard of a garden shredder, it’s the power tool that landscapers use to destroy branches, bramble, and organic debris. The shredder shreds the matter and turns it into mulch which can be used wherever your heart desires.

2018’s Hottest Landscaping Trends

Landscaping is a popular hobby among homeowners, as it is fun to do and increases the curb appeal of any home. With so many enthusiastic homeowners partaking in this fun hobby, trends have been formed within the past year. Here are a few of the hottest 2018 landscaping trends that we think will continue to be trendy for some time to come.

Local plants and foliage.

The first 2018 trend worth mentioning the idea of utilizing one’s local plants and foliage. By incorporating plants native to your area, you’re creating a landscape that is both sustainable and beautiful. Local plants have adapted to the climate in your area and will be easier to keep alive and maintain than plants that are sourced from other locations. Additionally, native plants are more likely to survive harsh winters and extremely dry summers if you live in an area with either condition.

The focal point is water.

Bird baths and fountains are beautiful additions to any yard- landscaped to perfection or not, so it’s no wonder that water has become a landscaping trend. Fountains, bubblers, ponds, and waterfalls can transform any yard into an oasis worth investing in, Water features available depend on your budget, yard space, and unique design dreams.

An asymmetrical design.

Gone are the days of matching both sides of your garden perfectly, and in are the days of eye-catching asymmetrical designs.  Many gardens and yards are being designed to have pathways with unstructured edges, that curve, and that use staggered and uneven stone patterns. These designs may also make use of seemingly random colors, however, each carefully planned color has been chosen with care and each design has been laid out with purpose.

Atmospheric lighting.

Although not directly a landscaping trend, as it doesn’t involve gardening, plants, or anything to do with nature, the inclusion of atmospheric lighting has become popular within landscape designs. Once a design has been completed, lighting is added. This lighting may be in the form of tiki torches, lanterns, or fairy lights shining over head. Some lighting is even installed within the ground as a permanent fixture.

A staircase going up.

Particularly popular within small yards and spaces, staircases are both functional and pleasing to the eye. The addition of a staircase can mean the difference between one level of gardens or two, or the inclusion of a white wooden bench or no bench at all. Staircases can be made from wood or stone, but for functionality sake, are usually built with stones

Privacy is key.

The key to a beautifully landscaped garden is being able to enjoy it in peace and quiet. The most common way of gaining privacy is by building a fence, however, within the past months, other methods have been popping up. This includes using foliage or climbing plants and a lattice board to create a barrier between the garden and the outside world.  Hedges are also being used, as they can be shaped, sheared, and otherwise trimmed to meet your tastes.

Edible Landscaping: The Best Plants to Include in Your Design

An edible landscape is a landscape design that consists of something you can eat- fruit, vegetables, and herbs and spices. As easy as it sounds to make an edible landscape, it can be challenging, as you have to choose the right plants for the garden (plants that won’t be eaten by friendly deer!).

Here are a few of the best and most popular plants that you should add into your edible landscape.

Blueberries

fIf you have some extra room for a bush or two, make the bush a blueberry bush! Before they turn into berries, these bushes grow dainty bell-shaped flowers. After berry season, the leaves and branches transform into pretty fall colors, before changing once again to have twisting and turning branches and unique bark for the winter season.

Raspberries and Blackberries (Brambles)

Known as bramble and incredibly easy to make a hedge out of, blackberry and raspberry bushes are easy to grow and provide an abundance of tasty fruit. Raspberries come in a variety of colors including purple, black, red, and gold, while both berries are available in thornless varieties that make harvesting easy.

 Garlic and Chives

Although these plants can be stinky, they flower beautifully. Both chives and garlic grow bright purple flowers that attract helpful bees and add a pop of color to an otherwise green herb garden.

Vegetables

Traditional green vegetables such as artichoke, kale, rainbow chard (this variety has yellow, gold, and red stalks), carrots, green peas, and beans are great for an edible landscape design. They can fill up space, provide food, and still look lovely.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are great if you want a dash of color in your garden or backyard. They come in bright yellow, orange, and red colors, as well as in deep greens. Mix the plants within the same space and create a rainbow!

Eggplants

Rich in purple hues, eggplants are easy on the eyes and the tastebuds. Starting as delicate purple flowers, the plant undergoes a transformation as the eggplant takes shape and a healthy purple vegetable takes its place.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes -in particular cherry tomatoes- are perfect for even the smallest of space. They can be grown in plastic containers or in large garden beds, and when they are ripe, they’re truly a sight to behold with their deep red coloration.

Pansies, Marigolds, and Calendulas

Flowers? That’s right- flowers! Pansies, marigolds, and calendulas are all edible. Pansies and marigolds are commonly used to garnish dishes, while calendulas are used in a variety of summer salads. Their petals are ripped apart and mixed into bowls of greens to provide a hint of color.

Fruit Trees

Location and weather depending, you should consider planting a few fruit trees in your yard. If you live in a warm climate, try planting an orange tree. If you’re in a milder climate, you could grow crab apples.

Saskatoons

Popular in milder climates with less sunshine, saskatoons are ideal for making jams and fruit pies. They grow a dark blue-black berry and matte green leaves. They are good for taking up space or using as a border, as they grow on large, unruly bushes.

7 Common Landscaping Problems and How to Fix Them

Landscaping is a great way to spruce up any yard. Even the most basic os landscaping projects can make a huge different to a yard that is boring, dull, and uninteresting. However, some yards pose problems that make landscaping hard. If you’re trying to figure out how to best handle your landscaping dilemma, maybe we can help- here are 9 common landscaping problems and how to fix them.

My yard is too rocky.

If your yard has a lot of rocks that cause you stress, why not use the rocks as part of your landscape design? Use them to create a unique rock garden. If you don’t have enough rocks to make a full sized rock garden, consider gathering some more and adding onto the problem area to transform it.

My yard or lawn space is too small.

If you have big landscaping dreams, a small space can be disheartening. In this case, the best idea is to think functional and beautiful. Design your landscape to have multiple levels that make use of gardens, steps, and stones. Each of these features will give the appearance of more space and allow you to branch out with your design.

My yard has a problem with water or drainage.

A yard that is too wet often poses a problem when it comes to landscaping as it limits what kind of plants can be grown and what kind of features can be installed into the design. To solve this problem, plant wetland flowers such as bayberry and ferns. You can also create a drainage path and use absorbent soils to keep the problem at bay.

I have no privacy and am worried that my yard will get ruined.

If your yard suggers from a lack of privacy and/or is located in a very public area that makes it prone to being littered on or walked through, the easiest solution is to install a fence. If you want to spend extra time on your yard, you could also install a lattice and plant vines or crawling plants underneath. Once the vines grow upwards onto the lattice, they will provide a measure of privacy from prying eyes and heavy feet.

My space gets too much sun.

Unfortunately, the sun can’t be “dealt with”. However, it can be worked with. Try planting a series of drought-tolerant plants such as cacti and succulents. Group sun-hearty plants together and consider planting tall vegetation to provide some shade.

My yard is too shady.

The opposite problem of the one above is too much shade. This can be easily remedied by planting shade-loving plants such as foam flower, lungwort, foxglove, and primrose.

My soil is eroding.

Soil erosion can be a major problem for landscapers. Soil erosion can be handled in a variety of ways: rock gardens, retaining walls, terracing, and erosion fabric. One of the easiest options, though, is to grow a deep rooting ground cover plant such as pachysandra (known as shade) or rosemary (known as sun).

The basic principles of landscape design landscape ideas

If you plan to “borrow ideas” or plan to create your own landscape design, you should have at least a fundamental understanding of the principles of landscape design.

This does not mean that you have to apply every principle to all parts of your plan. But only an understanding of these principles will help you generate ideas and increase your creativity.

The great landscape is in the eyes of its creator. So, while the principles of landscape design are great guidelines to follow, they do not feel like they are the “rules” of the landscape. Abstract and creativity are allowed.

The unit must be one of your main goals in your project. It can be better understood and applied as consistency and repetition. Repetition creates unity by repeating elements such as plants, plant groups or decorations throughout the landscape. Consistency creates unity in the sense that some or all the different elements of the landscape adapt to create an integer.

The unit can be reached by the consistency of the character of the elements in the drawing. By character, I mean height, size, structure, colors, etc. Of different elements.

A good example would be in the use of accent boulders. If you’ve ever seen a landscape design that features a large white round boulder here and another big red granite boulder square there and so on, then you’ve seen that the unit was not created by this specific element.

This is just one example, but the principle applies to all other elements such as groups of plants and materials.

An easy way to create a unit in your landscape is to create themes. And one of the easiest ways to create themes is to use a small garden or garden statues. Creating a theme garden is easier when it’s connected to something you’re interested in or that has a passion for.

If you are, for example, butterflies, you can create a theme that uses plants that attract butterflies and uses statues, ornaments and other decorations that are related to butterflies.

The unit must be expressed through at least one element in your landscape and preferably more. The use of elements to express a main idea through a coherent style and a specific theme is what creates harmony.

Simplicity is actually one of the principles of design and art. It is one of the best guidelines you can follow as a beginner or make your browser. Just keep the simple things to start with. You can do more later.

The simplicity of the plantation, for example, would be to choose two or three colors and repeat them all the garden or landscape. Keeping the furniture to a minimum and within a specific theme as well as keeping hardscapes as consistent boulders is also practical simplicity.

Balancing in design is just like the word implies. Equality. There are basically two types of balance in landscape design. Symmetrical and asymmetrical.

The symmetrical equilibrium is where there are more or less equidistant matching elements of the garden design. With a fairly divided garden, both sides could share the same shape, shape, height of the plant, plant groupings, colors, shapes of bed, theme, etc.

You might remember to create something similar when you were a kid in art class at school. Where you take a piece of paper, spray the paint on it, fold it in half, explain it, and magically create an interesting symmetrical design. So balance or symmetrical design is a bit of an image or a specular reflection.

The asymmetrical balance on the other hand is one of the principles of landscape design that is a bit more complex. While textures, shapes, colors, etc. They can remain constant to create a unity, forms and hardscapes can be more random. This form of balance often has distinct or different themes, each with an equal but different kind of attraction.

A good example of this would be where bed shapes or paths differ on both sides of the dividing line. One side could be curvy with a sense of flow while the other side is direct, direct and hard.

This can also create an accurate contrast. The flowing lines are pleasing to the eye, but the bold contrast of a curve with a straight line can be very interesting.

Asymmetric balance is not necessarily limited to the shape of your garden.

An example would be one in which one side of the garden is mostly large shadow trees while the other side is predominantly a growing flower garden or even a mix of both examples. This is only limited to your imagination.

Contrast and harmony can also be achieved by using plants. The leaves of the foliage abound the coarser foliage, the round leaves pour the broken leaves as well as the compliments and contrasts of color.

The height, color and structure of plants can vary from one area to another, but each area must remain consistent in its theme.

You hear me talk a lot about the topics. Many achievements make yourself designs follow a fundamental theme to achieve most of the principles of landscape design described on this page. Proper use of plants and garden decorations or a mix of both is an easy way to reach themes.

Color adds the dimension of real life and the interest in the landscape. Bright colors like reds, yellows and oranges seem to advance towards you and can actually make the object closer to you. Cold colors like greens, blues and pastels seem to move away from you and can make an object farther away from you.

Grays, blacks and whites are considered neutral colors and are best used in the background with bright colors in the foreground. However, to increase the depth of a landscape, you can use dark and coarse structured plants in the foreground and use finely structured and colorful plants in the background.

Colors can also be used to direct attention to a specific area of ​​the garden. A bright display among the colder colors would naturally catch the eye.

Natural transition can be applied to avoid radical or sudden changes in landscape design. The transition is basically a gradual change. It can be better illustrated in terms of height or color of the plant but can also be applied to all elements of the landscape, including but not limited to texture, leaf shape or size and size and shape of different elements.

In other words, the transition can be achieved by the gradual, ascending or descending arrangement of different elements with different textures, shapes, colors or dimensions.

An example of a good transition would be a stepping effect from large trees to medium trees to bushes to bed plants. This example is where a small knowledge of a correct selection of plants would be useful.

Transition is one of the principles of landscape design that can be used to “create illusions” in the landscape. For example, a transition from taller plants to shorter ones can give a sense of depth and distance (as in a painting), making the garden larger than it is. A transition from lower to higher plants could be used to frame a focal point to make it stand up and look closer than it is.

The line is one of the most structural principles of landscape design. It can mostly be connected to the way the beds, walkways and entrances move and flow.

Straight lines are strong and direct while curved lines have a more natural, soft and flowing effect.

Proportion refers simply to the size of the elements in relation to each other. Of all the principles of landscape design, this is quite evident, but still requires thought and planning. Most elements of landscape design can be intentionally designed to meet the correct proportions.

For example, if you are creating a small courtyard garden, a huge seven-foot garden statue placed in the center would be a proportional and somewhat insignificant way out to say the least. Or a small waterfall and a pond of four feet placed in the middle of a large open courtyard are lost in the expanse.

Do not misunderstand this means that if you have a large yard you can not have small features or decorations in the garden. The proportion is relative and the elements can be scaled to fit creating different rooms in the garden. The goal is to create a pleasant relationship between the three dimensions of length, width, depth or height.

A small function of water can be proportioned if placed in a corner or on the edge of a large area and becomes a focal point of the larger area creating a distinct atmosphere. You can create an entire room, a sitting area or a theme. Other rooms and themes can be created as well. See small gardens for ideas on creating rooms and for creating illusions.

Furthermore, a particular consideration and study should be given to the appropriate selection of plants to avoid using spill plants.

Repetition is directly related to unity. Its good to have a variety of elements and shapes in the garden, but repeat these elements gives expression of variety.

The unit is reached by repeating objects or similar elements. Too many unrelated objects can make the garden look embarrassed and unplanned.

Here is a thin line. It is possible that too much of an element can make a garden or a sensible, disinterested, boring and monotonous landscape.

However, the unit can still be created using different different elements repeatedly. This in turn keeps the garden interesting.

For those who want to give their garden a face-lift have some options available to them. These options range from simply adding new plants and other garden accessories to your garden to hire landscaping businesses. You could look into some landscape ideas before beginning any major general changes to your garden.

Looking at these landscaping ideas first you have the ability to see what items you might like to have in your garden. These ideas will also allow you to see how you can change your garden in a reasonable way, regardless of whether it is large or small, in one that reflects your personality.

Simplified landscape authorization, from Edilportale a free guide

The DPR 31/2017, in force since 6 April 2017, lists the interventions not subject to any landscape authorization and those of minor entity subjected to simplified landscape authorization which are involved in a quick and streamlined procedural process thanks to the unified models for the presentation of the instances.

In Annex A are defined the  small interventions  that, even if realized on restricted assets, are  exempt from landscape authorization . Among these are, for example, works for static consolidation and improvement of energy performance that do not involve substantial changes, but also the indispensable works for overcoming architectural barriers.
 
In Annex B, on the other hand, interventions considered to be of light impactare listed,  which benefit from a  simplified procedure . For example, these are anti-seismic and energy improvement interventions that involve innovations in the morphological characteristics of the building, as well as the construction of canopies and porticoes. 
 
In addition to the minor interventions indicated in Attachment B, applications for renewal of  expired landscape authorizations are subject to a simplifiedprocedure. for no more than a year and related to interventions in whole or in part not carried out, provided that the project is compliant with what previously authorized. If, with the request for renewal, project changes are requested that involve minor interventions, the ordinary authorization procedure is applied. 
 
The application for landscape authorization related to minor interventions must be completed, also in telematic mode, according to the  simplified model of  Annex C and must be accompanied by a   simplified landscape report , drawn up by a qualified technician, according to Annex D .

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