When you think of a backyard, what do you see? A lush garden overflowing with flowers and shrubbery? An elegantly smooth stone-confined area with trimmed hedges? Or perhaps a sprawling lawn with plenty of room for sports and other activities? We believe every outdoor space is unique to the existing environment and the people who live there, and it’s important that it reflects your lifestyle and who you are. Whatever your outdoor space needs and desires, Landscaping Cloverdale is there to make your softscape project a reality!
Softscape refers to anything in your outdoor space within your garden and lawn elements that excludes carpentry and hardscaping. Here are some options for what you can include in your softscape design:
There are so many elements you can include in your garden, whether you are looking for diversity or uniformity. Every garden is unique to the gardener, so we want to work with you to make sure it reflects your preferences, aesthetic, and lifestyle.
Many people think trees are reserved for parks and other public areas, or perhaps one large one in your front yard. Trees are an excellent addition to any outdoor space, both as a visually pleasing element and for their stress-relieving properties. They also act as air conditioning in both hot and cold weather. In the summer, they shade your house and keep heat away from your home. In the winter, they can reduce the amount of cold coming in through the openings in your house. Besides providing temperature control, trees are known to improve your air quality, and who wouldn’t want that for their family!
Shrubs and hedges
Greenery can make any backyard small or large into a relaxing zen space. When properly maintained, they’re a cost-efficient way to easily spruce up any area. Delicate shrubs can add fullness to your garden, and are a great way to break up focal points of your flowers. In addition to or in lieu of a fence, sturdy hedges make your entertaining space more private and secluded, dampening noise from parties and giving your family the privacy you would get from inside your home. An important part of upkeep for your hedges is a regular pruning so they stay the shape and size they were intended to be.
Annuals and Perennials
Annuals are often low-maintenance plants that grow, flower, and seed during one growing season that will return to bloom every year. Perennials are plants with longer life cycles that are often grown from seed. These plants are often the more diverse and beautiful flowers to be planted with more space in between them as to not interfere with each others’ growth. There are many varieties of both, and are often planted together for aesthetics and optimal health. It’s good to have a mix as they will bloom and wilt at different times, and will help close each other’s gaps. Also, less expensive annuals can help deter pests to stay away from the more expensive perennials, which have to be planted every year. A balanced softscape design reflecting your personality and style will be a great source of pleasure for yourself and for your guests!
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own personal vegetable garden or miniature fruit orchard? Edibles are any vegetables, fruits, and herbs you can pick fresh from your yard to your plate. A “farm to table” lifestyle is certainly achievable with some planning and maintenance in your garden. Apple, cherry, and pear trees, grape vines, raspberry bushes, and low to the ground strawberries are not only delicious to cook with or snack on, but are popular fruits to plant in your garden. Lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and zucchini are all so satisfying to pick, and are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Herbs are the easiest of all in terms of maintenance, with chef favourites available like parsley, basil, rosemary, and thyme. Imagine the delight of your family and friends, when they sit down at the dinner table to find that your salad or dessert comprised of freshly picked, organic produce that is so local that it came directly from your backyard! The choices are endless when it comes to planting edibles in your garden, and should reflect how you cook and feed your family. Our experts at Landscaping Cloverdale will be happy to design a garden with you that is in perfect harmony with your appetite!
Maybe you grew up with an expanse of green grass in your yard and want to relive that same experience. If playing soccer with your family, breaking out the bocce or lawn bowling set, or having an impromptu picnic with friends sounds good to you, a lawn installation may be for you.
There are several different varieties of grasses to choose from, all with their strengths and weaknesses. Before deciding on a type, we will assess your yard for lawn drainage, shade, and the surrounding trees and plants to determine which is the right one for you.