Get Ready for Spring with Greenscape Geeks Landscape Features!
Are you dreaming of warmer days, trees budding, and birds chirping in the shrubs? Sick of these cold temperatures already? We agree. If you’re ready to start dreaming about and planning your spring projects and landscape features, Greenscape Geeks has you covered! Check out some of the services and features we offer below to get ideas for those warm-weather projects you’ve been daydreaming about.
Hardscapes, Fences, and More
Have you been thinking about getting a privacy fence installed? Need a safe place in your backyard for the kids or fur babies to roam free and play? Fences are quick to install and fairly inexpensive landscape features. Other than keeping pets and people in, they also help keep unwanted visitors out. Can’t stand your neighbor’s unsightly lawn? A fence is an easier solution than finding a new home (or crossing your fingers your neighbor will).
Fencing comes in all different shapes, heights, and materials, ensuring you get the look you want on the budget you need. Chain link, wooden, and vinyl fencing are budget-friendly options. Composite, aluminum, and wrought iron fences lie at the pricier end of the spectrum. But, they will also hold up for a much longer time.
Everyone loves decks because they are so versatile. Decks make it easy to want to spend more time outdoors. They can be used in place of a
patio right outside your backdoor. These make great spots for entertaining, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits Pools just don’t feel quite complete without a deck around them either. Is your backyard less than level? A deck can give you more usable outdoor space. And, if nothing else, they increase the value of your home!
Decks can be made in all shapes and sizes. Three types of materials are usually used in deck construction: wood, eco-friendly composite, or vinyl. Each has its perks and drawbacks. Vinyl is a good choice if you want something low-maintenance but it is not as environmentally friendly. Wood is one of the less expensive options but requires regular upkeep as far as staining, pressure washing, etc. Composite is a bit pricier, but the recycled materials last much longer.
Do you entertain outdoors often and want to make your backyard or patio more functional? Outdoor kitchens and built-in grills are the perfect landscape feature option for this. No more worrying about rolling your grill from one end of the patio to the other. With a built-in, along with counters, a refrigerator, sink, drawers, and even an oven, you can alleviate the need to ceaselessly walk in and out of the house for forgotten cooking utensils, seasonings, etc.
Whether you want a natural gas unit or traditional charcoal burning grill, forget about just cooking burgers and hot dogs outside. Outdoor kitchens allow you to make chef-quality meals for your al fresco dining.
Everyone loves sitting around a toasty fire with friends and family. Firepits are hard to resist on cool spring and fall evenings. Best of all, they are easy and cost-effective to install.
Firepits have come a long way in design over the past several decades. From rustic to modern, stone to metal, you’ll be able to find designs and materials that fit your aesthetic for landscape features. Permanent and mobile firepits are both an option, depending on your wants and needs. Not a fan of the traditional wood-burning pits? Opt for a gas-powered one instead.
If you’re looking for something even classier, an outdoor fireplace is another option. Aside from providing a warm gathering place, they’re great for creating an inviting ambiance.
Pergolas, Gazebos, and Arbors
Pergolas, gazebos, and arbors make great additions to any deck, patio, or garden area. They are also a good option if you’re wanting some extra shade in your outdoor space but still want good airflow. Plus, you can always add a retractable awning for even more protection from the sun during the hot summer months.
They’re a lot more versatile than you may think too and come in a variety of materials, giving you options to match your style and your budget. Attached ones make wonderful thresholds between indoor and outdoor living space. Free-standing ones can be about any size you like and placed wherever you have a need for one. These make great spots for quiet garden sitting areas.
If you’re looking for something a bit more enclosed to protect you from the elements, gazebos are the way to go. They differ from pergolas by having a closed roof and solid base. Gazebos are great locations for outdoor entertaining. These can easily be added to a deck or patio to create a centralized meeting area for dining or just relaxing with a cold drink at the end of a long week.
Arbors can be thought of as miniature versions of pergolas. They make nice entrances to garden areas and create a focal point for your flower beds. Their latticework makes them perfect to use with climbing plants, making a beautiful addition to any garden.
Outdoor lighting can often be an overlooked design element of landscaping. However, it has a multitude of uses, from security to accenting hardscapes and other landscaping, such as trees and flower beds.
As far as security, prowlers are much less likely to break into a home that is well lit. Plus, strategically placed landscape lights can help you get safely from your garage or driveway to your house at night.
Some fun string lights or classy sconces are perfect for creating ambiance in your backyard for parties, BBQs, or just hanging out with the family.
One of our favorite things about modern-day outdoor lighting is that there are now eco-friendlier options: LED and solar lights. By saving energy, they save you money too! Plus, there are a lot more styles available in them now. Your options are as varied as they would be if you were searching for indoor lighting!
Greenscape Geeks offers a plethora of outdoor project construction and traditional landscaping services. Whether your lawn could use a facelift with some beautiful native plants or you’re ready to finally install that outdoor kitchen, give us a call or email to get a head start on spring and schedule a time to get started!
Greenscape Geeks is a central Indiana landscape architecture and landscape design, construction, and lawn maintenance company, serving Indianapolis (including Meridian Kessler, Herron Morton, Williams Creek, and Irvington), Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, and Zionsville.
This blog post is by Alicia Owen