Don't foget the landscape lighting when sculpting the look and feel of your property. Landscape lighting can increase curb appreal, show off the beauty your hard work on the lawn and create ambiance on the property. Some ideas include illuminating a garden wall to show texture and interest in the view from the curb. Highlight a feature that deserves attention, whether it's a fountain, a waterfall, or garden bed. Crossing beams or having several lights can create a focal point for all to see. In addition to curb appeal, landscape lighting can also help with safety around the home. It's great to have a porch light, but in addtion, brightening up the walkways to your door can help keep your visitors and family members safe when walking to the door and allowing for quick entry. We recommend that this lighting is not too bright. You need to be able to see, but a strong light can interfere with security cameras, or create more night blindness making it harder to see beyond the circle of light. Lights that are too bright may also annoy your neighbors! Landscape Lighting for Security Don't forget that your landscape lighting can work for you. Consumer Reports in 2014 recommended lighting up the outdoors to make your home more secure. The more a home is lit, the less likely a burglary will occur. We recommend lighting your backyard. Most people know to light the house from the street, but buglars aren't always interested in coming to your front door. A well light backyard can help deter them from being interested in your home. Especially be sure that any place a person could hide is well lit in both the front and back yard. Other Landscaping Security Ideas Use motion sensors for your lighting at the doors. In [...]
With the storms coming and coming, getting the water off your lawn might start to be a problem. All Phaze Irrigation can help with elegant drainage solutions from landscaping features to plumbing.
Digging a well on your property can actually save you money on your metered utility water bill. With a sprinkler or irrigation system watering your landscaping you can spend hundreds a month to have the lush lawn you desire. By digging a well you can tap into an aquifor and raise that ground water up, supplying it to your sprinklers and irrigation system. A shallow well will pay for itself in about one year (cost of installation around $2400) and a deep one will reap you savings benefits in year two. The cost of digging a deeper well can vary depending on how deep the drilling goes to reach the aquifor, but usually runs about $5500. If you have a large property a deep well is needed because of the amount of water used to irrigate the property. One of the benefits of digging deeper is unlimited water. If you have a pond or lake on the property, that too can be a great source of free water for your landscaping. If you just moved to your location, you might want to look around first to see if ground water is already being pumped. You'll see a cupped pipe coming up out of the ground for about 18 inches. Tapping into the ground water or aquifor will leave a pipe standing up out of your property. You can lnadscape around it, masking it with plants, bushes, florals, etc. But be sure not to plant anything with invasive roots that will damage the pipes and leave you with a growing mess. In addition to saving money on water bills for irrigation, well water can be used for other things around your home. Use it to power the kids' slip and slide, fill your pool, wash your mini-van or clean off the [...]