Cpmmon Landscaping Questions

There are so many ways to incorporate water features into your landscape design. Large outdoor spaces are great for ponds in various shapes and sizes. They can be edged and highlighted with beautiful water plants, or incorporate patio and sitting areas nearby so you can enjoy this natural water garden.

The sound of moving water is soothing and relaxing, and can be achieved with a rocky cascade if you have a hillside. Water can flow through a series of small ponds on different levels and be circulated back to the beginning with pumps. The splashing water in a man-made fountain invigorates all who hear it. Even if you have only a tiny yard, you can incorporate a small basin with a bubbler pump, or a bird bath set in an attractive planting bed. Birds will love this, and you’ll enjoy their antics!

When thinking about an overall landscape design, you can basically separate that into two areas: hardscapes and the rest of your project.

The term “hardscape” refers to all the man-made features in the design. That includes things like driveways, patios, walkways, pools and ponds, fences and railing, and so on. That’s not because making them is hard (although it can be!) but because they are usually made from hard materials. These building products can be natural like stone, slate, and wood, or fabricated like cement and metal.

Hardscaping adds valuable characteristics to any design by providing places to drive, walk, sit, and gather. It can add architectural themes and beauty and define activity areas, as well as set the mood of your area using certain shapes—linear and geometric for a more formal look, curving and free-formed for a casual feel.

Landscaping design blends your dreams and the realities of your site into a well-thought-out space that fits your lifestyle. Steps in this process include:

  • Talking together to find out how you use or want to use your yard, including plant and color preferences, how hands-on you want to be with maintenance, etc.
  • Analyzing your space and deciding what to keep and what to let go
  • Taking accurate measurements and making a detailed grid plan of all areas of your property
  • Designing the layout of drives, entries, walkways, patios, and other elements like water features and play areas for the best traffic flow, sight lines, and ease of use
  • Choosing plants that fit—trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, annual planting beds, etc.
  • Presenting and tweaking the final design with you to make sure it meets your expectations
  • Complete installation of hardscape features, followed by plantings, beds, and lawn areas

Sometimes it makes more sense to scrap what you have and start over. For landscape installs and tear outs, Bosch’s team is the one to call. If your lawn is full of weeds and depressions, or you want to change its shape and position as part of a larger re-landscaping project, Bosch’s has the training and equipment to remove the existing lawn and replant, making the job easy on you.

Sometimes there may be just one feature you aren’t satisfied with—for example, your entryway and sidewalk. We can do it all. First we help you design something that is more inviting and attractive. Then we tear out the old steps and walks and install pavers or decorative cement for your new look.

When you build a new home, get us in on the ground floor. We’ll help you design a landscape plan that makes the most of the features you have and want to keep, and arranges areas for play, entertaining, and pets while keeping in mind sightlines and visual beauty. Then our crews prepare the site, build the hardscape features, plant trees, shrubs and perennials, and install your new lawn.