Inspiring winter garden decks

Just because the days are shorter in the winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor room as much as you do the rest of the year. With the appropriate plants, lighting and even heated decks where necessary, you can enjoy your cozy oasis when Old Man Winter is in town.

To give you a little inspiration for your winter deck gardens, we’ve compiled a little gallery to help you get started on your project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How Not to Outgrow Your Garden Design Budget

If you have ever handled a home improvement project, you know that the budget always expands as unexpected issues arise. A lack of planning can lead to the same scenario with your landscape design. But it doesn’t have to be this way. A detailed plan, some expert advice and a little treasure hunting can ensure you stick to the budget with your garden design. Here’s how:

Plan

Garden plan
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Sketch your landscape design with as much detail as possible. Label exactly what you will need down to the last wire and screw. This step may take some time, but it will save you money and stress in the long run. As you progress on your project, keep your drafts updated. You may find more efficient solutions along the way, and you will definitely want to document those alternatives for future reference.

Consult

Contemporary Landscape
Contemporary Landscape by Vancouver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Aloe Designs

Though you may not have the budget to hire a landscape designer for the whole project, you can always consult with one on an hourly basis. Just a few hours talking to a professional and going over your design plans can signal to you any potential pitfalls that could cost you more money down the road. Before you consult with a professional, make sure you have your landscape plan ready.

Bargain

Photo by Brendan C CC BY 2.0
Photo by Brendan C CC BY 2.0

Check with your city about any initiatives that provide residents with free mulch. Also, arboretums or related public places may hold plant sales. Craigslist and other website featuring thousands of secondhand items are full of great tools and supplies for amazing prices.

Share

Photo by Sascha Kohlmann CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by Sascha Kohlmann CC BY-SA 2.0

Are you friendly with your neighbor? Ask to borrow some tools and share the costs. If any of the neighbors are in the midst of a landscaping design, consider sharing the costs of expensive equipment. It’s a win-win for all parties involved.

Landscape design doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little creativity and persistence, you can have the landscape you’ve always wanted while staying within your budget.

 

Going Green With Landscape Lighting

Great news for environmentally conscious garden lovers: you can light up the night sky in your yard without a guilty conscience by going green with your landscape lighting. Let’s look at a few options for reducing your carbon footprint that are both easy and affordable.

Low Voltage

Your first option is to go with a low voltage lighting system. These are much more energy efficient than their high voltage counterparts, and they make your backyard look just as beautiful at a fraction of the energy consumption and cost. You can start by simply converting high energy 120 volt systems to 12 volt systems. At Best Pro Lighting, we specialize in low voltage landscape lighting. We can help you choose just the right options for your home and yard. You will be amazed at the money you will save while reducing energy waste.

LED Lights

No doubt you have seen LED lights for the home. Chances are, you have 3 or 4 in your own place. LED bulbs provide great, efficient lighting to your landscape design as well. LED lights last up to 10 times as long as traditional bulbs. They also use up to one-tenth of the energy of a traditional bulb. We have a whole selection of LED garden lighting options to make your garden a bright and sustainable outdoor room.

Solar Landscape Lighting

Another option is to harness the power of the sun with solar lighting. Solar landscape lighting seems like the perfect way to save money and avoid the hassle of running wire for your lights. If you live in the right area and have just the right landscape, it is. Solar lights run off of solar cells which require direct sunlight in order to charge the batteries in the lights for use at night. When the batteries get a full charge, they will last between 8 and 10 hours. If you have many trees, overhangs, or other obstructions that block these cells from getting their sunlight, the lights won’t last as long. It is also important to note that solar lights will not be nearly as bright as low-voltage lights are. However, if you have the right conditions for them, they are a great alternative for lighting your landscape at night while being environmentally friendly.

In short, there are many ways to illuminate your landscape and still care for the environment. You can choose low-voltage lights, replace some of your regular lamps with LED lights, or go the solar route. Perhaps you even want to combine all of these options in your lighting plan. Whatever you choose, going green is a no brainer: you save money and contribute to a greener planet.