Spring Inspiration For Your Outdoor Space

Now that spring is upon us, gardeners everywhere are planning for the season ahead as the tips of the first tulip leaves begin to poke through the newly planted greenery. Whether you’re planning a totally new look for spring or just a subtle tidy-up of your outdoor space, we hope this blog post will give you the inspiration you need for a beautiful spring garden.

Art Isn’t Just For Indoors

Enhance your outdoor space with garden art, adding a unique touch with decorative accents, garden sculptures, and metal yard art. Rusted metal is particularly on-trend, yet natural-looking, while colorful hanging art draws the eye to a sheltered area, contrasting an array of pretty flowers and plants.

LED Lighting

With the nights getting brighter, subtle lighting is your best bet, and LED lighting is the perfect solution for creating different moods. Our LED Outdoor Lights are ideal for any garden that deserves a show stopping glow and decorative accenting and are made from heavy duty cast aluminum with either a powder coated or brass finish. Why not add some LED underwater pond lights to your garden pond or water feature?

Outdoor Lounging

If you’re really looking for luxury living, there’s no reason you can’t turn your outdoor space into a comfortable space just like your living room. The most luxury homes now include outdoor kitchens with a sink, fridge, microwave and the ultimate summer essential, a sizzling barbecue. Go one step ahead and add island seating, wet bar, and cooking stations.

Get Inspired By Canada’s 150th Birthday

With Canada turning 150 this year, what better time to purchase some native Canadian plants? Trees include birch, maple, and pine, to name a few, while flowers include the new ‘Canadian Shield’ rose, designed for winter hardiness in the climate zone of every province. Alternatively, consider planting some red and white flowers like those featured on Canada’s flag.

How are you altering your outdoor space for spring? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below.

4 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Landscaping

Creating a more environmentally friendly lawn allows for minimal maintenance of your lawn in springtime, while keeping everything looking lush and green. The key is to minimize the resources you’re using as well as the output of waste, and whether you’re starting your landscaping from scratch or revamping your existing lawn, it’s easy to make sustainable choices. Here are some tips on how to create a more environmentally landscape in your own backyard.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

As we mentioned in the introduction, to create an environmentally friendly lawn, you need to reduce your waste, and reusing and recycling materials are the best way to do this. There are many ways you can recycle your garden waste, for example, after mowing your lawn, instead of just leaving your grass clippings behind, you could recycle them. You can also reuse materials from your garden to fertilize your lawn, like coffee grounds, banana peels and eggshells, for example.

Choose LED Lighting

Most outdoor spaces require lighting, and to save energy and create the most environmentally friendly garden possible, try to use LED lighting as opposed to traditional lighting. Not only do LED lights require less maintenance, they are also extremely efficient, consuming up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs and although more expensive initially, have greater longevity than most lighting fixtures.

Try Using Artificial Grass

Yes, nothing beats the smell of freshly cut grass, but if you’re trying environmentally friendly landscaping, replacing natural grass with artificial grass means you don’t have to mow your lawn, saving you time, and also means you’re not polluting your yard, since you’re decreasing the amount of gas pollution that goes into the air and into the ground. It also saves you money since you don’t need to buy fertilizers – substances which are also toxic to the animals that live around your lawn. Of course, removing your water-guzzling grass also saves you a bundle on your water bill.

Choose Low Maintenance Plants

What else guzzles water? Plants of course. Opting for low maintenance plans will not only save water, but also reduces maintenance. Consider planting the likes of asters, pansies, marigolds and tulips. Clover is also a great choice, since it’s naturally insect-resistant and contends well against weeds, cutting out your need for pesticides and weed killer.

If you have any tips for environmentally friendly landscaping, we’d love to hear them! Share in the comments below.

4 Ideas for Outdoor DIY Lighting

Decorative Tin Can Lantern on a Wooden Background.

Here at Best Pro Lighting, we stock everything you need to complete a professional looking low voltage landscape lighting design, from directional lights and path lights, to well lights and step lights. But if you’re looking to get a little more creative in the New Year, try these DIY lighting ideas from other bloggers we’ve come across on the web.

Create some fairy magic

Image: The Gold Jelly Bean

For this DIY project, all you need is a glass jar, some glow sticks (which you can buy from any dollar store), some rubber gloves, scissors, and you can also use a piece of tulle (a soft, fine silk, cotton, or nylon material like net). Simply cut open the glow sticks, being sure to put on your rubber gloves for protection, and empty the contents into the glass jar. Replace the lid and shake for instant fairy magic. Check out The Gold Jelly Bean for all the steps.

Give your tin cans a new lease of life

Image: Inhabitat

Instead of throwing old cans in the garbage, give them a new lease on life with this great DIY lighting idea from Inhabitat. First, strip the cans of their labels before hammering small nails into the sides to create holes. Make sure you place some wood inside to prevent the cans from denting under pressure. To create the light, simply drop in a candle.

Ready, set, lights!

Image: Kittenhood

Kittenhood noticed the resemblance between shuttlecocks and lamps and came up with this DIY Shuttlecock Lights Garland. Using a knife to remove the tops of the shuttlecocks, simply weave your lights through, and voilà, a new and improved lights garland, which also incidentally creates a very pretty pattern on the wall behind.

Paper bags can be pretty too

Image: Martha Stewart

 

Household goddess Martha Stewart decided that beribboned colored bags would make great outdoor lights. To make them, cut small slits in paper bags and cover your string lights. Hanging ribbons will add a party vibe when all the Christmas celebrations are over. See the full steps on her website.