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Poolside Landscape Design

A pool round the corner of the garden can really make a lot of difference in enhancing the beauty and look of the landscape. However, the correct positioning and the factors crucial to the design of a poolside landscape, have to be kept in mind while opting for a decorative pool.

The space chosen as the area to build and design a pool is very important and thus, should be chosen carefully keeping in mind the right proportions and the overall area of the house. This spacing and designing again may vary depending on the look and styles such as formal, radical, classical or simple. The materials chosen to use as the border of the pool should be water friendly. The plants and herbs chosen to decorate a poolside landscape are usually the sort that do not grow tall or spread themselves too much. Leaves falling from these branches may make the water dirty and make the cleaning process more difficult. In case of big plants and trees, it is advisable to place them at a considerable distance from the pool water, to keep the water unaffected from leaves or droppings of the birds. Also, the roots of some plants may affect the foundation of the pool border and destroy it.

A poolside landscape can be adorned with plants with glossy leaves, and fixtures of bright colors complementing the blue color of the water to extend a glamorous look to the landscape. Too many flower plants are not recommended to decorate the poolside landscape, as they can attract birds and insects making it dirty and troublesome to clean.

Apart from plants, statues, fountains, wooden benches, swings also provide an exotic look to the landscape. Nevertheless, proper positioning and suitability with space and landscape can be considered to maintain the beauty of it. Various books, online courses, and professional outdoor designers can be found, to help carry out the job.

Outdoor Landscaping

The idea of making your outdoor landscape area where you live and surroundings more beautiful and enjoyable can be traced back to ancient times. People have always tried to create different things in order to decorate their gardens and yards. Even early philosophers have already proved that the physical aspect of our land is of great importance in our lives.We are content if the space around is arranged in the way we would like to and we also want people to stop and admire what we did.

If we are surrounded with nice things that are a pleasure to look at we tend to feel better and more relaxed. That is why there has always been great emphasis on shaping and changing the aspect of our land.

Different ways to change your land

There are many ways to form your surroundings which can be also a good hobby for many people. It depends on how much time you want to spend and how skilled you are, but no matter how you change your garden and what you do to it, this is called landscaping.

For many people gardening is the easiest and cheapest form of decorating their living space. You do not need to be very crafty to create a wonderful garden by planting different flowers for every season and various trees. Of course if you want the best work to be done and have also money to spend you can hire a professional garden designer.

Flowers and plants are very pretty and increase our sense for beauty.

Another way to make your outside space more pleasant and prettier, is to use extra objects like special fences, statues, interesting sculptures, waterfalls or any other decorations. It is up to ones taste and desire which object they would like to chose. The different kinds of light elements put in the suitable place can also make a big difference in the way how your garden looks. The aim is not only to make your living area aesthetic but it is also a very good free time activity. You can practice your skills by building , decorating and gardening and designing.

Why we do it?

There is no such thing as a guideline on how to make a landscape and what is the best way to do it. The beauty of making your land look different lays in everyone’s personality. It is a modality for each of us to make their habitat nicer and to practice art. Because art is a part of every individual’s soul. Decorating and shaping your life space is a form of expressing your opinions about art itself.

Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping

One of the benefits resulting from the diminishing rainfall now being experienced Australia wide is the growing realisation by the community that there are alternatives to the vast areas of lawn traditionally found around suburban houses.

The new trend toward smaller property sizes has also caused people to look at more practical uses that could be made of the surrounds to their homes.

One of the fastest growth areas experienced over the past 5 years has been the increased usage of decorative pebbles. Landscapers and homeowners basically have two main sources for these pebbles and stones.

Natural coloured stones can be sourced throughout Australia, under licence, from old river and creek beds where their removal does not harm the ecosystem. These stones are quarried, then tumbled to give a smooth rounded edge which adds a touch of class wherever used. Local decorative pebbles are increasingly being used throughout the landscaping of new display homes to provide a low maintenance, low water requirement home environment. Attractive exterior inorganic mulches like pebbles suppress weeds and retain soil moisture when applied over already moist soil. They don’t break down over time and with the wide range of colours available can look great providing a modern stylish garden appearance.

The alternative source of decorative pebbles is the growing range of colours and sizes available in the imported pebbles. Whilst the initial major source of these was from non enviro-friendly areas of beaches and rivers in India and Indonesia, the recent trend had been to the wide range of natural coloured pebbles which are manufactured particularly in China and Italy. The two types of pebbles sourced are either polished and waxed or are manufactured stone that is tumbled from quarried rock to the desired size.

Polished pebbles are sourced from huge mounds of pebbles produced as a by-product to sand mining operations. Stacks up to 4 metres high and covering areas as large as a football field provide the pebbles that are hand picked for the colour required (usually black). These pebbles are then taken to local villages where they are polished by tumbling, then waxed and bagged.
Imported decorative pebbles are increasingly being used in a wide variety of applications including interior and exterior landscaping, roofscaping and the latest trend in decorative concrete – “seeded exposed aggregate”.

One of the many aspects drawing landscape architects and designers to this finish is the complete versatility in design and colour produced by the product. With over 100 different colour oxides available to select from for the concrete colour the wide range of over 40 different colours pebbles available provide a limitless colour combination to work with.

Apart from colour selections, designers can also incorporate exciting features in the project works. Polystyrene cut-outs which are set in the concrete when the initial pour is done can be subsequently removed and replaced with a contrasting feature concrete/pebble combination. Side borders can vary, from the many decorative pavers and bricks available, to hand laid pebble borders using any of the 100+ colours and sizes available.

A particularly popular range of pebbles are sourced from an Italian marble manufacturer who tumbles marble off-cuts to provide a colourful range of smooth edged marble pebbles. These environment friendly pebbles contain all the variations naturally found in marble providing an exceedingly decorative and appealing appearance.