Autumn is the Time to Plan Your Hardscape

This summer went by so quick, we’re already looking forward to next year! Do you want to sit in your own beautiful backyard, entertaining friends around a fire or outdoor kitchen? Now is the time to plan your backyard design. We find that most people like to start working on their landscaping in the spring or summer, but here are some reasons why autumn is the time to begin working on your backyard.

Autumn is the Time to Plan Your Hardscape

Light Your Yard

Lighting is often overlooked or done as an afterthought, but the right lighting can make a world of difference in the atmosphere of your backyard. You can choose from a wide variety of options such as color and placement. The #1 tip is to not try and figure it out in the daylight. You won’t get a true idea of the look with the sun shining overhead. Waiting until dark in the summertime can push you deep into the evening hours. During the Fall, the sun sets earlier, giving you more time to see what works best for your situation.

After the sun sets, experiment with different colors, types of bulbs, placement, and other options. This will give you a better idea of how your property will look before you commit to something.

Plant Your Flowers

Most people look forward to planting in the Spring, but if you remember this last Spring, that can sometimes backfire on you. Long winters, heavy rains, and other factors can make it difficult to plant your flowers early enough to appreciate them in the summertime.

If you plant your flowers in the Autumn, your flowers will be ready to bloom next Spring. Think of the daffodils and tulips that delight us after the dreary grey of winter. Also, you won’t have to worry about the blistering heat of Summer wilting your hard work. Give us a call if you have any questions about Fall planting guidelines and tips. We’d love to help!

Brickwork is Easier in the Fall

If you’ve ever done any masonry work, you know it can be a tough job and doing it in the sweltering heat of July can make it even more taxing. In the cooler weather of Autumn, the job can be less strenuous and difficult. In addition, leveling the soil in the work area is easier to do in the Fall. The ground is easier to manipulate as it doesn’t dry out as quickly as it does under the Summer sun. You can take your time to set down a good foundation for your brickwork and make sure it will be around for years. Even if you don’t finish it before winter weather strikes, you will have a good portion of it done and you can finish it up in the Spring.

Work Smarter Not Harder

Beautifying your property should be a fun and exciting project, so take advantage of all the ways to make it easier. By beginning your hardscaping project in the Fall you can make the job smoother with fewer hassles. Take the opportunity in the next few months to set up your lights, plant your flowers, and lay your bricks. Contact us anytime to have us give you a hand in making your landscaping project a success this Fall so you can enjoy it next Summer!

Enhance Your Property with Outdoor Lighting

Many times when people are beginning to look into landscaping, they focus on the trees, plants, and flowers and forget that there are a lot of other aspects that can make your outdoor spaces enjoyable. A fire pit or an outdoor kitchen, a patio area, or even a driveway installed with stone pavers can give your property an upgrade for less than the cost of a remodel. One important addition to your property is that of outdoor lighting. Many people think of a light pole or porch light as outdoor lighting, but outdoor lighting can mean many things. Whether it is incorporated into your landscaping as an accent, used for security purposes, or to prevent tripping hazards at night, outdoor lighting can be a wonderful addition to your property.

Outdoor Accent Lighting Additions

water featureAccent lighting is often thought of as something that you can only do inside, but that’s not the case! When you add landscaping features to your property, you may wish to highlight them with a spotlight or an accent light. Think about a water feature accented with lights to make it truly beautiful on a summer night. Consider your business sign accented with lighting to make sure guests can see where they are going at night. Accent lighting has many purposes–from directing your attention to making sure guests know where they’re at. Outdoor accent lighting can be a beautiful addition to enhance the aesthetic of your landscaping.

Enjoy Outdoor Gatherings Safely

When you have guests over, you want to make sure that they have a good time. That not only means making great food and supplying drinks and games but making sure that they are safe while they are on your property. Nothing ruins a fun party like someone falling or getting hurt during the night. If you have walkways, steps, or sidewalks, proper yard lighting and deck lighting is a must! These can be as visible or invisible as you desire. We can install track lighting spaced out along a sidewalk or pathway that leads you to a destination in a whimsical manner, or we can incorporate yard lighting into your landscaping that still helps guests (and you!) see where you’re going when it starts to get darker earlier. Our lighting systems can use low wattage lights or solar lights to keep your pathways lit without draining your budget. Solar lights work especially well as they charge during the day and glow brightly at night for your safety.

Keep Your Home Secure

hardscapingOutdoor lighting isn’t all about decoration, it can also be very useful for making sure that your property is safe when you aren’t there to watch it. While many people think of floodlights as the only security option, we can work your outdoor lighting into unobtrusive areas and the surrounding landscape to make sure that you’re safe and sound without looking harsh. We can work with wired in security lights and motion sensor lights that turn on when someone approaches. Many people use these on garage doors or in walkways to back doors. Keep you and your family safe with outdoor lighting options at Outdoor Innovations.

Outdoor Innovations is Your Outdoor Lighting Expert

Contact us today to learn more about all the lighting options we have for your home and landscaping projects. We have the experience and creativity to make your place look unique and beautiful. We look forward to working with you to make your home or business a showpiece in the area. Outdoor Innovations in Aledo is here to help you with all your lighting needs in Bettendorf, Moline, and the surrounding area. Give us a call today for more information and to get started!