Modern landscaping trends to larger patios with container gardens.
Patios have always been a popular feature of Northwest landscaping. In recent years, though, home owners have been dedicating a much larger portion of their yard to them. Patios offer a more usable, year round surface with less maintenance than grass. Rather then just a place to put a few lawn chairs, patios have become huge outdoor living areas with kitchens, fire pits and room for entertaining large groups of family and friends. In addition, with the variety of surfaces available, patios allow for more creativity in design and function. Patios give you choices. Choices of style, color and design.
Accompanying this growing trend of larger patios is the exploding container gardening movement. Container gardening, simply put, is growing plants in containers. Container gardens can include small flowerpots, huge terracotta planters, plastic pots, window and patio boxes. Containers offer a variety of benefits besides adding plant life to constructed surfaces. They expand your creativity by allowing you to not only select your plants but also the look of the containers they grow in. Containers increase your plant choices because you have more control over soil, water, sun and shade. They also offer more flexibility over your outdoor aesthetics by allowing you to place them where you want them, rearrange them when you want a change and add to them when you desire. Container gardens are more like your home furnishings than conventional yard plantings.
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A container garden patio, for the city dweller, may be the best solution to get the most use of a small yard. Small city lots, often on hillsides, cause a variety of maintenance headaches and loss of useable space. Terracing a hillside or covering the entire yard with patios allows for more useable space without the hassle of carrying a lawnmower up and down flights of steps to mow a small grassy area that takes three short passes of the lawnmower. With container gardening you can create an attractive garden for flowers, trees, even vegetables that is limited only by your imagination.
If you are thinking of creating a patio container garden, here are a few tips.
- Make sure your decorative planters have drainage holes. Waterlogged soil will rot the roots of your plants. If your decorative container does not have drainage holes, place a regular pot with drainage holes inside the decorative container.
- If you use a large container remember that weight will be a factor. Place the pot on a stand with casters or mount casters to the container so it can be easily moved.
- Use a good brand of potting soil to insure that there is plenty of organic matter.
- Water regularly. Containers don't hold much soil so watering every few days may be required. The watering schedule depends on a number of factors including the size of the plant compared to the size of the container which affects the volume of soil available to store water, the plants specific watering needs and, of course, the weather.
- Fertilize often. Because containers contain a limited amount of soil and plants often grow rapidly, the food available quickly diminish. Soluble fertilizer products may be diluted and used with every watering or kept stronger and used weekly or every other week. Follow the specific directions of your choice of fertilizer.
Reynolds Landscape has built hundreds of patios using every possible construction material. We understand the features and benefits of flagstone, stamped concrete, paving stones and many more. We can design and build the patio of your dreams and turn it into a patio container garden that will be rich with color, easy to maintain and give you the best use of your yards space.
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