Category Archives: Landscape Design

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Work Hard, Play Harder: Four Ways to Enjoy a Spring Lawn

park-429696_1280When the spring weather begins to warm up it is natural to begin to tackle the overdue yard work and mile-long task list. But as the old saying goes “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy…” there needs to be time for plenty of rest and relaxation. So after you’ve trimmed the hedges, mowed the lawn, watered the flowers and picked the weeds, take some time for yourself.

1. The classic option is to enjoy the springtime sun with a glass of your favorite beverage (preferably paired with a tiny umbrella) while watching the sun set. Sit on the porch, lay on the grass, whatever suits your fancy. But leave your smartphone and laptop indoors and just relax in the beauty of nature.

2. If you must bring a smartphone or laptop, you can definitely use it to enjoy your lawn in a different way. Share photos of your accomplishment, your kingdom, your humble abode. You can become the king (or queen) of social media on your block and simultaneously show off your golf-course-like landscape. It’s a win-win. And if you have a professional camera, taking time to take interesting pictures of a familiar place can help you break artists block.

3. Host a party outdoors. After you have sufficiently shared your accomplishment on Facebook and Twitter, some of your friends will want to check in and make sure that the results haven’t been photoshopped. Invite them over for night out on the deck. Get burgers on the grill, light some tiki torches, and have fun. Make sure to spray for mosquitoes first though.

4. If you’re a little more active, and want to vary your workout routine, practicing yoga or other relatively stationary activities outdoors can be a nice change of scenery. Yoga is a nice exercise to try because it is appropriate for all ages, focuses on relaxation and breathing, and clears the mind.

You don’t need to go to a spa, travel the world, or climb an ancient mountain to find your happy place; that place is already in your backyard if you can imagine it. And if your home is still far from being an oasis, call the professionals at Basnight Land & Lawn to get it there.

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Get the Look: Modern Landscaping Design

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Landscaping and design are both important for setting the theme of your home’s exterior, and materials and color scheme you choose for your patios, pavers and outdoor features are what will really help you achieve the look you want. Creating a cohesive design depends on all of the parts of your yard meshing well together. Today we will discuss the modern look of landscaping design.

“Modern” has been one of the most popular style trends for homes across Pinterest, home and garden blogs and magazines for the past few years. Though you may not be able to change the design of your house to achieve the look, there are a few steps you can take in your yard. Here are a few to try:

1.     Think about shape: Whether on the home itself or in the yard, most modern designs are defined by clean lines and minimalism. When adding a water feature, fire pit or walkway, using symmetrical square or rectangle shapes will give your yard that organized look of a modern home.

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2.     Use color strategically: Modern-themed homes use materials in shades of whites and grays to make the space feel more open and empty – even your yard is full of features! The experts as Basnight can find the perfect colors to match your existing features or help you redesign your yard for a complete modern color scheme.

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3.     Materials: Rather than using bricks or uneven concrete blocks for water features, walkways and walls, look for more natural materials to use. Wood, stone and metal will blend the features into the environment more and create the light, airy feel that defines modern homes. Basnight carries a large variety of materials to choose from, and we can help you pick one that gives you the look you want.

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If you’re ready to redesign your lawn to fit the modern theme of your dreams, call Basnight Land and Lawn at (757) 436-9617 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.

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Out With The Old, In With The New (Yard, That Is)

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2017 is almost over and although the end of the year can be busy with holidays and family gatherings, it is time to start thinking about the new year and all it will bring. We present out with the old, in with the new (yard, that is).

This past year was exciting for homeowners, with a shifted focus to outdoor spaces and fun new trends that were both beautiful and added value to homes. In backyards, there were more green plants added, natural materials used in walkways, seating and outdoor kitchens, and carefully arranged spaces for more family time. We were excited to help our customers put these trends to action and loved seeing happy results!

2018 is just around the corner, and it seems that in the new year, reinvigorating backyards will go even farther. Garden Design Magazine predicts several trends ahead, and Basnight Land & Lawn experts are ready to help you incorporate these new ideas into your own yard! Here are a few 2018 trends we can help with:

1.     Small gardens: Design is everything when planting a garden in a small space, and your garden should look amazing from the start of the year!  We’ll work with you to create a design that suits the specific characteristics of your home while also fitting within your budget.

2.     Dining spaces: More and more people are finding ways to spend time outdoors, and this means outdoor dining areas. This has always been one of our areas of expertise, and know how to make your outdoor seating areas and kitchens a tranquil place that fits your style.

3.     Enclosed, meditative spaces: Creating a more personal space for a calm and meditative environment will take priority in 2018, and our landscapers can help you create beautiful, natural boundaries around your home. Basnight is also a leader in water feature and fountain installation, perfect elements for a relaxing backyard oasis.

4.     Extending useable space: Create an extension of your current space by utilizing designs you already have in your home. Use a “focal” piece to transition an unusable space into a place where everyone wants to go!

If you’re ready to get a head start on these trends by transforming your yard in the new year, give us a call at (757) 436-9617 or schedule a consultation online.