Category Archives: Yard Enjoyment

How to Achieve More Efficient Lawn Watering

As summer progresses and temperatures continue to inch higher, the water needs of your lawn will continue to increase. This means not only a bigger water bill, but also potential strain on the local water supply as homeowners start watering their lawns more. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce water waste and help your lawn and plants thrive.

Install a sensor. It doesn’t make much sense to water your lawn while it’s raining, yet some home and business owners that use timers for their watering needs end up doing just that, even during torrential downpours. This waste can be prevented from happening by attaching a rain sensor to your irrigation timer. Rain sensors are able to read the weather conditions and slow down or stop the flow of water from your sprinkler system once the rainfall reaches a certain amount.

Adjust sprinklers and irrigation heads.
There’s nothing more wasteful than watering your driveway and walkways along with your lawn. Usually a quick adjustment to your sprinklers or irrigation heads is all it takes to reduce or stop this overspray.

Don’t overwater.
Did you know that in most areas, a lawn only needs one inch of water a week to sustain itself? Unfortunately, many homeowners water their plants and yards much more than this. If you’re not sure how much water your lawn is using, set a rain gauge in the ground to help keep an eye on amount of water you’re using, and reset timers as needed.

Use different watering methods.
Most irrigation systems that use pop-up sprinkler heads will distribute the same amount of water in 20 minutes that you would get over several hours of steady rainfall. This quick method of watering often results in excess runoff because the ground isn’t able to absorb the water fast enough. A better way is to water deeper but less often, which reduces soil compaction and encourages aeration and better, deeper rooting. This can be done through a long, slow soak or in several short sessions spaced about an hour apart, which permits the water to soak deeper into the ground. Remember to water only as often as necessary, letting the soil dry between each session to further promote root growth and soil aeration.

At Edward Gosman & Associates, we strive to make your landscaping as environmentally sustainable as possible. If you need an irrigation system installed or would like advice on landscaping options that use less water, contact us today at 757-421-2500. With our knowledge and expertise in landscaping and landscape design, we can answer any question you may have.

Landscaping Trends to Spruce Up Your Yard

Around springtime each year, the housing market explodes with a proliferation of new houses being put on the market. Buyers are ready to get out, enjoy the warm weather, and hunt for the perfect house. Landscaping can have a huge effect on the curb appeal of your home, so if you’re hoping to sell this spring, it’s important that your yard be up to snuff. Use these tips from Edward Gosman & Associates to make sure your home stays in the running.

Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting continues to gain popularity as a desirable landscaping feature. One application it’s often used for is safety; solar lights lining the driveway or LEDs lighting up steps can prevent a nasty trip and fall. In addition, the right lighting can be used spotlight certain attractive features of your home, like a stunning window or beautiful landscaping. It also has the benefit of reducing crime in your neighborhood since the added illumination tends to discourage burglars.

Indigenous Plants
While it’s important for your landscape to incorporate an assortment of trees, plants, flowers, and shrubs, the ones that you choose can have a big impact on your time and your wallet. Imported plants that are not native to your region take a lot more time, energy, and money to maintain. Native varieties, however, require a lot less water and very little care and maintenance. As a bonus, they also provide shelter for the small animals, birds, and butterflies in your area.

Outdoor Entertainment Areas
Another sought-after feature that buyers tend to look for is the presence of an outdoor seating area that can be used for gathering and entertaining. From fire pits and outdoor fireplaces to romantic gazebos, people love having an outdoor oasis where they can unwind after a long day at work or gather with family and friends. Even if you don’t have something as fancy as a gazebo, having some kind of deck or patio will add value to your home and attract buyers.

At Gosman & Associates, we have the know-how to design the perfect landscape for your property. Give us a call today at 757-421-2500 to set things in motion, and buyers will be lining up to see your home in no time!

Landscaping Tips for Homeowners Who Hate Their Yards

If you have recently moved into a new home that you love, but it comes with a yard that leaves a lot to be desired, it’s time to begin designing a new yard. Start by gathering together landscaping ideas and tips, then sit down and work out your plan of attack. If you’re lucky, by this time next spring you could be enjoying the yard of your dreams!

  • Put your plan down on paper. A detailed drawing is a great tool to refer to as you are working on your landscape design. It will help you envision what it will look like in the end, and can easily be referred back to if you need to check on something or make any changes.
  • Ask a professional. It’s a good idea to consult with a professional from a landscaping company before you start implementing your design. Even if you’re not able to hire them to do all of the work on your yard, you can still benefit from their years of experience, and they can get you pointed in the right direction.
  • Don’t choose plants and flowers based on looks alone. It is essential to do your research to determine which plants will thrive in your region. Take note of how much sun and shade they will need; if your yard is shady, plants that do best in full sun should be avoided, and vice versa. Soil composition and the amount of care and attention required should be considered as well.
  • Winter landscapes don’t have to be boring. By thinking ahead with your planning, you can develop a landscape that has beauty and color even in the dead of winter. A well-planned pathway can add interest and contrast by breaking up the dull expanse of your yard, and evergreens and bushes that produce brightly-colored berries will give your yard a little cheerful color.

If you don’t have a green thumb, or simply lack the necessary time or expertise to make a great landscape, give Gosman & Associates a call at (757) 421-2500. As experts in landscape and design for over 30 years, we can give you a yard that you’ll be proud to own.

New Year’s Resolution: Resolve to Enjoy Your Yard More This Winter

A winter yard can be a depressing place, with brown all around and very few signs of life to be seen. But even though you have lost full use of your outdoor space for a time, there are still steps you can take to enjoy your yard and garden throughout the winter months. Resolve to make the most of it by following these tips from Edward Gosman & Associates! Continue reading