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How to Create a Relaxing Backyard Oasis

Caught in our busy lives, it can be difficult to find the time or place around our homes to simply relax and recharge. But this “oasis” at home is more attainable than you think, and it could be hiding right in your backyard!

Your yard may seem like nothing special now, but the possibilities are practically limitless.This can sometimes feel overwhelming to homeowners, and that’s where our decades of experience help — you don’t have to imagine all the possibilities or know what you want — we’ll help figure that out.

Edward Gosman & Associates is the trusted choice for landscape improvement projects throughout Hampton Roads. Here are a few of the ways we have helped our clients find more peace and relaxation in their outdoor spaces.

  1. Incorporate water features.  For centuries, cultures around the world have used flowing water for its calming effects. A small pond, a fountain, a swimming pool or hot tub can give your backyard a spa-like feel. backyard pond water feature

  2. Invest in comfortable seating. Outdoor seating doesn’t mean you need to compromise comfort.  There are plenty of options for chairs, benches, and chaise lounges with cushions to match your style, while also being cozy and weatherproof! Add a small café table and you have the perfect spot for a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

  3. Take the inside outdoors. One of the most functional ways to create an outdoor living space is by bringing elements of the kitchen or living room outside.  Custom designed fire pits are growing in popularity for a reason – they allow families and groups of friends to gather and have fun, no matter the season!dscn1817

  4. Light up the night. When the sun goes down, you don’t need to go indoors. There are all kinds of varieties of outdoor lighting options that can be added to your landscape. From string lighting, automated or solar-powered lights, ceiling fixtures, spotlights and so much more, we’re happy to help you decide the best ways to add safety and ambiance to your yard.

Think of your patio or backyard as an extension of your indoor spaces, rather than areas completely separate from the home. If you’re gathering with the family, entertaining guests, or simply enjoying some quiet time to read or rest, there is nothing quite as relaxing as fresh air and the sounds of nature. By keeping the above list in mind, you’l10371369_10152246400741194_6491068410904759942_nl always have a retreat available to you by simply stepping outside!

If you’re ready to begin making your yard your own personal oasis, give our expert team a call for a free landscape design estimate: (757) 421-2500

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Create a Backyard Oasis with Your Landscape

Caught between our busy lives and various responsibilities, we all experience stress in some way. It comes in many different forms, but no matter if it is work, health, relationship, family, or money-related, stress makes it difficult to enjoy the rest of our lives.

One proven method of reducing stress is to spend more time in nature. With a few strategic landscape upgrades, you can create your own personal outdoor oasis you can retreat to when life begins to feel hectic, right in your own backyard!


Carefully Selected Plants

What makes a lawn even more enjoyable? Not having to use up your precious time to tend to it to keep it looking nice. The landscape experts at Edward Gosman & Associates can carefully select low-maintenance plants that will not only look great in your yard, but will be one less thing for you to worry about! Even better, our landscape maintenance teams can keep those plants healthy and happy all year long.


The Healing Powers of Water

Water features serve more than just aesthetic or recreational purposes. Just look at some of the most common sounds many people choose to help them fall asleep: babbling brook, raindrops and ocean waves. Scientists have explored this phenomenon, and determined there is a calming psychological effect in response to being near bodies of water. The good news for you is that you don’t have to have waterfront property to enjoy these soothing powers! A pool, hot tub, fountain, falling water wall, fish pond, waterfall, or any other water feature mimics the same calming response. Bonus – many of these features can help you cool off in the Hampton Roads summer weather!

Let the landscape design and maintenance professionals at Edward Gosman & Associates turn your yard into your own personal oasis this summer!