The Snowberry Shrub in Landscaping and Gardens

The common snowberry is a popular shrub in landscaping and gardens due to its decorative white fruit. The snowberry bush is also very tolerant of trimming and can be grown as a medium to tall hedge.

The western snowberry is part of the honeysuckle family. The snowberry shrub grows up to three feet in height and spreads through rhizomes, forming colonies of fruit-bearing plants. The flowers are white to light pink at the end of twigs and upper leaf axils.

Snowberries are an important source of winter food for birds including quail, pheasant and grouse. They are a famine food for humans due to their bitterness and the presence of saponins in the berries. Saponins, a substance also found in many beans, can be destroyed by cooking.

Saponins are quite toxic to some animals such as fish. Native Americans put large quantities of snowberries in streams and lakes as a fishing technique to stupefy or kill fish. An infusion of the roots has also been used for inflamed or weak eyes and to aid in convalescence after childbirth. The branches of the snowberry bush can also be made into brooms.

Snowberry plants have extensive root systems are can be used to stabilize soils on banks and slopes. They grow in open prairies and along streams and lakes in Montana, Washington, Utah, New Mexico, Minnesota and Canada. They can likewise be used in landscaping to reinforce sloped areas and soil around water features.

Try the versatile and attractive snowberry bush to add a decorative and practical plant to your landscaping plans!

Should You Spend Money Landscaping Your Lawn?

In today’s economy, everything has gotten much more expensive, so is it worthwhile hiring a landscaper? I too have been asking this because money has been tight in the last couple years. Professional landscaping isn’t cheap and unfortunately it’s something that you have to think about doing every year.

The real question now is landscaping worth your while as a homeowner? Your situation may be different but I think it is. I’ve discovered that landscaping is like haircutting. If you let your hair grow for a long period of time, your haircut cost more. It all comes down to the fact that this can be more work to do. Landscaping to me is pretty much the same thing. If you leave your lawn to its own devices for a few years it’ll cost a lot more to get back up to a pristine state.

If you take the time to maintain your lawn or hire professional landscaper to touch it up every year then your lawn should be much faster and cheaper to maintain on a yearly basis. Plus as you learn to take care of your lawn you can consider just purchasing landscaping supplies as you need them at a much lower cost and doing the labor yourself.

I know if you’re looking to sell your house, landscaping your front lawn is absolutely required. You always get the money you pay for professional landscaping back when you sell your house. I’ve been watching the real estate market for some time in my neighborhood and beautifully landscaped front yards do sell a home for much more.

Needless to say, this does make sense. If you talk to anybody you know, they will judge whatever you present them within seconds. So goes to say that if you try to sell your home a potential customer will gauge how good your home is by how good your front lawn looks. People do judge present by its package.

I did some research just now and discover that a study in the United States has found that a properly landscaped home will sell for 5.5% to 12% more than homes that are not landscaped. At the home sells for $250,000, at 5.5% that could be a $13,000 difference.

Plus I do recommend consulting a professional landscaper if you don’t know what you’re doing. Remember that landscaping is more than just making sure your lawn is cut. Bringing the professional landscaper let you get a professional and creative point of view for your particular situation. I found in my own experience that any type of interior decorator or landscaper that is truly professional is worth their weight in gold.

Allow this professional to plan out your lawn, and make it much better than what it is. Allow this person to suggest new ideas to you including the best shrubbery you can use for your particular climate. Plus many them are more than willing to show you how to keep your new beautiful lawn beautiful.

Before wrapping up here’s one final thought. Be sure to get recommendations from people who you trust as this will help you choose the right landscaper for your needs. Unfortunately like any other industry this can be really good landscapers and really bad ones too. Imagine spending a lot of money and not getting what you’re hoping for.

The Top Two Benefits of Using a 3D Landscaping Design Software

With out technology of today, everything can be done using or with the aid of computers and amazing computer programs. Take landscaping for example. If you have a degree in design and architecture you definitely know the importance of having one such great computer application.

There are many advantages of using a 3D landscaping design software compared to the traditional ‘old drawing board’ method.

Here are the top two great benefits of using such a software.

First and foremost, the great benefit why investing in a 3d computer program for landscaping is that compared to hand drawings, it is possible to make numerous changes without having to spend hundreds of human hours doing so.

With a click of a mouse, you can instantly change a design or color or even the type of plants your yard could have. Like I said, you can make as many changes as you want in relatively little time, without all of the tedious erasing and redrawing.

Another great reason why you should utilize these great 3D software application is that You can also arrange and rearrange flower beds, grassy areas, trees, decorations, and more without having to worry about wasting time.

There are just the two things from the top of my head why you should invest in such a program. This is essential if designing and landscaping if your bread and butter.

Imagine a boxer without a glove, a painter without a brush.. and today, an interior or outdoor designer without a 3D computer software for designing landscapes.