When we think of landscape design, we often think of flowers and trees. Flowers bring great bursts of color, but only for a short time. Blossoming trees can add a beautiful scent. But that only lasts for a while, too. Depending on the variety of tree, they may even lose their leaves, or the majority of their leaves, leaving your yard and garden looking drab and unattractive. When you have a solid 4 seasons with snow for a portion of the year, as is the case for the Fishkill, Lagrangeville, Poughkeepsie area of Dutchess County, it can be difficult to keep your yard looking attractive. To help change that, professional landscapers and master gardeners recommend adding something that can attract the eye.
The Focal Point
When you create a focal point such as a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, water feature, or even a beautiful retaining wall, these things all bring detail and texture to your yard and garden—even in the off season.
Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are not something the average homeowner should tackle alone, but they can add incredible dimension to any outdoor living space. Combine your dream or vision with the knowledge of a professional landscaper, and your yard will be the talk of the neighborhood.
These types of focal points can even extend the outdoor entertaining season. In the early spring and late fall when your friends and neighbors are relegated to celebrating indoors, your fire feature lets you and your guests still enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the outdoors, even on the coolest of evenings.
Location, Location, Location
Most properties have at least one area that is just not well-suited for growing grass or plants. This spot, depending on it’s location, could be a great place to install a brick or paver patio. Great focal points that won’t fade as the seasons change, hardscaping elements like patios, walkways, and retaining walls can pack the big punch of function and style. Many homeowners feel that purchasing a retaining wall is purely function—‘I need to retain the earth here, so I have to get it’ kind of thing. But the fact is that retaining walls can be beautiful focal points for your Poughkeepsie, NY area home, not solely a utilitarian expense.
It can also be a great idea to think outside the box when it comes to seating for your outdoor spaces, too. Built-in seating made of concrete walls or rough-sewn wood can be covered with pillows of your liking and can add some serious interest to your outdoor living spaces. This type of seating can provide a comfortable place to relax while offering a true focal point in the backyard design. In order to change the look or style simply change out the pillows.
Human beings were not meant to spend their lives indoors. Your outdoor living spaces should reflect who you are and how you live just as much as the décor of your home. Employing the services of a professional landscape company to create these focal points that will draw the eye will ensure that you will have attractive outdoor spaces that you will be proud of during all seasons, and for years to come.