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Outdoor Landscaping Services FAQs

Get answers to all your landscaping questions. Stonebridge is here to provide excellent residential landscaping and commercial landscaping services.

Outdoor Landscaping Services FAQs

  • How much is landscaping?
    The cost of landscaping can vary significantly based on the size of the area, the complexity of the design, the materials used, and the rates of the landscaping professionals employed. It’s important to reach out to us for a full quote for every outdoor service you want, including landscaping, hardscaping, water features, or pool installation.
    Commercial landscaping costs frequently surpass those of residential landscaping due to the larger scale and complexity of these projects. Factors determining cost include the size of the property, the complexity of the design, installation of irrigation systems, and ongoing maintenance costs. Contact us for a quote and get commercial landscaping!
  • Does landscaping increase home value?
    Yes, landscaping can significantly increase home value. A well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing landscape can boost a home’s curb appeal, making it more attractive to potential buyers. The American Society of Landscape Architects recommends investing 10% of your home’s value into outdoor spaces to reap a return of 20%-150% of the landscaping investment. From an investment standpoint, landscaping can be a cost-effective way to increase the overall value of your property. Get landscaping contacts to increase your home value!
  • How to install landscape edging?
    Stonebridge knows that installing landscape edging is a simple yet effective way to define the borders of your garden areas and create a professional, clean-cut look. Here’s a step-by-step guide of how Stonebridge installs landscaping edging:

    1. You Choose An Edging Material: Landscape edging comes in a variety of materials, including metal, stone, brick, or plastic. Choose one that complements your garden and meets your maintenance expectations.
    2. We’ll Mark Out The Edging Path: We’ll use equipment and/or stakes to outline precisely where you want your edging to go. This provides a visual guide and prevents any unnecessary digging.
    3. Dig a Trench: Once the area has been agreed on, we dig a trench along the line you marked. The depth and width of the trench will depend on the size of your edging material.
    4. Install the Edging Landscape: We install the edging material in the trench we dug as well as any agreed upon plants. Taking the utmost care, we ensure the material sits at the correct height, and that the plants are straight and level.
    5. Backfill the Trench: We’ll backfill the trench we dug with additional soil on both sides of the edging to keep it in place. 
    6. Final Touches: After we’ve completed the landscaping edging, we clean off any excess soil and give the area a final neatening up.

  • What is hardscape landscaping?
    Hardscape landscaping refers to the hard, non-living elements incorporated into a landscape design. This can include structures and features like patios, walkways, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, decks, fountains, fire pits, and even decorative artifacts. These hardscape elements, often designed using materials such as stone, concrete, brick, or wood, provide structure and functionality to an outdoor space. When artfully arranged, they can significantly enhance the aesthetics of your landscaping designs. Whether you’re creating an outdoor living area, a pathway through your pool, or a water feature, hardscaping helps to define the space and provides additional functionality.
  • Do we landscape around trees?
    As a landscaping company, we absolutely landscape around trees. It can enhance the natural beauty of the tree, create visual interest, and contribute to a well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing yard. However, caution must be taken not to damage the tree in the process. Landscaping around trees with exposed roots can be a bit challenging but is certainly doable for our expert landscapers.
  • Do we wire landscape lighting?
    Yes, landscape lighting typically requires wiring, especially for low-voltage systems that are most commonly used in residential settings. We install and wire low-voltage transformers in accordance with local electrical codes and regulations. Solar-powered landscape lights are an alternative that requires no wiring. They store energy from the sun during the day and illuminate your landscape at night, offering an easy-to-install and energy-efficient lighting solution.
  • How do we design our landscaping?
    Designing a landscape involves a thoughtful process where creativity meets practicality. Here are the steps our expert landscaping designers follow:

    1. Understanding Your Vision
    2. Site Analysis
    3. Concept Development
    4. Design Drafting
    5. Your Approval
    6. Installation
    7. Maintenance Plan

    We believe that a well-designed landscape is one that seamlessly combines the natural beauty of the outdoors with the personal style and practical needs of the client.

  • How do we landscape a hill?
    Landscaping a hill can be a challenging yet rewarding task for us. With the right approach, we can turn your steep slope into a beautiful garden feature. Here are some steps we utilize:

    1. Assess the Site: Start by evaluating the steepness of the hill, soil quality, sun exposure, and drainage. These factors will influence the design and plant selection.
    2. Choose the Right Plants: For hillside landscaping, it’s crucial to choose plants that can prevent soil erosion and thrive on a slope. Consider deep-rooted trees, shrubs, and ground covers that can hold the soil together.
    3. Create Terraces: If the slope is steep, consider creating terraces to reduce erosion and create flat areas for planting. Use retaining walls to hold the soil and provide structure.
    4. Install a Ground Cover: Planting a robust ground cover can help prevent soil erosion. Ground covers grow quickly and form a dense layer that holds the soil in place.
    5. Consider a Rock Garden: Rocks can add visual interest to a hillside landscape. They work well on slopes because they help to stabilize the soil and require virtually no maintenance.
    6. Use a Combination of Plants: Mix and match different types of plants to create visual variety and interest. Use a combination of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses.
    7. Ensure Proper Irrigation: Watering a slope can be difficult because water tends to run off. Consider installing a drip irrigation system to ensure that water reaches the roots of your plants.

    It might take time for the plants to establish and for your design to take shape, but the result will be worth the effort.

  • How deep should landscape rock be?
    Our landscapers will install the rock at a depth of around 2-3 inches for optimal coverage. This thickness is sufficient for suppressing weeds, retaining moisture, and providing a polished look to your landscape. However, if you want larger rocks or stones, we may need a deeper layer for stability, which may impact final costs.
  • How to keep landscape rocks in place?
    When our team of expert landscapers installs rock, we employ a multi-step process to ensure the rocks stay in place and maintain their attractive appearance for years to come. 

    1. Site Preparation: To begin with, we clear and level the area, removing any debris, weeds, or old landscaping materials. This provides a clean, flat surface for the rocks to lay on, reducing the likelihood of movement over time.
    2. Laying Landscape Fabric: We then place a layer of high-quality landscape fabric over the area. This fabric acts as a barrier, preventing weed growth and helping to stabilize the rocks. The fabric is secured with landscape staples to prevent shifting.
    3. Placing the Rocks: We will carefully place the rocks. For slopes or difficult areas, we may use larger rocks or employ special techniques to ensure stability. We always make sure the rocks are nestled into the soil and each other to avoid movement.
    4. Install Edge Restraints: Where necessary, edge restraints are installed to keep the rocks within a certain boundary and prevent them from spreading or falling out of place.

  • Who is responsible for landscaping, the landlord or tenant?
    The responsibility for landscaping can vary depending on the terms of the lease agreement. Typically, for single-family rentals and houses, the tenant may be responsible for routine yard maintenance such as mowing the lawn, weeding, and keeping the yard clean and tidy. Larger tasks such as tree trimming, major landscaping projects, or issues related to safety are generally the landlord’s responsibility. However, in multi-unit complexes, the landlord typically maintains all common areas. It’s important for both landlords and tenants to clearly understand and agree upon these responsibilities before signing the lease agreement, to avoid potential disputes in the future.
  • Do you need HOA approval for landscaping?
    Whether or not you need HOA approval for landscaping changes largely depends on the specific rules and regulations set out by your particular HOA. Many HOAs have strict guidelines related to exterior modifications, which often include landscaping. These rules can encompass everything from the types of plants you can use to the color of your outdoor paint. Before starting any landscaping project, it’s essential to review your HOA’s covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) or consult directly with the association. Failure to comply can result in penalties and the requirement to undo any unapproved changes.
  • How to hide a home appliance and generator with landscaping?
    Hiding home appliances and generators within your landscape can significantly enhance the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space. Here at our landscaping company, we focus on functional yet visually pleasing solutions. Here are some strategies we recommend:

    • Choose a Strategic Location: While safety and accessibility are paramount, selecting a discreet location can make hiding the appliance or generator easier. We aim for a spot that’s not immediately visible but still offers easy access for maintenance and operation.
    • Build an Enclosure: An enclosure, whether a wooden fence, lattice, or a purpose-built structure, can be an effective way to hide your appliances. We ensure that these structures are in harmony with your landscape design and painted in neutral, complementary colors.
    • Plant Strategically: Planting foliage around your appliance or generator can effectively camouflage it. We recommend using a mix of shrubs, ornamental grasses, and perennials. We take the time to understand your garden’s overall aesthetic before suggesting plant varieties that are not only visually appealing but also low-maintenance and heat-tolerant.
    • Use Garden Art or Sculptures: Garden art or sculptures can draw the eye away from less attractive parts of your landscape. Strategic placement of these elements can help to divert attention and seamlessly blend appliances or generators into your garden design.
    • While hiding appliances or generators can enhance your garden’s visual appeal, it’s essential not to compromise on safety or accessibility. Our expert team is always available to guide you through the process and ensure a balance between aesthetics and functionality.

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