In today’s blog article we are looking ahead to summer. Yes, it may be too soon. But we are excited for the warm weather and you should be as well! With warm weather comes the landscaping projects and the loads of other outdoor activities. One of the most important parts of maintaining a great lawn is having a landscape that backs it up. We will use this time to look at some simple ways you can use artificial plants to build out a presentable landscape that will surely impress your neighbors and guests. With these steps you should be able to come up with an effective plan and execute it successfully. It does not take much effort once you have all the bases covered before you dive into the design process. The great thing about artificial plants is that there are endless options, but that can also be a problem in many cases. It can get overwhelming especially when using multiple products within Commercial Silk International’s product line, hopefully these tips will help alleviate all stresses.
1. Choose where you want to build your landscape
This may seem like an obvious step, but it will make all the difference once you are deep into the design process. Some popular places are the front entry of the house or in a secluded area in the middle of the yard like a garden. Maybe you want to go big and use hedges as fence material and cover the perimeter of your property. The placement of the product is crucial and must be the first thing you think about when preparing to use artificial plants.
2. Determine budget
We won’t go into much depth on this but it is good to have a budget when starting a large project such as this. Even if you don’t plan on going to crazy with your project, it is always good to know what you need to spend.in order to reach your goal. Always remember, with artificial plants you are making an investment since these will last for years. The benefits outweigh the costs in many cases which is why having a budget will help down the road.
3. Choose your theme
Depending on where your house is located or the decor that is already present will have a huge say into what your theme will be. With artificial plants you can go many routes in terms of colors and actual varieties. Using exotic type plants versus a more rustic style, or using white faux flowers versus yellow is what we are trying to get at here in terms of “theme”. As you go through the design process you will always be coming back to this to guide final decisions.
4. Choose varieties of flowers
If you are going to be using flowers primarily for your design, then determining what varieties is going to be huge for getting the landscape done within a reasonable time frame With so many varieties offered this can be difficult. Using the theme you came up with will make this a lot more simpler, and allow you to use a variety of different artificial flowers such as faux hydrangeas, ranunculus, sunflowers, calla lilies, etc.
5. Choose foliage
Now if you are going toward the hedge or topiary route with your lawn design, then you will have more limited options but it still won’t be easy. Who wants something this fun to be easy anyways? From artificial boxwood to fake cedar foliage you will have plenty of options to help make your lawn as unique as possible. Traditional faux boxwood will be most commonly recognized and provide the best appearance for many homes, but if you are trying to step out of the box then there is a lot of different options. Artificial juniper is less common and gives off a more “wood-like” vibe that can be very pleasing to many people.
6. Choose your types of topiaries
Now that you have picked the theme of your design and what foliage you are going to use, it’s time to look at the various topiary varieties that are offered. You can choose from your standard cone topiaries to spirals made from cones. There is also faux ball topiaries, triangle topiaries, and a more classy and modern square column topiary that is available. Each topiary variety comes with it’s own unique set of appeal in terms of design so reflecting back on your theme will be important during this step.
7. Choose your hedges
If you aren’t using topiaries maybe you are looking into the hedge component, which is one of the most popular design pieces for many landscape projects. With hedge products you are ensuring that your landscape remains a staple in the neighborhood for many years to come. No matter what type of hedge you use it is sure to stand out as it is a traditional part of lawn design.
8. Protect your products
With these products being placed outside you are going to want to make sure they are going to be safe from UV rays coming from the sun. Also, if you live in a cold climate and do not want to take them inside each winter, then you will need to have them protected from the cold and snow. With PermaLeaf® technology, our patented chemical blend, you can ensure these products remain intact for years on end.
Installing these items is a rather simple process for most projects. We have baseboards that are available for hedges and decorative pots for faux flowers/topiaries. With these tools the installation process should be the easiest part, since you’ve already determined your location for the artificial plants/flowers.
10. Review and correct
Lastly, you will want to review everything and make sure the theme and plants associated with it mesh. If you went through the process of all these steps this shouldn’t be needed. But just in case then correcting what needs to be corrected should be easy, and getting in touch with our experienced project managers will make it all the more easier.