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What is Softscape Landscaping?

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The term “softscape” is not used as regularly as “hardscape” when talking about landscape design. These are the two main landscape design elements, but they are not opposite of each other; instead, they speak to two different features, but together, they can make landscape practical. Let’s focus on softcaping and learn a bit more about what it is really about in the landscaping world.

What Is Softscape?

Softscape refers to the live elements of landscaping, or the horticultural features of landscape design. It all about the plants, trees and grass and flower beds. Other garden components of softscaping include weed/nuisance management, mulching, as well as grading, planting, mowing and trimming. It has nothing to do with anything soft unless it’s softening the straight edge of a patio.

Examples of Softscape

Trees, Shrubs, and Ground Cover
Various types of trees, shrubs, and a range of ground cover can be used to enhance a yard or some other type of landscape. They can create visually appealing outdoor environments and be aesthetically pleasing in landscape design. It’s important to keep in mind the species of trees and shrubs that are native to your region to ensure that they will flourish.
Flower Gardens
Flower gardens can make a great curbside appeal. Different flowers can be incorporated into a garden, and adding both perennials and annuals can make for an attractive palette of color year round. They grow in various ways and can compliment hardscape elements. For instance, spring bulb plants, like Ambassador allium emerge from an underground bulb, and perennials like hollyhock and foxglove grow noticeably tall and soften the look of a fence or wall. On the other hand, some perennials are short and provide ideal ground cover. Tulips are a great example of ground-cover perennials.

Mulch is a softscape component that feeds the soil additional nutrients and can even serve as a decorative element or to have an aesthetic appeal. Mulches can consist of grass clippings, wood, shredded leaves, bark chips, and straw. Mulch is a low-maintenance landscape option that helps to hinder weed growth, retain moisture in the soil and acts as an insulating layer of protection.

Creating gorgeous softscapes can be achieved with the right team of landscapers. You can find local lawn services or softscape services provider that has the experience and capability to use the right type of plantings, placement of softscapes and a range of color shades to create a beautiful yard that will attract people’s attention. Contact Dudley’s today for more information on softscape!

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What is Hydroseeding & Its Benefits?

Category : Lawn Care

When it comes to landscaping and yard care, having green, lush lawn is generally desirable. However, a lawn can become damaged resulting from things like foot traffic, injury to the grass and pet urine. A damaged lawn can lead to empty spots in your yard where the grass has died. It is possible to fill the grass in with the right landscape method. Hydroseeding is an application that could get rid of the patches, block the growth of weeds, prevent erosion, eliminate dust pollution, and restore the health of your lawn.

What is Hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding also referred to as hydro-mulching, is a process that involves the spraying of a mixture special mixture, typically consisting of water, lime, fiber mulch, and tackifier, on a specific section of land to remedy grass erosion and stimulate grass growth. Compared to the traditional grass planting processes like tilling and seeding, hydroseeding is more effective and economical. Having a healthy lawn can complement an environment with hardscaping elements.

Benefits of Hydroseeding

A part of softscaping is lawn care and hydroseeding provides a way to beautify your yard, but also offer several other benefits.

Cost Effective: Hydroseeding is highly economical for the desired results, minus material costs, time consumption, or the lawn installation demands of other methods like sodding or hand seeding. Hydroseeding can cost roughly half the price of sod and can be done in a significantly shorter time than hand seeding, reducing labor cost.

High Quality: Hydroseeding produces a long-lasting and high-quality lawn that is more lush and healthier than other applications. The grass root is established deeper into the soil and will retain moisture better, and if transplanted, it is less likely to suffer a shock.

Speedier Lawn Growth: While hydroseeding is not an “instant lawn” solution, an adequately hydroseeded and watered lawn can typically begin growing in about a week. The germination rate is quick, which speeds up the results. With favorable/normal conditions to foster turf development, the grass would have grown fully and be mowed in a couple of weeks as easily as three weeks.

Water Retention: Hydroseeding has the capacity to hold as much as ten times its weight in water. This amounts to high plant survival and seed protection, thanks to the fiber mulch and tackifiers that help to seal in moisture and anchor the mixture to the soil. This sealed in moisture allows for the root system to constantly replenish itself, creating a drought-tolerant lawn.

With the right lawn service, you can use hydroseeding to restore your lawn and have your yard looking beautiful. If you are interested in our lawn care services, contact Dudley’s Tree and Landscape today!

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