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Solving Drainage and Erosion Issues in your Landscape

If you own a home, chances are that at some point weather conditions, perhaps too much rain, ice melting, or even wind, have caused a certain amount of drainage and erosion issues on your property.  This is all but a certainty if your home is on a slope. What are the telling signs?  Exposed roots, gutted out areas on your lawn or swampy and puddled sections are a clear indication that it’s time to act and stop the deterioration from getting worse.  This is where a professional landscaping company can help.  It’s imperative to assess the depth and severity of the issue at the outset so that you can determine the best method for preventing additional damage.   The professionals at Sunrise Landscape and Design can provide an accurate diagnosis of the extent of the damage and will help you make the right decision as to the course of action you should take, saving you time, money and your landscape in the process. The easiest and possibly the most economical way to battle an eroding yard is to plant, plant, plant!  Planting flowers and trees acts as a shield, lessening the impact of rainfall, ice, and wind that can wash away the soil. These plants and trees also help stabilize the dirt by putting in roots that anchor the soil and soak up excess water. Be sure what you decide to plant is native to your area (we can help with that too) so that it is likely to grow a healthy root structure.  Wild flowers work well for blanketing an area prone to soil erosion, as do herbs or shrubs. Once you plant, consider adding a layer of mulch and fertilizer.  Each of these will

Incorporating Water Features in Your Landscape

Having a water feature in your garden is one of the most tranquil and relaxing upgrades you can make to your outdoor environment.  The sound of water can transplant you to far away places without ever leaving home.  Whatever you decide to do, it ultimately depends on your taste and the physical characteristics of your yard. You want your water feature to complement your existing landscape, not detract from it.  Niagara Falls is lovely, but not necessarily when it is rushing through your yard. Sunrise Landscape and Design has over 30 years of experience creating beautiful landscapes.  We have an extensive portfolio of landscape designs incorporating water features.  If you are thinking of adding a water feature to your landscape consider the following: A pond can be a beautiful addition to your landscape if the ground conditions are favorable.  Once our experts determine the ground is stable enough to support a pond, you should consider the surrounding landscape and make sure your pond looks organic to your garden.  Selecting the proper edging is key to creating a natural look. If your dream is to have a pond stocked with fish, be sure to select the right location.  The care and maintenance of fish doesn’t necessarily have to take up that much time if you chose a proper location for your pond.  The health of the habitat for your fish depends on the amount of light available, the plant life, feeding and cleaning of the pond.  Fish need shady areas and floating plants can also be a source of shade.  However, the placement of the pond is critical.  Aside from the light considerations, it’s important to avoid low areas of the yard where pesticides and fertilizer