Eco-Conscious Homeowners Should Consider Permeable Paving

When you are searching for the perfect residential landscape design for your outdoor area, the environmental impact of your paving is just as crucial as its visual effects.

Eco-Conscious Homeowners Should Consider Permeable Paving

Source: Rosehill Gardens.

At Rosehill Gardens, we have gathered a few facts about pervious materials that should help you make an eco-conscious decision.

Permeable paving is one of the best options for surface water management. Permeable materials allow the ground below the paved surface to absorb water runoff, cleaning the water of pollutants and solids along the way.

It also reduces the need for man-produced irrigation in the surrounding area, reducing the cost as well as water consumption. Unlike concrete or asphalt surfaces, permeable paving is lighter in color, so it reflects more sunlight.

Water filtration and sunlight reflection mean a lower ambient temperature around the area, greatly improving air quality and the health of local vegetation.

In addition to environmental-friendly benefits of pervious materials, a variety of colors and styles also makes permeable paving an appealing option for residential landscape design:

  • Urbanite pavers or recycled concrete pieces can be installed over a layer of sand and gravel, with openings left between the stones. Brick can be used in a similar fashion.
  • For walkways, crushed stone or gravel might prove to be the most efficient option. Grass pavers, on the other hand, are well-suited for residential driveways. They are designed to bare heavy loads and closely resemble lawn and all its visual effects.
  • While a slightly more expensive option, ground reinforcement grids make filling the spaces with plants or paving material an easy task, which gives your freshly-paved surface a structure and visual appeal you desire.

Contact Rosehill Gardens, and we will help you find the perfect permeable material for a walkway, driveway, or patio of your dreams!

Tips for Creating a Beautiful Garden if You Have Acidic Soil

Acidic soil is a problem in the Kansas City area that many homeowners struggle with throughout the year.

Fortunately, there are some garden soil tips that will make it a little easier to keep your plants healthy and growing strong.

If your soil has a pH lower than six, it’s acidic. If it has a pH over seven, it’s alkaline. The trick to balancing isn’t necessarily keeping it in the middle of these two ranges but rather making sure that the plants you install are right for the soil you have on your property.

While you can add soil acid neutralizers to your soil, this is a lot of work, and it’s not a permanent solution. Thus, it is best to simply accept your acidic soil as it is and select plants that thrive within an acidic environment.

To help make this easier for our customers, our plant care guide is full of species that love acidic soil and look fabulous throughout their growing seasons. Our suggestions include the following:

  • Conifers and Pines – These provide lots of cover, but you’ll want to be careful not to plant too many as they can increase the already existing acidity levels.
  • Rhododendrons - These look beautiful within a formal garden and provide a nice complement to conifers, pines, and other large foliage.
  • Blueberry, Huckleberry, and Cranberry – The colors of these vibrant plants is the first clue these plants love acidic soil. They look magnificent, and the splashes of color they emit indicate they have a sweet treat in store for you.

We invite you to contact Rosehill Gardens by calling 818-877-9175. We will be happy to give you the garden soil tips you need to keep your garden healthy and happy over the chilly winter months ahead.