Bringing Nature to Your Backyard

If you love the sound of birds singing and enjoy sightings of cardinals, gold finches and robins in your backyard, there are trees and shrubs that will attract them through every season. We suggest trees that will enhance the landscape design and offer shelter and food for native birds. Some of our favorites at Landfare Ltd. include:

Flowering Dogwood
This ornamental tree is popular in Central Ohio because it blooms white, pink or red flowers in the spring – always a welcome sight after a cold winter. In fall, their scarlet berries attract robins, bluebirds, thrushes, cardinals and many other species of bird.

Crabapples
These medium sized trees have beautiful spring blossoms but it is their fall fruits that are winter-persistent that make birds sing! There are several varieties available, with some bearing fruit as small as 1/4″ round, which makes the easy for robins, bluebirds, cardinals, finches and other birds to easily eat.

Northern Bayberry Shrub
A semi-evergreen shrub, the Northern Bayberry is known for its fragrant, waxy, silver-gray berries that stay on the shrub throughout the year. Tree swallows and bluebirds love the fruit and often will nest in the shrub.

 

 

 

Staghorn Sumac
This shrub is most beautiful in the fall when it shows brilliant red foliage. That’s also when its winter persistent fruit ripens, attracting robins, bluebirds, cardinals, chickadees and starlings.

Unless you have a very large lot where trees can be planted far from your entertaining and service areas, we do suggest avoid planting any Mulberry trees. While they are lovely and birds certainly do enjoy their summer fruit, they among the messier trees, with berries staining whatever they fall on.

Creating a landscape sanctuary for you and native birds is part of the process we work through at Landfare Ltd.

 

 

The Evolution of Timeless Design

The Landfare Ltd. approach to design is very specific: we design and create outdoor living spaces that look and function beautifully, and transcend time or trend. Our motto, Capturing Nature Through Timeless Design™, tells the story of what we do.

When we begin creating a landscape design we consider the home’s architecture because we believe outdoor living spaces must enhance, not fight, with that architecture. We look at the home’s interior design and the choices the homeowners have made because we believe moving from indoors to outdoors should be a seamless transition.

The selection of hardscape materials like pavers and bricks should look as if they have been part of the home’s design from the beginning, not an afterthought. Pools, spas and water features should help create the ambiance not distract from it. Planting materials must work together to bring color and life to each season.

As homeowners update or renovate their homes, our landscape design evolves, too. New exterior structures, like garages or home additions, demand a thoughtful approach to enhancing the original landscape design. Through our long-term relationships with clients we are able to collaborate with them to create new outdoor living spaces and landscaping that evolve with the owner’s vision for their home.

Same Entrance with Redesigned Walkway and Landscaping

This home’s original landscape design, as seen on the left, was installed about 10 years ago, and continued to look very appealing. But the homeowners embarked on an extensive renovation that included an addition to the home. The new design, on the right, adds balance to the home’s architecture. The original gate and columns remain with a new bluestone paver walkway that leads directly to the front porch. The differences are substantial yet subtle, giving the home timeless curb appeal.

Just as interior design choices evolve, so do landscape designs. We think of it as a lovely symphony of design selections and professional installation that work together to create timeless outdoor environments for our clients. Each piece is carefully selected to ensure a beautiful finale!

They’ll Always Have Paris

When visiting Paris these homeowners found inspiration at the Hotel Plaza Athenee and its signature red awnings and geraniums. They chose Landfare Ltd to design a French garden for their home, complete with multiple natural stone terraces and entertaining spaces surrounded by formal French-style parterre gardens. Red awnings and upholstery, wrought iron furniture and railings, and custom-made copper planters add to the ambiance.

See more photos and read the complete Housetrends Magazine article here.

Save

The Seven Levels of Illumination

Each landscape project Landfare Ltd. designs and installs follows a philosophy that acts as a guide through the entire project. The goal is to create outdoor living and entertaining spaces that match perfectly with the esthetics of the exterior of each client’s home and the interior design choices the client has made. Going from the indoors to the outdoors should be a seamless transition, and Landfare Ltd. designs achieve that goal.

To make sure that transition works day and night, John Spayde, Landfare Ltd.’s designer, created the Seven Levels of Illumination,™ the company’s approach to lighting. This design concept considers each outdoor space, including the living areas, the property, all gardens and landscape, and the house itself.

Read More

Building With Integrity

While there are many ways to construct a pool or spa, Landfare Ltd. custom builds to the highest standards to ensure their projects look beautiful, function perfectly and are safe for you and your family.

Extensive Training Ensures Quality For Clients

Landfare Ltd. staff have completed numerous training courses through The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, receiving a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) License for building swimming pools. This is not a requirement in Ohio but does reflect Landfare Ltd.’s professional approach to all their projects. To build the best you must have a team of highly trained professionals, and Landfare Ltd. invests in the training and education of our staff to offer only the best to our clients.

A pool may look very nice when completed but the quality and integrity are built underneath the pool. After digging the hole for the pool, we install a steel rebar floor before pouring concrete. These extra steps create a pool structure that will not shift due to hydrostatic pressure. Not all pool companies do that, but we know that our clients expect us to provide the best product, and we do.

Poured concrete walls are 12” thick and finished with Diamond Brite® plaster. Available in many aggregate finishes, this plaster lets us determine the color, brilliance and reflective properties of the pool water. Again, we select every finish to meet the design standards needed to enhance the entire landscape and outdoor living spaces for each home.

See more Landfare Ltd. Pools & Spas here.

Color Creates Drama

Creating custom designed landscape designs for smaller outdoor spaces is the kind of challenge that our design team enjoys. For this condominium patio we created a stunning water feature that was a focal point in the day, at night, and throughout the year. Designed and built by the Landfare Ltd. team, this unique water feature anchors the patio. To further define this private paradise we surrounded the patio with exotic plantings that are both in ground and in urns. Luxurious outdoor furnishings and accessories add another layer of richness.

Fire and Water

One of the most enduring design combinations is designing both water and fire elements into outdoor living spaces. For this property, we created outdoor entertainment spaces that offer the family multiple living environments they can enjoy through every season. Adjacent to the fireplace , chains of copper rings are featured in the custom designed water feature. The result: a subtle waterfall that helps create the peaceful atmosphere these homeowners wanted.

Building The Foundation For An In-ground Pool

The Landfare Ltd. team builds in-ground swimming pools and spas throughout the year. In fact, building during the winter months ensures you will be enjoying your pool when the weather warms up.

Here you see the team, under a protective tent covering, install steel rebar used as reinforcement before concrete is poured. Because steel rebar can be bent we can design curves, angles and even steps to enhance your swimming pool.

The grid pattern is carefully calculated and installed, and tied or held in place to make sure there is no vibration or movement when the gunite (concrete) is poured. Gunite is projected at a pretty high velocity, and any movement in the grid pattern could effect the stability of the pool bottom.

The design and construction of your pool is part science, part engineering and a lot of hard work by our team of professionals.

Is A Plunge Pool Right For You?

Whether you have a large outdoor area or a smaller backyard, a plunge pool may be the best solution in creating your outdoor oasis. Plunge pools are the smaller more compact version of a custom in-ground pool. Even with their smaller size, they can still offer you the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely lap or cooling floating experience.

Landfare Ltd. will design your customized plunge pool so you get exactly what you want. That could be a pool that is 5 or 7 feet deep or only 3 or 4 feet deep. One that includes bubblers and is heated for year ’round enjoyment. Maybe an in pool seating area to cool you on hot summer days and custom lighting for evening enjoyment. We will create a pool surround that marries beautifully with your home’s design and outdoor entertaining areas. The options are unlimited!

See more of our custom designed pools here.

Outdoor Kitchens Make Summer Dining A Breeze

Perfect For A Grilling Master

No outdoor entertaining area is complete without its own kitchen. Landfare Ltd. custom designs and builds full service outdoor kitchens. Of course there is a grill, sometimes two. But why stop there? Include a sink, mini-frig, ice maker, cooling drawers, trash container, and storage cabinets to make your outdoor kitchen fully functioning.

You won’t need to step into the house for a thing!