Uplighting: Part of the Outdoor Lighting Design for Your Gaithersburg MD Home

Uplighting, as a part of your overall outdoor lighting in Gaithersburg MD, can add so much to your landscape design.

Like other outdoor lighting, uplighting draws the eye to areas in your landscaping that you want others to focus on, but in a specific direction – up – hence the name, “uplighting.” Mounted below or at ground level, uplights are usually placed so that they are not noticeable during the day.

There are many reasons to use uplighting: to add drama with shadows, to show off your best plants and trees, to create a magical view of your water features, to demonstrate depth and dimension of outdoor walls, fences, or other flat surfaces, to add to safety and security, and to draw attention away from eyesores.

There are four main types of uplights:

  • Bullet/spotlights: a narrow spot beam, used to focus on a particular tree, bush or small cluster of plants.
  • Wash lights: a wash of light, perfect for adding visual interest in plants lower to the ground, shrubs, and wall surfaces. These are also great for lighting pathways or walkways, when when you want soft safety lights.
  • Well lights: installed below grade, and used to light the underside of plants, benches, or the lower part of walls.
  • Flood lights: used for both uplighting and downlighting, flood lights are brighter, and have a wider beam than bullet lights. They are used for illuminating house facades or extremely large trees.

For more information on using uplighting as a part of the overall outdoor lighting for your Gaithersburg MD home, please contact East Coast Landscape Design. East Coast Landscape Design will provide everything to complete your project, from engineering design to wire and fixtures. Let one of our East Coast landscape design specialists show you how a well-designed outdoor lighting system can add to the beauty and safety of your Gaithersburg MD home and landscape.

What Should I Do When I Landscape My Silver Spring MD Home?

Proper landscaping can add tremendous value and beauty to your Silver Spring MD home. The key to proper landscaping is education. If you ever feel that you need help, give us a call. We are here to help.

Choosing Plants in Silver Spring MD

Be careful when it comes to selecting your plants, this can have a huge effect on the success of your landscaping. Avoid placing plants in shady areas if they require a great deal of sunlight. Don’t plant a tree in an area where it can’t grow to its full capacity. A little extra effort means that you will have beautiful, healthy plants and an easily maintainable landscape.

Consider the Design

Think about whether or not you need to have a design for your Silver Spring MD project. You might save money in the long run by buying only the plants and materials you really need to achieve the landscaping you want – as specified by a good design.

Add Some Needed Silver Spring MD Walkways

If you are tired of seeing your beloved plants trampled by visitors, consider adding a footpath. Use brick, stone or wood to create a path that extends well beyond the boundaries of the area you wish to protect. A well-defined, wide path makes it clear which areas are safe as well as, which should not be trodden upon.

Maintain, Maintain, Maintain

Try to make sure that the height of your Silver Spring MD lawn is always between 2 and a half to 3 inches. Having your grass at this height will help protect it from sun and heat damage. Also, at this height, moisture will not evaporate as much as it would if it were taller.

For more information on landscaping in Silver Spring MD, please contact East Coast Landscape Design, the Washington D.C. area’s leading licensed landscape design company. Located in Montgomery County, Maryland since 1979, the company has designed and installed landscape projects, including patios, outdoor kitchens, and driveways in Silver Spring MD.