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Landscaping Concepts that Endure

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Landscaping and garden trends come and go just as those in everything else in life. In the recent past gardens were minimalistic and now the trend appears to be towards a more natural look and feel, using natural materials and focusing on outdoor living areas.
Variety and change in a garden do help to prevent the setting in of staleness. However, changing the landscape frequently just to keep up with trends requires both deep pockets as well as the ability to devote large amounts of time to following, planning and implementing those changes.


If trends do not appeal to you, here are some landscaping concepts that never go out of style: they will enable you to enjoy evergreen charm.
Outdoor living areas
An outdoor living area is a space out in the open; you can find it as a recreation spot for fun and entertainment. It can be a completely standalone in the garden; or it may be an extension of the indoor areas, as in the case of a dining patio onto which the kitchen opens.
Outdoor living spac…

7 Reasons why you should hire an Arborist this Winter

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With the setting in of the winter season, the last thing you may be thinking about is your yard. However, to speak the truth, winter is the best time to tend trees. Before you decide to ignore the backyard project during wintertime, consider the following reasons why it IS the right time to hire an arborist to trim your trees.


           1.  Safety
Trees that grow fast often have weak wood; they are prone to decay with limbs that break too easily in ice and wind. It is important to get these trees in the right shape to avoid unnecessary accidents or property damage.

2. Convenience
Just as we get extremely busy with outdoor projects in spring and summer, so do arborists. However, if you schedule trimming during winter, you are sure to find an arborist, as they are not so very busy then.

3.Price
If you had to pay a lot last spring for maintenance of your trees, it was so because the job was not season sensitive. Winter is not spring or summer: most tree services have slow business during the …

Creative Outdoor Room Ideas

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The wonderful season of spending more time outdoors is finally here! The pleasant weather makes it fun to chill out on the porch, in the backyard, or on the deck. While you’re ready to just lie down in the grass, you can plan transforming your yard into a haven with just a few design and creative tips.


Use rugs
Use outdoor/indoor rugs for defining and anchoring your space. Another idea is to make use of gravel and pavers, if they easily fit the layout of the area.
Beat the heat
Get respite from the indoor heat by creating an outdoor kitchen. Choices abound beyond merely throwing some hot dogs and burgers on the grill. You can customize your outdoor kitchen with a roll-down gate for securing the appliances from natural elements, or installing a grill which is covered, a small fridge to keep the drinks cold and a cabinetry or counter for serving and storage.
Raise the roof
You can make use of arching trellises over the dining table. Suspend a chandelier from them to offer soft lighting. Strat…

Using Reclaimed Wood in your Yard

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You may have seen people making furniture with reclaimed wood. However, did you know that you could use it for your outdoor needs too? It will ensure your yard a beautiful and classic feel. In case you are landscaping on your own, just be careful about the source of such wood you desire to acquire.
Reclaimed wood may come from old buildings, which once held hazardous materials. Also, take heed of rusted nails and screws in the wood.
Here are a few inspirational ideas of landscaping with reclaimed wood:
Outdoor shelves
Simple and plain, make use of the wood for creating outdoor shelves with a weathered look to keep anything from plants to gardening tools, and the like.
Space dividers
If you wish to create designated spaces within the yard, you can mount planks of reclaimed wood to create an interesting wall.
Artistic fence
If you are planning to build a fence, consider using reclaimed wood. You can supplement it with materials such as ceiling tiles to give it an artistic touch. What you create…

Creating a Zen Garden in your Backyard

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If you are planning to upgrade creatively your back yard, you can employ an exciting Japanese landscaping technique long known as the Zen Garden. It provides a cozy spot for yoga practice, meditation, unwinding, or just a beautiful alternative to a typical lawn.

In the early days, Zen gardens were completely dry, composed only of sand and rocks. However, new designs have accommodated bridges, water, and even lights. You can create one that encompasses all your outdoor space, or just a small area of the backyard.
Image courtesy: https://pixabay.com/ The following are eight popular additions you can consider:

1. Bridge Bridges made of wood or stone, placed above gravel paths or ponds, or even connecting small islands make a great add-on. According to the Japanese, bridges are a symbol of transition from one space to another.
2. Island You can create an island using a single rock or a landform patterned with soil and rocks. In case you do not have enough space to create an actual island, you ca…

Planting Shade Producing Trees in your Garden

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Planting shade trees does not just add to the aesthetic value of your outdoor space, it is also the need of the hour, given the ecological issues around the world. However, it is vital to make an informed decision, when you’re planning to plant a shade tree in your yard.
While some trees start out small and begin to fill in every year, others become a lot less desirable as they grow. There are also trees that contain thorns or shed off messy seedlings. It is necessary, therefore, to be sure about the types you’d prefer. Given below are ten popular options.

1. Red oak

Red oaks tend to grow quickly and drop acorns (seedlings) that attract critters such as squirrels. They offer a leafy and thick canopy that helps you stay cool during the summer months.

2. Tulip trees

Tulip trees grow up to 25 feet. They blossom with beautiful tulip flowers that sprout from the unique leaves of the tree, making the tree stand out anywhere.

3. Sorrels

Sorrels can grow up to 75 feet tall and are abs…

8 Great Outdoor Lighting Ideas

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Thoughtful outdoor lighting can be a treat for your eyes. You will have passersby coming back to take a second look because of the interest these lights can create. Here are eight great outdoor lighting ideas to make your landscape stand out.

1. Solar lanterns

If you wish to create a festive mood in the garden, especially in the evening, then colorful solar lanterns make a great addition. These lanterns come with small photovoltaic panels, LED light bulbs and a rechargeable battery. As it gets dark, a sensor turns the lights on, which start to glow for several hours.

2. Path lights

You can make use of different styles of lamps to add a creative touch to path lights in your garden. Path lighting can get a bit tricky: whether you choose pricier fixtures or inexpensive stakes, placement can be critical. Let them offer subtle hints of where to go next, instead of outlining completely the pathway. Less is always better!

3. String lights

Draping string lights across a wall or some …

Growing a Vertical Garden

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You can consider creating a vertical garden when you have a very small yard and the plants you want to grow spread out usually. A fence gate or a bare wall makes the best blank canvas for annuals, edibles, succulents and perennials.

The concept of vertical gardening takes landscaping to a new level. Even if you live in a house with no bare wall, there are still ways of planting foliage upright.

Creative ideas for design

1. Pocket Pouches: There are different containers that can be attached to a wall or can be hung by the fence. They usually have their own hangers and comprise of a watering well; once filled, it can keep plants watered for approximately two weeks.

2. A chest of drawers: In case you have a dresser you plan to dispose of, you can find good use for it by creating a vertical garden. Drill drainage holes at the bottom surface of the drawers, and then add bricks as dividers so that you’re not required to fill the whole drawer with soil. Take the drawers out as much…

Super Foods You Can Grow in Your Garden

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If you have a garden, there is nothing that should stop you from growing your own super foods. These pristine gifts of Nature, straight from your garden to your dining table in a jiffy, offer your family the purest foods available that assure the best health benefits. No middlemen, super market counters, preservatives, exorbitant prices and doctor visits!

Kale

Bake kale into chips, make smoothies or put in salads and soups. This ingredient is full of antioxidants and fiber; it absorbs free radicals and fights cancer.

Micro-greens

These are normally seeds, which are a combination of herbs and greens that you harvest in fifteen days. They have a dense concentration of minerals and vitamins, almost six times the nutrients as found in the full-grown variety.

Blueberries

Types of blueberries include small, tall, semi-green, deciduous and the like. Said to reduce risks of cancer and heart disease because of their phytoflavinoids and antioxidants, blueberries help keep your mental s…

Adding Curb Appeal : Do’s and Don’ts

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Curb appeal is the visual charm of a house when observed from the road. It is the lure of the exterior of a property. Start making your landscape and exterior enticing, not only to add to the beauty of the house but also to increase its property value.

Things you should do

1. Enhance the look of the front door

Painting a door afresh in green, red, blue or any favorite color adds a distinctive vibe to the ambience of the house. A generic wreath can embellish its look in contrast with the lackluster appearance of many a front door. Polish the metal knockers, doorknobs, or bells.

2. Shape the front yard

Trim bushes, hedges, and any grass that has developed over the paths or sidewalks. Fill containers with colorful, bright, blooming flowers.

3. Add mulch

Decorate the flowerbeds with protective covering and beauty barks.

4. Add lights

Prospective buyers and visitors like a well-lit path. Choose solar lights to add to the appeal of the house.

5. Change numbers

It is best to install numbers t…

Repelling Bugs the Natural Way : 10 Herbs for Planting in Your Garden

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Do bugs and insects get on your nerves and play havoc with your plants? Rather than reaching for an insecticide or a bug repellent, plant these herbs as natural fixes in your garden or yard, or in containers so that you can move them wherever you need them.

1. Mint

Mint repels effectively fleas, ants, moths, aphids, beetles, and mice; it can help you keep your pets healthy, too. Once you plant mint, it will automatically grow every season. Apart from repelling bugs, mint leaves can be used for preparing tea, cooking Moroccan-inspired dishes, and making mint juleps or mojitos.

2. Basil

Basil helps in keeping away flies and mosquitoes. By planting basil, you can rest assured that you won’t have annoying bugs around you when you hang out in the garden. You can also use basil as a topping with some fresh cheese.

3. Bay leaves

You can drive away roaches with bay leaves. Moreover, you can use the dried bay leaves in stock for stews and soups, or find use for them in an herb wreath.

10 Easy Steps for You to Clean Rain Gutter

It can be a tedious chore for you to clean out your rain gutters, but it is important and necessary that you keep them free of debris. Your entire house, walls and foundation may suffer serious water damage and flooding because of dirty and clogged downspouts and gutters.
Here are 10 easy steps for you to keep clean the rain gutters:
1. Wear protective equipment
There can be invisible hazards or harmful bacteria lurking in the gutters. Therefore, make sure you protect yourself by wearing safety goggles, thick gloves, and a dust mask.
2. Begin near a downspout
Make use of a stepladder for safety and place yourself by the downspout. Use a garbage bag or a bucket to collect debris.
3. Remove debris
Using a plastic scoop or a trowel, shove debris into the refuse container, working your hands down the gutter.
4. Flush with the help of a hose
There can be dry and sandy coating of materials, or exceptionally sticky gunk still left behind; in such a case, flush your gutter by using a pressur…