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Tips on Landscaping Your Garden

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There is no doubt that the main element of an attractive house is having a landscaped garden. Landscape planning does require some effort. There are numerous common design features and ideas available over the internet for inspiration while planning an attractive project. With some helpful tips, you can save money without sacrificing beauty or quality and get yourself a satisfying landscaping experience.
Tip #1 – Before you plan, look for resources you already have.
Before starting, look for resources that you already have with you. Make a list of likes and dislikes in your current landscape, the way you want to use the space, the transformations you would like to make and the type of landscaping design you wish to have. 

Tips #2 –Take cues from others when needed
While it is good to stay original, the rule does not apply to landscaping. In case you like a certain design, copy it, and make the required changes to help it fit into your space. When you decide to go with your original ideas,…

Important Landscaping Tips for Protecting Your Lawn Through Winter

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You have probably made the most of your yard during the summer months. Now is the time to take some maintenance steps to ensure that your garden is well prepared for the winter season. Here are a few tips that can help you keep the lawn in good condition so that it revives well during the summer months.

1. Fertilize now:

The unfortunate truth is that seeds of crabgrass will always remain in your soil. As soon as the spring arrives, these weed seeds will start to germinate in the lawns. A professional landscaping expert can make it difficult for the crabgrass to germinate in your area with the right treatment. However, if you wish to give your yard an even better start to fight the stubborn crabgrass, you can go for fall fertilization.
There are several advantages of fall fertilization. During fall, your plants stop growing on the top as they focus more on building nutrient reserves and the root systems. Such reserves help in new growth as the spring arrives. Using fertilizers on your law…

The Many Benefits and Advantages of Using a Landscaping Service

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It is always a good idea to check on your property's landscaping and hardscaping periodically, to keep it looking good. Upgrading the landscaping from average to amazing can increase the value of a house by twenty percent.

Essentially, landscaping goes past shrubs and plants to hardscaping, which comprises of retaining patios, walls, walkways, driveways and other such man-made enhancements to the outdoor area. There are so many landscaping portfolios over the internet. A landscape architect and contractor can work with the customer and come up with a comprehensive plan. Normally, the homeowner then employs a landscape professional to carry out the entire installation.
Here are a few trending items in hardscape and landscape designs:
Water featuresOutdoor lightingFire pitsGarden pathsFencesMake sure you hire a professional for the landscape and hardscape project:
When you employ a landscaping expert, make sure you go in for an experienced and a licensed professional…

How To Choose The Best Patio Installer For Your Needs?

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It is always a good idea to find a skilled patio installer and expand your outdoor living area while improving the backyard. Make sure you start early so that , with careful planning you can decide on which product and design you wish to have. As Good installers are normally always booked in advance, to get the best service, you must have ample time in hand.
Narrowing down on a good contractor is by far the toughest decision to make. While you may have numerous choices to pick from, it is extremely important that you choose someone who  provides the right combination of service, products, and quality. For instance, make sure the installer has the right reputation for performing the kind of job you are looking for. Other factors include:
Products – The first thing you should do is ask about the materials offered for the patio. An expert will offer brick, concrete, stone, and pavers. In case you opt for pavers, ensure that the contractor buys them from a trustworthy manufacturer, as the …

What to expect from creative landscaping experts?

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When you surf through the Internet, you will come across several creative landscaping designs that are installed by owners. Some are so inspirational that they could be featured in garden and home magazines to offer insight to landscape enthusiasts.

How does one choose a landscaping designer and what should be expected from them?
They offer complete landscaping services.

Modern and creative landscaping designers must know the A-to-Z of landscaping maintenance and design so you will not have to call various companies for different services. Such services should not be seasonal but should be available throughout the year.

They offer special installations.

Apart from usual installations related to flower, shrubs and trees planting, the chosen landscaping contractor should also offer a range of exclusively designed elements including -

1. Landscape lighting installations
2. Fencing installations
3. Outdoor living area using modern materials such as curbstone and Belgium block
4. Waterscapes…

Things to do: August Checklist for Your Home

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Transitioning from summers to the starting of school, August may seem like a sudden shift. Make these last days a little more interesting and busy by including a few home projects, cleaning up and savouring simple life pleasures. Here are a few things you can do to create the best August plan.
1. Cleaning and storing summer gear. Now that the beach days are behind you, take out time to clean the shovels, buckets, and boogie boards to ensure they are clean and fresh for next year. Dispose off broken or cracked toys, and look out for sales or discounts for replacing items if required.
2. Clear the way for easy weeknight dinners. A packed kitchen (and pantry and fridge) makes meal preparation harder. Get rid of the clutter for creating a clean counter and get rid of stale, expired, and unwanted foods from the fridge, pantry, and freezer. Donate unexpired and unwanted foods in their original packaging to the food pantry.
3. Give away your backyard harvest for everyone to enjoy. Did you grow …

To-Dos: Your June Home Checklist

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Summer officially starts on June 20th, but why wait till then to get into the spirit of summer? Get a head start by prepping your garden and house, setting the right drip-dry spot for pool towels, changing the kitchen, etc.


1. The irrigation system: Faulty irrigation hose or sprinklers that go unnoticed can cause a lot of problems for your garden and lawn. Make sure you check every component once a week, particularly during the summer.
2. Screen doors: Get screen doors to make sure you enjoy the summer breeze. Inspect screens carefully, and patch holes as required.
3. Empty stagnant water on a regular basis: The best way for keeping mosquitoes down is by checking your house for any standing water and clearing it. Even a bucket of water can create a mosquito nursery, so make sure you do not leave buckets upright.
4. Reorganize your kitchen: Changing seasons are a good time to re-consider how you’ve arranged things in the kitchen. If you use a lot of small appliances in the warmer weather (…

Checklist for your Home for the month of May!

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This is a great time for getting those outdoor spaces set for entertainment. From getting your outdoor cooking kits out to getting your house painted, here are a few things for your to-do list to help you savor the season:

1. Stain or paint the exterior of your house. Long days and milder weather conditions make May the right time to schedule painting. In case your house has wood-shingled exterior, make sure you replace any broken shingles and apply a fresh coat if needed.
2. Check the outer lighting. Ensure that the outdoor lights are working properly, including landscape lighting, porch lights, and security lights. Change bulbs and schedule repairs as required.
3. Get ready to grill. Start out by deep cleaning your grill before the season starts. This will ensure that there are no flare-ups. Clean the interior and grates using a grill brush and wash the outside using soapy, warm water. Clean it and organize the grill tools (spatula, tongs, and skewers) and pick up propan…

To-Dos: Spring Home Checklist

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March 20 is marked as the first official day of spring. So even if the plants are leafless or if there is snow, you can stay reassured that nice weather is just around the corner. Bring in the new season with spring cleaning, flowers and some dirt in your fingernails!

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With the changing weather, start putting away woolen hats and mittens and make some room for those spring boots. Make sure you replace or clean the doormat, pack the hangers or hooks, and put your umbrella holder out. A clean tray of boot lined with stones will help drain water from wet footwear.

Remove winter layers

Are duvets making you uncomfortably warm? Swap the thick bedding for coverlets and quilts that are lighter in weight. Also change deep-pile rugs for natural-fiber or flat-weave versions.

Clean up the patio furniture

Winters can leave the outdoor furniture grimy, so make sure you give it a proper scrubbing before you start to use it for the season. Launder all the washable cushion covers and replace the to…

Turning your Yard into an English Garden

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If the English gardens with their fragrant lushness and dainty heirloom china inspire you then certainly if you could create that feel in your garden, it would be amazing, wouldn’t it! Symmetrical gravel walkways, open lawn space, manicured short hedges, and planting ofvegetables and herbs for cooking will make your garden come alive.

Here are a few tips that can help you bring the English countryside to your garden or backyard.
1. Shape
Shape is an important factor in an English-style garden. While a conventional style is a square, rolling paths and curved shapes are more in style these days. You may also surround your garden with neatly trimmed low rise shrubs and put a curved or circular gravel path through it. And do add a birdbath at the center to offer a focal point.
2. Flowers
Perennials such as hydrangea, hibiscus, bee balm, and phlox, and annuals such as pansies and marigolds are known to be classic. However, do not forget to add roses! Roses are extremely important in an English-…

How to Organize a Backyard Wedding?

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Hosting a wedding in a backyard is not just a brilliant way of saving money over a venue, but can also help create sentimental and beautiful memories. However, backyard weddings do require extra planning, particularly if you do the planning on your own.

Plan
There will be hundreds of plans to make but it is important for you to answer some questions first. Will the venue have enough space for your guests? Will you host both the reception and the ceremony, and do you have enough room to assign area for both? Are there enough bathrooms for everyone? What kind of dinner do you wish to hold?
Create a Theme
When it comes to choosing a backyard theme, do not go for a modern one. Best is to choose rustic, garden, or bohemian themes. However, since it is your big day, make sure you choose a d├ęcor that you love.
Hire Professionals to Prep your Yard
To make sure the backyard stands out on the big day, make sure you hire a landscaping expert at least eight weeks in advance, to turn the space into an a…

Making your Yard Bewitching with String Lights

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Shining string lights can always create an inescapable charm even in the most ordinary spaces. They make the heart skip a beat by adding wonders to any festive ambience, especially that of your garden landscape!
Despite the pressure from the neighborhood, you alone can dictate the visual direction of your holiday display. You have all the creative freedom to decorate your garden whatever way you like. Here are a few tips on how to hang string lights for any festivity.

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Before you begin, make sure there is a plan in place. Analyze the locations where you can put the lights on. They will most likely be along the gutters or eaves and even the windows. Utilize this plan to evaluate the number and length of strands you will require.
While there are no standard lengths in strands, there are bulb size standards. Look for C9 or C7 size bulbs to string together 6 to 8 inches apart. When there is a longer distance between bulbs, it allows more light to cover a wider area, creating more warmth.