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Category Archives: Gardening

Garden Benches

Garden benches come in a wide variety of styles and materials, and there’s certainly one that will suit that spot in your garden that needs a little lift. You can also find a garden bench in many different price ranges, typically depending upon the type of material from which it is fabricated.

You can find a garden bench at any garden store, and at most outdoor furniture stores. There are benches made of wrought iron and wood, as well as some resin varieties that will fool even the most discriminating eye into believing they’re made of wood and metal. Consider where you’ll be placing your garden bench before you decide what type of materials you’ll purchase. Metals that rust are not a good choice for areas that must endure the weather, and wooden benches made need some protection if they’ll be out in the elements.

Consider placing a garden bench in your shade garden. Couple it with a small fountain and you’ll have a cool and relaxing oasis on even the hottest day. Or place one along a winding path on your property to provide a short respite for the walker. Finally, consider a garden bench adjacent to your loveliest flower garden to provide a place for the onlooker to enjoy the beauty of your garden.

Decorating Pathway Front Door

Pathways are extremely important when it comes to homes. People don’t want to step on the grass in order to get to the door in case there is damp sand that gets stuck to their shoe. It does not need to be anything special but there has to be some kind of guideline.

People love the idea of walking between rose bushes or trees to get to their final destination. To the guest or the homeowner, that greenery can seem like a path to a sanctuary. In many fairy tales, a hidden cottage is found in the middle of a beautiful forest that can only be seen by a special person.

Be careful of creating paths or patterns in perfect geometric shapes. It may seem pleasing to the perfectionist but a person who has to take a turn at a sharp corner may simply cut across the grass because it would be easier that way. If you really want to keep people on the pathway, you can add a few leafy plants along the side of the walkway which will encourage people to remain on it and not cut across the grass.

You need this kind of pleasant atmosphere to lead the person to the front door. A door is a threshold that shows a person where the property of another person starts. An outsider who opens it with permission understands that they are welcome and it is important to make that person feel welcome. To achieve this, a door with sidelights or glass panels works perfectly. This is where you can experiment with perfect geometric shapes. Just like many houses have these same kinds of shapes so should your door.

A good way to work with contrasting coloured doors is by making the frame white which will oppose the colour of the door which is mahogany or chestnut. This will add lovely character to your home and will not make the dark of the wood seem so intimidating.

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchen can be used not only as the main attraction at your parties, an outdoor kitchen can be used on a daily basis, with the whole family enjoying a meal n the open air, you may find yourself disappointed of restaurants when you start eating “out” a few times a week. Suddenly an evening in a closed space will seem like less fun compared to the outdoor kitchen experience waiting just a few steps from your living room.

The growing popularity of the outdoor kitchen in the last years has created many different products to choose when designing your outdoor kitchen, some people prefer to design a small and practical outdoor kitchen and save some costs, others go for the luxury additions when creating their outdoor kitchen design.

Today you can find outdoor kitchens in region of the world that have relatively short summers, people living in these areas try and enjoy the summer to its fullest, and install a kitchen that is built around the grill, this way they can have a barbecue without running in and out of the house and use a small kitchen in their backyard.

Weather conditions in your area will be very important when thinking of an outdoor kitchen design, in some cases extreme weather will call for unique solutions and custom made outdoor kitchens, these can be very expensive and take a lot of energy to put together, you may need to consider the conditions of your living area before going ahead with the plan to build an outdoor kitchen.

Naturally there are huge advantages to the outdoor experience, spending quality time with your family and friends and enjoying the outdoors, an outdoor kitchen can create the prefect setting for all these things on a regular, everyday basis. The work you will need to put into your outdoor kitchen is also something to consider before checking out the appliances, if you plan to do this by yourself you should be aware of the fact that building an outdoor kitchen may take a lot of time, so free a couple of your weekends and carefully plan and design your outdoor kitchen. If you plan to have a third party perform the construction of the outdoor kitchen make sure you know exactly what you want and start the negotiations from your ideal point, don’t forget that contractors sometime have their own preferences, but they are not the ones living in the house, so remember to make it absolutely clear that you are calling the shots on this outdoor kitchen design.

Deck Out Home For Summer

Step 1– Start from the outdoor area as it is prone to weather stresses. The walkway is the first thing to be dealt with. Flush the dirt in the walkway and find out the damaged bricks or tiles or pavers. Avoid voids while arranging tiles. Otherwise, they can cause maintenance problems. For concrete walkways, use masonry crack filler.

Step 2– As people prefer to spend their time on the lawn which is referred as a Vitamin D soaking, Take care of the lawn. Remove all weeds and garbage in the area to make it fresh. Apply weed-killing fertilizer if you are unable to weed out. Cover the bald patches by sowing grass seeds.

Step 3- De-gunk the bird bath which is placed in the outdoor area. Prepare a solution by mixing chlorine bleach with warm water. Rinse it thoroughly otherwise it may pose problems. Alternatively, you can also use vinegar. Remove the water and fill the solution in it. Leave it for some time before scrubbing.

Step 4– Clear issues pertaining to the furniture. Dust off the unused furniture and paint them with weatherproof solutions. If you have sprinklers in the lawn, then check for winter damages. Many a time, the plumbing system is subjected to cracks and damages. So renovate them to enjoy the summer breezes.

Step 5– Work on flower beds as they define the beauty of the outdoor area. Remove weeds and dust. Till the soil and apply mulch to make it fertile.

Step 6– Cushions enable users to spend more time on the outdoor furniture. Before using them, wash their covers. For fabric upholstered furniture, clean them with a soft scrub brush and warm water mixed with a detergent solution.

Step 7– Check for any damages for the front door and windows. Cover the post-winter gaps with a sealant. Tight the screws as they may be contracted in the winter season. If possible apply a weatherproof paint to bring back its old charm.

Remove Tree Stump

First, consider the size of what you want removed. It is a bush, small tree, or large tree? In most cases, you can handle everything but a truly large tree, with just a spade, a lawn bar, and some elbow grease. However, large stumps, because of their weight, size and root spread, may require rental of a tree grinder to finish the job.

With a woody bush that has thick stems, you want to cut it to a manageable size before starting any digging. Two feet is a good height, leaving enough for gripping if you’re going to “rock” the stump. Small and medium size trees will benefit from having a taller trunk, up to 4′ high. This is because that height will give you leverage to push against.

Start by digging around the stump. It’s not necessary to dig right up against the stump, because the roots will be denser there. Begin a few inches from the trunk, and be sure to dig away from it, throwing your dirt out of the hole. Dig your trench around the stump in a circle. As you begin to bare roots, you’ll want to use the lawn bar.

This is a long, steel tool that looks something like an over-sized chisel. For stump removal, it’s best to try and sharpen the flat bladed end, so that you have extra cutting power for roots. And because you will be thrusting it down into the soil with some weight behind it, safety precautions should include wearing steel-toed boots.

As you start to uncover roots, take the bar and jam it down into the trench, breaking and cutting the roots. Continue to dig down, and away from the trunk, cutting roots as you go, and thrusting the bar towards the center of the trunk, underneath the dirt. Eventually, you will have cut enough roots, and have removed enough dirt, that some rocking and leverage against the trunk, will tip it over and you can haul it from the ground.

Fireplace Landscaping

The truth about an amateur project is that the results can be every bit as good as a job done by a professional. Both in appearance and structurally, the job you do can rate A-l on the building inspector’s card. There will be a difference in time due to the fact that the pro can work faster, but the amateur need not worry about .speed–the end result is more important than the time needed to accomplish it. The mixture for concrete, actually an artificial stone, consists of a blend of fine and coarse aggregates, each piece of which is completely surrounded and held to its mates by hardened Portland cement paste. A chemical reaction, which occurs ideally due to favorable temperatures and the presence of moisture while curing, causes the paste to harden. The water to cement ratio is probably the most important factor as far as the strength of mix is concerned. Too much water will result in a thin, diluted cement-paste that will be weak and porous when it hardens. It will not bond the aggregates nor will it be watertight. The correct water-cement paste, and this is important, produces a mix with maximum strength which is necessary for outdoor fireplace landscaping. The amateur will often use more water than necessary because it makes a more fluid mix that flows easily into the forms. Such a project may look O.K. to begin with (although there will probably be finishing problems due to excess moisture), but it will eventually be discovered to lack strength and durability.

Must Maintaining Landscaped Yard

The first thing that you should think about is the safety of your own kids. Weeds will grow and some of these weeds are harmful not only to your other plants but to your own children as well. You should check regularly for weeds and be prepared to immediately remove them from your garden.

Your kids are naturally curious and you make sure that thorns from your flowers (roses, etc.) are not problematic. You must also consider a tree’s branches, as big frail branches could easily fall, or may so low that they are easily a hazard. Prune them. Be sure that rocks and pebbles are not in your child’s way as they could stumble on them and hurt themselves.

After thinking about your kids, you must care for your plants. Plants need regular watering as they will wilt or die if not given taken care. Play areas that are too close to the play area can be destroyed by a stray ball or trampling.

Another thing to consider is making sure that the soil is suitable for growing plants. Fertilizers and/or constant tilling of the soil will make it more fertile and will enhance the growth of your plants.

Make sure that your yard is properly cleaned and that the grass is kept mowed. Trash can ruin the aesthetic value of your yard and can also be harmful to your health. Be sure to take out the trash at least every few days. You might also watch out for stagnant water areas as they are the favorite breeding places of mosquitoes.

Select Landscaping Firm

Look around for inspiration

Write down any ideas you may have on a piece of paper. It sometimes helps to make sketches. You can also find ideas online or by getting inspiration from a neighbor’s yard. After that decide on the things that you want in the landscape like patios, pools, vines, trees, colors etc. Now you can start looking for a landscaping company. Don’t worry if you still don’t have any landscaping ideas, the landscaping company can help you with that.

Make a list of the landscaping companies

A list of local landscaping firms can be found in your town’s yellow pages. You can narrow down the search by getting referral from friends and checking with the Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. The rule of thumb is to go with the firms who have been in business the longest. Also make sure to check to see if the firms you are interested in interviewing have any trade certifications. You will also need to make sure that the firm is licensed and bonded.


Interview the prospective firms

There is no reason to hurry the process. After all, your goal should be to end up with a beautifully landscaped yard and to not break the bank in the process. To that end, it is best to interview at least three firms who have made the short list that we ended up with in the step above.

Pick Roses For Landscape

Fortunately, the number of ornamental landscape roses make finding them an easy task. The difficulty consists of choosing the right ones from this variety. There are a number of classes of roses whose characteristics make them great for use as landscape ornamentals. For instance, the gardener who wants to grow roses up and over an archway or a trellis may want to use tall growing tea roses. Tea roses are renowned for their nodding blooms, therefore all who pass under the arch would be treated to the beautiful sight of roses in full bloom.

To accent a wall or other permanent structure, a true climbing rose is often the best choice. True climbing roses can be trained to many different effects, including climbing up the length of the structure, or accenting the tops and sides of a wall or building.

The Polyantha or modern day Floribunda rose is a great choice for gardeners looking for a vibrant splash of color for the background. These popular varieties of roses have large sprays of blooms, and they are popular choices for providing color in the landscape.

If roses are to be planted in front of other plants in the landscape, miniature or low growing China roses are a perfect choice. Roses can even be used as hedges, with modern Shrub roses and Rugosa roses being excellent choices.

Of course, as with any aspect of gardening, color is an important consideration. After all, every gardener’s goal is a garden full of colorful, vibrant and healthy plants. Fortunately, roses come in so many shapes, sizes, textures and colors that there truly is a rose for every gardener.

The goal of choosing the best color roses for the landscape should be to compliment the color of the surrounding landscape. For instance, a spray of plain white tea roses can be striking against a dark red brick home, or an arrangement of pink roses can be the perfect compliment to a stone or marble entranceway. With so many colors of roses to choose from, it should be easy to find colors that compliment and enhance any decorating scheme.

One popular trend in the world of landscaping is to use a variety of different plants and flowers in the landscape. Whereas single species landscaping was in vogue a few years ago, most of today’s gardeners like to use a mix of different colors, species and styles of plants. Doing so not only makes for a vibrant garden, but it is thought to enhance the health of the soil as well.

All about Garden Gazebo

These days almost anyone can own a garden gazebo, and assemble a garden gazebo in the backyard, garden gazebo kits offer the beauty of a wooden gazebo, many gazebos are available in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from Victorian and Amish styles to small to party size in diameter. Garden owners can purchase a garden gazebo kit and build their own gazebo by themselves, the kits can range in price and in quality, but the concept of DIY and the average low price allows almost anyone to experiment and enjoy his own garden gazebo.

Garden gazebo kits differ not only in price but also in the material of which the garden gazebo is made of. These kits range in price depending on type of wood, which is generally either pine or one of a variety of types of cedar, and size. Each wood has its own benefits for your garden gazebo and once you have finished constructing the gazebo, you can choose to paint it, stain it or let it sit out and absorb the elements, allowing it to change to its naturally weathered color which is usually a light shade of grey. After you have decided on which wood to use for construction of your garden gazebo, you should figure what you need in terms of size.

Once you set your mind of actually getting a garden gazebo, you will need think about the material and the weather in your area, these will have a significant effect on your gazebo and what you can expect of it. Most garden gazebos are made of wood, pine or cedar or the most popular ones, but there are many different gazebo kits out there, and it is common to find metal gazebo kits made of vinyl or aluminum.

The huge advantage wood garden gazebos have is that they fit into a garden naturally, adding natural wooden quality that accents and compliments any garden. If you plan on purchasing a wooden garden gazebo, you will probably have to decide between pine or cedar wood. While pine is more affordable, cedar is less prone to rot.