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Outdoor Landscaping Ideas For The Home That Can Be Done By Yourself

By author On October 20, 2010 No Comments

If you like to save money look for outdoor landscaping ideas for the yard and garden you can do yourself. For most outdoor projects you do not need to hire a landscape architect if you are willing to do the research and work yourself.

Take your time and plan out your yard. Look online for ideas and visit your local home improvement center. Maybe you have been to a friend’s home and liked what they had done. Something as easy as painting the fence and adding a few flowers can do wonders and just take a day.

It is important to do a simple sketch with measurements of your outdoor space. Note where the doors and windows of your home are. Decide what locations you want to change. Do you want an area for the kids? Would you like a vegetable garden or an outdoor kitchen? How about a small koi pond?

Make sure that you are aware of the amount of work your landscaping entails. For those who do not enjoy mowing a lawn or if there is a lack of natural rain having a lawn can be a tedious and sometimes difficult task to maintain. Items such as rock gardens or flowerbeds are just as visually enticing as having a lush, dark green space in your back yard. There are some families that enjoy having decorative artifacts such as a birdbath, fountain or even statues while others prefer to stick with an arrangement of complementary flowers or stone designs.

Visit your local home and garden center to find out which plants flourish in your particular area. Easy care, high payoff perennials are wonderful because you can count on them to return every year without much attention. This will save you money in replanting every year.

If your goal is to create something visual attractive with not much upkeep involved plant for all seasons. Get an assortment of evergreen shrubs and trees that look good all year. Mix in a few seasonal plants also. Ones that bare fruit in the spring and change color in the fall.

Unless you have to have a lawn for your children to frolic on try to lose it. It is such a time and water waster. Play areas can be created with sand or bark. Look into “rubber bark” that is made out of recycled tire and lasts long and looks great.

Landscaping ideas for the yard and garden you can do yourself are very rewarding. Anybody can write a check to a landscape architect but only a few could get out there and do it themselves. It will be your own creation designed by your imagination.


Gardening Tips for New Gardeners

By author On October 5, 2010 No Comments

Choosing among all of the gardening tips and tricks out there can be difficult. So much of the information out there is conflicting that sorting through it all can be very time consuming. Remember, there is more to growing plants than dropping some seeds in some dirt and pouring some water over them. Gardening takes attention. You need to put in some work and time. You work at growing your various flowers and plants you will learn that in spite of the work involved, gardening can be really rewarding. Here are some hints to help you grow the garden you’ve always dreamed of having. In case you’re interested, an excellent way to eat those nutritious vegetables is making green smoothies with a Vita-Mix blender. The Vita Mix 5200 is our favorite.

Tomato plants are the most popular fruit plant for beginning gardeners. These plants are easy to plant and to take care of. There are very few places that a tomato plant will not grow. Tomatoes will grow in just about every kind of garden. These plants are so hardy you can plant them in a container and they’ll still grow. Most tomato plants don’t require much attention. Tomatoes are great for beginning gardeners because they can literally eat the fruits of their labors. You can literally eat the fruits of your labor (pardon the pun) when you grow tomatoes in your garden.

Before you plant your seedlings or cuttings draw a map of the garden you want to grow. Put your map on paper and then use strings on the ground and marketers to plan out where each plant will grow. This will come in handy later if you want to grow more than one type of plant in your garden. Caring for individual plants will be made a lot easier while they are still growing if you have a map. Lots of plants look alike to amateur gardeners. Your map will help you keep track of what is growing as it starts to sprout. Maps can also help you plan next year’s garden after this year’s growing period is over.

Composting is a fantastic way to keep your growing garden healthy. Compost can be made at home without having to make any special purchases.

Starting your own compost pile is simple. A compost pile can be built from things like grass clippings, bedding from a hamster cage (or any caged pet really), old flower cuttings, dead plants and flowers from your garden, tea bags, egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable scraps from meals, fruit and vegetables that have started to sour before you eat them-all of it can be used in a compost pile. Pretty much the only thing you can’t put into a compost pile is meat. You have now grown your own fertilizer to use in your very own garden!

It is easy to get intimidated by the idea of gardening. If you are new to gardening it is easy to talk yourself out of starting this kind of project. Thankfully, all you need is the right guidance and support and before you know it, gardening won’t seem nearly as complex! Believe it or not, if you’re willing to do the work, you could have a great garden before you know it! Last but not least, don’t forget to check out our Vita Mix review!


Three Reasons People Want an Artificial Lawn

By author On October 5, 2010 No Comments

More and more homes now have an artificial lawn outside. Each year there’s an increase in their popularity, with three main reasons: maintenance, cost and the environment.

Most commonly cited is the maintenance issue. Any gardener can tell you the difficulty of achieving a perfect lawn. It takes hours of care every month and even more in the summer to keep a lawn looking lush, full and green. It isn’t just mowing a lawn that takes time and effort; it is watering it with the hose because grass needs plenty of water to flourish. Gardeners must also spend time fighting problems such as pest and fungi with chemical products. And lastly, gardeners often need to spend time reseeding worn areas of lawn, because genuine grass is nowhere near as hardwearing as an artificial lawn. Indeed, some gardeners choose not to use artificial lawn for their entire garden: artificial turf can be entwined with genuine grass to strengthen areas of high usage.

It goes without saying that financially, times have been hard lately and so homeowners are looking to save money. An artificial lawn is usually more expensive than buying genuine turf but the purchase has to be looked at as a long term investment. The artificial lawn will last years and will pay for itself in savings on water bills, fertilisers and powering a lawnmower.

The final factor affecting the popularity of the artificial lawn is the environment. Whilst it’s true that the process of making the product has an impact on the environment, it eliminates the need for the use of harmful chemicals. At the same time, the use of large amounts of water isn’t needed.

With these factors in mind, it’s easy to see why so mny people want an artificial lawn. They reduce effort, spend and environmental impact. What is surprising is that more people haven’t already made the change.