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Archive for November, 2010

Retractable Awnings : A Buyer’s Guide

By author On November 20, 2010 No Comments

The sun provides us with life sustaining heat and light, but it becomes a bit much at times. Sometimes it’s relaxing to sit outside with a great book and beverage, but the sun’s rays or a stray shower can end your good time rather quickly. The sun is quite welcome on a cooler day, however, and a retractable awning lets you choose how much or how little sunlight you want to receive. But what do you need to consider when buying a retractable awning?

Certainly, the first item for consideration is what function the retractable awning will serve. For example, a restaurant owner might want to provide relief to his customers from the glare of a rising or setting sun. This would call for an awning constructed of fabric that blocks a majority of the light. This same benefit can also be extended to the home. Locations that don’t receive much natural shade from the sun can experience not only cover by means of an awning, but will find lower electric bills from reduced air conditioner use. If the weather takes a turn for the cooler, simply retract the awning and your home will be showered in warm sunlight.

Also consider what the retractable awning is intended to cover. If you plan on covering a patio to protect furniture and a wooden deck, the awning will probably be extended more often. For an awning that will face the elements more often than not, you will definitely want to buy one made of durable fiber and even airplane-grade aluminum. Wind and water are not kind to things left out in them, so your awning will need to be able to withstand various weather conditions. And speaking of wind, the better the quality of the cloth and metal, the less likely it is that an unexpected wind storm will tear your awning apart.

Another consideration to think about when buying a retractable awning is where you are planning on putting it up. If it is on a patio or other place that will experience considerable traffic, make sure the structure to which the awning will be attached is high enough that people won’t be cracking their heads on the extended awning. Be sure that the structure is able to handle the weight of the awning as well. There is no need to damage both the awning and the building if it falls under too much weight.

Retractable awnings are a good investment for comfort and home improvement. Just think about what your awning will be used for and where it will be erected and you will have a good idea of the route to take. Use some common sense when buying a retractable awning and you should have little trouble.

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Landscaping Service: 5 Important Questions To Ask

By author On November 19, 2010 No Comments

If you have a considerably big garden then you definitely would want to have it landscaped to enhance its natural beauty or add to its existing glamor. But for most people, whenever they hear the words landscaping and landscape design, they immediately associate it with the rich and the famous, with grand gardens that are as big as parks. But no matter what the size of your garden may be, it will surely benefit from a professional landscaping service from a reputable and experienced Melbourne landscaper.

Landscaping your home is no doubt a very big task that often you find it hard to even know how to begin. If you are going to do it all by yourself, you can easily run out of landscape design ideas before you even get started with the actual work. That is why it is often to your benefit to just hire a landscape contractor, at least to help you with thinking of the best approach to landscaping your garden or home.

Therefore in choosing the best landscaping service, you will have to ask some questions and do some research as well. Because not only will you be spending a considerable amount of your money on that service, but that the beauty of your garden will be affected as well. And as much as possible, when choosing a garden landscaper, go with someone that has a good standing with its previous clients and that has a good portfolio.

1. How long have you been in business?

Experience counts a lot in the landscaping business. Ask your potential landscaper how many years has he been doing this kind of job. Usually a decade of experience is more than enough to give your trust on that specific contractor.

2. Can I look at your portfolio?

A good landscaper should be keeping a portfolio of his previous jobs. These are usually photos of the homes and gardens he had performed his landscaping services. Although pictures can tell a thousand things about the real project, it is often enough to gauge the capabilities of the landscaper.

3. Can I contact your previous clients?

A landscaping contractor who is confident that he has been doing a great job all these years will let you contact his former customers. This is perhaps the best form of research that you can do.

4. What will be the time frame for my landscape project?

This is an important questions more especially if the landscaping project will be considered as a major one. Why? Because your living situations in your own house might be disturbed because of all the works to be done on your garden.

5. Can you provide me with a detailed estimate of the expenses?

You should always ask for a quotation and if you are about to say yes to the contractor, a fully detailed estimate of all the costs. Unless you have unlimited budget, make sure that you know exactly what you are paying for because a landscaping service may cost you an arm and a leg if you do not plan it well.

Using Turf Can Help Gardeners Greatly

By author On November 5, 2010 No Comments

Caring for a good quality lawn is one job that most gardeners will agree takes up a lot of time. One answer to the problem is to find a solution that helps cut down on all the usual lawn caring difficulties such as using turf.

Most people with a seed grown lawn instead of turf are likely to have been affected by lawn problems at some point. Droughts and sunburn, weeding and ridding your lawn of moles are some of the most common problems with lawn care. Old and tired lawns are more likely to suffer from such complaints. The other problem with old lawn seed gardens is their increased susceptibility to weed problems like dandelions.

Turf can be the answer to those gardeners fed up with the weedy lawns attempting to grow in their gardens. Turf will give the cleanest and highest growth lawn more quickly, even though it’s more dear and requires some additional care in the first place.

Turf is an easy thing to lay, but it does require adhering to a few simple things. Good turf growers will gladly give you turf laying advice so that your new lawn grows successfully from the start.

The main benefits of turf however far outweigh the initial time spent on ensuring it’s bedding down correctly in the first place. Once the first years pass the turf will begin to increase in stability after which regular lawn care comes into play. However, the turf will be better to manage because of the lack of weeds and any other problems due to the clean fresh turf that has been bought.

It can be said of turf therefore that for those gardening around a sub-standard lawn will be glad of the change in routine provided by a quality turf lawn.