Your yard and garden are your pride and joy, the setting for everything from parties to relaxing days outdoors. You’ve designed your landscape to fit your unique style and color pallet to accent your home and create the outdoor living space you’re proud to share with your friends and neighbors. Anyone who has even a slightly-green thumb knows the time and dedication it takes to create and maintain a beautiful yard, but there may be a simpler way to keep your garden vibrant that saves you time and money. Interested?
There is so much to love about the fall, from flavors to colors to the cooler temperatures that allow you to enjoy the backyard and your patio without excessive heat. It’s also a fun time for kids to create some seasonal crafts they can show off outside the home, so gather up some munchkins and create some fall décor to place around your yard and patio this season.
With most of the east coach experiencing some residual effects of Hurricane Joaquin, it’s only apropos to talk flood water. As the more volatile weather of fall sets in, many areas in the eastern United States start seeing more occurrences of flooding and high water. Avoid the cost and mess of having to pump water out of your basement or crawl space by adapting your landscape to redirect the excess moisture with the following solutions.
There’s nothing like the autumn season. Colors shift from green to a vibrant and warm array of oranges, burgundies, yellows and browns, the air cools off and most of the resident insect population moves on or goes down for their winter’s nap. Along with these changes come culinary delights like pumpkin and spice flavored foods, harvests of apples lend to the menu and hints of caramel and cinnamon enhance many a recipe.
Celebrate this fabulous change of season with a party on your patio – with a focus on the fall harvest and all its bounty. Gather in the backyard, or around the fire pit, to enjoy the tastes, scents and colors that fall offers.
Fall may just be starting but, depending on your region, there could be plenty of time left to plan for outdoor activities including pumpkin painting and carving, bonfires with s’mores and hayrides with warm (or cold) apple cider. An outdoor kitchen is the ideal setting for your party, offering the accoutrements of your indoor kitchen with your backyard patio and the beautiful backdrop of fall as your setting.
As fall inches closer, and the days shorten, our focus on our yard or garden may wane, but now is not the time to ignore your yard. The end of summer and early autumn bring the need of yard prep, to ready your outdoor spaces for the coming harsh weather of winter. Take some time in the next few weeks to attend these little projects to ensure your yard and landscape are ready to weather the winter before making a fresh start next spring.
While summer still has a few days left on the books for 2015, with pumpkin everything being sold at every coffee shop and retail outlet, Halloween costumes jumping out at you in just about every store and the kiddies back in school, fall is here. As mums bloom at local farm stands and apple cider is pressed, people are readying their yards for this colorful season, looking for unique ways to add color and life to a backdrop that is starting to lose foliage. We’ve got 5 fun and easy-to-manage ways to add color and spice to your yard this fall.
No matter how large or small you backyard is, there are always ways you can partition and redesign your space to fit your outdoor living lifestyle. Depending on the complexity of the project you have in mind and the space you have to cover, you can phase the project to fit your budget and timeline as needed.
By using pavers to build a walkway or patio or by installing a garden, seating or retaining wall to break up your space, you are investing in your property and adding to the value of your home.
Hold on to your helmets, it’s time for football! Wait a minute, is it football season or is it tailgating season? What’s a game day without congregating in a parking lot with like-minded football fans and reveling in the excitement of game day with great food, beer, friends and, be honest, a little smack talk?
But what if you’re watching the game from home? Gather your tailgating pals and head out to the backyard, where your fire pit and a few well-placed outdoor chairs will provide the central focus for your festivities. It’s almost fall, people, and the temperatures will continue to drop. You will need a fire pit to kick off the game right and stay warm while you’re at it.
When you envision your home in your mind’s eye, the patio is the center of your outdoor living space. It combines the soul of the kitchen, dining and living room with the notion of escape, privacy and relaxation plus entertainment, wrapped in the glorious outdoors and punctuated with the sound of nature or the laughter of friends and family. This space deserves the attention the rest of your home gets, but sometimes budgets can be an issue.
Some claim that the pergola was brought to us by the Italians during the Renaissance. This may be true considering the fact that Italy is famous for its green tunnels formed by the heads of plants bound together to form a spectacular arch.
A pergola is one of the most outstanding ways to decorate your garden, to create an exquisite outdoor living space, to show your guests you have an imagination beyond limits. A cozy place, aimed to offer peaceful shady moments, the pergola kit is a stunning feature in any garden.
Whether you live in a rural, wide open space or a densely populated subdivision, you may want to incorporate some privacy elements into your new or existing landscape design to avoid feeling “watched over” from passers-by or your neighbors. There are lots of ways to create a little privacy and, depending on your porch or backyard layout, you may only need to enclose one or two sides of the space.
From the initial meeting, to the design proposal, to the working job site, we wanted to learn more about how homeowners communicate their wants and ideas to the contractor so that they are thrilled with the final result.
For some, flea market and yard sales give them the opportunity to furnish an entire room, or house, on a tight budget. For crafters and DIYer’s, it’s a great way to get resourceful material for very little cost.
The warmer weather is in full swing, which means a lot of us are already spending more time outdoors with friends and family. Dining al fresco on the patio is a one of the main reasons so many people decide to add an outdoor living space onto their home in the first place. It’s no wonder, now that fully functional outdoor kitchens (once only thought of for Hollywood royalty) are becoming standard in many suburban backyards.