Thursday September 11, 2014
The end of the summer is here and the kids are back in school. With fall just around the corner, take advantage of the weeks ahead to plan your end of season upkeep routine, before the *gasp* holiday madness begins.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your yard work maintenance.
Tuesday September 9, 2014
The outdoor living trend is here to stay, and homeowners are enjoying their “ceiling-less” home additions well past the Labor Day weekend.
1) Outdoor Heating: Once only found in restaurant settings, outdoor heaters have come way down in price over the last few years. They come in all sizes, styles, and mounts; including table top, wall and ceiling mount. New models are designed to look like high-end floor lamps and are a beautiful addition to any outdoor living room. Look for coordinating tabletop versions for use on bars or dining tables.
Tuesday September 2, 2014
Make no mistake, tackling a DIY paver project is not an easy task and will require assistance from friends and/or family. However, enterprising folks can get the job done and the results and return on investment are well worth it.
Just as with any do-it-yourself home improvement project, you’ll need to research paver installation before you begin.
Tuesday August 26, 2014
What do you picture when you hear the words “Japanese Garden”? Maybe you see a lush courtyard with Buddha statue. Or, do you see a koi pond and arching bridge? Perhaps you’re picturing a simplistic space landscaped with rocks, gravel and sand.
Whatever you envision, if you are planning on designing a Japanese Garden in your backyard, it’s important to note that there are several types of distinct Japanese garden styles.
Tuesday August 19, 2014
Special beds, blankets, and toys to chew on…we spoil them rotten. We all know that dog lovers go above and beyond the norm when it comes to making sure their dog is comfortable in the house; but what about the backyard?
Monday August 11, 2014
Adirondack Chair: Did you know that the Adirondack chair was originally called the "Westport Chair"?
Back in 1903, Thomas Lee was bent on creating the perfect chair (one that would remain in an upright position when placed on the hillside) for his summer retreat in New York, in the Westport Adirondack Mountains.
Tuesday August 5, 2014
August is here, and while the days are starting to get notably shorter, kids who are home from school are also starting to get noticeably bored. Check out these 5 fun ideas to get the kids into the backyard. These fun and easy crafts will make these last few weeks fly by before its time for Back to School.
Saturday August 2, 2014
Adding walls to your landscape design can really add value to your home. Retaining walls not only solve landscape problems (like sloping property or uneven terrain) they can tidy up flower beds, provide extra seating, and work to outline outdoor living areas.
Tuesday July 29, 2014
Any gardener with a beautiful landscape design will tell you that they didn’t just get lucky when they decided what to plant. You can bet that careful planning went into making sure that their backyard garden “performed” throughout the seasons.
Friday July 25, 2014
When it comes to landscape design, don’t get discouraged if your outdoor space is shady. There are a plethora of shade plants that can add color and life to even the darkest corners. Whether you’re surrounded by buildings or tall trees, with a little insight you can create a beautiful and relaxing shady retreat.