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Keeping Your Garden Safe And Healthy

Keeping Your Garden Safe And Healthy

While most people might be worried about how to keep the interior of the home as safe as possible, it’s important that we don’t forget the exterior of the property as well. If you and your family spend a lot of time outdoors, then there could be some health risks and potential accidents waiting to happen. Here, we’re going to look at a few tips on how to keep your garden as safe as you can.

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Take care of your patios and decking

If you have any patio stones, pavings, concrete walkways, or even wood decking in the garden, proper care has to be taken to ensure that they’re cleaned. Aside from making them much more aesthetically pleasing, it will also remove the layer of grime and algae that often make these surfaces so slippery that they become a genuine slip hazard. If you have a lot of exterior surfaces to clean, then buying your own pressure washer might be the most reliable solution to consider.

Keep things trimmed

There are a lot of health risks that can come with letting your garden stay overgrown, especially as the days get a little colder. The number one risk that they pose is that they serve as a temporary nesting ground for any pests. These pests will then try to get into the home. Mowing the lawn is just the start. If you have plant beds or bushes, then a Milwaukee string trimmer can help you clean them up in seconds. The less overgrown the garden is, the less plant debris you’ll likely have to clean up, as well.

Mind your trees

If you have trees in your garden then they should be as much of a concern as anything else. Overgrown trees can be a threat in a variety of ways. First of all, their branches can grow heavy enough to snap off under pressure from a strong wind, which can hurt people and damage property. Otherwise, as the seasons turn, they lose more leaves and general debris than they would otherwise. This can get caught in your gutters, meaning water gets blocked and leaks into the home. Be sure to check with a gutter cleaner in hand, but hire tree services to take care of your trees if they’re getting overgrown.

Light it up

If you have a larger garden with pathways and landscaping, or you simply like to spend a lot of time outdoors, even if it’s alone or just with your family, then you should be aware of the danger that darkness can present in the garden. Any differences in levels, even the slightest rises or dips, can pose a real danger of tripping, falling, and injuring yourself. Installing exterior lighting in the garden won’t just keep you and yours safe, however, it can also create a lovely ambience for an outdoor dining or social space.

With the tips above, you can rest easy that your garden is healthy, well-kept, and not likely to lead to any accidents, allowing you, your family, and any guests to spend time out there without fear.

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Design The Perfect Patio Step By Step

Design The Perfect Patio Step By Step

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During the summer your garden can be one of the most fun place to be in the house. Sitting out in the summer sun and being able to relax with family is a fun way to spend the weekend and can allow us to get a great tan too. 

The most important part of the garden which you will want to decorate and spruce up this summer is the patio, and there are some really great methods for getting the best out of this space. Today we are going to have a look at some simple tips and tricks for decorating the patio and making it feel modern and fun for the summer. 

Play with paving

The first step to making a wonderful patio space this year is to nail a stunning paving design. The paving of the patio is the main design feature and it will have a huge impact on the style and atmosphere your space shows. You can hire a paving contractor and see what kind of designs they have in their portfolio to help you decide on the best design for you this year. 

Create zones 

If you are planning to create a space which spans the whole of the garden, you will want to split it into smaller zones which have their own purpose and theme. For example, if you wanted to have a patio for hosting garden parties, you can have an outdoor seating area, an area shaded with a pergola, and you can also think about having a herb garden in the middle of the paving which will add some colour to your patio as well as help to vamp up any meals you cook up on the grill. 

Pay Attention To Lighting

The patio area is likely going to be a part of the garden which you use in the evening as well as the day. If you plan to host parties and enjoy those summer nights, you will want to make the most of the lighting in the space to create a warm and magical space. For this, you can buy some solar powered fairy lights to hang as well as some solar powered lamps to give soft and warm lighting when the sun goes down. 

Add colour

 
The final touch to any great outdoor design is your plants, and adding a couple of large pots with flowers will make a huge difference to the space and the design you can create. There are lots of stunning plants you can bring into your patio space which will be fairly low maintenance and will bring you stunning flowers all summer long. For example, verbena provide you with stunning purple flowers for months and will attract bees to the garden, and you can leave them without pruning all summer long. There are also large shrubs such as hydrangeas or bulbs such as gladioli which can bring some beautiful colour to your patio.

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Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

 

If you’re one of those people who love to spend time outside, getting some fresh air and enjoying the sound of nature, then you must create a practical deck or patio to quench your thirst for the outdoors. However, no matter how much you love nature and all things natural, the sun can be quite nasty in the summer and even chase you inside where it’s cool and air-conditioned. But if you install the right type of shading for your outdoor space, there’s nothing to be afraid of, not even the sun!

Colorful umbrellas

Sometimes, the oldest and least expensive way is the best way to do things and the same goes for shade! Patio or deck umbrellas are definitely the most popular and a completely foolproof way to add some sun protection to your outdoor area. These decorative umbrellas come in all sizes, shapes, colors and materials, so no matter the style you’re trying to achieve, you’ll make it! Plus, once the outdoor season is over, you can just close your umbrella, store it in the garage and wait for the next spring! Just make sure to secure your umbrella tightly, especially if you live in a windy area—you don’t want to be seen chasing one of these down the street!

Draw the curtains

If you want to add some shade AND some movement and softness to your deck or patio, you might want to add curtains to your outdoor structures. Outdoor curtains also offer some light sun protection and are quite inexpensive and easy to install. You can even DIY these curtains with some canvas and grommets! Just imagine airy curtains flowing in the gentle summer breeze while you sip a cocktail on your deck—it’s a really magical sight!

Set sail!

Another practical and affordable way to provide your outdoor space with some shelter is to invest in shade sails. These sails act as a light canopy that can cover your seating or dining area, deck hot tub or even your outdoor kitchen! They are quite easy and fast to install and they take up very little space which makes them perfect for tiny decks or patios. Shade sails also come in various sizes, colors and shapes and can look very futuristic in any space.

Build a lush pergola

If you really want to go big with shade and privacy, you should opt for a beautiful pergola. This freestanding feature will not only provide your patio or deck with all the shade that you need but also help define the space and add a dose of flair to it! You can go very old-fashioned with a wooden pergola with all sorts of ornaments or opt for something very modern and high-tech. Today, there are light aluminum pergolas with practical retractable roof systems that allow you to let the sunshine in or provide shade with the touch of a button! No matter where you are, you can control your roof with your smartphone. The weather will never surprise you again!

Let nature take care of you

If you’re not in a hurry to give your space a lot of shade, just plant some greenery, have patience and watch as nature takes care of your shade needs! Plant a fast-growing tree next to your patio or deck and in a few years, you’ll not only have a bit of shade, but also a priceless addition to your outdoor space. If you’re patient enough, your tree will live to see your grandkids playing underneath it and serve as a home to many little birds, insects and critters! Just make sure to plant your trees strategically, because they can also reduce your home’s cooling bill in the summer and heating bill in the winter!

These practical shades will not only make your patio or deck more comfortable but also add interest to your outdoor space! So, don’t be afraid to throw some shade! 

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