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Quick Tips for a Great Garden

Quick Tips for a Great Garden

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We spend so much time and money making our home look great on the inside, that often the garden can end up being neglected, or at the very least, manicured but uninspiring.

If that sounds familiar, here are some quick tips that can help you to create a great garden without having to spend endless time on the process.

Lay an artificial lawn

A well-manicured lawn is the cornerstone of a beautiful garden, but for many of us, all the time and effort it takes to seed it, water it, weed it, and of course, mow it, is too much to handle.

Luckily, you do not have to go through all that thanks to artificial lawn, which these days at least, looks just about as authentic as it can get without being the real thing and best of all requires very little maintenance – you may want to hose it down once in a while, that’s it!

Install some lighting

One of the things that can make a big difference to how good your garden looks and feels is the lighting. If you have no lighting in your garden, it becomes pretty redundant in the evenings, but if you have plenty of lights, which a good electric contracting company can install in no time at all, your garden can look pretty magical at night. It’s a good idea to have a mix of different lighting for different situations. For example, candles or fairy lights wound around trees can create a magical romantic feel while bigger lamps and spotlights can really light up the space for fun and games.

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Add storage

If you have a lot of gardening tools and equipment, then a shed is a good idea. You can use it to hide all of the necessary but unattractive stuff away and maintain the pretty look of your garden. wooden sheds are great because you can paint them in pretty pastel colors to better blend in with the garden. 

Pots and planters are your friend

There is no denying that plants and flowers add a lot to the garden. They will it with stunning colors and shapes, not to mention heady aromas, which make spending time in the garden a real pleasure.

However, it is also fair to say that they can be difficult to look after with all of that digging, weeding, protecting from the elements, and …well you get the idea. The good news is, if you keep plants in pots or moveable planters, instead of the ground, you don’t need to do nearly as much of that stuff to keep your plants in great condition, with the added bonus you can easily move them around to beat the elements or whenever you want to change the look of your yard.

As you can see, it can be a lot easier, and less time-consuming than you might think to create a truly amazing garden, and although you will have to do a little work, it will be totally worth it when you have a garden that’s the envy of everyone on the block.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Space for Spring

5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Space for Spring

Spring is the perfect time for taking care of outdoor spaces. Not only is it the first time of the year that you’ll be able to enjoy your backyard, but it’s also a great chance to spruce up your front yard to make it more welcoming. Here are some easy tips on how you can improve your outdoor space for spring.

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Clean Your Yard

Start by cleaning up your yard. Cleaning up leaves and raking the lawn will give you some time to think about what you want to do with your space. It can also help you notice any damage or problem areas that need to be fixed.

If you have a weedy garden, the best way to get rid of them is by pulling them out and discarding them in a compost pile (make sure they’re not poisonous!). With weeds like dandelions and thistle, make sure to spray them with weed killer before throwing them away.

Trim Your Trees

Most people spend their time trimming hedges and bushes, but they often neglect to trim the foliage on the trees. There is no reason for this! Just like your bushes and hedges, you should cut your tree in the spring. 

You’ll want to trim any branches that hang out over sidewalks, driveways, or walkways. It’s also essential to remove any dead or diseased wood from the tree. Contact a professional tree care company such as Tree Doctor to ensure all work is carried out correctly and legally.

Why not get creative with your tree trimming projects! If you have a shaggy-looking tree that needs some taming, try wrapping it in rope lights around the trunk. This will give your tree an exciting texture and look that will appeal to homeowners looking for something different.

Plant Summer Flowers

Now is the time to purchase your plants for summer flowers. Start with perennials like hostas, irises, and peonies. These are sure to last through the summer if you plant them now.

Next, consider some annuals that will bloom in the spring and throughout the summer. This includes impatiens, petunias, marigolds, sunflowers, salvia, and zinnias.

Finally, buy some seasonal bulbs that will flower in the spring by looking for tulips or daffodils.

Add New Furniture

Every part of your outdoor space needs to be usable. If you don’t have any furniture, now is the time to purchase some. There are plenty of options for outdoor furniture available at your local retail store or online. Consider what you want to use your outdoor space for and choose furnishings accordingly. For example, if you spend a lot of time cooking outside, you might consider getting an outdoor kitchen set with a table and chairs.

Paint Fences or Walls

For many homeowners, painting fences or walls is an easy, inexpensive way to spruce up the exterior of their home. Painting your fence or wall can help to brighten up your outdoor space and make it more welcoming for guests. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors even more because you won’t have to worry about stains on your walls or damaged paint from tree branches.

One idea is to paint the back of your house in a bright colour. Painting just one side of your home will allow that side to soak up all the sunlight coming through.

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2 Ways To Update Your Home

2 Ways To Update Your Home

As the saying goes, “Home is where your heart is.” Make that into a mantra to guide you on your path to creating the best home for you, wherever that may be. Follow these steps to make the most of what you have.

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Doors

Your doors speak volumes about your personality and your home in general. Doors are utilitarian in nature. They certainly serve the purposes for which they are intended; however, they can offer up so much more!

First, your front door needs to protect from the elements, fluctuating temperatures, and potentially intruding insects. In addition, a door must offer you and your loved ones a measure of protection and safety against unwanted guests. Due to these important and varying factors, you must go to a professional door installation company for all of your entrance needs. If you notice that your current door is no longer meeting your standards ensure expert replacement to make sure the job is done correctly.

Second, a front door, in particular, will enhance your home’s curb appeal. When you are ready to change out your door, look for appealing options that show off your sense of style. You can select either a contrasting or a complementary color for the door. Consider your home’s paint scheme to include trim, shutters, shingle, and even your plant color palette when making your decision. Try taping up some favorite paint swatches onto your current door and then step back from your home to envision the outcome. Have fun with it and find the best option for you.

Finally, remember to change all of your doors at the same time. This will make your home more efficient and cross some necessary items off of your list all at once. Opt for new sliding glass doors or unique French doors for fun and functional ways to access your home.

Lighting

Having good quality lighting both outside and inside your home is essential for safety and livability. Lights are as necessary as doors and can be just as fun to update.

First, start with the outside of your home. Think about whether your current lighting is adequate. If it is, then you can simply make some updates. If you find that there is not enough lighting for safety and illumination, hire a professional to wire in new lights. Smart lights are an effective, efficient, and safe option for the exterior of your home. With smart lighting, you can install an app on your phone and program a variety of schedules for when your lights will automatically turn on and off, based on your needs. 

Second, as you will already be making lighting updates to the outside of your home, ensure you do not neglect the inside. Smart lighting is a cost-saving option inside, as well. Once again, programmable lighting will make it easy to set timers so it looks like you are home when you are not. They are efficient in that they can be placed on sensors or timers that turn off when motion is not detected. There are a multitude of options when it comes to smart lighting. You can even add multi-colored light bulbs so the ambiance can be changed at the swipe of your finger when the mood strikes.

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When you are a homeowner, there will always be a task to check off. Find the fun in all of it when looking for routinely mundane options such as doors and lighting. Make the best of what you have, update and upgrade when you need to so you can make your home enjoyable for years to come.

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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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4 Easy Ways To Save Money In The Garden

4 Easy Ways To Save Money In The Garden

We’re all looking for ways to save money and stick to our budget and usually, we start with the home. If you can find ways to reduce your energy bills in the home and spend less on maintenance, you’ll save yourself a lot of money. But have you ever thought about how much money you’re spending on the garden? Most people don’t but when you add it up, you’ll be surprised just how much it’s costing you to maintain your outside space. Luckily, you can do these simple things to save money around the garden. 

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Reduce Water Usage

Watering the garden is one of the biggest expenses, especially if you’ve got a lot of plants out there. It’s always a good idea to reduce your water usage for environmental reasons anyway, but it will also save you a lot of money out in the garden as well. The best thing to do is to plan your watering properly and only water when you actually need to. That means you should plan around the weather and let the rain do the hard work for you where possible. You should also look into drip irrigation systems that deliver water directly to the root and use way less water than a hose or sprinkler system. 

As well as finding ways to cut the water that you use, you should start collecting rainwater as well because it won’t cost you anything. Get some water tanks out in the garden and you’ll see that they soon fill up in the winter. You should have more than enough water to look after all of your plants and it’s completely free. 

Make Your Own Compost 

Plants need good quality compost if they’re going to get the nutrients that they need to thrive, but it’s costing you money if you’re buying it every year. The thing is, there’s really no need because it’s not that hard to make your own compost out in the garden. You’ll just need to use food scraps from the kitchen so all you need to pay for is the compost bin and that’s it. 

Propagate Plants 

A lot of people don’t know about propagating plants which is a shame because it’s a great way to save money on buying new plants every year. When you propagate a plant, you split it and then replant it so that they multiply. That means you can buy a few plants and eventually fill the whole garden. If you learn how to propagate plants, you’ll save so much money on buying them in the future.  

Use Citrus Peel For Pests 

Getting rid of pests is important, otherwise, they’ll eat all of your plants. But you don’t need to be spending money on pesticides and slug repellent because there is a cheap natural alternative. Citrus peels contain chemicals that repel or kill pests so they can be used instead of your normal pesticide. That means you’re not putting potentially harmful chemicals out in the garden either. 

You’d be surprised how much money you could save out in the garden by making these simple changes.  

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How to Make a Peaceful Oasis in Your Garden. By Guest Blogger Lana H.

By Guest Blogger Lana H.

 

How to Make a Peaceful Oasis in Your Garden
We are surrounded by things people have built, tall buildings, houses, traffic, technology, and by living that fast life, in this concrete jungle, we forget how to enjoy ourselves. We need to learn how to live in a moment and appreciate every second, always tend to find something good in everything bad that has happened to us.
There is no better place to start than your home, and there is no better way to achieve peace of mind and relaxation than surrounding yourself with at least just a tiny bit of nature. Connection with the nature works the best for healthy mind and body. Although we are not built to survive in jungle, to live only by nature, but we can build our own small peaceful oasis where we can come every day and just sit there, relax, and breathe.

Photo provided by Guest Blogger, Lana H.
Photo provided by Guest Blogger, Lana H.

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Location
First of all you need to find a perfect location. Look around, see where trees cast their shades for the most of the day and start from there. Flat ground is also required since you will need room for chairs or something to sit on, since you are going to spend most of your time off right there. You would want it to be some place quiet, so loud noises won’t disturb your peace.

Privacy
In order to completely relax and truly enjoy, you need to make it private, if it is not already. To achieve this, you can simply put up a fence, or some kind of barrier, just to be there, and then plant liana or some similar plant so it can climb up your fence and all around it. In that way you will have complete privacy made of nature only.

Plants
There are simply numerous benefits that plants provide, and it is unnecessary to mention all of them here, but probably the most important one is fresh and clean air. Here you can put your imagination to work and plant all kinds of various plants, from grass and trees to exotic ones. Only thing you need to pay attention to is climate in your area. Some plants cannot handle climate that is vastly different from its own natural habitat.

Water
Fountain, lake, waterfall or water of any kind is a must. Although it is not cheap, it is the key for making an effective oasis. You are able to reach incredible focus and relaxation by simply watching the water. It has been proven that the water gazing is one of the best ways to achieve tranquility and some say that it even prolongs one’s life.

Furniture
For outdoor furniture tend to buy something made of natural materials like wood. It is not only comfortable and sustainable, but it also blends into your small paradise much better than plastic. Esthetics can be very important for better relaxation. Wintons Teak outdoor furniture manufacturers offer a wide range of furniture made out of natural materials such as teak and wicker.

Lightning
For lightning you don’t want anything too bright, but you don’t want to sit in the dark either. Something dimmed or placed far away would be perfect. Low light is great for relaxation for both, your eyes and your mind.

If this is something you are really passionate about, you are going to build it with joy and ease. There is nothing better than working on something you love and you are going to enjoy it later on, for the rest of your life. It is a long term investment, and it can go on for generations.

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