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If you live in a seasonal climate, you may think your patio is only for warm weather and stash away the furniture and cushions until spring. Many people who live in cold climates don't want to give up their outdoor living just because it's a bit chilly. Here are a few suggestions that will help you enjoy your patio throughout the year.
You can keep your backyard patio nice and toasty during the winter by adding a fire pit, fire table, or table-top heater. This allows you to still enjoy your outdoor space during the cold months. If you want to remove your fabric cushions during the winter, you can replace them with warm, fluffy blankets. Guests can use them to sit on or wrap them around their shoulders. Make sure your patio is covered and has at least two enclosed sides. One may be your house, and the other should be a screened or a glass enclosure. This will help contain the heat generated by a fire pit, barbecue grill, or table-top heater.
Short of a thunderstorm, it's nice to sit outside on a rainy day, provided you have shelter. Even if you live in an area where it rains a lot, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy sitting outside any time of year. You can cover your patio with a permanent roof, which will provide shade during the summer. Louvered roofing that can be opened and closed as the weather permits is a popular alternative to a permanent roof. Sliding glass doors on the roof are...
If you're looking for a way to add living space but can't build new rooms in your home, installing a patio may be the right choice for you. Custom-made patios not only add a touch of style to your property but are also the perfect place for entertaining or simply sitting outside and relaxing with family. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when you think about constructing a patio of your own.
When it comes to creating extra living space, patios are one of the best options available. Patios can be tailored to suit your personal style and the exact dimensions of your yard. Even the smallest of spaces can benefit from a patio. The exact dimensions and materials used will depend on what you want, your available budget and the size of your yard.
When it comes to patio installation, concrete styles are probably the most affordable. There are various options to choose from and all of them can be inviting and exciting. Depending on your personal style and finances, you can create the perfect space for entertaining all year long. When determining your budget, keep in mind that most projects that cost over $5,000 are financed. However, also keep in mind that the lifespan of a patio is over 10 years or more, so it can be worth the investment. You can also look into consumer financing when installing a new patio.
Depending on the size of your yard, there are a lot of...
As Halloween draws closer each year, we begin to start thinking about all the decorations we want to display in our front yards. Both adults and trick-or-treaters take joy in seeing all the spooky and festive decorations presented on Halloween night. However, simply placing any spooky decoration won't do the trick. Therefore, we've compiled some of the best suggestions for decorating your front yard this Halloween.
One of the best things about Halloween is that you don't have to break the bank when it comes to decorating. Often, the most ordinary of things can, in fact, be the scariest. A great example is a traditional scarecrow. Gather together a few pieces of hay, a raggedy shirt, and a pair of jeans that you don't use anymore and you're done. Pumpkin prices skyrocket around this time because retailers know that people are looking to carve some jack-o'-lanterns. A great alternative to this is to find some old milk jugs and design them to your interest. They're not only cheap to obtain, as you might already have old milk jugs, but you can also do so much more with them, such as adding different lights within them, painting them, and carving them.
If your goal for your front yard is to have the spookiest decorations possible, then going overboard on your decorations may occur. The fact is that when it comes to being truly spooky, simple is always better....
Renovating your home can be a costly task. However, there are many ways to work within your budget to make your house feel like a home. Our team can renovate your lawn while you work on the interior design. Here are a few quick tips to help you get the right idea.
A well-manicured yard can increase the value of your home and can also make it pleasant to see when you pull in the driveway. A skilled team can do something as simple as cutting the grass or planting new trees. You can maintain the grass yourself; however, help from the pros will give you guidelines to not break the bank. No matter what climate you live in, you can benefit from a well-kept lawn. Shorter grass keeps away unwanted pests and provides a great property that you'll be proud to show off.
When you want to spruce up your driveway, give it a good cleaning and perform regular maintenance in order to keep it looking attractive. You can also look to repave your driveway with asphalt, paver stones, or cement for a smoother ride. The entrance to your house is important and can be taken care of with the help of professionals. A cleaner driveway also gives you more room to have guests park and can boost your social lifestyle. If you have kids, they can play on the uncluttered driveway safely under supervision instead of spending all their time inside.
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When it comes time to renovate and improve your home, it's easy to forget about the exterior. However, the exterior is the first part of your home that others will see. Taking the time to work on your yard and home, or hiring someone to do it for you will not only make your home more appealing, but it will also increase your home's value.
You never have a second chance to make a first impression, and a well-manicured lawn can add appeal to the overall appearance of your home. Begin your yard improvement by removing debris from the yard and evaluating the number of lawn ornaments you have. Repair and freshen up your sidewalks, driveways and patios by pulling weeds, fixing cracks and using a pressure washer on them. Trim the bushes and trees and replace the grass in thin areas, leveling out any uneven areas during this process. Plan an outline for adding decorative flowers and plants that will complement each other and bloom at different times of the year.
When people are looking at your home, they will take note of any inviting outdoor areas you possess. A screened porch or patio, pergola, hot tub, fire pit and sporting or play areas all add to the attractiveness of a home. If you are thinking about adding any outside entertainment, be sure to think about the different seasons of the year. You will want your outdoor area to be able to accommodate the right activity even during harsh...
Having a home garden can be a great option for anyone that has a green thumb or wants to grow their own produce. While having a home garden can be a great experience, many people will find that keeping pests out can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are four tips that can be followed to keep pests out of your garden.
While most people want to keep insects out of their garden, they can actually be beneficial when it comes to controlling pests. Direct Energy explains that aster, petunias, polygoniums, and St. John’s Wort are good at attracting hunting spiders, which will remove pests for you. If the idea of bringing in spiders doesn’t sit well with you, then try to attract ladybugs. Ladybugs like cosmos, sunflowers, yarrow, fennel, goldenrod, and marigolds. These insects, and certain types of plants, are shown to be able to help control your pest population. Some of the best plants that can prevent certain pests include marigold and lemon thyme.
If you are trying to keep pests out, it can be easy to try to go to the gardening store and buy the most effective sprays possible. However, these sprays are often full of toxins and can be dangerous. Because of this, chemicals should only be saved for professional use. Instead, you should use more natural pest sprays. doTERRA explains that certain essential oils can be used to deter insects when used right.
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Your home is your biggest investment, but while it’s tempting to focus on making the inside attractive and comfortable, the exterior needs your attention, too. The kind of outdoor beauty that makes you proud to call a property your own isn’t born, it’s made. It requires a commitment to good maintenance, an eye for design and a focus on detail. If your home's curb appeal needs a boost, try these three top tips.
Lawn care and maintenance doesn’t have to be expensive or fussy, but experts agree that addressing dead spots on the lawn is a must. Whether it's suffered drought damage or has areas where greenery won’t grow because of shade or leaf drop, the remedy is simple.
For brown spots, remove any remaining thatch, and reseed the area with a grass seed that’s compatible with the rest of the lawn. New growth should show in a few weeks.
Invest in a fertilization and weed control program that includes annual core aeration and overseeding. This, along with proper mowing height, will ensure a lawn that gets noticed.
For areas with little no sunlight where nothing wants to grow, design in a special feature. Rock walls and artificial ponds are good choices. You can also consider growing an inexpensive shade garden with plants that thrive in less light. Remember that native gardens are designed to grow in the local climate. They are a great option for a beautiful, low-maintenance property....
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