Tips To Save For Landscaping Upgrades

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 1.33.52 PMCreating a beautiful landscape can be done over time, especially if you are restricted by budget. There is no rule that dictates you have to put all desired elements in your landscape all at once. In fact, many breath-taking landscapes you see today took a while to come together. Below are some saving tips you can use to upgrade your landscaping:

Plant Research:

 Carrying out research is the best way to get started on any landscaping project. Formulate a plan that covers things like plants and flowers, hardscaping and lighting. Regarding flowers, to get the best results, choose the ones you want to incorporate into the landscape. After which, you can visit a few nurseries, tell them what you are trying to achieve and do a cost analysis to get an idea of what it will cost to get those plant into the landscaping design. Price out what you can comfortably fit into your budget at this time.

Plants are expensive and can take up a big chunk of your budget; therefore, it is important to spend a lot of time thinking about you options in the planning stage of the project. Although mature plants bring instant beauty to the space, buying a smaller version can save you money. Additionally, there are a number of nurseries that have sales on plants. Taking advantage of these sales is a great way to save for your landscape upgrade.

Getting Professional Assistance:

While this might not be automatically seen as a cost-saving tip, hiring a professional could save you from making expensive mistakes that could haunt you for years.

Creating the outdoor space of your dreams could take a while; however, there is no rush and you can work at your own pace. Saving and adding elements over time is a great way to go when creating your landscaping paradise on a budget.

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Lawn Care Tips For New Homeowners

lawnmower-384589_1920You’ve recently purchased a new home. The property valuer says it’s worth a lot more than it looks on the ground, however, it needs a bit of work. A fresh coat of paint, maybe a few flower beds strewn along the pavement leading to the main entrance, or perhaps even a patio. So as wave after wave of ideas sets off sweet sensations down your spine, you look around the yard momentarily and you realise that something is missing. Both of your neighbors yards have lush green lawn whilst yours appears as if it was uprooted from a disaster hit Texas ranch and dropped right where it rests now. A properly maintained lawn not only gives your home a lively appeal and raise it’s value overnight. It gives you a sense of belonging, which is every home owner’s truest desire. However, without lawn care tips you might find yourself struggling to keep up.

Fertilizer vs Garden Manure

A rather familiar coin toss between two equally effective options. Organic fertilizers are fast acting and produce noticeable results in record time. Their application -in granular or liquefied form- is fairly easy and requires very little manpower. However, the cost of industrial fertilizers increases in proportion to the land area to be covered.

In comparison, organic garden manure is considerably cheaper. Nonetheless, applying it is labor intensive as you will require more manure than inorganic fertilizer per square inch. Otherwise, it stays much longer in the soil than inorganic fertilizers which, in the long
run, tend to damage your soil ph levels and lead to bleaching.

Weeds: A Perennial Solution To A Perennial Problem

Once asked what it took to get rid of weeds completely, one landscaping expert simply replied: “Time”. Apart from avoiding animal based manure -which introduces foreign weed seeds into your lawn- you ought to make sure that you get weed your lawn constantly whilst applying herbicides moderately over time.

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Backyard Parties Make For A Lot of Summer Fun

lawnmower-384589_1920When beautiful summer evenings are upon you, it is the perfect time to consider hosting backyard parties! Who doesn’t like the chance to entertain family and friends on a warm summer night? A complete backyard party includes a cookout, lights, music and other entertainment. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect summer party!

Backyard parties are a nice change from being constricted inside during the winter. They are often less formal and more welcoming to children, as the outdoors acts as a natural playground. Outdoor winter parties are possible, if your landscaping allows for a fireplace or other heating arrangements.

When planning your backyard party, you need to first understand your space. Your guest list should not be overwhelming for the amount of room available. It is ideal to choose a night when clear skies are predicted. If rain might make an appearance, it is a good choice to rent a tent or marquee in one corner of your backyard just in case. Even if it doesn’t rain, this is another great shelter area from the hot sun!

Plan your parties carefully and see that you make proper arrangements for food and drinks. Carefully situate your bar and buffet tables so they are easy for guests to access, yet out of harm’s way. Keep an eye on the bar and buffet, even when you are socializing with your guests. This way you can ensure everything is fully stocked and guests don’t have to find their way around your kitchen!

It is imperative to assess your backyard and landscaping ahead of time to make sure that there is a proper place for people to sit, even if it is temporary seating. Once your guests have eaten, a variety of games, for both adults and children alike, help your guests stay entertained as well. Make sure you have these set up beforehand on the lawn or easily accessible so you don’t have to leave the middle of a conversation to set up a cornhole game.

If you are wanting to capitalize on the summer theme, a barbeque and pool really emphasize the sunny ambiance. The daylight lasts longest in the summer, ensuring fun well into the night. Last but not least, enjoy yourself!

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Summer Landscaping Tips For Homeowners

IMG_1342There are many options for landscaping the outdoor space. As such, homeowners are often overwhelmed with the available choices. However, it is important to think through and carefully plan your landscaping project to get the look and function you want. Your plan should also include the time and effort you are willing to invest in maintaining your yard. Below are some summer landscaping tips you can use to get your outdoor space ready for all your seasonal exploits:

Carefully Choose Your Landscaping Elements. Flowers and other plants native to your specific area will need to be cared for regularly; however, much less pesticides, water and maintenance are required to assist them in thriving. This will enable you to spend less time maintaining your yard and more time appreciating and enjoying it.

Add Touches of Color. Planting an assortment of flowers is a remarkable way of adding color to your landscape. Colorful flowers contribute to making your outdoor space more beautiful and inviting. Your landscaping efforts can be made easier when you use perennials. However, using biennials and annuals will assist you in increasing your options regarding design.

Pavers. Brick pavers can be an exceptional design option for your landscape. Best of all, they are relatively affordable and easy to install. They are ideal for offsetting a particular design feature and for creating pathways. A remarkable function of pavers is that the design can be easily changed in the future.

Lighting. This essential element can add function and drama to your outdoor space. Whether ambient or functional, the right lighting can have a huge impact on your yard. There are a number of lighting options that will bring function and beauty to your outdoor space.

These are just a few summer landscaping tips that can be incorporated into your outdoor projects.

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