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Three Ways to Clean Up Your Garden

Three Ways to Clean Up Your Garden

We all want our homes to look just as beautiful on the outside as they do on the inside. Maybe you’re planning on selling your home and want to improve the value. Perhaps you’ve just moved into a new place and need to get the yard up to your standards. You might have been in your home for a while, but have decided you want to get outside and enjoy your garden more- either way, giving it a tidy up is worthwhile. It will create a good impression to guests or buyers, or will create a pleasant environment to spend time if you want a nice garden for yourself. Here are some of the things that can bring down the look of a garden and easy ways to clean them up this spring. … Read Full Post
Choosing The Perfect Water Feature For Your Garden

Choosing The Perfect Water Feature For Your Garden

Spring is well and truly upon us and though many are currently enjoying the burst of color and vivacity afforded by the season, we’re also looking forward to the summer. It is, after all, in those warm summer months that our gardens feel more mature, more grown in and at their most visually spectacular. This is the time of year so many seasoned gardeners look forward to, when the fruits of the winters’ labor and planning pay off and we have months of relaxing in beautiful surroundings to look forward to. Yet, while most of us will be content to enjoy our sunny mornings sipping coffee and basking in the sun as the grass of the lawn gently caresses our toes, there are some for whom this is the year when their garden gets a little added wow factor.… Read Full Post
Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? There’s a Solution

Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? There’s a Solution

For many gardeners, mowing the lawn is one of the jobs they hate the most. It’s a very laborious job that can be quite hard going if your lawnmower is heavy to push around. Plus, it needs to be done on a very regular basis, especially during the hot summer months. Once we are at the end of April, it often becomes necessary to mow the lawn once a week to keep on top of the excess growth. It won’t slow down until the end of September – so that’s a lot of hard work throughout the summer! Have you had enough of your lawn? No problem; there are ways you can deal with it, or just remove it from your garden altogether.… Read Full Post
Unique water features

Unique water features

I love water features. Unique water features are usually what sticks in my mind after visiting a garden and the gardens of Buffalo are no different.   As I sit at home on this cold (winter?) day, I am looking back fondly at the photos of beautiful private gardens in Buffalo, New York from last August. You want to see great, creative gardens?  Go visit Buffalo for their Garden Walk this summer! Possibly my favorite, the photo below shows this great large fountain, probably 4 feet tall, with a hidden basin underneath and a recirculating pump. I have no idea how the hole was drilled through to contain the plumbing, or if this is possibly a faux stone, but it definitely is a water feature I would want in my garden.… Read Full Post
Springing Into Summer: Imaginative Ideas For Your Garden

Springing Into Summer: Imaginative Ideas For Your Garden

The winter that will not end.  At least we can think of summer and start making plans. Not sure where to start? Our grass areas can suffer, your flower beds may have been overtaken by weeds and even patios, brick work and fence panels can all look a little rugged and rough. However, if you are fortunate to have some outside space in your home, then you may like the idea of investing a little time and effort into it to make it a more usable space. Somewhere where you can enjoy your morning coffee. A place to sit and eat your lunch or enjoy a good book.  Create an outside kitchen Many people like the idea of cooking outside and so you may want to consider an outside kitchen to make this easier..… Read Full Post
Bringing The Garden Indoors

Bringing The Garden Indoors

Why not consider injecting some life into your home this summer by bringing the garden indoors? Not only is it extremely fashionable to have lots of deep green foliage and colourful plants around the house, there’s a number of health benefits associated with bringing the garden indoors. With spring approaching, a lot of people will be focused on getting their garden ready for summer parties by planting beautiful flowers and tending to their lawn and looking for garden statues for sale, yet with so many benefits to bringing the garden indoors it might be worth considering making this an equal priority. 1. THEY IMPROVE AIR QUALITY We often forget how important the quality of the air we breathe each day is to our health.… Read Full Post
Turn Your Garden Into A Great Entertaining Space

Turn Your Garden Into A Great Entertaining Space

Some people like to use their garden for growing vegetables and flowers but that takes a fair amount of hard work. Why not consider using your garden as a great entertaining space instead? When the summer comes back around it’s the perfect place for hosting parties and bbq’s (and you can even set it up for some winter evening events!). It’ll take a bit of work to get it all set up, so here are a few tips and tricks to get you going.   Patio Area When you’re creating the perfect entertainment area in the garden you need to build a focal point in the garden where you can put furniture for people to sit around. Proficient Patios is one good option because it’s a no fuss staging area that doesn’t require much upkeep.… Read Full Post
Leave These Garden Renovations To The Experts

Leave These Garden Renovations To The Experts

Somethings are just better left to the experts, but the garden is often not one of them. If it looks exactly how you want it to, then maintaining it yourself can be a pleasure. However, if it is not how you’d like it to look, then things are definitely best left to the experts. There are plenty of things you can do to change the look of your garden for the summer. The summer might seem like a far cry away for a lot of us, but it’ll come round quicker than we know it. So we’ve got some garden renovation ideas that we know you’ll love, but that are definitely best left to the experts. A Dip In A Pool A pool to a lot of people seems like a thing of luxury; a pool is an area of fun, relaxation, and beauty.… Read Full Post
Garden Features

Garden Features

Your garden is an important aspect of your home. You want to be able to sit in your garden and enjoying spending them there. Even with  some fantastic plants and lovely garden furniture,  you may feel like it is missing something. With that in mind, here are three potential garden features. Water Features Few gardens are complete without some kind of water feature.  This can be lovely and add extra depth and color to your garden. Options can include a fish pond, simple reflection pool, or perhaps a fountain or stream. Either way, a water feature can be a great garden feature and provide the focal point your garden needs. Moving water comes with a distinct and unique sound that makes your garden that much more relaxing.… Read Full Post
DIY Retaining Wall Makeover

DIY Retaining Wall Makeover

Its been a crazy busy time for us– there seem to be an unending number of projects and tasks for us to take on in our new home. Nonetheless, this DIY retaining wall project has been one of my favorites!  We spent about two hours working on this and I couldn’t be more please with the results. Just see for yourself… We were lucky to have a pile of this limestone already on site. Before starting we decided to use what we had, not to buy any more, but hopefully to get the height we needed. The old railroad ties originally used for this retaining wall have seen better days. This is on the backside of our house, and the saying “out of sight, out of mind” was probably never more true than here.… Read Full Post

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