You’ve traded urban sprawl for a rustic lifestyle, slower pace, and tranquil nature views — congrats! But making that transition from cramped square-footage to rambling acreage is both invigorating and overwhelming—what do you do with all this extra land?!
Maintaining a property with extensive land is a major responsibility, whether your goal is to create a self-sufficient homestead or to give your children more freedom to explore and romp around. It can be rewarding to learn tricks-of-the-trade and maintenance practices, but investing in the right tools couldn’t be more important. Make property maintenance easier for you and your family with these tips and [...]
When you rent a home or an apartment and get the itch to start planting, it can be disappointing to always have to grow plants in pots. Some plants you may want to grow might even need more space than a pot allows. If your gardening options are limited, raised floral beds are soon to become your new best friend. You’ll be able to grow almost any plant you’d like without committing to a permanent garden. The following tips will help make your first experience a successful one!Know Your Motivation
Besides giving your plants a place to grow that’s easily removed when the lease is up, there are other reasons for wanting to build a raised floral bed as well. [...]
According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the nation’s premier landscaper association, besides adding to your overall satisfaction and enjoyment of your home, quality landscaping and proper lawn care can increase the value of your home by 15 percent. Your landscape is one of the first things visitors and prospective buyers notice when they see your house. Realtors estimate that 95 percent of home shoppers will not even get out of their car if the house lacks “curb appeal.”
You are proud of your home, and you love your landscape. And like many homeowners, you probably like taking care of your own property. But there are some projects [...]
I love this time of year because I simply LOVE outdoor living! Grilling, patio sitting, late night outdoor cocktails – it’s the fun and easy days of spring and summer. Live your outdoor life to the fullest with a visually appealing and veggie-producing garden right in your very own backyard!First things first: talk to the professionals
Every area has its own quirks and specifics as it relates to gardening. Whether it’s a type of soil or weather patterns, talking to your local gardening shop is a must do when planning your garden. Bring pictures of your yard, know which side gets morning or afternoon sun, and ask questions! Some gardening shops provide [...]
Good first impressions matter most when looking to sell, but are also of tremendous value when going about everyday life in your home as you welcome guests, family, and neighbors to visit. When thinking about what color to paint your exterior, you’ll want to keep in mind personal preference, curb appeal, any neighborhood rules or regulations, and sell-ability. Checking with your neighborhood’s homeowner’s association (if you have one) regarding allowable colors and exterior renovations is extremely important as they often will set guidelines that may restrict your choices and options.
Tying the color scheme into existing fixed colors in and around your home [...]
If you live in a metropolitan area, chances are you don’t have a big green area to plant pretty flowers and vegetables. Have no fear! You can still celebrate the blooms of spring and summer with your very own container garden which works for the tiniest of patios, decks and balconies. Just follow these tips and check out these easy to use products and you’ll be a container garden pro!Kick your garden up a notch – literally:
This elevated garden bed is going to be your best friend if you don’t have a ton of grass. It has a plastic liner and does require minimal assembly, but no tools needed so I know you can handle it! Another perk of this raised [...]
If you have a yard, chances are you have a privacy fence. While they are functional and in most cases, quite necessary, they can be… boring! And if they have fallen into disrepair, they may even be ugly. Replacing a fence can be costly. So whether you have a new and boring fence or you have an older fence that has seen better days, here are some fast and inexpensive ways to beautify your privacy fence.
Whether you paint or stain the whole fence the same color or you paint every slat a different color, changing the hue of your fence can make a big difference.
A more modern take is [...]