This is a guest post by Andrew Parker – http://www.electrostoreonline.com
Andrew is copywriter for Electrostore Online who specialize in electrical garden products including blanket weed controllers andsoil meters.
Landscaping is a renowned method of helping blend a building naturally into the surroundings, seemingly causing a ‘natural’ flow from the home into the landscape that subtly suggests that the home almost grew out of the ground rather than being “plonked onto land”.
A fantastic method of achieving this is by adding a pond with a balanced eco-system (with a variety of pond plants, rocks, stones and fish) – which adds a calming and peaceful area of natural beauty to your garden. A pond will bring wildlife into a landscaped area, which captures the essential “natural beauty vibe” that is desired by both landscape gardeners and their client and creates a tranquil area that adds beauty and value to a home.
However, a pond is not something that should be included “at a whim” as they do require effort and lots of care to maintain, especially if the pond contains fish that need feeding every day. Other maintenance that you perhaps wouldn’t have counted on is removing fallen leaves from the pond in Autumn, blanket weed/algae (which can be easily controlled once a blanket weed controller is installed), or protecting your fish from local predators like cats or even foxes.
Of course, now you have decided that you have the time to invest in a pond then you need to decide on the style of pond that will best work in your garden. Old houses will not benefit from having a brand new 2011 pond “clashing” with the house in the garden, while a Mediterranean-style pond with bold pink and purple bougainvillaea and red geraniums planted in bright terracotta pots might look out of place in a drab council estate in Milton Keynes. Special pond features (like waterfalls etc), surrounding plant life and layout should therefore mirror the existing styles on your property. Garden landscapers have plenty of experience in which styles suit different properties, so do ask for guidance and put in some research online.
If you follow the correct landscaping procedures when incorporating a pond, then you might even cause your garden to be a summertime venue hotspot.
Curb appeal is always something spoken of when it comes to purchasing a home or even when it comes to visiting a home. Curb appeal is something you want when selling your home or when your welcome visitors. How do you know if you have curb appeal? If you need curb appeal, how do you get it?
Looking at your home each day makes you more oblivious to the eye sores or the real beauty your home front really possesses. Walk across the street and take some pictures of the outside of your home to get a good look at what needs to be fixed up and to get an idea of what is working for your home. If you are still lost during this exercise, pull out some pictures of well landscaped homes to get a better idea of what you’re aiming for.
Now that you see that you need to make some changes to give your yard the look you want. What steps do you need to take to make your yard beautiful giving you the curb appeal you desire?
Some simple things you can do:
Fresh paint – Paint the whole house if needed, but you may need to only update the trim to accent your home
Update windows – Are your windows outdated? Maybe you only need better window shading options.
c. Landscaping – This may be as simple as a quick trim to your bushes and some weed pulling, but you may need to do more. Planting flowers or a tree may be ideal.
d. The door and entry way – Is your entry way clean and clear of debris? Do you need a new door, or would a simple new coat of paint do?
These are simple steps to get you headed in the right direction. Giving your home the curb appeal you desire will help you sell your home for a better price if that is what your goal is. If you aren’t selling your home, having curb appeal will set the mood for you and your guest when walking up to your welcoming door.
Today’s backyard can be a place of leisure or a place to partake in enjoyable hobbies. Many backyards offer both; pure relaxation and fun filled activities. Activities that may speak best to you could be barbequing, playing sports, sitting by a fire, sitting by the water with good conversation, or planting your favorite flowers or vegetables in a nice simple garden. Summer is here and if your backyard isn’t ready for your plans it’s time to plan to remodel your backyard in a way that would set the right atmosphere for your wants and needs.
If you would like to set a relaxed atmosphere there are many backyard remodeling activities that you can work on. Create a pathway leading to a nice pond or waterfall that speaks to your inner needs of peace and quiet. If you want to relax with loved ones and ponds and waterfalls aren’t what you’re looking for, maybe a cabana would suite your needs with a comfy place to sit and unwind.
Some live a life of entertaining and there are many backyard remodeling activities that would better suite the need of yours to gather with friends and family. Build a patio, deck, or a porch that will allow you to entertain these guests of yours. What is backyard get together without food? Adding an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace for warmth and some treats like smores, or building a built-in- grill for a great barbeque would be ideal for those who enjoy entertaining others.
No matter your lifestyle and desires there is always a way to improve your atmosphere. Here I listed some ideas to get you started on created a haven for your lovely home. What remodeling activities would better your backyard experience? Please share by commenting below.