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How to Increase Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a very important aspect of a Phoenix home. The aesthetic appearance of the exterior of the home is the first thing a visitor will see and you only get one chance to make a good first impression. The curb appeal can have a direct influence on whether or not a home is seen as desirable for purchasing. Whether a home is being put back up on the market or a homeowner just wants to improve the look of the home’s exterior some relatively inexpensive home remodeling projects can improve the home’s curb appeal. Continue reading

Desperate Landscapes – The worst yard on the block

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Driving home from work and catching a look each day at a neighbor’s disastrous front yard can be disturbing. Imagine how the home owner feels about driving up to their driveway each day. I can only imagine, when I skip mowing my lawn and it grows tall I’m a bit disturbed. Toys everywhere, weeds, burnt grass, dumpster in the front yard, dead trees, old paint… We’ve seen it all before.

Desperate Landscapes host, Jason Cameron, comes to aide Tom, Kara and family. The neighborhood is otherwise nice with beautiful landscapes and beach styled property equipped with fresh paint, nice deck, and beautiful window treatments. The neighbors complain and compare their homes to that of Tom and Kara, all to see Jason unload a truck full of trees, flowers, bushes, dirt, grass, and landscaping equipment.

Jason gets busy with the real work now. His crew and the family of the home owners get busy removing shutters, painting the house, painting the door, adding a custom fence, adding big trees, shrubs, and does this all in 8 hours. One mistake, the cable line is accidently cut; they can now use a licensed electrician NJ.

Naturally, the host gets the reaction of the home owner’s neighbors once the job is complete. The neighbors are shocked and ecstatic that such a great landscaping job was done, and completed so quickly. The best thing is that Tom and Kara feel like their house is now the best yard on the block and are refreshed.

Besides the outcome to the whole project and the overall morale of the neighborhood, there are a few key points that stand out in the way Desperate Landscapes gets things done. The show donates reusable items or recycles them in any way they can. The host gives great tips such as how to mix paint and tools that can be used to do so, use a drill with a mixing bit. The host, full of energy, gives great tips on how to landscape and how to use tools properly. Jason doesn’t stop there. He educated his viewers how to choose these tools when purchasing them as well. Overall, Desperate Landscapes is an informative show with plenty of energy who makes lives of those who have eyesore landscapes in better shape.

Gardening as a form of exercise

Is gardening exercise?

When gardening you’re benefiting yourself with more then relaxation, you’re reaping the rewards of exercising because you’re actually getting a great work out as well. While gardening, you’re working out many parts of your body and relaxing at the same time, imagine that!

How is it that a hobby that brings forth relaxation could be a sole source of your daily workout regime? When gardening, you’re shedding calories just as if you were stretching, weightlifting, and doing moderate cardio. Raking the lawn works as a leisure bike ride would, trimming trees and shrubs works just as well as walking at a moderate pace, clearing brush and stacking wood benefits you as a light aerobic class would, turning compost is just as well for you as lifting weights, and raking is like jumping on a row machine.

For those gardeners that want to lose weight, what better way to lose weight then to be informed. CalorieCount.com provides a comprehensive list of what counts when gardening in regards to how many calories are being lost while you work. A few examples, go dig for one hour and shed approximately 340 calories, or plant seedlings for an hour and you will lose about 306 calories.

Spring is near, a perfect time to reap the benefits of gardening. Grab your gardening supplies, enjoy the sunshine, relax, and burn some calories. What will you be doing in your garden today?

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Deciding which vegetables to grow for beginner gardeners

Choosing the right vegetables to grow in your garden is dependant on many factors, today we will address what vegetables to grow for beginner gardeners. Let’s face it; some vegetables are easier to grow versus other complex vegetable varieties. We aim to set you up for gardening success not failure.

There are many great vegetables for beginner gardeners that you can start growing with ease as seeds. A few examples of vegetables to start from a seed and can be planted directly into the ground are beans, cucumbers, summer squash, radishes and lettuce. These vegetables will not only be simple for you as a beginner but these vegetables require little maintenance and grow fairly quick.

Vegetables that are great for beginning gardeners for summer harvest are plenty. You can start with the vegetables as followed: Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, and Cucumbers. Dependant on space, corn is ideal for gardening ease and summer harvest as well.

It is encouraging to look forward to new vegetables year round. What about vegetables great for the beginner gardener for spring and fall harvest? Lettuce (mentioned above), Broccoli, Spinach, and Peas are great for spring and fall harvest.
All in all, do your homework, plant what vegetables you fancy most, and enjoy yourself. For those of you that have vegetable gardens, please share what vegetables you recommend our beginner gardeners to start with to lead them to gardening success by commenting below.

Choosing the right flowers for your garden

When choosing the right flowers for your garden it is a good idea to look at the color, height, blooming season, and placement of the flowers in making your decision. It’s a good idea to not chose too many flowers of the same color, size, or type as well as it would be a good idea to not choose enough flowers of the same color, size and type. Your flower garden should be one that you could maintain with ease, and one that is of balance.

Many choose perennial, annual flowers, mum plants, shade plants, and climbing plants. Mum and shade plants can handle different soil types, if you don’t have tons of time on your hands or the budget to adjust the pH of your soil then these would be a good choice for your flower garden.

In regards to placement, many factors play a part in your flower garden. Will you need flowers that grow better in shade or flowers that thrive in the sun? Are you placing your flowers in a circular flower bed or along a wall? For example, in a circular flower bed it may work best for a taller flower to be placed in the middle to flow onward upon the shorter flowers. Your flower garden may, also, look best if you place your flowers by color to create a colorful pattern that is visually stimulating from all angles versus just planting a bunch of flowers in the circular flower bed just to look a mess.

Another factor of great importance is a flowers blooming season. If all of your flowers bloom in spring, then you have a pretty bare garden during other seasons. Planning your flower garden according to the flowers blooming season while considering the other key factors listed, will create a beautiful flower garden year round.