How To Turn Your Small Garden From Drab To Awesome

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Generally, it is easier (and more fun, to be honest) to design a medium-sized or large garden than a smaller one. With a small garden, it can be difficult to decide what to leave out and what to include. However, there are tips that can take the sting out of the size and make your tiny garden more memorable than many other larger ones. Are you a doubter? Try these tips and see how much fun you will have with your garden: Create a Focal Point In a large garden, there might not be a need to create a focal point because you can include many different things. In a smaller garden, you need something that draws attention away from other “lesser” points in the garden. The focal point can be anywhere in the garden including the center or one of the corners. Put something there that immediately commands the attention of anybody who comes into the garden. You can put a sculpture, unique tree, rock art or any other artwork. Use Containers Growing things in containers is useful in a small garden because: The plants don’t have to compete for nutrients as they would if crowded on the ground. You can have plants of different heights by using different containers. You can change your garden’s look by moving the containers around. Minimize Color Variations A colorful garden may be beautiful, but too many colors in a small place can be overwhelming. Therefore, you are better off choosing a simple color scheme and sticking with it across the entire garden. For example, if you like red, then most of your plants should have red leaves or flowers. Sure, you can one or two more colors in small quantities, but you don’t want to put yellow, red, white, green, pink, and purple all in one small garden. Go Vertical Just because you have a small garden doesn’t mean that you have no space at all. You probably have a lot of vertical space; things like walls, trees, and rocks all give you spaces for additional plants. Use climbers such as ivy on these vertical spaces, or even hang flower baskets on them. These tips are good starting points if you want to plan for your own garden. However, if you don’t trust your creativity enough, then you should consult a landscape designer such as someone from Beltran Paving & Landscape.  Believe it or not, these professionals have worked with gardens much smaller than yours, and even if they haven’t, they have the skills to come up with something...

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Tips For Maintaining Water Features

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Water features like fountains and ponds can provide a beautiful and relaxing environment in your backyard. While they are lovely to look at, you will still need to perform maintenance and cleaning on them. This will help keep the water clean and reduce grim, mold and various debris that can nearly ruin the water feature. Follow these tips for maintaining your outdoor water features. Use a Skimmer One of the items you will use most often to keep your water features cleaned and well maintained is the skimmer. This is a simple tool that sweeps the top surface of the water in order to remove various types of debris. There should be a basket inside the skimmer tool that collects the debris and acts as a first-stage filter. It can collect different types of debris in your water feature, such as seeds, twigs and leaves that have blown into it. The season may depend on how often you skim the feature, where fall will be the most frequent due to falling leaves. Check the Filter Mat The second stage of the skimming process for your water feature is using the filter mat. This is a mat that is located below the debris basket. It is going to catch debris that goes past the basket and the skimmer failed to collect the first time around. You don’t need to do much with the mat, except check it occasionally and dispose of the debris. Maintain the Pump As far as maintenance goes, water features are typically low maintenance. However, you may occasionally have issues with the water pump. The first sign that there is something wrong with the water pump is if the flow of water is slow, such as a waterfall feature where the water seems to be going slower than it used to. First, check the filter screen below the pump to make sure it is not clogged with debris. Next, call in a professional plumber like one from Biard & Crockett Plumbing if you think you have a more serious problem with the pump. Update the Filter If you have had the water feature for a while and you are having problems with it being dirty or mildew-ridden frequently, it might be time to get a new filter. The filter is what collects much of the dirt and small debris before the skimmer starts doing its job. Every water feature should have a filter, whether it’s a fountain, waterfall or pond. Have it inspected by a plumber with experience using water filters on water features and replace...

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Understanding The Language Of Windows

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you decide that you want to replace the windows of your home, it is helpful to understand some of the language of windows, which are the terms that are used on the labels of the windows that are available for you to choose from. Understanding these terms will ensure that you choose windows that are right for your home. Here are some of the terms that you may run into: Glazing: Glazing is the glass that is used in the windows. There can be a different number of layers of glazing that are used, such as triple, double, or single. However, these layers usually do not make your windows have greater efficiency.  Low-E: Low-E stand for low emissivity, which is the window’s ability to reflect the sun’s UV rays instead of absorbing it. Be aware that when a window has Low-E, it can increase the price of the total cost of the window. You can always add Low-E films later on after you install your replacement windows. However, these films aren’t as effective as the Low-E films that are put between the glazing layers on the window during production. Frame Materials: There are many different frame materials to choose from, vinyl included. Vinyl has a great number of strengths above other materials, such as the fact that it is great at insulating and easy to maintain. This is because vinyl comes in whatever color you choose and does not chip or need to be replaced like wood does. Gas Fills: Gas fills, such as argon or krypton gas, are put between the glazing layers and help to improve insulation. This is because the gas causes slow heat transfer. You may want to be sure that the windows you choose have gas fillers. However, these gas fillers won’t work at higher altitudes because of the air pressure that will just cause them to leak. So if you live at a higher altitude, be sure that you save your money and choose replacement windows that do not come with gas fillers. Spacers: Spacers are what separate the glass in the windows to help improve the quality of insulation. It is important that the spacers are made of a quality design and material to help prevent condensation and heat loss. Knowing some of these terms are going to help you choose the right qualities in your replacement windows. This will also ensure that you are not spending money on any features that are not needed for your home. Contact a company like Superior Windows for help with replacing...

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Is Natural Hardwood Flooring An Option For Your Kitchen?

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For many homeowners, a natural hardwood floor can be a daunting option to maintain. However, the charm and timeless nature of hardwood flooring ensures its popularity. Bedrooms and living rooms are expected locales, but can hardwood floor find a place in your kitchen? The answer may surprise you. Ask yourself the following questions and determine whether you should consider hardwood flooring in your kitchen. Do you have a regular cleaning or maintenance routine? Hardwood floors are famously fragile in many ways. If you are the type of homeowner who neglects to sweep at least weekly or wipe up spills immediately in the kitchen, hardwood floors may not be the right choice for you. Water damage can ruin your floors easily, and without proper cleaning, the wood’s condition will quickly deteriorate. If, on the other hand, you do keep a regular maintenance routine, being willing to perform basic upkeep, including weekly sweeping and quarterly polishing, this points to hardwood as a possibility for you. Lessen the possibility of spills by using rugs or mats in danger areas like the sink or under a dining table or counter. What level of the building is your kitchen on? Hardwood (solid wood, in particular) can react poorly to moisture and dampness. In a kitchen, the obvious culprit for this is accidental spills, but what you may fail to consider is the climate of the level you are on. Basements, for example, tend towards dampness, and so if your kitchen is located in the basement, you may want to consider stone or laminate flooring options instead. Otherwise, make a note of the climate and humidity changes in the part of the house your kitchen is, and plan accordingly. What is your budget? Hardwood flooring is among the more expensive flooring options. If you find yourself wanting to save money on flooring, there are superior options for doing so. Additionally, moving ahead with hardwood in a kitchen is simplest with a highly-textured species of wood. This will prevent small dings and scratches from the constant use from being as noticeable. However, it may well skyrocket your costs, depending on personal preference. Research various options, such as oak or ash, and their costs within this realm before committing to going for hardwood floors. Did you answer the questions positively? If so, hardwood flooring might be a workable investment to bring your kitchen’s aesthetics to a new level. Visit websites like http://www.carrollfloor.com for more...

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Comparing Heating Methods For Your Vacation Cabin

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’re finally achieving your dream of building a cabin by the lake and are drawing up the final design plans. You’ll have several choices when it comes to how you’ll heat your cabin. If you’re interested in a rustic approach, a wood-burning stove may be your preferred option. But if you’d like something a little more modern, here are some other choices to consider. A heating service can advise you as to the best options in the area where your cabin resides. Gas Furnace This furnace uses gas filled tubes that, when ignited, produce flames to heat the air in an exchange box. Once the air is hot enough, it is circulated through the cabin using a blower to push the air through a number of vents. Natural gas from a pipeline to the house is used with most furnaces. If natural gas is not available in the area, propane gas can be delivered to the cabin and stored in large tanks on the property. Except for changing the filter, maintenance of a gas furnace should be done by a heating repair service. Electric Furnace This furnace uses electric coils to heat the air in the exchange box. A blower distributes the warm air through the cabin. As with the gas furnace, you can change the filter but should leave other maintenance to the heating service. Oil Furnace This furnace produces a fine mist of heating oil which is sent to a burner and ignited in a combustion chamber. The chamber heats the air which is circulated through the cabin. The oil to air ratios in the burner must be precise, so all maintenance should be left to an oil furnace heating specialist. This may be an option in parts of the country where heating oil is less expensive than gas and electricity. Heat Pumps This uses no fuel and heats your cabin by drawing heat into it from the ground. Condenser coils are used to compress the heat, making it warmer, before it is sent through the cabin. Heat pumps are useful in areas where the temperatures are mild throughout the year. If the temperatures ever get to freezing, a backup oil, gas or electric system is useful. Hydronic Heating Grids of tubes are placed under the floor in your cabin. Warm water from your water heater or another heater is circulated through the tubes. This warms the air near the floor which slowly rises to warm the rest of the room. Unlike the forced air furnaces, the room is warmed evenly with no hot or cold spots. A heating service needs to install this type of heat because there will be different requirements for the floor material...

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