With the arrival of the
warmer seasons comes the call for us to venture to our outdoor spaces. As you
do, you might find your gaze met with a yard less than ideal. It is easy to
want to grab a shovel and start digging. However it may behoove you to take heed
to these seven common mistakes while refreshing your outdoor space:Mistake #1: Starting Without a PlanA straightforward yet
commonly overlooked step is creating a plan. It is tempting to go to your local
garden center, grab a cart, and start piling on the plants but all you may end
up with, besides a full cart, is an empty wallet. A little planning goes a long
way toward achieving your desired outcome. In order to formulate the best plan
for your space you will first want to take inventory of existing plants and
features, areas of shade and light, topography, and overall drainage, as well
as your USDA plant zone. Putting your ideas to paper helps...
Ah, the great outdoors… They might have more natural light than your living room, but your backyard and patio still need the help of appropriate manmade lighting to ensure safety and create a beautiful atmosphere at all hours of the day. Outdoor spaces are becoming essential for modern homeowners, so having a great outdoor lighting plan is more important than ever. People are spending more time in their outdoor areas, and features such as outdoor kitchens and patios are increasing in popularity. To start, here are four lighting trends gaining ground in 2017 and 2018.Bistro LightsFor a charming and whimsical flair, nothing beats bistro lights, and they continue to make a major splash in homeowners’ backyards across the country. Bistro lights encompass a broad range of string lights, from tiny fairy lights to big industrial bulbs. These charming lights can be strung in a variety of patterns to achiev...
The summer season is upon us,
an exciting time in which we can gather together with friends and family and
share the beauty and joy of the outdoors. Whether your aim is to host a simple
BBQ or a more fanciful affair, it is important to plan ahead for the big event.
Here we have gathered together some steps to help you in the preparation of
your space. Assess Your Garden AreaTo begin you will want to
take a thorough inventory of your garden area, keeping the end goal in
mind. Whether you want a modern feel, or
something more vintage, have a solid idea of where this project is headed. Take note of things such as existing plants,
the size of your space, and any hardscape areas, as well as other special features
you may want to highlight. Recognizing the importance of, and understanding how
to integrate, each of these will help in the planning process.Map it OutDraw a
map of your garden sp...
A landscape lighting system does not have to be costly and most
certainly does not need to be installed by a professional. A hands-on homeowner
with a cache of everyday tools is all that is needed. The best bang for your
buck is to take a trip to your local big box store like Home Depot or Lowes.
The aforementioned stores will have everything you need for your landscape
lighting project. This article will focus on the use of LED light fixtures.
LED light fixtures last quite a long time with the added benefit of not having
to replace a bulb. An additional benefit of LED light fixtures is they use less
wattage than a standard bulb fixture. If you are interested in comparing the
watt usage of lights, the usage is usually found on the packaging of the LED
light fixture.Path Lights:Path
lights come in various styles and colors. Path lights are used to
illuminate an entry, driveway, steps or walkway. It is b...