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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Tricks Backyard Renovation

Once you have a visualised version of your backyard in your mind, the next step is to write it down or draw it. It doesn’t have to be to scale (it is better if it is, though) but the drawing does need to have realistic boundary lines so that you can insert the details. Start with drawing the outside lines of the yard, that is, the walls of your fence and wall of your house, assuming that the yard has three fenced walls plus the one wall of the house facing the backyard. Essentially you should have a boxed outline. Then draw in the fixed components, such as any outside buildings, garage, swimming pool, etc. Now you’ll be able to see the parts that are not occupied by any components. These are the parts that you can use for the design of your backyard.

Next, you need to establish how much of this blank space you want to pave, plant grass, or add a garden. Where should the pathway go and which sections should be paved? Once you’ve allocated where the grass will be planted, it leaves you with space that could be paved. Depending on your budget, you need to decide whether you want to pave with standard paving bricks or use beautifully designed flagstones. Paving bricks are more practical and fit into any budget as they are more affordable. Paving bricks are also ideal if any cars may be parking in your backyard. Flagstones are beautiful natural looking paving stones that usually come in medium to large square sizes. They are not suitable for cars to drive on them. You can place strips of grass between the flagstones to create an interesting design. Plus you can add cobblestones as a pathway through the grass and outlining the flagstones for added decoration. You can also allocate a portion of your backyard for a garden with flowers and plants to add some colour. Around this garden you can use cladding to keep it separate and create a focal point.

Decorating the Pathway in Home

Pathways are extremely important when it comes to homes. People don’t want to step on the grass in order to get to the door in case there is damp sand that gets stuck to their shoe. It does not need to be anything special but there has to be some kind of guideline.

People love the idea of walking between rose bushes or trees to get to their final destination. To the guest or the homeowner, that greenery can seem like a path to a sanctuary. In many fairy tales, a hidden cottage is found in the middle of a beautiful forest that can only be seen by a special person.

Be careful of creating paths or patterns in perfect geometric shapes. It may seem pleasing to the perfectionist but a person who has to take a turn at a sharp corner may simply cut across the grass because it would be easier that way. If you really want to keep people on the pathway, you can add a few leafy plants along the side of the walkway which will encourage people to remain on it and not cut across the grass.

You need this kind of pleasant atmosphere to lead the person to the front door. A door is a threshold that shows a person where the property of another person starts. An outsider who opens it with permission understands that they are welcome and it is important to make that person feel welcome. To achieve this, a door with sidelights or glass panels works perfectly. This is where you can experiment with perfect geometric shapes. Just like many houses have these same kinds of shapes so should your door.

A good way to work with contrasting coloured doors is by making the frame white which will oppose the colour of the door which is mahogany or chestnut. This will add lovely character to your home and will not make the dark of the wood seem so intimidating.

Aeration Is Important for Lawn

To get the most out of this practice, consider aerating your lawn in spring or early summer. This will greatly help the lawn to develop extensive roots before summer stresses and heat hits your yard. Also, this will help the lawn when it comes to taking full advantage of any rain which falls during the hot season.

Bear in mind also that aeration will maximize the possibility of each fertilizer and weed control application through the entire year and into the next year. If you apply fertilizer during spring, it will be high in Nitrogen and will already be giving your lawn with the best green-up possible. Be reminded though that the spring fertilizer application will contain very little Potassium. This is the nutrient that encourages root growth. Summer fertilizer treatments, on the other hand, contain slightly higher levels of such nutrients. Thus, it is very important that aeration must be done after your summer treatments to assist those root building nutrients to easily reach the roots. Experts further emphasized that adding fertilizer after aerating your lawn is not necessary. What you must do is to water it. Water will help in breaking down the cores left in your yard and is often efficient on the newly exposed root system.

This will greatly depend on your lawn’s condition. Visual results may or may not be seen after a single aeration. But it is guaranteed that root growth, overall health, and stress tolerance will be improved. Aeration combined with an efficient fertilizer and weed control program, even in the toughest conditions, will certain show a very dramatic visual results in the 2nd year after a second aeration.

Tips Protect Wooden Fence

Coat with a High-Quality Paint

Exterior paints are designed to provide more of a protective UV coating than stains; and outdoor paints do an excellent job of making sure the underlying wood is shielded from all elements, no matter how harsh. If painting is your protective-coating of choice, do not skimp on a lower-quality paint or primer designed for outside use. The primer is your fences’ true ally since it is the primer that will maximize the paint’s ability to adhere.

The UV inhibitors built into exterior paints remain a tough contender against the elements month after month and year after year. It’s also vital to paint during a time of day when the sun is not too high in the sky and when the peak temperature of the day is not present – early morning and early evening work best. When outside heat dries paint too quickly, adhesion, again, can become compromised.

Cover with a High-Quality Solid Stain

Stains, of course, have a much thinner consistency than paint and will do a very effective job of soaking into the wood’s pores to prevent water accumulation of any kind. Solid stains – also called opaque stains – contain a higher concentration of color than semi-transparent stains and because of this, will cover the underlying grain of the wood.

Cover with a High-Quality Semi-transparent Stain

Semi-transparent stains possess less pigmentation than paint and solid stains. Due to this medium’s translucent nature, the grain and texture of the wood will be allowed to show through; and the look can be very stunning. The down side to semi-transparent stains is the fact that they do not have the degree of UV protection that paint or solid stains do.

Cover with a High-Quality Sealer

Covering your wood fence with a sealer will prevent the wood from rot. Sealers act like a wax on a car; and aside from being waterproof, this product will help to maintain the color of the fence as well as stabilize the coated wood by allowing any excessive moisture to pass out of the wood gradually through the film. Sealants will, also, stop treated lumber from chemical leaching and contact with humans, pets and plants.