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Increasing the Value of Your Home Through Landscaping

Whether you are buying a new house or making the decision to improve your current one, you should be concerned with every foot of ground that goes with it. Progressive gardening can make every square foot of your property usable and desirable. Landscaping is also the first thing people will see when they come to your home and will create a memorable impression.

Using contemporary methods of grading, fencing, soil improvement and terracing make even sloping, hilly lots, and previously undesirable front yard landscaping, now attractive. Technology and chemistry have brought new ways to add nutrients to the soil and has provided weapons against the traditional enemies of the garden, such as insects and disease. Hardier bulbs and seeds make gardens more successful and wonderfully vivid. Hybrids have lengthened the list of flowering trees and shrubs, thus creating new specimens for every color and design scheme, and every type of house and garden.

With the shape of the U.S. economy more and more people are turning to vacation and entertaining right in their own backyard. Proper landscaping helps bring you into the outdoors, with comfortable outdoor living spaces that make even a small backyard space as enjoyable as any found on a large resort.

A quality landscaping company strives to make your outdoor living space a gentle transition from your homes interior. Blending large picture windows, glass walls, glassed-in sun- porches and terraces with functional landscaping features. These all combine to make your exterior as frequently used as your interior. Giving you more living area, as well as, a more esthetically pleasing environment.

Beautiful landscaping, a luxuriant lawn and healthy trees all add as much to the exterior of your home as your draperies or wallpaper do to the interior. The effort and time you spend on the outside of your home will ALWAYS be a smart financial investment!

Of course you will be governed by many of the same principles you employ in decorating your home when you plan your landscaping project. Texture, color, proportion, line, harmony and functionality are terms that apply to landscaping as well. If you have a large yard you will benefit from professional design just as much as someone with a smaller lot.

Although DIY shows and books are filled with ideas and formal plans for garden and landscaping, you will want a custom design that will be perfect for your particular situation. Assess your family’s needs and habits, and then design your landscaping to best satisfy its preferences, desires and requirements.

Make a list of the things the family wants, such as a pond, paver patio, outdoor barbecue, deck, stone retaining wall, fencing, swimming pool, etc. and have a landscaping company design a plan of your property to scale.

Some projects will serve more than one function. For example, if you need a driveway and have young children, inter-locking pavers can be used for a play area, as well as parking. This will serve a double purpose, and easily justify the cost.

Perhaps a fence that blocks out an unpleasant view can also act as a windbreak and a decorative backdrop for a lounge area. A retaining wall can double as a rock garden when planted with hardy shrubs, as well as other rock-garden species.

You will be free to create an area that is rich with features, yet is roomy enough for any additions you plan on making in the future.

Ultimately, landscaping, if intelligently planned and properly executed will not only add to the comfort of your home and improve its appearance it will also increase the value of your home.

Log Home Decorating and Maintenance Tips

5 Tips for Decorating Log Homes

1.      Using wooden furniture that is a few shades lighter than the sidings of your home will add light to the interior.
2.      Chandeliers are also a great way to add light and beauty to your log home.
3.      Use pictures that contain imagery from outdoors such as landscapes to keep with the theme of your home.
4.      Rugs with Native American patterns add color without being overpowering or clashing.

5.      Add a little something extra with a vase of flowers such as daisies or cat tails.
 
5 Tips for Exterior Log Home Maintenance:    
 
1.      Checking the Exterior Routinely – Examine the outside of your home for burrow holes, splitting logs, loose caulking, loose chinking, mold and moisture issues, or any siding discoloration. All of which are very important factors in maintaining the investment and beauty of your log home.
2.      Consider The Surrounding Elements – Trees, excessive rain, and wind can cause damage to your home. If you have any of these problems you will also want to check the roof of your home for any wear or damages and replace them immediately.
3.      Clean Regularly – Wood homes need to be washed at minimum once a year will ensure that the home will be in great shape for a long time. Failing to do so can result in quicker deterioration of the home. Dirt is extremely volatile to wood and needs to be removed often.
4.      Refinishing and Maintaining the Beauty of your Log Home – Replace damaged or rotten logs right away to ensure the deterioration does not spread.
5.      Apply the appropriate stain or sealer to your log home every 3-5 years. It is very important to determine what the existing finish is or what stain was previously used on your home originally. This will enable you to determine what the best exterior finish would be when recoating your log home.

Using Rocks for Decoration

The days when blue fescue grass was the only way to landscape your front yard or backyard are over. Many home owners and apartment communities nowadays are starting to decorate their landscape with rocks. Large, medium, and small rocks make an award winning combination for your landscape design, especially when strategically placed together in one landscaping project.

When you use large boulders within your landscape design, they add a certain dimension to the overall look, adding elevation can certainly do wonders for the look and feel of a yard. In addition to the overall attractiveness, it actually can save you money by using rocks for your landscaping, rather than using grass.

Rocks don’t require watering unlike grass, which does require watering. In all actuality, grass usually needs to be watered every single day, which is something that you can avoid by using a truck load of small pebbles throughout the areas of your yard that require landscaping. In many new home communities, landscaping is required by the association, and must be kept up regularly according to their rules and regulations. If you just spent a lot of money on your home, and are not looking forward to the upkeep of your yard, it would make sense to use rocks to landscape your yard to comply with regulations, and to save the extra money that would otherwise be spent on watering your yard each day.

What about when you go on vacation? You can leave the sprinklers, if you actually have any, off because you won’t need to worry about timers, broken heads, or anything else for that matter because the rocks can relax in your yard without any maintenance.

You won’t have to worry about brown spots in your yard like you would normally have to do with grass, and you won’t have to worry about gaping holes that show an excessive amount of dirt either. The initial cost of installing rocks isn’t much different than the installation of sod, and can really spice up the look and feel completely. In a further note, walkways and paths can be formed using rocks to really add a wonderful look to your outdoor living space, and create the ultimate atmosphere for you to relax and spend the days.

If you’re interested in using rocks in your next landscape design project, use a Nursery that has bins of rocks as opposed to buying bags from a handful of bags from a larger retail store. You’ll save money, and you’ll get a much better look.