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September 7th, 2016

Most common gardening types

by tocuser12

For majority of people, gardening is just a hobby while for others it is an internal passion to connect with nature. When considering gardening to add beauty and vibrancy to their homes, people seek different ways to decorate it according to the size of the area, taste and budget. Well, some try to do it themselves, where they have the flexibility to add their personal taste and creation into it whereas others go for conventional types by hiring a gardener or landscaper. For beginners, it might be quite confusing unless they have some idea about different types of gardening.

Flower Gardens –
Flowers are the most integral part of any garden. Regardless of the location where they are planted, flowers go well with all types of gardens, nominiature garden matter how big or small the landscape is. Those who are interested in dedicating their entire landscape for flowers, should do some basic planning based on the climate, area, flower types etc. Gardeners generally prefer different flower plants for borders, where they mix blended colors to highlight the area. Since flowers bloom at different times of the year, such as annuals and perennials, it is important to choose the right kind based on your requirement. Some plants will not sustain extreme temperatures such as hot summers or snowy weathers and die as they soon as they are planted. If you want long lasting colors to stay in your garden, try to select the plants that can survive longer in your local area temperatures.

Woodland Gardens –
It is one of the most oldest traditional type of informal gardens where the plants are not properly arranged as we generally see in typical conventional types. The theme mostly reflects natural wilderness with native woodland plants largely occupying the entire garden. In fact most of the home owners do not prefer this type because it rarely adds any color to the garden. It is quite suitable for large unused wooded areas where there is a little scope for standard methods of gardening.

Water Gardens –
It is one of the most oldest forms of gardening, which is still popular in some Asian countries like Japan, Malaysia, India etc. The gardens typically contains a pool, pond or water stream where water flowers like lotus, water lily, Thalia etc can be grown in beautiful colors. The type of plants chosen depend on the water temperature & flow, whether it is a still pond or a flowing stream. Water gardens are not feasible for regular houses unless the landscape is very big with some fountain or water pond in the front or back yards. These natural landscapes are mostly seen in public places or large gardens surrounded by huge trees and giant shrubs.

Container Gardens –
It is one of the most popular types as it doesn’t require much land area to plan the trees. Container gardening has its own pros & cons when compared Miniature Gardeningto traditional gardening. Previously, people used to grow only certain type of edible plants in containers. However, now-a-days gardeners are working out different options to get the maximum output with minimum space and resources. It is also called as pot gardening because gardeners use different types and shapes of pots made with different materials such as plastic, terra-cota, concrete, wood etc. Container gardens are simple & easy and doesn’t require much expertise to design it.

The above are some of the most typical gardening types that we commonly see around us. There is no restriction on what type of garden you must choose, as long as it adds beauty & color to your house.

March 7th, 2015

Matching Countertops with Your Cabinets

by Edwin Rosenthal

Are you planning to renovate your kitchen? Then, you need to take care of two things – one is countertops of your kitchen and the other is the kitchen cabinets. Your kitchen looks beautiful if both the countertops and the cabinets match each other. Therefore, when it comes to matching theme selection is an important aspect. Selection of the countertops and cabinets will depend on many factors. So, are you ready for selecting the good countertops that match the cabinets, which makes your kitchen beautiful? Then, here are a few facts on selecting the countertops that help you match the cabinets.

Based on lifestyle
Lifestyle varies across families, and the people have different requirements. So, when it comes to selection of the cabinets, the first thing that you need to consider is the life style. Consider the lifestyle of your entire family from small to big. See to it that the cabinets are available to all the people in your family and even your kids too. After that go with the countertops that matches the look of your cabinets. If you are regular user then you need the countertops that are durable and maintenance is must for any type of countertop. For more usage consider the dark colored counterttops and see to it that it matches with the cabinet.

Based on the style
The style of the countertops and the cabinets must match each other. If your countertop is sleek, then try to pick the right cabinet that matches its look. This is suitable for the homes that have contemporary look. If you want to create a contrast between them, then select the dark colored countertops with white or light colored cabinets or if you want to make the coordination between them, then choose the similar color choice. It depends completely on the style of your kitchen.

Based on the color and texture
Some countertops are natural and the color of the countertop comes naturally with various patterns and the cabinets were also prepared by the natural wood, metal or glass. So, see to it that they both match with each other in the pattern and color. Most people love dark countertops with light colored cabinets. But, few conutertops like laminate will have more no. of colors and patterns, so with this various patterns and colors it becomes easy for you to match both your countertops and cabinets.

Based on the budget
Budget is one of the most important factors that you need to consider and above all are completely dependent on the budget that you have for spending on your kitchen cabinets and the countertops. Some of the conutertops are pre-built which can save lots of your money but, they don’t come with finishing sometimes. So, you need to paint them. Custom designed cabinets are pre-counstructed and finished and just you need to install them in your kitchen. These are economically friendly countertops. So, you can match up them if your budget is low otherwise go with your own customized countertops and cabinets.

This is how you need to select and match the countertops and your kitchen cabinets based on the above factors.
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February 7th, 2015

Considerations for Improving your Kitchen Ambiance

by Edwin Rosenthal

Remodeling and renovating kitchen would be the first option for most people while renovating their house. In this article, a few considerations are mentioned that you can implement in making your kitchen more appealing than before.

List of considerations
Miniature plantsUse quality materials in Flooring
Flooring in the kitchen has wide options available in the market. You can choose the right flooring according to their requirement where most of the people prefer flooring with less maintenance. Also traditional flooring options like tiles, wood, brick, bamboo, vinyl can be preferred accordingly. Research and shop around before choosing the right flooring option for your kitchen

Select classic Counter tops
Counter tops form the horizontal work surface for placing the furnace/stove along with other appliances in your kitchen. Depending on the material used in making them and the styles present their costs vary being expensive. Counter tops made up of natural stone like granite, marble or other materials like stainless steel, plastic laminates, wood and concrete can be used. They impart an interesting look to your kitchen.

Storage shelves
Storage shelves form an important part in every kitchen for storing the content, utensils and other boxes which are required. If enough storage shelves are not present make arrangements for adding up racks/storage shelves in your kitchen. Depending upon the size of the utensils used and other boxes get the storage shelves done accordingly which gives a tidy and clean look to your kitchen.

Elegant lighting
Lighting is an important part in kitchen as it is the place where people spend most of the time for preparing food. Ensure that the kitchen is installed with good lights for making the kitchen functional, comfortable and making easy for you to cook.

Opt for good quality hardware
By installing hardware requirements such as door, hinges, knobs, latches, etc. completely changes the look of your kitchen. Kitchen hardware is important in making the kitchen look stylish and interesting. Choose the right cabinet from the market depending on your budget and the availability of space.

Decide whether to stain or paint
Brush painted cabinets lasts long compared to that of stained wood cabinets and give a unique look.

Install an island in the middle of the kitchen
Ensure to create a bulky, open and airy look island in the middle of the room free of appliances or can also be provided along with a dish washer or a cook top.

This articles helps you in renovating your kitchen with the best needs required for making it interesting and giving it a good look. By considering and improving the above aspects in your kitchen will enhance its looks creating a positive impression for onlookers.
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October 28th, 2014

Raised Garden Bed and Its Benefits

by Edwin Rosenthal

Raised bed gardening is one of the popular gardening that consists of elevated soil were planting is done. The planting can be done in large planter boxes or else in the big area were you can construct the raised bed yourself. So, do you want to know how to construct the raised bed and advantages of raised bed gardens? Then, this article will be helpful for you.

fairy housesConstruction of raised beds
Construction of raised bed garden consists of several steps but, here we are briefly explaining it to you in few simple steps.

  • Select the location according to the structure that you need for your raised beds. The location that you choose for the raised bed must have the facilities required for the plants growth, it includes, sunlight or shade, temperature etc.
  • Next, take the help of a professional gardener to start the construction. At first plan the design that you need for the garden with the help of the professional.
  • Prepare the list of appropriate materials for construction and that suits the design of the location. Raised garden beds are constructed with wood, garden rocks, bricks, concrete etc. So, see to it that you need temporary or the permanent bed for the garden and based on that you should choose the materials.
  • Prepare the area for the raised bed by leveling the soil and avoid any distractions near the raised bed.
  • Now, start the construction of the bed with the materials gathered and with the help of the professional. Lay the border of the bed with the material selected for construction and then, fill it with the soil through proper leveling. Also use good quality composite for helping the plants to get enough nutrients.
  • Water it in regular intervals after the construction to make sure that soil is settled completely in the bed. With this the construction is completed.

Benefits of having raised beds in the garden

  • Raised beds are good for organizing the same species of plants in a group.
  • You can separately prepare the beds for various types of plants in a confined area.
  • Soil erosion will be less in the raised beds during the heavy rain when compared to the other areas in the garden.
  • It is a good option for the gardens that are having the small space.
  • Raised garden beds are good for the long rooted plants which require several layers of the good soil.
  • With the nutrient rich and weed-free soil you can control weeds in the small space of raised beds.
  • Maintenance is easy in the raised beds.

This is all about he construction and the benefits that you can get through raised garden beds. Garden beds are also attractive parts of the garden. So, you can use them even if your garden is big or small.

October 8th, 2014

Choosing Container Materials for Your Garden Plants

by Edwin Rosenthal

miniature gardenChoosing the right container is very important for your plants to grow well. Based on your plant type you need to choose the container. It also depends on the design of your garden and your budget. There are various types and sizes of containers available, choose the one that fits in your needs.

Some containers made of wood are long-lasting and good for water retention. Especially the containers made of solid hardwood barrels can be used for permanent plantings with good rustic settings. Containers made of hardwood can resist the rot. Though wood container is good for permanent plantings you need to use some preservatives to make it lasting. To ensure that soil doesn’t come out of the container you should check the joints of the container while you are selecting it for your plantings. If you are planting woodland plants then rustic wood would be the best choice.

Clay pots are traditional choices of many people of its huge benefits against the other containers available in the market. They add sculptural touch to your garden. Clay pots come in variety of sizes and shapes. They are usually inexpensive than the designer pieces like metal and many other containers. The major disadvantage with clay pots is they dry out quickly. So to prevent them from drying out you need to place them in a semi-shaded area. Make sure the containers are frost proof.

Stone is a good choice for maintaining soil moisture and temperature. It has a solid and ornamental look. Stone containers can be used for permanent plantings as they are strong enough to withstand the climatic conditions especially in winter. For plants which need plenty of space choose large stone containers. Containers made of concrete are less expensive as they are available in huge quantity, but some genuine old stones are very expensive. Soft stone containers give a beautiful look to your garden.

Metal is a good choice for winter containers. Metal containers are known for their durability. But, the major drawback with this containers are they heat up quickly and dries out through which they damage the roots if regular watering is not done. If you need to add decorative pieces to your garden, you can use them but, you need to take regular care of plants planted in metal containers.

Many people think that synthetic is a natural material, but the fact is, it is man made. But, the benefits with synthetic containers are, they are light weight, inexpensive and durable. They come in variety of finishes, sizes and shapes.

Baskets or bags
Apart from the above containers, you can also use old baskets or bags that are available in your home as a containers for small plants or shrubs. This saves some of your money on containers. Baskets are light weight and can be hanged anywhere in your home as a decorative pieces. Grow bags are also lightweight and are very compact. Bags can be used for temporary home plants.
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September 11th, 2014

Gardening Tools, Equipments and Their Uses

by Andrew Veazey

Basic gardening tools are required for gardening. There are some basic gardening tools used in gardening such as:

miniature treesGloves
Gloves are the one of the essential basic tool in the gardening. It protects our hands from blisters, cuts, sunburns and thorns. Gloves are designed in different forms based on the tasks around the garden.

Seedling gloves are water proof gloves and provides extra Dexterity. Leather gloves are lack of flexibility and protects us from thorns and sharp objects. Full length glove reaches elbow and protects our hands from sun burn.

Watering can
Watering can is an essential gardening tool. It is used to provide water to the plant and to provide weedkillers or fertilizing the plants. Water cans are designed in different material such as copper, plastic, brass and ceramic and also available in different sizes from half liter to 10 liter cans. Plastic cans with 10liter cans are light weight and can use easily than others.

Utility bags
Utility bags are important through out the gardening process. It is used to hold all the tools for gardening. It is also used to place all the discarded weeds and debris from the garden. These are available in collapsible pop up styles and fold down polypropylene bags.

Pruners are used to cut overgrown shrubs, stems and branches. These are available in knives and saw forms. Pruning knives are used to cut shrubs and prune branches. It is used to break up the soil before planting seeds. Pruning saw has larger teeth with rough surface and used to cut small branches and limbs and also fireworks.

Gardening forks
Gardening fork is a basic tool in gardening as it has several uses in gardening. It is used to dig the soil and to break up the compacted soil. It is also used to collect the loose materials such as leaves, compost and tree clippings as a result of pruning. It is used to lift the potatoes with out causing any damage.

Spades are long and having narrow blade at the edge. Transplanting spade is used to dig the soil to accommodate the plant root in the soil. It is used to avoid occurring damage to the adjacent plants and also to remove damaging weed. Fork spades are used to gather all the loose debris such as leaves, tree clippings, etc.

Hoes has a long handle with flat and perpendicular blade at the end. It is used to remove weeds and drilling soil for plantation. There are two types of hoes are available one is push hoes and other is draw hoes. Push hoes is moved backwards on the un-hoed ground and avoids walking on the newly hoed weed. Draw hoe is moved forward and walks on the newly hoed weed.

Scissors is one of the basic tool required for gardening. It is used to cut overgrown stems and branches. It is also used to remove dead flowers from plant.

Aerators are used to aerate soil by penetrating into the earth and increases the uptake of oxygen, water, nutrients and encourages the plant growth.
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September 4th, 2014

Constructing a Garden Retaining Wall and Its Benefits

by Jonathan Cogley

Do you want to construct or install a garden retaining wall? Here, are few simple steps you can go through for building this garden retaining wall. Constructing a retaining wall for your garden is very easy and you can do it by your own if you have few skills or otherwise take the help of your builder and instruct him during the construction. If you want to construct the retaining wall then, this article will help you. There are few benefits that your garden will have with this retaining wall.

Steps for constructing a garden retaining wall
fairy garden ideasStep-1: At first, you should choose the type of the stone blocks that are necessary for building the wall. The stone can be granite, natural stone etc. of your choice or otherwise that matches the flooring of the outdoor place. This is the main part of the construction so, be sure in making a right stone choice with good shape and size.

Step-2: Once the stone selection is completed gather all the things and materials required for the construction, blocks of stones, tap for measuring, bricks jointer etc. I think an experience builder will help you in this matter. Along with this plan for the shape of the wall that you are going to construct and were your garden should be.

Step-3: Now, start the laying foundation. Dig the trench and before that measure the length, width and depth you need to dig for laying the foundation. Tamp the trench, add the layer of paver base, and level it. With this foundation will be completed.

Step-4: Now put the stone or brick block that you have chosen for the wall by shaping it properly to make a strong attachment with one another. Once the first layer is completed check the level of all the stones and if they are fine, fill the gaps between the blocks and then proceed in the same very to the last level of construction.

Step-5: Once, the wall construction is completed fill the remaining space in between the actual garden land and the wall with the gravel or pebbles. They not only covers the space but also gives a fine look to your garden landscape.
With this the construction of the garden retaining wall is completed. Now, we move to the benefits of having a retaining wall.

  • Garden retaining wall enhances the look of the garden and your home.
  • Gives a good protection for your garden plants and limits them in the space so, that they will be molded to the shape of the wall etc.

These are a few benefits and there are many other advantages that you get through the garden retaining wall as well.
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August 21st, 2014

Tips to Make Beautiful Home Garden

by tocuser4

Want to make your home garden more beautiful? Then, these tips will help you a lot. Garden is the reflection of your home. The design, the texture everything reflects your taste. Proper maintenance is necessary for the garden to make it look beautiful. But, in order to maintain it properly you need to follow some simple tips.

fairy gardenDead plant removal: The first thing you need to do is, remove all the dead leaves, aged and worn out plants from your garden. Because this will effects the other plants of your garden and gives an unnatural look.

Clean the garden: Once you remove the dead plants out of your garden, clean your garden well and prune all the un-even plants. Pruning helps to improve the growth of the plant. This will make our garden look good up to some extent.

Add color to your garden: If the pots and plants of your garden are too old better replace them. Use more of flowering plants because they spread out fragrance around your home. This will keep your mind fresh with fresh ideas. Replace the old pots with new colorful ones which give your garden a new look.

Place fragrant plants at the entrance: Now, start planting with fragrance spreading plants. Place them at the entrance of your home that spreads out fragrance and makes people enjoy the essence when they enter your home.

Decorate: Decorate your garden by adding some miniature pieces and fairies. This gives your garden aesthetic look. Many people love miniatures so, if you are a garden lover you too will love having miniatures in your garden.

Use various plant sizes: The size of the plants that you are placing in the garden should vary from one another, through the sun lights spreads out on all plants equally and create unity among the common plants which vary from other plants.

Make a beautiful lawn: If you have a big area in your garden for walking, then make lawn. Lawn will not only give a beautiful look to your garden, but you can also spend your snack time over there.

Maintain it well: Once you are done with all the above steps, then start maintaining it properly from time to time according to the seasons, and grow them well.

These are few tips that will help your garden look more aesthetic. A well maintained garden makes you feel fresh.
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March 17th, 2014

How to Paint Your Interior Walls for Your Wedding?

by Edwin Rosenthal

Painting is important for wedding as it gives the new look to your home and changes entire look of the rooms and also the feel of the home within a very short period of time and cost. Painting is therefore, a very affordable way to update your rooms with such a small expense.

The tools required for the painting are as follows, the painting brush, house hold cleaner, drop cloths, putty knife, paint roller and paint tray, drywall compound or sparkling, latex interior paint, screw driver etc. Arrange all of them; they are easily available at paint and hardware stores.

Many people think that painting an interior wall is like an easy design fixing and think that painting with a light color needs only one coating, but that will be in rare cases according to the previous paint color, if it is light and same color then it is possible for one coating.

For starting of painting the first thing, you need to do is move all furniture away from the walls and remove wall papers, photos, and any other items which are hanging from the wall. Also remove the electrical plates and the outlet covers. After removing the switch plates replace the screws so that they may not missed or get lost. After that, cover all the flooring with the drop cloths.

Then, the next step is to remove all the dust from the wall and clean the walls thoroughly by using the cleaning solution of household. Then after that rinse them with water and allow them to dry. Then again prime the areas of strains by using the oil based primer. After that repair, remove all the holes of the nails and any other blemishes with the help of the putty knife and compound or sparkling.

Then trim around all the doors, windows, baseboards, and the intersections of the ceilings, also the walls by using the brush. Choose a color of your choice but choose a light color because it not only looks decent but also gives a bright look when you switch on the lights in the evening and you can also decorate nicely on the light colored walls without any risk because the light color will suit for each decorations and even it will look nice after decoration.

Then, start painting the walls from the corners of the top, by using a paint roller and paint tray that should be in down way of the wall. Start painting small sections and began new sections beside the previous, then blend the paint edges together while still wet. Then continue doing quickly so that you may not pause before completing a wall.

After completion of wall, let it dry completely and then you decide whether the second coating is necessary or not. If necessary then repeat the procedure for one more coat. Then finish all the walls in similar manner.

After finishing the painting completely, clean all the brushes, trays, and rollers using warm soapy water. Then remove the drop cloths, so it is better if you leave it for one full day to dry, remove because there may be chances of damaging the furniture and floors. After completely drying, replace the pictures back on the walls.

This is how you should paint your walls for your wedding, hope you will enjoy the painting and feel good and happy at the end.
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February 6th, 2014

Energy Efficient Home Improvements Tips

by Dov Waxman

The home is the largest investment for most of the people. Your home has many things that conserve energy in a large amount. If the energy systems in your home are more than ten years old, you need to consider updating those systems. The new generation of energy efficient systems like environmentally friendly insulation, heating and air systems will help you to make your house more energy efficient and finally it will save money in the form of bills and taxes.

  • Air and heating: According to, cooling and heating of the homes will takes around 56 percent of energy. In a 2000 sq. ft. house will cost between three to five thousand dollars for installing an updated high voltage alternative current (HVAC) system. If any additional work requires it will be around six to ten thousand dollars. It will take several years for homeowners to get return on investment (ROI). Investment on HVAC will become excellent only when you are planned to stay for more than five years or the HVAC system aged over ten years. You can see more savings with this system if you stay with it for more time. With the new systems, you will reduce greenhouse gases and carbon pollution significantly.
  • Doors and Windows: With the improperly fitted doors, a large portion of energy is wasted. If single pane windows are replacing you can save over four hundred dollars per year. The windows replacement can cost around two to four hundred dollars. If you have newer windows, install caulking around the frame it will help to increase your energy efficiency. Adding insulation to your home can be one of the lowest expensive energy efficient investments, and adding this correctly could save around 20 percent on cooling and heating bill. The insulation is one time investment to your home. Once you insulated your home it lasts forever and keep on lower your energy costs.
  • Lighting: Lighting accounts for approximately one fourth of the energy budget even it takes the smallest portion among others. Using LED and compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs will save considerable amount of energy. Initial costs of these bulbs are very high than the traditional light bulbs, but these will more reliable and energy efficient than them.

Most of these energy improvements to your home needs a large initial investment. But you can get greater benefits in the future. The government offers tax rebates for these improvements. Investments on light bulbs and insulation will show you immediate energy savings. But the investments on doors, windows and HVAC systems will take some time to show the results. If you are planning to stay in the home for a period of five or more years, these improvements will be beneficial to you. If you want to sell the house, check how much these can value added to your home.
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