Low-cost Artificial Turf Landscaping Ideas

Maintaining a lush, healthy yard takes time and money. While many people enjoy caring for their lawns — including mowing, watering and weeding — others don’t have the time or money to invest in regular lawn maintenance.  This is why many homeowners choose artificial turf as a cost-effective solution to natural grass lawns.Synthetic turf can be used by people, businesses, schools and homeowners for residential and commercial landscaping needs as well as for athletic and playground surfaces.

Artificial grass can be used to landscape your yard, garden, deck or porch. Here are a few low-cost landscaping ideas using artificial turf.

Beautify shady areas: Use synthetic turf to add color to shady areas in your lawn or garden. Artificial turf  prices are affordable and installation is easy. Shady gardens and lawns can look stunning when you install synthetic turf along with a variety of shade-friendly shrubs and perennials.

Family-friendly backyards: Artificial turf is a great foundation for outdoor family fun.Manufactured using the latest materials on the market, artificial turf is designed to withstand frequent use and harsh weather.

Synthetic turf is child- and pet-friendly, which means it is durable, safe and soft.

Manufactured using the latest materials on the market, artificial turf is designed to withstand frequent use and harsh weather. It is free of harmful pesticides, fertilizers, bugs and mold. What’s more, children and pets can play on an artificial  lawn for as long as they like without having to worry about destroying the grass.
Poolside greenery: A lush background is an important element when landscaping a pool. Artificial turf makes it easy and affordable to landscape your pool without sacrificing style. Use synthetic grass to brighten the landscape and soften hard surfaces. You can also use synthetic turf to create a shady refuge from the sun.

Creative walkways: Whether …

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How To Combine Decorating Styles With Your Spouse

There are a lot of things you discuss and learn about your spouse in the weeks and months before you get married. You discuss how many kids you each want to have, whether you prefer city or country living, dog person or cat person, vanilla ice cream or chocolate. But one thing that is rarely discussed when you’re planning your wedded bliss is how you’d like to decorate your home.

When you’re first married, most of your furniture and other home decorating items are either given to you by friends and relatives or bought at deep discount sales. Your style is driven more by your budget than your preferences.

Then somewhere along the way, when you’re more secure financially, you start noticing little things start creeping into the house. Maybe your wife has been buying little Victorian accessories, and they’re now adorning every flat surface in your house. You’re starting to panic, wondering how on earth all of those frilly and flowered little tchotchkes are going to fit in with the Asian-inspired design you had envisioned.

Well, don’t panic. It may not seem like it now, but even styles this diverse this can work together. Here’s one way to use your imagination to bring two very different styles together.

Imagine that long ago an Asian furniture merchant traveled to Victorian-era London and opened a furniture store. While living there, he fell in love and married a beautiful and refined young lady. How do you imagine they decorated their house?

Interesting, isn’t it? You’re probably already imagining all sorts of ways to combine these styles in an elegant and charming way. An ornate lacquerware cabinet with a proper Victorian tea set placed on a hand-embroidered cloth. A Victorian chair accessorized with a batik pillow. One room may have slightly more of …

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Bamboo Garden Border and Bamboo Borders

Bamboo Garden Border

Are you looking for ideas that will enhance the natural beauty of your yard or landscaping?  Do you want a cost effective way of adding a special touch to your home?  Why not consider adding bamboo garden border to your flower bed or vegetable plot?  A popular building material used all around the country, bamboo is ideal for outdoor conditions because of its hollow interior and durable stalks.

Bamboo garden border enhances the appeal of a home by drawing attention to specific areas in your yard.  If you are trying to sell your home in today’s market, you have to really have something that stands out and attracts the buyer’s attention.  Often considered a small touch, bamboo garden border makes a big impact in the minds of those looking for the perfect dwelling to move into.

A serene garden with running waterfall and Zen Garden can be just what the doctor ordered.  With so many things threatening their peace of mind, relaxing in a sacred place cordoned off by bamboo garden border may be the anecdote that many people are looking for.  Pull up a piece of lawn furniture and get ready to align your chakras.  There is something very therapeutic about bamboo.

Many people enjoy the rustic feel of bamboo garden border.  Made from the stalks of bamboo and polished, the highly versatile lawn and garden decoration is functional as much as it is beautiful.  Adding bamboo garden border takes very little time and has long lasting appeal.  Many people are drawn to the woody grass because of its exotic look and ability to withstand all types of weather.

You do not have to live in another country to give others the appearance of Asia.  Installing bamboo garden border is an easy way to alter the …

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Landscaping Decks the Easy Way

The most important thing to consider in regards to backyard landscaping is that there are many options out there and available to you. With the advent of the internet, a search for “Deck Landscaping Photos” will give you many worthwhile ideas that will demonstrate what can be done. Alas, don’t forget your Public Library.

Landscaping Decks properly is an art that cannot only make your yard stand out, but also increase the property value of your home. People can spend a lifetime saving all of their money to buy their dream home, but a house without proper landscaping is lacking.

Many times homebuyers inherit the pervious owner’s landscaped yard but a neglected deck? People just don’t consider the deck or patio as part of the backyard landscaping. If you are going to be landscaping decks, there are some things that you should know about how to go around doing it and how it will work with your other landscaping plans.

Don’t Over Look It!

Landscaping decks is something that is often hard to do because at times the deck was already there when you bought the house. If you were to put one in yourself, you might have had a different vision. However, there are things that you can do to make landscaping existing decks incorporate everything your yard has already.

First of all, make sure that your deck ties together with your house. That means you should paint it if you need to. This doesn’t mean that it has to be the same color as your house. A lot of landscaped decks work well if the deck is a complimentary color or matches the trim or other pieces of the home. Then, build your landscaping around the house and the deck together. This is a good thing to do …

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Home Security – 3 Fast Steps to Burglar Proof Your Home Today!

Sometimes the best home security is implemented when you are the one making the assessment and any corrective action- a do it yourself home security plan.

Here are home security tips to think about that will definitely discourage or flat out stop a potential intruder from entering your house. It is not an all inclusive list but one that if followed will certainly go a long way toward making your home more secure.

1. Take a critical look at your house from the outside. Is your house well lit? Are there hiding places near doors and windows? If you can spot a potential weakness in your home’s “look” you can bet a professional burglar can exploit it. Remember that light is a burglars’ enemy-darkness a friend.

2. What could slow down a burglar from entering your home? Simple home security devices such as locks on doors(deadbolts are best) and windows, bars, grates-items that are visible from the exterior of the house will not only act as a deterrent but slow down an intruder should he decide to try to enter. The more time it takes to break into a home, the more discouraged a burglar will become. Time is the enemy of the burglar.

3. How noisy can you make it if someone gains entry? Noise is also the enemy of the burglar. There are many home security alarms activated by doors or windows opening or by motion. The sound of a barking dog, real or recorded, are very effective and will scare most burglars away.

Lights, noise and time-they are the three biggest enemies of an intruder. If you implement these home security tips to fortify your house you may well avoid a lot of potential break-ins. But there are some other things that …

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Affordable Backyard Remodels a Matter of Simplicity, Creativity

In economically challenging times such as these, Flowing Wells Landscape Construction would like to remind you that while a complete overhaul of your landscaping may not be in the cards presently, a remodel built around the twin concepts of simplicity and creativity can redefine a backyard in an equally dramatic way.  As an experienced Arizona landscaper, we can say the good news is that such a wonderful yet simple transformation can be achieved by incorporating elements you might not have previously considered.

An inviting patio area is a must-have for entertaining family and friends throughout the year.  And while bigger ticket items such as patio decks may be on the to-do list one day, there are simpler, more affordable ways in which you and your local landscaper can make your patio a centerpiece of your backyard.  The incorporation of Flagstone, for example, can change the entire feel of a patio area and create an entertaining surface that is both beautiful and durable.  Likewise, the addition of something as simple as patio lights can create a variety of moods, all controlled by you, when entertaining friends and family after the sun goes down.  In this and many other ways Scottsdale landscaper Flowing Wells can help transform the look and feel of your yard.

Outdoor barbeque grills and outdoor fireplaces can also add a great deal of style to your patio.  In the case of outdoor fireplaces the right choice, combined with the existing design elements, can quite literally create an extension of your living space.  Or bring a campfire feel to the proceedings by installing a fire pit in your backyard.  Sitting around a fire on a cold winter night is one of the great joys of life, and instills a sense of community and friendship that can’t be beat.  Plus …

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Adding Colonial House Stylings to Your Exterior

Colonial house plans have made a resurgence over the last decade and are now as popular as contemporary house floor plans. Colonial home styles have evolved from the merging of various cultural traditions and so there are no defined parameters within which a Colonial house can be styled. Today’s urban and suburban Colonial homes often blend various traditional floor plans, like the Federal, Cape Cod, Georgian, Saltbox and Ranch.

However, there are some easy ways to ensure that your house has a distinct and very palpable Colonial styling element to it.
Using Colonial Sidings

One of the easiest ways to establish a true Colonial feel is to add Colonial sidings for the roof. These are a practical and graceful alternative to the more conventional roof claddings.

One of the most common sidings is the Dutch Colonial siding that is installed along two layers. The siding could be made of shingles, wood clapboard or the more traditional choices like brick or stone. These sidings can be easily fastened over wood or steel backings, and most of them are retailed with matching trims and moldings to unify the entire décor. A house with Colonial sidings, a Gambrel roof and flared eaves looks typically Colonial.
Coloring Ideas for the Colonial Effect

A house that has few Colonial design elements can still attain this charming appearance through color coordination. If you want to make your house look a bit larger, use siding in lighter shades. For 2-storied homes, multi-color sidings are ideal wherein the darker shade is used along the lower-end of the walls, the medium shade on the second floor and the lightest shade is used for the top-most part of house. The siding’s color should blend with the overall styling of the house and your personal preference. Some popular examples in this …

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Home Security Monitoring: Your Electronic Watchdog

In times past, people didn’t have electronic home security monitoring systems to watch over the security of their homes and families. They relied on a more primitive means of monitoring their home’s security, the watchdog.

The watchdog was more than just a home security monitoring system, however, it was a trusted member of the family. Homeowners knew that so long as their loyal and faithful watchdog was monitoring their home’s security, they were safe, and so were their families and possessions. When an intruder or suspicious person was about, homeowners were confident that their living home security monitor would raise a quick alarm.

Times have changed, but the fundamental necessity of trust between a homeowner and his or her home security monitoring system has not. Homeowners need to feel the same unshakeable, unquestionable, faith and trust for their home security monitoring company as past homeowners felt for their loyal watchdogs.

Home security monitoring can cost anywhere from $10 to $100 per month. Selecting a company you can trust to provide quality home security monitoring is vital to ensuring the maximum return on this investment.

Modern home security monitoring generally works like this: when a home alarm system is tripped, a central home security monitoring station sends an alert to the central home security monitoring station via phone. Within just a few seconds, the central station will contact the homeowner over the phone or through the security keypad to determine if there is a threat to the safety of the home.

If the home security monitoring provider reaches someone in the home, the provider will ask for a passcode to ensure he or she belongs there. If the contact can’t provide the passcode, or if no one answers, the home security monitoring provider will call law enforcement to the scene and …

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The Natural Beauty of Bamboo Garden Water Fountains

Bamboo is one of the most popular materials for outdoor garden fountains.  Not only are these Zen-style water fountains very naturally appealing, they are known to attract positive energy as well.  If you are interested in transforming your garden into an oasis with Japanese flare, a bamboo garden water fountain is the right choice.

Types of Bamboo Garden Water Fountains

There are two basic types of bamboo water fountains.  The traditional stationary bamboo fountain consists of multiple hollow bamboo chutes with one chute typically placed upright or angled along the edge of the fountain reservoir for water flow.  The other type is the shishi-odoshi (or deer chaser) bamboo fountain.  In this type of fountain, a hollow bamboo chute moves back and forth as water flows through it.  This creates a melodic sound in addition to the calming sound of flowing water.  It is called the deer chaser because it was originally intended to scare deer away from gardens with the sound of the moving chute.  There are many shishi-odoshi bamboo garden water fountain designs, with the most common one consisting of two vertical bamboo chutes inserted into the ground, and a central bamboo stick sandwiched between these serving as the water tube.

Creating Your Own Bamboo Fountain

Bamboo garden water fountains are an elegant and natural way to enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water in your garden.  While you can find these fountains complete with a pump, you can also add a pump and bamboo spout to any container to create your own bamboo garden water fountain.  There are a number of bamboo spout kits available on the market.  Some bamboo spout kits are quite simple while others incorporate several bamboo sticks and figurines.  There are also bamboo water wheel accessories available.  By adding an adjustable bamboo spout, the …

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No Cost Landscaping Ideas

The Internet has a great many sites dedicated specifically to free landscaping ideas, thereby enabling people to initiate their own landscaping projects, at their own pace, without the cost of engaging a contractor.

Generally, these sites offer easy to understand instructions, and are presented in such a way as to make it easier to achieve your desired result. Therefore, should you be looking to start a landscaping project of your own, having never done so previously, the internet would be your best bet as a starting point place of reference, for no-cost landscaping ideas.

This too, will give you a good idea of just what is involved, considering materials; space and perspective; step-by-step procedures and approximated time needed to complete each task; estimated costs; detailed elements of landscaping including patios, front and backyards, water features such as swimming pools, and other decorations, that previously you may not have considered – had you even been aware of them.

Here are just a few free landscaping ideas available on the web.

Keep in mind, that you can chop and change most of the elements in any free ideas you view on the internet, nothing is “carved in stone” as far as ideas go, AND, you will not be wanting your particular outdoor-space, to be looking exactly like everyone else. So, mix it up a little.

1. Trees.
Apart from the fact that most trees are “set and forget”, i.e. plant them, water them, but largely leave them to their own devices; trees, whether a single specimen tree, or a stand or copse of them, add a focal-point to a garden.

Depends on what it is you are after – somewhere to sit in the shade; something to contemplate – a particular tree of beauty; somewhere for the kids to play; maybe as …

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