If you’re a homeowner with a patio, then odds are you want to make the most of that space. Patios are great spaces for family and friends to gather. They can be great for big family meals or entertaining guests. When it comes time to utilize the patio again, most people start looking into new patio design ideas. If you’re like many, these 8 fast ways to make a patio pop might just help you out. [Read more…]
Stone walls are a beautiful addition to outdoor landscaping. From enhancing your curb appeal to improving your backyard entertainment area, stone wall design ideas are easy to find and include in your design plan. Some things to consider when adding a stone feature include the types of walls that are popular in your residential area, the best places on your property to build them, and finally how to seamlessly incorporate them into the landscape.
Natural stone landscape elements can give your yard a unique look that is both casual and refined. When stone walkways or stairs are originally installed, they look beautiful. However, after a few years the materials may begin to deteriorate and you can be left with pile of rubble. Whether you have a custom patio or statuary in your garden, here are some simple steps you can take to protect them.
Here at Creative Contour, I love to find unique ways to reuse and upcycle. Luckily there are plenty of ways to reuse old items around your house right in your garden. Anything that can hold soil can act as a plant container, but here’s a list of some of my favorite containers:
Like us, the birds and the bees love a healthy garden. Birds, in particular, will flock to gardens plum full of native plants and bushes. However, if your garden is missing out on the bird action, there are some ways you can easily start to attract some feathered friends. My newest garden accessory obsession this year are nesting helpers.They are easy to make, they look fabulous and they’re effective! Birds make about four to five nests per year so it’s likely there are plenty of birds in your neck of the woods that are on the hunt for nesting materials. To get started here’s what you need:
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5 Ways Your Yard May Be Scaring Off Potential Homebuyers
Your yard looks unkempt. It’s important to keep in mind that your yard translates into what the real estate industry calls “curb appeal.” You want potential buyers to like what they see on the outside of the home so they’re drawn inside. You may not have the money to create a Zen garden or plant an oak tree that can support a swing, but you can at least keep your grass mowed and edged properly.
Your yard looks high-maintenance. It sounds crazy, but you can overdo your yard.
Your koi fish pond may be a turnoff. A water feature can also repel buyers who are looking for a low-maintenance yard.
Your trees are too close to your house. Sure, those trees might give your home a cozy, wooded vibe, but they also hide your house and block the natural light when you’re inside the home
You aren’t taking your real estate agent’s landscaping advice. Since you’ve been living there forever, you may not notice the broken fence or that your untended flower garden is something of an eyesore. You may not be the best person to judge how your house looks to outsiders.