Tag: retaining walls

Creating Mystery, Anticipation and Depth in Just Twenty Feet

How can you create a sense of mystery and anticipation and make your garden have depth? The Japanese have done this for centuries. They developed a technique to conceal parts on a garden from the initial view; than gradually to reveal them. In just a twenty-foot space lush foliage and planted containers in a layered planting fronted by airy foliage can make a mystery retreat in an area. Couple that with swirls of bricks in a patio, stone paths, or retaining walls around a concrete swimming pool and you can heighten the mystery and anticipation. Another simple way is to screen

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A Quiet Corner: Outdoor Living Spaces

There was a time in many parts of America, where using the outdoors for the dual purposes of dining and entertaining just wasn’t done. In rural America many people working on farms often stopped for a mid day “dinner” under the shade of the trees. But it was more for gaining the sustenance needed for the rest of the day’s work, not entertainment. You worked outdoors and you rested and lived indoors. Now the garden can mean more than a vegetable or flower garden. It is a place or space to spend time on patios, pools, and decks, too. Now

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Hide the “Uglies"~ Air Conditioners, Garbage Cans, Recycling Bins, Utility Boxes, Plus More!

Do you have any of these standing out in your yard or taking up needed room in your garage? Garbage cans Recycling bins for paper, aluminum Compost bins Air Conditioning units On-ground electrical boxes Well pump structures Swimming pool equipment Utility boxes Potting bench Out door sports equipment or gear Most of these items are not known for their beauty, but you have to have them for the utility and functions they provide on a daily basis. Many of these eyesores aren’t something you can easily move. But you can hide them from you and your neighbor’s views by putting

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Circular Brick Patio Rooms Provide Emphasis

One of the nicest things any backyard can have is an inviting place right off of the house that provides a place to sit, dine, relax, read or entertain. You want it to feel private and warm and inviting. Brick pavers are one of the most versatile products to use because they can be installed in so many unique ways that reflect your personal tastes, lifestyle, and emphasize areas or things that are unique to your backyard. You may have a lovely old tree that casts some dappled shade on your yard. Right now that dappled shade results in poor

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Boulders Key Solution For Shoreline Restoration

Boulders are a versatile way to change, maintain, and transform shorelines and landscape. The possibilities are endless. Maintaining lakeshore can be a constant maintenance concern for homeowners on lakes, ponds, and rivers. Having your shoreline wash or erode away can be frustrating, costly, and scary. Using boulders for shoreline restoration can be the answer to many of these problems. Shoreline restoration has lots of variables that need to be considered and reviewed. Boulders are a great solution because they are natural stones. They can take the severe climate changes, the ice heaving, high water, heavy rains, and pounding waves that

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When to Build A Terraced Retaining Walls And Why To Hire Someone to Do It

Building terraces and retaining walls require special skills and the ability to move some materials that may weigh up to 100 pounds! If you install some terraced retaining walls in your yard you’ll get two immediate benefits: flat-planting beds in locations that may have been unusable and a solution to soil erosion problems. Terraced retaining walls should be considered anywhere with a longer or larger slope where a wall higher than 3 feet tall is going to be required. This site would be the place to consider installing a retaining wall. The main difference between a retaining wall and a

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