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8 Things to Consider Before Installing Outdoor Security Cameras

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Buying a security camera, especially for outdoor use, can take a lot more work than you’d expect. Apart from the wide range of choices, there are also tons of factors you have to consider to make sure you only get your hands on the best one for your home.

If this is your first time to buy an outdoor security camera or you just want to make sure you are making the right purchasing decision, here are the most important things you need to consider.

1. Price

A lot of homeowners, especially those who are on a tight budget, look for outdoor security cameras that are affordable and cheap. If you are one of these people, don’t expect too much from your camera. Although they can get the job done, most of them lack the features that can fully protect your home.

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Installing a Flagstone Walkway in Your Garden

iStock 497583765 300x199 Installing a Flagstone Walkway in Your GardenSpring is just around the corner, and a lot of us are thinking about our gardens.

We’ll leave the question of what to plant or not plant to the horticulturists. We’re concerned more with getting to your garden.

If you’re looking to give your garden a new look this spring, consider installing a flagstone walkway. This might sound like a big undertaking, but this is a project that you can wrap up in one weekend. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Adding a Fire Feature? Here’s How to Choose the Right One

iStock 157380538 300x200 Adding a Fire Feature? Here’s How to Choose the Right OneA backyard fire feature can transform your property.

In the summertime, it lets you enjoy your yard on cooler nights. Gather around the fire with your family to watch fireworks while roasting marshmallows. When colder weather comes, it gives you a chance to stay outdoors later in the season.

Although we’re in the midst of winter, it’s not too early to start thinking about the kind of fire feature you’d like to add to your Bucks or Montgomery County property. If you’re ready to add a fire feature to your backyard, here are a few things to consider.

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Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Space in the Winter Months

iStock 519158148 300x200 Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Space in the Winter MonthsWinter is here. The skies are an unfriendly greyish white, the ground is frozen, and the wind gnaws at us whenever we go outside.

In other words, it’s the perfect time to enjoy your outdoor living space.

No, we’re not joking. There’s no reason to stop spending time in your backyard when winter comes. All it takes are a few adjustments.

1. Install a fire pit

Having a fire pit in your outdoor living space gives you a place to gather in the colder months. Think of it like having a permanent campfire going in your backyard. Some fire pits are portable, so you can move them around your backyard space, but most are permanent, which is a better look for the overall aesthetics of your yard.

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Properly Maintaining Your Chester County Hardscape This Winter

iStock 476878890 300x200 Properly Maintaining Your Chester County Hardscape This WinterYour hardscaping is durable, but it’s not invincible. Like a lot of parts of your property, it needs to be maintained to protect against harsh winter weather.

With winter here, we thought we’d offer up these tips for properly maintaining your Chester County hardscape this season.

Clear your surfaces when it snows

We hope that you’ve kept your pavers clean this autumn. When dirt and debris get caught under the snow, they can dull and stain your hardscaping.

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How to Choose Hardscaping Material

hardscaping materials 300x225 How to Choose Hardscaping MaterialHardscaping is like a lot of other products: it comes in several varieties. They all have their advantages, but some will be a better fit for your home than others.

Here’s what to know before you pay a visit to your Chester County hardscaping material supplier.

Concrete

When we say concrete, don’t picture workers just mixing and pouring cement and calling it a day. In the hardscaping word, concrete typically refers to stamped concrete. This is concrete that is stamped and shaped and molded, allowing you to mimic the look of a more expensive stone without having to pay expensive stone prices.

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Autumn Hardscaping and Maintenance Projects

Tfire pit 300x200 Autumn Hardscaping and Maintenance Projectshere’s a chill in the air. The days are getting shorter, and the leaves have begun to change.

Fall has arrived, and although your thoughts might be turning to the indoors, there’s still time to take care of your lawn. That’s why we’ve put together this brief guide to some autumn hardscaping and maintenance projects you may want to tackle this season.

Be sure to use a reliable landscape & hardscape supplier in PA, like Woodward Landscape Supply, to gather the materials you’ll need to complete these projects.

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Planning Your Next Hardscaping Project

iStock 39176204 MEDIUM 300x199 Planning Your Next Hardscaping ProjectPlanning a hardscaping project is a thought-intensive process that must take into consideration many factors. While the creative process can be a lot of fun, you also have to keep in mind functionality, the existing space and your contractor before any ground is broken.

There’s a lot to consider, but with a little foresight and some help from your landscape and hardscape supplier, your space can look great for years to come.

Local Laws

First off, you may need to restrain your vision, depending on what your local building and zoning laws have to say. Check with your community’s rules governing such projects before you contact a contractor, so you don’t accidentally disappoint yourself with a dream design that can’t come true where you live.

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Mulch vs. Gravel: Which is Better for Your Landscaping?

gravel mulch 225x300 Mulch vs. Gravel: Which is Better for Your Landscaping?Mulch and gravel play an important role in garden and landscaping projects. Think of them as the icing on the cake that is your property: a pleasant finishing touch.

Today we’re going to look at the some of the pros and cons of the two landscaping materials to help you decide which is better for your home.

Mulch

For our purposes, “mulch” is a catch-all term that refers to a gardening material that’s typically made from wood. It’s used to add visual appeal, but also to improve the health of your soil.

Benefits of mulch:
  • It’s easy to install and inexpensive, and soft and easy to walk on.
  • Mulch made from wood/tree bark adds organic matter to your soil as it breaks down.
  • Mulch retains moisture in your soil, so you’ll need to water less regularly.
  • It has a dark color that contrasts well with the green of your lawn and other plants.
  • With mulch, there’s no need for you to install an edging material or weed barrier.

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Are You Installing Polymeric Joint Sand Properly?

In July of 2013, we wrote an article regarding the proper installation of polymeric sand. That article is reprinted below with minor updates. However, a major change is occurring in 2016. Major polymeric sand manufacturers have revised their formulas to reduce the risk of polymeric haze. Products with this new composition will begin to appear this spring and should be widely available by summer.
Nothing has changed in the proper installation and maintenance, the new formula simply reduces the probability of residual hazing and clean up.

 


polymericsand 150x300 Are You Installing Polymeric Joint Sand Properly?

 

Polymeric sand is used to fill joints between pavers, including concrete pavers, stone pavers and brick pavers. The fine sand is combined with additives, usually silica, and forms a binding agent after it’s mixed with water.

Using polymeric sand instead of plain sand has many benefits including:

  • Prevents Washouts
  • Offers Different Colors
  • Improves Durability
  • Prevents Weeds

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