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How to Choose the Best Natural Stone for Patios

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Travertine and Flagstone Patio

When it comes to selecting natural stone for patios, you have a lot of choices.

Brick. Bluestone. Travertine. All attractive picks, all with their own benefits.

No matter what you pick, you’ll be getting a patio that lasts for decades, requires little maintenance and adds beauty to your home. Let’s take a closer look at these patio materials so you can decide which one is right for you.

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5 Clever Ideas for a DIY Garden Fountain

iStock 516235045 1024x798 5 Clever Ideas for a DIY Garden FountainThere are few things as soothing as sitting in your yard on a warm summer evening, listening to the babble of a water feature.

Fountains are perhaps the simplest approach to installing a water feature: as long as you have a power source to run it, you’re set.

And you can make a custom, DIY garden fountain from almost anything: stone, wall block, an urn, etc. Interested in creating your own fountain? Here are some ideas we came across.

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Making the Right Hardscaping Choices

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Our world is one that thrives on balance. We enjoy foods that are sweet and foods that are salty. We watch some movies that are funny, others that are serious.

And in our backyards, we mix hardscaping – patios, pathways, stones, rocks and decks — with softscaping: things such as trees, plants, flowers or grass.

Without softscaping, your yard would seem harsh and forbidding, a sterile, uninviting place.

But without hardscaping, it would feel messy and overgrown. As you search for hardscaping supplies in PA, think about choosing these materials to give your property the right balance.

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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Winterizing – Guest Post

iStock 155385877 300x200 A Simple Guide to Patio Planning:  Winterizing   Guest PostAfter careful planning, selecting a professional, watching the installation, and enjoying your new outdoor living environment,  the season changes and it is time to move indoors. So,

What about Winter?

Patios do require seasonal maintenance and caring for them in wintertime will ensure yet another full year of relaxing moments outdoors. Here’s a checklist for your own outdoor space, which you should ideally tick off well before the year’s first snowfall:

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Adding Value to Your Property with Landscaping

If you’re planning on selling your home at some point within the next year or so, you’ve probablyiStock 639414496 300x200 Adding Value to Your Property with Landscaping been doing a fair amount of research on ways you can add value to your property.

You’ve probably also noticed the one phrase that seems to pop up over and over (and over) again in articles about increasing your property value: “curb appeal.” In the worlds of DIY home remodeling and property value enhancing, that phrase is everywhere.

Yet whether you believe in the power of curb appeal, it’s not always easy to know exactly which upgrades to make when you’re hoping to enhance your home’s value. Study after study, however, has shown us that landscaping is almost always the best investment you can make in value-adding property scenarios.

Not only have these studies proven that landscaping enhances your property’s curb appeal, which in turn increases its value. They’ve also shown that landscaping can significantly increase the rate at which you can expect your house to sell.

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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Safety – Guest Post

iStock 181688821 300x206 A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Safety   Guest PostOutdoor living is a major trend and it’s here to stay. You read my article “A Simple Guide to Patio Planning” so you’ve made all the important decisions, identified a trustworthy professional to help you with the project, and are ready to take this patio show on the road. What else should you be aware of?

Safety First

Extra amenities and fire hazards

Having an open grill, a furnace, some lighting, and plants in or around your patio sounds great – and kudos to you if you can afford them. However, it’s extremely important to note that the lighting should be low voltage and very well insulated, for outdoor use. Furthermore, any sort of cooking equipment that involves an open fire should ideally be placed outside the patio, with all the proper safety measures for ventilation in place. Also, make sure the base of the patio is level, to avoid wobbly chairs and tables.

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All About Topsoil

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Let’s talk about topsoil.

It’s one of the simpler landscaping supplies – essentially just dirt – but like anything you use to improve your property, it works best when you have the right information.

So, consider this blog post an introductory course to topsoil: what it is, how it’s different from similar materials like compost, and how to use it.

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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning – Guest Post

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The beauty of a patio is many-splendored, as this relatively low-cost and low-maintenance upgrade to your property can serve a great number of purposes. It can be a decorative addition, with a beautiful structure and hanging plants all over it. It can stand as the new family gathering space for fun-filled board game nights outside or cozy summer lunches. Last, but not least, it allows you to enjoy time outside, either socializing or reading, without being exposed to the scorching sun and its harmful UV rays.

That said, where do you start, when you’ve already decided you want a patio? We’ve put together a quick list of tips and tricks, selected from the experts, and here’s what they have to say about your soon-to-be favorite outdoor hangout.

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Freshen Up Your Landscape This Fall

iStock 157996456 300x200 Freshen Up Your Landscape This FallSpending time and money freshening up your landscaping in Chester County this fall may seem somewhat counter-intuitive, given the fact that snow will most likely be covering up your hard work before you know it. And what of the possibility that winter frost may ruin some of the landscaping elements you’ve just added to your home’s yard?

According to professional landscapers, however, anyone living in a part of the country that experiences frigid winter weather would be well advised to add some autumn-specific landscaping tasks to their outdoor fall to-do list. For the best long-term landscape results, the following outdoor chores should be accomplished sometime between the beginning of September and the end of November.

If you tackle at least a handful of the tasks listed here, you’ll find landscaping in Chester County to be especially rewarding once the coming spring season finally arrives.

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