With days getting longer and warmer as summer approaches, we have all the more reason to spend our free time outdoors. However, once the sun sets, it might be less tempting to stick around in your backyard. This is why it makes sense to install an outdoor fire pit this summer. This neat, unique hardscape feature will surely make your outdoor celebrations, family gatherings, and barbecues the talk of the neighborhood! Let’s see how.
We are all very busy with our lives every day. Be it work, studies, or household job, we don’t exactly take some time off to just stop for a minute. Wouldn’t you want to just take a minute to live in the current moment?
We know that the world around us is changing rapidly. Tall and strong architecture marvels stand where once there was natural vegetation.
I’m Helen Reed from Let’s Tend The Garden, a new gardening blogger! Creating dramatic landscape lighting effects can be considered as a form of art. The reason for this is; it takes a considerate effort to bring out the piece of beauty. With lighting effects, you can create an outdoor design that will make you want to sit outside all night.
Below are some of the different ways to create dramatic landscape lighting effects.
As winter arrives and the temperatures drop below freezing, your hardscaping may be the least of your concerns. Yet, maintaining and protecting your hardscaping during the winter will save you time and money the following spring.
It has long been common to see families cooking outdoors in the Mediterranean. Nowadays, outdoor cooking has also become a popular trend in the United States. Homeowners enjoy having an outdoor kitchen in their backyard. Whether you’re building a new house or making better use of the space you have at home, providing a place to cook outdoors could be an excellent investment.
By Paul Colbert
Falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. Crisp nights and gloriously mild afternoons. There’s a lot to love about autumns in Pennsylvania. Daytime temperatures drop into the 50s and 60s, and at night there’s just enough chill in the air to put on a jacket. It’s a great season to lounge in your own yard and enjoy the fall colors. Here are five tips for using your hardscaped patio into the fall.
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.
If you’re planning on selling your home at some point within the next year or so, you’ve probably 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.
Word on the street – or, better said, in the great outdoors – is that outdoor living is a major trend and it’s here to stay. You see it in camper van remodels, the revival of camping and hiking—and, of course, in the increased number of patios popping up left and right., in gardens all over the country.
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.
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.
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