Going Green.Try These Ten Steps to a Better Garden and Backyard

Outdoor Living
Going Green? Try These Ten Steps to a Better Garden and Backyard Going green is the newest trend worldwide with many people taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint and try to create sustainable practices as opposed to the wasteful living many of us are guilty of now. One of the best places to start is in the garden and backyard. Traditionally, these are areas where a lot of harsh chemicals are used to kill weeds and ensure a healthy lawn, but at what cost? There are plenty of ways to have a beautiful garden and enviable backyard decor while also doing our part for the environment. 1. Use Natural Sunlight One way to begin is to use the very source of light nature provides us. Purchasing solar powered lights…
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Green Really Hits the Roof!

Container Gardening, Garden Design, Outdoor Living, Roof Gardening
Rooftop gardens is a method of gardening we are starting to hear more and more about. And not only in your typical high rise city, like Chicago's City Hall who's gardens on the roof are open to the public by appointment. The gardens were built as part of an EPA study and initiative to combat the urban heat island effect and to improve urban air quality. There is also, London's secret treasure, Kensington Gardens,  a protected historic preservation site. These rooftop gardens were created on top of what was a department store in 1932 to give shoppers a scenic resting spot. Whether it is a green quiet getaway or a garden for raising your own food you can grow if your structure can support the garden's weight. The sky is…
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Using Your Lawn’s Landscape to Cut Energy Bills

Outdoor Living, Sustainable Landscaping
Whoever says you can't "kill two birds with one stone" when becoming more energy efficient is absolutely wrong! There are ways to cut down on your home's energy expenses while adding beautiful landscapes to the yard and, in turn, likely increasing your home's value. A well designed landscape will: Cut your summer and winter energy costs dramatically Protect your home from winter wind and summer sun Reduce consumption of water, pesticides, and fuel for landscaping and lawn maintenance Help control noise and air pollution By planting trees in optimal locations, you can save up to 25% of your home's energy consumption for heating and cooling, which ends up being anywhere from $100 to $250 annually. In less than 8 years, you will have likely earned back whatever price you put…
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Bringing The Comfort Of The Indoors Outside

Outdoor Living
Garden furniture is becoming more popular than ever. Outdoor living has become an extension of indoor living, and today's garden furniture is a reflection of that. At one time, garden furniture consisted primarily of iron, wood or concrete benches, and wrought iron café table and chair sets. Later, folding aluminum lawn chairs and lounges were the most common outdoor furniture. The aluminum frames were covered with strips of nylon strapping that was woven together in a basket weave to make seats and backs, and then bolted to the frames. During the seventies, having a wood sun deck was in vogue, and a wider variety of outdoor furniture was in fashion. A common style was redwood furniture featuring removable cushions with water resistant coverings. Redwood deck furniture often came in sets,…
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A Serenity Garden For Your Home

Outdoor Living, Sustainable Landscaping
Most people think about their backyard garden as a place to provide them peace and quiet, a place to relax after a busy day, or maybe a place to draw closer to God. Whether you rise early, to enjoy your garden before heading off to work, or come home from work and retreat to your garden to unwind, a serenity garden can help to induce a state of calmness. A serenity garden does take some planning, and some care. There is no real format in how this type of garden should be structured. You need to think about what serenity means to you. The design of the garden should reflect your ideas on peace and tranquility. It can include your favorite colors, and comforting landscapes. You may want to jot…
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