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Tips for a Healthy Yard

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Having a beautiful yard year-round begins with the preparation and work you do in the springtime. Spring is the opportune time to get your lawn in tiptop shape before harsh weather, and the effort you put into your yard now will be shown throughout the entire year. 

Run a Rake Through Your Yard

In doing so, you will remove harmful thatch (dead grass) from your yard. You should only remove 1/2-1 inch of thatch from your yard. Simply un the rake through your grass at the beginning of the season to encourage healthy growth all year long. 

Take Samples of Your Soil

 Test your soil to see if your pH level is appropriate. The level should be between five and seven.

Aerate the Grass

Aerating the yard can be extremely beneficial by allowing essential nutrients to enter through the recently loosened grass. The more packed down your soil is, the more difficult it becomes for minerals to penetrate the soil.

Patch the Grass Where Necessary

If you notice a hole or bare spot in your yard, it is easier to fix than you might think. First, run water over the spot to flush out anything harmful. Second, take your rake and run through any dead grass. Lastly, fill any holes with sand and soil. 

Water Your Plants

It is essential to make sure your plants are being watered properly. Whether they are watered by rain or a hose, your plants will need a certain amount of water to stay healthy and alive. The same goes for your grass, place a sprinkler in your yard to ensure it is receiving the right amount of moisture. 

Mow Your Lawn in Different Directions

Mowing your lawn in different directions can be immensely beneficial for the future growth of your yard. It may not look as decorative as a diagonal cut might look, but it will help establish a more uniform grass growth.

Leave Grass Clippings Where They Are

Grass clippings can provide nutrients to your yard and serve a similar function as a mulch. Leave your grass clippings where they are and try to mow your lawn when it is dry to avoid clumping. 

We hope you enjoyed these seven tips for creating a healthy yard year-round. We encourage you to try and make yard work a family activity by inviting the members of your family outdoors. You can get a lot accomplished with each other, and you can all bask in the fantastic work you have done.

Outdoor Flooring Options

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Did you know that you can have flooring outside? There are several flooring options available for customers looking to add flooring in their outdoor oasis. Adding flooring to your outdoor space can transform it by adding comfort and an intriguing design. So, take the indoors outside this season by incorporating flooring into your outdoor retreat with one of these four flooring types.

Option 1: Stone

Stone may be the most popular outdoor flooring option because of its natural look. Natural stone flooring blends with the elements of nature by taking its brown and gray hues from your landscape. Stone is a superb option for homeowners looking to update their outdoor space and create a beautiful outdoor oasis for entertaining.

Option 2: Concrete

Concrete is durable and affordable as it provides a classic look for homeowners. You can purchase concrete in pavers and create an intricate design. The most popular design currently is the “herringbone” look. It creates a stunning design while complementing the overall environment.  

Option 3: Wooden Planks

Wooden planks create a beautiful, rustic look, but tends to not do well in high temperatures and extreme weather conditions. If you are considering wooden planks, you will need to take into consideration that they will need to be replaced in the future. If you are okay with replacing them, wooden planks look just like wood flooring. They are beautiful and will make you believe you are indoors. 

Option 4: Faux Slate Tile

This tile gives the illusion of being slate because it is technically stained concrete. It is a gorgeous addition to any outdoor space because of its beauty and durability.

Option 5: Porcelain Tile

Lastly, porcelain tile is one of the most popular outdoor flooring options. It is elegant and beauty while being incredibly durable. Since it is fired at an extreme temperature, porcelain can easily withstand intense temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor areas.

Adding flooring can complete your space, indoors and even outdoors, and create the look that you have been wanting. If you are curious about and want to learn more, our sales staff is eager to answer any questions you might have. For more information on the process of adding flooring outside, do not hesitate to call or visit us. We would love to help you discover all of your outdoor flooring possibilities.

Relaxation – Just in Time for Father’s Day

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

Spoil Dad and design an outdoor space to lounge or nap in the sun.

During the hottest months of the year, let the summer breeze pick you up with a swing on this hammock. Make your outdoor swinging bed even cozier by throwing a down comforter on top. It’ll be more comfortable in the summer, and will be warm enough to extend hammock season into spring and fall.

Ample throw pillows make these outdoor beds ideal for leaning back to take in the view. Flowering vines add color and charm.

Whether meditating or enjoying a cup of green tea, this daybed set amidst a bonsai garden is designed for ultimate relaxation.

This bed takes sleeping outdoors to a whole new level. Flannel sheets make the bed extra soft, while flowy curtains block stray sun rays and prying eyes.

An outdoor daybed is possible even in the city. If you’re an urban dweller looking for cushioned grass for your afternoon naps or picnics, this grass-filled daybed might just be perfect.

Have we given you some good ideas to make a relaxing retreat for Dad? Happy Father’s Day!

Decor – Outdoor Living Spaces

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

We’re gearing up for BBQ season, but that doesn’t mean just grilling your dinner. Here are some backyard kitchens that may inspire you to cook an entire gourmet meal al fresco.

Italian inspiration – Look at this outdoor dining space that’s built around a wood-fired pizza oven. The trough cut from the center of the Italian-inspired marble table can be used to display cut flowers or chill bottles of vino.

Super fancy – A blown-glass vessel sink, marble counter tops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen.

Ultra Modern – In this kitchen the rough, organic feel of the stone walls mixed with stick-straight cabinetry give the space interest. A copper vent hood and built-in flat-screen TV add a wow factor.

Gather by the fire – An open-air chiminea is the heart of this backyard oasis. A gas grill and cook top gives the host ample food prep area, while the L-shaped bar creates room for guests to hang out with the chef.

Rooftop kitchen – This rooftop deck’s natural gas five-burner grill has stainless steel cabinets to store grill utensils and spices. A glass fence stretches in front of the adjacent seating area to preserve the city view.

Are you hungry yet? Let us help you get started designing your outdoor kitchen today.

Consider Environment in Your Outdoor Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Summer

Have you been considering updating or improving your outdoor areas? Many people are looking at environmental concerns along with functionality and design in their yards.

Using plants and trees that are native to the area helps to reduce problems of invasive species harming local wilderness ecologies. In water-limited regions xeriscaping – choosing plants that use less water – can make a real difference in the water cost of a landscape.

Another concern that is gathering attention involves the natural drainage patterns of a landscape. Using too much hardscape – patio and paths – can negatively affect the natural requirements of your outside areas. The solution may not be to limit your outdoor living space but to choose to include water-permeable elements.

This spa in Bali provides some ideas. The gravel naturally allows water to drain from the area into the soil while still providing a walkway with selected pavers or tiles. If you want a more straightforward patio, you could reverse this approach and have large squares of concrete, pavers or tile separated by narrow bands of gravel. This would be easier to walk on and for placing furniture while still providing a place for rainfall to drain.

Another option is taking a look at a wide variety of permeable surfaces currently available. In response to this concern, outdoor flooring experts have been creating options that resemble standard hardscape materials in appearance and function, but allow rainwater to drain through them.

When you’re ready to redo your outdoor living space, be sure to investigate these options to help the drainage patterns in your yard as well as your neighborhood’s environment.