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Interesting Rock Water Features for the Garden

6 Apr


Rock water features for the garden will create an amazing impact in your outdoor area. You can delegate a corner for your chosen feature or features and bring to life dull areas or places in your garden that don’t seem to have a “purpose”. You can also enhance an existing pond or water feature, creating a water paradises that looks extremely pleasing to the eye as well as adding freshness and a touch of raw nature to your patio or outdoor area.

A water feature can actually add interest to your patio or overall garden decor and the effect is usually rather dramatic as water really adds the effect of making the area seem bigger than what it really is (see garden mirrors). The beauty of adding rocks or features that are rock-alike is that they add certain roughness and the wild to your backyard. Features that resemble stone are impressive as stones bear with them history and a sense of solemnity. Add stoned patio paving for added effect near your feature, it would also act as a guide to your new addition.


There is nothing like the sound of water in any green area, and when this one trickles over stones the effect is that of paradise.

 

Build it or Buy it?

Rock water features can be purchased already built and all you have to do, really, is find the perfect spot in your garden to place it. Surely you could built your own at home and there are several books that would show you how to do so. If you are the type of person that likes to get down and dirty in the garden, this is by no means the best way for you to get your dream water feature.

 

Down and Dirty

You would first have to choose the right spot, which is not always going to be your preferred one. Choosing the site is most definitely one of the most important tasks when building your garden pond. You are looking for an area that is clear of any trees or even shrubs, where the sun shines and there is enough space to build a large feature. You can always add pebbles or stones to the edge and a few garden lights in the right place for effect. Next, you have to consider which plants and/or animals are you going to have in your pool/water feature. You don’t want plants that can be a bit too invasive, consider having animals if you’re not the sort of person who is that interested in plants. Frogs, certain type of fish, toads and also newts are not only very useful in the water feature but also they will keep the water nice and clean. For the construction you can choose amongst different materials like concrete, fiberglass or the simple liner. Consider adding containers for the plants for added interested. If you really want to get down and dirty with your project you could even think of adding different levels to your pond. A series of pools, for example, can be fitted on different levels and here is where you can seriously think about waterfalls and/or water streams. A pump can also give it a stream and still have the natural look. It’s not expensive and works rather well. Remember that childlren and safety should go hand in hand so do build a retaining wall (see retaining wall ideas) to make sure the children have no access to the water.

 

Easy Option

Ready made rock water features for the garden will add all the interest of a constructed one without having to worry about site planning and other nuisances. Choose the right one for your garden, add the right garden furniture around it so you can relax and enjoy the sound of the water while sipping your favorite cocktail any time of the day or night!


Toro Lawn Mowers: Understanding the Models

23 Mar

Toro Lawn Mowers: Understanding the Models

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Toro Lawn Mowers are one of the better options on the market today. While all of the walk behind rotary lawn mowers of today can get the job done accurately, there are a few distinctive features that set the Toro Lawn Mower apart as one of the best. To begin with, the Toro comes in three distinctive models: E-Cycler, Recycler, and Super Recycler/Baggers. Let us examine all the different features of these three models.

 

Cordless E-Cyclers:


First, there is the cordless E-cycler. This lawn mower is perfect for a variety of reasons. To begin with, it comes at a good price considering what it has to offer. Let’s look at some of the things that make it so great:

  • Lightweight and Easy to Use:
    • Offers a weight of just 77 pounds and also has a one-handed control assembly with two-step action. This makes it safe, and user-friendly.
    • One charge of battery power will mow up to 10,000 square feet
  • Great for Gardens:
    • If you have garden decor that you want to accent and make stand out, then mow around the décor, or make designs of some sort leading up to the décor. It will truly stand out.
  • Good for the Environment, Good for You:
    • Has no cord, so it’s easier for you to maneuver around your yard without getting caught in bushes, trees and so forth.
    • Environmentally friendly design. Check this video out:

 

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Recycler:


The Recycler is another great type of lawn mower offered by Toro. Here is its most popular features list:

  • Accommodates You:
    • The Recycler measures your walking pace and automatically speeds up or slow down to accommodate your walking needs
  • Starts with Electricity:
    • Simply turn the key, and off you mow! It’s as simple as that.
  • Safe for Everybody:
    • Has a blade override system so that you can step in front of the mower to move an object out of the way before proceeding to mow again.
    • If you have a beautiful patio design you want to accent, this mower can help you achieve the look you want.

 

Super Recycler:


The Toro Super Recycler, on the other hand, is a lawn mower with a lot of power and efficiency, which has a great amount of efficiency with a good price tag.

 

Toro Lawn Mowers are better than others that pollute the environment. They are also great for accenting garden ponds, and other forms of backyard landscaping ideas. They may even be better than some sophisticated Honda Lawn Mowers.

Here’s a range of options for you to choose from:



Sod Prices per Square Foot – The Cost for an Instant Lawn

14 Mar


Whether you’ve just purchased a new home or have areas in your yard that you want to improve and make greener, you may want to consider sod prices per square foot as opposed to the price of seeding the lawn yourself.  It’s a matter of time and convenience in both cases.  On the one hand, sod is more expensive than seeding, but you get to look at an instant lawn as soon as it has been put in place.  While the instant lawn may be convenient, it can be costly, running anywhere between $0.50 – $1.00 per square foot and you then have to pay for the installation.  You have to consider that in both cases, the ground needs to be prepared so that it is level and rock and weed free.

Sod versus Seed

Sod can’t just be installed and left to fend for itself.  You need to water it constantly and keep an eye on it for the growth of fungus (evidenced by dead circular patches).  When purchasing sod, ensure that it is fresh.  It is best to have sod installed within a day of being harvested to ensure that it will root well.  While it is relatively easy for a homeowner to seed their own lawn, it’s best to have your sod installed by someone who offers professional gardening services.  Ironically, sod prefers areas with cold winters/hot summers or mild winters/hot summers.

Installation and Care

Installation of a sod lawn to enhance your garden decor can run into the hundreds of dollars, so when comparing that cost plus the cost of the sod itself to the price of seeding your own lawn, there is a lot to consider.  Seeding your own lawn will be less expensive, but will require the same amount of preparation and a lot of care and attention once the seed is sown.  A seeded lawn needs regular watering, but even with the best of care, can turn out patchy and you may not be satisfied.  Seed can be spread with special spreaders or through a hose that contains a special agent that helps keep the seed in place (protected from the elements like the wind).

Professional seeding (as opposed to DIY) is much less expensive than using a professional sod installation company.  One thing that is convenient about sod is that you can cut the pieces of sod to fit around things like your walkways, trees, garden fencing or flower beds.  When considering sod prices per square foot versus the cost of seeding your own lawn, you’ll also need to consider the convenience, simplicity and the time you have available to dedicate to the project.

Sod Prices per Square Foot

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Avoiding Azek Decking Problems

14 Mar

Avoiding Azek Decking Problems

Azek Decking is one alternative to having a wood, concrete or steel deck.  This PVC product is touted as “low maintenance”, but don’t be fooled if a salesperson tries to tell you that it’s “maintenance-free”.  Like anything else your purchase or own, it must be maintained.  It’s just that some things require less maintenance than others.  Understandably, with today’s busy lifestyles, any product that you choose to enhance your garden decor should be as convenient as possible.  There are some Azek decking problems of which everyone should be aware.  As is the case with all composite or PVC decking products, you will pay a premium when purchasing this type of decking.

Placing Items on your Azek Deck

You will need to take precautions with your low maintenance garden decking.  Take care when placing things on PVC decking such as planters or a gas BBQ.  They should be placed so they line up over the framing on the underside of the deck.   Azek decking is softer than wood and if you don’t ensure that you’re placing either large planters (with heavy soil) or barbeques over 2 of the deck joists, the weight of these items will cause the decking to sag with use.

Spots and Staining

Certain items should be avoided while on the Azek deck surface – sunscreen, insect repellent, citronella oil, cooked or uncooked greasy food or even wine.  Although it is difficult to avoid using items like sunscreen and insect repellent when outdoors, try to avoid applying it while on your deck.  Leaves left to sit on the deck will cause stains.  Do not use tarps or plastic on this deck product because moisture and heat get trapped between the tarp/plastic and the deck surface, causing spotting.  If you use anything like roll up awnings, it’s best to keep an eye on whether there is any rust or corrosion on the units.  When it rains and drips, the water can carry the rust onto the decking causing more troubling spots or stains.   It is recommended to use a conditioning treatment on a yearly basis.  This annual application will aid in maintaining your Azek deck’s appearance and helps to repel stains.

With any exterior product used in patio design, routine cleaning is necessary to keep its appearance looking up to par, but do not use a pressure washer.  It can remove part of the surface of the decking and dirt, grime, grease and even mold can appear in the grooves.  Take care with your patio ideas and know that you may encounter Azek decking problems.

Azek Decking Problems

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Add Elegance to your Landscape with Garden Gates

7 Mar

Add Elegance to your Landscape with Garden Gates

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A beautiful yard and enclosed with an elegant fence and a pair of garden gates can be a pride and joy. With a lawn that is well tended and flowers that are in full bloom, your yard can become a peaceful retreat. Garden gates serve several functions. First, they help separate areas of your yard and second, they add a bit of style or elegance to your landscape.

Styles of Gates

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When you begin to investigate garden gates, you’ll quickly discover that there are so many choices on the market today.  You can get a garden gate that has built-in seats with a matching arbour overhead and walls behind the seats that can be used as trellises.  This type of garden gate can also be purchase in a single seat style with an open back and pergola roof.  An enjoyable place to stop, put your feet up and enjoy the sun.  Or to take a long, relaxing, appreciative look at the results of your hard work while you sip on a lemonade or iced tea.

You might prefer to get simple arched trellises that transition you from one area to the next in your yard.  You can add some nice twinkling lights to these to light up your yard for nighttime use.  With the right kind of growing vines, a trellis gate will enhance any garden decor.

To enhance your garden gates, you can also purchase matching garden chairs to make random seating arrangements in the different areas of the yard and they will also fit in nicely with your patio design.

Other Garden Ideas

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photo by UGArdener

To make your yard and gardens look clean and neat, you can use the many types of garden edging available.  You can use plastic edging in green or brown to suit your needs or you may choose to use stone or wood ships to edge your garden.  The plastic edging can be purchased for a desired look and might include solid, trellised, fancy curved designs or some with an ornamental lip. There are some plastic bricks available that have built in lights to light your path to your front door.  You can also incorporate slate stone as an edging solution or a short wooden, plastic or metal fence.

From garden gates and seating to enhancing the special areas of your yard, there are a number of terrific choices available at most garden and yard stores.  From colourful and modern to old style, you can find something to suit your needs.

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photo by a2gemma


Gazebo Canopy Review

25 Feb

Gazebo Canopy Review

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What better thing to have set up in your yard than a gazebo canopy.  It can get so hot and sunny and with the strength of UV rays these days, it’s especially beneficial and wise to have a place to escape the sun while still being able to enjoy the outdoors.  And, depending on the size of your canopy, you could have some nice outdoor gatherings and keep everyone safe while at the same time, enhancing your garden decor.

There are many choices when it comes to protection from the sun and other elements.  You can choose a deck canopy, a pop up gazebo or a gazebo tent, each of which have their own plusses.

A Deck Canopy

A deck canopy, as the name implies, is for use on a deck, be it concrete or wood, rather than on your lawn where it can be anchored into the ground.  They tend to be open, more like an umbrella than a full gazebo, but some look very similar to a gazebo for your lawn.  They can be used to provide a shaded area for picnics or to overhang an area away from the sun in your pool.  They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and are made to be stabilized with weight.

A Pop up Gazebo

A pop up gazebo isn’t as elaborate as a tent gazebo.  They come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 8 ft. x 8 ft. to 10 ft. x 20 ft., and colors.  They can have just the upper canopy, attached around the frame or close completely.  You can also get this type of gazebo in a version that has a canopy roof but mesh/net walls.

A Gazebo Tent

A gazebo tent can be used either completely closed or with some of the walls pulled back and tied.  These tents come in a variety of sizes to suit everyone’s needs.

10 ft. x 10 ft.

10 ft. x 20 ft. – check out 10 x 20 white party tent gazebo canopy with sidewalls

10 ft. x 30 ft. – check out 10 x 30 white party tent gazebo canopy with sidewalls

*(also check out the ozark trail hanging tent gazebo)

The largest of the 3 tents will hold up to 50 people and the walls have large windows to let in ample light.  Most gazebo canopies are white in color.  All are made of waterproof polyethylene and block out almost 100% of UV rays.  The frames are rust and corrosion resistant.

As you can see, there are a number of choices when it comes to purchasing a gazebo canopy, all based on personal need.  They offer an added attraction to your yard and serve a great purpose.


Yard Windmills: More Than Just Your Ordinary Garden Decor

4 Feb

Yard Windmills: More Than Just Your Ordinary Garden Decor

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Gone are the days when garden decorations were merely there for aesthetic purposes. Today, yard decorations are more practical to consider as they can offer both beauty and functionality. Among the best decorations for the garden these days are yard windmills. They can stand with pride in your home garden to offer your yard a unique appeal with a bunch of other helpful functions.

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One of the most basic functions garden windmills have is pumping water to the flower beds. Its constant motion can easily deliver the much-needed water to the plants without a lot of effort in your part. Plus, this windmill motion can scare away animals and birds. Meaning, if there is a windmill moving in your garden, animals like sheep and cow will be scared to enter your garden. Hence, windmills in gardens can prevent animals from destroying your plants.

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photo by C.K.H.

Moreover, the best function of windmills today is their capability to provide electricity. Windmills can power up as little as your electric fence to as much as your whole home. Small and big windmills alike can offer you this kind of service. You can set up a big windmill to provide electricity to your home or install a series of small windmills to do the same job for you. A single small windmill, on the other hand, can power up an electric fence in your backyard to scare animals away from your garden.

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photo by hartman045

It will always be good to know that yard windmills can offer you a lot aside from their usual aesthetic elements. Imagine a set of windmills rotating in unison in your garden. Every passerby will surely be in awe. What is even better news is that garden windmills do not come too expensive these days. With the various benefits you can get out of this garden decor, getting one or two for your garden will always be worth it.

Check out this great selection:

We hope that your new yard decorations add the spark and color you’re looking for in order to bring your garden to life this upcoming summer!

Unchain Your Imagination in Designing Driveway Paving for Your Garden or Patio

2 Feb

Unchain Your Imagination in Designing Driveway Paving for Your Garden or Patio

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Modern Western world stereotype for acceptable standard of living has created an idyllic image of a family home with at least one car parked in front of the house and a driveway paving crossing the evergreen garden. Many middle-class families in Europe, and most in the United States, are able to afford such a lifestyle while methods and materials used in driveway paving and patio paving, as part of the overall garden decor, contribute to the image of a prosperous family.

Consider Using Natural Materials

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photo by WOWHYD

Natural materials are recommended by all leading interior and exterior designers for the unparalleled warmth and earthy spirit of items made of such elements. A driveway made of clay paving blocks which winds through a trim garden with garden lights casting back gleams on clay elements is a proof of the unquestionable good taste of the house owner.

If you prefer concrete over fired clay blocks for its durability and higher cohesion, you might consider lending colour to the garden decor by installing decorative natural elements along the driveway, like a tiki torch on every driveway turn. Those extravagant garden lights will add fresh look to your garden or patio.

Concrete Paving Blocks Can Add Colour

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photo by jessica@flickr

Although natural materials are praised also for being environment friendly, concrete paving blocks are sometimes preferred for they allow professional and self-taught designers to select from far more colour combinations. Concrete can be painted in literary each and every colour you can imagine unlike the clay paving blocks that offer a limited choice of colours. On the other hand, those two materials can be successfully combined, creating unique harmony of colour that will please every aesthete.

You might design a coloured driveway paving accompanied by ribbon-shaped pathways along the driveway and use mixed colours in patio paving to create various geometric figures. Ancient Romans knew what to do with coloured mosaic, just take a brief look at the marbled flooring of Roman mansions.

Aesthetics Is Important

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photo by DorkyMum

Garden decor should reflect the overall look of the house, so do not use modern materials in a garden surrounding century old building. A consistent aesthetics presumes proper combination of materials and elements, including avoidance of unacceptable combinations of a tiki torch and neon lighting, for instance.

When planning and designing your driveway paving you could look at the best examples of garden planning that Basque architect Gaudi bequeath to modern world. His iridescent gardens full of unimaginable beasts and fantastic flowers along winding pathways are a good example what unique creations you can build from scratch, using only your imagination.


Garden Netting Can Give Lustre to Your Garden

1 Feb

Garden Netting Can Give Lustre to Your Garden

Garden Netting


Garden netting, and fencing in general, came to life centuries ago when people living in fiefs were forced to separate their properties from the adjacent estates. It was also the wall adding defensive functions to the house surroundings and gardens were a privilege enjoyed by handful of people in mansions fenced with stones. Today’s houses, thanks God, do not need stone walls to protect us from covetous neighbours and barbarian tribes and garden fencing is largely a decorative attribute of a place to enjoy our deserved respite.

The Garden Is a Special Place

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photo by SylviavBruggen

Most famous architects liked to design garden decor for gardens are special places within a real estate. And while patio paving and invariable garden pond remained relatively unchanged during the ages, garden netting evolved in form and shape while new materials and types of fencing appeared.

Presumably, you will never use barbed wire fence to fence in your garden with impenetrable enclosure. You will eventually need a pool fence circling your garden pond but you can hardly create cactus fence in the rainy British climate. Concrete fences, for their part, are extremely durable and replaced the ancient stone walls while a good designer can give them shapes and forms unimaginable to create using stone. Concrete also replaced stones as a material for patio paving allowing house owners to create flowing pathways.

Green is Always in Fashion

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photo by PinkMoose

Green fence is among the inherited British traditions that make houses and gardens in the United Kingdom so unique. We can add that traditional hedge-row has much to do with fox hunting but that is another story. A green garden fencing is always a good idea and even synthetic materials can add unique charm to the garden you designed with all your love.

Picket fences are also popular among people living in the countryside, especially if the garden paling is painted in fresh and bright colours (remember Tom Sawyer). It is always a better idea to design your garden decor with green in mind rather than raise six feet concrete or stone fencing.

Green is always in fashion while live fencing will transform your garden netting into a natural extension of the garden.

You can express your soul in a live garden netting and let your inner man select live woody species that reflect your true character. Evergreen oak or chestnut, elm-tree or poplar, they all can add to your peace of mind being part of a live green garden fencing.

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Garden Decorations Can Make your Garden Look Fantastic

31 Jan

Garden Decorations Can Make your Garden Look Fantastic

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Garden decorations can work marvels even if your lovely garden is a small backyard one, provided that you carefully combine all elements, creating a well balanced look. Garden decor have inspired famous architects and gardeners through all ages, and while you cannot recreate the Alhambra gardens, you can definitely select garden furniture that reproduces your favourite style.

Combine in Style

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You need not be a gardener yourself to have a good idea what you want your garden to look like.  Consulting specialised garden design magazines is a good idea but bear in mind that imitating others’ design ideas is not always a good approach. Garden windmills and garden mirrors, for instance, are rarely combined successfully while simple garden furniture is often a good and more affordable choice for those who are tempted to try their designer skills.

You can find numerous offers for gardens decorations online with some vendors providing useful tips on installing your garden with various items depending on your preferences and household budget. A small arbour requires a well kept pathway, probably with a small garden-seat and a few discrete lamps along the path. Garden windmills will create a free-spirit feeling and you can craft them yourself to make them look like the ones from your childhood.

Why Material is Important?

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photo by Mindful One

It is up to you to select materials that best fit your needs, but bear in mind that wood, metals, and plastics not only have different properties but bear different “spirit” when the matter in hand is how to achieve best exterior design.

Wooden furniture is more “warm” while plastic chars and tables are very convenient to use and clean but look cheaper and create more informal atmosphere. Garden decorations made of metal are always good looking for they inspire emotions of longevity. As a matter of fact, they are more durable than all other items of garden furniture but are more expensive as well.

Everyone Can Afford Garden Decorations

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photo by HarryCjr

A popular fallacy is that decent garden decorations are expensive ones. You can find such decorations at affordable price if you take your time and examine all offers by online and brick-and-mortar garden furniture stores. Some merchants offer leasing while others provide garden furniture for rent, therefore you can furnish your garden to meet the specific requirements of a birthday party, for instance. Conduct your research and enjoy a new garden decor that looks stylish and expensive yet at affordable price by comparing prices.


Select Outdoor Fabric Matching the Overall Style of your Lovely House

27 Jan

Select Outdoor Fabric Matching the Overall Style of your Lovely House

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Selecting garden furniture for your cosy back yard could be a tricky undertaking taking into account the much limitless choice of outdoor fabric on the market these days. You can consult specialised magazines to get hints on patio design although ready-to-implement solutions do not express the unparalleled spirit of patio ideas implemented by non-professional designers.

No matter of your garden decor, you need good patio covers that are durable and match the overall style of your house. It looks ridiculous where people decide to design their patios in an old Victorian style while the indoor space resembles a state of the art modern apartment as depicted in the Cosmopolitan magazine.

Over 200 Styles Are Available

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photo by DNB Interiors

Apart from overall style and furniture, outdoor furniture covers are also important part of the exterior of your patio, backyard, alcove or arbour. It could be a hard choice, though, for over 200 outdoor styles are available on the market and you can get lost in such a variety of choices.

You might choose Olive style if you are more old-fashioned and traditional type of person, or Mango if want something fresh to beautify the patio you furnished with all your love.

Manchester Sienna is a good choice for people who like the skilful craftsmanship of old British craftsmen in textile industry while Maldives Sunrise introduces the unparalleled excitement of carefree Tropic spirit into your patio.

A good idea is to Google the numerous websites offering outdoor fabric, which will give you a good idea what products are available. Good deals are also available online with prices starting from as low as USD 9 to USD 10, plus a 5-year warranty provided by manufacturers. Those interested in outdoor fabrics are probably familiar with the market leaders Outdura and Sunbrella although Phifertex and Robert Allen also offer quality products at affordable price.

Carefully Select Outdoor Fabric Type

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Generally speaking, outdoor fabrics fall into several categories depending on their type. Those include Spun Polyester, Filament Polyester, T-Spun, PVC, Linen, Vinyl, and Woven outdoor fabrics.  It is up to you to select the most suitable type for the outdoor area you plan to furnish, nevertheless take into consideration details like climate, overall patio decor and style.

Solution dyed acrylics are woven outdoor fabrics that are considered market leaders these days while printed polyester outdoor fabrics are the most decorative ones. There are also various kinds of vinyl coated synthetic fiber mesh and “sling chair” fabric, which is a very specific one which requires manufacturers to use strong fabric that does not stretch.

After you have selected a suitable outdoor fabric online, you can also visit a brick-and-mortar store to check how it looks in the daylight and to make sure it will match the overall patio design.

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photo by Anna Linder

Check out this wonderful selection:


Outdoor Kitchen Designs

19 Jan

Outdoor Kitchen Designs



We all want to have the backyard of our dreams right so why not start with getting the best outdoor kitchen designs? There are many different choices that you can choose from the first thing would be to pick the theme for your outdoor kitchens as well as all of your outdoor garden decor.  A few ideas are as follows.

  1. The tranquil, park like setting – This can be a great theme for your outdoor paradise. Choose your garden decking to match this theme as well. Think of things that one finds in park, perhaps a pond, a fountain and lots of trees and flowers as well. Keep it simple if you are looking for some peace an quiet.
  1. A tropical Theme – How about sprucing some things up and going a bit tropical? You can design your patio slabs to have a more tropical theme? Maybe a tiki torch style deck, with some tiki wall plaques and bamboo all over the place. Nothing says paradise like some tiki, some would say.
  1. Activity Related – If you have a lot of activity going on at all times in your home than you backyard will probably need to meet these demands as well. You can set up your patio and backyard to cater to the needs of your entire family. If you have some sports fanatics that need room to play around, keep that in mind when setting up the backyard of your dreams. Especially the outdoor kitchens. As if they are in range of footballs and other flying objects, dinner may just never get served.
  1. Romantic themed- This theme is all about the lightning and the atmosphere. Maybe you are just one of those people who love a candlelight dinner? Then why not set up your backyard to be your magical escape and to add some spruce into your love life. Get some gentle lighting, a small table for 2 and a kitchen that you can prepare some elegant meals on. Enjoy dinner under the stars in your romantic little escape.

There is so much you can do in your yard, that the possibilities are really endless. The only thing that can stop the possibilities are you and your mind. So get creative and find the inner you and set up the outdoor kitchen designs of your dreams.

photo credit: ElCapitan

Outdoor Kitchen


Backyard Landscaping Ideas

13 Jan

Backyard Landscaping Ideas



Having the space to be able to host some at home parties is often something people dream of and if you have a backyard then why not just follow these backyard landscaping ideas and get ready to host a fabulous party?

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

photo credit: Miki James

The best thing about being able to design your backyard is that the possibilities are endless. You can cater the backyard to changing the seasons, or just cater it to suit who you are. When the weather is warm, people love to be outside and have the time of their life, so why not start with getting some fabulous garden furniture?

If you are thinking about using your backyard as the ultimate place to enjoy time with your friends and family then start with some patio ideas. Think about how many people you would like to be able to accommodate? You can design your patio around that to start with. Also keep in mind the space that you have to work with as you will want the patio to be comfortable but not to cramped. Have a space for relaxing and keep in mind the sun as well. You will want a shaded area as well on your patio, so people will be able to enjoy the beautiful garden decor you have chosen, but are not dying in the heat.

When you think about outdoor parties, you cant help but to think about enjoying some amazing food as well. So you will want to have a spot on your patio for a grill and perhaps a small fridge for drinks, but do not go overboard on all the wonderful outdoor kitchens you can find. Keep it small and simple and functional of course. There is no sense having too much on your deck or patio if it will prohibit people being able to freely move around. After all the idea of an outdoor paradise is to have a relaxing and peaceful time right? If you really want to add the element of serenity then how about a beautiful garden pond? These ponds can come in all different sizes and really add that relaxing atmosphere. Just place some beautiful rocks and flowers around the pond, and maybe a small walkway to the pond from the patio and you will be in such a state of bliss. So when you are wondering what to do with that backyard of yours just follow these backyard landscaping ideas and you will be on your way to spending time relaxing in your own little paradise.

Here are the five main points to consider:

1) Choose appropriate garden furniture

2) Enhance our patio area or create one

3) Make the best use of your space

4) Think of useful areas (i.e. outdoor kitchens)

5) Add garden decorations or features

Outdoor Kitchen

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Garden Pond

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