Spring is here and we are all watering our laws and plants. That means higher water bills, or does it? Watering plants does not automatically mean higher water bills, if you use some water management techniques. Rain barrels are a great way to integrate water management into your landscaping. Rain barrels can be free standing to catch a few inches of rain water at a time, or can be hooked to your gutter downspout to catch gallons of rain at a time.
If residential water management is important to you, or if frugality is your thing, consider a new sprinkler that harnesses the power of the cloud. Droplet combines cloud computing and robotics in a most ingenious way. For the "green" homeowner that wants to conserve water, Droplet offers a simple-to-use and yet sophisticated solution. The manufacturer claims reduced sprinkler water consumption of as much as 90 percent. In some areas, this could translate into savings on one's water bill of more than $200 per year.
After the coldest winter in recent memory, plummeting temperatures along with high winds left many plants with cases of winter burn. There are three causes of winter burn: low soil moisture, freezing temperatures, and harsh wind. When these three factors are in place, plants loose water from their leaves faster then they can replace it (transpiration). With that being said, one can probably guess that massive plant damage took place over this past winter.
As a business owner or manager, you probably spend a great deal of time ensuring that everything is running smooth, you're staying within your budget and that your ROI is in line with what was projected for the year. But have you ever thought about what your commercial landscape maintenance is saying to your customers?
Edible residential landscaping is in the news in Idaho, so why not at your home? Why not have edible landscaping that functions by adding beauty to your home, yet is also a food source? What is edible landscaping?
Are you a homeowner who has always wanted to add a patio or addition to your home but never have known where to start? Location, design, and a budget are just a few topics you should think about.
Shopping for deck furniture is almost as fun as planning an outdoor living space. There are so many things to consider; do you want a fire pit? Where will the grill go? What colors do you like? What materials will look the best?
Concrete may seem strong, but after many years, elements, and pressure, it will eventually crack. So in order to make your concrete last as long as your money that went into it, adding a layer of crushed stone under a slab of concrete will increase the life of your investment.
Decorative stone can be the ideal addition to help pull your landscaping together on your property. Used as a way to curb weed growth and help polish off the appearance of your yard, it’s helpful for you to look into your choices for decorative stone for landscaping. From considering the different types of stones and their appearances to the durability that you can expect with various types, you should be able to make a wise investment that boosts the curb appeal and value of your home.
Most experts agree, thin stone veneer has many advantages to regular stone veneer. It is more economical in price, is lighter in overall weight, and is simpler to install. So if this were true, wouldn't it have already replaced regular stone veneer in all applications? Not always.
If you’re looking for a roofer, there are a few questions you should ask before you make any final hiring decisions. It’s important to perform a little due diligence to ensure you and your roofing contractor are on the same page.
The ultimate goal of all green home building efforts is total sustainability combined with energy distribution so efficient that your home is featured on wanted posters inside the offices of the power company. That may not be in any way feasible, but you can always work on greening up other parts of the house later if you start with a plan for making a single room as green as it can be. If that room is going to be the kitchen, here are some suggestions for getting close to the ultimate shade of green.
Sorting through all of the different shower enclosures available on the market day can literally make consumers’ heads spin. So we wanted to make the process less complicated by using today’s blog post to talk about the advantages that come with installing popular types of shower enclosures. Two styles that we’d like to hone in on first are frameless and framed shower enclosures.
While decorating preferences can vary greatly from one person to the next, a glass top coffee table is one piece that most people can find fitting for their home. From using one of these tables in a modern living room to setting a glass top coffee table in an office with a seating area, these tables can provide the function that you want with a unique style that works perfectly for a variety of decorating styles.