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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Creating A Beautiful Yard

A local nursery provided a large assortment of beautiful plants, including the blue spruce in various sizes. The spruce is a beautiful evergreen tree that can grow to significant sizes with soft needles and a deep blue-green color. The homeowner had often admired the spruce, so with the assurances of the nursery owner about the suitability of the spruce for the local climate, they had three planted in a group within feet of the backyard fence.

The first year was rather dry, but two of the trees flourished. The smallest tree seemed to suffer and was watered more often. The second year was even dryer and July and August were hotter than usual. The smallest tree died in spite of being lovingly cared for.

That winter, the mid-sized tree began to look stressed and by mid-April, it was obvious the tree was not going to make it. The needles were a sickly shade of brown/green, and the lower branches began to drop off. By September, it was dead. The largest tree survived one more year.

There was one major problem that primarily affected these trees and caused their early demise: Too much water.

The spruce trees were planted in the side yard fairly near the fence line shared with a neighbor. During hot dry weather, both homeowners watered regularly with irrigation systems that produced a higher volume of water than was good for the trees. The blue spruce is indigenous to temperate Colorado where the rainfall is moderate and the soil generally rocky. Even a heavy rain produces runoff, not standing pools of water. This was the most damaging event where the water was not draining properly but standing, sometimes in ankle-deep puddles, down the entire fence line. Then, it would eventually rain compounding the problem.

Plant trees and shrubs that do not require large amounts of water in areas where drainage is excellent and ensure that the irrigation system in the area is not producing an overabundance of water during any application. If the trees are already in the ground where water is accumulating, a French drain should alleviate the problem. Also, sprinkler heads may be capped if there appears to be too many. Hiring a landscape specialist to add decorative rock and soil to build up the area around the fence line will facilitate drainage.

Awesome Landscaping Ideas

An excellent starting point for your backyard landscaping ideas & designs should include the use of evergreens. Lots of folks like to use deciduous trees in their yards and that is okay. However, there are some basic facts you should know before you begin.

Deciduous trees will definitely add vibrate colors to your landscape in the spring and summer. They will also add beautiful foliage to your lawn in early fall. Then their leaves will fall off as the tree prepares to sleep through the long winter months.This will leave your once flourishing tree looking bare and boring. The very definition of deciduous means to shed or fall off during certain parts of the life cycle.

Evergreens on the other hand will continuously look great. They will be as beautiful and pretty in the winter time as they are in the summer. When you realize some of the benefits they offer, you will like them even more. Some people really believe a home owner would be foolish not to include them in their landscaping plans and designs. I happen to be one of them.

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the many benefits of adding evergreens to your backyard landscape design. I think when you get done reading them you will come away with the same thoughts as me. Evergreens are something homeowner’s would be foolish not to plant when doing their landscape.

If you are looking for a privacy screen, then planting an evergreen is perfect for you. Living walls make for good neighbors and beautiful lawns. If you live where winters can be harsh, evergreens make for awesome windbreaks. Plant them strategically around your yard and you just blocked out old man winter.

Want to add some character to your landscape, or go for that stately look, you can achieve this by simply planting some evergreens in your yard. Some homeowners like to plant evergreens uniformly as to create a look of elegance. Whatever you decide you cannot go wrong with evergreens.

Other excellent backyard landscaping ideas for you to consider will be the use of hardscaping. For anyone not familiar with the term, it simply means adding non-living materials to your landscape. Examples would be rocks, fences, ponds, fountains, patios, decks, etc.

Concertina Wire

Due to how it is created, concertina wire is used for purposes of security and the isolation of residences, gardens, military sites and all other areas that may be in need of the highest level of security.

Types

Concertina wire comes in five types. They are:

Single coil razor wire: this is usually razor wire coils that are strip processed and also steel plates that are galvanized. This type of wire is extended in a way that it offers a temporary obstacle. With this one, you do not need any kind of clips to hold it in place since it isn’t meant for permanent purposes.

Large coils crossed concertina wire: this is made of spirals where razor wire is clipped together so as to create fencing that offers much better security than the single coil types.

The y post supported wire fences: this is wire that is mounted at the top of fence posts with the shape Y. These are best used for purposes by creating obstacle barriers.

Electrified wires: they are also referred to as electrified fence. These are usually used together with electricity so as to make sure that the security is greatly enhanced. There is no outlook difference. Usually, there is a copper wire at the core of the blade. The wire is able to stop intruders and it can give alarms when one tries to break or cut the razor wire. This reduces the incidence of theft. This kind of fence is most suitable for airports, construction suites and plants and other such areas.

Razor wire barriers: this is a type of wire that has got all the features needed for use in the military. It is very easy and quick to install it when it is needed for a mobile barrier. When there is war, speed and time becomes very important. For this kind of barrier, three men are enough. They can actually set up the wire and then retrieve it when they have served their purpose. This gives great savings in human resource.

Wicker Furniture

The wicker furniture weaving process has certainly evolved over the last two hundred years. Today the wicker furniture process is markedly different, and the modern-day contemporary wicker furniture is as well. The contemporary furniture of today has much sleeker lines and the weaving is tighter and less ornate.

The labor-intensive process of weaving by hand has been replaced with machinery that can weave different patterns and designs. Then, attach the woven material to bamboo, rattan or other hardwoods, metal or aluminum frames for the finished product.

The very elaborate high back woven chairs of the Victorian Era have been replaced with simple woven designs. The products that are produced today are easier to clean and maintain and weather well due to the synthetic materials that are used.

This type of furniture is available in many different colors, sizes and shapes. It is available in as a single piece, sets of two, three, four or more pieces to mix and match for the perfect outdoor seating arrangements. It has also become very popular for outdoor patios, backyard pools, and for intimate garden areas. It is very popular in seating conversation sets or outdoor dining sets. Wicker furniture can be used in gardens or patios any time of the year.

Rather than using hardwoods for frames, more modern manufacturing companies use aluminum frames and weave around them. This makes the furniture more maintenance free and longer lasting than their hardwood counterparts in the outdoors.

Furniture is certainly not the only product used in the wicker weave process. It has long been used for lightweight baskets for hot air balloons, baby carriages, motorcycle side-cars, serving trays, mats and decorations. According to widepedia.com, the largest wicker woven basket in the world is located in Nowy Tomysl, Norway in a garden.

There are many uses of wicker. It is used in making beds, head boards, hampers, dressers, night stands, chests of drawers, tables, chairs, baby cradles and so on. But, it seems, the largest demand is for outdoor wicker furniture. Not only do the materials and weaving materials differ, but so do the costs in purchasing these products.

The best advice for buying wicker furniture is to shop, shop, shop and compare for warranties, the types of materials used and the manufacturing process. Good quality is always better.