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Landscaping Edging- A Defining Touch

Having landscaping is one thing. Keeping your landscaping well-groomed is another, as you may have discovered. And if you have discovered it, you are just one landscaping- homeowner among millions.

It’s a given that effectively designed landscaping can transform a home from boring to dazzling, and with the current gardening aids and how-to manuals, doing so is well within the grasp of the average homeowner. But getting the plants positioned and planted according to a well planned design is only the first step.

Once you have the plants in the ground, you’ll still be confronted with the space around them. Unless that space is clearly defined with crisp edges, your landscaping will have a slightly unkempt look. What can you do to prevent that look? Define it with some nice crisp edges.

And how do you do that? With landscaping edging, available in a wide variety of styles and materials.

Landscaping Edging Techniques And Materials

One landscaping edging technique does not require anything of you but elbow grease. Using a good sharp spade, dig a narrow trench along the lines you have laid out to define your plantings. Putting in a trench as landscaping edging won’t cost you anything but time; you will, however, have to repeat the process each year. And if you are not rock-steady with your spade, the landscaping edging may be a bit uneven.

If you don’t trust your spading skills, consider wooden landscaping edging, made either of long, narrow pieces of wood–railroad ties are very popular–or of wooden blocks. Wood, as landscaping edging, is a natural material, blending well with almost any landscape design. But it is not permanent, and will have to be replaced after a few years.

If you want something more durable than wood, metal or plastic landscaping edgings are available in flexible narrow strips which come in rolls of varying lengths. The plastic landscaping edging, in particular, is very inexpensive, lightweight, and pliable enough to use around curved flower beds or as circular edging beneath trees.

Many landscaping professionals prefer the durability of metal landscaping edging, but it will rust if not painted, and costs more than plastic. Both plastic and metal landscaping edgings are utilitarian, not ornamental, in appearance. They will add a crisp clean look to your landscaping, but that is all. For more info see http://www.onlinelandscapedesigns.com/Landscaping_Equipment/Landscaping_Materials.php on some landscaping materials.

By far the most durable of all landscaping edgings are those of concrete, brick, or stone. Their long life will compensate for their higher initial expense. Each of these landscaping edgings is available in a range of shapes and colors, making them both ornamental and functional. If you wish to use individual stones as landscaping edging, you will have to decide whether to mortar them as a way to keep grass and weeds from rooting between them.

Landscaping edging, be it a hand-spaded trench or carefully laid brick, will add the final, defining touch to your yard, giving it that longed-for clean, professional look!

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Make Your Home Stand Out with Curb Appeal

Winter is almost gone and summer is here. Summer means having get together with family and friends in the back yard. If you are looking for a way to make your home inviting this summer start working from the outside.

You can dramatically improve the appearance of your home, with these simple fixes:

1) Having your lawn mowed, trimmed and clean from weeds will be the first step. Most people dread doing their lawn specially if you have about an acre or more. If you have teenagers or neighborhood kids who are looking for some extra cash.

2- Make sure that the exterior paint is not peeling. If the exterior paint is peeling make sure you paint the exterior before the real estate agents start bringing buyers to show your home. Peeling paint will reduce the value of your home by at least two thousand dollars and will give room for buyers to find fault. If the exterior needs some pressure washing, do it. It does not cost much and mostly you can do it yourself if you have the time.

* Replace the door hardware. A new handle and lock mechanism can make your front door look brand new. If you can get a deal you replacing the kitchen and bathroom cabinet with the same hardware is a great idea.

4) Spring is here and it is a great time to do some gardening as the weather is pleasant during the day. Add color to your curb and gardening. If you have bushes make sure that you trim them to make your home inviting. If you have any plants that you dislike, now will be a great time to remove them. Lowe’s usually have great newsletter and classes for do it yourself home improvement projects. You can get some gardening tips from there.

* Install low voltage landscape lighting along walkways. Even the simplest lighting will bring your home to life at night. You can find some solar light if you are energy conscious.

* If you don’t have a proper path to the front door, consider installing one. Walkways welcome people to your home by inviting them to walk along a path that leads to your front door. The front porch should have ample lighting and balanced features, such as a planter on either side of it.

These simple tips will give you a start into summer. You don’t have a reason to have family and friends over? how about having DIY project and when you complete the project get your family friends over to celebrate the completion. This is good for your kids and your emotional well being. Your kids will start taking pride in the things they accomplish.

Find out how you can save energy, If you are looking to update your bathroom you can find some simple things you can do to improve the value of your home.

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