Top 5 Tips to Improve Your Garden

1) Keep your outside space tidy
Open out the space and maximise the area by trimming back any overgrown area’s ensure that if your potential purchasers arrive the drive way is cleared of any children’s toys, cars, gardening waste, bulk waste and rubbish bag. You may be having a clear out as you’re moving but they don’t need to see it. It is usually men who notice how easily maintained the garden space is and having an messy or overgrown space can really put them off.

2) Add some colour
Where ever possible make your space seem more pleasing to the eye by adding some floral decoration. A simple touch is to buy a set of pots or maybe a hanging basket and plant colourful healthy looking plants and for the time your house is being viewed it will be appealing. Try to avoid heavily scented flowers as this can be quite personal and the wrong smell could leave the wrong lasting impression. A real benefit of pots or basket is they are usually relatively inexpensive and you can always move them with you to a new property.

3) Edging the space
The edging of your space should also be well maintained depending upon the type of space you have. If your property has a smaller outside space blurring the edges with some potted plants but not too large can make an improvement and in some cases painting the walls a lighter colour can brighten the space but ensure the colour is neutral and in keeping with the rest of the property’s overall look. If you have a fairly big garden show it off with clearly defined edging ensuring that all fencing looks in good repair and freshly painted or any brickwork is pristine.

4) The entertainment space
If you have a well maintained clearly defined back garden space use it to your advantage by creating a scene. Have a cleaned and well maintained barbeque on show with a chair and tables as if you use the space to entertain and relax frequently even if it’s not your personal taste most potential purchasers can be sold by the idea of something rather than the reality. If you have the benefit of sunshine maximise the effect by offering refreshment when they reach the back garden and invite them to sit and make themselves at home.

5) Water features
If you have the chance and the funding to add something just a little bit special for the extra effect then purchasing a self contained water feature that is both attractive and child friendly

Can make the memorable feature that puts your property ahead of the other’s in the same price range.

Useful Home and Garden Makeover Ideas

Gardening experts give practical and useful home and garden tips online or on TV shows which are very instructive. Incorporate their ideas and suggestions to give your garden a face-lift. Several factors go into creating a beautiful garden. While the size is not very important, proper placement of plants, pathways and garden furniture all combine to create a beautiful garden.

Remember to follow these simple instructions

Prepare the soil before you bring in plants and vegetable seedlings. Clean out the garden and use lawn clippings, branches and leaves by renting a shredder and re-use this as fertilizer for your lawn. Make a compost pile in one sunny corner of your yard. Make sure to place a layer of soil over your leaf and waste products. Check out how much sun or shade is required for a plant by reading instructions on tags when they are bought. Select the right spot and make your soil bed. Remember, it is not necessary to dig too deep as this can choke a plant or create root rot. If a tree is to be planted, remember to leave a clear area all around for the future.

Care for your plants with the right fertilizers

A useful home and garden tip is to plant the best of the lot from a vantage point so that when one looks from a particular window in the living or dining room, they have a lovely view of the garden. A vegetable patch could grow in the backyard while a beautiful Japanese maple could lend an aura of beauty when viewed from the patio or the dining room. Create a pathway from the entrance of your home to the driveway and plant shrubs and flowering trees on both sides.

Create a landscape with a collection of a few plants and rocks and place an ornamental statue to highlight a particular area. Protect your plants from deer and rabbits that can destroy your garden. Plant nectar-fresh flowers to attract pretty butterflies and hummingbirds. Hang a few feeders outside your solarium if you have one and watch the birds feed.

Points to consider when creating a garden

Think ahead. Do not plant trees and shrubs that will outgrow your garden space and look crowded. Make sure you buy plants and flowers that are seasonal and are contained in the space provided for them. Use these useful home and garden tips to advantage and sit back and watch that garden grow!

Top 10 Home and Garden

My husband and I have been gardening together for over thirty years. He has a degree in horticulture and I have a degree in library science. So, when we combine our love of books and gardening, we end up with a vast gardening resource library.

I want to share my favorites and think they will become your favorites as well. Below I’ve listed my top 10 favorite home and garden books that I believe beginners and professional designers alike should consider purchasing for your own home reference library.

Top 10 Home and Garden Books For Every Beginner and Designer

  1. The Well Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques by Tracy DiSabato-Aust is a classic. Tracy is well known in the gardening world for her 20 plus years experience in maintaining gardens and in this book she tells you exactly how to prune perennials. Also, In the very first chapter, she speaks of designing a garden with its maintenance in mind. Her advice is to ask yourself “Who’s going to maintain this garden, me or a professional crew?” Great question!
  2. Landscaping With Perennials by Emily Brown is another favorite of ours. Advice on garden layouts for slopes, shade, bogs, parking strips, creating cutting gardens, island beds, or a fairytale woodland garden is all here. Included are line drawings, photographs, plant lists and more. A real delight to read.
  3. Gardening With Color by Mary Keen. A garden designer and consultant herself, Mary has filled this book with gorgeous full page photos. Excellent advice on designing with the six color categories for gardens including: blues, reds, greens, grays and white, and yellows makes this book another great choice for your library.
  4. Armitage’s Garden Annuals: A Color Encyclopedia by Allan Armitage helps the gardener select proven specimen annuals that are interesting, important, and often overlooked. Armitage is a horticulturalist, teacher, and respected expert in his field and this plant reference guide is a perfect companion to his earlier Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hard Perennials. Attractive and easy to use with inspiring pictures.
  5. Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook by Jennifer R. Bartley was published in 2006 but I’m just now finding out about it. This lovely book describes how to create a garden that is not only beautiful and well laid out, but is also productive. Who wouldn’t want a kitchen garden, or potoager, as part of their landscape? If you love growing your own fresh fruits and veggies, learn how to do it in style!
  6. All New Square Foot Gardener by Mel Bartholomew is my new favorite gardening book. This method has been around for 25 years so you know it works. I was skeptical at first. How can you “grow more in less space” like he says in 4’x4′ square boxes? Pictures with detailed instruction explains how to build these raised beds for your garden or deck. Great for everyone as well as kids and wheelchair bound gardeners. Learn more at www.squarefootgardening.com
  7. The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah Martin helps gardeners to not become compost failures. Unique, easy to implement techniques using heaps, bins, or enclosed composters make composting easier to create and tend.
  8. Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques by Alan Toogood. The title says it all. Learn how to get free plants and save yourself a ton of money…maybe even start a business. Very good pictures with directions. You’ll learn a lot from this book.
  9. Gardening With Grass by Michael King and Piet Oudolf shows how to use ornamental grasses to transform a ho-hum garden into a stunning garden. They even list perennials, by color and height, that grow well with particular variety of grasses. Planting grasses are highly recommended to extend your summer garden into fall.
  10. The Way We Garden Now by Katherine Whiteside is a nice book if you are feeling overwhelmed by your garden. This book lets you pick-and-choose from ten easy, manageable projects like adding edibles, planting bulbs, dealing with hedges, putting up deer fencing and even container gardening. Fun and engaging to read.

Any one of the books listed above will give you a great deal of insight on how to have an awe inspiring garden that will make your garden a paradise for you and your family. That’s why the are my top 10 books on home and garden that every gardener and designer should consider having on their bookshelf.

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Home and Garden Ambiance With Decorative Water Fountains

There’s really nothing more peaceful than the sound of water running in a sparkling brook. Unfortunately, most of us don’t live where we can enjoy such sounds. Therefore, a lot of people are choosing to create this serene ambiance in their yards or right in their homes themselves. To do this, they are using decorative water fountains. These delightful additions to your home or garden come in many beautiful designs, sizes, and colors and are sure to enhance the beauty of any decor.

Many of the outdoor decorative water fountains are in the form of bird baths. After all, what bird isn’t going to want a little splash in whatever kind of water you provide? One of the greatest things about many of these outdoor fountains is that they require no additional plumbing. Each unit contains an internal pump that re-circulates the water over and over again. Some of are very heavy, so you should keep in mind that when you order one, you’re going to need help moving it into position. You can find lighter-weight fountains made of resin or fiberglass, but it you want a lovely marble or metal fountain it’s going to have some weight to it.

For a fountain within your home, you can choose from either table-top fountains or wall mounted ones. Both kinds are delightful and will provide your family with hours of peaceful viewing. There’s just something calming about watching and listening to water. Table top fountains come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and decorator styles. For example, you can find an exotic Japanese water fountain that incorporates motifs such as Buddhas and bamboo. In addition, you can find contemporary styles, country designs, and nostalgic fountains. There are so many different styles available that there’s bound to be something that will blend well into any decor.

Wall-mount decorative water fountains are a joy for people who don’t have a lot of extra space. Equipped with re-circulating fountain water pumps, they hang on your wall wherever you have the space, indoors or out. Some of these wall fountains are designed to give you a historical look with “carved” lion heads and guardian angels. Other models are sleeker and more contemporary and look like boxes with sheets of water coming down in a soothing continuous motion. Whatever style you’re looking for, you’re certain to find a decorative water fountain that will become a treasured conversation piece in your home or yard.