Friday, April 29, 2016

Minimalist Garden Design Ideas

Minimalist gardens may seem boring, simple and plane to many but there are many others that think they are stylish and charming.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Installing Pavestone Bagged Landscape Rock

Beautify your trees, gardens, bushes and other outdoor areas with Pavestone's landscape rock. Sold in easy to use bags.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

How to Build a Wood Lattice Fence

In this video, senior technical editor Mark Powers builds a cedar fence featuring square lattice and chunky posts creates a decorative yard accent that'll stand up to any climate—and plenty of neighborly ogling

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stylish Elegance Of Brick Retaining Walls

Ask about the most basic part for building any structure, and chances are, there will be a universal answer: Bricks. Bricks, hard blocks made from clay, are proven materials for house and building constructions. Hence, there is no reason to doubt their efficiency and beauty when it comes to retaining walls.

Indeed, brick garden walls are one of the most popular choices among many homeowners. First, it's because bricks are the first things that come to mind whenever a person is confronted with the prospect of creating a wall. And second, it's because bricks allow a lot of flexibility with design elements that can eventually be manipulated to create beautiful gardens.

Garden walls are important for gardeners and landscape artists who wish to separate their gardens from the rest of the backyard sometimes, these gardens are placed in elevated areas. The purpose of retaining walls is to support the ground upon which the plants will reside. But there are more uses for retaining walls. If created with the right design in mind, they can enhance the splendor of any garden.

And this is where brick garden walls excel. Since bricks are malleable materials, at least when they have yet to harden, they can be manipulated to form a variety of shapes that will perfectly carry out the design you have in mind. Also, their surface texture will allow you to apply, and play with; paint to come up with colorful structures that will bring any environment to life.

However, you shouldn't just build brick retaining walls based on how you have always pictured them to be. Establishing these walls is easier said than done. There are sound engineering principles you should be observing.

The first step you have to take is to dig a sizable trench upon which your brick retaining walls will be built. The trench should be deep enough to support the weight of the walls, and to make it formidably resistant against the weight of the soil it will be supporting. Concrete with steel re-bar must be installed into the trench. This concrete foundation will provide a level base for the concrete blocks and brick face forming the brick retaining wall.

Also, bear in mind that retaining walls above 3 feet are subject to some permit regulations in certain areas, more specifically, territories that experience frequent seismic activities. Do consult with your local regulatory board before proceeding with the construction of your retaining wall.

A 4" drain pipe must be placed at the wall bottom on the back side of the Wall. Install gravel around the drain pipe and extending up to the top of the wall. This will help to prevent water pressure from pushing the wall over. It is also a good idea to provide weep holes along the bottom of the wall to allow additional drainage.

Conclusion: If the home has brick on the outside, try to match the same brick color into the new walls. It is important to carry the same house building material out into the landscape. This will help to unify the entire property.

Brick, stone and concrete caps can be used to finish off the top of the wall. Please note, brick retaining walls may look great but they are expensive to construct because of the cost for the concrete footing.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

How To Install A Gopher Wire Before Artificial Grass Is Installed

Gopher Wire, or Gopher Control Mesh is the best way to stop gophers and moles from destructing your artificial lawn. We recommend 1/2'' gopher wire.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ideas For Patios

An inspirational film filled with ideas for patios with expert advice and top tips to help you complete the job with confidence.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Installing Cobblestone Patio Pavers In The Front Yard

John of http://www.growingyourgreens shows how he installed cobblestone pavers in his front yard edible garden. From cutting concrete, laying base rock, laying sand, setting the pavers and filling the joints with sand, you will learn the entire process in this video.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Lawn Care & Design : Landscaping Around A Hot Tub

When landscaping around a hot tub, place flowerbeds around all four corners, walkways and trellises. Find out what plants to use when landscaping a hot tub, such as ivy and ferns, in this free video from a professional landscaper on lawn care tips.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How To Build A Round Patio With A Fire Pit - This Old House

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook builds beautiful circular patio that features a chill-chasing fire pit.

Saturday, April 2, 2016


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