Author: Joey

Bringing Your Landscaping to Life with Lights

Almost every homeowner takes great pride in their gardens. A great looking, well cared for garden is a joy. It is a place to relax with family and friends and escape the stresses of the world – even for a while.

However, a garden  should be enjoyed at all times, this includes on a bright summer’s day and the evenings – which are some of the best times to have that special gathering, barbecue or outside dinner party.

But evenings in the garden or on the patio overlooking the garden can be made even more special with great landscape lighting.

The good news is that there are a variety of lighting options for gardens that do not require that the homeowner break the bank. In fact many of these options are perfect DIY projects.

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One of the best lighting ideas is using decorative lanterns. These are available in a variety of different types. There are those that rely on LED lighting that can imitate the effect of candles – there are also vintage options where low flame candles can be used. They represent excellent value for money and can be placed around the garden to highlight landscape features or placed on a patio table to lend a warm glow to any gathering.

Cafe style string lights have variety of uses. they can illuminate a porch or patio – but can also be used to hang on tree branches to create a perfect magical ambiance. If they are going to be used where there is the chance of rain make sure that they are rated for all weather use. Even a simple branch in a plant pot can be transformed into something that is the focus of a wonderful evening.

An incredibly easy way to get a great effect when it comes to landscape illumination is to purchase solar powered landscape lighting. these stand alone units can be purchased separately or as complete collections. Installing them is as simple as spiking them into grass or a flowerbed.

New LED technology means that these low voltage units emit more light then ever before. Many models also feature timers or light sensors so that they will automatically come on in low light conditions. They represent great value for money and the wide variety of styles means that there is usually a solar lighting solution to suit every taste.

Have a look around and take the time to transform your garden into a space that delights and allows for so many entertainment options.

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How to Remove A Tree Stump

Do you want to get rid of a tree stump because it’s in the way of your new garden design? Removing a tree stump isn’t necessarily going to be easy, but you do have plenty of options if you want to take care of it. These are a few removal methods that you may want to try.

Dig Out The Stump

The simplest way to get rid of a tree stump is to dig it out. Before you look at more complex stump removal methods, you should check to see if you can take care of your stump with a single shovel.

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If you are going to be digging out a tree stump, you’re not going to want to tackle every part of the removal process at once. It’s a good idea to cut up or break down roots before you start digging. If you do that, you’ll be able to remove the roots separately.

Chemical Stump Removal Products

Many people are unaware that there are chemical products that can help you to remove stumps. These products cause a stump to soften so that it can easily be cleared away.

It’s a good idea to take a look at some of the chemical products on the market to see if any of these products might suit your needs. It’s also wise to be cautious if you use these products. These chemicals can be very strong. Wear the proper protective gear when you’re applying the chemical, and make sure that people and animals stay away from the stump while the chemical does its job.

Grinding The Stump

With the right equipment, you can clear away a stump in no time at all. A stump grinder is an incredibly effective way to remove a tree stump. While equipment like this can be expensive to purchase, you should be able to rent a stump grinder for a reasonable fee.

You’ll definitely want to be cautious if you use this sort of equipment; a stump grinder can be extremely powerful. As long as you’re willing to do that, renting one of these machines is a great idea.

Hire Professionals To Remove The Stump For You

If you need to get rid of a stump, but don’t have time to solve the problem on your own, your best will be to hire professionals to take care of it for you. Tree removal services often remove tree stumps as well.

You will have to pay the professionals that you hire, but you’ll probably find that it’s a worthwhile expense. You can trust professionals to get the job done quickly. More importantly, you can safely assume that they’ll handle the job properly. The tree stump will be gone, and you won’t have anything to worry about.

Now that you know a little bit more about removing a tree stump and what it entails, you can figure out what sort of path you’d like to take. No matter what you wind up doing, you’ll be able to get rid of this stump for good.

Landscaping on a Budget

In our highly stressed modern work there can be no better form of relaxation than simply sitting and taking in the beauty of your newly designed landscaped garden. As a gathering place for family and friends gardens are simply without comparison when it comes to throwing off the cares of the world and spending time with those who are important to you.

And your garden can also be a source of great pride and a fantastic way to showcase your creative talents and individual style.

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These are only some of the reasons that people undertake landscaping projects. However the challenge of landscaping is that it can be extremely expensive, especially when professionals are called in.

The good news if that there are a number of steps that the avid gardener can take in order to transform their garden without breaking the bank.

A firm favourite with gardeners all over the globe is to add a DIY water feature. A water feature does not have to be expensive and there are kits that are available from garden centres across the country.

If you’d prefer to put in a bit more work and end up with something unique a trip to a hardware store and the purchase of a pump is your first step. Any container – including flowerpots or antique / heritage items can form the centrepiece of a water feature. Add some water tolerant plants and you have a beautiful installation.

If you have a larger garden think of splitting lawn areas into two and inserting a flowerbed to separate them. Then install a path between the two that runs across the flowerbed. Almost anything can be used for a path, paving stones riverine pebbles, wood chips or a great idea is to find some planking off cuts (like the wood used in pallets). All of these give a lovely natural feeling to the garden and provide a much more visually appealing garden experience.

For those who want to explore one of the most cost effective ways to increase the visual appeal of the garden there is always the option of installing ground lighting. Nothing could be easier. There are a variety of stand alone lights that simply can be spiked into beds or lawn. There are also styles that use solar charging and can be set to automatically switch on at a certain time. They’re weatherproof and excellent value for money.

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Another extremely DIY friendly (and wallet friendly idea) is to lay down a flower bed border. There are a huge variety of materials that can be used and it’s the sort of project that anyone (even the kids) can get involved in. Another great thing about flower bed borders is that they help retain mulch when that is laid down and can prevent soil erosion.

It needn’t cost you a fortune to transform your garden. there are plenty of DIY and incredibly budget friendly projects which the homeowner can do themselves. No need to call in the professionals, get out in the garden and have some fun.