Few things are more relaxing looking through your window and watching winter birds on a cold day. While it's relatively simple to landscape for a bird-friendly yard in the spring and summer, winter landscaping can be a bit more challenging. The following tips can help you make a more welcoming cold weather refuge for your feathered friends. Tip #1: Provide a water source Free-flowing water is one of the hardest things for over-wintering birds to find when the temperatures are cold.
If you have recently purchased a house with a sprinkler system, here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your new sprinkler system. #1 Visually Inspect Your System The first thing you need to do is visually inspect your sprinkler system. You are going to want to make sure that you don't have any sprinkler heads that are cracked, broken or missing altogether. If you find any sprinkler heads that are severely damaged, you are going to need to arrange to have them fixed and replaced immediately before you start using your system.
Landscaping over a wet area in the yard can be challenging. Often, these areas are low-lying, so water tends to accumulate and lead to soggy soil conditions. Mud and moss undermine anything you try to plant in the spot. Fortunately, there are ways to work a wet, low area into your design so that it is both attractive and low maintenance. The following ideas can help. Idea #1: Improve the drainage
If you are like many homeowners, you may not give your landscape trees much thought as long as they appear healthy and put on a full canopy of leaves each year. While it's true that healthy trees are relatively low maintenance, they aren't necessarily no maintenance. The following are some signs that it's time to trim your trees. Sign #1: Branches are touching the house When tree branches grow long enough that they scrape against the siding or rest on the roof, both the tree and the home is in danger.
If you have a patio, there's a good chance that you want to get as much use out of it as possible. This means making sure that it is well lit enough to use at night for gatherings and other events. Here are some tips for lighting your patio so that it is charming and functional. 1. Invest in Solar Powered String Lights If you have a patio that gets a lot of direct sunlight during the day, invest in string lights that are solar powered.