It may come as a surprise to many homeowners, but there is plenty of room to go green with driveways, patios, walkways, and interior floors that are constructed of brick, stone, or concrete pavers. Ranging from green strategies for more livable outdoor areas to green solutions that are healthy for the environment, here’s a collection of some proven green remodeling suggestions to help ensure that your concrete paver, brick, or natural stone driveway, patio, walkway, or floor is as green as they come.
Going Green with David Johnston
HomeAdvisor understands that it can be tough for homeowners to wade through all the “green” remodeling information out there, which is why we’ve teamed up with green remodeling expert David Johnston to provide you with the best, most accurate, green remodeling advice in the business. Johnston is the founder of the green consulting firm What’s Working, Inc., the author of multiple books on green remodeling (including the Nautilus Award winner Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time), and he happens to know a thing or two about
Don’t blame yourself if you’re having trouble sustaining your yard. It doesn’t mean you lack a green thumb or can’t keep the simplest of species alive. The number one problem in any kind of landscaping is soil. Unless you live in a fertile part of the country, there’s a good chance you’ll run into difficult soil that will hinder you in growing even the most maintenance-free flowers or plants. There are several reasons why plants have a hard time growing, but when nature seems to be stacked against you, these soil solutions can make the difference between a garden that’s great, and one that’s nearly non-existent.
Causes of Difficult Soil
All yards run into difficulties at some point and a lot of it has to do with the ground it’s growing in. So the first line of attack is a good defense: identifying the setback.
pH Balance: the most troublesome dilemma is your yard’s chemical composition. Dirt has a pH level which is measured using a scale ranging from 0-14. Since plants need a nice balance of several chemical elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, etc.) in order
Every homeowner may have a different reason for adding a gazebo to their backyard. Gazebo additions are often used as a kind of covered patio area that allows you to enjoy the natural setting of your yard away from your house. If you have a gardening interest, a gazebo can act as a permanent structure that helps define the garden (known as a garden bone). For general landscaping purposes, a gazebo addition will serve as a more beautifying object than a patio or deck. A deck gazebo can add a feeling of elegance to your deck installation. For outdoor parties, they will give you a covered area to set up a buffet table or an extra gathering area for guests. They are also perfect for more formal events like weddings or receptions after religious ceremonies. But, whatever the intended use, the best gazebo addition is as beautiful as it is functional, as romantic as it is valuable, to your home, your yard, and your life.
Five Keys for the Best Possible Gazebo Installation
- Gazebo Addition Placement: You might think you want to place your gazebo
Most would agree that maintaining a garden is one of the more pleasurable types of labor a person can do. Whether you grow food, flowers or both, gardening is an activity where hard work truly ends in beautiful (or tasty) results. While caring for a garden is a joy in many ways, caring for the amount of tools gardening entails can become quite a hassle. If storing dirty tools and clothes is becoming a problem, a garden shed is certainly a viable solution.
If kept out of the elements and used properly, tools can have quite a shelf life. Depending on the size of your property and the location of your garden, bringing tools in and out of a house on a regular basis can be a real pain. Having a garden shed that is close to where you are working can make storage a breeze. It can also spare your home’s floors a significant amount of excess dirt. Because gardening can be a time consuming process to begin with, many find that the time saved in tool transport and cleaning tracked in dirt make the shed itself as important a tool as a shovel or rake.
There is nothing more relaxing than venturing out into your backyard for a good soak in the hot tub after a long day. There is also nothing that ruins that sense of release quicker than knowing your neighbor is ogling you through the blinds as you turn on the jets. For homeowners who wish to have a little more privacy while they enjoy their spa, a gazebo spa enclosure is an excellent addition.
A Gazebo Spa Enclosure is Just What the Doctor Ordered
Also known as a hot tub gazebo, these freestanding structures are built to fit around your existing hot tub. They come in more designs than you can imagine, and can be made of several different materials. Read on for a few ideas of hot tub gazebo designs and ideas that might be just what you’re looking for.
Just how much privacy you hope to get from your gazebo canopy is up to you. For many homeowners, a simple, open air canopy provides just enough of a barrier from onlookers to make their experience comfortable and private. There are also the obvious advantages of experiencing nature with a more open gazebo
For garden enthusiasts, winter is generally thought of as the “off season”. This is especially true for the gardener who delights in growing flowers. It is a common belief that winter flowers are only grown commercially and that a winter flower garden on a residential scale isn’t feasible.
It is true that in very cold climates, winter flowers are a rarity. Very few flowers are hardy enough to poke their way through frozen earth and snow. It should be stated, however, that there are many species of flower that can survive in “cool” conditions, and a few that can live in down right “cold” ones.How Cold is too Cold?
Is the ground frozen? Then yes, it’s too cold. Next comes the tough one. Will the ground freeze again? If the answer is definitely “no”, then there are some flowers you can plant. It is, however, nearly impossible to say when the ground will stop freezing.Shrubs
The easiest way to have a winter flower garden is to plant some very hardy shrubs. Now, in mid-winter, we’re lucky to get much color at all. So some suggested winter shrubs will have brightly colored berries, and a few will have