Category Archives: Landscaping

Considerations For Adding Garden Arbors And Trellises

Considerations For Adding Garden Arbors And Trellises
Adding a garden arbor or trellis to your yard can be a nice “upgrade” for your landscape or garden. Arbors, pergolas, and trellises will add to the overall look of your yard and can even boost property value. However, there are several issues that should be taken into consideration before you begin the process of adding a new arbor or trellis.

One of the first and most important questions to ask yourself, is how does this project integrate into my current garden area? Do you have a wood fence that you want to match the style or color of? Or do you want your yard to have a more eclectic look? Vinyl arbors and trellises for example are available in many colors, and often times provide a very clean, modern look. Wrought iron or aluminum is another choice, and can provide a very classical and formal look-even something of a “castle-like” appearance if you choose black painted metal.

One good idea is to purchase a landscaping software program for your computer that will allow you to take a digital photo of your home, upload it to the computer, and then incorporate various landscaping ideas or elements to the photograph so you can envision how the end result might look. Such software programs are readily available for purchase, and operating them requires just a bit of time with the tutorials and some general computer skills. The results are well worth the time before you begin the actual on site project.

Now that you have thought through the end result, it’s time to decide if this is going to be a “do it yourself” (DIY) project or if you’ll seek outside help, such as a licensed contractor, to do the job for you.

If you choose to make it a DIY project, how much time will you need to allocate? Can the project be completed in a weekend, or will it require a week or more of full or part time work on your part? Do you need to schedule vacation from work in order to start and finish in a timely manner? Nothing is more frustrating than having an unfinished project linger on much longer than you had anticipated. If you have a friend or family member who would be willing to help you out, now might be a good time to call upon their resources.

If you do seek outside help, one of the most important things you can do is check references. Most reputable landscaping companies will have photo albums of their completed projects. Look through the photos to get an idea of the overall quality of workmanship. If you see that the contractor has completed a similar project to what you’re looking for, inquire of the name and phone number of their previous customer. Then call those homeowners to inquire about their level of satisfaction with the job and the contractor. Be sure to ask the following important questions: Were you satisfied with the quality of work? Was the work performed in a timely and satisfactory manner? Did the end cost come in at or below the initial estimate, or did unexpected or hidden fees pop up during the project? Lastly, inquire if you can drive by and have a look at the finished project. Any homeowner who is happy with the end result will probably be very pleased to show it off to someone else.

No matter what your final decisions are, taking the above items into consideration will be well worth the time spent before you begin the project of adding a new arbor or trellis to your garden. Good planning and execution is the key to a successful end result in any home project.

Transform Your Outdoor Living Space With Paint

Transform Your Outdoor Living Space With Paint
Home decorating trends come and go, but one thing is certain: Americans have rediscovered the potential of outdoor spaces. Last year alone, homeowners spent nearly $5 billion on outdoor furniture and accessories, sparing no expense to bring the indoors out and create high-end outdoor living spaces.

Don’t have the money to invest in new outdoor furniture or high-end accessories? It’s easy to transform your backyard into a luxury outdoor environment on a “real-world” budget. All it takes is a little imagination and a few cans of spray paint. Here are some outdoor decorating ideas from the experts at Rust-Oleum:

Give your patio table and chairs a designer look. Designer patio sets can cost thousands of dollars. But with spray paints such as Rust-Oleum’s new MultiColor Textured, it’s easy to give your old patio set a rich contemporary look that’s virtually indistinguishable from pricier counterparts. Choose a rich multihued finish such as Autumn Brown, Aged Iron, Desert Bisque or Deep Forest. Or try one of today’s trendiest colors, such as Espresso from Rust-Oleum’s American Accents collection, to transform an ordinary patio table into caf? classico.

Transform ordinary planters into sophisticated garden accents. Flowering plants in stylish planters can add color and interest to any outdoor space. And it’s easy to spray new life into old planters-or give inexpensive planters a touch of sophistication-with paint. The possibilities are endless. Spray paint an old metal planter with paint such as Rust-Oleum’s Stops Rust Dark Brown Metallic for a sophisticated upscale look. Transform an inexpensive plastic planter with Stone or Terra Cotta spray paint from the American Accents collection. It will look just like its expensive counterpart. Or spray paint a simple planter with a hot new hue, such as Painter’s Touch Mango or Aqua, to add a splash of color to your outdoor space.

Give your barbecue grill a face-lift. Who said barbecue grills have to be black? Now, thanks to innovations such as Rust-Oleum’s High Heat Ultra spray paint, your old weathered grill can wear one of today’s hottest colors-such as Brown or Aged Copper.

Accent, accent, accent! Accent pieces make a house a home, so why not accent outdoor spaces, too? Turn an ordinary metal trellis into outdoor wall d?cor with American Accents Honey spray paint-or a simple wooden garden stand into a terra cotta latticework obelisk with American Accents Terra Cotta. And don’t forget about simple lanterns or table accents painted in vibrant colors or nature’s hues to add drama or tranquility to your outdoor space. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Keeping Safe With a Chain Link Fence

Keeping Safe With a Chain Link Fence
If you are looking for a chain link fence in Portland, then there are a few things that you should keep in mind so that you find the right fence for your needs. First of all, when most people think of chain link fences, they probably think of only silver fences, but there are several other colors that you can purchase chain link fences in if you want to. If you want to have a more natural chain link fence look, then you might consider purchasing your chain link fence in the colors green or brown. Just keep in mind that if a green chain link fence is set up in front of a large green field, it might be more difficult to see than a silver or a brown chain link fence.
With a chain link fence in Portland, you can protect your home, your family, your livestock, and anything else that needs protecting. While chain link fences typically have very large holes, they are not quite large enough to easily climb up, and if you have a very tall chain link fence, then it will likely deter any criminals from trying to access your property. If you have a dog, then purchasing a chain link fence can add even more protection to your family and home because would-be criminals will be able to easily see and hear your vicious dog and will likely think twice before trying to trespass onto your property.
If you purchase a chain link fence in Portland, you will also be able to easily see what is going on around your home and your property so that you can better protect yourself if you see anyone loitering or looking suspicious outside of your fence. It will offer you peace of mind if you can actually see what is going on around you, especially if your children are playing in your yard or if you are at home alone. Also, just the fact that criminals know that you can see them will help to deter them from trying to cause any mischief on your property or causing any harm to you or your family.