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Latest Trends in Landscape Design

August 24, 2016 The Amateurs Digest 0

Older people would remember that some years ago the latest trend was to bring the outside in with the use of floor to ceiling windows and some landscape design elements repeated inside. Nowadays one of the latest trends is to take the inside out. This is done by creating comfortable outdoor spaces that mimic the inside or creating an oasis to give you the feeling that you are on holidays in a luxurious Bali villa. There are outdoor kitchens, comfortable seating, fire pits  or a chiminea to create warmth and solid pavement of some kind underfoot so we don’t get muddy feet should it rain.

In fact, there is often a roof over the space in order to shelter us from a sudden shower, or shade of some kind – perhaps from a sail – and don’t forget the windbreak. This can be a stone wall, or a lattice with vines growing over it, a clear plastic ‘wall’ or almost anything else that will create a little bit of shelter from the prevailing breeze.

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8 Advantages of Choosing Light Garden Pots

February 18, 2016 The Amateurs Digest 0

Whether you have a high-rise apartment with a balcony, or live at ground level growing plants in pots is something that many people take great enjoyment in. Older people find digging and weeding in a garden difficult, so turn to using garden pots for their gardening needs. High rise dwellers don’t have any option but to use pots for their gardening activities.

There are several advantages to choosing light pots for your gardening activities: –

  • One trouble with many pots is their weight. If you suffer from a bad back, lifting a heavy pot is impossible – sometimes it’s impossible even if you don’t have a bad back. Moving the pot and plant together is a job that requires a lot of muscle. A lighter pot is much easier to move without risking injury.

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How to Take the Stress Out of Installing a Swimming Pool

February 9, 2013 The Amateurs Digest 0

Concrete swimming pools are quite a big investment, but having a pool will really enhance your lifestyle as you can take a dip in private anytime you want to. But it is important that everything is done properly. In fact, when you install a pool, that’s not the only thing that needs to be done. You need proper landscaping and a automatic pool cleaner as well as a safety fence, so choose pool builders that do it all, for the least amount of stress.

If you choose a company that just does the pool and nothing else, there will be a lot of hassle and stress as you try to get someone in to install the safety fence and then another company to attend to the landscaping so your pool doesn’t look like it’s sitting on an alien planet with heaps of soil or rock spread over what was once your lawn.

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How to Make Your Landscape Dreams Come True

March 24, 2012 The Amateurs Digest 0

Many people dream of having a beautifully landscaped area surrounding their home, but they just can’t seem to make it come true. This is mostly because they don’t have the time or the expertise to design something that will suit their home. landscape design is easy – for the right person. Someone who has been trained in creating a beautiful garden using all the many elements that are available, can bring your dreams to fruition.

A qualified professional understands what works and what does not and can also bring your lifestyle needs into the equation to create a garden that really suits the home and your needs as well. For instance, if you have little children, you will need to be careful about any water features you might want. Toddlers don’t understand the risk of falling in or how to get themselves out. But with older children you can find something larger and deeper for your water feature without having to worry.

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