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Exterior Projects

The first thing everyone sees is the exterior of your home. Through landscape design, siding, roofing, decorative accents and other curb appeal, upgrade your exteriors with latest ideas from those who work in the home design industry. There are incredible new technologies and color theories that can add a brilliant new look to your home's exterior. The front of your home isn't the only thing that people look at. Backyards and gardens are just the beginning for your outdoor renovation project. You can create the perfect outdoor scene for parties, entertainment, family gatherings and barbecues. Hot tubs and swimming pools aren't the only way to add an exciting outdoor oasis. Whether you want to add an outdoor entertainment area, new landscape or even a greenhouse, your exterior projects can define how your exterior flows with your home and define you as a creator and designer.

One of the biggest DIY remodeling projects is a backyard deck. These wooden structures do not have to be so traditional. You can create decks from wrought iron, wood, and even glass. Decks are perfect for creating a flow from your interior to exterior, placing a hot tub, or a safe passage to an above ground pool. These structures are also amazing for picture perfect views. Decks can overlook lakes, pools, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Changing an exterior is an intensive project. You have to provide for structural defects and weather damage. You also want to make sure that you are choosing durable furniture, ready to outlast constant sun and rain exposure. The typical outdoor areas can still require the help of an architect to plan and direct the outdoor space that you have to work with. You may also have to change your interiors to create a better flow throughout your home. For example, if you're adding a sunroom or screened porch area, you may want to tear down a wall to make it more open and provide space to install stairs. From green landscapes and hot tubs to flower gardens and luxurious pools, your exterior designs can really improve the value and beauty of your home.

Tree Care


Trees provide shelter, protection, and nourishment when they are built around a home. There are various types of trees that many people are interested in planting around their home in order to help keep it shady and protected against the harsh winds throughout various seasons. Fruit treats are known for being wonderful for providing a variety of delicious fruits throughout the years. Depending on where you choose to plant your tree and take care of it, you can have a longstanding addition to your landscape and your home as the tree continues to grow and develop over time.

Fertilization

You can improve the health of your tree by performing scheduled fertilization. It is important to schedule the fertilization because sometimes your tree may not get fertilized naturally after you have planted it into its new habitat. By spreading fertilizer over the soil surface under the branches of the tree, you can provide better soil for growth for the tree. If you are just planting a tree and its near another plant, such as flowers, then you will not need to fertilize the tree separately. You may want to consider using fertilizers that are rich in potassium and nitrogen so that they will produce the best effects possible for your tree.

Pruning

Your trees will eventually need trimming, which is known as pruning. Pruning a tree can help it to grow in a shape that you prefer and improve its overall livelihood. If you have a fruit or flowering tree, pruning can help in the development of new buds. Pruning a tree during the wrong time of its growth, however, can be a serious problem. Most trees would require pruning during the late winter or early spring before any new growth can occur. You should also avoid pruning once the tree has blossomed and during the entrance into the new growth cycle.

Research

It's a good idea to do some research on the specific tree that you have so that you can better understand its needs. Not all trees are the same; some trees have more specific needs than other trees. The better that you are able to understand the needs and requirements of your tree, the more likely it will be to survive and continue budding during appropriate times of the year. As you begin to gain more understanding about trees, it will be easier for you to take care of other trees that you may plant in the future.

Ultimately, you should familiarize yourself with some of the common pests and diseases that may be known to accompany your type of tree. Worms, termites, and rotting diseases can harm and even kill your tree. But likewise, there are some trees which will be able to attract certain types of animals and bugs that you may want around your home, such as hummingbirds and butterflies. If you would like to know more about tree care or landscaping in general, you may want to check out some of the related resources and topics that are available on this site for more information.