Posts made in August, 2015

Differences Between Lawn Border And Curbing Choices

Are you thinking about doing some landscaping next spring? Are you still working out how to tie everything in your yard together and make it look attractive? Putting a raised border around your flower beds to separate different areas of your yard can give your whole lawn a more uniform and well-manicured look. A carefully placed border can also help redirect rainwater or snow melt to another area, improving drainage and potentially preventing flooding. If you’re having a hard time choosing between different borders for your lawn, here are some things to consider:

Cedar planks: Cedar planks are a popular choice for gardeners who want a natural look. They’re also widely used for raised-bed gardening, making it easier to grow vegetables in certain types of soil. While cedar is relatively tough and long lasting, it will still eventually weather and decay. Make sure to use the right  type of nail when constructing your garden beds, or you will have rusted nails that easily fall out after just a few seasons. 

Brick curbing: Brick is less natural looking than cedar or other types of wood, but it can also be more orderly and neat looking. You can also use different colors of the same type of brick as visual reminders of your landscaping plans. For example, you might want to plant ornamentals in beds that are edged with red brick while your edibles are edged with gray or green bricks. If you hire or ever need to hire a landscaper, color coding your flower beds can also help lessen confusion over what needs to be done in which bed.

Stone curbing: Stones, such as large river rocks or even dressed stone, may be a little more natural looking than ordinary bricks and can be made more permanent than cedar. For a more organic look, you can dig a shallow trench around your beds. Then you can arrange larger pieces of rock in this trench until they look aesthetically pleasing and then pour in cement to hold the stones in place. Once the cement has dried, you can cover it up to hide the mortar from view while keeping the tops of the stones visible.

Cement curbing: A border that’s made entirely out of poured cement or concrete may not sound appealing at first, until you realize what can be done with it. A skilled concrete worker can give your concrete a variety of colors and faux finishes that you may be unable to find at any store. For example, the right aggregate mixed into a concrete that has a deep blue dye can make your curbing look like it was made from expensive lapis lazuli stones. For safety purposes, and a more interesting nighttime look, you could also request concrete curbing that glows in the dark, making it easier to find your way to the door without tripping if your porch light goes out.

For more information, contact a company like Northern Asphalt LLC.

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3 Signs You Should Install a Water Treatment System in Your Home

Many people do not install water treatment systems in their homes because they rely on their county or city government to handle it for them. However, you can install a whole-house system that will filter every drop of water that enters through your home’s plumbing, and it does not cost as much as you might think. Although not everyone needs an at-home water treatment system, there are plenty of homeowners who do. These are a few signs that you should think about installing one of these systems.

1. You Have Well Water

If you use a well to bring water into your home, then you don’t have the benefit of your county or city government treating the water for you. Although having your water tested annually to ensure that it’s safe is a good first step, this still might not mean that the quality of your family’s drinking water is where it should be. A whole-house water treatment system can help ensure that the water that your family is drinking and using does not have any harmful ingredients and can help make it taste better.

2. It Smells or Tastes Funny

Even if your water is already treated by your local water provider, there is a chance that you might not like how it smells or tastes. This could be due to the process that your water provider uses when treating the water, or it could be an indication of an issue with your plumbing. Regardless, you and your family should never drink water that does not seem to smell or taste right. One good option is to treat it yourself to ensure that it tastes and smells neutral again.

3. You’re Sensitive to Chemicals

Some water providers use a lot of chlorine to treat the water that is sent out to customers. Others add too many additives, such as fluoride. If you feel that the water that you and your family is drinking has chemicals in it that you are sensitive to, or if you want to cut down on the fluoride that your family is exposed to, it can be smart to treat it yourself.

Installing a water treatment system in your home is a great way to ensure that your family has access to safe and tasty drinking water. These are a few signs that you might want to look into installing one of these systems in your house. Contact a water treatment company like Waterman911 for information on how to get started.

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