Garden

Love gardening, landscaping and increasing your curb appeal! These posts are perfect for gardeners and landscapers looking to pick up a few more tricks.

Stone Edging as a Landscape Border

Stone Edging as a Landscape Border

Boosting curb appeal takes only a weekend or two with this great DIY stone edging solution for your landscape border. What’s the purpose of stone edging, or any garden edging? The main purpose of adding edging to your landscape or garden borders is to make it look nice and add some curb appeal. But there are other reasons, too! Here are some other reasons you may consider garden edging: Landscape Edging Materials Well, really this is a personal choice. There are lots of options available for edging… some are conventional, and some are really wild! A couple ideas for your edging include: Not only are there many materials available for edging, but once you decide on your material there are MORE options. Decisions, Decisions! If…

Rusty Wrought Iron Remedy

Rusty Wrought Iron Remedy

So, my next outdoor project is repainting my rusty wrought iron railing around my front porch. Here are my instructions on what to do: Scrub the wrought iron with a steel wire brush. This will remove any loose or flaking rust. I used a brush from Sherwin Williams with a little “ice scraper” attachment at the end of it. I used this little plastic piece to tap away at the rust and paint chips so they were easier to brush off. Sand the wrought iron with electric drill attachements, such as a sandpaper disc or wire wheel to further remove rust. Begin by using a coarse sandpaper to remove deeper rust. Go over the wrought iron with a medium-grit sandpaper. If necessary, mix a solution…

Completed the landscaping… just in time for FROST!!

Completed the landscaping… just in time for FROST!!

Mother Nature, are you kidding me?? This past Friday my dad helped me out by tilling the soil in front of my house and near the lamppost to get ready for the landscape. Since it was so hard and clay-like, he mixed about 4-5 bags of Miracle Grow topsoil in as he was tilling it. It turned out GREAT.  The best part: as soon as I got home from work Friday, I was able to start planting! They were calling for some serious rain on Saturday and Sunday, so I thought getting a head start on this was the way to go. Mom, Bobbi, and my handsome nephew AJ came to help on Saturday morning. Within a few hours we had everything planted. It looks…

Dreaming of a flagstone patio

Dreaming of a flagstone patio

This morning I saw an episode of Yard Crashers where they created a flagstone patio over an existing damaged concrete patio. It looked really amazing and got me thinking about how to dress up my backyard. This probably won’t be a project until next summer, but it’s definitely something to start gathering ideas about and planning for. Basically, I have small concrete patio when you walk out of my back door. There is a wrought iron fence around it, and two iron pillars in each corner that hold up a roof. The area is probably about 8ft wide by 6ft long. The concrete along the edges is chipping off and the railing is in pretty rough shape. My thought was to build up some stone…

The Fence is Up!!!

The Fence is Up!!!

Roxy is a happy lady! The fence gate was installed today. It looks awesome!!! It’s a chain link fence about 4 ft high, with all the heavy-duty essentials for keeping a super tall 90lb dog contained. She just loves it… and I love making her happy and keeping her safe. She likes to lay in the sun, and explore in the grass, so it’s really nice to let her to that. I think it will help her adjust to the new house a little better (she’s having a tough time still).