We’ve lived in our lil’ dream home for almost 3 years now. Just over an acre of land that backs up to a wooded preserve. Sounds nice, right? We DO love it, but it presents its own set of challenges, one called WILDLIFE that we were reminded of over the weekend. Not only did we find part of our new landscaping removed (and raccoon paw-prints everywhere), but we also heard multiple coyotes howling just beyond the tree line after dark. Sandhill cranes, hawks, snakes and the occasional loose cow are all a pretty common sight in our yard, so we have to take some extra precautions to keep our property safe for the twins!
Maybe you can relate? If your landscaping is lavish and green, chances are you get intruders who pick on your plants or come to quench their thirst on you water fountain. Whereas, this spectacle brings life to your yard, the critters can destroy your pricey investment. For example, a squirrel may burrow onto your underground tubing and start a leak. Fixing such a leak may require that you remodel your backyard, which is quite expensive. How then do you protect your yard from such intrusive wildlife?
Plant Garlic Alongside Your Flower Plants
Yes, small animals, especially squirrels and raccoons detest the smell of garlic. As they come for your flowers at night, the garlic cloves will deter them from causing more damage. With time, these intelligent creatures will now which yards have garlic and will always avoid them. Besides, it’s a great way to grow your own garlic and enjoy cooking from farm to pan.
We’ve finally had our deck off our back porch refurbished! It was a little ratty from the previous owner, and it had been on “our list” for a while, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally taken care of – just in time for the weather to start cooling off a tad here in Central Florida! It adds such a nice touch to our backyard – the girls have been running around it, the dog has been sunning on it, and the hubby and I have been enjoying dinners on it! It’s the perfect finish for our yard!
What’s YOUR yard’s perfect finish?
Your parent’s generation may have wanted expansive yards and swimming pools, but according to MarketWatch, today’s homeowners are looking to relax outdoors and make pizzas from scratch with fresh veggies they grew in their own gardens. Today’s backyards are all about blending meaningful experiences in a practical yet beautiful setting. But it takes the right strategy to transform your yard into a livable and dazzling space to relax with friends and family. Here’s how to get started.
Do you have an outdoor space or a garden at your home that you really love? We sure do! And for the most part, our outdoor space is pretty private, considering that we live on over an acre with just a couple neighbors who are a good stone’s throw away. Nevertheless, there are a few areas in our yard where a bit more privacy would be nice!
Having a wide and open outdoor space within your property sounds ideal, but not if your neighbours can track your every move, or pedestrians and motorists have a snap shot of your life as they go by. Having a little privacy goes a long way, and here you’ll find a few hints and tip of how you can make your back yard more private without spoiling your outdoor space.
Getting privacy doesn’t always mean having to erect an overbearing fence around the edges of your property. Did you know that you can get the same effect with a little help from nature? Planting a row of trees within your garden or outdoor area adds privacy easily and are ideal if you’re hoping ot maintain a more natural garden look. Cypress Trees are a great place to start – you can get up to 40% off Cypress Trees at The Tree Center – as are ornamental fruit trees such as Black cherry plum, crab apple trees, silver birches, meyer lemon trees and evergreen Magnolias.
Little by little we are making our current house OURS. It was a lot easier to do projects around the home when we had no kiddos – some days I feel like we won’t ever get ANYTHING done ever again! Of course, hugs from chubby little arms and lots of sticky kisses make up for all that, and in the end, I know we’ll reach the end of our to-do list..eventually!
One thing I’ve been focusing in on recently is our back yard. I’ve been prepping my garden area for planting, a shady area for the girls’ swings, slide and sandbox, and thinking about adding a shed to hold some of the garage overflow.
When purchasing a garden shed there are more things to be taken into consideration than you may think. They are a big feature of your garden, so it’s essential that you make the right choice for you. One of the key points for consideration is the material that you select to use for your garden sheds – but you may not know enough about this to make an informed decision. The most-used materials are listed below, as well as pros and cons for each of those materials. I know I love to entertain in my back garden, and I want to make sure that my guests have a great looking shed to view!
Well, folks, we survived Hurricane Irma! Thank God! (And I’m not saying that jokingly at all – there were many who did not. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the families of those who were lost!)
We took an almost-direct hit from the storm – the worst Central Florida has seen since 2004. It packed quite a punch. I won’t lie, as I was sitting against a barricaded window in the twins’ room while they slept and the storm roared outside, for a minute or two, I started to panic. But we were very very blessed. The worst we had to deal with was our power being out for 4 days. (And can I just say that I do NOT recommend camping with 1-year-old twins?! MERCY!)
Anyhoo, trying to get back to normal over here. One of the negative effects of the storm has been a LOT of standing water on our property. We live on just over an acre, and about 25% of it is under water right now, so that’s a little bit of a concern for us. The hubby and I were outside brainstorming the other day, trying to think of something that could help with the water. I stand by my idea that creating a “dry creek bed” element in the backyard would help to funnel some of the water out, and LOOK pretty neat, too! Something like this…
HE thinks that will probably mean a lot of work for him…so he’s hesitant. (He’s probably right.)
So when Zachary Whatule sent me over a post chock full of backyard renovation ideas, I really got to dreamin’! You’ve got to see what he suggested!
The backyard to any home can hold a lot of potential. Maybe you would like yours to be an oasis of relaxation, or maybe you like to entertain a crowd. Either way, there are plenty of things you can do to turn a plain backyard into something wonderful.
Check out these renovation ideas for a little inspiration!