The exterior and front landscape of a home are the first impression that a house makes to anyone that happens to visit, or just drive by. So, it is aways a good idea to take an objective look at the exterior and try to see what statement your home is making to others. Are there areas that can be improved within your budget? Is everything clean and tidy? Does your home look inviting, or is it the home that kids believe houses the local witch? 😉 If so, then you probably need to add curb appeal to correct these issues. The following suggestions may provide some areas for which improvements can be made.
Lawn & Garden
Everyone has that shady spot that they want to get to looking good, but sometimes it is hard to figure out just exactly what to plant in these locations. It could be a spot on the north side of a wall, an area under a tree, or a space that is just to the edge of a wooded canopy. Regardless all of these would fall into the shade loving plants category. So, let’s take a look at 12 different popular options – that work for Zones 4-8.
Poison ivy, oak and sumac are some of the worst landscaping problems that you may have to deal with. According to specialist, more than 85% of people are allergic to these obnoxious weeds. That means that getting rid of them in our landscape and/or gardens is a must. But it also means that doing so can be risky. So, these are the important things that you need to know when getting rid of poison ivy, oak or sumac.
Raised gardens can be bought as a kit or constructed completely as a DIY project. Regardless of how you get your raised garden, they can be a wonderful way to grow veggies. However, they do have one downside. If made of wood, they will eventually rot. Decomposition is inevitable. But, there are ways to construct a raised bed that will lengthen the life and the looks. Because I wanted to do both, I decided to construct a DIY composite raised garden.
The first time I had ever seen an armadillo in person was back in 2008. I was amazed, because I thought that they were primarily a Texas animal. I initially thought that it was a fluke. That is, until a few weeks later when I saw another one. That made me wonder if they had been displaced because of Katrina.
Since then, I have seen many of these little critters, but didn’t think too much about it until recently. Take a guess why I am paying more attention to these giant rolly pollies. If you guessed that they were invading my yard, then you win the prize!