Outdoor Kitchens – Designing the Perfect Backyard Cooking Station

Outdoor kitchens are becoming popular these days with everyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. Many families enjoy eating outside especially during the summer season. These cooking stations are also great for BBQ parties. Planning for an outdoor living area can sometimes take time because there are several important factors to consider. But once you have your own kitchen outdoors, you will realize that the time, effort and money you put in planning and making your kitchen is worth it.

Considerations

Before remodeling your house to include an outdoor kitchen, it is very important to plan everything first. This is to ensure that you will know exactly what you should, how much you will spend and the end result. The cost is definitely one of the most important factors to consider. How much are you willing to spend for your kitchen design? The price range for an outdoor kitchen usually runs from $3,000 to $15,000.

Aside from the cost, the design

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Wood Fired Pizza Oven For Your Backyard Living Space

Everyone wants something unique and unusual in their back yard. In the desert landscaping scenario its a bit easier to get that kind of thing since the back yard is in use all year around. When it comes to something different for your back yard outdoor kitchen and barbecue centers another innovative product that a great landscaper can offer you is a wood fired pizza oven.

Whats more fun than Pizza and the parties that it can engender? The answer to that has to be a pizza oven, outdoors, wood fired and providing the best of the pizza that the world has to offer.

Typically the Italians offer wood fired ovens to create the best of the gourmet pizza that can be found in the United States and around the world.

One of the items that is quite often found as an addition to desert landscaping is the outdoor wood burning pizza ovens. These are not just for business or for Italian restaurants, they are also for the discerning or the fun loving home owner. Your outdoor kitc

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Everything Homeowners Want To Know About Retaining Walls

Let’s begin with the definition of a retaining wall. A retaining wall can loosely be defined as any outdoor wall that is used to hold the ground in place. One retaining wall may consist of a horizontal layer of brick, stone, or wood used to level earth on a slope to plant veggies or flowers. Another retaining wall might need to retain tons of soil to prevent erosion. When choosing the services of a professional retaining wall builder, there’s a lot you need to know.

Planning Your Retaining Wall

How high does your wall need to be? What would be the best materials to use? Is the wall chiefly decorative or does it have a specific purpose? You won’t know the answers to these questions until you go outside and take a closer look.

It goes without saying that you have selected a place for the wall. Knowing the shape and approximate length of the retaining wall will tell your installer several important things; it will help him with su

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Why Hire a Landscape Professional Consultant?

As a landscaped designer and consultant, people frequently come up to me with numerous questions regarding their garden problems and what they can do to solve them.

Since I tend to be a social kind of guy, I usually take some time to try and answer their questions for them on the spot, but most of the time it is best that I visit their home and see for myself what the underlying issues really are.

I often hear about the hard work they put into gardening, and the woes that seem to mount up every year, and how discouraged they become watching their lawn develop browning out areas, or how their rhododendrons suffer so much die back during the winter, or when should they cut back their deciduous shrubs because they are growing at a rapid rate and are becoming unsightly.

These are questions that have numerous causes as to why they develop in the first place, and oftentimes are difficult to answer in a simple few minutes of time spent in a grocery store parking lot.

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The Environmental Cost of US Lawns

According to a recent article published by Science Daily, “Using census data, satellite images, aerial photographs, and computer simulations, a NASA scientist estimated that turf grass is the single-largest irrigated crop in the United States” which begs the question what is the environmental cost? When we use three times as much water to irrigate our lawns than to provide water for corn it is obvious we, as a nation, have a serious problem.

We can thank Cristina Milesi, an Italian remote-sensins scientist at California State University-Monterey Bay and at NASA/Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. for this amazing yet frightening revelation. Using census data, satellite images and aerial photographs Cristina was able to estimate the total amount of turf grass found in the 48 contiguous states. Computer simulations where used to estimate the environmental impact of maintaining all those lawns.

Exactly how much of the United States is dedicated to La

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Organic Lawn Care

Americans love their lawns and as Americans we want them to be the best of the neighbor hood and the greener, healthier and lusher it is the better. Guess what? You can have that lawn you’ve always wanted without spending hours and weeks at a time taking are of it. Never heard that before? That’s right, an organic lawn is almost maintenance free! Besides the lush carpet feeling when you walk on it, you can have a peace of mind knowing that your family, pets, and beautiful wildlife are completely safe. Safe from artificial fertilizers and pesticides. In the pages ahead I will show you lawn care tips the organic way. You will learn what your grass needs to be healthy, how organic fertilizers can be applied safely, and how mowing can keep your lawn weed-free all season. I can promise you that growing a organic lawn will be so easy and rewarding that you will want to show your friends how to do it.

If you listen to what a lot of people say they would have you believe

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Landscape Design – Creating Balance In Home Landscaping

A sense of balance is necessary in creating a professional looking landscape design. Creating balance and unity is simple and can actually make designing easier but it is often overlooked. Use these guidelines to simplify your design and to ensure that your garden or landscape has a professional finished look.

Balance is a principle of all art forms, design, and even landscape design. It implies a sense of equality. And while there may be just a little more to it, this is how I explain it to make it easier for first timers and do it yourselfers to understand.

A garden, landscape, or any form of equal proportions would naturally feel and look balanced. However, most gardens and landscapes are not exact or symmetrical in shape and form. They’re asymmetrical and abstract in form and are often without any natural balance of their own. So landscaping often relies on other elements to create balance and harmony through unity.

Many times, a lack of balance is dir

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Facts About Flagstone

Flagstone is becoming an increasingly popular stone to use when landscaping the home. You can use it for walkways and patios giving your outdoor decor a charming look. But what exactly is flagstone? Here are the facts!

Flagstone is a beautiful flat stone made from sedimentary rock. Sedimentary rock is made up of “sediment” which is small bits of other rocks, sand, mud, pepples etc. Over long periods of time this sediment becomes glued together and forms a hard surface stone. Flagstone is made like this; basically it is a sandstone formed mainly from sand particles, felspar, quartz and cemented with silica and/or calcium. Flagstone is often confused with slate but slate is a metamorphic rock made from clay or volcanic rock.

Flagstone comes in a variety of colour combinations this feature makes it quite popular. It is also very durable as an installation and because it is formed in nature, it is very tough! Depending on where and how it was formed the colours

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The Four Elements of Landscaping

Landscaping is both a science and an art. It involves the contouring and modifying of the visual features of a land area. It also entails the science and art of gardening, landscape design and landscape architecture.

The visual features include four types. The living elements of landscaping include the flora and fauna. On the other hand, the nature elements are the shape and elevation of landforms and bodies of water. The man-made elements are structures such as fences, walls, statues, garden tables, etc. The last type is the natural element, which includes the natural condition of the area such as lighting and humidity.

The design of flora and fauna is covered by the art of gardening. Managing the growth of the plants is necessary to achieve a beautiful design within the landscape environment. Different characteristics of plants such as shrubs and vines can blend well with distinct man-made structures.

Nature elements are the rocks, stones and sand, the land el

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Would You Fancy an Outdoor Hardscape Fantasy Instead of the Grass?

Generations lived with the grassy landscape outdoors! Maybe the grass and the flower beds held out for decades at your home too and brought great family happiness, but change is the law of life. They need not vanish completely though, but remain restricted to the periphery of the planned hardscape. Imagine the advantages with the hardscaping with water being saved and a happy goodbye to overgrown weeds every weekend! The lawn service guys won’t be required and it is a smart new look that has plenty of choices and budgets. Get used to the new idea and look around to see plenty of this new approach, being so much easier to maintain and weather resistant absolutely.

What do you fancy to put in there? Pebbles would remind of the rustic waterside, slate or quartzite, travertine or granite in a range of pleasing and hardy shades? Would it be shades of gray, white and black or something a little more colorful? Going for a variety of choices would enable patterns like borders i

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