Articles in: Landscaping Ideas

Fall Planting Ideas from Cassity of Remodelaholic

Posted by: on October 21st, 2013 | One Comment

A colorful fall garden with yellows, oranges and purples

 

Fall planting season is your chance to renew the look of your home with new seasonal colors and textures. We asked Cassity of the Remodelaholic home improvement blog to show us how she planned her beautiful and very colorful fall garden. She has some great fall planting ideas, and some beautiful photos of her garden, too.

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How To Install Outdoor Lighting for Trees

Posted by: on August 15th, 2013 | 3 Comments

Installing outdoor lighting for your trees  is a great way to add some evening curb appeal as well as extra dimension to the landscaping of your home. It is a project that you can complete in an afternoon, and it doesn’t require difficult electrical work. This short video will show you how to install outdoor lighting, step by step.

To complete this outdoor lighting project you will need a lighting kit, screwdriver, drill, drill bits, shovel, and wood screws or mounting screws. All these tools and materials are available online or at your nearest Home Depot store. You will begin by wiring the power pack, screwing the cables into place. Each light pack manufacturer may be a little different so be sure to check the instructions that come with the power pack.

Next, you will want to mount the power pack to the siding of your home next to a covered GFCI outlet. If you are concerned about mounting the power pack to the siding of your home, you can always mount it to a stake and put it in the ground next to the GFCI outlet.

From there you can assemble the lights and place them around your trees, while running your cables between them. Make sure that you put the first light at least ten feet from the power pack and more than ten feet from the nearest pond, fountain, pool or other water source. Dig the holes from the stakes, put them in the ground, and then attach the wire. After digging a small trench, check the lights to make sure they work, and then bury the cable.

Browse our online Landscape and Deck Lighting Department for everything you need to light the exterior of your home.

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Places: A Floating Deck

Posted by: on July 10th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Image of a Floating Deck Around Trees

Image via PoppyTalk

 

Having a nice deck conveniently located just off the kitchen or living room is ideal for outdoor dining and relaxation. And who wouldn’t want to walk right out onto a deck from the bedroom to enjoy morning coffee and the newspaper? But if the design of your home won’t allow for the addition of a traditional deck, or if you’re currently renting a house, you can still find a nice corner of the yard or a shady spot around a group of trees for a floating deck.

In fact, the best thing about a freestanding or floating deck is you’re free to pick the best spot in your yard or garden to set up and plop down in your outdoor chair for some extended R&R. If it sounds like we’re just making stuff up or trying to get you to settle for a lesser outdoor living experience, we’re convinced you’ll feel differently after seeing a few of the decks we found floating around the web.

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Places: Water Gardens

Posted by: on June 19th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Water gardens are a wonderful way to bring a sense of nature’s beauty and mystery to a patio, deck or any other outdoor space. And, much like other types of gardens grown in pots and planters or various and sundry repurposed vessels, a mix of plants in different colors, shapes and textures will make your aquatic gardens more striking. They’re also relatively easy to create and maintain.

If you would like to take some time to reflect on the many ways you could arrange a water garden for your home, we invite you to take in the rest of this post.

 

Water Gardens In Containers

 

Combine different aquatic varietals to create a veritable garden of delights in whatever container your choose. True aquatics prefer to remain completely submerged in water (like parrot’s feather), while semiaquatics are varietals whose roots are wholly or partly underwater (like umbrella palm). Floaters such as water lilies or hyacinth rest delicately on the water’s surface.

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Ideas for Creating a Shade Garden

Posted by: on May 28th, 2013 | Make A Comment

 

Chances are there’s a shady spot or two somewhere outside your home begging to be filled in with a little color and texture. If so, why not consider planting a shade garden? Shade gardens are the perfect solution for areas that receive little to no sunlight — beneath trees, alongside a building or fence, or in any sun-starved patch of your landscape.

A surprising number of flowers, shrubs and trees grow well in the shade. Maureen from The Home Depot Community Forums has prepared this short video to show you a few of the many varieties you can plant in your shade garden for season-round color and ground cover.

From perennial favorites like the endless varieties of hostas, and the airy, delicate maidenhair fern, to the remarkably colorful foliage of the heuchera, you’ll discover new ways to add shape and texture to your shaded garden. Maureen will also introduce you to evergreen, shade-loving shrubs like the broadleaf andromeda with its diminutive bell-shaped flowers, and the brightly colored azalea.

 

If you have more questions about shade gardens or anything else garden-related, take some time to browse our Garden Club, where you’ll find the right answers to all your gardening needs. And for everything else outdoors, from patio furniture and grills to outdoor power equipment and more, you can find it online or in-store at your local Home Depot.

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Tips for Choosing the Best Lawn Mower for Your Yard

Posted by: on May 23rd, 2013 | One Comment

 

A lush, healthy lawn is a key element of your home’s overall curb appeal, and a good lawn mower will make the job of maintaining an attractive lawn much easier. Fortunately, there are many excellent walk-behind mowers on the market to choose from. And with the right information in hand, finding the model to suit your lawn care needs is a simple task.

For any of you currently considering a new walk-behind lawn mower, we’ve asked Coach Dave from The Home Depot Community Forums for a quick primer on the features and benefits of various types of mowers, including push lawn mowers, self-propelled lawn mowers and electric lawn mowers. He also discusses a number of other important factors that will impact your purchasing decision, such as the size and topography of your lawn, and the amount of effort you want to exert while mowing the yard.

When you’ve finished the video, choosing a mower that works for your lawn and budget won’t be difficult. If you want to do some additional research before heading out to the store, take a look at our buying guide for walk-behind lawn mowers. It has additional information to aid you in your decision.

 

We’ve got everything you need for outdoors. Plus, check out our Garden Club for more ideas and inspiration.

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Places: Outdoor Swing Sets

Posted by: on May 15th, 2013 | One Comment
Image of two painted tire swings

Image via Vintage Junky

 

In a world where kids — little ones and big ones alike — spend far too much time indoors, passively gazing at the wonders of the digital universe, we’d like to lure them back into the real world to take a flight on the original playstation.

No one knows for certain how long it’s been in existence, but the swing set has surely been around as long as there have been trees and vines and kids to swing from them.

Think about it: Save the rubber ball, is there another object that has provided more fun to more kids than the swing?

Well, if you’ve forgotten how awesome it is to soar on a swing set, or to careen through the air on a tire swing, we want to put some play back into your playtime with swing set ideas for your backyard.

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Meet The Material: Artificial Grass

Posted by: on May 10th, 2013 | One Comment

 

Image of a room with artificial grass as a wall covering on one wall

Image via Especiarias

 

Today’s artificial grass has grown leaps and bounds in terms of appearance, feel and composition. Whereas the earliest iterations of synthetic turf looked both cheap and plastic, the quality and variety of synthetic grasses available now has improved dramatically. You can get artificial grass that looks late-summer long or manicured, or get short turf grass in dark or light shades of green. And better still, it’ll never need mowing, aerating, watering or fertilizing.

Now, in truth, there has been more than a little disagreement over the growing use of artificial grass in residential landscaping. Many concerned about the environment argue that plastic grass is just another petroleum product that contributes to our growing global CO2 problem and will end up as more trash clogging landfills. Other environmentally conscious observers counter that the pollution caused by fertilizers, gas-powered mowers, trimmers, blowers and the like are far worse – not to mention the huge amounts of water needed to preserve these pristine natural lawns.

We’ll let you settle that debate among yourselves. Our only intent here is to perhaps alter your view about the possibilities for artificial grass, just like this incredible image from Especiarias did ours.

What is artificial grass? A man-made surface composed of polyethylene-blend fibers tufted onto a polypropylene backing, artificial grass is often called artificial turf, AstroTurf and synthetic or fake grass.

What are some of the cool properties of artificial grass? It looks like real grass, and with some of the most recent advances in the technology and manufacturing process of artificial grass, some of it even feels like natural grass. It’s also low maintenance, requires no watering, mowing or fertilizing, and is nearly impervious to the elements.

How is artificial grass used? Artificial grass has been used most often in arenas to cover athletic fields and for a variety of commercial applications such as flooring for event spaces.

What can you use artificial grass for? Anywhere or any way you might use natural grass, you can use artificial grass — as well as many other ways you may not have thought possible.

Not convinced? Check out the rest of this post.

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How to Build a Brick Path

Posted by: on May 3rd, 2013 | 7 Comments

A beautiful brick path

 

Create a walkway with a unique, random pattern using brick-style pavers. Here are the step-by-step instructions. We have printable instructions that you can download, too.

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Lawn Mower Maintenance Made Easy

Posted by: on April 30th, 2013 | Make A Comment

 

Even if you think of yourself as somewhat mechanically disinclined, basic lawn mower maintenance is something anyone can do and it will add years to the life of your mower.

To show you just how easy it is to keep your lawn mower operating at peak performance, Rick from The Home Depot has pulled together a lot of useful tips into one short video. He covers everything from routine lawn mower maintenance such as changing the oil and filter and replacing spark plugs to swapping out mower blades, cleaning your mower and prepping it for end-of-year storage.

A new lawn mower can be a significant investment. But whether yours is a recent purchase or it’s been in the family for a while, you’ll enjoy greater returns if it is properly maintained.

For even more tips on caring for your lawn mower, check out our online project guide on maintaining your lawn mower.

 

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