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When To Plan Your Landscaping?

Once summer arrives, you end up spending a greater amount of time in the outdoor areas. That also increases the importance of having great landscaping on your property. However, it is necessary that you start planning for it towards the end of winter itself.

Choose a reputed landscaping company to finalize the design for outdoor features like a patio, an outdoor kitchen, and retaining walls. By the time summer arrives, your outdoor spaces are ready for you to enjoy and plan various activities. If you fail to plan in advance it will only mean you end up supervising the outdoor construction rather than actually using these areas when the weather improves.

 

Plan And Work On Your Planting Schedules

You must make the best of your planting window. You can opt to hire a landscaping company to help you choose plants and find the correct timing to install them. What you need to remember is that each plant, tree and shrub has its unique features when it comes to the soil they need and when they need to be planted etc. Give your landscape the attention and care it deserves. Planning your landscape during spring will help ensure that the outdoor areas on your property are well set by the time summer comes around.

Hardscape Installations

With hardscape construction, the rule of thumb is to inspect the ground. If it isn’t frozen, you are free to work. By late fall, most of the outdoor activities are over, leaving you free to launch your hardscape project. You can start work on a new patio too. Walkways and entryways are ideal small hardscape projects for early spring. Whatever hardscape project you undertake before the warm season, aim at getting the most from your outdoor spaces.

Timing Is Important For Planting

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Beat the Heat Without Breaking the AC Bank

The warmest part of the calendar year is approaching. That glorious season known as summer is around the corner with all of the fun summertime activities that go with it . . . picnics, trips to the beach, backyard cookouts, treks to the park.

When you get home from having fun in the sun, you probably want to kick your feet up and cool off in the comfort of your own residence. Air conditioning companies Tampa FL can help you prepare for the summer months so that relief from the accompanying heat and humidity is only a turn of the key in your front door away. Once your air conditioning needs have been met and you are good to go in this department, there are several ways that you can use that AC system to cool down your house without breaking the bank even in the hottest season of the year.

Program the Thermostat

Programmable air conditioning thermostats have been available for a while now. The technology, however, has improved to the point where you can control the comfort of your home with more precision than in years past. A programmable thermostat can increase the efficiency of the system’s operation, thereby decreasing your energy consumption and monthly power bill in the process. By keeping the house warmer when no one is at home and then programming the AC to kick on at an established time, you can avoid cooling an empty residence while still having cooled comfort awaiting for you upon your return.

Black Out the Sun When Away

An often overlooked tip for lowering your air conditioner bill is to close your curtains or blinds before you leave to keep extra sunlight, and the radiant heat that goes with it, from ever entering the home. This will help lower … Read more

How to Arrange Furniture in a Bedroom — for Maximum Style and Comfort

When it comes to modern bedroom layouts, placement is everything. The latest trend, and also the one that offers the most amount of flow, is to arrange all the pieces — the bed, nightstand, dresser, and vanity — in a way that all the furniture pieces create an attractive presentation when viewed from each angle in the room. This gives it all a museum-like quality, yet it should also be comfortable.

In this article, we’re going to cover several major tips, including the oft-asked question of “Where should a bed be placed in a bedroom?” So, get ready to totally rethink how you go about arranging the various pieces in your bedroom — and that all starts with the bed.     

The Bed: It’s What it a Bedroom, Right?

Bed placement is the first thing you’ll want to consider when rearranging your bedroom (or arranging it for the first time). The bed is the single largest piece of furniture within a bedroom. Therefore, it holds both visual weights and it takes up quite a bit of floor space.

Typically, a king- or queen-size bed will be placed with the headboard on the wall opposite the door to the bedroom. But, depending on your floorpan and the amount of space you have, you do have some leeway in terms of bed placement (more on that later). In fact, placing the headboard against the door-facing wall has become such a standard layout concept that it’s even listed in the Dummies guide to bedroom furniture arrangement.

With all the possibilities to consider, it may be better to cover the “don’ts” of bed placement before we get into some modern bed placement concepts. The “don’ts” include:

  • Never place a bed where it obstructs a walkway or door
  • Beds should not be placed next to
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