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Landscaping Supplies That You Must Have For a Great Garden

Garden landscapes that take your breath away don’t transpire overnight. They are the result of meticulous planning and choosing the right garden supplies. In this post, I’ve listed a few things that you need to note before you start landscaping your garden.

Landscape Edging

The process of edging has more to it than just defining a border for your yard. It gives a finished look to any garden landscape. Choose landscape supplies that are functional, durable, and easy to install. Eco friendly garden landscaping materials made of renewable components are safe to use.

Stone Edging: To protect precious plants and flower beds in your garden use border stone edging. A decorative stone edge that comes with weed barrier protection has an added advantage.

Wood Edging: One of the cheapest garden landscaping materials, it is also very popular because of its versatility.

Plastic Edging: Of all landscape supplies, this one is extremely durable and is useful for composite edging. You can buy the Ultra Edge, which has a flexible construction that allows edges to easily bend around plants.

Fencing

Fencing plays a vital role in protecting your garden. You can choose from a variety of landscaping equipment to fence your garden. The most popular choices of fences are metal and bamboo. Metal fences are easily foldable and are available in many intricate styles. Plastic fences are heavy duty materials that are easy to unroll and install. Always choose fences that match your landscape garden designs.

Landscape Accessories

Choose from a range of practical landscape accessories to add to the style and splendor of your garden. A compost starter can speed up the process of making compost for garden use. To meet your garden needs, buy landscape accessories like tumbling composter and landscape adhesives.

5 Killer Tips on Choosing Your Shed With Shed Plans and Designs – Free Shed Plans

Once you have determined that you have need of a shed the next thing you will want to decide is just what you are going to store in it. This will help you determine the size and style of the building you are going to want to purchase or build.

When you are determining the style after of course, you are sure its going to meet your needs you want something that is going to blend with your home and landscape. You may also have to consider some restrictions that you are faced with as well. There may be a particular shed that you have come across that will amply fit your needs and the design is perfect, there’s one problem though. It will not fit into the designated area that you have allotted for your new structure.

If this were to happen then you could review the space situation and see if there is an alternative place to put your shed. If not then you will have to change your thinking and find one that is going to fit.

Although there are several things you are going to need to think about prior to buying your shed, the location as we have mentioned is going to be one of the priorities. The next important aspect is what kind of foundation do you want and can use for this project. You will need to consider the condition of the land where the shed it going to sit. If it boggy and wet then there may be some problems choosing an appropriate foundation that won’t sink. If it is on a slope, you need to consider water spill off along the ground.

Once you have the foundation issues and space out of the way, you can then consider more closely, what you want to store. If you have just too many things for the size of shed you are going to have then you may want to think about getting one with a second level.

Style as we said is going to be important especially if it’s well within the viewing area of your general landscape. It needs to fit in with your general outdoor decor. If it doesn’t no matter how good it looks, it will seem out of place and overpower the overall look of your garden or landscaping. A good example of this is if you have a Victorian home complete with a Victorian look outside, an ultra modern type design is not going to fit in. You are going to want something more in tune with your house style. The opposite can be said for those who own ultra modern modular homes; the log cabin style shed is just not going to do the overall look any justice.

If you are unable to find anything already, pre made that suits your needs then you may want to consider having one custom made. This way you can make some alterations in layout that may better suit your needs and change the decor to match your taste.

Use the Elements of Tuscan Design – Stone, Earth, Wood, Water, and Light

Making a statement -

Are you prepared to break away from current decorating trends that emphasize ‘global’ or ‘universal’ styles and which are intended to appeal to the broadest possible range of home buyers? If so, get ready to add character, personality, warmth and the Tuscan design feelings of security, comfort, and ‘destination sanctuary’ to your home.

The Keys for Success

- Functional furnishings with a sense of solidity; rustic finishes and textures

- Balanced use of the elements – Stone, Earth, Wood, Water & Light

- Warm, nature-inspired, color palette

- Simple, uncluttered spaces without ostentatious or pretentious décor.

Understanding the pieces of the puzzle -

Designing “simplicity” can, paradoxically, be a complex undertaking. So, before diving in, let’s review the components and principles of Tuscan design so you can create a little bit of Tuscany in your home.

All found in nature, these four keystone elements . . .STONE – EARTH – WOOD – WATER… provide a foundation for understanding how one may replicate the beauty found in the hillsides of Tuscany. They comprise a true harmonic quadrangle and are the beating heart of Tuscan design. By drawing upon this quadrangle of natural elements, you may build your own haven of comfort, warmth and style.

A fifth unexpected ‘element’ – LIGHT – is also fundamental to adding the warmth of Tuscany to your home.

Stone is the ubiquitous foundational element used for building, for decoration, and for statuary. Types of stone used in Tuscan design will generally include brick, marble, limestone, quartz and granite. The most democratic of all building materials, stone can be found in humble farm structures as well as in elaborate castles, villas, churches, and cathedrals.

Soft, warm woods balance the strength of stone, creating harmony within the Tuscan home. The predominant woods found in traditional Tuscan furnishings, from antiquity to modern times, will be those that have always been a part of the Tuscan landscape; cypress, fir, chestnut, pine, walnut and oak…

This third essential element of Tuscan design is perhaps most easily and readily incorporated through the use of clay – bricks, roof tiles, and pottery. Terracotta (literally baked earth) is seen throughout the Tuscan region of Italy, easily recognizable by its earthy, rusty red hues.

There can be no life without water. It both sustains life and threatens it; that duality making water the most intriguing of the elements. How does water fit into the scheme of Tuscan design? Subtly, discreetly, and naturally. Water may become a strong element in your design plans through the use of decorative fountains in landscaping forms, or via a large ‘villa-esque’ swimming pool. The translucent qualities and movement of water act as a balance to the stronger (stone and wood) elements of Tuscan design.

When one thinks of Tuscan design, often a golden wash of light is the first image that comes to mind. Thus, light has been added as an element, even though not traditionally thought of as part of the elements of Tuscan design.

We know, intellectually, that stone, wood, earth and water are the key elements, and yet it is that ever-present golden light that draws us into its warmth. It is the light that we desire. It is the light that will wash over our stone, wood, earth and water design elements, and provide comfort within the walls of our home.

How can one achieve the light that is so strongly associated with the Tuscan landscape, especially in northern climes and regions not in any way similar to the hills of Tuscany? Perhaps one cannot achieve the light itself, but one can recreate ambient light in a room or even an entire home through the judicious use of color and lighting fixtures (and attention to natural light).

Excerpt from Decorating in the Tuscan Style, the 162-page eBook packed with tips and techniques (and lots of photos) to help you transform your home and garden into the heart and soul of Tuscany. To learn more about Tuscan décor, visit http://www.intheTuscanstyle.com