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Three Beautiful Ideas for Using Pavers Around Your Home

When you live in a warmer climate, you’ll love how much time you get to spend outside. You can curl up with a good book as you rock on a swing on your front porch, keep an eye on your kids while sitting in a comfortable chair and invite some loved ones over for an impromptu party. One of the best products that you can use around your home and on your lawn is a paver. Made from either brick or concrete, pavers come in different colors and are easy to install. You’ll find some great and beautiful ways to use them too.

Create a Pool Deck

If you have an in-ground swimming pool, you can jump right in the water anytime you want without climbing up a ladder. Though you can install a pool without any type of deck, adding a pool deck made from pavers makes that pool the focal point of your lawn. This deck provides guests with a place to lounge before jumping in the water and can make a smaller pool look and feel much larger. You can even use pavers to create a stairway to the pool or to highlight the size and shape of the pool.

Build a Walkway

Do you love gardening and planting new flowers around your yard? Unless you have a walkway through your yard, you risk visitors walking right over some of your favorite plants and trampling those flowers. With pavers, you can create a walkway that shows guests exactly how you want them to move across your lawn. This new walkway also provides you with an elegant way to walk through your own lawn as you admire your plants.

Add a Retaining Wall

California retaining walls are beautiful but also serve an important purpose. These walls keep unstable parts of yards from collapsing because of a build up of water below ground. A retaining wall can help prevent damage caused during a mudslide or a rainstorm too. These walls feature pavers stacked together along the side of a yard or another space. Even as excess moisture puts more pressure on this piece of land, the wall will keep it from collapsing. Your insurance company may offer you a discount for adding a retaining wall. Contractors can use pavers to create walkways, retaining walls and patio decks for your home.

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Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance

If your landscape has a sprinkler system, you realize the benefits to your landscape when it’s working properly and the disadvantages when it’s not. To keep a healthy, green lawn, it’s important to to make sure your sprinkler system is doing its job.

Sprinkler systems require periodic repairs and maintenance for effective irrigation. Even with regular maintenance, breaks and leaks can occur. If you’re handy, you may be able to fix leaky sprinkler heads, but it’s best to hire a professional through local leads for contractors to repair broken pipes.

Common Sprinkler Repairs

* Sprinkler Heads – Sprinkler heads have a lot of small moving parts, so they need to be checked and cleaned periodically. Sediment often clogs water flow, and the heads often get cracked or broken by lawnmowers and heavy foot traffic.

* Valve Leaks – Leaky valves will need to be replaced for proper sprinkler operation. Since valves often connect to both water and electricity, this repair should be done by a licensed contractor who knows proper safety measures.

* Broken Pipes – Since broken pipes require digging and special tools for repairs, it’s best to hire a professional contractor. If repairs aren’t done correctly, pipes can continue to leak underground, and even small leaks can significantly increase your water bills.

Broken pipes require special attention to make sure that soil doesn’t get into the sprinkler system. A professional contractor will know how to flush the system to prevent problems and make sure leaks are fixed before pipes are covered up again with dirt.

Seasonal Care and Maintenance

Spring is the perfect time to check your sprinkler system and do any necessary repairs. After turning on the sprinklers, check the spray pattern of all the heads and make sure there is complete coverage without runoff. Check for leaks and damaged sprinkler heads that need to be repaired or replaced. After you run your sprinklers for a few days, look for soggy areas in the yard that may signal leaks below the ground.

During winter, it’s important to do another sprinkler system checkup. If you live in a mild climate, you may not need to make any changes. If your sprinklers are on an automatic timer, you may need to turn off the automatic timer when winter rains begin. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll need to prevent your sprinkler pipes from freezing. A hard freeze can damage to sprinkler pipes, valves and heads.

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Building A Garage Soon

Finally I was able to talk to someone who knows how to construct a garage. He will give me the whole details and the budget by tomorrow. We won’t be using bars for the braces, he suggested Gemilina materials for the braces, and he said that kind of wood could not be attacked easily by the termites. I can’t wait to see the design that he will be putting up. It has been so long already that I had been planning to put up a garage outside but I just don’t have the budget and time and since I will receive my 13th month pay early, I think I can afford to build a garage. I have so many garage designs I have in mind, but I am contemplating of these two:

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This could be classy, but I think it won’t look good in our area

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This is what keeps on taunting in my mind, but I am not sure if I can attain this. It looks very expensive to me at all. Maybe somewhat similar to this will do, I hope the one I would hire will not price me that much or else I will be doomed.

The pictures above were taken from GOOGLE. Credits to the owner.

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Show An Outdoor Space

If you want to have an attractive loan, plain cemented yard will not give attraction at all. The yard will always be captivated when you open up the gate and flowering plants up the space that plays off the hues in the trees that lend shade. Especially now that it is so hot, trees and more green plants is needed in the yard to cool off the ambiance. You could also put some rustic or wooden small table and chairs in the yard to feel the scenery of being in the past.

You can also place antique furniture and make it a breakfast spot.

These things are a reminder of us the simpler times. It could look vintage but there are times we need to stop for a while and feel what past can offer to us. You must admit it; the lifestyle behind us is more breathtakingly beautiful, stress free and more livable.

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