Halloween can quite possibly be a frightfully beautiful time of the year, when your creativity in decorating your home will be challenged by all your neighbors. The following tips should help you make sure your house will look like the scariest and most fashionable home in the neighborhood, even If you don’t go all out on expenses.
Anything that’s orange, glowing or eerie should work pretty well. What you should be looking for is a pumpkin shape, unique statues and figures that look like ghosts or ghouls, as well as anything reminiscent of zombies, gargoyles or vampires.
As long as you cover the supernatural, there’s no reason why you can’t consider embellishing your lawn and yard with some natural looking fixtures such as artificial vines or spider’s webs. They will give the impression that your home is a real life haunted house that people should beware in approaching.
Ensure you set up an appointment with Colorado 811 Colorado Springs technicians prior to completing any decorating that includes digging. You’ll want to make sure buried cables and wires are intact.
Consider the lighting of your home, since Halloween is all about what your home will look like at night. Using soft lighting, as well as orange, yellow and red lights contrasting with a few cool lighting fixtures will make your home look scarier than ever, as long as you play your cards right in arranging all the fixtures at the right locations and intervals.
Finally, you can’t start Halloween without a few traditional carved pumpkins arranged around your home. Consider using lights shaped and designed to mimic real life candles, to get the desired effect, but avoid using any actual candles, to avoid any safety concerns.
October is one of the months when falling leaves become the biggest problem to most homeowners. Aside from beginning to fall more frequently, the leaves can end up being blown all around your garden and lawn, making it extremely difficult to remove them without damaging your fragile flowers and grass.
Fortunately, there are a few basic steps you can take to make sure you’re doing a proper job of it:
- First, work on raking the leaves into a large pile on a regular basis, to prevent them from gathering into a thick carpet of leaves, if you don’t address the matter in time. This should be done at least once or twice every week, and the method works especially well on smaller lawns.
- Another helpful method is to use a leaf blower. Now, depending on how fragile your lawn is, you might want to be careful with the settings of your leaf blower. Moreover, the blower is much harder to control than a leaf rake, so this method should be reserved for more experienced homeowners.
- If you decide to do any landscaping you will want to call an underground cable locator in your area.
- Finally, you can use a mulching leaf vacuum to essentially vacuum your lawn and remove the leaf as if you were to remove pet hair from your carpet. The size and power of the vacuum, as well as the vacuum attachment you use will be the most crucial variables to take into account, if you don’t want to damage your lawn or be forced to use a combination of the methods presented above, to obtain the desired results.
The construction of a fence may seem very easy after building your house, but that does not mean it doesn’t raise some challenges.
The most important criterion you need to consider when you decide to build a fence is the material it will be made from. There are many aspects that depend on the choice of the material: the way you install the fence, its resistance in time, the budget required for this construction, and the subsequent landscaping of your yard.
The installation of a fence requires at least digging holes for the supporting posts; in other cases, you must excavate for making a foundation (for example, for heavy masonry fences). The foundation of a fence can be from 40-50 up to 60-80 cm, but this also depends on the soil where the fence will be installed. Typically, you must dig up until you reach hard ground. The width of the trench depends on how thick is the fence.
Building a fence with foundation requires approval, as it involves excavation and can affect underground utilities. Call 811 for Denver underground cable locator technicians to inspect the area in which you will be digging.
Although this type of construction is not that difficult to make, you might also want to think about the impact that excavation will have on your property’s landscape; there will be some wear from the work.
Construction site preparation requires solving some problems that relate to providing the conditions for carrying out a specific activity. Therefore, it is necessary to create spaces for storing materials, for accommodations (in case you need to accommodate the workers), determine Colorado Springs utilities locations, and some technical spaces as well.
You will also have to solve, at least temporarily, the utilities issue:
- Water – by connecting to the local water network, if you have it nearby, or by bringing tanks filled from other sources
- Electric power – required for most of the tools used in the field of constructions. This utility is added to a construction site through a special connecting system or via an electric generator
- Sewerage (ecological toilets represent the best solution)
You should consider creating an access path to the site, if it does not exist already, for easy access of construction equipment and vehicles that supply the site with building materials.
It is advisable to fence the site and use identification panels. In order for the work on a construction site to be carried out in optimal conditions, it must be well organized. To this end, projects are being developed for organizing the work execution, which include ensuring the materials, tools, machines and workforce, as well as work security measures.
The time spent in the garden has important positive effects on our health. That’s why it’s no surprise that so many of us are dreaming of having a house with a garden, where we can forget about the daily routine.
But when we have a garden, we realize it is not as easy to arrange as we may have imagined. Fortunately, there are landscaping architects or gardening specialists that we can hire for this job.
A landscaping specialist should consider splitting the work into two stages:
The design stage is where you need to work very efficiently with your contractor, to make sure he/ she understands exactly what you want. The specialist gathers information, ideas, and plans the project. Together, you will discuss important issues such as: the garden`s main purpose, the decorative elements, the plants you want and the garden style that suits you. This stage will end with a landscaping project that includes a detailed plan of your future garden, as well as a complete list of necessary materials and resources.
The development stage consists of the proper construction of the garden. Depending on its size and the designing plan, your contractor will do the work on their own or bring in call before you dig Denver specialists, as well as electricians (for outdoor lighting), plumbers (for irrigation), etc.
If you dreamed of moving into your own home for a long time, and now you finally got the keys, it is probably the time to consider some remodeling, to add your own touch and make everything look as you prefer.
Remodeling the exterior of a house is a complex job and there is often a little detail left behind: the mailbox. It is never a priority, but it is still an important element that should not be neglected.
The mailbox is necessary if you want to receive your correspondence in a secure and organized way. In the same time, being an exterior element of the house, it should match with other elements such as the fence or the front of the house, to complement the look of your home. Matching these elements refers not only to colors but also to shapes and materials.
Depending on the location of the mailbox, you can choose between post boxes with a pillar or solid support, made of various materials such as brass, aluminum, iron, wood or galvanized steel. In addition to personal preferences, it is good to consider the material’s resistance, so that you can rest assured that your mail is safe. The most solid material is galvanized steel, but if you have a more rustic property, a wooden box will be a better choice. Wooden models are also very good for the exterior, but you need to re-paint them now and then. Remember when digging for placement of the mailbox post, utility locate Colorado reps should be called to investigate the area for buried cables and wires.
The deck represents the transition between the interior and the exterior of a house, a space that can be designed to be very aesthetic and relaxing, where we spend some quality time in every season.
Adding a deck to a home is a process that almost any skilled homeowner can accomplish, with a little help. The deck should be designed so that it matches the house and forms a stylistic whole that will complete the exterior aspect of your property.
Building a deck requires several operations, including some digging (not very deep) to make a foundation.
Here are, in short, the stages of the pre-construction:
- Developing a plan, selecting materials, defining the deck`s functionality and making an estimate
- Studying the design of the main building
- Studying the condition of the main building`s façade and, if necessary, replacing old and rotten areas
- Verifying the land in which the deck is to be built
- Making the measurements and determining the type of foundation and its size
- Choosing the materials
- Contracting with Colorado call before you dig is a great way to make sure that you do not dig into previously buried pipes or wires.
- Excavating the ground and pouring cement into the excavated space, until it reaches the ground level (the cement must be leveled using a trowel)
- Making final measurements to ensure that the surface is straight
Once the foundation is ready, you can start building the deck.
For busy people who are away from home for longer periods, gardening may seem quite impossible, but actually it doesn’t have to be like this. The solution is growing succulents! They thrive in poor, shallow soils, survive in windy weather and changing temperature, so they can be safely and successfully grown in Colorado.
Succulents are very beautiful, whether you plant them alone or in groups; they have amazingly diverse colors, textures and shapes that will make any garden stand out.
Succulents don’t need too much water, so they will live even after longer periods of neglect, because they store water in their specialized tissues and release it progressively, in adverse conditions. Their leaves may shrink, but they will not die, but recover soon after being watered again.
With succulents, you will have significantly less worries about trimming, cutting dried foliage and disposing the debris. They only require minimum maintenance.
Succulents love light (although some species dislike being directly exposed to sunlight). Light and limited watering keep pests, fungi and bacteria away. Transplantation and propagation are easy to be done without making the plant suffer. As about fertilization, it should be applied only once per year, in summer, during the vegetating period.
Regardless of what you decide to plant, make sure you contact experienced underground cable locator specialists to keep utilities undisturbed in the planting process.
Many people associate planting with spring, but in Colorado’s climate and soil, you can also plant almost anything in the fall season too.
There are benefits of planting in the fall season. The soil is warm enough to allow roots to develop properly until the ground freezes and they will be protected until spring, when the soil warms up again.
Autumn in Colorado typically provides many beautiful days, great for planting, not to mention that the overall atmosphere tends to be calmer than in the hectic spring. In autumn, you also have better chances to get discounts at garden centers. Plant diseases and pets are not so active anymore as in the spring. The only problem might be the lack of rain, in which case you must supply your newly planted vegetation with the necessary water.
If you need some planting inspiration, here are some suggestions of plants to grow in the fall season:
Some vegetables actually thrive in cool weather: carrots, lettuce, cabbage, kale, broccoli, spinach and more. However, some of these must be planted in August if you want to harvest them before the first frost.
- Different bulbs that will boom in the spring
- Trees and shrubs have a good start if planted in autumn, because their roots have the time to become stronger, underground, during the winter
Make sure to contact your underground wire location service technicians before you plant. This will make sure that you do not disrupt power sources.
In Colorado, preparing your lawn for fall begins with fertilization. Why now? Because the use of fertilizers will ease your future work, strengthen the roots of the lawn, providing a solid foundation for it to thrive in the next spring.
While the upper part of the grass slows down or stops growing in cool autumn temperatures, the roots will continue to grow.
Two fertilizer applications are enough to prepare the lawn for the winter. Early in September, the lawn usually recovers after the hot and often dry summer, so you should use a dose of fertilizer now, to speed up leaf growth. Always respect the manufacturer’s recommendations, when it comes to fertilizing products. Some people may want to deal with insect and weed problems in the same time, but if there is no history or concrete sign of such problems, just stick on fertilization.
Choosing the fertilizer
Granular fertilizer is available with various release times that will allow more control over lawn nourishment. Organic fertilizers are the natural choice to help develop the lawn. They can be purchased from specialized shops or made at home (mulch, compost or dung). During the process of decomposition, the nutrients are released into the soil. You can also use granular organic fertilizer composed of grains and other ground materials.
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