Summer is a great time to play outside. One creative way to get the kids outdoors is by switching up the backyard with some different textures and materials for them to play with. We all know the amazing fun of playing in the sand of the beach. What if you could bring it home to your yard? Here are a few steps to help you create a sandbox in your own back yard:
Pick Your Location Well
Unless you choose to create a moveable sandbox, you’ll want to carefully plan out the location. First of all, you’ll require plenty of good, level space. Secondly, you’ll want a good balance of shade and sun. Too much shade, and the sand won’t be able to drain and dry properly between rainfall. But if there’s too much sun on the sandbox, it will be too hot and sunny for kids’ sensitive skin. Additionally, avoid areas that will receive a lot of fallen leaves and other yard debris. Consider how close the box is to your house–is there plenty of space for kids to shake the sand off before they enter the house?
Have you ever considered installing a dry creek bed in your yard? It’s not as hard as you might think. With some help from Asphalt Materials, and 4 simple steps, you can add a beautiful accent to your yard that will look great for years to come.
Advantages of a Dry Stream
A lot of us love the visual appeal of a stream cutting through the yard, but we can’t be bothered with piping water through all the time. With a dry stream bed you can achieve the same look, without the maintenance and inconvenience of installing pipes and fountains.
Fairy gardens are enchanting miniature gardens that incorporates teeny tiny elements to create a home for fairy friends. They are a magical, adorable, and fun way to show off your green thumb. Fairy gardens also are a fun project to do with your kids! Read on to learn how to start your very own fairy garden.
If you have always wanted a backyard fire pit, but haven’t yet installed one, you are missing out. Fire pits are entrancing, engaging, and create a natural gathering place in your yard. Our DIY kits make it easier than ever to have your dream backyard fire pit. Read on for 6 reasons why you should install one today!
One of the biggest mistakes gardeners make when looking to cut costs is to skip mulching. Many have the misconception that mulch is purely decorative. Huge mistake!
Sure, mulch looks great, and it can be the perfect finishing touch to a landscape. But there’s more to it than that.
Imagine your ideal living room: comfortable furniture, soft lighting, and space for all of your friends and family to gather together. Now wouldn’t that living room be even better if you could add stars, fresh air, and the soothing sound of crickets on a summer night?
Outdoor living spaces are a huge trend right now. They give us the best of both worlds, combining everything we love about the indoors with everything we love about the outdoors.
A garden walk is a great way to add a finished touch to just about any home landscape. It can stand on its own, leading from one area of your yard to another, or it can serve as part of a larger landscape, bordering, say, a man-made stream or carefully crafted flower bed. And don’t forget that you can apply the many principles for creating a garden walk to creating your home’s front walk as well. Here is a quick look at the many options you have when creating a garden walk for your landscape.
Now that we’re starting to look forward to spring here in the Salt Lake City area, it’s probably time to start planning for spring planting and what you’ll be putting into your garden this year. Ever wondered about the differences between soil, compost, and mulch, and how each of these products can be used in your home landscaping? Here is a look at the major differences between the three terms.
Many are used to the routine of doing serious yardwork during the spring and summer seasons, but what’s in store for landscaping during the fall? Here is a quick look at the landscaping supplies you’ll want to have on hand—and key things you’ll need to remember—as you spruce up and maintain your yard this fall.
In March we talked about 3 uses for gravel in landscaping, but what about working with larger weathered stone and freshly quarried rocks? Landscape stones and rocks don’t exactly fit between stepping stones or work as the primary material in a Zen garden, yet they can still offer a great deal in adding to the curb appeal of your home. They are especially great for adding texture to a plant-filled garden and for incorporating more natural elements in your garden design. Wondering how you can use landscape stones or rocks in your own landscaping projects? Read on to learn about some of the most common uses for them in landscaping.