Creating a home that you love to spend time at and have guests over to can be a process that is worked at over a long period of time. For many people, creating the ideal home is a fluid concept, one that requires work here and there over the years, to fit what can sometimes be an ever changing ideal. What you may want for your house when you first buy it could be completely different from what you decide you need several years down the road. Whatever happens, it is your home, and you want to be comfortable in it. It is the place where you spend time with family and friends, where you can escape the duties of work and the outside world, where you can unwind and enjoy the comfort and security that you have built. And for many homeowners, those ideals extend to the exterior of the house as well.
Keeping your yard looking fabulous
A lot of people envision a wonderfully tended to, spacious yard as part of their dream home. Of course, because every homeowner has varying tastes and ideas about what constitutes ideal landscaping, the yard that comes with your house when you first buy it might not be the one you have had in mind. In fact, the previous owners might not have put any effort into the presentation of the yard at all. While some people prefer a simple yard of grass that is ideal to run around or lounge in, others like there to be a bit more going on. Whether that is a flower or vegetable garden, well placed trees or shrubs, or other unique designs, putting in more complex ideas during the landscaping process can add a pleasant element to the house’s exterior.
Naturally, the main concern when planning the landscaping and yard design is that you and your family will get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of it. However, it is certainly an added bonus to know that when you spend as little as 5% of the value of your home on your landscaping, you could be looking at a return on investment as high as 150%, should you ever decide to move on to someplace new.
Bark blowing for gardening and landscaping
As you explore just what you want to do to create a new and improved outdoor space, you will likely come across the option to use barkdust for the purposes of landscaping, gardening, and even for your very own mini playground for the kids, or the young at heart. Barkdust is a type of mulch, and as the name suggests, it is made from the shredded or chipped bark of a tree. The most common kind of barkdust is fir, and the second most common is hemlock, but it is not unusual to see cedar in the mix as well. Bark blowing refers to the process of applying the barkdust to the area where you want it with the use of a barkdust blowing machine. These bark blowers spread out the material more evenly and efficiently than an individual might be able to do by hand. When bark blowing is used for landscaping purposes, there should be two to three inches of barkdust put down, as opposed to the 12 inches of barkdust for playground applications. Each application must be well maintained, and this factor along with the type of bark that is used can factor in to the frequency of applications. Many experts recommend that in general, you are going to want new layers of bark every two to four years.
Your yard has the potential to be something magical. With bark blowing, the right combination of your favorite flowers, or something completely unique to your vision for your house, your beautiful yard can complement your dream home perfectly.