What to do now so you'll love your yard later When you've mulched the last of the leaves, your fall lawn care isn't quite done. This transition time from your lawn's active growth to its healthy dormancy is when you need to take some extra care to help prepare it for next year's growth.
Soil preparation is the most important step in growing a successful garden, yet the spring planting frenzy can tempt us to cut corners to hurry and get everything in the ground. That's one reason why fall is a good time to prepare a new garden spot. Also, fall is a good time to add amendments to adjust the pH of your soil because they take some time to do the job. Perhaps the best reason to start a new garden in fall is that you can do it with a lot less effort if you are converting any lawn to a garden. Follow these steps to get a head start on spring planting.
Carol Leach's kitchen was not always so Zen-like and conducive to easy entertaining as it is now, with a wave-shaped island crested by a floating countertop. When she and her husband, David, both avid sailors, bought their 2,800-square foot condominium in Eastport 15 years ago, their kitchen was “literally a box,” says Carol.
The heart of a home may be the kitchen, but when summer breezes blow, many of us migrate to a second home: a lounge chair by the pool. When we get tired of the kitchen, we grit our teeth and remodel, investing considerable time and money to produce dramatic results. But what about renovating the pool? How much can a pool really change?
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. When you visit a house for the very first time, one of the first things you look for is the front door. You locate the doorbell or the knocker. While you wait to be greeted, you may look around to take i
n a fanlight above the door or the architectural detailing around the door. Is it a distinctive door, impressive, or remarkably attractive? Is it a traditional white; stained wood; or a crisp, bright color?
Additions that add space and glamour
Shadowed by eagles and overrun by deer, the Hammond family’s guesthouse in Centreville was almost too dilapidated to restore. “It was a mess, crumbling into the woods, overgrown with thorns and hanging vines,” recalls Bob Hammond. The boathouse was even worse. “It was falling into the water and part of the floors had rotted away,” he says.
At last, you are building your deck and your mind leaps ahead to that special moment when you are flipping filet mignons through the air and onto your guests' plates just like “the Michael Jordan of Grilling,” Steve Raichlen. But, before you hammer a single nail, consider music. Design professionals agree that the best decks function much like music, with each element distinct yet in harmony with the others.
The Brown-Nebel residence overlooking Round Bay is like a typical waterfront home in the neighborhood—it has a dual identity, or at least this is how the architect, Wayne Good, who designed the home, describes it. “Waterfront houses around here have a duplicity of identity. You let the house reveal the view. As you approach the house from the street side, it is contained and quiet. Then, when you open the door, there’s all that glass.”
The next time you set your table for guests, don’t dare fill a vase with a mixed bouquet surrounded by two candles and your favorite dishware. It’s time that you leave the realm of the uninspired. You may be someone who thinks that only the experts know what to do. However, with some simple materials found in your home, yard, and at a craft store, you can set an amazing table your friends will swear you hired a professional to create for you. In general, use what you have on hand for vases. If it can hold water, it has potential. And, use all kinds of nature, going beyond flowers to include seasonal branches, and fruits and vegetables such as artichokes, gourds, and pomegranates.
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