Landscaping – A Fire Resistant Home and Garden

Certain parts of the country are especially prone to fires. Dry wild grasses and trees that come right up to your home will create a fire hazard. There are things you should do to protect your home.

Clear Vegetation

Thirty feet is the minimum required distance of clear vegetation. However, it can be necessary to clear up to 400 feet of an area near the home. You should consider the following factors: wind, slope, neighborhood density, and architectural styles. In other words, will a fire spread quickly or slowly? And, if it does, will your home catch fire easily or not.

Remove Dead Plants

Remove any dead plants in or around your home. If a tree is mostly healthy, but has some dead branches, cut the dead branches off.

Keep Plants Watered

During the heat of the summer keep all the plants watered well.

Plant Placement

Don’t place plants right next to the home. Instead, create islands that are 30 feet or more away from the home.

Maintenance

Keep shrubs and trees to minimal growth. Larger trees and shrubs growing out of control are more of a hazard then well controlled smaller plants.

Siding

Avoid materials that burn. Stucco or aluminum siding is better than wood.

Fences

Use metal, stone, or vinyl. Stay away from wood fencing.

Decks

Build with stone, concrete, masonry, or tile. Avoid using wood.

Fire hose

If possible, set up a pump to work with your fire hose. Make sure the fire hose can reach all around your home. If you have a pool or hot tub, set up your pump and fire hose to use this water.

Hydrant

Keep it clear for fire personnel. With city permission, learn how to hook your fire hose up to the hydrant.

Renovate Your Home And Garden – Giving New Life To Your Home

Are you bored with the way your home and garden look and wish to redo them? If you are looking for useful tips on how to do so, flipping through a copy of the American Homestyle and Gardening Magazine can give you a lot of great advice on going about re-doing your home and garden. Not only will you find excellent home decoration and gardening advice, you will also get really useful money saving tips while going about re-doing your home and garden. You can also look through many products for your home and garden, some even at a discount. There are many well-informed articles on homes and gardens.

If you need a deeper perspective as to how useful the magazine really is, why not have it first hand? Here are some flashes of what you will get if you buy the American Homestyle and Gardening Magazine to help you with re-doing your home and garden.

The exact articles have not been reproduced here, but summarized briefly for your benefit.

Article on Energy Efficiency and Landscape Design

You can design your garden in such a way as to enhance the efficiency of energy in your home. How you place the shrubs and trees outside your house can have a significant effect on how warm or cool your home can get. If you need your house to be cooled against the extremely hot sun, but still allow some of the sun to filter through, planting a few deciduous trees to the south of your house should do the trick. Correctly placing two or three trees will save your household from an estimated $100 – $250 per annum in energy expenditure – these statistics come from the US Department of Energy and are quoted in the American Homestyle and Gardening Magazine.

You should refrain from planting a tree really close to the house as the roots growing too close to the structure have the ability to damage it, once the tree grows larger. Evergreen trees can save heating costs for you as they provide a natural windbreak. However, plant them away from the house in such a way that the distance is the same as that which covers three to five mature trees.

Article on repairing guttering

Improving the guttering will enhance the appearance of your house and will prevent damp from entering the walls. The holes developed by gutters either due to damage or corrosion can either be plugged using roofing cement (in case of small holes) or be covered by a small patch of metal (for larger holes). Debris from the area can be cleared and depending on the kind of hole use the appropriate knife to smooth in the cement (with a putty knife, for small holes) or tidy up the edges for the metal(with a palette knife, and large holes).

These tips are extremely useful for your home-style and gardening and are all available in the American Homestyle and Gardening Magazine.

Enhance Your Home and Garden With Downlights

From the garden path to the foyer, today’s top landscape and home designers rely on versatile and affordable downlights to accent and add character to any indoor or outdoor space. “Downlight” refers to the direction of the beam of light, and downlights can be as simple as recessed ceiling lights added to a kitchen remodel, to delicate downcast lighting of a stone path in the garden.

Downlights are particularly appreciated by designers as a subtle way to add needed light without the use of wall-mounted lamps. Homeowners appreciate the affordability of downlights and everyone enjoys the gentle, flattering light they provide.

Downlights are the perfect lighting choice for a variety of areas, both inside and out. Concealed downlighting near stair rails adds comforting light to dark stairwells and much-needed illumination on outdoor steps. Artfully-placed downlighting is perfect for the entryway or foyer and can act as a subtle security feature on exterior and garden walls.

Downlights are the interior designer’s secret for dramatic effect in the garden. Sometimes hidden in trees, downlights can add an ethereal glow to bushes and other landscaping features, making the garden feel magical after sunset. Downlighting on water is especially lovely, and downlit waterfalls, ponds and pools take on an eye-catching brilliance that adds depth and drama.

Downlighting can also be very affordable. Many LED and low-voltage downlight fixtures are low-cost options that meet homeowners’ needs without breaking the bank. Available in a wide range of designs, downlighting can be simple and subtle, bold and dramatic, or delicate and whimsical. Affordable, functional and endlessly versatile, downlighting is the decorator’s secret for high drama at low cost.