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Wildlife Friendly Landscaping
Landscaping

5 Reasons Why You Should Keep Wildlife In Mind When Landscaping

Sustainable landscaping has become a major consideration for homeowners throughout Australia and the world. One of the best ways to create a sustainable outdoor space is to make it wildlife friendly. Increasing amounts of habitat clearing and fragmentation mean that many species – especially birds – simply don’t have enough places to live.

Wildlife friendly landscaping is simple. Choose native species, avoid chemicals and artificial fertilisers, and encourage wildlife to visit your garden. 5 reasons why you should do this include:

  1. Animals Are Relaxing

Personally, nothing cheers me up more than sitting down for a coffee in the morning and watching the birds go about their business. Simply planting the right species and creating a habitable environment can encourage animals to both live and breed in your garden. This can lead to innumerable opportunities for you to simply sit back, relax and take in the beauty of nature.

  1. Creating Habitat Can Give Species Somewhere To Live

Most native species have significantly reduced habitat range due to land clearing and fragmentation. This means that they can have trouble finding places to both live and breed. Keeping your native species in mind when you’re landscaping can help you develop an outdoor space for these animals to thrive. Think about things like birds, possums and other small mammals.

  1. A Native Garden Is Beautiful

Australian conditions are tough, which means that it can be hard to find plants that are easy to grow and look after. Landscaping with wildlife in mind will allow you to create a maintenance free garden that requires few chemicals and synthetic fertilisers.

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Mystical Garden
Landscape Design

Create Your Own Mystical Garden Today

Designing a new garden or outdoor living area can be an extremely interesting and rewarding process. If you want your own mystical, fairytale garden, then there are a few basic things that you can do. If you are unsure about anything in the following article, then consider consulting experienced landscape architects to help you design your perfect mystical garden.

When it comes to creating an outdoor space with a magical feel, there are a few things that you can do. Ideally, you want to avoid too much synthetic material, and focus on natural beauty. Consider including the following things in your design to create the perfect mystical garden today:

Waterfalls and other water features:

When it comes to creating a mystical feel about an area, waterfalls are a great choice. Try and install a simple waterfall over natural rocks. If possible, plant mosses and ferns around the area, and try and include a small stream that produces the quiet sound of flowing waters.

Ferns, mosses, and other forest plants:

If you really want to go all out and create a magical area, then you should think about planting a small forest space. Obviously, this will be easier if you already have some large trees in the area, but if not then you can choose quick growing species that will be tall and dominating before too long.

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Improving Your Soil
Landscaping

The Importance of Improving Your Soil While Landscaping

When it comes to landscape design, there are a few things that the average home gardener sometimes forgets about. The most important of these is undoubtedly soil improvement. The best time to improve your soil is when you are landscaping and redesigning your garden. Although it can seem like a waste of time and money, it is extremely important to make sure that you put the effort in to make sure that you are planting your new garden in rich, fertile soil.

After building, soils are often sandy and poor:

If you have built a new house, then you may be tempted to simply design your yard and plant your garden around the soil which is already there – don’t be. The dirt used for housepads is usually very sandy and nutrient poor, which means that there is little to sustain your plants. Add to this the fact that builders rubble is often full of rocks, rubbish, and chemical, and you have plenty of reason to replace it with decent soil.

The easiest time to improve your soil is while landscaping:

Once you have established that you need to improve your soil – in some way shape or form – then you will realise that the best time to do it is when you are redeveloping your garden. This is always the easiest time to remove old, poor quality soil and replace it with better quality, more fertile soil.

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Turf Farms
Landscaping

Keeping your Lawn Disease Free

Lawns can be affected by a wide range of different diseases, some of which can lead to a very scrappy, unhealthy looking lawn. Some diseases can come directly from poor quality turf farms when you buy roll on turf to lay, but many come from other places.

Keeping your lawn disease free can be very difficult, but there are a lot of things that you can do to reduce the chance of fungal diseases affecting your grass and to reduce their effects if they do. Keep reading to learn how to keep your lawn disease free!

What kind of diseases affect lawns?

Most lawn diseases are caused by various funguses which cause your grass to look terrible, to stop growing, and sometimes, to die. Some of the more common fungal diseases affecting residential lawns include:

  • Brown patch
  • Dollar spot
  • Fairy ring
  • Fusarium blight
  • Necrotic ring spot

Some of these diseases will turn your lawn yellow or brown, and others can be identified by the presence of mushrooms or small fungal growths.

How to I reduce the risk of fungal diseases in my lawn?

There are a number of things you can do to keep funguses out of your lawn, including:

Be careful what turf farm you buy from – buying from a poor quality turf farm can mean that your lawn has a fungal problem before you even lay it. This can spread to other, unaffected lawns in the area, and can cause huge problems with neighbours. Buy from a high-quality turf from farms like Carabooda Lawn to make sure that your lawn is disease free when you plant it.

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Home Design

The Qualities of a Good Cabinet Maker

We are all DIY Tradespeople – in our own minds. But when you are sawing, drilling and planing your latest renovation project, have you ever wondered how a person becomes a good cabinet maker? It’s a timeless craft trade and these days, not so common.

If I were a Carpenter…

A cabinet maker specialises in the making of fine pieces of furniture, be they tables, chairs, shelving or cupboards. Their work is a level above that of a carpenter, albeit they can do carpentry work. If you were to look at some way to differentiate between the two, then maybe you can say a cabinet maker is an artisan carpenter. The work they do and how they do it contains a number of factors.

1) Precision. A desire for minute detail and precision in the making of the pieces results in a quality product. They have a standard to which they must adhere to ensure the quality of their work.

2) Attention to Detail. This is pretty much like precision,  although this aspect refers to their overall view of a project to make sure that everything they make will fit together perfectly on completion. A great craftsperson will not skip parts of the work or overlook the smallest detail so as the work can be finished quickly.

3) Commitment. A cabinet maker is always committed to produce excellent work. This requires dedication, an artistic eye, and high work ethic.

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Right Plants
Landscape Design

Choosing the Right Plants to Help you Save Water

When it comes to sustainable landscape design, there are a lot of things to consider. First, you have to think about how you are going to design a garden which is sustainable and which doesn’t put any unnecessary pressure on the environment or on your surroundings.

Australia is one of the driest countries in the world. Most people throughout the country are on or have been on water restrictions at some point, and this can make it hard to grow certain plants. If you are trying to save water when you design your new garden, then choosing the right plants is probably the most important thing.

Consider the following when choosing plants for your garden to help you save water:

Your climate:

Obviously, the most important thing to think about when choosing plants for your garden is your climate. You need to try and find things which are suited to your climate, as they probably won’t need a whole lot of watering throughout the year.

Above all, you need to think about the heat. Most traditional garden plants are from cooler parts of the world, and they need a lot of water if you plant them in hot places. If you really want to save water with your garden, then choose plants which are suited to the heat and which are at least somewhat drought tolerant.

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Healthy Plumbing
Home Maintenance

Healthy Plumbing

One should never take plumbing for granted. How quickly can you get hold of an emergency plumber? And how important is that? A blocked drain or toilet shows little mercy on your misery, so an available plumber is rather important.

What can a plumber do for you?

  • Drains, traps and vents.
  • Septic systems
  • Potable Water and Water heating

Traps, drains, and vents

  • A trap is something hidden under the sink and is ‘U’ or ‘S’ or ‘J’ shaped pipe. The bend in the pipe stops sewer gases from coming back into the building.
  • Drains are somewhere into which water can run. Everybody has drains – homes, buildings, manufacturing and agriculture. Drainage prevents flooding. Blocked drains can cost a lot of money in damages to a building or an area.
  • A plumbing vent is a pipe that runs from a fixture to the outdoors, usually through the roof. They provide a place for sewer gases to vent, and for oxygen to get in.

These simple plumbing fixtures are important. Without them, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to maintain clean water. When we bathe, drink, wash and clean, we produce waste water. Separation of the waste water and the clean water is necessary otherwise we have health issues. You have little to worry about if you have a good plumbing system.

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Get Your Pool Ready
Outdoor Living

How to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer

Getting your pool ready for summer early is a good idea as there are often some hot days in early spring when everyone would enjoy a cool dip. If you have one of the automatic pool cleaners that are available these days, preparing your pool for the swimming season will be much easier. It will also help if you’ve winterised your pool with a cover to keep out debris.

Here are some tips to getting your pool ready for the fun and games of summer

  • If your pool was covered with a pool blanket for the winter, you’ll notice there is quite a lot of debris on top of it. Remove this before disturbing the blanket so it doesn’t all fall into the water. Use a soft-bristle, long handled broom and sweep from the middle to the side on both long sides. You’ll then be able to sweep the debris into a pile close to the side so it can be gathered up with a dustpan and brush.
  • If water has evaporated, bring it to normal operating level, which is about the middle of the skimmer mouth.
  • Add some algaecide or clarifier

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Removals
Home Maintenance

Hassle Free Removals

Most times in the business of removals, the move happens seamlessly. The biggest hassle in the whole job is packing up everything from your current address and then unpacking it all at the new place. The worst thing that can happen in a removalist job is some of your belongings get damaged in the move from point A to point B.

Nobody wants to think about their antique table or leather lounge suite getting scuffed or damaged when moving, or having that Queen Anne teapot smashed into little bits. But, the reality is that these things happening are a real possibility and need to be taken into consideration before you move. It’s a matter of making the right arrangements to be covered.

Planning a Safe Move

How can you, rather than the removalist, make specific arrangements in which your belongings make it to the new place in one piece? Here’s a few things to consider and precautions you can take in your planning:

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Landscaping

Ashe County Farmer’s Market

Come by and see us at the Ashe County Farmer’s Market!

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Landscaping

Chris and Jeanne

Ryan is a pleasure to work with and he has a positive personality and a can-do attitude! We have been extremely pleased with the extensive work he has done with our landscaping. He designed and completed a new garden bed, which has enhanced our property’s appearance and value. All the way through the project, he consulted with us on the plantings, design, and cost. Additionally, he created a trellis for our raspberry bushes, which blends in with our forest setting. We look forward to his continued work for us, including our plans for a hard-scape patio in the near future! We highly recommend Ryan for any landscaping project!

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Landscaping

Randy Kubik

Crowning Touch Landscaping did the landscaping for my house in Fleetwood, NC. They completely re-terraced my side yard, fenced the entire area and built a fire pit. This area was so impressive that we held our wedding ceremony there in July (2010). It is a fantastic area and I never miss the opportunity to sit there and have a cup of coffee and enjoy the view and my dogs. We were so impressed with the work that we had them build our entry walkway and another fire pit in the front yard. This is my wife’s favorite place to sit and watch the sunsets.

I am currently using Crowning Touch to terrace the driveway. They have exceeded all expectations on every job they have done for us. The owner, Ryan Shaw, is trustworthy and a joy to work with. I recommend them for anyone’s landscaping needs.

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Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor Living

Flexible Working : Indoors & Outdoors

When you work as a sole trader, you can be anywhere that is comfortable.  Creating an outdoor space and taking a backlit laptop or notebook outside to work allows you to experience the fresh air and sunshine instead of being cooped up in the house or office all day.  These days there are many different styles of outdoor furniture that are comfortable and convenient.  Your outside office chair can be made of wicker, rattan or boat wood from Indonesia or Bali.

Many people start their own small business from their homes – sometimes even using a corner of the dining room table for their office until they get the business going. Often they are happy to stay small, but in other the business increases beyond their wildest dreams and before they know it they’ve had to employ staff and move to a larger office.

However, there are many benefits to remaining a sole trader who doesn’t employ staff.  It suits some people to continue to work alone from their home and use the internet as a way of contacting their clients.  A big benefit is that you can organise your work schedule around your life and can be at home to care for children, or for when the children come home from school.

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