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Choose Your Water Features Carefully!


Water features can bring interest, beauty and wildlife to a garden, but they also can be work.That's why many homeowners are choosing relatively small options such as fountains, bubbling urns and waterfalls, rather than ponds and streams, a big backyard pond takes a lot of time to clean.With ponds you have to consider native animals, keep the water in balance and prevent algae from building up.
 
You have to do special things in winter to shut it down and again in spring to set it up.

Create a Backyard Oaisis on a Budget

 
You want to turn your backyard into an oasis with all the right stuff -- from fire pit to hot tub -- but you're hoping to do it as economically as possible.You've even thought about doing some of the hardscape yourself.Regardless of your plans, start with a good design. A landscape architect can show you the best available plants and products.A very basic design alone can probably be done for a price range of about $500 to $1,000. But the more space involved, the higher the cost.

Making Your Yard "Greener" with Technology

Choosing drought-tolerant plants isn't the only way you can make your backyard friendlier to the environment. If you're building or upgrading your patio, consider conservation with every change.Here are some sustainable choices for a patio overhaul.
1.Permeable pavers
Permeable concrete pavers are made from porous concrete and installed with small spaces between them that allow water to soak through rather than run off, so your patio floor won't send rainwater onto the street and into the sewers.

Give your Home's Entry a Punch!

 
 
 
 
 
For much of Phoenix, home-entry design has focused on the automobile; the garage is now a homeowner's primary entryway. Only guests and UPS enter through the front door!     
 
Your front-yard garden/entry is a the first and last thing your guests and realtor see.
 
In tough economic times, it's more important than ever to dress up our physical environments where we will spend more time; besides it will make you feel pretty good!

Twenty Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bills

      There are hundreds of simple chores—or quick phone calls to qualified contractors—that can make your home safer and healthier for your family. Here are 20 to tend to right away:

1.Change for the better. Just as important as changing your air conditioner’s filter every month is the kind of filter you use. A $1 spun fiberglass filter won’t do much to clean the air that circulates in your home. When it’s time to replace the filter this month, upgrade to a $4 or $5 pleated paper filter.

Cooling Off your Backyard Room

 
 
 
 
Would you like to get more use out of your backyard this summer? You can do way more than you think to turn your great outdoors into an inviting oasis when Arizona heats up. It can start with a swimming pool, which you probably have already, but that's just part of the formula.
 
 
 
 
Consider misters 
Misting systems have come a long way lately. Some models used to produce water droplets of 100 microns in diameter that might have been refreshing, but made you feel as if you were taking a shower.

Early Arizonans knew how to stay Cool Naturally

     If you had to live a week without air conditioning this summer, do you think you would survive?            

     If you’ve set up your home to take advantage of natural breezes and to block the hot sun, you’d have a pretty good chance. After all, generations of Arizonians managed to get through summer after sweltering Arizona summer without mechanical intervention before air conditioning as we know it hit the market in the early 1900s and came into common use in the ’50s.

A Thorough Spring Cleaning will help you sail throug Summer

The freshness of springtime isn’t just for the outdoors. Make it a season to refresh your home’s interior, too.

     Start with spring cleaning. This year, do more than knock the dust around. Really look for areas that need cleaning. Clean areas you might never clean, like the floor under your refrigerator, the inside of your dishwasher and washing machine (use soap, water and white vinegar), the septic tank (treat it with RID-X) and the inside of your toilet tank.

     Change every filter in your home’s equipment.

Dealing with 10 Messes on Your Property

        Here are 10 don’t-miss messes that could be hiding in your home:
 
  1. Brave the back of the refrigerator.  Ask a friend to help you push your refrigerator away from the wall so you can unplug it. Empty the refrigerator and freezer and give it a good cleaning—inside and out. Use a bottle brush or a long, narrow vacuum hose to clean the coils under the unit. Vacuum and scrub the floor and the wall that it hides before carefully moving it back into place.

Shade Structures and Options

If you’ve spent even one summer in Arizona, you know that you need to find a way to shade your back yard or you won’t be able to use it for three months.
 
          Like the roof on your home, awnings, ramadas, canopies and other patio toppers can shelter your family from the scorching summer sun.
 
          Don’t let the sun and heat keep you indoors all summer. Here are seven ways to beat the heat by adding shade to your space: