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Making A Home Your Family Will Love

When it comes to creating a gorgeous interior space, your home will only be as beautiful as your family allows it to be. If your children don't respect the space, your home will quickly fall back into disrepair, which is why I started focusing more and more on home and garden a few years ago. I was committed to creating a great space that was just as clean and gorgeous as it was functional, and I was really surprised to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Within a few short years, my place really seemed a lot more open, airy, and inviting. Check out this blog for great ideas on making a family-oriented home.


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Fixing Unstable Landscape Issues

by Alice Howard

Is something destructive going on under the surface of your yard, driveway and patio area? Maybe there are large cracks forming on your sidewalk, or your driveway is buckling rapidly. What could the problem be, and who should you call first? Having a landscaping pro or contractor come out to your house for an evaluation is a good first step to take. Here are some things they may look for so they can pinpoint the problem and come up with a viable solution.

A Close Look at the Overall Soil Condition

If there are obvious signs that the soil in your yard is quickly changing or deteriorating, this should be addressed before it affects plant life and nearby yard structures. Your lawn and garden professional will test your soil to see if there is a nearby culprit that is causing destructive changes. If new topsoil, gravel, or sod is falling apart or not providing adequate support for certain areas, a soil stabilizer may need to be implemented. Once this is corrected through a soil drying solution, ground grid, re-grading, or another method to create a more stable surface, then new construction or repairing the area can be completed.

Is There Adequate Water Flow?   

One of the first signs of an unstable landscape area is to look for pooling water on the ground surface. This could mean that your garden beds flood out quickly during a rainstorm or nearby soil swells significantly and uproots plants and trees. This causes important minerals and nutrients to be washed away from plants and ultimately lead to their demise. First, fixing water flow problems and blockages needs to be addressed. This could be as simple as clearing out a blocked eavestrough or a little more complex such as adding underground drainage pipes so water is pulled away properly. From there, a soil drying solution can be implemented to really dry out the area and allow new grass seed to root properly.

Reinforcing Unstable Areas

Sometimes it's more than a drainage issue, the soil underneath the surface may be unstable or loose. This can trigger cracks under driveways, patio stones, and around the perimeter of your foundation. Building up the area with a retaining wall can help provide support for not just a garden area or stairway, but can drive pooling water away from your home or entryway. Specialized stone, metal-reinforced walls, and a new path or stairway not only helps fix unstable ground areas, but it also provides good aesthetics and curb appeal too.

Replacing root-rotted plants and sidewalks each year can be time-consuming and costly. Get to the underlying problem of your yard issues. Addressing it now will ensure many more years of a beautiful landscape.