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I live in an area with high humidity levels most of the year. I have replaced wooden patio furniture time and time again and decided that I was no longer going to continue to do that. Instead of buying wooden furniture every few years, I decided to have a concrete contractor build a permanent patio and furniture out of concrete. I wanted concrete tables, benches and a few accents that would be able to withstand the moisture. This blog will show you some great ways to use concrete to avoid the wood rot that comes with living in a humid environment.

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4 Landscaping Secrets Everyone Should Know

You may be overwhelmed at the thought of landscaping. It's actually not that difficult and you can get a lot of enjoyment out of it while boosting your curb appeal. Here are four landscaping secrets you should know to help you get started.

Choose Plants That Look Good All Year

There are some plants that look spectacular when they put on their show. However, some plants look good only for a certain time of year and when they go dormant they are a major eyesore on your landscape. For example, certain types of lilies grow tall and bloom looking great for about a month. However, as soon as they are done blooming they no longer look so good. You can't cut down the large stalks because that will stunt their growth for next year. For a more manageable garden that is beautiful all year round, consider planting daylilies, which have beautiful foliage all year long.

2. Consider Groundcover or Rock Gardens for Bare Areas

You may have some areas where you can't get anything to grow and that's ok. Most groundcover plants are hardy and you can plant them where other plants are unable to grow. Consider a flowering groundcover such as periwinkle, which has lovely blue flowers that can bloom even in mild winters. You can also forage for rocks to make a rock garden, which will give your landscape a point of interest. To make your landscape even more appealing consider combining rocks with groundcover.

3. Use Mother Nature to Your Advantage

Be smart in your landscaping and pick out the correct plants for you landscape. For example, if you have problem areas that hold a lot of water, you can plant weeping willows. They have an extensive root system, which greedily soaks up water like a sponge.

4. Plant Wisely

Sometimes it's hard to visualize what your landscape will look like after you're done planting, but it's important to do just that. Think about the heights of your plants, groupings, and the colors. Put the taller plants in back, group them in odd numbers when you plant them, and think about which colors look good together. For example, yellow and violet are complementary colors so you will get a stunning display if you plant two flowers with those colors next to each other.

As you can see, there are many different things you can do to take a boring landscape and make it interesting. You don't just want a landscape that looks good for one season, so consider your plants carefully. If you follow these tips you will have a striking landscape that looks beautiful all year long.

To learn more, contact a company like J & J Precast Ltd patios