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John F. O'Hara
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Hot Trends in Outdoor Spaces–and Which Ones to Retire

May 29, 2015 12:57 am

Want to punch up your patio this year? Set your sights higher with a vertical garden, light the night with a hurricane candle, add a splash of lime on seat cushions or table linens, and you’ll be right on trend with the most popular outdoor picks named by a recent Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast. Here’s how to incorporate them:

Vertical Gardens – Vertical or wall gardens offer a sophisticated home for succulents, herbs and other low-maintenance plants, and will be one of this season's biggest outdoor patio trends. Look for a rise in vertical gardens in condo and apartment decks, where outdoor floor space can be especially tight.

Hurricane Candles
- Hurricane candles are this season's most popular outdoor lighting solution, and will be equally as prevalent among budget and luxury spaces. When grouped together on tables or lined up along the patio floor, hurricane candles are romantic and create ambiance that can be enjoyed on any budget.

Lime Green Accents - Expect to see this fresh hue manifest in a variety of materials and textures, from throw pillows and vases to outdoor umbrellas. A highly versatile statement color, lime green offers the perfect complement to outdoor greenery, and pairs exceptionally well with other citrus tones, like tangerine and sunshine yellow.

Whenever new trends arrive, others must go. Here are the trends you should retire based on Zillow Digs’ assessment:

Tuscan Colors – "Khakis or yellow-based neutrals are out, as well as anything muddy or Tuscan-inspired," says Zillow Digs designer Marc Thee of Marc-Michaels Interiors. While these muted hues can bring warmth in moderation, they feel heavy and faux in outdoor spaces, which contrasts this season's fresh, streamlined aesthetic.

Shabby Chic Furniture – Intricate, shabby chic patio sets will fade away as this season is all about simplicity and clean lines. Detailed wrought iron patio sets will be replaced with sleek outdoor sofas and loveseats adorned with pillows and throws in this summer's hottest citrus colors.

Excessive Patterns – "People grow tired of busy patterns, so keep them to a minimum," says Thee. Instead, add interest and texture with natural greenery and pops of citrus colors. Look for more solid color choices on pillows and throw blankets this summer.

Source: Zillow

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Lawn Care Tip: How to Stave Off Pests

May 28, 2015 12:57 am

(Family Features) Many homeowners overlook an important aspect of lawn care that can affect the health of their yards. Your lawn is the perfect environment in which threatening weeds, diseases and pests can lurk, often with harmful consequences. In some cases, the primary damage may come in the form of these insects eating away at grass or the leaves of shrubs. Alternatively, insects may destroy grasses and plants at their roots.

Considering how quickly pest populations can multiply, being proactive in preventing and treating their presence is crucial. A regularly scheduled treatment plan is one of the best strategies to reduce your exposure to dangerous pests, and help defend your home and family from unwanted lawn visitors.

In addition to a regular treatment program, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend these pest reduction tips:

• Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.

• Place a barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas.

• Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.

• Stack wood neatly and in a dry area away from the house or lawn.

• Keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from wooded areas and in a sunny location, if possible.

• Remove any trash or debris from the yard that may give pests a place to hide.

Source:
TruGreen.com

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