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Finding Beauty in Your Own Backyard

Finding Beauty in Your Own Backyard

~ ZZ Troutski

  People are investing more money into maintaining and recreating the back of their house than anything else when it comes to the home improvement realm. This is a great thing. Not only does enhancing the backyard bring a great deal of extra resale value to the property, but it also allows you to enjoy the Great Outdoors without actually having to climb, fish, hunt, hike, etc.. In other words, you can live the outdoor life and read a book on your stunning patio Pollinating Splendor- Roadtrekin.comsurrounded by your amazing flower garden all at the same time.   Some home improvements do not necessarily mean more money for the owner in the future. Some are simply decorative that the homeowner wants so they can use it far into their retirement years. But when it comes to the world of landscaping, improvements are extremely desirable and definitely bring in the return on investment that you’re looking for.   One improvement has become extremely debatable in this world. There are people who believe that having a smaller lawn with less vegetation and flowers means more money. The upkeep is far easier to do. However, depending on the location of the property, many home seekers are looking, dreaming and focusing on only putting offers down on properties with the big backyard. They want the lawn, they want the huge beds of flowers, with perennials and shrubs used as borders so that the ‘real’ outdoors is just a step away.   Trees are also a huge thing on the list for buyers. They want the old, mature trees that have been around for a good, long time. They want the shade, they want the look, they want that piece of nature as part of their property. Not to mention, trees appreciate over time.   Another huge selling point for a house, as well as a true beauty spot for the homeowner, is having that ultimate patio in the backyard. Whether the lawn is small or amazingly large, that patio, deck, or porch is something that can not be set aside. Being able to relax in the outdoors takes away stress and tension that comes along with daily life, so if you’re looking to get started on a home improvement project, pick the perfect spot to sit and stare out at that landscape you can not do without.   Your backyard is truly a sanctuary. The animals that will love you extra for all the food, shade, and ‘homes’ you provide them are not the only ones that want that sanctuary. There are many ways to make the sanctuary of your dreams, from installing a fountain to extra bushes to creating a small pond that can be filled with fish and call out to the birds that fly by.   Making the right choices, depending on location, is also a must when it comes to landscaping needs. When the polar vortex hits, or the storms actually never seem to end, winter white is not exactly the most colorful or relaxing look for the home. Seeing as that you can’t change Mother Nature (although you would really like to), make sure that your yard is colorful at all times. Flowering shrubs can be added that thrive in the cold months, as well as ornamental grasses.   But let’s be honest, here. Some outdoor projects will just be a ton of fun for the warm weekends ahead; while others will most definitely need a five-year plan to make sure you get exactly what you’re dreaming of in the long run.   And even though there are many professional landscape designers out there, enhancing and beautifying the backyard can most definitely be a DIY project that will bring some fun into the household.   It is absolute magic to watch the backyard become a colorful, stunning, relaxing sanctuary – so make sure to enjoy every minute of it. Because after everything is said, done and planted, you will be loving it for a good, long time to come.

Entertainment

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Clara Mamet Makes Memorable Directorial Debut with Semi-Autobiographical Coming-of-Age Adventure

  Two-Bit Waltz Film Review by Kam Williams Clara Mamet Makes Memorable Directorial Debut with Semi-Autobiographical Coming-of-Age Adventure     Maude (Clara Mamet) is a rudderless rebel without a clue, much to the chagrin of her concerned parents, Carl (William H. Macy) and Anita (Rebecca Pidgeon). Not only does the out of control 17 year-old start her day by smoking and drinking first thing in the morning, but she ends … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

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The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice

The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice by Dr. Artika R. Tyner Foreword by Marian Wright Edelman ABA Publishing Paperback, $59.95 238 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-62722-664-6 Book Review by Kam Williams   “The social challenges of our time are enormous. About one in seven U.S. residents live in poverty, and the disparity between the haves and have-nots is wider than at any point since the Great … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

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Mythica Post: Are You All Alone?

Recently I made a discovery that the reason it feels that I have been swimming against the current all by myself trying to figure out what’s wrong is because I am in a vast sea of people who are all around me thinking the same thing. Haven’t you felt it too? Some strange inertia holding you back from that next realization that will give you the breakthrough financially? in your relationship, in your self worth and value? in meaningful work? … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

Buyers & Sellers of Property Rejoice

  Houston, TX: Buyers & Sellers of Property Rejoice with the Republic Ranches Team   In Houston, Texas land doesn’t only sell inside the Loop. In fact, when it comes to ranch land outside the Houston area, buyers are discovering some of the most lucrative and exciting deals available in the country.   The Houston office of Republic Ranches, LLC is operated by Jeff Boswell. As one of the owners of this Texas and … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

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Visionary Author Talks about His NAACP Image Award-Nomination

Jeff Chang The “Who We Be” Interview with Kam Williams Visionary Author Talks about His NAACP Image Award-Nomination   Jeff Chang is a new sage thinker with his finger on the pulse of American culture. His first book, the critically-acclaimed “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation,” collected a cornucopia of honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian-American Literary Award. Next, he edited “Total … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

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TenPoint Cocking Systems Open Up World of Crossbows

TenPoint Cocking Systems Open Up World of Crossbows by Ted Lund   The innovative team at TenPoint Crossbows has a cocking system for just about anybody — helping introduce the exciting world of crossbow archery to just about any experience level and budget.   ACUdraw — The Game Changer The flagship of TenPoint’s line is the patented ACUdraw — the most user-friendly and practical solution available on the market … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

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AFC: The Curtain Falls & the ‘Luck’ Continues

  AFC: The Curtain Falls & the ‘Luck’ Continues ~ Amy Lignor Watching Pittsburgh’s ‘Steel Curtain’ turn to saran wrap in front of a home crowd that was beyond frustrated with the constant fumbles and interceptions, was painful this weekend. As the fans left and the stadium turned utterly silent, the Baltimore Ravens walked away victorious. Of course, they celebrated for less than twenty-four hours before realizing that the next team … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

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The Newest Aquarium in the Nations Oldest City

The Newest Aquarium in the Nations Oldest City Shawn and Kathy Hiester are pleased to announce the purchase of a 5-Acre site for their new St. Augustine Aquarium, Snorkel Adventure and Zip Line project. Located at 2045 State Road 16 in St. Augustine, Florida, the wooded site is .7 miles east from the Interstate 95 and State Road 16 Interchange. “We love the location because it is close to I-95 and the busy St. Augustine Outlet Center yet … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

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Upper Ousel Falls Trail

Ousel Falls is a very inspiring morning hike. This hike is a very easy walk, one the whole family can do in comfort. Pack breakfast or a do a picnic lunch. The east fork of the Gallatin is also a great place to catch west slope Cutthroat as well. The trail is 1.7 miles round trip. If you are looking for a enjoyable and scenic trail to run on this is it.   Upper Ousel Falls Trail from Road Trekin on Vimeo.   Original … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

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2015: The Year of the “Green”

  2015: The Year of the “Green” ~ Samantha Lewis There are many careers to look into this New Year, but one of the highest on the ‘most-interesting’ list for 2015 seems to be in the world of ecology. Unlike years where lawyers and doctors were spit out of the collegiate system in the hundreds, the green world and saving everything from plants to animals to restoring the environment, is a lifetime pursuit that has grown quite large. Land … [Read More its Good for You...]