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Lawn Tips for the Rainy Season

April 2017 was the USA's second-wettest April on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported. The average national precipitation total for April was 3.43 inches, which is 0.91 inch above average. Only April 1957 was wetter. The rainy season wreaks havoc not only on people’s homes, but also their lawn and outdoor living spaces. Do you need some lawn tips for the rainy season? This has been a very rainy season for Cincinnati thus far with record rainfall and many severe thunderstorms. There have even been tornadoes in some places. Cincinnati is not the only place with higher than average rainfall. It has been this way all around the U.S. Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding ripped through the Cincinnati area in March and April. Much damage was done to people’s property during these storms and there was a lot of flooding. Many trees were uprooted because of the major wind and already soggy ground. Brian Coniglio, a National Weather Service meteorologist stated: “The Ohio River Valley is prone to severe weather because its location on a transition zone between cooler [...]

By | May 10th, 2017|ODB Blog|Comments Off on Lawn Tips for the Rainy Season

End of Fall Watering and Mulching

What is the deal with end of fall watering and mulching? End of fall/early winter is the perfect time to water your plants to strengthen root growth in order to have a stronger plant through the winter months. You may have to wait until spring to see positive new growth, but you can be sure that beneath the surface there is root growth taking place. Also, going into winter it is important to mulch all plants and give them a nice blanket for the winter. Mulch can be put down any time of year, but doing it in the late fall/ early winter is especially helpful before snow falls and the ground begins to freeze. As the ground freezes and thaws the mulch will continue to biodegrade, providing needed nutrients for plants. Mulch fosters rapid root growth and maximizes the benefits of fall watering. A great idea for homemade mulch is to use the fallen leaves in your yard. Instead of worrying about bagging your leaves, use your lawn mower to mulch the leaves and spread them all over your [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|ODB Blog|Comments Off on End of Fall Watering and Mulching

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

There are many options for features for your outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen is a large project and commitment, so it is good to have an idea of what you want before getting a design. Before you begin the process, take a look at these different features and get some great outdoor kitchen ideas. […]

By | September 23rd, 2014|ODB Blog|Comments Off on Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Create Character with Landscape Lighting

If you’re struggling to think of ways to enhance your outdoor landscape beauty this year, consider exploring the world of landscape lighting. Whether it’s lighting for your path, pond, or patio; there are a variety of options from local stores. Here are different varies of landscape lighting from images on Google.      *Here’s a tip for landscape lighting: when choosing lighting sources, use LED bulbs. Though they are a bit more expensive in the market place, they are more energy efficient wattage wise and save you money on your energy bills. 

By | February 20th, 2014|ODB Blog|Comments Off on Create Character with Landscape Lighting

Planning your project now gives advantage

Though the Spring is about a month away, getting a head start on your project planning will do more benefit than harm. We tend to postpone activities based on priority; but if creating a new backyard, patio, deck, or any other landscape changes is something you want to do this year, it’s never too early to begin thinking about your dream design. Start off with recording your ideas, create a wish list of what you desire to have done this season. Next, create a vision board based off of an image you saw online that inspires you, or a color scheme you would like to have. A final note is your budget; how much are you willing to spend on this project and why? Be realistic about what you can provide so when you move onto the consulting phase that you have a broad idea of what you want done and how much you can contribute to it. The next phase is contacting us for consulting. We’re here to listen to your ideas, wishes, and needs to come up with [...]

By | February 13th, 2014|ODB Blog|Comments Off on Planning your project now gives advantage

Why Pavers are worth the investment

Though concrete is commonly used for patios, driveways, and walkways due to the cheaper cost and low maintenance, pavers are a better investment for your home in the long run. First, pavers have a longer durability with mother nature. Earthquakes, erosion, temperature, and other seasonal affects cause damage and deep cracks to concrete; destroying that smooth even surface. This leaves room for weeds and moss to nest homes in. Repairs of course can be made, but the surface becomes uneven, as if a piece of tape was used to keep a paper together. Also, If the damage was severe and you would want to replace it, it would become a challenge due to the permanence of the material. This brings us to our next support of pavers; adaptability and customization. Pavers allow the imagination to run free with architectural designs and layouts. If you decided to give a different feel in your backyard, you could change the arrangement without completely demolishing your outdoor layout. If you plan to ever sell your home, a beautiful driveway and backyard is going to [...]

By | February 5th, 2014|ODB Blog|Comments Off on Why Pavers are worth the investment

Keeping warm while staying on a budget

Based on BBC News and our own ideas, here are 5 ways to keep warm while staying within budget! 1. Close the vents in unused rooms so that the heat travels to more popular areas of the house. 2. Buy curtains or put blankets over the windows to prevent heat from escaping. During the day though, allow as much sunlight as possible into the house. 3. Check your chimney; is the hatch closed? Even if you haven’t used the fireplace in awhile, there is still a chance the hatch is open where cold hair is coming in. But beware of the soot! Wear gloves! 4. If you have bare hardwood floors, buy a rug from a department store to create insulation and prevent heat loss from the floor. 5. Do an activity you enjoy: exercise, cook, drink a hot beverage or find someone to cuddle with! (Pets are great for warmth and love!)  

By | January 18th, 2014|ODB Blog|Comments Off on Keeping warm while staying on a budget

Protecting your home from frosty weather

With record breaking temperatures across the Midwest, our bodies are not the only things we should be concerned about protecting from the cold. Here are a few tips to keep your home in mint condition. *Check your water pipes to prevent frozen bursting. Did you know when water freezes, it expands? The ice causes pressure against the pipes which forces a burst in a part of the pipe that is not frozen. Homes with holes for cable near pipes, with lower temperatures, or with a lack of insulation are at the highest risk of pipe bursting. A sign of a frozen pipe is a faucet turned on without water coming out.   If it is frozen; attempt to gradually thaw the pipe. Weather.com recommends a hair dryer in a dry area; be safe and never use an open flame. Prevent your pipes from freezing by putting thick insulation around them. *Do not pour boiling water over any type of frozen glass. This includes the windows on a vehicle. The immediate temperature increase can cause the glass to crack or even break due to sensitivity. Again, the more [...]

By | January 11th, 2014|ODB Blog|Comments Off on Protecting your home from frosty weather

Save money around your house in 2014

2014 is just around the corner and your New Year Resolutions may include saving money. There are a lot of simple ways to save money throughout the year without having to go a month without grocery shopping, or buying gas. Here are just a few of Outdoor Design Build’s top energy saver ideas that are very simple and can help you jump start your 2014 Resolutions. […]

By | December 29th, 2013|ODB Blog|Comments Off on Save money around your house in 2014