How to Save Green by Going Green!

How to Save Green by Going Green!
“Green” seems to be the going trend and one of the most popular buzzword these days. Hybrid cars, solar power systems and other high-tech advances are at the forefront of today’s news. Often times the individual thought can be “one person can’t make a difference”, but there are simple everyday actions that can contribute to the preservation of our environment. Things like changing the kind of light bulbs you use are not only easy to do and good for the environment, but also help you save money. Here is a compiled list of ways you can “stimulate your wallet, and save green by going green.

1. Save energy
1. When you’re old incandescent light bulbs burn out, install new compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs. These bulbs use less electricity and will lower your utility bill.
2. Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. You can even purchase “smart” power strips that automatically sense when devices are not being used and cut off energy to them.
3. Whenever possible, wash clothes in cold water.
4. With warmer weather upon us, use a drying rack or a clothesline to dry clothes instead of the machine dryer.
5. In winter, set your thermostat a few degrees lower, and in summer a few degrees higher.
2. Save water
1. Take shorter showers or turn off the water while brushing your teeth. It will reduce water use as well as your water and heating bills.
2. Invest in a low-flow showerhead. They’re inexpensive and will save you enough on water and energy costs to pay for themselves.
3. Install a faucet aerator on all your faucets. Faucet Aerators control water flow, and can help reduce your home water consumption as much as by 50%
4. Plant drought-tolerant plants in your garden. Find out what native plants in your area require minimal watering.
3. Use less gas
How to Save Green by Going Green!
1. Walk or bike to work or school as much as possible. This saves you money on gas and reduces carbon emissions, not to mention the fact that it keeps you fit and healthy.
2. Move closer to work, or consider telecommuting or carpooling.
3. Lobby for increased spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. One of the biggest reasons why people don’t bike or walk more in suburban areas is because the city infrastructure simply doesn’t accommodate them.
4. Look into public transportation, subways, busses, and trolleys save you money.
4. Eat healthier
How to Save Green by Going Green!
1. If you’re a meat-eater, take meat off your diet at least once a week and incorporate more grains and veggies. Meat costs more and its farming production is intensive on the environment. The American Heart Association has found that incorporating more vegetables, whole grains and less meat can help your health.
2. Buy locally grown produce, you’re supporting your community and knowing where your food comes from. Locally grown/raised produce and foods tend to be grown with better quality.
3. Eat low on the food chain, especially when it comes to sea food. It is not only cheaper but helps conserve endangered marine wildlife by lower the demand for it.
5. Think before buying
1. Before you spend on brand new furniture or house products, go on craigslist.com or other similar sites and see if you can find a good second-hand deal. Often time’s people give perfectly good furniture away for free. This helps reduce on the immense amount of packaging being used. Check out garage sales and thrift stores for clothing and other small items.
2. Review new products to make sure they are of good quality and will last.
3. Reuse and recycle packaging materials.
6. Forego bottled water
1. Use a water filter so that you can drink straight out of the tap instead of using bottled water. According the The New York Times Americans buy about 215 billion beverage containers every year. Bottled water is more expensive and generates plastic waste.
2. Carry a reusable water bottle with you when traveling or going to work or school.
7. Borrow whenever possible
1. Instead of buying DVDs and books, borrow them from the local library whenever possible.
2. Share power tools and other appliances. This will help you get to know your neighbors and keep the clutter on your garage to a minimum.
8. Buy smarter
1. Buying food from bulk bins saves money and reduces packaging costs.
2. Wear clothes that don’t require dry-cleaning. This reduces dry-cleaning costs for you as well as toxic chemical waste.
3. Invest in products that will last. A good quality jacket might be more expensive, but it will last longer and save you money in the long run.
9. Don’t throw electronics in the trash
How to Save Green by Going Green!
1. Get the most use out of your electronics as you can, as these are the hardest to recycle.
2. When the time comes to get rid of them, donate or recycle them responsibly.
3. If there is no electronics recycling center in your area, lobby for your local government to set one up.
10. Make your own cleaning products
1. You can go online and easily find out how to make your own, highly effective cleaning products using simple ingredients like soap, baking soda, lemon and vinegar.
2. Doing this will save you money, time, and will help reduce packaging waste.

In our everyday busy lives, it’s easy to get caught up and feel that we may not have the time or capability to make a difference.  It’s the small conscious decisions we make that will help preserve our earth for future generations.  It all goes back to the youthful saying “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!”

Planning the Best Backyard BBQ Bash or Event

Planning the Best Backyard BBQ Bash or Event

Backyard barbecuing is one the most distinctly cherished American activities around, and it is a fun and great way to spend a beautiful day with friends and family. Planning a backyard gathering can be a challenging task, especially if you are expecting a large number of guests. Big events, like Fourth of July celebrations and Super Bowl parties can prove to be epic challenges for their hosts.

If you are thinking of holding a backyard BBQ or gathering, keep in mind that good planning is the key to making the whole experience enjoyable and as hassle free as possible. Being prepared is the number one priority when hosting these large events.

Invitations

Invitations are a great way to extend a warm and personal welcome, and to also have individuals rsvp to get a head count for supplies. If you’ve created invitations, send them off as early as possible. A week in advanced is a good rule of thumb. This way you allow ample time for responses and for attendees to make plans. Make sure that you include clear directions to your place, and a map if possible. An effective and free way to send out invitations is through e-vites, which emails all your guests and allows them to respond instantly. Also, provide any special instructions, like what they should wear or bring, for example attire/items for themed parties. It also customary if required to notify guests whether or not they should b.y.o.b (bring your own beverage/beer etc).

Always Plan for Rain

No one wants to create fancy invitations and make elaborate plans for a backyard party only to have it ruined by unexpected rain. Invest in a few pop-up canopies. They can be pricey, but they’ll save you a lot of pain and can save your event in the long run. Check the weather forecasts a couple of days ahead of time, so that you have a clear idea of how weather-proof the party will be, and announce that the party will be held “rain or shine” on your invitations.

A good back-up party space in the event of rain is the garage. So prior to the party, clean out the garage and maybe setup some decorations and chairs in there. Even if it doesn’t rain, it will provide guests with a nice extra space in which to mingle.

Get the Headcount Right

Or as accurate as you can. Once you’ve sent out your invitations, follow up with phone calls or emails to find out approximately how many guests you should expect at the gathering. It’s never fun when you spend large sums of money expecting a large number of guests and then have only a quarter of these supposed guests show up.

Since most of the time, the headcount will be up in the air, it’s good to plan for both outcomes. For part of the menu, buy food and beverages that could be saved for later use if not consumed during the party. Serve fresh food and also have back-up frozen food. If more people show up than expected, you’ll be covered. This way if not as many people show up as expected, you won’t have wasted anything.

Getting Drunk at Your Own Party

Never do this, it’s bad practice, and leaves a bad impression on your guests. Getting completely wasted at your own backyard party is one of the best ways to ensure wasted food, unhappy and/or confused guests, damaged equipment and difficulty performing basic party hosting tasks.

Buying Food

Planning the Best Backyard BBQ Bash or Event

To estimate how much food to buy, think of the largest meal you can eat in one sitting, which is about 1.5 lbs, and multiply it by the approximate head count you came up with after following up on your invitations. That’ll tell you how many pounds of food to buy for one meal. Adjust for the number of meals you expect to serve. Also, adjust for the number of expected kids, who usually eat about half as much. One tip is if you are not anticipating a sit down mean, then to have a variety of snacks, appetizers, and inexpensive BBQ items such as wings, hot dogs or grilled veggies.

Beer

If grilled meat is the bread of a classic backyard BBQ, beer is definitely the butter. Make sure to have plenty of back-up packs of beer so that no one has to leave on a run to buy more. As a host, you could be liable for any drunk-related accidents that might occur during mid-night beer runs. Also, have some extra fridge space or coolers with plenty of ice so that people who bring warm/room-temperature beer can have a place to store it. It’s also customary to take into account non alcoholic drinkers by providing alternative beverages.

And at the end of the party, don’t let anyone drive home drunk. Set up couches, pillows and blankets for people to crash if they need to, arrange for someone (possibly you) to give drunk guests rides home, or set some money aside for complimentary cabs.

Label Things

Label coolers and other food containers with tags telling people what’s inside, i.e. “Beer”, “water,” “burger meat patties”, “soda” etc. Such a simple task can help save a lot of time and trouble. It’ll help keep things organized and your event much more enjoyable.

Make the House Kid-Proof

If you plan on having guests with children over, it’s a good idea to plan and prepare your place.

Remove any breakable objects from the coffee tables, fence off areas that you don’t want kids to go on, and otherwise set up the house so that it is as kid-friendly/kid-proof as possible. If you care about your rugs and carpets, cover them up or store them in the closet for the time being. Kids, and even adults, running from the yard into the house can track in a lot of dirt and debris that could be a hassle cleaning up after. Don’t hesitate to ask guests to remove their shoes before entering, and providing slippers can help reduce the clean up afterwards.

Bathrooms

If you are expecting a really large number of people at your backyard gathering, it might be a good idea to rent a couple of port-o-johns. These will be used mostly by the men, and thus leave the indoor bathrooms available for the women. Even if you are only entertaining a few guests, prepare your bathroom with extra hand towels, soap and toilet paper.

Things to do Ahead of Time

1. Clean the house. Make it as presentable as you want it to be, and if possible, empty out the garage to provide extra party space.
2. Buy extra rolls of toilet paper, set up fresh towels and soap.
3. Restock paper towels, napkins and tissues.
4. Empty trash containers and replace garbage liners. Set up a few extra trash cans out in the yard.
5. Mow the lawn and clean up the walk ways, patio furniture, and decks.
6. Make sure the stereo system works and is ready to go.
7. Set up chairs, tables and patio furniture before hand, and have some extra furniture readily available.
8. Replace broken light bulbs with new working ones.
9. Have ashtrays set up on every table.
10. Make sure the grill works. Test it out and make any repairs at least a day in advanced. Test it before guests arrive also, to make sure everything is running smooth.

Remember to Relax

Finally, keep in mind that everything isn’t always going to go perfect or to plan, and that that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Don’t let the small things rain on your parade, like a sauce stain on a table cloth or a burnt hot dog. Keep your cool and enjoy yourself. If you made all of the above suggested preparations, this last bit of advice shouldn’t be very hard to follow.

How to Feng Shui Your Home

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“Home is the place where it feels right to walk around without shoes” ~ Anonymous

Your home is not just a structure of walls, but also a place of relaxation and reprieve from everyday life. It is believed that the elements of your home greatly affect your daily life and Feng Shui can help direct this.

What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui is a Chinese art and science that is about the balancing of energy to promote health and fortune for the people inhabiting an area. The practice of Feng Shui dates back to over three thousand years and was developed based on the idea that land and nature is filled with Chi or energy and how this energy occupies a space is what brings in a good harvest. Feng (pronounced Fung) represents wind, where Shui (pronounced Shway) stands for the element of water. The belief is that the harmonious balance between gentle winds and clear water, leads to health and fortune. The main method used in analyzing the Feng Shui of an area is through Ba–Gua (literal translation “8 areas”). Ba-Gua, incorporates properties like a compass and assigns the interacting elements such as wood, fire, earth, water, and metal.

Feng Shui is more of a functional decorative aspect that focuses on harmonizing the energy in your home, rather than just planning around aesthetics.

How to Feng Shui Your Home

To begin establishing a positive Feng Shui in your home, here are some simple starter tips.

The front entrance to your home. The main entrance into your home is considered the mouth of the Chi, because this is mainly where the Chi enters and spreads through the rest of your home. Walkways leading up to your front door should be clear of debris, and vegetation should be trimmed and not blocking the path. Your front door and walkway should be open and clear of clutter, as you do not want to inhibit the path of good energy flow.

Less is more. It is important in your home to establish clarity by removing clutter. Everything from debris, to excess items you do not need should be removed. By simplifying your space, you help remove excess baggage that could also be weighing your life down.

Get to fixing. Entry ways such as doors, serve as a path for Chi to circulate and come through spaces, so fix any broken hinges, paint cracked edges, and oil squeaky parts. Windows also serve as the eyes of your home’s Chi, so keep your glass clean, and replace if broken. Elements of your home’s internals such as plumbing, electrical units, and ventilation represent your own internal health so make sure drains are cleared, electrical elements are in working order, and your vents are cleaned out.

Your Stove and Oven. It is believed that the Chi that surrounds the cook is translated to the food that is prepared, which engenders much attention to the stove and oven area. While you are cooking, if your back is to the door or entrance of the kitchen, you should have a mirror placed right behind the stove on the wall. This aids in establishing balance around the cooking area. Another tip in bringing in prosperity is to utilize all of your burners, by rotating between the uses of each one.

Visibility and Light. One of the most important elements to establishing clarity and positive Chi is through the lighting of your home. Natural and artificial lighting can help light the path for good energy flow between objects in your home, through halls, and into rooms. It is also good to use an array of colors from the light spectrum for variety, and each color represents and different element brought into your home, similarly to how colors affect your chi when selecting paint and furniture.

Being one with your space. How you feel, act and experience elements in your life affect the energy of your space. Have you ever experienced trauma or a positive experience in a particular location? Going back to that particular place has the power to bring back feelings and memories. Making efforts to fill your space with love, happiness, and light, will aid in how the energy of a space interacts back with you. Candles, flowers, positive imagery, or even just singing a song or dancing, can eliminated lingering negative energy and fill it with new and positive ones.

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Although Feng Shui addresses the energy elements of your house, you can use the same principles to your aesthetic design. Certain elements brought into your home can add positive energy while creating a beautiful addition to your home décor. Bamboo, in Feng Shui, classifies as a wood element, which also acts as a Feng Shui cure. This means that even though certain areas may have a disruptive Chi, having a Bamboo plant or elements are considered lucky. Bamboo, adds a beautiful exotic aesthetic to your décor, and can help balance the energy to your home or backyard garden. The other design element you can include is water. The element of water is the source of all growth and life, in health and more. By introducing a water fountain into an area, you are attracting a constant flow of positive elements and energy into your life. Water fountains, along with bamboo add a natural and exotic look to your home décor, while also providing a relaxing dynamic.

Embrace and give positive energy to your environment through love and joy, and it will reflect the same energy back to you. Remember that Feng Shui is about balance and harmony.

Lights! Camera! Paint That Theme!

Whether you are in the process of beginning a new landscaping project, or are just amidst adding the finishing touches, one of the most important details is maintaining consistencies in your theme. The relationship between textures, colors, styles and shapes are what give your landscape a unifying aesthetic. How your setting should appeal to you visually is the same pleasing senses you receive from a well balanced photograph or postcard. When mapping and designing your area with key components, a helpful technique to aid you in balancing your placement is to take snapshots with your camera. Constricting your landscape view to a frame, allows your eyes to see how the key elements in your area flow and interact with each other.

A common question when it comes to designing any area is, does one have to stick to one theme? A theme is generally defined as “a unifying or dominant idea, or motif.” With this, you can have varying elements that all correlate with each other in establishing a theme. Designing your backyard is similar to painting, you can use different textures and colors, but the end result is one established picture.

Below we will show you how to create an Asian inspired landscape.

Establishing your place of Zen

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The essence in an Asian themed landscape is creating a place where the visual dynamics allow your energy to be in a place of peace and relaxation. Unlike typical landscapes, Asian gardens can be viewed as a composition or series of smaller landscapes, with sections in which you can move through, experience and view.

One of the first things to consider when planning this type of landscape is the size of your area. Although Asian gardens have varying elements, this does not mean you need a large space, but just a carefully planned out one. One inexpensive and effective way of establishing the tone to your Asian garden is by using bamboo as part of your landscape. You can plant bamboo to be a part of your vegetation or use it for fencing, area borders, or even using bamboo poles as wall or structure accents.

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Once you establish a tone, the rest is up to you, the painter of your landscape, to brush in the details. With Asian gardens, details generally mean to reflect the physical elements such as water, wind, earth (stone) and fire. It is a good idea to section off parts of your landscape that will reflect your desired element. You can use bamboo borders to separate different foliage, elements and areas. For example, to one side of your yard you can have a rock garden encompassed by sand, to compliment a nearby Buddha statue as the main visual focal point. As you move through areas and dimensions of your yard, it is important again to remember that creating that free, open space is what will set the relaxing Zen feeling. Another relaxing element is water. Placing a water fountain will not only visually stimulate the senses, but also add the sound dynamic to your landscape.

Simple details such as stone statues, bamboo accents, water fountains, and rock gardens can help establish a welcoming flow of energy to your back yard.

In designing any landscape, it’s important to maintain a common interest between your elements and have a unifying theme. Most importantly though is to have fun, after all this area will be the place you escape to from your every day life, so enjoy the creative process and let your imagination take you to where you want to be.

Effective Lighting Solutions for your Backyard

Having a beautifully landscaped backyard is one thing, but equally important is having your space effectively lit. While backyards provide several benefits, such as engendering family gatherings, providing entertainment for you and your loved ones, or simply being your space of escape and more; a backyard lighting system will paint the finishing details to your landscape. Just like how landscaping contributes to the aesthetic and value to your home, lighting can enhance and highlight desired features while creating that perfect ambiance for your guests. Keep reading for benefits and tips on how you can enjoy your backyard night or day with key lighting concepts and more.

Various Backyard Lighting Benefits

Aesthetics: Well positioned backyard lighting can enhance any landscape. A backyard lighting system helps magnify the different textures, while complimenting varying features and shapes of your structures, shrubs and trees. The addition of lighting will expand beautify the spatial views. By varying lighting hues and intensity you can establish mood and ambience for an evening of entertaining, parties, romance, etc.

Safety: Another primary function of backyard lighting is to illuminate possible hazard areas. These may include steps, low branches, water features, barriers, abrupt changes in path directions, elevation changes, and more.

Security: Your backyard surrounds your home. Typically, people have many valuable items in their yards, for example fancy statues and figurines, elegant water fountains, bamboo tiki bar stocked with pricey liquor and stem-ware, expensive pool toys, and etc. Backyard lighting can protect your valuables from unanticipated accidents or potential intruders. A well lit home and garden can help deter crime, while providing a clearer view at night on who is coming and going from your property.

Usability: The outside landscape is an extension of the inside of your home. Having a well lit area allows you enjoy that space regardless of whether it is day or night.

Entertainment: You can continue to enjoy gatherings in your backyard as dusk rolls in, instead of everyone packing up and heading inside at the first sign of nighttime. Everyone can relax outside in your beautifully landscaped backyard and enjoy themselves under the star-lit sky. Imagine sitting around your bamboo tiki-bar with a colorful array of stringed lights cascading along the roof and counter-top. In addition to that, little lights that gently illuminate along your patio and walkway so guests can see where they are going as they journey and marvel through your landscape. What an extraordinary and gratifying ambiance! Everyone will love getting together in your backyard.

Backyard Lighting Tips

Uncomplicated Systems: When it comes time for you to select your backyard lighting system, you should be careful to select lighting fixtures that are easy to install. You don’t want systems that have complicated electrical cables and connections as you want to compliment your landscape and not have to reinvent everything to do so.

Automated Timers: A good idea is to choose an outdoor lighting system that has an automated timer integrated into them. This way the timers regulate the duration and periods that the lights will be on and off, which makes it easier and convenient. You can even get solar powered lighting systems, which will absorb energy from the sun during the day so that they illuminate at night for your safety and enjoyment. This will also save you money on utilities.

Plan Your System: Be sure to plan out your backyard lighting system. There are so many systems to choose from and unique fixtures you can add to your décor, you should make a plan for your backyard lighting so you don’t overspend or get fixtures that don’t fit well with your decorating scheme.

Some Questions to Ask Yourself: How much do you want to spend on your backyard lighting system? How much backyard space do you have? How much brightness do you want? Do you have any specific features, such as a water fountain or sculpture, you want to enhance? Do you have any paths or areas where people will need to be able to see where they are walking? How will you install your lights? Do you want to hang stringed lights, for example around your patio covering or bamboo tiki bar, or do you want stand alone lights, for example light posts and spot lights?

Cool Landscaping Design Tips and Ideas

Creating a tropical landscape is a rewarding and creative task, but finding and purchasing your ideal landscaping products and tropical décor is only half the battle of creating the ultimate tropical paradise in your home and yard. The other half is the actual work involved in landscaping. There are so many different landscaping ideas and methods you can use with colorful plants, bamboo fencing, a tiki bar, umbrella thatches, tiki statues, and all other bamboo and tropical-themed products. Keep reading to learn more about some cool landscaping tips and ideas for your home and yard that will help you in your planning.

Benefits of Landscaping

In addition to being beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, landscaping your home and yard adds enjoyment and value to your home. Landscaping has proven to be one of the top ways to add monetary value to one’s home. Additionally, depending on the particular landscaping project and the amount of continued maintenance and upkeep, landscaping can even appreciate over time.

Landscaping Tips and Ideas

Plan before you Buy. This may sound tricky, but it’s an important step when landscaping. Simply sketch your ideal landscape design on paper before you start buying, planting, and building your new yard. This will enable you to make smart purchases by knowing exactly what materials you need and where you’re going to put them. Planning your landscaping project can save you time, money, and unnecessary frustration.

Build Boundaries. Walls and fences are generally a necessity for every home and yard. But, you don’t want boring old fencing or concrete cinderblocks as your barriers. Instead, you can create a beautiful landscape and tropical paradise through the use of bamboo poles and bamboo fencing. Additionally, you can use various plants, shrubs, and trees for barriers.

Add Waterworks. Not only does a beautiful water feature add a pleasant ambiance with the sound of trickling water, but water features are also extremely pleasing to the eye, can add value to your home, and are elegant. You can add a beautiful waterfall, fountain feature, or small pond to your tropical décor. If you opt for a pond, you can even buy colorful fish to enhance your water feature. Just be sure to maintain whichever water feature you add to your landscape.

Color is your Friend.

Adding color to your landscape will do wonders. And, it’s surprisingly very inexpensive. In fact, for as little as $1.00 a plant, you can blanket your yard with petunias, daisies, and other small annuals that will flower throughout the growing season. Color is a highly defining characteristic in tropical landscapes. Attractive colors will surely enhance the tropical theme in your home and yard.

Foliage is Fun. Interesting, eye-catching, and distinctive foliage can add variety and appeal to your yard. You can replace plants that don’t flower, replace flowers that are difficult to maintain, or simply add foliage to your current landscape. Examples of fun foliage include:

Flowering Crabapple Trees

Cutleaf Japanese Maples

Keep your Grass Nourished. Healthy, green, lush grass is always an easy and popular idea for any landscape. To reach optimum nourishment, you can implement regular fertilizer treatments and maintain a watering schedule. You can also keep that unwanted crab grass and those nagging weeds out of your lawn by adding a weed killer to your fertilizer treatment.

Bamboo and Tikis Tropical Décor

At Bamboo and Tikis, we have an extensive selection of top-quality landscaping products and tropical décor. Whether you are looking for bamboo fencing to create an aesthetically pleasing wall around your yard, a unique tiki bar for fun and entertainment, or other tropical landscaping products, Bamboo and Tikis has the products for you. So, get started on adding value and beauty to your yard by turning it into the ultimate tropical paradise. Browse our web site or come on in to our grand showroom in San Diego which offers 65,000 square feet of bamboo and tropical products galore.

Do’s and Dont’s with Landscaping

Whenever assessing a new project, especially on the scale of landscaping or making additions to an existing landscape, the options and list of things to do can be quite overwhelming. With spring right around the corner, it’s that time of year again where an addition of elements or a redesign of an area can help spruce up and bring in a fresh new feel. Here are some do’s and dont’s to help you effectively work through your project and make it enjoyable.

Before anything else, do plan! It’s important to have an end goal in mind as to what you wish to accomplish. Don’t randomly purchase items, until you have gone over each area you plan to work on, one at a time.

In your planning, it is important to first decide what it is you need and want. This area will be your sanctuary and place where much time will spent so considering factors such as type of use, children, and pets can aid in deciding how things will be laid out.

Once you have a general idea of what you want, next is to find one focal point that you would like to accent and broaden from there. This focal point can be anything from a Tiki Bar, a garden statue, or even just a simple seating area covered by a tropical thatch. Focal points generally can be placed centered or to the back of an area, which allows the eye to follow the landscape to the focused area.

When planning placement of various items, it’s easy to fall in love with everything and get carried away. Don’t get rid of an area all together in the process of revamping. Sometimes various areas can become visually stimulating just by accenting with details such as a bamboo border. In evaluating your landscape, it’s important to maintain a consistent theme. Incorporating too many styles can cause a dizzying and cluttered effect. Elements such as varying heights, lighting, and fixture accents can help create dimension and texture to your backyard.

Don’t randomly place things expecting them to fit. Take the time to measure an area, and view it from different angles.

Don’t stress on constricting yourself to a timeline, and don’t sacrifice comfort for aesthetics. Remember that this is a process and although you may never feel your project is complete, it’s important to enjoy the journey to developing your landscape.

Anyone can enjoy their own bit of paradise right outside there door without breaking the bank. With Bamboo and Tikis, you can find the perfect treasures to add to the ambience and aesthetic of your landscape, at an affordable price, without forgoing quality.