Three High Impact Weekend Yard Projects

As published in August issues of Neighbours Magazines

Could your yard use a little spruce up? Maybe you’ve just developed your yard and need to finish it off. Here’s three yard projects that we can help you out with to push your yard over the edge:

 

Add a Splash of Colour with Decorative Rock or Mulch

If your shrub beds are looking a little drab, the easiest way to breathe new life into them is by adding a rich coloured decorative rock or

mulch. Black Rundle Rock is one of the most popular items we carry, but you can also hit other colour notes with our various sizes of Rainbow Rock or Purple Sparkle. Or if you fancy something a little lighter to shovel and more comfortable under foot, we also offer a variety of recycled rubber mulch products in black, red, brown, and even green. Either way you go, a top up on your ground cover adds colour contrast to your grass, plants and other aggregates and helps choke out weeds. You’ll want to make sure you’re adding at least three inches of depth in combination with some good quality landscape fabric to achieve your best weed control.

Soothing Water Features

A fountain, bubbler, pond, or pondless waterfall adds another dimension of sound and visual focal point to your outdoor space. There are so many design options available in a variety of different sizes to fit every space. Focus on high impact areas like your front entrance or backyard patio. Maximize your enjoyment by locating it in a spot that’s visible and/or audible from windows. We have several different water features to choose from to fit your design style and available space. Whether it’s a fountain that sits directly on your deck or patio, a bubbler rock or urn that disappears into an underground basin, or a grander pond or pondless waterfall, we can help find the right feature for you.

Let There Be Light

As we move into the fall, the days get shorter and the time we have to enjoy our yards become less and less. Low voltage LED landscape lighting is simple to install, requires little-to-no digging, and hardly uses any electricity. Your average residential backyard can often be effectively lit with 5-7 fixtures, some wire and a transformer that plugs into your outside outlet. That’s something that can be done on a budget ranging from $750-$1500.  If the idea sounds intriguing, but you’re not sure where to start, we offer on-site or in-store landscape lighting consultations to make sure you maximize the impact of your dollar.

All three of these projects can be done as a weekend DIY that we’re happy to walk you through. Alternatively, if you’d rather have someone do it for you, we can find someone to get it done as well.

Get started at www.TheRustyShovel.ca with a consult request, or visit our showroom hiding behind Staples at 680 Angus Street in Regina. We’re more than just great landscape supplies – we’re Landscaping Made Easier.

Benefits of Kichler LED Landscape Lighting

Our go-to brand when it comes to landscape lighting is Kichler, and within their line, the Design Pro LED products representalmost 100% of the products we keep in stock.  Why is that?  Sure halogen fixtures cost less up front, but the amount you can save on the complete installation combined with the cost of ownership makes LED the clear choice.

As you’ll see in the videos below, the annual savings on power consumption is remarkable – Design Pro LED fixtures use 75% less energy than the equivalent halogen system. The other thing to note is that because each fixture uses less energy and has a greater tolerance for voltage drop, you’ll use less wire and fewer and/or smaller transformer(s), which will save you money.  The bulbs are also designed to have a 40,000 hour life span, which is a nice low maintenance option when you compare it to the annual bulb replacements required with a halogen system.

Take a look at a couple videos from Kichler that outline a couple larger projects and the benefits of using LED.  But don’t get scared off at the size of some of the projects shown.  You probably don’t have a vineyard or an entire neighbourhood to light up, so you won’t need nearly as many fixtures to make your yard pop into the evening hours.

Kichler Quic DiscEven though these videos all show professional installers, this is a project that you can tackle yourself. We’ll help you calculate your transformer load and give you ideas about placement, spacing, and the best type of fixtures to use in different situations.  And installation is a snap with the Quic Disc included with every Design Pro LED fixture. Simply run your wire from your transformer and connect the fixture wire to the main wire by clamping together the Quic Disc. The wires can be dug into the ground or hidden in rock, mulch, or other ground cover to disguise it so all you’ll see is the fixture and the beautiful spread of light it puts out.

Want to get started? Bring us your landscape plan and we’ll offer some ideas and get you a price on your package.