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Siding Products That Increase Your Curb Appeal

The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.


Siding Products That Increase Your Curb Appeal

How To Use Decorative Rock In Your Yard For An Improve Appearance And Function

by Kent George

The exterior of your home has many elements from drainage off and away from your home to fighting against aggressive weed growth. As you add onto and update your yard's landscaping, there are many ways you can use decorative rock to help you in the process. Here are some tips to help you use decorative rock in your yard's landscaping to help improve its appearance and function.

Create a Decorative Rock Mosaic Walkway

You might want to add some paving or a walkway through your yard or garden to help cut down on mud and dust, but pouring a traditional concrete pad might not give your yard the look you need. Instead, plan and install a mosaic walkway using decorative rock that you can buy from a local landscaper or home and garden shop. Select the size and color of stones you want, then plan out the design you want to build by placing the stones into the lawn or soil.

Next, prepare the mosaic walkway site with a layer of sand topped with a layer of premixed concrete mix to provide the foundation for the stones. Wet the concrete mix with your hose and set the stones into the wet concrete mixture in your planned pattern with the stones set approximately half way into the concrete. Pour and smooth into the gaps between each of the stones additional dry concrete mix, using a brush to even it out and to fill in the large gaps around your rock design. Spray this lightly with water to saturate the concrete mixture, use a damp cloth to wipe the stones clean of any concrete, and let it cure.

Use Rock as Ground Cover

You can also place decorative rock in your yard to keep down weed growth. For example, around the base of your deck or around the edges of a patio lay a covering of colorful rocks over a layer of landscaping fabric to improve the area of the look and reduce weed growth.

You may also want to select and install decorative rock of two different colors and lay them over the ground in a planned out pattern. This creates visual interest with your ground cover rocks.

Build a Downspout Splash Pad

The area of ground beneath your home's gutter downspouts also needs protection from soil erosion during heavy rains. Install some decorative rock onto the slope of soil at the downspout exit, which will protect the soil from erosion. As the rainwater flows upon the rocks, the rocks disperse the water and keep it flowing away from your home and foundation. You can build this area up to look like a dry riverbed, for example, sloping downward away from your home.