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Deciding to have a pool installed in your backyard is a big decision. But did you know that the company that will install your pool also does landscaping and gardening?

Renovating the backyard to incorporate a new pool will drastically change the layout of the backyard. For example, existing flowerbeds may need to be transplanted and moved to another section of the yard. Or perhaps, you don’t yet have the flowerbed and garden that you’ve always dreamed about it. Why not let handle the job?

custom poolOften times it is more advantageous to have the same builder do both the pool and the landscaping. There are many reasons for this. First, for the convenience of having all the work done at once. Since there will be professional contractors on site with the necessary equipment to remove soil, it makes a lot of sense to have them do the landscaping and gardening with the same job. The overall time it takes to complete your backyard project will require less time than had it been broken up into smaller projects.

Second, the overall cost of doing these projects together will cost the home owner less. Particularly if heavy machinery is required such as a skid steer to remove soil. It is cheaper to have the machinery on site and do all the work than if it has to go back and forth from the shop to the site numerous times.

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Third, when your pool builder is also doing your landscaping, you will have access to more landscaping layouts and designs. This is because their design experts can go over more options when they have the whole backyard to consider, and not just a smaller section for the pool. Instead of just having a pool, you are creating your own little private getaway right in your backyard.

Fourth, when the same builder is doing all the work, the whole esthetic will be much more consistent. A different builder may not be any less professional, but they have a different idea on how the project should look. This may not match what you have already installed in your backyard. The other thing to consider is that a different builder may not have access to the same materials that were originally used. This could be because of exclusivity agreements or even discontinued product lines if several years has passed since the original installation.

Fifth, by the consistency provided by the same builder as your pool, you can guarantee the maximum value will be added to your property value. Even if you have no

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plans on selling your home in the near future, having a pool with tastefully esthetic landscaping and gardening will make your home stand out from other homes in your neighborhood. A beautiful backyard will always be a successful investment for both your property values and your family.

So talk to your pool builder about all the landscaping and gardening services they offer and maximize the time you spend outside during those beautiful Arizona summers!

It takes basic photography skills to take stunning photos of your garden. You do not need to have a high-pixels camera to do that but you can rather use your phone to capture the natural environment at its best. Below are quick tips to note when taking photos of your garden:

First and foremost, always remember safety! When taking photos, ensure your phone has a tempered screen glass protector to enhance the safety of your phone screen when taking photos. Understand that while in your garden, you will encounter thorns and branches that may scratch you phone screen, the phone may also fall on dirt or even on a hard item that may break the cell phone screen. A tempered screen glass protector is cheap and easy to install. The use of a protector will not affect the functionality of your cell phone, the size or the shape. It fits perfectly on the screen offering protection for the cell phone screen and maintaining the smoothness of the device touch. Click here to learn how to apply one easily to your phone so you’re all set for the garden!

Photo Settings For Optimal Pictures

Like mentioned earlier, you do not need to know a lot of photography to do this. Simply set the phone to capture photos using the back camera, remove zooming and the flash. However, if you will take a photo of a plant that is in between others and you cannot get closer to it, adjust the device zooming to get a clear shot. If you have a high definition option on your phone it is highly recommended to enable it, as your pictures will come out nice and crisp.

Do not use the Flash

Most smart phones come with a flash but it does not come handy when taking photos of your garden. The light from the phone flash is harsh and will not result to great photos. To attain high-rate photos, you need to ditch the phone flash and choose the most appropriate time to take photos. Early in the morning and in the evening when the sun has gone down are the most ideal times to take photos. Lighting will not affect the photos at this time.

Get closer to the plant

Though phones can zoom and get you the fine details of a plant even when you are far, you only get premium quality photos when you get closer to the flower or plant. Take as many photos as possible and later choose the cream of all.

Explore several angles

A captivating photo is always unique. To bring out a unique photo from your phone, you should check out as many angles as possible. This will bring out different looks of the flower or plant and exposes different features of the plants that would not be seen when photos are taken from one angle.

Editing the photos

To make the photos look even better, you can edit them on your phone. Though this step is not necessary, most people prefer editing the photos. Editing involves simple cropping to remove unwanted parts, applying filters, shading and much more. You can also make a collage of the pictures to get a great look using one of the free mobile photo editor apps online.

People get inspiration from anywhere! Watch how Olga takes inspiration out of pictures for her garden.

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Scrapbooking is a fun way to document just about anything in a creative way. Most scrapbooks are of families, babies, children, pets or vacations. Have you ever considered scrapbooking a specific hobby? | Digital Scrapbooking can help you document your favorite activity, gardening!

Spring is coming, which means that gardening season will soon be upon us. Documenting is very important in gardening because it helps your garden to improve year after year. When you document what went well, what went wrong and where you planted specific things it can help you to make any changes the following gardening season.
When you create a gardening scrapbook you are not only making a beautiful keepsake of what you grew, you are also making a gardening journal for yourself to refer back to year after year. There are many way to do this and many things you can include while your digital scrapbooking comes to life.

What to include in your gardening scrapbook:

Sketch out your garden area and write down exactly what you planted where. This sketch can go inside the front of your book and you can reference it often, especially if you forgot to mark your seeds and aren’t garden scrapbooksure of what is growing in a specific spot.

If you are using the square foot gardening method or raised beds you can easily grid out on paper what you planted where and how many plants per area.

Keep dates of when you planted seeds, your first harvests, weather conditions etc. Take pictures of seedlings, and flowers and plants at the peak of their growing season. You can document their growth and milestones just as you would document a baby growing.

Photos – make sure you take lots of pictures of your garden. Before, during and after shots. Photographs of flowers and butterflies, or baskets full of a bountiful harvest are great shots. You can also take pictures of foods that you have made that you grew from your own garden. Consider taking a photo of your cucumber plants and then a photo of pickles you made. A photo of pepper plants placed next to a photo of pepper sauce or jars of salsa is a great before and after!

If you want to learn more about how to make a scrapbook, or how to make a physical scrapbook, click here to check out on Tumblr!  Here you will find helpful tips and tricks!
Digital scrapbooking is a fun and rewarding hobby. You can make it even more special by using this fun hobby to document another favorite hobby like gardening. Have fun!