How to Protect an Indoor Herb Garden From Indoor Pets

Posted on May 11, 2016 By

How to Protect an Indoor Herb Garden From Indoor PetsParsley, thyme, garlic, and many other herbs are grown indoors and used in cooking. You want the convenience and year round benefits and beauty of an indoor herb garden, but you also have indoor pets. Pets like herb plants. They like to chew on the leaves, and they love to dig in the dirt. How can you have the indoor herb garden that you desire, and still enjoy your indoor pets as well?

There are several options, but it will take a bit of work and imagination, and there will usually be some expense to this as well, in most cases. The only way to protect your indoor herb garden from your indoor pets without expense is to have an extra room in your home, where you can close the door to keep the pets out. Most of us don’t have such a room, and wouldn’t want to use that space solely for an indoor garden even if we did.

One good option, for herb plants that enjoy sunlight, is to create a window within a window. This works

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Tips for Effective Pool Maintenance

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

Tips for Effective Pool MaintenanceSpring is around the corner and soon you will want to enjoy the crystal blue waters of your swimming pool once again. Taking professional advice with regard to effective pool maintenance will help you to enjoy a perfect pool all year round.

During winter, pools will often be neglected. Even if you have a pool cover to protect from the debris that falls, you might still fall victim to a green and murky pool. Pool maintenance is of high importance if you do not want to spend lots of unnecessary money on fixing common problems. If you are able to follow these basic tips, you will not always have to call on the professionals to get rid of all of the grime:

  1. Daily duties: when your pool cover is off, you will need to conduct some duties every few days. This includes skimming the top of the pool for any debris that may have fallen. You can do this easily by using a pool net. This process will not take too much time out of your day and will ensure that you have

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Tips in Cleaning Stone Bricks in Your Home

Posted on March 10, 2016 By

Tips in Cleaning Stone Bricks in Your HomeMany homes have incorporated stone bricks in their home designs. They give that familiar and homey feel. However, if there is one setback of having stone bricks, aside from the fact that they famous for being expensive, stone bricks also need to be maintained and kept clean.

It’s a no-brainer that you can always use soap and water to clean your walls or home fixtures that are made from bricks. Water can easily take away dust or other easy-to-remove dirt. In addition to water, detergent soap can help make sure that the area is cleaned well.

To more effectively remove dirt and other foreign objects that are present, you can make use of scrubs. Soft scrubs should be used if you are trying to avoid creating scratches on the bricks. Harder varieties may be for bricks that have too much dirt on them. These can be perfect for outdoor bricks.

However, there can be instances when using water with soap is not a viable solution. You can try and but it will take you too much time effort to get

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Pool Care in Winter and Swimming Season

Posted on May 9, 2016 By

If the swimming pools are taken into proper coverage in winters, they can easily be re-opened when swimming season arrives. Make sure, the cover is clean when you open it up for the next season. The debris is to be cleaned before it is opened. Now using a hose fill it up to its normal level.

Reconnect all that you have disconnected. Water actually needs to flow through the circulation system, so you need to open the skimmer line valve. After you have tested for the water’s PH level, re-stock the plunge bath. The pump must be left running 24 hours a day, till the water is balanced.

Pool Winterizing

Your location determines whether or not you need to winterize your wading spot, if your location has below freezing point experiences, it is up to you to decide that it stays healthy. Water left in pipes as residues can damage pipes. Ensure that all water is drained out, blowing out the entire water from the pipes by means of an air compressor. Drain away the maximum amount of water from the heater and water. Use a non-toxic anti-freeze next, to take out all remaining water.

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Small Yard Landscaping Tips To Make Your Small Space More Inviting

Posted on May 5, 2016 By

One issue you may run into as a landscaper or someone trying to landscape their own yard is if the yard is too small, you’ll run into problems trying to figure out how to fill it. Many times it’ll seem like everything you add makes it even smaller.

So here are some tips for landscaping a small yard.

When an area is very small, such as an atrium, the first decision is whether or not it’s only to look at or if it can be used for dining, entertaining, or lounging. If you have two small areas, one can be devoted entirely to planting and the other for outdoor activities. If designed right, the space can turn out to be very welcoming and comfortable.

Using container plants, espaliers, vines, and hanging baskets are good ways of getting the maximum of greenery out of a small space. Dwarf shrubs like Wheelers dwarf tobira, compact nandina, red elf pyrocantha are great for small beds. Narrow upright plants like horsetail, foxtail fern, and cannas look great up against a coutyard wall.

Plants that are miniature versions of larger plants help achieve spacious quality.

A large

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How To Build A Small Brick Wall In Your Garden Without Calling In A Builder

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Building a wall is not an easy job and cannot be rushed, so firstly you need to accept the fact that it will take you the best part of a day to do depending on the size and height, so make sure you can allow the amount of time needed.

If you intend to build a load bearing wall as part of your property then you will need to call in a structural engineer for advice, but for now let’s assume that you are just building a simple wall in your garden or patio area.

So let us take a look at the materials that you are going to need to build your wall:

  • Cement
  • Sand
  • Lime for your mortar
  • Bricks (an obvious one)
  • A standard sized bucket to hold your water for mixing mortar
  • A brick layers trowel

So now we need to look at the building of the wall.

Dig a shallow trench, fill this with mortar and then lay a line of concrete slabs along the full width of the wall area. Use a spirit level to check that they are level. This is a very important stage of building your wall because the quality

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How to Have a Great Garden and Happy Pets

Posted on April 11, 2016 By

I love working in my garden when my cat Fluff is sitting watching me. I am sure she loves the fact that I am doing all the work and she is doing none. She is my overseer, making sure I do a good job. I am lucky, she hasn’t really done much damage. I can’t really think of anything really precious she has ruined. But this is not always the case, as in some gardens I have worked in were constantly being trashed by the owner’s pets. This can be very frustrating and also very expensive as the plants are constantly being replaced. In large gardens destruction can be hidden but in small gardens you don’t have any where to hide the damage. Choosing the right pet is also important as working dogs get bored easily and can become very destructive. Pets especially dogs need somewhere where they can dig, roll and bury bones. Cats also need somewhere where they can go to the loo, sleep under plants and lie out in the sun if they so please.

If you are trying to design a good garden, then you need to put some thought into the type

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Landscaping Tips That Will Surely Make Your Yard Attractive

Posted on April 8, 2016 By

People are very conscious about the looks of their house that is why many are doing their best to make their house look great. And when it comes to home beautification, the yard is one of the most important parts of the house that needs attention, as it is the first area being seen by visitors.

If you are in the process of beautifying your yard, there are many landscaping tips that you have to follow in order to achieve the result that you have always wanted.

The Internet alone offers hundreds of tips based on the type of landscape that you will be doing. But out of the many landscaping tips, there are only few universal tips that can be applied in every type of landscaping project.

One important landscaping tip that one should always remember is to make your yard look great at all times. This may sound impossible because during winter season, your yard may look dull and ugly. To get rid of this situation, it is important that you choose the right plants that will still bloom and bring beauty to your home even if it is winter or summer.

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Is Natural Stone Green

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

There has been a debate for years about whether or not natural stone slabs are “green”. To understand the answer we must look at what it means for a product to be considered green. A sustainable or green product is manufactured by increasing the efficiency of natural resources such as energy, water, and material usage while reducing the impact on the environment during its life cycle. Increasing the efficiency of resources could be achieved in many ways. Modern technology has made it possible to develop machinery that reduces the use of water or electricity with the same or increased production. Another example would be producing products that yield less waste. The other necessary factor is reducing the impact on the environment during construction, use, and demolition.

According to the Marble Institute of America, natural stone is “Mother Nature’s original green building material”. Natural stone is durable and outlasts most other building materials. This is evident when looking at historical structures as far back as the Roman, Greek, and even Egyptian eras. Today, natural stone slabs such as granite and marble are used for a vast array of building materials. Some of the most common types are counter

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Grow a Vegetable Garden For Your Birds and Reptiles

Posted on March 13, 2016 By

ABOUT: I’ve kept all sorts of exotic pets throughout my life and have refined my methods of feeding and housing them over the years as I’ve learned more about their unique needs. This education has allowed me to continually enrich their environment & diet to provide the best possible care. Therefore, this article is an attempt to share my experiences in keeping and housing exotic pets, especially turtles and birds, but can certainly be adapted to any herbivores. In a previous article I discussed the design and build of my aviary used to house 3 colonies of birds and a pair of box turtles. In this article I’ll share with the reader feeding and gardening strategies for these pets.

WHY: As owners of exotic pets we all struggle to keep our refrigerator stocked with fresh greens and veggies to provide daily “salads” to our friends. Because I share a love of both pets and gardening I decided to plant a vegetable garden specifically to feed my birds and turtles. An extra incentive was what seems to be the continuous recall of commercial vegetable due to bacterial and other contamination, and the high cost of organic produce. I’ve

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Swimming Pool Dangers That You Should Be Aware Of

Posted on March 12, 2016 By

Despite the fact that the swimming pool is a place of fun, there are several dangers that you should be aware of. Unfortunately, swimming pools are not the places of safety that everyone has thought them to be. There are hazards that the whole family needs to know about, especially as the summer months come by and the enthusiasm around swimming gathers.

One of the many dangers that pools present comes in the form of their drains. Any good pool will have a good drainage system. These are usually discreetly covered, as there is a lot of suction force that is present at the sites of these drains. Sadly, this is where many accidents can happen. Should a drain cover become dislodged, the force is enough to pull a limb in, resulting in the affected person drowning.

This happened to a young child when he was swimming in a pool that had a dislodged drain cover. His arm got sucked into the drain and he drowned as no one was strong enough to get him loose. The tragedy is that he was a strong swimmer, but not strong enough to avoid the current that was created

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Ways on How to Conserve Water in Your Yard

Posted on March 8, 2016 By

Figuring out how to conserve water in your yard is becoming increasingly more important, especially as the demand and price of water has started to increase in some areas of the country. As water shortages, lack or rain, water restrictions, and rapid building and development lead to more and more demand for water water conservation is becoming more and more important. Here are a few tips to conserve water in your yard that you can use to help fight this growing trend.

1. Use sprinklers in the morning to minimize evaporation and the need to re- water Cool soil will also absorb water more effectively than harder, dryer soil.

2. Use large water drops when you use your sprinkler. They’ll soak into the lawn easier so that there’s less evaporation.

3. Killing fast growing weeds early will help you to conserve water They can require more water or even rob your plants and grass of water requiring you to water more often.

4. Drywells are one of the newer water conservation tips. Install drywells in low spots of your lawn to capture run-off water for recycling.

5. Capture rainwater in a bucket, jar,

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How to Install an Interior Stone Wall

Posted on February 14, 2016 By

A stone wall in your house will look great and you can do it yourself with these handy tips, and handy advice. This advice also works for stone veneer, faux stone, and brick veneer.

Backer preparation:

On concrete block walls or unpainted brick walls the stone can be stuck directly to these surfaces without any additional layers needed.

On wood or drywall add a layer of tar paper starting at the bottom and working upward over laping the paper by 4″. The paper can be attached with a stapler because a layer of expanded metal lath is the next layer needed. This should be installed from the bottom working up and over lap by a couple of inches. Use nails or screws that will go into the studs by an inch and half. A tip here would be to add a washer to you nail or screw to help hold on the lath. Fasten the lath on every stud and not more than 8″ apart. Wear gloves to work with the lath it will chew up your hands as you work with it.

Surface Preparation:

Cover the lath with a ½” coat of

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Creating a Pet Friendly Yard and Keeping Pets Off Your Gardens

Posted on February 12, 2016 By

Having a beautiful yard and garden can be quite the challenge when you have pets you share it with, especially dogs. By taking a little time to make your yard pet friendly and you garden pet safe, you can make your yard into an area both of you can enjoy and get the most of.

Your yard should be completely fenced and you should ensure there are no holes or breaks in it. Privacy fencing can help cut down on barking, especially if your yard is located where a lot of pedestrian traffic goes by. You need to have shade in your yard, if you don’t already have a good shade tree, maybe its time to plant one. Setting up a gazebo is great for some instant shade. All poisonous plants should be removed and your yard should be hole free so nobody hurts themselves stepping into one. Always be sure that fresh cold water is available for your pets and supply you dog with toys so they have something to play with.

Dogs are very hard on grass. For small areas changing your lawn to a stone, brick, cement or a flagstone patio has many

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Different Swimming Pool Designs for Fun and Leisure

Posted on February 11, 2016 By

Everyone desires to have a beautiful swimming pool at home, and they all enjoy visiting swimming pools elsewhere too. Yet, very few of them understand the importance of selecting an ideal pool design to get the most out of their puddle. There are several aspects to consider in choosing the best swimming pool design. The first factor is your intended use of the puddle. The next important matter to consider is determining the size of the space area available where you want to locate your pool. This will help you choose the size of the pool that you can install. Another matter to take into account is the people who will be using your pond. If you have children who will be using the Lido frequently then it is advisable that you set up petty areas inside the pond. This may assure safety not just for your children, but also for those who are incapable of swimming.

In the following sections, we’ll go over some of the most popular benefits people get from owning a pool, and how these impacts the swimming pool’s design.

Fun & Leisure: The most frequent motive for obtaining a swimming

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Garden and Landscaping Tips

Posted on February 5, 2016 By

Does this sound familiar? You have been dreaming of being a home owner and have just moved into your house. You look outside at your backyard and suddenly realize there are no trees, there is no lawn and there is nothing but a lot of dirt. It’s not the wonderful backyard you grew up with and you feel pressured to have the same or better than what your parents or grandparents had accomplished. For many this is the first hint that something called work is involved. If it isn’t handled properly, this can lead to some serious long term relationship issues in your household. Here are some valuable tips to make your dirt pile into your personal retreat.

1. Survey your turf

Walk around your lot as a family. Look at how the road looks or the rest of the houses look from different vantage points. This also means that if you can see these things, you also can be seen from those places back into your yard. Note which way the wind usually blows around your house and yard. You will get a sense of what is a sheltered or exposed part of your yard.

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How to Maintain a Pet Friendly Garden

Posted on January 20, 2016 By

Many people think that it is not possible to have pets and a beautiful garden; you need to choose one or the other. However, this is not necessarily true, as long as you know how to make your garden pet-friendly. Some of the common problems that pet owners experience would be their pets trampling their beautiful flower beds and seedlings and digging on dirt. These problems can easily be prevented by trying out some ideas and tactics that would allow you to grow a pretty and well manicured garden while enjoying the company of your pets. Here are some to help you get started.

1. One of the most important things that you need to make sure your garden has would be good design. Through incorporating the use of raised beds and defined pathways, you would be able to prevent your dogs from trampling plants and flowers. You can also put up fences and other protective barriers that would assign the space where your pets can roam free and where your plants can grow properly.

2. Aside from planning the design of your garden, you would also need to make good plant choices. Instead of choosing

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Which Paving Tiles Are Suitable for Swimming Pool Areas

Posted on January 17, 2016 By

Swimming pools provide a lot of fun for some people while it is also a place of relaxation for any family. Adding one to your yard is an exciting journey because you can choose the shape, style and design of the swimming pool. With autumn and winter at our doorstep, this is actually the best time to get it installed as no one is going to swim during the colder days, unless you’ve been dared. So once you’ve chosen your swimming pool and the design, you need to think about the paving tiles that will be suitable for this area.

So which paving tiles are suitable for your swimming pool area?

What kind of paving will enhance the look while also being functional and safe? These are factors that you need to consider when looking for paving bricks. There are beautiful paving bricks available that can create a design according to what you like. In other words, you will find stone themed paving bricks that come in limestone-white, weathered grey, charcoal and much more.

For the edges of your swimming pool it is suggested that you use non-slip classic copings. These look elegant while neatly

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Decorating Your Yard

Posted on January 13, 2016 By

If you are enthusiastic about animals, especially birds, or just want to decorate your garden, constructing a bird house tends to make an incredible craft project for the afternoon, nest boxes are simple to build and a lot of fun watching over the spring and summer when birds are raising their babies. A basic bird house can be completed in several hours and with a very little budget.

For blue birds and their young, a nest box makes not only a perfect area for nesting, but it also provides a place to locate easily food.

Measurements always matters because the box proportions and its entrance hole size should be considered to provide accommodations to our choice of the bird kinds.

Bird house Construction Advices:

  • Use galvanized nails with wood screws or spiral shank.
  • Do not use pressure-treated wood.
  • Use a rough-sawn lumber, 1″ thick is recommended (at least ½”) to isolate the nest box from the temperature; cedar will be a good choice.
  • Allow ventilation by making an opening between the roof and sides or holes in the top.
  • Holes in the bottom for drainage.
  • Do not paint the box inside, instead paint the roof with a light color

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Fixing Your Homes Stumps

Posted on January 3, 2016 By

A stump is a part that is placed in the foundations of a house that is made of wood. Stumps are actually pieces of wood that hold the foundation up and stop the house from falling. Occasionally, stumps break and can cause a lot of damage to the mainframe of said house. When this occurs, an expert is needed to be called in so that the house can remain healthy and whole without being weakened.

“Stumps broken” refers to any and all stumps that are broken in half, bent, or malfunctioning. It is important to check up on your stumps frequently and make sure that they are not rusting, bending, or seeming “off” in anyway. If they are, it is time to contact an expert. An expert will be able to thoroughly examine your logs and will be able to see if your home’s stumps are truly bending or if they are healthy. If the expert deems them healthy, you will just need to pay for a consulting fee and that is it. However, if the person suggests your stumps may be broken, damaged, or bent in anyway; you should consider getting them switched out.


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