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Category Archives: Home and Gardening

Tricks Backyard Renovation

Once you have a visualised version of your backyard in your mind, the next step is to write it down or draw it. It doesn’t have to be to scale (it is better if it is, though) but the drawing does need to have realistic boundary lines so that you can insert the details. Start with drawing the outside lines of the yard, that is, the walls of your fence and wall of your house, assuming that the yard has three fenced walls plus the one wall of the house facing the backyard. Essentially you should have a boxed outline. Then draw in the fixed components, such as any outside buildings, garage, swimming pool, etc. Now you’ll be able to see the parts that are not occupied by any components. These are the parts that you can use for the design of your backyard.

Next, you need to establish how much of this blank space you want to pave, plant grass, or add a garden. Where should the pathway go and which sections should be paved? Once you’ve allocated where the grass will be planted, it leaves you with space that could be paved. Depending on your budget, you need to decide whether you want to pave with standard paving bricks or use beautifully designed flagstones. Paving bricks are more practical and fit into any budget as they are more affordable. Paving bricks are also ideal if any cars may be parking in your backyard. Flagstones are beautiful natural looking paving stones that usually come in medium to large square sizes. They are not suitable for cars to drive on them. You can place strips of grass between the flagstones to create an interesting design. Plus you can add cobblestones as a pathway through the grass and outlining the flagstones for added decoration. You can also allocate a portion of your backyard for a garden with flowers and plants to add some colour. Around this garden you can use cladding to keep it separate and create a focal point.

Decorating the Pathway in Home

Pathways are extremely important when it comes to homes. People don’t want to step on the grass in order to get to the door in case there is damp sand that gets stuck to their shoe. It does not need to be anything special but there has to be some kind of guideline.

People love the idea of walking between rose bushes or trees to get to their final destination. To the guest or the homeowner, that greenery can seem like a path to a sanctuary. In many fairy tales, a hidden cottage is found in the middle of a beautiful forest that can only be seen by a special person.

Be careful of creating paths or patterns in perfect geometric shapes. It may seem pleasing to the perfectionist but a person who has to take a turn at a sharp corner may simply cut across the grass because it would be easier that way. If you really want to keep people on the pathway, you can add a few leafy plants along the side of the walkway which will encourage people to remain on it and not cut across the grass.

You need this kind of pleasant atmosphere to lead the person to the front door. A door is a threshold that shows a person where the property of another person starts. An outsider who opens it with permission understands that they are welcome and it is important to make that person feel welcome. To achieve this, a door with sidelights or glass panels works perfectly. This is where you can experiment with perfect geometric shapes. Just like many houses have these same kinds of shapes so should your door.

A good way to work with contrasting coloured doors is by making the frame white which will oppose the colour of the door which is mahogany or chestnut. This will add lovely character to your home and will not make the dark of the wood seem so intimidating.

Aeration Is Important for Lawn

To get the most out of this practice, consider aerating your lawn in spring or early summer. This will greatly help the lawn to develop extensive roots before summer stresses and heat hits your yard. Also, this will help the lawn when it comes to taking full advantage of any rain which falls during the hot season.

Bear in mind also that aeration will maximize the possibility of each fertilizer and weed control application through the entire year and into the next year. If you apply fertilizer during spring, it will be high in Nitrogen and will already be giving your lawn with the best green-up possible. Be reminded though that the spring fertilizer application will contain very little Potassium. This is the nutrient that encourages root growth. Summer fertilizer treatments, on the other hand, contain slightly higher levels of such nutrients. Thus, it is very important that aeration must be done after your summer treatments to assist those root building nutrients to easily reach the roots. Experts further emphasized that adding fertilizer after aerating your lawn is not necessary. What you must do is to water it. Water will help in breaking down the cores left in your yard and is often efficient on the newly exposed root system.

This will greatly depend on your lawn’s condition. Visual results may or may not be seen after a single aeration. But it is guaranteed that root growth, overall health, and stress tolerance will be improved. Aeration combined with an efficient fertilizer and weed control program, even in the toughest conditions, will certain show a very dramatic visual results in the 2nd year after a second aeration.

Tips Protect Wooden Fence

Coat with a High-Quality Paint

Exterior paints are designed to provide more of a protective UV coating than stains; and outdoor paints do an excellent job of making sure the underlying wood is shielded from all elements, no matter how harsh. If painting is your protective-coating of choice, do not skimp on a lower-quality paint or primer designed for outside use. The primer is your fences’ true ally since it is the primer that will maximize the paint’s ability to adhere.

The UV inhibitors built into exterior paints remain a tough contender against the elements month after month and year after year. It’s also vital to paint during a time of day when the sun is not too high in the sky and when the peak temperature of the day is not present – early morning and early evening work best. When outside heat dries paint too quickly, adhesion, again, can become compromised.

Cover with a High-Quality Solid Stain

Stains, of course, have a much thinner consistency than paint and will do a very effective job of soaking into the wood’s pores to prevent water accumulation of any kind. Solid stains – also called opaque stains – contain a higher concentration of color than semi-transparent stains and because of this, will cover the underlying grain of the wood.

Cover with a High-Quality Semi-transparent Stain

Semi-transparent stains possess less pigmentation than paint and solid stains. Due to this medium’s translucent nature, the grain and texture of the wood will be allowed to show through; and the look can be very stunning. The down side to semi-transparent stains is the fact that they do not have the degree of UV protection that paint or solid stains do.

Cover with a High-Quality Sealer

Covering your wood fence with a sealer will prevent the wood from rot. Sealers act like a wax on a car; and aside from being waterproof, this product will help to maintain the color of the fence as well as stabilize the coated wood by allowing any excessive moisture to pass out of the wood gradually through the film. Sealants will, also, stop treated lumber from chemical leaching and contact with humans, pets and plants.

Patio Furniture for Summer

Invest In Simple or Decorative Covers

It’s easy to forget that while summer surely brings heat, it also brings some of the highest levels of rainfall all year. Luckily, investing in some simple patio furniture covers is an easy way to deal with the heat, the sun, and the rain all in one. These covers, which come in a variety of sizes and colors, won’t set you back much. More importantly, they will save you from having to make replacements from sun and rain damage in the long run.

Screen-in Your Space

Furniture covers are great when you’re not outdoors, but how do you protect from the elements while enjoying your outdoor space? Enter patio screens, which reduce the heat and sun that reaches you so you can stay cool while still enjoying the warm summer days. As an added bonus, this will allow you to relax outdoors on summer evenings without having to spend your time swatting away mosquitos or gnats.

Distribute Citronella

If screening your space isn’t for you, it doesn’t mean that you have to succumb to the wrath of summer bugs. Luckily, this also doesn’t mean coating yourself with sticky, pungent bug sprays. Try setting some citronella throughout the area: this natural mosquito repellent comes in a variety of styles from diffuser rods to candles, which can even become part of your patio furniture decor. With a natural herbal aroma, you can enjoy the scent of citronella and an evening spent relaxing, not swatting away bugs.

Repurpose Your Barbecue

Barbecues are a staple of summer, from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July and every spontaneous cookout in between. But just because you’re not firing up the grill doesn’t mean that you can’t put your barbecue to use. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a fire pit, you can just as easily take the grill off of your barbecue and light some long-burning charcoals. This simple repurposing can extend your outdoor time from day to night, so pull out the marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers to put this simple hack to use.

Spotting Dangers When Mowing Grass

If it is an area you have not mown previously, try to make sure that it is at least reasonably flat. Things such as raised bumps or creases in the land can be devastating for a lawnmower. If the ground looks particularly bumpy, it will be very sensible to consider rolling it and eliminating those crinkles and bumps before you start on it with your mower.

Keep an eye open for electric cables. These can be particularly dangerous if they were buried underground and not in compliance with regulations. That means that although they should be at a certain minimum depth and protected, some people in the past might have simply buried them at a shallow depth and in ordinary electric sheathing which might mean they start to protrude above ground over time. Hit those with a lawnmower and you could be facing serious problems.

If you are mowing in an area where there are electrically-driven fountains or lights, be sure you know where the cables run and that they are safe.

Be clear that you know how to safely operate or drive your lawnmower. It doesn’t matter whether it is a zero-turn lawnmower or a walk-behind model, there are certain techniques and operating instructions that must be understood if the machine is to be used safely. Be certain you have read up on these

Do not let young children play anywhere even remotely near your lawnmower while you are using it. Kids are notoriously unaware of danger and that game of football can be some metres away and apparently safe when suddenly one of the children, in the excitement, will run towards the lawnmower.

Green Space Spring Ready

First things first, you should sharpen your tools. This means shovels, pruning shears, lawnmower blades and anything else you can sharpen. Getting them work ready will save you time when you actually want to get to work in the garden. Rubbing mineral spirits on wooden tool handles will reduce splitting which may just save you from the dreaded splinter.

Get that soil ready before you start to plant. That is, you’ll want to clean up any leaves or debris that has settled there over the winter, but you also want to rake it and get some air into it. This is a great time to add compost for extra nutrients, mix it in well and you’ll be good to go once planting season is here.

If you have a new garden, if you want to re-do your garden or if you’re starting from scratch the best thing to do is draw up a plan. What do you want your garden to look like when you’re done? Do you want big items like trees in there or will it be an annual bed? Most will go with a combination of the two so they have something pretty to look at all year round, evergreens keep their colour all year, some perennials bloom in the fall after the annuals have been pulled, etc.

It may be intimidating to go into a nursery because you may get waylaid looking at all the beautiful plants and end up with nothing that you went in for. Best to arm yourself with a list. Take along your garden plan to remind yourself what will go where and once you see all the plants together you can make your final choices. Remember to keep tall things to the back so you can still see the short things and don’t crowd the garden, everything will grow bigger year after year.

Planting Summer Bulbs

Make sure you will plant the bulbs in the best area in your garden. Make sure you will be planting the bulbs in areas that have the ideal conditions. This is especially true for perennial bulbs or the ones that hardy in your zone. For instance, many of the tropical summer bulbs thrive only in really warm, sun-bathed sites. Other species, such as canna or elephant ear, flourish better in moist areas and will even grow in shallow standing water. There are also some summer bulbs that won’t grow when planted in clay soil.

Never plant summer bulbs into the garden soil until it has warmed adequately. If you live in a cold area, start planting only when the spring air temperature is warm enough since summer bulbs planted in cold soil tends to rot easily. You can consider using black nursery pots to absorb the sun’s heat and warm soil if you can’t wait to start planting. However, don’t transplant the bulbs into the garden beds until you’re sure the soil is warm enough.

Always plant bulbs right side up. The roots should always be on the bottom of the planting hole. Although it can be tricky to tell which end is up for some bulbs, it is important to do this. One tip you can follow to determine which part is the bottom is to look for the part where there are roots attach to the bulb – this is the bottom part. Although plants can recover if you tuck bulbs into the soil upside down, you’ll still have better results if you get things right at the start.

All about Paving Stones and Flowers

You can create a new twist on your grandma’s garden design. You can do this by creating a nostalgic garden from scratch in your own backyard. Native plants are usually defined as those plants that were growing naturally in an area and it include all types of landscape plants, trees shrubs, vines, ferns, flowers and grasses. You can find all these plants and more at your local nursery or garden centre.

Plant a range of flowers like petunias, oriental lilies, eucalyptus near a paving stone pathway or under a window so you can take full advantage of the soothing smell drifting on the breeze. The most practical way for gardeners to create a nostalgic garden is to keep your garden as natural as possible with more traditional plants. With a heritage of common styles and era ornaments your garden will have a retro feel. One idea is to plant geometric flower beds with cobblestones in between them. Other ideas would be to plant colourful flowers in an old fashion styled bicycle, or place a sundial in the middle of the garden to create a nostalgic ambience.

Consider using trees and shrubs that have beautiful leaves and winter interest such as colourful berries and funky evergreens. Place paving tiles around big trees for an area where you can place a bench. That will definitely remind you of your childhood days playing hide and seek with other siblings. Birds and pollinators will be part of the environment too.

You can also plant some vegetables in your garden. A vegetable patch is becoming popular again with the cost of living increasing. In the olden days, vegetable patches were common and our great grandparents enjoyed using fresh vegetables from their own gardens.

Many gardeners and homeowners have realized that they don’t want gardens of the future with strange plants. They want grandma’s garden, created with love and that is native in appearance. Ask your local nursery for the best trees and shrubs that are available in your area and appropriate for the conditions at your home. Expand your palette by including plants that are colourful, fragrant, significant and, most of all, fun.

Info of Tree Trimming

• Safety harness-this is an important piece of equipment that a tree trimmer needs for their job. This piece of equipment ensures the tree climbers safety if they should fall. The most common type of safety harness is called the climbing saddle. It has nylon straps that securely fit about their thighs and waist along with an anchor in which to attach a rope with a carabineer. A carabineer is a coupling link with a safety closure.
• Climbing rope-this is used to help the trimmer too safely and efficiently climb the tree. The rope attaches to the carabineer on the safety harness, which holds the trimmer in the tree. This lessens the risk of injury should the tree trimmer fall. The climbing rope needs to be of good quality.
• Chainsaw-this machine comes in different sizes to accommodate large and small jobs. A small chainsaw has a fourteen or sixteen-inch guide bar and weighs around eight pounds. This size is good for doing trim work and removing limbs. The larger chainsaw can weigh up to ten pounds and have a guide bar of eighteen to sixty inches. These are necessary for tree removals and large limbs.
• Pole saws-The seare small chainsaws on an extension pole and can increase the reach of a tree trimmer up to an additional twelve feet. They are available in electric and gas motors. They are usually lightweight so a tree trimmer can use them for an extended period of time without causing excessive strain on your arm.
• Chipper-this machine s used to chip brush and branches into bark size pieces for easier disposal or for resale. A chipper comes in two styles for industrial or personal use. The personal size chipper is compact, small and can be towed behind a regular truck for doing small jobs. For industrial size jobs, the tree trimmer should have a chip truck. With this type of chipper the brush can be chipped directly, back in the truck. This will allow for easier clean and transport.