Decorating your Garden Using Green Ideas and Recyclables

July 17th, 2013

A garden that looks older always has more appeal than a garden that looks ‘new’ or just planted. With ‘green’ movements and advocacy, recycling and reusing can be going deeper that you would care to admit. Come to think of it, using stuff that you already have is practical. Not only is the prospect saving you money and time, it can also save you space.

Are you challenged by space and lifestyle? If you are, then you are more likely the type who keeps a garden shed that double function as storage for extra stuff that can clutter the garden or the house. But even with garden sheds, you need to reduce, reuse, or recycle things because your shed cannot magically store everything.

Here is one great garden decorating idea for you. Reuse or recycle stuff that can hold plants as a container for gardening.  This is a great platform to get your creative juices flowing; you can create one of a kind look in your garden while giving those things around the house a second lease of life.

Here are some things you can recycle or reuse as containers for gardening or in decorating the garden:

  • Kitchen Sink – If you are making a kitchen renovation and replacing the old sink, keep it. It can make a great decorative addition in the garden. If you are planning to install some sort of ‘water structure,’ a sink can be used as an integral part of the design. Rather than buy everything, save the old sink and save some money in the process. Alternatively, the old sink with a drain can also be used as a container for blooms or crops.
  • Dresser Drawers – Are you ready to chuck your old dresser? Before doing so, take out the drawers. These make good beds for seeds, herbs, low growing annuals and starter plants. Just put some waterproof liners to prevent the wood from rotting. Fixing them on the walls of the shed or the garden walls can transform them into unique wall planters.
  • Old Shoes – How can you extend the lives of your old shoes? You need not wear them if they are already out of fashion or are already worn out. Instead bring them to the garden, put a waterproof liner and use them as planters for succulents, herbs, and annuals.

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Top Tips to Baby-Proofing Your Home

February 7th, 2013

You have probably heard that you need to “baby-proof” your home when a baby or small child is around, but you may not know where to start, or exactly how to do it. Here are some tips.

Think Like a Baby

Do a survey of your home and think like a baby. Carry a notebook with you and think about what you could open, fall into, knock down, or climb up if you were less than three or four feet tall. Look for small objects that could fit in baby’s mouth. Note these things in your notebook and use that to make your list of baby-proofing items. As you go through your house, keep the following tips in mind.

Hot Water

baby playOne of the most dangerous things in the home is hot tap water. Babies can get scalded with hot tap water and sustain serious burns. Doctors and other professionals recommend turning down the temperature on your home’s water heater so that it’s no hotter than 120 degrees F (even 110 is said to be okay – the washing machine and dishwasher should still get clothes clean).

Cabinet Doors

Baby-proof locks can be purchased and installed for little money and with relative ease (a screwdriver is usually all you need). Lock any cabinets that are at floor level, and go ahead and secure higher cabinets (like those above the kitchen counter or the medicine cabinet in your bathroom) – babies can learn to climb at amazingly early ages and catch you off guard.

Storage

Even with the cabinet locks, it’s not a good idea to store household cleaners, chemicals, soaps, medications, etc. in any low cabinet. After all, baby-proof locks are not foolproof (someone in the home may forget to shut it and lock it all the way, or your baby may learn to work the locks open).

Garbage Cans

Garbage can locks can also be purchased and installed, and are recommended for baby-proofing your home. Garbage is not only gross; it can also contain dangerous items and babies can fall into the can itself.
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Enhance the Beauty of Your Home With Outdoor Hanging Lanterns

March 28th, 2012

Outdoor hanging lanterns are popular options among those who wish to decorate and illuminate their patios, gardens, and decks with ambient lighting. Available in different styles and sizes, most people feel overwhelmed when shopping for outdoor lanterns. Beyond the aesthetics of the lanterns, another characteristic that distinguishes one lighting fixture to another is its options for installation and mounting, its source of the illumination, and the resilience of its materials. Here are some of the most important things you need to remember when shopping for these lanterns.

The Benefits of Using Outdoor Lanterns

Before buying outdoor hanging lanterns, you will probably wonder why your home needs outdoor lighting in the first place. With outdoor lantern lights, you can turn your patio or yard into an amusing gathering place for formal affairs or casual conversations. The lantern of a candle can provide unobtrusive and subdued lighting so it has become appropriate for a wide variety of occasions. You can even use them as extra light during camping trips. These lanterns can also set the mood for special occasions such as weddings, Halloween parties, or even something as simple as a romantic stroll across your garden.

Outdoor lanterns are also great lighting fixtures due to a number of reasons. Aside from simply providing you and your guests with ambient lighting, they can also provide other benefits that most people appreciate. With these lanterns, you will not have any problem in keeping yourself warm during extra chilly evenings. You can also use them as insect repellents by simply adding soothing citronella candles to their base. Candles are also more cost-effective than artificial sources of light so the lanterns can actually help you save lots of money in the end.

Types of Outdoor Hanging Lantern

Outdoor lanterns usually refer to enclosed boxes with durable glass side panels and illumination devices on their middle area. These outdoor lights actually got their look from the old-fashioned lanterns that most coachmen used in the past. The glass panels surrounding their interior light keep oil lights and candles lit no matter how bad the weather gets. Today, most homeowners also prefer using these lights to accentuate the beauty of their gardens because of their stunning look and high decorative value. The most common types of outdoor lanterns include solar garden lanterns, candle lamps, and electric garden lights.
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Best Tips for Winter-Proofing Your Home

December 1st, 2011

Winter-proofing your home is important for multiple reasons. For one thing, it helps prevent damage to your home due to leaks, moisture, and other problems. For another, winter-proofing helps conserve energy and saves you money on your energy bills.

Here are some tips for getting your home ready for winter.

Make Sure Your Furnace is in Working Order

Change your furnace’s filter, and have replacement filters handy so that you can change it as frequently as needed. A professional can also come and look at your furnace and let you know where you may need some repairs. The initial cost of having a professional evaluation of your heating system could save you a bundle later in the winter.

Your local electric power company may also be willing to help you do an assessment of your home heating system.

Check for Leaks

Doors, windows, and beneath your eaves are key places to look for leaks. Remember your garage door, too. Another important area is the space between your home’s siding and your foundation.

Seal Up Leaks

If you discover leaks in some of these places, you can use caulk or weather stripping to seal them up. Caulk can be used on non-mobile leaks, such as between your windows and wall or along your eaves. Use weather stripping on doors and on windows between the frame and glass.
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The Proven Advantages of Having a Wireless Security System at Home

November 3rd, 2011

A reliable wireless security system that can be installed in your home uses radio transmitters instead of wiring to communicate between motor sensors, control panel and cameras. This kind of system is proven to be extremely useful for those who wish to protect their homes including those who are living in it from harm. If you are thinking of installing a wireless home security system, then you have to be aware of the fact that there is a great availability of these systems at present. Each system is available in different versions and designs and you have to figure out which among them can work effectively in terms of protecting your home and your entire family.

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If you are thinking of buying a security system for your home, then it is advisable for you to keep in mind a few factors. The first one is the cost. You have to know exactly how much these systems cost including its installation. You have to look for that system which is suitable enough for your budget. Another thing that you should consider is the ease of its installation. It is advisable for you to choose that wireless home security system which can be quickly and easily installed. This will save you from spending too much time and money. It is also advisable for you to look for that system which can easily make changes on location.  This offers you a hundred percent guarantee that everyone and everything within your home are protected.
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Tips for Healthy Homes

September 12th, 2011

Everyone wants a beautiful house to come home to. We put everything in its place and keep it tidy. But, tidy and neat doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. Here are some ways that your home could be making you sick.

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Have you seen those commercials about the skin? On the surface, your skin may look soft and supple. But, when treated with a special machine that doctors use to look at the skin more deeply, they can see sun damage within the layers that you didn’t even know was there.

It is the same with your home. On the surface, things look tidy but they can be hiding an unhealthy secret. Lets’ explore way that your home could be hazardous and how to change the situation.
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