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4 Cool Water Features To Add To Your Home

Adding water features to your property helps create a more tranquil space and allows you to feel more connected to nature. Water features can also make your home more appealing to prospective buyers when it comes time to sell down the road. When looking into water features to add to your home, these four should not be overlooked: Rain Chain A rain chain is a more beautiful alternative to traditional downspouts. Instead of a normal downspout, you install a decorative yet functional rain chain which is usually built of metal (most commonly copper) and directs water from your gutters away from your home through a chain of cups or links. Rain chains are not only attractive to look at, but they cause the water to cascade through the metal in a way that creates a lovely, melodic sound, similar to windchimes. Rain chains come in a variety of styles and finishes to best complement your home’s style. Rock Garden with Waterfall Water flowing gently over rocks is both visually beautiful to look at and soothing to listen to. You can purchase premade rock gardens with a built-in waterfall online or at some large garden centers and home improvement stores. For something more elaborate, you may opt to hire a landscape designer to build a custom rock garden with waterfall specifically to suit your backyard and your personal taste. Hot Tub If you have the inclination to add a water feature to your yard, you should consider adding one that you can immerse yourself in: a hot tub. Soaking in a hot tub is soothing and provides natural relief for... read more

Having Destruction Problems On Your Landscape? Find The Culprit With Security Cameras

Working a full-time job, sleeping eight hours a night, and running a family means that you will not be able to keep an eye on your property at all times. Unfortunately, you may start to experience landscape issues such as the holes being created, grass getting damaged, or plants being eaten. You may not have enough free time on your hands to set up a stakeout to see who or what is causing the problem. But, you can install security cameras that monitor your landscape, which will allow you to catch the culprit in action. See What Wildlife Roams the Yard If you do not have a fence surrounding your property or at least your backyard, you can easily welcome wildlife, especially when you have plants that attract animals such as deer or rabbits. Rabbits love leafy green vegetables, forsythia shrubs, and apples, while deer like maple trees, azaleas, and daylilies. Once you find what wild animal is wreaking havoc on your landscape, you can find and eliminate the cause. Inspect Your Dog’s Behavior If you have a dog that you let outside for an hour or more a day, or If they have a dog door, you have to consider whether they are the ones causing damage to your landscape. Dogs are most likely to cause issues by urinating, which causes grass to die, as well as digging, which leads to overall yard damage. Digging can become a severe problem when it involves digging up flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Their digging habits can also allow them to escape from the property by getting through barriers. A security camera... read more

Installing A Drip Irrigation System For Your Garden

If you have a garden, keeping your plants watered properly can be a challenge. With a drip irrigation system, you can easily and effectively keep your garden looking healthy and vibrant all season long. Here is how to install a drip irrigation system in your garden to help improve the watering process with minimal effort on your part once it’s installed. Plan it out and get the right tubing Before you run the tubing, plan out your garden on a piece of paper and indicate where each type of plant will be placed. Drawing everything out will help you get a better idea of how you want to run the tubing for your particular garden’s layout. In order to correctly irrigate the garden, you will need to use drip tubing. This tubing consists of thin hoses with little plastic pieces called emitters that help the water drip out at a steady pace. The tubes will run throughout your garden in order to help distribute water to the soil right at the roots. Look for tubing that has holes already punched and the plastic emitters located every few feet. Secure the tubing In order to keep the tubing you’ve run level and secured, use plastic ground stakes to keep it secured to the ground. Space them out every few feet to ensure that the tubing stays secure and level. If you’re irrigating trees, run the tubing around the trunk of the tree so that all sides will get water. You may have to pierce extra holes in the tubing to be sure that water is coming out of all sides.... read more

Deciding When To Remove A Tree: Guidelines

Trees add beauty and shade to your yard, but just like any other plant-life in your yard, they are susceptible to death, disease and damage. You might have a tree that you love but isn’t in the best shape, but you might not know if it would be best to let your tree try to recover or to consider tree removal. Inspect your tree and think about the following things to determine if your tree should be removed or not. How Healthy is The Tree? You should first inspect the overall health of your tree to determine if it should be removed or not. Trees that are overrun with disease, with more than half of the tree being damaged, should most likely be removed. At this point, the disease will only continue to spread and further damage the tree until it can no longer grow. Trees that are no longer producing healthy leaves in large quantities should also be removed. If the tree is dead completely, it needs to be removed due to the fact that a dead tree will more easily fall, creating a potential for property damage or personal injury. Is The Trunk Hollow? The exterior of your damaged tree might look healthy, but the trunk inside could be mostly hollow or dead. Allow the main sources of life support for the tree, the phloem of the tree and the xylem of the tree, are on the outer edges of the trunk which will allow a tree to still live and grow with a hollow trunk, a hollow trunk will compromise the integrity of the tree, meaning that... read more

Make Unique Wind Chimes For Your Home

If you like the idea of hanging some unique wind chimes on your porch, or in other areas around the exterior of your house, then you may want to make your own. This is a fun way to spend your time and it will give you wind chimes you know you are going to like the look of. This article will teach you how to make your own wind chimes made from teaspoons and colored beads. Once you see how easy it is to make your own, you’ll start coming up with other ideas for some great wind chimes. Supplies you will need You can make a great looking wind chime out of teaspoons that will also make great sounds when the wind blows. To make this wind chime, you will need: 8 teaspoons Fishing line Scissors A small to medium wire decorative bowl Jewelry beads in the colors of your choice A hot glue gun and glue stick Instructions for making teaspoon wind chimes Cut 8 pieces of fishing line so they are about 5 inches in length. Hot glue or tie one end of each piece of fishing line to a teaspoon. Put the beads on the fishing line, leaving enough room for you to tie the other end of the fishing line around one of the pieces of wire that is nearest to the edge on the bowl. Repeat this process while making sure the lines are evenly separated all the way around. Cut a few more pieces of fishing line that are about a foot long and, grouping them together for added strength, tie one end... read more

Investing In A Luxurious Motorhome: Things To Know About A PMRV

Do you want a mobile living space that is a little more luxurious than the typical recreational vehicle (RV) motorhome? You may find that investing in a park model recreational vehicle (PMRV) will satisfy all of your mobile living needs, as they come with multiple benefits. Find out in this article what you should know about a PMRV to decide if spending money on one is a wise investment. What Makes a PMRV a Worthy Investment? The great thing about a PMRV motorhome is that you can leave it parked at an RV campground for as long as it is needed (even permanently). Although a PMRV looks like a permanent living space, it is designed for occasional use when traveling, because the construction is not as stable as a regular home. However, you can opt for living in it, and it will feel like you are living in a small trailer home. A PMRV sits on a chassis that has wheels on it for traveling; however, the chassis can be taken off if you intend on permanently keeping the living space at a campground. Keep in mind that a PMRV is not considered an actual home and must be registered like any other vehicle. What Kind of Features are in a PMRV? The features of a PMRV will vary based on what you pay for. However, you can expect the living space to have all of the common things that are found in a regular home, including: Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom A living area You can also opt for features like a porch, bay windows and various other features to... read more

Home Essentials For Entertaining Outdoors

If you have an ample outdoor seating area in your home, this can be a great focal point where you can bring guests on special occasions. If you intend to be an outdoor host, though, there are some essential items that you will need to make your friends’ stay enjoyable. Here are some of the essentials for outdoor home goods while entertaining.  Weatherproof Furniture The first thing to consider is having weatherproof, lightweight furniture. A good set of wicker patio furniture is a great example; both natural wicker and PVC wicker are durable enough to withstand all-season use. Good weatherproofing will allow you to leave the furniture outside safely if needed, while its easy-to-move nature gives you the option to transport the furniture into the house to keep it dry. You may also consider plastic furniture with water-resistant, fabric cushions.  Adequate Outdoor Lighting One crucial step to protecting your outdoor guests and maintaining a comfortable environment is to have adequate lighting in your entertainment area. This is useful both to illuminate features of the area to avoid trips and falls, and to help guests see what they’re doing. Outdoor wall lighting fixtures can be used to increase the lighting level and to highlight pathways, and they can also be great for enhancing the appearance of your home at night. While some wall lighting fixtures are designed to illuminate directly beneath them, others are designed to act as spotlights that you can fix on important areas such as a grill or stairway.  Some home decoration stores also have track lighting that you can use to illuminate a walkway or garden... read more

Installing Lawn Sprinklers? 3 Controller Features That Can Make All The Difference

If you are tired of watering that lawn by hand, you might be ready to dig some trenches and put in an in-ground sprinkler system. Although you might assume that one sprinkler controller is just as good as the next, some systems offer helpful features that can save you time and money. Here are three controller features that can make all the difference. 1: Expandable Zone Capacity That two-zone sprinkler system might work great for your yard now, but what if you want to add a garden or a flowerbed in the future? If you think that your watering needs might change, that simple two-zone system might need to be upgraded to accommodate extra lines. Unfortunately, not every sprinkler controller allows you to do this. Some systems aren’t expandable, which might mean that you need to replace your entire controller after you run that additional line. When you shop, look for a system with an expandable zone capacity—especially if your yard isn’t 100% finished. 2: Multiple Run Times When the weather gets hot, some people split their daily watering times into multiple run times just to keep their grass from scorching. However, if your system only allows a single run time, you might end up soaking that lawn and then watching it burn day after day. As you look around for a sprinkler controller, check to see how many run times the system has. Keep in mind that “watering times” and “run times” are different. Watering time is the actual amount of time the system runs water at each specific zone, while run time is the cycle. Try to... read more

Should You Get Storm Shutters?

If you live on the coast or in another area that faces wind storms, you should consider installing storm or hurricane shutters. These protective barriers can greatly reduce the damage your home or business suffers from high winds and blowing debris. You can choose from a number of models that offer different advantages. Rolling Shutters Rolling shutters work well for several reasons. They are a permanent addition to your building and attach to the top of your window, door, or other opening. You simply roll them down when bad weather is on the way and roll them back up when things are clear. These shutters also add to your security by making breakins more difficult. They are designed to withstand the toughest weather out there. Accordian Shutters These shutters attach to either side of the windows or doors, and, as their name suggests, unfold like an accordian when you need them.  They are also attached permanently to your building, so you do not need to store them or continually put them up and take them down. They can make your building more secure as some of them can be locked. They are very effective, but you may not like the “bulk” they add to the outside of your home or business.  Fabric Shutters A lightweight and durable choice for storm protection is the fabric shutter. They are made of an extremely strong nylon and are attached in anticipation of a storm. This process is much easier than with the heavy metal models that residents in hurricane-prone areas used to wrestle into place before bad weather. This model is an excellent... read more

Buying Wildflower And Other Garden Seeds: What To Look For In Quality

Planting a viable garden that produces beautiful flowers or vegetables all season long starts with the right seed. You may be tempted to buy wildflower seed packets and seed packets for vegetables for the convenience and attractive price. Before you grab just any seed packet, know what to look for in a quality company so you can have a fruitful garden from your efforts. Age of packet The longer a wildflower seed mix sits in its packet, the more difficulty it may have in germinating when you finally get to your planting season. You want to investigate all seed packets for the date they were packed or their sell by date. The less time between your purchase and the date the seeds were packaged, or the more time between the sell by date and your planting, the more viable and fresh your seeds are likely to be. Guarantee It’s nearly impossible to guarantee that a packet of wildflower or vegetable seeds will grow, mainly because how you plant the seeds determine whether they will produce healthy plants or not. However, a reputable greenhouse or seed-selling company will offer some kind of guarantee as far as freshness or health of the individual seeds you receive. If you open a packet of seeds and see that they have been damaged in any way, including chipping, crumbling, or even lack of seeds promised, you should be able to return the packet to the venue you received them from for a new package of fresh, undamaged seeds. Region and germination Wildflower seeds that will grow well in your region are most likely to give... read more

About me

The first plant I ever killed was an orchid. It was a beautiful magenta, and a birthday present from my brother. Next in line was a series of ill-fated basil plants, followed by a vegetable garden that seemingly died off from too much attention.

Finally, my husband had a brilliant plan: succulents. Succulent plants are hearty, easy to maintain, and thrive off less attention, not more. As long as I had learned my lesson from the vegetable garden, I could have a verdant house!

I have managed to damage a plant or two—knocking over a plant stand with a vacuum isn’t great for a stiff vine—but now I’ve gotten the hang of these botanical wonders! If you have a brown thumb, as do I, learn from my experiences and enjoy having a green home.