4 easy ways to make your yard an outdoor oasis this summer
Jun19

4 easy ways to make your yard an outdoor oasis this summer

Summer is the season when your backyard takes center stage. As warm weather arrives, it’s time to head outdoors and create a beautiful and lush outdoor space that you can enjoy all season long. “It’s no secret that backyards are the best place to spend time with family and friends in the summer months,” says Chris Lambton, yard and garden expert for Fiskars. “Using the right tools to take care of your grass, trees, plants and shrubs will freshen the look of your outdoor space and create a yard that feels like an oasis for you and your guests.” Lambton offers his tips and tools to help your yard flourish this season: Maintain proper lawn height The optimal grass height for a healthy lawn changes with the time of year. Cut grass shorter in the spring and fall and keep it longer in summer so it won’t dry out. Use a reel mower that allows you to easily adjust the cut height for the season. In addition to making your lawn look its best, pushing a reel mower provides an opportunity for exercise and fresh air. Encourage new plant growth Pruning and deadheading are necessary for plant health as they encourage new growth. Pruning is great for keeping tall plants within bounds, stimulating branch growth and blooms and tightening up plants that get lanky throughout the season, including perennials and shrubs. Hand shears, like the Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner, cut through stems and light branches and are perfect for quick and easy maintenance projects around the yard. Deadheading can be done year-round when a flowering plant fades using a tool like a pruning snip. Know when to water If you walk across the grass and the blades don’t spring back, then you know it’s time to water. Choose an adjustable sprinkler, like the Gilmour Pattern Master Circular Sprinkler, that allows you to customize the spray pattern and tailor to irregularly shaped lawns to prevent over-watering. When watering potted plants, the goal is to create soil that’s damp but not soggy. Depending on the size of the pot, water your plants one to two times a day using a thumb control watering nozzle, which easily adjusts water flow with one touch. Be sure to pair your nozzle with a hose that stands up to the season’s heat and sun, like the durable Flexogen Super Duty Hose. Incorporate decorative DIY Creating a comfortable and inviting outdoor space makes seasonal entertaining easy and fun. One way to update your furnishings without buying a new patio set is to upcycle materials from your home. Containers are an easy, low-commitment way to add design elements...

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6 reasons you need rubbish removal services
Mar02

6 reasons you need rubbish removal services

We often find it difficult to manage our rubbish, not just the non-literal one but also the actual rubbish. Managing waste can be a daunting task and can pose a challenge. In such cases, you can either make peace with the clutter around you or find a way to get rid of it. Whether it is yard waste, household waste or any other kind of waste, relying on a professional rubbish removal service is the best way to get rid of all the junk and waste. Timely removal of waste is important for every household, office etc to maintain a good hygiene and healthy surroundings. Here we give you 6 major reasons you need professional rubbish removers to deal with your rubbish:   Convenience In today’s fast paced life, we all want convenience. We order food online, get it delivered to our doorstep. The same goes for almost everything else, even when it comes to trash. You can hire a professional rubbish removal service who will do the work for you. All kinds of waste managed Once you hire a rubbish removal service, you don’t have to worry about the kind of waste that needs to be handled. Most of the rubbish removers deal in all kinds of waste: household waste, yard waste etc. Save time and money Some of them even offer you a free price quote according to your needs. By hiring one, you eliminate the need of driving the waste to the dump and hence you avoid related injuries as well. Believe it or not, many people get injured in the process of carrying waste and dumping it. No hassle for the neighbours One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. Sure. However, it is important to realise that your trash can become a nuisance to the neighbours and cause you trouble. It can be a hindrance in the driveway or cause obstruction to the neighbours’ access. We are sure no one wants to get in a fight with anyone for rubbish reasons. No waiting With a professional service, you do not have to struggle with the pick up times and you can get your work done easily in one visit. Follow the rules There are certain rules and regulations for waste dumping and a professional service knows it best. So let go of your worries and hire them. It will help you a great deal. Conclusion A professional rubbish removal service understands the value of your time and if you do a thorough research and hire a good one, you will save both on time and money. Also, your house will be decluttered, your surroundings...

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Follow These Tips to Keep Your House Clutter-Free
Sep03

Follow These Tips to Keep Your House Clutter-Free

A clean house is a clutter free house. If you have children, it can be difficult to keep the home clutter free. Kids have toys, they come home with papers from school, and many always pick up after themselves. If you have a small house, it can also be difficult to keep it clutter free, as it can be hard to find places to keep things. If you want to keep your home free of clutter, there are a few things that you should do. Do a Major Clean Out The first step to keep your home clutter free is to do one major clean out. You should clean your closets, cabinets, garage, basement, and attic. To get rid of everything quickly and easily, you may hire a company who specializes in rubbish removal. A rubbish removal Rockdale company will come to your home and take away everything that you need to throw away. You should do a major clean out once a year. Create Clutter Reserves Regardless of how hard your try, things will accumulate and clutter up the home. The best way to prevent this is to create clutter reserves. In the kitchen, you can put a basket in the middle of the table so you don’t have things all over the table and the countertops. Once every couple months, you can clean out the baskets and throw away the things that you won’t need. For your child’s school papers, you can create a folder. Anything you want to save can go in the folder, and as it fills up, you can throw away the things at the bottom of the pile. For magazines and catalogs, put a bucket in the corner of the living room, and keep them in there until you are ready to look through them. Once the bucket is full, throw everything inside away. Follow the ‘One in One Out’ Rule If you follow the one in one out rule, clutter will never be an issue. If you bring in a new magazine and catalog, throw away the one that you have on your coffee table. If your child brings home a school paper, throw away the one that they brought home the day before. Before your child has a birthday or before Christmas, clean out their toy box and donate any old toys to make room for the new ones. The same is true before you take your children school shopping. Donate their old clothes to make room for the new ones. Follow the ‘Everything Has its Place’ Rule Every item in your home should have a place. It is important to...

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Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer -Useful Tips
Jul26

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer -Useful Tips

Before It Gets Too Hot With warm weather in the forecast, you should get prepared by checking out your air conditioner and getting it in tip top shape. By doing a few maintenance chores on your air conditioner, you can save yourself a bundle of money in cooling costs and service repairs. Change the filters. This is probably the easiest job to accomplish. Check the owner’s manual, but most service people recommend that you change the filter in a whole house unit at least once in a month. The filter is located behind the metal panel on the face of the unit. In window units, the filter is behind the metal or plastic panel. Many units now have permanent filters. To clean them, wash them with white vinegar and white. Let air dry and then replace them. Clean the condensation lines. This is the pipe or vent that carries condensation away from your home. If this becomes clogged, then the condensation will back up into your house which might cause a huge repair bill. Use a pool algaecide to clean the pipe, keeping the water flowing away. Install a programmable thermostat. If you don’t already own one, then a trip to the hardware store is in order. This thermostat can be set to turn on and off at different times of the day. You are saving energy by not having the house cooled while everyone is at work, but nice and cool when you arrive home. Some of these thermostats can be programmed from your smartphone, computer or tablet. Clean the outside coils of your air conditioner. Over the course of a year, dirt and grime have built up on the outside. For slightly dirty units, a quick spray with a garden hose should be enough. If the unit is really dirty, then purchase an air conditioner cleaner to thoroughly clean the unit. Clean indoor duct work. This is easily done by removing the register and wiping down the inside of the duct work. Make sure to rid it of any mold or fungus which has been caused by the condensation. Look for water damage to the unit and if found, call a professional. Hire a professional to do a pre-service check up of your unit before the hot season arrives. Having this done will mean that your only chore is to keep the filter clean and look for signs of damage. Clean debris from around the unit. Check the concrete slab. If the slab is not levelled, your air conditioning unit will have to work harder. Use a board to level it and then fill in with gravel....

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Why wireless speakers are a sound investment
Oct13

Why wireless speakers are a sound investment

 It’s time to cut the cord. That’s right, we are now living in a time where we don’t need our speakers to be wire-bound. We want our music out there, wherever we are, wherever we are going. The popularity of wireless speakers is really exploding and there are good reasons for this. In case you need convincing, here are 5 reasons why you need to be listening to your music wirelessly. Portability. In the past, people would put a record on and sit down to listen, which was great, that was all the technology allowed. We evidently had more time to devote to the practice of listening back then. But now, we lead busy lives and we’re on the move all the time so we need to use the technology we have to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Wireless speaker technology is a serious addition to the cause. Whether you want to hear the news in the bathroom while you take a shower in the morning, listen to some tunes while you have lunch with a friend in the park or just chill out on your bed at home after work, you can do it all with the beauty of wireless speakers. image via videopro.com.au Stream anywhere, from anywhere. Bluetooth is the long established mainstay of the wireless technology field and because of its ubiquity, pretty much every new device has capability, it is a wise investment choice as there’s a good chance your speaker will work with a friend’s device. The Bluetooth technology also delivers pretty reliable sound quality and works at distances of 15-20 meters. You really can’t go wrong with a blue tooth speaker. The latest Airplay technology is not just a replacement for wires; what many wireless systems now do is allow you to stream music from multiple devices, to sync various collections, from your computer or your device, so that you can have everything in one place, wherever you are right now. This technology uses a Wi-Fi network so it is more effective around the home and office than outdoors at a picnic. There are also some companies that offer full wireless systems that operate on closed loop so that while the audio quality may be great, it makes it hard – actually impossible – to use with other devices. This may still be a good option if you want to set up a system in your home. image via videopro.com.au Cordless The old days are over, we don’t need to mess around with cables that get tangled and break, or somebody borrows them and never brings it back. With wireless, you...

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Top Tips For Reducing Energy Consumption
Sep22

Top Tips For Reducing Energy Consumption

Cold weather reminds everyone that energy consumption is about to go up. Stay warm, comfortable and be able to enjoy a reduction in your electricity bills by taking a few precautions before the season arrives. Once this goal is met, an incentive for reducing your total energy output year round will seem much easier. Keep Records Write down the energy consumption for the past year, by month. This will provide a comparison to your present usage. List the KWH (Kilowatt hours) in addition to the actual monthly cost. Seeing a difference in savings will trigger old habits to change. A Large Energy Guzzler Families tend to use clothes dryers more frequently during the winter months. Clothes get wet from rain and snow and a quick throw in the dryer seems the best method for bringing them back to a dry state. However, the clothes dryer is one of the main appliances that has not been addressed sufficiently for energy efficiency and can shoot up your electric or gas bill. Find an area in your home where clothes can be hung to air dry or close to energy efficient heaters. Also, pay attention to the amount of clothes packed in the dryer. More clothes mean longer drying time. Furnace Maintenance It can be easy to forget about a heating system until it is time to use it. Chances are, this piece of equipment  has been sitting and collecting dust for the past 4 to 5 months and is in need of a good cleaning. Turning on a furnace that has to fight to run, takes more energy and will continue to struggle throughout the heating season. Also, keep a supply of air filters on hand to change monthly. When filters are close by, there is no reason for procrastination. Spot Heating Most homes have an area that never seems to be as warm as the rest of the house. This could be due to the ducts being far away from the furnace, facing the west or north, or poor insulation. Portable energy efficient heaters can solve this problem nicely, but only if they do not use a large amount of electricity. Space heaters have changed dramatically over the past decade. New designs and features, such as timers and thermostats, help to control the amount of energy and time used. Check the manufacturer’s specs for energy ratings before purchasing. Window Film Window film not only keeps the sun’s glare from invading your living space but is also is energy efficient by using a heat transfer method. No one will be running to the thermostat to control the temperature during different times of...

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AWESOME DIY IDEAS FOR OUTSIDE SEATING
Aug06

AWESOME DIY IDEAS FOR OUTSIDE SEATING

Spending time outside is one of our favorite activities during spring and summer when the weather is lovely and we want to enjoy every moment of it. Sometimes, instead of going for a walk or riding a bicycle, all we want to do is take a rest outdoors, in our backyards, reading books or drinking coffee. All we need in our backyard is a place to seat or lie down and a coffee table. Therefore, you’ll need your imagination, old items you don’t use anymore, recycled items and time. In this post, we present to you a few very interesting and practical ideas on how to make your own outside seating out of recycled items. You can use old tires, pallets, canvas, wires, stones, ropes etc. to make your chairs, swings, sofas, tables and many more. Take a look at the gallery below and get inspired to make a beautiful and practical space of your backyard. image via beautyharmonylife.com image via wonderfuldiy.com image via www.viralnova.com image via www.viralnova.com image via homesthetics.net image via homesthetics.net image via www.world-actuality.com image...

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Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Chairs
Jul31

Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Chairs

Retro style is long time a favorite among all interior designers, so instead of mourning for the good old days, do some projects that will return the retro spirit to your home and garden. For example, start from old and unused chairs, which you don’t want to separate. Now, with just a few “do it yourself” ideas you can make art out of scrap wood.   image via www.thebudgetdecorator.com image via homemydesign.com image via www.risparmiate.it image via rumorscity.com image via www.goodhousekeeping.com image via www.goodhousekeeping.com image via www.livingoops.com image via www.livingoops.com image via plantinghappinessblog.wordpress.com...

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SUPER CREATIVE AND EASY DIY TASSEL JEWELRY
Jun30

SUPER CREATIVE AND EASY DIY TASSEL JEWELRY

Girls, we have good news for all of you who are highly creative, modern and fashion lovers – tassels are taking the stage again! Nowadays, they are not used just for lampshades and curtains, but they are all over the accessories we love – from all kinds of jewelry to shoes and handbags. It is becoming the hit trend for this summer and we know you all like to be always in trend, so we are always ready to help you combine your outfits to the finest detail. As we already mentioned, tassels are everywhere, they are part of almost every fashion accessory, and you can easily buy whatever color, design and piece you like. But we have a better idea. Why don’t you try to do it yourself? In the gallery that we have prepared especially for you, you can find many different tutorials and instructions on how to make your desired tassel jewelry. All you have to do is provide the materials, follow the instructions and express your creativity and crafting capabilities. The items we chose for this gallery are versatile, there is something for every taste and style. You can choose between those whose main focus are the tassels and those who are a combination of few materials including tassels. The choice is all yours. image via blog.modcloth.com image via www.chic-steals.com image via facadesandnuances.blogspot.com image via honestlywtf.com image via thinkcrafts.com image via blog.hobbycraft.co.uk image via www.fabartdiy.com image via made2style.com image via blog.mjtrim.com image...

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Brilliant Ways to Reuse and Recycle Old Tires
Jun10

Brilliant Ways to Reuse and Recycle Old Tires

There are many interesting and creative ways of how to reuse and recycle old car tires for many purposes, such as for example: household items, garden decorations, toys for kids playgrounds and even furniture. Just take your time and use your imagination and creativity to lead you and help you find the most interesting and unique ways to reuse and recycle old tires. With our suggestions below and only a few hours of work you can have an amazingly creative outdoor decor or maybe garden designs. Besides being part of your outdoor space, old car tires can be used for making some indoor items too. From different types of bowls, holders, even a coffee table, and many more depending on your imagination, you can use tires every way you want. As for outdoors, you can make perfect planters for growing decorative plants and flowers or maybe make a beautiful raised bed for a small garden. You can even use tires to grow vegetables and edible herbs, but bear in mind that eating these vegetables is not good for the health, as old tires pollute the soil with poisonous heavy metals. You can also use old tires for creating a perfect playground for your kids. Color them in many different colors, make different shapes or place them in interesting positions that kids will enjoy playing games there. image via www.designrulz.com image via naturalcorehealth.com image via naturalcorehealth.com image via www.decorseven.com image via handmade-ideas.com image via www.thegardenglove.com image via homesthetics.net image via www.decorseven.com image via www.boredpanda.com image...

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