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Build a Rustic Bench by Recycling an Old Window

Build a Rustic Bench by Recycling an Old Window

by Guest on Dec 19, 2010

Step-by-Step Guide Creating Furniture with Cast-Off Windows - Create the bench seat. Measure the bottom edge of the window. This will be the length for your bench. Cut two-3/4 inch thick boards the length of your bench by approximately 7 inches wide, for the seat. Be thrifty and use scrap wood if you have it. The bench will be painted and will hide any irregularities. Lay the boards side-by-side to measure 14 inches wide. Cut three-1x4's, 14 inches long, for the seat braces. Place one brace on top and across each end of the seat boards and one across the middle. Drill pilot holes with a small drill bit through the braces and into the seat boards. Attach the braces to the seat with 1 1/4 inch wood screws in each of the pilot holes. Continue reading →

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The Advantages of Artificial Grass

The Advantages of Artificial Grass

by Guest on Dec 31, 2010

There are a large number of benefits in installing artificial grass of which the reasons for installing are varied. Obviously you don't need to spend as much time on the upkeep of an artificial lawn. With fake grass you can simply enjoy sitting out in the sun and enjoying the little sun we get rather than spending that valuable time mowing and trimming your garden. Perfect for busy professionals and families and a life line for the elderly who find the upkeep of a lawn too much. Why should you forgo the look and versatility of a lawn all because the maintenance is too much to cope with? Continue reading →

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Five Ways to Spruce up Your Deck

Five Ways to Spruce up Your Deck

by Guest on Feb 8, 2011

Although the deck has the potential to function as additional square footage to a home, it is all too often neglected or used as a catch all for miscellaneous items. With a few updates, a tired deck can be made into a stylish extension of the home for entertaining, relaxing and dining in one space. If you are ready to spruce up your deck, here are five ideas to get you started. Continue reading →

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Make a Children's Playroom from a Log Cabin

Make a Children's Playroom from a Log Cabin

by Guest on Sep 12, 2011

When your children need more room to play, there is no reason to pay for an expensive extension to your home when you can save money and create a beautiful focal point for your garden by installing a sturdy, affordable log cabin. As your family has grown, you may have realised that you do not have enough space for its changing needs. You do not have to move, however, just because you need an extra room. Continue reading →

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Is a Pergola Right for You?

Is a Pergola Right for You?

by Guest on Nov 18, 2011

Is your outdoor living space too sunny? If you have moved into a fairly new home it can take some time for the trees to get big enough to provide a little shade from the hot summer sun. Is your pool site is too exposed? You might love to relax next to the pool but need a cooler place to sit. Have you considered building a pergola in your yard? You can still enjoy the outdoors even in the heat of summer if you erect a pergola to provide a cool, shady spot in your yard. Pergolas are perfect for any yard or garden. Continue reading →

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The Best Types of Perennials for Beautiful Spring Planters

The Best Types of Perennials for Beautiful Spring Planters

by Guest on Dec 13, 2011

Fall planting gives perennials a head start over those established in spring. Fewer insects are around to torment or damage plants in the fall. As well, autumn soil still holds heat from lovely summer days, and, during temperate fall days and nights, perennials can set down strong, healthy roots before frost arrives. By spring, root systems will be firmly established, and top growth will be vigorous and healthy. Continue reading →

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How to Grow Plants in Garden Planters

How to Grow Plants in Garden Planters

by Guest on Dec 13, 2011

Garden planters allow you to enjoy plants in areas where a traditional garden is awkward or impossible. In my tiny backyard, I grow nearly everything in containers, at least while the plant and I are deciding whether we like each other. Growing plants in planters allows you to provide the right conditions for different plants. Practically any type of garden planters can be used to grow plants as long as it holds soil, can drain water, and is large enough for the plant you're growing. They are available in a wide range of materials and styles to match the style of the house, garden, or planting scheme. Take into account the mature size of the plants and their growing habits. Ideally, the pot should have a diameter equal to 1/3 to 1/2 the height of the plant. Continue reading →

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Choosing a Shade Sail for Your Outdoor Space

Choosing a Shade Sail for Your Outdoor Space

by Guest on Dec 15, 2011

Shade sails are large swaths of fabric installed high above a sunny space to create shade. Since Egyptian times, shade sails have been used to make the summer heat more bearable. Shade sails are a simpler alternative to building a pergola or other permanent shade structure, and can be taken down at the end of the season and stored for the winter. Shade sails must be installed properly to ensure the most possible shade, the safest position and the best drainage for water. First, check the strength of any posts you will use to erect your sail. Installing shade sails properly requires a great deal of tension. If the post is rotting or is not firmly planted, the sail will sag, or worse, pull the post out of its anchor. Most shade sails come with the hardware required for installation. Ensure that all rings are firmly screwed in to the anchor points and make sure that your sail is installed with one corner slightly lower than the others to ensure water will drain off. Depending on ... Continue reading →

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Annual Pond Cleanouts

Annual Pond Cleanouts

by Dan Eskelson on Apr 28, 2012

The annual outdoor pond cleanout is the only "major" pond maintenance chore required by natural water garden environments. Considering the many hours of enjoyment our pond and waterfall provide throughout the year, these four or five hours of easy paced work are well worth my time and effort. The cleanout should be performed before the water temperature gets above 55 deg. F - the temperature at which the beneficial bacteria begin to colonize. Continue reading →

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Foods That Attract Certain Species of Birds

Foods That Attract Certain Species of Birds

by Dan Eskelson on Apr 28, 2012

Find out how to attract birds, especially cardinals, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, grosbeaks and towhees to a new feeder, mix peanuts liberally with seed and watch how quickly they respond. Continue reading →

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