Posts Tagged ‘home;improvement’

Organic Lawn Care Products

Monday, August 17th, 2009

One of the easiest ways to enhance your property value is to work on developing a beautiful lawn. The problem with lawn companies and standard lawn treatments is that their use of chemicals places the environment and your pets at risk. Run-off created by chemical treatments can affect the population’s health by seeping into underground streams and polluting drinking water. Chemical treatment can also affect the ecological system by harming different organisms in the food chain. You can avoid these risks by using organic lawn care products.

All soil requires different treatments according to its composition. A large part of lawn treatment depends on the pH of your lawn. Depending on the pH of your lawn your soil may be alkaline or acidic. Soil rich in limestone or chalk, is alkaline. Alkaline pH is anything above 7.0. Soil with pH below 6.5 pH is acidic soil. Knowing this information is important to the proper care of your lawn.

Some people do not like to use organic fertilizer because of the offensive smell. There are other options, however, such as a granular fertilizer developed from treated sewage waste. This type of product is safe and complies with all state and federal regulations regarding environmental use. It is also odorless while providing your soil with much needed organic elements.

Ornamental Plants as Fireplace Accessories

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The sizes of your fireplace accessories must coordinate with the size of your mantle or else these decors will not be given any due notice. There must be sense of balance in placing your hearth accents and try arranging them in groups to be noticeable. These things can be used as functional tools and accents. What is important it to keep things like these properly organized to avoid visual confusion.

Using appropriate fireplace accessories can transform an average brick hearth into an awesome focal point in your home. The wood-burning furnace is known to be the coziest part of your home and considered as the center of attraction. The use of beautiful hanging frames like wall painting can always provide a good visual influence.

Colors can play an important role in beautifying any space of your house and they can always change the appearance of any unattractive place into a bright lively room. They are influential factors for room makeovers and give soothing effects to the eyes of the people near the heart. You can give the space a homey atmosphere with some colors that coordinates equally well with the cover of your sofas and other fireplace accessories that are already in existent to decorate the room.

Tips To Get Rid Of Garden Moles

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Garden Moles has turned out to be the most dangerous by havocking your garden lawn and as an effect it will spoil the grand look which your garden attire. They are also dangerous intimidation for some essential vegetation. They are mostly found in tunnels as well as in dirt mounds and will make themselves ready to assault the beautiful lawns of your garden. So it is very much significant to get rid of the moles to keep the real beauty of your grounds.

Various techniques have proved to be most effective in the procedure of mole abolition both in your house as well as in the gardens. The question still ruins about the reliability of all the of good reputation companies which possess themselves as a brilliant source in suppression of these deadly moles. There are some fundamental tools as follows which you should necessarily follow if you really concerned about the garden moles.

Some of the basic tips to eradicate the moles are as follows

Solar Lighting Can Save Money

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Much of the global economy is tied to powers of oil and other nonrenewable energy sources. Today, the same trend continues with everything from cars to electricity and the manufacture of everything from cans for sardines to plastics for toys are directly or indirectly linked to the consumption of oil.

On the one hand, peoples all over the world and entire nations find themselves almost held up at gun point because of a dependence on oil, and on the other is the ravaging effects of oil explorations and consumption on the ecology, wildlife, and even the indigenous peoples who live in most newly discovered oil reserves. Find out how to make a difference with garden solar lighting, and enjoy the many benefits of nature illuminated the nature-friendly way.

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Why Choose Wind Energy To Power Your Home?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

As the earth’s energy resources such as gas, coal and oil become scarcer, it’s vital that new sources of energy are found, both for industrial and domestic use. It’s not surprising that many families are looking to “green energy” for their power requirements.

Huge wind turbines can be seen in many parts of the countryside, but a wind turbine suitable for an average family home can be built from scratch. It’s not that difficult (or expensive)

And there’s no shortage of wind to keep them running. No matter where in the world you are located, there will be enough wind activity to keep a turbine running. “Dead calm” conditions are few and far between. One of the great things about wind energy is that it’s free – it’s available, at all times, waiting to be “tapped into”.

You can build such a system for $200 or less. If you have a modicum of DIY skills and a good guide, you could put it together over the course of a weekend. And the materials required should be available from your local hardware store.

Dual Flush Toilet & Steam Shower Bathroom Design Ideas

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

If you are redesigning an existing bathroom or planning a new one, there are a couple fixtures you should consider: Steam Showers and Dual Flush Toilets. Steam showers multi-task, save space, and provide luxurious comfort while a dual flush toilet saves you money and headache.

In smaller bathrooms, corner stand up steam showers allow you to make the most of your space without compromising features. Less than three feet in depth, these showers can fit almost anywhere. There are even steam shower units designed to fit in standard bathtub enclosures that include a whirlpool bathtub.

This convenient design is probably the most popular, followed closely by the two person steam showers. For large bathrooms, the roomy two person showers are the ultimate luxury item. With dual handheld shower heads, plenty of interior space and a two person whirlpool tub, your master bathroom will never be the same again. By combining a luxury shower, steam room, and whirlpool tub in one unit, both space and money are saved.

Solar Lights: The Affordable Technology That Saves You a lot Money

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Solar lights are the wave of our illuminating future. While we have used the energy of sunlight for eons, we are only recently able to efficiently harness and manage this power. Solar lights are a step in lighting our journey toward a more Earth-friendly tomorrow.

Not only is solar lighting versatile, but it is a green way to light your home too. Sunlight is not only sustainable and renewable energy, but we get the energy needed without polluting the earth. We benefit from the sun and can light the outdoors and even the indoors without increasing global warming.

It is important to understand the way that solar lights work. These lights have a little solar panel right on top of the fixture, which is much like the solar panels you see on homes, just a lot smaller. When it is light outside, the little panels collect the energy from the sun. This energy recharges a small battery inside of the fixture. During the day the battery charges, then when it gets dark, the energy is used to light up the LED. This provides light during the dark hours until the sun comes up again.

How to do home electrical wiring

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

I get a lot of visitors at my web site asking questions about electrical home wiring and different home wiring projects. Their biggest concern is whether or not they should attempt the electrical project or hire it out to a professional.

Because of the housing crash and financial market meltdown, Im observing that many people cant get construction loans to hire contractors to do the home construction for them. I see many people doing the work for themselves out of necessity and not only to save money.

Many do it yourselfers have no problem with things like drywall and home framing, but they are often doubtful about wiring their homes.

First of all, the most important thing to observe is safety. All home electrical work thats done needs to be on disconnected circuits. The next thing to understand is that all electrical wiring jobs need to be inspected whether its done by the homeowner or professionals. This helps to ease the fears that homeowners often have wondering if their home wiring projects are going to be dangerous to them.

Lawn Care and Weeding Effectively

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Stooping over and cleaning the weeds is not everyone’s idea of spending quality time and it is thus no wonder that removing weeds is one of the least loved lawn care jobs, but without this natural process your lawn would never look well-kept. Weeds, like all plants, need sunlight, soil, nutrients, and time to grow.

You will also see weeds on the rest of your grass as well and while mowing can help, it will not get down to the root of the trouble. This is where you will need to get down on the ground and begin pulling weeds up by, you guessed, it, their roots.

When removing weeds, you should: Wear gloves, hat, and a long sleeve shirt to safeguard yourself from the sun and from toxic plants you may find. Take a plastic bag with you where you would put all the weeds which you remove, or else if you leave them in the lawn, the seeds would distribute its growth once again. When you pull out the weeds, pull them from the roots or else they would re-grow. If you find a tough remove weeds, which is difficult to pull, dig the ground a bit and then try again.

Metal Garden Gate

Monday, March 9th, 2009

When I was growing up, we had a metal garden gate around our house. We had it for security, not decoration. It always looked uncomfortable and foreboding. I know that it should have made me feel safer, but it didn’t. Instead, it made me feel locked in as surely as the world was locked out.

I thought that all metal fences and gates were like this ” that all they did was make the world feel divided and uncomfortable. It took me a while to realize how much of a difference design makes. A wrought iron gate has a much different feel than a simple steel one.

The first time I saw a really nice wrought iron garden gate was actually at the local cemetery. I had a friend who used to like to go down there to get away from everything, and one day he took me along with him. From outside, the wrought iron garden gates were foreboding and intimidating, but from the inside they made us feel protected and peaceful. The cemetery was a restful place, a place of perpetual peace, and the wrought iron railing that surrounded marked it as separate from the rest of the world.