Tips to Protect Your Garden from Pests

August 18, 2014 by · Comments Off on Tips to Protect Your Garden from Pests 

Controlling pests through natural methods is often less expensive than commercial pesticides, and usually just as effective. In some cases, like fencing, these methods can even be more effective. You should always learn about the pests in your garden as much as you can. Look up information on sites like Wikipedia and YouTube. Once you have knowledge on your side, you can look for natural methods to deter our invaders.

Natural Pesticides

Natural pesticides don’t always mean chemicals or substances that kill the pests in question. Pulling weeds, for instance, can be an effective method at controlling the amount of predators to your garden. You can also use natural composting techniques to build resilient plants. Surround your most important crops in wire fencing. It will help them grow taller, and it will prevent larger predators from stealing your vegetables. Chemicals like lime sulfur kill insect eggs, which prevents further infestations from getting worse.

Bug Barriers

There are several spices and herbs you can use to create a natural barrier around your home. Garlic, cayenne pepper and cinnamon can be sprinkled into water and then sprayed around the house. Vinegar, especially when combined with mint or sage, can be a powerful bug repellant well. Essential oils, like spearmint or lemongrass, can be added to vodka as another effective bug barrier. Be sure to allow these chemicals to steep overnight so that the result is extra pungent.

Fencing

A Gallagher fence offers non-lethal protection for your garden or animal pen. The fencing is easy to set up, and it sends a small current of electricity to the predator that touches it. This is one of the most effective methods of protecting your garden as it basically reinforces that your garden is off limits. You should always try to learn more about the pest that’s bothering your garden before you try to fence them out. Rabbits, for instance, would be able to sneak right through most metal fences. Deer might just jump over them. It’s very important that you research your pests, because you may uncover alternative methods to keep them out.

Final Thoughts

A good dog is always useful in a garden. Farmers use farm dogs all the time to chase away predators and to help guide herds of animals. Fencing is one of the best options you have to protect your garden, but natural repellent can also be effective.
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Jason Governo writes on behalf of Farm Supply Store, the Web’s destination for electric garden fencing. Protect your garden with products from Farm Supply Store.

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Four ways to save water on landscaping

August 14, 2014 by · Comments Off on Four ways to save water on landscaping 

California is reportedly experiencing a severe drought in its recent history. Not just in California, saving water is critical for the survival of the planet. Landscaping takes as much as 70 percent of the home water usage and therefore, becomes a critical element when it comes to saving water. Here are four simple ways to save water on your landscaping.

  • Use smart irrigation controllers: With a weather control station they work based on the demand coming from your landscaping. No more watering on rainy days. Many communities offer rebates for installing smart controllers.
  • Adjust watering times and water landscaping between 2.00 a.m. and 6.00 a.m.: This allows landscaping to be free of wetness in the night time that promotes diseases, minimize water loss due to wind, and avoid water loss from evaporation.
  • Use multiple shorter times to water: Soil condition plays a major role and on clay soil water start to run in three to five minutes of watering. Shorter and multiple cycles will avoid this.
  • Use water friendly plants: Depending on where you live, contact your local nursery for water efficient yet beautiful looking plants suitable for your area. You can also use the Internet to do your research on plants for your area.

Back to School with New Bedding

August 14, 2014 by · Comments Off on Back to School with New Bedding 

By Stephanie Lichtenstein Ramos

Getting your kids back to school is usually a relief. Love them like you do, summer is more than enough time to remember how nice it was to have a little more structure and some alone time to yourself.

However, the lead up to sending them back to school is anything but calming. For one thing you got a lot of shopping to do so they get all the school supplies they need. So before you get too caught up in everything, make sure you think about their needs as far as bedding goes.

As your children grow or simply grow out of certain looks, they need new bedding. Aside from making them more comfortable, new bedding is also about helping them get the quality sleep they need so they can show up to school well-rested and ready to learn.

Easy options like a bed in a bag make it easy to handle this process in no time at all. It’s affordable, easy and comes with everything you need. So don’t put off this important task till school has already begun.

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If your home is your castle, than the bedroom must be the throne room. It’s easily one of the most important rooms in the house and for good reason. Perhaps the defining piece of furniture in that room is your bed. So when you want the best for it, head over to BeddingStyle where you can find everything from queen bedding sets to modern examples.

Cleaning Chair Cushions

August 13, 2014 by · Comments Off on Cleaning Chair Cushions 

By Carlo Badalamenti

Nothing compares to reliable cushions. They’re there when you need them to take off a load and even catch some shuteye. However, even better are brand new cushions. They have a vibrancy and support all their own. No one has ever sat down on new cushions and found themselves wanting for anything more. In fact, sometimes, the only thing they could use is some peace and quiet.

Unfortunately, sometimes these amazing cushions get their fun cut short because of a mess. Maybe your family pet is a bit over-anxious or a child simply spilled their ice cream. Whatever the case, nothing cuts the joy of new cushions short like seeing them get messy.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to handle this problem, but you need to act fast. One of the easiest things you can do is to simply apply hot water to where the stain is to catch it before it sets. Then you want to use a towel or even a brand new sponge and apply it to the stain. Give it a bit of pressure and the stain should get sucked right out.

You want to avoid rubbing the cloth or sponge against the stain because that will just make the mess worse.

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At The Foam Factory, you can find just about every type of cushion you could ever need and each one is more comfortable than the last. So whether you need a chair cushion, an option for your RV, something to sleep on in your bedroom or just about anything else, this store will have what you’re looking for and then some.

How to Change the Look of a Door

August 8, 2014 by · Comments Off on How to Change the Look of a Door 

When you’re sprucing up a home to sell, the goal is to see a recoup on your investments. You need to choose specific areas to remodel, but often times the simplest changes have the biggest impact. Begin with your front door. You might be surprised at how many options you have to change its appearance.

Stain the Door

If you have a wood door, you can remove it from the hinges and sand it down. Once you’ve removed the finish on the door, use the stain of your choice to add some new color. The wood will look revitalized when you’re finished, and it will completely alter the look of your home. You can use a workbench for this, but two wood horses will also do the job. Just balance the door between the horses and uses a coarse sand paper to smooth the surface.

Add Accessories

You can dress up a door with a number of accessories designed to create a different effect. Rustic looking door knockers, for example, are easy to attach to most doors. Even a new door knob is sufficient in many cases to create a different look. Moulding is another popular accessory that can change the trim of your door to create an all new entryway. You can also add a lot of character with hinges.

Dress the Entryway

Adding some potted plants and accessories to the entry way can dress things up quite a bit. Make sure you buy colorful plants that will grow in your area, and be conscious of drought prone regions. You may have water now, but restrictions can come at any time.

 

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