Yearly Archives: 2013

Garden maintenance

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Regular garden maintenance is ensuring your garden is in good order all the time.A garden that is well maintained is very healthy and produces good yields of fresh fruits, flowers and flowers. Once maintained well a garden looks desirable and beautiful and improves the environment. Poorly managed gardens are a cause of poor yields, pests and undesirable weeds.

Below are regular garden maintenance tips

Prepare the soil before planting.

Dig the soil well and break all clogs before planting anything. After this use organic manure and mix with soil thoroughly.

-Plant your seedlings deep enough. Follow well the instructions of planting in terms of how dip so as to plant your seed in a right way.

– Check your garden for pests and weeds. Spray the smaller pests with an insecticide. This is to ensure your garden remains free from pests.

-Before planting remove all the weeds and grass .This will enable your seed germinate without competing for soil and nutrients.

-Make sure you harvest your yields as they ripen. After that pull any drying plant to prepare for the nest planting season.

Regular garden maintenance will bring high yields any time and any season.

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How to Treat Oak Floorboards

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Oak has been a particular favorite in English houses since the middle Ages with many a fine house being paneled in oak. It is a great wood for the home because it has anti-fungal properties and is resistant to insect attack. It is also dense so good for floors because it can withstand lots of people walking on it. Softwood would simply get damaged on a floor. Whilst oak flooring is not totally resistant to damage, it will wear well.

Oak flooring is available in different types, from English to American or French. Sustainably sourced oak will be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or PEFC certified. The majority of English and European oak will be grown sustainably, but oak from countries such as China may not be. It may be a cheaper product, but sustainability is important, as is the quality of the product. Cheap oak can lack definition and good color.

Solid Oak Floorboards

Oak boards can be bought in an engineered form. The solid oak floorboards are engineered to reduce movement caused by moisture. Strength is given by cross ply construction and three layers are created in this way. The uppermost layer will have an oak veneer. They are particularly good for use in new builds because there will be lots of variation in moisture content during construction and engineered boards will fare better than non engineered boards with less expanding and contracting. Wide oak boards are available which are wider than the standard oak floor boards. Quarter sawn board can be bought for a wave effect in the grain and Pippy Oak can be bought if you like the look of pips from the burr of the wood.

If you are buying a house with an existing oak floor, it is possible to change the finish. You can send it back and use a colored stain or simply protect the existing color. Varnish will add to the durability of the floor and help give it a more yellow effect. The floor can be waxed or oiled to give a natural finish.

Oak flooring will add value to the house because it is something that most people see as a plus point when buying a house. It is elegant, great for anyone with allergies or asthma and will warm up the tone of any room it is used in.

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Patio awnings

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

A patio serves as an addition to the house, not only does it have an aesthetic appeal but also is a perfect place to sit, relax and unwind after a long day. The sun can be cool at times but when the climate changes causing discomfort patio awnings serve as the best solution to the problem. An awning is a roof covering the patio; this provides instant protection from the harsh rays of the sun and from rain in case weather changes. The patio can be detached or is an extension of the building, the position of the patio greatly determines the attachment. Having a patio allows you to relax and enjoy the breeze while listening to your favourite music or enjoying a barbeque. The patio can be made from different materials from wood, aluminium and fibreglass with the current development in technology newer designs and materials for making the patios are coming up. Patio awning may be retractable or fixed in one position, when in a fixed position the patio is like an umbrella left open hence, covering only the area within the canvas. Retractable patio awnings provides versatility and can be used in several ways, for example, during sunny days and extent during rain. The owner can get sunlight comfortable on the patio and when the weather changes the patio can be retracted.

Retractable patio awnings is operated mechanically with a hand crank, others use a motor control panel that either activates or deactivates retraction of the awning .The motorized patio awning has a manual alternative in case of power surge or loss. Patios come in different designs, size and materials; others are prefabricated and affordable to anyone wishing to own one. Regardless of the size, the awning provides an opportunity for the owner to enjoy the breeze in the prevailing weather condition. Patio forms an integral part of many families these days as they relax, sit and entertain themselves after hard day’s work or on fine afternoons. The patio provides a zone of relaxation, as the ribs get ready for the barbecue. The patio awning is like extending the room to the house as it can be turned into a large outdoor room. They come in different colours hence one can select the colour that compliments the house painting to create décor and elegance.

After an involving week at the work place, this is the best place to lie down and unwind, take a nap or even read a book as the breeze cools one down. It provides self-conditioning to prevent excessive wind and sun from hitting directly. This conditioning can also be felt all the way to the inside of the house saving on electric air-conditioning costs. This could also help protect carpets, mats, furniture and other household items from fading that can be caused by sunlight effects. They also give a sheltered playground for children and pets to play safely, while shielded from harmful weather conditions. In addition, there is an extra veiled space for hosting small outdoor parties and weekend barbeques. Patio lighting can be added to make them useful at night.

In summary patio awnings, provide the ultimate experience during summer as they allow the owners to enjoy the breeze while protecting them from the sun. It forms a major component of outdoor entertainment therefore making one of the most sought devices.

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How a Garden Decking can Improve your Grounds

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

A garden decking is more than just a tidy area to lay your garden equipment, it can be anything you want, whether it’s an area to sit and enjoy alfresco dining, a high area to enjoy seclusion and far reaching views. The fact is deckings depend on your own garden.

Today, Garden Deckings can be built to specification and because of this a lot of thought it required. It is important to know why you require a decking, and from then on, you can begin to understand the decking you require.

Some people want a decking so that they can relax or unwind; a pleasant area to sit. Others may want to use it as an area for seclusion, or to lead you up to a elevated lawn, perhaps another individual may want a decking to sun bathe. In this case it’s important to know the areas of your garden where the sun hits for the longest.

These hot spots are ideal for summer, and a decking can allow you and your family to take advantage of the British weather when it’s out. Deckings can be ideal platforms surrounding a conservatory, and in this case it’s important to know how much space you want to give to a decking. Many gardens will have various areas such as a lawn, a paved patio, perhaps a pathway leading through the middle, and making sure you have the space to fit a decking is the most important step.


Posted in Lawn Care

The secret to a beautiful lawn

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

It’s always said that the grass is greener on the other side. But that would not be the case if the lawn is well taken care of. Contrary to common belief among homeowners lawn care and landscaping is not all about pruning and watering the grass. There are many other aspects of lawn care such as turf lawn maintenance, levelling an existing yard, lawn aeration, getting rid of crabgrass and keeping out weeds that tend to be overlooked.

A neat, well maintained lawn will increase the value and improve the appearance of your home and/or the neighbourhood. With professional lawn care and landscaping services at your disposal, what more could you ask for? The service providers will offer guidelines on how you should prepare the soil, choose the correct grass type, sow the seeds, control weeds and so forth. Other services on offer include spring clean-up and lawn edging.

Come to think of it, there is nothing that improves the aesthetic beauty of your compound better than lawn edging. A nice decorative touch to the lawn with flowers or exquisite boundaries of grass will make your home the envy of many. The secret to is simple; find the best lawn care and landscaping service provider and you’ll be good to go.

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