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Outdoor Living for You!

Outdoor Living for You!

Note from Jim: This week we have Jessica Socheski on AGT with a post on outdoor design and living spaces, with some useful tips and practical advice.  Over to Jessica, and please leave any questions or comments below, we will both get back to you.

Any season of year is the perfect time to refresh and expand your yard and deck. Outdoor living is a fun way to enjoy barbecues and fresh air. If you love enjoyed your deck or patio space, then here are five fantastic projects and additions to develop your outdoor area into an incredible entertaining and just plain hanging out atmosphere.

1. Loosen Up Your Lawn

Just like your own hair, your lawn needs a regular trim to clip off dead ends and stimulate new growth. Mowing or cutting the grass can help remove dead grass which might be packed underneath suffocating the roots. This will pull out the old and allow the new to grow strong and healthy in its place for a full fresh lawn.

2. Water Works

A wonderful way to add peace and calm to your yardscape is by choosing a simple water feature. A small fountain or trickling stone wall can breathe in tranquility to your garden or deck area. The sound of water can set the mood and tone of your design.

Other ideas include constructing a small pond in which you might even keep Koi or other fish. Running water can also help cool down hot air and make the temperature more comfortable in your outdoor living space.

3. Railing and Style

A simple way to present your own unique style is by choosing your deck railing. While a subtle touch, the countless railing styles out there can really finish the theme of your deck and represent your personal taste.

The type of railing you choose is only limited by your imagination. So many different ideas exist, including:

•modern horizontal slats

•simple metal rails

•strung cable

•painted lattice

•sleek glass panels

•detailed cutouts in wood railing

4. Second Story Deck

A fantastic way to expand your space for outdoor living and patio entertaining is by constructing or expanding a second story deck. Whether it is a wrap around porch or a covered balcony, extending floor space out from your house is a great way to take advantage of patio living.

To connect second story decks with patio space on the first story, install a Mylen spiral staircase kit to seamlessly join both spaces. Summer parties can range between floors enjoying the added space. Second story porch space can provide wonderful room especially in urban areas where there isn’t a lot of yard space already.

5. Fabulous Furniture

The final key piece for the ultimate outdoor hang out space is selecting patio furniture. Comfortable whicker arm chairs or canvas sofas can complete an awesome lounging area set nearby a warm fire pit. Other common backyard additions include a swinging hammock or a porch swing. And of course no outdoor entertaining area is totally complete without a dining set and umbrella.

With these building and decorating ideas, you can transform your yard into a comfortable and elegant living space that totally reflects your style.

About the Author

Jessica Socheski is a writer who loves researching home design. You can connect with her on Twitter.

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5 Maintenance Tips for your Autumn Lawn and Gardens

Autumn garden tips

Note from Jim: It’s that time of year again where the days get shorter, and colder. This week I’ve pulled together some general tips and ideas for how to keep your garden in the best possible shape at this time of year, heading towards winter. Hope you find this helpful, let me know in the comments below.

It’s the end of summer. As the leaves change color and the grass grows slower, you can feel nature preparing for the long winter ahead.

Autumn is a time of preparation. Each plant and each blade of grass on your property is storing nutrients and energy so it can survive the winter and blossom in all its majesty come spring. Why not help our green and growing friends along this fall with these helpful outdoor maintenance tips?

Mulch

Mulching every autumn is important for your plants. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and prevent erosion while improving overall soil quality. If you want to make your own mulch, fall is the best time to do it. Rake up your fallen leaves before they get wet and sticky and chop them up into smaller bits. You’ll need about three inches deep of mulch to sprinkle around your shrubs and flower beds.

Mow Your Lawn

mowing the lawn

You’ll need to continually mow your lawn, even in autumn, to keep it vibrant and healthy. The recommended autumn height for lawns is three inches. This height helps lock moisture inside every blade of grass. Leave a third of your clippings on the lawn to act as a natural, organic fertilizer.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Don’t forget to feed your grass and other plants every autumn because this is in fact the most important yearly feeding they will get for a couple of reasons.

First of all, your lawn needs to recover from any damage it may have sustained from the summer sun. Secondly, it needs to prepare for the winter by storing up nutrients, just like a bear going into hibernation. Feeding your lawn in Autumn will take care of both.

Weed Control

Because plants – and that includes weeds – are busy absorbing energy and nutrients in the fall, apply an organic weed killer that the weeds will also absorb and you’ll guarantee they won’t return next spring.

You have many natural weed killers on the market to choose from or you can make one yourself. If you buy an organic weed killer, the main ingredients to look for are citrus or corn gluten. Because these types of weed killers cost a bit more than traditional chemical herbicides, you may want to make your own natural weed killer.

To mix your own organic weed killer, dilute vinegar in water if your lawn is sensitive; but for tougher, sturdier lawns, you can use the vinegar by itself. Apply the solution directly to the weeds. You may have to use more than one application to completely kill the weeds.

Perennials

Be sure you are planting native, Australian perennials that provide shelter and food sources for native wildlife, such as bees and birds. In the autumn, leave these perennials alone and wait until spring to cut them back and promote new growth. This technique will help the critters who help our lawns, our gardens, and the world’s food supply to flourish.

It’s important to remember that although things seem to slow down in autumn, our lawns and gardens are as busy as ever and they need your continued, loving care to stay healthy and vibrant.

So You Want A Better Garden?

All my best articles have been collected into what I’m calling the ultimate gardening toolkit – make sure you take a look, there’s a heap of great gardening advice available.

I’ve also published a series of gardening ebooks that you might be interested in. Good luck!

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Weed Control That Won’t Break Your Back

A weed sprayer can save a lot of back breaking work in the garden, particularly for those lacking mobility or with health concerns.

Note from Jim: This week we are looking at weed control and I’m pleased to welcome Sally James, an accredited Rapid Spray dealer as a guest writer to offer some great tips on efficient weeding that won’t take it’s toll on you or your body.  Take it away Sally!

Unfortunately, weeds have a habit of just showing up around your yard like uninvited guests, and you’ll need to stay vigilant in making sure your beautiful lawn doesn’t become overrun with them. There is, however, a way to more effortlessly control weeds in and around your garden without suffering aches and pains for days afterwards.  [click to continue…]

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6 Tips for Using Less Water and Chemicals on Your Lawn

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Lawn-care mistakes are common among well-meaning gardeners who water too frequently, confusing the number of watering sessions with getting the amount of moisture right. In the long term, a light amount of water every day is bad for general lawn health. It also wastes your time and money.

Here are some ideas to help get your lawn care routine just right, so you use less water and won’t need to rely on chemicals:

1. Establish the conditions

Your lawn’s most desirable watering routine depends on:

  • Your lawn’s general health
  • The local climate
  • The drought-tolerance of your lawn variety
  • Soil type and water absorption level

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Husqvarna Brush Cutters – Product Review

525 LST HERO-J LONG

(Make sure you check out my most popular and helpful articles when you get a chance).

I was recently afforded the opportunity to test out some of Husqvarna’s new additions to 500 series Trimmers and Brushcutter range. As someone who shifted to using Husqvarna products a couple of years ago, I was really excited to test out their new machines and I was not left disappointed.

New Additions
Husqvarna have added 4 new trimmers and brush cutters. To the line trimmer range they have added the 524L, 525LST and 525RJD. Then in the brushcutter range they have added the 525RS.

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Gardening Australia Live – October 18th to 20th

Costa Georgiadis

Calling all Sydney green thumbs! Costa Georgiadis and the cast from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia will make a welcome return to the interactive gardening event, Gardening Australia Live, from 18th to 20th October 2013 at the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park.

Over three days, Gardening Australia Live will inform, inspire and entertain attendees with the best advice and tips for implementing a more sustainable lifestyle.

Demonstrating their skills and knowledge at the show will be the presenters from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia including Costa Georgiadis, Josh Byrne, Tino Carnevale, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Jane Edmanson, John Patrick, Angus Stewart and Sophie Thomson.

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Glow Stones Perth

Glow Stones Perth

One thing that is becoming increasingly popular in the gardening world is finding ways to use natural light to add some vibrancy to garden beds at night. Glow Stones Perth does just that! They have a range of products that will suit many different uses in your home or garden project.

I love coming across cool, new idea’s to add some vibrancy and colour to a garden. Many people use solar lights. Some go to the extent of actually installing powered lights. However, Glow Stones Perth offers great, alternative products which use the sun to add flair to your garden design, they capture the suns light during the day and then glow at night!

Products

Glow Stones Perth stock many different glow stones, glow rocks and other various products. [click to continue…]

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