Tag: Australian Gardeners

Essential Tips For Boat Gardening

Although sustainable, green living is dependant on you. It relies on you doing what’s best for the Earth on a micro level in order to affect change. So, you should try to incorporate this way of living into all aspects of your life. And if you are a boat owner and spend a lot of time out sailing, extending your life style to your vessel might be the next step. A boat garden is a great start. Sustainable and eco-friendly garden will provide you with organic and healthy food, and is in perfect harmony with your way of life. Read more

The ABC’s of Growing Your Own Food

We live in a world surrounded by convenience foods and unhealthful nutritional choices.

While most understand that putting these foods in the body can result in harmful effects, they often counter this with the excuse that it’s too expensive to eat right. If you’re one of them, there is a way to get the nutrients you need without breaking the bank. Read more

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

The time to bring your garden inside and give some new life to your interiors is here.

There is plenty of talk nowadays about having environmentally safe and green homes, but there is a lot that needs to be done before you can make that a reality.

Having a home filled with living plants will allow inhabitants to enjoy a time filled with natural beauty and calm. It is time to bring in some really nice indoor plants into your home. Read more

Sustainable Gardening Tips 

Many gardeners have sustainability in mind. Growing the food you eat, after all, is a big step to living a sustainable way of life. Compared to non-organic methods, organic methods are definitely more sustainable, not only for human health, but also for wildlife, the water, and the soil. Sustainable gardening, however, goes beyond the use of organic techniques. From energy and water conservation to the reduction of waste, there are so many ways to make our gardening practices more sustainable.

There are so many sustainable gardening tips you can follow, and below are just a few of them. Read more

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Why You Need Custom Outdoor Blinds

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Note from Jim: A lot of you have been looking for practical info on building out parts of your gardens into more useable outdoor space,let’s walk through the advantages of incorporating outdoor blinds into your designs.
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Outdoor areas are a valuable addition to any home, but enjoying your outdoor space can be a bit tricky when the weather decides not to cooperate with your plans.

While there’s not a lot you can do about changing the weather, there is a lot you can do to save your outdoor areas from the mercy of the elements.

Reason why you need a custom made outdoor blinds

Installing custom made outdoor blinds is the simplest solution to not only provide shelter, but also keep your outdoor areas looking great.

Of course, there are other options besides custom made outdoor blinds but with premade blinds, you can never be sure you’re getting products that are precisely suited to your various needs.

Custom made outdoor blinds are simply the best choice for every situation and here are just a few reasons why.

Custom Outdoor Blinds are Fitted to Your Exact Space and Needs

Whether you’re after a budget friendly outdoor blind solution, a blind for just one window or a fully retractable roofing system, custom shade blinds will always be exactly matched to your space and your needs.

With ready made blinds, you could find yourself needing to trim and alter the blind to fit or having to put up with blinds that do a mediocre job at best.

Not so with custom blinds which are made especially to fit the exact space and job you need them for.

A Local Manufacturer Designs Blinds to Specifically Suit Your Climate

Australia is home to some extreme weather and your local climate might be a lot different to wherever your ready made blinds are made.

Look for a company that is Australian owned and operated, with a trusted reputation. By choosing a locally owned business, their blinds will be sure to withstand the local climates.

Custom Designs and Colours

Outdoor shade blinds are not only about how well they function, but also how good they look.

Custom outdoor blinds let you choose exactly the colours you want for the space you’re working with.

These days there is a huge range of custom colours and fabrics to suit every taste and style of décor.

Cost Effective 

The market is filled with cheap DIY solutions for outdoor blinds that might be fine for a few months but their inferiority will start to show really quickly.

Inferior products not designed for your specific application can wear out quickly and soon needing replacing. It’s basic false economy.

However, if you start with the best products matched to your precise needs, your investment is guaranteed to last in both function and appearance.

Assurance of Quality Installation

When dealing with outdoor blinds, the installation needs to be as strong and dependable as the outdoor blind itself.

Ensure your selected outdoor blinds company fits all of its custom made outdoor blinds with expert workmanship matching the quality of installation with the high quality of their blinds.

5 Reasons To Get Outdoor Blinds This Summer

5 Reasons To Get Outdoor Blinds This Summer

Getting new outdoor blinds installed may have been on your list of things to do around the house, but with summer fast approaching, now is the time to do it!

And with these great reasons to get outdoor blinds, there are no more excuses to delay getting a protective outdoor shade system.

1. Protect Your Family From The Sun

The most obvious reason to get outdoor blinds is to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun.

By installing outdoor blinds, you can create a cool outdoor area, perfect for entertaining during the warm summer months.

Sitting outside in the blazing January sun does not appeal to anyone, but being able to have a barbecue outside, enjoy a chilled glass of your favourite tipple and entertain your friends in a shaded area sounds great doesn’t it?

2. Keep Your Home Cool

Not only do outdoor blinds provide shade and a cool outdoor area, but they also help to keep the interior of your home cool.

By creating shade over your windows, the rooms adjacent will also be shaded and therefore remain cooler than windows that are not protected by outdoor blinds.

This has a knock on effect on your electricity bills as the rooms are naturally cooler and you may find yourself having to resort less frequently to cranking up the air conditioning.

And anything that results in reducing your electricity bills and carbon footprint can only be a good thing!

3. Create An Attractive Alfresco

Creating an appealing outdoor area makes it so much more inviting to you and your guests.

When your alfresco area is kitted out with some stylish outdoor furniture, your café blinds are providing cool shade and the barbecue is all fired up, you won’t want to be anywhere else.

4. Improve The Value Of Your Home

By installing modern outdoor blinds that complement your home’s look and feel, you will definitely be adding value to your property – and what home owner doesn’t want that?

And while you may not be thinking about selling up and moving just yet, it’s an added benefit that shouldn’t be overlooked.

5. Give Yourself A Lie In On The Weekend

Certain types of outdoor blinds such as window blinds can be affixed to the exterior wall around a window, creating almost blackout conditions inside the room when the blind is closed.

This is great for summer when the sun rises at 5am and if there isn’t sufficient light control in the interior of the room, having an outdoor blind can help you enjoy an extra hour or two in bed before the sun wakes you up.

Increasing The Longevity Of Your Outdoor Blinds

Increasing The Longevity Of Your Outdoor Blinds

As with any outdoor product such as outdoor tables and chairs, outdoor sofas and even decking, outdoor blinds are at risk of being affected by adverse weather conditions all year, from the harsh summer sun to strong winter winds and periods of heavy rain or storms.

Proper care and attention will help to ensure their quality remains intact and their lifespan is extended as much as possible.

Being exposed to the elements 24/7 can mean that if your outdoor blinds are not completely secured and cared for, they will not last as long as they could.

Follow some simple tips to keep your blinds looking like new for years to come.

One of the major weather conditions that can affect the longevity of your outdoor blinds is wind.

While outdoor blinds are meant to provide a certain level of protection from the wind when in use, it isn’t wise to leave them down at all times.

Perth is often referred to as being the third windiest city in the world and this means that securing your outdoor blinds properly during windy periods is essential to keep them in the best shape.

By rolling your outdoor blinds up during periods of extreme windy weather, the blinds will be fastened and secured out of the way and therefore protected from potential damage or tears due to high wind speeds and any possible debris from stormy weather.

Rolling your outdoor blinds up during periods of extreme windy weather

We’ve all seen trampolines rolling down the street and branches broken off trees and the damage flying objects could do to blinds which are in use would mean costly repairs or even replacement blinds may be needed.

When rolling up and securing PVC blinds, make sure they are dry before rolling them up as any water left on them will not be able to evaporate.

This will lead to deterioration of the PVC which will affect the lifespan of your outdoor PVC blinds.

Generally it is best practice to ensure all outdoor blinds and folding arm awnings are rolled up or retracted at night, as you never know what sort of conditions to expect overnight.

Ensure all outdoor blinds and folding arm awnings are rolled up or retracted at night

The last thing you want to do is wake up to damaged blinds and potentially costly repairs.

After Sales Support

Ensure your chosen outdoor blinds provider stands behind every one of their products, offering lengthy warranties on all outdoor blinds.

After sales support, including full servicing and an out of hours service, provides a peace of mind not typically available with premade blinds so you can rest assured your investments are protected.

For professional advice on how to care for your outdoor blinds properly and ensure they last their lifetime, contact Bozzy Shade Blinds who have agencies in Perth, Geraldton, Mandurah and Dunsborough.

They offer completely free, no-obligation consultations at your home or business and can give expert advice on what sort of outdoor blinds would be best suited for your space and how to keep them in pristine condition.

Can I lay turf in winter?

Can I Lay Turf in Winter?

The answer is ‘yes, you can’. In Australia, turf can be laid all year around, provided you take some seasonal precautions.

In winter, the key thing to remember is that turf will take longer to establish – around four weeks, compared to about a fortnight in the warmer summer months. But that shouldn’t be a deterrent for anyone wanting to lay new turf. The most important things are good ground preparation and initial maintenance – both are essential to achieving a great lawn. Read more

Gardening Guru’s – Australian Handyman Magazine

This month’s gardening guru review is of the Australian Handyman magazine, a readers digest magazine. They release a new edition every month which means there are 12 fantastic issues a year. For this particular review I will be looking at their 2010 April edition but the May edition should be in your local Bunnings stores now. The Handyman magazine is more than just a gardening magazine, it covers topics across many different area’s such as makeovers, workshop , renovating and of course, gardening.

Article Headline Examples

Makeovers
Outdoor Table renovation – Gives a good run down on how to go about restoring your own outdoor table for as little as $125.

Workshop
Ultimate DIY workbench – Provides some great plans for your dream work bench and then shows you how to make it.

Renovating
Expert paint application – How to hold and properly use a paint brush. Seems simple but these tips will help improve your painting!

Garden
Growing Leeks – Goes through the process of how to grow leeks, from planting right through to cooking.

Best of the Regular
What’s new – Discusses a heap of new gadgets and equipment out in the market to help you in your own DIY projects.

The Last Word
I am very impressed with the Australian Handyman magazine. I picked it up for just $6.50 on my way out of Bunnings one day really not expecting much, to be honest,  but it is 136 pages of quality hints, tips and traps across many DIY fields. I was a little disappointed that the garden section wasn’t bigger, but it makes sense when the magazine is more about being a handyman than growing potato’s or something like that. Get’s a 7.5/10 from me!