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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

New Ideas for Your Outdoor Living Space

From a small patio to a tree-surrounded yard, your backyard is more than just space behind your house — it’s an extension of your home.

 While your front yard is what everyone sees, your backyard is all yours. It’s easy to spruce up your yard to make it more welcoming for you and your family.

Add Foliage

Add more plants and trees

One of the simplest ways to add color and life to your backyard is to add more plants and trees. Flowers provide lots of colors — and they can be used to decorate the inside of your house as well!

Butterfly bushes come in many colors and are good during the summer months, while daffodils bloom at the beginning of springtime and are the first signs of color.

Attract Wildlife

Consider starting by incorporating birdhouses and feeders to create your own aviary

While this suggestion may not be for those of the most serious vegetable gardeners among us, the casual gardener will certainly enjoy the addition of some furred and feathered visitors to an outdoor living space.

Just be sure that you aren’t attracting any wildlife that might be dangerous to you or your family.

Consider starting by incorporating birdhouses and feeders to create your own aviary.

Birdbaths are, of course, the quintessential yard decoration — they serve as a great decorative accent to your yard and also attract birds of all kinds.

Gather Around the Fire

Set up a fire pit in your backyard

 There’s nothing quite like being with a group of friends and gathering around a fire while enjoying a cool night outside.

There are many options for buying a fire pit, but often the fire pits that you create yourself are nicer-looking — and they tend to last longer.

Just be sure to follow any specific fire codes in your area if you decide to set up a fire pit in your backyard.

Add Wall Decorations

Why shouldn’t you be able to focus on the outside wall of your house? You have plenty of options for wall decorations.

Signs can be a fun way to decorate, or you can buy giant letters at a craft store and paint them to go along with your color scheme to spell out a saying or your last name.

The thrift store often has many interesting items that can be displayed — your options are only limited by your imagination.

Incorporate a water feature

Incorporate a water feature

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.

Running water can also help cool down hot air and make the temperature more comfortable in your outdoor living space.

Other ideas include constructing a small pond in which you might even keep Koi or other fish.

You don’t have to have acres of land to be able to have a fish pond. If you only want a couple of fish, a small pond can fit in almost any backyard. Make sure you do your research first if you plan to do it yourself.

Koi are a good choice for ponds because their size is relative to size of the pond they are in — if they’re in a small pond, they will stay small, whereas they will grow bigger in larger ponds.

Just make sure you don’t have any pets that like to go fishing.

Add Tabletop Accents

As simple as a tablecloth or a candle can transform your patio

Even the little details can make a world of difference. Something as simple as a tablecloth can transform your patio.

You can also get small potted plants to decorate your table or little knick-knacks that add a little personality to your backyard.

Candles can be great, especially if you’re outside in the evening, as they serve as a good light source without being too overpowering.

Provide Outdoor Games

While it can be fun to just sit and chat outside, having other options can make your backyard less of a lounge and more of a backyard.

Horseshoe Pits can take up a fair amount of space, but it’s worth it for anyone who enjoys the game.

Other less permanent options that many people enjoy playing include croquet, bocce ball and badminton.

Make a Walkway

A stone walkway can create a good flow for your backyard

A stone walkway can create a good flow for your backyard while still being relatively easy to install. Plot out how you want the path to go before digging up your yard.

Make sure you look into the right kind of stones for your climate — people in hotter areas can go for softer, more porous stones while people colder climate should stick with harder, denser stones for their building materials.

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.

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

Build a second story deck

Expand your space for outdoor living by constructing or expanding a 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.

Redecorate Your Furniture

Backyard additions include a swinging hammock or a porch swing

The final key piece for the ultimate outdoor hang out space is selecting patio furniture.

Comfortable thicker arm chairs or canvas sofas can complete an awesome lounging area set nearby a warm fire pit. 

If you can’t justify buying numerous cushions, you can always sew your own covers to suit your mood.

Having two or three sets of various colors can help accommodate for each season — soft pastels for spring, bright colors for summer and warm colors for autumn. 

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 for barbecue party nights.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Space

Transforming your backyard from an area behind your house to another part of your home can be achieved in a few pretty easy steps.

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

You should be able to enjoy all aspects of your home — including your backyard.

Beginner’s Guide to Outdoor Water Features

There are gardens, and then there are gardens with water features. The simplest of water features can transform your outdoor space into a tranquil getaway — even if you just need to get away from the hullabaloo happening inside of your home. The sounds of babbling water or the light dancing off the surface work wonders when it comes to clearing your mind.

There’s no “right answer” when it comes to water features, either; all you have to do is choose the water feature that best suits your style and your garden. Below are four examples of simple installments that will drastically change the look and, most importantly, the feel of your outdoor space. 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.