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Build an Eco-Friendly Shed With These Five Tips

Gardeners and homeowners who care about both their landscaping and the environment should build an eco-friendly shed in their backyard. Not only will they gain a great place to store tools, plant pots and other gardening implements, but they will do so without negatively impacting the world around them.

Follow these five easy steps to design and build an eco-friendly shed you can be proud of: Read more

Gardening Tool Maintenance

This week one of our readers, Mackenzie Fox, has written in to share an article with Aussie Green Thumb on how best to look after your gardening tools, with some simple tips for getting more out of your gardening gear. Take it away Mackenzie!

One of the most important (and often overlooked) aspects of gardening is knowing how to care for your gardening tools. My own collection of gardening tools cost upwards of…you know what, I’m not going to say, but it’s a lot. For the amount of money I spent on them, I want them to be in good condition for a very long time to come.

So, let’s sort the tools into groups and have a look at what proper maintenance needs to be done on them: Read more

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

5 Ways to Secure Your Shed

Making sure your shed is locked down is an important piece in building the perfect yard for home. So how can you improve your shed security?

Sheds. It’s where the magic happens. Everything from welding to building to science experiments happen in this happy bubble that’s like a man cave…without restrictions.

In recent years, we’ve been investing so much into home security. I’ve learned some good news and bad news. The good news, burglars are having a hard time breaking into homes - which means we’re safer now! The bad news, they’ve discovered how easy it is to break into sheds, which is where power tools and some expensive stuff is stashed away.

1. First Things First! Build a Secure Shed

To those who are still planning to build a shed, make one with a durable skin. A desperate burglar can easily kick off walls made of lumber. Besides, wood is more vulnerable to weather, water, and insects.

You may consider using metal or resin as your shed’s main material. Metal is cheaper but is also vulnerable to harsh weather and rust. Resin sheds (a.k.a. vinyl sheds) are tough and light. However, it may not offer the decorative options that metal or wooden sheds do.

2. Reinforce Your Door

The easiest way into your shed is through the door. Make sure that it’s so secure that you are the only one that can come and go. There are 2 kinds of shed doors, framed and unframed. Generally, framed doors are harder to break into as the frame adds more strength. The best kind of lock for framed doors is the mortise (also called mortice) lock. A mortise lock is fitted within the body of the door in a recess, which is less obtrusive and more secure.

If you have an unframed door, you can use several kinds of door locks. A simple hasp-and-staple door lock is the easiest to install and also the least secure. Pad bolts and rim locks are viable solutions, but neither can beat a framed door with a mortise lock.

3. Be Discreet

If you are keeping valuable items like high-end power tools in your shed, you may not want thieves to see them. Their determination is directly proportional to the price they’re looking at. Even if you have enough security, a determined thief might still be able to break in if there’s something he really wants. Blocking the windows so no one can see in is a good first step.

Don’t give away clues that you have something valuable in your shed. There’s a thin line between good security precautions and being obviously protective for something of high value. That’s why, going back to the 2nd item, it is better to use a framed door with mortise lock vs. unframed door with multiple padlocks visible from the outside.

4. Secure It From the Inside

Never underestimate a thief’s resourcefulness. If he wants in, he’s in. But even if he does, make sure he doesn’t go out with anything in his hands. You can hide small tools in a locked steel cabinet or in a concealed storage bin. Larger items like bikes, lawn movers, or leaf blowers can be chained and pad locked to concrete floors with the help of expandable screws.

5. An Alarm System for Your Shed

Alarm systems for sheds aren’t as fancy as home security systems, but they do the job. Shed alarm systems are usually made of a door contact, high-decibel siren and sometimes a motion sensor.

The downside of such alarm systems is that it sounds only when the thief has managed to break in. The siren may deter some thieves to run away empty-handed, but some may ignore it. Which is why, along with an alarm system, you should also employ the precautions mentioned above.

An outdoor security camera in your home facing the shed is also a good solution. It will help you monitor your shed along with other parts of your house with minimal additional expense. If you have a shed, you can try to discuss it with your home security provider and ask them for help designing a solution.

Best Security Alarm System

This security camera system displays in a 2560 × 1920 HD image, giving users with crystal-clear footage 24 hours a day. 

It also has night vision capability which provides a clear display for up to 100ft.

SimpliSafe home security system has a  has a 90 degree field of vision and motion sensors detect motion reaching up to 30 feet.

All you need to do is plug in the base station, place the sensors, connect the Simplicam and your home is protected within minutes. 

JOOAN 1080p Wireless Surveillance Camera System lets you to watch live video remotely anytime and anywhere with your phone or tablet. (Available for IOS & Android system).

With warranty and life time technical support, you will surely enjoy and feel safe with this security system. 

JOOAN Surveillance and Security Camera System have motion detection technology that outlines and identifies motion with both live stream and replay features. 

It is perfect to install anywhere you wish in your house, garden, outside yard, shed, front door & garage.

ZOSI security camera system lets you add 4 more different cameras on your own letting you customize your unique ZOSI Security System.

You can get live stream or playback using the free ZOSI Client software on Windows or Mac. As well as watch on your mobile devices both android & IOS. 

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

Pond Algae – A Growing Problem

Pond algae is a common complaint among pond-owners, and whilst green sludge is the stuff of nightmares, a totally algae-free pond will always be a pipedream.  Because the truth is, there’s no such thing as an algae-free pond.

That’s because algae occurs naturally in water and it’s actually essential for a healthy and ecologically balanced pond.   But whilst every pond will have some algae growing in it, it doesn’t mean that you have to settle for dark, thick and unsightly garden water features.  With regular maintenance and attention, pond algae can be kept under control and to a minimum. Read more

Invisible Dog Fences Australian Buying Guide

Invisible Dog Fences | Australian Buying Guide

An invisible dog fence is a safe and effective alternative to a solid fence. If your dogs enjoy getting their paws dirty, they probably love wreaking havoc in your garden.

All the soil, plants, and yummy vegetables are enticing for mischievous dogs, and there’s just so much space to dig!  Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved.

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