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Growing and Caring For Hydrangeas

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Growing and Caring For Hydrangeas

If you’re looking for a reliable and beautiful ornamental tree or shrub for your borders or to display in pots on a patio, the hydrangea could fit the bill perfectly.  There are many different types of hydrangea, from mini-shrubs or climbers to larger specimens, and they range in colour from white or cream to blue, mauve, and pink.  The flowers appear during the summer months, lasting right through the autumn and often changing in shade as they age, providing a long season of interesting colour. Here’s some more information about the care of hydrangea plants. Site and soil Hydrangeas enjoy partial shade and don’t do well in full sun, which can fade the flowers and scorch foliage.  A spot that’s sheltered from the wind is perfect. These plants enjoy fertile soil that’s kept moist.  It’s helpful to add some well-rotted farmyard manure or organic mulch in the spring to keep the roots damp and provide plenty of additional nutrients for the growing season. Hydrangea flowers change colour, depending on the levels of aluminium contained in the soil, which is determined by its pH level.  You can therefore influence the colour of your plant’s blooms by adding a bluing agent that contains aluminium sulphate.  Your local plant wholesaler should be able to supply you with this, or you could source some online.  Alternatively, the addition of ericaceous compost will have the same effect. Pruning Hydrangeas of all types don’t require much pruning or trimming to keep them healthy and in good shape.  Most varieties produce blooms on the previous season’s growth so it’s important not to cut it away.  Wait until the plants have finished flowering, and then remove the dead flower heads, reducing the stem length as you do so.  This helps to keep the plant from becoming straggly and encourages more vigorous flowering.  If you live in an area that has cold winters, it’s a good idea to leave the faded flowers in situ until the new buds form in the springtime.  This provides the delicate new growth with protection from frost. If you’ve chosen a climbing variety of hydrangea, you will need to give it some help in its early years by tying the stems to supports until they attach firmly to your fence or wall.  When the plant has finished flowering, prune away the faded flower heads and cut back the stems to keep the plant tidy. In conclusion Hydrangeas make a reliable and hardy addition to your garden or patio.  Visit your local plant wholesaler to learn more about the varieties they have available and how to ensure healthy growth and abundant...

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Use Glass to Create an Ultra Modern Bathroom

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Use Glass to Create an Ultra Modern Bathroom

What’s the first material that comes to mind when someone says ‘modern’? Chances are, it’s glass. Although it’s often pictured in larger rooms or open plan areas, including glass in your bathroom can create a really clean, fresh, stylish look. When it comes to using glass, less can be more, so you won’t need to incorporate all of the ideas below to make your bathroom look great. However, if you want a really striking effect, then the combination of all of these suggestions will definitely create it. Soon you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a luxury spa every time you get out of the shower. Glass splashbacks Glass splashbacks are extremely versatile – don’t think you’ll be limited to just plain glass. Colored glass is a great way to inject a pop of color into your bathroom, and looks great behind sinks. Darker colors like navy, purple, and red create a luxurious, adult feel. Brighter shades like green and blue are a great way to turn the bathroom into a cheerful, welcoming place that you look forward to spending time in every morning. For something really special, consider specially printed glass. A large shower splashback could be printed with a beautiful, complex design that will take your breath away every time you see it. Popular options include large, swirling patterns made to fit with the shape and size of the room, exotic plant designs, or even entire landscapes. The only limit is your imagination, as any image or photograph can be accurately recreated on glass. Glass counter tops A wonderful option for longer counter tops containing multiple sinks, glass counters are a statement piece you won’t see in most bathrooms. They’re easy to clean, strong and durable, and compliment ceramic or metallic sinks well. You could even purchase specially made combined sinks and countertops, with the one seamless piece of glass shaped to incorporate both, as well as taps. This is about as fancy as it gets, and shows that you’ve really thought about every detail of your bathroom design. In smaller bathrooms, glass countertops help create the illusion of more space, unlike solid, opaque counters. Glass accessories Sometimes it’s the small touches that matter most. Purchasing a matching set of glass containers to hold your soap, shampoo, shower gel, and other toiletries creates a consistent look. Garishly designed half-empty shampoo bottles can really damage the look of an otherwise beautiful bathroom. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste – invest in some glass containers. You could choose a color to match the rest of the glass in the room, or add subtle accents with a different...

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Top Health Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top Health Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

Carpets are a popular feature in many residential areas because they give a warm and comfy feel under the feet. Aside from that, carpeting can come in a wide array of visually appealing colours, making it easy to find a product that can seamlessly blend with any interior décor and the homeowner’s personal sense of style. But the beauty of carpeting is best appreciated when it is clean. A buildup of soil, dust mites, pet fur and droppings, and other forms of dirt on your home carpeting will not only cause your floors to look unsightly, but it will also result in premature aging of the carpeting. Therefore, you should always ensure that the carpets in your home get thoroughly cleaned so you can keep them looking great and also get the most life out of them. All that aside, a proper carpeting cleaning job can also provide benefits that improve the health of your family. The following points will help explain the health benefits you stand to reap by employing the services of a professional carpet cleaner. Better indoor air quality Whatever is trapped in your carpets can easily find its way into the air, especially if your home experiences lots of foot traffic in the course of the day. Airborne elements such as dust and pet fur can pollute indoor air, making it unhealthy to stay there. Making sure to vacuum your carpets on a regular basis can help minimise the infiltration of these elements on your floors. But the standard vacuum might not be effective when it comes to getting rid of the more stubborn dirt elements like pet dander, which can disintegrate and become airborne. Thus, you will need to engage the services of a professional that has the more powerful equipment required to remove every type of dirt. Steam cleaning, performed by expert carpet cleaners, can infiltrate deep into the fabric of your carpeting, removing even the toughest of dirt, including pet dander. Protect your little ones from eating dirt Small children have the habit of eating things they should not. When left unattended, your little one can pick things like toys left lying around the house and put them in their mouth. In extreme cases, they can eat nasty dirt found on the surface of carpeting, or even chew the carpeting itself! This exposes the children to the risk of developing stomach upsets, diarrhea and other food-related illnesses. Having your carpets professionally cleaned will ensure that disease-causing bacteria and micro-organisms are eliminated from your floors, keeping your children safe and healthy. Contact a company like Stain Busters Carpet Cleaning for more...

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Why You Should Invest In a Building Audit

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Invest In a Building Audit

When it comes to construction, some property owners tend to assume that process simply involves the purchasing of building supplies and leaving the construction contractors to do their work. Whether you are constructing a private residence or a commercial property, you will still have to get involved in ensuring that the property is up to code. The best way of doing this is by investing in a building audit. These audits are carried out by independent entities who will be objective when it comes to the assessment of your property. Some of the aspects that go into a building audit include carrying out a visual inspection of the structure, inspecting for any current or potential repairs, inspecting for hazardous building materials on the site such as asbestos, and more. Here are some of the reasons why you should invest in a building audit. A building audit gives you clarity on the state of your property By embarking on a building audit on your constructed structure, you get the chance to get an unbiased opinion on the real condition of your property. Some people tend to be under the assumption that as long as a construction property is new that it will be in tiptop condition. Shoddy building practices and shortcuts such as using substandard building supplies can render your structure unsafe. With a building audit, you get the chance to establish the exact condition of the property. This keeps you rest assured that you will not be putting any people in harm’s way whether you decide to lease it out or sell the property. A building audit ensures the construction is up to Australian building codes Another important reason why you should invest in a building audit is to ensure that the construction of the structure was done within the standards that have been stipulated by the Building Code of Australia. This building code functions to ensure that structures erected are done so with high standards both in the choice of building supplies as well as the handiwork. If the structure does not meet the building standards that have been set, it would be prudent for your contractor to address and fix any problems spotted in the building audit before the structure can be considered fit for private or commercial residency. It should be noted that you should only use insured and licensed construction contractors. This way, in the event of any problems with the construction, their insurance can cover the additional...

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Why Teak Furniture Is Ideal For Your Outdoor Space

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Teak Furniture Is Ideal For Your Outdoor Space

To make your exterior living space, whether it’s a patio or a deck, comfortable, you need to invest in some furniture. Typically, homeowners will gravitate toward cheap furniture pieces assuming that since the elements will affect them anyway, there would be no reason to invest in classic materials. As such, plastic furniture tend to be commonplace as outdoor furniture. However, cheap does not always enhance the aesthetics of this living space. If you would like to create a living space that is great for hosting and entertaining, then you should consider aesthetically appealing furniture just as you would for the indoors. One of the options that you could consider is teak furniture. The following are some of the reasons why teak furniture is ideal for your outdoor living space. Teak furniture is virtually maintenance free One of the biggest benefits of using teak furniture for the outdoors is that it requires minimal maintenance to keep it in pristine condition. Outdoor furniture tends to change colour over time due to exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. As such, you will find some materials such as plastic or metal may require repainting to restore their original appearance. Teak furniture, on the other hand, innately changes colour from honey blond to a greyish tan due to sun exposure. This does not mean it is fading though, and your outdoor teak furniture will remain attractive. Nevertheless, if you would like to maintain the golden colour of the teak, then you could seal it before putting the furniture outdoors. To clean your teak furniture, all you would need is mild detergent and water to eliminate grime. Teak can dry off in the sun without warping or cracking. Teak furniture is water resistant Another reason to consider teak for your outdoor furniture is its high resistance to humidity and moisture. Typically, when wood species are exposed to water on a regular basis, their structural integrity will gradually become compromised. The wood will begin to expand and contract. This will cause it to warp, buckle and eventually stop being structurally sound. Teak furniture, on the other hand, has innately high oil levels within the wood. This makes it highly resistant to water damage. As such, you can have your teak furniture outdoors and not worry about it being rained on or being affected by atmospheric humidity over time. The high moisture resistance also makes teak less susceptible to rotting as compared to other wood species. Check out teak furniture options from a company like The Teak Place to see which pieces might suit your...

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How to Organize Your Clothes For a Built-In Wardrobe

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Organize Your Clothes For a Built-In Wardrobe

A built-in wardrobe can be a great alternative to a closet in a room that needs more storage space or for rooms where no closet was actually built. When using a built-in wardrobe, you might need to get organized so everything you have fits easily in the space, as these are often a bit smaller than a walk-in closet. Note a few tips on how to organize your clothes and store everything neatly and easily in a built-in wardrobe. Purging You might have a hard time purging clothes because you think you’ll wear something again, even though you haven’t worn it in years. In this case, purge these items from your wardrobe but not your possession. This means to remove clothes you haven’t worn in the last year and store them elsewhere; some bins you slide under the bed can often work. They won’t take up room in your wardrobe but you don’t need to part with them either. Put daily stuff out front There is no right way or wrong way to organize a closet; you might prefer to organize by color or group wardrobe items together, but one consideration is to put your daily stuff out front. This means the items you wear most often; these should be within easy reach, rather than off to one side or buried in a drawer. For many people, this can mean their slacks and shirts they wear to the office; your weekend clothes can then go in the back, in a drawer, or to the side. You won’t need to rifle through those items in order to reach the clothes you need every day when you put your daily things in front. Keep what you need visible For a built-in wardrobe with drawers, be sure you’re folding so that you can easily see what identifies your clothes. For example, you might choose your t-shirts according to the front design, so rather than fold them in half, fold the top part one third of the way to the back and fold the bottom third back as well. The middle of the t-shirt will then be visible when in the drawer. For shoe storage, you might want to stack them with the toe pointed to the back of the wardrobe so you see the heel height, or put the heel to the back so you can easily see the shoe design at a glance. This will keep your closet organized so you’re not rifling through items, trying to find what you...

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Some Reasons Why Your Roller Door May Be Malfunctioning

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Reasons Why Your Roller Door May Be Malfunctioning

A roller door is a bit different than a standard garage door, in that a roller door is made with separate sections that fold up onto each other and which then usually roll into a housing above the doorframe. A standard garage door is one full piece that swings out and then slides onto a frame on the roof of the garage. Because roller doors are a bit different in how they’re made, you may not know what to check when one malfunctions. Note a few tips for when your roller door isn’t working and what to look for, and when to call a technician to help. Bent or dinged panel A solid panel garage door that swings out to open doesn’t travel along a track inside the garage door frame, so if the panel is dented or dinged, this might not stop it from opening. However, since a roller door is made up of many small panels that travel along a track inside the doorframe, if one panel is dented or dinged, this can pull that panel away from the track and stop the entire door from moving. You might check the inside and outside of the door for any dents or dings and then note if that damaged panel is not lining up properly in the track inside the doorframe. You may be able to repair a small dent yourself, depending on the door’s material and the extent of the damage, or may need to have that one panel replaced altogether. Obstruction in the housing unit The roller door itself may be fine but it may not open or close if there is an obstruction or damage to the housing unit. If the door panels cannot fold on each other and roll into that encasement above the door, the door itself will simply stop moving. Note if there is damage to the housing unit or a buildup of dirt, grease, or other such materials inside that are stopping the door from moving. Track is out of alignment For a roller door to function properly, it needs to move smoothly along the track inside the door frame. If the track is out of alignment, the door cannot roll up or down; a track may come out of alignment if a garage should settle or shift slightly, just as your house settles. You may have also damaged the track by brushing up against it with your car or bike or other such item. Use a carpenter’s level to check the track and note any areas where it’s not level and have it replaced as needed. For assistance, talk to a professional like The Roller Door...

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Mulching Lawn Mowers – A Buyer’s Guide

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mulching Lawn Mowers – A Buyer’s Guide

If you like the idea of recycling in your garden, you may be wondering about buying a recycling or mulching lawn mower.  Here’s a brief overview of mulching mowers, outlining their advantages and disadvantages, so that you can make an informed decision on whether this type of mower would suit your requirements. What are mulching or recycling lawn mowers? Mulching or recycling lawn mowers are designed to be used without a clippings box.  Instead of collecting the waste as you mow for later disposal, the grass is double-cut, forming very fine clippings that are then distributed over the lawn, where they act as mulch. The clippings produced by mulching mowers are so fine that they don’t form ugly clumps on your lawn, as can happen if you just leave the grass collection box or bag off an ordinary lawn mower. Disadvantages of mulching lawn mowers The main disadvantage of mulching lawn mowers is that they can encourage the growth of weeds in your lawn.  This means that you may need to apply a weed killer to your grass every spring, entailing extra cost and making more work for you.  Alternatively, you could just collect the clippings in the springtime when weeds and grasses are seeding as a preventative measure.   All that lovely, fresh organic matter also attracts worms.  This can leave your lawn littered with worm casts and may also encourage moles to take up residence in search of food, leaving your lawn damaged by mole hills. Advantages of mulching lawn mowers One big advantage of mulching mowers is that they can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent collecting and disposing of grass clippings.  They are also great if you are keen to manage totally organic lawn care and aren’t bothered by a few daisies popping up here and there in your lawn. If you have a very large lawn, it may not be practical for you to collect and dispose of all the grass clippings that are generated every time you mow, and using a mulching mower will save you the job.  A layer of clippings is also a good way of retaining moisture in your grass during the warm, dry summer months.  When used in conjunction with an aeration and raking system, mulching mowers can help to control thatch in your lawn. In conclusion As you can see, there are a number of advantages to using mulching or recycling lawn mowers.  If this form of mowing sounds like it would suit you, have a chat with your local lawn mower supplier to see what’s...

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Kitchen Upgrades That Make it More Energy-Efficient

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kitchen Upgrades That Make it More Energy-Efficient

There are a variety of kitchen renovations you can make to increase the value of your home and make your kitchen more functional, but don’t forget about the ones that make it more eco-friendly. With these easy tips, you will have an energy-efficient kitchen. Install Energy-Efficient Appliances While this isn’t an inexpensive improvement to make to your kitchen, it is a really important one. The appliances you are using might be using much more energy and water than is really necessary. You can easily reduce your carbon footprint simply by getting better appliances. For starters, consider replacing your oven and stovetop with a more eco-friendly model, which will use less energy every time you cook. This not only helps the environment but lowers your monthly utility bills as well. You can also install a dishwasher that is friendlier to the environment by using less energy and water, as well as an efficient refrigerator. Improve the Lighting You can get better lighting in your kitchen while also making it eco-friendly at the same time. Choose lighting fixtures that are labelled as eco-friendly since these tend to use less energy. Combine the earth-friendly fixtures with fluorescent light bulbs and get rid of those energy-sucking incandescent bulbs. The added benefit is that fluorescent light bulbs often last longer, so you aren’t replacing them as often, which helps to save you money as well. Also consider keeping the curtains or blinds in the kitchen open more often so you can get natural light during the day and are able to turn the lights off. Have Green Countertops Installed You can also have a greener home by installing new countertops. First of all, if you choose natural stone like granite or marble, these occur naturally in the environment, so you avoid harsh chemical processes. It can definitely lower your carbon footprint. Also consider using recyclable materials in your countertop, such as with concrete or glass. Many people are using concrete for their countertops since it is not only a greener option, but they are durable and can handle extreme heat, scratches, and other things that occur with prepping and cooking in the kitchen. Get Radiant Floors It is possible to combine durable flooring with your home’s HVAC system in order to have a more earth-friendly kitchen. This is possible by replacing your current flooring with radiant floors, which have tubes underneath them to provide heat throughout your home. These floors can be installed in the kitchen and other areas of our home, so you get heat from the ground beneath your home instead of forced heat through the...

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Choosing Double Glazing: Is Laminated Glass the Best Option For a Family Home?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Double Glazing: Is Laminated Glass the Best Option For a Family Home?

If you have kids, safety around the home is always an issue. While you may already have taken steps to make the inside of your home safe for your children—making sure that they don’t fall down stairs, trap their fingers in cupboards or stick inappropriate items in electrical sockets—you may not think about the structure of your home as much. However, if you’re about to choose new double glazing, it may be worth adding safety to the mix by considering using laminated glass for your windows and doors. This kind of glass may add a useful level of protection for your young family. But how does laminated glass protect your kids? What Is Laminated Glass? Laminated glass is basically a glass sandwich. Sheets of glass work like the bread in the sandwich; the filling is made up of a layer of a plastic material that is bonded in between the glass sheets. This plastic makes regular glass safer when it is broken. If you break a window or door that is made from laminated glass, the glass won’t shatter into lots of big and sharp pieces that fall out of the frame. The impact that causes the glass to break is affected by the plastic layer. This layer absorbs some of the impact shock; the shards of glass tend to stick to the plastic rather than fall out. Why Is Laminated Glass a Safer Option for Kids? Kids can be an accident waiting to happen. If you have toddlers, you already know that kids at this age find their feet but don’t really know how to use them yet. This makes them prone to falls, tumbles and accidents while they learn how to walk properly. Older kids may have mastered walking but may then spend their lives running from A to B without a care in the world or a thought for safety. If a child falls into a glass door or against a glass window with enough force to break it, the child could get badly cut by the glass that comes out of the frame. If the door or window uses laminated glass, this may not be as much of an issue, as the child is less likely to fall or step on pieces of glass that might injure them. If you live in an area with severe weather problems, choosing laminated double glazing may also help protect you and your family from weather-related damage. For example, if heavy winds throw something against a glass door or window, the glass may well break and fall in on anyone who happens to be close to the frame. If this happens with laminated glass, there is less likelihood that pieces of shattered glass can be blown into the room. While your main reason for choosing laminated double glazing may be safety, you may also keep your neighbours happier by using this kind of glass. The layering within laminated glass adds soundproofing qualities. If you have a tribe of noisy and energetic children, you may contain their natural exuberance a little more effectively with this kind of...

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