Tuesday, September 24, 2013

5 Ways to Better Enjoy your Backyard - Sponsored Post

Your backyard is as much of a living space as any other area of your home, but it is often the most neglected. People do not know how to properly enjoy their backyard, and so it is often left to decay, with muddy tracks to and from washing lines or sheds, limp grass, and very few plants. What most people don't realize is that it is possible to enjoy your backyard, to treat it as part of the house and to really live in it. There are a few ways in which you can transform your backyard and take more pleasure in it.

1) Create an Outer Living Space

Rather than just add a few trees or plants, one way to really enjoy the backyard to its fullest is to turn it into a living space. Add a few comfortable chairs, with cushions to ensure that it is pleasant to sit on them for long periods, and then add tables. More important than that, is to add shade. Use awnings, which are easily attached to the house, or gazebo covers to ensure that the living area is protected from the heat of the sun, or from rain.

2) Add Water Features

If you want to relax in your garden, and get away from the rat race in your own little Eden, then one thing you will need is a water feature. They have been used for centuries in Oriental landscapes due to the relaxing nature of water moving softly between rocks, or burbling over a drop into a pond below. Make it easy for yourself by placing it on even ground, and avoid over-hanging trees which will make the water dirty.

3) Add a Fire Pit

More popular now than ever, the fire pit is a great way to get more enjoyment out of your garden. These little areas, either built into a patio, or bought as a furniture piece, will ensure that you can relax in your garden of an evening. With the heat from the pit, and the occasional burst of flame which arouses gasps and laughter, it is not only a great focal point in the garden, but will be a talking point among your friends, too. It is not difficult to find a good fire pit, and as long as it is kept away from plants and flammable items such as gazebo covers, then it should be perfectly safe for you to use.

4) Fencing and Decking

You could change the way you enjoy your garden by adding decking and fencing to the outside area. You don't have to have wild animals on your doorstep to use fencing, as it is now as much of a garden feature as it is a defense. Traditional gardeners might want the white picket fence, of course, but others might enjoy organic fences, or even ones which have been designed with small holes in the wood, perfect for bees and other hibernating insects.

5) Add Gazebos and Pergolas

Adding a construction such as a gazebo is one way to create something original and attractive in your garden, as well as providing a sheltered spot where you can watch flowers bloom, or see wild animals coming to drink from your pond. The gazebo looks attractive, and it is possible to buy gazebo covers from YescomUSA which can be matched to other features, such as painted woods, chairs or landscape designs.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Matching Your Garden Furniture with the Weather - Sponsored Post

If you have a garden or even just a patio that you want to furnish, then 
that’s fine. However, remember that besides your furniture being 
stylish, it also needs to be practical. Outdoor furniture is different 
from indoor furniture in several aspects, the most important of them all 
being the fact that it needs to endure the weather. You should always 
take your climate into account when you are buying new outdoor furniture 
because some pieces were simply not meant to be used in certain 
conditions. If you do not, you will soon discover that your furniture 
will not last long and that you will have wasted your money.

All patio and garden furniture has been designed in order to be used 
outside, so it will be weather-resistant up to a point. However, if you 
want your furniture to look just as good season after season, you will 
have to be careful when you buy it. Basically, there are four main types 
of material used to make garden furniture: plastic, wood, wicker and 
metal. Each one comes with its own set of advantages and drawbacks so it 
is just a matter of deciding which one would fit you best, taking into 
account your personal preferences and the weather.

Plastic furniture is a good choice for some because it is inexpensive 
and can withstand the weather for years. However, it does not look very 
stylish and it is always associated with the word “cheap” in a negative 
way. If practicality is the most important quality when it comes to 
garden furniture, then this can be the choice for you.

Wood is usually pretty resistant to the elements, but it basically 
depends what kind of wood you select. Hardwood will be tougher but, at 
the same time, it will be more expensive. The problem with wood 
furniture is that it requires a lot of care and maintenance. If you 
leave your wooden furniture exposed to the weather and not treat it 
regularly then it will start to rot and get sun damage.

Wicker is a good choice as it can resist the sun, but it is very light 
and this is not good if you live in a very windy area. There is also the 
choice between natural wicker fibers and synthetic ones. While most 
people will prefer the natural option, it is less resistant to the weather.

Lastly, we come to metal. Most garden furniture is made from wrought 
iron, although aluminum is also a popular choice. It is the most durable 
material available but, like wood, it requires maintenance. It also 
comes with a hefty price tag, but it will face the weather with no

You should always remember that any garden furniture that can be moved 
and protected from harsh weather elements should be moved: folded chairs 
can be packed up, pillows can be put in baskets and patio umbrella lights
can be turned off and closed.

If you are on the hunt for top quality furniture that will withstand the 
weather, you can visit www.thelashop.com where you will 
find a large variety of different styles and materials to suit all your 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lambswool Dusters - eco-friendly dusting with no chemicals

I've recently added lambswool dusters to my dust-busting arsenal. I used to think that damp dusting with soft cloths was the only way to keep on top of these allergy-triggering particles, but I was given a Wool Shop lambs wool duster recently to try and was pleasantly surprised by how well the furry wand grabbed dust from blinds, shelves, books, and fragile knick-knacks with no water or chemicals. And I liked that the wooden handle allowed me to extend my reach for items and spaces higher up, so I could clean from a lower ladder rung.

Because the natural fatty-based lanolin and scaly structure of the wool fibers are so effective at attracting dust, you will need to clean yours periodically in warm water and a drop of very mild soap. Pat excess water out in a towel, then take it outside to roll between your palms to re-shape. Hang it to dry.

Do keep in mind that the damp method of dusting is still the only way to go if grease or grime is mixed in with the dust. But if you've been keeping your home up regularly, a lambs wool duster is a time-saving, eco-friendly alternative.

*Visit Wool Shop to buy a lambswool duster*

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