Creating More Living Space Outdoors

  • Troubleshooting Your Roller Shade Blinds

    22 December 2015

    Roller shades provide a stylish and accommodating way to gain privacy in your home. While installing roller shades is usually simple, there are some potential problems that could arise after installation occurs. Here are three problems you might face, and some simple ways to correct them so that your roller shades will work properly. 1. When rolling up, the shade drifts to one side. Properly installed roller shades should roll up without drifting to one side or the other.

  • The Right Way To Implement Sand When Installing Pavers

    28 November 2015

    Pavers need sand to help hold them in place and to also prevent weeds and pests from destroying the pavers. How you apply sand to your pavers will affect how well the sand will hold in the face of adverse weather conditions, strong wind and persistent weeds. Also, adding sand properly will bind the pavers together with friction joints. Choosing The Sand First, select the type of sand you will use.

  • Dressing Up The Blinds In Your Rental

    6 November 2015

    Statistics show that 37% of all U.S. households are rentals. If you are living in a rental property then you may find it difficult to personalize your living space. Landlords don't usually let tenants paint walls or remodel kitchen appliances, but there are some simple ways you can transform your rental space into an area that reflects your personal sense of style. Dressing up the plastic mini blinds commonly found in rental properties is a great place to start the personalization process.

  • 3 Things To Check When Your Sprinkler System Isn't Working Properly

    14 October 2015

    When your sprinkler system isn't working properly, you're literally pouring money down the drain. It's vital to make sure that you spot problems with the sprinkler system as quickly as possible so that you can adjust or replace the faulty portion. Once your sprinklers are back in good working order, you won't have to worry about water not getting to the right places in your garden. Check the Sprinkler Heads

  • Winter Is Coming: Is Your Lawn Read?

    23 September 2015

    Are you preparing your lawn for the coming winter? While most people don't give a lot of thought to their grass as the cold weather approaches, doing a little planning and preparation will help you maintain a green lawn in the spring. Here are 4 steps for prepping your yard for winter. Blow Out the Sprinklers If you have an irrigation system installed, you will need to prepare it for the winter by performing what's called a "

  • 9 Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs While Visiting Family And Friends

    23 August 2015

    Bed bugs can be found in a number of unusual locations. Unfortunately, your friends and families are not exempt from having them. If you are visiting relatives this summer and want to avoid bringing home bed bugs, there is a way to keep you and your family bed bug free without creating an uncomfortable situation for your hosts.  Line your suitcases with plastic. When you and your family are packing, line everyone's suitcases with plastic.

  • How To Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers

    7 July 2015

    Many brides this year will select either silk floral arrangements for their wedding flowers, or they will pay several times more for fresh cut flowers on the day of their wedding. If you desperately desire fresh flowers, but do not want to pay the florist hundreds of thousands of dollars, you can grow your own. Here are some suggestions for popular wedding flowers that you can start growing up to a year before your nuptials.

  • Keep Your Trees Healthy: 4 Reasons You Should Trim Your Trees

    17 June 2015

    If you're not familiar with tree-maintenance, you might not know that your trees will need to be pruned each year. Pruning is one of the best ways to keep your trees healthy. Here's a quick guide to help you understand the benefits of pruning your trees once a year. Improves Growth and Shape Trees that are not pruned on a regular basis, often develop problems with their growth. Some of those problems include:

  • Tips For Choosing The Best Carpeting For Your Home

    28 May 2015

    There are things to consider besides price and color when you shop for new carpeting. You need to pick carpet that matches your lifestyle so it lasts longer and maintains its appearance. There are so many options available that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are a few things to think about when trying to find the best carpeting for your home. Foot Traffic If you have kids or always seem to have a lot of guests in your home, you want carpeting that is durable and stands up to a lot of wear.

  • Mulberry Trees: A Growing And Care Guide

    5 May 2015

    Wouldn't it be nice to have both shade and fresh berries, right in your own backyard? With a mulberry tree, you can have just that. These hardy trees are native to China, but are now grown throughout North America. They are easy to grow and maintain, and they produce delicious, dark red berries in the summer months. Follow these tips to plant and maintain a mulberry tree in your yard: