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4 Notorious Insect Pests You Should Keep Out of Your Flower Garden

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Notorious Insect Pests You Should Keep Out of Your Flower Garden

Flowers are beautiful additions to any home garden. Without proper attention, however, flowers will not flourish. Foes of the home flower garden appear to be as many and as the different species of garden flowers available. Insect pests are not equally destructive; some insect pests usually cause more havoc in flower gardens than others. Home gardeners should continually be able to manage attacks by these insect pests to reduce the extent of damage. Here are some very destructive pests you will should vigilantly look out for if you are to have a fighting chance of keeping your flower garden insect-free all year round. Leafhoppers Leafhoppers are notorious for injecting a plant toxin that may deform flowers. A sure telltale sign that these insects have invaded your flower garden is wilting of leaf tips. You can use insecticidal soap to help you keep leafhopper populations...

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Cheap Ways Of Insulating Drafty Windows

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cheap Ways Of Insulating Drafty Windows

When it comes to keeping your home warm during the winter months, one important area to focus on is your windows.  Poorly insulated windows can allow a lot of precious heat to escape, leaving your rooms feeling chilly and drafty.  Replacing your windows with new sealed, double-glazed units is the best option, although if you can’t afford to do this, there are other ways of insulating your window frames and sills.  Read on to find out more.    Fit weather sealing Rubber weather sealing comes in inexpensive self-adhesive strips and can be bought online or from good DIY stores.  Simply cut the strips to fit your window dimensions, peel off the backing, and then stick the strips to the window frames to seal any gaps and banish drafts.  You can remove the strips during the summer time if you...

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How to Clean Double Roller Blinds

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Clean Double Roller Blinds

Double roller blinds are perfect for your home because they are able to blend into the architectural style of the home rather than appearing like a piece of decoration. But just like any other part of the house, double roller blinds are able to accumulate dust and small bugs as well as splashed foods. Fortunately, cleaning them is an easy task that only requires a short amount of time. Check the Care Label This is necessary in order to avoid cleaning the blinds in a way that will damage them. Depending on what the care label states, you can either wash the double roller blinds in a bathtub or spot clean them, which means cleaning only the spots that are dirty.Take out the blinds from the window and from the roller as well in order to be able to...

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What You Should Know About Radiant Floor Heating

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know About Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is a type of in-floor heating that heats your home from the ground up, instead of going through vents and ducts in your home. This is done through a heat transfer system installed between the finishing layer and substrate layer of your flooring. Here are some things to know about this type of home heating system. There Are Different Types of Radiant Floor Heating The first thing you should know about this form of heating is that there are actually different methods. There are hydronic heating systems that work through radiant air floors in your home, though this is the less popular option. This is done by having tubes installed underneath the floor’s surface, which hot water goes through. It works similar to a radiator. When hot water fills the tubes, it helps to heat the...

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How to Build a Simple Grecian Urn Water Feature

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Build a Simple Grecian Urn Water Feature

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as the sound of water gently bubbling over stones on a pleasant summer’s afternoon. You can build your own Grecian urn fountain water feature in just a weekend using supplies you’ll find in a good DIY or garden store and a few basic DIY skills.  Read on to find out how. What you’ll need large, Grecian-urn-style pot decorative stones and pebbles barb fitting PVC female adapter plumber’s epoxy drill with masonry bit waterproof catch basin cinder blocks sand plastic grate flexible tubing submersible pump hose clamps x 2 flexible screen reciprocating saw PVC pipe black spray paint How to do it Begin by creating a drainage hole in the bottom of your urn using the drill and masonry bit. If the vessel already has a hole, you may need to widen it slightly, and...

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Looking Beyond the Energy-Efficiency of Using Double-glazed Windows: 3 Other Essential Benefits

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking Beyond the Energy-Efficiency of Using Double-glazed Windows: 3 Other Essential Benefits

The main consideration behind the design of double-glazed windows is to improve energy-efficient in homes. That’s why these window units have an extra layer of glass to provide insulation against the cold weather outside and keep your home warmer, especially during winter. Likewise, the insulation will protect your home against high temperatures outdoors by absorbing some of the solar heat burning through your windows during those excruciatingly hot, summer days. Besides associated energy-efficiency, double-glazed windows provide other essential benefits as well, including: Noise reduction Do you want to keep your home quieter and more peaceful despite not having any say on noises coming from outside? Equipped with two layers of glass, double-glazed windows will dilute noise coming into your home from outside, dramatically reducing noise pollution and maintaining a quieter indoor environment. Noise reduction will vary depending on the...

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