Keys To A Low Maintenance Lawn And Garden

Mulching Tips

Mulch will help conserve moisture, cut down on weeds, fertilize the soil and assist with visual appeal. A beautiful front yard landscaping can certainly be achieved with different mulch kinds. You can actually use pretty much everything as mulch – provided though that it is not toxic and is biodegradable.

You can use rocks as mulch. In fact, this has a very surprising effect. It will make the growing season last a bit longer. When rocks are exposed to the sun, they absorb heat and put it in the soil. In turn, this gives plants more incentive to grow.

Apart from rocks, you can make your own mulch. There is no secret to making such. It is just shredded leaves, barks and other materials that is placed around your plants to serve a purpose. The leave you rake up, along with the grass you mow, can serve as mulch.

If you want to kill weeds, you can use newspapers and mulch. Use the newspaper to cover weed, and put some mulch on top of it. If you block out the sum, the weeds will certainly die. Also, you don’t have to remove the newspaper because the ink is not toxic and the paper is biodegradable.

Furthermore, you can turn your Christmas tree into mulch so your garden can get through hard winters. Instead of throwing it, you can actually make use of its branches to help protect your plants.

Dethatching Tips

If you have an established, healthy lawn, you may have thatch. Lush lawns getting a lot of attention are prone to thatch – you just do not see it.

Thatch will develop after you have been tending the lawn for several years. It is a light brown lawn that often builds up between the soil and the green grass. It is made up of living, decaying and dead organic matter such as roots, runners and stems. Be aware that grass clippings do not cause thatch because they are mostly water; hence, they decay fast.

At some point, thatch is a very good thing. It will make the turf a bit springy and very comfortable to walk on. It conserves water, protects the soil, and helps the lawn hold up better. But when the organic matter between the soil and grass build up faster than it decays, it becomes a problem. Though this may seem harmless, it can actually make it harder for the grass roots to take hold in the soil. Excessive that can become a breeding ground for diseases and pests.

If you need to dethatch, be sure to do it right.

Make Any Space Interesting With A Round Rug

Major furnishings should touch the round floor rug:

This is the same rule for both rectangular and square rugs. When the homeowner at least tries to get even part of the furniture pieces in the area to touch the rug it will fit perfectly. This applies even more so with a round floor rug. Take care when measuring the space to consider the curving edges that will look strange if none of the major pieces of furniture rest on top. It will definitely look out of place.

Perfect for use under curvy furnishings:

Anyone that has a round coffee or dining table would be doing themselves a disservice to not consider a round rug. There’s an instant compatibility that occurs when the rug and furniture are matched. The only rule here is to be sure the rug is big enough to accommodate chairs if present around the table.

With minimalist décor:

The latest trend in interior décor is that of minimalist furnishings and other additions. When placing a rug like this in a room that’s minimally decorated it has a chance to be the star. Keep the room painted in basic colors, and any wall hangings or vases should be simple as well. Then allow the rug to be a pop of color and style. It’s amazing what this method can do in this case. It will add a soft element that is inviting and awe-inspiring.

Defining an area:

Have a dull corner, entryway, or small space like a bathroom? A round floor rug will help define it. Choose patterns and bright colors and if need be adding a small accent table or large vase to really set the area off. It’s easy to make a unique décor by doing so.

Bathroom Tiles Renovation

Budget and Time Allocation

Making sure you have an appropriate budget for your upcoming bathroom tile renovation is the first thing to think about. The budget for the new tiles and other bathroom components is one thing, but having a backup budget for any pipeline damages or any other unforeseeable damages is always important to consider. Once you’ve developed a budget plan the next step is to understand that this process can be lengthy so make sure there is more than one bathroom in the house and available for use! Patience is a virtue in this process so be prepared to wait from anywhere between a few days to a week or two.

Tile Selection Process

Next, you must decide on what kind of design you are looking for and the functionality you want to achieve within that during this renovation process. Once that has been established, considering the tile colors, designs, materials etc. is the next step. Consider all components in the bathroom when selecting the right tiles. Consider the bathroom wall colors, the faucet and sink styles, cabinet color/style, and the tub.

Next, you must decide on what type of design you are aiming for and the functionality you want to achieve within that. Once you have these ideas planned out, you can start to decide what type of bathroom tiles will best match with the paint colours, faucets, tubs, and cabinets you select. This will allow for a stylish overall look giving your bathroom the refreshing appeal you have desired for.

Purchasing porcelain or glazed tiles is the route to take if you are looking for an easy to keep up bathroom. For a little higher maintenance but non-slip capabilities, selecting tiles with textured surfaces or matte finishes is the way to go since they have more grip.

One Last Step

Once everything has been pieced together, maintaining the bathroom is your next step. Making sure the tiles stay in mint condition really comes down to one thing – quality and cleanliness. Your newly renovated bathroom is complete a needs a thorough clean to have it looking the best.

Fix UPVC Door Handle Problems

Try removing and then cleaning the handle.

  • Slightly loosen the screws that hold the handle to the door itself. Hopefully this will make the handle turn more easily.
  • Take the handle off the door and attempt to operate it while holding the back plate. If the handle does not work as it should, try lubricating the mechanism with grease. This should allow the handle to work and turn freely again.
  • If the problem is that the door is not latching shut properly, this could mean that the spring mechanism inside the lock has failed. To test for this problem, take the latch off of the door and try pressing it with your finger. This will need to be replaced if it does not spring back fully or does so but very slowly.

These are only a few hints and tips on how to repair door handles, you may need more than a replacement and if so it may be time to consider replacing the door as a whole for a more modern variant. There are many companies who can fit a new composite door, or indeed it is possible to order bespoke doors online and fit them yourself.

Choose Home Interior Design Partner Wisely

Don’t Consult Too Many People

Every designer is different from the other. Consulting too many people will only confuse you and not help you in anyway because every designer will suggest you something new. And after the project is completed, you will always have the feeling that the other design was better, whereas there is nothing as such.

Look for Someone Who Provides Turnkey Solution

There are several aspects of interior designing. From giving design ideas to measurement and then 2D and 3D visualization along with a quotation. And after the quotation is approved the execution part comes into play. Now the execution is also not that easy a task. It involves product manufacturing, civil works, site work, keeping the entire process running, coordinating with labours and suppliers, delivery, installation and much more. If you choose a design partner who takes care of all these under one roof, then you will have to consult a single person for any query related to your project. If you assign too many people for your project you will have to shed a lot of time and energy running behind them to get a project update.

Too Less Is Definitely Fishy

If you have consulted a few people for interior designing and have taken a quotation from each of them, then don’t always select the minimum quotation blindly. You need to first see that what the material specification is. If the material specification and quality are same in all the quotations then you need to know the per square foot rate of the jobs and raw materials that are specified. If somebody has specified a rate which is way below the market rate then you need to understand that something is fishy.

Create Kid-Friendly Landscaping

Updating Your Driveway

Think about all the slips and falls that have occurred on your driveway, and it may not even be just with the kids! The surface can get wet, icy, and just plain slippery. It’s also not exactly a soft surface to land on. This is exactly why bonded resin driveways are making such an impact in residential settings now. It used to be that you would only see resin bound surfacing in a few select areas such as a modern playground or indoor pool area. Now the process is being used all over the place.

Resin bound surfacing gives the look of real pavement, concrete, stone and loose gravel but is in fact a resin surface. It provides a non-slip surface, which is ideal for kids and adults alike. It’s also much softer to the touch so if a fall were to happen, it won’t create the same sort of painful results.

There are other benefits in going the route of bonded resin driveways such as the fact they are low maintenance and don’t need any resurfacing, they have a long life-span (usually 15 years), you won’t need to worry about weeds popping through the surface, they are pet-friendly, easy to clean, they have UV protection, and are environmentally friendly.

No Fuss Grass

Another area of concern for parents can be with the lawn. If your child suffers from outdoor/environmental allergies then the lawn can be a source of discomfort rather than fun. That and the fact you as the homeowner are responsible for all the upkeep, weeding, watering, and trimming.

Patio Door Security

While this seems rudimentary, and almost archaic, it is wise, as six out of ten burglaries, begin with entry through the back of the house. Three out of ten require no force at all; they are through open doors and windows! Thus, by even using a very archaic method to better secure your doors, you significantly reduce your chances of being burglarized etc. If you watch television you know that by breaking glass you not only have the problem of noise, but you also have the problem with DNA testing if blood is left at the scene. Thus, breaking in by literally breaking, does not happen much more. So, having some sort of patio door security besides the flimsy door lock is a great idea!

The locks that come as a basic with patio doors are generally put together with materials that are soft and brittle. Most will snap off or break if put under pressure. So, the best way to improve the patio door security in your home is to add additional and also visible locks. If you want the best patio door security possible, then look for a security bar with a patented locking device that can withstand up to 1,000 pounds of force. Look for patio door security bars, and make sure they have features that also prevent thieves from lifting the door off the track.

Why would you want to have your patio door security be visible? Well, for one, if a burglar can see how secure the door is, they are less likely to damage it at all in an attempt to get in. many times they can see that their feat is hopeless, and they may not even try to begin with.

It makes sense to add additional locks as they are relatively inexpensive, do not take much time or effort to fit to your patio door, and are generally not much of a hassle, and are easy to operate; thus, your life becomes more secure, and you do not have any inconvenience.

Part of your patio door security is for your own security, you will need to have quick and easy ways out, not just in, so if you have patio door security that that requires a key, it would be wise to keep the key near the lock, but hidden from outside view. This will mean that should you need to exit your home quickly, you won’t have to search for a key, or break glass, but simply leave quickly.

Another form of patio door security is found in the glass. You can improve security not just with a security bar, but also by replacing single glazed glass with polycarbonate or wire-embedded glass.

Select A Gym Towel

  • The material – Cotton is the best material for workout towel and most of the towels are actually made of cotton. This is because the cotton fibers are quick dry and super absorbent. If you are a regular at the gym, you definitely want a material that is easy to clean and dry and cotton makes a great choice. Cotton is also durable, but you have other options like linen, microfiber and cotton-polyester blends.
  • Absorbency – The main purpose of getting yourself a gym towel is to absorb the excess water in the form of sweat during or after a workout. Choose a towel with loops that absorb sweat easily; the more the loops the greater the absorbency rate of the towel. It should however not be as thick as a full bath towel because then it becomes easy for it to retain water between washes and you would also have to carry that extra weight in the gym bag. Still in under absorbency, never use fabric softeners and harsh detergents on your gym towel because they affect the absorbency.
  • Weight and size – The fabric density is what determines the weight of the towel; the thinner the fabric the lighter the towel and the less expensive it is going to be but then it means wearing down fast. A workout towel should be heavier to serve your regular users, but it should not be too heavy to trap moisture and harbor bacteria when not thoroughly washed or dried. Let the length of your workout help you choose the right size and weight. It is also helpful to consider packing requirements in relation to the gym bag you have.
  • Softness – The length of the fibers determines how soft your gym towel is going to be and how absorbent it really is. Lengthy fibers create softer towels, but because you really do not need extra absorbency with your gym towel, the standard fiber length will work just great with the workout towel. Choose a towel that is gentle enough on sensitive areas of the skin such as the face with premium cotton towels making some of the best because of softness without affecting durability in any way.

Estimating Roof Price


Materials will be one of the biggest factors involved in calculating your roof price and while it is possible to reduce the cost by using different types of material you have to remember that this can often lead to a false economy. If using a different material means a saving of 10% on your roof price, but the material will last 30% less time then your best option is to choose the more expensive material. Obviously it is important that you select materials that are hard wearing and good looking where required but are also cost effective. You should have selected a roofing contractor that you have some faith in and discussing the particular materials with him or her will usually give you the answers you are looking for.


Labor cost may vary slightly from one contractor to another but not by very much and it is certainly unlikely to be an area that can be negotiated. Within your roof price will be charges for all laborers including the people who strip your roof and load the skip. Any preliminary work you can do yourself is always advisable and if you are able to do any of the menial work yourself then you should consider this also. You need to check the terms of liability insurance with the roofing contractor first though and agree the tasks you will complete yourself before negotiating a contract. This really can make a difference to your roof price.


This is the area that may have a little room for negotiation but every company needs to make a profit. Get quotes from small companies and from large companies and compare the roof price associated with these quotes. While small companies may not require the same level of profit as the larger companies, they will usually have to pay more for materials and other factors making the bottom line roof price very similar.

Contingencies and other costs

Things can go wrong, even to professionals. Roof work is by no means any different and roofing contractors may include a contingency fund in their quote. This means that if they do come across a problem then they won’t need to persuade you to part with more money before they can continue. You should, of course, find out what happens to this contingency fund if it isn’t required. You may think you are better off having the contingency fund taken out of the roof price but prepare yourself for having to stump up extra money if you do try this.

Crawl Space Ventilation

If vents are far enough below grade, the dirt can block the openings so air will not circulate. The vents will not ventilate! When home inspectors see this condition, if vents cannot be fixed by removing or grading soil, the inspector will probably recommend that the client put in vent wells. The most simple vent wells consist of frames made from pressure-treated lumber. However, metal or plastic vent wells, specially made for the purpose, can be purchased at building supply stores. The well is dug into the soil, in front of the vent and deeper than the vent, so there is an opening in front of and below the vent. Personally, I like to see the well dug a few inches deeper than the vent, then the space filled with pea gravel up until about 2″ below the vent.

Another issue is that often people block the vents in an unconditioned crawl space. Although this is sometimes justified in winter, when there is a danger to pipes from severe temperatures, in Washington State blocked vents in an unconditioned crawl space are defined by the Washington State Department of Agriculture as conducive to attracting wood destroying organisms. A state licensed structural pest inspector should, in most cases, site blocked vents as a conducive condition. In the Pacific Northwest, if pipes are wrapped, foundation vents can be left open year-round most years. This basic information might not apply in severe climates or in partially heated or “conditioned” crawl spaces.