Unless you have a purpose-built fireplace away from your grass, the ideal placement for your fire may be on the lawn. Here’s how to protect your turf while enjoying a backyard fire pit.
Every homeowner who tends to a lawn has had to deal with a sloshing, muddy drainage problem at some point or another. Here are some fool-proof solutions.
No one wants to figure in a situation where the need to call for emergency help is necessary. But if you are a hiking novice or are a newcomer to the outdoors, it’s vital that you are equipped for such a scenario.
Mosquitoes are not simply irritating biting insects — they’re also carriers of numerous life-threatening diseases such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Dengue fever. Like it or not, mozzies are always going to be around as they can breed in the smallest of containers and puddles. Personal repellents are good but the best solution is […]
Drying is a form of food preservation because by getting rid of moisture, you prevent bacteria from ruining your fruits and vegetables. It’s a great snack idea as well, especially for the kids! But electric dehydrators can be too energy-consuming as they run all day long. If you live in a tropical area or where […]
Let giant dragonflies invade your garden or yard by upcycling old ceiling fan blades! This outdoor decor is sure to make passers-by take a second look… Don’t have an old ceiling fan? Why not search your local thrift store? And while you’re there, go look for a straight but carved table leg because you’ll be needing it, […]
Making your own smoker doesn’t necessarily have to be a big project, especially if you are just a small family who simply want to enjoy a little outdoor cooking during the weekends. When we think of DIY smokers, we usually imagine drum or barrel smokers which could be a challenge for some of us to convert […]
Looking for a simple project to decorate your yard? Why not make this DIY clay pot lighthouse? This quick project is very easy to do and would only take a couple of hours of your time. You could use a battery-operated light or better yet a solar one for a safe and more inexpensive lighting. It’s a […]
In Mending Wall, poet Robert Frost decries the saying that “Good fences make good neighbours”. It’s a beautiful piece of writing but I feel the saying has great relevance in an urban setting. Fences do help define the boundaries between public and private, yours and mine. But all too often, those same fences are drab and […]
How does your backyard look right now? Is it ready for your summer cookouts and get-togethers? If you feel like your outdoor area is too plain and boring, perhaps decorating your fence can help bring more life to it! And we’re not talking about a paint job or the more pricey option of building a new one! Fences […]
Think your outdoor living area needs a little more privacy? Then here are some great DIY ideas that can isolate your space, yet still allow for the enjoyment of the outdoors! Spending some time to unwind on a well-decorated and furnished yard or patio can be the next best thing to going on a weekend beach getaway — especially […]
What makes these pieces of furniture astonishing is that it takes great woodworking skills and talent to make one! Agree? If you really want to have an impressive outdoor area, this is the kind of furniture you should be aiming for. Just by looking at each of these tree stump and log furniture, one can already imagine the […]
I have always wanted to try barbecuing food in a block pit smoker. Since my last yard task entailed re-stacking all the concrete block in my brick pile, I decided to seize the opportunity, and re-stacked the blocks in the shape of a smoker. I was not disappointed! Buying a smoker is a big no […]
Tandoori cooking is one of the world’s favourites. Although most of us think of Tandoori foods as being Indian (think Tandoori Chicken with the freshest of Naan breads) , it’s a style used from the Causcas, down through Turkey and the Middle East right through to South Asia. The secret to Tandoors is the very high […]
Want a hammock for your porch, but can’t find one that suits your taste? Why not make your own? An outdoor area is never complete without a place to sit and relax. A hammock is one of your best options. It’s a great place to relax and take a nap. Installing a hammock doesn’t require […]
It’s a beautiful, balmy night. You decide to sit out and do a little star gazing. Wonderful… until the mosquitoes find you! Human skin is a myriad jumble of fragrances. The bacteria living on our skin emit more than 200 odor chemicals. Mosquitoes are drawn to those odors. That’s why they swarm your barbecues and evening porch-sitting, […]
Could you use a unique centerpiece and personal retreat in your backyard or garden? You can never go wrong with these living willow structures! Adding a willow structure to your backyard turns it into a place where you can relax and unwind. A living willow structure doesn’t only aesthetically improve your yard, but also provides […]
The Japanese have known for centuries just how relaxing a hot bath is. They may not have invented the hot tub, but they certainly have the use down to an artform. Do you come home from work burdened with the stress of the day? Maybe you need a hot tub like one of these in […]
The digital age is a blessing and a curse. It allows us all, kids included, to expand our universe beyond anything our parents could have imagined. On the other hand, all too often, kids spend countless hours glued to a screen instead of ‘doing’. Here is a fun and educational way to divert them from […]
If you have some decorating plans for your home this year, then you should consider including an outdoor-space makeover. Summer will be warmer than usual this year – perfect for lounging around the backyard or the patio, enjoying new outdoor furniture. And outdoor furniture doesn’t get much better than a comfy swing seat, right? Extend […]
If you want a really cheap, fun piece of outdoor furniture to really relax on, then you might want to consider a hanging lounger made from upcycled pallets! Pallets are hardwearing and sturdy, which makes them a good material to use when making your own hanging lounge. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of the must-see […]
The idea of root cellars has been around for centuries, way before refrigerators were invented, and is still being utilized today. It’s an effective way of storing and preserving root vegetables and fruits such as carrots, potatoes, beets, turnips, apples, etc. The major principle used in preserving produce this way is the natural insulation provided by […]
So what do you do when you want the natural benefits and beauty of nature but you live in a concrete jungle? You go vertical of course! Vertical gardens are nothing new. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are considered one of the ancient world’s greatest wonders. While you may not want something of that grander […]
Manhole covers aren’t exactly sexy, right? I mean, you don’t wake up in the morning saying, “Hey… today is manhole cover day”! So we, the good guys at Drainage Sales UK, are going to make a topic that may be perceived as a little boring, a lot more creative, engaging and interesting. No, we can’t […]