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Preparing Your Home and Garden

As the cool winter begins to subside, everyone is looking forward to the coming of spring. Spring means lighter and warmer days. Nevertheless, you cannot fully enjoy spring if you do not prepare your home and garden for it. Preparing your home and garden for spring means a lot of work, so it is important to evaluate the work ahead in order to accomplish them in time. Start by checking the outside of your home and check out doors and windows. It is also a good idea to check out your exterior wall as well and find out if there are cracks, holes or leaks due to the cold season.

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It is necessary to review your major home ventilation, hating and air-conditioning systems. Before the climate changes, make certain that filters are replaced or cleaned and the air conditioner in good condition. Clean windows, ceiling fans and clean the fireplace. Do not forget to check the emergency systems in your home such as the smoke alarms, home alarm, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguisher and make certain they are in good working condition. Check other areas in your home as well, like the roof, clean the gutters and remove twigs, leaves and branches on the roof.

Prepare your garden for spring since winter could definitely affect it. Winter has frozen your plants, trees, destroyed plants, flowers and left your garden in a kind of mess. The first thing you should do is to find out when winter ends officially so you can begin rehabilitating your garden. Remove twigs, dry leaves and other items that could mean obstructions on your garden. Clean the entire are with a rake and prepare your garden tools. Make sure they are sharp and ready for use. Start buying bulbs, seedlings and garden decorations.

Cultivate the soil so it will be ready for new plants to be planted. Prepare your walkways and areas adjacent to your landscaping. Make sure to replace old and cracked garden hoses and remove tree limbs and debris from the sidewalks. If there is no more snow in your area, it is a good time to begin planning your spring landscaping and lawn maintenance. Pressure wash paver and concrete areas that have turned dirty during winter and power wash brick walls, vinyl siding and the vertical surfaces in your home if necessary.

By preparing your home for the spring is rewarding today and still rewarding three months from now. Remember that your home goes through many changes due to climatic changes and as it ages. Spring preparation and maintenance is good for every homeowner. Furthermore, it is more important if you plan to sell your home soon. Homebuyers want to make certain that all home systems are well-maintained and taken cared of before they purchase. If you are unsure, consider hiring a professional home inspector. A home inspection covers your home from top to bottom. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare your home now because the warmer climate is just around the corner. Time to go outdoors and enjoy the sun.

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Home and Garden

Plenty of homeowners are often at a loss as to how to decorate their homes and gardens when they have pets around. There are just so many things that can go wrong when you have animals in the area and these are things that you have to factor in when thinking of your home and garden design. To keep a pet safe to roam inside your home and your garden, you need to think about them when conceptualizing your home and garden design. It will be good also to do some research on ways to keep your place pet friendly, and maintain a balance between what is safe and what is beautiful.

Most pet owners try to come up with various home and garden ideas to keep their places safe for the pets. While you can find so many from different sources, you still need to be careful especially with those that are yet to be tested. There are people who think that animals can tell what plants are harmful and will therefore not eat them but this is a myth. You will be better off making sure that all plants you place in the vicinity of your pets are safe for them. Some pets would chew on the plants because they are not aware of the potential danger that doing this will lead to.

Fish ponds are also included in home and garden ideas for pet owners. The common pets that we have are cats and dogs but there are some of us who also have fish and animals who live in ponds that we may have in the garden. You have to incorporate the safety of our watery friends when thinking of home and garden ideas. This also includes thinking what types of plants are best to place inside a fish pond.

Take Japanese gardens, for example, where normally there would be a Koi pond. Koi can be very expensive and sometimes there are animals and plants that do not agree with them. Your home and garden ideas should consider this. Think about what plants and animals are compatible with each other.

Using Fences and Safety in Water

Pet-friendly home and garden ideas often incorporate the construction of fences. These are usually created to keep them away from the water areas. It is a precaution to keep them from drowning or any accidents occurring. The fences are also great for keeping your little children out of dangerous water areas.

There are plenty of home and garden ideas which you can find to care for your pets. Remember that safety always comes before aesthetics and this should be your main concern when creating home and garden ideas.

Garden Decor

What is the use of beautiful interiors for the house when the landscape where the house is located is not beautiful? It is not just indoors that requires decoration, but the outside also needs to be taken care of. To assist in making a sweet and beautiful house there are many decoration options available, the lawn and garden decor. Planting, pruning, fertilizing and watering is a good option, but what is so great about it. If lot of pain is taken to plan each minute part of the interiors of the house, why not take some for the landscape as well. The lawn and garden decor offers options like fountains, ponds, statues, bird baths, gazing balls, etc. Depending on the space available and your budget the apt one can be chosen. Not that once selected it becomes permanent, you can change them according to your preferences.

As a part of lawn and garden decor, chairs and a table can be set, to be used for evening tea or morning breakfast, even as a place to welcome the guests. To add on an umbrella can be used to protect from sunlight. It is one of the simple ways of using the lawn.

Christmas is a time for celebration. Friends and family gather to make this a great memorable day. Which celebration is complete without decorations? Cakes, jingle bells and Christmas trees are the essence of Christmas. Apart from these many decorations are available to mark this occasion. Many lawn and garden decors are available in the form of Christmas Lawn ornaments like the silhouettes and motifs, stars, animals, lights, snowflakes, trees, etc. Starlight sphere, stars and snowflakes hanging from trees, create a celestial experience. LED, multi-colored, twinkle lights are commonly used for decoration. Animal statues like reindeer and bears can add to the occasion. Snowmen and Santa are the favorites of kids. Christmas parties are common trend in homes when all gather together. The indoors would not be sufficient for the celebrations. This calls for an alternate venue which could be your green and beautiful lawn. These decorations will add on to the flavor of the party. Welcoming Santa would become a wonderful experience. And a week later the New Year counts for more happiness.

Lawn and Garden Decor

Lawn and garden decors are in great demand today with the increasing attention on the landscapes of houses. There are many choices available in the market. Planting is a worthy option, flowers, fruits and even vegetables are a good sight. But it is not just planting that can be used, there are lights, furniture made of metals, fountains, ponds, etc. Many of these are available economically. Statues are used by many. These could be religious statues, animal statues, Greek statues, oriental statues etc. Religious statues are commonly used to decorate both indoor as well as outdoor. Statues of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Angels, Francis, etc are the all time favorites. Animal statues like camel, giraffe, deer, bird, dog, fish, lion, tiger, dolphin, duck, goose, penguin, turtle, squirrel, frog, alligator, elephant, etc. Oriental statues like that of Buddha, Pagodas, lanterns, Dragon, Gargoyles, etc. Greek statues like Diana, Venus and Neptune, etc, are also commonly found.

Of these statues animals are easy to get and cheaper. Alligator lawn ornaments are liked by many. They are of small as well as large size. Kept near some water body it makes more sense. Alligator along an artificial pond or fountain would be beautiful. Many are fond of having a real alligator as well. It is dangerous to have one as they bite. But a concrete or aluminum alligator that looks real could be good enough for your fancy.

Some even use them as a protection against evil eyes. Alligator lawn ornaments are not the favorites of all. It is always best to select something that is liked by everyone in the family having a pleasant feel about it. To decorate your lawn is a painstaking job if done by own, but the joy that brings along while selecting the lawn and garden decors, maintaining them and giving proper care and attention. Being noticed by others and a word of appreciation for the lawn and decorations, could be worth the trouble taken to make it beautiful. After all its your home, it is your creativity that shows up in it.

All About Better Homes and Gardens

Our home is our own private space.Whether you are building a dream home or just want to add a little spice to your existing house, all you need is a little time. If you have a garden, you can experiment with a lot of plants, colors, themes, fountains and more. Before venturing to discover whether you really have that ‘green thumb’, you need to study a little about garden plans, flowers, lawns, trees & shrubs, herbs & vegetables, house plants, landscaping, regional gardening, container gardens, garden guides, paths, pergolas, seeds, pests, fertilizers etc.

Just go through some planting guides and you will have a fairly good idea. I found the Better Homes and Gardens site offering useful Growing Zone Maps of USA spanning Northeast, South, Midwest, Mountain and Plains, Pacific Northwest, southern California to the Desert Southwest with the ideal locations for growing different plants.

Better Homes and Gardens is a popular magazine in the US Published by the Meredith Corporation, the magazine focuses on homes, kitchen, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating and entertaining. It began its course in 1922 when Edwin Meredith, the United States Secretary of Agriculture under Woodrow Wilson, founded the magazine. The magazine has kept in touch with the pulse of the changing times, and today it also has a website.

The Better Homes and Gardens website is quite interactive and user friendly. The site offers relevant information on topics related to food and recipes, garden, holidays, health and family and crafts. What I personally do not like about the site is, when you open the home page, there is are special offer pop up windows asking you to sign up. But of course, you can just ignore that, close the window and move on to navigate the site.

The website also has a section devoted to Garden Slide Shows. Here, you can view every garden slide show that the magazine has ever done. Tools and Guides is another a helpful section in the website. Arrange-a-Deck, Garden Flower Gallery, Garden Newsletter, Plan-a-Garden and Plant Finder are some useful features. The site also has a forum with a number of great sections but it does not appear to be too active.

The Expert Advice section of the Better Homes and Gardens is probably the most useful. You will find experts sharing their opinion on flowers, roses, lawns, pests and problems, trees & shrubs, vegetables & fruit and tips & techniques. If you have a doubt about something, just express it here and you will probably get your answer. The website also provides you with the option of joining the club to avail of weekly updates, weekly recipes, newsletters, home improvement ideas and other offers. If you are looking for seasonal e-cards or interesting desktop items or online gifts you may again stop at this site. Some of these offers are fairly priced while others are comparatively a little high.

The Basics to Begin Your Container Garden

Container gardening is fun, easy to begin, inexpensive (you may even SAVE money growing plants or vegetables you would otherwise purchase) and really great for folks who don’t have much yard space for ground-bed gardens. There are few things you want to consider before you set off to the Home and Garden Supply store. Here are five.

1. What Type of Containers to Use. If you are simply thinking functional, then any plastic pot or even plastic bucket or other appropriately sized container will do. If you can re-use pots you already have, even better!

If you are thinking decorative you can use wood (a plastic liner is highly recommended), ceramic (can be beautiful but is fragile), terra cotta (they are porous and dry out quickly so you will need to water frequently) or standard clay pots (but be careful of staining on surfaces).

2. What Type of Soil to Use. For container gardening, you do not want to use regular garden soil, because it does not break apart well and usually does not drain well.

Use potting soil, especially in shallow containers, allows the plant’s roots to spread out easily and allows for proper drainage. If you choose to use a deep pot, still use potting soil but you can mix in a little garden soil, too. Any Home and Garden Supply will have the potting soil you need.

3. What Seeds to Use. Simply put, hybrid seeds are fine. The basic difference between hybrid seeds and heirloom seeds is that plants grown from hybrid seeds do not produce fertile seeds of their own. So, for most, buying new seeds each year at your local Home and Garden Supply store is very easy, but for those who don’t have this option available, choose heirloom seeds and harvest the seeds from the plants they produce.

4. What Location to Use. If you are one of the rare and fortunate souls that live in an area that is warm year-round, putting your containers on your deck or patio or yard is fine. Make sure you have good sunlight exposure (usually South or Southwest is best). If you need to keep your containers indoors, you can put them in a foyer, enclosed patio, sun room, or anywhere you get the best sunlight exposure. Make sure you are careful of wood floors or any other surface you don’t want stained.

5. What About Watering. The amount of watering depends on the plants you are growing. Watering frequency also depends on the porous nature of the container you are using. Material like wood or terra cotta, are quite porous and will dry out more quickly than glazed ceramic or plastic.

Your first watering should be a good one. If you have soil that is really dried out, even watering it well may leave air pockets. A quick trick is to submerge the plant and the soil under water briefly and gently press out the air bubbles. Only do this for a few moments so the soil doesn’t break down and dissolve. This helps remove the air pockets in the soil.

Container gardening is a fun way to grow beautiful flowers and plants, and it’s a great way to have lovely fresh vegetables during winter months. If you are new to container gardening, ask for help at the Home and Garden Supply store, and start out small. You will soon find container gardening a satisfying and healthy past time you can enjoy all year through.

Home And Garden Party

1) Starting Up On Generous Grounds

Perhaps I’m being mushy but during research I found that Home And Garden Party perhaps is one of the most non-threatening businesses around. The couple behind this company is Steve and Penny Carlile. Their story is pretty interesting so we will review it quickly.

In 1990, Steve and Penny sold their oil and gas exploration company. They received a generous amount of stock. Since Marshall, Texas was their hometown they naturally built Home And Garden Party from scratch in 1996 right there.

Their intention was to (believe it or not) create jobs in Marshall so families could stay and thrive without having to move to the big cities.

2) Your HGP Product/Start Up Choices?

Your choice for products would cover hand turned stoneware, candles, bake ware, framed prints and even decorative accessories. These are meant to enhance home and garden party events. Flagship products include be pottery and candles.

You could choose to get started by investing between $99 to $200 but it all depends on your choice. Home And Garden Party encourages you to get “busy” during the fall but I beg to differ. Why?

3) Compensation Plans Or Your Reward

You see, earnings between fall or summer makes no difference even if you start today. Its how you start and what kind of compensation plan you will get with Home And Garden Party. Let’s take a quick look at how you will be paid.

Perhaps one of the most lucrative way is to become a Home and Garden Party Designer. You will then not only be able to purchase goods at wholesale but also to earn 30% – 40%.

You are said to get overrides, sponsor bonuses so you really are leveraging on a network marketing system.

The Best Way

Your best path to success really lies in the way you are able to market your Home and Garden Party products. Generating leads or even making a sale is so easy with the world of online marketing. Invest in a good course or product to help you get started marketing the right way.

Decorating Your Home And Garden

One of most sizzling topics recently is home and garden decorating. You can see TV shows discussing different ways on how to decorate your home and garden. These programs provide interesting and useful guidelines to people who need a home transformation project. Aside from this, they also help people learn about home decorating without breaking their piggy bank. Through this, a fabulous home and garden decoration is not in a slightest way impossible to achieve.

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Colors, paint, materials, fabrics and accessories – these things are very essential in home and garden decorating. Some people are doubtful when it comes to decorating because they think that they are not creative enough to do things their own way. In this case, magazines, books, catalogs and programs can be very helpful. These resources can help both beginners and experts to fulfill their home and garden decorating needs by presenting basic to complex ideas of modifying a home or garden’s appearance.

Most decorators and homeowners decorate in such a way that their garden and home match perfectly together. They want to drag the concept of an attractive garden to the interior of their home or vice versa. To accomplish this concept, you can show off freshly-picked flowers from your garden in different areas of your home. If you want the other way around, you can incorporate the country theme of your interior to your garden. It won’t be a problem because the patio can be decorated with ease to follow a country theme or style. You can achieve an inviting, comfortable and cozy ambiance on both interior and exterior of your home.

If you can’t still find what you want on the resources mentioned above, perhaps you can go out and take a stroll or drive around the town. Who knows what amazing things you can see as you take a look around. Get inspiration this way. Gardens with flowers that go well with the season, window boxes and other amazing things can be used in any home.

Top Home And Garden Magazines

There is no place like home.

It’s a cliché but it’s true. It’s your home so make it look great.

All across the world, homes are decorated differently. They want to stand apart from everyone else in the neighborhood. A house down the street has a fountain in their yard. Your brother-in-law’s finished basement is a dream come true for a sports fan.

You’re left asking yourself, “How did they do that or how did they think of that?”

There are endless possibilities with how you can decorate your house or your yard. Most of them are pretty easy to accomplish. The trick is coming up with an idea of how it’s to look when done. Would your home look better with a Southwestern theme or possibly a look that resembles Asian culture?

Well, magazines devoted to topics such as decorating homes or garden tips are located in bookstores across the country. You can also find magazines on these topics at websites such Mags For Less at magsforless.com.

Here are some examples of home and garden magazines with some brief descriptions, plus they’re all available at the cheap magazines site I mentioned earlier.

  • Better Home and Garden Magazine – Contains how-to tips in planning and creating the perfect dream house. Each issue features creative solutions for your home; ideas for decorating, cooking, gardening, building, remodeling, etc.
  • Horticulture Magazine – This is the definitive magazine for the serious gardener. It will inform and inspire ideas to create a garden like no other. Each magazine includes articles on garden design, landscaping, soil nutrition and the latest in planting techniques.
  • Country Living Magazine – Caters to readers who appreciate the traditions on the country, wherever they may live. The magazine brings a country approach to a wide range of topics, from decorating, building, and restoring old homes. It also covers cooking, entertaining, gardening, travel and more.
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine – An American icon of consumer protection and quality assurance since its inception. Ever issue delivers a mix of independent investigation and trusting reporting along with personal stories. The magazine offers a rich editorial tradition embodying a commitment to the modern home and a woman’s quality of life.
  • Elle Décor Magazine – A colorful, imaginative magazine applies international style and ideas to home design. It features information on interiors and architecture, and in-depth profiles of today’s top designers. The magazine is a cosmopolitan approach to home and design, furniture, and shopping for the perfect pieces to fill any home.

Should I Really Care About My Home and Garden

If you ask anyone that enjoys his life about the two things he cares about the most, you would probably find a unique answer: car and home; the car because it is what you use to move from a place to another so you want it to be nice looking and comfortable; and the house because it is where you spend the most of your time so you want it to be relaxing.

So when it comes to your home, the best thing you could do to make it look better is providing some good home and garden furniture for it.

In fact, when you set up a harmonized decoration in your home, either indoors or outdoors, you make it look beautiful and relaxing; something that helps you spend really good times with your family.

As living in a nice looking place has a positive impact on the human psychology, purchasing the right stuffs for your house inside and outside has became barely a must, not a choice. Watch out! These are not my words, but experts claimed it.

So if you want to get some equipment to improve your living, you have a huge variety of choices. You can go after some contemporary furniture, or you can purchase the traditional version. You can opt either for the wooden ones or aluminum ones. It is up to you to choose according to your taste and budget.

But this wide range of preference available in the marketplace could confuse you; in fact, if you visit any furnishing site, you will be astonished with the big number of stuffs that you will see. So keep your ideas focused on one trend and some specific materials.

To choose the right home and garden furniture you should essentially consider the colors of the paintings and the house architecture, but keep it as simple as you can. It will be really better.