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Fire Pit: a nice touch for your backyard

Fire Pit: a nice touch for your backyard

When you take a look at how beautiful and good looking your house is, on most occasions, you’ve got to be worried about your backyard—especially if you do not have anything to make it look attractive and alluring. Ordinarily, fire pits easily make the environment look unique as it gives it a very good touch of serenity. Aside this, it also serves a wide array of practical purposes. If you want to host a summer outdoor cookout or just a simple drink-out with friends, a fire pit can be a center of attraction at your backyard which can offer you this convenience.

Obviously, there are quite a couple of benefits to be derived from having a fire pit in your backyard. Apart from the decorative features it possess, it can also serve other purposes. For instance, when you have an outdoor fire pit, you would be availed the opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends—no doubt, this would definitely improve your relationship and bond with the people you love and care for.

Here in this article, we have made a list of the top inventive and original fire pit ideas that you should consider having in your yard which are as given below:

  • Decorative Iron Fire Pit

If we are to talk about good ideas on fire pits, then it’s quite imperative that we discuss more about aesthetics than functionality. The decorative iron fire pit brings an ambiance and an alluring look to your backyard. It is set in an area where there are stones or gravels around which sitting benches and chairs are also placed.

  • Circular Fire Pit with a Wood Bench

The Circular Fire Pit is one of the most famous fire setups. The wood bench that is available around the pit gives you, family and friends the opportunity to sit under a rather comfortable and warm atmosphere. One of the main advantage that comes with this pit is that all its components are readily made available.

  • Campfire Fire Pit

Without any iota of doubt, the campfire fire pit is another simple setting whose inspiration is usually gotten from outdoor campfires. It is constructed by placing a bundle of wood and a circle of rocks around the pit. It is a prospect that is special—especially if you want to reproduce a certain camping vibe within the comfort of your own home.

  • Base-Level Outdoor Fire Pits

When the Base-level fire pit is built with care, it is usually found to look alluring and stunning. This is because it readily blends with the landscape of the surroundings without withdrawing from other details of the backyard. It is usually built by digging a deep base into the ground, and due to this, it is highly essential for you to check the texture and quality of the soil in your backyard before you commence.

Conclusively, even though having a fire pit would give some redefining touch and outlook to your backyard, nonetheless an outdoor fire pit require certain precautions. The availability of pets or children in your home makes it imperative for you to take safety measures at all times. Given that cases of serious injuries are being recorded every year, you cannot be so sure through negligence and non-nonchalance when it comes to securing the environment around your fire pit.

Different Types of Fences

Different Types of Fences

The importance of fencing around your property cannot be underestimated. Fences provide security, privacy, and even for beautification purposes among others.
But do you know that there are different types of fences and each comes with its own cost and specifications? Well, in case you wish to install a new fence or replace an old one, here are some options:

1. Wood Fence
The Wood fence is one of the most popular type of fence, especially in America. Aside from providing privacy and security to homeowners, it is one of the most attractive types of fence. The wood fence has become a favorite among homeowners because it is economical. You wouldn’t have to break the bank to install one. That said, the specs would determine the price. For example, if you need it thicker and higher, be prepared to pay more. The size of your area also comes to play when determining the cost of installation. This type of fence also comes with several other advantages including longevity and durability when done with quality logs.

2. Aluminum Fence
The Aluminum fence comes with elegance, attractiveness, and durability, due to its easy molding. This makes it one of the preferred choices of many homeowners. Due to its easy molding, it can be styled according to your taste. However, this also comes at a disadvantage as it can easily wobble and lose its form if hit by a heavy item. Aluminum fence is somewhat maintenance free if you paint it. It is also nature-friendly and recyclable. However, it is not very strong to provide the best of security.

3. Wrought Iron Fence

The Wrought iron fence is very stylish and durable. Unlike the aluminum fence, the wrought fence is strong enough to withstand any massive hit. It is also easily repaired. The Wrought iron fence comes with several designs to choose from. In fact, you can request a custom-made design. Maintaining a wrought iron fence is not as tedious as you may think. Whenever you detect any rusting, apply rust remover, steel wool or paint the area. You can periodically apply liquid wax or clear linseed oil, which would also help prevent rusting. When it comes to cost, the wrought iron fence can be expensive depending on the style and specs you choose.

4. PVC Fence
The PVC fence is arguably the cheapest type of fencing on the market today. This type of fence is best for places that don’t require high security. It comprises of both wood and PVC, which serves different purposes. The wood is used for framing the structure or as poles, while the PVC serves as stakes. Since PVC is cheaper than wood, the cost of installation is reduced by almost half.

5. Vinyl Fence
According to some experts and manufactures, The Vinyl fence is much stronger and durable than a wood fence. With the high cost of installation, you may break the bank to install it. The cost however is worth it, due to its durability, longevity, and low maintenance once installed. With its paint and stain resistance, you can easily clean unwanted stains with just soap and water.

6. Chain Link Fence
Before I delve into it properly, do not install a chain link fence if privacy is what you require. Yes, the chain link fence can serve its purpose of providing security and turning off intruders but has no privacy measures. Schools and homeowners with less to spend mostly use this kind of fencing. It is cost effective, easy to install and relatively requires low maintenance. To ensure some form of privacy after installing a chain link fence, a homeowner may choose to grow flowers in or outside the fence or install a privacy slate.

7.  Farm Fence
As the name implies, the farm fence is for farm owners. A farm fence can be built with wood, bamboo, and barbed wire, among other options. The cost of fencing highly depends on the amount of land the farmer owns. It can be a costly venture, considering the vast land some farmers own.

Conclusion
Each type of fence comes with its pros and cons, ranging from durability, cost, and the purpose it serves. As privacy and security are the main reasons a homeowner would install a fence, these should be the priority when choosing what to install. Choose according to your needs.

Starting and Maintaining a Rose Garden

Starting and Maintaining a Rose Garden

The rose is a favorite flower for many people due to its significance. As such, most homeowners and flower-garden keepers desire to have a touch of it in their landscapes.
Roses are classy, beautiful, and make their owners feel good, which is priceless. Roses are not only red as most people presume. They come in different colors including white, pink, yellow, green, purple, peach, and orange to name a few.

So, if you want to start a rose garden, here are some steps to follow:

Selecting an area for the garden
Roses blossom in rich soil and favorable weather conditions. They like sunny weather condition and moist soil like any other plant. So, in selecting an area for your rose garden, choose a place where the flowers can get a minimum of eight-hours sunlight. Having access to morning sun is also essential, to quickly evaporate the morning dew from the leaves.
Though they do well in different types of soil, well-drained garden soil is preferable.

Land preparation
Land preparation is an essential aspect of any form of landscaping. If you get that aspect wrong, the outcome will not be good. To prepare the land, you must:
• Loosen the surface soil of the intended area for the rose garden
• Raise the field a bit above the land level
• Irrigate it at least twice a day to ensure there is enough moisture in the soil.
• Add some organic manure to your soil to make it rich in nutrients. This will ensure a healthy and well-grown garden.

While doing the above, take time to sketch a plan for your garden. Designing the garden as to where which rose plant should be planted will make it a masterpiece. A well-planned garden can be a source of inspiration.

Planting your roses

At this point, you have designed how you want the garden to look, and the soil is also ready to hold your plants.
Now, when planting your roses, make sure they are well spaced for proper aeration and availability of sunlight to each plant. By so doing, you will also be preventing the spread of diseases.

Maintaining your rose garden
Maintaining your rose garden is a much bigger job than starting it. It doesn’t mean you will have to give it 24/7 surveillance, but it needs proper attention to thrive. To maintain your garden, you should ensure:
• Proper irrigation: Even though roses don’t require much water, adequate watering is essential. The soil must be moist enough to provide adequate growth and healthy garden. You can install an irrigation system in the yard if you have the funds. Otherwise, you can use a watering can for that purpose. Irrigate twice a day especially in very hot weather conditions. This will maintain the proper moisture level in the soil. You can also choose to do deep watering twice a week.
• Inspecting the garden – Regularly, take a walk through your rose garden and check how each individual plant is doing. If you identify any form of disease outbreak or insect destructions, apply the appropriate chemical on the affected plant.
• Preventing Diseases – One effective way to prevent diseases in your garden is to keep the foliage dry. Wet foliage spread diseases easily. So, when watering, especially in the late afternoons, ensure it’s at a time that the sun can evaporate the water on the leaves.
• Pruning – An overcrowded garden is unhealthy and promotes the spread of diseases. It is therefore essential to prune your rose garden whenever needed.

Rose gardens are beautiful and inspiring especially when planned and maintained well. So, if  you’ve decided to keep one, employ healthy measures to make it blossom.

Fire Pit in Your Backyard

Fire Pit in Your Backyard

Enjoying the beauty of the night sky or watching the sunset while staying warm in your own backyard is a relaxing experience. It is also a great way to bond with your family. To make this simple treat at home even more special, you can build your fire pit in your backyard. This isn’t only a great way to keep warm during chilly nights out, it can also be a wonderful addition to your property.

How to Build Your Basic Fire Pit

If you have a spacious backyard where you can put tents up and “camp out” with the kids or if you simply would like a nice and rustic fire pit for your home, you don’t have to spend on expensive labor and construction materials to have your own fire pit. You will need these basic equipment:

·         Yard stick or measuring tape

·         A shovel

·         Wheel barrow

·         Stackable stones or bricks; either the red ones or even solid cement

To make your fire pit, measure 4-5 feet on the area where you desire to set it.

Create a circle with the diameter you choose—starting from 4 feet is a great choice. Take your shovel and have the wheel barrow stand by. Dig out about a foot deep into the outline of the circle you made. Line up the edge of your pit with stones or bricks. Cement bricks can be easier to work with. Make it about a foot high, and leave around 2 inches of space in between every brick for insulation. You can either fill out the bottom of your fire pit with a layer of stones or pour in some quick setting cement.

Once your basic pit is set, you can begin a fire by taking some logs, old wood, or driftwood and kindle your fire. Build your wood up in a sort of teepee shape and add more as needed. Your fire will grow big and strong and it won’t spread anywhere else since you have your fire pit to contain it. When you are done, you can sprinkle the fire off with water. The coals will dry up when exposed to the sun and you can use them again next time.

Benefits of Having a Fire Pit

A fire pit right in your backyard can make you feel as if you’re out in the great outdoors. Also, won’t have to worry about the fire spreading when you construct your own pit. This can be a great substitute to a chimney if your home doesn’t have one, and a good source of natural heat. Apart from that, you can also place a wire top over the pit and make it a kind of rustic grill for outdoor cooking! Making your own fire pit can be fun, and the safety and comforting warmth it can offer will truly be worth your efforts.

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