How To Throw A Party With Your Outdoor Fire Pit Table

Is there a birthday or other event you’d like to celebrate in the warm months? Would you like to get the whole family or a group of friends together for some old-fashioned fun? A fire pit table is the perfect accessory for a wonderful party that your guests will enjoy and remember for years to come.  The Invitations Invite friends to your party with s’mores baggies. Place a large marshmallow, a piece of chocolate, and two graham crackers in a baggie. Then staple this to a piece of cardstock with the details of your party.  The Decor Place chairs and benches around your fire pit, and put out tables where guests can sit. Add checkered tablecloths and picnic items.  If you have trees, string white lights through them, and make canopies of lights back and forth between them. Solar powered lights are easy to use and don’t have to be Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Have an Outdoor Fireplace

When you think of a fireplace you don’t often put the outdoors into the mix. However, there are many benefits to having an outdoor fireplace on your property. Here are 3 reasons why adding this feature to your landscape may be a wise investment for you. Fun cooking entertainment You can outfit an outdoor fireplace (often built off the cement portion of your deck or driveway) with a grill so you can enjoy open fire or brick oven cooking whenever you wish. If you love to entertain and love cooking even more, this is an excellent addition to your home for the entertainment factor alone. Consider having a few side-by-side fireplaces installed on your property so you an enjoy one flame for warmth and beauty and the other for cooking up decadent pizzas, meats, and more. Unique landscape appeal A fire pit is a common outdoor fireplace that people can enjoy Continue Reading

3 Signs You Should Remove Existing Tree Stumps on Your Property

A tree stump that exists on your property may not be a true eyesore or even noticeable much of the time on your landscape. In fact, you may not have even considered having the exposed chunk of wood dealt with at all in the past, simply working your landscape around the stumps that have been in your yard since you have owned your home. You can have offending stumps ground out, leaving behind only a dip in the grass to indicate a large tree was ever present, using a stump grinder to chip away at the exposed wood. Here are three signs you should remove a stump off your property. Rotted wood A rotted tree stump can pose a problem in your yard because it can be more susceptible to insect growth or can cause damage to the other living trees around it. Wasps and bees may choose to make Continue Reading

Creating Metal Yard Art from Recycled Metal

Metal is a long-lasting material that is ideal for making decorative yard art. Metal is one of the strongest materials available, so it can be continually recycled. Here are some of the advantages of using recycled metals in making creative and interesting yard art. Metal Is Strong and Durable Metal is the strongest material you can find to use outdoors. Metal signs and decorations can last for years without much maintenance or upkeep. Metal is almost impervious to extreme weather conditions, including, rain, snow, hail, or wind. If you plan to keep your metal yard art outside during these conditions, be sure to seal the outside surfaces with an acrylic resin to prolong the life of the metal and keep it from rusting. If you have windy weather conditions, it is helpful to create wind holes in thin metal so that the wind can pass through the piece and not Continue Reading

Tips For Residential Lawn Sprinkler Installation And Usage

If you are installing a residential lawn sprinkler system to save time, money, and water, then there are many things you can do to get the most out of the system. Automatic sprinkler systems are helpful for precisely watering your lawn in just the right areas and with just the right amount of water, and they make your life a lot easier. To this end, here are some tips to use to get the most out of your new lawn sprinkler system:  Tip: Install Low-Watering Sprinkler Heads in the Correct Pattern It is very important that your new lawn sprinkler system has the correct sprinkler head pattern. The pattern of its sprinkler heads will ensure that each area of your lawn receives the right amount of water. Your sprinkler heads should be installed in a pattern that keeps water off of hardscape surfaces where it is wasted evenly distributes water Continue Reading

3 Fun Ways To Use Those Activated Charcoal Capsules In Your Cupboard

You may be thinking about throwing that package of activated charcoal away that you purchased awhile back and don’t even remember why, but once you learn about all the fun uses for it, you may just want to keep it around. Here are three ways to put your activated charcoal to good use:   Use it as Makeup You can use activated charcoal to create your own smoky makeup to replace the commercial brands in your collection that have toxic ingredients listed on the label. Simply open an activated charcoal capsule and pour a little on a cotton ball. Then rub the charcoal on your eyelids as eyeshadow. You can also mix activated charcoal with coconut oil and a couple of other ingredients to make your own mascara. Try mixing a little charcoal with loose blush powder to darken it up for evening wear, or mixing some with your liquid Continue Reading