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

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

3 Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termites are capable of causing a great deal of damage by eating away at your home’s furniture and even construction if they take up residence indoors. While individual termites in your house can be killed just like any other insect, you should always keep your eye out for signs of an infestation, especially if termites are common in your yard or garden. If you do find any of the following signs, you should contact a company like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control immediately to have them removed before they can cause expensive and extensive damage in your house. Wings and Dead Bugs Termites are able to fly, though their wings fall off after they do it. This is because they are searching for a new place to make a home. If you find a large amount of wings around your doors, windows, or any other opening in Continue Reading

Why a Pessary Is a Great Treatment Option for Urinary Incontinence

If you are an older woman and are beginning to experience signs of urinary incontinence, you should consider visiting your doctor to find out what can be done about this. Urinary incontinence is a common problem with older people, and it can be very common for women that have given birth vaginally to several children. There are numerous ways to treat this, but a good place to start might be with a pessary. What Causes This in Women? Women that suffer from urinary incontinence often develop this problem when the muscles in their abdomens weaken. This is a condition called a pelvic floor prolapse, and it can happen to any woman. Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that hold up your internal organs, including your bladder. As these muscles are used, they can lose their strength, and this can lead to a variety of problems, including urinary incontinence. Your doctor Continue Reading