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DIY Fire Pits
By: Admin    June 27 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Hardscape , DIY
Gathering around an outdoor fire is a summer essential. How else can you roast marshmallows, enjoy s’mores, and tell great ghost stories? If buying a fire pit is not in your budget, try making one yourself! DIY fire pits can range from just the basics, to incorporating pricier add-ons. The best part is that you can be in complete control of the process, customizing it to your desires and budget. Getting Started The first step to building your fire pit is gathering your supplies. For a basic fire pit, you will need stones to build around your fire, lava rock, a shovel, and a level. If you are looking for the most inexpensive fire pit, you can potentially gather and use large river stones. Otherwise, visit your local hardware store. After getting your supplies, use your stones to make a circle or square into the desired size of your pit. Use your shovel to mark the ground....
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Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent Candles
By: Admin    June 26 2018 , 01:40 pm
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Category: Outdoors , DIY
Summertime living isn’t quite so easy, thanks to mosquitoes. Hot, sticky weather encourages these dreaded insects to proliferate. Banish them from your outdoor spaces with DIY repellant candles! Your summer will be much more enjoyable without constantly swatting mosquitoes or suffering from their itchy bites. These mosquito repellent candles smell lovely and can even save you money in the long run. Repellent Candle Guide How do you make these handy candles? You will need unscented candle wax in bar or flaked form, jars for your candles, wicks, and essential oil. There are various essential oils that are known to ward off mosquitoes. The best known is citronella, but you may also use clove, cedarwood, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, or any combination of them! The first step is to glue the wicks to the bottom of the jar. You can repurpose an empty ...
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Repurposing Items into Planters
By: Admin    June 12 2018 , 08:30 am
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Category: Gardening , DIY
Plants can thrive in more than just pots. When you think of a potted plant, the first image that usually comes to mind is a typical clay pot. Instead of spending money on the traditional route, there could be a host of options around your house just waiting to be upcycled into a chic, new planter!Old ToysTo satisfy the kid in your house or the kid in your heart, turn those old plastic animals or even dinosaur toys into a planter!Most children’s toys are hollow, which is why they make great planters for smaller plants like succulents. Spray paint them to look more modern or leave their natural color to give them a vintage feel. The next thing you will need to do is cut a hole out of the toy’s top that is big enough for your plant. Be careful not to overwater in these planters, as the toys typically lack any kind of drainage. You could drill small holes in the bottom if it becomes an issue, especiall...
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How to Make a Rain Barrel
By: Admin    May 22 2018 , 09:38 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Saving for a rainy day? Try building a rain barrel! Collecting rainwater is a fantastic way to save money and use naturals resources. Rain barrels collect the water runoff from a roof and store it for later use, typically to water gardens and lawns. During the wet summer months, you might conserve around 1,300 gallons of water. Using a rain barrel can save you an average of $35 a month on your water bill in the summer! Before building a rain barrel check your state regulations to see if there are any laws against it, as it is not legal in certain parts of North America. Selecting Your Barrel  All rain barrels are basically made the same way, but depending on the materials, it can cost anywhere from $15 to $150 and up. The primary tool you will need is, of course, a barrel. You can also recycle an outdoor trash can if you have one lying around -- this is one of the cheaper barre...
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How to Make Your Own Potting Soil
By: Admin    May 08 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Gardening , DIY
Gardening season is here! The sun is shining and it is time to break out your gardening gloves. Potting soil is the first essential item you will need to get started. Did you know you can make it right from home? Making your own potting soil is fun and cost-effective. Not only is it cheaper than buying pre-made, but you can customize your potting soil to make sure your plants have the specific nutrients they need to grow. Potting Soil Ingredients With just a few ingredients found at many home improvement or gardening stores, you can make customized potting soil for your garden. You can use ground soil as a base for your homemade potting soil, but horticulturists found in the mid-1990s that peat moss was a much more ideal soil base for encouraging plant growth. Peat moss is excellent at water retention and aeration. You can replace peat moss or add multiple base ingredients such...
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