Top 11 Reasons on why Solar Gardening Rocks!

  1. Economy of use. Remember sunlight is free! And the government still has not figured out to tax it.
  2. Going green is not just a fad. Doing your part to help the earth and our environment by giving a solar garden fountain or any solar product is not only good for the conscience but good for the environment. Gardeners in particular appreciate the green aspect of solar products.
  3. Solar garden fountains are easy to install and completely portable. They work equally well on a deck, patio, balcony or in the center of your yard. There are no cords or electrical hook-ups to worry about.
  4. Solar garden fountains are easy to maintain so your special gardener can focus on creating that all important space and spend time with special plants.
  5. At this time of the year the garden centers will have solar garden fountains on close-out sale as will many internet companies. If you don’t mind last season’s fountains this is probably THE time to get the best prices.
  6. Gardeners are still thinking about their gardens even as they are putting them to ‘bed’ for the winter. The winter is the time to plan for next year’s joyous display of plants. Think about how delighted your gardener will be to have a water feature to plan around for spring’s return. This is a gift that keeps on giving.
  7. Not sure what style of solar garden fountain your gardener will like? Now is the time to buy gift certificates. Internet companies like Serenity Health offer gift certificates from $25 on up to $1000 so you can let your gardener choose the perfect fountain for thier outdoor retreat. Here is a tip for giving the gift certificates: don’t put them in a card or envelope…this is a BIG present, so wrap the certificate up in a BIG box with all of the appropriate trimmings.
  8. Solar garden fountains are not your typical holiday gift. Chances are that web sites and places who stock these products on an ongoing basis aren’t going to run out of your favorite fountain. You might have to worry about delayed shipping because of the holiday rush though so ordering early is always a good idea.
  9. Ordering is easy for solar garden fountains and most of the companies will ship direct to your gift’s recipient. We recommend if your are web ordering have the fountain shipped a day or two after the holiday and meanwhile use the above idea to wrap up a picture of the gift fountain in a box to be presented on the holiday. It is a lot of fun to unwrap gifts…this will give your gardener the opportunity to unwrap the same present twice.
  10. Unlike Traditional Gardens where Its a necessity to maintain it( how to prevent and remove weeds growing in your garden ) solar gardening is prevents weeds from growing out of control.
  11. Speaking of unwrapping presents…Solar garden fountains come in pretty good sized boxes, even the smaller ones…who does not like to unwrap a really BIG present???

Tool Hire: A god send!

So you’ve just bought your first home (congratulations!) and now you’re thinking about how you’re going to get rid of those repugnant wall designs, unsettling unlevelled flooring and how on earth to dispose of the bin bags full of unwanted bric-a-brac that the old owners so mercifully left behind for you. If you want to set up your new home to the state of perfection you’ve so often dreamt of but don’t know where to begin; don’t worry, I was once at this state of panic too!

As a person with a few properties under their belt, I decided to write this article to make the process a little easier for others. I remember the shock that surged through my body when I stepped into my first home. I was initially full of decorating ideas and interior design dreams; nevertheless this was swiftly flattened when I was faced with what looked like a war zone. I’m sure you can imagine the sheer shock that follows when you’re faced with this! All this time, I had thought the most difficult step would be buying the house.

After a week of trying to ignore the mess, I finally decided to investigate whether there was an easy solution to all this and there was: tool hire! I had seen the adverts and shops for many years but never gave it a second thought. Nevertheless it seemed the perfect time to put these services into use. The process of moving home became a lot easier.

Top 5 services:

1. Wallpaper Strippers:

This was my favourite tool out of them all because it made cleaning fun and it was fast to use. With this little gem, you simply fill the water tank, plug it into a mains supply and it’s ready to use within a few minutes!The steam with loosen up the old wallpaper, so that all you have to do is peel it off… Simple! Leaving your walls ready for you to redecorate!

2. Waste Handling:

When I called up my local hire shop, they told me all I had to do was put everything I wanted to throw away on the front garden and they would take care of the rest…so that’s exactly what I did! Smaller items such as the wallpaper strippings were put into bin bags whilst larger items like drawers, broken stools and old sofas that couldn’t fit into bags were placed on my lawn as directed by the company and sure enough, the next day they came and took it all away. Furthermore, I was told that the rubbish would be sorted into recyclable components making the process more environmentally friendly!

3. Floor Sanders and Finishers:

I hired professionals to sand the floor (I thought this best as electrical equipment and I don’t exactly get on!). Prior to the sanding, the floor had been a mess of broken tiles in the kitchen and broken wooden floorboards with stains all over the place. It was pretty horrific! But they explained to me that it was just a matter of sanding down the floorboards to take care of the stains and to level up all the surfaces so I could either put on a new coat of wood floor vanish of lay down a new carpet. I just couldn’t believe that it was in the same house…simply amazing! The easiest and cheapest option for me was to put on a new coat of vanish and lucky I really liked wood floors. The result is astonishing!

4. Drills and Hammers:

As someone with no experience of using heavy duty drills (I can hardly use a hairdryer let alone a drill!), I hired professionals to get rid of the old wall tiles in the bathroom and toilet. They even helped to install my new shower side door which needed to be drilled into the bathroom wall. I had initially deemed that using a simple nail and hammer would do the job…I was clearly miss informed (thanks dad).

5. Dehumidifiers:

A magical tool sent from the heavens! It not only sped up the drying process of everything, but it also ensured that the smell of wet paint and floor glue was almost gone by the time I moved in. The dehumidifier makes sure that your floors, walls and ceilings all dry at the same time…making the whole process even faster!

So there you have it!

With these tools, some profession help and a little guidance, preparing your new home will only take a matter of weeks rather than months! If you are unsure about decorating permission by your council, please visit UpMyStreet: the UK’s number one site for home and local decisions for some advice.

People can be hesitant about hiring help as it is viewed as expensive. Nevertheless, in my eyes making a mistake with the foundations of your house will in fact cost you a lot more in long run to fix! Leave the heavy jobs to the professional, gives you more time to plan how you would like the overall finished product to look, consider colour coordination, room design or where to find affordable rugs and furniture fittings.

Household tips and tricks for 2017

In a few weeks it would be 2017. Perhaps like us, you are probably coming to the end of your seasonal celebrations and are looking forward to a productive year ahead. With a view to this, we thought we would put together some of the best tips and tricks to get you started with any home improvement ventures you are looking to embark on:

House work

  1. Add a few drops of essential oil to a water spray and spray onto clothes before ironing as an alternative to expensive ironing waters.
  2. Use scrunched up balls of tin foil when you run out of scouring pads.
  3. Brown sauce is apparently good for cleaning up old brass.
  4. Some of you may already know this, to remove stubborn stains from your vases, simply pour in a small amount of white vinegar and a handful of rice, swish around for a bit then rinse well and your glass should look brand new again.
  5. For cleaning very delicate surfaces try using baby wipes, they are much gentler than more household detergents. Nevertheless, no matter how tempting it may be avoid scrubbing delicate surfaces.
  6. Use 2 drops of lemon juice when rinsing glassware to add sparkle and shine.
  7. Nevertheless, vinegar is the best non detergent in order to remove lime scale.
  8. “Cif” cleaning liquid is great to clean marks off stone fireplaces.
  9. Use an old pillow cases to use for machine washing delicates.
  10. Go that extra mile for your guests without over spending. Collect all those free toiletry samples from magazines and put them in guest rooms/bathrooms.

Gardening

  1. After the rain has stopped (fingers crossed it will be very soon) use a window cleaner to polish glass table tops and make them fit for the summer BBQ’s.
  2. Remember to dust/clean outside light bulbs as dirty ones can lose up to 30% of its light.

This is our favourite trick:

  1. Rub scrunched up newspaper over window for a smeary free shine.
  2. In order to remove marks left on carpets by heavy furniture and sofas, place an ice cube over the dent, as the ice cube melts the moisture will soak into the fibres causing them to plump up again! That would be just amazing when reorganising furniture… must give that a go!

Final thoughts:

Make a new year’s resolution and tidy away before you go to bed every night…start your day off well by waking up to a clean and tidy household!