Category: home design

Summer Brings Bugs And Weeds Are You Ready

One of summer’s major bugaboos is the bug problem we encounter when these pesky pests are attracted to our outdoor light fixtures get trapped leaving a mess of winged bodies.

Bug lights can help to reduce a bug problem. A yellow light will attract fewer insects because bug’s vision is drawn to the ultraviolet end of the light spectrum.

An energy-saving option comes in the form of fluorescent bulbs with a yellow lens. These use less energy, attract fewer bugs, and function at a cooler temperature.

Floodlights that are post-mounted or mounted on the sides of buildings keep cleaning to a minimum because a housing that traps bugs is not involved. Also, because floodlights illuminate an oven from a distance, bugs don’t hover over you.

If you find yourself in the unenviable position of needing to seal a driveway and you’ve found that plenty of weed-filled cracks are begging to be tended to, I offer the following tips:

First of all, show no mercy. You want to be sure that you clean the joints out as well as possible. Have safety glasses available as the joints will expel things.

Use a pump sprayer with its nozzle set to a wisp-thin stream to place herbicide in the weed-filled cracks. Allow a day for the cracks to dry, and then work them clean with power and hand tools. For a relatively straight crack, you could use a string trimmer tipped on its side to eject weeds and dirt from the cracks. Have a good supply of trimmer string available as you’ll work through it quickly.

Significantly more difficult to work are crooked cracks. You’ll need a great deal of elbow grease to work them clear with anything from screw drivers and wire brushes to a pressure washer and compressed air.

Upon getting the crack clean, apply a liquid or caulk asphalt filler. For web-like cracks use the liquid and use the caulk for wider gaps. Finally, smooth the area with a metal putty knife.

Health Benefits Of Gardening

Gardening is one of those hobbies which can be enjoyed by almost anybody. From the very young to the very old, from the very healthy to those with poor health or some form of disability, all types of person can enjoy various types of gardening. For those adults who are strong and healthy virtually any aspect of the hobby can be thoroughly enjoyed as often as they like but for those less fortunate strenuous gardening tasks, such as those involved in landscaping and building a new garden, may be beyond their capabilities.

Go for Green – Active Living and Environmental Solutions, encourages outdoor physical activity that protects, enhances or restores the environment. When we Go for Green, we improve our own health, through active living and the health of the planet, by being good environmental citizens.

Gardens are sensual places, engaging all our senses in a variety of ways, encouraging us to be more in touch with ourselves and in tune with nature’s slower, gentler rhythms. Simply spending time in a garden, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells around us, can invoke a powerful sense of belonging and spiritual peace. When we nurture a garden, we increase our connection and our sense of wellbeing.

Grow your own healthy food. Turn your garden into a source of delight, good health and create your own backyard fitness centre. You don’t need a lot of space – your edible garden can grow in pots, an old wheelbarrow or a couple of fruit boxes. Find planting tips and information on the health benefits of gardening.

Our first parents knew from experience that the work of nurturing a seedling to maturity had many spiritual lessons worth learning for them. The weeds that invaded the garden were a constant reminder of the folly of sin. But the miracle of the promised resurrection was also apparent in the burial of each seed and the subsequent springing of the seedling ?in newness of life?. Gardening provides a number of metaphors for life.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Research continues to show that there are many essential nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables that may protect you from cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Eating a diet with lots of fresh produce also gives you more energy; helps reduce weight gain, and may even reduce the effects of aging.

Weight bearing activities (like carrying water to plants, pushing a wheelbarrow, or moving large potted plants) not only strengthen the heart and other muscles, but also strengthen our bones, by increasing bone density. This is important for gardeners of all ages, but especially for women in their early twenties (when most bone mass is acquired) and for elderly people who are concerned about osteoporosis (loss of bone density or bone thinning).

The body obtains antioxidants from two sources. Those that are present in the diet and those that it makes. In evolutionary terms diet can not be guaranteed, and so the most important group of antioxidants are those we make. These are proteins that can be made from any diet able to sustain life and ensure we have a high chance of surviving long enough to reproduce – the driving force behind evolution. As a consequence people often have few health problems well into their 40’s despite the quality of their diet.

Home-grown fruit and vegetables may also hold an advantage in terms of conferred health benefits. Commercial growers are skilled at maximizing yields and quality by reducing the stress load on their crops. Gardeners however, often refrain from using pesticides and artificial fertilizers with the aim of producing a more ?natural? product.

Bespoke Conservatory ? An Alternative Modern Extension

A bespoke conservatory is a different way to add on an extension to your house so that it feels light and airy just in time for summer. A bespoke conservatory can be designed to suit any style of property. Using a bespoke conservatory to extend your house can work out cheaper than investing in another property. Bespoke conservatories can also be built over two storeys.

Apropos Tectonic design and create bespoke conservatories in aluminium and glass which let light into your house. Apropos use double glazing on all their bespoke conservatories, this allows your conservatory to meet energy-saving requirements.

Apropos? bespoke conservatories come in different colour aluminium and glass to suit any house. Greys and blacks suit a period property built with an older bricks, where as a lighter grey, cream and white match a new build property which use a lighter brick colour.

When you are ready to create your own bespoke conservatory, Apropos Tectonic send a designer round to see the space where you would like your bespoke conservatory and offer advice on which style, shape, colour and features will go best with your property and lifestyle and help you to make use of any dead space.

Features to add to your bespoke conservatory

By commissioning Apropos to design and create your bespoke conservatory, it allows you to add additional features to suit your property and lifestyle. Apropos offer a variety of glass, which has its own benefits. These benefits include tinted, self cleaning and solar control features.

Adding different doors to your bespoke conservatory is another way to add more light into your home. Apropos offer a full range of patio doors, concertina doors and folding sliding doors. Apropos are currently launching a new slim-line folding door system, which gives your bespoke conservatory a sleeker look.

Two storey bespoke conservatories

Apropos can also create bespoke conservatories which cover more than one floor of the house. They look spectacular from the outside and significantly increase the amount of light which is let into the property. Multiple storey bespoke conservatories also allow different features to be used, like a glass staircases. They can be used to open out the living area into the garden and allow the bedroom to let in the natural sunlight.

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Infrared Saunas ? Up Close And Personal

Infrared saunas, as opposed to its conventional counterparts, never get that much of a fair shake in Relaxationville as far as recognition is concerned. This is kind of ironic, especially in an age when it is more than ok to let a breakthrough technology shine. But they exist, happy in the thought that the world will eventually know to embrace the new cool ? or hot, for that matter.

What is an Infrared Sauna?

Unlike traditional saunas that uses air or steam, infrared saunas don?t heat the body indirectly. The human body absorbs heat better by being directly exposed to it through the infrared radiant heat that its infrared heaters emit.

Do Infrared Saunas Have any Health Benefits?

Yes. Studies show that infrared saunas have a very promising effect in reducing the pain caused by conditions such as rheumatism and ankylosing spondylitis. It also supports detoxification by getting rid of toxic substances in the body as it gets flushed out in the sweat during an infrared sauna session and keeping the skin healthy through deep-cleansing it to remove dust and dirt that it has accumulated overtime. Another health benefit of using infrared saunas would be regarding your metabolism and cardiovascuklar conditions. Since infrared saunas detoxify the body, it aids in your metabolism as well as improving blood quality.

Is Having an Infrared Sauna at Home Practical?

Yes, definitely. This is because an infrared sauna consumes less space compared to the conventional steam type. What?s more is that it can be installed in a jiffy and has less installation hazard than the conventional sauna, not to mention that installation is cheaper due to its ready-to-install feature.

Where Can I Purchase an Infrared Sauna?

There are lots of online sites that you can buy from. Some of them even offer delivery within US or Canada free of charge.