Growing your own vegetable and herb garden is not only a fantastic sustainable way to live but also surprisingly rewarding – even for those without green fingers. You can start off with easy growing vegetables like tomatoes, carrots and herbs such as basil, parsley and mint. As you gain confidence you can try others that may take more skill to grow successfully. (more…)Read More
March is time to get your garden ready for autumn planting. The current lockdown in South Africa means you won’t be able to buy new plants just yet (the days are still a bit too hot anyway) but the extra time is a chance to prepare your garden for planting. (more…)Read More
Renovations and remodelling is always welcomed by the homeowner. Updating your home and keeping it up to date is always a good idea, especially when selling is on the cards in the future. There are a few things that home buyers and real-estate appraisal experts love to see when they are on the lookout for new homes. From revamping kitchens to updating bathrooms – we look at what types of renovations can increase the value of your home.
A fully functional and newly renovated kitchen is always important when it comes to increasing value. An outdated kitchen can easily bring down the value of your home. If you are considering a kitchen revamp carefully consider the cost of your materials versus the value of the kitchen afterwards. A big project like a kitchen revamp is not something you want to lose any money on in the end.
One of the first things people look out for before buying a home is the condition of the bathrooms. Old bathrooms with outdated tiles can really put potential buyers off. Adding an extra bathroom is always a good idea if you have the space. If not, update the fittings, fixtures and amenities in your current bathrooms.
Everybody loves a study in a home. Having to convert a bedroom into a study is not always convenient, so creating the space for one by additional building, is a sure way to increase the value of your home.
A beautiful garden can sell any type of home. If a garden is well kept and creatively designed, you can be guaranteed that it will increase the value of your home. A large garden with lots of lawn, a pool and a patio is a seller for sure. Whether you are selling or not, a home that looks gorgeous from the street is what every homeowner strives for.
Epic Braai Areas
Believe it or not, but outside entertainment areas or epic braai areas are an important element that will add to your home’s overall value. Multifunctional outdoor entertainment areas are something buyers are always looking for.
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In dry climates, water shortages are making the large suburban lawn a luxury less and less people can afford. With South Africa experiencing a drought, maintaining a lush lawn is becoming increasingly unsustainable in terms of water consumption and the resulting costs.
Having green grass in your garden all-year-round can be hard to achieve. However, this is not a concern with synthetic grass. It is the answer if you want to keep your surroundings green and you do not have the time or resources to work hard in your lawn as well.
There is a wide array of varieties to choose from and the prices are cheaper in th long run in comparison to natural lawn.
No maintenance required and low cost
Unlike your real lawn turf, this one does not need water or sunlight to thrive. Just make sure that it is installed properly so that it will last long and look sleek. With synthetic grass, you will enjoy massive, on-going savings not only in water, but in mowing, feeding, and edging, not to speak of labor intensive practices such as de-thatching and aerating. We all know that green lawns require hard work, so if you are too busy for it you might as well opt for synthetic grass.
Does Not Smother And Die
With your synthetic grass, you can place your inflatable pools, trampolines, and other items in your lawn without making the area under them turn brown. Once you remove the weight, this type of grass will bounce back to its original shape and its color will never fade. It can handle traffic without getting damaged. This also means that you can enjoy more of your time outdoors.
Pet And Kid Friendly And Safe
Let your kids enjoy playing in your lawn. The only thing that you need to do to secure the place is to check for anything sharp that might have fallen on your lawn. With fake grass, the chance of getting the sand into your kids’ eyes is slim. Don’t worry if your pets relieve themselves on it as well since you can clean it the way you clean the real grass.
Relaxing And Refreshing
Love your garden and lawn more as they stay green for the entire year. Your flowering plants will look more appealing and your garden will become more desirable to visit.
Holds The Soil Down
Installing synthetic grass will reduce getting dust and sand all over your property. When heavy rain falls, you don’t need to contend with mud. Install brick pavers as well so that you can have clean walkway.
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Ants are often used as an example to demonstrate the advantages of teamwork, but to most of us these little insects are nothing more than an irritation in the home. It seems like once they have invaded your home, they are almost impossible to get rid of.
There are mainly three types of ant species found in cities:
Garden Ants are attracted to sweet foods and leave a pheromone trail back to their nests for others to follow.
Pharaoh’s Ants feed on decomposing food and carry harmful germs picked up from their feedings.
Fire ants are found in sunny spaces and sting animals and humans.
All of these ant species can be killed via pesticides and other poisonous products, but these are not only harmful to the environment but can also be poisonous to animals and children. Therefore, it is better to consider options that are more Eco-friendly and poison-free when you decide to start your battle against these busy insects.
Here are a few homemade solutions to keep the ants at bay.
Prevention better than cure
It may be easier said than done but do your best make your home unappealing to ants. Cover food, immediately clean up crumbs and spills, close your bun lid, do a daily counter wipe and seal all ant size access points.
Find ant nests and sprinkle baby powder over the nest and ‘scouts’ that are looking for food. Baby powder does not necessarily kill ants, but they dislike it so much that they will leave. Best of all, it isn’t toxic for kids and animals.
Pour some plain white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on counters and on the ground around your house. The smell will evaporate as it dries.
Fill a spray bottle with water and add 10 to 15 drops of mint peppermint oil. Spray it in front of door openings and cracks to prevent ants from entering your home.
Apple cider vinegar
Mix a cup of water with a cup of apple cider vinegar and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the targeted surfaces several times a day with this mixture. Ants guide themselves with their scent and will naturally avoid these areas.
Red chilli powder
Make a red chilli paste by adding a little bit of water to the powder. Find the area where the ants are coming from and put paste in and over the ant holes.
Please note that none of these remedies will actually kill ants, they will only repel and keep them away for a while.Read More