Garden Shed Plans

Most of the beginners and even experienced builders fail to outline a step by step guide before initiating the construction process which ultimately results in wastage of bucks, sweat and a heck lot of time without getting the desired result. Let us dig some miles deeper. Consider a situation in which you are trying to prepare a chocolate cake with ingredients provided but not a single hint of procedure.

In best cases you will end up preparing something that looks like a cake but doesn’t taste like one and the worst cases will lead you to mix everything randomly in indefinite proportions and make a chocolate “soup” rather than a cake. Even though you have been provided with the ingredients but still you can’t produce a cake without knowing the step by step procedure. In layman’s terms, lack of plan leaves you with an undesirable result.

By this time, you may be wondering what a perfect plan may look like or what are the steps one may follow to create a perfect plan? As mentioned in the title of this write up, unique garden shed plans allow your shed to “build itself” that is, its simplicity leaves you with no work to do than just pick up the material and fix it on its respective place just like the block building games you used to play with in your childhood. I am using the word “plans” instead of “plan” because their can be more than one unique design to help your shed look superior than the others. The more number of plans means more options to select from.

Most of the people who use the planned way of construction get limited options to choose. As a result, they are forced to build a shed on which they can regret everyday. This can easily be avoided if you have lots of ways for your garden shed to look.

Perfect garden shed plans have the following characteristics:

  • It must suit your purpose- One can build a shed to satisfy different purposes such as organize house parties, storage or chilling during the weekends. Each case requires a suitable design as you can’t plan a party in the storage shed.
  • Each design must have an associated step by step guide – Having the design is not sufficient. Your plan must consist of an associated guide which makes construction a child’s play. The guide must be so simple that anyone with zero woodworking experience may also be able to build a perfect shed like an expert.
  • Plan must contain material list for no wastage: A beginner usually purchases a lot of construction materials, some or most of which are wasted after the completion of the task. Think if you could prepare a precise and accurate list of materials provided so that the extra money can be saved and invested in painting or decorating purposes. Well, perfect garden shed plans consists of such kind of a list.

Myths About Grow Lights

Summer-to-Winter Kelvin Shift

A well-respected garden writer recently wrote this in one of the most popular indoor gardening magazines: “The [high-pressure] sodium light is very red and mimics the fall sun to induce flowering.” HID lamp salesmen and hydro shop owners also claim that MH lamps are best for vegetative growth because they are “blue” like spring sunlight while HPS lamps are best for flowering because they resemble “red” fall light.

This is the second most widely held gardening myth: that the color of sunlight changes dramatically between seasons and that this color shift induces flowering. Ask yourself this: at midday, does a spring day look blue to you or a fall day look red? In a word, No.

Light “color” is measured according to the Kelvin (K) scale with blue having higher values and red lower ones. The world would look very strange indeed if the light temperature of sunlight changed from season to season by anything even close to the 2000-2500K difference between MH and HPS lamps. Don’t misunderstand: There is a seasonal shift in daylight color due to the depth of the atmosphere the sun’s light has to penetrate before reaching the earth. But this shift is small, 300-500K depending where you live, which is a difference that’s barely perceptible to the human eye.

On the other hand, daylight color definitely shifts across the duration of a single day. Sunlight starts out in the morning at approximately 2000K (orange), climbs above 5000K (white) at midday, then drops back to 2000K or lower at sunset. Daylight-sky color temp can climb as high as 8,000-10,000K (blue) on a sunny summer afternoon.

Why does this matter? Because indoor gardeners have been taught that changing from “spring blue” to”fall red” will induce flowering-in other words, will cause plants to shift from their vegetative growth phase to their flowering phase. This belief is likely the downstream effect of how HID lights found their way into indoor gardens. Initially, only MH lamps were available, and growers using them experienced results that were… OK. Then HPS lamps were introduced, and the gardeners who tried them found that these new lights significantly improved the weight of their harvests. Someone postulated that MH was better for vegetative growth and HPS better for flowering, and the myth was born. It’s become a mainstream “fact”: pick up any of the magazines distributed in hydroponics shops and you’ll find it. That doesn’t make it true.

Many gardeners use only one type of HID light for their entire grow, and that includes MH, HPS, and CMH lamps. None of these gardeners has any trouble “flipping” their gardens from vegetative to fruiting/flowering. They simply changed the photoperiod-the length of time the lights are turned on. Plants that are sensitive to day length flower when their photoperiod changes, not when the color of the light they receive changes.

90 LED Watts Can Replace 400-600 HID Watts

Oh, how you missed out on the fun of the early days of LED grow lights! When LED grow lights were first introduced, many manufacturers boldly proclaimed that a single 90-watt LED grow light would out-produce a 400- or 600-watt HID. These claims were laughable then, and they’re still laughable now. LED grow light manufacturers have typically been overzealous with their claims, which they”prove” by growing wheatgrass or lettuce instead of the light-hungry crops (e.g., tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, or flowers) that indoor gardeners generally prefer.Testing revealed that these early “90-watt” units actually drew only 54-56 watts of power at the wall, on average. With a few watts going to power onboard cooling fans, these lights actually produced less usable light than 75-100 watts of HPS-not anywhere near the 400- or 600-watt HID performance claimed by their manufacturers.

At least the industry seems to have learned its lesson. These days, most LED grow light manufacturers provide realistic power ratings and coverage area recommendations for their lights. This combined with better, more powerful LEDs and more effective light designs are helping to end this myth. It would be ideal for LED grow light manufacturers to publish the power of their lights in micromoles at set height intervals so that we, their customers, could decide for ourselves how much HID these lights could replace in the actual conditions we face in our gardens.

This Could be the Last Grow Light You’ll Ever Buy

Because LED emitters have a 50,000-hour-plus life-span, which is about 10 years if used 12 hours a day, a common sales pitch is: “This could be the last grow light you’ll buy.” This pitch is intended to help the buyer overcome the high cost of an LED grow light. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way.

Even though LED emitters have very long useful lives, continuing innovation in light design, such as secondary optics, better heat management, and still-better LED emitters on the horizon, will cause most growers to upgrade to a newer, better-performing light well before they’ve put 10 years on their first LED grow light. So while “the last light you’ll ever buy” makes a great sales pitch, don’t believe it. It’s not true.

LEDs Produce Little to No Heat

The next-most-common sales pitch for LED grow lights is that they produce little to no heat. When a manufacturer claims that an LED grow light produces almost no heat, it makes the experienced gardener wonder whether the manufacturer has ever used one for anything more than a photo shoot.

Sure, LED grow lights produce less heat than HID grow lights, but there is still heat, and that heat needs to be managed. See for yourself: garden temperature will drop immediately after an LED grow light switches off, just like in an HID garden. No heat-no way!

Time For Mowing Lawn

There are best hours for the task in both morning and afternoon. For the mornings that you’re free to mow your lawn, set aside the period between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for the job, according to trusted lawn mowing service providers. Within these two hours, dew and reticulation have already dried completely, but it’s not too hot out yet. Meanwhile, in the afternoon, schedule lawn mowing for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Between these hours, the outdoor temperature has already dropped; therefore, the cut grass will not get too stressed by the heat of the sun and it will have enough time to fully recover before night falls.

Now, the worst hours for lawn mowing are from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Why? Aside from being impractically early, the grass is wet with dew and nighttime reticulation. Lawn mowing is best performed in dry conditions because wet grass is not going to get cut easily even with newly-sharpened blades. Also, wet grass and damp soil may make the lawn mower pull out grass from the roots instead of cutting it at the recommended height. And lastly, it’ll be difficult to cut wet grass according to the ideal height because instead of staying upright, some grass blades clump together and will most likely just bend at the pressure of the lawn mower.

You also need to know that wet grass and soil can clog the lawn mower and a clogged lawn mower is an ineffective lawn mower, and with the grass and soil wet, the lawn mower will leave ugly tracks on the lawn and there will likely be a muddy mess of grass clippings. Hence, it’s important take note of these hours. And to add that, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. period is also not ideal for the task as nighttime is when the lawn is greatly prone to damage, such as the occurrence of fungi and other turf diseases. Seeking the help of lawn mowing experts is the best decision to get the best results.

Artificial Grass vs Natural Grass

Roll on just a few short years and all that has now changed. You still have the benefits that it hard wearing and requires little care and attention but you now also have something that looks like the real thing and complements your home, garden or commercial space. So, not only does it have a multitude of practical uses, it also looks good and feels far better than what was available just a few short years ago.

In the harsh Australian climate, if wish to maintain a natural grass lawn you are likely to find it extremely difficult, not to mention expensive. Some areas, such as Brisbane and along the Sunshine Coast experience long hot summers with the sun baking down on the grass. This is not an environment that is enjoyed by a natural lawn and, if you are lucky, it will just turn a little yellow or brown but in most cases, it will just die as it can’t cope with the conditions.

Artificial lawns, on the other hand, are designed to withstand the extremes of weather. They won’t need watering, cutting or any other of the tasks that you would associate with the real thing. You can sit back, relax and enjoy it rather than seeing it as something that is a chore. They require very little maintenance and will last for years to come. A good quality version will be the envy of your friends so it is well worth paying just that little bit extra to get a premium product that you can be proud of.

Artificial grass is ideal for domestic and commercial premises where it is particularly useful at sporting venues. At sporting venues, it is still hard wearing but has a very similar feel to the natural variety which is important when you think about the AstroTurf pitches of 20 years ago some of the injuries that were suffered as a direct result of the pitch. Thankfully that has all changed with the technological advances and the improvements to the 100% manmade fibres.

If you are considering artificial grass as an option for your premises it is important that you choose a company that you can trust. You need a product that will be able to stand up to all the rigours that you are going to throw at it and, not only, that look just like the real thing. A professional company will address all of these matters and give you exactly what you are looking for.

Front Yard Landscape Design

Many homeowners like having a minimal amount of grass in their front yard which not only cuts down on the time spent mowing but also their water bill. It is always hard for many people to find the time to keep up with lawn maintenance so if you know that your time is limited then think about planting something else to save you work. You can ask a landscape expert about an alternative or do some research online, this will help keep not only your cost but your time to a minimum.

Many people will choose to plant clover over of grass. Clover is a very good alternative to use in your yard since it will save you both time and money. Having clover in your front yard requires little upkeep, mowing will not be a problem and another benefit is that clover is prone to droughts and also repels bugs. There are over 300 variety’s of clover to choose from and it will grow almost everywhere.

Many homeowners find that watering the yard can be very time consuming. An easy front yard landscape design will incorporate an irrigation system which can save both time and money. This way you can keep your front yard looking great and make it easier to take care of during the hot summer months. Many professional landscapers will be able to install a system for you or you can purchase a kit at your local hardware store and try to do it yourself. The best bet is to get 3 quotes from different landscape companies that will put you on a yearly plan that you can afford. If you live in a northern climate you will need to add anti freeze in the fall to keep the pipes from freezing in the winter and then flush the system out in the spring. An easy front yard landscape design can be beneficial in not only time but also money.

Controlling Watermeal Weeds

  • Restrict its feed– Eliminate or restrict the diet/ nutrients on which watermeal is fed. Microorganisms such as AquaClear Pellets will consume the nutrients. Insert aquatic creatures to feed upon the weed itself. In case your pond is flooded with watermeal weeds, the best way is to drain the pond and wipe it off completely.
  • Remove debris: It’s important to ensure impurities that settle at the bottom of your pond becomes the meal for watermeal. It’s important to manage the build-up to prevent the rise of watermeal in the pond that grazes on this sludge. Prevent any kind of fertilizer or agricultural run-off settling into your pond, try to restrict falling of leaves from the tree, and use a surface netting that can help trap leaves, or remove all leaves from the pond, daily with a pool net.
  • Aeration: Another important step in this direction is to add a bubble aerator. Proper aeration will not let the water stagnant or accumulate. This method De-stratifies the water layers and provide uniformity to temperature, provide oxygen from top to bottom for the fish and natural bacteria to consume the organic waste, muck and improve water quality. It’s advised to add bacteria in the pond, proper aeration will speed up the cleaning process and remove foul smells and muck in turn controlling the watermeal.
  • Introduce Koi: With the above stated methods, you will largely be able to control watermeal. In order to completely get rid of watermeal, you can also introduce fish that eat this plant, like koi or grass carp. Koi will eat watermeal willingly, while grass carp may eat other plants first and steadily kill watermeal. You can also add few ducks in the pond, these ducks will eat up watermeal and add to the beauty of your pond.

About Small Trees

First up is the Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple, yes, it’s a mouthful, but this native Japanese species gives any yard a hit of colour and texture with its dense leaves. The medium green colour gives way to beautiful red, orange red or orange yellow leaves come fall, depending on the variety you choose, and while some can grow as much as 30 feet, there are smaller versions available too. These trees do well in zones 5-7.

The Crape Myrtle is another smaller tree that gives plenty of mid to late summer flowers, so you’ll have a pretty tree long after the others have stopped flowering. The trunk on this tree is varied in colour so it adds interest to your yard and there is a wide range of sizes available. You can also pick from a wide variety of flower colours with the Crape Myrtle, with choices that range from pink, lavender and rose to red or white. This type of tree does best in zones 7-9.

If you’re looking for a little tree with a wide canopy look no further than the Amur Maple. This can be grown as a large shrub or a small tree and will be the first to show it’s leaves come spring so your yard will have the first hit of colour on the block! It’s mature size is between 15-18 feet and it’s a great addition to yards within the zones 3-8.

The Fringe tree gets its name from the tons of white fleecy looking flowers that it produces each spring. It looks like a fringe with its dangling offering and of course, like with many species, there are many different varieties available. The fringe tree can tolerate a wide range of soils and is great for yards in zones 4-9 depending on the variety you choose.

Elderberry

Elderberry or Sambucus is a big shrub native to Europe and to the United States. The plant is member of honeysuckle family. Its white and delicate flowers turn into berries – black or dark blue. Their flavour is sharp sweet and a little bitter but it is preferred in many recipes. I will tell you more about that later. Its leaves are pinnate with 5 to 9 leaflets with length 5 to 30 cm. You can see the whole beauty of Elderberry in late Spring when it blooms.

Elderberry contains tannin, amino acids, organic pigments, carotenoids, flavonoids, rutin and large amounts of vitamins C, A, B. Many studies have proven that some of the ingredients in the shrub are strong antioxidants and can protect the cells against damage. In a Oncology laboratory in Israel doctors have found that the plant stimulates the better function of the immune system and they have treated patients with AIDS and cancer with it. From colds and flu to fight against asthma, weight loss and diabetes, everyone can discover the benefits of elder, depending on his personal needs and individual condition of the immune system. Other positive side of using the shrub in your menu for healthier life is that it is good for the cardiovascular protection. The levels of fibre in it are really high and can help with the elimination of the “bad” cholesterol which automatically makes some space for the “good” one, that every human body needs. When you need to clear your throat, or have bronchitis that has bad influence on your respiratory system the juice from elder is the best choice for you.

Reasons Paver Installations Seem Expensive

Operation costs based on project size

For a large scale project of around 1000 sq ft, a service provider incurs many charges such as fuel, pallet, porta potty, delivery, dump, clean up, etc. These charges cannot be excluded from the list as the fabricator needs to adhere to the regulations.

Labor charges to compensate workers

When an experienced team is working on your project, they will be working on the finer details and all possible challenges of paver installation. A stone fabricator may compromise on labor charges only to get its people working more for less. This may either push them out of this job or make them not respond to service requests.

Company overhead for essentials

A properly working company needs to take care about the compensation and insurance needs of its workers. Other factors like expenses incurred during the processing of installation request along with promotional charges, which enable the clients to know about the business cannot be ignored. Such charges will add up to the expenses of fabricated goods and post installation services.

Materials consumed for better results

After the completion of paver installation you can see only the enhanced paver space. However, the installation has used many tools and consumed other materials before the installation assumed its present form. Besides that, there may be additional elements enhancing the life of the paver, which are missing from the list of fabricator who offered you cheaper installation.

Company profit to feed creative spirit

It’s the profit with which a company grows and appreciates the performance of its supervisor, designer, or the whole team. They need to do it to keep their creative spirits come up with exceptional things like the one you got.

Get Pigeon Spikes Installation Service

While it may be natural to feel sympathy for the birds and one may feel sorry for how they have lost a space to live, it is hardly feasible to allow them to build nests near human habitats, the reason for this that the pigeons bring along a host of different germs, dust and dirt. The dust and germs that the pigeons carry with them lead to a health problems in humans and that is what drives most people to shoo away the birds. Since constantly shooing away that pigeons may not be a practical solution, the innovative pigeon spikes, come as a happy respite. These are simple spiked metal installations with slightly rounded and blunt ends that can be installed on surfaces where pigeons are mostly likely to settle or sit.

The pigeon spikes are simply attached to a flat surface and this serves as the simplest solution to the problem of birds. However, it must be ensured that the pigeon spikes are opted from the best installers. The reason why a good installation is necessary s because the constant pursuit of birds to rest on a surface may lead to the breakage or uprooting of the spikes, which would mean a waste of effort and money for the people who opt for the spikes. When the pigeon spikes installation is done it can be ensured that the spikes do not come off and that they keep being purposeful for a long period of time. The material of the spikes also makes a major difference in the aesthetics of the premises, which is why one must opt for a material that is resistant to corrosion and helps elongate the life of the spikes and their efficiency in turn. It is also essential to make sure that the spikes do not break, as the breakage may lead to sharp edges and may cause injuries in the users of the spikes as well as the birds that may try to sit on the surface. Getting the best pigeon spikes installation is most essential when one needs to get a complete peace of mind.