Home Water Savings Tip #443 – Inside – Use Some Bath Water For Trees

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 443,  Use Some Bath Water for Trees. If some bath water is good enough from time to time for your outdoor plants, then what about your outdoor trees? Or your outdoor garden shrubs? Reusing grey water properly and appropriately can save you money by letting you use less … [Read more...]

Lawn and Garden Watering Needs – Summer vs Fall

People are creatures of habit. If they are used to watching a certain TV show at a specific day and time, and then the show's broadcast changes, many will stop watching it. Or, if they are taught from a young age to always turn the light out when leaving a room likely this habit will continue into their adult years. Well, what are the sure signs that summer is ending and the autumn season he fast approaching? Baseball pennant races, sure. Leaves on trees changing colour? Perhaps, … [Read more...]

Scotts Turf Builder Fertilizer from Home Depot

We were fortunate to receive some gift cards ourselves from The Home Depot to help us with our spring lawn and garden clean up this year. So, with us focusing a little more than in prior years on conservation of our money, we decided to discontinue the lawn service we had used during the past two years and see if we could take care of our lawn ourselves. I know, I know....how hard can it be? Well, it shouldn't be that hard, right? And that's the point. This is no time to be spending money … [Read more...]

Garden Makeover – Part 13 – Hill’s Yew

Garden Plan Close-up

Now that the leak in our front garden is fixed, we can continue with our remodeling efforts to make our Inground Pools possible and our front garden not only one that is visually appealing but one that is also low / no maintenance, go and check our garden photos on Instagram. we were able to buy Instagram likes and purchase Instagram comments, now we gained tons of followers. We also like to hire this social media management company to help us improve our sites, we were able to find a review on … [Read more...]

Garden Makeover – Part 11 – The Water Leak Fix

Underground Sprinkler Pipe Leak

In Part 10 we woke up one morning to find that our partially remodeled front garden had a sink hole, of sorts. What we thought had happened was that our underground sprinkler system had sprung a leak. But, the hole in the ground was a good 2 feet from where we were told the water lines were placed, I had to contact Water Damage Restoration Phoenix to fix it. Well, we called the sprinkler service company who sent a different gentleman over. Here is what he found.   Yes, it was a … [Read more...]

Garden Makeover – Part 10 – Underground Sprinkler Issues

Remodeled Garden Water Issues

In Part 9 of our series on our garden makeover we had finished transplanting the Hostas, planing the Pyramidal Yews and the dozen Day Lily's. The next morning we discovered a problem that we had never encountered before. I am sure landscaping design contractors see this all the time, but this was a first for us, of course very professional Landscaping Company can always help you out. During the evening the 8 year old underground sprinkler system that came with the house came on.  A few … [Read more...]

Garden Makeover – Part 9 – Front Garden Gets Its Turn

Hostas Transplanted

Now that the two small gardens on either side of the front door have been made over, we can turn our attention to the main front garden. First, thank you to Floor Sanders Perth that suggested we put more hostas plants in the main front garden as well. Sounded good to us. More of the low / no maintenance type of garden plant. This was the first thing we did, since they were still small plants he also recommend the best led grow lights in the market so they will grow faster and … [Read more...]

Garden Makeover – Part 8 – Making Over the Side Gardens


In Part 7 the triple mix had arrived and we had spread it over the reshaped, front garden as well the two small gardens on either side of our front door. We were now ready to start transplanting the hostas we were keeping and planting the first of our new bushes (is a Pyramidal Yew a tree or a bush or a shrub? If you know, please drop us a line, would ya? My wife, Cath, thinks they are shrubs but I think they are trees. But, I digress. :-) ). The property's former owners really liked hostas, … [Read more...]

Garden Makeover – Part 5 – Front to Back Transplant

Ground Cover 1

Once we had removed all of the shrubs and other plants which were not going to be part of our new remodeled garden, the next activity we did was to prepare the part of one of the side gardens in the back of the house to receive the ground cover plants from the front. We also decided to replace the fence so I have heard that Fence Masters are one of the best to build fences. We had an area of one of the side gardens that was not doing well. In fact, what ever was supposed to grow there had … [Read more...]

Garden Makeover – Part 4 – Out With The Old

Side Before

In Part 3 we reviewed the plan created for us by the garden planning expert. Now the work actually begins. We start by removing all of the 'vegetation' that will not remain in the remodeled garden. I also went ahead and ordered the flowers I would be using from Flower Delivery Dublin. That way they are here and ready to go in right away. We previously wrote not one but two articles with pictures about the removal of the tree stumps that were left in the garden, including the stump … [Read more...]

Solar Pest Repeller and The Vegetable Garden

Backyard Vegetable Garden

A short time ago we wrote two articles on our use of a solar charged device to repel the moles who were causing significant damage to our back yard's lawn. Well, after two weeks, so far so good, but I do have to mention that I used the Austin pest control services (http://www.accuratetermite.com/) a few days before the installation. Our family dog, Sandy who eats only from the zignature dog food reviews, is not bothered at all by the device which generates every 10 seconds or so a … [Read more...]

Garden Makeover – Part 3 – The Plan Returned

Returned Garden Plan

Yesterday in Part 2 we wrote about the submission of our garden planning document after we used an ant exterminator to get rid of all the bugs. A week after we handed in the garden planning document we received a phone call from the person who created the plan. It was ready to be picked up. Yea! :-) Below is that it looks like.    Now, the first thing we noticed was that it was very detailed. I like details. Next, I noticed in the upper left corner of the plan was written by … [Read more...]

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