Monthly Archives: March 2016

Building a Greenhouse In Your Backyard Can Be a Rewarding Experience

21Have you ever thought of building a greenhouse in your backyard? This can be a rewarding experience. Actually building the structure and seeing the project to its fruition is only one of the rewards. The practical aspects of having a greenhouse in your backyard will be of benefit.

This type of project my seem overwhelming at first if you lack experience in the designing and assembling of such a structure. You will need to know what type of greenhouse will best suit the layout of your backyard and the environment you live in. Having answers to these questions will help make the construction process more satisfying. It is suggested you have access to proven greenhouse plans to help you with these questions.

There are a number greenhouse designs to choose from. Choosing the correct design will ultimately help make your construction experience more rewarding. Some of the more common designs include the dome greenhouse and victorian style greenhouse. Other types include the hoop, a-frame and lean-to greenhouses. Some of the structures are relatively easy to assemble, while others, such as the victorian greenhouse will require greater expertise. This expertise may involve the assistance of an experienced journeyman.

Another reward of building a greenhouse in your backyard will be due to esthetics. A properly designed and constructed greenhouse will enhance the beauty of your property. Choosing the style which compliments the house you live and the surrounding garden will likely involve the use of proven greenhouse plans to make the proper choice. You may have limited space in your backyard, so choosing a lean-to style greenhouse may best suit your needs from a practical stand point. If you have a larger backyard, with an established garden, a victorian style design might be the best choice. For those with even larger backyards the dome greenhouse might best suit your needs.

Another reward to having a greenhouse on your property is a practical one. This type of structure allows to grow vegetables before and after the standard growing season in your area. In some cases your greenhouse may extend the growing season by up to three months. Of course growing your own vegetables will help reduce your grocery bill if properly done.

The rewards are many if you decide build a greenhouse on your property. Having access to proven plans with regards to its design, construction and ultimately how to successfully grow vegetables in the structure is recommended.

Water Saving Tips For Both Indoors & Outdoors

3tWater remains to be one of the most important every day commodities that you really can’t do without. The supply is however limited compared to the demand and you therefore should use the water available to you as efficiently as possible. Cutting on your usage can go a long way in saving your water bills at the end of the month. Just like energy, you should find out the best ways to make a positive change. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to preserve water on both outdoors and indoors.

Indoor Water Tips

Try as much as possible to do full laundry and dish loads compared to washing small loads more often. This does not only save water, but also the energy used when running the dishwasher or washing machine.

Have any household leaks fixed as soon as you notice them. Leaks can be very costly and can graduate to more serious problems when left unresolved. Find a plumber as soon as possible.

Shorten your showering time to save water and energy at the same time. Five minutes in the shower are enough.

Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth and instead turn it on and off as needed to save water.

When getting your devices such as washing machines and toilets, ensure that you select those that are water efficient.

Talk with every member of your family on how to preserve water. Children are fast learners and they can easily help you in preserving water and saving energy at the same time.

Outdoor Water Tips

Water the lawn at least twice every week instead of doing it every day. This is a very simple type of saving you hundreds of gallons of water every week.

Do regular check-ups on your sprinkler system so that you can identify any leaks, breakages and overspray. Have the necessary repairs done immediately to improve water and energy efficiency of the system.

Install a sprinkler controller that is smart in that it can adjust the watering to match the weather conditions, shade, soil type and even plant type. This can ensure that only the right amount of water is used in every aspect.

To reduce evaporation and water inefficiency as a result of windy conditions, try and water the plants very early in the morning or late in the evening. Most people make the mistake of watering plants during the day when it is hot and humid when too much water goes to waste through evaporation. Make these simple changes and enjoy more water efficiency and healthier plants for that matter.

When cleaning the driveway and your sidewalks, try and use a broom in place of a hose. Hoses can be very convenient, but they can waste a lot of water. Brooms on the other hand use up very little water even though they call for a little more effort from your side. If you have time, enjoy the broom cleaning over the use of a hose to save water and at the same time to keep active.

3 Things to Do With Your Grass Clippings

cWondering what to do with all the grass clippings that lays scattered all over your grass after mowing? If you want to avoid grass being tracked in the house after your grass is freshly mowed, here are a few suggestions:

1. Mulch

Many people prefer to have their grass clippings mulched. Mulch is a coat of material that is placed on top of the soil surface. It can bring many benefits such as: improving the health of the soil, decreasing the amount of weed growth, increasing the visual aesthetics of the mulched area, or conserving moisture.

Mulching mowers make it quite easy to complete this task. These mowers have special blades that allow them to cut clippings smaller and spread them across your grass, which makes this option very appealing. This simple process is an easy way to enhance the health and beauty of your yard.

2. Bag Them

Bagging grass clippings is an option if you don’t want to leave them on your lawn. After bagging your clippings or leaves you can dispose of them in your waste container with your other garbage. You can also easily add them to your composter.

Want to dispose of your clippings in an environment-friendly way? Some cities allow you to pay a monthly fee for a green waste container that you can add your clippings, leaves, and small branches to. Then the city will pick up your green waste and dispose of it at a green waste composting facility. Check with your city to see if this is an option they provide.

If you are adding your clippings to your green waste container do not leave your clippings bagged. However, if you are adding them to your regular waste container you should leave them in a disposable bag.

There is more than one way to bag your grass clippings:

    • Many lawn mowers come with a bag that will collect clippings so you can easily dump them into your composter or add them to your green waste container.

 

    • Use a vacuum such as the STIHL SH 56 C-E Shredder Vacuum Blower or STIHL SH 86 C-E Shredder Vacuum Blower to easily suck up your clippings. Then dump the contents of the bag into your green waste container or into a bag for regular waste disposal.

 

  • Get your kids involved. Have them rake up the clippings and scoop them into a bag for disposal or dump the clippings into an easy to lift bucket and add them to your green waste, garbage, or composter.

3. Leave Them

Don’t have a mulching mower? Too busy to bag your clippings? Don’t worry about it – just leave your clippings on your grass. If you are regularly mowing your lawn so that you only need to clip an inch or less off the top of your grass, you may choose to leave your clippings alone. This is an easy way to mulch your clippings to enrich the soil and reduce weed growth.

A Simple Tip to Clean Your Walk Ways

Edging and mowing often leave grass along walk ways and drive ways. To easily clean up sidewalks, driveways, patios, and other areas grass clippings may land during mowing, simply blow or sweep them back onto the grass. You can also use a vacuum blower to suck up and back the clippings so they don’t fly back to the walk ways.

No matter how much time and energy you have to devote to cleaning up after mowing, these tips can make it less of a burden when dealing with grass clippings.

Importance of Phenolic Air Duct Panels

2Over the past few decades, global warming has had a very disastrous effect on houses and commercial buildings. Because of this, it has become of crucial importance to reinforce buildings especially with respect to insulation. Unfortunately, this process comes with additional costs for the building owners. However, the additional cost is worthwhile. The insulation of buildings helps to regulate temperatures by ensuring that a house retains warm air during the winter of cold seasons and retains cold air during the summer or during warm months.

Traditionally, sheet metals (such as aluminum and galvanized steel) and fiberglass duct panels have been used to insulate buildings. Unfortunately, the challenges of economic development have led to an unprecedented rise in the price of these insulating materials to a point that they have become no longer cost effective. In addition, the transportation of these materials can be very costly making the use of sheet metals and fiberglass duct panels an inconvenience to the homeowners or contractors.

Because of this, engineers have come up with new cost effective means of insulating buildings in the form of insulating foams. The phenolic air duct panel and polyurethane foam duct panels are some of the foam insulating products currently in the market. The phenolic air duct panels are cheaper when compared to aluminum, steel, or fiberglass thus making them a better alternative to the traditional insulating materials. In addition, they are much lighter when compared to sheet metals making their transportation and installation much easier.

These air duct panels can be used as wall, ceiling, floor, and air duct linings. Depending on the type of the building or the reasons the building will be used for they can be made to be either flexible or rigid. Phenolic foam is a type of plastic composed of phenol and aldehyde. Most phenolic duct panels are coated with a thin layer of aluminum on both sides in order to improve their insulative properties. This coat varies depending on whether the duct panel will be used for interior or exterior insulation. For interior use, the aluminum coat is usually 25 micrometers while for exterior insulation the coat is usually 200 micrometers.

Foam insulating products have some additional benefits when compared to sheet metals. For instance, they are able to resist fires and moisture spread better than sheet metals. Second, in case they are burnt, they produce negligible amounts of non-toxic smoke. This means that they are better alternatives to sheet metals with regard to the protection of human lives and the environment at large.