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One weekend wonder: How to revamp your garden in just two days

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

We’ve all been there. Suddenly, the sun bursts out from behind the clouds and a surge of goodwill and positivity brings oodles of energy your way. From this rapid injection of sun-kissed happiness, you start swiftly making mental promises of improvement to yourself: yes, you’re going to go for a lovely walk in this fine weather! You’re going to pick up a healthy smoothie instead of an energy drink! You’re going to get those chores done and run those errands while the sun is out, then treat yourself to a well-earned cold beer in the garden in the afternoon, basking in the glow of your accomplishments and the rare British sunshine. 

Yes, we’re very susceptible to the sun here in Britain, in so far as we absolutely cannot handle the wave of pure joy that comes with it. The endorphins get the better of us, and we make all the plans and promises while the world looks beautiful through sparkly-eyed lenses. And let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with this — sunny days can be hugely productive because of this. 

But, inevitably, we grab that cold one out of the fridge, troop to the garden with the picturesque image of our well-earned relaxation in mind, only to get outside and remember we haven’t actually tended to the garden in 12 months. And 12 months ago, said garden was a crispy, dried mess under the 2018 heatwave. So now, it’s a half-dead, tangled mess of neglected plant life and deck chairs you forgot to put away for the winter. 

Well, soak up a few more of the sun’s positivity-inspiring rays and add one last job to the list: we’re giving the garden a makeover, and we’re going to do it in just one weekend. 

Preparation 

Gather up your tools first to make your weekend easier in the long run. You will need: 

  • To hire a budget skip for all the rubbish you’re going to clear out! 
  • Some refuse sacks, preferably biodegradable 
  • A trowel
  • Weed killer
  • A good pair of gloves
  • Some compost
  • Your lawnmower
  • Any new plants you want to add (optional) 
  • A pair of secateurs
  • Enough paint for your shed and any fences 
  • Vinegar (if you don’t have a power-washer). Alternatively, a power washer! 
  • A heavy-duty broom
  • A bucket 
  • A watering can 

Saturday – AM 

We’ve recommended hiring a skip for a few reasons. One, it will help alleviate the problem of overfilling your bin with garden refuse and getting stressed trying to deal with that. Two, it helps to ensure your waste is recycled correctly and responsibly. And all you have to do is fill it up! So, with your skip delivered and ready to go, it’s time to crack on. 

Task one: De-clutter

The first thing to do when you’re cleaning any area is to tidy up the area so you can see what needs a good scrubbing. So, head out to the garden and start throwing out anything you don’t want or need. Key things to look out for include: 

  • Rotting, old garden furniture 
  • Old children’s toys that aren’t used anymore 
  • Broken décor or flowerpots 
  • Things that have been sitting in the shed unused since 1997 

 

Task two: Weeding

With the area tidied of any obvious rubbish, it’s time to get rid of those unsightly areas of plant life that might be suffocating your other flowers and trees. Pop your gloves on, grab a trowel, and pull up all those pesky weeds messing up your garden. Give any hard-to-pull roots a spray of weed killer to ensure they don’t come back.

The good news is that you can just chuck these weeds into the skip too. Other than Japanese knotweed and other invasive weeds, this plant life can be recycled. 

Saturday — PM

Take a break for lunch, grab a cup of tea, and top up your water bottle. If you need to stock up, you might want to head to the local garden centre too before cracking on with the next task. 

Task three: Planting anew 

Whether you’re putting new plants in pots or planters or tending to the ones you already have, Saturday afternoon is dedicated to the beautiful blooms in your garden. Give them some TLC or get them started in a new spot in the flower bed! Finish off with a sprinkle from the watering can to get them ready to go. 

Sunday — AM

Task four: Mow the lawn

Take a nice, Sunday-morning stroll over your lawn…with the lawn mower in hand. You’ll get to enjoy the sun, tick off a chore, and use the time to check around your garden for any weeds that might have escape your notice the first time. 

Pop the trimmings into the skip and turn your attention to any paths or flagstones you have. 

Task five: Clean the paving stones

If you have stone pathways or paving stones, giving them a clean can really boost the overall look of your garden. It’s a task many of us put off, but it really doesn’t need to take ages — so long as you know a few tips and tricks! 

Here are two of the quickest methods

The Vinegar Method

  • Move away any plant pots or furniture from the stones you need to clean 
  • Take your heavy-duty broom and start sweeping away the dirt and debris on the paving stones
  • Pull up any weeds caught in the cracks of the stones 
  • Mix equal parts water and vinegar. If your paving stones are very mucky, increase the ratio of vinegar. Pour the mixture into a watering can 
  • Use the watering can to evenly distribute the vinegar-mix all over the paving stones. Ensure the whole area is soaked
  • Leave the stones to soak for 20 minutes 
  • Use your heavy-duty broom to scrub the paving stones again. The vinegar will have loosened up more dirt and grime, as well as killing any weeds caught between the cracks 
  • Rinse/mop the stones clean

 

The Power-Washer method

  • Move away any plant pots or furniture from the stones you need to clean 
  • Start with a low-pressure setting to avoid any damage and test a small area. Adjust the pressure as needed 
  • Spray the paving stones by holding the power lance at a shallow angle, diagonally across the stones to avoid damaging the joints

Sunday — PM 

Relax and have some well-earned lunch before the last leg of your weekend project. 

Task six: Pruning

Take the secateurs and prune any larger plants that need it. Trim away overhanging branches and overgrown bushes and you’ll be amazed just how much space in your garden was being tied up in this tangle of tree limbs! 

Task seven: Painting

Finally, give your shed and any fences a fresh coat of paint. Between the sun and the rain, the paint might be a little lacklustre, faded, and maybe even peeling. Prep it and paint it and see what a difference it makes to your garden! 

 

And there you have it! A perfectly polished garden in just one weekend. The summer awaits! 

 

Sources: 

https://www.marshalls.co.uk/homeowners/inspire-me/articles/how-to-clean-a-patio-3160

 

How to make your garden more accessible

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

 

Although gardening can be enjoyed by all ages, it’s often looked upon as a hobby to the elderly, given them opportunities to focus on enjoying themselves during their retirement years, leisurely and allow them to carry out bigger personal projects that full-time workers don’t have the time for.

Of course, when it comes to mobility issues those of all ages could find themselves struggling to live with a lack of functionality of their joints, so being able to navigate through their beloved spaces without the concerns of an uneven surface, slippery surfaces, sloped areas and step is essential. That’s why we’ve team with stair lift providers, Acorn Stairlift to provide some insights into how to successfully maintain a garden to ensure its accessible for those seeking independent lives while living with mobility obstructions.

Whether you’re personally passionate about gardening or just enjoy spending your free time outdoors, it’s known to bring great benefits. The most admirable benefit this task brings is to those living with Alzheimer’s, as studies have revealed that a bit of gardening every other day can protect the mind from developing the disease.

Pathways

Despite this being obvious, pathways should be wide enough to allow two people to walk comfortably down them to make it mobility-friendly. Opting for wood may look more aesthetic to a proud gardener but is prone to becoming slippy in the rain or colder weathers, so concrete or tarmac, both being low cost and maintenance would be the most plausible choices.

 

Elevated Beds

If flowers are desired by you, then consider installing a raised flower beds to prevent or ease the task of bending down, especially if you suffer from arthritis or chronic back pain. Ensuring that they are moveable is an important factor of these as they can easily be relocated if required.

 

Seating

One of best assets about a garden is appropriate seating to sit on and enjoy the view of your green space. For the elderly, aches and pains can strike at any moment, so it’s important if there are seats dotted around the garden that can act as checkpoints for those with larger gardens to tend to. To lower the risk of accidents, opt for a material that is waterproof, durable with low maintenance.

 

Tools and equipment

There are tools such as folding kneeler stools that are worth investing in, with prominent grips that aid tasks such as weeding or planting on concentrated areas. Having a small arsenal of lightweight, long-reach tools that are cheap but very handy at reaching the areas that the user can’t will aid those that have difficulty bending, similar to that of the elevated beds.

 

Ramps

An obvious consideration for the those restricted to wheelchair use, replacing your steps with ramps is a great way to ensure efficient mobility within your garden. If you’re installing a ramp, make sure a handrail is installed alongside it, so users can remain in control of their movements without losing balance or momentum going up and down the ramps. Installing these at the right height for the user and ensuring the right material such as hardwood is used, as metal can feel cold and wet to the touch.

 

For many people, living an active life is important but trying to do this at a later stage in life, is extremely important for those wanting to maintain their personal projects. Taking pride in ones garden doesn’t just do good for stress levels and personal satisfaction, natural soil acts as an antidepressant, so ensure it’s accessible as it can be!

 

Sources

https://www.essentialaids.com/mobility-related-information/gardening-with-limited-mobility.html

https://www.carryongardening.org.uk/tips-on-garden-design-for-all-disabled-gardeners.aspx

https://www.stairliftsreviews.co.uk/accessible-gardening/

 

How Can You Test The Quality of Your Water at Home

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

You often hear that water is the staple of life. Did you know it makes up around 95% of our brains? All those people who insist on proper hydration are definitely onto something. But when you drink water, when you make your food with it, what else is in there?

There are a great number of factors that influence the quality of our water, both in urban and rural environments. You can read a comprehensive study on this matter at this link. Meanwhile, you are probably interested in your own home and what you, your family, and your pets are exposed to every day. So here is a handy guide on how to figure out its condition.

Having your water professionally tested

Okay, yes, we know everybody flinches when it comes to “calling in the pros”, mostly because that means something will cost you money. But honestly, it is still a way smaller price to pay than blundering around in the dark. Having the quality of your home water tested by a legitimate lab is the best way to go if you are not sure what you want.

Think about it: what kind of contaminant are you looking to identify? The “quality of water” is a compound notion and there are several different dimensions to it. Are you worried about excess chlorine? Weird colors? Do you think you might have a rogue population of bacteria running in your pipes? Or do you want to “test for everything”? You have to get specific to get any results.

Go to a reputable laboratory and share your concerns with the technicians. From your descriptions and the data they have about the area aquatics, they will be able to recommend a proper course of action. It is also a good idea to do one in-depth wide-sweeping test, and then use that to determine what might need to be monitored at an ongoing rate.

Testing your water on your own

 

Supposing that you still prefer to give your own home chemist skills a try, there are several ways that you can do this on your own. You can find the most easily doable strategies at this link: https://www.wikihow.com/Test-Water-Quality

The most straightforward way would be to use a home water testing kit. Basically, there will be several strips coated in various reactants, and they will change colors to indicate that a given substance is present in your sample. You can buy these online or at some home improvement centers. You might even take a look at better-stocked gardening shops, since there is certain plant life that is sensitive to water quality conditions.

These kits are usually able to test for pesticides, chlorine, nitrites and nitrates, lead, bacteria, hardness level, and pH values. Their big downside is that they are fairly inaccurate, and they will not test for everything that is potentially harmful. Moreover, there are certain kinds of contaminants that the kits will not pick up unless their levels are very high.

So, if you are concerned about safety and health, a home testing kit is not a legitimate assurance. An independent laboratory is still your best choice – just steer clear of those that insist on peddling you some fancy filtration solutions. If they are aiming to sell you something, the credibility of their test results is questionable.

What are the most common contaminating substances?

Like we keep saying, the things that influence the condition of your water supply are numerous, and not all of them are necessarily bad. On the other hand, not all of them are safe to disregard, either. The specific substances that you might find in your sample will depend largely on your geographic area, the condition of the local infrastructure, and the state of your own home’s pipework – its age, maintenance, etc.

Even so, there are a few things that can be considered universal, so we decided to list them here for your convenience.

Chlorine is a necessary presence in any settlement’s aquatic infrastructure, especially in urban areas. A small amount of it is always present in the pipes, because it makes sure there would be no microscopic organisms splashing around, making mischief. That said, an excess of chlorine content can give water a nasty scent and upset some people’s stomachs, so there are many filters offering solutions for that. Learn more about water filtering at waterfiltermania.com.

Bacteria can be divided into harmful and nuisance. Harmful bacteria are those that cause diseases. The most widespread ones are Coliform, Fecal Coliform, Fecal Streptococci, and Escherichia Coli. Nuisance bacteria are not necessarily harmful, but they secrete sulfur and iron. These guys are the film on the surfaces of wells.

Sulfur, in the form of hydrogen sulphide, is what makes water smell like rotten eggs. It can occur naturally (like in some hot springs), and is sometimes the byproduct of local bacteria.

Iron and manganese cause discoloration, leave stains on fixtures and laundry (especially iron, it ruins anything white), and they give a bitter taste. Excess iron will color the water orange, yellow, or brownish, whereas manganese will make it purple or black.

Whitish-yellowish crystalline flakes that form on pipes and containers are sediments of a salt known as calcium carbonate. This is what makes water “hard”. In itself, it is not dangerous, though if allowed to accumulate it can wreak havoc on your appliances. Look into water softening solutions if you notice calcium carbonate buildup anywhere in your home.

Grit and sand are common, a little annoying, but harmless. Basic filters get rid of them nicely.

Lead is a silent hazard which can infiltrate from pipework. Typical causes are leaded solder or old plumbing components made of brass. Lead is a neurotoxin, so even small amounts are a danger. If you already know that you have brass components installed, or faulty solder, or if you detect any lead traces in your samples, take measures to get rid of it all right away.

 

 

 

 

Hydrangeas fall causality to climate change in the UK

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The hydrangea that most English of English garden plant seems to be struggling with the UK record breaking temperatures. With delicate leaves designed to collect the most energy from the available sunlight hydrangeas growing in full sun suffered this summer on the hottest days with many wilting and the leaves burning. As we seem sure to encounter more record breaking temperatures on sunny summer days growing hydrangeas in full sun light become something of the past as they will now be best grown in partial shade under trees or other forms of shade. 

Provide your houseplants with a much needed holiday

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

 

Starling from the end of May until then end of September it’s a great idea to take your house plants from your house and place them outside for a much need holiday. With a better level of light and and some rain washing off all the dust that’s accumulated on the leaves stems and buds they will benefit greatly. 

House plants are not naturally at home in your house with the dry heat from central heating. The most popular plants are plants that can handle dry heat although it not ideal thats why often house plants do well in kitchens and bathrooms as the heat in these areas is often more humid. 

The other key is to match your house plant with the level of light in a certain area of a room. The same as your garden plants house plants of different types have evolved to thrive at different light levels. For example peace lilies do well and flower in low light levels and dracaena thrive in higher light levels. 

Advice From Top Ladyboy Dating Sites: Online Safety Tips

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

This might sound like one of those insufferable “back to basics” kind of posts, but bear with us for this round, mkay? After all, even if you are a jaded veteran of virtual datespaces, there is always going to be somebody new on the playing field.

So, when it comes to finding your perfect ladyboys online, there is never a shortage of hunting ground. A brief Google search will net you a myriad of sites and apps where you can date a transgender person, and these environments are typically also ladyboy-supportive.

That said, even if it easy to find a prospective alternative lady for casual company, or a new friendship, or even a committed romance, it may not be so easy to be sure that what you see will be what you get. That is why for this occasion we have put together a little guide for staying safe in the whirlpools of online dating. And these come from experienced minds who navigate some of the busiest trans dating platforms, so keep your eyes peeled!

What you need to keep an eye out for

The first and most obvious hazard is a fake identity. False profiles are such a common thing that nobody really gets surprised anymore (other than the unfortunate victim, that is). This same phenomenon is also present in the transgender dating pool, ladyboys included.

Online romance scams are one of the most common types of scam scenarios, where a dirtbag will pretend to be a friendly, attractive woman, pretend to be somehow vulnerable and in need of a good man to save “her”. They even got more refined with the imaginary reasons for “needing” your money. So how can you stay sharp about this?

It essentially boils down to watching out for money-grubbing moments in communication. Any ladyboy you start chatting with will most probably be from somewhere in Asia (typically from Thailand or the Philippines). These countries have a rather low average earnings rate, compared to Europe, America, or just western countries in general.

Now, the ladyboys themselves tend to prefer western partners, because they are more open-minded about relationships with transgender persons, but there are also those (unfortunately) that will prefer your western wallet. So watch out for moments in messaging when they try to get money, try to get you to buy them something (and possibly ship the purchase to Asia), or try to eke out any piece of your personal or fiscal information like a credit card number, email, or location. Check out this comprehensive article for some handy instructions on how to recognize and handle online dating scammers and their tactics.

 

How to stay safe in online dating

There are a few universal measures you can take to keep yourself from getting tricked by a pretty picture and a sob-y love story.

First of all, absolutely never send money to someone whom you do not know in real life. This is a fairly obvious thing and you might be rolling your eyes right now, but keep in mind that this precaution applies to more than cash. To begin with, relationships in Asian cultures simply do not work like that. A girl will not ask online chat partners for money or anything like that if she is right in the head (and in the moral compass). A ladyboy asking for any kind of funding is already a major red flag.

Along with direct requests for cash, there are a few other popular swindling tactics. They include asking for gifts or travel tickets, using your photos or messages as material for blackmailing you, or spinning some sad yarn that will make you pity the “girl” and send her money of your own accord. Those guilt trippers are the worst of them all, because you might be so wrapped up in your desire to help your Asian damsel that you will not even notice that you are being led by the nose. Learn more about dating and romance scam schemes at this link: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/dating-romance

Second of, stay on the native platform. This cannot be emphasized enough. Stay on the platform. Your dating app or site can only monitor communication on their own servers, meaning that they cannot mediate a problem that happened in another online environment. Scammers know this, so they try to lure you away. They will ask for your email, phone number, Facebook name etc. Do not give it out until you get to know them better, and even then always make screenshots or save the transcripts.

Third of, leave your personal details out of the picture. Literally. Do not photograph yourself in a location that can reveal your residence, such as in front of a street name plate, in front of your home, near a recognizable landmark etc. Keep your address and real name to yourself and never share a picture that showcases a document, like a government-issued ID, a bill in the background, or a membership card for anything.

How to stay safe in offline dating

Have your first few meetups in public places. Cafes, popular parks, restaurants, and city squares are good starting choices. Leave the cinemas and theaters for later, if you decide that there should be a later – these are dark and discreet places, and therefore conductive to shady behavior.

Also, employ a safety network. Pick one or several friends or family members, and inform the about your date and the itinerary. Share your date’s name, photos, and any notable characteristics. Tell them when and where you are meeting, how long you intend to stay, what time you expect to be back, and keep them updated when you switch locations during the date.

Always make sure you can get away if needed. Have your own transport ready, always have cab fare, and keep your phone charged so you can call for a ride anytime. You could also arrange with a friend or family member to come pick you up.

 

Attracting Birds on your Backyard with the Best Woodpecker Feeders

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

If you are a bird lover, you might want to attract them on your backyard. Most homeowners love the view of these feathered woodpeckers because they bring color to the garden. Lots of people want to experience the wonders of nature and just take a break from the daily hustle of life. The feeders can also help the parent feed their young and this encourages healthier bird species. 

When it comes to feeding especially setting a place for the woodpeckers to eat, a homeowner should choose the best feeder for his backyard. When birds are properly fed, they are very fun to watch, and they become more energetic. The extra boost of calories can also help them becomes survivors of the harsh winter climates.

Food for Woodpeckers

These birds mostly dine on nuts, berries, sap, fruits, and pines. They are also enticed by suet. The suet cake can be placed on cages and wires for easier access. There are a lot of suet cakes available in many stores and aviaries. 

Most birds will be attracted to your home when you offer black oil sunflower seeds, grapes, apples, and raisins. Near the suet, you can create a snag where the woodpeckers can nest comfortably. The snag can be made up of old stumps or dead trees. Most birds prefer to build a home on rotting trees so that they can easily get nest holes.

Here are the Best Feeders to Choose From

  1. Cages

You can place the suet cake inside a metal basket. This is a very inexpensive kind of square metal with lots of square holes where the birds have access to food. There are even square baskets that were attached to the sides to provide a place where the birds can stand on. Smaller square baskets are perfect for smaller species such as the Downy woodpecker. But if you want to see larger ones, you need to get a suet cage that will fit them comfortably.

  1. Tail Props

Most homeowners choose a feeder with tail props because it attracts more birds to their property.  This is because as woodpeckers are naturally accustomed to feeding on a tree, they have their tails securely prop on the trunk. To feel more secure, most woodpeckers will prefer that their two feet and tail are in contact with something. If you have a tail prop, the woodpeckers can safely start banging their heads and feel more secure. The tail prop will make the feeding similar to that of their natural habitats. 

  1. Plugs

There are suet plugs that can give a more natural look on your garden. These are the kinds of feeders that look like a log but with holes on the sides. Some plugs are shaped in a short circular roll to fit the plug. You can even put suet cakes in the shape of Twinkies for added design. This design is more comfortable for the woodpeckers as there are no plugs to limit their pecking. The vertical log will also mimic the trees where they frequently feed so expect that they will always come on your garden for food.

  1. Balls 

Some of the most popular feeders are suet balls. These are ingredients that were formed into balls for woodpeckers to eat. Different sizes and ingredients are depending on the kind of bird that you want to attract on your backyard. Large suet balls have lots of spaces between the wires. They are very comfortable and provide easy food for your feathered friends. The small nuggets are treats for many species. They are not just made exclusively for woodpeckers. They are filled with nuggets which the birds can gobble up very quickly. 

 

A Final Word

When you are shopping for the best feeders, you need to know the right kind that will attract birds in your backyard in no time. You should choose something that can comfortably hold suet cakes, balls, plugs, peanuts and more for a few days. You should also consider protecting your feeder from weather elements such as rain or snow. Having a backyard with lots of colorful birds are a lot of fun. Start setting up your backyard today.

 

 

 

 

Why outdoor lighting is the perfect solution for your garden

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

For many people buying a house with at least a small garden is a lifelong dream. There’s nothing better than spending a nice, relaxing evening outdoors after a hard day at work. But if you work long hours, you probably don’t get many opportunities to enjoy such moments. Once you come back home, it’s already dark and going outside doesn’t seem so appealing anymore. You’ve probably spent a lot of time working on your garden design and looking for ways to make it look even more inviting. It’d be a shame to let all that hard work go to waste by staying inside the house during your free time.

It’s summer, and your garden is now presenting itself in its most beautiful form. Green leaves are decorating the trees. The flowers are in full bloom. Everything is lively and full of energy. And you’re missing it because you’re busy with your daily life. When you finally have a moment for yourself, all of it will already be hidden in the dark. But is sun really the only lighting you can count on in an outdoor setting? Of course, it isn’t. There are many lighting solutions available on the market to choose from. You can implement them in your project, and transform your backyard into a unique, one-of-a-kind space.

Gain more space

Most people treat their gardens and houses as two separate things. There’s the interior of the house, and then there’s another area that you can spend time in, but they are not really connected. It’s a wasted opportunity. With a good plan, you can easily transform your patio into the building’s extension and gain additional space. By installing lamps around the sitting area, you can create something like a living room but in the fresh air. Having friends over for dinner will be even more enjoyable in such surroundings. Plus, there are many models of sun canopies for patios available on the market. If you find the right one for your house, you’ll be able to shield yourself from the scorching sun on hot summer days.

Make your garden visible

While the specific elements will depend on the location and weather conditions, a perfect garden is not just about plants and trees. It’s about decorations, pathways, and furniture as well. If you live near the beach, you can try to bring some of it to your backyard by utilising sand in your project. On the other hand, if you live in a rainy place, paving may be a better idea. When done right, a simple design can turn into a piece of art and, by installing outdoor lighting, you’ll be able to admire it at any time.

Enhance your project

When you want to showcase a certain element of your interior design, you use light to highlight the area. The same can be done in your garden. Proper lighting can bring out the beauty of any object, so it’s worth considering such a solution. Even a lamp you decide to install can in itself be a decorative element. Just look for models that will complement the rest of the project. However, if you’d rather have more subtle lighting, which will brighten up your evenings but go unnoticed during the day, go for in-ground lights.

Keep intruders at bay

Of course, you want your house and its surroundings to look great. That’s why you’re willing to spend your time and money on achieving this goal. But ensuring security is an equally important thing. After all, nothing in the world matters more than the safety of your family. Lighting up your backyard can become a solution to both of these issues. Keep in mind that most break-ins happen at night. It’s not a coincidence, darkness provides great cover. But it’ll be difficult to get to your house without being seen if there are lights all around.

There’s no denying that we all like to feel appreciated. We like to surprise people with our skills, and we like being praised for our work. Implementing various lighting options in your garden can give you incredible results. And you definitely won’t be the only one noticing it. Your friends and family will love coming over and spending time in your newly created seating area.

 

Factors influencing The Cost of Roof Replacement

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

It was really amazing to see his roof transformation keeping in mind we had similar problems. Deep down, I felt I had found the missing piece of my roofing puzzle. In a week times, I called them up and got mine fixed. 

Are you having similar problems? Here are some of the factors that will influence the cost of your roofing replacement.

SIZE OF THE ROOF

We really don’t have to scratch our head on this one. It is oblivious that the cost of its replacement will highly depend on your roof size.

The larger the roof, the more money it will cost. A large one requires more material, labor, and time to fix.

If it’s not within your budget to replace the entire roof, you can also take the option of partial replacement as you plan your finances.

Make the little gains, and soon, your entire canopy will be replaced.

I really had troubles with my leaking and not so well ventilated roof and until a friend of mine took me to the Three Kings Construction site to have a look at how an excellent and proper roof installation and repairs are done. 

TYPE OF ROOF

People have different taste when it comes to roofing. You might be madly in love with the butterfly ceiling while someone would take a bullet to have a flat roof over his head.

Different shelters require different, attention, modification, and needs than others, and therefore are bound to attract different repairing and replacement cost.

For example, hipped canopies are more complex and expensive to repair than a flat one due to the many extreme angles involved in its constructions.

MATERIAL USED

At times people like you and me make the common mistake of virtually treating the structure the same despite their visual differences.

 There are different types of roofing materials that can be used to build your ceiling. Depending on your taste, the kind of stuff you choose can significantly impact on the cost of your repairs and installation. 

Asphalt shingle is the most commonly used structural material because of its affordable price and easy installation process.

However, if you want something unique and stylish, you can always go for the wood shake, metal tiles, or even slates. You’re going to dig a little deeper into your pockets to have these types of material on your ceiling.

But price shouldn’t be a significant player when it comes to your home, home is special, and you need to design it tastefully.

To read more on the roofing material, click here.

ROOF PITCH OR SLOPES

 

Another factor that will likely affect your replacement cost is the pitch or slope of it. A steep one is not easy to walk or work on and therefore require more staging installation and labor to fix in the ceiling correctly and more safely.

Additionally, the slope of the roof also determines the type of underlayment installations for your roofing, which in turn affects the overall remodeling cost.

ROOFING SYSTEM COMPONENTS

There are different construction components such as ventilation, decking, and underlayment that make up the essential parts of a good system. This installation can also affect the cost of your shelter.

For instance, if your has troubles with ice dams during the winter and it destroyed your, it would be a good idea not only to replace it but also to install proper ventilation, that help you prevent ice dam in the coming winter seasons.

TIMING OF YOUR ROOFING REPAIRS

Other than the type of roof, construction materials, roofing components, and the ceiling’s slope, the timing of your structural replacements can significantly impact the cost of your roofing repairs and installations.

During the summer season, the demand for these replacements are always high; hence, the roofing cost is always high.

The trick is to schedule your installation during the spring season or late winter season when the prices have fallen. It’s also during this time that you can receive off-season discounts.

TEAR AND DUMP FEES

Replacing your roof means getting rid of the old structure. But you can’t just dump it anywhere and call it a day. There is a fee called tear and dump fee that is paid for disposing it and its material. 

This fee is always on you and depends on the size of your roof. Big ones obviously attracts a higher price.

To learn how to dispose of roofing materials to follow the link below. https://dengarden.com/cleaning/How-to-Dispose-of-Old-Concrete

 

 

 

Has veganism had a direct impact on farming

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

According to the Vegan Society, 42 per cent of UK vegans made the choice to go meat-and-dairy-free in 2018, showing how rapidly the movement is picking up in recent years…

Whether we’re making a conscious effort to lower our red meat intake or we’re grabbing some compost bags and heading outside to grow our own vegetables for a healthier lifestyle, plant-based diets are enjoying positive press and an enviable limelight. Even outside of complete veganism, many Brits are choosing to reduce or forgo certain animal products, such as avoiding red meat consumption or switching to plant-based milks; it has even been claimed that only 14 per cent of vegan meals are actually eaten by full-time vegans.

A survey by Quality Meat Scotland showing that in Scotland alone, 64 per cent of people are worried veganism will affect the farming sector. Does this highlight that there’s a shift to a more plant-based diet impacting the UK’s agriculture industry?

The impact of Veganuary 

At the start of 2019, a record 250,000 people signed up to Veganuary in the UK — nearly double the amount that signed up in 2018. 

Though the sales of plant-based products obviously increased, this was not apparently at any cost to animal produce sales. Beef, lamb, and turkey were the only products to decline during the period, with processed meats being worst hit. Sales of fish, meanwhile, continued to enjoy overall growth. 

Despite the record sign-up however, a report by Agriland suggested that the figures weren’t reflected in meat, fish, and poultry sales for January. In fact, these markets did not feel any noticeable impact, the outlet claims. 

Dairy reduction 

In July 2019, the Guardian reported that 25 per cent of Brits were opting for plant-based milks. Much like the Vegan Society’s note of veganism shooting up in the UK in 2018, this shift to plant-based milks also occurred during 2018, with a sales surge of 70 per cent for oat alternative milk

While the dairy industry could hardly be described as ‘suffering’ for the switch, it is certainly falling from grace. While the over-45 age bracket is still opting for cow’s milk (92 per cent), there’s less demand amongst 16- to 24- year olds (73 per cent). Overall. the go-to health drink of the 50s is consumed far infrequently in the modern day, with the average person drinking 50 per cent less now than in the 1950s. 

But while sales of cow’s milk have decreased, it is still the largest market within the dairy and dairy-alternative industry. Currently, the impact of veganism on the dairy market is deemed minimal, but if the downward trend of animal-dairy continues as veganism rises in coming years, we could yet see that impact increase. The global vegan cheese market is expected to hit $1.58 billion in Europe alone by 2023, meaning consumers are definitely expected to continue to shift away from animal-based dairy. 

Reduction of red meat 

Whether people choose to adopt a vegan lifestyle or simply decide to reduce the amount of meat in their  diets, limiting the consumption of animal products could be detrimental for good health. Red meat has certainly suffered a negative image in recent years, and  a number of studies have posited a link between consuming high amounts of red meat and increasing the risk of cancers of the colon. Therefore, it’s no surprise that people are looking to cut back on it. 

But how is this dietary shift changing the UK red meat market, and indeed, the wider agricultural sector?  

According to The Scottish Farmer, there are a number of factors affecting the red meat market specifically. One is the aforementioned health concerns, and another is the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit negotiations. There is also a push from those who are motivated by environmental concerns and see veganism as a proactive way to contribute towards reducing the impact of climate change on the world. In July 2019, the outlet reported that beef values had declined compared to this time last year, with an R3L steer valued at 353.8p per kg, whereas in 2018 it was valued at 393.5p. It may not seem like a significant figure, but as The Scottish Farmer points out, this means that a whole lorry load of finished cattle is worth £5,000 less this year than it was in 2019. 

Plus, with surveys showing that around 37 per cent of consumers were actively looking to eat less red meat, it doesn’t look like this downward trend in red meat prices isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. While we might not be experiencing a universal switch to full veganism, the growing appeal of a ‘flexitarian’ diet or semi-vegetarian approach has been marked as one of the biggest issues facing the farming sector. 

Reduction of meat overall

One report has suggested that most of the meat consumed in 2040 will not come from animals. In fact, it has been suggested by the year 2040 that 60 per cent of meat consumed will be grown in vats or grown a plant-based source. 

This cultured meat, or plant-based ‘meats’, are touted to be more efficient, less harmful to the environment, and arguably morally sound, given that no animal would need to die for vat-grown meat. The major barrier right now is for this meat-alternative to be financially accessible to all, which is where some say the livestock-based meat industry will continue to trump lab-grown meat for the foreseeable future. 

Currently, the impact of veganism on farming seems to be limited to a small scale, with variables such as Brexit and health matters impacting the red meat market specifically. But with the surge of people choosing to go vegan, it could very well be the case that the effects are simply still in the making. 

Sources:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/315804/agriculture-gross-value-added-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/

https://www.vegansociety.com/news/media/statistics#vegandietintheuk

https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/rise-of-veganism-affecting-beef-farmers

https://www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/business_sales/17708654.demand-hits-red-meat-sales/

https://www.livekindly.com/red-meat-consumption-down-uk/

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jul/19/plant-based-milk-the-choice-for-almost-25-of-britons-now

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/business/farming/1728896/concern-over-effects-of-veganism-on-farming-industry/

https://www.worldcrunch.com/opinion-analysis/100-vegan-a-tempting-but-misguided-recipe-to-save-the-planet

https://www.ns-businesshub.com/transport/how-veganism-is-affecting-the-meat-and-dairy-industries/

https://theboar.org/2019/03/rising-veganism-changing-food-market/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/12/most-meat-in-2040-will-not-come-from-slaughtered-animals-report