Water Fountains For a Beautiful Home and Garden

Water fountains have been in existence for many centuries. As a matter of fact, they have been already popular in the ancient times. The Roman influence on them is strong even today. As the ancient Roman population was more than a million people, the engineers constructed 11 aqueducts to give a stream of fresh water to everyone in the city.

Once the decline of the Roman empire was underway, many of these aqueducts got cut, however the Middle Ages has seen a restoration of many aqueducts and the creation of various public fountains. Ever since then garden types have been very popular all over the world.

These days water fountains have various uses, ranging from drinking fresh water to being beautiful pieces of engineering art. You can find many different designs that can greatly enhance any garden they are placed in. You can find jet fountains in front of various governmental and commercial buildings, and in many parks. They can be either single or multi tiered whereby the design perfectly blends in with the ambient.

There are also floating fountains that are very popular in ponds and pools. A wall type with a dim light installed on it is flowing nicely like a satin curtain. The one with the lion head is one of the most common types that come to mind. The choices are endless and whether you want it indoors or outdoors, you can find the perfect one for your needs.

The Feng Shui fountain is popular indoors when you like meditate or you want to enhance the health and wealth of anyone being in the room. If you are into Feng Shui, this is a must. However avoid keeping it in the bedroom as the water element and sleeping quarters don’t mix well.

Crafting Stained Glass Mosaic Stepping Stones for Your Home and Garden

Making your own stepping stones is actually quite easy, a bit messy and a lot of fun. It’s a wonderful outside family craft for a warm seasonal day. Crafting a personalized hand-print and/or footprint stepping stone for each child, parent and even the pets will not only add charm to your garden path but also become prized keepsakes. The kids will enjoy comparing their hands and feet to their parents as they grow and the parents will cherish the memories the little prints’ will hold of childhood for many years to come.

The easiest way to craft stepping stones is to make them using a method called the “Stone Topper”. If you have never made a mosaic stepping stone or are looking for a quick and inexpensive way of crafting a number of stones, this method is perfect. No molds, no expensive kits, little mess and you probably have most of the needed materials on hand!

For each stone you will need:

1. A 12″ already made plain cement stepping stone. Any shape will work.
2. Five pounds of Cement Mortar Mix, this can be purchased at most home improvement stores.
3. Broken pieces of stained glass, glass nuggets and/or marbles.
4. A roll of strong and sturdy duct tape, enough to wrap around the edge of the stone.
5. Water.
6. A plastic bucket or large plastic bowl.
7. Measuring cup for liquids.
8. A garden trowel or old large spoon.
9. Dust mask, eyewear protection, and latex gloves.
10. A level work surface covered with paper or plastic.
11. Paper towels and trash bag for clean-up.

To make:

· Soak your stone in water until thoroughly wet.
· Wrap the top of the stone with duct tape forming a 1 ½” deep bed into which you will pour your cement mortar.
· Mix your cement following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
· Pour the cement into the duct tape bed leveling the mortar evenly throughout.
· Press your hand or foot into the wet cement.
· Decorate with the glass and let dry 5 to 7 days before placing outside.

The garden stones can easily be made in an afternoon and after a few days of drying they will be ready to set in your yard or they can become the perfect gifts for the Grandparents to enjoy in their yard.

Stained Glass Mosaic Stepping Stones are one of the easiest crafts to learn. It doesn’t require a great deal of artistic knowledge or technique to make a simple beautiful piece. If you love the look of stained glass and the fun of putting together a jigsaw puzzle you will love crafting these garden stones.

Landscaping – A Fire Resistant Home and Garden

Certain parts of the country are especially prone to fires. Dry wild grasses and trees that come right up to your home will create a fire hazard. There are things you should do to protect your home.

Clear Vegetation

Thirty feet is the minimum required distance of clear vegetation. However, it can be necessary to clear up to 400 feet of an area near the home. You should consider the following factors: wind, slope, neighborhood density, and architectural styles. In other words, will a fire spread quickly or slowly? And, if it does, will your home catch fire easily or not.

Remove Dead Plants

Remove any dead plants in or around your home. If a tree is mostly healthy, but has some dead branches, cut the dead branches off.

Keep Plants Watered

During the heat of the summer keep all the plants watered well.

Plant Placement

Don’t place plants right next to the home. Instead, create islands that are 30 feet or more away from the home.

Maintenance

Keep shrubs and trees to minimal growth. Larger trees and shrubs growing out of control are more of a hazard then well controlled smaller plants.

Siding

Avoid materials that burn. Stucco or aluminum siding is better than wood.

Fences

Use metal, stone, or vinyl. Stay away from wood fencing.

Decks

Build with stone, concrete, masonry, or tile. Avoid using wood.

Fire hose

If possible, set up a pump to work with your fire hose. Make sure the fire hose can reach all around your home. If you have a pool or hot tub, set up your pump and fire hose to use this water.

Hydrant

Keep it clear for fire personnel. With city permission, learn how to hook your fire hose up to the hydrant.

Comparing Home and Garden Tools Retailers – Northern Tool Vs Harbor Freight

When it comes to Northern Tools vs Harbor Freight, the only real comparison we need to be concerned about would be those having to do with issues of quality, selection, pricing, and level of customer service you get. After all, if you are going to be spending a lot of money of tools you want to be sure you get questions answered assuming you have them. You also want to be sure that you are getting the best. I checked into a forum that discusses such topics to see what people were saying about the two companies.

There were a lot of people who spoke have ordered from both companies and because of this they are able to compare quite easily. A lot of people said that when it came to quality they felt that Northern was slightly better than Harbor Freight. It does not stop here. People wanted selection and a lot of people said that Northern had a bigger catalog of items that its competition. Now you can take this at face value, but it is better for you to see about this for yourself. Bigger does not always mean better, especially if the selection is for tools and equipment you just do not need.

A lot of people I read user experiences on said that Northern Tool has imports that are the same quality as Harbor Freight, but they do not offer nothing but imports. People who want American made tools will have access to them. American made tools are sold next to the ones that have been imported. Just expect to pay a little bit more in this case.

Then again there were some users who believed that the imported stuff Northern Tools offers is a bit above Harbor Freight in terms of quality. People seem to be put off by the fact that HF does not seem to sell American made brands. Even though Northern Tools seems to offer really low prices, they definitely are not the lowest, this is what users said. So if you are looking for the lowest price on tools, it might be a good idea for you to use another option or use HF.

People who have used both website alike have spoken of their frustration at not being able to find a lot of coupons for Northern. While a lot of people said they had an easier time finding coupons for HF. So this might encourage people to want to shop at HF instead.

The overall theme I got from users was that they seemed to be more than willing to make use of both stores. Each one has its strengths and each one has its weaknesses. For instance, a lot of people felt that each store seemed to offer things that the other one did not. Another example is Northern Tools seems to provide pretty strong warranties on their own brand tools while HF does not.

Compare each provider for yourself and see which one you could envision yourself doing long term business with.