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DIY PROJECTS YOU SHOULD EMBARK ON

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Apart from the fact that DIY projects helps to save money, they are also fun to embark on and helps to keep you fit. Instead of road walking or spending money and time at the gym, those resources can be converted into productive things like DIY projects. By doing so, you are killing many birds with one stone. They are also a good way to learn. Before you embark on these projects, you tend to do some research to ensure they are carried out properly, and there is nothing better than learning practically.

Hence we’ve highlighted some DIY projects you can easily embark on, that tick all these boxes.

1. Brick projects: If you’ve been looking for things to do with that pile of old bricks, look no further, we’ve got a collection for you. Whether you’ve got a handful of bricks or an entire house worth, there is a great DIY project just waiting to put them to use from landscape projects like garden paths, walkways, patios and paving stones to garden benches, flower vases, grill stands and garden waterfalls. These projects would bring out the beauty in your space and tick your many birds with one stone box.

2.Wooden projects: Woodworking is the skill that allows you to work on various wooden projects, such as doors and tables. Particularly, this is one of those skills that you are not born with, but can be learnt with practice. Anyone, who is passionate enough, can easily learn woodworking. These projects below are ideal for both novice and experienced woodworkers.

Wooden Boat Swing Set
Small Oak Table
DIY Floating Shelves
Wood Pallet Wine Rack
Wooden Sofa Sleeve with Cup Holder
Zig Zag Corner Wall Wooden Selves
Rustic Wall Rack
Wooden Doormat
Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table
Turning an Old Dresser into a New Bench
Candle Holders
Woodworker’s Workbench

Paving stones and maintenance

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We can always add charm to our homes by installing paving stones on our driveway, patio, walkways and pool decks. Paving stones are durable, beautiful and greatly reduce the amount of care needed to maintain high-traffic areas, such as driveways, patios and walkways. You can adapt brick pavers to highlight a formal home and garden, or use them to add atmosphere to a cozy cottage home.
If you add brick pavers to your outdoor space, you must follow regular cleaning and protective practices to keep the paving stones   looking their best.

Sweep the paving stones regularly to remove any surface debris, including dirt, grass clippings and leaves, which can not only stain the bricks, but block the sunlight so the paving stones  don’t fade evenly.

Pull weed from the joints as soon as you notice them so they don’t form deep roots or damage the paving stones

Inspect the joints between paving stones regularly to make sure they’re still filled with sand. Most paving stones surfaces don’t have mortar, but instead are filled with loose paving stones sand. Sprinkle fresh sand along the joints and sweep it into place if the sand washes out.

Apply baking soda, corn starch or dry sand to any oil or grease stains on the brick pavers. Allow it dry and absorb the oil or grease for about one hour, sweeping the material once after 30 minutes, then sweep up the dry ingredient.

Saturate the oil and grease stains, along with any other large stains, with a household degreaser and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

Prepare a mixture of hot, soapy water with a mild household detergent.

Spray the entire brick paver surface with a garden hose, be careful not to spray away the degreaser.

Scrub the entire paved surface with the hot, soapy water and a scrub brush, preferably a long-handled deck brush,

Spray the pavers with a garden hose to rinse away all detergents and allow the paving stones to dry.

Paint a coat of paver brick sealer on top the paving stones to minimize moss growth and stains. Apply one or two thin coats, allowing each coat to dry completely. Sealers usually need to be reapplied every two to three years to remain effective.

Replace broken paving stones promptly. Lift the broken paving stones with the tip of a trowel or with a hooked length of wire. Spread a thin layer of sand over the ground and set a new paving stone in place. Tamp it down with a rubber mallet until the paving stone is even with those surrounding it.

 

Gardening and its benefits

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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered by many people to be a relaxing activity.

Gardening ranges in scale from fruit orchards, to long boulevard plantings with one or more different types of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, to residential yards including lawns and foundation plantings, to plants in large or small containers grown inside or outside.

It may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a large number of different plants in mixed plantings. It involves an active participation in the growing of plants, and tends to be labor-intensive, which differentiates it from farming or forestry.

Gardening surprisingly has a lot of health and environmental benefits, some of which are explained below.

Global Warming

Global warming, the end all and topic of countless conspiracy theories! Here are the basics of global warming.

• C02 is a greenhouse gas that helps to trap heat from the sun on the Earth. Too much C02 can be a bad thing.
• Global warming is caused by too many greenhouse gases, making it difficult for the Earth to cool naturally.

In the natural process of photosynthesis, plants take in C02 and release valuable oxygen molecules. There is a good chance that we all learned this back in secondary school! Should have been listening! By investing time in your own garden, you can effectively help the collective effort to reduce the amount of C02 in the Earth’s atmosphere! A concerted effort in areas known to contain high levels of air pollution and smog can definitely benefit from this!

Wildlife Preservation

With a constantly growing global population, it can be easy to forget about the natural environments that we impact when we alter the planet. The Earth is composed of small inter-dependent ecosystems. Growing a garden can create habitats for smaller life forms like birds, insects, aphids, ants and other species that thrive and reproduce in the ecosystem. Each creature plays an important role in helping the environment!

As most of us already know, slug repellent can kill slugs and effectively keep them from eating your leaves! But wait! Slugs and other bugs are necessary for the ecosystem and serve their own particular role! If we remove these smaller creatures from the ecosystem, it could create negative implications for animals higher up in the food chain! That is why it is important to preserve wildlife, keep the Earth healthy, and practice organic gardening!

Increase property value

A garden/landscaping design is considered an investment for the future. A tastefully designed yard can add “curb-appeal” to your house and in turn increase the overall value of ones home. Besides adding monetary value a garden can help one sell their house faster than the average home owner.

Keeping Fit

Staying fit doesn’t have to mean expensive gym. Working on your garden is an excellent way to get all-round exercise for improving strength, endurance and flexibility and can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other medical conditions.

Strengthening Your Immune System

Soil comes with plenty of germ and bacteria, which does not sound like something you want your hands on. However, exposure to these microorganisms, especially for young children, could help increase their immunity against diseases later on in life. For example, a report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests that children who are confined inside would run the risk of major health issues such as obesity and vitamin D deficiency. If you are a parent then make sure your your kids are participating in fun, outdoor activities.

Breathe easier

Gardening doesn’t have to be an outdoor activity – there are many varieties of plants that can be grown inside, too. As well as making rooms look nice, indoor plants can help improve air quality in enclosed spaces. Some studies also suggest that indoor plants can boost the concentration and focus of office workers.

Not all plants will grow well indoors, so you’ll need to research which varieties will grow well in the lighting and temperature of your room.