Need Your Property To Stay Beautiful Without Spending Hours Watering? Try Commercial Sprinklers

Need Your Property To Stay Beautiful Without Spending Hours Watering? Try Commercial Sprinklers

If you are a homeowner with a beautiful lawn, there are many reasons to have commercial sprinklers installed in on your property. Finding a professional who is skilled to install irrigation systems and commercial sprinklers is important. A skilled professional like the ones at EZ Lawn Sprinklers in Toronto will know the fine details of the business. They will know what the proper water pressure and amount of water that is needed for the size of your unique yard. A professional will also know how to factor in the amount of shade and sun your...

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Vertical Gardens and Urban Gardening

Vertical Gardens and Urban Gardening

Image Patrick Blanc Vertical gardens have become increasingly popular over the past 5 years and are now springing up in urban cities right across the globe. With environmentalists and urban residents alike, concerned over the lack of green open spaces in their cities, architects and botanical designers are coming up with inventive and unique ways to inject some greenery into our urban habitats. Part of the appeal of the vertical garden concept is the juxtaposition between the harsh, industrial, urban landscape and the natural, fluid, greenery...

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The Ultimate Guide in Choosing a Set of Blinds

The Ultimate Guide in Choosing a Set of Blinds

Curtains were once the thing in fashion, but now there’s no doubt that blinds have well and truly taken over this industry. While some homeowners will opt to take advantage of both, the amount of choice that is now available in the blinds market means that it’s an absolutely no-brainer for most households. Unfortunately, such variety brings a lot of head scratching. What type of blinds do you need? Which will work best for your house? The list could go on. As such, we’ve put together the following guide which looks at some...

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What To Do When You Discover Wildlife Near Your Property

What To Do When You Discover Wildlife Near Your Property

If you have wildlife living within your land or property then it stands to reason that this is something that you are going to want to deal with as quickly as possible. Wild animals are dangerous and can cause a lot of problems within your land – chewing wood, digging up grass, breaking fences and more. This is without the danger of the fact that they are in your garden late at night and you don’t want to go outside. The good news is that when it comes to wildlife control there are different companies that can help with your...

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6 Essentials For Your Patio This Summer

6 Essentials For Your Patio This Summer

  Just because it isn’t summer doesn’t mean you can’t plan, revamp, or create a new patio space. In fact, I’d venture to say it is the perfect time to do any of the three. However, there’s the niggling worry of designing a space that has too much or too little of what each patio really needs to function while making you happy. Here are six essentials for your patio this summer! Comfortable Seating A lot of people make the monumental mistake of picking patio furniture based on looks alone. Sure, you want to get some stylish pieces but you...

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Chimney too small Santa?

Chimney too small Santa?

5 Things that Santa Left Out of My Stocking The only possible explanation that I can envision is that Santa simply forgot the 5 cars which I was expecting. He was generous, as usual, and I certainly would not make my family aware of as much as a hint of my disappointment, but there are things which must have been misplaced on Christmas’ chili morning. Now, I know what you are thinking and it just can’t be true; my behavior this year was above reproach (just don’t ask my wife). The jolly old man knows that I love to drive fast; horsepower,...

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Home Help: Kitchen fires spike during holiday season

Home Help: Kitchen fires spike during holiday season

Tip of the Week During the holidays, more Americans spend time in the kitchen preparing meals for family and friends. That additional kitchen time also means added risk of home fires. According to claims data from Liberty Mutual Insurance, three times more fires occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas than on any other days of the year. All home chefs should follow these simple fire-safety tips: 1. Stay in the kitchen. Don't leave the kitchen when you are frying, broiling or grilling. If you leave the kitchen even for a brief time, be sure to...

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Looking Up: Time to take a cosmic journey

Looking Up: Time to take a cosmic journey

The next clear night, take a cosmic journey. First visit the third planet from the sun – that's the Earth, which if your are standing up, is just a few feet below. (In this case, "look down"!) For the rest you need to look up. With enough patience, you just may see a meteor. Sometimes called a "shooting star," this is actually a particle or a pebble of rock from space, pulled down by Earth's gravity and vaporized by the upper atmosphere. Meteors are about 60 miles up.   Next look at the moon; this week,...

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Dear Monty: Presto! Change a one-family home into a two-family home

Dear Monty: Presto! Change a one-family home into a two-family home

Reader question: We have been remodeling a single-family country home and right now we are at a point where we have to decide on either a one-bedroom apartment or extra family room/office. We are looking for the best resell options. We could have a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment along with a huge three-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath home, or we could remodel into four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths with a living room and family room. Which option would be best for the current market? This property is in upstate New York....

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Is a rain chain right for your home?

Is a rain chain right for your home?

Along with fall rain comes a perennial winter issue: managing gutters and downspouts. For households who didn't plan ahead, clogs, misaligned downspouts and other problems are making themselves apparent, requiring hasty fixes to get ahead of the weather before water ends up where it shouldn't. Other homeowners are snug inside by the toasty fire listening to the sound of the rain on their snug roofs, and some are enjoying a little something extra: the unique sound of rain rushing down the rain chains they've used to replace their...

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HOME PROFILE: A home that enchants

HOME PROFILE: A home that enchants

Built in 1950, this Cape has curb appeal to the nth degree. And, even better, the inside story of this completely renovated/remodeled delight is also guaranteed to produce several rounds of “wow” from everyone who steps through the door. Spacious and bright (the large six-over-one windows include a mini bow area), the living room has beautiful hardwood flooring and a wide fireplace with a brick surround, glass doors and a mantel with dentil trim. The bump boards are also detailed and, by the way, the fireplace is prepped for gas...

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HOME PROFILE: Home awaits first owner

HOME PROFILE: Home awaits first owner

Buying a house is always exciting. However, the chance to be the very “first” owner doesn’t happen every day. And when that first-time house is built by an experienced and well-known local builder, the excitement level ratchets up geometrically. The good news — at least for the lucky new owner — is that this unique opportunity can happen now. C.P. Berry Homes is building a brand new elegant Colonial on a large corner lot in an idyllic setting that is within walking distance of downtown Hamilton, the Hamilton...

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Plumber: Console sinks combine design with storage

Plumber: Console sinks combine design with storage

Dear Ed: While looking for a vanity-style sink my wife and I came across a fixture called a console table and would like more information from a plumbing pro like you on this type of fixture. Can you please tell us more about bathroom console tables? — John and Gail, Rhode Island  A: First, let's discuss the three basic bathroom sink styles. Usually you'll find a sink top with a full vanity base, a pedestal-type sink or a wall-hung sink. But other sink styles are out there, and a console-table sink is one of them. Console...

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Homefix: Arrows on floor joists indicate bowed wood

Homefix: Arrows on floor joists indicate bowed wood

Q: I took your advice and inspected my crawl space. The crawl space is dry, but I noticed almost all the floor joists had arrows drawn on the side with the arrow pointing to the rooms above. Why are the boards marked? None of the wood I found at the lumberyard was marked like this. A: A carpenter marks the arrows on the floor joists before placing each floor joist inside the foundation. The process is called crowning; the carpenter holds the joist vertically and looks down the length of the board to see if it is bowed (crowned) or if it is...

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Treasures: What is my bronze statue worth?

Dear Helaine and Joe:  This bronze statue of two pheasants is signed "A. Cain." It was my grandmother's who worked at a manor house in St. Hilaire, Quebec. Sir Colin Campbell, owner of Cunard Steamship Lines, owned the house. This item was used as a centerpiece during hunting season. The manor house eventually became the famous Manor Rouville-Campbell hotel. What would this statue be worth? It is 18 inches long by 12 inches high. Sincerely, K. B., Moncton, NB, Canada Dear K. B.: The man who was responsible for making this...

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Hobbies: Autumn fruit centerpiece showcases season’s bounty

During the holidays, I love creating easy, unique centerpieces — especially ones that look beautiful and serve a purpose. This is a great way to put together your own edible still-life arrangement, and the addition of tea light candles creates a great atmosphere for you and your guests. In the past I have used this concept for holding springtime flowers, but I love the idea of creating a warm autumnal fruit display to be eaten at the end of a meal.  Supplies: – Variety of glass containers that can be stacked, one on top of...

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Interiors: Color forecast: Working with shades of gray

Interiors: Color forecast: Working with shades of gray

Gray is the new black, and these gray tones create the elegant, shadowy strength of your personal space. Gray is in and in a big and influential way. Let's check it out.  Bold colors are in but they are a bit muted. Remember gray mentioned above? Well the bold colors have grey in them rendering their palette a sophisticated, muted look. Their beauty is in their subtlety. You don't notice the gray in the colors but you get the feeling of class. How? Osmosis maybe?  The new neutral is pastel. No not the baby, candy, Eastery...

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Gardener: You can’t change the weather, but you can garden in it

When filming 26 new gardening shows each year for our television series, "Growing a Greener World," waiting until spring to start shooting is not an option. No matter the time of year or season, whenever we set out to film each story, we look for the best place to do so. That means going to the most perfect locations and finding the people best qualified to advance the subject. But where do you go in January to film gardening-related shows? Florida would be an obvious choice, but we did that in our first season and it really...

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Yardsmart: Acorns provide source of food, forests

Native Americans who lived amid California's rolling oak woodlands may have been the best fed-tribes. Having lived up and down this state for the past 40 years I can attest to the incredible crops of acorns produced by these native trees. Twenty species, including the most prolific, are endemic to California, growing nowhere else. Many more native species range over much of the West. Indigenous tribes first considered strict hunter-gatherers are being reevaluated due to their use of fire to facilitate acorn gathering. Oak woodlands are...

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Home Help: Child-proofing your home

Home Help: Child-proofing your home

Tip of the Week You may not have kids, but if you’re expecting little visitors over for the holidays this year, you should do some child-proofing in advance in your home to keep them — and any valuables or breakables — safe. “Most items needed for a standard house cost a few dollars,” says Campion Platt, a New York-based award-winning architect and interior designer who happens to have three children under the age of 5. “Anyone can do it, really. The best and fastest way is to move your fine Lladro...

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David Robson: Tasks to finish before the big freeze

David Robson: Tasks to finish before the big freeze

Shorter daylight and leaves dropping faster than the temperatures signals the rapidly approaching end to 2013’s gardening season. But there is still time to do some things. Feed the grass Bluegrass, ryegrass and the fescues love the moisture and temperatures. While they may not be producing much top growth, they are producing lots of roots. Great root growth now corresponds with great top growth next year. So now is a perfect time to fertilize cool-season grasses. They’ll store the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the roots...

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On Computers: PCs fight back with better chips, prices

On Computers: PCs fight back with better chips, prices

It appeared the PC industry was folding its tents on the consumer market this past summer, ceding victory in the war with tablets. Consumer PC sales continued to plummet. Tablets are beating PC for sales this year. The only hope is a 3 percent uptick in PC commercial sales. Then Intel launched its fight-back campaign last month. They're rolling out a series of smaller operating chips offering faster computing at less power use, driving up the battery time in laptops. But that wasn't the most important advance. The new chips break the...

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