Hummingbirds are good for your garden ecosystem, and very entertaining little creatures. It's easy to fall in love with these tiny, charismatic birds that whiz around with little concern for us (unless you're getting too close to their food sources--then they'll give you a talking-to, and maybe even try to chase you off). A visiting friend who saw them for the first time in person on my front porch said he felt like he was in an animated Disney movie. If you're ready to attract them to your own yard, you just need to bribe them with hummingbird food, and maybe a few other amenities. Read on to learn how.
Whether at the beach, the woods, or your own backyard, a campfire is a guaranteed way to relax and enjoy your favorite people. Take a little time to stock a campfire box with a few of the following fire-starting supplies. It will make lighting a campfire quick and easy and therefore more likely to happen. Your future (smoke-scented) self will thank you.
We are in the season of outdoor lounging. Here in the upper Midwest, summer is at a premium and we live outside as much as possible. There's no better way to indulge in this time of year than to sit on the patio and soak it all in.
My parents have a stunning backyard with gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and fountains. They live outside in the summertime and spend hours on their patio. Though their...
Photo: Rachel Jacks
Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.
Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools...
Ah, summer. It's a magical time. The days are slower, the weather is fantastic (here in the Midwest anyway - sorry, Southern readers!), and everyone seems happier. Are you taking the time to soak up some sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer? If you aren't outdoors-y enough for camping or hiking, try going on a picnic! Food always tastes better in fresher air, and with a DIY waterproof picnic blanket under your legs, you may never want to eat inside again.
To me, summer is all about getting outside, especially as a family. Whether you're planning beach days, pool parties or barbecues this summer, you can play your favorite games outdoors with this simple way to make a DIY checker board that quickly contains the game pieces in a drawstring bag!
The grass is always greener... when there is none? There are tons of ways to landscape without the green giant and we've rounded up eleven of them right here! From flowers to gravel to stained concrete, you might just want to say buh-bye to that large water bill.
Plants make any area a more peaceful one. I love gardening, but don't exactly have a gigantic backyard with a garden plot. Solution: a tin can garden!
Unattractive neighborhood wall you want to de-ugly or a wall on your home you want to add a pop to for a special occasion? Then look no further, this DIY project is for you!
I was at an event recently where the pretty outdoor tablecloths were blowing every which way in the wind, knocking over table settings and just being outright annoying. The solution the hosts used was to tie the tablecloths onto the table, ruining the table staging. Let's face it, even those tablecloth clips break up the beauty. I knew there had to be a solution! So, with a few scrap pieces of fabric, I came up with a rockin' remedy.
The landscaping around my house – if you could even call it that – has been the aspect of my home I'm least proud of. And the reasoning is simple, my modern tastes can make things really expensive really fast. But with a little elbow grease, these DIY concrete planters just might be the start of something wonderful for my home's curb appeal!
How's this for yard art? I'm absolutely certain the Jones' next door don't have a grass couch in their backyard. This puts a whole new meaning on "green-living."
The people at ReadyMade give a detailed how-to on their website. It requires some work and getting a bit dirty, but I'm thinking it would be totally worth it to make a few of these before a big party, or other outdoor event.
I just don't want to be in charge of all that...
Chain link fences have their place in the world. Whether they surround a vacant lot, a junk yard or a private residence, their jobs are to keep people and critters out. Or in. Utilitarian, yes. Pretty, not so much. If you have a useful chain link fence that needs a bit of beautification, check out these six specimens:
I don't know what it's like where you live, but the weather here has been utterly schizophrenic lately. Take yesterday for example: highs in the 60s during the middle of the day, then snow by 8pm! Madness. To make it through Winter's last desperate attempts to bring me down, I'm focusing my thoughts on all the sunny days of Summer that lie ahead. And, what could be more suitable for such a daydream than a roundup of 5 totally gorgeous, modern swimming pools? Not much.
Amy found out that most citronella candles don't contain even a bit of real citronella essential oil, but only a synthetically produced scent with none of the bug deterring benefits.
Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I'm assuming she's the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out. Jeni (I'm assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the ropes.
Here we go. Build your own lawn aerating sandals and take a laps around the yard to open up the thatch, let the air, water and sun in there. Better yet, make a few pairs for your your kids and pay them a quarter to stomp around out in the yard. You'll be treating your lawn, employing your kids, saving money on the rental fees and avoiding those suspicious little earth plugs scattered about the yard.