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Give your Garden a Natural look

Its time to make your garden live with cedar garden furniture. The garden furniture made of cedar wood includes chairs, tables, engravings, leisure and gazebows. Even though these can be made of other types of wood, the advantage of using cedar is that it lasts long and can be used for ages. Since cedar is a soft and sturdy wood it can be crafted easily into any desired shape through skilled labor and work manship .You can get rare and excellent designs with cedar wood. Apart from the look and elegance, cedar furniture is water and chemical resistant. They are also immune to insert and termite attack. Their insect repelling quality is mainly due to the oil which they secrete. The insects don’t like the smell of this oil and therefore they avoid Cedar woods.

Cedars can also withstand climatic and seasonal changes. They are very light and you can easily shift them at your will, and this doesn’t require any labor. Their extreme lightness makes them portable. You yourself can move your garden furniture without the fear of it being damaged. Always Kiln dry wood is a better option than the green wood. The use of kiln dried cedar wood minimizes twists, cracks and provides guarantee for a long-term use. So when you order your garden furniture set, its preferable to mention the name, kiln dry Cedar wood to the manufacturer. The advantage in using hand crafted wood is that the designs can be changed even at a later point of time. They may give the best natural look to your garden and nothing can match your exemplary garden style. Unique designs are also available in Cedar furniture and you can choose the one that best satisfies you.

The cedarwood furniture could be made use of in both indoor and garden furniture. Its  natural creamy white texture shines silver gray in the sun and the look alone  takes you to your dream world. Nothing can be a competitor to Cedar than  another one of the same kind. They can be used in your kitchen cabinets. They  make cooking interesting and you find yourself spending more time in kitchen  than in your living room. They are also used in making beds and lovely official  cabinets. They provide a great and pleasant environment for you to work.

When you order cedar furniture set always go for a double – pealed one since the second peal removes any knots or splinters and leaves a smooth and natural sheen. The second peel acts like a layer of protective coating like a varnish. This cedar furniture doesn’t require frequent washing and maintenance is not a big problem with Cedar made goods. You can subscribe an annual maintenance pack and this makes your life easy. Cedars are strong and durable wood which would provide you with the best environment for you to relax and enjoy. You would have the feel of a holiday in your own garden. So sit back and order Cedar furniture today!!

Gifts for the Gardener

Is there a gardener you need to buy a gift for? Christmas is as great a reason as you can get to buy gifts for that special gardener. You don’t have to look far to find great gifts for gardeners. Every year there seem to be new gadgets coming out and several on-line websites have wonderful gardening gifts. A couple of them are www.gardenscape.on.ca/ and www.behnkes.com. Both sites have an abundance of unique gifts for the gardener. Local hardware or home improvement stores will also have a good line of gifts for that special gardener in your life.

Practical gifts such as a shovel or trowel, garden hoses or other digging and planting tools are most always welcomed but then there are also the whimsical items to add that extra special touch to a garden.

A basket full of goodies for the gardener is also a great gift idea. Buy one already made or personalize one by adding your own special touches. A basket with the essentials is a good choice. It could include gloves, poison oak/ivy medication, fertilizer, twister ties, rain gauge, and disposable towels etc. You could include an Old Farmers Almanac if your favorite gardener would appreciate such “old school” methods for finding the best time to plant their vegetables and flowers.

Gardening books may need to be on your shopping list. Gardening books can be found anywhere and found on an endless variety of topics. Choose among specialty garden books, such as vegetable gardens, wild flower gardens, or formal gardens. Maybe a book on the subject of perennials and annuals, which flowers are best suited for your climate? How about buying plants that are best suited for your soil type? The local bookstore will have a whole section devoted to gardening books, it’s big business.

Perhaps your gardener wants to attract butterflies or hummingbirds? Or maybe they will after reading a book you gave them for Christmas about the appropriate types of flowers to plant to draw them to the garden. You can also will different hummingbird feeders that will keep these beautiful birds coming back again and again.

Garden stones are another popular gift for gardeners. Garden stones can be unusual shapes, colorful, humorous and can be personalized. You can even get kits to make garden stones with a child’s hand print and their name added to it, a wonderful way to span the generations and bring the little ones into the gardening world. What a wonderful memories that would make for the child and the gardener. Round garden stones can be bought and painted with the family name to make an extra special gift for a garden lover. You can put the year the marriage was established or maybe the year that the garden was started. Your personalization can make even an ordinary gift something very special, a real tribute.

On the more practical side, there are countless gifts to choose from such as special boxes to store your garden hoses and hose carts. Fertilizer sprinklers and water sprinklers are also good gifts. A really cute water sprinkler I found was in the shape of a John Deere Tractor.

A popular item for gardens is the gazing ball, to be honest I just don’t get the attraction but many do. They’re found in all sizes and colors and add a fanciful touch to the garden. Holders for the gazing balls come in many shapes, sizes and materials. A favorite of many is a little angel holding a small gazing ball. Perhaps I need to “gaze” into one for a while and learn the attraction.

Wind spinners and flags are also popular for the gardener. Spinners are available in a variety of colors such as the rainbow spinner and a patriotic, red, white, and blue spinner. Flags can be changed throughout the year changing with the seasons. I was surprised to learn of the many varieties of garden flags. Their growing popularity is due to the ability to give the garden a different look by changing them frequently, with the seasons, the crops, or the weather.

Have a taste for the exotic? You can find exotic plants such as the amaryllis exotica, or unusual items such as the shitake mushroom log. How about an Italian herb garden or a ginkgo tree growing kit? You may be surprised to learn of all that is available.

Animal or angel statues of any size make great gifts. Birdbaths are another added attraction to a garden that never goes out of style. I guess because birds can add so much to a garden and can also help control insects. But whatever you decide on know the greatest gift is the thought you put into it. There are gifts out there for every gardener, it’s a growing world and you can never go wrong as long as your heart is in your gift.

Get The Right Filler For Your Children’s Play Area

If you are currently creating a children’s play area you may well have arrived at the point where you are wondering what type of filler is best. Below we have a closer look at some of the most popular material used for the surfaces of children’s play areas.

Play Bark

Many people avoid play bark because it as seen as being quite expensive. However there are many advantages to this product. It is 100% natural, it does not easily blow away and packs down well to make a kind of carpet effect. Just make sure that it is regularly raked to get rid of any unwanted foreign objects.

Recycled Coloured Woodchip
Recycled coloured woodchip is a great play area filler. Again may people find it on the pricey side but really it is value for money as its low moisture content means that it last 5 times longer than play bark product. A two inch layer of coloured woodchip is sufficient to block out sunlight and eradicate weed growth.

Pea Gravel
Pea Gravel is often used in playgrounds. It is definitely a cheaper alternative to woodchip or play bark. Furthermore pea gravel looks very nice and decorative. Consider using edging to keep the pea gravel contained.

Recycled Mulch
Grass and tree clippings can be ground up finely and turned into mulch. This recycled mulch is then used within children’s play areas. This option is good for limiting weed growth as the trees naturally have an in-built weed deterrent.

Artificial Grass Carpet
You could also consider using an artificial grass carpet. It dries quickly which means that the children will be able to play on it when the rest of the garden is still too wet. You can also remove it and place it elsewhere and clean it if need be.

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