Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Restoring Stamped Concrete With Original Solid Color Stain

Restore and decorate your concrete with The ORIGINAL Solid Color Stain™, a pro-grade water based decorative concrete stain made especially for use with existing, unsealed, interior or exterior concrete surfaces. The ORIGINAL Solid Color Stain is NOT a paint. The advanced polymer-modified concrete stain formula penetrates the surface of porous concrete (as deep as the surface pores) and creates an opaque (solid), yet breathable finish that requires no sealer. Video footage courtesy of Aaron Oldham; Sun Masonry.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Budget Patio Design Ideas, Decorating On Budget

A dull patio in a mono-color, maybe it will not depress you, but it certainly will not stand out and will decrease the overall appearance of your home. Let's see several great ideas on a budget that can help you to decorate your patio.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Wood Chips In The Garden

Using this FREE material can save you a lot of work and a lot of water. They are also good for the trees!

Friday, March 18, 2016

How To Make An Outdoor Concrete Fire Pit

This modern outdoor concrete fire pit is can be built over a single weekend and is great centerpiece for outdoor entertaining. This is not a difficult project but is time consuming and labor intensive. Concrete fireplaces and fire pits should be constructed carefully. When exposed directly to high amounts of heat the moisture trapped inside concrete can expand causing the concrete to crack and in extreme situations explode. I lined the inside of the fire pit with fire brick and filled the bottom with lava rock to ensure that the majority of the heat form the fireplace is not coming in direct contact with the concrete. Please check out my website for more detailed instructions.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How to Build a Concrete Block Wall

With this video we'll show you how to properly set the corner block and build each course for a straight, level and structurally sound wall. Sakrete makes a number of products for masonry projects. To install a block wall, Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix is a great product. Constructing a wall can be a challenging project.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

How Fast Do Woodchips Decompose?

Mittleider vs. Back to Eden
This series is a review of gardening methods that I am using from both the Mittleider Gardening Method and the Back to Eden method.
How fast do woodchips decompose?
Many people have asked how fast the woodchips decompose. This video goes over different sizes of woodchips and how fast they have decomposed and why the differences.
In the video it sometimes says "Two" things and sometimes says "Three".
The three most important things that help speed up the composting of the woodchips in order are:
1. Nitrogen
2. Fungal "Mushroom" spores
3. Mineral Rock Dust

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Playground Wood Chips At Dixon Landscape Materials

Raj with Dixon Landscape Materials shows us their very popular playground wood chips, which is made from Cedar and certified for playgrounds. It is also used all around the garden, parks and so on.

Call Dixon Landscape at 707-678-8200 and visit their website at

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Landscaping Design Ideas For Your New Home

The internet is a great place to go for your landscape design ideas.

Being a homeowner in these hard economic times, you will be looking for ways to save time and money on your yard. There are many ways that you can do this project inexpensive, so you can enjoy your new yard.

Yes you can do this yourself and a great way to start your landscape project is to get design ideas. Look at books and newspapers then gather the ideas. Then you and your family can get some ideas on your yard project for this spring. You may consider buying in bulk to save money. You can have your family and friends help pay when you buy in bulk. This will help when doing some yard projects this year.

Ask around then you may purchase your landscaping supplies in bulk. Mulch is used in most yard projects this is less expensive when buying in bulk. In addition, when your plants have matured such as day lilies and hostas you may divide in to smaller clumps. Then spread into your landscaping garden. Share with your friends and family. My friend did work in a garden center and every spring he would brake up the day lilies and the hostas into smaller pots.

There are many ideas you can look at for your landscaping project. The look of your home may determines the shape and the arrangement of the lawn you can work with. You will need to remember the four seasons of the year, to compliment the types of the plants you plant in your garden; depending were you live.

You can always go to your local garden center and ask for your nearest landscape designer. Here are some ideas, you can put to work. So you and your family can get out and enjoy your new yard.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016