5 Hardiest Pot Plants

Pot Plants

Not everyone is born wearing garden gloves. Sometimes, gardening is a learned skill, not one that comes naturally or for which you immediately have passion. If you believe there’s a fair chance that you’ll forget about your garden pots full of plants, then you’ll need to choose plants that will handle neglect. Here are a few such options below.

Perennials

If you’re quite forgetful when it comes to plants, then perennials may be an excellent option for you. Once you plant them, you can almost leave them to their own devices to flourish and thrive. Perennials such as garvinea, gerbera, and jade will also look stunning as they bloom, even if it’s not your effort that got them to that point.

Perennials will also live for around three to five years but will spend a lot of this time in and out of growth. If you don’t require the prettiest plants in your garden pots year-round, add these to your shopping list.

Succulents

Australian weather conditions can be quite harsh, with intense heat seeing only the most robust plants survive. Succulents will be one of them. These robust and beautiful little plants will look striking in your garden pots, but will also thrive on neglect. Ignore them, treat them poorly, and they will repay you by looking vibrant and colourful.

Best Easy-Care Landscaping Plants

Landscaping Plants

Many people dream of landscaping their section to perfection but don’t want all the hard work that goes with it. While you could get a landscaper or gardener to take care of the arduous gardening tasks, it’s better if you can work with plants that don’t need you – the ones you can plant and forget.

If you want to keep your weekend for fun things rather than getting your hands dirty, then read on. Below, we cover a range of plants to talk to your landscaper about, to keep you out of the garden for longer.

Liriope

If you wouldn’t mind planting borders or green walls, then liriope is well worth considering for a low maintenance landscaping project. This beautiful plant is versatile, affordable, and you can buy it in a range of colours. If you want more at a later date, you can take a cutting from your original and watch as it blossoms. Liriope requires no maintenance, prefers sun and shade, and will adapt to wherever in your yard you place it.

Succulents

Succulents are the epitome of a plant you can “set and forget”. They don’t need you to water them, offer them nutrients, or care for them in any way. Instead, you can use them as ground cover, feature plants, and in green walls. Once you plant them, they only need sandy, free-draining soil and decent sun exposure. Their beautiful display of colours will lift your landscaping appeal without you having to lift a finger.

5 Best Drought-Resistant Plants for Landscaping

Drought-Resistant Plants

Australia is one of the driest places in the world, with some regions in South Australia only enjoying as much as 159mm of rainfall annually. If you happen to live in a typically arid region, then you’ll find landscaping to be a bit of a challenge. After all, what plants are going to thrive when it’s hot and dry?

Believe it or not, you don’t have to have sand and stones and no greenery. Some plants thrive in droughts and dry conditions that can form part of your outdoor paradise. Here are a few must-have plants for drought-ridden parts of Australia.

Agave

Agave might not be the most vibrant garden plant, but for landscaping in areas with minimal rainfall, it ticks all the boxes. Agave has thick green foliage and roots that dig deep into the soil layers. These roots manage to scope out available water when you didn’t think there was any. The leaves are also sharp, but the plant is unusual, low care, and requires minimal to no watering.

Fraser Island Apple

Even though you have to offer this plant plenty of care as it reaches maturity, once it does, it no longer needs you. Fraser Island Apple is an evergreen tree that’s ideal for dry gardens. It prefers coastal conditions, loves free-draining soil, and will attract bees and butterflies to your landscaping. It’s a beautiful, low maintenance tree that grows clusters of cream flowers.

What Should I Consider Before Installing A Glass Fence Or Balustrade?

Glass Fence

Deciding to build a new glass fence or balustrade is a big decision. Although things like glass pool fencing are becoming more accessible for the average person, you still need to make sure that you’re carefully considering your options for pool fencing and balustrades before committing to glass.

Glass fences and balustrades can be costly to install and time consuming to maintain, especially if you live in an area with harsh environmental conditions. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short list of things that you need to be aware of and which you should consider before you commit to installing a new glass fence or balustrade.

Make Sure You Think About The Cost

The cost of a new glass fence or balustrade could play a large factor in your decision, especially if you’re working on a limited budget. It’s therefore a good idea to get some idea of what it could cost before you commit a lot of time to choosing a style that you’re going to fall in love with – only to not be able to afford it later!

A good first thing to do is to speak to a range of different glass fencing and balustrade installation contractors in your area to get an idea of the rough price for supply and installation of the things you want. Most companies will offer obligation free quotes – make use of them!

Fitted Bathroom Furniture

Fitted Bathroom Furniture

Fitted Bathroom Furniture

Bathrooms can look like an undesigned space when filled with many individual items that don’t match. By using fitted bathroom furniture, integrated into the design, your bathroom could look like that of a millionaire, or celebrity. The fact is that fitted bathroom furniture will result in more effective use of available space. Sinks can slot into cabinets, storage space behind mirrored doors, and a toilet with a cistern concealed in the wall all makes space and provides neat sharp lines. You still get your traditional bathroom and lose nothing with regard to practicality.

All new piping and pipe and tap relocation’s must be done by a licensed plumber such as J Sutton Plumbing.

Style

To ensure a nice flow, then each individual element of the fitted bathroom furniture should all have the same style. Colour contrasts should be avoided unless you are looking for a total design statement. Toilet, sink, tiles and cabinets would look great if they are the same colour. Stick to light colours as they give the feeling of spaciousness. Unless of course your bathroom is already a palace size, you should be making it look as roomy as possible.

Fittings

While an expert DIYer would probably attempt to do the job themselves, if you are not familiar with the process involved, it’s best left to a professional. Mistakes in the bathroom really stand out. Badly fitted sinks into cabinets, pipe joins showing behind fixtures and shower walls not put together properly will leak unforgivingly onto the outside floor. By using a professional plumbing company you’re sure to get the symmetry you hoped for and the finished product will make you far happier than a DIY mess.

J Sutton Plumbing and Gas Services have been doing this kind of thing for years. They have experienced tradesmen who can work as a team to transform your house and your bathroom in particular into what you had dreamed about.

Home Rewires – Your Questions, Our Answers

Home Rewires

If your house was built before 1950, the wiring may not be up to current standards. Prior to 1950, many wiring systems relied on rubber and lead and cloth-insulation, which deteriorate over time. Between the late 1800s to mid-1930s, wiring was held in place by metal conduit. You can find photos on the Internet. If you suspect that your house was wired before 1950 or has old style insulation ask a qualified electrician such as Electrician Perth to check it.

How much does a house rewire cost?  

Of course, it depends on how much work a particular home needs and where you live. Your local electrician is the best bet as they are probably familiar with many different styles and ages of residences. An exact cost for a house rewiring in your suburb will depend on many different things. Any electrical company is only too happy to inspect the house and provide an obligation-free estimate.

How long does it take? 

This depends on factors like the size of your home. In general, for an average size house, with a 2-3 person crew, a complete rewire, where all the wires are replaced, takes about 2-7 days.

Creating a New Lawn – Rollon Turf

Lawned Turf

If you think your lawn could do with a bit of a facelift, or if you just want to add a bit more grassed space to your yard, or you have just built a new home and you want an immediate lawn solution, then roll on turf is the perfect solution. Yes, you can sow some grass seed and get pretty much the same result, but growing grass takes ages, albeit costing a lot less. Instant gratification calls for instant lawn.

Preparation

If you have an existing lawn, that’s obviously going to need removing. If you are putting down roll on turf for the first time in the new house, then you can skip this step.

You can remove old lawn a couple of ways and it will depend on your fitness level and the size of the old lawn area. Using a spade to remove the old lawn is a job for a few mates and a BBQ afterwards. It’s a lot easier and twice as much fun if you hire a turf cutter which removes the grass and roots quickly. Cleaning up is easier as well because the cutter rips up the old grass in chunks, or strips, which can then be rolled up and removed.

Different Types of Vegetable Garden Fencing

Vegetable Garden Fencing

Not all blocks of ground are large enough to offer a patch of ground for a vegetable garden as well as catering for a decorative one. But where there is plenty of room – or at least enough room – having a vegetable garden can offer many advantages. But fencing contractors such as Eline Fencing would advise that fencing for a vegetable garden is quite different to that needed for a boundary fence.

Much depends on the location of your block, but even in the suburbs you can be pestered by wild rabbits or even pets that have escaped.  Just one night of munching can destroy all your hard work in the garden.  In addition, cats, kids and dogs are likely to run and dig through the garden, turning all your efforts and hopes of succulent and nutritious vegetables into nightmares.

So if you plan on growing your own veggies, first take stock of what you need to protect them. If there are rabbits nearby you can be sure they’ll find your garden sooner rather than later. The fence to keep rabbits out needs to be anchored quite deep into the ground, because rabbits dig deep naturally. You’ll need wire mesh at the very least to deal with these pests.

However, often it is the neighbourhood cats that ruin the garden as they love to turn it into an amenities block especially for them to use. It is really horrible to accidentally dig up their leavings, when you thought it was going to be a new potato or carrot.  Cats can jump really high, even over a six foot high steel panel fence.  If the problem is serious and you are intent on solving it, you may need a high fence with razor wire along the top.

What Kind of Verandah Would You Like?

Verandah

A verandah is a roofed addition to the house that runs along one side or the back, or even along the front of the house. It usually extends to the whole width of the home and can give the inhabitants extra room and an outdoor living area to enjoy. However, there are many different styles of patios and verandahs, so before you go ahead you may want to consider which one would suit you – and your home – best. Here are some tips to help you.

  • It is important to build a verandah that suits the architectural style of your home, whether that is a period home or a modern, contemporary one. It will need to be fully attached to the house.
  • While some verandahs are quite narrow, if your property allows it, wider is better as it allows more room for relaxing and your toes won’t be run over by your toddler in their push along vehicle.
  • Verandahs are usually rectangular, but they don’t have to be if your home suits a square or half round one.
  • You can get more use from your verandah in bad weather if you fill in the sides and/or front. This can be done with blinds or more permanent windows. Or shade cloth may be all that is required to keep out bugs and reduce the glare.

How to Treat Your Carpet After Professional Cleaning

carpet cleaning

There is much the homeowner can do to keep their carpet looking like new, but eventually there comes a time when professional carpet cleaning is in order.  According to Brilliance Carpet Cleaning Perth, carpet cleaners and manufacturers both advise that this should be done annually. However, much depends on your lifestyle. A home where pets and children live is likely to have more spills and dirt on the carpet than one where only one or two adults live, especially if they spend most of their time at work.

Once you’ve made the decision to have your carpets professionally cleaned, it is essential to follow a few tips in order to ensure they don’t get dirty again within a few days.  It’s important to follow the advice of the cleaner in caring for your carpets. Here are some general tips that will help the carpet to stay cleaner.

  • Never walk on a damp carpet as the wet fibres will clean all the dirt and oil off your shoes or feet and get dirtier in the process.
  • If the cleaner gives you plastic bootees to wear for when you need to walk on the damp carpet, be sure to use them, otherwise clean white socks may help protect it.
  • If using plastic bootees or bags, be very careful stepping off the carpet as they could be slippery.
  • Keep people off the damp carpet for 24 hours to allow maximum time for drying.

11 Advantages of Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning

There are many kinds of offices and not all are located in a mall or shopping complex or even a commercial office complex. Some people have a home office and others locate their business in an older home since there are plenty of rooms and amenities already in place. But these places may not have the advantage of split system air conditioning.

As reported by Holdens Electrical, there are many advantages of having a slit system for air conditioning in your office. Here are some of them.

  • Your office equipment will not get overheated and stop working, thus you’ll save time and money in getting it going again.
  • You will be a lot more comfortable and so will your staff. That means fewer trips to the water cooler and more work done, making your business more efficient.
  • Uncomfortable conditions can mean a higher staff turnover. This will cost your business a great deal in hiring and training more staff all the time – and be extremely inconvenient.
  • Your customers or clients will be cooler and look forward to stepping into the coolness of your business if they know you have good air conditioning. Contrast this with not having it and they certainly won’t want to come to discuss business; rather, they will take their business elsewhere to the competition who has a cool place for discussions.

Tips for Edible Landscaping

Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping can be designed and planned by professional landscaping companies like Landscaping Sydney and is one of the best ways to be sustainable, providing food for family and even friends, if you grow enough. And often, it is a feast or famine, when it comes to growing certain types of vegetables. Cucumbers, pumpkins, tomatoes and many other delicious garden vegetables produce lots per plant. Just remember to grow what you like most and you’ll never feel your hard work has been in vain.

An edible landscape can be as simple as growing a fruit tree. Pick your favourite fruit, but make sure it suits your climate.  Citrus trees are popular because they have two harvests per year instead of the one found with other fruits such as apples. Plus, lemons and oranges can be used in any number of delicious ways.

How to Choose a Plant Hire Company

Plant Hire Company

When you are doing a full property renovation, choosing the right machinery to do it with will save time and costs. You may have to level ground for an extension or dig up some of the formwork to lay new piers or foundations. All this work must be done by machine and plant hire is far more affordable than purchasing machinery to do it with.

Honest and communicative

However, it is important to choose the right company to deal with. Not only should they be honest, but communicative as well. Trying to deal with a company when they don’t answer their phone or fax is difficult and frustrating. Having to work out what you need with only a junior staff member who knows next to nothing to help you, is just as bad.

Hiring Removalists or DIY Removals

Furniture Removalists

Some people try to save money and do the furniture removal themselves. There are arguments for and against and certainly the money saving aspect heads the ‘for’ list. Perhaps we should ask an experienced furniture removalist to outline the Pros and Cons of DIY removals or hiring professional furniture removalists such as Brilliance Removalists Perth.

Here’s Jason –

There are a few questions about the removal that need to be asked before we skip to the pros and cons. These are:

1) How big is your house?

2) How much stuff will be required to be moved?

3) Are you going to need a truck? If yes, how big? Or will a ute be okay?

4) Any valuable and breakable items with which you need to be especially careful?

5) What is access like at both the current house and the new place?

Once these questions have been answered you can then decide on a DIY removal or getting in touch with professional removalists.

For example, if your answer was that you have a big house, tons of stuff to move, a few breakables that you want to be careful with, and that the access might be a bit tricky, the suggestion would be that it is a job for the professionals.

But we said we would weigh up the Pros and Cons, so let’s do that anyway!

Why You Need a Kitchen Designer

Kitchen Designer

The traditional term for the kitchen is that it is the hearth of the home. In this day and age of rush, rush, hurry, hurry, never a truer word was spoken. It is certainly much more than just a space in which to cook and dine. According to Kitchens Perth, kitchens play such a vital part in daily living that if you are looking to make changes or are thinking about a complete makeover and an entirely new kitchen design, call an expert. To help you make the most of the space and add functionality you need to have some expert help. Unless you’re a true-blue DIY’er, you don’t want to be mucking about with plumbing and electrical to this degree.

Not Just the Looks – Once you hire a kitchen designer you can rest assured that your kitchen will go well beyond the looks. There is a fine balance between the aesthetics of this important room and how it functions when you need to use it for cooking and dining or socialising. It takes a professional to make sure that the working side of your kitchen and the appealing looks harmonise in the most effective way. Don’t be surprised if the designer interviews you about your cooking habits and those of other members of the household.

Your Furniture Style for the Office

Furniture Style for the Office

When setting up your office you need to choose the style of furniture that is in keeping with your career and people’s expectations.  For instance, if you are a lawyer or solicitor you need the kind of furniture that is solid and of a higher price than much ordinary office furniture because that is what people expect to find. Luckily, that kind of furniture is readily available in most furniture stores.

Funnily enough, the kind of furniture that is suitable for a lawyer’s office would not suit the office of someone who is say, a clothing designer or even a website designer.  These career choices are seen as somewhat more light-hearted than that of a solicitor, who is more likely to be dealing with solemn, legal matters.  Their clients would expect more modern furniture that is lighter in both colour and weight.

Landscape Services

Landscape Services

The tasks of Landscape Architects can take into account many factors. A landscaping job can be a DIY project or you can bring in the professionals such as a landscape architect. Prime consideration should be given to the time and money factors so a budget is of paramount importance. Other factors to consider are the climate, the soil and the regulations.

Planning is what design is all about. You can use computer software, maps, diagrams, drawings, and photographs. Once you have an idea of what it is you want to achieve, the big picture, then you can make a list of materials required, the desired and suitable plants and the tools you will need.

Water

Issues with irrigation and drainage need to be addressed. You may need a professional landscaping contractor to install an irrigation system. The layout of pipes, sprinklers and timer connected to an electrical system should be part of the overall landscaping plan.

If the landscape plan includes a swimming pool, waterfalls, fountains or a fish pond, then it might be a good idea to be calling in the expert landscaping service to put all this together.

Top Removalist Tips to Get Ready for Moving Home

Moving Home

Worrying about the big move? Fret no more if you have no truck to carry your belongings or friends to help you out packing and moving things. Get a professional removals company to do all the work for you. But to effectively put removalists to work to your advantage you have to be acquainted with the entire moving process to know the work they do from packing, wrapping, assembly, to unpacking, and disassembly. Here are some top removalist tips to get ready for moving home:

  1. Get ready to pack ahead of time

Just like when you’re getting ready for an exam, it’s also not a good idea to cram everything the night before your move. Best to start collecting boxes and old newspapers for the move a few weeks prior. One way to hit two birds with one stone is to wrap your glassware with clothes, eliminating the need for you to use old newspapers and packing both items at the same time.

Tips for Painting a Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought iron makes a beautiful fence, but like most other types of fencing it will eventually need repainting to keep it in good condition. Most professional fencing contractors will tell you that such a job is usually left for far too long, making the necessary preparation more difficult. But it must be done properly or the paint will simply flake off and the fence will look worse than ever.

Here are some tips for repainting wrought iron.

  • As with any kind of steel, the rust must be removed before it is painted. Cordless tools can make this a great deal easier, but if there’s only a tiny bit of rust you can remove it with a wire brush.
  • The whole fence will need to be sanded down with medium grit sandpaper to remove chipped or peeling paint and ensure there is a good surface for the new paint to adhere to.
  • Wipe all the dust and loose debris off the fence with a soft rag.

Think Modular: Designing Your Modern Kitchen

Modern Kitchen

How do you transform your cooking space into a modern kitchen? Contemporary design nowadays favors going for a more modular and minimalist style for your kitchen cabinets to make it easier to customize, repair, reuse parts, and upgrade and lessen costs. Check out the following cool tips in designing your modern kitchen:

  • It’s time to clear your countertop to make sure nothing gets in the way in whatever it is you need to do in your kitchen. Countertops must be kept free for cooking-related activities in the way of chopping, dicing, and handling food ingredients rather than serve as passive repository of various kitchen implements, bottles, utensils, and jars which are best hung on the wall or kept on cabinets.
  • Consider animating your cooking space by putting up some color. Replace the shabby appearance typical of old-school kitchens. Try some bright colors or soothing pastel shades.
  • Backsplash shouldn’t be a boring affair. Backsplash can come in exciting patterns, mosaics, and bright contrasting colors that adds some spice to its kitchen functions.

Top Secret Ingredients to Carpet Cleaning

carpet cleaning

According to the authority in carpet cleaning methods the struggle is real when it comes to carpet cleaning. Spills, drops, accidents, and anything else that you may have stepped on with your shoes almost always threaten to ruin your carpet regardless of your all your attempts to keep it clean. Learn 5 top secret ingredients to keep your carpets spotless and looking new.

  1. Club Soda

Not many may know it but club soda, a type of carbonated water, is effective in removing stains from your carpet. This is especially true for wine and beer stains. To use club soda for carpet cleaning effectively, you simply have to blot the stained area with club soda daubed on a piece of cloth.

  1. Vinegar Solution

If club soda doesn’t do it, you can mix white vinegar and water in a handheld sprayer. The vinegar solution should be sprayed on the spot and let it soak in for 10 to 15 minutes. Then soak up the solution and stain with a clean sponge. The process may have to be repeated a number of times before the stain is removed.

7 Tips to Transport Your Goods Safely

Transport Goods Safely

No matter whether you are sending large items overseas as gifts to relatives, or sending some small item across the country, when choosing a transport company it’s important to do a little research so you can find the right one for the job. Otherwise, it will waste your time and theirs and your sending your goods may be delayed while waiting for the freight company to get back to you.

Here are 7 tips on transporting your goods safely

  • Safety is paramount for your goods so find out how they will be packed and transported. In some cases a container may be used and you will most likely have to share one with other people, unless you have a lot of goods to send all at once. Safety also includes the condition of the trucks. If their trucks are not well maintained and end up crashing, your goods could be smashed to pieces.

Landscape Design for Beginners

Landscape Design

According to landscape designers, back in the days, landscape design used to be done by drawing a detailed sketch indicating the specific location of each and every shrub, tree, flower bed, and what have you. Today, many would agree that there exists no such hard and fast rule with anyone buying plants to take home spontaneously doing landscape design.

However, this doesn’t mean that anything goes when it comes to landscape design. This can be borne out from negative consequences arising from the lack of coherent design and poorly placed plants, which may end up requiring frequent pruning, expensive pest control, and even expensive removals before they reach the end of their life spans.

Here are a few important tips on landscape design that can help beginners create lawns that standout while avoiding future problems.

5 Reasons You Should Hire A Removalist

Hire A Removalist

Do you dread home moving? Are you tensed about the prospects of this dangerous and strenuous task? You should extinguish all your worries and hire a professional removalist. The experience and reliability they accord will give you enough reasons to marvel.

But just before you make a move, why should you go for a plausible removalist?

Time saving

Professional movers possess a plethora of valuable experience. They move delicate and heavy items for a living. With them at the helm, a task that may take you the entire day will be handled in a matter of hours.  Hiring a professional mover will free up more time for other important errands during the moving day.

Do’s and Don’ts to Keep Your Sail Looking Good

Shade Sails

Adding a shade sail to your property can enhance your lifestyle and reduce the running costs of your home if it throws shade on the walls or roof.  Most shade sails from companies like Shade Sails Perth are made from high density polyethylene knit because it has good stretching quality and is the best cloth to withstand harsher conditions. There is also polyvinylchloride material which can also be good for climates where there is less wind or storm activity. No matter what your sail is made from here’s how to keep it looking good.

Do’s

  • Do take it down and wash it from time to time if it looks grubby or stained
  • Do use a mild detergent with no acidic chemicals in it
  • Do use a very soft bristle brush to clean it
  • Do examine it for wear and tear and replace it when necessary
  • Do inspect the poles and fittings to ensure they are still strong
  • Do take the sail down if bad storms are imminent
  • Do hose off bird droppings as soon as possible