Garden Lighting – Now Easy to Install and Makes Your Home and Garden Safer

Garden lighting has increased in popularity in parallel with the development, availability and increasing illumination quality of solar-powered garden lighting and today they are a worthwhile investment for the conservatory owner.

In the early days of solar lighting, many people were put off them because many poor quality items were made, but today’s units are generally both efficient and reliable and will repay an investment in them with the power savings made over their lifetime use.

Alternative energy sources are not just about saving money, they are better for the environment and in a garden present fewer technical problems when it comes to installation compared with wired-in units.

You can use garden lighting to illuminate specific trees, shrubs or bedding and move the solar-powered units around depending on the season, choosing the best garden features to illuminate. You can also use them to down-light pathways and steps, making your garden safer to walk in at night.

Lighting can also make your home safer by discouraging thieves from using the garden as an entry point to your home.

The only drawback with solar-powered lights is that in shady areas of the garden they may not get enough sun light to charge them, so you need to place them in spots where they will get adequate light for the charging process.

You also need to find out how long your lights can stay on during the evening and into the night. So before you invest in them, check the manufacturers descriptions carefully and ask anyone you know who already has solar-powered lighting, what their experience has been.

Most solar-powered garden lights will switch on automatically at dusk, but if you want light through the night it is sensible to mix these with the type that are triggered by motion sensors. Neighborhood cats, squirrels and other small garden visitors may switch motion sensor lights on, but so will un-wanted intruders.

Most models of lights now use Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s). These are long lasting and energy efficient; provide adequate bright light for most users will let them enjoy parts of their garden from inside their conservatories at night.

Fascinating Herbs in Your Home Herb Garden

Growing fresh herbs in your home is possible with just a little space. A home herb garden can offer a lot of joy and excitement to its owners. Most of all, it offers many advantages such as food seasoning and adding fragrance to your home.

Home herb garden is beneficial to anyone who loves adding fascinating flavor to their favorite dishes. It is true that most herbs are very easy to grow. Growing such home herb garden doesn’t require a big space. In fact, a small container is alright for you to grow your herb. So it is hundred percent possible to grow herb in your apartment as long as you have a spot where there is sunlight.

When deciding what herbs to grow in your home herb garden, you must consider the herbs that you always use, maybe for seasoning your food, herbs that add fragrance to your home or herbs that adds beauty to your home. Chives, parsley, tarragon and chervil are some examples of herbs that are commonly used for salads, fish and chicken dishes or to a cooked egg by sprinkling those over its top. This may result to a more delicious menu.

The following are the list of fascinating herbs which are mostly used for food seasoning that you can grow in your home herb garden:

Chives, which belong to the onion family, are very simple and easy to grow. You can choose either ordinary chives or garlic chives. You can use them as garnish to your food by chopping their stems. In addition, you can use their pink flowers in your favorite salads.

Parsley is one of the commonly grown herbs in every home herb garden. It is being said that parsley can be grown easily either from seeds or from seedlings. The two types of this, namely: flat-leafed and curly, are great sources of vitamins and minerals. They can be used fresh. On the other hand, they can be used dry by drying their leaves for later use.

Tarragon, which has more sophisticated and subtle flavor than some herbs, is said to be the basic ingredient in any French cuisine. There is French tarragon which is better type compared to Russian tarragon. Aside from its usage as garnish and for cooking, it is also known for giving flavor to white vinegar.

Chervil grows in shady spots in the garden. It can be mistaken as parsley because of their likeness. Their usages are the same. Chervil leaves can also be used as either fresh or dried.

Bay trees can be grown either in a large garden or in your home herb garden by using pot. You can trim this herb as you wish because it is a beautiful plant. You can dry its leaves by hanging a branch in dark, dry and atmospheric place. After that, you can separate the leaves from the branch and then store it in a close container. The leaves of bay trees are commonly used if it is dry. On the other hand, it can also be used as fresh leaves but must be shredded before using it.

Rosemary is an herb that can also be grown easier than other herbs. You can plant them as easy as just sticking it on the ground using the lower part of its stem. It can be planted in your home herb garden using a pot or a container. Like the other herbs, it can be used either fresh or dry.

Landscaping – A Fire Resistant Home and Garden

Certain parts of the country are especially prone to fires. Dry wild grasses and trees that come right up to your home will create a fire hazard. There are things you should do to protect your home.

Clear Vegetation

Thirty feet is the minimum required distance of clear vegetation. However, it can be necessary to clear up to 400 feet of an area near the home. You should consider the following factors: wind, slope, neighborhood density, and architectural styles. In other words, will a fire spread quickly or slowly? And, if it does, will your home catch fire easily or not.

Remove Dead Plants

Remove any dead plants in or around your home. If a tree is mostly healthy, but has some dead branches, cut the dead branches off.

Keep Plants Watered

During the heat of the summer keep all the plants watered well.

Plant Placement

Don’t place plants right next to the home. Instead, create islands that are 30 feet or more away from the home.

Maintenance

Keep shrubs and trees to minimal growth. Larger trees and shrubs growing out of control are more of a hazard then well controlled smaller plants.

Siding

Avoid materials that burn. Stucco or aluminum siding is better than wood.

Fences

Use metal, stone, or vinyl. Stay away from wood fencing.

Decks

Build with stone, concrete, masonry, or tile. Avoid using wood.

Fire hose

If possible, set up a pump to work with your fire hose. Make sure the fire hose can reach all around your home. If you have a pool or hot tub, set up your pump and fire hose to use this water.

Hydrant

Keep it clear for fire personnel. With city permission, learn how to hook your fire hose up to the hydrant.