Category: Garden

INVITING BACKYARD DECOR IDEAS

Backyard is the place to be when it is warm outside. We all want to see good looks and we all enjoy when we are surrounded with many beauties. If you have a backyard and if you want to redecorate it in order to get more inviting look, then you should try to incorporate some of the great examples that I will show you in my collection bellow. Take a look at the Wonderful and Inviting Backyard Decor Ideas and make the most out of your backyard.

Lights in your backyard will give you the show that you deserve for a wonderful night spent outdoors. They reflect warmth and  they are perfect way to make your backyard shiniest than ever.

Make the atmosphere of your backyard more comfortable and relaxing. Get yourself many lanterns that you will out there and beautify your backyard furniture with many different pillows and blankets. This will add charm that you need.

Light bulbs are the cheapest solution in order to get a great and inviting backyard. You can get them as string light bulbs and put them throughout the whole backyard.

If you can make a fire pit, this will be the best inviting backyard decor idea. See the picture below to get the feeling.

One accent piece will be more than welcoming piece that your backyard needs. Get yourself a nice and chic hanging chair as in the picture below and make your backyard more inviting than ever. You will love to spend your days and nights in your own kingdom.

Bright colors brighten up our days as well. My suggestion is to use the yellow color for your backyard decor. At least some of your decor pieces should be in this color as it reminds of sunshine. Chandeliers are also a great idea for a garden decor as they are the elements that are usually neglected the most. See my favorite inviting backyard decor idea and try to copy some of the elements.

So, how did you find my inviting backyard decor ideas for your home? Aren’t they lovely? Which one is your favorite? We made this collection to give you great ideas how to redecorate your dream home with something cool and creative. So, feel free to share your comments with us. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to stay up to date with the content of Feel It Cool and find many other great home decor ideas. Until our next post – ‘Follow your heart and stay cool!’

 

How to Drill a Well – Finding the Water Table and More

Drilling a water well can be relatively easy or quite difficult and complex, depending on the circumstances. The main factors to consider are the depth of the water table and the types of soil and bedrock to be drilled through. Current soil conditions, weather and available equipment also need to be taken into account. The basic process of drilling a well involves boring through soil and bedrock with a drill bit while the broken pieces are flushed up to the surface in a drilling fluid (or drilling mud). When you reach the water table, the well is cased, piping is inserted down to the water table, a pump is installed, and the well is complete.

Determine the Best Location to Drill a Well

Determine the best location to drill a well. Locate your water table and identify the local soil and subsurface conditions. Many states now have excellent online resources with information about existing wells, and USGS geographic and topographic maps will also provide useful information about the water table and subsurface conditions. Talking to your neighbors with wells is also a very good way to get firsthand information about drilling a well in your area.

Rent a Drill

Rent a drill. Unless you have extremely hard or rocky subsurface conditions, rotary drilling is probably going to be the most effective and economical method to drill the well. Rotary drilling involves a drill bit made of a very hard metal like tungsten or carborundum grinding up the rocks and soil to drill the hole. Drilling fluid is also pumped into the drill pipe to act as a coolant and to flush the ground up dirt and rocks (cuttings) to the surface.

If you do have to deal with very rocky conditions it is probably best to use the down-hole air hammer drilling method where compressed air is used to break up the rocks and force the broken chips up to the surface.

Drill the Well

water well drilling

Drill the well until you reach the water table. The water table can be as little as 20 feet down to as much as 500 feet or more in extreme cases. You will want to drill down several feet after you hit the water table to create some space for the water to accumulate.

Install the Casing

Install the casing for the well. The well casing is usually made of steel or plastic and usually at least the top 20 feet of a well are cased. Make sure to fill in the space between the casing and the drilled hole with cement or bentonite grout to prevent polluted ground water from seeping into the aquifer.

Lay Piping

Lay piping for the well. Copper or plastic piping is generally preferred for underground installation, but galvanized steel can be used if the water is not highly mineralized. Be sure the piping is large enough to allow enough water to flow to meet the expected demand for the well. Make sure the intake pipe is at least 12 inches below the water table, as the level will fluctuate.

Install a Pump

water well pump

Install a pump for the well. Calculate the size (hp) of the pump you will need based on your expected peak water demand. It is best to use a pump with at least 20 percent greater capacity than that just to be on the safe side.

Low Maintenance Landscaping Tips

Landscaping adds a lot more beauty to your home. It is also a great thing to do in your spare time. If you are planning to landscape your yard, here are some tips for low maintenance landscaping:

5 Basic Stepping Stones to Water Features

Many homeowners have the notion that water features are luxuries meant only for the rich. That is not true. Most homes are now installing water features to their landscapes to give it that extra ump. Investing in a water feature is simple and requires just a few basic steps and you are there.

Know what you want

There are several types of water features. The type you install will depend on the space you have and where you intend to place it. A good example of a water feature is a bird bath. It takes very little space if compared to other water features such a miniature waterfall.

Water supply

All water features have one thing in common: water. The type of water feature you will have will depend on the supply of water in the area which you are in. if there is scarce water supply then a smaller water feature will be in order and vice versa.

Aesthetic value

How does the water feature add value to your landscape? Try and factor the general appearance of the water feature as an additive to your home. The aesthetic value of a water feature should not be under estimated as it ranks as the top reason of installing a water feature.

Cost

As stated before, cost can be a deterring factor in incorporating a water feature in your land scape. This should not be so since you can stick within your budget and have some form of a water feature at your home. Do your research well and consider your options before settling.

Maintenance

After all is said and done the water feature will need to be maintained to avoid having something that will not be of value to you home. Look into the maintenance practices of the particular water feature.

4 Vacation Retreats in Your Own Backyard

Vacations can be an expensive with the hotel expenses among other things. It can also be tasking to find the time to indulge in a vacation. The good news is that you can have a less costly vacation in your own house. The everyday facilities that we take for granted can help us relax just like any vacation can. Try using the following to have that Zen moment.

Jacuzzis and swimming pools

What can be more relaxing than having a dip in a Jacuzzi or a swimming pool at your back yard? Having a Jacuzzi installed may be a bit expensive but is way less costly than months of vacationing in hotels and different countries. Swimming pools are a common feature in most homes and you can relax in or outside the pool without having to leave the comfort of your home.

Gazebos

Having a gazebo in your backyard can provide you and your family a perfect spot to just relax and read a book or just rest away from your busy life style. Make sure it is situated in a quiet area of the backyard to keep it peaceful.

Back door camping

This is perfect when there are kids involved. Build tents, use those sleeping bags you had stored away and have a bon fire just to create the effect of a real camping adventure. Keep the kids entertained by inviting their friends over or just roast marshmallows over the open fire while singing. This will give you time to bond with family.

Having a barbecue

This is perhaps on of the cheapest vacation ideas. All you need is barbecue among other meals and invite friends o just have the family with you and you have vacation without spending too much or going away on a plane.

Four Surprising Benefits of Gardening

Most people do not find the idea of gardening as an appealing thing as a hobby or for anything else for that matter. The idea of dirt and working under the sun may even be revolting to some. None the less, gardening has its many advantages that majorities are not aware of such as financial benefits if you decide to go commercial and sell it to your neighbors or at the local market. Here are other benefits you were not aware of.

Lowers respiratory diseases and disorders

In biology, we are taught that plants use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen which is vital for humans. Plants play a major role in air purification not only as an oxygen producer but they also trap dust particles and other debris that any cause respiratory diseases.

Improves physical activity

Gardening will give you that physical workout you desire so much. When you in the garden digging, planting, and weeding among other things, you get to shed off some calories you would otherwise be piling up while you sit and do nothing.

Stress reliever

Gardening has been proven to lower the stress hormone in the brain. This results in better sleep and a greater life. Keeping your hands busy will go a long way into keeping you mind free from stress. Do not underestimate the benefit of clean, fresh air to your mental health as it is well known to be therapeutic.

Improved digestion

Gardening can do more than just save you money that you could have spent at the market. Fresh vegetables and fruits from your garden give you the assurance that you are not ingesting chemicals and preservatives. Plus the roughages from the vegetable provide your digestive system with much-needed relief.