Slow cookers heat and cook foods independently from the stove or oven at temperatures ranging from 200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Dutch ovens cook on both the stovetop or inside a conventional oven at a preset temperature.
Planters can be tied together using a common color or flower.Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty ImagesGive your yard a makeover using planters. Planters may be limited in size and capacity, but they offer a great variety of possibilities for the home gardener. Homeowners can use these versatile...
Paths can be efficient and inviting.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA image by David Blalock from Fotolia.comWith a little upfront planning, a path can be not only practical but an attractive way to navigate through your backyard. Because the design and material options are numerous, the best way to...
Having a long and proven history in commercial applications, metal framing studs are becoming increasingly popular for use in residential construction. Stronger, straighter and smother than wood, metal studs are impervious to weather, fire and pests. The downside of using metal studs is the challeng
The importance of mortar analysis in historic masonry preservation could not be overstated. When restoring historic mortar, you must take extra care to preserve the historic value and to ensure that the new mortar doesn't cause damage to the historic bricks which tend to be much softer or more
Kingcup cactus is a desert-loving plant which lights up the early summer with its brilliant red or orange flowers. Angelica prefers wet roots and keeps its rather bland flowers raised high. Cottongrass grows wild almost everywhere, producing small puffs of showy, snowy blooms on long stems.
Most backyards are fairly predictable, with a few pieces of lawn furniture, a barbecue and maybe a jungle gym holding court. However, if you have always dreamed of something more, the world is your oyster as far as the backyard goes. Part with convention and go for something one-of-a-kind, whether i
A low fence, one that is 40 inches or lower, is often more than adequate to define your property border, enclose a chicken run or pastureland, or keep the curious out of your yard. A low, 40-inch fence is also wildlife-friendly, according to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website. Low fences
Many gardeners apply lime to lawns and gardens as part of their regular maintenance plan. Lime can have a beneficial impact on turf and garden plants, but it affects more than what is seen above ground. Many bees nest underground and can come in contact with lime products applied to soil. When apply
Stamped concrete is a newer technique for putting a little extra man made space into a backyard.We examine a few of the benefits to using stamped concrete.
Grapes grow best in full sun with soil that drains well and has good air circulation. Planting grapes can be done on flat surfaces and hills, as long as the planting occurs above the lowest level on the hill to prevent damage from frost and mildew. In order to grow grapes properly, a strong fence st
A lush lawn makes a beautiful backdrop for a plant or flower border. It also creates a green focal point during winter when there's a short supply in color. Though there are various kinds of ...
Add extra storage to your home with the addition of a shed to your yard or driveway. Sheds can be purchased pre-fabricated or can be constructed to your specifications. To get the best use from a shed it is important to maintain it properly and to prevent animals from gaining access. Animals can ea
Landscaping around Arizona swimming pools can add color, texture and interest to the pool area, along with shade, privacy and windbreaks. Many pool owners are hesitant to add plants around their pool for fear they will create a nuisance through the dropping of plant litter, attracting bees or other
There are many different methods by which farmers and gardeners deliver moisture to plants. One method more common on commercial vegetable farms is drip irrigation, a system that can deliver all the moisture requirements of vegetable plants and that can reduce water consumption by half. Knowing how
Plant sprigs or sod to grow grass without seeds. Sprigs are horizontal stems that reproduce underground. They are also called runners, on which grass roots and shoots develop. Sod is a slice of ground surface with established grass. It is sold in rolls, providing an instant lawn upon installation. T
Masonry is a specialized trade within the field of construction that deals with the laying of bricks and similar building materials. To earn a masonry license in California, an applicant must pass two written and multiple choice examinations: the general Law and Business exam and the trade exam in m
The exterior part of your house is as important as the interior. When people first look at your house, it is the exterior part that they will notice first. Most house owners are more concerned about what's going on on the inside while they pay little attention to the outside.
Concrete pavers provide the strength of concrete, with the textures and design versatility of bricks and stones. While pre-cast pavers can be cost-prohibitive if you're paving a large area, molding your own concrete pavers is simple. Paver forms are molds that come in different sizes and shapes so y
Many communities have garbage cans that all look alike. Most garbage companies utilize automated trucks where a hydraulic arm picks up the trash cans and dumps them into the truck one by one. This type of automation means the trash cans must be uniform in size and shape. To distinguish your cans fro