Love this idea but I think I'm too lazy for this project. Great to look at tho. Sorry for all
of you and your losses in floods and hurricanes. I can't imagine how any fences withstand those winds. We lost our entire chainlink fence to a wind storm here in CA and I'm sure the wind speed was nothing like hurricane force. I am forced to buy flood insurance here but we have been here 40 years and so far no floods (thankfully). Can't imagine how it feels to lose all your pictures as well as other possessions to a flood. I guess you have to be thankful no lives were lost.
I was having a Graduation party for my daughter in our backyard. My neighbor had just repaired a portion of his redwood fence, but he used regular plywood, which maybe he didn't care what
it looked like on his side as it was for him out of site, but on our side of the fence it was in perfect view of anyone sitting on the deck. Very unsightly for myself and my guests. What to do? I couldn't paint my side of the fence, as there was a short chain link fence on my side. So I did this...very inexpensive
1. went rock hunting (it's what I call it) at a local construction site (free rocks)
2. Free mulch (at the local community tree branch drop off area)
3 Lattice Boards ($8-$10 at local home improvement center)
5 Weed control plastic ($5-$6) or use newspaper (free)
1. Attach lattice board to back side of fence area with wire, or what ever works best, depending on the fence your covering.
2. Rock off area you want to cover using small to medium rocks ( I go rock hunting on Sat-Sun between 6-10am when the crews are not there, as some contractors collect the rocks to sell)
3.Loosen soil beforehand, so you can plants before or after you place the mulch.
4. Place weed control covering
5. Spread mulch over area
Note: you may add plants and shrubs before or after you spread mulch. I added after as I wasn't sure what I wanted. I also added an Arch the following year.
1 Day 50.00 Easy
Commented on Apr 08, 2013
Vallery, have to agree that the original view is so much better but the vinyl fence looks
clean and neat. It could be oh so much worse! You could use some of Susan's ideas to soften the look of the fence but look on the bright side....you won't have to buy any white lattice!
I received so much attention with this #ProudestDIY project of wreaths made of garden hoses and vintage garden tools and brought
lots of attention from neighbors too!..What are on your doors!!...Hoses?...
Commented on Apr 08, 2013
So funny....my hose out front sprung a leak the other day and I immediately thought,'What can
I do with an old hose?' instead of pitching it into the trash? I immediately jumped on Pinterest and saw your wreath along with several other clever wreaths using old hoses. Thanks for the inspiration.
How often do you notice the ground that you're walking on? Not often? That's because you haven't been on these beautiful repurposed garden paths! Get inspired to create your own little path of happiness at home.
Commented on Apr 06, 2013
Jenni, please let us know how it works. I'd love to do this as well as I have about 3 barrels
full of wine bottles that need recycling or upcycling. I'm sure it will be work intensive but worth it in the end. Love to see photos as well.
We collected bottles from friends, restaurants, etc. and used a bulb planter to make holes to stick the 'neck' of the bottle into. We have another bottle border in another area of our yard that we actually dug a small trench and planted the bottles much deeper. Both ways work very well.
The bottles are beautiful when the sun shines through the colors at different times of the day.
Love the idea of the bulb planter. We tried this out in a couple of places in our yard and now
we need to decide whether to continue. They've been in for a year with no problems. I use weed killer around them so no need to use the weedeater close to them. No breakage by kids or weather but then we've had a fairly mild winter here in CA. We have no problem collecting bottles! If we decide not to proceed with this project, I'll offer up our stash!
I've decided that I would like to make my own Holiday Wreath next year. After taking down this year's wreath, I realized how many good useable parts it had, that I could reuse for next
year. You can see what I was left with on my blog http://www.graphicsfairy-diy.com/2013/01/rec...
Commented on Jan 12, 2013
Heh Heh....I scored 2 old wreaths when we took down the Christmas decorations at our animal
shelter so now I don't feel so bad about putting mine in the trash. The basic rings are different that what I've seen before. They have sets of double prongs all the way around the wreath form so you don't have to wire the branches on! Made it a project to open the prongs and get the old stuff out. I'll have to see next year how difficult it will be to redo the wreath using the prongs. Guess if it doesn't work, there's always wire!
All you need for this unique mat is: shelf liner, hot glue, a knife and 175 wine corks. If vino isn't your drink of choice, or you simply don't want to work through so many bottles, visit a few neighborhood restaurants. Many bars toss their wine corks at the end of the night and would be happy to save a few for you! Learn how to make it here: http://blog.brightnest.com/2012/08/06/learn-...
The Opossum is the only marsupial (pouched animal) native to the United States. It has a white face with 50 pointy teeth, grayish-white loose fur and a scaly long tail (used as a fifth
limb). Adults measure about 2.5 feet in length and 1 foot in height. They look like big Rats, but are not related to them in any way, but are closely related to the Kangaroo & Koala. Females can give birth up to twice a year (typically 5-8 in a litter). These babies are very tiny, about the size of honeybees. They will immediately crawl into the mother's pouch after birth, where they continue to develop (usually about 4 months of age when they are ready to leave the pouch). Opossums are scavengers and eat almost anything, including fruits & vegetables, snails/slugs, snakes, a wide variety of insects, garbage and dead animals of all types. They also catch and eat rats & mice, in some way they help maintain a clean & healthy environment and have a naturally high level of immunity to most diseases, including rabies, but can carry fleas ,as do most domestic animals. Opossums are nocturnal and typically go about their quiet task late at night. They are also excellent tree climbers but cannot jump and sometimes get trapped in trash cans and other containers. Opossums do not dig holes/destroy properties and are non-territorial. They are always on the move and adapt to any environment where food, water & shelter exist. They live in hollow logs, attics, crawl spaces, pipes and ready made burrows. Opossums may drool, growl and show their 50 teeth when frightened, but in reality are non-aggressive and prefer to avoid confrontation, however, never try to grab one, they can bite. During cases of extreme fear of being harmed or attacked (unable to flee), the Opossum will collapse and "play dead", they become stiff, eys closed or half closed, their mouths will gape open (teeth bared), tongue extended and foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands; mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. This condition will last 40 minutes to 4 hours and most preadtors will abandon their attack, once the Opossum is thought to be dead. In the case of baby Opossums, however, their brain does not always react this way at the appropriate moment, and therfore they often fail to "play dead" when threatened. If you do see an Opossum, just leave it alone, it will go away or you can always call your local rescue group or a professional Pest Control Company for help if you don't want them around or if they are trapped (they will catch & release them) ;Trying to scare it will just make it "play dead". Some other tips to avoid having Opossums around your house include: Keeping lids on garbage cans, picking up fallen fruit, putting away pet food at night and close potential entrance points into your home.
Commented on Dec 03, 2012
not everything in life is beautiful but I believe they have a purpose. A friend of mine has
them coming into the house through the cat door, eating cat food and sleeping on the couch with the cats. Not sure I want to be that up close and personal with them but I see no need to kill them unless you're hungry. However the horse thing is a little worrisome. I'll need to do some research on that.