Category: Outdoor Living

DIY Decor Ideas using Succulents

In addition to being low maintenance, non-green-thumb-friendly and drought-tolerating, succulents also happen to be interesting to look at it, making them the ideal plants to decorate with, indoors or out. We’ve rounded up five great ideas to incorporate succulents into your home’s decor.   A Succulent Terrarium  Simple, satisfying and self-contained, a DIY terrarium is […]

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Easy DIY Teepees and Play Tents to Make at Home

A tipi or play tent is great for reading, arts and crafts, entertaining play dates, doing homework, and even taking naps. To boot, there are dozens of ways to DIY your own at home. Here are four DIY ideas to get you started.   This classic teepee requires not much more than sticks, fabric, and […]

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How to Create Your Own Life-Sized Backyard Chess Game

  It’s almost summer again – (okay, not almost per se, but it will be here eventually) – and we’re already gearing up for the season of backyard entertainment. Check out our step-by-step instructions on constructing your very own life-sized chess game for your backyard.   Step 1: Prepare your site Just because you have a backyard, […]

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Trends for Backyard Entertaining 2016

All around sustainability. Sustainable design, when it comes to landscaping as well as outdoor decor, is big in 2016 for a few reasons: 1. We want to be kind to the environment; 2.  We want to be kind to our wallets. When it comes to our gardens, low-maintenance succulents and edible growths are gaining popularity […]

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How to Make Your Own Rock Garden

Chose and clear out a spot Your goal is to separate the lawn from the area where your rock garden will be, so first, clear brush, undergrowth, roots and vegetation from that section. Then use a shovel to dig the area out, creating a distinct edge between the lawn and the dug-out area.   Decide […]

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How to Create an Outdoor Movie Theatre in Your Backyard

There’s something magical about watching a movie outdoors. Maybe it’s the stars overhead or the glow of the screen against the inky black sky or the smell of popcorn wafting in the open air; perhaps it’s a combination of all three. Whatever it is, watching a movie outdoors holds a distinct appeal for movie lovers […]

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5 Tips for Creating a Maintenance-Free Outdoor Oasis

Everyone wants a beautiful backyard to show off to their friends and family but most of us don’t have the time to maintain one. We’ve put together 5 tips to help you create that perfect backyard without having to do so much work maintaining it. Install an Irrigation System. You can purchase systems that come […]

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Container Gardening: Tips for Creating the Perfect Planter

Gardening Expert, Krista Strang from Shelmerdine Garden Center shares tips for planting your own stunning container garden. Know where you will be placing the planter before choosing your plants as some plants require full sun and others do better in shade. Keep it simple. Choose a main plant for your planter. This plant can be […]

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6 Curb Appeal Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Create a focal point for the outside of your home. This is often a fancier door. Use simple colours on the exterior of your house. You can add in interest with accent colours through your gardening. Shades of brown or gray are great options. Follow the theme you set. If you choose to go a […]

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6 Easy Ways to Update Your Backyard

Use PVC for your deck; you never have to stain or paint it and it’s weather, heat and slip resistant. Add some greenery to your yard. Greenery that is low maintenance as well as offers some privacy can be a great substitute for a fence. Create a colour scheme for your annual flowers, that way […]

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How to Set Up a Campsite Kitchen

Second in importance only to your actual tent, a sufficient cooking setup is integral to a positive camping experience. Regardless of the length of your stay, skimping out on the kitchen setup will only result in discomfort and frustration for you and your fellow campers. Avoid hangry campers by being well prepared beforehand, and organized […]

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Tent Care

A quality tent can cost you anywhere from $100.00 to $1,200.00+, depending on how large it is and the material it’s made out of. For regular campers, it’s a necessary and worthwhile investment, and one that you’ll only have to make once every decade at the most  – provided you’re taking proper care of it. […]

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Rainy Day Activities for Camping Trips

If you’ve camped before, you’ll know that rain is simply part of the experience. A little rain may put a damper on your hiking plans, but it definitely doesn’t have to spoil the whole day.   A rainy day can be swiftly salvaged, so long as you come prepared. Pack for rain even if the […]

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Fishing Tips for Beginners

The difference between a good and bad fishing experience often boils down to preparation.   Learn the Lingo This means getting acquainted with your equipment – your rod, line and bait – as well as fishing terminology like rod action (the degree of bend the rod can withstand) and rod power (how much weight the […]

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Scrumptious Campfire Snack

Whether you’re deep in the woods camping or hanging out in your backyard, these rustic fries are best cooked over an open fire. With just the right crispiness and seasoning, they are sure to be a real crowd pleaser. Finish off your campfire meal with a delicious treat, like s’mores or grilled fruit, cooked over […]

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Mailbox Ideas for Modern Homes

 

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6 Creative Outdoor Storage Ideas

It’s summertime and you want to get your family to spend more time outdoors. So you entice the kids with new toys and sporting equipment, you enlist the help of your hubby to get the garden and lawn back into shape, and you haul the bicycles, scooters and skateboards out from the garage. Turns out, […]

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6 Simple Ideas to Improve Your Curb Appeal on a Budget

Accessorize with plants and planters.   Use layers of plants as natural decor; (hang them, stagger them or line them up like movie theatre floor lights leading to your door). Try this cedar planter DIY. Or this upcycled vertical palette garden idea, perfect for succulents. Or create  this whimsical “fairy garden” DIY using broken pots. Eliminate outdoor […]

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How to Get a Greener, Healthier Lawn

An attractive lawn can majorly impact your home’s curb appeal. The secret to maintaining yours may not be as elaborate and time consuming as you may think. When it comes to your lawn, the secret often boils down to timing and preemptive preparation.   Soil condition Lawns grow best in soils that have a composition […]

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Taking the Fear out of Camping

Going camping can be an adventure but a lot of people are scared to give it a try. Here are 7 tips to help take some of the fear out of camping! 1. Don’t let it overwhelm you. It seems like a big thing to undertake at the start but once you get out there, […]

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6 Ways to Simplify Your Camping Experience

1. Wrap different types of tape around an empty water bottle. If something breaks, rips or tears, you have tape on hand for a quick fix. Include duct tape, masking tape and electrical tape for a good selection. 2. Turn an old laundry detergent container into a hand-washing station. Clean the container well. Add a […]

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Simple Campsite Etiquette

Summer is on its way and it won’t be long before we’re dusting off the air mattresses, checking the tent for missing poles and heading out to enjoy the great outdoors. Like any subset of society, campgrounds have a certain form of etiquette to make sure all visitors get to make the most of visiting […]

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8 Unique Storage Ideas for Your Backyard

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Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Lawn Mower

Lawn mowing is nobody’s favourite yard maintenance chore, but it might be slightly more enjoyable if you have the right machine for the job. Here are 4 things to consider if you’re in the market for a new mower.   Gas, electric or manual.   Gas powered mowers are the most powerful but tend to […]

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How Big Should Your Shed Be?

A shed is a great way to add some storage space to your backyard, and subsequently, save your garage some clutter. Building or even purchasing a shed is a rather large project, so you want to make sure you don’t make any mistakes; especially when it comes to size. When you’re ready to begin building […]

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