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Short On Space But You Want An Outdoor Room? Consider A Corner Summer House

On first inspection, your garden may not be telling you where you can place a delightful summer house, but with closer investigation you can take great advantage of using your small garden to its maximum by placing a corner summer house, literally, in a corner of your garden.

Although most people like to place wooden garden sheds or summer houses in an area of the garden which allows them the freedom to walk behind and around it, they are usually placed towards the edge of a fence and the space behind often becomes a place to grow tall weeds and hide the ball your children threw six months ago.

Short On Space But You Want An Outdoor Room? Consider A Corner Summer House
Short On Space But You Want An Outdoor Room? Consider A Corner Summer House

By replacing an outdoor corner building tightly against your perimeter fences, you can make the greatest use of your space and not waste an inch.

Why do you want an outdoor room?

There are several reasons you might have chosen to put a corner summerhouse into your small garden. You might want somewhere to go and relax, to get away from the noise of your family, the television and your children’s most recent MP3 downloads on loudspeaker. This might give you the opportunity to catch up on the latest novel, while sipping a glass of wine or a cup of tea, which might be the only place you can play with your own tablet computer, with everybody wanting a go.

By placing your corner summerhouse in a suitable location in your small garden, you’re probably using your garden more than you would without the outdoor corner building.

What do you need to think about?

If you’re going to make good use of your corner summer house you must pay proper attention to the sun’s movement so you can align the windows and doors to either take in the maximum amount of sun or to locate your outdoor corner building, so you can sit in the shade, if that is your preference.

If you’re only going to be able to use your summer house at certain parts of the day and you do require the maximum amount of sun for light and heat in your new idyllic relaxation location, you must make a note of how the sun passes through your garden. If it is in the wrong location, it might mean that your corner summer house won’t be used consistently.

Small garden equals small summerhouse?

Just because your garden is the largest one in town doesn’t mean you can’t build a suitably sized corner summer house to take advantage of moving your office location down into your garden for a few hours every day.

You need to decide in advance where you’re going to be building a summer house in your garden and you need to know what you’re going to use the summer house for. If it is for occasional relaxation, the size might not matter much, provided you can place a couple of relaxing chairs in your new space.

However, if you’re going to invite friends around regularly and use the corner summer house as your bar or food scene, you should purchase the biggest outdoor corner building that you can afford, balanced with not overpowering the rest of your garden.

If you believe that your children are going to use your corner summer house as a location to invite their friends around to complete their homework, having sufficient space for them to sit and work will be one of your main priorities.

Remember, it is just as important to plan and manage your corner summer house as it is to build the grandest palace in the largest garden. Your new outdoor room must provide you with value for money and contribute as an investment, should you wish to sell your property.

Indoor & Outdoor Bonsai

The ancient tradition of bonsai provides for a lifetime of grower’s enjoyment in the care, training, and pruning of the delicate delights. Bonsai trees and bushes can be grown inside or outside depending upon the local climate.

Determining whether to leave your bonsai inside for the summer or move it outside is similar to the considerations involving tropical plants. You must decide if your general geographic location and climate is suitable for outside bonsai life.

Outdoor Bonsai
Outdoor Bonsai

Pick Your Bonsai Carefully

Before making a final decision, determine what type of bonsai plants you have. Next, you should consider the severity of your winter climate. In a northern locale, you may need to protect your bonsai during the harshest months from freezing and cold winds. Finally, observe your outside areas for the amounts of daily sun and shade the plants will have. Determine if one side of your home is better than another to provide for the proper sunlight requirements.

Outdoor Bonsai

If you decide your outside space is suitable for bonsai growth, select an area with adequate light for each individual specimen. During the summer months you may find you will need to water more often depending upon your particular climate. You will need to keep the tree moist, but not soaked. During the winter months you may need to move your plant to an unheated indoor space, for example: breezeway, enclosed porch, or possibly a garage. You will need to continue to water the plants over the winter on a weekly basis. A non-exclusive list of trees suitable for outside life include: maples, elms, ginkgo, crab apple, and hawthorn. As a general rule all bonsai evergreen species are suitable for outside life.

Indoor Bonsai

Some bonsai plants fare better as an indoor specimen than an outdoor plant. Plants which have woody stems will prefer indoor life. As is with other tropical plants, any tropical or subtropical bonsai will be unable to tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees. While they may survive outside in partial shade when the temperatures stay above 50 degrees, they will need to be moved inside if the night time temperature drops below their comfort zone. Indoor bonsai plants require some filtered sunlight. The preferred light would be from a south, west, or east window. Indoor bonsai plants will be intolerant of direct sunlight, so avoid any window without a filter (blinds, curtains, etc.). If the indoor light is not sufficient, consider the use of grow lights for up to 12 hours per day. Bonsai specimens adaptable to indoor life include: azalea, ficus, gardenia and Norfolk pines.

Bonsai plants can provide an owner with years of satisfaction. However, without the proper care these small wonders will not survive. They depend upon their owners for substance and protection from the elements. If you are new to the wonderful world of bonsai, research each plant at for its climate and light requirements. Treat them as you would a child, and nurture them into adulthood. Feed and water them according to their individual needs and they will provide you and your future generations with a source of pride and fulfillment.

Gear up with a Snowblower and Get Rid of your Shovel

If you have never had a snowblower before, you might be interested in how it works and even find out more about the ways this machine could help you throughout the winter. If you generally use a shovel to remove the snow from the driveway, this could be an exhausting activity in the wintertime. With the right equipment you can really enjoy the winter without the nightmare of shoveling the snow.

As you look around for a snowblower for the first time, you might feel overwhelmed by the high number of available models on the market. For a newbie, it is recommended to go with a relatively simple snowblower with few and simple features, which can still remove the snow without unnecessarily complicating your life.

Gear up with a Snowblower
Gear up with a Snowblower

When your search has ended and you have finally found the best possible snowblower, it is time to try out your new toy. Prior of starting it, it is important to get rid of all debris and sticks from the surface you want to clear off from snow. Pay extra attention to anything that is unseen and hidden by snow. The list of such things could include the toys of your children or some of your stuff left on the area that might cause serious problems to the machine if they get under the snowblower.

You need to be properly equipped for your ride with the snowblower, for instance with thick gloves that still allow you enough mobility. Be prepared for icy conditions and wear shoes with decent traction. As the snow removal might take some time, it is recommended to be well covered with warm clothes.

In case you need to clear the snow from a larger area, it would be best to do it in sections with plenty of rest between them to get back warmth while you rest. It might be extremely exhausting to clear an extended area without taking a break and it is highly possible for you to experience some fatigue. It is far better for the snow removal process to be done in increments.

The right snow blower will allow you to easily get rid of snow from your sidewalks, driveway or even the landscape. Get a snowblower and throw away that awful shovel. Take the time and look at the available snowblowers to find the one, which is the most suitable for your needs and which you could happily use for several winters.