Creating a Landscape Feature Out of Your PondCreating a Landscape Feature Out of Your Pond

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Creating a Landscape Feature Out of Your Pond

When I first bought my home, I was unsure about the man-made pond in the backyard. The water was green and there was no wildlife to be seen. I decided to work with the water feature instead of spending money on fill materials to get rid of the pond. I added a water fountain to the space first that featured a submersible pump and I later added fish. After installing a filtration system and an aeration device, my pond became the central landscaping feature on my property. I made a lot of mistakes as I completed the installations. I had to learn about the biological filtration and I had to figure out how to control algae with shade plants. I want you to have an easier time than I did creating a water feature, so read my blog to find out what you need to do.


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Simple Projects To Improve Your Home

Over the course of time that you live in your home, there are many potential improvements projects that you may want to undertake. While some of these projects will be fairly major and expensive endeavors, there are others that will be affordable and simple enough for many homeowners to do on their own.

Interior Painting Projects

Painting the interior walls of the home can be a way of dramatically improving the appearance of the home by giving it a fresh look. While painting the interior can be a labor-intensive project, it can require little in terms of equipment and supplies as these materials can be purchased from most local home improvement stores. Before starting the painting process, thoroughly cleaning the surfaces that will be painted and waiting for a day when the humidity is low are steps that help to avoid some of the common problems and complications that arise when painting a home's interior.

Upgrading Ceiling Fans

The ceiling fans can be important features for circulating the air inside the home and making it a comfortable place to spend time. As the ceiling fans age, they can start to suffer issues that may lead to them needing to be repaired more frequently or they may simply fail to work as efficiently as they once did. If you already have a ceiling fan installed, upgrading it can be a fairly simple process as you will not need to install a new electrical connection. However, it can be somewhat complicated to remove the previous ceiling fan from its power connection. Due to this, the installation and removal instructions should be carefully reviewed and the circuit breaker for the room disconnected to allow you to safely work on this fixture.

Install Downspout Extensions

The downspouts from your gutters are a part of your house that you may not have given much thought to upgrading. However, the installation of downspout extensions can be an option that will dramatically improve the performance of this part of your gutters. More specifically, these extensions can allow you to direct the flow of water from the gutters further away from the base of your house. While these gutters can significantly reduce the risk of basement or foundation water damage, they are fairly easy to install. Most of these extensions are designed to work with gutter downspouts of various shapes and sizes. When placing the extender on the downspout, steps should be taken to ensure that it is properly sealed so that leaks will not form around the edges of the downspout. 

For more information, contact a local home improvement store.