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DIY Garden

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Do not have any green or land available for you to grow your own garden? Do not worry! There are plenty of other options you can choose from in order to have the garden you have always dreamed of. It is DIY garden time. These DIY gardens are easy to make and not on the expensive side. It is all about being creative and being able to work with what you have around the home. Here are some cool gardens you can make without having any land.

Mason Jars

Have any mason jars lying around the home? These are the perfect DIY garden for some herbs. Plant any herbs you want like, rosemary, basil, mint, etc. The best part about using mason jars as a garden is that you can decorate them. Paint the jars with some decorations or create some cute labels for the herbs.

Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks can be a cool and modern style of garden. These blocks are able to hold larger plants and can give a pop of modernism to a room.  Check out this tutorial to make cinder blocks into plant holders at Contemporist, people will not believe you made it yourself and from cinder blocks!

Pallets

Old pallets can easily be turned into the perfect garden. The pallets are able to keep your garden organized and easily maintained. You do not have to do anything to the pallets, except fill them with some dirt and plant some plants in them. They are perfect for vegetables!

Tires

Old tires are another great thing to recycle into a DIY garden. You are able to plant multiple plants in one tire. You do not even have to keep the plain, black color. Grab some paint and give those tires a summer makeover. They will be the perfect plant holders for the summer time.

Summer Backyard

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Summertime is here and that means more time spent outside. A backyard is the perfect place to hold outdoor barbeques and to just sit and relax during the day. You can also enjoy a family dinner outside in the evening. A backyard is a place where people can hang out and enjoy the summertime. Here are some summer backyard ideas to make your yard more inviting to hang out during this summer.

Themes

A theme is a great way to start working on designing your backyard. The theme could be anything; beach, color, modern, etc. A theme is helpful when coming up with ideas and keeping those ideas organized. Shopping can be overwhelming and a theme helps shrink that overwhelming feeling down.

Outdoor Lounge

The backyard is the perfect place to hang out and relax during the summer. Turn your back yard into an outdoor lounge. Start with a nice canopy to cast shade over a cool relaxing area. You can repurpose old lounge chairs by decorating the pillows or giving them a new pop of color. Go to a thrift store and find an old coffee table that can be cleaned up and possibly add a glass top to give it a sleek feel.

Flower Display

Flowers are a source of beauty and can bring some color into a backyard. A nice flower display in a corner or even spread out around the backyard would be a nice addition to have. Flowers are a quick and easy way to pretty up a summer backyard for any home.

Walkways

Walkways are a cool and sometimes funky thing to have in the backyard. Repurpose old wooden pallets and create a wooden walkway. Get some stones and create a funky and fun walkway that can add depth to a yard. Walkways are able to connect parts of the yard that are broken.

Garden Trends

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It is garden season again and that means there are new trends for the year. Since the garden season is back here are some trends that you might want to start. There are many different type of garden trends to satisfy any curious person. Some trends may be funky and some trends can be so simple. Here are some of the coolest garden trends that are making head way this 2018 season.

Meditation Garden

Meditation is becoming a bigger and bigger thing every year and there is no more place more peaceful than a garden. It does not take much space to create a meditation area in someone’s garden. A small bench or a stoned or bricked area that calls you to take some time to sit down and relax classifies as a meditation garden.

Upcycling

There is no better feeling than turning something old into something so beautiful someone thinks you bought it at the store. Take an old water feature like a sink and turn it into a beautiful makeshift pot or pond. Some imagination and DIY magic can turn anything into a brand new feature.

Succulents

These low maintenance plants are perfect for any busy bee or city dweller. Succulents come in many different shapes and sizes and can become a garden decoration for around the home. Try mixing different colors to bring out a different look.

Indoors Plants

As long as you place the plants in contact with some sunlight, then the plant can survive indoors, even in the bathroom. Bringing nature indoors can bring a sense of calm to a room. It is also a nice touch to have in some rooms. Remember to water the plants and watch them blossom as well as they would outside.

Gardening in the Winter

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Gardening does not come to and end with the cold weather comes knocking at your door. Winter time does not always put a stop to gardening time. Winter gardening is a different in gardening in the other seasons. Plants that grow in the winter time are strong and sturdy plants that can hold up to these cold temperatures. Winter gardening does not have to be a struggle. These winter vegetables can withstand harsh weather and these tips can help you help them survive a little easier this season.

Winter Crops

There are certain types of vegetables that are strong enough to withstand these harsh winter conditions. Longing for some greens this winter then try to grow kale, arugula, cabbage or Brussels sprouts. You can grow your very own garden salad if you so desire. Carrots, beets and parsnips are some strong crops that can survive the winter season.

Protect Your Garden

There are several gardening tricks that can help protect a garden during the winter time. A pro tip for protecting your garden is to not be over protective. If you are using a device that covers the plants and keeps them warm then remember to let them air out and not get overly heated. Too much heat may end up causing more harm than good. One gardening trick is mulch. Mulch helps protect your plants’ roots from the frost or extreme cold.

Winter Protection Devices

Some devices that can protect your garden during the winter are simple. During the night time, you can easily toss some old blanket over the plants and take them off when the sun is out. Some people prefer to use hot beds or you can bring some of the plants inside if it gets too chilly outside. A greenhouse is always a good option to have if you are growing plants in extremely cold conditions.

Pros of Having Artificial Grass

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The can be greener on the other side and stay greener too. There is no need to not think about having artificial grass. There are plenty of benefits that come along with artificial grass. It can save you time and plenty of money in the long run. Let’s take a better look at those benefits and help educate you on what having artificial grass is all about.

Little Maintenance

Artificial grass requires very little maintenance. Forget about the mowing and the constant care you had to pay to your old lawn. Lay down the artificial turf and just look at it sit and look pretty. The maintenance appeal to artificial grass is one of the main pros and this allows you have to plenty of more free time.

Really Green

It really is greener on the other side. Artificial grass does not change to any other color during any season; unlike sod and real grass that turn into a dull brown during the winter time. Artificial grass stays to its true green from the second you lay it down into lawn. You will be the green envy of the neighborhood.

Green for the Planet

Artificial grass is not only green, but actually green for the planet. Its low maintenance means that you do not have to water it. This is a great option to have. The electrical equipment that comes along with the upkeep of a lawn is not required either. You can rake or even sweep away anything that you don’t like having in your green artificial lawn.

Cost Saving

The best bonus of having an artificial lawn is that is can help you save a lot of money that comes along with having a lawn to take care of. The no watering means that the water bill is not so sky high. There is no need for a lawn or any other equipment that is required for lawn upkeep. An artificial lawn is not just for making your lawn look good, but to help you out as well.

Yard Waste Disposal

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Yard Waste Disposal

Once you’ve got all of your yard waste together, what do you do with it? Here are some options to get rid of it. Some of these options may not be available to you depending on where you live, but there is guaranteed to be an efficient option in this article to dispose of your fall yard waste.

Composting

Agricultural waste, or green waste, includes leaves, grass, hedge clippings, brush, plants and flowers. Fruit and vegetable food scraps can also be included. All of these items are compostable, so you can use them to create compost that reduces disposal costs and gives you something to use in gardens, planting, flowerpots, flowerbeds or anywhere else you need nutrient-rich dirt.

This is the most eco-friendly option, but you have to have the space and time to allow the composting process to occur.

Yard Waste Bags

If you have a lot of leaves, grass, brush or small twigs, then yard waste bags are ideal to use. They come in both disposable and reusable options and can be found at a variety of home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot. Your waste service provider may even provide leaf bags and a leaf/yard debris collection on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.

These bags work well for small cleanups, but larger amounts of debris will require a different means of disposal.

Yard Waste Dumpster Rental

Consider renting a 10 or 20 yard dumpster for your residential or light commercial yard waste disposal projects. You could dispose of trees, garden waste or large amounts of brush and leaves this way. Bargain Dumpster is here to help if you have a large amount to dispose of.

If you want to include trees in your dumpster, you have to make sure the logs will fit inside the dumpster.

Large Cleanup Services

There can be a lot of debris after a major hurricane or storm comes through. Fallen trees must be processed before disposal, which is best left to the professionals, such as a tree removal company. Some junk removal companies have the equipment and expertise to process a tree and use loading equipment to lift heavy logs into trailers or dumpsters.

You can expect to pay $1,000 or more for storm damage cleanup. Insurance could cover some or all of the cost, however, depending on your coverage. Take pictures of the damage and call your insurance company to file a claim.

Yard Waste Pickup

If your waste hauler accepts bulk yard waste pickup, then you can arrange to have them pick it up for you. Yard waste is typically not allowed to be mixed with general waste, so make sure to use designated bags and call your waste hauler to see if yard waste pickup is available.

Your waste hauler may charge extra for yard waste pickup, so this may not be the most cost-efficient option, but could be the easiest disposal solution for you.

A lot of junk removal companies offer yard waste pick up, just call and request an estimate of the job. Once the price is agreed upon, the company will come out, load and haul away the yard waste. This could be the quickest way to get rid of your waste.

The Choice is Yours

Now that you’ve got some options, go outside and gauge the amount of yard waste you have and then decide on the best method for you. Whichever way you choose, you’re on your way to a clean yard for winter.  Give us a call if you need additional help or would like to schedule a dumpster for delivery. (803) 573-0003

Fall Yard Cleanup

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Fall Yard Cleanup

Don’t wait until spring to get your yard in order. Taking these ten preparatory steps before winter sets in will ensure you can make the most out of your yard next year.

  1. Clear out flower beds. You don’t want pests and critters settling in for the winter underneath the fallen leaves and weeds.
  2. Till your vegetable garden. Once you’ve picked all of your vegetables for the season, pull out the old vegetable plants and till the entire plot of dirt.
  3. Trim the trees. You don’t want any large or haphazard branches causing problems for your house during the winter. Snow or ice on those could result in a broken window, roof or even a power outage if it’s too close to a power line.
  4. Clean the gutters. Check that your gutters are draining and clear out any blockages if necessary.
  5. Drain your water pumps. Drain all water from hoses, fountains and irrigation systems and store them in a dry place. If you leave water in them during the winter you can risk damaging your equipment.
  6. Aerate your yard. Break up the soil in your yard to prevent water from pooling and guarantee that nutrients will reach the roots of your plants during the winter. If you have a large yard, you may need to rent a walk-behind aerator.
  7. Feed your lawn. Though your lawn will not look it for the winter, you should add a fall lawn fertilizer with a high phosphorous content to encourage your lawn’s root growth and have a green lawn by springtime.
  8. Rake your yard. Rake the leaves in your yard and shred them for mulch around the yard. An alternative shredding method would be mowing over the leaves.
  9. Mow the lawn. Give your lawn one more good trim before winter sets in. This will help dry out the soil more quickly in the spring.
  10. Wash your deck. Prevent mold and mildew by power washing your deck. Then add a weatherproof stain to protect the wood from moisture during the winter.

Follow these steps to be on your way to a winterized yard that’s ready for spring.  As always Bargain Dumpster is ready to help anyway we can!  (803) 573-0003

Prep Your Lawn For Winter Season

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Winter season is coming and it is time to prep that lawn. The winter weather can be harsh on a lawn and end up tearing up a lot of minerals. Winter season does not mean that you have to put the brakes on taking care of your lawn. These steps will prep the lawn and insure that it stays nice during the winter.

Clean It Up

Any debris that is lying around in the lawn needs to be cleaned up. Keep raking leaves and throwing them out. An easy trick is the rake the leaves on to a tarp and then you can dispose of them easily. Renting a roll off dumpster will help with cleaning up large branches, trees and other large, bulky items.

Use Aerate

Aerating a yard can go a long way when prepping your yard for winter season. This process of pulling up plugs of dirt allows for the grass’s roots to draw in more oxygen. A helpful tip is to over seed and overwater your lawn in order to give the new grass a good start.

Fertilize That Lawn

You do not have to only fertilize in the spring or summer. Fertilizing your lawn in the wintertime can ensure that your grass will be nice and lush for the upcoming summer.

Maintain A Compost

Keeping that compost going during fall and into winter will make great compost for the springtime. Just because winter is around the corner does not mean you have to stop composting. Adding leaves will be the “brown” that composts require.

Know When To Mow

Do not stop mowing during winter season. You should mow the lawn around every 10 to 14 days. Mowing it just enough times will make sure that the grass is at a healthy length. Do not over mow, because then it will make the grass too short and not last the winter.

5 Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

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This is for the people that have killed every single plant that has come into their lives. These plants are so low maintenance; you will have to put in actual effort in order for them to die. Indoor plants bring life into any room they are in. Indoor plants are the nature people who hate indoors need in their lives. These plants will be able to keep you company and purify the air in your home.

Snake Plants

Snake plants can live for years! They only require some water once or twice a week and a little bit of low lighting. Snake plants have a yellow border around their leaves. They are also known as Sansevieri. Snake plants can be a good accent in a living room.

Aloe

Not only is aloe a nice, low maintenance plants, but you can also cut the leaves and use the juice inside for all sorts of home remedies. Aloe does require some indirect sunlight. Make sure not to overwater this plant. Pots that have drainage holes on the bottom is recommend for this indoor plant.

Ivy

Ivy is a beautiful plant to have indoors. Hanging pots would go best with this particular plants, because it does love to grow and stretch its leaves out. Hanging plants are new and different to have indoors. Do not be scared of ivy. This low maintenance plant will require a little bit of sunlight and of course, some water.

Jade

Jade plants are seen as a symbol for good luck. The upkeep for this indoor plant is simple and easy. They require the basic sun and water. You can accent you home with jade plants and they can be your close pal resting next to you on your bedside table.

Fig leaf tree

This tall plant is the perfect piece for your home interior. These plants can live for years and are quite pretty to look at. These indoor plants are like a tree for your home. They do grow quite tall, but they are quickly the new plant inside many homes.

Plants to Grow for Beginners

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Gardening is a good pastime or hobby that most people should take up and do. There are some plants good for beginners. It always feels good to see your food growing and their progress. That is your own green thumb at hard work right there. There are some foods that require a lot of attention and some foods that are easy enough for beginners. Here are some foods that beginners should start out with.

Herbs

Herbs are the easiest plant for anyone starting to get their green thumb could grow. They do not require a lot of attention. They require just the usual water and sunshine to help it grow. Basil, cilantro, rosemary and many other herbs could fill your first garden. Just remember to label them so you do not get confused. The smells from herbs are also a nice bonus.

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables do not grow out and take over landscapes. They grow in the ground from the root. Carrots, beets and many other root vegetables are great for people who are learning to garden. Do not forget to label where they are, so you do not forget them. They are great for starter gardens.

Tomatoes

As long as tomatoes get enough sun and something supporting them then they are one of the easiest plants to grow. Many places with starter plants will have a cage already placed in for the tomato plants. Tomatoes are not too needy and who does not need some tomatoes in their lives.

Lettuce

Lettuce is a good, resilient plant to start out with in your gardening adventures. This plant usually grows during the colder temperatures. You will be able to eat a salad everyday in you wish. These plants are here to last.

Beans

Sun and water is all that these plants need. Give them those two things and a bean bounty will be produced. Beans are easy to take care of and do not require a lot of time and attention.

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