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Deal With Spiderwebs On Your Patio (For Good)

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You don’t have to be an arachnophobe to find spiderwebs unsettling. While I appreciate the important job that spiders do (keeping mosquitoes and other insect populations under control), I don’t feel great when I see a mass of cobwebs collecting under my patio furniture.

But what’s a patio-lover to do? Sure, you can sweep them away with a broom. But wait two weeks and you’ll notice that the cobwebs are back in the same exact spot.

Don’t burn your patio and start over just yet — pull up a chair and I’ll tell you how to get rid of your spiderweb problem for good.

Outdoor Fountain Water Conservation Guide

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outdoor water fountains can use a lot of water

I don’t have to sell you on outdoor fountains. They’re beautiful and make for an elegant, attractive garden area. However, one concern many homeowners have is the amount of water their units are continuously spewing out.

It makes sense — not only does increased usage mean more water bills, but it can also increase the maintenance burden you feel.

Whether you care deeply about the environment, want to reduce your water footprint, or simply save some cash, let’s learn how to conserve water for your outdoor water fountain.

Tips for Adding an Outdoor Shower to Your Patio

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outdoor showers are great additions to your outdoor space

Naturally, there are different types of outdoor showers available for your patio. Believe it or not, a few of them don’t even require you to have plumbing! If you’ve always wanted to add an outdoor shower to your patio (or any other area for that matter) it is both easier and less expensive than you think.

If an outdoor shower is your goal (and you wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t), here are some things to keep in mind.

How To Fix Drooping Outdoor Ceiling Fan Blades

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outdoor ceiling fan

For many reasons, ceiling fan blades can start to droop or sag over time, causing them to work inefficiently and even become dangerous to people walking underneath them. Fortunately, the solution to this problem is a simple one, which means you can have the perfect ceiling fan blades again in no time. We lay out everything you’ll need to fix your drooping outdoor ceiling fan blades.

How To Keep Snakes Away From Your Patio

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keep snakes like this away from your patio

Your patio or deck area should be a place of refuge for you — I’ve often joked to folks that my outdoor space is like a second church! However, if there are pests of any type in your yard that come near that deck or patio, it is time to take action. Now, it’s one thing to have field mice, worms, wasps, and cicadas in your yard.

However, if your outdoor space is home to dangerous animals such as snakes, your sense of urgency is heightened. The good news is that it’s not as tricky as you think to solve your problem. Grab your copy of Indiana Jones, we’re going to explore how to keep snakes away from your patio.

Dealing With Birdbath Algae Buildup

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algae can make a mess out of anything

There is no denying that birdbaths are a great way to add an instant dash of class to an outdoor décor scheme. They can be a fantastic way to attract birds and bring a sense of life to your yard. Add to that the style points and potential improvement to your home’s property value that can come with a truly beautiful birdbath, and the impetus to get one should be clear, no?

Well, there is one catch. Like your own tub, birdbaths and feeders need to be cleaned every now and again, lest they become filthy and scummy (just like rain barrels). You don’t want guests wrinkling their noses and birds turning up their beaks at a disgusting, algae-filled birdbath.

If that’s not reason enough, the Audobon strongly recommends you avoid letting your birdbath get dirty.

That’s why you’ll want to follow these simple tips for cleaning birdbaths and preventing algae buildup.

How To Repair Soil Erosion Around Your Concrete Patio

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soil erosion is no joke

Few things cause homeowners a greater amount of anxiety than soil erosion. One of the primary distinguishing and motivating features of home-ownership is the idea that you are investing in something stable. A home is something on which you can depend. It is supposed to be the literal (and figurative) foundation of your livelihood.

That’s what can make it so frustrating when you start to feel the sands shift beneath your feet due to soil erosion. This can be particularly concerning in visible areas such as your patio.

On the one hand, you want to bring everything under control and make sure that the soil erosion doesn’t get any worse; however, on the other hand, you hardly want to have to do the kind of heavy hardscaping and repair work that may damage your patio setup.

That’s why you’ll want to look to these basic tips for repairing and preempting soil erosion near your patio area.

The Best Hardware To Hang A Hammock

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what hardware does this hammock use?

So, you bought a hammock. You bought this hammock with the intention of using it to relax in the spring beauty and summer breeze. So why does it have to be so maddeningly difficult to hang up?

Hammocks may look easy to handle at first but can be deceptively difficult, especially when it comes to hanging them up. That is due in no small part to the fact that they require a delicate balance of string tension.

You don’t want them to be too tight or too slack.

What’s more, you don’t want the materials holding them up to accidentally pop out of the area to which the hammock has been attached. If you do not secure the hammock properly before lying down and putting the full weight of your body on it, this is precisely what may happen.

You therefore need to ensure that you are installing your hammock correctly, which in turn means making sure that you have the right tools for the job.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best hardware to hang a hammock.

Do Storage Sheds Increase Property Value?

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One of the great things about owning a home of your own is your ability to add to it. You can create a space that is at once welcoming in the here and now and bound to increase in value in the future. None of those things are possible with an apartment, condo, or other rented home. In these cases, you are relegated to renting while someone else reaps the reward. What’s more, creative restrictions are placed on you in terms of what you can and cannot do to the property.

After all, it isn’t “yours.”

However, when you own a home, you get to take ownership of every inch of it (including any shed space that you may choose to add). Installing a shed in your backyard can be highly convenient. It can help give you some extra storage space for tools and possessions. If you outfit it with windows and amenities, it can be transformed into an outdoor space in which to entertain guests.

But do storage sheds actually increase property value?

How To Attract Bees To Your Patio

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sunflowers definitely attract bees to your patio

Few things are more universally beautiful or beloved than flowers. Whether you plant rose bushes, flowerbeds, lilting lilies or vibrant wildflowers, flowers can be a great way to add some style, class, and natural loveliness to your patio area. For as much as we love bright, beautiful flowers, bees are absolutely crazy about them. The bright colors are hugely attractive to the bees, who seek out the flowers for their nectar (while pollinating them in the process).

With that benefit, it makes sense why you want to attract more of them to your patio. Many folks are actively trying to save bee populations and we should all try to do our part. The easiest way for you to do that is to plant foliage that bees love and we’re here to help. So strap in, we’ve collected the best ways to attract bees to your patio.