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Drought Design for Wildlife Habitat: Bruce McDonald

In Hudson Bend above Lake Travis Dr.

Bruce Mcdonald responded to severedrought.

He replaced his front lawn with waterconserving plants bordered by scavenged rocks.

In back, wildlife spends time withhim in his courtyard garden with ponds replenished by rainwater collection.

Nowa member of the Hudson bend Garden Club, gardening hasn't always been his groundinghobby.

I was recently retired and I have ahandicapped daughter and I have a wife who was very sick at the time so i waspretty much here all the time and had to find something to do that was around the house and so Istarted doing some gardening and the backyard was mostly a jungle and we were having wild fires so I was cutting down the cedar trees and it just left this big desolate area with a slope down to an alleyway.

One of my neighbors and I as a project built a retaining wall a hundred and thirty-five feet long by six feet tall and filled it up with the excavation from swimming pools in the area.

The wall is made out of cinder block andthen it's reinforced with rebar and concrete in the holes in the cinder block and then has acoat of stucco on the top of it.

Since Bruce always has extra pups in divisions he inserts them into cavities on theback side.

Inside the wall, he broke up the empty terrain in to defined destinations with granite walkways.

Then he started filling beds along the route.

i enjoy just playing around with different plants and see what you can do with them and I like planting seeds and seeing them germinate and become plants.

It's kind of like an ongoing sciencefair project for me I just I'm always fiddling with things and seeing howthings work.

Then my wife at the time said she wanted water feature and so westarted making a pond.

Now we have two ponds and we've been on the pond societytwo or three times now.

Dedicated koi ponds are a little more formal if you look at the Japanese they're very, the ponds are more geometric andformal looking.

The ones that are typically water gardens tryto look more natural and so that's the two contrasting styles.

We have a totalof three thousand gallons capacity and the water is replenished by the rainwater collection.

There arelittle float valves that control the water level just one thing leads toanother.

I have a bit of a slogan that isanything worth doing is worth overdoing and this kind of leads credence to that.

The dry stack wall was just rock that came in with the excavation from theswimming pool and also rock that I got from Lake Travis when the water levelswere down I just thought it'd be a nice area for aplanter and something a little different.

So I started stacking up rock and putthe plants in it.

On memorial day we had a flood come through here andwashed all that down the hill and so had to rebuild it.

Now i'm rebuilding it with a littlemortar instead of just dry sack I think that will be a little bit better.

A dry creek bed helps control flooding water.

It's just fun to arrange the rocksbecause these are like bricks that fit together on one pattern or oneof several patterns.

Each rock is different and it's kind of fun to startarranging things and then seeing ok here's a little crevice for some toput a plant and then you look around you find the right plant to put thereand just fun just go out there and start doing something and watch it evolve overtime and it's like taking a lump of clay and modeling and finally coming up withsomething that's the satisfaction of it.

I come out and commune with nature every day and I just I walk around the yard and decide what I want to do andi'll spend an hour or two with that and it's, it's just a nice quiet time to to do alittle yard work and be out here with all you hear is the sound of the water it's just a nice place to be Lattace fencing at the side promotes air flow through the courtyard.

In the sunny side yard Bruce built raised vegetable beds overthe rocky ground for fresh food year round here in transition between seasons.

In front he took out grass, peppering his new entrance with drought heartystructure and charm another dry creek siphons water to theback away from the house.

Curbs also slow water heading to the foundation.

That area initially was all grass and when bought the place and I wasfinding that I was spending three hundred dollars a month on water to justkeep that area in the front growing and I, and then it ended up dying out inthe middle of the summer anyway so i would just say i don't want that and our lake levels are down and there'sno reason that I need to be pouring water on this so I got out there and little bylittle I remove the grass but in decomposed granite and brought rock upfrom lake travis and started putting little rock gardens and that's the look we have out there.

Out by the road there's a little barrier strip there that was between my lawn out there at the time and when I was building that Isaid well I'm not just going to put rock here i'm going to put someplants here and the first thing i found was some cactus that were just sittingout there at the edge of the road right across from my lot and I said I wonder if these will grow if I stick them in the ground here.

They're impossible to kill which is goodfor a gardener like me and then you notice that there are a lot of theagaves.

I have numerous variety of those what I did with those I ran into myneighbors who had them growing and I would tell him you know that would look a lotnicer if it were trimmed up and all those pups were gone and they would sayoh but you know we don't like to do that and ihave the time to do it so I'd go over there my trailer and I clean it up forthem and I'd come back with a trailer load of pups of various types and then I juststick them in the ground and they grow pretty fast it's just a gradual evolution andsometimes so sometimes I'll go around I'll not do anything for a couple weeksthen some week so maybe have a couple hundred transplants and make a few new beds.

I come out in the garden with a cup of coffee in the morning and I say well what am I goingto do today and then I see some area that I want to play with and move andchange and it's always kind of a state of evolution.

I've never had a master plan it's just Igo out and do what feels good that day.

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Water by Design previews hot tubs for Roanoke Home and Garden Show

THE "GREATER ROANOKE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW" RETURNS TO THE ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER STARTING TODAY– AND WSLS TEN IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THIS EVENT.

OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS.

THE BERGLUND CENTER WILL BE PACKED WITH IDEAS AND INSPIRATION.

W-S-L-S 10'S ERIN BROOKSHIER JOINS US LIVE FROM THE BERGLUND CENTER.

ERIN– WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? # THIS IS THE EIGHTH YEAR FOR THE GREATER ROANOKE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW.

AND IT'S GREAT TIMING IF YOU HAVE SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS YOU'RE LOOKING TO GET FINISHED.

FROM IDEAS FOR THE FRONT DOOR.

TO REVAMPING YOUR BACK YARD– THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING FOR EVERY PROJECT.

IS THIS EVENT ONLY FOR HOMEOWNERS? NO WAY– THERE IS ALSO AN ART, GIFT AND GOURMET AREA– WHICH WILL INCLUDE FOOD TASTINGS.

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND WINE TASTINGS FROM FINCASTLE VINEYARDS.

THERE ARE EVEN ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS– THE COOKIE STORE WILL BE THERE WITH A FREE COOKIE DECORATING ZONE.

NO WAY– THERE IS ALSO AN ART, GIFT AND GOURMET AREA– WHICH LOOKING TO GET FINISHED.

FROM IDEAS FOR THE FRONT DOOR.

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW.

AND IT'S GREAT TIMING IF YOU HAVE SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS YOU'RE LOOKING TO GET FINISHED.

FROM IDEAS FOR THE FRONT DOOR.

TO REVAMPING YOUR BACK YARD– THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING FOR EVERY PROJECT.

IS THIS EVENT ONLY FOR HOMEOWNERS? NO WAY– THERE IS ALSO AN ART, GIFT AND GOURMET AREA– WHICH WILL INCLUDE FOOD TASTINGS.

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND WINE TASTINGS FROM FINCASTLE VINEYARDS.

THERE ARE EVEN ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS– THE COOKIE STORE WILL BE THERE WITH A FREE COOKIE DECORATING ZONE.

GIVING OUT YOUR CELL PHONE.

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Big Ideas for Small-Space Decorating

In a small dining area you have to be smartwith your space, especially when arranging furniture.

Here's how to give a tiny nookmore floor space without cutting style.

Swap chairs for a seating bench.

You can seat two,or even three people on it.

And when it's not in use you can tuck it completely under the table.

This frees up floor spaceif walkways are tight.

Rather than a second bench, place two dining chairs on the otherside for a high style seating mix.

Don't crowd the table with two more end chairs.

Leavethe table open ended.

Pull in chairs from another room only when you need to seat morepeople.

Skip the rug, it'll just get in the way of your feet, and the seats.

Finally,sneak in a hidden home office.

Place a tall dining hutch near the table to stash dishware,but use its base cabinet to hold a few files and supplies for paying bills or writing notes.

With these dining room tricks, you'll give your small space room to grow.

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21+ Decor ideas for renters

Your home doesn’t deserve to beas boring as your landlord.

This is21 cheap and easy decorating ideas for renters by Christina Lan 1.

Open storage is another way of aestheticallydisplaying your stuff.

We have five different ideas for this point.

3 DIYs and 2 product ideas Showcases only.

This first idea come with tons of words and lots of photos.

Not for type of guys who get mad easily when reading instructions manual.

The second one will make your kitchen happy.

Third idea will cost you $498.

I have to be honest, that price tag hurt my soul too.

fourth idea is much simpler compare to our first idea in this point.

and the last one is meant for those who can't burn more than $96 for a garment rack.

2.

Mix up the way you add plants to your home.

In addition to placing different plants on surfaces around your home,get creative with how you hang your plants.

the main takeaway isYou don't want to over water them though, because overwatering is worse than under watering.

Just pay attention to them and once they get dry(use your finger to check if the soil is moist) give them a drink of water.

Change up the containers you use,from watering cans to lightbulbs.

This one comes with a nice video tutorialunder 7 minutes you can replay at unlimited amount of timeuntil youtube shut down or delete it.

And aside from containers,you can use a variety of plants, especially tiny ones like this.

It will add little pops of colours in your interiorand absolutely fits most people bill.

3.

If you can’t paint your walls, add somecolor to your furniture.

If you don’t want to paint their entirepiece, you can always accent parts with either spray paint or regular paint.

When painting wooden furniture, make sure to1).

Clean off any residue, 2).

Sand everything down,3).

Prime it, 4).

paint at least two coats with a foam roller,and 5) protect it.

4.

Add a few pieces of unconventional furniture.

DIY some simple stump side tables like this or get a speckled ceramic lamp or officiallynamed Hanne table lamp for $50.

5.

Repurpose boxes and crates for modularbookshelves and eye-popping storage displays.

For this idea, you pretty much only need SKOGSTA Box from IKEA ($9,99),, your favorite paint, and Stationery clamps or double tapeor Gorilla wood glue to finish the job.

Anything else ispretty much self explanatory.

Attach, stack and enjoy 6.

Line the insides of your shelves with patternedfabric or wallpaper.

You can use either cotton fabricor peel-and-stick wallpaper like this.

instruction:1.

Cut your fabric to the approximate size needed, leaving an inch on each side.

Coat your surface and the back side of your fabricwith the rubber cement and let it dry completely.

Starting with the middle of the fabric, placeit on the middle of the surface and smooth outwards with your hands(don't worry if you put it in the wrong place, you can peel it offand place it again if you desire).

2.

Once the fabric is smooth, use the X-Actoknife to trim the extra fabric off the sides.

3.

Enjoy your new looking shelves! 7.

Or use wallpaper to bedeck other piecesof furniture and really anything else.

From your cardbox, drawer to your fridge.

This bright storage boxes repurposeyour unused boxes and wrapping skill, This may not be a revolutionary DIY, but itgoes to show: Those ugly boxes have got a second lifeas beautiful and useful storage boxes.

And you would saved our landfillsfrom a few more bits of cardboard!! WIN WIN!! How to add dancing foxes wallpaper to yourdresser?, 1.

Apply the paper one drawer at a time.

Usea foam brush to apply Mod Podgeto the fronts of each drawer.

The key here is to make sure that the ModPodge is applied very smoothly and evenly.

If you have too much Mod Podge, or if it is heavier in areas,it will cause bubbles and ridges.

Take the piece of wallpaper that you havecut, and apply it to the drawer front.

Work from one side to the other, smoothingas you go until the piece is completely flat and smooth.

Use your squeegee to work over the entire surfaceand really make sure all bubbles have been smoothed out.

Repeat this step until paper has been applied to all drawer fronts.

How to make your fridge POP like this?Could you clean it easily? Will it make you mad if you want to it takeoff? Would it be easy to put up a new speckled wallpaperon top of it? All of These questions are answered(along with detail instructions) by auntpeaches.

8.

Make a few of your own decorative pillows.

DIY fluffy shag pillow and sparkly pillow.

for renters withsome sewing skill and the machine.

9.

Try a variety of hanging solutions,including tapes, command hooks, and strips.

Here are two different methods of hangingclocks or art without damaging your walls.

1.

Using painter tape from scotch blue, frog tape and Tesa.

(Tesa which is made in germany is my favorite).

Press it for 5 seconds andit will hug anything up to 1 kg of item.

as information, 3M's took a longtime.

around 30 seconds.

2.

This second trick using Tesa Hook and Looptape/velcro.

it will bind your hanging art, pictures orassembling photowalls or gallery with your walls without damage it.

10.

Use clothespins to put up an elegant displayof artwork.

Nothing is too complicated here.

If your drawing skill make you sad, you can print and slap your favorite instagrampictures on your wall.

Any stranger instagram photos will do finetoo.

Have you ever though that? 11.

Or mount your art with hangers.

12.

If you don’t want to lean your artworkdirectly on the floor, then prop it up on a stand.

This is a great trick for large artwork that may be too heavy to mount.

13.

Invest in rolling and/or movable furniture.

Mobile furniture offers a lot of versatility for short-term rentals.

You’ll be able to use the same table or cart around your home for multiple purposes.

You can also use this idea to create a shortend table, a medium cart, or a tall bookshelf in a varietyof widths and depths.

Your only limitations are the pre-cut wood(if you don't own your own tools) and plated slotted angle sizes available toyou.

14.

Sew, braid, or paint a few eye-catchingrugs.

One really cheap option is to make one outof a large drop cloth.

Dun dun dun duuuuuuunnnn! Insert a Floor Cloth.

A floor cloth is basically a reinforced piece of fabric that is sturdy and looks so great!No sewing DIY: 1.

Position your fusible webbing on the backof your fabric (paper side up) 2.

Iron on the paper side (don’t use steam!Just heat and pressure).

Wait until the fabric is completely cooleddown before you peel off the paper.

3.

Notice how the webbing is also on the foldthat I ironed.

You don’t want to miss that part!4.

Now iron your drop cloth right side down onto your fabric/webbing combo.

I am doing it right side down so that the thick edgedoesn’t leave a big gap between the 2 materials.

5.

and done Second idea is, sew this stuff according tovintage rivivals manual.

15.

Craft ladders for shelves or racks fora more striking look.

Or, purchase one to cut all the hustle andleg work.

16.

Easily install an inexpensive curtainwith fabric and a tension rod.

Learn how to find a simple and affordable window treamentfor your bedroom with white curtains with tie-backs here.

FYI, this white curtain is from IKEA and they sell it $29,99.

The total weight is 1.

70 kg and to hang it safely you need to buy a tensionrod around $7.

As you can see in this image, I wanted tosee how the tension rod held up before I hemmed the curtains into long cafecurtains.

So far So good.

It has been two weeks and the rod is ableto support the full weight of the curtains.

17.

Zero in on the small things, like theseDIY pineapple magnets.

First up, your plaster mix.

Add cold water to the dry mix until it reaches a nice creamy consistencyand then pour it into the mould to set.

if you don't have the patience of a saintI recommend using a pineapple ice cube tray -that way you can pour a dozen of these magnetsat once! After You've poured in the plaster,give the mould a few sharp taps to remove air bubbles and waitfor the plaster to harden.

After your pineapples have set pop them outof the mould and grab your spray paint!paint those little babies gold and wait from them to dry(it doesn't take long.

) Cut your magnetic tape to the width of yourpineapples, Peel off the adhesive backing and stick themonto the back! Finnally, you can get busy arranging your photoson your fridge! I've used mine with my mini polaroid instagramsnaps.

18.

Not only organize with trays, but decorateyour walls with them.

The best part of hanging your plates/traysis that you’ll have more storage spaceand you’ll also be able to access your trays more easily.

All you need is— and you are going to love this – a toothpaste.

Flip the piece around and dab some toothpaste onthe spot where the nail will go, then hold the piece against the wall exactlywhere you want to hang it.

Then push.

Hard.

Hard enough that the toothpaste will come off on the wall –THAT SPOT is where you put the nail.

After the nail is up you can wipe away thetoothpaste with a wet sponge.

Or not.

It’s toothpaste – won’t hurt anyone 19.

Opt for brighter washi tapes that maketape look less tacky.

Just info, you can Buy some neon-colored atwishywashi.

20.

Go all out with your bed’s headboard.

If you want to get real fancy, investing only $70 instead of $700,you can build your own geometric wooden headboard via theweathereddoor idea.

Or, try something as simple as outlining an imaginary headboard with twinkle lights.

Last,21.

For a luxurious look, opt in these removable and reusable wooden planks.

That’s all,Before you take action Spare view seconds to like or share this videowith your friend, If you have a minute or two, fill commentarea under this video with your thought.

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Thanks for watching.

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Natural Home Decorating Tips : Environmentally Safe Products for the Home

The biggest challenge in decorating your homeis finding out what really is good.

There are a number of products on the market thatare extremely toxic and in my mind should not be sold to the public.

Products that theyknow have formaldehyde and all these adhesives and glues are extremely toxic.

They are linkedto all kinds of cancers and personally I wouldn’t have them in my home.

Anything that is boundwith glues and stuff, those are the most toxic.

Paints and paint thinners are something youhave to be really careful about, and there are lots of choices on the market and that’swhat I’m going to do here today is show you the choices, the options you have to decorateyour home with, natural healthy supplies, materials.

We have everything from solid woolcarpet rugs, which are made out of all wool, we have flooring that is made from bamboo,we have flooring that is made from cork, we have throw rugs which I really encourage peopleto not have wall to wall carpeting in their home, to use natural floor rugs, throw rugs,like cecil, hemp, 100% cotton, organic cotton, silk, there’s linen, leather, there’sa number of options to use on your floor.

We have everything from water based paintsyou can use on your walls.

It’s not just brown and more brown, there’s blues, there’sgreens, there’s oranges, there’s reds, there’s yellows.

Every color in the spectrumyou need that is water based and healthy for you to use, you just have to go out and searchfor it.

There’s all glass tiles that are made from recycled glass, so, in helping theenvironment by being recycled, it’s also a beautiful product.

It’s being used twice,it’s not just something that stayed around one time, it’s being used twice and youcan incorporate that in, it’s all healthy, it’s solid glass.

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Natural Home Decorating Tips : Recycled Tile for Natural Home Design

Now we’re going to talk a little bit aboutthe recycled products.

The terrazzo type countertop material is usually a ¼ inch, you can evenorder it thicker than the ¼ inch, ½ inch, and it does have to have underlayment so itdoesn’t crack or anything.

But it’s recycled glass, granite, and concrete mixture and it’scompressed together and it does have a mesh in it to hold it together so it’s reallystrong, I mean it’s just as strong as granite.

It’s a wonderful option, it’s beautiful,it looks like natural stone and you can put it anywhere, you can put it in a master bedroom,a master bathroom on the countertops, you can put it in an elegant kitchen on the island.

There’s a number of places this can go.

There’s I think 36 colors in this typicalbrand and there’s lots of other brands out there that make this kind of product.

There’salso the terra classics which are from recycled glass and they have a number of the… here’sthe typical natural colors that are from the earth, and then they’ve gone and expandedand added all the new colors, they’ve got some great colors, the citrine, aquamarine,peridot, sapphire, they even have like a purple sapphire which is a light lavender, and theseare colors, these are like decorator colors and they’re still in you know, you can usesomething like this recycled glass tile.

You can also use something like this one here,it’s a reconstituted concrete, paper, and fly ash in this one.

It’s solid, I’veactually personally not seen this one on counters yet, but with it coated with a sealer it’sbeautiful, it’s got a real smooth solid color to it, and it looks just like a firedclay tile without the ceramic on the top.

You would just have to seal it with a naturalclear sealer.

So that’s one of the other options there.

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