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Once you build a fence it is inevitable that the weather is going to take its toll on it. Fence posts that were originally cut square allow rainwater to soak right into the wood resulting in expansion and splitting of the wood. We’ve found that by cutting the fence posts at a slight angle the water drains right off rather than sitting and soaking into the wood.
Organic landscaper Rachel DeToro tells us one of her favorite tricks for container planting is using seaweed as mulch. The seaweed can be rinsed (to remove salt and the pungent smell) and dried for use in potted plants.
Take an old angel food cake pan and cut it about an inch from the top of the center tube and rolled edges. Slip the umbrella pole of your patio table through the angel food cake pan. The container can then be filled with fresh plants.
For a professional finish around trees planted in the lawn, loop a rope around the tree trunk and the shaft of a spade. Adjust the length so that the spade reaches to the drip line of the tree. Scribe the outline of a circle, then remove the rope and retrace the circle, sinking the spade vertically to make a neat, clean edge.
If you’ve ever hastily opened a drawer only to have it fall out tossing its contents to your feet, you know how frustrating it can be to not have drawer stops. This tip should save you some from that frustration.
Welcome mats often retain water creating problems with porch decking and keeping them from being useful to clean shoes. Use an old plastic grid diffuser from a fluorescent light fixture and place it beneath the mat to allow water to drain out. Use a jig saw to cut the grid to fit. You may also want to use screws in the corners of the grid to keep it in place and prevent slips and falls.
Drawers with wooden drawer guides often stick with age or changes in humidity. To smooth things out apply wax to the contacting surfaces and then lightly dust with cornstarch. Reapplication may be necessary with excessive use.