Category Archives: Home Maintenance

Hanging Mason Jar Impatiens

Hanging Mason Jar ImpatiensIn February I made some DIY hanging mason jar candles for the backyard of our house.  With daylight savings I knew we wouldn’t be putting them to good use over the summer so today I bought some impatiens at Lowes and set out to make some hanging plants for the backyard.

Off the bat I know that drainage will be an issue since I’m not drilling a hole in the jars, but the impatiens cost less than a bottle of Gatorade so it’s worth a try.  In an effort to prevent a soggy jar I broke up some old concrete that I had laying around and put about two inches of rock in the bottom of the jars.  On top of that I put planting soil in and created a space in the center for the impatiens to fit inside.  After placing the impatiens inside I filled any remaining spaces with potting soil.

With that I converted diy lanterns into diy hanging plants.

Hanging Mason Jar Impatiens  Hanging Mason Jar Impatiens

Thanks,

Carson Matthews

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Impression From Tuesday Caravan – Safe

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Today I saw a listing and was stopped in my tracks by two silver built-in boxes in the walls.  After seeing the first one in a room off the master bedroom I assumed it was a safe, then saw another at the top of the basement stairs.  I didn’t immediately realize what they were for, and am still not totally sure, but at least I know what they are.  They are Secure Logic wall vaults.  They come with either a keypad or biometric feature which reads your fingerprint, and cost $399 & $479 respectively.  The doors are recessed and gravity operated so there is no swinging out.  The doors open in less than two seconds giving you instant access to your valueables or guns…which I’m thinking is what the ones I saw today were used for.  The vaults were tested by the US Dept of Justice and deemed safe to store a loaded firearm. 

Here is a link to view and purchase a wall vault http://www.securelogiconline.com/index.php/products/wall-vault

What I liked about them and what got my attention was how sleek they were and how flush they were with the wall.  Not that you want to show off a safe, but if you need your stuff quickly, this is a great option.

 

Atlanta Fescue Grass After 3 1/2 Weeks

After 3 1/2 weeks of growing grass in my backyard, we are making some progress.  The problem areas are still problem areas, but they have good reason to be so.  They are starting to fill in but it’s very obvious that  in my situation, the new grass literally only grows from the aerated holes.  Not much going in the areas that may have filled in because of ponding water.  Below is a picture showing the progression over the 3.5 weeks.  It really doesn’t look drastically different from the October 5 shot, but that’s because I mowed it for the first time today.  In most areas it was super thick and getting too tall, so I’m hoping it will continue to fill in.

Here is a shot from a different angle

Here are links to the previous posts documenting this grassy story:

https://carsonmatthewsblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/growing-grass-in-atlanta/ 

https://carsonmatthewsblog.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/growing-grass-in-atlanta-update-after-two-weeks/

 

 

Growing Grass in Atlanta Update After Two Weeks

Tomorrow will mark two weeks from the day I aerated and seeded my backyard with fescue grass.  I started out with weeds and dirt, and am making my way towards some lush green goodness.  Here is a picture showing you the progress.

There are several things that I have done differently this time around.  For one I have the area roped off which has done a pretty good job of keeping the kids and dog out of the area. That and consistent watering have probably been the biggest factors.  I wrote all about the initial process here https://carsonmatthewsblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/growing-grass-in-atlanta/ explaining every step plus the ingredients.  Hopefully the spots will fill in over the next few weeks before the leaves really start falling.

 

Growing Grass in Atlanta

Growing Grass in Atlanta is not the easiest task in the world.  Atlanta is known for having a solid canopy of trees luring above its homes.  There are so many wonderful things about our canopy, but growing grass isn’t one of them.  I’m sure you have heard it’s pretty hot in Atlanta, but it also gets pretty cool during the fall and winter, which makes choosing your grass a little more difficult.  The picture to the right is what our lawn looked like in the Spring of 2010 and what we are trying to get it to look like again. Below is a picture of what it looks like today:

In our front yard we have plenty of sun and are able to grow Zoysia grass which is thick and wonderful.  Our back yard is pretty shady with some areas of full sun.  Since most of the back yard gets less than 4 hours of sun we are not able to grow Zoysia.  Instead we are pretty much stuck with Fescue.  Don’t get me wrong, Fescue is a beautiful grass but it takes a bit more care to keep up.

I went to Pike Nursery and met with the store manager who told me more than I could ever retain about growing grass.  He set me up with a good game plan and told me everything I would need to get it done right.  Here’s what I used:

    

The first thing I did was spread out the Pike Lawn Starter across my whole back yard.  I rented an aerator from Ace Hardware ($50/4 hrs) and with this I killed two birds with one stone.  While aerating the dirt, I also worked the lawn starter into the soil which will ultimately help my new grass grow.  After majorly disturbing the ground, I used my spreader to lay my grass seed.  I used the Atlanta Blend from Pikes for most of the lawn because it thrives in both sun and shade.  For the shadiest part of my lawn I used a dense shade mixture from Pennington Seed.

The last part and certainly one of the most important ingredients in the process is water. This has always been a struggle for me because we don’t have an irrigation system installed and I don’t have time to run the sprinkler as much as it needs to be done in order to be effective.  So, I went to Lowes and bought this nifty timer that is programmable to ensure your lawn gets the much needed water throughout the day.  In addition I got a couple of sprinkler heads that surprisingly cover the lawn perfectly.

This is by far the most effort I’ve put into growing grass in the back yard so I am really hoping it will do the trick. Today is the first day of Fall, we got a soaking rain last night, and the weather looks perfect for growing grass.  I’ll let you know how it goes.