5 Top Tips on How to Look after Your Outdoor Swimming Pool

When you live in a warm climate, such as here in Australia, you’ll soon appreciate the benefits of having a swimming pool in your backyard. At Best Home Ideas, we know that it’s great for relaxing at the end of a busy day and adds even more fun to an outdoor barbecue party. Also, if you have water-loving dogs, such as Cavoodles, they’d probably enjoy dipping in with you on warm summer days.  However, there is the problem of regular maintenance to ensure your pool stays clean and usable. Here’s our rundown of the most essential tips you’ll need: 1. Using a Pool Skimmer This is one of the easiest maintenance chores. It aims to remove the leaves, twigs, flies and anything else that may be floating on the water’s surface. You can reduce the amount of debris by designing your garden with pool-friendly surroundings. To remove pool litter, take a long-handled pool skimmer with a wide net for greater coverage. Then simply work your way across the pool by skimming debris off the water. Empty it into a bucket then dispose of it in an area of your garden where it can’t directly blow back in. This task is best done daily or at least every time you’re about to dive in the pool. If you neglect floating debris, it eventually sinks to the floor of the pool. It then decays and can permanently stain the flooring. 2. Remove Algae An important part of pool maintenance is removing algae. The spores of these simple plants easily blow into the water. In sunlight, the warmth encourages them to multiply fast. They can appear in different colours such as red, brown or green and stick like glue to any hard surface in your pool. Swimming in algae-ridden water can be harmful and make you feel ill. Acoording to Ray Brosnan, the co-owner of Brosnan Property Solutions, a property maintenance company, the remedy is to use a truly good and quality pool brush once a week to dislodge them. Every area of the pool needs to be brushed, and it’s best done in the pool’s direction’s drain. Another helpful tip is to brush everywhere after chemical treatment to disperse them effectively. 3. Pool Vacuuming Regardless of how thorough your pool skimming technique becomes, debris will always find its way to the bottom of your swimming pool. The most effective way to remove it is with a pool vacuum. There are two versions to choose from. A hand-held pool vacuum is relatively inexpensive because you do all the work. It consists of an extending pole with a vacuum head at the end....

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Organizing My First Garden Party
Jan07

Organizing My First Garden Party

Hey, it’s summer… almost… and as the weather is great, and the holidays are, to my biggest regrets, over, I am starting to wonder whether it is high time to come up with some ideas about my first garden party. I know what you are going to say – I have still not gotten a grip on cleaning and de-cluttering my home, how am I going to prepare my not-much-tended-to garden? To be honest, I don’t really care that there are some weeds still peaking from the corners of the garden, the previous owners of my small house were devoted gardeners, and my backyard looks pretty amazing with flowers and bushes (whose names I haven’t quite figured out yet). Furthermore, I have done my research on gardening in Melbourne, and have booked a reputable company to help me maintain my backyard. The mundane stuff aside, I want my first garden party to be unforgettable, so I have prepared a To Do list to guide me through the organization. As you already know I am rather absent-minded, and I need to set strict rules or I might get sidetracked and start planning a Hawaiian-themed garden party, go through getting decoration for a masquerade and end up with an unsuccessful combination of both. Step 1. Choosing the colour scheme and the accessories for my first garden party The easiest way to decide on a colour scheme for the party is to look through the patterns of the plants in the garden, and work your way up from there. However, I would strongly advice you against going with grey, if you have a rock garden for instance. Be bold, and don’t worry to go with bright, shiny colours – now is the time to do it! As far as the accessories go, you should stick with durable, weatherproof accessories that you will be able to re-use all summer long. After all, you would want to organise more garden parties when the first one turns out to be such a success. Once you are done using them, you can store them in a large sealable bin, until the next time you are going to need them. Step 2. Deciding on the food for my first garden party The food is essential for the outdoor kitchen and garden party, it could make it or break it! The good news, however, is that you can always bet of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and create a healthy low-fat menu that will taste incredibly. There are numerous recipes on the Internet like this watermelon feta salad with mint, or choose something that you know your friends will...

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