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The grass can be greener on your lawn

With spring just around the corner, those with green thumbs are itching to get out and beautify their outdoor space. A source of pride and a focal point for these homeowners is their lush, green lawn that has been warn down and trampled on during the winter months.

If you’re looking to revive that patch, you’ll need grass seed, some lawn fertilizer, a seed spreader and a steel-toothed garden rake to start. Begin just as soon as the soil is dry enough to work with, usually around mid-April and mid-May, to give your grass the time it needs to mature before the hot, dry weather sets in for the summer.

Dreaming of a Green Lawn?

Preparing your lawn
Starting with a good surface sets the foundation for a great lawn. You should have a layer of good topsoil about 12 to 15 cm deep mixed with composed manure if you want the best results. Then prepare the area by raking the surface evenly to smooth and loosen at least the first inch or two. Apply a fertilizer (important to for a healthy root system) and rake the surface evening again.

Note: If you’ve bought a grass seed with a fertilizer coating then you don’t have to apply more fertilizer.

Choosing and sowing the seed
Look for grass that will suit your home and your needs. Some are great in the sun or shade while others are better for high traffic and easier to grow and/or maintain. Once you’re ready, get a seed spreader that will evenly distribute seeds across your lawn. Make a light pass around the whole yard to ensure you get everything covered before you go over it again for a thicker coat. Then rake the soil lightly and water it slowly and evenly until 2.5 cm of the topsoil is thoroughly moist.

Watering your new lawn
Try your best to keep the soil from drying out. Lightly water two or three times a day, but avoid creating puddles.

Lawn maintenance
Let the grass grow slightly longer than the height you want to keep it and when you cut it, make sure it’s no shorter than 4 to 5 cm. In late June, make sure you give the lawn another feeding, but only use half the recommended amount on the fertilizer package. When fall rolls around, use the full recommendation.
Here are other tips to maintain your lawn

  • Get rid of weeds. While some people may use pesticides or herbicides that can be taxing on the environment, try either hand-weeding or buying a natural weed control product.
  • Fertilize your lawn at least three times a year, following directions on the package. There are a number of sustainable lawn care products that are available for the eco-conscious, including organic fertilizer.
  • Make sure the soil can breath. If it looks hard and compacted, go over it with an aerating roller, add some soil and reseed in areas where bare patches might turn up.
  • Mow your lawn regularly
  • Make sure you water regularly. Lawns require about one-inch of water per week to encourage grass roots to grow.
  • Kijiji Puts Your Stuff on TV

    Pulling together all the props for a TV commercial can be tough. Especially if you’re trying to demonstrate the huge selection of items and cars available on Kijiji, from muscle cars to skateboards, family vans to keytars. Where better to look for the objects that show off what’s on Kijiji than on Kijiji?

    So our newest commercials imagine what the Kijiji shopping experience would be like in real life. “Hobby Hunting” follows a young woman browsing through different categories to find the perfect item to inspire her creativity, and “Family Man Van” is the story of family man exploring the wide spectrum of awesome cars on a quest to find the perfect vehicle. Both commercials feature only objects that our production crew found on Kijiji.




    Our team browsed through the hundreds of thousands of ads on Kijiji and then reached out to the community, asking the sellers if they’d like to have their objects featured in the commercial.

    The response was overwhelming. Thanks to the generosity of the Kijiji community, we found every single prop we needed, nearly 100 in all. Check out the “Making Of ” below.




    We’ll keep you posted on future Kijiji projects that you can be a part of. A huge Thank You to everyone in the Kijiji community who helped make this production possible!

    How to Make a DIY Flagstone Patio

    With warmer days ahead, it’ll be patio season all over again. Why not bring the party outdoors by creating a backyard oasis? Start with the basics first by creating a flagstone patio to transform your outdoor space. It’s a relatively easy Do It Yourself weekend project that will be sure to impress your summer guests.

    Turn Your Garden Into an Oasis with Flagstons

    Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
    gravel, sand or granular material
    • level
    shovel
    • landscaping rake
    hammer
    chisel
    • hand tamper
    • rubber mallet
    • broom
    • natural flagstone pieces
    topsoil (optional)

    Prepare your base
    Select how big you want your patio area to be and take measurements so you can determine how many stones you’ll need to purchase from a landscaping store, nursery or hardware garden centre to cover the surface. Start digging out the soil, about six inches deep, and have a wheelbarrow on hand so it will be easy to relocate the soil somewhere else in your yard like a planting bed. Fill the base with sand, crushed stone or a granular material. Smooth and even out the grade with a landscaping rake before using a hand tamper to further level and compact the surface.

    To check that the floor is even, use your level, placing it on a piece of wood on top of the surface you’ve created.

    Lay your flagstones
    The choice is yours whether you want to use rectangular stone pieces or irregular ones, but once that decision has been made start setting them down like a jig saw, using a hammer and chisel, if needed, to resize or reshape any stone. Take a step back every so often to make sure you like the design. When all stones have been set down and you’re happy with the look, stand on each piece or hit it with a rubber mallet to secure them in place.

    Fill in gaps
    Use sand, gravel or event topsoil to fill in the gaps between stones. Sand or gravel will hold the pieces firm in place while top soil will allow grass, moss or other greenery to grow between the stones. Dump the material of your choice and use a broom to sweep it into the crevices. Use your garden hose to lightly wet the patio and rinse the stone. The water will also help the material settle in place. You may need to add more material until the gaps are properly filled and are firm.

    Mountain Bike Buying Guide

    Going off-road cycling can be a bit intimidating when you’re used to smooth paved roads, but mountain biking is popular in nature because its unpredictability. It is an exhilarating extreme sport that is characterized by high speeds, high risks and challenging terrain. It’s where adventure-seekers enjoy testing their limits both physically and mentally as they navigate over rocks, climb over bumpy and uneven hills and descend down mountainous areas that nature puts before them.

    If you’re considering taking the sport up, rest assured mountain bikes can handle rugged conditions and can be ridden virtually anywhere. Because of the variety of choices in mountain bikes, it’s important to know what kind of terrain you’ll likely be facing to choose the right bike for you. You should also set a budget, know the basic components that make it work and do a little research into the performance and durability before you set out on your off-roading adventure.

    Which Mountain Bike is Best?

    History of Mountain Biking
    While the first known “off-road” cycling took place just before the 1900s when Buffalo Soldiers rode modified bikes to see how it would fair in mountainous terrain from Missoula, Montana to Yellowstone and back, mountain biking gained traction in the 1970s when a new bike that had fatter tires, rapid-shift gears, drum brakes and ground-breaking suspension was created. The sport took off in California and quickly made its way across the country and around the world.
    Today, it’s a widely popular sport that has a number of trails catered to it. Most are built in an upright position to allow riders better navigation, have some kind of suspension and heavy-duty wheels and larger, knobby tires to handle rough and bumpy terrains. They also tend to have more powerful brakes and have multiple speeds to facilitate easy uphill climb or rapid descent.

    Types of Mountain bikes
    With so many bikes to choose from, the choice can be daunting. Here are a few of the most common ones to consider.

    Cross Country (XC) Mountain Bikes
    Cross Country bikes are the most common type of mountain bike. They are versatile and light and are usually ridden on courses and trails that consist of a mix of rough forest paths. Most also offer a choice between hardtail and full suspension.

    The hardtail mountain bike has suspension only in the front fork and is designed for racing or recreational riding. Without shocks in the back, the bike transfers pedaling power to the rear wheel more efficiently and can result in better acceleration and make it easier to sustain higher speeds over a long period time, especially on smoother terrain. It’s also less expensive than the alternative.

    Full suspension mountain bikes have shocks in both the front and the back and are arguably more comfortable and enjoyable. It also offers more bike control when the terrain is more rough and uneven.

    All Mountain Bikes
    All mountain bikes are similar to cross country bikes, but are about 25 to 35 pounds heavier. They’re meant to be ridden uphill and downhill, but have more suspension in the front and back to handle more difficult obstacles.

    Down Hill (DH) Mountain Bikes
    Just as the name describes, this mountain bike is used to go downhill and quickly. They’re heavy and usually hauled to a high elevation point to make the descend. Rarely would you ever climb in this bike.

    Freeride Mountain Bikes
    These bikes are built for jumping and technical stunts and are lighter and easier to maneuver than down hill bikes. They’re usually ridden on steep mountains with drops, cliffs, rocks and other difficult terrain.

    Single Speed Mountain Bikes
    Single speed mountain bikes have only one gear and are designed for more skilled and fit riders. They can be more cost efficient, are lower in maintenance and are lighter and quieter than other mountain bikes.

    Dirt Jump (DJ) Mountain Bikes
    These bikes are smaller and more maneuverable so they can be ridden over mounds of dirt or soil to become airborne. They’re also built with sturdier material such as steel to handle crashes and bails when riders do tricks and stunts.

    Setting a budget

    With so many bikes to choose from, setting a budget is paramount to narrow your search. Prices vary so much that staying within your price range will help you focus on what you want and what you can afford.

    Do your research

    Product reviews can help you narrow your search even further to bikes that perform well and are reliable. Once you have a few bikes in the price range you want, look up the product and make sure it’s suitable for your needs. If you’re unsure, seek professional advice as well.

    Gear and equipment

    When it comes to the extreme sport, it’s crucial to practice safety first. At the bare minimum, purchase a helmet that will protect you against impact should you take a spill. A hard-shell helmet is probably the most suitable for mountain biking. They are made of thick, high-density plastic and lined with foam. The outer shell protects your head from penetrating objects like tree branches. Gloves will also help protect your hands from cuts and scrapes. Try getting gloves with thick padding that can absorb impact.

    Killing Weeds in Your Garden

    So you’ve spent hours and hours planning your beautiful lawn and weeks working hard to execute your vision – now you have your gorgeous, landscaped yard on your beautiful home, exactly like you envisioned. How will you protect your precious lawn from the ever-present, ever-annoying problem of weeds that will overtake your lawn quickly if you don’t know how to prevent and control it?

    Many of us are very limited in our knowledge of garden weed removal options aside from the usual store-bought chemicals, which is why we here at Kijiji have assembled a quick list of safe and natural effective garden weed removers to help keep your lawn (and by extension, the house that just so happens to be attached to it) looking its best.

    Banish the Weeds in Your Garden!

    Vodka

    We usually don’t think of liquor as a gardening tool, but did you know that by mixing 1 ounce of vodka with a few drops of liquid dish soap and 2 cups of water, you can create your own DIY weed killing substance? Quick tip: Try spraying the solution on a small concentrated area of weeds first to see how much of the weeds are killed; you can adjust the ratio of water to vodka according to your lawn’s needs.

    Vinegar

    This common kitchen staple found in most homes, doubles as a great weed remover as well. Vinegar works really well because its natural acidity kills the plant part of the weed while also decreasing the pH level of the soil, diminishing the conditions for the weeds to grow back. It’s important to keep in mind that vinegar can kill regular plants as well, so be very careful with where you spray your vinegar solution!

    Mulch

    Mulch is essentially a layer of material that’s put on your soil’s surface to smother weed seeds before they become full grown garden weed plants. Mulch can consist of a combination of shredded bark, bark chips, compost, and coconut husks, to just name a few possibilities. This weed prevention option not only works well but also elevates your yard’s look for a more professional gardener feel.

    Boiling Water

    It probably isn’t anyone’s first thought, but did you know dousing weeds with a pot of boiling water can kill your garden’s pesky weeds? It’s as easy as it sounds – put on the kettle, pour the scalding water over the weeds and watch them wither away, just like that!

    Rock Salt

    Another natural and probably common weed remover you’ll find easily at home- rock salt is a very effective killer of weeds, however, this option should be used with the understanding it should be used sparingly because the area it’s used on will essentially become infertile. This option works best in areas of your lawn where you aren’t planning on growing anything else.