San Diego Real Estate 2010 Forecast: – The Year of the Strategic Mortgage Default

It would be easy to write a 2010 real estate forecast by repeating the industry line that “the new year will mark a turnaround for real estate values; those who act fast will be able to get the best buys.” Real world facts, at least in San Diego, seem to indicate otherwise.

San Diego’s real estate market will most likely have another down-turn in the year 2010, and there are many rationalities why. Remember, many of the adjustable home loans were designed with five and seven year interest adjustments. Many home loans are set to correct next year since the San Diego real estate market boomed in the summer of 2005. The saving grace is that interest rates are near all-time lows and interest rate shock will not be a tough factor. The downbeat with these mortgage adjustments will be the ‘reality check’ factor. How many homeowners will suddenly wake up to the fact that their home is now worth tens of thousands of dollars less than their mortgage balance? Only the naive will believe that their San Diego home’s value will click back soon.

The Northwestern University of Chicago has found that as many as one in four defaults may have been strategic. Driving this phenomenon is the rising number of households that are deeply “under water,” owing much more than the current value of their homes. First American CoreLogic, a real-estate information company, estimates that 5.3 million U.S. households have mortgage balances at least 20% higher than their homes’ value, and 2.2 million of those households are at least 50% under water. The problem is most deep in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Nevada.

So, whether or not you think the San Diego real estate market has bottomed, the reality is, it will take numerous years to recoup equity losses many have endured. 2010 may go down as the year of the strategic mortgage default because of this homeowner awakening.

Talking-heads who claim the U.S. housing market has “bottomed,” or even that it will “bottom” in 2010, don’t have the slightest grasp of fundamental economics. Government and the vast majority of media are using the old tactic of trying to talk us out of this downturn. Any bit of positive new is over-emphasized while the terrible, realistic conditions are hardly noted.

The government has spent trillions of dollars and has not made ca significant impact on the problem. Government saved Wall Street banks, at least for now. Will government platitudes actually turn around our economy? The administration thinks so. They are closing their eyes and wishing really, really hard that it does.They also should remember to click their ruby-red heels three times to insure success.

The best parallel to our current situation continues to be the Great Depression. In 1930, we had a 50% stock rally and abundant “green shoots” before the market turned down in a relentless decline. This time the government intervention is much larger, but so too, is the credit bubble.
Many agree the real unemployment rate is 17.5%. How can the housing market improve until unemployment dramatically improves?

Property values only go up if there is an increase in demand. That is NOT happening. The birth rate of the US is just enough to sustain our population, nothing more, and it would be negative without immigration.
Another major factor affecting San Diego real estate demand, is that the severity of our current home value decline seems to have broken the back of the myth that you could not lose money purchasing residential property in San Diego or California. Until the devastation to San Diego home values, fades from the collective consciousness, demand for housing will be a fraction of what it was.

Those who invest in real estate and expect values to appreciate need to face the fact that by mid-2010 there is a high probability we will be in a rising interest rate environment, which will boost costs on mortgage loans substantially. We all know it is now much more difficult to qualify for a mortgage even with some of the lowest interest rates in history. What will happen when interest rates move up? Will the government again step in with some type of subsidized interest rate/qualifying program (much like the sub-prime debacle)?

On 10-1-08 I published: #1 EZ Fix to The U.S. Housing Market ( I suggested an easy way to stabilize the real estate market. My idea was for the government to grant investors who buy and hold homes for at least three years, but no more than seven years, 100% exemption on any capital gain they may realize. Well, perhaps because this was a low cost idea involving ‘investors’ it never gained any traction. But, I still believe it would be a sure-fire fix to our housing doldrums.

Here in California the largest state tax rate just passed; there is talk of additional state tax increases. That, coupled with our already high electric, water and gasoline taxes, portends California homeowners’ disposal income is headed for oblivion! Further combination with the administration’s new health care costs and Cap & Trade’s dramatic impact on utility costs, only the hope & change commissars will be able to afford California detached homes. The California masses will be, out of necessity, forced to live in huge apartment complexes. The California standard of living will take a huge hit, but look on the bright side … mass apartment complexes will reduce commuting, contain urban sprawl and cut down on carbon emissions! Perhaps, most importantly, the extra taxes will insure the California public workers pension plans will continue to provide lottery-sized benefits into the foreseeable future.

Higher rates to support currencies will intensify deflation. Intensifying levels of bankruptcy and foreclosure due to salary decreases and job loss will intensify deflation. A century of inflation is coming unwound in a decade.

In an academic paper titled, “Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis,” written by Brent White, a law school professor at the University of Arizona argues that those who are underwater in their loans should just leave.

By leaving, it could potentially save them thousands and it won’t be long until they recuperate financially. Defaulting “strategically” can entice more walk-always by buying all the major items they may need in the near future, such as a car or even a house, right before they take a hike. As long as you stay current with other mortgage lenders, one could potentially have a good credit standing in 2 years after the walk-away.

In my 7-27-09 post titled: San San Diego Homes – WHEN IT PAYS TO LET THEM FORECLOSE!( I noted that: In the Northwestern University study, among those without moral reservations, 63% of those homeowners with a negative equity of $ 300,000 or more would let the property go into foreclosure.

In my 9-22-09 post titled: Foreclosures – Strategic Defaults Double ( I noted that: Strategic defaults … financially it’s a logical, legal, defensive decision to make. Why throw good money after bad? No more property maintenance, taxes, insurance, etc. With rent prices falling and rental vacancies rising, it makes perfect sense to bail out and have more disposable income at the end of the month. Survival is the name of the game.

So, based on the strategic default statistics and Professor White’s ideas, there is a good likelihood that 2010 could go down as the year of the strategic mortgage default.

While the highly distressed markets like San Diego, will continue to be pressured by foreclosures and myriad other headwinds. The smaller more conservative metros will benefit from the incredibly low inventory levels and should start to see a rebound in new construction activity in the coming year.

All real estate markets are local. I agree with the National Association of Realtors on this particular area. Therefore, I can only venture an opinion on the San Diego California residential real estate market. For 2010, San Diego housing will remain a risky deal that will again be dominated by government intervention. Until both the Federal and State governments get out of the housing market, a real bottom will not occur, thus San Diego housing values will continue to decline well into the next year. The low end of the San Diego housing market is the one exception to my forecast. The low end properties have demonstrated a base building through the second half of 2009. I expect this favorable trend to continue into 2010.

There are many elements that affect San Diego real estate values. I have ended my opinions for years now for the following year’s San Diego housing outlook with this statement: “I hope the market proves me wrong and that my forecast ends up totally off-base.” With that said, however, I’m a realist; and I personally would not bet against my 2010 outlook.

Read more of Bob’s ‘tell it like it is’ real estate opinions & subscribe to his free RSS feed at: San Diego real estate market blog  Also visit San Diego real estate agent   and San Diego real estate agents Bob Schwartz is a San Diego California real estate broker, CRS w/30 Years of real estate experience and an good guy.

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A good real estate broker

Real estate is a popular investment avenue. A lot of people go for real estate investing. Some people follow real estate as their prime job. So you have real estate brokers, real estate investors, real estate attorneys and others who thrive mainly on the real estate industry. However, there are others who don’t follow real estate investing as a profession but still want to invest in real estate (as it is an attractive avenue for investment). For such people, getting a good real estate broker can make a big difference between a good deal and not-so-good one.

So how does one choose a good real estate broker?

The first thing to look for is the reputation of the real estate broker. A real estate broker who has good reputation would have earned it over a period of time by helping buyers get the property of their choice (and as per their needs), at the same time getting a good price for the property seller. In fact, experience is the second important thing to look for in a real estate broker. Bad real estate brokers can’t exist for long (since the bad news about anyone travels much faster than the good news). So experience is a good measure because then you know that the real estate broker hasn’t done anything so bad as to throw them out of business. A good real estate broker will not act just as the salesperson for the seller (from whom the real estate broker is due to receive commission/fee when the deal materializes) but will also pay heed to the needs of the buyer. Also, a good real estate broker will normally have a lot of properties available for sale at any point of time. Good real estate brokers will generally have a small team of people working in an organized way to get the deal closed between a buyer and a seller (making both parties happy at the same time). Good real estate brokers will group the properties in a way that is easy to understand e.g. group them on the basis of location, grouping them on the basis of price, grouping them on the basis of house types etc. for the buyer. A good real estate broker will also offer advice to the seller on small repairs or things that can get help them in getting an even better price for their property. And a good real estate broker will patiently listen to the requirements of the buyers and point them to the properties that best fit their requirements (instead of just showing them the list and asking to choose one).

Checking with friends/family that have previously used the services of a good real estate broker can sometimes help you in getting a good real estate broker fairly quickly.

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Reasons to Fall in Love with Your Pop Up Greenhouse

Metamorphosing your unused backyard into a verdant and visual delight is easy if you know the rules of home gardening. There are reputed horticulture stores online to suffice your needs. Garden kits available in these stores add beauty to your outdoor space without creating a dent in your wallet. Yes, a pop up greenhouse is available at affordable rates, and you will have reasons to fall in love with it. To learn more, keep reading this article.

Grown Fresh and Spot-Free Tomatoes

Gardening enthusiasts feel disappointed when growing tomatoes. That’s because the bright, red fruit often dampens your spirits when you find them with blemishes and spores. However, if you have a mini and portable conservatory, you will be able to extend the growing season. Actually, you can use it to plant tomato seeds and see them growing before your eyes. The fruits will be fresh, ripe, and free of spores. These kits have two-screen vented windows apt for perfect ventilation and protection against pests.

Enjoy Juicy Strawberries in May!

Strawberry plants refuse to bear fruit if not nurtured under suitable conditions. During the winter months, you must move them indoors. However, the plant is profuse with mellow fruitfulness during post winter. A garden house having the right temperature, light conditions and ventilation will help the plant to leap into life. Strawberries growing inside a portable conservatory will mature a month earlier than the usual ones.

Large Colorful Chrysanthemums in December!

Do you love big, colorful and imposing chrysanthemums in shades of red, yellow, pink, white, and violet? If yes, you can see them growing during December. So, during the bone-chilling months, your home greenhouse will not look colorless and dull anymore but come alive with large, bright chrysanthemums.

Salad Leaves All Year Round

There is no denying that you can cultivate salad leaves outdoors without any shade. Then, the leaves will have a toughened and unattractive appearance after being exposed to cold weather conditions. The leaves will be sprayed with mud due to winter rains and battered by hail. However, if you cultivate lettuces in a pop up greenhouse, they will be ready for the kitchen, and you will love its soft, fresh, and blemish-free feel.

Satiate Your Unseasonal Urges

All of us have these urges. Be it late autumn, or early spring and you still feel the slight chill in the air. You are snoozing under a warm blanket due to the chilly dampness in the air. You dream of perennial flowers, lettuces, early peas, and sweet peas. Well, your dreams can come true, and these plants can be grown at odd times under the protected shade of your pop up conservatory. So, it’s now easy to satiate your unseasonal urges!

A Perfect Getaway to Enjoy Tea and Cookies in the Rain!

This is one reason that you will start loving your planthouse even more. When the rest of your garden is messy with mud, you could get inside your mini greenhouse and enjoy a steaming cup of tea and cookies. Spend some time sowing seeds and nurturing plants while listening to the pitter-patter of rains.

Do you love your mini garden house? If so, share your comments.

Floren Neel is associated with some garden house and pop up greenhouse material suppliers for a long time. Hence, with time he learned how to make good small greenhouse, raised bed garden, roof top garden and other outdoor innovations easily.

How To Decorate Your Home Using The Country Home Decorating Style

There are many styles of decorating one’s home. One of the most popular ones today is “country home decorating.” Country home decorating involves a casual friendly lifestyle, much like the country lifestyle is often about.

To make your home reflect country home decorating, you should have each room of your home incorporate the theme. The main elements of this theme are the following:

– Using harmonious colors that do not clash with each other in your rooms, which helps to make the whole scheme come together.

– Achieving balance with the main pieces of furniture you place in your rooms;

– Carefully placing each piece of furniture so that the purpose it was made for can be fully utilized and you gain the most benefit from owning it.

You want the rooms to exhibit simplicity and restfulness, much like what the country life revolves around. This is why you should only have the pieces of furniture in a room that you truly will use. You also should not use many colors. In addition, the color scheme you use should be based on the same family; you should not mix shades, as this will totally distort the image of country home decorating.

Your home should also provide an atmosphere with quality objects that have good shapes and color-combinations. You should take your time in furnishing your home with the “right items,” as rushing on what items to put in your home will likely lead to wrong choices and wasted money. After some time, you’ll learn what pieces of furniture and furnishings you aren’t using, and can therefore get rid of and replace with pieces that have colors and shapes that are congruous with your room’s theme and are provide a more useful purpose.

You should make sure that the lighting fixtures and picture frames all blend in well with the style of furniture you furnish your home with. You should also hang appropriate pictures that match up with your furniture style as well.

It’s very important to have a unified theme when you’re decorating the interior of your home using a country home decorating style.

Another main element of country home decorating is that warmth and charm are evident in all the furnishings. Using natural-tone furniture, like oak or pine, constructing your floors from natural wood, flagstone, or tile, and using wood blinds or cafe curtains with checkered or floral patterns can help show this element of warmth and charm you’d expect to find in a country home setting.

Other main elements you want to emphasize in your country home include comfortable sofas and recliners, open fires in fireplaces, many books, and the lighting where you have as much sunlight as possible during the day and many lamps that provide good reading light at night.

A country home emphasizes simplicity, balance, good harmony amongst all the furnishings of a room, and the warmth and charm that such elements bring to the room. Using natural-toned furniture like oak and pine and natural substances to create your floors, like natural wood or flagstone, will also add to the country home atmosphere. When these elements are combined together in a pleasing manner, you’ll experience the country warmth, charm, and tranquility in your home.

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How To Do Successful Raised Beds Gardening At Home

If you are interested in raised beds gardening, the first thing that you need to know is the fact that raised garden beds come in different sizes and shapes. There are several benefits associated with using raised beds gardens and key among them is the fact that they can be used for the purposes of growing foods and delivering phenomenal results. They are easy to manage and make a great choice. While this is the case, there are a couple of things that you need to know below before proceeding to use them.

The best thing about indulging in raised beds gardening is the fact that there is a variety of materials which can be used to construct the bed gardens. This ranges from cylinder blocks, bricks, wood and stone which are used in dry wall arrangements. When it comes to building raised beds gardens, it is also important to state that your location, imagination and materials are by large what determine what you manage to come up with. The logic behind raised beds gardening is to ensure that you contain the highest quality soil above ground. This means that it should not exceed the depth of 12 inches. At this point, it is important to state that all other aspects should be followed in accordance to your discretion and while this is the case, there are more pointers which can aid in establishing effective raised bed gardens.

If you want to use raised beds gardening for the purposes of growing crops, then it is important to ensure that you select a location that is productive. This is despite the fact that garden beds can be set up in any location. In this case, the location should be an area that provides superb sunlight. In most cases, depending on the type of crop you intend to grow, you might consider getting a location that has partial shade. However, stay away from locations that are extremely shady as they are known to impede the growth in raised beds gardening. Also, extremely sunny areas are known to dry easily and for this reason, it is important to ensure that it is easy to get access to reliable watering point in order to ensure that your garden works out perfectly.

When setting up your garden beds, it is important to consider the ideal size for your needs. Among the major pointers that make these gardens perfect is the fact that the soil is always of high quality, airy, light as well as ideally oxygenated factors that make it easy for your plants to easily flourish. You also must ensure that the size of the bed is not too big. This is important this might mean walking on it in order to tend to the crops and this only serves to compact the soil rendering it useless or less effective in guaranteeing growth. In essence, doing this on your raised beds gardening also serves to decrease your yield to 50% decrease and it will be a waste of money.

If you intend to permanently indulge in areas that have boggy or wet soil, it is advisable to consider the possibility of adding a base, raising it off the ground or making the raised beds gardening sides deeper. This is great technique that can be used to ensure that the raised beds gardening works perfectly for your needs.

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Why To Switch To Raised Bed Gardens

Copyright (c) 2012 Jack Russell

Raised bed gardens are a boon to all sorts of gardening enthusiasts. Some gardeners switch to raised beds to avoid the need to use poor local soil. Others need to squeeze maximum output from minimum space. Still others make the switch because health issues make traditional gardening too difficult. Bed shape and size is limited only by imagination and resources. Perhaps best of all, well designed raised beds can out-produce traditional gardens with less effort.

Easier on the Gardener

Raised beds can range from a mere six inches above ground to hip-height. Gardens may be placed on the ground or on top of sturdy tables. The height of the garden can be critical for people with disabilities, the elderly, or those who simply want less strain. Since beds tend to average 3 feet wide, most gardeners can reach across to tend plants, water, or harvest more easily. Most gardeners will never need to tread on soil in their raised beds, thereby avoiding compacted soil and damaged roots. Those who thought gardening was impossible for their situation might just find raised beds change everything.

Efficient Plant Growth

Traditional gardens lose space to empty access rows between plants. In raised beds plant spacing can be quite dense. By allowing just enough room, where mature plants just skim their neighbor, one creates a weed suppressing environment. Closer spacing also means moisture can be better conserved and shared among plants, creating a micro-climate for plants to thrive. The inclusion of a weed or pest barrier at the bottom of the garden bed may deter even the most pugnacious interloper from gaining entrance.

Improved Soil

In a few idyllic places, gardeners have perfect natural soil conditions. For the rest of the gardening world, raised beds can even the playing field. Poor native soil can be avoided completely. These beds allow one to tailor an ideal mixture of weed free soil components. Texture, drainage, and nutrient requirements can be perfectly controlled. These advantages create better harvests.

Extended Growing Season

Gardeners everywhere champ at the bit to plant earlier in spring. Since raised beds are less dependent on the surrounding soil, it’s possible to get a jump on nature. Their increased height allows sunshine to better warm the soil. Warmer soil means earlier seeding, earlier sprouting and transplanting, and earlier harvest. For those who want to stretch the season further yet, there are cold frames that can be built on top of the beds. Determined gardeners might even grow cold season vegetables right through the winter months.


Raised beds have a clean and tidy elegance. Whether as a single bed, or a series of beds arranged in groups, these sorts of gardens can give an attractive and finished look to a property. Designs can be artistic and whimsical, or stately and conservative. Traditional gardens might not be fully accepted in all places. Yet raised bed type gardens are usually viewed as quite tasteful, as well as tasty, and may get nods of instant approval.

Raised bed gardens are popping up faster than weeds all across the country. It’s easy to understand why. They’re thrifty, making good use of fewer resources. They’re good looking. They’re easier to tend for the very young or the elderly. Best of all, since the soil quality is so easy to control, the harvests can be simply amazing.

Jack Russell is retired and likes pottering in his herb and vegetable garden. He is not an expert but is interested in raised bed and container gardens which seem beneficial. Jack has found helpful information at You can also sign up for a free newsletter and free copy of an interesting 100 year old book on growing herbs.

Must Have Equipment For Gardening

Many people take up gardening as a hobby because it helps you to relax and will help reduce the stress in your life. The rewards are great as you watch your harvest flourish right before your eyes.

To get the most out of your gardening time you will need some equipment for gardening to help make your hobby enjoyable and safe. Although your needs will probably be simple if you have the normal size city garden, the right equipment for gardening will make all the difference in the world.

The first thing you should probably do is to protect yourself. When you expose yourself to nature you may get some harsh results without proper protection. The weather is normally hot during the gardening season so you should make sure your head is protected with a good hat. This will keep the sun from your face and help protect you from sunburn.

You will want to invest in a pair of quality gardening gloves to protect yourself from sharp briars, fertilizers and bug bites. You can find gloves made especially for your gardening needs at your local department store or online if you prefer.

The clothes you wear while you are in your garden should be something you do not mind getting dirty or stained. You will be dealing with dirt; mud, spray chemicals and nature, so wear clothes that will take the heat.

If you choose to use spray pesticides a mask to wear while you are spraying your plants would be wise so you will not breath the fumes from your sprayer.

The size of your garden will determine what type of tools you will need to work your soil. A postage stamp garden will not need as much equipment as a large garden. No matter what size garden you decide to grow you will need items such as a shovel, rake, hoe and fork.

As your garden gets bigger so will your equipment needs. A tiller is a wonderful addition for most gardeners.

Do not forget the everyday common items most people tend to forget. You will need tomato cages or stakes, trellises for your climbing plants to grow on and do not forget the essential garden hose. There are many attachments available to water your plants with.

To enjoy your hobby to the fullest it is important to think about the equipment for gardening you will need before the gardening season begins. Take some time to make sure you are prepared and you should have a most wonderful gardening season.

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Advantages Of Raised Bed Gardens

Copyright (c) 2012 Jack Russell

Poor soil can make growing a productive garden difficult for even the most experienced gardeners. Efforts to improve bad soil include adding soil amendments, aerating and fertilizing the soil on a regular basis. These practices are time consuming activities that don’t often produce desired results. However, those who have poor soil on their property yet still wish to grow a garden can easily do so using raised bed gardens. A raised bed is simply a garden space created above the ground, ensuring that the homeowner has complete control over the quality of the soil. Although all types of plants can be grown in raised beds, this technique is most often used for vegetable and herb gardens.

A raised bed can be built with a structure around it to keep it intact, or else it can be allowed to be a free-form space. The process of making a raised bed is fairly simple. Wood is the most common material used, though stone, bricks, recycled plastic and concrete blocks are good choices as well. One of the most important things to keep in mind when making a raised bed is that it should be accessible from both sides in order to avoid stepping into it. This will help to keep the soil from becoming compacted. Compacted soils negatively affect garden drainage and aeration.

Placement of raised bed gardens will depend on what is to be grown in them. Herbs and vegetables generally require a sunny exposure in order for them to be at their best. Small raised beds can work well in shady areas where a bit of color is needed from flowering plants such as impatiens and lobellia. Because they’re easily accessed, raised beds are easier to keep weed-free than gardens planted at ground level.

Another advantage to raised beds is that the soil they contain warms up more quickly in the spring, allowing the gardener to get a head start on the growing season. Hoops and a transparent cover can be placed over a raised bed to further extend the growing season. Raised beds need less maintenance and have better drainage than traditional garden spots. They are ideal for people with back or knee problems because they are high enough off of the ground to allow access without a lot of painful bending and stooping. Most senior citizens appreciate the ease and convenience that a raised bed offers.

For the homeowner who is trying to save money by growing vegetables, herbs and fruits rather than purchasing them at the grocery store, raised beds are an especially good value because this method of planting increases the yield of any crop. Because the soil is top-quality, it’s easier for plant roots to access available nutritional minerals and organic chemicals, allowing plants to be spaced closer together than in traditional ground-level garden areas. There is also less chance of losing plants to pests or of plants being choked out by weeds. Roaming neighborhood animals won’t be able to cause much damage to plants that are growing in a raised bed.

Even though poor soils are the main reason why gardeners decide to construct and utilize raised beds, there are plenty of other advantages to them that make them well worth the initial effort and expense involved in their construction.

Jack Russell is retired and likes pottering in his herb and vegetable garden. He is not an expert but likes  raised garden beds which seem beneficial. Jack has found a lot of helpful information at  You can also sign up for a free newsletter and a free copy of an interesting 100 year old book on growing herbs.

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Post hole diggers for gardening and home renovation

Putting a fence to save your home from coming to the sight of passer byes? If yes then you will need a digger in addition to the fencing equipments. The digger will help you make right holes at right place. You can make up to 4 meter deep holes of 300mm diameter with the help of handheld post hole diggers.

A handheld digging tool is very much needed for home and garden renovation. Advantage of this tool is that it is handy. You can take it to places, use it in a hassle free manner and make as many holes as you need without tiring your body and mind. Mark the places that you want to dig and place the tool right above the mark. Push the start button and see the spiral digging blade going down in the ground.

You will get a set of spiral blades and extensions with this tool. Generally post hole diggers come with a set of four blades and three extensions so that you can make holes of different diameters and length. If you want to dig deeper than 4 meter then you need a powerful tool. But 4 meter is a perfect depth for placing fencing poles.

You will get two options. First is an electric digging device and second is a fuel driven tool. You can choose any one of them but if you want to buy a popular tool then choose the latter. A petrol digger is an efficient tool that can make perfect holes in no time. It runs on a petrol motor and it consumes little fuel. Greatest advantage of this tool is that you can work with it in the areas where there is no electric point available.

Look for post hole diggers that run on petrol and choose one that suits to your needs. You can find a device at affordable price on manufacturer’s store. Manufacturers sell this tool at $ 300 but suppliers charge $ 600 for the similar tool. Its better you buy a digging tool from a manufacturer instead of a supplier.

Handheld post hole diggers are safe, convenient and efficient tools you can rely upon. Take any tool and see how it works. Once you know how to operate the tool, you can use it without any fear or apprehension. A handheld digging tool has a long arm with control buttons provided on the handle. The spiral blade that digs is situated at the end of the arm.

Lambert Weiss enjoys gardening in the evenings and the weekends with his family. Writing about gardening tools is a way for him to express and share his experiences. For more information visit post hole diggers and chainsaw chains.

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Wonderful Raised Bed Garden Plans To Enhance Your Home

Copyright (c) 2012 Jack Russell

There are many advantages to having raised bed gardens that are both aesthetic and functional. They can also be quite therapeutic in helping to wash away the stresses of the day. There are a number of great raised bed garden plans you can choose from for both flowers and vegetables that will spur your imagination.

A raised garden bed is ideal for areas where the soil is not conducive to producing abundant, healthy plants. When planning your garden bed, be sure to choose a sunny spot where your plants will get the greatest exposure. Also be sure to pick a flat area of ground to install your box.

Building a Basic Wooden Raised Garden Bed

Building a 3 x 6 foot bed creates the perfect environment for growing vegetables and beautiful flowers. It provides them with enough space to grow and thrive and gives you easy access to each plant without ever having to step into the bed. Ideally, you want your bed between one and two feet tall. If you intend to grow more plants, it is better to build more boxes rather than making one box larger. Try to place your boxes on the north side for the best sun exposure. If building more than one box, leave enough space between them so you’ll have easy access all around.

Remove weeds and grass, then dig a trench deep enough so the walls of the bed are half-way sunken into the soil. Add landscape fabric to prevent weeds from popping up and steel mesh to keep out moles and other garden pests. Build each wall of the bed separately, then attach them. Posts driven deep into the ground at each corner of the bed will help stabilize it, keeping it from shifting. Add a watering system to your bed and you’ll then be ready to plant.

Creating a Greenhouse Effect

To keep your plants safe from birds and insects or to extend your growing season and preserve moisture, you can add a simple cover using polyethylene film and PVC piping. Mount one inch PVC pipe with galvanized metal straps inside the wall of the bed. Be sure the pipe is twice the length of the bed so you can easily bend and attach the other end to the other side of the wall. Attach the film and you have a simple, yet effective, greenhouse. Be careful not to let your plants get too hot when the weather gets warmer. Either remove the covering or cut slits into it to release excessive heat.

Other Ways to Create Raised Beds

If you’re planning to build a simple garden bed in the back yard, using untreated lumber such as Douglas Fir will work well for any bed. For something more eye-pleasing, there are many ways to create a stunning garden that will be the envy of all. You can build your garden walls from stone or brick and even terrace a sloping landscape for a multi-tiered effect. Create a curved garden around a water fountain or bird bath for a simple and beautiful addition to your landscape.

With a bit of imagination and dedication, you can have a raised garden that is easy to maintain which will add beauty and function to your home. You’ll also enjoy the outdoors more than ever.

Jack Russell is retired and likes pottering in his herb and vegetable garden. He is building a raised bed garden using information he found about plans and kits . You can also sign up for a free newsletter and a free copy of an interesting 100 year old book on growing herbs at the same site