Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why Use Printed Shade Cloth for Outdoor Advertising?

With all of the advertising options available today, it’s easy to look past the basics. Printed shade cloth is a simple, affordable and effective choice for anyone looking to promote a business. It is resilient and widely used for building or construction sites, crowd control barriers and multi-level scaffolding. 

Shade cloth is highly customisable and tailored to fit around the perimeter of your project. The cloth can be endorsed with your company logo, text, images or contact information; the possibilities are endless. What began as a solution for keeping dust under control with moderate visibility, the printed shade cloth has become one of the most popular and accessible advertising tools on the market.

Maximise creativity

Quickly and easily design or transfer your own logo onto a professional grade mesh banner to bring more buzz to your brand. Most shade cloth providers offer digital design services so you’ll see a preview before the product is made, giving you the power to pick and choose what you like.

Site Shade Creativity

 

Budget friendly

Savvy project managers are turning to shade cloth as a respectable outdoor advertising medium that keeps costs low. Other advertising methods require thousands of copies to be made and distributed. With a shade cloth, you know exactly where your money is going.

Site Shade Budget Friendly

Built to last

The materials used to create printed shade cloth are made to endure various climates. Because the printing process is crafted for the outdoors, you can rest assured that the ink won’t scratch off or run (another advantage over other screen-printed ads). The sturdiest type of shade cloth is made from high density polyethylene (HDPE), which is known for its reliability under the most extreme weather conditions and never disintegrates.

Site Shade Built to Last

Customised fit

What’s special about printed shade cloth is that each banner is made for a specific project. It’s available in various colours, heights, and widths to maximise the space. The cloth is made to fit your particular space requirements, and saves you wasting time searching for signs, simple banners or stencils that match the area’s dimensions.

Site Shade Customised Fit

Great exposure

Imagine your logo draped across a multi-storey building. Shade cloth is made to be exceptionally visible to the public, from drivers to pedestrians. The purpose is to bring awareness to your brand; one of those passers-by could be your next client who found your contact information printed on the shade cloth you organised.

Highly functional

In addition to promotional purposes, shade cloth is an excellent tool for environmental protection for whatever perimeter it protects. The eco-friendly material is known to provide excellent UV sun protection, contain debris, minimise dampness and promote ventilation.

How to Map Out a Vegetable Garden

Biting into a tasty veggie that you’ve grown in your own backyard is one of the simplest pleasures in life. Gardening is so much more than simply planting seeds; there are specific topics to explore as you plan your harvest. Cultivating your own vegetable garden doesn’t have to be complicated, and we’ve compiled a few essentials to consider before digging in.

How to Map Out a Vegetable Garden

Access your space

Work with what you’ve got. Take a look at the space you’ve chosen to start your vegetable garden. Once you identify the strengths and challenges of your yard, you can find vegetables to match your specific environment. Keep in mind:

  • Size: Before you place your shovel in the soil, decide how much space you’re prepared to maintain…and how much produce you can eat! Start small, there is no need to spend heaps of time and energy if a small bounty is all you’re after. As your interest and confidence in gardening increase, so can your garden. 
  • Climate: Some vegetables need a warm, sunny home while others enjoy low temperatures and a cool environment. What is your space like? Most vegetables require “full sun” meaning they need at least six hours of sun per day; if not, they won’t bear as much and become more sensitive to insects and disease. “Part sun” or “semi shade” varieties need alternating sunlight and shade. “Full shade” plants thrive in the shadows made by heavy shrubbery or man-made structures like shade cloth or the roof of a porch. 

Choose the plants

Now that you’ve identified how much space is available and the climate of your garden, you can pick which plants will be most successful. Be sure to research the maturity of each vegetable, to determine how large and how often they produce. For example, some plants like tomatoes, capsicum and pumpkin continue to grow throughout the season. Others like carrots, radishes and corn produce only once. Check the mature size of each crop to be sure your planting spot can accommodate each plant once it’s fully grown. Take into account that certain veggies, like cucumbers, love to sprawl out. To maximise the area you’ve got, try planting vegetables that can grow vertically on a trellis.

Test your soil

Now that you have a rough plan for your vegetable garden, ensure your plot is plant-friendly. Most vegetables do well in moist, well-drained soil rich with compost.

  • Check your drainage: Completely soak the soil, wait a day then dig up a handful and close your fist around it. The ideal consistency is soft and crumbly, like a thick piece of cake. You can use compost or fertilisers to get it right if your soil seems too runny or too hard. If the consistency is giving you trouble, you can install a raised bed on the existing lawn to gain full control over the soil.

Put it on paper

Sketch out an outline of your garden and use graph paper to make a scale map. Draw up a simple plot with your garden’s rough measurements in all directions. Don’ be afraid to have fun with the shape; round, curved or square gardens add character to any yard.
Proper research and planning make for a successful and fruitful garden. Happy planting!