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Home Living : November 13th 2012
QUICK FIX Pot plants are a great way to add texture and colour to a courtyard. Use anything you fancy. Look in the kitchen for inspiration -- old pots and pans and cast-off colanders make great holders. Plant perennials in used gutters or old watering cans for stunning displays. Rusty metal roller doors can be fixed with new products such as Hammerite, a self-priming metal paint. Simply apply it straight over rust. Only flaking rust needs to be brushed off before application. Use to rejuvenate garden furniture, gates, railings, mail boxes and trailers. Add colourful shades, umbrellas, awnings and pergolas to your deck for shelter from the midday sun. Flowering creepers are a great way to bring colour and charm to a bare wall, arch or fence. Seen any great ideas? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org INSTANT FLOWER BED Adda Garden is a smart, innovative product providing an instant flower bed, veggie patch or herb garden for any small space. Visit hills.com.au MAKING POOL CARE EASY Pool care is as easy as investing in Zodiac pool cleaner, sweeping your pool floor and walls, leaving it perfectly clean. Call 1800 688 552. OUTDOOR PIZZA-MAKING Next best alternative to a wood fire oven is this Ceramic Outdoor Pizza Stone Set for outdoor entertaining. Call 1300 001 010. CREATE A SUMMER HAVEN TIME TO TRIM AND FILL GAPS Janita Singh OUTDOOR LIVING Time to prepare your garden for entertaining. IT'S the season for outdoor living -- spending longer days in the back yard with loved ones. So now's the time to step outside and tackle all those odd jobs to make your home and surround- ings a welcome setting for alfresco entertaining. For starters, any home owner with a swimming pool should begin their summer project. Pool expert company Swimart advised to clean and check pumps, filters and accessories, paying close attention to the filtration system. Your garden gives the first signs of good times ahead. Clean and trim and fill with seasonal flowers and vegetables. Add even more colour by painting a feature garden wall. Alternatively, hang a garden artwork or mirror. Attract birds to gardens by refreshing and refilling bird feeders or water baths. Turn what might otherwise be a blank and boring garden wall into a dynamic space with a vertical garden. ''Growing up can make drab, unattractive walls come alive with beauty and style,'' says Bunnings national garden decor buyer Cameron Rae. ''It's a hot trend, especially in inner city small spaces.'' Decorate gardens in beautiful moss. Use moss graffiti to adorn a wall or add some wall climbers. Finally, clean and oil decks and update patios. Planting mondo grass in between pavers is the perfect finishing touch. ^The 16% discount is made up of a 10% guaranteed discount and 4% pay on time discount on an AGL SelectTM plan and 2% direct debit discount. The discounts apply to energy usage charges only. The discounts do not apply to fixed daily supply charges, demand charges or AGL Green ChoiceTM charges. The benefits that you sign up to apply for an initial fixed benefit period of 2 years. Early termination fees apply during the initial 2 year fixed benefit period only. Offer unavailable to solar customers. Customers signing a new AGL SelectTM Energy Plan will receive a voucher for AGL Smarter Living in store and in home appliances and services. Not redeemable for products purchased from the AGL Smarter Living online store. ‡Competition opens 08/10/12 and closes 02/12/12 at 23:59 (AEDT). Capped at $3,000 per winner. Total prize pool value for all states is $96,000 (Inc GST). Winners drawn at 14:00 on 22/10/12, 29/10/12, 05/11/12, 12/11/12, 19/11/12, 26/11/12, 03/12/12, 20/12/12 at Salmat Digital, Level 2, 116 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060. Winners notified by mail and published in The Australian on 16/11/12, 30/11/12, 14/12/12, 11/01/13. Permit number NSW: LTPS/12/07840. Full terms and conditions available at agl.com.au/WinFreeTerms. Promoter is AGL Energy Limited (ABN 74 115 061 375) of 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. ~flybuys terms and conditions: Energy plan terms and conditions apply. Offer only available in VIC, SA, NSW and those parts of QLD where AGL operates. ActewAGL, Powerdirect and AGL business customers are not eligible for flybuys points from AGL. Terms and conditions and eligibility criteria apply. See agl.com.au/flybuysTerms for details. flybuys BONUS POINTS: flybuys BONUS POINTS available until 31 December 2012 (unless extended) only on new residential AGL accounts that are signed-up online. Customers must also link their new AGL household account(s) and flybuys membership, and sign up to AGL Energy Online and eBilling to receive flybuys BONUS POINTS. Maximum 10,000 flybuys BONUS POINTS per flybuys membership. Terms and conditions and eligibility criteria apply. See agl.com.au/flybuys for details. To find out more, visit agl.com.au/Win or call 1300 363 245. With 8 draws over 8 weeks and up to 5 entries available per draw, the sooner you act, the more chances you have of winning.‡ Plus earn 10,000 flybuys BONUS POINTS if you switch your home energy account to AGL online, link your flybuys and AGL account(s) and take up eBilling. ~ Win free energy.‡ Save up to 16% on your electricity usage charges over 2 years.^ Win Save You could win a year s worth of free energy.‡ Earn 10,000 flybuys BONUS POINTS. ˜ electricity usage charges.^ 16% off your up to
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