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  1. CBS says that you can get more than 100 percent return on your investment when you choose smart lawn ideas like planters, some bushes, a tree, and mulch. Depending on how much money you have to spend on your yard, you can upgrade a little or a lot. By using rocks, gravel, and planters, you will minimize the yard space you have to mow. Hardscaping One of the fastest and easiest ways to minimize the size of your lawn is to add some gravel to create a seating area, fire pit, or other outdoor living space. You gain extra room to entertain or relax on a quiet day at home, and you have fewer square feet to mow. The time you save cutting your grass gives you a little more freedom to enjoy your yard. Recycle Old Equipment A very inexpensive way to improve your yard without busting your budget is to use old items you find on your property or old farms. Using machinery as a focal point is a fantastic way to spruce up an outdoor design. Paint a tractor, wheel barrel, ships wheel, rake, or other old tools. Put a little mulch and some bright flowers around the implement to create a cohesive design. Buy at the End of the Growing Season Better Homes and Gardens says that you can save a bunch of money on garden supplies by hitting the clearance sales at the end of spring and summer. Sometimes, you can catch a sale at the beginning of spring, but you are more likely to find the biggest discounts when the weather starts turning cold. Start looking for sale items to hit the bargain bins anytime after mid-summer. Install Artificial Turf To get out of mowing your lawn altogether, you could invest in AstroTurf. By adding synthetic grass, you can get rid of the hour or two that you spend working in your yard. While this option has an initial investment, the money you save on fuel, oil, maintenance and new equipment adds up fast. Your yard can be a stunning entrance without all the hard work of trimming and mowing for hours each week. With a little creativity, you can remake things around the property to form incredible designs. Extra tires make wonderful swings, but you can also use them as planters. Paving stones break up the yard and lead guests to the new features you create.
  2. Making your business more environmentally friendly has the potential to help lower operating costs over the long term, while also ensuring that you and your employees are doing your part in order to protect the planet for future generations. However, going green can also benefit your business in another major way by allowing you to attract new environmentally-conscious customers. Unfortunately, many of the most common green business practices take place behind the scenes—meaning there is no way that your customers will know about all that you're doing. For this reason, you may want to consider using the four following methods, which will help your business appear as green as it actually is. Restrooms Using biodegradable green cleaning products is a simple way to reduce your company's environmental impact, as soaps and other cleaning products are a major source of water pollution and contaminants. In this sense, you should really attempt to use green products wherever possible. However, one area where this is especially true is in any restrooms your customers may use. Installing low-flow toilets and water-saving faucets is a good start, but you'll also want to make sure that you provide biodegradable hand soap and only use post-consumer recycled toilet paper to show customers proof that you take environmental responsibility seriously. Landscaping Exterior landscaping can be a huge waste of water. Luckily, it isn't all that difficult to make your exterior landscaping more environmentally friendly. One option is to landscape using only native plants. As well, you may want to consider installing a system that allows you to take advantage of rainwater in order to irrigate your landscaping. Not only are your customers sure to notice, but installing this type of system may also allow you to qualify for special rebates and tax credits. Vertical Garden Although it may not do much to improve your business' sustainability, installing a vertical garden in your lobby or office will go a long way towards improving the overall appearance of your location. Not only that, but all those plants will continuously produce oxygen, which will help to improve indoor air quality and make your business a more pleasant place to be. These can be tricky to install, though, so consult with a company like Advance Plant Services if you need help. Solar Solar panels are a sure sign that a business is attempting to be more environmentally conscious. Unfortunately, a full solar-power system is still beyond the financial reach of most companies. Nonetheless, even just installing a few solar panels and a solar-power backup generator can easily make your company appear greener, while also ensuring that you'll be protected in case of a power outage. In this day and age, going green is one of the best things a company can do—both in terms of its bottom line and for attracting new customers. Still, it is important that your customers actually know about your new green practices, which is why it’s a good idea to try to incorporate as many of the above ideas into your business as possible.
  3. The right landscape can greatly improve both the curb appeal and market value of a home. From landscaping arrangements that feature native plants or sophisticated irrigation systems that may reduce upkeep and maintenance costs to outdoor lighting options that may improve the appearance of an outdoor area after dark, there are numerous ways to improve the look and feel of an outdoor space. The following three resources can make a welcome addition to any lawn or landscape. Xeriscaping With Native Plants and Soil The potential water conservation that xeriscaping makes possible may result in lower utility bills and less demanding maintenance and upkeep efforts. Maintaining an attractive landscape may prove to be an uphill battle for those who utilize trees, shrubs and other outdoor plants that may have trouble adapting to a new climate. Soils that provide the right composition and pH balance and plants that are able to thrive with very little moisture may allow property owners to design the perfect outdoor landscape while ensuring water usage is less likely to place some strain on household budgets. If you’re unsure which materials to use to maintain these plants, consult a company like Bourget Bros. Building Materials and see what they recommend. Automated Irrigation Systems Automated systems offer a number of advantages. More precise control over watering and irrigation schedules and the means to ensure that lawn maintenance can be performed with greater ease and convenience can both make a considerable difference. These systems can be especially valuable during hot summer months for homeowners who lack the time or opportunity to water during the early morning or late-evening hours. Features like water-flow sensors can also ensure that lawns and landscaped areas are less likely to be over-watered, an issue which may cause excessive soil erosion or cause harm to plants. Recycled and Repurposed Materials Brick, stone, and even glass are all popular choices for homeowners seeking to utilize recycled materials to create hardscaped areas. Hardscaping offers a simple and effective way to redirect water flow, limit soil erosion or to create a more distinctive landscaping layout or design. Repurposing used and salvaged materials offer a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable option for home and property owners who may be working with a fixed budget or that wish to create a greener home. For many property owners and households, lawn and landscape irrigation often represents a sizable portion of utility usage each month. Materials, plants, and installations that allow for superior water conservation efforts make it easier than ever to create and maintain a green home. A few well-chosen landscaping upgrades or additions may result in greater savings than many property owners might expect.
  4. Carrots are one of the most enjoyed and widely used root crops all around the world. Maybe this is so because the veggie grows easily and you can use it in many ways in your dishes. They are one of the most important cooking ingredient in some cultural cuisines and are the second most popular vegetable after the potato. The colour we usually connect carrots with is the orange, but there are more - red purple, white and blue. Its way has started from Persia and has conquered the whole world. Today the biggest producer is China with almost 46% of the global output, followed by Russia and the United States. There are some very good reasons why this veggie is so liked around the world. Dare to take advantage of all its positives! 1. Healthier Skin There is a big quantity of Vitamin A in the crunchy vegetable and the combination with antioxidants protects your skin from the harmful sun rays. Low levels of Vitamin A in the body can cause dryness of the nails, skin and hair. A half cup of carrots provides 210% of the daily dose of Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 4% of Calcium. 2. Slows Down Aging Carrots are full with beta-carotene, it acts as an antioxidant to the cell dissolution. Well known fact is that it helps with the slowdown of the aging cells. 3. Protects Your Mouth And Teeth The crunchy vegetable can clean your mouth and teeth. It scrapes away the plaque and the little food parts likewise the toothpaste and the toothbrushes. All the minerals in the carrot work against the tooth damage. It stimulates glands and gums to produce more saliva to balance the formation of cavity bacteria. 4. Reduces The Cholesterol It is a good idea to put more carrots in your diet or daily menu because it reduces the levels of cholesterol in the body. Many studies conclude that a dose of carrots can prevent problems related with heart diseases. The high amounts of fiber and pectin in it - are capable to reduce the blood cholesterol levels just in three weeks. All you need to do is just eat a cup of raw carrots every day. 5. Reduces The Risk of Cancer The vegetable is recommended as a natural fighter against lung, breast and colon cancer. The alpha-carotene and the falcarinol can protect you from these insidious diseases. 6. Keeps The Vision Sharp If you have existing problems with the vision, carrots won’t cure them, but they can protect you from sight issues provoked by the deficiency of Vitamin A. There is a study showing that people who consume big amounts of beta - carotene have 40% lower risk of macular degeneration than those who eat little. 7. Prevents Diabetes The plant is good for the regulation of the blood sugar because of the existence of carotenoids in it. Carrots can regulate the amount of glucose and insulin in our bodies, thus providing healthier and more functional life for diabetic patients. Even more - carrot juice can help you with the gastrointestinal and stomach health. 8. Stops Memory Loss And Keeps The Brain Healthy Carrots are very beneficial for the middle-aged people. The beta-carotene in it protects the central nervous system against aging. A study shows that eating just one carrot a day can reduce the risk of having a stroke with 68%. Nowadays the majority of carrots come from China, they are exported all around the world to become part of our delicious dishes. However, there is a great pleasure to dine on a salad you have grown in your own veggie garden. If you are not an experienced gardener, but full of willingness to learn how to grow this plant, then you can always search the expert assistance of vetted gardeners. They will help you with the first steps of planting, growing and caring for this extremely salutary vegetable.
  5. Organic Landscaping: Maintenance Of Mowers

    Lawn mowers are arguably the most common gardening tools found in the shed of every house with a garden. Professional landscapers use also use them, even if they prefer high-performance models and their units are therefore more powerful. Many different types of mowing machines exist, but we all know the major ones: push, rotary, riding mowers. Although you probably use and store them the right way, you should still perform a few additional tasks regularly. Some of them may be annoying - but in turn, your equipment will be in top working condition throughout the year. Sharpen The Blades First of all, how to tell if blades are dull? The easiest way is to look at the grass after trimming and see if you're getting a clean cut. If the area top looks whiter then usual – it's a sure sign that blades need to be sharpened. If you don't do so on time you will end up with a bad-looking lawn and eventually a lack of balance that slowly damages the whole engine because of the strong vibrations. So, these are the steps for the most common (rotary) type: Make sure there is almost no fuel in the tank, so that nothing will be spilled when you tip the machine to the side.Take out/disconnect the spark plug for security reasons.Use a wrench to unscrew the nut and take the blade off the mower.Set the blade firmly in the vise and sharpen it as you go from the outer edge towards the center. Keep the existing angle while working or, if it's really damaged badly, try to go around 30 degrees.Once you're finished, check the blade for balance. Remove some more metal where/if necessary – you need to make sure that no side is heavier than the other.Keep in mind that reel blades are not recommended to be sharpened at home. Engine Care Not much to do here, fortunately. It's best to follow manufacturer's instructions if you have them handy. If not, just be sure to change the oil after every 20-25 hours of mowing. Also, clean up air filter/s together with the oil refill. Cleaning If you have a push-type mower, grab a putty knife and scrape off parched grass clippings and other dirt. Wash down the whole unit with the garden hose. Experts in residential landscaping from Sydney remind that you should always lubricate visible metal parts (including the blades) right after the rinsing, once the surface is completely dry. For electrical models – clean up all areas surrounding the openings and get rid of grass and other particles found on the cooling fans to prevent excessive heating of the engine. You are allowed to apply a mix of hot water and household dish-washing liquid on the external surface if it's very dirty, then let it dry naturally. Tip your landscaping tool to one side in order to remove the grass stuck to the bottom – use a power nozzle if you need to.
  6. The Art of Green Landscaping

    Landscaping brings to mind pictures of broad fields of grass at country clubs, or intricate raised bed flower gardens over manicured lawns. This type of groundskeeping, while making the environment green, can be anything but green in actual practice - it runs the risk of introducing invasive species, requiring extensive irrigation, or fertilizer run-off, and may be intensely power consumptive in the process. Making a garden or yard that works with nature is called "green landscaping" and it relies on a few basic principles that, by and large, are common sense. If any of this is too hard to do yourself, considering hiring a professional. Pick Plants Appropriate To Your Area Your yard and garden are going to be a home for a mini-ecology. Before you pick your perennials, look at plants that are native to your area, or come from similar climates. If you're in a dry climate, consider xerescaping - using desert plants and shrubs - for your plant cover. While you're at it, check to make sure that the plants you're planting don't have pollen that people are commonly allergic to. Work With The Land Not Against It When you start your yard improvement project, the experts say to have the land surveyed properly. It's expensive, but it's worth it - you can learn a lot about the underlying drainage patterns of the stone and soil under your ground cover, and irrigating so that the water flows with the drainage pattern is better than irrigating against that pattern. A similar principle can be used to plant trees and shrubs as wind-breaks against the prevailing breezes in your part of the world. While you're at it, it also lets you avoid surprises like abandoned septic tanks or ant colonies under the ground, and can help you site trees and shrubs. Speaking of siting trees, always try to use the trees to provide shade to part of your house - this lets your landscaping cut down on your cooling bills in the summer. Use Technology Appropriately While your yard project should focus on the plants and the terrain, you're probably going to need to put in some sort of permanent structure, whether it's a raised planter, a retaining wall, or paving stones for a garden path. You can be green in this area too - use recycled concrete and recycled paving stones where you can to cut back on your carbon dioxide load, and get US fired brickworks; in the US, brick-making kilns are fired off of natural gas, rather than using wood or wood waste or oil. If your project includes a lighting component, you should also look at solar powered lighting systems - these have matured tremendously in the last three years, and are more robust, have better solar panels and use LED bulbs that last forever.