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By: Admin    August 14 2017 , 08:47 pm
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As a pet owner, you want your pet to be able to enjoy your backyard but as a homeowner, you also want your yard to be in top shape! When looking to spruce up your yard or start a garden, here are some things to keep in mind if you have a canine pal.Preventing damage: Your dog’s normal habits have the potential to do a number on your yard. Fortunately, with a little planning and training you can keep the damage to a minimum, while still allowing your dog access to the yard.Create a Potty AreaEncourage your dog to pick one area for urinating. Dog urine is acidic, and while you can tweak their diet to keep the pH balance healthy, it is a good idea to train them to urinate in a smaller area. If you want to go the extra mile, you can build a dog potty area, or purchase special “turf” that is essentially the same thing.Break the Bad HabitIf your dog likes to search for treasure in your y...
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By: Admin    August 10 2017 , 09:01 pm
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Landscaping and cutting-edge fashion have something in common: they can both put organic textiles to use and create something beautiful, useful, and eco-friendly. There are so many uses for biodegradable materials, from landscape fabric to eco-friendly shoes, home decorations, and even compost piles, that it is worth looking into a few common (and uncommon) textiles and their benefits. Whether you are into greenscapes that are free of weeds, or looking to reduce your carbon footprint starting at home, organic materials can be an invaluable help!Essentially, “organic” textiles are those that have been produced without the use of harmful toxins, (like herbicides and pesticides), or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As with food, many people choose organically-sourced over inorganic fabrics because they improve quality of living; for example, who would not want to swaddle their newborn in a 100% ...
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By: Admin    August 09 2017 , 02:08 pm
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Summer is drawing to a close, and your garden might be looking a little barren in the days leading to autumn. But just because the seasons are in transition does not mean your garden has to come to a standstill. Here are five easy ways to perk your garden up as a last hurrah before the coming chilly months!1. Plant MumsChrysanthemums, or “mums,” are a timeless fall classic, beloved for their colorful blooms that match autumn’s fiery foliage. They are the perfect transition plant from summer to fall and they are easy to care for. Plant your mums in containers or in an area where they will have well-draining soil and partial sunlight, and water them frequently. Nothing screams fall like a beautiful assortment of welcoming mums!Mums are often not expected to last through the winter, and provide short-lived color to garden beds, porches, or patios. But if you are determined to have your mums sur...
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By: Admin    August 06 2017 , 07:44 pm
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Fall is just around the corner, a time when nature’s bounty really makes an impact, and now is the perfect time to get a little bit of insight into the unique skill of foraging. In this modern age where fresh food is readily available at the nearest grocery store or farmer’s market, foraging – or the ability to detect and gather edible food in the wild – has become a bit of a lost art. Being able to find your own edibles in the great outdoors is both a survival technique and an admirable commitment to sustainability that you will not regret learning! Among other benefits, foraging grants you a deeper respect for nature, exposure to new and exciting tastes away from the typical produce aisle palate, and an easy way to fit exercise and outdoor time into your schedule.The most important rule of foraging is to never eat anything in the wild unless you have verified its identity as an edible beyond...
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By: Admin    August 02 2017 , 08:59 pm
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Category: Tools , Nature , Business , DIY , Advice , Experts , Plant Care
There are plenty of DIY tasks for the enthusiastic homeowner: window cleaning, power washing, and deck staining to name a few! But one task not recommended to try yourself is tree pruning. Though it may seem simple, tree pruning is actually extremely complicated, technical and dangerous. Homeowners have been injured and even killed by falling limbs, faulty equipment, or general carelessness while attempting “do-it-yourself” tree work. Here are the reasons why it is best to leave your tree pruning to the professionals:Tree Pruning is a Dangerous JobThe equipment alone is an dangerous enough, what with tall ladders, sharp hand saws, and powerful chainsaw! Combine these tools with height and the physical labor needed to utilize the equipment and it becomes obvious why pruning trees has a high injury rate. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists tree pruning as one of the most dangerous jobs in the wor...
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