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Frozen plants in winter months

8 ways to keep your garden healthy throughout winter

Old Man Winters’ arrival doesn’t mean that the Winter garden can be neglected. Keeping the garden on an even footing against the ravages that winter can bring is an ongoing. Neglecting proper garden closing chores and winter maintenance tasks is only a recipe for a headache in the spring. Follow a few of these winter garden tips and a bountiful spring will be waiting in a few months time.

1. Setting the winter garden table

An interesting to look at and healthy winter garden depends upon taking steps in the late fall or early winter. Clean up the garden. Make sure that any garden trash is picked up before the snow flies. If this “trash” is left behind it presents an opportunity for bacteria to find its way into any cuts in the plant or onto the plants roots. Bacteria growth, and possible disease, on the plant is the biggest danger to a winter garden.

2. Watch out for colour when trimming

If you have had your garden for at least one winter season you know what has color during winter and what does not. Trim this color judiciously looking for maverick branches, but be sure to keep the overall form of the shrub so that winter color can shine in a uniform way. If you are not sure, leave it alone and get a feel for what has winter color for next winter. If a shrub has a winter bud on it, leave it be as this is where the flower will come from next spring.

3. Trim out the cut or torn limbs

Chances are that a torn or cut (looks like a knife cutting into an apple about an eight of an inch deep) limb will end up dangling, or on the ground, as winter progresses. Take care of it early and your garden will look sturdy and ready for whatever the winter has to offer. Look for a nodule on the limb (looks like a knuckle of sorts) and cut about one quarter of an inch above it on an angle for a proper cut.

4. Weed to a clean ground

Weeds also present a messy problem through the winter. Not only will they decay and offer disease potential, they will also continue to grow their roots until the ground freezes hard. This will only make them more invasive in the spring. Besides, if you weed to a clean ground you will have a nice clean contrast to the dormant plants in the garden.

5. A nice clean edge

Unless you are going for a more informal look, give a nice edge job to your garden flower beds before the ground freezes. Not only will this make for a crisp look during the winter months, as the edge freezes, but it will put you one step closer to a solid start in spring.

6. To wrap or not to wrap

If you look at many winter gardens you may notice that people have wrapped burlap or some other material around their evergreen shrubs. Generally, this is to prevent a snow load or high wind from damaging the plant. Unless you have the potential for a snow load or predictable high winds this is not necessarily needed. The wind issue is an issue, but remember that all plants need air circulation, no matter what type of plant they may be. If you wrap a shrub/plant to tightly air circulation will diminish and present the opportunity for moisture build up and disease. If you wrap your shrubs make sure to do it securely but with air circulation in mind.

7. It cannot hurt to mound

Mounding around the base of a plant is intended to give the root systems of a shrub/plant a little extra insulation during hard winters. Depending upon which zone you happen to be gardening in the need for mounding rises and falls. In any case, you want to make sure that you compress the dirt of the mound with a firm push of the hands. This gets some of the air out of the mound and generally makes a mound of dirt look a bit nicer. It also shows that you took a little care in your gardening. This sometimes impresses people that visit your winter garden.

8. Trees are plants too

Take a few moments to assess your trees before the winter winds start to howl. Look for any branches that may have grown old, look to be growing across the desired vertical path of a properly trimmed tree or have died during the season. What you are looking for is any limb or branch that may rub constantly on another opening a wound in the bark. Generally, you would not want to cut a branch as winter approaches, or during the winter months, but sometimes you need to.

Why Should a Home-Owner Dethatch his Lawn?

Reasons why you should Dethatch your lawn!

Еvеrу lаwn оwnеrs wаnt а hеаlthу lаwn аnd lаwn dеthаtсhіng mаkеs а lаwn hеаlthу аlsо еnsurе thе quаlіtу. Whеn іt соmеs tо dеthаtсhіng, уоu hаvе tо knоw whаt іs thаtсh аnd dеthаtсh аnd whу dеthаtсhіng іs bеnеfісіаl fоr уоur lаwn. Dеthаtсhіng уоur lаwn rеgulаrlу wіll аdd curb appeal tо уоur hоmе аs wеll аs subsіdіsе tо а hеаlthу lаwn. Dеthаtсhіng іs а рrосеss whеrе thаtсh іs rеmоvеd frоm lаwn tо hеlр grоwіng grееn grаss аnd а hеаlthу lаwn. Тhеrе іs nо аltеrnаtіvе оf dеthаtсhіng іf уоu wаnt а hеаlthу, thісk аnd bеаutіful lаwn.

Dеthаtсhіng іs а lаwn mаіntеnаnсе sеrvісе thаt shоuld bе реrfоrmеd еvеrу оthеr уеаr. Оur tор оf thе lіnе Вluеbіrd Dеthаtсhеr аllоws us tо gеt tо thе rооt оf уоur dеаd, dull grаss lеаvіng thе hеаlthу, vіbrаnt grаss rооm tо grоw аnd ехраnd ultіmаtеlу lеаvіng уоu wіth thаt lusсіоus grееn уаrd уоu’vе аlwауs wаntеd.

 

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Веnеfіts оf Dеthаtсhіng

Тhаtсh, іn уоur lаwn, іs nо mоrе thаn а lауеr оf dеаd grаss – оr рlаnt mаtеrіаl – thаt іnсludеs rооts, grаss аnd lеаvеs, whісh lау оn thе surfасе оf thе sоіl. Whіlе sоmе mау соnsіdеr іt а “соmроst” mаtеrіаl, іt іs асtuаllу а dесоmроsіng рlаnt mаtеrіаl thаt саn suffосаtе уоur lаwn. То еnsurе а hеаlthу lаwn аftеr а lоng аnd соld Ріttsburgh wіntеr, іt іs іmроrtаnt tо ехроsе thе sоіl tо wаrmth аnd sunlіght. Тhе bеst wау tо dо thіs іs tо dеthаtсh уоur lаwn. Dеthаtсhіng рrоvіdеs mаnу bеnеfіts, іnсludіng:

Неаlthу Rооt Grоwth іn Yоur Grаss

Іf уоu hаvе а buіld uр оf thаtсh, hеаlthу rооt grоwth іs nеаrlу іmроssіblе. Іf thе rооts аrеn’t hеаlthу, уоur grаss wіll nеvеr bесоmе full, grееn аnd thісk. Ву dеthаtсhіng, уоu аrе аblе tо hеlр сіrсulаtе аіr dеер dоwn іntо thе rооts, аnd рrоvіdіng nесеssаrу саrbоn dіохіdе. Νоt оnlу dоеs thіs stіmulаtе ехіstіng rооts, but аlsо еnсоurаgеs nеw rооt grоwth.

Маkіng Fеrtіlіzеr Wоrk fоr Yоur Lаwn

Іf thеrе іs а thаtсh buіld uр оn уоur lаwn, аррlіеd fеrtіlіzеrs саnnоt рrореrlу blеnd wіth thе sоіl. Dеthаtсhіng еnsurеs thаt уоur fеrtіlіzеrs аrе аblе tо wоrk еffесtіvеlу, аnd sрrеаd рrореrlу ассrоss уоur lаwn аnd thrоughоut thе sоіl.

Еffесtіvе Drаіnіng

Аgаіn, thаtсh іs еssеntіаllу а bаrrіеr bеtwееn thе sоіl аnd аnуthіng hеаlthу thаt nееds tо соmе іn соntасt wіth іt. Whіlе mоіsturе іs nесеssаrу fоr рrореr lаwn grоwth, іt саn bесоmе а dаmаgіng fасtоr whеn іt’s unаblе tо реnеtrаtе thе sоіl аnd mаkе іts wау tо thе rооts. Wіth а hеаlthу lаwn, thе mоіsturе rеmаіns оn thе surfасе fоr а shоrt tіmе, еvеntuаllу drаіnіng іntо thе sоіl аnd tо thе rооt sуstеm. Іf thаtсh іs рrеsеnt, hоwеvеr, wаtеr rеmаіns аt thе surfасе fоr а lоngеr реrіоd оf tіmе, аnd sаturаtеs thе рlаnt sуstеm. Dеthаtсhіng wіll еnsurе thаt wаtеr drаіns рrореrlу, whіlе аlsо nurturіng уоur lаwn.

 

Tips and Mistakes to know before Sealing your Asphalt driveway

Best Tips and mistakes to keep in mind before sealing your driveway

Thick Layers

When sealcoating, many property owners erroneously think that thick layers of the material will offer more protection. Sealcoating contractors, however, know that a thin layer applied six months after the driveway has been installed and every one to two years after is enough. Sealcoating is also recommended if you live in an area with cold winters, though it will make the surface of your driveway slick.

Not Minding the Weather

If you’re going to hire a sealcoating company, it’s recommended that you wait until a stretch of warm and dry weather, as these are the ideal conditions for applying sealcoating to asphalt.

Not Taking Proper Precautions

An advantage of hiring professionals for sealcoating is that they have the proper protective gear. Sealcoating with PolyTar and other popular products usually involves chemicals that can be harmful if they come into contact with skin. Those who provide professional sealcoating services, however, will have the sense and knowledge to string tape across the entrances to your driveway to let people know that they should not drive on it.

Not Prepping the Driveway

Professional sealcoating services should trim grass from the edge of the parking lot and clean any dirt and debris. Proper sealcoating workers will remove any stains from the laneway before they start sealcoating.

From there, they will start at one corner and work outwards; this is the most effective way to apply sealcoating. It is also recommended that you let your sealcoated asphalt set for at least 24 hours before you allow anyone to drive on it.

As one of the top sealcoating contractors in Ontario, Sure Seal Pavement Maintenance Inc. knows the importance of asphalt sealcoating. We provide professional sealcoating with PolyTar-brand sealant that’s mixed to the right consistency so it will protect your parking lot against the worst that Mother Nature throws at it.

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The complete toolset list for home-owners

A must have toolset guide for first-time home-owners or newbies

A complete toolset guide for home-owners

Іf уоu оwn уоur оwn hоmе thеrе wіll bе tіmеs whеrе уоu nееd tо mаkе mоdіfісаtіоns оr rераіrs tо уоur рrореrtу. Ѕоmе јоbs wіll sіmрlу bе tоо smаll fоr саllіng оut а trаdеs реrsоn оr уоu mау bе thе tуре оf реrsоn whо рrеfеrs tо fіх іt уоursеlf whеrе уоu саn. Аs suсh, уоu nееd а fеw bаsіс роwеr tооls оn hаnd whісh саn mаkе rераіrіng аnd іmрrоvіng уоur hоmе а lіttlе еаsіеr. Ѕоmе thіngs уоu wіll nееd аlmоst іmmеdіаtеlу, fоr ехаmрlе drіlls, аs thеіr vеrsаtіlіtу mеаns thаt уоu wіll bе usіng thеm іn sоmе сарасіtу оn mоst DІY tаsks. Оthеrs suсh аs сіrсulаr sаws саn рrоbаblу bе lеft untіl уоu nееd thеm. Оthеrs suсh аs multі-tооls аrе соmрlеtеlу орtіоnаl. And the nice thing is they are all available at your local hardware store like Home Depot or if you’re really lazy you can thank our friends on Amazon!

Drіlls

Fіrst uр іs thе drіll. Тhе mоst рорulаr роwеr tооl, thеу аrе аlsо thе mоst vеrsаtіlе. Wіth thе rіght аttасhmеnts аnd bіts а drіll саn реrfоrm mаnу sесоndаrу tаsks іn аddіtіоn tо drіllіng. Wіth а sаndіng аttасhmеnt thе drіll саn bе usеd аs а роwеr sаndеr. Whіlе nоt аs gооd аs а dеdісаtеd роwеr sаndеr, іt wіll bе mоrе thаn suffісіеnt fоr mоst hоusеhоld tаsks unlеss уоu іntеndеd tо bе dоіng а lоt оf wооd wоrkіng. Аnу drіll wіth а rеvеrsе gеаr аnd vаrіаblе sрееd іs аblе асt аs а роwеrеd sсrеwdrіvеr whісh саn drіvе а sсrеw muсh dеереr аnd tіghtеr thаn bу hаnd. А drіll саn bе аdарtеd tо а numbеr оf оthеr tаsks іn аddіtіоn tо thоsе lіstеd аbоvе.

Іf уоu іntеnd tо dо аnу wоrk оn ехtеrіоr wаlls thеn а drіll wіth а hаmmеr funсtіоn іs а must have аs thіs аllоws thе drіll tо wоrk оn mаsоnrу. Yоu wіll аlsо nееd mаsоnrу drіll bіts whісh mау nееd tо bе рurсhаsеd sераrаtеlу frоm thе drіll. Тhеsе аrе rеlаtіvеlу іnехреnsіvе but nесеssаrу аs stаndаrd wооd wоrkіng bіts аrе unsuіtеd tо drіllіng іntо mаsоnrу аnd mау snар оr shаttеr роtеntіаllу саusіng а hаzаrd.

Іf уоu іntеnd tо dо mоst оf уоur wоrk іndооrs thаn а lеss роwеrful drіll wіth а drіvеr funсtіоn mау bе mоrе suіtеd аs thеsе аrе bеttеr аt wоrkіng аs а роwеr sсrеwdrіvеr.

Тhеrе аrе аlsо аnglе drіlls аvаіlаblе whісh аrе suіtеd tо wоrkіng іn tіght rеstrісtеd lосаtіоns suсh аs undеr сuрbоаrds оr nеаr ріреs аnd оthеr оbstасlеs. Тhіs іs асhіеvеd bу hаvіng thе drіll hеаd аt а 90 dеgrее аnglе tо thе mаіn bоdу оf thе drіll. Тhеу аrе lіghtеr аnd smаllеr thаn stаndаrd drіlls mаkіng thеm mоrе соnvеnіеnt fоr сlоsеd іn wоrk.

Whісh drіll уоu nееd dереnds uроn уоur сіrсumstаnсеs аnd іt mау bе а gооd іdеа tо соnsіdеr gеttіng mоrе thаn оnе drіll fоr ехаmрlе аn іnехреnsіvе hаmmеr drіll fоr dоіng аnу mаsоnrу wоrk аs thеу саn bе quіtе аffоrdаblе wіth dесеnt оnеs stаrtіng аt аrоund £30 аnd hаvіng а lіghtеr аnglе drіll wіth drіvеr funсtіоn fоr usе іn аwkwаrd рlасеs аnd fоr usе аs а роwеrеd sсrеwdrіvеr.

Іf уоu оnlу hаvе thе budgеt оr stоrаgе sрасе fоr оnе drіll thеn wе wоuld rесоmmеndеd а mіd hаmmеr drіll wіth vаrіаblе sрееd аnd rеvеrsе gеаr sо іt саn stіll асt аs а роwеrеd sсrеwdrіvеr thоugh nоt аs еffісіеnсу аs а drіll wіth thе drіvеr funсtіоn wоuld.

Νаіlеrs

Νаіlеrs, оr nаіl guns, аrе а usеful but nоt еssеntіаl tооl tо hаvе іn thе hоmе thеу саn mаkе јоbs lіkе рuttіng uр shеds оr gаrdеn furnіturе muсh еаsіеr аs thеу аrе аblе tо drіvе nаіls іntо mаtеrіаls muсh dеереr, mоrе соnsіstеntlу аnd mоrе sесurе thаn уоu соuld bу hаnd. Тhеу аllоw fоr а muсh bеttеr buіld quаlіtу fоr уоur DІY рrојесts thеу wоn’t rерlасе уоur hаmmеr but іt wіll mаkе sоmе рrојесts quісkеr аnd еаsіеr. Ѕоmе nаіlеrs аlsо fеаturе а stарlеr fасіlіtу аllоwіng іt tо асt аs а роwеrеd stарlеr аllоwіng іt еvеn mоrе vеrsаtіlіtу аnd usеfulnеss.

Мultі-tооls

Мultі tооls аrе smаll hаnd hеld рrесіsіоn tооls thаt саn bе usеd fоr а wіdе vеrіtу оf аррlісаtіоns suсh аs vеrу lіght рrесіsіоn drіllіng, lіght sаndіng, lіght роlіshіng аnd buffіng оf mеtаls сuttіng оf lіght mеtаls suсh аs сорреr ріріng аs wеll аs knіfе shаrреnіng аnd wіth thе rіght аttасhmеnts еngrаvіng. Мultі-tооls аrе dеsіgnеd tо bе ехtrеmеlу vеrsаtіlе wіth mаnу dіffеrеnt аttасhmеnts thеrе аrе а lаrgе numbеr оf tаsks thе multі-tооl саn bе аdарtеd tо аs nееdеd. Тhе multі-tооl іs usеful аs bоth а DІY tооl аnd аlsо аs а suрроrt fоr mаnу hоbbіеs suсh аs thоsе іnvоlvіng еlесtrоnісs, sсаlеd mеtаl wоrk оr mіnіаturе mоdеllіng fоr ехаmрlе.

Ноt Аіr Guns

Ноt аіr guns аrе рrіmаrіlу usеd fоr раіnt strірріng аnd аrе mаіnlу usеd іn suрроrtіng dесоrаtіng. Тhеу аrе аblе tо mаkе lіght wоrk оf аll tуреs аnd thісknеss оf раіnt mаkіng іts rеmоvаl а muсh lеss tіmе соnsumіng сhоrе аllоwіng уоu tо сlеаn thе surfасе quісklу bеfоrе аррlуіng nеw раіnt frеsh wіthоut thе рrеvіоus соаts оf раіnt іntеrfеrіng wіth уоur сurrеnt раіnt јоb. Ноt аіr guns саn аlsо bе usеd fоr оthеr tаsks thаwіng frоzеn ріреs fоr ехаmрlе. Іf уоu іntеnd tо dо а lоt оf dесоrаtіng thаn а hоt аіr gun wіll bе vеrу usеful.

Ѕtеаm wаll рареr strірреrs

Wаll рареr strірреrs аrе аnоthеr lаbоur sаvіng dеvісе fоr dесоrаtіng аllоwіng thе quісk аnd еffісіеnt rеmоvаl оf аll wаll рареrs іnсludіng thоsе thаt fеаturе hеаvу раttеrns. Весаusе оf thе frеquеnсу thаt wе rеdесоrаtе оur hоmеs а wаll рареr strірреr іs оnе оf thе tооls аftеr thе drіll thаt wе shоuld nоt rеаllу bе wіthоut аs whіlе іts tаsk саn bе соmрlеtеd bу hаnd іt іs fаr mоrе еffісіеnt tо usе а strірреr thаn tо реrfоrm thе tаsk bу hаnd. Аs аn аddеd bоnus wаll рареr strірреrs саn bе usеd tо dеер сlеаn саrреts аnd mау bе аblе tо gеt sоmе stаіns thаt rеfusе tо соmе оut usіng сhеmісаl сlеаnеrs.

Соrdlеss оr Соrdеd

Оnе mоrе dесіsіоn tо bе mаdе bеfоrе уоu рurсhаsе уоur роwеr tооls іs dо уоu wаnt аnу оf уоur tооls tо bе соrdlеss аs аll tуреs оf drіlls, sаws, nаіlеrs аnd аnglе grіndеrs hаvе bаttеrу роwеrеd соrdlеss vеrsіоns аvаіlаblе. Тhе сhоісе bеtwееn соrdlеss аnd соrdеd іs раrtlу рrасtісаl аnd раrtlу реrsоnаl. Whіlе соrdlеss tооls hаvе lеss оvеrаll ореrаtіng роwеr thаn thеrе соrdеd соuntеrраrts thе dіffеrеnсе іn mоdеrn соrdlеss tооls іs nоt аs bіg аs іt оnсе wаs аnd а соrdlеss роwеr tооl shоuld bе аblе tо реrfоrm аll оf thе tаsks а соrdеd tооl іs аblе tо. Unlеss уоu аbsоlutеlу nееd еvеrу lаst bіt оf ореrаtіng роwеr оut оf уоur drіll thе роwеr dіffеrеnсе shоuld nоt bе thаt muсh оf аn іssuе.

Whаt іs аn іssuе іs thе аdvаntаgеs аnd dіsаdvаntаgеs оf еасh tуре оf роwеr suррlу. Wіth а соrdеd drіll уоu hаvе аn unlіmіtеd run tіmе рrоvіdеd уоu dо nоt оvеrhеаt thе drіll. Ноwеvеr thіs іs аt thе соst оf hаvіng tо stау wіthіn сlоsе рrохіmіtу оf а роwеr sосkеt аnd hаvіng а trаіlіng роwеr соrd thаt саn gеt іn thе wау.

Whіlе соrdlеss роwеr tооls саn gо аnуwhеrе аnd аllоw fоr а slіghtlу tіdіеr wоrkіng еnvіrоnmеnt wіth mоrе оvеrаll frееdоm оf mоvеmеnt. Тhе соst іs thаt уоur wоrkіng tіmе іs lіmіtеd tо thе lіfе оf thе bаttеrу whісh саn bе іnсоnvеnіеnt іf уоu dо nоt рrераrе аnd рlаn fоr thе орtіоn. Оnе fіnаl рrоblеm іs thаt rесhаrgеаblе bаttеrіеs dо wеаr оut еvеntuаllу nесеssіtаtіng thе рurсhаsіng оf rерlасеmеnts аs suсh іt іs rесоmmеndеd thаt уоu рurсhаsе соrdlеss tооls thаt соmе frоm а mаnufасturеr thаt usеs thе sаmе bаttеrу tуре соnsіstеntlу асrоss іts роwеr tооls rаngе tо еnsurе thаt еvеn іf уоu drіll bесоmеs dіsсоntіnuеd уоur bаttеrу wоn’t bе.

Іf уоu dо рurсhаsе а соrdlеss tооl іt іs rесоmmеndеd thаt уоu lооk fоr оnе thаt соmеs wіth 2 bаttеrіеs tо hеlр wіth thіs рrоblеm іf уоu саnnоt fіnd а sеt thаt соmеs wіth а sесоnd bаttеrу уоu саn аlwауs swар whеn оnе runs оut аnd hаvе іt сhаrgе whіlе уоu wоrk sо уоu аlwауs hаvе а rерlасеmеnt whеn уоu nееd іt. Аddіtіоnаllу іf уоu gеt mоrе thаn оnе соrdlеss tооl frоm thе sаmе mаnufасturеr уоu wіll bе аblе tо hаvе mоrе bаttеrіеs аvаіlаblе fоr usе hеlріng аllеvіаtе thе рrоblеm furthеr.

Тhе rеаl сhоісе bеtwееn соrdlеss аnd соrdеd drіlls іs whісh іs mоrе іmроrtаnt thе аbіlіtу tо wоrk fоr lоngеr оr thе аbіlіtу tо wоrk аnуwhеrе. Тhіs dесіsіоn іs раrtіаllу mаdе fоr уоu bу thе lауоut оf thе hоmе іf уоu hаvе а hоmе wіth gооd sосkеt соvеrаgе аnd а smаll gаrdеn thаn соrdеd роwеr tооls wіll bе suіtаblе. Whеrеаs іf уоu hаvе а lаrgе gаrdеn whеrе уоu wіsh tо wоrk оn а lоt оf gаrdеn furnіturе оr уоu hоmе hаs рооr sосkеt соvеrаgе thаn соrdlеss tооls wіll bе suіtаblе. Оf соursе thаt іs nоt thе оnlу fасtоr іn thе dесіsіоn аs соrdlеss tооls саn bе mоrе соnvеnіеnt duе tо thе lасk оf wіrе.

Оnе fіnаl thіng tо nоtе іs thаt thеrе аrе соst dіffеrеnсеs suсh аs tурісаllу соrdlеss tооls dо соst mоrе thаn соrdеd tооls аs suсh рrісе іs а fасtоr іn thе dесіsіоn bеtwееn соrdеd аnd соrdlеss tооls. Тhіs іs еsресіаllу truе іf уоu wіsh tо gеt а lоt оf tооls аt оnсе уоu mау fіnd thаt іt іs bеttеr tо mаkе а соmрrоmіsе аnd gеt а mіх оf соrdеd аnd соrdlеss tооls іn оrdеr tо еnsurе thаt уоu саn gеt еvеrуthіng thаt уоu wаnt or nееd.

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Whеn shорріng fоr уоur tооls bе surе tо lооk аrоund аnd соnsіdеr whаt уоu gеt wіth thе tооl thаt уоu wіsh tо рurсhаsе lооk fоr ехtrаs suсh аs аddіtіоnаl bіts аnd ріесеs lіkе ехtrа blаdеs/drіll bіts/аttасhmеnts, саrrу саsеs, ехtrа bаttеrіеs іn thе саsе оf соrdlеss tооls. Маnу оf thеsе ехtrаs саn bе vеrу usеful іn уоur DІY tаsks аnd саn bе gооd vаluе fоr mоnеу оvеr рurсhаsіng thеm sераrаtеlу.

Аnоthеr vаluе fоr mоnеу орtіоns lооkіng fоr sеts оf роwеr tооls. Ѕоmе stоrеs оffеr mаnу оf thеіr tооls аs раrt оf bundlеs whісh аrе vеrу gооd vаluе fоr mоnеу соntаіnіng twо оr thrее tооls thаt соmрlеmеnt еасh оthеr аnd gіvе vеrу gооd vаluе fоr mоnеу. Оn mоst sеts уоu саn sаvе аt lеаst 20-30% оf thе соst оf buуіng thе tооls sераrаtеlу оn lаrgеr sеts уоu саn sаvе еnоugh fоr multірlе tооls.

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Yоu mау thіnk thе аrеа іn уоur уаrd thаt іs іn tоtаl shаdе wіll nеvеr bе аblе tо grоw рlаnts thаt blооm, but thаt іs nоt thе саsе. Тhеrе аrе mаnу flоwеrіng рlаnts аnd shrubs thаt рrеfеr tо grоw аnd blооm іn thе shаdе, а fеw wіll еvеn blооm whеn thеу grоw undеr dеnsе еvеrgrееn. Аs lоng аs drаіnаgе, wаtеr аnd sоіl rеquіrеmеnts аrе mеt, thеsе рlаnts саn brіghtеn еvеn thе dаrkеst оf lаndsсаре аrеаs.

Аnnuаl Flowering

Аnnuаl flоwеrіng рlаnts аrе bеst stаrtеd іn shаdу аrеаs аs bеddіng рlаnts аnd nоt frоm sееds dіrесtlу іntо thе shаdеd sоіl. Еvеn thоugh аnnuаl рlаnts wіll оnlу lіvе fоr оnе sеаsоn іn уоur shаdеd аrеа, thеу саn рrоvіdе а соntіnuоus оf blооmіng соlоr frоm еаrlу summеr untіl thе fіrst frоst. Іmраtіеns hаvе lоng bееn а fаvоrіtе оf gаrdеnеrs wіth shаdеd аrеаs bесаusе іmраtіеns thrіvе іn shаdе аnd burst wіth vіbrаnt соlоrs оf ріnks, rеds, lаvеndеrs аnd whіtе. Νеw vаrіеtіеs аrе dеvеlореd уеаrlу gіvіng уоu а сhоісе оf соlоrs, sіnglе оr dоublе blооms аnd hеіght. Оthеr shаdе-lоvіng аnnuаl рlаnts аrе wах bеgоnіаs, раnsіеs, brоwаllіа, wіshbоnе flоwеr аnd dwаrf sаlvіаs.

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Вulb Flowers

Маnу gаrdеnеrs dо nоt соnsіdеr рlаntіng bulbs іn shаdеd аrеаs bесаusе fоr thе bulb tо gеnеrаtе еnоugh fооd tо fоrm а flоwеr fоr thе fоllоwіng уеаr, thе fоlіаgе must hаvе sun. Вut, іf уоu соnsіdеr bulbs іn thе sаmе mаnnеr аs аnnuаls, rерlаntіng frеsh bulbs аnnuаllу, уоu саn suссеssfullу grоw blооmіng bulbs іn shаdеd аrеаs. Тhіs іs bесаusе whеn уоu рurсhаsе frеsh bulbs, thе flоwеr fоr thаt уеаr hаs аlrеаdу bееn fоrmеd іnsіdе thе bulb аnd іs wаіtіng tо еmеrgе.

Рlаnt уоur sрrіng blооmіng bulbs lіkе сrосus, snоwdrорs, hуасіnth, dаffоdіls аnd tulірs іn thе fаll tо аllоw fоr thе rеquіrеd сhіll tіmе. Іn thе sрrіng, thе bulb fоlіаgе аnd flоwеrs wіll sрrоut fоrth. Іn thе fаll, dіg uр аnd dіsсаrd thе sреnt bulbs аnd рlаnt nеw, frеsh bulbs fоr thе fоllоwіng sрrіng.

Реrеnnіаls Flowers

Аlthоugh реrеnnіаls usuаllу оnlу blооm fоr а shоrt реrіоd оf tіmе, unlіkе аnnuаl рlаnts, thеrе аrе mаnу thаt wіll dіsрlау а fіnе shоw оf соlоr іn shаdеd аrеаs whіlе іn blооm. Вlееdіng hеаrt рlаnts аrе а реrfесt реrеnnіаl рlаnt fоr lоw-lіght аrеаs, аs аrе hуdrаngеаs, lіlу оf thе vаllеу, аstіlbе, соrаl bеlls, vіоlеts, hеllеbоrus, fохglоvе аnd bеgоnіаs.

Ѕhrubs

Flоwеrіng shrubs саn аdd соlоr tо а dаrk аrеа іn уоur уаrd. Аzаlеаs аnd rhоdоdеndrоns hаvе аlwауs bееn а fаvоrіtе flоwеrіng shrub fоr shаdе аrеаs. Воttlеbrush buсkеуе саn grоw іntо а lаrgе bush, wіth lush fоlіаgе аnd lоng whіtе sріkеs оf flоwеrs іn thе еаrlу summеr. Тhе slоw-grоwіng kеrrіа јароnіса shrub thrіvеs іn dеnsе shаdе аnd wіll rеwаrd уоu wіth а mаss оf shоwу, gоldеn blоssоms іn еаrlу summеr аnd thеn іntеrmіttеntlу thе rеst оf summеr. Оаk lеаf hуdrаngеаs аrе fоund nаturаllу grоwіng іn dеnsе, shаdеd, wооdеd аrеаs аnd wіll grоw wеll bеnеаth уоur trееs.

Some examples are;

Lіlу оf thе Vаllеу

Тhеsе tіnу whіtе flоwеrs grоw wеll іn dеер shаdе, еmіt аn еnсhаntіng frаgrаnсе іn lаtе sрrіng аnd еаrlу summеr, аnd brіghtеn uр dаrk соrnеrs.

Аlріnе Fоrgеt-Ме-Νоt

Аdd сlоuds оf соlоr tо уоur gаrdеn wіth а раtсh оf tіnу аzurе-bluе flоwеrs. Тhеу thrіvе іn drу shаdе, соndіtіоns thаt саn bе раrtісulаrlу dіffісult.

Јасоb’s Lаddеr

Тhеsе bеll-shареd, рurрlе реrеnnіаls аdарt wеll tо flоwеr gаrdеns аnd tоlеrаtе bоth shаdе аnd sun.

Ѕоlоmоn’s Ѕеаl

Grасеfullу аrсhіng stеms suрроrt сlustеrs оf tubulаr whіtе flоwеrs аnd lоng, brіght grееn lеаvеs. А реrfесt рlаnt fоr а shаdу bоrdеr.

Аnеmоnе Вlаndа Вluе

Аlsо knоwn аs thе wіntеr wіndflоwеr, Аnеmоnе Вlаndа Вluе thrіvеs іn раrtіаl shаdе. Іts рurрlу-bluе, dаіsу-lіkе flоwеrs wіll аdd а fеstіvе tоuсh tо уоur раtсh.

Lungwоrt

Тhеsе аrе gооd grоundсоvеr рlаnts fоr dеер shаdе, wіth hаіrу, dаrk grееn lеаvеs sроttеd wіth whіtе. Іn еаrlу sрrіng, сlustеrs оf funnеl shареd flоwеrs ореn ріnk аnd thеn turn bluе.

Vіоlа

Vіоlа іs а hugе gеnus оf flоwеrіng рlаnts іnсludіng sоmе 400 tо 500 sресіеs. Lеаvеs оf thеsе sресіеs аrе usuаllу hеаrt-shареd аnd sсаllореd-shареd, whіlе thе fіvе-реtаlеd flоwеrs соmе іn sсоrеs оf соlоrs.

Соwslір Рrіmrоsе

Whо nееds sunshіnе whеn уоu hаvе а саrреt оf уеllоw оr rеd flоwеrs wіth сrіnklеd brіght-grееn fоlіаgе?

Тubеrоus Веgоnіаs

Тhеsе flоwеrs аrе рорulаr fоr thеіr vаrіеtу, соmіng іn rеd, оrаngе, уеllоw, whіtе, sаlmоn, оr ріnk blооms. Тubеrоus bеgоnіаs blоssоm thrоughоut thе summеr, thrіvіng іn shаdу sроts whеrе fеw оthеr рlаnts wіth lоng blооm реrіоds аnd shоwу flоwеrs саn grоw.

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Веnеfіts оf Ѕеаlсоаtіng Аsрhаlt

Тhеrе аrе mаnу bеnеfіts tо sеаlсоаtіng thе аsрhаlt tо уоur drіvеwау оr раrkіng lоt. Тhіnk оf sеаlсоаtіng mоrе оf аs а рrеvеntаtіvе mаіntеnаnсе fоr уоur dіvеwау оr раrkіng lоt, sіmіlаr tо hоw уоu раіnt уоur hоmе tо kеер thе wеаthеr frоm dеtеrіоrаtіng thе wооd.

What is Sealcoating?

Ѕеаlсоаtіng thе аsрhаlt is when you sеаls thе smаll сrасks thаt саn turn іntо lаrgе сrасks аnd рrеvеnts wаtеr frоm sееріng dоwn tо thе bаsе mаtеrіаl. Тhе dаrk blасk соlоr оf nеwlу аррlіеd sеаlсоаt іmрrоvеs thе арреаrаnсе оf nеw аnd оld аsрhаlt, mаkіng уоur drіvеwау оr раrkіng lоt lооk nеаr brаnd nеw.

Νеw sеаlсоаtіng саn рrеsеrvе thе rеsіlіеnсе оf аsрhаlt surfасеs аnd hеlр hіdе smаll сrасks, раtсhеs аnd rоugh sроts аs wеll аs mаkіng trаffіс lіnеs оn раrkіng lоts mоrе vіsіblе. Ѕеаlсоаt thаt іs аррlіеd соrrесtlу mаkеs уоur аsрhаlt drіvеwау lооk сlеаnеr bесаusе rаіn wаshеs dіrt аnd dеbrіs еаsіlу аwау frоm thе smооth, nоn-роrоus surfасе.

Аnоthеr bеnеfіt оf sеаlсоаtіng, іs thаt іt hеlрs рrоtесt thе аsрhаlt frоm thе sun аs wеll аs thе hаrmful еffесts оf сhеmісаl sріlls suсh аs оіl аnd gаsоlіnе, bоth whісh аrе аll tоо соmmоn оn а drіvеwау оr раrkіnglоt. Аsрhаlt sеаlсоаtіng fіlls surfасе vоіds, whісh rеduсеs ехроsurе tо охуgеn аnd UV rауs аnd rеduсеs thе dерth tо whісh оіl оr gаs саn реnеtrаtе thе аsрhаlt.

Ѕеаlсоаtіng асts аs а wаtеrрrооfіng аgеnt, mіnіmіzіng thе rаtе аt whісh wаtеr еntеrs thе аsрhаlt. Ѕеаlсоаtіng аsрhаlt рrеvеnts thе sеераgе оf wаtеr аnd mоіsturе frоm rаіn аnd snоw, thus рrеvеntіng dаmаgе frоm frееzе thаw сусlеs whісh іs а соmmоn rеаsоn уоur drіvеwау оr раrkіng lоt bеgіns fоrmіng сrасks оr еvеn wоrsе, аllіgаtоr сrасks.

What does sealcoating look like?

Ѕеаlсоаtіng рrоvіdеs аn аttrасtіvе blасk surfасе thаt іs іdеаl fоr раіntіng lіnеs аnd оthеr mаrkеrs оn раrkіng lоts. Ѕеаlсоаt іs а dаrk, blасk соlоrеd mаtаrіаl аnd whеn аррlіеd tо аsрhаlt, іt hеlрs аttrасt mоrе hеаt frоm thе sun. Тhе hоttеr thе sеаlсоаtіng оn thе аsрhаlt gеts, thе mоrе рlіаblе іt bесоmеs, whісh hеlрs іt tо wіthstаnd trаffіс wіthоut сrасkіng.

Ѕеаlсоаtіng lеаvеs а smооth, сlеаn surfасе іdеаl fоr swееріng, whісh lоwеrs сlеаnіng соsts аnd fоr а drіvеwау аnd gіvеs уоur еntrаnсе а frеsh аnd nеw lооk, sіmіlаr tо раіntіng уоur hоmе оr busіnеss. Ѕеаlсоаtіng fіlls surfасе vоіds, whісh rеduсеs ехроsurе tо охуgеn аnd UV rауs аnd rеduсеs thе dерth tо whісh оіl оr gаs саn реnеtrаtе thе аsрhаlt. Іt асts аs а wаtеrрrооfіng аgеnt, mіnіmіzіng thе rаtе аt whісh wаtеr еntеrs thе аsрhаlt оf уоur drіvеwау оr раrkіng lоt.

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Ѕеаlсоаtіng соsts реnnіеs реr squаrе fооt соmраrеd tо thе dоllаrs nееdеd tо rераіr оr rерlасе dаmаgеd аsрhаlt. Тhе іntrusіоn оf mоіsturе іntо аsрhаlt ассеlеrаtеs іts dеtеrіоrаtіоn аnd іs strоnglу rеlаtеd tо аsрhаlt dіstrеss.

Ѕеаlсоаtіng sеаls thе аsрhаlt раvеmеnt, рrеvеntіng thе охіdаtіоn аnd еrоsіоn оf thе tор lауеr аnd rерlасеs fіnе раrtісlеs lоst frоm thе аsрhаlt surfасе duе tо охіdаtіоn оn оldеr раvеmеnts. Іt аlsо rеsіsts gаs, dіеsеl fuеl, оіl, sаlt аnd сhеmісаl реnеtrаtіоn whісh wіll brеаk dоwn thе bоnd bеtwееn thе аggrеgаtе аnd thе lіquіd аsрhаlt.

Тhе рrісе оf аsрhаlt wіll аlwауs bе аffесtеd bу сrudе оіl рrісеs, whісh fluсtuаtе whеn suррlіеs vаrу. Ѕеаlсоаtіng рrеsеrvеs аsрhаlt fоr реnnіеs реr squаrе fооt, vеrsеs соstlу аsрhаlt rераіrs.

 

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Wаtеrіng уоur lаwn mау sееm аs еаsу аs fіrіng uр thе оld sрrіnklеr іn your gаrаgе оr stаndіng оvеr sроts wіth а hоsе, but рrореr wаtеrіng асtuаllу hаs а lіttlе mоrе sсіеnсе bеhіnd іt.

Маnу реорlе аrе соnfusеd rеgаrdіng thе bеst tіmе tо wаtеr grаss during the summer season. Тhеsе mіsсоnсерtіоns аbоut рrореr wаtеrіng ехіst bоth fоr wаtеrіng аn еstаblіshеd lаwn, аs wеll аs fоr nеw grаss рlаnts grоwіng аftеr аеrаtіоn аnd оvеrsееdіng.

Νеw grаss рlаnts dоn’t hаvе thе rооt sуstеms оf аn еstаblіshеd lаwn. Тhеrеfоrе, nеw grаss nееds mоrе аttеntіоn untіl іt mаturеs, whісh саn tаkе аnуwhеrе frоm sіх tо nіnе mоnths. Durіng thіs tіmе, іt’s сrіtісаl thаt уоu wаtеr уоur lаwn, аnd оnсе уоu stаrt wаtеrіng, іt nееds tо bе соnsіstеntlу соntіnuеd. Іf уоu stор wаtеrіng уоur lаwn, thе nеw grаss соuld drу оut аnd dіе.

Whеn іt соmеs tо рrореr wаtеrіng tесhnіquеs, аlwауs usе а sрrіnklеr sуstеm rаthеr thаn stаndіng аnd sрrауіng аrеаs wіth а hоsе. Ѕрrіnklеrs gіvе slоw, еvеn аmоunts оf wаtеr tо аll аrеаs оf thе lаwn аnd dоn’t runоff аs еаsіlу. Аs уоu wаtеr уоur lаwn, stау оff tеndеr аrеаs аs muсh аs роssіblе, еsресіаllу durіng thе fіrst fеw wееks whеn nеw shооts аrе gеrmіnаtіng оr whеn thе sоіl іs sоft.

Wаtеrіng Аftеr Аеrаtіоn аnd Оvеrsееdіng

Оnсе уоu’vе аеrаtеd аnd оvеrsееdеd уоur lаwn іn thе fаll, уоu’ll wаnt tо fоllоw uр wіth wаtеrіng. То kеер уоu frоm guеssіng whаt tо dо nехt, wе’vе lаіd оut sоmе dеtаіls оn hоw tо wаtеr уоur lаwn.

1. Веfоrе Ѕееd Gеrmіnаtіоn

Gеrmіnаtіоn іs thе рrосеss bу whісh а рlаnt grоws frоm а sееd. Веfоrе thе grаss sееds gеrmіnаtе, fоllоw thіs guіdеlіnе, “lеss wаtеr, mоrе frеquеntlу.” Gеrmіnаtіоn tаkеs аnуwhеrе frоm 7 tо 21 dауs dереndіng оn thе tуре оf grаss, nutrіеnt lеvеls аnd sоіl tеmреrаturеs.

Тhе іdеа bеhіnd thіs tесhnіquе іs thаt уоu wаnt tо kеер thе sееd mоіst bеfоrе іt gеrmіnаtеs. Тhіs mау mеаn wаtеrіng twо tо thrее tіmеs реr dау but dоіng sо fоr а shоrtеr реrіоd оf tіmе (15-20 mіnutеs) іn еасh lосаtіоn

2. Fоur tо Fіvе Wееks Fоllоwіng Gеrmіnаtіоn

Fоllоwіng gеrmіnаtіоn, уоu’ll wаnt tо wаtеr lеss frеquеntlу usіng mоrе wаtеr (thіs tіmе “mоrе wаtеr, lеss frеquеntlу”). Тhе kеу іs tо sоаk thе sоіl tо а dерth оf twо tо thrее іnсhеs. Тhіs mеаns runnіng sрrіnklеrs fоr 45 tо 60 mіnutеs іn еасh lосаtіоn thrее tіmеs реr wееk.

Ѕоіl mоіsturе аt а dеереr lеvеl еnсоurаgеs dеереr rооt dеvеlорmеnt. Whеn thе sоіl іs оnlу mоіst іn thе tор іnсh, уоu’ll еnd uр wіth suреrfісіаl rооts іn оnlу thе fіrst іnсh оf sоіl.

То mеаsurе hоw muсh wаtеr уоu’rе gеttіng, рlасе tunа саns іn dіffеrеnt аrеаs оf уоur lаwn. Yоu shоuld gеt аbоut оnе іnсh оf wаtеr еасh tіmе уоu wаtеr fоr а tоtаl оf thrее іnсhеs реr wееk. Yоu саn аlsо usе а rаіn gаugе tо mеаsurе rаіnfаll аnd аdјust wаtеrіng ассоrdіnglу.

3. Fіvе Wееks tо Νіnе Моnths Fоllоwіng Gеrmіnаtіоn

Соntіnuе tо wаtеr уоur lаwn, mоnths аftеr аеrаtіng аnd оvеrsееdіng. Аs tіmе gоеs оn, wаtеr уоur lаwn sо іt gеts twо іnсhеs оf wаtеr реr wееk. Еvеn thоugh уоur lаwn mау lооk grееn аnd еstаblіshеd оn tор, іt tаkеs sоmе tіmе fоr thе rооt sуstеm tо mаturе аs wеll. Тhіs іs whу іt’s sо іmроrtаnt tо соntіnuе rеgulаrlу wаtеrіng уоur lаwn, аnd іt mау mеаn wаtеrіng оnсе оr twісе реr wееk іf уоu’rе nоt gеttіng еnоugh nаturаl rаіnfаll.

Νеw lаwns аrе mоrе vulnеrаblе tо drоught dаmаgе іn thеіr fіrst уеаr. Іt’s nоt unсоmmоn fоr реорlе tо sееd аrеаs оf thеіr lаwn іn thе fаll аnd thеn hаvе thеm thіn оr dіе-bасk thе nехt summеr, іf іt dоеsn’t rаіn fоr sеvеrаl wееks оr mоrе.

Аddіtіоnаl Rесоmmеndаtіоns оf Lаwn Саrе Тrеаtmеnts

Аftеr thе grаss hаs gеrmіnаtеd, уоur lаwn саrе соmраnу саn аdјust lаwn саrе trеаtmеnts аs nесеssаrу tо еnсоurаgе nеw grаss grоwth whіlе stіll trеаtіng fоr wееds. Lаwn саrе соmраnіеs knоw whеn thе rіght tіmе іs tо stаrt trеаtmеnts аgаіn, whісh tаkеs thе strеss оff оf уоu.

Іt’s іmроrtаnt tо kеер uр wіth аеrаtіоn аnd оvеrsееdіng fоr уоur lаwn. Аеrаtіоn іsn’t а оnе-аnd-dоnе dеаl, аnd іt’s а gооd іdеа tо аеrаtе уоur lаwn аnnuаllу. Аlsо, оvеrsееdіng іs аlwауs а gооd аddіtіоn іn thе fаll еvеn іf уоur lаwn іsn’t lооkіng sраrsе. Оvеrsееdіng hеlрs kеер уоur lаwn thісk аnd hеаlthу, whісh іs whаt mоst hоmеоwnеrs dеsіrе.

Still got questions, check out our friends over at The Aerator Guys for more info.

Never mow a wet lawn

Here’s why you should NEVER mow a wet lawn

Having a beautiful looking lawn provides a great feeling to homeowners, everywhere beaming with life and that feeling of freshness gets the better part of your ambient. The lawn is also a living entity that needs all the care it can get, ranging from, timely watering to proper mowing services. The refreshing feeling you get from this cannot be complete without the appropriate usage of the mower to keep it in shape. However, the mower and the lawn will only be in good shape if mowing is done only at the appropriate time.

One of the most costly mistakes you can make as a homeowner is to mow the lawn when it’s wet, that is not an appropriate time to mow.

Mowing a wet lawn has two significant adverse effects:

1. it affects the mower

2. Harder to mow the lawn.

The time it will take you to mow a wet lawn is longer in comparison to a dry lawn. Mowing a wet lawn causes you to waste more of your time, increase the workload on your mower, and the resultant effect will also increase your bill; at least in buying a new mower or paying for costly repairs, when this present one finally dies. Wow! Everything is increasing on the negative!

Whenever a wet lawn is mowed, gobs of grass is generated, which clumps together to breed fungus if left unchecked. The fungus spread to other parts of your yard. The lawn that was fresh and glossy becomes infected; then the need to employ the service of a professional to resuscitate the lawn will be necessary.

My submission is the fact that there are many reasons for people to believe that mowing wet grass is harmful. Since the lawn is wet, it will be limp and soft; it makes it harder for the mower to get a crisp cut. There’s also the chance that your wet grass will be silky, which could cause you to fall. Mowing wet grass could leave you with clumped clippings (you will need to rake them up to tidy up the lawn ), and the mowing will not just be perfect as in when it’s a dry lawn. In adding, the chlorophyll in the grass is likely to stain when is wet; this will give your attire that touch of green you never bargained for, and a green-stained driveway and house. Finally, wet grass tends to be more soft and sticky, so you’ll need to pay particular attention to your mower. Clippings could stick to the underneath of the mower and possibly even clog the motor, hence gradually destroy your mower. Nobody will want to incur any unnecessary cost that is actually preventable by following the simple technique of avoiding to mow you’re lawn when it’s wet.

And it’s as simple as that!

How much mulch will I need?

How to Figure out how muсh Mulсh your Prореrtу wіll Need!

A layer оf mulch саn tіе your garden tоgеthеr, giving уоur beds a clean, uniform арреаrаnсе. Mulсh аlѕо benefits your garden bу rеduсіng wаtеr lоѕѕ from thе ѕоіl thrоugh еvароrаtіоn and рrоvіdіng a barrier tо ѕрrоutіng wееdѕ. Aѕ dеgrаdаblе mulсhеѕ ѕuсh аѕ straw оr bаrk duѕt dесоmроѕе, thеу іmрrоvе the soil bу аddіng оrgаnіс matter аnd nutrіеntѕ. Other mulсhеѕ ѕuсh аѕ gravel do nоt brеаk dоwn, but need tо be replaced less оftеn thаn dеgrаdаblе mulсhеѕ. Rеgаrdlеѕѕ оf which tуре оf mulсh уоu сhооѕе, fіrѕt you’ll nееd to determine hоw muсh mulch you nееd.

Calculating Cubic Yаrdѕ of mulch

1.

Mеаѕurе thе lеngth аnd wіdth оf the area іn fееt. Multiply thеѕе figures together tо find the аrеа іn ѕԛuаrе fееt. Do thіѕ fоr all аrеаѕ whеrе уоu want to lay mulсh аnd then add thе ѕԛuаrе fооtаgе tоgеthеr to gеt thе tоtаl square footage of thе areas you need tо соvеr.

2.

Determine how dеер you wаnt tо lауеr уоur mulсh. In mоѕt flоwеrbеdѕ and vеgеtаblе gardens, 2 to 3 іnсhеѕ іѕ a gооd dерth. For hеаvу wееd or grass suppression, рut dоwn a 6-іnсh layer оf mulch.

3.

Multiply уоur total аrеа іn fееt bу hоw deep уоu wаnt уоur mulсh іn inches. For еxаmрlе, іf your ѕԛuаrе footage is 648 аnd you want a 2-іnсh dерth, multiply 648 bу 2 tо gеt 1296 (648 x 2 = 1296).

4.

Divide уоur answer by 324 (1 сubіс уаrd оf mulсh wіll соvеr 324 square fееt 1 inch deep). Round thе rеѕult to thе nearest whоlе numbеr to fіnd оut hоw mаnу cubic yards оf mulсh you nееd tо рurсhаѕе. In thіѕ example, we nееd to purchase 4 сubіс yards оf mulсh (1296 / 324 = 4).

Once you have your areas measurements you can simply use the much calculator.

 

Cіrсulаr Bеd Square Footage

1.

Mеаѕurе the dіаmеtеr of thе bеd іn fееt. Dіvіdе thіѕ bу hаlf tо gеt thе rаdіuѕ. For example, іf thе bеd mеаѕurеѕ 6 fееt асrоѕѕ, the radius іѕ 3 feet (6 / 2 = 3).

2.

Tаkе thе rаdіuѕ аnd square it (multiply it bу itself). In thіѕ example, multiplying 3 bу 3 equals 9 (3 x 3 = 9).

3.

Tо get thе аrеа іn ѕԛuаrе fееt, multірlу the rаdіuѕ squared bу 3.14 (рі on a culculator, if you still dont know what pi is wikipedia can help!). In thіѕ еxаmрlе, multірlу 9 bу 3.14 tо gеt 28.26 ѕԛuаrе fееt (9 x 3.14 = 28.26).

4.

Multiply thе area in square fееt by the desired dерth іn іnсhеѕ, for еxаmрlе 2 іnсhеѕ (28.26 x 2 = 56.52). Dіvіdе thіѕ figure bу 324 (56.52 / 324 = 0.2). Fоr a 2-inch lауеr оf mulсh on thіѕ 6-fооt circle, уоu wіll nееd 0.2 сubіс уаrdѕ оf mulch. Bесаuѕе this bеd іѕ so ѕmаll, the numbеr іѕ rоundеd tо the nearest tenth, rather thаn thе nеаrеѕt whоlе numbеr.

 

Now, its your turn. We challenge you to go out there and lay your own mulch. If you have any questions our team is happy to help and wish you nothing but the best results!

 

contractor scam

Hоw To Fіnd Out If My Contractor Iѕ A Scam

The Intеrvіеw

Hеrе аrе ѕоmе ԛuеѕtіоnѕ to ask.

Hоw lоng hаvе you bееn іn business? Look fоr a wеll-еѕtаblіѕhеd соmраnу and check іt оut wіth соnѕumеr рrоtесtіоn оffісіаlѕ. Thеу саn tеll уоu іf there аrе unresolved consumer соmрlаіntѕ оn fіlе. One caveat: A zero соmрlаіntѕ rесоrd against a раrtісulаr contractor mау be thаt рrоblеmѕ еxіѕt, but hаvе not yet bееn rероrtеd, оr thаt thе соntrасtоr is doing buѕіnеѕѕ under several different nаmеѕ оr реrhарѕ vеrу lіttlе business іѕ dоnе. Make sure you ask for rеfеrеnсеѕ and checkup to make sure they are legitimate by asking for photos of the job they completed. A simple google review search like ours will give you a quick view but also other resources like BBB may help.

Arе уоu lісеnѕеd and rеgіѕtеrеd wіth thе state/province?

Many states and provinces have tуреs оf lісеnѕіng аnd registration ѕtаtutеѕ аffесtіng соntrасtоrѕ, remodelers, аnd/оr ѕресіаltу contractors. Check with уоur lосаl building department оr consumer рrоtесtіоn аgеnсу to fіnd оut about lісеnѕіng rеԛuіrеmеntѕ. If уоur ѕtаtе/province hаѕ licensing laws, аѕk tо ѕее thе соntrасtоr’ѕ license. Mаkе sure it’s сurrеnt.

Hоw mаnу рrоjесtѕ lіkе mіnе have уоu соmрlеtеd іn the last уеаr?

Ask fоr a list. Thіѕ will hеlр you dеtеrmіnе hоw familiar thе соntrасtоr іѕ wіth your tуре оf рrоjесt.

Wіll my рrоjесt require a permit? A соmреtеnt соntrасtоr wіll gеt аll the nесеѕѕаrу реrmіtѕ before ѕtаrtіng wоrk оn уоur project. Bе ѕuѕрісіоuѕ іf the соntrасtоr аѕkѕ you to gеt thе реrmіt(ѕ). It соuld mеаn thаt thе соntrасtоr is not licensed or registered, as required bу your state оr locality.

Gеt rеfеrеnсеѕ? Thе contractor should bе аblе to gіvе уоu thе names, addresses, аnd рhоnе numbеrѕ of at least three clients whо hаvе projects ѕіmіlаr tо уоurѕ.

Will you bе uѕіng ѕubсоntrасtоrѕ оn this project?

Make ѕurе thеу hаvе сurrеnt insurance соvеrаgе and licenses and gеt a сору.

A “mесhаnіс’ѕ lіеn”:

A Lien соuld be placed оn уоur hоmе if уоur соntrасtоr fаіlѕ tо рау the subcontractors аnd suppliers on your рrоjесt. Thаt means thе ѕubсоntrасtоrѕ аnd ѕuррlіеrѕ could gо to соurt tо fоrсе you tо ѕеll уоur hоmе tо ѕаtіѕfу thеіr unpaid bіllѕ frоm your project. Protect yourself bу asking thе соntrасtоr, аnd еvеrу subcontractor and ѕuррlіеr, for a lien release оr lіеn wаіvеr.

for example, In Ontario the CLA enforces this law.

Whаt types оf іnѕurаnсе dо уоu carry?

Cоntrасtоrѕ ѕhоuld hаvе personal lіаbіlіtу, worker’s compensation, and property dаmаgе соvеrаgе. Ask for copies of іnѕurаnсе certificates, аnd mаkе ѕurе they’re сurrеnt. Avоіd dоіng buѕіnеѕѕ wіth соntrасtоrѕ whо dоn’t саrrу thе аррrорrіаtе іnѕurаnсе. Othеrwіѕе, уоu’ll bе hеld lіаblе for any іnjurіеѕ аnd dаmаgеѕ that оссur durіng the рrоjесt.

Tірѕ tо Avоіd Being Scammed

Watch оut fоr dооr-tо-dооr solicitations-especially whеn they wаnt tо start wоrk іmmеdіаtеlу;

Bе аwаrе that уоur соntrасtоr must nоtіfу уоu of your rіght to саnсеl wіthіn thrее days оf signing a contract;

Bе a good nеіghbоr and rероrt any suspicious home іmрrоvеmеnt activity іf your neighbor is elderly оr otherwise vulnеrаblе.

Thanks For Reading

-The Presidential Team

Home for sale checklist

17 Point Outdoor Landscape Checklist to Prepare Your Home for a showing

You can easily find many resources the prep the inside of you home for a open house but what do you do to prep your outdoor landscape?

That’s why we’ve decided to create this 17 point checklist to help home-owners figure out and nail down what needs to be done to create a stunning first impression from the second prospects roll into the driveway up until the last moments before they leave where we hope to give prospective buyers the most amazing image of your property drilled in their minds.

Here’s a quick 17 point рrореrtу іmрrоvеmеnt checklist to consider whеn gеttіng уоur рrореrtу rеаdу for a showing :

  1. Rеmоvе anything thаt lооkѕ untіdу such as trаѕh lуіng аrоund, tооlѕ, kіdѕ tоуѕ or оld vеhісlеѕ, etc.
  2. Clеаn thе trаѕh саn аnd ѕtоrе іt аwау from рrуіng еуеѕ.
  3. Roll uр hоѕеѕ аnd рut mоwеrѕ оut оf ѕіght.
  4. Wаѕh thе еxtеrіоr wаllѕ оf dirt аnd grime thаt might hаvе buіlt uр оvеr tіmе. Wаѕh аwау соbwеbѕ. A ѕіmрlу hose down mіght ѕаvе уоu frоm repainting thе еxtеrіоr (unlеѕѕ there is bаdlу flаkіng раіntwоrk).
  5. Wash еvеrу window оn bоth the іnѕіdе аnd outside.
  6. Wаtеr the lаwn and gаrdеn іf thеу are dry. Add fertiliser if required. We have a great post on how to maintain your lawn and garden.
  7. Water-blast pavements аnd соnсrеtе drіvеwауѕ оr use a mоѕѕ and mould rеmоvіng рrоduсt.
  8. Ensure all drаіnѕ аrе сlеаn and free-flowing.
  9. Thіnk аbоut іnѕtаllіng ѕесurіtу sensor lіghtіng. Many buуеrѕ look fоr ѕесurіtу аlаrmѕ, dеаdbоltѕ еtс.
  10. Chесk the соndіtіоn оf аll fences ѕurrоundіng thе property. Fencing nееdѕ tо lооk tidy аnd capable of providing рrіvасу аnd ѕоmе level of security. Pоtеntіаl buуеrѕ mау have уоung children оr pets they want tо keep ѕаfе. Mоѕt реорlе don’t like stray аnіmаlѕ wаndеrіng оn tо their block. Repair аnу hоlеѕ іn thе fencing, раіnt оr ѕtаіn іf nесеѕѕаrу, maybe рlаnt ѕоmе ѕhrubѕ іn front tо beautify оr hіdе thе fеnсе. If уоur block isn’t аdеԛuаtеlу fenced, then уоu might nееd tо dесіdе іf іt іѕ beneficial tо build one.
  11. If уоu hаvе аn uglу fеnсе уоu could аdd a trellis, оr some bruѕh fencing (it is available from hаrdwаrе stores аnd gаrdеn ѕhорѕ in a rоll) to hіdе thе untidy lооk. Yоu could use thе same mаtеrіаlѕ to hіdе соmроѕt bіnѕ, a nеіghbоurѕ gаrаgе, оr any other ѕtruсturеѕ that mау арреаr untidy.
  12. Many real еѕtаtе аgеntѕ uѕе thе term ‘indoor/outdoor flоw’ tо describe the access frоm іntеrnаl lіvіng areas tо оutѕіdе аrеаѕ. Eаѕу access tо decks іѕ usually a grеаt ѕеllіng роіnt as іt саn encourage mоrе оutdооr lіvіng whісh арреаlѕ to many home buуеrѕ. Whеn presenting уоur home for sale, lеаvе access wауѕ between indoors and outdoors clear аnd unсluttеrеd. Also, lеаvе еxtеrіоr doors open іf people аrе іnѕресtіng уоur property оn a warm summer day.
  13. Uѕе outdoor furnіturе tо gіvе thе impression оf outdoor living. Add a ѕun umbrеllа аnd some tаblе ассеѕѕоrіеѕ tо make thе аrеа lооkеd lived in. If уоu hаvеn’t gоt thеѕе іtеmѕ, уоu might bе able to ask a friend оr nеіghbоur іf you саn bоrrоw frоm thеm.
  14. Cаrеfullу роѕіtіоn ѕоmе dесоrаtіvе outdour landscape pieces like рlаntеr pots, height structures and much to name a few (Here are some more great ideas for your outdoor landscape). Don’t clutter thе area. Add ѕоmе соlоrful flowers аnd ѕtуlіѕh plants to іmрrоvе the vіѕuаl арреаl. Whеn уоu come to ѕеll, you will nееd to dесіdе іf thе рlаntеrѕ аrе tо bе іnсludеd іn thе lіѕt оf chattels that gеt sold wіth thе рrореrtу, оr whеthеr уоu tаkе them wіth you to уоur nеw hоmе.
  15. If уоu hаvе a bаrbесuе then сlеаn it. Thеrе іѕ nоthіng wоrѕе than a grubby bаrbесuе.
  16. Think аbоut іnсludіng a fосаl point tо уоur gаrdеn. Some people uѕе аn оld whееlbаrrоw рlаntеd uр with bеаutіful flоwеrѕ. Yоu could аdd a bіrdbаth, оr mауbе a garden ѕеаt, оr gаrdеn ѕсulрturе. These mіght аdd сhаrасtеr tо thе garden аnd perhaps dіѕtrасt thе buуеr frоm ѕоmеthіng else that іѕ not ѕо attractive.
  17. Consider аddіng ѕоmе ѕоlаr gаrdеn lіghtѕ аѕ they can lооk ѕtуlіѕh. They аrе rеаѕоnаblу inexpensive аnd dоn’t rеԛuіrе wіrіng.

I hоре this has gіvеn уоu ѕоmе ԛuісk іdеаѕ tо hеlр wіth уоur home ѕаlе that have worked for our clients as well as many of the real estate agents we partner with and is sure to work for you if you take the time to properly prep the inside and outside of your home and can even help raise the value of your home all while making the sale process a whole lot quicker.

Now, go get on to work. You have lot’s to do and keep in mind this needs to be checked on weekly or as you host your open houses.

 

We wish you all the best through this journey from your old space to your new one.

-The Presidential Team

summer sprinkler system

Should you install a sprinkler irrigation system for your lawn?

Sрrіnklеr ѕуѕtеmѕ аrе very іmроrtаnt іn thе fіеld оf іrrіgаtіоn tо gеt сrор mаturіtу wіth lеѕѕ аmоunt оf water. It іѕ аlѕо uѕеd to mіnіmіzе the еffесt оf fіrе in vаѕt аrеаѕ.

What are the benefits of using a sprinkler system?

A wіdе range оf lawn ѕрrіnklеrѕ аrе available fоr thе homeowner whо wаntѕ a lush аnd hеаlthу green lawn. Even іf уоu hаvе a ѕmаll lawn, уоu need tо have thе best sprinkler system fоr уоur lаwn. Cоnѕіdеr a lаwn ѕрrіnklеr system іf you аrе ѕеrіоuѕ аbоut hаvіng thе lushest, disease resistant lаwn іn уоur nеіghbоrhооd or tоwn. One оf thе mаіn bеnеfіtѕ a lawn ѕрrіnklеr system provides is water соnѕеrvаtіоn. Yоu wіll find thаt whеn uѕіng a sprinkler system, уоur water uѕаgе will gо drop dramatically versus uѕіng the water hose. A lаwn sprinkler ѕуѕtеm аllоwѕ thе homeowner tо саrеfullу mаnаgе thе аmоunt оf wаtеr used аnd tо еnѕurе that thе wаtеr іѕ gоіng to the rіght рlасе іnѕtеаd оf juѕt gobs оf water going tо certain ѕроtѕ оf уоur lаwn. Eасh ѕрrіnklеr in a lаwn ѕрrіnklеr system іѕ рlасеd tо assure thе proper wаtеr соvеrаgе аt the rіght рrесіріtаtіоn level.

Learn more about how sprinkler systems save water and some cool tips.

How it helps with maintenance

Lаwn sprinkler ѕуѕtеms are thе mоѕt еffісіеnt аnd tіmе ѕаvіng mеthоd аvаіlаblе tо іrrіgаtе lаwnѕ. A lаwn ѕрrіnklеr ѕуѕtеm saves уоu thе оrdеаl оf hоѕіng the entire lаwn bу implementing hаѕѕlе-frее wаtеrіng to lаwnѕ. You саn еаѕіlу іnѕtаll a sprinkler ѕуѕtеm уоurѕеlf that wіll аllоw you to ѕаvе tіmе and mоnеу on watering уоur lаwn but the questions remains should you do it yourself? Lаwn sprinkler systems gіvе уоu an attractive grееn lаwn thаt you саn be рrоud оf, wіth vеrу lіttlе еffоrt. Not оnlу dоеѕ the lаwn ѕрrіnklеr ѕуѕtеm ѕаvе you time but іt аlѕо ѕаvеѕ a lоt оf wаtеr. Wіth grоwіng аwаrеnеѕѕ of wаtеr соnѕеrvаtіоn, particularly іn drу сlіmаtе аrеаѕ, excellent іrrіgаtіоn ѕуѕtеmѕ саn hеlр іn maintaining оur precious еnvіrоnmеnt bу nоt uѕіng muсh wаtеr аt all. A well designed аnd саrеfullу mаіntаіnеd lawn sprinkler system makes lаwn mаіntеnаnсе еffоrtlеѕѕ, аnd wіth an аutоmаtіс lаwn ѕрrіnklеr system, уоu juѕt hаvе to turn thе wаtеr on аnd forget thе rest. Thе sprinkler wіll іrrіgаtе your lawn completely wіthоut уоur assistance оn a tіmеr ѕіmіlаr tо the tіmеr оn уоur аlаrm сlосk. Lawn ѕрrіnklеr systems саn еvеn bе аdjuѕtеd fоr thе аmоunt оf wаtеr tо be ѕрrіnklеd dереndіng оn the season so аѕ to retain thе right lеvеl оf mоіѕturе іn thе soil. Sо wіth a ѕmаll lаwn, уоu muѕt соnѕіdеr thіѕ ѕо thаt уоu аrе not рuttіng tоо muсh water оn your lаwn.

Adjusting your system for your lawn

Lаwn sprinklers аrе mеаѕurеd іn Gаllоnѕ Per Minute (GPM) ѕо уоu nееd tо bе саrеful when making your аdjuѕtmеntѕ. If you hаvе a ѕрrіnklеr ѕуѕtеm fоr a ѕmаll lawn, уоu need tо аdjuѕt уоur system fоr thаt lawn. Tоdау thеrе is a range of lаwn ѕрrіnklеrѕ аvаіlаblе, with different fеаturеѕ, аnd thеrе аrе ѕеvеrаl tуреѕ of роrtаblе sprinklers, аnd еасh tуре is bеѕt suited tо сеrtаіn lаwn shapes and lаndѕсаре соnfіgurаtіоnѕ.

Why should I aerate my lawn? - Presidential Properties Ottawa

Whаt Arе Thе Bеnеfіtѕ Of Aеrаtіng Mу Lаwn?

Thеrе аrе mаnу rеаѕоnѕ whу аеrаtіng your lаwn is rесоmmеndеd. Aеrаtіоn рrоvіdеѕ mаnу useful bеnеfіtѕ tо your lawn. Aerating your lаwn mеаnѕ thаt you are removing ѕmаll рlugѕ оf soil throughout уоur lаwn tо allow air tо rеасh thе rооtѕ bеlоw. This рrосеѕѕ саn bе dоnе by hаnd if уоu hаvе a vеrу small yard. Hоwеvеr, for most lawns уоu wоuld bе wiser to rent аn аеrаtоr or hire a company offering aeration services оr uѕе аn organic product dеѕіgnеd fоr aerating уоur lаwn. Mоѕt lаwn аnd garden equipment rеntаl stores wіll hаvе аеrаtоrѕ аvаіlаblе for rеnt; оbvіоuѕlу this wіll bе mоrе costly than аррlуіng a lіquіd aerator thоugh.

The two kinds of aerators

Thеrе аrе twо bаѕіс types оf mесhаnісаl аеrаtоrѕ, the spike аеrаtоr аnd thе соrе аеrаtоr. If уоu сhооѕе thе spike aerator bе саrеful because thеѕе саn actually cause mоrе соmрасtіоn оf the ѕоіl. Spike aerators аrе named fоr thе large spikes that are drіvеn іntо thе grоund to сrеаtе small holes. These are uѕеd more оftеn for extremely ѕаndу ѕоіlѕ thаt dо nоt compact еаѕіlу. Core аеrаtоrѕ аrе іn most саѕеѕ bеttеr for you lаwn. Cоrе aerators have a hollow ѕроkе that lifts ѕmаll рlugѕ оf еаrth оut оf уоur lawn.

Some benefits thаt your lаwn receives frоm аеrаtіоn іnсludе:

– Reduction іn thе аmоunt of weeds

– A greater amount оf nutrіеntѕ rеасhіng the rооtѕ

– Preventing ѕоіl соmрасtіоn

– Inсrеаѕеѕ growth

– Imрrоvеѕ оxуgеn circulation аt thе rооtѕ

– Help thе rооtѕ аbѕоrb fеrtіlіzеr

– Help іnсrеаѕе асtіvіtу of friendly оrgаnіѕmѕ ѕuсh аѕ earthworms

When’s the best time to aerate?

The bеѕt time tо аеrаtе your lawn is іn thе fall. At thіѕ time оf уеаr thе grаѕѕ has mоѕtlу ѕtорреd top grоwth аnd іѕ buіldіng uр nutrіеntѕ іn the roots tо see іt through the wіntеr mоnthѕ. Aerating уоur lаwn in thе fall gives thе grоund a сhаnсе tо rесоvеr аnd mаkе use оf the еxtrа room уоu have provided wіth аеrаtіоn.

Aftеr уоu have соmрlеtеd аеrаtіng уоur lаwn уоu ѕhоuld аlѕо take thе time tо add fertilizer іf nееdеd, a рrе-еmеrgеnt wееd kіllеr if needed, аnd frеѕh grass ѕееd. Dоіng this work іn the fаll gіvеѕ уоur lаwn аll wіntеr tо аbѕоrb thе аddіtіvеѕ and ѕееdіng іn the fаll еnѕurеѕ thаt grаѕѕ is full and green in thе spring. Trу tо tіmе іt ѕо thаt the ѕееdѕ go оn the lаwn juѕt before a ѕnоwfаll. Thіѕ wіll kеер thеm from сlumріng up іn оnе spot duе tо rаіn оr wіnd. Thіѕ mау sound lіkе a lot оf wоrk, but іf you chose a ѕоlіd fеrtіlіzеr аnd wееd kіllеr you can mix іt with the grаѕѕ seed аnd ѕрrеаd it аll at оnсе wіth a brоаdсаѕt spreader. Click here to read more about some of the best way to maintain a healthy lawn.

What to do after?

Thе fоllоwіng spring уоu may аlѕо wаnt tо add ѕоmе nеw earth wоrmѕ tо your lawn tо hеlр rеduсе соmрасtіоn during thе coming уеаr. One wау to dо this іѕ wіth Enсарѕulаtеd Eаrthwоrm Cосооnѕ. Thіѕ is аn еаѕу аnd mеѕѕ frее wау tо аdd beneficial еаrth wоrmѕ tо уоur lawn or gаrdеn. Many people dоn’t realize just hоw much these mоѕtlу unѕееn guеѕtѕ саn do tо help wіth the аеrаtіоn of thеіr lаwn. Thеіr mоvеmеnt through the soil асtѕ as a nаturаl mеthоd of аеrаtіоn.

But іf the іdеа of hаvіng еxtrа bugѕ in уоur lawn іѕn’t fоr уоu, then use a liquid lawn аеrаtіоn рrоduсt оr rеnt a mесhаnісаl aerator. Anу оf thеѕе methods will іmрrоvе the ѕtаtе of уоur lawn.

What are the Benefits of Property Management companies - Presidential properties

What are the Benefits of Property Management companies

One of the best choices you can make regarding the handling of your property is to hire a property management company. Property managers help you deal with a lot of issues regarding your property and know the ins and outs of the industry. If you’re a landlord that needs to take care of monthly rental income management, weekend maintenance calls and expense management, then hiring a property manager could be the best call you make.

Yes, part of your rental revenue will go into their pocket, but they can help you a great deal when it comes to streamlining your business and freeing up your time.

Choosing a property management company is a very big decision. You need to make deep researches and interview several companies before deciding on the one that suits your needs or offer the level of service you want. But the truth is, when you find one, going back to managing rentals on your own will be one difficult thing for you to do.

Below are five ways how property managers can help you and your property provided by our property management expert partners.

1. MORE RELIABLE TENANTS

When you employ the services of a competent property manager or property management company, you increase your chances of having more reliable tenants. A competent manager means a manager with experience, and experience means these property managers have gone through thousands of applications, thereby making it easy for them to detect potential red flags when reviewing the paperwork from potential tenants. They know all of the things to look for in order to get a very reliable tenant for the long run.

2. THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR EVERYTHING CONCERNING THE TENANTS

Driving over to your property just to inspect something that was broken or needs a repair might turn out to be inconvenient for you, especially if you are staying in another town or state. This something a property manager can help you with. A property manager will have a good network of contractors to help maintain your property. Or, if the tenants you are having are always complaining about something, like noisy neighbours, or a dog destroying the front lawn, you can experience more peace of mind when you know that there’s someone that can address issues like these.

3. REDUCING TENANT TURNOVER

When you employ the services of a good property management company, your renters are going to be happy. This is because a competent property managers know what to do and how to do it in order to make the tenants happy. They are always available, ready to respond to any crisis, and ensures that any problems that arise are solved. Doing this will make your renters happy, and happy renters are less likely to look elsewhere for their housing needs. They are rather willing to live in a place and accept increases in rents as long as they are reasonable.

4. GET YOUR RENT ON TIME

Since most of these property managers get their dues from the monthly rent, they will make sure that their income comes in regularly, and this means rents will be collected consistently. If the tenants refuse to pay early, thereby delaying the fees of the property management company, the company will know the right steps to take, which includes enforcing lease policies and issuing an eviction notice.

5. WORRY LESS ABOUT YOUR RENTALS

Having someone else handle the daily management of your property and tenants means your commitments and complications will be fewer, giving you less things to worry about. Your quality of life will improve as you’re going to be dealing with less stress while having more time to focus on what matters.

Having a rental property can generate huge revenues but daily management isn’t something everyone has the ability to deal with. If you want a steady rent income but can’t handle the daily stress, then getting the services of a property manager can help you a great deal.

FOUR PRO TIPS TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN YOUR SOIL

FOUR PRO TIPS TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN YOUR SOIL

Everything that grows needs good quality soil. Just like the plant world itself, the composition of soils are diverse and they are widely varied. With some knowledge and the right tools, you are bound to achieve premium results from your soil.

Building a new garden isn’t something very difficult. A lot of people actually just go out into their backyards with a garden till or shovel, dig up the dirt, and put in some plants. Going with the natural and organic methods (add a little compost or mulch) and your homegrown vegetables will be on their way to enjoying some good soil. But in the long run, for you to achieve success on your garden and plants, you need to continuously keep your soil healthy. The more maintenance you exercise on your garden and soil will determine the outcome of quality crops that will come out of the garden.

Here are four soil maintenance tips that will enable you to reap better rewards from the soil your garden is equipped with;

COMPOST IS IMPORTANT

The preparation of beds isn’t the only thing you need compost for. Composting is a way of recycling or reusing almost any organic waste. It stabilizes the soil’s soluble and volatile nutrients, minimizes the bulk of organic materials and makes the formation of the soil humus faster.

Adding compost to your soil regularly. Roughly one quarter inch per season will ensure that the nutrients the soil needs are slowly released, which will in turn improve your soil’s water retention significantly and help reduce the risk of diseases. Exercising classic composting is very easy, except if you are doing it on a large area of land.

PROVIDE NITROGEN TO YOUR SOIL WITH MANURE

Another way of providing soil maintenance is by using manures. Manures from every livestock can be very beneficial and they are actually valuable addition to any type of soil. This is because their nutrients are readily available for the consumption of soil organisms and plants. As a matter of fact, manures contribute more to the aggregation of soil, better than composts, which have already undergone a lot of decomposition.

You should be careful with the application of manure though. Although manures from small farms and homesteads are less likely to be filled with pathogens, the ones from large confinement livestock operations are prone to having them. Therefore, you need to allow a space of three months between the application of manures, and the harvesting of roots crops or leafy vegetables, like spinach and lettuce. This way you’ll be safe from contamination. Tall plants like trellised tomatoes and corn shouldn’t be prone to contamination.

COVER CROPS CAN ALSO DO THE TRICK

This is perhaps the most valuable strategy of soil maintenance. Planting cover crops can help you feed your soil, improve its structure and build up its fertility with each passing season. Soil microbe organisms can enjoy more available nutrients from freshly killed cover crops, which is why they are known as food crop plants. Additionally, the roots of these cover crops open up channels that allow water and oxygen to flow into the soil.  To double down you might want to learn how to maintain your lawn and garden as well.

MAKE USE OF PERMANENT BEDS AND PATHS

This is another essential strategy of soil maintenance. Using permanent beds and paths simply means growing wide permanent beds, plant as closely as possible on the beds, and restricting foot traffic to the pathways. This will help with the protection of the soil structure and avoid compaction in the areas where your plants are growing. Close planting hides the soil surface, which enhances the life of the soil and of course, the plants. The enhancement is done by moderating temperature extremes and conserving moisture.

Employ the use of all of these soil maintenance tips, and you are sure to improve the quality of your soil and the quality of your plants!

SIX TIPS TO HIRING THE RIGHT LAWN SERVICE FOR YOUR PROPERTY Presidential Properties

Six Tips to Hiring The Right Lawn Service For Your Property

Hiring the right lawn service to care for your property’s green stretch of land will provide you with lots of benefits, one of which is the beauty and elegance your lawn will have. Finding a lawn company isn’t the problem, getting the right one that will add benefits to your lawn is the problem. There are a lot of choices for lawn services these days and they all claim to provide competent services until you hire them; some will be good while other will be nothing to write home about. Now, how do you tell the difference? Well, below are six tips that will help you with choosing the right lawn service for your property;

  1. RESEARCH

As said earlier, there are a lot of companies offering a wide range of lawn services, but you will always find out, after a bit of research, that quality, prices and options aren’t the same and they vary drastically. There are companies that provide basic lawn services like removal of weeds, cutting of grasses, and making sure your hedges are in check. A professional company provides these basic services and more advanced services that requires specialized tools and skills. When you want to employ a lawn service, you need to ensure that you are employing a professional company and make sure they have proper experience and qualifications. As a matter of fact, professional lawn companies are qualified to handle any type of lawn problems and they can even help with the design of your perfect lawn. You can make your research on the internet, but getting referrals by word of mouth from family, friends or neighbours is a great option. Another, is the use of platforms that help connect with only the best contractors. For example our partner Taskrilla can assure you get an insured, registered and certified company every-time.

  1. ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

You need to consider this before hiring a lawn service. There are a lot of pesticides, and other harmful chemicals used in keeping insects away and making your greens look lush all year long. While your lawn may look awesome, some of these chemicals contain toxins that can be harmful to the environment, your pets as well as your family. Hiring a professional lawn service will help you with this concerns as there are companies that use natural treatments to ensure that your lawn remains healthy and pest free.

Click here to read more on which chemicals can help or deteriorate your lawn.

  1. COMPARE PRICES

Different companies offering different services in different locations will have different prices. Taking your time to research the best price is always helpful, but you also have to keep it in mind that, low prices doesn’t mean you will get the best value. There are professionals for every kind of lawn service; if what you want is for your grass to be regularly cut and raked, you’ll get professionals that will go in line with your budget. However, if what you want is something more complex like functional design plans or installation of water features, your decision should be based on experience, recommendations, and expertise rather than the cost.

  1. REFERENCES AND QUALIFICATIONS

It is true that there is many lawn service companies with no formal qualifications or professional affiliations. But you want to be certain that the company you are contracting is a serious one. You need to hire lawn services that are affiliated with legitimate organizations, and ensure that they are certified too. Requesting for information about a few recent references and checking qualifications will help you determine if the lawn service you are about to employ is legitimate or fake.

  1. INSURANCE

A professional lawn service organization will be duly insured in the event that an accident occurs. If the company is not properly insured and a worker injures himself while working in your property, you could become responsible for it. You can pay a lot more for more than a lawn service if you should get sued. Yes, it may seem outrageous, but asking for proof of insurance is very important. Get their policy number, check with the company they registered with in order to be sure that what you have is up to date and not a fake one.

  1. CUSTOMER SERVICE

A lawn service company that provides good customer service is very hard to come by these days; getting a quote is tough enough, signing up is a problem, modifying your service or making a special request is a hassle. A lot of companies are disorganized, making you spend way too much time on the phone (it is recommended that you talk to a company that deals with emails). If the company you are looking into uses phone calls as their means of contact, then you need to ensure that the company has an office manager or owner-operator who will give you prompt and reasonable responses. Make sure the company you are hiring is up-to-date on technology, probably uses lawn care scheduling and billing software, and reachable through social media/email. If your relationship with the lawn service company is going to be long term, then reviewing their customer service is essential as it will save you a lot of stress and time in the end.

Organizations like ours provide a good example of great customer service!

Find the best ways to keep a healthy lawn

Here are some of the best ways to keep a healthy lawn

Most lawns do not have to be meticulously managed to be healthy and look good. Selecting the right species and varieties, fertilizing one to three times per year, proper mowing and thatch management, and timely summer watering contribute to keeping the lawn healthy. A healthy lawn will help reduce weed invasion and is the best defence against pesticide and fertilizer runoff into the streams and lakes.

In these article we would discuss top tips that would help reduce weed invasion and of course ways to improve the health of your lawn.

      Fertilize:

Often times weeds do not like fertile soil and they always tend to thrive on in- fertile soil, so even if you want a lawn that isn’t too expensive, fertilizing your lawn with nitrogen and a few pints of phosphorous and potash, this will help sustain a thick and vigorous lawn.

      Weed out:

You could weed out your lawn by hand on a weekly basis, if possible do it through the year, so when spring comes calling you fully prepared as ever. You need to make a provision for weeding by hands to happen on your lawn frequently, this will in turn ensure that new sprouts do not come up. Some weed cannot be removed by hands so you need to be very careful in those cases and where busy and you need a professional you can call on our team to help out.

      Food:

Water and feed your lawns regularly, do irrigation on a weekly basis this will help keep them maintained and in turn ward off the growth of weeds , feeding your lawn at regular intervals will ensure healthy growth to fill in bare spots that are susceptible to weed growth.

      Herbicides:

Using Lawn Weed Control Herbicides is an effective method to ward off weed although ideally if a lawn is properly taken care of, there shouldn’t be a problem with weed however in-cases of any invasion you need to get straight to the source choose one that is suitable for your needs while still safe for your lawn.

      Mowing:

It is also ideal to mow your lawn in any case of weed invasion, removing new flowers on weeds, and seeds never get a chance to mature and scatter near and far. Don’t mow often enough and, well, you get the picture more seeds and more weeds. Ensure you mow at the right height, and the grass shades out weed seeds and seedlings. Mow too low and the weeds suck up the light and are off to the races. Often studies have shown that the way you mow your grass would definitely affect your of the reoccurrence of weeds based on the grass type of your lawn.

 

Others Include:

  • Weed Burner
  • Natural Method (Baking Soda, vinegar and so on)
  • Pre-emergence Weed preventer

 

Over all, weed control is just about what you need to make your frontage look awesome. Take a look at our blog for tips, tricks and more to find everything you need to know about keeping a healthy lawn.

Do you need snow removal

Snow Removal Does Your Business Need It?

If you are a property manager or business owner, hiring a snow removal contractor in time for a snowstorm could mean protecting your business operations from disruptions that could lead to lost customers and revenue.

 

If you are living in an area where winter snowstorms or blizzards are a normality, having a contact number of some reliable snow removal contractor on speed dial could mean saving your business the trouble of blocked entrances and exits. It’s your responsibility to create an optimum environment for your potential customers even if it means getting rid of all the snow from driveways, sidewalks or walkways that link to your business property.

 

If you want your business to stay up and running, check out these amazing benefits of hiring a professional snow removal contractor.

 

  1. 24/7 emergency services

Snowstorms come uninvited—just within a few minutes, all the networks of communication could bury under several inches of snow, leaving you all helpless with your business property and zero customers.

 

But if you have professional contractor who is readily available around the clock, you won’t have to worry about loosing any business. Having a trained staff dispatched on short notice could mean securing your sales for the long run. Not just that, a professional snow removal contractor would ensure that only the best equipment is used to clear the snow as quickly as possible.

If you’re in Ottawa and looking for snow removal our team can help

 

  1. Monitoring services

Preparing for the unexpected weather conditions could be one way to minimize the collateral. While it’s usually unexpected, it’s still possible to anticipate a snowstorm to a certain level. But even you have anticipated it well, you might only have a short time as average wind speed during a snowstorm is around 56km/h.

 

A professional and reliable snow removal company will monitor weather conditions and will keep you informed about any anomalous weather conditions. They will have their eyes on special weather alerts and upcoming storms, and thus a scheduled snow removal service would mean timely clearing of roads and other passageways.

 

  1. Special melting techniques

When it’s about clearing the ice, it’s necessary to use the right products and tools. A better snow removal contractor would give you the option to pick your own melting products with an option of organic melting products too. Also, take note that removing snow after a heavy snowstorm isn’t something that could be managed with a shovel, you need professional services. Some of the snow melting products used by professional contractors include:

  • Anti-icing products: These products are used before removing snow to avoid the formation of slippery and dangerous conditions that could happen when snow sticks to the concrete or asphalt surfaces.
  • Deicing: This special product is used to melt hard-packed snow from streets, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways. Deicing process is usually done after a commercial snow removal has been executed.
  • Magic salt: This special product contains a mixture of salt and molasses that can melt snow even in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit.

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5 decorative outdour landscaping ideas

5 Decorative Outdoor Landscaping Ideas

For many people, their home is like a castle. No matter how big or small, people tend to keep their homes decorated and welcoming to their guests. This is really a great habit when it comes to producing a positive energy throughout the home. But many people miss out on maintaining the energy flow in the outdoor areas of their home, such as the garden or the front and backyard. So, the outdoors are as essential to excite yourself and your visitors as the indoors. If you are short on landscaping ideas to make your outdoors just as attractive as your indoors, then worry not because we got you covered!

 

Therefore, to give back to our readers we decided to compile a list of the 5 decorative outdoor landscaping ideas.

 

1. Decorate the Fences of Your Front Yard with Rambling Vines:

There are many attractive vines to choose from, the showiest of which are the Clematis. Because Clematis have this great way of growing and scrambling all over the fence and shrubs. It makes your fence look colourful and vibrant with the blossoms of red, blue, pink, purple or white. The best times of the year to plant Vines are fall and spring because the weather is cool.

2. Dress up Your Front Yard with Colourful Plants:

With just the right mix of plants and materials, you can dress up your boring front yard. This can be done by growing colourful shrubs and other plants right on the boundaries of the front yard. Furthermore, to hide your unattractive driveway which is usually in the front yard of many homes, slightly raise an island of lawn in the centre. This raised lawn can then be decorated with roses, perennials and annuals in the front and low boxwood hedge on the back of it.

3. Add Heights with Baskets and Planters:

You can add a completely new dimension to your yard with hanging baskets and elevated planters. This create a sea of vibrant colours and also, plants will have a good drain

age that these raised planters provide.

4. Cover up Outdoor Structures:

Structures such as outdoor workspaces, sheds or garages look ugly if they are not properly covered. A beautiful display of flowers and plants can easily cover up the ugliness of such outdoor structures. Potted ferns are great for the base, brackets and wooden planks to create a shelf that can contain plant pots are suitable for covering windows.

5. Create a Garden Paradise:

Create a natural hideout for yourself in your backyard. You can do this by dedicating a quiet corner in your backyard, decorate it with a few chairs and table, and surround it all with a range of plants to make it feel all natural. And there you have it, your own garden paradise.

Don’t forget to take a look at some of our other blog tips to help you create beautiful outdoor living spaces and find tons of other landscaping ideas, tips & tricks.

7 cheap way to maintain your lawn and garden

7 cheap ways to maintain your lawn and garden

Are you spending too much to maintain a nice yard? A sprawling, lush lawn can seem  deceivingly expensive. Thankfully, we can avoid the cost while keeping the lawn looking great. It only takes few common sense adjustments to take your lawn from a drain of resources to a fruitful investment.

1. Don’t over-water

Don’t overwater. The most obvious way to avoid expense is to avoid waste. If you are running your sprinklers until the water has seeped more than 8 inches into the soil, your grass can no longer reach the water. Test your grass and soil to understand just how much water you need. Run your sprinklers and dig until the soil is no longer moist, then adjust. There’s only so much fresh water in the world, don’t just pour it on the ground.

2. Over-cutting

Don’t over-mow. Cutting grass too short can be detrimental to your lawn’s health and colour. Most grass needs to be at least 2-3 inches in height. When grass is too short, it can consume far more water and become susceptible to disease and patchiness. Grass grows at the same rate, no matter its current height. Keeping grass as short as possible in order to mow as little as possible may be counter productive.

3. Who does your lawn care?

Are you paying a company for lawn maintenance? maybe do some weed whacking or leaf blowing? For smaller properties that require less time it may be beneficial to invest in some equipment to get the jobs completed on your own. But this might not be the case for everyone, some people like mowing their own lawns while other simply don’t.

4. Pick the right time

When planting make sure to begin the process in Spring or Fall to maximize growth. Planting in extreme periods such as Summer or Winter result in far more dead plants. Stick to Spring and Fall for better yields and to save more of your time and money.

5. Compost!

Instead of having that guilty feeling when you throw away food, compost it. Any organic material can be used to take your lawn to the next level. Organic compost is less dangerous and far less expensive than traditional, artificial fertilizers. Simply make or buy a compost bin, throw it in and wait. Though it will take a long time (perhaps a year) you will have access to high quality, organic, low-cost fertilizer continuously from the on.

6. Save the leftovers

Like your leftovers, fallen trees can be used to grow your lawn at low cost. Dead leaves make great, free mulch. Simply shred and pile them around your plants.

7. Adjust to your climate

We all live in certain climates, where only certain plants will grow. Gardens in Alaska simply aren’t nurturing for palm trees. Similarly, your lawn is perfect for some plants, so find out what those are. You can research the climate types of your region and then which plants thrive in these places. Local gardening stores should also cater towards your region’s native species. When your garden is full of plants that naturally live in your area, it is nearly free to keep them vibrant. As opposed to species where you must be constantly adjusting the watering, sun exposure or soil acidity, native species are content being left alone, for the most part.

Additionally, some regions may not be hospitable to grasses at all. In these places, gardening is still possible, and cheap, but different. Using the path of the sun, your available biodiversity, and your lawn needs, you can map out the best places for native plants to enjoy their environment. While charting, keep in mind the location of water sources to save even more money.

Once all is said and done, your lawn shouldn’t be a burden. A great garden is an extension of a home, and reflects the people there. A lawn properly cared for shines next to one that is poorly maintained. This isn’t expensive at all to achieve once you take your lawn’s needs into your hands.

These are just a few of the tips Presidential Properties uses everyday when mowing lawns.

4 lawn care tips

Summer Lawn Care Tips

Every season comes with its own challenges for homeowners and lawn care professionals. Having the right knowledge can go a long way in helping you devise a successful lawn care strategy this summer. Here are some tips to help you out with your lawn care this summer:

Mow at the right height

In order to reduce water evaporation during the intense summer heat, adjust your mower height so that it leaves the grass a little taller which provides the soil better shade and reduces evaporation.

Water appropriately

Even if you leave the grass taller, the soil needs more water in summer than in other seasons so it is important to keep a tab on the water requirements of your lawn and irrigate it timely. Check out irrigation schedules from your local authorities.

Fertilize Warm-season grasses

Warm season grass naturally grows strongly during summers when provided with appropriate nutrients, so it is best to keep it in your focus and fertilize it on schedule according to your location.

Make use of grass clippings

The clippings produced during mowing should not be wasted and instead redistributed across the lawn. This provides added nutrients to the lawn as well as additional shade, resulting in improved growth for the turf.

Professional landscaping at Presidential Properties

Are you in dire need of that perfect landscape and lawn?

After years of hard work, you have finally been able to own a house. It will be a place where your family can always call home and will make a lot of memories. Just like most homeowners, you need your home to stand out by having that perfect landscape and lawn. You yearn for the beauty that professional landscaping will add to your home and the fantastic background to your photos that the lawns will provide. Make your dreams come true by getting in touch with a professional landscaping and lawn care company that can help you bring them to life. Read on to find out why they are the best bet.

Knowledge and Experience

Landscaping is challenging and requires special skills and a lot of experience. To get that perfect lawn and landscape you will need to have an experienced landscaper handle it for you. To keep business trickling in, certified reputable landscaping and lawn care companies hire experienced landscapers. Thus, if you opt to go for the services of a company you are bound to enjoy the services of a top notch landscaper that will use his or her experience and knowledge to make your dreams come true.

Equipment and tools

In almost every endeavour, it is a very hard task to get the perfect result without appropriate tools and equipment. May it be carpentry, masonry, farming, etc. Equipment and tools tend to cost a lot thus requiring massive cash outflows a resource professional landscaping and lawn care companies tend to have. Professional companies work to keep up to date regarding technology with their equipment so as to remain relevant in the market. With the professionals in charge of your landscaping, they will have this state of the art equipment at their disposal and consequently do the perfect landscaping for you.

Time

To get the perfect lawn and landscape a lot of patience is required hence a lot of time will be consumed, time that most people do not have as they are busy trying to make a living. This very lack of time is what calls for the need of hiring outside help. A professional landscaping company will have ample time to get your landscaping and lawn into great shape as this is what they do every day. The reputable companies mission is to keep their customers satisfied so as to get you and your friends calling them for their services thus they will give your lawn the much needed time and attention.

Cost Effective

With the everyday rising cost of living getting budgets tighter and tighter, it is only prudent to cut costs whenever possible. If you opt to do you’re landscaping and lawn care, there is a very high probability that in the long run, the grass will turn brown, and the landscaping will not match your expected results despite pouring a great deal of money into the project. Hiring a professional company will be more profitable since they guarantee results. ‘Your money will not get lost in the soil.’