How To Pick The Right Lawn Maintenance Service

How To Pick The Right Lawn Maintenance Service

Do you know how to choose a lawn company? You may just want your lawn mown, or maybe your needs are more detailed. Although we don’t offer lawn maintenance as a service on this site, we do like to make sure the consumer is informed. Here are some ideas for how to pick the right lawn maintenance service.

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Local Service

This may seem like a common sense, but make sure the lawn service is local. Some less ethical companies will try to draw in customers from outside their service area, hoping to expand. You want someone who can respond quickly, and whom you can contact easily.

Eco-Friendly

Law maintenance can require the use of a wide variety of chemicals. Pesticides are important to control several different types of insects that can destroy your lawn and landscape. They can also kill shrubs and trees. Your maintenance company can treat all of these problems.

Chemicals are also necessary to kill unwanted weeds. Fertilizer is also a chemical, in many cases. Over-application of fertilizer can result in runoff which pollutes area surface water.

You will want a company that is diligent about carefully measure all pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers before application. In addition, some of these need to be watered in, while others do not. Herbicide usually needs to be applied and left on leaves to kill weeds, while fertilizer usually needs to be watered in.

There are also some chemicals and treatments that are easier on the environment that certain other chemicals. A green landscape service will know how to control law-destroying pests, diseases, and weeds using a certain percentage of natural treatments.

Professional

Nobody wants a crew of tattooed, chain-wearing bikers showing up at their house, even if they are the lawn care company. Look for companies that require their employees to wear uniforms and drive company vehicles. You should not be afraid to open your door for people you are hiring to work on your property.

There are also permits and licensing required for businesses who use chemicals. If your lawn company does not have the proper licensing, they should not apply chemicals.

There are also certifications available for people who work in trimming, fertilizing, and treating trees. Don’t allow anyone to prune trees or shrubs unless they have certification, because they can do serious damage. The trees and shrubs can be destroyed or weakened to the point that they must be removed.

If profanity is a problem for you, ask about that. Most companies have a strict no-profanity rule.

Professionals will also be careful with your pets. It is terrible when the lawn service leaves a gate open and the dog gets out. You’ll want to let them know you have pets, and ask them about the precautions they take to protect them.

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Word of Mouth

Ask around about lawn maintenance companies. Your coworkers, neighbors, friends, and family probably have some experience with local landscape companies. You can check online for reviews of their services.

Use Planters To Add That Special Something To Your Property

Use Planters To Add That Special Something To Your Property

Flower pots can accumulate in your garden shed, taking up room you could use for anything else. They clutter the back corner of your patio, their clumped dirt needing to be replaced before they can take another plant. Besides, why would you want to use them, when new plants already come in a flower pot? Every spring, you line flower pots along the edge of your patio, and pile them in the corner once the flowers die. It doesn’t have to be that way. Planters can add something special to your property, creating eye candy that beautifies every season.

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Entry Definition

You can use planters of any style to draw attention to the entry. Some homes, for instance, have side entrances. You may have a studio or workshop in the back, and want your students of customers to come around to that side rather than the front door. A beautiful, rustic planter full of King papyrus can create a visual lure to draw your visitors to the gate you want them to use.

Well stocked planters are very helpful in directing traffic in offices. Use them to designate offices or restrooms, or lead people to the reception area.

Create Destination

Don’t be afraid to add planters to your landscaping. Rustic planters made of railroad ties can create a focal point in your garden, drawing visitors to the back. This can open up space on your deck as you entertain.

Plants placed attractively around seating areas draw people to those areas, especially if they can get some shade. The scent of flowers will welcome them into your garden or home.

Direct Traffic

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Planters carefully placed can keep people out of the parking lot or the lawn. They can create visual guidelines that show people where your space ends and someone else’s begins. You can use them indoors to lead people into the parlor or kitchen, or discourage them from entering other areas. The planters and the plants in them can add privacy and intimacy.

Reinforce Your Style

Planters can echo your sense of style. Modern planters, made of galvanized metal or slate, can add a chic look to your home interior or your office space. Rustic planters, made of cladding, can bring a windowbox to life, helping to create a country cottage look.

A set of matching planters can add an organized, formal look, with a line of matching plants rimming the pool or the sidewalk. Matching planters in graduated sizes can add a sense of order without the formal feel.

Large planters actually create a sense of space, making small spaces feel larger. A lot of little planters can make it feel cluttered, unless they all match.

Care of Planters

Once you purchase really nice planters, you want to use them year after year, rather than stuffing them in the shed. Empty them of soil and rinse them out. Then, scrub them with water with a little bleach. This will kill any nematodes or bugs. You can enjoy your planters for years, like this.

Shiplap Vs. Tongue And Groove Cladding

Shiplap Vs. Tongue And Groove Cladding

Your outdoor projects can keep you busy, and are so rewarding when they are finished. You may have planned for months before you actually got to start building, and now, you’re ready to add the finishing touches. Considering that most projects will need cladding, you may want to make a decision between shiplap and tong and groove cladding. Here are some facts about both that may help you make your decision.

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Purpose

First of all, what is the purpose of the cladding? If you have built a storage shed, how much traffic will it have? If it is just for storing garden utensils, then shiplap will be fine. But, if you have build a playhouse or workshop, you may want to consider tongue and groove.

Shiplap Cladding

Shiplap cladding has a bevel cut on the front, across the length of the top of the board. This creates a concave shape with a thinner edge along the top. Across the bottom, on the back of the board, is a groove cut that will just fit over the edge of the piece below it. This is a type of tongue and groove, but there is only one groove. It sloughs the water off of your shed, protecting the structure and whatever is inside the building.

This cladding is fairly easy to install, as the top board just sits over the bevel. As the cladding is secured, it seals the joint quite well.

Tongue and Groove Cladding

Tongue and groove cladding has a more complex construction. It usually involves cutting two parallel grooves into the edge of the board, lengthwise. The other side of the board is routed out, leaving two tongues that should fit into the grooves. This creates a very tight seal. Tongue and groove is quite strong cladding. This cladding is suggested for buildings that will undergo a lot of traffic. A workshop, for example, will have a lot of traffic. Tools can be heavy, and working in a structure will create stress on it. This type of cladding adds strength so that the frame does not torque or sides break down.

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Overlap Cladding

These are panels that you simply overlap. There is no beveling, and no grooves. This is the least expensive cladding, and the easiest to install. However, as far as structural soundness, the overlap cladding will not provide the stability of the other two.

Expense

The least expensive of the three types of cladding is the overlap. It will waterproof your structure and protect the interior. You will have to take care to seal the corners, though, because there will be plenty of gaps. Your structure won’t be as strong, either, so if you will have heavy equipment or a lot of traffic in it, it may not last as long.

Shiplap is the mid-expense, and is quite strong. Tongue and groove is the most expensive and the strongest.

The good news is that there is a cladding out there that you can afford, and that will protect your building.

Buying The Right Surfboard

Buying The Right Surfboard

With the ever-growing popularity of surfing, surf schools and suppliers have honed the choice of equipment to a fine science. Buying the right surfboard can make your surfing experience even more fun. Build some mad skills with a surfboard that is right for your size, shape, and abilities. If you need help making the decision, check in with a Bude Surf School to get a “fitting.” You’ll be amazed to see how helpful it is.

Dimensions

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Your surfboard dimensions can be customized. Various dimensions of your board will fit different skills levels. For example, if you are fairly new to surfing, you may want a surfboard with a wide tail. This makes it easier to maneuver your board at slow speeds. With advanced skills, you would want a narrow tail so that you can turn easily at high speed.

The width if the middle of the board has similar impact on your skills. A wide board has more flotation in it, and is better for those who are not as experienced and skilled. A narrower board is faster and more maneuverable.

The length of your surfboard matters, too. You may actually want a longer surfboard, because it has more foam in it. This gives it stability in soft, slow waves that might otherwise be difficult to navigate on a short board.

The Rocker

Surfboards have rockers. This is actually the curve of the board, from one end to the other. The amount of curve your surfboard has on the nose will determine how fast it can go and how quickly it will climb waves. The tail rocker will increase in curve as you gain more skills and are capable of making quicker turns.

The foil is part of the overall rocker construction, and is the way the foam is distributed through the board. If there is uneven distribution, the board will not flow across the waves property, digging in when you don’t want it to.

Bottom

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The bottom contour of your surfboard can make a huge difference in the performance. A flat bottom is good for a beginner, because it provides easier manipulation in soft or soggy surf. If you are more advance, however, you will find this type of board frustrating because you won’t have the ability to make hard, fast turns.

If you are skilled enough to make fast, tight turns, setting your board on edge, the Vee bottom will give the most maneuverability. A concave bottom contour will channel the water the length of the board, compressing it and increasing your speed. It also makes turning faster. Cnallel bottoms are a combination of flat and concave, where you have a series of flat planes arranged in a concave shape. This channels the water without building up pressure.

There are other features of the surfboard, such as the tail design, that affect performance. Your instructor at Bude Surf School can advise you on which one to use as your skills improve.

Liuhe 68 And Drop Leaf Tables

Liuhe 68 And Drop Leaf Tables

Liuhe 68 is an amazing shop with just about anything you would ever want to buy for your home. Do you need a set of dining chairs, or a dresser? This is the place to go. Nesting tables, coffee tables, lamps, ottomans, planters, televisions, and even dance shoes are available at Liuhe 68. With the trend toward multi-use in furnishings, Here at Liuhe 68, we’re now offering one of the most popular items in furniture stores – the drop leaf table. These tables are ideal for the person who has more friends and family than they have room. The drop leaf will sit nicely against the entry wall or behind the sofa, acting as a sofa table, until you need counter space or a table top for guests and their meals or drinks. Then, the drop leaf comes out and works its magic, providing plenty of space for the evening’s goings-on. Here are 3 of the top of the line drop leaf tables being offered at Liuhe 68 today.

Julian Bowen Crantock Butterfly Dining Set

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The Julian Bowen Crantock Butterfly Dining Set is in light oak finish It is a table and four chairs But, it is so much more! This amazingly designed dining set will fit in an area no wider than a notebook and no longer than a coffeetable. This gate-leg table allows you to swing the “gate” out on either one side or both, where it will hold up the table top that was originally dropped to the side of the table. Sturdy hinges hold the top in place and allow it to raise or lower as needed. Perhaps the biggest surprise with this ensemble, however, is that the chairs fold up and store under the table top. Therefore, the entire unit takes up no more room than an entry table. Bring out the chairs alone, when you have guests, or use the table, too.

Atlas Solid Rubberwood Drop Leaf Dining Set

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Of equally beautiful design is the Atlas Solid Rubberwood Drop Leaf Dining Set. Liuhe 68 has selected this item for its line because of the structure, longevity, and beauty of the wood. You receive two dining chairs in natural oak, with black PU upholstery on the seat. The drop leaf sides are automatically supported, so there are no gate legs beneath. This cleans up the lines, producing a more Puritan look in the design. The simple styling is sturdy and attractive, and will last for years as a dining table, breakfast table, or kitchen counterspace.

Astoria Solid Oak Dining Table with Butterfly Leaf

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For the dining room with more room than a small kitchen or breakfast nook, you may want the Astoria Solid Oak Dining Table with Butterfly Leaf. This table looks like a regular dining table, capable of seating 4 comfortably. However, with the butterfly leaf, the ends can be pulled out. They are self-supporting, and the center pops up to add significant dining space.

All three of these cleverly designed, solid tables are available through Liuhe 68 today.

Making Your Home Clean And Fresh

Making Your Home Clean And Fresh

One of the most popular bits of furniture in stores today are white gloss hall console tables. Why is that? It is because they make your home look clean and fresh. Here is how it works, and how you can capitalize on this decorating style to accomplish a clean, comfortable home with your furniture.

The Modern Look

 

The modern look is all about function and less about frills. It usually features sleek lines and hard, shiny finishes. Rather than appearing industrial and uncomfortable, the right mix of modern styled furniture and fabrics can make your home feel uncluttered and comfortable.

In the past, the “modern” look consisted of chrome and glass. Any upholstery was vinyl, for that shiny look. Of course, some people would have leather rather than vinyl. However, upholstery styling was sparse, with little padding. Vinyl and leather were stiff and mostly unyielding in order to maintain the slick, straight, and flat look necessary.

However, today’s modern combines clean lines with comfy cushions to make the home more comfortable while still setting the bar higher for designers.

White Gloss Hall Console Tables

White gloss hall console tables are used quite often in modern decorating in a variety of situations. As you enter your apartment or home, one of these tables in the entry establishes an uncluttered look, with a beautifully crafted vase or living orchid adding a touch of style.

The same table can be used as a sofa table, allowing you to decorate the space behind your sofa without creating a toe-stumper. It can also be used as a side-server in the dining room.

Why Gloss, Why White?

So, why is white gloss so popular? The main reason is that any time a surface is reflective, it makes the spaces around it look bigger and cleaner. That is because if something is dusty or grimy, it is not reflective. While you may not notice dust on the table, you will notice the clean look when it is dusted.

White is popular because it can actually look clean even when it is not clean. I drove a white car for years, because it always looked clean – even during the dirt storms that make my part of the U.S. famous.

When you combine white with gloss, you get a sparkling look that automatically makes you feel like you are surrounded by light and fresh air. In my office, (recently converted from my son’s room), I elected to install glossy white shelving units. They are hung on the wall, rather than units that sit on the floor. Even with the already-accumulated layer of dust that is inevitable in this area, they look great. The room is energizing, and looks and feels clean. All of the trim is also glossy white, and I am about to paint my drop leaf table – serving as my desk – the same, clean colour.

Gloss paint is also more durable than other types of paint. It will resist dents and stains, and be much easier to clean. That’s why a white, high gloss table is so appealing.

The Trick To Correctly Measure Your Feet

The Trick To Correctly Measure Your Feet

Danceshoes of all types must be properly fitted so that the dancer can reach his or her full potential. However, there are many variable in fitting shoes, and danceshoes are even more difficult to fit, for a number of reasons. Here are some tricks to correctly measure your feet for danceshoes.

Tight Fit

For performance, most professionals prefer a tight fit on their dance shoes. This is not so tight that it cuts off the circulation, but it is tight enough for the dancer to feel the floor. For ballet dancers, it is crucial that the toe actually reaches the floor. Otherwise, they cannot attain pointe.

However, to dance en pointe, even small children need shoes that fit. Buying the shoes a size too large will just make the child clumsy, and keep her from being able to perfect the technique. They can also trip in class.

Sizing

In general, you can wear the same size of dance shoe as you wear in tennis shoes. However, each brand of danceshoe is different, and different models within the brand name will fit differently. This makes it crucial to have your feet measured by a professional before ordering dance shoes.

It is not considered to be very polite to go into a dancewear store and ask them to measure your feet for dance shoes, only to leave with the measurements and order them online. Due to the prevalence of this type of behavior, many dancewear stores now charge a fee for fitting and measuring danceshoes. If you purchase the shoes at the store, they will often include the fee as partial payment for the shoe purchase.

You should always make sure that you are wearing the tights that you will be wearing as you wear the dance shoes. If you will be wearing socks, wear those when you try on the shoes. Do not just guess, because this can keep you from getting the proper fit.

Stretching

Keep in mind that, regardless of the type of material that the shoes are made of, they will stretch a little bit. They will also conform to the shape of your foot, over time. However, the shoes must fit to begin with , or they can damage the foot and keep you from being successful.

Measuring

While you should always get a professional fitting at some point, you can measure your foot yourself by placing your bare foot on a piece of paper. Stand on that foot, and have someone trace the outline. The pencil should be perpendicular to the paper, and not tilted, or the measurement will be skewed.

To find the length of your foot, measure from the heel to the end of your longest toe. To measure the width of your foot, measure the widest part , usually at the ball of the foot. However, the height of your instep can also be an issue. Some people have very high arches, while others have relatively flat feet. In these extremes, it is a good idea to get professional advice.

The Advantages Of Buying Our Plastic Planters

The Advantages Of Buying Our Plastic Planters

Plastic planters have many benefits for the gardener. Not only are they preferable for house plants, the garden can also benefit from the use of plastic planters. Here are a few of the advantages of plastic planters over ceramic and concrete.

Durability

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PVC, which is the major material used in making plastic planters, is the same material used in making vinyl siding and some roofing products. This durable, tough product can withstand pressure from the roots of growing plants, temperature changes, and even direct strikes from hail stones.

Over years of use, plastic pots may become brittle if they are left in the direct sun, but usually gardeners have cycled around to new pots for bigger plants before this happens.

Terra Cotta pots, on the other hand, do not always fare well with temperature and weather changes. While terra cotta is sometimes considered to be prettier, and the moisture wicking properties is preferred for some succulent plants, the terra cotta will, over time, dry out your plants. It is a porous material that wicks water away from the soil, leaving calcium and salt deposits on the outside of the pot. Temperature changes also cause terra cotta to crack. This can be very frustrating when you have spent a lot of money on a nice pot. Concrete pots will also crack, and are prone to being chipped.

Weight

Most people have plants in pots so that they can move the plants around. Plastic planters are ideal for this, because they are so much lighter than terra cotta, ceramic, or concrete planters. Plastic pots make it possible to mount hanging pots on your fence and patio, whereas heavier pots may not be as practical.

The size of your planter is also affected by the weight. You may not be comfortable with a 25 gallon ceramic pot on your patio, as it may crack the pavers once it is fully loaded with dirt and plants. However, with a large pot, you can remove several pounds from the final tally, making it possible to have beautiful landscaping that integrates large potted plants.

Appearance

Just about any look you get with ceramic, terra cotta, or concrete planters can be mimicked with plastic pots. Technology and design are such that plastic can be infused with any color, and any finish can be applied with as much success as with other materials. Designs range from plain, straight sides to ornate scrollwork. Plastic pots are available in any decorative style you want, and will look great in your garden or house.

Cost

Even the most ornate plastic planter costs less than its ceramic or concrete counterpart. You can find small pots for house plants, large urns for accent planting, and medium planters for your front porch and layered planting. And, all of them are less expensive than most of the competition.

The advantages of plastic planters give them the edge over heavier, more fragile ceramic and concrete planters. The versatility and ease of use make then very popular with gardeners.