Tips for Hot Summer Weather

Tips for Hot Summer Weather

One of the biggest challenges you can face when maintaining your landscape is creating a design which can withstand a long, hot summer. Hot weather is the sworn enemy of many of the traditional landscaping elements used on residential properties. We wanted to offer some tips to help maintain your outdoor living space that you and your family and friends can enjoy throughout the summer months and beyond. 

#1 – Find Some Shade

It is difficult for some plants to ensure direct sunlight all day long. By putting some of your sensitive plants in portable pots, you can move them into shaded areas during the heat of the day for protection. If you can’t move some of your plants, try erecting temporary shade such as a fabric umbrella which can give the plants a break while the temperatures soar.

#2 – Water Early in the Day

This just might be the most important tip you can receive for landscaping during the summer. If possible, get out and water your property early in the morning. By getting an early start on your watering, you will be able to avoid the issue of having the water evaporate before it has a chance to soak into the soil. Also, you need to avoid leaving your plants soggy overnight, as this is bad for their health. By watering early in the day, the water will have evaporated by the time night rolls around, and you will be ready to repeat the process tomorrow. Of course, if you don’t have time in the morning to water manually, you can consider setting up an automatic sprinkler system to do the work for you.

#3 – Use Plenty of Mulch

Mulch is one of your greatest allies in the battle against summer heat. With at least a couple inches of mulch in your beds, you will be able to keep the temperature down under the surface, and the moisture level will stay higher as well. In addition to the functional benefits, mulch also looks great.

#4 – Keep the Grass Long

Cutting your grass short is asking for trouble in hot weather. Even if you like the look of short grass, let it grow to at least three inches in the summer to avoid the risk of burning up the blades. Short grass will have nowhere to hide under the sun, and you may scorch the roots as a result. Get into the habit of cutting the lawn long during the summer months and move back shorter (if you wish) as autumn arrives.

#5 – When You Water, Go Deep

Instead of frequently applying just a bit of water to your lawn, try watering less often but adding more water when you do. By watering deeply, you will reach the roots, which is the entire point of watering the lawn in the first place. If watering by hand, it will take a bit of time to add enough water to get down to the root level – but your patience will be rewarded with a beautiful lawn.

 

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Helping Grass Survive the Summer and HOT Temperatures TIPS

Helping Grass Survive the Summer and HOT Temperatures TIPS

Some types of grass do better in high temperatures, but all are likely to suffer as the thermometer rises during the hottest months of the year. Keeping the lawn healthy can be a challenge.
For those battling hot days, scorching sun and the occasional drought, HGTV offers suggestions for keeping the lawn healthy and green until cooler days return.

Keep Grass Longer – Keeping grass a little longer in the heat of summer helps, The roots extend deeper into the earth, keeping weeds from coming up and competing for water. And because the turf is denser, it requires less water.

Sharpen Mower Blades – A sharp blade is always important, but never more so than during hot summer months. Dull blades cause grass to fray. Frayed grass is far more likely to brown.

When to Mow – Mowing less frequently and cutting early in the day or holding out until the sun begins to go down. Freshly cut grass is more likely to sustain damage in the hot sun and keeping the lawn cool will cut down on those brown spots.

Mulch – Instead of bagging grass clippings, use a mulching mower. Allowing mulched grass to settle into the lawn will help trap moisture, keeping the lawn cooler and better hydrated. A mulching mower can be beneficial to the lawn all year long but is especially helpful for beating the summer heat.

Fertilizing – Depending on the type of grass, you can probably skip fertilizing during the summer. If your lawn is having trouble, before you get into fertilizers, have the soil tested first to see if there are deficiencies. If fertilizer makes sense, look at organic, time-release fertilizers to avoid burning your lawn.

When to Water – Most lawns require about an inch of water per week to stay healthy. An irrigation system is ideal for lawn hydration, but no matter how the lawn is watered, time of day makes a difference. Watering during the hottest part of the day will not damage grass, suggests some experts, but rapid evaporation can be an issue. Deep, infrequent watering during morning hours allows moisture to be more efficiently absorbed by the root system.

 

 

 

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Tips for Staying Hydrated

Tips for Staying Hydrated

Just a REMINDER – It’s HOT HOT HOT outside and we wanted to remind everyone to keep hydrated!!

It’s one thing to know you need to drink enough, but it’s another thing to make sure you’re consistently consuming enough liquids.

See more suggestions below to help you stay hydrated;

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. As the American Heart Association suggests, feeling thirsty indicates that you’re already dehydrated. Try to sip something regularly throughout the day or, at least, drink a glass of water before and in between meals.

Eat fruits and vegetables. Many fruits and non-starchy vegetables, such as grapes, watermelons, tomatoes, and lettuce, contain a lot of water and can help keep you hydrated. Remember, fruit contains carbohydrates. Be sure to count it as part of your meal plan.

Carry a reusable water bottle with you. Choose a sturdy, portable water bottle that you can carry with you everywhere, or keep different ones at the office, by the couch, and on your nightstand so all you have to do is reach for a sip.

When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger, and “snacking” on water can help you figure out what you’re really feeling. Drinking water can also help fill you up so you don’t overeat later.

Drink water at a restaurant before you order. It can keep you from overordering and overeating (plus, it’s free!).

Drink before, during, and after exercise. When you sweat, that’s fluid escaping your body, and you need to replace it. Make sure to drink extra water when you exercise or engage in any activity that exceeds what you typically do every day.

Sodas, iced tea, coffee, and other drinks that contain caffeine are second best to good old-fashioned water when you’re trying to stay hydrated.

As for other sources of hydration, many fruits and other foods contain water. Amazingly, meat contains a high percentage of water — as much as 60%,according to article we found from WEBmd.

 

 

 

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The Benefits of Bees

The Benefits of Bees

We should all give bees a hearty thanks, because, without bees, we would have ceased to exist long ago. Humans eat their honey, use their wax, and rely on bees to help our food grow, benefiting us all.

POLLINATION

Bees carry pollen from plant to plant and flower to flower in a process called pollination. In fact, bees are responsible for pollinating nearly 85% of all food crops for humans, as well as numerous crops that grow the food fed to cattle. Without the honeybee, our options for nourishment would be seriously lacking, and there has been research conducted that predicts environmental collapse should the honeybee no longer exist.

CROPS

Honeybees essentially flit from flower to flower-spreading pollen from one plant to another. Some of the pollen collects onto the furry legs of the bee and will be later given to the young bees for sustenance. Bees use pollen for food, which is converted into energy, allowing the bee to fly for extended periods in order to gather and distribute the pollen. Due to the bee’s attentions, crops thrive and produce fruit, vegetables, flowers, nuts, seeds, beans, and much more.

THE ENVIRONMENT

Simply put, without bees, many plants would have no way to reproduce and die out. Bees play an important role in the life cycle of most plants and flowers. Interestingly, there are dozens of species of solitary bees that have evolved to pollinate a single type of plant, and coexisting in unison with the lifespan of that plant. Without that specific species’ devotion to that plant, the plant would cease to reproduce and become extinct.

Unfortunately, a large percentage of bee species have died off each year due to a variety of factors, including disease, parasites, pesticides, and the destruction of their main food sources. As more species die, we will lose crops and, eventually, certain plants will become extinct without bees to do their part. The fate of bees can also indicate when environmental dangers exist. Mass bee deaths have been past indications of the use of toxic chemicals, or severe climate changes, giving scientists further proof of how fragile our environment really is.

HONEY

Honeybees have the distinction of being the only insect that produces a food consumed by humans. Honey is natural and has a long list of health benefits due to its antibacterial properties. Produced without chemicals and human interference, honey is a healthier alternative to the high fructose corn syrup that has invaded sweets and processed foods in recent years.

FOOD

As purely a food item, honey can be drizzled over dessert, added to tea in lieu of sugar, or used in a baking recipe. However, eating honey is not a modern development. Civilizations have been consuming honey and using it for medicinal purposes for centuries. There are Egyptian hieroglyphics depicting the harvesting of honey from a hive and paintings throughout the ages that revere the honeybee and hold it in the highest regard.

HONEY PRODUCTS

Honey can be found in many foods and drinks, but there are also hundreds of health and beauty products with honey as a main ingredient. Centuries ago, we began using honey for more than just nourishment; we began to understand that honey had healing properties. Honey has been used as a facial revitalizer for hundreds of years. It is believed to clear the skin and soften wrinkles. While these claims are not always accurate, there are many honey-based beauty products on the shelves that have been shown to be beneficial to the user.

WAX

Most people are familiar with beeswax candles, but beeswax has been used for other interesting purposes as well. Beeswax can be found as an ingredient in furniture wax, beauty products, lip balm, chewing gum, and the waxy coating on rounds of cheese. A secretion of the glands of worker honeybees, it is used to create the honeycombs that house honey. Humans have found so many uses for beeswax that it is a hot commodity in the world of trade and commerce.

CANDLES

Beeswax candles can be found in almost any store that sells candles, but beeswax candles are popular to make at home as a hobby. Candle making with beeswax goes back to the 6th century A.D., but our ancestors found other uses for the product long before we did. Melted wax from the candles would often be added to cosmetics, used to coat thread while sewing, dripped onto correspondence to seal the message, and even as a primitive dental filling.

WAX PRODUCTS

Beeswax is often still used as a protectant for some foods and as a sort of natural preservative in products that may spoil quickly. Most often, beeswax is added to products to increase the shine resulting from the use of the product. This is commonly seen in polishes and hair products.

ANTI-BACTERIAL COMPONENTS

It’s important to point out that honey is not a cure-all, but it has certain benefits to fight off some illnesses, or to alleviate the symptoms of some ailments. Honey and beeswax contain a byproduct called propoils that is an anti-bacterial agent. This agent can help fight bacteria and infection, which is especially useful for treating wounds. Honey has also been found to soothe sore throats brought on by the common cold.

There is also some support in the theory that exposure to honey at a young age may help children combat allergies due to the presence of pollen in the honey. True or not, honey has earned a reputation for helping humans, and we would not be able to reap these benefits without the honeybee and its hard work.

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Does Curb Appeal Really Increase Your Home Value?

Does Curb Appeal Really Increase Your Home Value?

Does Curb Appeal Really Increase Your Home Value?

When you’re selling your home, curb appeal is the first impression that really matters.

Never underestimate the value of that first impression. By upgrading your curb appeal, you have a chance to influence potential buyers before they even step inside. It could be setting you up for a successful, more profitable sale.

Make a welcoming entrance

Clear away any excess toys, furniture, footwear and other items that may be cluttering up your front porch or entrance way. Do the paving stones in your pathway need repair or replacing? Consider new steps, a proper front landing and/or a walkway to make entering and exiting your home safe and easy. Your front door should be eye-catching at first glance. Make it pop with a fresh coat of paint in a bold color. Replace an old doorknob with new hardware. Flank your front door with planters full of greenery or flowers.

Light it up

Check to make sure your outside lights are working properly. If you don’t have lights along your walkway, install solar lights to make the path to your door safer and more inviting. Or have pillars built at the opening of your walkway that can hold lanterns for a more elegant design.

 

 

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