Maintaining Your Lawn in 2017

Lawn care products
The best way to achieve an abundant, healthy green lawn is to use organic lawn products instead of chemical plant food that isn’t good for kids or pets. Your first step when utilizing organics is to perform a soil composition test by taking a handful of moist soil that isn’t wet and squeezing it firmly before you open the hand. The soil in your hand will either crumble right away, which indicates sandy soil, or it will maintain its shape but fall apart when you poke it, which signals loamy soil, or it will hold its shape even after you poke it, which signals clay soil. Your next step is to study up on the proper types of organic fertilizers that are appropriate for your kind of soil. Regardless of what kind of vegetation you plan to have it is recommended that you mix in compost to the soil since it will retain water and is nutrient-rich. Another recommended landscaping plan is to plant vegetation native to your area, which will help with soil balance.

A riding lawn mower is essential for large yards
Big lawns will be a real pain to mow with a conventional push mower but with a riding lawnmower the chore can seem like a drive in the country on Sunday. Using one won’t put any stress on your back like a push mower will and the job is done in a lot less time. Riding mowers are a must for people with health issues such as back or leg pain but you must make certain the seat is comfortable. If your yard is large with a significant slope you’ll want a riding mower with lots of horsepower to handle the irregular terrain. Lawn tractors are different than riding mowers, which are simpler to maneuver than tractors because of the location of the cutting deck at the front. The size of the lawn and the state of your budget are the two essential things that will govern your purchase of a riding mower. The last major decision is how to deal with the lawn clippings, as you can collect them in a bag while mowing or let them stay on the ground and serve as mulch.

If you find the preceding articles beneficial, you will also discover more advice regarding lawns and accessories on these similar Internet sites. For instance, when you need information about riding lawn mowers, then Shop Riding Lawn Mowers has plenty of usable material.


A Quick Guide on the Best Freezerless Refrigerators in the market

Hey I am with you – you already own a deep freeze – or you just don’t need a freezer.

No problem, we’ll show you where to find a selection of freezerless refrigerators to choose from.

Some may wonder exactly why anyone would choose a freezerless refrigerator over a full blown unit. It’s really not that hard to figure out. Let’s take a quick look at some of the advantages:

They are usually smaller. This is huge if you are in a dorm room or an apartment. Also, bear in mind that if you are looking at a compact refrigerator, and you get one with a freezer, that freezer will be tiny and mostly useless.

Refrigerators with freezers use a LOT more electricity. Just think how much more power it takes to get the box down to 25 degrees or so, compared to just 40 degrees. When the compressor for that freezer clicks on, it will generate a lot of heat. I know this is a little counter-intuitive, but remember that the heat the compressor pulls out of the fridge has to go somewhere, and the harder the compressor works, the more heat it produces.

Refrigerators with freezers break down more often. Not that hard to understand – more parts equals more chances for something to go wrong.
Maybe you have a really big kitchen, and you need to feed a lot of people: You may want separate free-standing refrigerators and freezers.

Wow. That is actually a longer list than I thought we would have. So it makes plenty of sense to get a freezerless refrigerator. Where can wee find one? More good news. Most of the leading manufacturers of regular refrigerators also make freezerless units! This is huge – you can just look at brands you already know and trust. So instead of hunting down some fly by night builder, you can enjoy a real warranty and service from a name brand.

In addition, if you choose a well-known brand, you have a much better chance of seeing your new frig in person at a local store, although for the most part, you will have to do your research online.


Contractors and Women

Slow down there, this is not what you think. Let me ask you this:

How many women do you sell to?

When marketing your contracting company do you focus on women as your target client? Probably not!

Now I know a lot of you slam Home Depot or Lowe’s but this is where you need to get a good marketing lesson. See, Home Depot was the king of the hill (so they thought), but Lowe’s came in with a different approach.

They went after women. In the latest Window and Door magazine, they say women make up to 51% of the purchases for all home improvements for the home.

See, women are planners and they do their homework now, thanks to the online world. Also, there are more single women homeowners than men.

So, armed with this new information, how do you start marketing to women? Well if you have a showroom, why not have a women’s only lunch and learn party?

Why do you think the big box stores have seminars at their stores on how to install certain products? But also remember why do you think they got into the installation business?

You need to learn from the big box stores and even go to some of their seminars

This is how you learn your market, and when you are there and see more women than men there, this should open your eyes to a new market for you.

Look every week for their circulars in the newspaper and study them for the products and services they are offering. Look at the colors of the ads and also see their installed product specials for the week.

Contractors can learn some great marketing lessons, as long as they keep their eyes wide open and learn from the big box budgets. Every week they spend millions of dollars and you can get the marketing lesson for free.

I hope this helps you, and maybe even open some new doors for more contractor work.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Ah yes, it’s that time of year again…Time for a good old Spring Clean!

Be realistic, a good spring clean should take a good couple of days when done thoroughly! Nevertheless, Spring Cleaning does not have to be chore or boring for that matter. With these handy tips, you’ll be done in a flash!

First things first, make a checklist:
•    cleaning supplies for oven, bathroom surfaces, kitchen, cupboards, floors.
•    A bucket: to carry all the cleaning supplies from room to room (this is a real time saver!).
•    Remember your old rags, paper towels, newspapers and rubbish bags.
•    Dig out your oldest clothes… things may get messy!
•    Wear rubber or cotton gloves to protect your hands.
•    Write a plan- going from room to room. Try to avoid the temptation to do different tasks at once.
•    Open up the window! This will help freshen up the room and help remove loosened airborne dust.

Once you are all prepared, put on your radio

This will guarantee to inject that much-needed spring in your step! Always remember to be ruthless, i.e. dump that pile of magazines that has been lying on your bedside table for months (hopefully the load has not been building since your last spring clean!). In addition, try not to get distracted, i.e. any family pictures or albums should be viewed after. Put them aside until all the cleaning is out of the way. With a view to this, make sure you tidy the house before you start cleaning, allowing yourself a clean run when it comes to the nitty-gritty work! When the cleaning is all done, take the opportunity to hang up those pictures you always wanted up but never got around to, or to change the furniture around, for a totally new look.


Finally, when you’re finished, pour yourself a nice cuppa or glass of your favourite wine and put your feet up for some well-deserved relaxation in your lovely, fresh-smelling, tidy home!


The Beauty of Natural Wooden Furniture

Wood can enhance any home or office décor, party due to the fact that wood is a naturally beautiful product. Its durability (depending on quality) can be and often is, timeless. Well-made pieces of furniture are often handed down as heirlooms, occasionally crossing over the span of centuries. There is no other natural product in the world like wood.

Wood comes in many varieties and qualities, and as is the case with most things in life, you get what you pay for. The most affordable type of wooden furniture available falls into the category of RTA (ready to assemble), where the customer assembles the flat-packed pieces to create the finished product. Most typical furniture consists of an amalgam of real wood veneers and solid woods. This usually works out well, as solid wood can and does crack, split, expand or contract depending on humidity and other storage conditions. The most expensive furniture is never 100% solid anything but is rather a blend of solid timber and high-quality veneers.

For furniture used both for the home and for the office

The standard types of woods utilized tend to be oak, cherry, pine, and maple. Exotic woods include mahogany and tiger maple, which are finely grained, highly durable woods that can resist swelling, shrinking and warping.In fact, there are so many diverse species of wood that a full listing of all their names would be virtually impossible. The properties of wood differ from one species to another, but there are two distinct categories – hardwoods and softwoods.


Hardwoods come from trees that shed their leaves in the winter (deciduous). Softwoods typically derive from evergreen trees such as fir and pine. All wood’s fall within the range of very soft to very hard. Of the hardwoods, walnut is strong and easy to work with and can adapt to most types of finishes. Mostly used to make solid and veneered furniture cabinets, wall paneling, and gunstocks, it gives a beautiful finish. Oak has the combined qualities of being extremely durable and yet being able to bend. It is often used for wooden desks, and because it resists moisture absorption, framing for boats and flooring. Maple is very strong and fine-textured and is best used in flooring and in fine furniture. Cherry becomes red when exposed to sunlight and is a close-grained wood that ages well and is used extensively in cabinet making.

Softwoods include pine, which is used in house construction and is easy to work with due to its consistent structure, and fir, which has a low resistance to decay, is non-resinous, and is used in furniture and interior trim.

The most affordable wood furniture is the RTA variety, which can be bought from your common suppliers.