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How to Grow A Lawn Worthy of A Slip ’n Slide

How to Grow A Lawn Worthy of A Slip ’n Slide

In comparison to the Slip ‘n Slide, other water-based toys just don’t cut it. What is jumping through a sprinkler when you can glide through them at (seemingly) break-neck speeds? What is splashing in the pool when you can create a tidal wave of water as you careen across the grass? Bar none, the Slip ‘n Slide is the best summertime toy.

Unfortunately, one thing you absolutely need for a successful Slip ‘n Slide is plush grass, and if yours is like most lawns in America, you probably need some quick solutions to get your grass healthily luxurious enough to facilitate slipping and sliding. Here are a few tips to ensure your lawn is primed and ready during Slip ‘n Slide season.

1. Mow High for A Comfortable Cushion

There are several reasons you should set your lawn mower’s blades to a higher setting. For one, taller grass provides more cushion on your chest when you dive onto the Slip ‘n Slide. However, more importantly, taller grass is easier to maintain.

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As a general gardening rule, you never want to remove more than a third of a plant when you prune, and the same is true with grass. Grass wants to have longer blades, so when you cut it short, it devotes all its energy to re-growing up top ― which weakens its root system and leads to weeds, pests, and ugly dead patches that are terrible for slipping and sliding. At the very least, you should allow your grass to grow three inches tall, which ultimately means less time mowing for you.

2. Sharpen Blades to Prevent Disease

You know the pain of trying to shave with a dull razor. Your grass experiences the same discomfort when you mow with dull blades. A dull lawn mower tears grass instead of cutting it, creating gaping wounds that invite infections and disease that result in dead, crunchy lawns.

Plus, torn grass requires as much as 30 percent more water to repair itself, which means devoting more of your budget to your water bill and less to your summer bucket list. You can file your mower’s blades at home, or you can pay for the service at a home improvement store.

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3. Water Early and Deeply to Add Thickness

Your lawn is thirsty, especially during the warm-weather months, but that doesn’t mean it needs a drink every day. When you water your lawn is just as important as how much water you give it. During the summer, as much as 25 percent of your lawn’s water can evaporate if you schedule your sprinklers to run during the daytime. Meanwhile, if you water at night, the long hours of wet soil tends to encourage the growth of fungus. Instead, you should give your lawn a drink between 4 and 8 a.m. Most experts suggest providing an inch of water for every foot of soil in your lawn, which is usually running the sprinklers for about an hour every three days.

4. Hire A Professional to Diagnose Spots

It might look and feel like dead grass, but that doesn’t mean it is. Lawns can suffer from nearly as many maladies as people, and only a professional can understand the symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes, crunchy grass is merely dormant and waiting for the right climate to reinvigorate.

Sometimes, you have a pest infestation that only specialized treatment will cure. If your lawn has spots of any color besides healthy, vibrant green, you probably should call a reputable lawn services provider to give you some help.

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5. Fertilize in the Fall to Grow Good Roots

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    Fertilizing is one of those weird yardwork necessities that most people misunderstand. You don’t need to fertilize your plants often; once a year is definitely good enough for your lawn.

    However, you shouldn’t fertilize as soon as your grass wakes up in the spring. Instead, you should give your lawn a good meal in the fall, right before it goes dormant for the winter season. Then, it allocates the nutrients to its roots, creating a strong foundation for the future.

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    Bonus: DIY Slip ‘n Slide Instructions

    Now that your grass is healthy, you need to get yourself a Slip ‘n Slide. Fortunately, if they are already sold-out from every nearby store, you can use household items to craft your own.

    • Step 1: Cut along the side seams of a few heavy-duty trash bags so that they will lay flat on the ground. Make enough sheets to create a sufficiently long slide that fits in your yard.
    • Step 2: Use landscape anchor pins to secure plastic sheets to the ground. Ensure the pins don’t protrude above the plastic because they can tear at sliders’ skin.
    • Step 3: Lubricate the slide with some baby soap. The branded slide doesn’t tell you to do this, but trust us: It helps you go five times faster.
    • Step 4: Drench the slide with a hose, and get to sliding!

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    12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

    12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

    Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

    But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

    I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

    Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

    1. Nuts

    The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

    Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

    Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

    Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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    2. Blueberries

    Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

    When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

    3. Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

    4. Broccoli

    While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

    Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

    Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

    5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

    Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

    The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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    Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

    6. Soy

    Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

    Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

    Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

    7. Dark chocolate

    When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

    Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

    15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

    8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

    Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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    B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

    Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

    Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

    To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

    9. Foods Rich in Zinc

    Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

    Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

    Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

    10. Gingko biloba

    This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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    It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

    However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

    11. Green and black tea

    Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

    Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

    Find out more about green tea here:

    11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

    12. Sage and Rosemary

    Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

    Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

    When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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