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The Basics Of Yard Maintenance And Why You Need To Do It

The Basics Of Yard Maintenance And Why You Need To Do It

Do you have a yard? Do you keep it clean, maintained? I love the feeling when I’m relaxing in my garden’s swing and enjoying the aroma of nature in my own yard. Having a household is a hell of a work, but it also provides a significant reward for all of us who love the natural touch.

When I’m in my garden, I love to take off my shoes and socks and walk barefoot on freshly mowed grass. I bond with nature and relieve stress, gain energy and stay in balance. I love my yard and my garden. Wouldn’t give it away for anything.

The common misconception about yard maintenance in 2016 is that, only people who have the time and money can afford to have a rich and quality yard and enjoy the benefits that it provides. After a long day at work, taking and picking up kids from school and making dinner you don’t want to do more exhausting things. But there is a difference. When maintaining a yard, you’ll be healthier, both mentally and physically; the process will provide you with more energy and less tiring throughout the day.

Next, there are ways to make maintenance of the yard an enjoyable activity. On the market, you can find useful and affordable equipment that will make your yard look perfect without spending hours in it. And yeah, the energy. It might be an issue at the beginning, but you’ll gain more if you try hard.

This is the post for the folks who have a yard and aren’t feeling like decorating (or even maintaining) it. Guys, when you bond with the nature in your own small piece of heaven, everything in your life will start to change.

You only need to start and here’s what you’ll need:

The basics: Lawn Care

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    Planting a lawn takes time, planning and preparation. It includes watering, fertilizing, weed control, mowing as the primary maintenance practices and grass care encourages healthy lawns while lowering costs and resources and most importantly, benefits the environment.

    For you particularly, it will provide a green surface to rest or meditate on, spend time with your family, play with your dog, or even lay at warm and lazy afternoons.

    Watering

      This is the most important step when creating a new lawn, so don’t forget to plan for watering needs before planting. Water deep and only once a week, will help roots to extend deeper into the soil. It can also prevent pests that will tend to attach dried and stressed out lawns.

      When a lawn is newly seeded, you should water every day for five to ten minutes only and remember not to mow sodded lawn for at least ten days, until the grass begins to grow rapidly. The sprinkler on the image is your best friend. Here’s more info on getting the best sprinkler for your lawn.

      Fertilizing

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        Most experts recommend that the best time for fertilization should be twice a year; spring and fall respectively. Besides timing, you should consider the type of fertilizer and how to apply it, since supplying nutrients that are deficient in the soil is very important. Here’s more info on fertilizing the lawn.

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        Weed control

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          One of the most common, but not always popular ways for weed control is certainly the use of pre-emergent herbicides. But that doesn’t mean that they are essential to a healthy lawn and there are many other ways and tools which you can use when the situation gets out of control. Such as weed eaters and more effective brush cutters for very thick and woody brushes in your lawn and yard. Try to prevent weeds before they gain a foothold in your lawn by growing a healthy grass at the beginning. Here’s more on getting a quality brush cutter.

          Mowing

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            Mowing sets the stage for everything else in your newly established yard. It should be a weekly ritual, and it’s one of the most important maintenance practice. Proper mowing will increase the density of the lawn and will decrease negative effects such as weeds, diseases, and insects. Also, it will soften the grass, and make it feel amazing when you step on it barefooted. Here’s more on getting a lawnmower.

            Are you considering trees in your yard?

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              Trees will provide shade and privacy, beauty and structure, and overall value to your yard landscape. After you picked and considered where to plant your tree, you should know how to take care of them properly, and you should enjoy them for many years to come. Follow these simple tips below on how to care for your trees to prevent any troubles.Check out a fine article on adding trees to your yard.

              Water and nurture your trees regularly

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                It is crucial to carefully water newly planted trees for the first two years after planting. It should receive 15-20 gallons of water every seven to ten days in the summer and fall, especially when there isn’t enough rain. Make sure not to water every day in small amounts, instead, water slowly and in the center of the mulch ring, soak the soil deeply and allow it to dry before the next watering.

                Mulch

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                  Mulch is used to protect young trees from stress, prevents weed growth and keeps the soil moist. Also, it will protect the trunk from brush cutter which could injure the trunk and shorten its life. It is important to add the right amount of mulch around trees and to do it right because, too little mulch will not protect the tree and more of it will also do no good. And remember, even the most popular mulches will disappear over time, so check the mulch regularly and begin the process when it becomes shallow.

                  Pruning

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                    The best preventing maintenance a young tree can receive is certainly pruning and it is critical to encourage them to develop a strong and lasting structure. You should keep in mind that not every tree needs pruning every 2-3 years. However, it is best to prune your trees lightly and remove the dead, broken branches which are rubbing against other branches.

                    It could be difficult to prune large trees and even small branches can be positioned quite high on, so the best way to remove and cut them is to use a pole saw for the safest and best results. Take note that small branches can be quite heavy, therefore the right tools will ensure your own safety after all. Here’s more on picking the best pole saw for your trees.

                    Don’t neglect your yard

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                      One of the biggest reasons people don’t get interest for the yard in the first place is neglection and the yard becomes ugly. When given the opportunity, certain weeds become resistant to climatic conditions and will rapidly take over your yard. The work involved to take care of overgrowth situation greatly depends on its size and what kind of plant took over the site.

                      It is not impossible, but it takes work and the right tools to give your lawn a facelift and to make your life easier in this task. You should determine these tools by researching the kinds of plants in the problematic area, or if the situation is not that bad then simply use herbicide to get rid of the overgrowth.

                      Here are some steps and the list of things that you will need:

                      • Shovel : Use it to dig out the roots of all large shrubs. Use the shovel under the roots all the way around the root ball, tilt it back and forth to loose the root from the soil.
                      • Chainsaw : An electric chainsaw can be a great asset for maintaining a yard that has suffered from years of neglect. It could be especially handy when removing the largest plants and shrubs growth. Its multifunctional value is amazing. Here’s more on choosing the best chainsaw for your tool arsenal.
                      •  Lopping shears : Use it to cut branches that get in the way, which you can’t reach with the chainsaw or pole saw. They are very efficient for the bushes and stubborn branches.
                      • Hand-operated shears : For smaller branches.

                      Your yard – your reflection. Your oasis.

                      Whether we want to admit it or not, the look of your yard speaks about you. Is it neat or not, full of flowers or only with trees, decorated with garden statues and sculptures or children’s slides and swings. Having a yard provides a variety of outdoor activities.

                      Having barbecues with friends and family, a glass of wine on a hot summer night while watching the sunset, reading a book on fresh air or place where your children can safely play outside the house. Having trees is the next step and benefit. Trees produce oxygen which is essential for living beings and the recovery of the ozone layer.

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                      Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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