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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 September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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