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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 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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