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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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                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                      He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                      Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                      He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                      He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      His motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • He riles up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                      For example:

                      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tension

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      For the Sleep Depriver

                      (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                      • Shut down your thinking.
                      • Calm your feelings.
                      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                      Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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