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Monthly Archives:July 2016

Finding All Your Pet Needs With Online Pet Supply

Browsing an online pet supply store is a great way to pamper pets. “Americans have a great affinity for their animals, so it comes as no surprise that the Internet is tapping into this market,” said Pamela Smith, vice president of NPD Online Research.

She adds that most pet owners come to the web to shop 24/7, have pet products delivered right to their front doors and to find special web-exclusive offers.

The most popular category of items purchased online is toys, followed by pet food, treats, non-edible accessories and health products. Shopping for pets can be an enjoyable experience, if one knows where to look.

There are related sites for cats, birds, fish, horses, ferrets and garden/pond supplies as well. At www.dog.com, pet owners will find a number of unique categories to browse, such as pet products made in America, eco-friendly dog supplies, luxury pet products, pet memorials, dog dental chews and more.

This site shies away from some of the more well-known brands and focuses on nutritional offerings from top-reviewed brands like Canidae, Innova, Nature’s Variety and Wellness. Additionally, the Dog Community page has a number of informational articles, as well as blogs, photos, forums and videos for the dedicated pet lover.

At www.onlynaturalpet.com, online pet supply shoppers will find natural pet products for dogs and cats, whether it’s vitamins and supplements, collars and leashes, grooming products and flea medication or food and treats.

Natural remedies can be found by browsing different health conditions for homeopathic and healthy pet products. Free shipping is available for orders of $49+ when all-natural products are purchased and for orders of $99+ on all other brands. There is a wealth of information in the Holistic Healthcare Library for anyone who is interested.

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Checking Out The Better Lawn Tractors

Using a riding lawnmower is convenient, fast and efficient. These machines can take care of the lawn and garden needs of most everyone. However, there are some chores that the ride on mowers can’t do. In this case, consumers need to check out the lawn tractors that are available today.

They are more powerful and efficient, as well as being available in many different makes and models. No matter what your requirements are or what your budget is, there is enough variety that you will be able to find at least one that suits your needs perfectly.

Many consumers believe that in terms of value for money, the Murray lawn mowers and lawn tractors are a great choice. They have a wide range of products that are both reliable and durable. Their selection includes 38 to 45 inch decks and 12.5 to 21 horsepower, ensuring there is one that will fit your needs.

Another good bet in the lawn tractor category is Toro lawn mowers, which are available in 42 to 46 inch decks, a slower 5.5 mph maximum speed and a great cutting quality. Most consumers agree that both of these models work best on 1 to 2 acres.

Perhaps one of the most well known manufacturers in lawn maintenance is John Deere lawn mowers and lawn tractors, as their superior products and services make them very popular with consumers.

They not only produce great mowers for homeowners, but many lawn and garden business owners choose their commercial lawn mowers and tractors. The reason for this is that their extra wide decks makes it possible to cover more area in less time, making their customers very happy with the efficiency and quality.

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Building Your Home With General Contractors

Although finding a good contractor to build your dream home or remodel your existing home can be one of the most difficult and time consuming tasks a homeowner has to undertake, you can find honest, hardworking and talented general contractors who charge fair rates.

Though it may be difficult to find a bargain, by asking the right questions, both you and they can take a lot of the pain out of your contractor search. The following are a few tips on how to begin looking for independent contractors.
Make sure you check with your local district attorney’s office, the Better Business Bureau and even small claims court to see if any of the potential general contractors on your list are facing any pending litigation.

Court records are available to the public in many jurisdictions, and you should be able to ascertain whether any judgments have been entered against a contractor for incomplete or incompetent workmanship, or underhanded business practices.

Choosing the right remodeling contractor is the key to the success of your home improvement project. Become informed and aware and you will be able to find a contractor who will complete the work on your home the way you want it done.

Slip shod general contractors will be reluctant or will adamantly refuse to offer any kind of guarantee. Career contractors are far more superior to contractors who simply have fallen into the trade, for lack of a better option. Career contractors are committed to their work and take pride in it.

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Rooftop Gardening is Red Hot!

Add More Green Spaces with
Rooftop Landscaping

A rooftop gardening is one way to create outdoor living spaces and at the same time improves the world through gardening.

A roof top garden or green roof consists of plants on a roof. It is partially or completely covered with soil and vegetation over a waterproofing membrane. A green roof garden can incorporate into a pergola, arbor, terrace, garage roof, shed and children’s play structure.
Container and deck landscaping is a recent trend for confined space landscaping like condominiums, town houses, loft living in the United States and many other countries. Rooftop living is an exploding trend in the urban setting and no longer for penthouse gardens. In most urban areas, more than 75 percent of the land is covered by buildings, sidewalks and parking lots. All that pavement has turned many cities into heat islands. Rooftops are like ceilings of your interior – forgotten wall, the most underutilized area of the home. Why not give green roofs a try.

Green roof gardening is environmentally friendly and usually done with low watering succulents and has many benefits and reasons:

  • Improve air quality and lower temperatures
  • Increase outdoor green space
  • Insulate buildings in the winter
  • Reduce heat island effects
  • Delay/reduce storm water runoff
  • Create habitats for birds and butterflies
  • Reduce CO2 emissions
  • Decrease smog and save in energy costs
  • Increase the value of buildings
  • Increase outdoor green space at home or at work within the urban environment
  • Green Roof Basics

A rooftop garden typically consists of the following components: an insulation layer, a waterproof membrane to protect the building/structure from leaks, a root barrier to prevent roots from penetrating the waterproof membrane; a drainage layer, usually made of lightweight gravel or plastic; a geotextile or filter mat that allows water to soak through but prevents erosion of fine soil particles; a growing medium; plants; and, sometimes, a wind blanket.

Structural Capacity

Prior to designing and constructing your rooftop garden, you must first determine if your roof can support the weight of the soil and plants. If your structural capacity is sufficient, you will need to obtain the proper permits from the Department of Construction and Permits before proceeding.

Access

Consider what kind of access to the roof will be needed during and after the rooftop garden is installed.

Selection of Plants

Plants requiring little water, such as sedums are perfect for a roof garden.

Lighting

Add low voltage landscape lighting to create drama and ambience and add tranquility.

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Professional Landscape Design Improves The Value of Your Home!

Before going into greater details about landscape design and garden design ideas, lets’ understand the difference between landscaping and gardening?

Landscaping is the art of purposefully changing outdoor natural features, with the intention of making the environment more attractive and functional. In other words, landscaping is creative art involving living sculpture, works of art that change with the seasons and grows with the years.
Gardening is the practice of growing plants for their flowers and foliage, and vegetables or fruits for consumption. It is a human activity used to produce edible foods and use plants to beautify their local environmental conditions.Gardening implies a smaller more intimate project than an entire landscape plan, but the basic the principles are the same for both.

Before you tackle DIY retaining wall landscaping projects, ask yourself about your priorities, weigh your options wisely and take note of these important considerations:

  • Do you have the time to focus not just on the labor, but the complexities, as well as all your budget increase?
  • Do you really understand the proper construction and financial aspects that are involved?
  • How sure can you be of your labor skills and knowledge of current landscaping materials?
  • Can you finish the project without professional help?
  • What are the changes in landscaping trends that could affect you?
  • Do you know how to create a yard with minimal upkeep and minimize maintenance costs?

Landscaping isn’t just a weekend or do-it-yourself job anymore because it’s scope has broadened over the years. By hiring a professional landscape designer, you can easily increase the value of your property by at least 15%, if nor more. On the contrary, if not done right it would decrease the value of your property.

Fixing, building, and constructing property is not only complex, but it also includes in depth market research and knowledge, legal and financial concerns. Therefore, it is wise to spend little money by hiring a professional landscape designer rather than doing it all by yourself and end up spending more. A professional makeover has a real impact when it’s time to put the property on the market.

Relax in the privacy of your home knowing that a one-stop quality landscape services are at your fingertips. We offer a unique approach to modern living with amenities within your budget and a diverse design approach to planning and integrated solution to construction needs.
We provide the following landscaping services for your home and garden:

  • Stone Works and Concrete – Stamped, acid washed, broom finished
  • Paving – Walkways, driveways, stairways, patios, courtyards, pool areas
  • Walls – Retaining walls Perth, pilaster, seat walls, banisters, security walls
  • Gates & Fences – Wood, iron, steel, aluminum, composite, wrought iron
  • Patios and Decks – Concrete, pavers Sydney, stones, brick, composite, wood
  • Patio Covers – Aluminum, wood, gazebos, arbors
  • Fire Place/Fire Pit – Custom, Pre-made
  • Swimming Pool/Around the Pool
  • Water Features – Water fall, water fountain, water ponds
  • Outdoor Kitchen – Barbeques, outdoor ovens
  • Outdoor Lighting – Walkways, driveways, patios, gardens, terraces
  • Irrigation System – Sprinkler, drainage
  • Outdoor Music System
  • Plant Specialists

Small, big and everything in between – many options for your landscaping needs, there’s almost nothing you can’t pair together. In fact, we can create outdoor living space that fits your space, budget and style. We offer you peace of mind and quality assurance that stands behind every job. Your satisfaction is part of our service.

Here you’ll find landscape related information, resources, tips and how-to you can benefit from the following:

  • Partner with the green industry in educating consumers
  • Referral of licensed reliable landscape contractors
  • DIY landscape projects
  • How to create curb appeal with water-wise plants
  • The right trees in the right places
  • Problem solving solutions for landscaping
  • No cost, energy saving ideas
  • Design with outdoor lighting

The reality is that time and money can be saved if you hire a professional landscape designer to seek advise and help. Landscape designer are experts in exterior decorating, horticulture, and basic architectural design. Adding this to your landscape package or separately will give you more flexibility, more quality control, and more time. You’re busy, so saving time is a valuable benefit.

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Beautify your yard with a low maintenance gardening that frees you from the garden hose!

What is Low Maintenance Gardening? Low maintenance gardening is one which requires the most minimal care and time. In other words it means creating a garden that is easy to care for throughout the year yet still provide plenty of color, beauty, using low maintenance plants and features. It consists of a landscape which is informal or natural. However, informal and natural designs make use of plants’ natural growth habits. Therefore, a smaller amount of time and work will be sufficient for maintenance of such gardens.

Low maintenance gardening consists of plants that does not require much pruning, fertilizing, or watering. A good and practical garden should be beautiful, functional and much easier to maintain. You must always remember that in today’s world people hardly have free time and if your garden is too complicated with wide variety of plants and trees it can provecostly and headache to maintain such garden. Therefore our aim should be to design and develop a garden that requires minimum maintenance practices, minimize inputs of natural resources and outputs of waste andenvironmental impacts.

By adopting following techniques following benefits are derived from low maintenance gardening:

  • Simplicity: One of the key message of low maintenance gardening is- Keep it Simple. Try to keep limited plants and also fewer species which require less care and maintenance. Limited plant palette makes it easier to keep up with their care and prevent their intrusion on neighboring plants. Also, the fewer the species, the easier it is to limit yourself to those that are well suited to your site.
  • Proper selection of plants: Today most home landscapes are dominated by inexpensive and quickly established plants which usually require frequent maintenance. So, look for plants which are native to your region as these plants won’t need extra water or protection from winter cold. Native plants have evolved to survive the pests and diseases of your area, and won’t need regular spraying. Trees and massed shrubs are probably the lowest-care garden plants. If you select shrubs that are the right size for their location, they may need no care other than feeding and watering. Match the plant to the soil and sunlight conditions of your site to save time and labor.
  • Reduced lawn size: The smaller the lawn, the easier and less expensive it will be to maintain. Lawns are inherently high-care because they need regular mowing. If you can’t avoid lawns completely keep its size small and select grasses that don’t have problems in your area. This will benefit you in terms of saving lot of time, money, and hard work.
  • Avoid growing Vegetables: They are probably the highest-care garden feature. They require special soil, climate, regular watering, fertilizers and pesticides which means more care, attention, work and time.
  • Reduce heat and air-conditioning bills: By planting more trees it increase oxygen in the atmosphere and utilize carbon dioxide, slow evaporation from the ground and help cool temperatures in summer. Various studies have proved that deciduous trees planted appropriately along the south sides of buildings can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 20%.
  • Prevents harmful effects on environment: Adopting environmental friendly gardening techniques can reduce water, air, noise pollution, makes limited use of water, uses yard waste as fertilizers etc.
  • Installation of good irrigation system: This will help you to save a lot of time as watering your garden will not be any more hassles and time consuming.

Before developing your garden one must consider various maintenance factors which is very vital for a healthy garden. Due to competitive life we all want to limit garden maintenance to tasks that are creative or relaxing and not time consuming and problematic.

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