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Dirty Little Secrets Your Landscaper Won't Tell You
by RachelleN
Apr 19, 2015 | 240 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

If you hire a landscaping company to maintain your lawn, there are a few things you REALLY ought to know.

 

1) Less mowing is BETTER for your lawn and saves you $$$. Multiple academic studies have proven that you should let your lawn grow to 2" to 3" in height before cutting it. Here's a link to one of those studies. http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4DMG/Lawns/leavelie.htm

 

2) A leaf blower can cause permanent hearing damage after just 60 seconds. Why are these things still not banned? Read more here: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/healthy-living/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-hearing-loss

 

There is a ton of evidence (just Google the phrase "leaf blower dangers") that leaf blowers are dangerous to our health. Gas powered blowers spew out toxic pollution and can also damage hearing.  

  

3) Insects NEVER CAUSE CANCER but the toxic pesticides they sprinkle on your lawn have been heavily linked to the development of all types of  cancer.

http://www.susunweed.com/A_Campaign_for_Organic_Lawns2.htm.



4) Grass takes a lot of water, time, and effort to maintain. Consider planting more bushes. Once established,  they don't need as much care or as much watering as grass--just a trim now and then. Unlike a lawn, they also buffer street noise and ensure privacy. 

  

5) Potted plants get root bound and are hard to maintain. Yes, they look great on your steps or garden path but plants and flowers that are planted directly into the soil are easier to maintain and won't get root bound. 

 

Knowledge is power.  Use this knowledge to DEMAND lawn service that protects your lawn and your health. When consumers are informed, companies must conform to consumer demand.  

Earth Day is April 22nd.

 

Celebrate by telling your landscaper that you wish to use organic pest control and manual methods for managing leaves. Mow less often and don't BLOW your leaves

                           

Your body, mind, lawn, and bank account will thank you! 

 

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Food for Thought
by RachelleN
Apr 19, 2015 | 4184 views | 0 0 comments | 167 167 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir

 Please think twice before you destroy them.

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"Before" & "After" Man
by RachelleN
Sep 23, 2014 | 13702 views | 0 0 comments | 267 267 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hurricane Sandy has nothing on people! Here's a before and after video of the tree, bush and flower slaughter in one Queens yard. Do you realize that one tree has the cooling power of 10 air conditioners, plus they provide privacy and buffer noise from the street? Plant, don't plunder! 


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Timing Is Everything
by RachelleN
Sep 11, 2014 | 32017 views | 0 0 comments | 875 875 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

     While I was living in Nashville, I was continually learning about different plants and flowers that were native to the region. As I walked through a field one day, I spotted a cluster of dainty mystery plants sprouting soft downy globes of milky white seeds perched high atop long slender green stems. I experienced my usual “wished I’d brought my camera along” angst and thought about returning to photograph them.

       Fast forward to the next morning. I grabbed my camera and headed out to revisit the striking plants. Huh? The wind had beaten me to them.  Spare strands of filmy translucent wisps remained intact but the bare plants that had been artfully revised by nature looked nothing like the striking delicate beauties I had glimpsed the day before.

      Although similar opportunities would present themselves in the future, I knew that the sunlight would never again shed light on those fragile white blooms in exactly the same manner. Dozens of other changes would also occur over time. The moment had passed. A creative opportunity slipped through my hands because I hesitated when I should have acted. Lesson learned. 

      Have you ever missed out on a creative opportunity because you hesitated when you should have acted?

 
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