The writer-philosopher Ralph Waldo Emmerson is quoted as saying “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” There are numerous benefits to becoming a gardener — the euphoria one feels when they see Spring’s first chutes; the satisfaction of toiling in the dirt and harnessing one’s strength to improve the land; the fulfillment of negotiating with Mother Nature to see things grow strong. Perhaps the best part of being a gardener is uncovering those latent virtues that are hidden from those who don’t understand the earth.
Now that winter is officially in full swing we can expect to see more snowfall. With this snowfall comes icy road conditions that can be dangerous for all drivers on the road no matter what car you’re in. Everyone knows the frustration that comes along with driving on roads that haven’t been plowed or have had salt laid down. Once plows head out after a snowstorm they need something that will work fast, which is where red salt comes in handy.
Living in a high desert state, as we do in Utah, water conservation should be one of our primary considerations as we landscape our yards. From the general layout to the plants we choose, when we keep water conservation in mind, we can get the most out of every drop of water we use. Here are a few suggestions to help with water conservation in your yard.
One of our favorite ways to spend our summer evenings is to spend that time in the garden. It’s a great chance to watch the sunset, feel the air get cool around you, and make something beautiful. Gardening isn’t too hard to get into, so even if this is your first year and you don’t know what you’re doing, you still can! Here are our easy summer gardening tips for beginners.
Playgrounds are designed to be both safe and fun for children to play on, and a significant factor into how safe a playground is depends on the ground upon which you build it. While you need to make sure that you have a stable foundation to build the playground upon to make it sturdy, you can’t have kids playing above hard concrete or asphalt, especially when they will be higher up. For this reason, it’s important to use a cover material to help create a safe environment for play. Here are some of the best materials for playgrounds…
When we are looking for neighborhoods to live in, one trait that draws us immediately into an area is how many trees it has. Trees create an immediately welcoming aesthetic that makes it easier to imagine starting a life and raising a family in an area. For this reason, urban development plans often specify ways to increase the amount of “green space” that is able to fit within an area. Here are a few effects that putting trees in a neighborhood has…
We’ve had a relatively mild winter so far, but the weather is finally starting to get cold and frigid. With the cold weather, comes snow. And with snow, comes slippery sidewalks and snow banks. Some love the white blanket covering their property. Others see the snow, and only see the chore of shoveling the snow out of the driveway so they can get to work. Whichever category you fall into, you should know the safest and most efficient ways to remove the snow obstructing your driveway and sidewalks.
Hand shoveling the snow away can be the fastest and safest snow removal method. A snow shovel works best when you have less than 3 inches of freshly fallen, non-compacted snow. The more hard compacted, thick, and heavy the snow gets, the harder the snow shoveling job becomes. You can still remove your snow this way, it will just become a more strenuous and time consuming job.
There are a few pros and cons to salt. It is most effective on melting ice. If you were to sprinkle rock salt over thick snow, it will seep through the snow and get to work on the ice beneath it. So unless the snow is in a very thin layer, you may not get the results you’re hoping for. Rock salt, or sodium chloride, is completely safe to use on asphalt. However, when used on concrete, it can break down the concrete. The salt seeps into the concrete, corroding the rebar and other reinforcements. The salt can also runoff into soil surrounding the area, which can cause damage to plants. So while rock salt is fine for asphalt, you may want to look for a non-chloride deicer for your concrete areas.
The most effective way to remove snow and ice, is to first shovel the snow away, and then sprinkle the area with rock salt or any other deicer. The salt will help melt the snow as it falls, meaning you won’t have to shovel the snow for a little while longer.
Leaving the snow alone
You can choose to leave the snow, which will save you lots of time in labor. This isn’t recommended for driveways, though, if you’ll be needing to leave your home. This is also a bad idea for places with heavy traffic, such as apartment complexes and business complexes. To make the snow less of a slip hazard, sprinkle cat litter or sand over the surface, to provide additional traction.
Landscaping your home is an incredibly fun, but simultaneously stressful project. There are a lot of different factors to consider, and often you won’t even be able to think of all of them before you start working. Sometimes issues and concerns will present themselves to you as you’re working on the landscaping project. One such concern is making sure that your backyard is kid friendly. If you don’t have children and don’t often invite over friends that have children, this probably isn’t something that matters to you. But if you have kids, there are a few things you may not have thought of yet, that you should consider.
With summer almost here, many homeowners are thinking about how they can spruce up their lawns for better curb appeal. While smart lawn mowing is one surefire way to get your lawn looking great, adding a beautiful garden edge is what will truly set your lawn apart from the rest, giving it more definition and texture. Here is a look at 5 creative and stunning ideas for lawn edging around garden beds.
In our humble opinion, having a yard is one of the best parts of owning a house. A nice yard is what makes a house a home, as it can be a wonderful place to use to relax, or for events with families and friends. The other great thing about having a yard is that it provides a place for us to have pets. While you can have a dog in an apartment or condo, there’s something much nicer about being able to have a yard for them to run and play in. However, as any dog and home-owner can tell you, dogs have a knack of being very destructive, and your yard is no exception to this. Here are some things to remember when trying to keep your yard nice with a dog…