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Senior Living: Why and How You Should Stay Fit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Senior Living: Why and How You Should Stay Fit

 

 

Just because you’ve reached a mature age, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit. Granted, keeping fit as we grow older can present its own, unique set of challenges – we lose muscle mass, our mobility is lower, and our joints can become stiff. However, these problems can be overcome or worked around. Here are some of the best activities for seniors, and how they can help us be our best selves well into old age.

Why exercise matters

As we age, our bodies start facing new issues that just weren’t there when we were younger. Exercising can help address and alleviate these problems. Heart disease is one of the most prevalent illnesses that plague the modern man. There are many lifestyle aspects which can contribute to it, but our mostly sedentary lifestyle is one of the main culprits. Regular cardio training can help you avoid this serious health problem. Seniors often have to deal with poor balance and slow reaction times. This general lack of agility can be annoying in day to day life, and, in some situations, even downright dangerous. Exercising can also help us maintain healthy weight (or lose excess weight), build muscle mass (which is generally known to diminish with age), and improve our flexibility.

Take a dip

We Australians are blessed with so much coast that water sports are practically in our blood. Lucky for us that water sports are an amazing way to stay fit. They provide excellent cardio and build muscles. This is a low impact form of exercise that is ideal with people who have sensitive joints. If your joint issues are the result of arthritis, make sure you choose a pool with appropriate water temperature. Many senior communities in Australia, like the luxurious Mark Moran Vaucluse, have their own pool and offer activities such as swimming, aqua aerobics, or even water polo.

Relax with yoga

Yoga is an amazing choice because it supports both a healthy body and a healthy mind. It puts great focus on proper breathing, which can help your body with everything from stress relief to heart problems. Physically, yoga works on stretching and improving flexibility and balance. It’s ideal if you’re feeling stiff, or if you just don’t like very intense, sweaty work-outs. However, don’t be fooled. Yoga requires a lot of strength, focus, and skill. It’s best to start with a class for beginners and ease into the practice slowly. Before you start, explore what type of yoga is the right fit for you. Combining yoga with meditation and mindfulness practice, it can help you feel rejuvenated and fulfilled.

Improve your strength with weights

Lifting weights is not just for the young ones. Two weekly weight-lifting sessions can do wonders for your overall strength and muscle mass. It’s crucial, of course, to start slow, with lighter weights, and then gradually progress as your body adjusts. In time, you should reach the phase when you can do sets of up to fifteen repetitions. You can use classic weights, like dumbbells. But strength training is just as effective when using other methods, like resistance bands, or the machines at your gym. Remember to always get warmed up before you start, though! The last thing you want is to injure yourself.

When it comes to working out, it’s important to acknowledge the transformations our bodies are going through, and adapting our exercise regimen in a way that our changing bodies can handle. Staying active should be an essential part of the senior daily routine, since it adds to longevity and vitality. And always remember, even if you can only start small, it’s still a step in the right direction.

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Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

 

There’s an old stereotype that women know nothing about cars besides driving them from point A to point B. So, if you want to change the way women are perceived in traffic, make sure to learn a few useful things. Here’s what every woman needs to know about cars.

How to check the oil

One of the easiest and most important things is knowing how to check for oil. Not having enough oil can result in many car problems including causing your engine to fry, so make sure to keep your oil levels in check.

How to fix broken lights

The next common car repair (the one that can save you a lot of money in mechanic visits and fines) is fixing your headlights and taillights. If you have an older car, this fix can be very easy and fast. Just remove any trim components to expose the headlight panel and replace your burned-out bulb with a new one. Don’t know which bulb to buy? Just take your broken one to a car store and people working there will give you a matching replacement.

How to drive a stick

Knowing how to drive a stick is one of those things that can save you a lot of trouble in the future, because you really can’t know when you’ll need to use this skill. Luckily, operating a manual transmission isn’t that hard—all you need is some practice and patience!

How to buy and sell a car

Hopefully, you’ll have many opportunities to buy new cars and sell your old ones, so knowing how to handle these situations can be super useful. First, learn enough about your potential new car or your old one, so that you can avoid getting scammed. You can also find a good agency to handle your sale or purchase if you don’t want to risk getting ripped off. For instance, you can easily buy and sell cars at Carbiz as they can help you get quick cash for your old car or deliver your new wheels directly to your house!

How to check for tire pressure

Having proper tire pressure is quite important both for economic and safety reasons. Driving with under or overinflated tires can be very unsafe, plus it causes your tires to wear down quicker. Luckily, checking for tire pressure is super easy and fast. Check the inside of the driver’s doors and you’ll find a sticker with pressure recommendations for your car. With a small tire pressure gauge, you can check your pressure and see if you need to add or remove air.

How to change a flat tire

Changing a tire is every driver’s fear, but it shouldn’t be! Once you get a few practice tries, you’ll see how easy it is to change a flat and continue your ride in peace. Plus, that skill can save you a lot of money and even your life (getting stranded at the side of the road can be quite dangerous). There are great videos online with step-by-step tutorials, you just need to have good will and a few tools!

How to recognize red flags

Have you ever heard a weird sound coming from the engine or seen an unfamiliar light on your dash? Knowing what these sounds and lights mean can save you a lot of money and even your life. Some sounds and lights require immediate attention while some can be put off for a while. Here are some common warning sounds you shouldn’t ignore and some important dashboard lights to keep an eye on.

So, be a good driver that shatters gender stereotypes and make sure to learn about your four-wheeler. Every responsible car owner, regardless of gender, should know these seven car-related fixes and skills which will ensure their safety and safety of other road users.

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How to Have Perfectly White Teeth

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Have Perfectly White Teeth

 

When looking at someone’s face, they can have the perfect features all over, but one smile can ruin it all. That is, if they don’t have healthy teeth. Of course we all want to know that our teeth are visually perfect, but that is impossible if our teeth aren’t first and foremost healthy. Bleaching and aligning teeth that are dying from the inside is far from a sustainable solution, and here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Proper diet

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth, but do we know why? Sugar (and precisely white, processed sugar) sticks to our teeth and quickly reacts with the environment of our mouth to turn into acid that starts eating away at our teeth. This is why it’s crucial to cut down on sugary sweets, and especially those that have a lot of direct contact with our mouth like lollipops. The second villain is sodas. You really shouldn’t drink soda for any reason – since it literally has nothing nutritious for you – but it also contains dangerous chemicals that corrode our teeth. On the other hand, eating plenty of fruit available in the sunny Australia climate and making sure you’re getting enough calcium will get you on the right track towards a healthy smile. Lastly, while we’re on the topic of food, it’s important to address some foods that can seriously stain our teeth. Coffee drinkers, I’m looking at you. Dark drinks like coffee, black tea and red wine can stain our teeth, but so can many berries. So especially right after teeth bleaching, you want to stay as far away from these as possible.

Crooked teeth

There is a plethora of reasons why someone might have crooked teeth: from genetics to injury that induced trauma, our jaws and teeth can misalign, making them lay diagonally when they should be going straight, or laying on top of each other. Sometimes, crooked teeth can be a simple aesthetic problem, but they can also give you an underbite or overbite, as well as cause pain. Many people don’t want to get braces because of the in-progress look of them, but you can get fitted with Invisalign in Maroubra and achieve the effect of braces without it ever being noticed. They are sets of invisible, removable aligners that you can take out whenever you want, but they are so unnoticeable that you won’t have any problems keeping them in for longer periods of time. There are also versions for teens, who are notorious for wanting to avoid braces because of their appearance.

Good dental hygiene

The number one way to get and maintain a healthy smile is to do the work and never be lazy when it comes to taking care of dental hygiene. Make sure you brush your teeth after every meal, and floss to make sure you don’t have any bits of food stuck between your teeth that can cause cavities. You also want to make sure you visit a dentist for regular check-ups, because if you wait for a tooth to start aching before you go – you’re too late. The damage would be far smaller if the problem was found before it started to hurt. Your dentist can also spot some symptoms in your oral health that can be very useful warning signs for other health issues.

 

It’s important to remember that healthy teeth are not only important for aesthetic reasons, but they are a vital part of a good diet, since they help us chew our food, as well as help us communicate properly. So make sure you give them the attention and care they deserve.

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5 Tropical Wedding Destinations of Your Dreams

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.,

5 Tropical Wedding Destinations of Your Dreams

Planning a wedding is never easy but it’s also a lot of fun! If you’ve always dreamed about saying the faithful “I do” at a magical and exotic place, then you’ll definitely want to look into the most popular tropical wedding destinations. It may be more challenging for the organization and planning in some aspects, but, on the other hand, these places also provide special wedding packages to make the whole burden of preparation a bit lighter for you and your spouse-to-be. If you’re still thinking about the perfect spot in the world for your big day, take a look at the following destinations.

  1. Costa Rica

If you want to make sure that you start off your married life happy and fulfilled, you may be interested in joining hands in one of the happiest countries in the world. Costa Rica, like other places on this list, is a perfect choice for couples looking for something truly special and magical that can also become the best place for a honeymoon. The breathtaking nature of Costa Rica will leave everyone amazed, and there will be plenty of sightseeing and exploration to do. From magnificent beaches, waterfalls, rainforests and even volcanoes to gorgeous black and white sand beaches, Costa Rica is the ideal destination to start your life journey together.

  1. Moorea, Tahiti

Those of you that are true Moana fans would definitely enjoy a trip to Tahiti for this happy occasion. Among all the Tahiti islands, Moorea is undoubtedly the most picturesque place to get married at. The greenery of mossy mountains paired with the bright blue of the lagoons make this particular place in the world absolutely mesmerizing. Not only will it allow you to enjoy its beauty and endless adventure, but it will also serve as an amazing backdrop for all your wedding and honeymoon photos wherever you decide to snap a pic. Of course, you’ll get to experience real Tahitian culture and sing songs to celebrate your love and future.

  1. Australia

Want something spectacular when it comes to both natural sights and modern entertainment? Then Australia is the ideal wedding destination for the two of you. What’s more, the guests will have so many different options for fun time as well. Australia is an amazing country as it allows you to customize your memorable wedding experience however you see fit. From astonishing beaches and venues that will make for the most magical beach weddings you could ever think of, to more whimsical settings. For instance, you could go for the lush Paronella Park that allows you to get married in a castle surrounded by amazing wildlife, and even Taronga Zoo, for those of you looking for both elegance and adventure. As you can see, Australia is the ideal tropical place to be for couples who want their wildest dreams fulfilled.

  1. Jamaica

One cannot discuss tropical wedding destinations without considering Jamaica as well. After all, this place is famous for tropical weddings and its beauty. The island is covered with white and golden sand as well as rich mountainous foliage, while almost every hotel in Jamaica has several different wedding packages for couples to choose from. Due to the mentioned popularity of the destination, it’s very easy to organize the whole wedding with almost no hassle on your part. Obviously, this Caribbean Island is full of places to explore and adventures to discover, and is also the perfect spot in the world for the ultimate relaxation as well. Essentially, Jamaica has it all for both your and your guests’ comfort and enjoyment.

  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

In case you’re interested in a tropical destination that will have enough fun and entertaining options, together with breathtaking nature but also very private and secluded spots that just scream romance, Punta Cana island in Dominican Republic is definitely the place to choose for your perfect wedding day. As mentioned, you can choose private beaches for your wedding day, but also enjoy colorful and vibrant villages and amazing service. In the end, you can get the best of both worlds, and customize your stay however you want. After all, Punta Cana also has plenty of fun activities such as water sports, surfing camps, catamaran excursions, etc. so that you can easily pick something more exciting, while relaxing time in the villages and beaches will always wait for you.

Don’t give up from your tropical wedding dream just because you think it’s too difficult to pull it off. As mentioned before, these destinations are popular and have plenty of wedding packages to make things easy for you. It’s true that you’ll have to start your organization and prep sooner than later, and seriously take care of all the tasks, but the wonder, beauty and magic of starting your married life somewhere absolutely beautiful and slightly mysterious will definitely allow you to make the fondest of memories.

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Simple Style Guides for the Perfect Playsuit Outfit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Simple Style Guides for the Perfect Playsuit Outfit

 

 

 

Year after year, these amazing one-pieces keep making a comeback. We are talking, of course, about playsuits. They are the easiest thing in the world to make into a full outfit and they fit nearly everyone amazingly. But there are a few tricks to making a playsuit look good, and once you master them, it will surely become your new favorite piece. So to help you be perfectly on trend this summer, here is exactly what you need to know about wearing this fabulous piece of clothing.

Choose the right style

Just like you can’t bundle up all dresses under one name, you can’t do it with playsuits either. And a lot of people give up on a playsuit just because the first one they tried on didn’t fit them the way they wanted it to. For starters, let’s look at the tops. Tops of playsuits vary as much as tops in general, so going for something that you usually like to wear as a top will give you a better chance of finding something you like. If you wear wrap tops, tank tops, or off-shoulder tops, find a playsuit that features a similar style. As for the bottoms, there is a clear distinction: playsuits feature shorts, culotte jumpsuits are a bit longer, and traditional jumpsuits have a full-length bottom. Choose something you are comfortable with, that fits the occasion and that shows off your personal style.

Sizing

This is the tricky part. Even when buying a fitted dress, you can’t just drape it over your body. You need to see if the waist is in the right place, if there is enough room for the chest, etc. With rompers, it’s a step further than that, because you also have to figure out how high the crotch should be so that it looks flattering. This will depend mostly on the size and length of your torso and your legs. When you are picking out a jumpsuit, or ordering online, you might want to aim for a size up, unless you are very petite. A baggy look is a lot more forgiving than something too tight, so use that to your advantage.

Layers

An amazing way to style playsuits is to layer them with something. Because they are an outfit all by themselves, throwing in something over or under the playsuit can make all the difference. If you live in a colder climate like Scandinavia, you can still wear playsuits, layered perhaps with a turtleneck underneath. Or if you live somewhere where the weather changes often, like Sydney, summery playsuits in Australia can be worn with a rain jacket tied around the waist, ready to be put into action if it starts to rain.

Accessories

Depending on the print of the jumpsuit, you might not have to accessorize a lot at all. If it is a busy print, then necklaces and other jewelry will just get lost in the clothing. In those situations, consider accessories that don’t overlap with the romper, like hats, shoes and bags. However, if you are wearing a plain black jumpsuit, then it’s the perfect time for a colorful belt, long necklace, bracelets and all the other pieces that make your style truly your own. This can also help you with choosing your playsuit initially. If you are someone who likes to accessorize, don’t go for a heavy print, and vice versa.

Playsuits aren’t going anywhere as a style, and there are more and more of them to choose from every season, so get comfortable and remember – going to the bathroom in a romper is not as scary as everyone thinks it is!

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Ways to Enhance Your Concentration

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Ways to Enhance Your Concentration

 

You have a deadline and you really need to work, but the busy Sydney streets are screaming at you from outside your window, you can’t get that scene from your favorite TV show out of your head and then, just when you clear your mind and finally focus on your assignment, somebody comes in with a question. There goes your concentration, leaving you frustrated and in panic. But, is there a way to enhance your concentration? Yes, there is. Here are some ways to do it.

Be rested

If you don’t get enough sleep, or if your sleep isn’t calming and restful, your thoughts can become scattered and focusing on anything might prove to be next to impossible. Establish a quality sleeping routine, which will include going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, sleeping on a comfortable bed and in a place that you find relaxing. If you don’t sleep enough during the night, try having at least a short nap during the day, in order to energize and concentrate more easily.

Eat well

Never skip meals, especially breakfast, since hunger can be your concentration’s greatest enemy. Your meals should be a healthy balance between proteins and carbohydrates, loaded with nutrients. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to maximize brain function, as well as water to remain hydrated, since dehydration can lower your concentration. However, overeating can cause discomfort and drowsiness, so avoid eating too much.

Take breaks

Trying to stay focused on one thing for a long time can be tiring and can even make you nervous. After a while, your brain’s processing abilities will decline, and your concentration along with it. Therefore, make a schedule for each task or each working day, one which will include several breaks. Taking an hourly short break can help you get your focus back and make you feel refreshed and alert. Use these breaks to have a healthy snack, take a nap or phone your friend for a quick chat.

Listen to music

Other than making you feel relaxed and boosting your mood, music can also improve your concentration. Certain types of music affect the parts of the brain related to paying attention and memory update, while others calm you down and help with anxiety. Find the music that makes you productive and helps you concentrate, invest in the best noise-cancelling headphones Sydney can offer and get back to work.

Exercise your body and mind

Physical exercise can get you into shape and improve your overall health, including your mind. If you’re unhealthy and physically inactive, you mood worsens and you feel worn down, which can make it very hard to focus. A daily workout can help you concentrate since it improves your circulation, and blood flow to the brain. It can be something as simple as a walk on the beach or a bicycle ride to and from work. And if physical exercise isn’t enough, you can also exercise your mind. Read a good book, do some crossword puzzles or Sudoku, or have a stimulating conversation during your lunch break to improve memory and concentration.

Remove distractions

Sometimes the loss of concentration is caused by outside factors, such as noise from the traffic outside or your colleagues’ squeaky voice and laughter. If you have your own office, closing the window or the door might be all it takes to regain your peace and quiet and avoid distractions. If not, try isolating yourself in another way, like using earplugs. Log out of your social networks accounts and turn your phone to silent mode if possible. However, if you need your phone and the social networks for work, you need to learn to ignore these specific distractions, disregard them and stay focused on your task.

Avoid multitasking

Jumping to a new project without finishing the previous one can be confusing and lead your brain to think it’s OK to switch focus from one topic to another, which in return can lower your concentration. If you start doing several things at the same time, you’ll be giving each of those things only partial attention, which can cause you to achieve less and make mistakes you wouldn’t make if you were completely focused on a single task. In order to improve your concentration, stick to a task until you finish it, and then make a short mental break before starting the next one.

Although it takes effort and time to concentrate properly, it’s not an impossible task. All it sometimes takes is to challenge your brain to stay focused on a single task for just a bit longer than the previous time. So, do what you can to stay healthy and sharp and your problem might just disappear.

 

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Get the Guy: How to Get a Man to Like You

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Get the Guy: How to Get a Man to Like You

 

Ugh, men are capricious beings and it can be hard and frustrating to get their attention and keep it. We all at one time longingly looked at a guy knowing that he doesn’t even know who we are, and even more often, grabbed someone’s attention just to see him lose interest. So, if you suffer from the same problem, here’s a little guide that will help you get and keep the man of your dreams.

Catch his eye

There’s a belief that men don’t care about what women wear, but the truth is that they do notice some positive changes. So, next time you think you’re going to see your hunk, try to dress up a bit. He will certainly notice and even maybe compliment your appearance. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to wear a gown to work or a little black dress to your casual stroll. Simply putting on some makeup, wearing your hair up or putting some effort into your outfit can attract his attention.

Put on your best smile

It might sound overly simple, but sometimes, all you need to do to get the guy interested is smile. Smiling is a bit contagious, so he will automatically get happier when greeted with your radiant smile. Additionally, smiling makes your face brighter and you’ll seem a lot more approachable. Laugh gently when you’re with him or send a subtle smile his way every once in a while. He’ll definitely become friendlier towards you. Just don’t overdo it with grinning, otherwise you might seem creepy.

Don’t hesitate to flirt

Men usually enjoy a casual touch of a woman, so don’t hesitate to engage in a little physical flirting by touching his hand, arm or shoulder. It’s a great way to state that you want to get physical with him and to attract his attention. A light touch can flip a switch in his head and make him take a second look at you or rekindle old feelings.

Blow his mind with your date game

Once you manage to get him on a date, don’t hesitate to take over a traditionally man’s job and make plans for you. Yes, going out to a restaurant is never a bad move, but there are so many great date ideas that will stay in his memory forever. Engaging in an activity that is not a huge cliché will definitely make him curious about other cool ideas you have.

Change your perfume

People are very sensitive to smells, especially the changes in smell, so if you want to get him to notice you, try changing your perfume. A new scent or a perfume worn in unexpected situations might get him interested and even earn you a nice compliment.

Compliments never harmed anyone

Literally everyone loves compliments, so don’t hesitate to praise him from time to time. Guys don’t really feel comfortable hearing compliments from other men, but when a girl does it, it will certainly make them happy and proud. Just make sure to be genuine and moderate. Insincere compliments or too many of them can make you seem shallow and fake, and you might make him uncomfortable.

Take the lead

Sometimes, men are not the best at taking hints, so don’t hesitate to take the lead and make the first move. Go and make an introduction, start a conversation or buy him a drink. Guys that are shy will love you for it, plus being bold can be so sexy!

Here you have it, the basics of catching a guy’s eye. Just remember to be yourself—if he falls for the real you, you have the potential of having a happy and healthy relationship!

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What You Should Know About Dementia

by Guest Blogger, Diana S.

What You Should Know About Dementia

 

Dementia is not an illness that happens overnight; it is actually a collection of various symptoms, possibly due to a disease.  It is a dreadful and often feared condition that can be hard to deal with, especially for those around the patient.

If you have someone who’s struggling with dementia or you worry if you could end up suffering from it, here are a few things you should know:

The early signs of dementia

Most frequently, if you experience greater loss of memory and focus, or even gradually start failing to communicate in a clear and understandable way, chances are you are experiencing dementia in its early stages. Unfortunately, we still can’t be sure what all early signs of dementia could be as they don’t tend to manifest immediately. This makes diagnosing dementia all the harder, but not impossible. Nevertheless, look out for losses in function and focus, and contact your physician if you experience something similar. However, if you are the one experiencing dementia, chances are you won’t be aware of the symptoms; this is why it’s important you listen to the people around you pointing out the changes in your usual behavior.

Alzheimer’s disease

Perhaps the most commonly known form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. In essence, Alzheimer’s is an irreversible brain disorder that slowly erases your memories and your ability to think and remember clearly. Over time, even the simplest of tasks become a burden and impossible for those having Alzheimer’s. Without relying on everyday help, patients grow unable to function properly.

Treating dementia

Unfortunately, a definitive cure for dementia does not exist yet, and it is only possible to slow down the progress to a certain degree. Some of the medicine that can be used is there to prevent further regression of memory, but only in combination with certain mental exercises that help boost brain functions and promote better memory.

Look for help

After a while, dementia can take its toll and make it extremely hard to do things on your own. Losing your memory and having to see everyone around you fade into black is not easy to deal with. Unless the early stages of dementia are recognized and there is someone to help you out, it can become a battle that cannot be fought alone. The great thing is that there are services ready to help take care of you/your loved one. Choosing the right aged care facilities for someone with dementia can be a cinch if you find out that the staff is highly trained and professional. Creating an environment for those with dementia is a must, so that no matter what happens, they are surrounded by people they can rely on.

Alternative medicine

Currently, no drug can effectively reverse the effects of dementia, and without doing a bit of work on your own as well, you cannot expect to get better. The best alternative method to help deal with and fight dementia is to do daily problem-solving tasks, puzzles, memory games, and various language boosting activities. Engage in a game of chess regularly, pick up a foreign language, help your kids/grandkids with math problems, be in charge of paying the bills, etc. These are meant to boost brain functions and help keep the memory intact, all the while reducing the effects of dementia.

Unfortunately, dementia cannot be stopped, yet, the effects can be slowed down to a degree so that you can live your life comfortably. With communities built for those suffering from dementia and your personal engagement in slowing it down, things don’t have to be too hard. 

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Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

 

If you ask people about their least favorite chore, many will say yard cleaning. Indeed, it can be very straining, time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you don’t have a good strategy and the right tools. So, in order to have a quick and easy yard cleaning and maintenance session, here are some useful tips for your plan of action.

Gear up

Before you tackle this cleaning chore, make sure you have all the necessary gear and tools. You absolutely need gardening gloves, trash bags, clippers and shears, rakes, shovels and some protective goggles. Additionally, if you’re doing all this during a hot and sunny day, get some sunscreen and a hat, and prepare plenty of water for refreshment.

Start big

Large pieces of debris and junk (rocks, big branches and damaged furniture) should be removed first to clean out the space for the rest of the cleaning process. However, don’t throw everything away. Rocks can be used as beautiful decorative elements, especially around landscaping or water features.

Trim, trim, trim

Overgrown and sagging branches and bushes never look good. So, make sure to give your greenery a good trim, especially to those that survived a lot of damage. Sheers, handsaws and electric hedge clippers can all get the job done, but if you have some tall trees with thick branches, you might need professional help to avoid causing damage to the plant or your property. Once you finish your trim job, collect branches, clippings and leaves. It would be great to use these greeny leftovers (leaves, cuttings and old foliage) for composting. It’s an easy process that could bring great benefits for your garden in a form of nutritious compost.

Have a junk disposal plan

During your yard cleaning, there will be a lot of things you can no longer use and you must find a proper disposal plan. The best way to get rid of junk is to contact professionals. For instance, Australia has strict rubbish disposal laws that can result in hefty fines if you don’t follow them. Luckily, there are experts in junk removal in Sydney who know all the laws and can take the junk off of your hands quickly and efficiently. These pros remove all the hassle from your junk removal task and can even save you money once you calculate all the expenses of doing the job yourself.

Take care of the lawn

Once you have a clear view of your lawn, it’s time to grab your lawnmower and trim that lawn prairie. The best way to do the mowing is to follow the one-third rule—never cut more than one-third of the blade in one mowing session to ensure the quality of your grass. Additionally, make sure to tackle the lawn when the grass is dry (wet grass will leave an uneven cut, clump up your mower and increase the possibility of slips).

Fertilize

Spring and fall are great times for fertilizing your lawn. People living in colder areas should do it in the fall, while those in hotter climates can apply fertilizer in the spring when the grass starts to grow more actively.

Take it slow

Most people want to finish their cleaning job in one day. However, yard cleaning requires a lot of crouching, stretching to reach branches and picking up heavy items, which can all cause injuries if you overexert yourself. So, make sure to take plenty of breaks that will allow you to recover strength and prevent injury. Breaks are especially important if you’re working on a hot day. Take plenty of water and hide in the shade to prevent overheating.

As you can see, yard cleanup doesn’t have to be hard and time-consuming. As long as you prepare, follow this action plan and take it easy, your yard will look amazing in no time!

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

 

Landscaping can be the most rewarding and relaxing process, but if you lack creativity, it can become daunting and frustrating. No matter how much you wish to transform your old, dull backyard into a fabulous oasis, the lack of landscaping ideas will create will create a real nightmare that will only stress you out. Therefore, if you still haven’t come up with the best solution for your Sydney backyard, we have a few ideas you’ll certainly love.

Add a pop of colour

When you want to create a relaxing feel, adding some greenery to your yard is the best solution. However, if you want to make your yard more appealing, adding a pop of colour is a great idea. Therefore, plant colourful flowers alongside green shrubs and trees to create the perfect contrast. Pathways without flowers next to them will look plain, so plant pink, red, white, orange, and yellow flowers on the sides of the paths to give them some extra charm. Your backyard would be beautiful with bellflowers,  roses, orange anemones and white daffodils embellishing the outdoors. If you want to illuminate your Sydney garden from winter to spring, plant camellia japonica and dahlias, while kangaroo paw will flower all year long.

Make a few smaller sections

Breaking your outdoor space into a few sections can significantly improve the look of your backyard. Not only will your garden look more interesting, but also it’ll appear visually larger since you won’t be able to detect all the areas at once. Plant screens, walled enclosures, and grade changes can serve as perfect dividers between the areas. To block bigger garden views use dwarf Alberta spruces, and surround the dining spot with planters, letting their close-up blooms pose as the perfect camouflage for the rest of the area. If you’re not sure how to create multiple areas in your backyard, look for professional landscaping services in Sydney, and let talented landscaping designers and architects do all the work for you. Thanks to the team of creative people, your home will get a fresh new look you’ll instantly fall in love with.

Create a garden paradise

With hidden rooms, inspiring views, meandering streams, and intersecting trails, you’ll create a perfect little sanctuary in your backyard. Add a special flower display, a bench, a fountain or a wall of plants. Clematis winding around fences and columns with its blue, purple, red, pink, or white blossoms would look fabulous in your home. Grow it on a fence, on a trellis, or in a container for best appearance. Allowing them to ramble and scramble over your shrubs is another option if you’d like a little more of a laissez-faire style. Since the weather is cool in fall and spring, consider planting clematis during these two seasons.

Accent with Containers

To bring life and softness to paved places, think about adorning entrances, lounging spots, and doors, with big containers full of blooming annuals. They’ll easily draw attention to any area you want, while also adding a pop of colour and vibrancy to the entire yard. You can place pots of begonias, petunias, fuchsias, and impatiens around your potting shed, dining deck, or maybe near the lounge, gates and doors, for example. However, try to focus on grouping the pots with a main colour, to make a statement. If you let too many hues pop up from everywhere, you won’t be able to create that staggering effect.

 

We all want a beautiful backyard in our home, but sometimes we just lack imagination and that’s when things get rough. Luckily, with the help of these few tips, you’ll manage to create a wonderful outdoor area that your entire family can enjoy for years to come.

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