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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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How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

 

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Having a garden is having that special somewhere to take a deep breath of that wonderful fresh spring air. There are so many things that you can do to make it your own, by the things you plant, to what you do inside it. You can host regular barbecue parties full of your closest friends and family. Or you could grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and live a sustainable life. The options are endless, and that’s part of the fun of having a garden to play around with.

 

But what about making it an animal sanctuary? If you love nature and wildlife, then what better way to show that off than catering your garden to it all?

 

Here’s how you can do just that.

 

Water.

Water is not only a lovely addition to have in your garden for yourself visually, as well as being able to listen to the wonderful sounds it makes as it moves, but a lot of animals will thank you for having it there too. A birdbath allows birds to take a quick break to rehydrate, while having a little wash too. Some squirrels may even come if they’re brave enough. Water also attracts butterflies and dragonflies too, as it’s cooling and fresh in the hotter days, and they show off their stunning patterns of colour that are displayed on their bodies and wings, making it a truly special sight.

 

Trees.  

Trees are a great way to attract more wildlife as they provide shelter for them, as well being a food source too. Take live oak trees as an example. Acorns fall off in the autumn, and there are plenty of small animals that will eat them, like squirrels and birds. They also have the perfect branches to hang feeders on, and even to install owl nesting boxes. Then you can sit back and bird watch as your garden gets visits from species that you may have never seen before.

 

Flowers.

Flowers create pollen, and pollen is needed for the bees in order to feed their colony, but they are also what create us with more beauty as they pollinate other plants for us naturally. You may find things growing in your garden that has a magical colour that you haven’t seen before, and this can all be thanks to your bees. Flowers also create nectar which certain birds feed off, as well as butterflies. Plus, don’t forget that flowers smell divine, and you get to experience that whenever the wind blows, or you skim your hand across them as you walk past. And this stimulates your senses that cause chemicals to release in your brain that make you feel oh so good.

 

So what more are you waiting for? Focus on all these additions and you will see that within no time, your garden is full of so much life. You can then escape away to this safe haven and be at one with the nature and all the animals that reside along with it.

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3 great reasons why you should landscape your yard

3 great reasons why you should landscape your yard

In what state is your yard? Do you enjoy or frown when you look at it? If you are not happy with your yard every time you set your eyes on it, then you are not alone. If you happen to look at the state of your neighbor’s yard, they might be in the same state too. A good yard is very important for a home. Besides complementing the home, it will also increase your property value in future. But the most annoying thing is that most home owners do not take the initiative of making their yard attractive. It is therefore important to sacrifice some time and come up with the best ideas to make your yard the way you would want it to be. It only requires very minimal efforts and landscaping designs to come up with an amazing yard that your home really deserves. Here are the top reasons why you should have Landscaping Company Mandurah take care of your yard.

Health benefits

If you have a beautiful yard, you will always be motivated to go out and enjoy the amazing scenes of flowers, trees and green grass. Every medical practitioner will tell you that spending a good time in such an environment comes with its own benefits. If you spend most of the time at your yard playing with kids or having a good time with friends, your body activities will increase. This is contrary to being indoors all the time watching movies and taking too much snacks. You will be able to put your body on shape and avoid obesity related issues.

Spending more time outdoors will also help ease your moods. If you are bothered by things that can lead to stress, all you need to do is go to a more relaxing environment. But the yard has to be in perfect shape for you to enjoy spending time there. Otherwise, you will be building more stress rather than being relieved of what you already have.

Additionally, planting grass and plants on your yard will help in air purification. You will therefore be guaranteed of staying in an environment that is pollution free and this is very important for your health.

Encourages family time

You may be too committed during the day, giving you very little time to spend with your family. But a landscaped yard will provide a relaxing environment to share some good moments with your family in the evening.

Entertainment

With an amazing yard, you will be the one to host whatever parties that come along. You can then have an outdoor fun with friends in a cool and relaxing environment. All you need to do is compliment your party with amazing lights effectively placed along the flowers and you are good to go.

As much as a lot of people fail to see the importance that comes with landscaping, the best landscapes yard comes with so many benefits that can help both health wise as well as increasing a home’s net worth.

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The Modern Alternatives To DIY

The Modern Alternatives To DIY

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In the modern world, there are more and more products coming out which enable you to handle aspects of your own life. From easy-to-use painting tools to furniture which comes in a flat box, there’s never been a better time for those that love to get their hands dirty. For everyone else, though, the idea of DIY can become on you dread. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Along with DIY, modern technology also makes it a lot easier to skip DIY altogether, and this post is going to be showing you how.

  • Painting & Decorating

If you’ve ever painted a room, you probably have some idea of the difficulty you can have while you’re doing it. It takes years to develop the skills to paint a room professionally. Of course, though, you don’t have to spend your time doing this; someone else already has. Websites like Fiverr make it nice and easy to find professionals to help you with this sort of work. It’s worth making sure that you read plenty of reviews while doing this if you want the best service.

  • Decor & Design

Once you have a room painted, carpets installed, and all of the other little bits done, it’ll be time to start filling it with some furniture. Choosing the items for a room like this can be very hard. You have loads of choices out there, and even a simple, light and relaxing bedroom can be hard to achieve. Thankfully, loads of companies offer sets of pieces, giving you the chance to match all of your items with one purchase. Along with this, with the building services they sell, you should have everything to make your rooms nice and easy.

  • Cleaning Up

Of course, a large part of the work you do to your home isn’t in the form of big efforts, making loads of change at once. Instead, cleaning is what you’ll be doing the most. This part of life can be very challenging to deal with, but it doesn’t have to be this way. A professional cleaning company can provide you with weekly services which cut down your time doing this job by a huge amount. Along with this, choosing the right materials will also help in your cleanly efforts.

  • The Garden

Finally, as the last part of your home you’ll be working on, it’s time to think about the garden. Most people rarely consider this area, and it can show after just a matter of months. To avoid an overgrown mess, like your cleaning, you can have your green areas handled by someone else. Professional gardening is a very common business, so it should be nice and easy to find someone nearby who can help. Along with this, though, you could also look into some landscaping options which will make the garden much easier to manage.

Hopefully, this post will enable you to start putting some extra ease into your daily life. A lot of people neglect this sort of work, worrying that they don’t have the time or skills to handle it. Of course, though, this isn’t a problem if you let someone else do the hard stuff.

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