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Clean Up Toxic Problems in Your Client's Homes
Decorating Your Home or Property for the Holidays (Or anytime of the Year).
Sharpen Up Your Garden With Sharp Tools!
What is the best type of firewood to use in your fireplace?
What are you going to do with that pool?

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Clean Up Toxic Problems in Your Client's Homes

 

Everyone wants a safe, comfortable environment in their homes for themselves and their families. But some toxic conditions may need cleaning up, particularly in older homes. Here are some possible hazards that may be in your client’s house.

Lead paint- Most homes built before 1978 probably have some lead-based paint in them, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Although you may see do-it-yourself instructions online for repairing or renovating a home that has lead-based paint in it, that’s too risky.

Decorating Your Home or Property for the Holidays (Or anytime of the Year).

 

I grew up in Wisconsin; my family owns a 5th generation landscape contracting business and nursery operation.
Part of our business during the "off season" was to decorate estates, homes, banks, churches, synagogues and public buildings for the holidays, and sell Christmas trees and flock them.
From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve all we did was work, eat and sleep!
A lot of work at the time, but a great feeling when people get theWOWfactor of the whole design and are put in the mood of the Season.

Sharpen Up Your Garden With Sharp Tools!

Sharpen Up Your Garden With Sharp Tools!
 

It’s summer and the plants in your yard are growing like crazy!

If you want to fight back your own personal backyard jungle, be sure to use sharp and clean gardening tools, whether it be loppers, shovels, pruners, hoes, spades or lawnmowers.

Here are some suggestions on how to do it


  • Tools will lose their sharp edge if they get wet and rusty. How can that be possible in Arizona? It’s due to the sapand sticky residue from plants that is left on tools during pruning.

What is the best type of firewood to use in your fireplace?

 
Alligator juniper:Juniper, from Arizona’s high country, is wonderfully fragrant with a cedar-like aroma. It has medium hardness and mixes well with other woods. Alligator juniper is excellent in the fireplace or in a backyard fire pit and produces a cozy lively fire with crackle, pop and pleasant aroma.It is excellent for grilling and smoking. It’s a wood used by many of Arizona's elite resorts.

Oak hardwood:This long lasting hardwood burns hot with a good bed of coals. Excellent for grilling and smoking

What are you going to do with that pool?

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Fall is often when you look more closely at your swimming pool and realize you need to make some changes. Perhaps the decking is cracking and peeling or the interior of the pool needs resurfacing. Maybe you want to redo the deck or add a waterfall or fireplace.
 
But some of you aren’t even using your pool anymore very often. The kids have moved out of the house, and you now own one of the thousands of home pools in Arizona where no one even dips a toe in the water anymore.

Making your Home Unattractive to Burglars.

    In 2010, there were about 6,000 burglaries in homes every day nationwide, according to the FBI. More than a third of the time, that burglar went through the front door, and he usually paid a visit on weekdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

    These intrusions might not amount to much loss – a few dollars left on a dresser, a TV set or a video camera – but the Justice Department says only about 14 percent of burglaries in single-family houses are ever solved. Once you have had a break-in like this, the feeling of safety you once had in your home may be gone for quite a while.

    Choose Your Water Features Carefully!


    Water features can bring interest, beauty and wildlife to a garden, but they also can be work.That's why many homeowners are choosing relatively small options such as fountains, bubbling urns and waterfalls, rather than ponds and streams, a big backyard pond takes a lot of time to clean.With ponds you have to consider native animals, keep the water in balance and prevent algae from building up.
     
    You have to do special things in winter to shut it down and again in spring to set it up.

    In Arizona,Microclimates Make all the Difference.

    Growing up in the Midwest, where my family had a nursery, I was always fasinated by how and where things grew.
    In the nursery,some things grew better in certain places than others,but in nature everything grew always in the right place! How come?
    I eventually figured out the secret: Microclimates-warmer or colder areas within a garden - allowed for certain plants to thrive.Microclimates can differ greatly from the inner-city core,to the sprawling suburban landscape and to the open desert.

    Create a Backyard Oaisis on a Budget

     
    You want to turn your backyard into an oasis with all the right stuff -- from fire pit to hot tub -- but you're hoping to do it as economically as possible.You've even thought about doing some of the hardscape yourself.Regardless of your plans, start with a good design. A landscape architect can show you the best available plants and products.A very basic design alone can probably be done for a price range of about $500 to $1,000. But the more space involved, the higher the cost.

    Making Your Yard "Greener" with Technology

    Choosing drought-tolerant plants isn't the only way you can make your backyard friendlier to the environment. If you're building or upgrading your patio, consider conservation with every change.Here are some sustainable choices for a patio overhaul.
    1.Permeable pavers
    Permeable concrete pavers are made from porous concrete and installed with small spaces between them that allow water to soak through rather than run off, so your patio floor won't send rainwater onto the street and into the sewers.