Garden Knee Pads To Keep Gardening Enjoyable

gardenSummer is the major time of year when the weather will wilt your plants. However, preparation for the hot weather can help you avoid these effects. To split your time between keeping a healthy garden and all the other summer activities you have planned, strategy is important. The following are the main tips to keep your garden healthy while enjoying all your summer activities:
Potted plants can easily overheat. If you have potted plants in your garden, you should lightly mulch them and position them out of direct sunlight. Leaving potted plants in saucers will facilitate root rot and the reproduction of mosquitos and other insects.

Reviving your Plants

Instead of placing potted plants in plain saucers, add sand to the saucer and keep the sand moist. This will help the roots stay cool and encourage the growth of a healthy plant. If your potted plants have dried out and rewetting them seems impossible, soak your plant in a buck of water for at least 30 minutes, and then drain it. This can help you revive the plant.

To keep your plants hydrated and minimize evaporation, water your plants during the cooler parts of the day. Ideally, the best time to water your plans is in the morning. If you can only water during the afternoon, leave enough time for the foliage to dry before the sun sets. Moist foliage is the prime opportunity for mildew and fungi to grow and destroy your plants.
Pumpkin, melon, cucumbers, rose and zucchini are the most susceptible to mildew. If you discover mildew on your plants, spray them weekly with a solution made from one part cows milk to 10 parts water. The treatment should be repeated after heavy rains or irrigation. Although this treatment will not reverse mildew damage, it can prevent additional attacks in the future.

Water Your Plants

Deeply water your plants. Use this opportunity to feed your plants and correct any mineral deficiencies they may have. Add a soluble fertilizer containing seaweed and give the mixture to your plants during watering. For citrus fruits, lychee and bananas, add potash to the base of the tree, then water. This will make the plants juicer and enhance the fruit flavour.
Take care of any weed-infested lawns on a regular basis. To maintain a healthy and attractive lawn, you will need to pull weeds out regularly. You should kneel down correctly to decrease your chances of injuring your knees. To minimize injury, you should use high quality gardening knee pads.

Using knee pads will protect your knees and the surrounding muscles and ligaments that support your knee, especially if you are an avid garden. Although there are numerous brands of gardening knee pads available on the market, few of them are top notch. This is the reason choosing a high quality knee pad is import. It will allow you to continue gardening, while preventing injuries that could disrupt your summer activities.

The previous information provides an overview of some important ways to enjoy your gardening during the summer and keep your plants healthy. With knowledge and proper planning, you can have plenty of time left for other activities, without neglecting your garden.

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Tips To Keep In Mind Before Buying A New Furnace

heating furnaceA failing furnace is not enjoyable to say the least. It is certainly possible to repair the furnace, but at one point you are going to need to replace it entirely. Yet, what is needed to be considered before diving in and making the new purchase? Let’s take a look at a few factors to keep in mind before signing up.

Getting The Right Option

It is always important to make sure you are getting the ‘right’ furnace. Most furnaces are going to last a decade or two. You are going to have quite a few new choices to consider. Natural gas options are the most common and can cost from $2,500 all the way to $14,000. There are a few residences that still use oil furnaces, but those are quite rare and inefficient as well. These are going to come in around $2,000 to $8,000. It might also require additional costs to set up.

Electric heat options are becoming common as well. These are going to cost only $1,000 to $2,000 but is not recommended because the energy costs are through the roof and you are going to pay for it through your bills. The newest option on the market at this point in time would be the heat pump, which is set up through the ground using refrigerant coils. This is going to cost anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000 depending on the choice you go with. The ground options will cost more coming in at $7,000 to $25,000. Most of these furnaces are also used as AC units because of how they work.

Efficiency Does Matter

You have to make sure you are looking at efficiency ratings as well.

It all begins with ‘Heat Output’ as you want something that is going to at least churn out 60,000 BTUs. Does this mean a higher rating is what you should be going for? No, too much power is unnecessary and a waste for certain residences.

You have to check how much heat being produced is wasted. Older options are seen wasting over 20% of all heat being produced. This is significant. It raises the bills property owners pay. However, newer options provide percentages going into the mid-90s. This is going to make a substantial difference in the long-run when it comes to your utility bills.

You also have to remember, it is key to sit down and take a look at how it is going to be staged. This means, how does their power setup work. Older options would only have a full or nothing option. Meaning they either are working at full tilt or do nothing at all. The newer options have multiple stages, which means they are going to work at an eco-friendly setting of around 65% of the full power or you can go full tilt as well. The most expensive options have three different stages for one to select from.

Labor Costs Will Play A Role

heatYou have to factor in the labor costs as they will play a role too. Each company is going to be different when it comes to installation. Some will have fixed rates while others go based upon an hourly rate. Most come in at $75 per hour. If the installation takes a long time, this is going to add up in a hurry. Installation costs will definitely be through the roof if there is duct work required to get the furnace in place. This does happen a lot in situations where oil furnaces are being put in.

Warranties have to be considered when it comes to installations. All furnaces are going to come with a manufacturer’s warranty and this is going to ensure the fan itself is protected for a certain period of time. Another warranty option is going to come in the form of the contractor’s warranty where they are going to be covering labor and any work that falls under their watch for a few years. Extended warranties can often be purchased.

It is essential to make sure you are getting all of these contracts in writing as that will ensure everyone is on the same page and there is legal standing for the deal. Furnaces are not all going to come at the same price, but numerous hurdles can be avoided with a bit of knowledge.

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How To Prevent Yourself From Getting Razor Burn

shavingIf you want to get your day started off on the right foot, a clean shave will do it every time. A well-maintained face will impress clients and friends of the female persuasion. Unfortunately, there is a big pest that can make your face feel less than appealing – razor burn. Everyone has had it at least once. It is that terrible itching sensation you get a few hours after shaving. Not only does it make you feel horrible, but it doesn’t look very nice either. If you learn the proper techniques, you can prevent razor burn and bumps from invading your face. Here is some advice that can help you achieve this goal.

What Is Razor Burn?

This is a rash that sometimes appears on areas that have just been shaved. Sometimes the problem is mild and presents itself as a slight itching with a red rash. In severe cases, it can be accompanied by razor bumps, which are caused by ingrown hairs. This looks like typical acne and they are incredibly itchy. Ingrown hair and razor bumps are more prevalent in African-American males because their facial hair is curly.

How To Stop Razor Burn In Its Tracks

Soften the hair on the face, A soft beard is far easier to shave than one that feels like a scouring pad. The ideal time to shave would be immediately after you get out of the shower. The steam in the shower will soften the hair on your face and make it perfect for shaving. You can make the hair even softer if you massage some conditioner in it while you are in there. You can apply it when you first step into the shower and rinse it off directly before you get out. Your beard will be just as soft as a piece of silk.

Exfoliate your skin. This beauty regimen is not only intended for women. Use facial scrubs and/or your lady’s bath pouf to slough off the dead skin and leave ingrown hairs with no place to run and hide. It may not necessarily be the most masculine product, but I adore the apricot scrub produced by St. Ive’s. It is not costly and it makes your skin feel amazing.

Purchase a safety razor. Many people love the multi-blade razors that clutter the market these days. If you are able to get great results, more power to you. If you feel like they leave your face more irritated than ever, you should consider buying a safety razor. There are many men who can be perfectly content even though they aren’t shaving with five blades at a time. That is not necessary at all. A Safety razor will give you a smooth, clean shave without all of the irritation. This is because one blade is working well alone instead of with four buddies who plan to do a number on your face.

Shave towards the Grain

shaving faceShave toward the grain. In their quest to end up with a smooth satin finish, many men choose to shave against the grain. While this can help them get the smoothness they have been after, it is very easy to nick the face and end up with razor burn. Also, a very close shave can increase your chances of developing ingrown hair and razor bumps. Your best bet is to shave with the grain. This will decrease the chances of having to deal with razor burn. You will not be able to remove your whole beard in one good swoop. You will live. Just lather up and give it an additional swoop. Basically, multiple passes with the grain are preferable to one against the grain.

Shave with short, light strokes. If you use far too much pressure, this will increase the likelihood you will end up with razor burn. The weight of the actual razor is all that is needed to shave effectively. Use shorter strokes and you will notice that you are applying less pressure. When you use long strokes, you have a tendency to exert more pressure.

Do not shave with a dull blade. Have you ever tried cutting into a piece of bread with a dull knife? Did you ever notice that the bread ended up all bent and ragged? Imagine your cheek being that piece of bread. Instead of achieving a clean shave, a dull blade will tear at your whiskers. The result of this is badly irritated skin and ingrown hairs. Another great benefit of safety razors is the ability to constantly change blades once they get dull without spending a fortune.

Clean your Razor

Clean your razor with alcohol. One large cause of razor burn is shaving with a blade that is dirty. Kill all bacteria by cleaning your blade with rubbing alcohol before using it on your face. There are some companies out there selling antiseptics for blades. Leave them on the shelf; it is only alcohol with some scents added. You can buy the basic alcohol from the drugstore. Clean your blade between each pass. Every time you swoop across your face, the blades get filled with shaving cream and hair. This stops the blades from continuously making clean, smooth cuts. Rinse the blade between every pass.

Splash cold water on your face when you are done shaving. This will help close the pores and reduce the chances you will end up with some ingrown hairs.

Use a moisturizer on the face. You have just finished using a piece of metal to cut hair from your face. Even with the best shave technique, your face is probably not happy. Aftershave is supposed to be refreshing, but it only worsens the irritation for some men. If you are one of them, you can use a balm or cortisone cream that contains aloe. This will eliminate the redness. You can find either one of these products at the drugstore.

Dry your brush and blades after using them. Use a towel to remove every trace of water from your razor. This will keep the blade from getting dull too quickly and it will be sharp the next time you plan to shave. Make sure that you hang your shaving brush when you are done so it can dry out. A wet brush will accumulate bacteria and you will smear it on your face when you get ready to shave again.

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Exactly How Safe Is Your Garden Hose?

garden hoseA very common event that happens during the day while a gardener is gardening is to take a drink out of the water hose, something that most people do, right? If it’s hot outside, in excess of 90∞, and you are outside with your hose watering the lawn, or even your flowerbeds, why would you go inside to get a glass of water? The difficulty with using your garden hose for this purpose is that it could actually be unhealthy, primarily because they are made of a substance called PVC, a compound that is commonly used that contains lead, a stabilizing factor for the creation of the hoses.

In between the time that you water your lawn or plants, the water tends to stay in the house, and the lead can actually leach into the water, causing detrimental and sometimes deadly problems. The lead in the hoses can actually be up to 100 times the allowable level of lead, according to US standards, which is clearly something that you should not put into your body.

PVC material

There are certain states that are required to note on the packaging that the PVC material has been known to cause birth defects, reproductive problems and also cancer. Typically, this warning is printed in such small print that most consumers will miss it, and in other states it is not even mentioned at all that using a garden hose for drinking could be dangerous for your health.

You should also know that lead is very dangerous for children, especially young ones, those that are under the age of six years and it can cause nervous system disorders and damage to the brain. When this occurs, the damage is irreversible, and sometimes severe, leading to problematic situations the rest of their life.

Lead is a Chemical

Many people believe that plants actually do not absorb lead, so by watering them with these hoses that have lead, it’s not dangerous unless high concentrations are detected in the soil. I personally am not convinced about this opinion at all. Since lead is a chemical that can remain in the soil for many years, it will at some point become very harmful for the plans that you grow. It’s very true for plant vegetables and edibles, ones that have high concentrations of water, and if you are watering regularly, the lead content within these plants can grow.

You really don’t have to worry, however, because there are lead free hoses, those that are available in many locations so that you can avoid the risk of poisoning not only your garden but yourself.

If you do invest in one of these lead free hoses, or even a hose that states that it is drink safe, be sure to let the water run for quite some time before you actually take a drink.

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