Tree Care

Part of your yard work includes taking care of the plants growing in your yard. That’s the simple way to say it is a full-time job, but worth doing. In the wintertime I would spend all day, cleaning up leaves at the park and in the fall cleaning up leaves on the patio. Leaving a maximum of 5 inches of mulch around the base of potted plants. The mulch anchor wicks heat, so earth–a natural insulator–does a good job at retaining energy. Winter mulch protects beds from overruns of precipitation and provides a barrier to labor. It also enriches the soil with the organic matter of the mulch.


Tree Care

Yards work, just like all of a yard, has to be done in 6 stages:

1) Clean up leaves (and other debris/leaves we call them; they fall or are blown in first). The best kind I have found for this is a bagged type, so the bag is easily identifiable. Stays clean and free of debris; although gone I occasionally rake them if they’re very big.

2) Do Not use potting soil (for plants) until temperatures rise above 55.

3) Plant smaller pots single—not “bowls” if you’re a gardener, you should be doing this anyway. The small pots maintain uniform greens and are easier to water and organize.

4) Instead of soil, use shredded leaves. They are not only more inexpensive but they also provide the entire plant with a reduction in moisture; great for plants especially during hot climates.

5) A real-time saver and plant labor saver is cutting the overgrown leaves off when they have reached the height you have killed them at. It’s a private function and I don’t recommend that you try it.

6) Clean out air filters. Facilities that don’t have vegetation are subject to a build-up of fungi, unwanted species, and just harmful smoke. This is one more job I have to do in addition to the others• Yard Cleaning

• Cleaning all outdoor surfaces: Pathways, patios, decks. Use a mop, barrel, gentle brush to clean hard surfaces. If you have a deck you will need to clean those as well.

• Clean flat surfaces in the yard, discard the leaves and mulch. If you have leaves left, put them down near your spring mowing season (or your first mowing season). I find it easiest (less work) to firmly rake leaves local stone catchers ( searcher program for flower beds) and (in my area) there are a lot of folks that put down a 4 or 5, 4-inch wide layer of emulsion, which is great for quick clean-ups. But, I’ve found the same 6 steps for flower beds and stone catchers work a lot better for me.

A Really Comfortable Mulching Mower

My favorite is the lifted mower with the curved handle. The only complaint I’ve heard about it, that it gets you back pain.

Back While You’re Wet

Use a back brace to support your upper body and not strain your back while pushing the mower. H lender envy of someone jumping in the mower! But, do be careful while lifting your back, if you strain your back this will definitely affect you to your knees, back, and even your hip too. You must take into account, all the door hinges in the yard (these little hoses holding the doors on the house) where they are lifting from.

There are special face protectors (wearing them over your clothing) made for push mowers too.

Stay off the grass

Do not move on to the grass as soon as you have cut it. Do the mowing first, then if needed move to the grass. This will loosen the soil to get the mower stones clean and free it of fine clippings (a few of these rocks from the mower will be left behind) and fungus.

Stand on a sturdy ladder, but not higher than you’d be comfortable on since you’re still using wheels and contact cement. On steep slopes, consider going inside to avoid slipping.

What’s Your Mowing Layout (Lets Do it a Little)

Sun is the best place to water. That’s why your water early in the morning. Observe how your plants do once they have finished their growth. A bit of shedding of leaves could indicate that it’s time to water again.

The worst times to water are the morning and the afternoon. If you can’t wait then why not try these guidelines:

Use a very sharp knife to remove old leaves.

Water in the rainfall.

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66 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Child


In a world where saying “no” is usually a lot easier than saying “yes,” it is important to bring up children who don’t feel that negativity has a higher value than positivity. Encouraging words can have a truly lasting effect on your kiddo years and years after you’ve said them, so we should choose to use phrases that will make them feel good about themselves inside and out, things that will stick with them as words that got them through tough times.Whether you want to tell them how great they were at their soccer game, or how much you love spending time with them, here are 66 positive and encouraging things to say to your child on a daily basis.

I’m grateful for you.
You make me proud.
Your words are meaningful.
You have great ideas.
I love being your parent.
You don’t have to be perfect to be great.
Your opinions matter.
You are important.
You are loved.
I believe you.
I believe in you.
This family wouldn’t be the same without you.
You are valuable.
You can say no.
You can say yes.
I know you did your best.
You were right.
I accept who you are.
We can try your way.
You are helpful.
You are worth it.
You make me happy.
I love your creativity.
Being around you is fun.
I can’t wait to hear about it.
Don’t be afraid to be you.
You’re making a difference.
I’m excited to spend time with you.
You are interesting.
I love seeing the world your way.
It’s good to be curious.
I love the way you tell stories.
What you did was awesome.
I admire you.
That’s a great question.
Your friends are lucky to have you.
I trust you.
That was a really good choice.
Seeing you happy makes me happy.
Being your parent is my favorite job.
I learn new things from you every day.
You make me better.
You are a good boy/girl.
Thank you for being you.
I’m so glad you’re here.
You look great.
I understand you.
Watching you grow up is the best.
That was really brave.
I forgive you.
I appreciate you.
We all make mistakes.
Yes, me too.
You are very good at that!
You can try again tomorrow.
Nobody is perfect.
I love how you said that.
Not everyone will like you, and that’s OK.
You did that so well.
I’m listening.
That’s a very fair point.
You are beautiful inside and out.
I love you.
I could never stop loving you.
You are enough.
You make my heart full.
What will you say to your child today?

Image Source: Flickr user Kevin Stanchfield

Source: 66 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Child

10 Best National Parks for Fall Trips


Colorful forest in Rocky Mountain National Park in fall with snow and mountains in background, Colorado, USA; Shutterstock ID 143431792; Project/Title: Best Natl Park Trips for Fall; Downloader: Melanie Marin

Whether you prefer to drive through or hike through, these parks will prove unforgettable.

Source: 10 Best National Parks for Fall Trips

Come autumn, many of America’s national parks are at their most visually stunning. It’s not only the fall foliage that amplifies their beauty, but also the waning light casting the landscape in an almost magical iridescence. And after the heat of summer, the crisp air offers a welcome reprieve. Whether you prefer to drive through or hike through, these parks will prove unforgettable. Check out our picks for the ten must-visit national parks in the fall, with tips on what makes these places so special this time of year, from wildlife activity to fewer crowds.

By Jayme Moye