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Lawn Care

Green_GrassCaring for your own yard can be a rewarding way to spend your afternoon. Raking leaves, pulling weeds, watering  plants, and adding new plants to the yard is a good source of exercise and a healthy way to lower stress. When you don’t have time to work on your yard, or when you want an expert’s advice, you can turn to professional landscapers. Finding a trustworthy company to work on your yard isn’t easy, but following a few simple principles can help you find quality, reliable service.

Landscape Work: The company you work with should understand the weather and climate of your area and suggest plants that thrive in that environment. Lawn care professionals should also take note of the particular conditions in your yard, such as sun and shade coverage, soil type, drainage, moisture, trees, and terrain. Your landscape expert should make a plan that works well for your particular yard and communicate with you about conditions so that you can make informed decisions.

Pricing: Compare prices by investigating different lawn care companies and keep a record of how much each company charges for particular lawn care jobs. Ask friends and consult consumer websites to learn more about the typical cost of lawn-related jobs. Make sure you receive confirmation about the price before agreeing to a job.

Reliability: Ask friends and acquaintances for leads on reliable lawn care experts. You can also ask the company for references and look up a company’s past work by reading online reviews left by customers. Once you hire a company, keep a record of the work they perform for you. The company’s workers should be open about their pricing and work, and be considerate with your yard.

Look for lawn care experts on Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses. You can find a wide variety of businesses on RLP, from auto repair shops, to local restaurants. Begin searching by entering your city and state on the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com. Find businesses by entering key terms into the search box. You can also search by choosing a term from the popular categories list. Each business listing on the results page will display the phone number and address of the business; users can also leave reviews of the business on the RLP website.

Gardening and Health

jardinageSpring has arrived, and with it, warmer weather (for some) and newly-grown trees, plants and flowers. Dedicate some time this season to starting your own garden; you don’t need a green thumb or even a yard to start growing your own garden this Spring. Gardening is not only a fun pastime, but it is also great way to promote your physical and mental health:

Physical Health: Gardening is mild form of exercise that combines physical activity with stretching; since it’s a low-impact activity, gardening is especially good for people who suffer from chronic pain. Spending time in the sun is a good way to soak up Vitamin D, which strengthens the immune system.  Studies also found that gardeners tend to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Even the dirt itself is good for you; the bacteria common in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, helps alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms.

Mental Health: Besides being a good way to stay healthy, gardening is good for your mental well-being. Research found that gardening improves mood and reduces depression symptoms. Gardening lowers Cortisol levels (known as the stress hormone), supports positive self-esteem, and lowers a person’s risk of developing dementia. Simply looking at a garden can induce calmness and positive feelings.

Start your own garden in your yard or a room in your house. Start with some sturdy houseplants like a Jade plant, a Croton, or hang a Boston fern in your kitchen. Or, plant cherry tomatoes, beans, or peppers in a large bucket (poke holes in the bucket to drain off water) and place the bucket on a porch or balcony. Herbs used in cooking are also an easy introduction to gardening since they sprout in sunny corners and can grow in small planters.

Find nearby gardening and hardware stores using Real Local Pages (RLP). RLP is an online directory containing listings for businesses and services located throughout the United States. Search by visiting the RLP website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and entering your city. Locate local businesses by entering search terms like “garden” into the search box, or, choose a search term from the popular categories list on the home page. The results page will display the address and phone number of the business. Use Real Local Pages to find a variety of businesses and services, from lawn care experts to hobby supply stores.

 

A Leaf from Lawn History

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Lawns in the United States cover an estimated fifty thousand square miles, an area roughly the size of New York state. Americans today can hardly imagine home without picturing a green expanse of neatly cut grass. Yet, lawns have not always been so essential to our image of home. In the 19th century, most yards were bare earth scattered with trees and debris. Furthermore, only the rich could afford lawns since mowers were not invented until 1830. Maintaining a lawn required servants cutting the grass with a scythe, or herds of grazing sheep. Lawns were also out of reach for those who needed their yard to grow food.

It was Frederick Olmstead that popularized lawns in the United States. Olmstead, along with fellow landscape architect Calvert Vaux, had designed Central Park, and in 1868, he designed a suburb in Illinois. Olmstead determined that houses should be set back 30 feet from the road, and fences were eliminated to create an unbroken expanse of grass. The mass production of lawnmowers in the 1890s made lawns more affordable for the average American, and by the 1930s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had developed the right combination of lawn grasses that could flourish in American climates.

After WWII, suburbs spread rapidly throughout the country, and with it, lawns. Scientists developed new chemical pesticides to make grass greener and protect against pests, thus making the perfect lawn possible. Maintaining a good lawn however, is an ongoing job. Lawns need regular mowing and watering as well as fertilizer and protection from bugs and disease. Search for local lawn care services using Real Local Pages, an online directory containing listings for thousands of U.S. businesses. Visit Real Local Pages online at http://www.reallocalpages.com and select your area. Use the search box to enter keywords such as “lawn” or “garden” to locate lawn care businesses, or choose “landscaping” from the popular categories list on the home page. Each listing on the results page shows the contact number and address of the business. Real Local Pages can also be used to find other types of businesses and services, such as plumbers, florists, restaurants, and spas.