Monthly Archives: May 2013

Installation Complete

Installation complete @ SilverWoods Tennis Court Phase 1 Restoration

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Plant Poisonous to Pets

Currently working on a landscape design for a family that has dogs and came across this ASPCA list that’s compilation of toxic plants dangerous to house pets.

Lots and Lots of plants @ http://www.aspca.org/toxicplants

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Healthy Living -some behaviors that may do more harm than good

The article calls them habits, but I call them behaviors.
Interesting points made in the article, but I must say, living in Florida, it is difficult too go with out Flip flops as the article suggest. Flip Flops is part of what I call the “Floridatude – the laid back Florida living attitude.
My father, the Dr. Crowley, always said that you need to be exposed to some bacteria and that constant consistent use of anti bacterial hand cleaner and house cleaner is not healthy, as we do need to be exposed to some germs and bacteria.

Read the article @ http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/9-habits-that-may-do-more-harm-than-good

Planning on putting some new landscape in?

If your summer plans include rehabilitating an old bed or making new ones, check out the Florida Friendly plant Database @ http://www.floridayards.org/fyplants/index.php
It’s an easy interactive tool that you can use to pick “the right plant for the right place ” in your yard. The database holds information on trees, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, vines, palms and greases.

Houseplants to to improve indoor air quality

Here’s a list of air purifying plants that a home owner can put in their house.
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http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/stories/15-houseplants-to-improve-indoor-air-quality

Little know compostable material …………

And the compost entries continue……………….

What you can compost: catalogs, abandoned hide/bone dog chews, glue, ticket stubs, post-its, stickers, labels, price tags, wool or 100% cotton socks

http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2009/04/16/22-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-compost/

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What else you can compost: hair, nails, vacuum cleaner dirt, paper towels, pet hair, human hair ….etc, etc

http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2009/04/16/22-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-compost/

Composting with worms

Another compost post……

This time, though instead of composting, I am referring to  Vermicomposting, which is the use of worms to compost.

This is a fun site telling you how to get started  and all the ins and outs of vermicomposting.

http://www.redwormcomposting.com/Image

 

End Note:

A week or so I ago, I posted on composting paper waste. The above site features a page that instructs you to add a dechlorinator to the paper to break down the chlorine used in the process of bleaching the wood to make paper. This is not necessary, as the chlorine in paper form is inert and not harmful or detrimental to the worms. Nor are the chemicals in the ink, as I have plenty of earth worms in my compost.