Sunday, May 31, 2015

Simple Upkeep Of Synthetic Grass

Effortless and timesaving upkeep of synthetic grass proves to be one of the main benefits that many homeowners, businesses, landscapers, and athletes have come to enjoy. Such an investment has a relatively quick return on investment, thus making it cost effective in the long run. Manual labor is cut down significantly, including watering, mowing, and weeding. With labor cut, bills are also reduced, saving a large amount of money over the course of a few years. In a time when many are busy at work and finances are rough due to the economy, synthetic grass is the ultimate solution to conservation.
For many states that undergo crucial droughts and strict requirements for lawn watering, synthetic turf is significantly helpful. Approximately one hour of watering an average household lawn constitutes a total of 220 gallons of water, which can equate to over 30,000 gallons of water a year. A significant part of what contributes to household water bills is simple lawn watering. Synthetic grass does not require a single drop of water, thus enabling households to save on bills and conserve resources. Artificial grass lawns have allowed households to completely get rid of its dependence on water in order to have a healthy looking yard.
Synthetic grass' drainage system is uniquely designed to automatically drain liquids that come in contact with it. A highly perforated and permeable backing allows turf to filter water through easily, from all angles, horizontally and vertically. Thus, no water collects in the surface or threatens the composition of artificial turf when coming into contact with it. This even includes pet urine, which does not harm synthetic grass whatsoever.
Maintaining the best look of synthetic grass requires making sure that large particles and debris are consistently removed from the surface of the turf. This includes leaves, twigs, and other small objects that have the ability to get stuck in between the blades of artificial turf. Simply manually removing such debris will help to keep the blades natural looking and healthy in appearance. While rain is a natural aid to helping clean off debris, a hose can be used for a few minutes to help remove debris easily. When grass blades seem to not stand up as straight, a brush with hard bristles can be used to brush the blades upright once again. Brushing from one side to the other can help to keep the blades upright.
Making sure that certain harmful liquids do not come into contact with synthetic grass is crucial to maintaining it. Liquids such as grease, oil, and acid can be detrimental to the composition of artificial grass. They can alter the tint and color if coming into contact with turf. If minor stains or dirt occur on the surface of the turf, simple household cleaners may be used to clean off stains. With no need for watering, mowing, weeding, or fertilizing, synthetic grass' upkeep is much more effortless than that of a natural grass lawn. Such minimal maintenance allows households and businesses to save precious time and money on their lawns.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Walk-on Fir Bark at Dixon Landscape Materials

Raj Hansra with Dixon Landscape Materials shows us the Walk-On Fir Bark which is very popular in landscaping and is much easier to work with than Gorilla Bark.

Dixon Landscape Materials, 150 East H St, Dixon CA. 707-678-8200.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Some Gave All...

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. John 15:13

Memorial Day – to some it’s merely the beginning of summer and to others it’s a solemn day to remember those who have passed from this life. However, to the war veteran and to the families of fallen soldiers, Memorial Day carries significance so deep that words cannot express their hearts.

When we look into the eyes of those who still mourn these once vibrant men and women, we often sense their loneliness and pain. We hear them choke back tears as they simply say the ranks and names of their military brothers and sisters at a Memorial Day service. White gloves, dress uniforms, rigid posture, and perfectly precisioned salutes represent the reverence and respect flowing from within. Those who have been personally affected by war understand and appreciate this day of remembrance.

What should we say to those who sincerely honor this day? "Happy Memorial Day" doesn't seem fitting. "I'm sorry for your loss" may be closer to appropriate. What would the fallen soldier want from their comrades and the rest of the country on this day?

In an often quoted Memorial Day speech given in 1884 by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., the speaker ended his address with these words, “Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death -- of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.”

The American soldier who gave his or her life for U.S. citizens to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness won’t be telling us how to observe the holiday. But I believe that Holmes’ proposition to “think of life, not death” would honor the fallen soldier. Their sacrifice follows the example of Jesus Christ laying down His life for our freedom. It's selfless love for others – not so they can mourn forever, but live!

"We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters." 1 John 3:16

Notice that in scripture and in military service, the willingness to give up one’s life is not dependent on the worthiness of the people who benefit from the honorable act. In a perfect world, all who receive freedom and grace would be worthy of such a sacrifice and full of gratitude. But that’s not the way it is anywhere on earth.

"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8

We are blessed to be living in a free society. May we honor our American soldiers for the liberty we have in this country. May we also give thanks to Almighty God for the freedom we have to spend eternity with Him because of His gift of forgiveness through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
By Beth Patch

Friday, May 22, 2015

Need Artificial Turf? We Have You Covered!

Check out our huge selection HERE or come on in and let us help you find the turf for your needs!

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Unrivalled Benefits of Artificial Grass for Business

In recent years there has been a massive rise in the number of homeowners choosing artificial grass for their homes rather than traditional grass but what is interesting is that a number of businesses are now choosing to make the switch towards this artificial surface.
Why choose artificial turf?
Many people choose to incorporate artificial grass into designs and projects rather than traditional lawns because it provides them with green grass all year round and it removes the need for any excessive maintenance. In contrast traditional grass will require cutting on a frequent basis to prevent it from becoming overgrown which can look extremely unprofessional.
In the business world where first impressions are everything looking unprofessional can be the difference between getting a deal and missing out. It is important to present a professional image when people visit your company and artificial surfacing can aid you to do so.
Maintenance costs of traditional grass outweigh the costs to maintain artificial grass when you take into consideration the amount of man power required to maintain it and machinery especially if it is a large space. There is also a requirement for fertilisers, weed killers and pesticides in order to keep the grass looking good. In direct contrast of this, artificial turf requires minimal maintenance without the need for mowing, fertilising, weeding or seeding and this can reduce any costs considerably.
With traditional grass it only looks pleasant for part of the year, the rest of the time it is brown and barren. With artificial turf you get luscious green grass all year round no matter what the weather and this can be extremely beneficial for presenting pleasant looking premises to potential customers.
Artificial grass is installed onto a rubber shock pad and is available in a full range of different tyles and pile heights for maximum benefits when the surface is being used for different applications.
Our artificial turf surfacing is normally installed on a 15m shockpad, but can be laid onto an existing stone surface at 25mm in some cases although we will need a site inspection in order to ensure that the surface which we would lay the artificial grass onto is of the highest standard possible. Laying onto a surface which isn't suitable will seriously damage the end result achieved.
Don't be stuck with the hassle of having natural grass for your company, take the next step and invest in artificial surfacing today!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Pavestone RumbleStone™ Tree Ring

Pavestone RumbleStone™. Rustic building blocks for your outdoor hardscape projects. Simple to complex, large or small, the possibilities for creative expression are as far and wide as that inner child's imagination.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Small Yard Landscape Design

This small yard landscape design was redesigned to fit landscape walls, a pond, raised vegetable gardens, a metal patio cover and more. See how landscape architect Joseph Huettl designed this small yard for outdoor living.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Artificial Grass Vs Natural Grass

Maintenance of natural grass needs regular use of fertilizers, chemicals and pesticides. It may cause injury to children, pets and animals in the neighborhood. These products migrate into the soil, groundwater and at last merge with lakes, or oceans.
The dry climate makes natural grass very difficult to maintain. Property management companies spend large amounts on water, fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals, and mowing to keep the natural grass in good condition. Synthetic grass does not require any of these items.
It is not easy to maintain natural grass. They can cause damage to children, and pets. These have a long term effect on the plants, animals, and air. Artificial turf does not require fertilizers, chemicals and pesticides for maintenance. It does not cause any damage to children, and pets. They provide a safe, healthy environment for families and the public.
Natural grass sports field are not perfectly flat. These can develop dips, mounds, bumps, holes as these are used regularly, which can cause twisted ankles or other injuries.
Synthetic turf comes in different lengths, colors and is manufactured to exactly give the same look and feel of Bermuda, bluegrass, centipede. Synthetic turf is soft to touch and does not cause any injuries to children.
It is much cheaper than synthetic grass. But in long term, the synthetic grass has lower cost when compared to natural grass. It requires grass seed, watering the grass, fertilizers, lawn feed, pesticides and the labor and time for mow, trim, fill. It requires lot of maintenance. Synthetic turf does not have such a long process. It can pay for itself within a few years. It does not require that much maintenance.
Artificial turf can replace natural grass very easily and at almost every place. Artificial turf is now more preferably used in sports ground because it does not spoil due to rough play and it does not has to be maintained again and again.One does not has to worry about mowing, seeding, fertilizing or trimming synthetic turf and that's what makes it the first choice for homeowner's. It looks elegant and stays the same all year long.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Today's Homeowner" Backyard Paradise preview

Expert home improvement advice television show "Today's Homeowner" turns a backyard that had been damaged by a tornado into a restful retreat with an arbor and bench for relaxing and a Pavestone paver patio and fireplace that's perfect for cooking out and outdoor entertaining.