Posts made in July, 2015

2 Ways To Plant Wildfowers

If you are looking for flowers that will add color to your landscape, but won’t require a lot of water or maintenance, investing in native wildflowers is the answer. By selecting flowers that naturally appear in your area, you ensure that the seeds will grow with minimal interference from you.

To give your wildflower seeds the best shot at germination, it is essential that you take the time to plant correctly. Here are two methods you can use to get your wildflower seeds planted in the future.

1. Broadcast the seeds by hand.

If you will be planting a small flower bed, then broadcasting your wildflower seeds by hand will be the most effective way to complete the planting process. Start by pouring your seed mixture into a bucket or bowl. Grab a handful of seeds, then sprinkle them across the area you want covered with flowers.

As you broadcast seeds by hand, be sure that you are taking care not to throw too many seeds in one spot. Even distribution is the key to full coverage once the flowers are in bloom, so drag a rake across the flower bed after all your seeds are spread to help ensure the flower bed is evenly covered.

2. Invest in a cyclone spreader.

When you have a large field that you want to plant with wildflowers, spreading the seeds by hand may not be feasible. In these instances you can invest in a cyclone spreader for assistance.

The cyclone spreader will mimic what you would do if you were broadcasting the seeds by hand, spreading out the wildflower seed mix evenly over a large surface. All you have to do is walk behind the cyclone spreader and direct it to the proper locations.

Since wildflower seeds can be quite small, it can be beneficial to mix them with sand prior to spreading. This will reduce the likelihood that your cyclone spreader drops too many seeds in a single location. Experts suggest mixing one packet of seed with about four times as much sand to achieve the best results.

Wildflowers make a beautiful addition to any landscape, and they mirror the native vegetation in the area to help your property maintain a cohesive appearance with the natural surroundings. In order to get the most out of your wildflower seed packets, it’s essential that you plant these seeds properly.

Hand broadcasting the seeds over a small flower bed or using a cyclone spreader to evenly distribute flowers over a larger field will ensure that your flowers look amazing once they are in bloom.

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Two Tips To Keep Your Dish Disposal In Good Shape

Although you may not think of it in this way, your dish disposal is part of the overall plumbing system in your home.  If you’re not careful, your dish disposal can take quite a beating, especially since so many people are conditioned to putting any and everything down into it.  You don’t want to wait until your disposal is no longer working before you recognize its importance.  Use this information to learn more about what you can do to keep this valuable part of your plumbing system in good condition.

Run Cold Water While Operating Your Dish Disposal

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not hot water that you should run while your putting food into your dish disposal:  Cold water is the right choice.  This runs counter to many old wives’ tales, but it could be the key that helps you avoid a costly disposal problem.

The reason why you should run cold water while you are operating your dish disposal is because cold water causes the oil or grease from your food to clump up so that it can be easily chopped up by your disposal.  If you use hot water, it could melt the grease and cause it to stick to the sides of the disposal pipes, resulting in a clogged sink.  

Running a strong, steady blast of cold water while you’re sending food down your disposal is one easy technique you can use to make sure that you don’t have to deal with a blocked sink.

Keep Coffee Grounds Out Of Your Dish Disposal

In your quest to keep unpleasant smells from emanating from your dish disposal, you’ve undoubtedly ran across this little piece of advice:  Run used coffee grounds through your disposal to keep it smelling good.

However, no matter how widespread this tidbit may be, you actually want to avoid doing it.  Coffee grounds can settle into your drain and cause a very serious clog that you may need professional help to remove.  

Instead of using coffee grounds to keep bad disposal smells at bay, try slicing a lemon into small slices, placing the slices into an ice tray and pouring vinegar over the slices.  Allow the concoction to freeze and place one cube per day into your disposal to keep it smelling fresh.

Caring for your dish disposal can go a long way toward helping you keep a clear plumbing system.  Start using these tips right away so you can maintain a dish disposal that gets the job done.

To learn more, contact a plumbing company like Rakeman Plumbing

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