House cleaning tips are an important way to reduce allergies. Pollen, dust, mold spores, dust mites, and other allergens can make Home Sweet Home a problem for allergy sufferers. The more pollen, dust mites, and other allergens are in the air, the more likely allergies will get triggered. This disrupts not only your immune system but also your day-to-day life. Maybe you’re dealing with indoor allergens because of pet hair. Or maybe dust in the air is making your eyes red and itchy. If you suffer from allergies, breathe easy with our list of house cleaning tips to reduce allergies. House Cleaning Tips to Reduce Allergies: Air Flow Issues Clean Your Air Ducts Cleaning air ducts is among the most important house cleaning tips to reduce allergies. According to Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, clean your air ducts to help prolong the air filter’s lifespan. This will also eliminate irritants and keep your home safe from allergens. If you suffer from … [Read more...] about House Cleaning Tips to Reduce Allergies
Here are four herbal wildflower remedies that can help treat many common ailments. The practice of using flowers and herbs as a source of wellness is nothing new. It’s something people all over the world have been doing for centuries. In many ways, it’s an “ancient” practice. And many of today’s over-the-counter remedies are inspired by or based on the effects of herbs. That’s why many people still subscribe to herbal remedies as their first line of defense against certain ailments. You’re probably interested in trying more natural remedies, or you’re intrigued by the healing properties of certain herbs and wildflowers. If so, it’s important to know which native varieties to choose so you can grow them or find them in nature. Let’s look at four herbal wildflower remedies and how they can help. Please consult with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements or treatments. Herbal Wildflower Remedies: Goldenrod for Muscle Relief Everyone experiences … [Read more...] about Herbal Wildflower Remedies for Common Ailments
Want to grow Glass Gem Corn? If you are looking for the most colorful corn variety of all time, Glass Gem Corn is it. What exactly is Glass Gem Corn? Think of it as Indian corn on steroids. Or LSD. Or both. But it grows like other common corn varieties. So, if you’ve grown yellow corn or sweet corn or white corn, you can grow Glass Gem Corn. (Don’t worry, I will give you some basic tips about how to grow corn below.) Why grow colorful Glass Gem Corn seeds? Well, the dried kernels make great popcorn. You can grind the kernels into a multi-colored cornmeal. Or you can grow it for a showy fall decoration. (The kernels are simply too hard to eat them off the cob.) How Glass Gem Corn was Born We wouldn’t have glass gem corn today if it weren’t for the efforts of two men—Carl Barnes and Greg Schoen. So, my hat is off for both gentlemen and their love for colorful corn. Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer in Oklahoma, began gathering heirloom corn seed varieties as an homage … [Read more...] about Grow Glass Gem Corn for a Colorful Harvest
You have probably heard of Mosquito Dunks. But how do Mosquito Dunks work? The answer is simple—even though it involves some science. Summit Mosquito Dunks kill mosquito larvae, before the larvae can develop into adult mosquitoes. I will explain exactly how Mosquito Dunks kill mosquito larvae in just a moment. But first it’s helpful to learn a little bit about mosquitoes. How Do Mosquito Dunks Work: Fast Facts About Mosquitoes It has been said that, ounce for ounce, mosquitoes are the deadliest creatures on planet Earth. An adult female mosquito weighs just 1/15,000 of an ounce (that’s about 2.0 milligrams). But despite mosquitoes’ tiny size, mosquito bites kill an estimated 1 million people worldwide each year. That’s because mosquitoes transmit some of the planet’s most deadly diseases including malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. Only female mosquitoes bite—and they bite people, animals, and birds. (Male mosquitoes feed solely on flower nectar.) When a … [Read more...] about How Do Mosquito Dunks Work?
I never expected to design an orchid garden pool landscape. But then I visited a new landscape design client. I quickly realized that just past their front door was a gorgeous swimming pool. How do you landscape a front entrance that’s a pool lanai? Most swimming pools in Florida are surrounded by garden beds with tropical plants on the inside of their screened enclosures. But this pool lanai was surrounded by four bare walls. Deciding on a design theme was easy when I found out my client was an orchid lover. I decided that I wanted to display an orchid garden on the tiled walls. But how to connect them together and take care of them properly and without a lot of maintenance? That part would be a challenge. The Orchid Garden Pool Landscape Design Up to the challenge, I searched for driftwood that would securely hang on the walls. I wanted to attach the various orchid species, tillandsias, bromeliads, and ferns just like they hang from trees in their native … [Read more...] about Orchid Garden Pool Landscape