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Meadowsâ€™ excellence wins county award RUSSELL â€” The biannual Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation Excellence Awards Ceremony Celebrating Our Success was held on May 11 at the the CalĂŠdonia Community Center in St-Bernardin on May 11.Â Â In itâ€™s 11th year, 248 nominations, by residents, were received for local businesses who have distinguished themselves in their communities. One of the 15 sponsored categories, Russell Meadows Retirement Community was presented with The New Business Award. RMRC was a finalist with Legault Mechanical Inc. of L'Orignal and Limogesâ€™ Oasis Mini Golf and Driving Range. This category was sponsored by BDO Canada SRL/LLP (Judith Gratton). Continued on page 2
Rivals collide! Just a week after St. Thomas and Russell High met for their regular season showdown, they were back on the pitch together this time in the league semi finals. St. Thomas finished the regular season second and Russell third, setting up the match on May 9. Much like the regular season, the Ravens came away victorious with a 55-0 win and advanced to the finals where they met Rockland May 14. Here, the two sides line up for a scrum near midfield. RHS players from left are: Briana Felice and Emily Hickey; for St. Thomas, from left: Maddy Blythe and Melissa Williamson, with Amy Bekkers on the other side of the scrum. Matte photo
Student summer jobs see funding from Tories GPRâ€“ Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell (GPR) announced on May 10 that students across the riding will gain valuable work experience this summer, as a result of 36,000 jobs created through the C o n s e r v a t i v e Governmentâ€™s Canada Summer Jobs initiative. Lemieux made the announcement on behalf of
the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. â€œThis initiative benefits youth, the employers and also the local economies they will serve,â€? said Lemieux. â€œThrough Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping employers in Glengarry-Prescott- Russell create more than 70 summer job opportunities for
students, who will gain tangible work experience and earn money for the upcoming school year.â€? The funding will enable the students to gain skills and experience they need to be successful, both now and in the future. The program also helps employers address skills and labour shortages while strengthening the local economy Student summer jobs
will help in the areas of tourism, arts and culture, assisting seniors and those with handicaps and a range of other local economic sectors. â€œTodayâ€™s students are tomorrowâ€™s workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canadaâ€™s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity,â€? concluded Lemieux.
The initiative is an important part of the Government of Canadaâ€™s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), which also includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. With an annual budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. Continued on page 2
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Summer funding Continued from the front Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70 million over three years in YES to support 5,000 more paid internships. This is in addition to the extra $50 million that
RMRC Continued from the front Eric Chartrand, Coand Managing Owner Partner of RMRC said it was a great honour to be selected even as a finalist, and believes it is the high level of delivery care and quality programming, along with staff dedication, which helped to win the award. Jean Brisson, previous owner of Le Pavillon Residence in Embrun, was the retirement community’s nominator for the county award after visiting and being impressed by how the facility was run from building maintenance to the special care of its residents. Chartrand says “We have built a home for the residents and every detail counts in quality of delivery - it is an honour to be recognized for that.” Hawkesbury’s Tulmar Safety Systems won both the Excellence Award and the Manufacturing Enterprise Award; Denis Charlebois
was invested through EAP 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them develop tangible skills and gain work experience. On the federal Service For Youth website www.youth.gc.ca, youth
are provided a platform to assist them in the planning of their careers and find jobs. To learn more about the Youth Employment Strategy, watch the following video: www.youth.gc.ca/eng/med ia/video_centre/canada2020/index.shtml.
received the Franchise Award for Intersport and his journey as an entrepreneur was been highlighted by the Emeritus Award. In addition, Beau’s Natural Brewing Co. won two trophies including one in
the Community Participation Award and the Jury Award. Winners in other categories were: Retail Prize — Serres M. Quenneville, Agricultural Enterprise Award — Lavigne Farm;
After one of the coldest springs on record, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) expects to see many eager Ontarians take to the roads, trails and waterways this coming Victoria Day long weekend. The OPP will be looking
to all motorists, boaters and off-road vehicle users to take charge of their own safety and to ensure the safety of passengers and anyone else whose lives they would jeopardize due to unsafe or dangerous driving behaviour over the weekend.
According to the OPP, this mindset was a significant contributing factor in the 12 fatal off-road vehicle incidents in 2012 (within OPP jurisdiction). OPP S.A.V.E. Team and other OPP officers will be keeping a keen eye out this weekend for operators who are non-compliant with offroad vehicle laws.
Service Enterprise Award — Atelier Louis L’Artisan, Tourism Enterprise Award — Bean Town and the Young Entrepreneur was presented to Joël’s Coffee. The Independent Worker
Award was giving to Group Financier Consilio Financial Plus; Entrepreneur of the Year was presented to 417 Bus Line and the Inclusive Business Award went to Cado Mart Limited Giant Tiger of Hawkesbury and the second Jury Award was giving to Brissfrance Farm.
Prescott and Russell Community Development Corporation, an agency that supports local business and economic development in the counties, congratulated all the finalists and winners with a five course meal and musical entertainment by singer Manon Séguin.
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From left Russell Township Mayor J.P. St. Pierre, and Russell Meadows staff Doris Leclerc (Activity and Recreational Manager), Isabelle Levesque (Food Service Manager), Francine Laviolette (Administrative Assistant), Lucie Lapointe (co-owner), and Eric Chartrand (co-owner and managing partner) celebrate Russell Meadows Community Centre winning the New Business Award at the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation Excellence Awards ceremony on May 11. Missing is Manon Presseault (Director of Care and Nursing) and Jean Claude Beriault (Maintenance Manager). Courtesy Photo
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Johnson skilled at winning gold — WATERLOO Russell High School student Hillary Johnson will representing Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver June 5 to 8. The Grade 12 student qualified for the national event after winning gold in the job interview category at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition held May 6 to 8 at the Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre in Waterloo. Johnson said she was thrilled with the win. “It feels wonderful,” she said
on Wednesday. “I couldn’t believe it at first. It was a shocker and just an honour really. I was so excited. It was really a great feeling.” During the competition, Johnson had to simulate a job application process for the position of line preparation cook. She was required to submit a resume and cover letter for a fictional posting beforehand, undergo a judged interview, and then interview other judges of various competitions to complete her testing. This is her first medal at the provincials,
View from my deck Pastor Vinita Baker Covenant Fellowship Special to The Villager RUSSELL — May is here, the sweet fragrance of warmth in the air is finally tangible! Ah! A breath of fresh air and assurance of constancy and rhythm of seasons as I see new buds on the trees and bushes and daffodils and tulips blooming as the warmer air caresses them upwards. Constancy, yes that word brings to mind how faithful God has been to me all through my life. He has gently breathed warmth and refreshment into my life when occasional winter days have left me limp and dry. He has nurtured me as a mother does a child totally dependent on her; the nurturing constancy, and unconditional love see me through every day.
We have just finished celebrating Mother’s Day and I was so thankful for the opportunity to honor not only my mother, but also the countless others who have sown love and encouragement into their children’s lives. It is the hope that we receive particularly from loved ones that prompt us to continue to step out into the world so that we might bloom like those buds on the trees and the flowers from the bulbs that survived the harshness of winter gone by. God’s unconditional love; the love that accepts us just the way we are, will cause us to rise up and make our surroundings beautiful just like the first Spring blooms. May the warmth of these May days make each of us aware of the Maker of May and all the hope He has in store for us.
although she has won gold previously in the same category at the regional level, she said. Johnson credited her success at the competition to the guidance provided by Russell High School teacher Bryan MacDonald, who helped her prepare for the event. Johnson was joined at the competition by two other UCDSB medal winners. Jesse Dentz, a Grade 12 student at Thousand Islands Secondary School, won silver in welding, while Cassandra Redstar, a
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LCBO poised to strike Friday With the long weekend looming, many patrons of the one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol patrons are scrambling to fill the proverbial beer fridge before LCBO employees go strike. With more than 630 retail stores and nearly 19,000 products offered annually to consumers and licensed establishments, closed stores could put a damper on manya-plans. But while a strike by OPSEU LCBO workers would certainly be an inconvenience, it will not necessarily stem the flow of the bubbly for rural Ontario, thanks to the number of “agency stores” in the area, such as Metcalfe Variety, Carlsbad Variety and the Crysler Home Hardware. These will remain
open for business as usual because they don’t employ LCBO workers. Wine Rack stores will also be open for business. However, the stock at each of those outlets is supplied by a “mother” store, which is unlikely to keep them re-supplied in the event of a strike. The LCBO could potentially arrange to have product delivered directly to the agency stores if they run out of stock, according a knowledgeable source. So while the LCBO’s management is confident an agreement will be reached in time, OPSEU President Warren Thomas said in a release that the union has no choice but to prepare for the possibility of a walkout. Local LCBO stores were unavailable comment.
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CASTORCountry EDITORIAL Harvesting Happiness By Tom Van Dusen
In historical terms, human beings, despite our modern sophistication, are only recently removed from our origins in the trees and plains of the planet. Gardening, and growing crops, is an old vocation, but really quite new in the grand scheme of things. While farming has its virtues, there are questions about genetically modified crops and pesticides, elimination of hedgerows and fence lines, and water quality from other chemicals. Gardening also has its flaws, but it is more individual and can be a stress relieving social pastime, and depending on the scale can be done year round. In the garden we experience the simple pleasures and satisfaction that come from working with soil, sowing seeds, tending our plants and harvesting the bounty. Recent research indicates there are measurable happiness effects on individuals as they interact with plants and that plants stimulate more than just our senses of sight and smell. An annual tradition in my house is the Mother’s Day trek to the local nursery, despite the risk of a late frost. I select the flowers and herbs for the planters, the kids choose the vegetable seedlings, and my husband makes sure they won’t overgrow each other. We used to plant trees too, but we’ve filled up the yard with Scoutrees in recent years. And like farming, many take their love of gardening to another level as business owners - from nurseries to creating pampering products using herbs, flowers and plants. Growing stuff will always be a significant part of the local economy, even if the jobs are not permanent ones. Gardening also has a larger role in our community in the form of parks and gardens. They are supported by the municipality and service organizations. The newest one is the reading garden for the Library. The organic community initiative that develops things like a reading garden is a larger scale representation of our desire to shed some of the chemicals in our lives. Whether we use our gardens to grow fresh produce for fair creations, after school snacks, the market, or just to get the mint for our next mojito, it is local. Gardens are places that engage all our senses in a variety of ways. The best part, like watching the neighbouring fields change from white plains to green carpets and then tall crops, watching a garden change daily, is refreshing. When we nurture a garden, we increase our connection with a place, and our sense of well-being. So make the most of your space even if your garden is simply a line of potted plants. Pamela J Pearson
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Rae’s dream Part 2 Rae Lowe refers to his maps to give a visitor to Russell Meadows Retirement Community an idea of the rough riding route he followed from England after being posted to Burma South East Asia Command during WWII. It was part of a campaign to push occupying Japanese forces out of the mountainous jungle region. With no roads in the area to transport supplies, the Allies looked to the air as a means of maintaining their ground troops. The Royal Canadian Air Force helped meet the need with 435 and 436 medium range transport squadrons totaling 1,200 men based in India that flew their first missions in December, 1944, and January, 1945. Dubbed “Canucks Unlimited”, the squadrons relied on C-47 Dakota transport aircraft, the military version of the Douglas DC3. Now 89, Rae was a “kicker”, on board to help push supplies out of a low flying “Dak” to troops in the war zone down below. A promotional writer once graced the effort with mythical proportions: “Steam rises from the jungle floor, mingling with the smoke of rampant forest fires. Somewhere beneath this haze, the British Allied troops are making their stand against the Japanese. Suddenly the air is filled with the drone of approaching aircraft. As enemy snipers turn their machine guns towards the sky, RCAF Dakota squadrons 435 and 436 drop
Shale gas? To Editor: Information in this article should be useful for those who are worried about the future possibility of local shale gas production by “hydraulic fracking”. The same rocks that lie beneath the surface in this part of eastern Ontario have yielded natural gas elsewhere, meaning that they would be suspected of containing natural gas in this area as well. Those rocks are several rock units below the surface and do not include the red Queenston Formation exposed in the quarry in North Russell. In the book Remembering Carlsbad Springs (Gloucester Township) by Mary Boyd and Robert Serré (2009), it was mentioned
through the mists. Once again, “Canucks Unlimited” are risking their lives to bring supplies. Down through the turbulent enemy fire, the unarmed Daks come lower still, dropping their precious cargo of food and ammo to the men on the ground. The sortie complete, they head for home. Tomorrow, they will fly again.” Poring over the maps, Rae’s finger follows the refueling and re-supply route out of England via Malta, Tunisia, Cairo, Bahrain Island, Karachi and Gujrat in India, Pakistan, and the Burmese Islands of Akyab and Ramree. While much of the work was airborne, dropping provisions by parachute – or without if none were available – the Daks would land when they could to evacuate casualties and retrieve chutes to reuse. In other circumstances, it could have been the adventure of a lifetime. In this case, there was the nuisance factor of living in constant fear of being shot down. Rae reviewed his WWII service with me as part of a program offered by the Russell Meadows resident council called “Share Your Dream” intended to encourage seniors to continue living their best lives. Last week in this space, I described how the dream submitted by practical and organized Rae was to get help in writing his eulogy, the only piece missing in his final preparations. He’d already drawn up a will, locked down
a burial plot, made funeral arrangements and drafted an obituary. When contacted by Doris Leclerc, Meadows’ Activity and Recreational Manager, I was happy to participate. Not only is composing a eulogy a rare honour – especially when the subject is very much alive – but Rae’s story is an inspirational one, from his farm roots at Vars to his community leadership over several decades. Of special note is his experience in the Burma Campaign, one of the lesserknown areas where Canadians made a major WWII contribution. Between them, 435 and 436 squadrons flew more than 60,000 operational hours, delivered 56,000 tonnes of cargo, and transported 27,500 passengers, many of them wounded. We didn’t get to it last week, so we’re covering his service record now, providing Rae with a well deserved – if premature – two-part eulogy. Rae enlisted out of Regina in 1941 after traveling by train to Saskatchewan to help with the Western harvest, a fairly common activity for Eastern Ontario lads at the time. He was posted to Lachine for three months before moving to the RCAF station in Arnprior. In May, 1942, he boarded the Empress of Scotland in Halifax for eight days of zigzagging across the Atlantic to avoid submarine attack before landing in Liverpool. Then came several postings including Topcliffe Royal Air Force station where Rae worked delivering mail by
LETTERS Editor that an American company had drilled for oil and gas there in the 1850s. Some local water well drillers have encountered gas pockets while drilling and observed gas bubbling up in wells. Consequently they were very cautious when using cutting torches to trim the well casings. In a recent study of approximately 9,000 water well records acquired for this area from the provincial Ministry of the Environment, however, only one documented the occurrence of gas. Over the years the Geological Survey of Canada and the Ontario Geological Survey have drilled in several locations in the area looking for potential
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oil and gas resources. However, according to the late Alice Wilson, a very well-known geologist with the Geological Survey of Canada, “Both oil and gas occurs only in isolated pockets”. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, approximately two dozen boreholes, some of which revealed natural gas, were drilled in Russell Township by the Consumers Gas Co. and Talisman Energy Inc. The purpose was to determine whether natural gas that was being piped from western Canada could be stored here in the local rocks. To assess that possibility, compressed air was pumped down into the deep-
truck or top secret messages at night on a motorbike. At one point, he escorted King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I at Topcliffe. The Burma assignment came in August, 1944. His participation earned Rae a life membership in the 435436 Burma Star Squadrons Association, something he keeps in his box of personal treasures. It was in Burma that Rae suffered his main war wound and it wasn’t from enemy fire. While loading supplies into a Dak, he slipped and injured his right knee badly enough to warrant three months in a British field hospital tent. The beds were made of two six-foot bamboo poles stretching jute bags between them and placed on four used oilcans. While in hospital, he contracted malaria, setting him back again. He returned to his squadron on crutches, flying back to England with the 436 at the end of the war. Still on crutches, Rae shipped out to Canada, receiving an operation on his knee and three months of rehabilitation in Ottawa. Then it was back to the family farm at Vars and a life far away – at least physically – from mounting the next mission over the hazy Burmese jungles. er rock units to see if the rock could contain it, thereby ensuring that gas could be stored there for long periods of time. Overall, however, the pressure could not be maintained meaning that the air was escaping. It was concluded that the rock units from the surface to several hundred meters beneath the surface are broken by so many faults and fractures, it would not be feasible to store gas there and the project was abandoned. There are pockets of natural gas in the underlying rock units, but because of the many fractures and faults we don’t believe there is enough quantity of the resource present to warrant future production. Harry Baker and Joe Wallach, Russell
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Local junior gardening group shows at fair annually Ranging in age from ages from five to 16, 46 children participated in 2012 Russell Horticultural Societys Junior Gardeners Program. The program, which begins in the spring, was made up of 22 Sprouts, 20 Juniors and four Seniors and led by three enthusiastic leaders; Mary Lynn Lackie, Suzanne Leger and Diane Wade, who select the seeds, plants and crafts that the children will grow and work on over the summer months, ending with colourful display at Russell Fair the following
Vegging Out The Russell & District Horticultural Societyâ€™s Junior Program displays their summer vegetables at the 154th Russel Fair. PJ Pearson Photo
September By March the plants were well on thier way, growing by leaps and bounds at Meadow Greens Nursery. Plans were also underway to count out seeds and prepare a booklet for the children. The plants chosen for Sprouts were scarlet runner beans, yellow pepper plants, sunflowers and petunia plants. The activities included fair produce displays, a bean teepee, a corn husk doll, potato printing and a science experiment showing bean growth. The Juniors grew red
peppers, dahlias, burgundy beans and ring-of-fire sunflowers. Their projects included plant displays, a science experiment to determine which direction plants grow, a corn husk witch home-made paper, and a sun dial circle. The Senior group, although few in numbers, made a wonderful fair display. They grew solar power sunflowers, Jacobâ€™s beans, cleome, and while their was hope for purple peppers the seeds didnâ€™t germinate and so green were opted for instead. Senior crafts included growing beans around obstacles, corn husk flowers, a tinker tradesmanâ€™s lamp and a jumping-jack. A get-together was held on the last day of the fair where the children received their prizes and enjoyed cookies and a juice box drink. A big thank you goes to the to the Russell and Horticultural District Society for sponsoring the club. Maybe thereâ€™s a young gardener at your house who would like to grow purple statice (used for dried flowers), celosia, zucchini or popcorn and perhaps try their hand at giant pompoms or crepe paper rose balls. Gardening is good fun and great hands-on learning. Call Mary-Lynn LackieÂ atÂ 613-445-1386 to reserve plants.
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Preventing weed growth Landscape fabrics are used to prevent weed growth while still allowing air, oxygen and water to flow to and from the soil. Landscape fabrics are a chemical-free way to prevent weed growth, endearing them to eco-friendly homeowners. Once laid, also are a far less labor-intensive method to prevent weed growth, as they can be effective for several years, dur-
ing which homeowners can expect to perform little or no maintenance. In addition, many homeowners prefer landscape fabrics because they can help the soil effectively maintain moisture during dry periods, when gardens might otherwise be highly susceptible to drought. Once put down, landscape fabric can be covered with mulch to add aesthetic appeal
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Pros and cons of irrigation systems :$17(')256&5$3 who share outdoor spaces, automatic systems may be a safer option. Disadvantages The primary disadvantage associated with a sprinkler system is the expense. These systems can be quite costly depending on the size of the property. Furthermore, portions of the lawn will have to be dug up to install pipework and attach it to the plumbing system of the home. This can equate to days or weeks without use of the yard. Afterwards, the landscaping will have to be repaired. It is best to install an irrigation system prior to the installation of sod or extensive landscaping because some of it will have to be
torn up. Homeowners who already have pristine yards may be turned off by this reality. Even the most efficient sprinkler systems can have their pitfalls. Wind can wreak havoc on sprinklers, directing water in the wrong direction. Underground pests may damage waterdelivery systems, resulting in water pooling or broken parts. The repairs to fix an irrigation system can be much more costly than replacing a damaged garden hose. Irrigation systems have their advantages and disadvantages, and homeowners should weigh their options before installing a new system.
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Swinging with relaxation A hammock is a piece of furniture that people use to relax in an outdoor environment. Hanging just above groundlevel its rhythmic swing can be a vacation from stress. The majority of hammocks that are found in backyards today have a
stand made of durable steel or wood with a hook on each end, enabling the netting to spread out. Others, such as a Mayan hammock, cocoon your body and are fairly easy to install, as they can be tied around a tree trunk. Styles range from rope
The swing hammock, seen above on display in Beyond The House new greenhouse in Russell, is one of many varieties of hammocks available to enjoy a lazy summer day out of doors. PJ Pearson Photo
and quilted, single or double to weave or swing which can be hung from a porch ceiling or stand. Most are constructed of weather-resistant fabrics and can be dressed to match one's backyard colour pallet. Regardless of the type, a hammock creates a backyard retreat in either a small, secluded area near the beauty and tranquility of a garden or next to the hot tub. A hammock can also be customized to your by adding the comfort of a pad, pillow, or canopy. Most can be purchased online or from home centres, hardware, garden or gift stores and start at prices around $50 and the stand is usually an additional cost of $100 or more. Some considerations when placing a hammock in the yard is where it will be placed. If purchasing a stand, its size should also be a consideration — if it is too big it could disrupt the overall look of the yard. For hammocks with spreader bars, the minimum distance requirement for hanging a hammock, is equal to the overall length of the hammock, or for those without, the hammock will dip considerably
in the middle once in use, so hook height must be a consideration. If the fabricated stand seems too costly, there are plans available to build it yourself. Of course, safety is very important also, as getting in and out can be tricky, so try it a few times before getting ‘planted.’ An added tip is to make sure everything — like a book or a tall glass of lemonade is close at hand on a small garden table because once you perfect getting into the hammock, you won't want to hop right back up to fetch something you need.
Riding Lawnmower safety Riding lawn mowers are tailor-made for people who have large expanses of property to maintain. Though such mowers initially may have been created for commercial landscapers, eventually private citizens realized the benefits of owning a riding mower for the maintenance of their own properties. A riding mower can considerably reduce the time and effort that goes into mowing the lawn. Today’s riding mowers can do everything from cutting to mulching to blowing leaves and snow. Despite their convenience and availability, riding mowers are not a piece of machinery that should be taken lightly. Various health statistics point to riding mowers as a major cause of injury and emergency room visits each year. To ensure safety to yourself and others, heed these tips for operating your riding mower correctly. Look for a mower where the blade turns off if the machine tips or if the driver leaves the seat; wear goggles and earbuds when operating the mower to avoid eye and ear injury; remove sticks, toys, rocks, and other items from the lawn before mowing; operate the mower up and down a slope instead of sideways to maintain stability; never fuel a hot engine; do not let children ride the mower alone or in tandem with an adult.
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Managing difficult yard situations Many homeowners aim for a picture perfect lawn complete with rolling acres of soft, green grass. But Mother Nature may have other things in mind, providing homeowners with less-than-stellar growing conditions for their lawns, plants and other foliage. Frustration can mount when a yard is muddy, is especially shady or has soil that doesnâ€™t seem to grow a thing. In such instances, homeowners may have to go the extra mile to get the yard they desire. Irrigation issues Improper drainage or lowlying areas in a yard may contribute to a muddy mess. In some cases, remedying a muddy yard is easy and inexpensive. Some homeowners find that tilling the soil and amending it with a fiber mulch helps to absorb extra water and make the conditions better for lawn seeds to sprout. This also helps to aerate compacted soil that can hinder grass growth. Adding soil fill also may help to level low-lying areas that can be puddling. Some homeowners find that they need to do a little more work and spend some more money to fix irrigation
issues. Installing a draining system or having the property sloped to draw water away can sometimes be done by a homeowner but is often best left to a professional. You may need to dig trenches, and the property may need to be regraded to make a difference.
Sandy soil Grass and other plants may not grow well with sandy or clay soil. Again, amending the soil is one way to remedy the problem. Although it will take some work at the outset, amending the soil can improve conditions and reduce how much maintenance the lawn needs. Digging down several inches and adding nutrient-rich filler soil will help create conditions that are better for grow-
ing. Those who are interested in planting vegetables could opt for raised garden beds above the challenging soil. Shade Sometimes a yard is problematic because of the amount of sunshine it receives. Too much sunshine can scald certain grasses, while inadequate sunshine may result in bare patches where grass wonâ€™t grow. If cost is no object, removing or planting trees to establish better growing conditions could be an option. However, today there are many grass blends that are tailored toward specific sunlight scenarios. Homeowners may find that low-light blends will grow better in shady areas. For those who are finding no luck with grass blends, it may just be necessary to think creatively. Plant shade-loving plants, such as ferns or ground cover, where the grass wonâ€™t take. Design the landscape so it looks intentional. Flagstone and slate placed in certain areas also may mask temperamental growing areas. There are different options for managing various situations in the yard that can make growing lawn or other plants challenging. If projects are difficult, it could be smart to call in a professional.
Benefits to hiring a landscaping service The desire to have a pristine, well manicured landscape leads many homeowners to toil outdoors for hours every weekend. Hiring a professional landscaper can free up homeownersâ€™ time and help them ensure their yards are cared for properly. One of the benefits of hiring a landscaper is the time savings. Landscapers typically have commercial-grade equipment that can dramatically reduce the time it takes to mow and perform other maintenance tasks around your property. Furthermore, some services have multiple employees working concurrently, enabling them to tackle several projects at the same time and complete them in a fraction of the time it would take a homeowner working on his or her own. Landscapers familiar with botany and landscape design understand how to properly care for plants and trees on your property, while novice green thumbers may be unaware about when to prune trees and shrubs, at what height to cut the lawn and which plants will thrive in particular locations. Such doit-yourself maintenance may even cost more money than leaving it to a professional. Hiring a professional landscaper is, in many instances, more economical. For a certain weekly or monthly fee, homeowners receive the benefit of professional knowledge and execution. Also, homeowners will not have the expense of purchasing the various tools and equipment necessary for lawn and garden maintenance, tools and equipment that include lawnmowers, string weeders, edgers, fertilizer, grass seed, leaf blow-
ers, and shovels. Another benefit is the lawn will continue to be mowed whether a homeowner is home or not. During the spring and summer vacation season, itâ€™s easy for homeowners to overlook their lawn and garden in favor of recreation and leisure activities. Without proper watering and maintenance, lawns and gardens can brown or overgrowth can occur. But hiring a landscaping service allows homeowners to rest assured that their yards will be maintained whether theyâ€™re home
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Identifying your garden preferences A personal garden is only limited by the constraints of a personâ€™s imagination. The vast array of plants and flowers available from all over the world can turn anyoneâ€™s yard into a melange of functional spaces. When designing a garden, many homeowners do not know where to begin. Much like decorating the interior of a home, how a garden landscape is executed depends on various factors. Climate and conditions The foremost consideration when planting a garden is the climate where the garden will be located. Planting items that are not conducive to growing in certain conditions can be counterintuitive and a waste of money and effort. Prospective gardeners must become familiar with the hardiness zones of their region prior to making any plans. This will help you to determine which types of plants will thrive on your landscape. Once this is determined, examination of the soil and conditions on the property is also helpful. Taking this step will help identify any plant deterrents, such as poor soil quality and pH as well as any pests that may impede plant growth. If you live in a hot, sandy location, lush tropical plants may not thrive. Therefore, even if you desire a Mediterranean look, you may have to settle for something that works better with your landscape conditions. Style of the home Landscaping designs often tie into the architectural style of a home. For example, an extensive Asian-inspired garden complete with koi pond and bonsai may look odd in front of a log home. Keep architecture in mind when planning a garden so the look of the home you present is cohesive and fits with the community and immediate vicinity.
Design preferences Are you a free spirit who doesnâ€™t conform to convention with firm boundaries? Or are you one who likes order and things in their place? Knowing what makes you tick will help you to choose a gardening style that will be easier to maintain and also make you feel comfortable. For example, prairie-style planting or wildflower gardens are dramatic ways to create natural points of color over a large area. Most plants are allowed to grow as they may. Those who like a dreamy ethereal feel to their gardens may be inspired by cottage designs, where generously filled borders overflow into a flower and foliage paradise. If you are more inclined to follow the rules and like an orderly landscape, a parterre, or formal planting bed, may be more your style. When carefully pruned, box hedging can show off symmetry and geometry in your space.
Some people are more focused on the accents in their gardens than the plants themselves. Modern architecture pairs well with a contemporary style that blends minimalist accents and easy-to-maintain plants. Although you can change plants in your garden, investing in a garden that you will be happy with for a long time is a costly venture. You may want to consult a landscape architect or local nursery to find the plants and trees that fit with your design and lifestyle. These experts can also instruct you in how to maintain all of your hard work and when to expect the full impact of your new landscape to take form. Homeowners can browse ideas for gardens in magazines and online, but ultimately it will be up to their personal design preferences and the climate where their home is located to determine which garden will look and grow best.
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The backyard has become a go-to destination for warm weather recreation. As the "staycation" has grown in popularity, more effort has been put forth in making the backyard a place where all members of the household can enjoy themselves. That means merging interests into one space. A pool may be competing for acreage along with a decorative patch of lawn. Some homeowners wonder if lawns and pools can be successful alongside each other. Many question if chlorinated pool water poses any ill effects on the grass in the backyard. In addition to splash-out of water during fun times in the pool, water also will be tracked across the lawn from children and adults exiting the pool or will flood the grass when it is necessary to clean and
"backwash" the filter. Will you be left with a dried-out patch of chlorine-burnt lawn? Probably not. Healthy chlorine levels in a pool are kept so that the pool water is generally on par with the chlorine levels contained in regular tap water. You wouldn't hesitate turning on the hose to water your lawn, so you shouldn't be overly concerned about pool water splashing out of the pool, particularly if you are stringent about maintaining the proper pH levels and chlorine levels. Also, soil can withstand chlorine at high acid levels and is pretty resilient about selfcorrecting. Furthermore, grass blades are selective about which nutrients they absorb, so excess chlorine likely will not penetrate the grass blades. Chlorine also dissipates in the sun. Therefore, while
In most cases, pool water will not damage lawns because the chlorine level is not high enough. the levels may be elevated upon just hitting the grass, over a short while the chlorine will essentially be used up and pose no additional threat to the surrounding lawn. Some people have actually said that watering your lawn with pool water can be an eco-friendly way of curbing water usage. Therefore, it may be safely used on lawns and most flowering plants. It is unadvisable to water vegetable gardens with pool water because of any trace levels of other chemicals that may be found in the pool water. Homeowners still concerned about exposing their
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lawns to pool water can create a buffer zone around the pool. Inground pools are traditionally bordered by concrete or patio blocks. Place stone or mulch around the perimeter of an aboveground pool to catch any splashes and to create a barrier between the pool and the lawn. Also, direct backwashed water through a long tube and have it flow it to an area away from the lawn. Pool owners who want to have vibrant grass likely don't need to worry about chlorine damaging their lawns. In fact, the lawns may flourish with the extra watering.
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