Making Your Home Sexy

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Home Improvement: Sexifying your home

When people are considering sprucing up their home, they usually search online to see what home improvement ideas they can gather to increase their curb appeal.

They often resort to one of the cheapest ways to make things look a little bit more alive in front of their home.

They decide to redo their mulch. Heck even Michigan is doing it.

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But there are a few dangers and putting down mulch that a lot of people are not aware of.

It really comes down to what type of most that you use. It also makes a difference whether or not you remove the old mulch and replace it with new.

Also consider whether or not they’ve used dye to increase or enhance the color of the mulch.

This can also have an effect on your plants.

The distance that you place the mulch from the different plants that you have can make a difference. If you add mulch and you don’t consider irrigation for the areas you re-mulch, the plants could suffer. If you don’t remove or move around the old mulch, it actually can create a type of blanket or resistance barrier that keeps the water from penetrating the soil of the plant.

What I recommend for you to do is make sure that you take a special tool you can use to turn the mulch that’s already there. This will help aerate the plants and soil

 as well as open up a place for water to actually get to the roots of plants.

The other thing is if you decide that you want to change the look altogether then make sure that you get the old mulch removed.

I don’t recommend mixing different types of mulch products for the same area.

Make sure that you create some space as well around the trunks of different trees because you don’t want to encourage any insects or mold growth at the base of the tree.

A lot of people will create what they call a “volcano” right at the base of the tree and this actually can be detrimental to the health of the tree.

After all you’re trying to improve the look of your garden and yard not encourage new insects disease and other problems.

  As a side note (since we are talking mulch and many don’t know this). Should you have animals and you decide that you want to use the mulch for the base of the animal cages or stalls.  Make sure that you are using the proper type. Some of the mulch available today have different things and that can be toxic for animals. A lot of people don’t know this and they just assume that because it’s natural but the animals will be able to tolerate it.

 At the very least, make sure that you’re taking every precaution in order to ensure the safety of your animals while maintaining a beautiful yard

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Where to buy mulch

Big box home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowes are one option.

Often various types of mulch are available at your local nursery to purchase by the yard.

You want ensure that your mulch is not more than 3 inches deep. Often times 1 to 2 inches is sufficient.

Most mulch companies can give you calculations based on the square footage that you have to cover. It is very easy to make a mock drawing and then measure out the space provide the dimensions to them and they can give you the exact calculations the amount of mulch you need.

If you have a very small size yard then you can consider buying bags of mulch.

Just remember that if you buy the mulch for the yard off and they will have to deliver it or you can use a pick up truck to bring it to your house.

However it will involve a lot of physical labor. You will need to have a good shovel and a good wheelbarrow available. I often recommend that you have help as well.

Make sure to stay hydrated while you’re doing this type of work because it creeps up on you pretty fast.

The next thing you know you are feeling pretty fatigued.

Also, if you have not done physical labor in a long time then you might want to rethink your own installation of mulch. Maybe you need to hire it out. I know a doctor that actually had a patient that broke his neck by using a shovel.

He said that it was simply too much exertion for what he would have been used to. It actually broke off one of the bony structures on his spine.

So literally not to make fun of it this is backbreaking work and you need to be aware of what your own condition is before you start this type of project.

Beach Balance: How to Manage Kids at the Beach

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A day at the beach.

I have to tell you I love the beach. I love spending every moment that I can at the beach. If I could I’d own a house on the beach. Heck, maybe I will one day.

For the last couple of years I’ve owned a house that’s only about seven minutes from the beach. If you’re in real estate investing, you know there is a big difference between seven minutes from the beach and on the beach. Nevertheless, I get a lot of great use out of it.

This weekend I decided to bring a portion of the football team that my boys play on. We are all having a great time. The only problem is that five boys together who are around the age of 10 or 11 are pretty loud.

I have been trying my best to make sure they stay outside so that they can get all of their energy out of them. Right now, we are headed to the beach. We are headed for that blissful crystal-clear water and sound of the ocean waves.

Pretty excited to say the least. A friend of mine has a condo right on the beach. So, we are headed over there. We have to park in a special area and we certainly have to obey all of the condo rules. Some of those rules make sure that you’re covered up and make sure that you have shoes on when inside the condominium.  This is the community we went to.

On the surface that seems like it’s probably not too hard. However with a bunch of boys who are rearing to go, it can be a challenge. I’ve already pulled them aside and have had the “team talk.” It went something like this. Make sure that you have your shoes on and make sure that you have a shirt on anytime that you’re running around inside of the condominium common areas.

I got a handful of “yes sirs” and we went ahead and moved on. However, sometimes these kids have a little bit of ADD. So I am not sure if they really heard me when I told them that.

The worst case scenario would be that they don’t and that somebody that lives in the condominium complains. That would put a strain on my friendship with the people that live there as well. So I’m crossing my fingers that everything will go smoothly.

While we are at the beach, there are a few more rules that the kids are going to have to comply with.

First off there’s got to be a buddy system. Of course in this scenario I have an odd number of boys so I’ll have to triple up one group. The other will be a pair.

The boys are bringing a couple of footballs along so I’m sure that they’ll have a great time. At the end of the day these are those moments that kids will remember for a lifetime. It sets them up to have fun like this later on in life with their own kids.

We just got here. This’ll be my final few sentences on this blog post. The water is absolutely gorgeous. It is a blue green color and all of the kids are super excited. They’re going to have such a great time and I’m glad that I could share this info with you so that wherever you are in the world right now you could kind a live out this dream and fantasy with me.

Well, it’s not a fantasy. I think you know what I mean.

I hope wherever you are this blog post find you in a great place. I’ll catch up with you later.

——beach games

OK, we just finished with the beach. I think they had fun with the last game of the day which was to see who could stay in the chair the longest against the waves coming in.

Much fun!