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Positive Impact of Rain Gardens

  • Posted on December 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Thinking about the current concern to conserve and be eco-friendly, I decided that I would let you in on one great way anyone can help further conservation. There is a recent trend receiving a lot of popularity among homeowners and other real estate owners called rain gardens. These are designed to help prevent rainwater run-off into sewers, rivers, and streams and help replenish the local groundwater.

What is a rain garden? A rain garden is a strategically placed flower or plant bed of native, deep rooted plants, in a shallow depression. The location of it is planned out to receive the run-off from rooftops, sidewalks, and driveways. This helps conserve municipal water and prevents contamination of streams and rivers since they are not receiving the run-off which may contain fertilizers and other commonly used chemicals.

Why is it okay for the flower or plant beds to receive contaminated run-off instead of the rivers and streams? The water that is re-routed to the rain gardens slowly soaks into the ground and filters naturally in the process. This does not happen when the water is directed to the gutter, into the sewer, and then into streams and rivers. In this process the water just collects even more contaminants, which then contaminates our water systems and reliant wildlife.

A typical rain garden is dug four to eight inches deep, although sometimes as much as one or two feet deep. It is ideal to plant them with deep-rooted native plants as they are more hardy and acclimated to the environment and soil make-up. The depth of the garden is important so that it can hold large quantities of water to decrease the need for irrigation. This also helps recharge the local groundwater while it slowly seeps into the surrounding soil. Because the water is below ground it diminishes standing water and reduces mosquito breeding.

Aside from the environmental benefits of having a rain garden, there are aesthetic benefits as well. With the plants naturally receiving all the water they need, they are able to flourish and create a natural habitat, even during dry periods. This invites natural wild-life, such as butterflies, to grace your garden with their beautiful presence. Also, rainwater is actually better for your plants as it does not contain the added minerals that tap water does, such as lime, calcium, and chlorine. These minerals decrease the quality of the soil and make it harder for the plants to receive the nutrients they need.

Rain gardens can be pretty easy to install on your own. All you would have to do is a little bit of research on native plants that would thrive in a rain garden and download detailed directions on how to install it. Otherwise, you can always hire your local landscape contractor to help you pick out the best plants and do the labor instead. Either way, I hope you have been enlightened and inspired by the importance and benefits of having a rain garden!

Positioning Office Furniture

  • Posted on December 26, 2016 at 7:24 am

For most people, arranging office furniture may be a low item on their priority list. However, if an individual has an office at their home or at their job, it is very important that they consider how it should be arranged. It is also important to note and know that there are professionals who hired to perform these duties in large corporations and other businesses. These people are hired to arrange offices and work areas in order to increase worker productivity.

Each office area in a large corporation is strategically arranged; specifically areas that have large volumes of employees working in customer service type of positions. Therefore, two of the major goals or objectives in setting up a properly arranged office are productivity and comfort. Sometimes the individuals in an office may want to arrange the furniture in order accommodate or make their clients more comfortable. Other people may want to arrange the furniture in the office to make their work activities more productive. While other people want the furniture to be arranged so that it is very pleasing and attractive to them and the person that comes in to visit.

The size of the room should be measured before purchasing the furniture from a local furniture store or shopping for different items online. Also, the size of the room will allow the person to make a preliminary plan or outline of where they want the office furniture to be placed in. Because the desk is the most important piece that will be placed in the room it should be positioned first. The desk is also is the focal point and other furniture will be positioned around it.

If productivity is the major goal or objective, the desk should be positioned near all of the electrical outlets. Positioning the desk near the electrical outlets will allow the person to plug and unplug the computer, lights, and other machinery without having to get up and down. The desk should also be position, if possible, near a window, which will give the individual the amount of light, especially if they will be working throughout the day time hours.
Machines, file cabinets, and other office supplies should also placed near the desk. The goal is to place the things that are most commonly used as close to the person as possible. This will keep them from having to get up multiple times to perform certain activities.