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Health Warning! Please Don't Blow!
by RachelleN
Dec 01, 2014 | 455 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Before you blow your leaves, consider this: 

Ø  Gas lawn blowers are linked to cancer and might eventually be outlawed. They operate at a speed that is similar to hurricane winds, and stir up pesticides, bacteria, mold, and other unhealthy elements. 

Ø  Mulching leaves feeds your lawn with nutrients so that your lawn is healthier. Blowing leaves does not. 

Ø  Birds need leaves to build nests. Your leaves are to birds what lumber is to a home developer. Would you like it if a thief stole your building supplies?



Ø  Exposure to loud noise from blowers over an extended period of time could result in hearing loss. 

   

So, if you want a malnourished lawn, no birds, and cancer or hearing loss continue to blow those leaves! 

   

 Smart people mulch—it’s quieter, safer, and eco-friendly.



   Save money, preserve your health and leave a few leaves for the birds. Mulch--don't blow. 

 



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"Before" & "After" Man
by RachelleN
Sep 23, 2014 | 8898 views | 0 0 comments | 257 257 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hurricane Sandy has nothing on people! Here's a before and after video of the tree, bush and flower slaughter in one Queens yard. Do you realize that one tree has the cooling power of 10 air conditioners, plus they provide privacy and buffer noise from the street? Plant, don't plunder! 


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Plant, Don't Plunder
by RachelleN
Sep 23, 2014 | 523 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
A disturbing trend in Queens is the massive destruction of trees, plants, and flowers in private yards. Once they chop down every living thing in their own backyard, many owners often turn to destroying the city's trees. Please report city tree destruction if you see it. We need trees to absorb rain and prevent flooding. Plus, each tree has the cooling power of ten air conditioners. 

Here is a "before" and "after" video of a private mass backyard tree slaughter in Queens, NY. 

The man-made slaughter was worse than Hurricane Sandy. 

 
 


 
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Timing Is Everything
by RachelleN
Sep 11, 2014 | 29744 views | 0 0 comments | 864 864 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

     While I was living in Nashville, I was continually learning about different plants and flowers that were native to the region. As I walked through a field one day, I spotted a cluster of dainty mystery plants sprouting soft downy globes of milky white seeds perched high atop long slender green stems. I experienced my usual “wished I’d brought my camera along” angst and thought about returning to photograph them.

       Fast forward to the next morning. I grabbed my camera and headed out to revisit the striking plants. Huh? The wind had beaten me to them.  Spare strands of filmy translucent wisps remained intact but the bare plants that had been artfully revised by nature looked nothing like the striking delicate beauties I had glimpsed the day before.

      Although similar opportunities would present themselves in the future, I knew that the sunlight would never again shed light on those fragile white blooms in exactly the same manner. Dozens of other changes would also occur over time. The moment had passed. A creative opportunity slipped through my hands because I hesitated when I should have acted. Lesson learned. 

      Have you ever missed out on a creative opportunity because you hesitated when you should have acted?

 
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