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What a healthy Lawn Does for you

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Enhances your mood, lowers your stress and calms the mind. Studies have shown that the smell and look of a well-groomed lawn helps create a feeling of well being and accomplishment. The calming effect is created when the chemical that’s released from a lawn beginning its regeneration process from being recently cut. This chemical is often referred to as GLV (Green Leaf Volatiles) and is responsible for the wonderful aroma.

Stress Relief

Enhances your mood, lowers your stress and calms the mind.  Studies have shown that the smell and look of a well-groomed lawn helps create a feeling of well being and accomplishment.  The calming effect is created when the chemical that’s released from a lawn beginning its regeneration process from being recently cut.  This chemical is often referred to as GLV (Green Leaf Volatiles) and is responsible for the wonderful aroma.

Natural Air Conditioner

Lawns are typically 5-10 degrees cooler than concrete surfaces; this helps keep you and your home stay cooler Lawns absorb the suns energy rather than radiating it back into the air and raising the temperature.  Don’t believe it? Next time on a hot summer day try standing on concert in your bare feet and compare how hot the pavement is compared to how cool your lawn is.  This temperature difference makes lawns the perfect heat sink and can take away the suns heat from your home and can save you money on your air conditioning bill.

Saves Water

Thick, dense, turf requires less watering than a patchy arid lawn full of weeds.  The grass leaves provide shade to the soil below from the sun’s rays, preventing evaporation and allowing the grass to utilize more water more effectively.  This helps during those hot summer days when rain is no where in sight.  Proper lawn maintenance such as cutting at a higher mowing height, and watering infrequently will not only do wonders for your lawn but it will help save you money on your water bill as well since you won’t have to water as much or as often.

Increase in Property Value

When people look at your home the first thing, they see is the outside and its curb appeal. A green lawn, beautiful trees and maintained walkways will make it more aesthetically pleasing and could boost your resale value as much as 5-12%. On an average home in Calgary it can mean an extra $20,000 to $48,000 that you could see if it came time to sell your home.

Lawn Care & The Environment (Title)

Cleans the Air

Like all plants, grasses absorb Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and release Oxygen (O2 ) through photosynthesis.  A lawn that’s around 2500 ft2 (232 m2) produces enough Oxygen to provide a family of four fresh air every day. But that’s not all, it helps control pollution as well, by absorbing pollutants such as Carbon Dioxide, Sulfur Dioxide, Hydrogen Fluoride and even Peroxyacetyl Nitrate a pollutant present in Smog into their leaves.  When it rains, the water helps push the pollutants into the soil, once there the soil microbes begin breaking down the pollutants through a process called Biodegradation into nontoxic substances such as water, salts, or harmless gases.

Purifies Water

As water passes through the soil membrane the soil microbes begin to break down any chemicals that may be present in the water providing filtered water.  In fact, this filtration system is so effective that rainwater that gets filtered vs normal rainwater that is running off the sidewalk is as much as 10 times less acidic.  This water is known as effluent water and it can be used for Turf Irrigation in parks and/or golf courses or it could be filtered to be drinkable water but would require a high level of treatment to do so.

Controls Erosion

Healthy turfgrass acts as the best defense against soil erosion. Soil erosion can occur from several different ways most common ones being through water runoff and heavy wind storms.  Grass  has a strong root system it binds more effectively than any other plant, reason being is that 90% of the weight of a grass plant is in its roots.  A single grass plant can have over 300 miles of roots under the right conditions.  This also means that during heavy windstorms it has a strong foundation keeping the soil intact and can protect the soil from being blown away by trapping flying dirt into its leaves returning the dirt back to the soil over time. 

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Top 10 Snow Removal Tips

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Top 10 Snow Removal Tips

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With the winter season upon us, it is more important than ever to properly prepare for all that comes with winter weather. Icy and snowy conditions are often responsible for damage to properties, vehicles and in some cases people. While snow may be beautiful to look at and even play in, it can also be a huge weather-related liability for both homeowners and business owners.

For this reason, it is important that people take the necessary precautions during the winter season to prevent injuries due to snow and ice. Something as simple as properly shoveling a sidewalk or salting a pathway can greatly reduce weather-related liabilities this winter season.

Prepare in Advance for Inclement Weather

As a home or business owner, it is always your responsibility to keep abreast of incoming inclement weather during the winter season so that you can be properly prepared. Don’t wait until a winter storm is upon you to get the necessary snow and ice removal supplies. By that time, most of the items you need will be sold out.

Purchase items such as salt, shovels and snow blowers well ahead of time so that they are readily available for usage when a snow or ice storm arrives. Preparation is key to prevent winter weather-related accidents.

Do-It-Yourself Snow Removal

Making sure that the exterior areas of your home or business are properly prepped for winter weather is important. Any area that is frequented by individuals on a consistent basis needs to be properly salted and shoveled on a regular basis during winter weather to avoid accidents that could result in a possible liability. A slip and fall that results in a broken arm or leg because of the failure to prep an exterior surface is preventable.

As a home or business owner, you have the responsibility to clear all pathways leading to and from your property to ensure the safety of others and reduce the potential for liability due to injuries. Salting passageways to help melt ice as well as removing snow periodically during a snowfall can greatly reduce the chances of someone injuring themselves in front of your property.

Contracted Snow Removal

For those dealing with larger spaces, such as businesses with multiple pathways, steps, and parking lots, contracted snow removal is often the best option. Businesses must be extra careful to remove snow and ice from their premises in a prompt manner to ensure the safety of all that come in contact with the property. The use of a licensed and insured Winnipeg snow removal company is highly recommended to ensure that the snow removal is completed in a professional and thorough manner.

Better Safe than Sorry

When it comes to injuries related to ice and snow, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Taking the necessary steps to prevent a weather-related liability is the responsibility of the property owner. This winter season, take the necessary precautions by obtaining the snow and ice removal products and services that will ensure the exterior of your property is safe for everyone.

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