Gardening

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Gardening if you have allergies

The Allergy Sufferers’ Guide to Gardening

Actor and Gardening Enthusiast Dean Cain Offers Tips for Creating a “Sneeze-Free” Garden

(ARA) - According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, more than 35 million people suffer from allergies which may prohibit them from participating in many outdoor activities, including gardening. Notable film and television star Dean Cain is one of them. 

"I love spending time outside, especially with my four year-old son," comments Cain, "but my allergies prevent me from enjoying some of our favorite outdoor hobbies. One of our favorite things to do every morning is to pick fresh oranges from our orange trees and cut fresh flowers from the garden. By creating an allergy-friendly environment and taking a proven effective medication like Benadryl to relieve my allergy symptoms, I can enjoy outdoor activities without any problems."

Dean offers the following advice for gardening enthusiasts to help them get down and dirty in the garden, while minimizing their allergy symptoms: 
 
 

Watering your garden

Don’t Drown Your Plants, Nurture Them with Micro/Drip Irrigation

Conserving water for generations to come

(ARA) – Now that spring is here, garden centers across the country are once again bustling with activity. There are house plants, fruit trees and vegetables as far as the eye can see, and they all look great. So how do you keep them looking that way once you get them home? 

“The secret is in the way you water them,” says Susan Thayer, who is an expert in landscape irrigation. Thayer owns and operates the Southern Citrus Nursery in Dundee, Fla., as well as Mister Landscaper, a company that specializes in low-volume landscape irrigation. 
 
 
 
 

Spending more time in your garden.

Beautify Your Home for the Summer



(ARA) – Summer is here and with the warm weather comes endless hours spent outdoors enjoying the sun. Whether you’re spending time in the pool, grilling on the barbeque, or just lounging on your deck, you want your house looking its best. That’s why now’s the perfect time to spruce up your home’s exterior and impress your neighbors. 

There are many do-it-yourself projects that can have a dramatic effect on the beauty of your home. A little gardening close to the house can provide color and life to your outdoor space. Planting some flowers, shrubs or trees in the right areas can make a world of difference. 

Other ways to beautify your home include cleaning your windows and screens, which will improve exterior appearance and allow more light into the home. Refinishing your deck can bring back a warm, natural wood look, while also protecting it from the sun’s UV rays and heavy summer foot traffic. You can even restore your home’s vinyl siding and shutters to their original color and shine!
 
 

Eliminating Driveway Blemishes Improves Property Value and Curb Appeal

Brilliant Driveways -- An Easy Do-It-Yourself Project

Eliminating Driveway Blemishes Improves Property Value and Curb Appeal

(ARA) - Every homeowner wants a beautiful, maintenance-free blacktop driveway, but most asphalt driveways suffer from pavement discolorations like skid marks and oil stains, or damage like rock salt pits, scrapes, gouges and cracks. 

A small crack can easily overtake entire driveway slabs and petroleum stains may give the impression of run-down property. Simple do-it-yourself maintenance can repair damage, improve property appearance and eliminate the costly and often inconvenient process of hiring and managing a contractor. 

Professional grade driveway resurfacing products are now available for homeowners at home centers like Home Depot and hardware stores nationwide. These professional grade products are easy to apply, can improve driveway traction and make virtually any driveway look brand new.

To restore the rich black color of an asphalt driveway in one easy coat, homeowners need to select a premium driveway resurfacing product rather than a driveway sealer. The best known product in this class is the Henry 532 Driveway Resurfacer, a no-stir black gel that is applied with a squeegee and has a six-year stay-black warranty. 

Be sure to follow all included instructions on any resurfacing product, and select products that have the application steps printed on the package. Follow these basic steps for a perfect driveway resurfacing job.