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Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Purchase the Best Turf

Many people like to keep their lawns in perfect condition during all seasons. Sometimes this can be a hard thing to do, especially in winter. Some people end up buying the wrong type of turf. A certain kind of turf may do well in one area and completely fail in another. It is important to buy the turf that is ideal for your area. To be able to determine which turf is needed, you need to take into consideration soil type and weather conditions. Buffalo turfs are considered to be the best choice. They come in a very wide range of varieties each suited for different conditions. To avoid mistakes when buying turf, follow the below steps.

Choosing the right turf

The appearance of your lawn will ultimately depend on the quality of turf you use. Make sure that the depth of the turf you order, from stores like Perth Turf Supplies, is even so that if your lawn site has an even surface, it will still be even after you lay the turf. In case you have already bought uneven turf, put the turf upside down in a box and then get rid of the soil protruding above the edges of the box. Be sure to examine the turf for weeds and remove them before you lay it out. It is a lot easier than doing it after.

Determining the amount of turf

Find out from your supplier the size of each piece of turf. Most have a length of one metre and a width of half a metre. Calculate using the size of your lawn the number of turfs you will need. Order a few extra turfs just in case some of them are of poor quality or have been cut to the wrong size.

Avoiding turf degradation

Before you agree to a delivery date with the supplier, make sure that you will have completed preparing your lawn by then. Turf is delivered in rolls. This means that if you take too long to lay it out, it will start to rot because the grass lacks exposure to the sun. A solution for this would be to store the turf while it is unrolled, but then it would take storage space the same size as your lawn!

Taking delivery

Arrange to have the turf delivered on the same day that it will be put on the lawn. If this is not possible, then the turf must be laid out the following day. The turf should be unloaded as close to the lawn as possible. Fresh turf is heavy and carrying it around can be very tiresome.

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Four Types Of Gravel and Stone That Will Give Your Backyard A Natural Look

Use these four types of gravel and small stones to create your own backyard oasis. Each of these items adds its own texture and visual interest and can be used in almost any backyard space. They add a certain pizzazz but still keep things looking delightfully natural. The projects are suitable for the average DIY type, but calling a professional doesn’t hurt.

Crushed Granite Gravel

Natural granite comes in a variety of colours. Crush it into gravel sized chunks and those colours all blend together. Crushed granite gravel has a rough texture and works well on patios and pathways. The rough texture holds the rocks together, making them easier to walk on. Water doesn’t puddle on top of the granite, it filters through, just like it does in nature. Choose the colour to fit your home décor. For example, if you have a white or cream-coloured Queenslander, a mixed white, gray and black granite provides a nice contrast.

Decomposed Granite Gravel

This is granite that’s been allowed to weather. The rocks break into smaller pieces and the edges get smoothed out. If it weathers long enough, it takes on the texture of coarse sand. This is another option for those patios and pathways, where decomposed granite gravel adds a more rustic look. This type of gravel is easier to walk on because of the smoother edges, but its sand-like texture also makes it easy to track into your home. Just remember to take off your shoes before going inside and the problem is solved. Weeds also tend to like this type of gravel. Putting down landscaping paper before you add the gravel really helps. So does pulling a weed as soon as you find one.

Pea Gravel

This is a mix of small rounded pebbles that is used mostly as a filler between larger paving stones and to highlight individual plants and trees. It’s also a favourite of Japanese dry garden enthusiasts because it “rakes well”.  The gravel represents water. The water is “raked” to give the appearance of waves. The smooth pebbles create less friction when the rake is pulled across the surface. But the smooth surface also means that pea gravel is more difficult to walk on, making it a poorer choice for pathways and patios.

River Rock

River rock has the same smoothness as the pea gravel and comes in just as many colours. The pieces are larger, and it is even more difficult to walk on. They are often used to frame plants because they help control drainage. You might consider using them to build a waterfall or a backyard pond because, just as in the wild, the colours really come out when the rocks are wet. These are also used in Japanese dry gardens, but only as accents.

For more information, contact a business such as Quincan Quarries.

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yeild to Your Wanderlust: How to Take a Year-Round Trip Around Australia With The Whole Family

Have you always had wanderlust? Are you feeling stuck now that you have children and responsibilities? Instead of feeling stuck, do something innovative. Convince your boss to let you telecommute to work or grab your savings. Then, buy an RV, take your kids out of school and hit the road in Australia for a year.

This amazing adventure is easier than you think. Here’s the plan:

1. Register your children as homeschoolers

In Australia, children are allowed to homeschool if their parents address eight areas of learning and meet a few other requirements. To learn more about the requirements and to file an exemption from school, contact the Home Education Officer in your province.

2. Choose an Educational Angle

There are all kinds of ways to educate children. Some parents choose to buy a curriculum similar to those used in schools, and they guide their children through math, geography, reading and history lessons. Others choose to make the world their classroom – they let their children learn math through shopping or baking, history comes through movies, visiting historical sites and watching the news and other subjects are approached in similarly holistic ways. Others opt for a blend of those approaches.

3. Create a Community

There are peer groups of homeschooling families throughout Australia, and these groups are a great place to meet other families and hear how they approach their curriculums. As you are travelling, you can meet different families from across the country, and you may even find some other people “roadschooling”.

4. Buy your home-away-from-home

Instead of staying at hotels every night or going through the hassle of setting up a tent, buy a camper. Even a small camper provides your family with a place to sleep, a kitchen to make dinners (which is far cheaper than eating in restaurants) and a table, perfect for math lessons or family game nights when you need a break from being a tourist.

5. Decide between a caravan and a trailer

As you select your camper, you will need to decide between a caravan and a camper trailer. A camping trailer is slightly more advantageous. You can haul it to your destination, unhook it from your vehicle and leave it at the campsite while you explore the area with your other vehicle. That uses less fuel than driving a caravan with all of your stuff in it everywhere you go. It also lets the family split-up more easily for different activities. An off-road camper trailer is especially great as it lets you get into all of the free camping spots off the beaten path.

For more information, contact a company such as Outback Campers.

6. Make your travel plans

Ideally, you want to explore the flora, fauna and geography of each area you visit, and you can also study the unique history of each area. Take some time before the trip to note what you want to cover at each location and where you want to explore.

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Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Exhibiting At Your First International Trade Show

Trade shows can be a great opportunity to showcase your products and services. As global trade grows though, it is important to visit your buyers in their location and make sure they are aware of your products and services. Even for experienced trade show presenters organising an international trade show can have challenges compared to a local show. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

Do some research

Whilst you have no doubt done some research into why this is the most suitable trade show for you, do some research into the best places to stay in the vicinity and how you will be able to travel to and from the show. Also look into nearby bars and restaurants that may be suitable for business meetings if you meet clients during the show that you would like to entertain that evening.

If you will need some translating assistance, it is also worth conducting some video conferencing interviews before you arrive to see if you can find a translator that is a good personality fit for yourself and the customer base.

Speak to the tradeshow organisers

Let the organiser know early that you are coming from overseas and what the best times are to contact you with any changes to the show details. Make sure they know of any black out periods where you are not going to be available due to traveling. Ask for specific dimensions for your booth and for any restrictions that could limit your exhibition hire options.

Select & on-board the exhibition hire company

Due to the challenges of transporting your exhibition material overseas, it is usually easiest to use an exhibition hire company. Speak to multiple companies and explain if you will be communicating from a different time zone (and in a non-native language) so that you can build up a plan to deal with these additional challenges. Ask to speak to previous customers who can speak directly to the quality of the materials and the set up process. Also ask the trade show organisers if they have previously worked with your exhibition hire company and if they would recommend them.

Follow up on all contacts

After the trade show follow up with your new contacts with a quick note. Be sure and leave positive reviews for any of the service providers you have had good experiences with, as you may want to use them again for future trade shows.

For more information, contact a company such as Go Hire The Event People.

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Save Money & Safeguard Employee Health with Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Absenteeism costs Australasian employers an estimated $28 billion per year. Although it’s impossible to tell how much of this money is related to people who are actually out ill and how much is related to people skiving their duties, it is safe to say that the financial burden on employers should decrease if their employees are well. Part of keeping your employees well has to do with keeping the carpet in your office clean. Here is a look at how commercial carpet cleaners can help improve health and productivity in your office.

1. Virus-causing germs thrive on carpet.

If your employees come to work while they are ill, they bring germs into your office. If they sneeze or accidentally vomit on the floor, they may leave the norovirus or other germs on your carpet. This stomach flu virus can live on your carpet for up to a month, infecting other employees, unless you have it commercially cleaned.

2. Thanks to micro adhesion, bacteria can jump from the carpet onto food.

If one of your employees brings in the bacteria on a piece of food, on the bottom of their shoes or in another way, that bacteria can get into the carpet and live there for at least four weeks until the carpet has been cleaned. If another employee drops a sandwich, that bacteria will jump right onto their sandwich, regardless of how quickly they pick it up from the floor, and diarrhea and vomiting with ensue.

3. Carpet-loving dust mites can cause allergies.

Dust mites are microscopic little creatures who live in carpet. As they hang out, they leave behind waste and residue that floats into the air. If any of your employees have allergies or asthma, these particles can increase or even cause allergies, and your employees may end up missing work as a result.

Steam cleaning does not necessarily remove the dust from your carpet, but many commercial cleaners have high powered vacuums that they use before they start cleaning. This extra suction may be what your office carpet needs to safeguard the health of your employees.

4. Dirty carpet decreases worker productivity.

In addition to the billions of dollars that are lost every year due to absenteeism, money is also lost due to decreased worker productivity. If your employees are starting to get ill or recovering from an illness, they may not be able to provide you with the effort you need. However, if they are surrounded by dirty carpet, they are also likely to be inefficient regardless of whether they feel ill or not. In fact, controlled laboratory studies show that workers are at least 4 percent more accurate when they are not around dirty carpet than when they are.

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