Avoid Hazards With the Use of Pesticides in Your Garden

Using pesticides can very dangerous and care should be taken to avoid hazards to your health as well as to the environment, always read the label and the msds sheet for any chemical you’re using in your garden. Any fruit or vegetables grown with the use of pesticides should be washed thoroughly before consumption. Some of the chemicals used in the manufacture of these pesticides can be very harmful if not handled properly.

If you are a grower, and have contact with pesticides be sure to use all of the safety precautions found on the material safety data sheet for the product or chemical you are using. Many of the chemicals require protection to prevent contact with your skin and eyes. Ingestion and inhalation are particularly harmful with these types of products. For Ingestion and inhalation contact poison control center or a doctor for treatment advice.

An accidental release and or spills can have a tremendously negative affect on wild life as well as contamination the water supply. If a large amount of chemicals have been accidently released into the environment in or near the water supply contact the EPA immediately.

Find the msds sheets for garden pesticides for disease and insects at www.msdsdigital.com

The Green Kitchen: How To Make Your Kitchen More Green

hand in flourGoing green is all the rage these days, but what does that really mean? For many, it can seem like an out-of-reach goal that is only really pursued by the wealthy and well-to-do. Hybrid and electric vehicles are expensive, solar arrays are expensive, and you have bills to pay! Fortunately, there is a way to both go green and save money in the process: by going green in your daily life and your daily routines. Just take a look at what you do on a regular basis, and consider how you can make it greener. For example, your kitchen may very well have the biggest carbon footprint in your household; why not take control and green it up? Here are some great tips for making your kitchen a more environmentally friendly place!

1.     Be Frugal

By be frugal, we mean that you should try to make everything last as long as possible before buying a replacement and throwing the old appliance, cookware, or other kitchen must-have out. This can mean a number of things, including so basic an approach as buying higher-quality, longer-lasting cookware, dishes, and utensils that can be used for a long time before they have to be disposed of.

Stainless steel and cast iron pots, pans, and utensils are a known quantity: they last forever and can stand up to just about any abuse. Then there are your knives, which you can sharpen yourself, and the list goes on and on. Make it last and be frugal about your spending in the kitchen!

2.     The Tools Make the Kitchen

Of course, the key to any good kitchen is good appliances. Whether this means a dishwasher, a blender, a microwave, or any number of other kitchen essentials, your appliances have to be top notch to produce the stellar meals you want to eat in a timely fashion. Consequently, these high quality appliances can sometimes be a serious drain on the power bill, using up incredible amounts of energy…

That is, unless they have an Energy Star rating that indicates they don’t use much energy at all. Energy-efficient upgrades to appliances old and new are available, and are not only greener but can save you money over time if you buy high quality replacements.

3.     Be a Buddy & Buy Local

The food that you are cooking and eating comes to you through a long and often quite non-green means. From factory farms to the transport of those foods to the sale of them at large grocery stores, the typical American’s diet consists of food with a very big carbon footprint. You can change that by buying local. Locally-sourced food is often made in a healthier, more humane, and more responsible manner, while also being itself cheaper to ship, store, and sell both in terms of cost and in terms of energy usage. Buying local can seriously reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen!

Of course, there are countless other ways to save money and save the world in your kitchen. Deciding between gas and electric for your stove, for example, can be a critical decision that greatly impacts your carbon footprint, as can the practice of buying in bulk to save on packaging and driving to the grocery store. For as many kitchens as there are in the world, there are ways to save – why not trying out a few ways yourself?

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+Ken Uhrich likes houses. In fact he lives in one. He gives home building and home improvement tips on the Custom Home Group website.

Roundup Weed & Grass Killer

I've been using the concentrated Roundup Weed & Grass Killer for years now to get rid of weeds and grass in my yard and gardens. Special care should be used with this product and you really have to avoid any plants that you dont want to kill because just a little of it will do in your favorite plant overnight. Mostly I use it around the driveway and sidewalks and it really does work great. I keep a bottle around at all times.

For best use:

Spray the weeds or grasses you want to kill until thoroughly wet. When spot-treating weeds in a flower garden, shield desirable plants from drift with a piece of cardboard or plastic. If a desirable plant is accidentally sprayed, rinse off immediately with water. People and pets may enter treated areas after spray has dried. http://www.roundup.com/smg/goprod/roundup-weed-grass-killer-super-concen...

But remember its really nasty stuff. Check out the msds sheet and read the label to make sure your taking the proper precautions. You can find the msds sheet here: http://msdsdigital.com/round-weed-grass-killer-msds

another good one is: http://msdsdigital.com/sharpshooter-plus-herbicide-msds

Don't Fight the Land

Since time immemorial, people have battled against nature. It’s how we’ve survived and gotten to where we are today. Yet it often seems that the more we push against nature, the more it pushes back. Sometimes, it’s best to just let nature run it’s course and to work with it, rather than against it. This is especially true when building a new home, especially if your plot of land has slopes and hills. Rather than trying to level the ground out, there can be some advantages to working with the lay of the land, such as built in rainwater management, or even a daylight basement.

What is a Daylight Basement?

A daylight basement is similar to a typical basement of a house. A full level below the first floor, basements often serves as a storage space for most homeowners, typically where the water heater and furnace is installed. The difference between a standard basement and a daylight basement is that daylight basements are built into the natural slopes surrounding your home. So while it might look like a single level home from the street, the entryway to the basement is exposed in the back. Because daylight basements often have full sized windows which allow for a considerable level of natural light (hence the name) this style of basement can provide more opportunities for designing your home than a standard basement allows. Daylight basements also have their own entrance, typically in the back of the house, which makes them safer and more suitable for living quarters.

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Because of the added daylight and increased accessibility, having a daylight basement increases the total livable space in your home. Whether you’re looking to build the ultimate home theater, a family room, an in-law suite, or just a few extra bedrooms, building a daylight basement turns what is normally just a storage area into an extra floor of your home.
Why it’s Important to Work With the Land

When building a new home on a plot of land, getting a feel for the land is always a good start, watching the way the water flows when it rains for example. While it’s possible to level the hills to create flat ground, it’s not always the best choice. Hills and slopes help to create a natural means of channeling rain water. This can help reduce the risk of flooding your basement or dealing with foundation issues. Hardscaping to make the ground level can also be very expensive, adding a significant cost to building your new home. While designing the layout of your new home to incorporate the natural slopes might be more difficult from the outset, it can very easily help you cut building costs as well as adding value to your home in the form of more livable space.

When you work with the land, you can help protect your home against the ravages of the environment. Leaving the natural slopes and hills of the landscape around can also help to add a touch of beauty to your new home. When looking to build a new home, consider how you can make the landscape work to your advantage, rather than making it another obstacle to overcome.

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+Ken Uhrich likes houses. In fact he lives in one. You can drop him a line at the Custom Home Group website.