• Garden Blog

    Why Artificial Grass Works So Well?

    Most any garden owner will be envious of a beautiful grass green lawn. But the problem is that lots of people who have back yards simply don’t have the time and money these days to keep them up. It takes money and sweat to keep a lawn looking plush and healthy nowadays.

    There was a time when only people who had enough money to pay for professional landscapers and gardeners could afford to enjoy a fresh green lawn. So with all the costs and effort involved, it’s no wonder people are ready for a new and better way. This brings them to the artificial grass option, which has really come on to be the wave of the future.

    But it’s only here recently that it really caught fire. It used to be used mainly for sporting arenas. But now its uses have really expanded, and home owners themselves are taking a hard long look at artificial grass, and they obviously like what they see. Even those who could always afford the gardeners and landscapers before, as seeing the wisdom behind investing in artificial grass. The up-front cost may seem a bit steep, but once you look further into it, it’s very easy to see the savings as a result of using it.

    The savings come at you from various angles. One is in the area of water. A natural surface requires a lot of watering at certain times of the year, as well as insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, weed killers, lawn mower gas, and if you have them, gardeners. Plus they are very effected by the weather. But not artificial lawns. They take the weather and remain looking great, and year round. So you always have a great looking yard in spite of what the weather has been.

    With the artificial grass, you have none of the problems and concerns mentioned above. All the work and worry have been taken out of the equation. That explains the popularity explosion of artificial grass. It’s practical and easier to have. They free up a lot of your time for focusing on other things that may need attention around your home. Just think of the hours spent doing all the things we talked about above.

    If you own a garden, you have several options when choosing the type of artificial grass you want. There are various types for various applications. You just have to find what best suits your needs. They are easily installed and add substantial value to your property. Here are just a couple of the ways this type of grass can benefit you:

    Comfort – This grass is so much like the real grass, it’s hard to differentiate between the two. But with artificial turf, there is a rubber fitting that lies just underneath the greens that provides added comfort to the feet. This adds a safety factor for rambunctious kids, with less slipping and less tripping, reducing the amount of injuries.

    Durability – The durability is one of the best features of this grass. It holds its beautiful color in spite of the traffic amount or weather poundings it takes. The drainage systems makes it usable almost immediately after showers, unlike natural surfaces that hold water and need to dry out for some hours. Being worry-free, it lowers your stress.

    You don’t have to worry about caring for your lawn like you once did, or keep a constant check on it to ensure it’s in good shape. You’ll be surrounded by lush green grass all year round.

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    Quick Fixes for Business Writing by Jim Taylor (Review)

    An indispensable book on editing for the layperson that applies to more than just business editing–the cover does not do the content justice.

    What drew me to the book

    Jim Taylor, the author of Quick Fixes for Business Writing, was giving a workshop on his eight step editing process through the Editors Association of Canada (EAC). I wasn’t inclined to go until other editors (some with 30 years of experience) raved about previous workshops by Jim Taylor. I reconsidered, but ultimately couldn’t make it but there was mention of a book based on the workshop so I tracked that down at my local library.

    My thoughts on the book

    I have a confession to make: You know the person who judges a book by its cover? I have to admit that’s me. The cover of Quick Fixes for Business Writing has a very low-budget feel to it that would have put me off without the background that pushed me to check out the book in the first place. It’s also double-spaced (which seems an odd choice to me) and has neither a table of contents nor an index. The content, however, is great. So great that I actually ordered my own copy from the publisher (they only sell direct) for my reference library (that would be the bookcase next to my desk).

    So why did I like this book?

    It helped me get a handle on one of the toughest problems of editing, which is fixing a piece of writing without imposing your own style and voice onto it. This book’s subtitle is An Eight-Step Editing Process to Find and Correct Common Readability Problems and that’s what makes it valuable: It gives you a system to assess a particular writer’s most pressing editing needs as well as a system for pinpointing what types of things need changing and why. The why is important because as an edit becomes more invasive it becomes more noticeable to the writer (and many writers will question why you are rearranging or changing their words).

    This book is written for the layperson, in particular the business manager who has to edit reports or other documents written by subordinates and co-workers. The eight steps move from least invasive (changes least likely to be noticed by an author) to most invasive (rewriting sentences and rearranging paragraphs). It is written in a straightforward and conversational way that guides you through what to do, how to do it and why to do it.

    Although the focus of the book is editing business writing, the principles and steps can be adapted to other types of writing. If I’m faced with editing my own writing, I now pull the book off the shelf and start going through the eight steps. Having the steps prevents that paralysis phase of not knowing where to begin–especially with a long piece of writing.

    About the book author

    Jim Taylor can be found online at his blog.