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Posted by on Jul 10, 2019 in Lawn Care | 0 comments

Tips for an Amazing Front Yard

We don’t like to admit it, but the front yard is one of the first things we notice about any new residence. It’s no surprise that many spend a lot of money, time, and energy on maintaining their front lawns.

If you’re a new homeowner or just want to spruce up your space, keep reading for some tips to get the front yard of your dreams!

#1 Power-wash Your Home

You don’t want to spend so much time and money upgrading your front lawn only to have a dirty home. Over time, the exterior of our homes can accumulate a lot of filth that makes the brick, stone, or vinyl look grimy. A clean house will, by extension, make the hard work you put into your yard look even better.

To power-wash your home, consider buying a power-washer. Many experts recommend gas-powered washers for the best results. If you’re worried about spending a lot of money on something you won’t use all the time, you can also rent a power-washer from a rental company.

#2 Mulch, mulch, mulch!

Every landscape expert knows that including mulch in your front yard is the way to go. Most of the time, mulch is made up of organic materials, such as leaves, wood chips, and peat moss.

There are many reasons why lying down mulch is a must for your front lawn. First, mulch helps keep your soil moist and maintain soil temperature, which helps plants grow. Mulch also suppresses weed growth, leaving you with less of those pesky plants to pull up by hand.

The best thing about mulch is that it is only a few dollars! Such a small investment that will yield great returns for your front yard.

#3 Plant!

Having a reasonable amount of plants in your front yard will signal to the rest of the neighborhood that your yard is healthy and thriving. Take a trip to your local improvement store and purchase some flowers (opt for perennials that can survive for multiple seasons), bushes, and even some shrubs.

If you do decide to purchase some shrubs, consider consulting a shrub placement service offered by Hamlin Tree Care. Shrubs are often difficult for the average homeowner to plant themselves because they grow outward, not upward like trees. A professional can help you pick the best place in your front yard to plant your shrubs so that you can avoid any overgrowth so your shrubs can grow to their true potential.

#4 Try out a Bird Bath

A bird bath is a simple but impactful addition to any garden. Many different varieties of bird baths are available at home improvement and home decoration stores, so you’re bound to find the perfect one for your lawn. A bird bath helps your lawn stick out from the rest in the neighborhood, and you might even see some rare birds too!

Make sure to clean and maintain the bird bath so any birds that come by don’t get sick.

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Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Cancer | 0 comments

Green Thumb, Green in Your Wallet

In the current economy, people are doing what they can to save money. For some people, this means staying in on a Friday night instead of going out with their friends. For others, they live at home with their parents so that they can save up for a place of their own while they pay off their student loans. The most common way to save money is to eat at home as opposed to eating at a restaurant. Most home-cooked meals are going to be a lot cheaper than a meal at a fast-food establishment, so it’s fitting to cut back there. However, fresh produce can be expensive, especially in food deserts and areas where most produce is shipped from across the country. As an alternative to buying fruits and vegetables at the local supermarket, many have turned to growing their own foods.

Aside from the initial startup costs, a garden is a great way to have fruits and vegetables year-round at a low cost! A properly maintained garden can provide food for the family every day, so long as it is being taken care of. Part of this involves dealing with aphids, and another part of this involves picking the right produce. It’s important to have fruits and vegetables that can grow in the climate of the garden, otherwise, the garden is not going to flourish properly. Weeds must also be taken care of before they overtake the limited space of the garden. These plants, such as crabgrass and dandelions, are notorious for tripling in size overnight, so they must be pulled the first time that they are seen. Additionally, the roots must be destroyed and any seeds must be eradicated. It’s a long and grueling process, but seeing a basket full of home-grown tomatoes will make it all worth.

One way people try to nuke invasive plant species is through the use of herbicides. These solutions were designed to keep certain plants healthy while killing weeds and preventing them from growing back. Roundup is the herbicide most used in the United States, everywhere from small nurseries to major agricultural corporations. However, this product contains glyphosate. Glyphosate has been linked to various cancers, the most common of which being non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia, as well as many other diseases.

The Driscoll Firm, P.C. has class-action lawsuits against Monsanto for knowingly distributing Roundup despite their awareness of glyphosate’s side effects If you decide to purchase an herbicide to combat the invasive plants in your yard or garden, make sure to check for glyphosate on the label or in the list of ingredients. The presence of the chemical can have a nasty consequence. A garden that was designed as a means to save money may end up costing you thousands of dollars in medical bills and other expenses. If you’ve already been exposed to Roundup, or think you’ve been eaten produce contaminated with it, make sure you know your options and see if you’re eligible to join the class-action lawsuit.

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can you get a restraining order and terminate a lease if you are in an abusive relationship?

Relationships are rarely ever smooth from beginning to end. A couple may go through rough patches and have some friction with each other at some point in any lasting relationship. However, it’s imperative to draw the line between conflict and violence. As we all know, violence is never the answer, and abuse within the home is dangerous and toxic and can lead to many problems. In cases where domestic violence occurs, it’s vital to create distance and seek legal counsel to help you address the issue before it gets any further out of hand.

It’s vital to know your options when you’re in a relationship that involves domestic violence. A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is a key option that has many uses in these circumstances. Not very much unlike a typical restraining order, a TRO will protect you from the violent person in the home in the short period before the hearing for the restraining order. To acquire a TRO, you need to file a statement under oath explaining why you believe you need it. Depending on how the case is presented, a TRO can keep a parent away from the children, or spouses away from each other until the hearing for the restraining order at a later date. However, a TRO will not prevent someone from entering a property they own, and cannot require a parent pay for child support in the time before the hearing. A TRO is merely an avenue for protection in the downtime between when a restraining order is filed and when it will be heard in court.

According to this family attorney in Houston, Texas,  those sharing a lease with an abusive partner in the state of Texas, they can terminate a lease without a penalty from the landlord. This is designed specifically to protect those in abusive situations from being forced to remain in contact with their abuser. However, for someone in an abusive relationship to legally request this right or be guaranteed not to receive penalties, they must meet precise criteria which include:

  • Both partners are registered tenants on the lease
  • A temporary or permanent restraining order has been obtained
  • Your landlord has been given sufficient warning in advance, usually 30 days
  • You leave the apartment on the date agreed upon with the landlord

Some of these requirements are harder to meet than others, so it’s imperative you take action to meet these requirements as soon as possible if you find yourself in an abusive situation. With an attorney’s help, these requirements can be met more quickly and efficiently, with someone keeping an eye on the process every step of the way. Domestic violence is a very serious issue that demands timeliness and precision for the victims to remain safe and get out of their abusive relationship.

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in Craft Beer | 0 comments

Craft Beer: Is it really as new a trend as we think?

Craft beer is all the buzz in America. But just how big is it? The numbers suggest it’s not just a niche market anymore. In fact, the numbers suggest craft beer is taking over.

As of last year, the craft beer sector took up more than 12% of the overall American beer market. According to the Brewer’s Association, there are now well over 5,000 brewers in America, and almost all of them are part of the craft brewery revolution.

Not only are craft breweries growing in number and in market share, they are creating whole new sectors for business growth. To begin with, they employ about 129,000 people just in the brewing process. Beyond that, whole side industries are cropping up to help water America’s thirst for quality beer. Products like the Growler Chiller—a new device that helps you keep your growlers fresh for weeks and lets you keep them on tap—are springing up everywhere.

Though the same old dreary mainstream beer brands are still eating up most of the American beer market, the numbers suggest that craft beer is ready to snowball into a major economic power player, if it isn’t one already.

The retail side is already a heavy hitter, bringing in more than $23 billion in sales in 2015 (which was a more than 10% increase from the year before). That number made up a fifth of all beer sales.

On top of that, there are now plenty of bars that specialize only in craft products. 1,916 craft brewpubs mark an 11% increase from the year before. There are also more than 3,000 microbreweries and 186 regional craft breweries. Those are some impressive numbers.

With numbers like the ones above, it’s hard to imagine the craft beer world going anywhere but up. And the reasons are obvious. First and foremost, craft beer is just better. It’s American made, providing American jobs, and using American know-how. Craft beers are adaptable where the old brands are still selling the same beer they were fifty years ago. Craft beer is hipper, better with its marketing, and many are tailored to the tastes of a particular state or region. Budweiser can’t compete with those dynamics. All the King of Beers can do is wait to be toppled.

Most importantly, craft beer tastes better. Though you can’t put all craft beers into a single category (their diversity in taste is, of course, part of their charm), they are on a whole significantly more satisfying and palatable than anything Miller or Anheuser-Busch has to offer.

Don’t believe me? You don’t have to. Just look at the numbers above. The scales have tipped, and craft beer is on its way to taking over the whole market.

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Mineral Rights | 0 comments

Why Selling Mineral Rights may be Wiser

If there is one thing that’s certain about selling mineral rights, it’s the cash that is ready to be placed in your hands – not tomorrow, but today. The oil and gas business is definitely risky and shaky so that an offer amounting to millions of dollars today can suddenly go kaput because of the “hold on and never sell” principle.

Selling mineral rights is still a hot issue among property owners along shale regions – areas where oil and gas exploration activities are most active. These areas include the Marcellus shale, Niobrara shale, Haynesville shale and Eagle Ford shale, among others. Places where exploration for gas and oil is intense means a significant cash bonus for owners, but only if their mineral rights are on lease at the moment or owners would decide to sell mineral rights for a really big lump-sum.

Not long ago, one family was offered $4 million, while another was offered as much as $12 million by a company willing to buy their mineral rights. Both refused to sell, thinking that their properties would produce much and that the amounts were not big enough.

Wells were drilled near their properties, not long after; the natural gas produced from the drilled sites, however, was far below than what the company had hoped for. Good for the company – it did not have to spend millions of dollars for nothing. For the two families, though, it was a very, very big and disappointing loss for what could have given them millions of dollars are now worth nothing at all.

Can holding on to mineral rights prove wiser than selling it? Even big companies with producing leaseholds decide to sell eventually – this is the trend in the oil business. Many owners too, in the past, have stuck to the practice of selling their rights than leasing or holding on to these. The amount you can get from the sale will also definitely be useful for future financial concerns such as retirement funds and the education of your child/children. A part of it may also be used for a relaxing vacation, a holiday escapade which you deserve, or to pay off the balance of your mortgage (if you have mortgaged your property), to save it from being foreclosed or to save you from having to file for bankruptcy.

Thus, choosing not to sell when a company offers to buy can be a decision that you may regret in the future. On the other hand, opting to hold on to your property and leasing it instead may also yield fruit in due time; the only question is, how long will that time be?

Some owners decide on leasing half of their mineral rights and keeping the other half untouched. A wise decision? What if the leased half comes short of the company’s expectations, or worse, produces nothing at all? Your whole property will then be worth nothing.

You can base your decision on these two arguments, then; take the risk of not selling, which can end up with your property being worthless or worth very little, or decide to sell everything, which can save you from the inconvenience of negotiating with the leasing company and which will allow you to immediately put to use and enjoy the big cash that is ready for payment. Which will it be?


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