Artificial grass

A lawn or backyard having a grass cover is naturally attractive. However, the process of maintaining the lawn grass requires a lot of dedication and commitment. For instance, you will be required to seek the assistance of professional to preserve and mow your grass. This has forced many home owners to look for other convenient alternatives such as the installation of artificial grass. Despite the numerous benefits associated with this grass, there are some important things that you need to know about this grass.

Artificial grass can be installed on any surface

Be it concrete or soil this grass can be installed on any surface without causing any issues. This grass can be installed on the pavement, tarmac, balconies, and terrace. It is a grass which adjusts easily with any surface thereby ensuring a long lasting-adhesiveness.

It is safe for your children and pets

Individuals having children and pets in their house should e extremely careful with the type of the artificial grass. There are some fake turfs which are known for having certain side effects such as allergies. The quality grass is covered with a special layer of fiber which protects its delicate fur. This layer will also protect your skin from being hurt.

Durability

Artificial grass is durable. Even with no maintenance, this grass can last for more than twenty years. However, its durability will be dependent on the traffic volume around your home.

Installation

There are several DIY installation methods for this grass. The homeowner is required to have the required tools when installing the grass. It is advisable to follow the given guidelines before installing the turf.

Maintenance of artificial grass

Artificial grass does not require any mowing. Again watering the turn by use of a hose pipe is not required with this type of grass. This grass can be maintained easily by just preventing the dry leaves from sticking in it.

 

Environmental impact

There are no documented reports that link this grass with environmental issues. One does not have to spread any chemical or pesticides to keep this grass growing. Installing this grass in your home is one of the best ways of protecting the environment.

How does the grass stick to the surface?

This grass is stick to the surface by use of strong adhesives and tapes. The adhesive chosen should belong to the approved brands.

Colour

Artificial grass can be used for two decades without losing its original colour. However, it is important to choose a grass which is protected from UV rays. This will ensure that it does not lose its colour once it gets exposed to sunlight.

 

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Tips For Choosing The Best Windows

The use of attractive windows can help you in giving your house a modern and stylish touch. You should go for a style and design which suits all your requirements. Again the windows chosen should fit the rooms where they are installed in. Many important factors need to be taken into account while selecting the best windows for your house. These factors include the place, shape, colour, size privacy, and control of light. Apart from these, it is also important to consider the positioning of the tilt rods and the louvres. All these factors are helpful when you are selecting the types of windows to be installed in your house. The process of choosing the right windows is not easy and can easily confuse the buyer’s mind.

There are many designs in the market which makes the selection process more complicated. However, the different patterns can be customized according to the buyer’s preference and taste. The main types of windows include the following timber, aluminum, UPVC and secondary glazing. These materials are associated with certain benefits which can help you in narrowing down your choices. Having knowledge on the different types of materials will help you in choosing the rig type of window.

Aluminium

These windows are very popular in different parts of the globe. They are widely used in the United Kingdom for heritage, domestic and commercial use. The following re the main advantages associated with aluminum windows

  • It is environmentally friendly since it can be recycled
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Offers types of finishes which include anodizing treatment, and powder coating
  • It meets energy efficiency standards

Timber

If you have been looking for something good for your house, then timber windows made from timer might be the perfect one. Outlined below are the many advantages associated with timber windows

  • They are carbon neutral, and they offer a comprehensive warranty
  • They offer outstanding comfort and performance
  • Being a natural substance timber is naturally renewable and environmentally friendly
  • Timber windows have an extended service life and warranty

UPVC windows

These are windows made using polyvinyl chloride polymers and other stabilizers and additives. Many people prefer These windows due to aesthetics reasons. Listed below are the main reasons why you need to install UPVC windows in your house.

  • It is a perfect insulator
  • It is light in weight
  • They are dust proof, chemical proof, and sound proof
  • They are available in different colours and designs
  • They are made using stable materials that are pollution and water resistant
  • They are durable, strong and require little maintenance

 

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Marilyn Nelson and Soul Mountain retreat

SOUL MOUNTAIN FALL 2008

Best greetings to friends of Soul Mountain and to all Soul Mountaineers, and congratulations to us and the nation for the most momentous and beautiful decision of this new century.

Here’s what’s been happening here.

Just before the end of the July Cave Canem residency in late July, I flew to Johannesburg, where I met my friend “Abba Jacob” to travel to Botswana for a road-trip in the Kalahari. Here we deepened our commitment to the San (“Bushman”) people we had met on our 2005 Botswana safari. I was able to deliver a contract to Kuru Arts, which is part of the Kuru Family of Organisations. Kuru will be able to pay San artists to illustrate a picture-book text I wrote about their desert world. The book, Ostrich and Lark, will be published in 2009 by Boyds Mills Press. All proceeds – advance and royalties — will go to Kuru and to the artists. I’m thrilled.

While I was away, Jennifer Nelson hosted the third African Continuum Theatre Company retreat for African American playwrights here at Soul Mountain, with Reggie Edmunds and Jacqueline Lawton.

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