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Caring For Your Lawn On A Long Holiday

Lawn care over the course of a long holiday can be a real headache, especially for those who spend a lot of time gardening. The perfectionist in you may not want to allow anyone to tend your lawn. After all, they may not mow it in the right direction the third week you are away. But, there are many ways to take care of you r lawn while you are on holiday, and they don’t all involve abandoning your hobby.

Lawn Care Companies

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Lawn care is often best left to the experts. When you worry about mowing too closely or leaving the grass too long, you may be better off talking to a professional lawn care company. Here, you will find others who understand the need to leave the grass long enough to shade itself without letting it go to seed. There will be someone on staff who understands that the grass should be mown from a different direction each week to avoid tracks. People who own lawn care companies don’t want to disappoint you, because there is plenty of competition out there. Just be sure to talk to someone in chare to make sure that they understand your needs and requirements for lawn maintenance while you are on holiday.

Watering Lawns

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If you don’t have an automatic sprinkler system, then you will need to hire someone to water your lawn. Your lawn maintenance company may be able to do this for you. However, it can get tricky because they may have to return to your site several times during the watering cycle to remove sprinklers. If this is the case, you may be better off asking a neighbor to do this part of your maintenance.

Rather than having the maintenance company or neighbor move sprinklers and drag water hoses, it may be a good idea to invest I extra sprinklers and hoses, so that you can set them up ahead of time This way, you will know that every section of your garden will be watered. There are even valves available that will allow you to hook several water hoses up to a single faucet. All the helper has to do is turn off one valve and open another to continue the watering process. Of course, if you go with an automated sprinkler system, all of this is take care of, but what’s the fun in that?

Weeds

If you are going to be gone for weeks, you may find that your lawn develops a major weed problem. It may be necessary to hire maintenance to come spray your lawn for weeds and pests to keep these from overtaking your plantings. In some cases frequent mowing will keep weeds under control, but other situations will leave you with a mess if they are not taken care of in a timely manner. They can even kill some of your plantings, or damage your lawn spaces.

Plan ahead, and you should be able to find someone who can take care of your lawn.

Beach Holiday Preperations

Planning on taking the family away for a lovely Summer beach holiday? With record temperatures everyone is getting out and about! I live right next to the beach, a little art display called “Dismaland” has just popped up in an old lido here. But I still like to travel a few hours south to other beaches when I’m taking the kids. But one thing I always remember is to take the essentials with you.

Toys

If you have a long drive to the beach, keeping the kids entertained is essential to your sanity. Cards and puzzle books are a great way to keep them occupied before your reach your destination. Once your actually at the beach, make sure you bring the classic buckets and spades, goggles for swimming and snorkels! One thing my kids absolutely love is Body boarding. This might not be appropriate for young kids but when I bought a couple of body boards a few years ago they were addicted!

Sun Tan Lotion

We all know that the sun can be deadly if you don’t respect it. Sun tan lotion is extremely important, not just for you. But especially your kids, the little ones should be protected before even stepping foot in the sun so that their young skin won’t burn. This remember, is because it takes 10 to 15 minutes for sun tan lotion to start working. Adults could probably wait until they get to the beach to apply the sun cream as our skin has slightly more natural protection from the sun from years of exposure.

Liquids

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Staying hydrated is also a very important factor for you and especially your children when in the sun. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and make sure you have spares for the kids, although they will probably be after some sort of fizzy pop or cola. Dehydration can cause headaches and nausea so always look out for these symptoms on a hot day.

Headgear

Kit your children out with caps or hats, anything with a lip that will protect them from the sun. reducing the rays from hitting the head or the face can lower the temperature of your head by 10 degrees or more! If the children make a lot of fuss and aren’t really enthusiastic about wearing hats then you could always bring a windbreaker for the beach which would provide a bit of shade. You could even use a parasol or large beach umbrella to give you a place to cool down in the sea breeze.

Towels of Course!

Towels are a necessity. If you’re going down to the beach on a hot day, you are more than likely going for a swim, You’re going to need something to hide in when putting on your swimming trunks, and also for drying your children and yourself of course! Towels can also be useful for lying down on over the sand; it will stop you getting sand stuck to your back or front. Sand can get very hot with the sun pelting down on it directly and having a towel to absorb some of the heat will help make it that slight bit more comfortable.

Going to the beach can be a lot of fun, just keep your children safe from the sun and have a good time!

 

Treating A Detox Retreat As A Holiday

Sometimes taking a detox retreat can be a way to lose weight, cleanse your body, and generally make yourself work hard to improve your health. The word “detox” may bring harsh realities to mind, but the truth is, a detox retreat can make you feel better than you have for a long time. You’ll leave the retreat with better health and the education necessary to maintain that health. With more energy, you can improve your lifestyle. Here are some pointers for treating a detox retreat as a holiday.

Cleanse Your Body

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Let’s get the least pleasant feature of a detox retreat out of the way, first. Cleansing toxins from the body can be stressful. Most people who do a detox have to go on with their daily life at the same time. Family, home, and work will not wait for a person to run to the bathroom. This can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to going through a detox routine at home. In addition, the person going through a cleanse still needs to feed the family, even if he or she can’t eat the meal.

That’s why a detox retreat is the perfect solution. You will have no responsibilities other than taking care of yourself. Your meals will be prepared for you, and any physical activity will be planned to mesh well with your detox plan. You just can’t find a better, less stressful way to cleanse your body than at a detox retreat.

Lose Weight

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While you are at your detox retreat, you can lose weight. Keep in mind that these retreats serve healthy foods. In fact, menus are often planned to accommodate special dietary needs such as gluten free, diabetic, or vegan preferences. What a great holiday that would be! You could dine, at every meal, on food prepared specifically for you. In addition, most detox retreats coordinate your diet with your physical activity. If you select a particularly strenuous weight loss diet, the counselors will recommend a less strenuous physical fitness plan. If, however, you want to focus on getting in shape, your detox plan will include more strenuous exercises.

Physical Activity

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Physical activity on a detox retreat is specially designed for various levels of detox. For people trying to lose weight, the physical exercise may be more demanding. However, a person going through a detox may want less demanding workouts. Yoga, massages, and workouts in the gym can work together with local hiking and kayaking for a great retreat.

Focus on You

Your holiday at a detox retreat can help you focus on you. It’s easy to neglect your own health and fitness regimen when you he focusing on those around you. A holiday that focuses on healthy food, meditation, and appropriate exercise can get you back on your feet. You’ll be stronger, healthier, and better prepared to maintain your health, too.

For your next holiday, plan a detox retreat. Whether you go by yourself or take the whole family, you’ll go home feeling better and stronger.

Going Away On Holiday? Make Sure Your Home Is Protected

If you’re going away soon on a long holiday, it might be worth your while making sure that everything is protected at home. I’m not talking about security protection (although that is important) I’m talking about weather protection! Who knows what the weather might be like at home when you go away, so it might be a good idea to slap some varnish on those bespoke gates and garage doors!

If you haven’t already, it’s fairly important to make sure that all of the woodwork in your garden is completely covered. If you don’t then you’re going to end up with damp rotting wood, and that’s no good if you’ve spent a fortune on having custom work done.

There are many products on the market you can use, and different ways to apply said products. You have the standard wood stain in a tin, this will generally be applied through a standard paintbrush, depending on how much fencing or gating you have, this could be quite tiresome.

Next you have thinner wood stain that can be delivered in a different method. You have a hand pressure sprayer that can spray the wood stain onto the fence in an easier and much quicker fashion.

It’s important to not leave your garden unprotected, especially when you go away. So don’t forget!