Creating Special Lawn Seeds

A lawn seed that could survive many types of diseases and harmful chemicals is something that any garden owner would immediately consider getting. I see a great potential in this lawn seed, and I’ve followed a project whose aim is to develop one. If successful, the seed can be a great way to control unwanted weeds by easily spraying chemicals without harming the lawn.

Having a special kind of grass pretty much gives every owner the ease and convenience to maintain a lawn, even with the top zero turn mower in your shed. Unlike other grasses which can be prone to different kinds of diseases and destroy the beauty of the garden, a “super grass” will be very useful.

Lawn maintenance will also be easier because it can you no longer have to look for specific herbicides that will not harm the lawn. Manual cutting will also be easier, especially with a ride-on mower. Using ride-on mowers finishes the job faster and more efficiently. These machines are expected to last more than 10 years of regular usage, so they are the perfect partner to lawn maintenance.

This new type of grass can be maintained the same way as other lawns. In mowing, for instance, you just have to follow the most important rules. Read the guidelines below:

Follow the 1/3 rule

Only cut 1/3 of the grass blades when mowing. This can greatly reduce the surface area of the blades making the grass produce less food.

Mow when the grass is dry

Mowing wet grass makes the cut pieces clump together which can produce brown spots.

Make sure that the mower blades are sharp

Sharp blades mean sharp cuts. If the blades are dull, the leaves can be damaged. As a result, the lawn may suffer from discoloration and lack of moisture.

If you are not putting the clippings in a bag, distribute them evenly on the lawn

Properly distributing the clippings on the lawn makes sure that the whole lawn area gets equal nutrition.

For newly seeded grass, it is highly advised to mow it three to four weeks after germination. During this time, the blades are still tender and can be easily damaged by the machine the moment it passes. Allow the new grass to grow about 1 inch more than the usual mowing height.


What You Should Know About Plant-Based Mattresses

Technology continues to give us something new every year. The development of synthetic foams made of petroleum-based polyurethane materials gives way to the creation of many convenient household equipment and furniture.

One of the many pieces of furniture that make use of the petroleum-based polyurethane material is the memory foam mattress. Before the memory foam mattress, people used the common spring-type mattresses and it wasn’t easy to find the perfect extra firm mattress. However, the spring-type mattress has failed to provide the same level of comfort which the memory foam mattress is famous for.

The Conventional Memory Foam

The memory foam originally used petroleum-based polyurethane material, an idea inspired by the researches of NASA. This foam is sensitive to temperature. It hardens on cold temperature but softens on warmer temperatures. The foam evenly spreads the weight of the sleeper and contours itself according to the user’s body form.

Though better than the spring-type mattress, there are still some issues about the memory foam.

The Plant-based Memory Foam

Some of the issues presented by the use of memory foam are heat retention, bad odor, and erratic firmness. Luckily, all of these are addressed by plant-based memory foams.

The plant-based memory foam utilizes oils obtained from plants as a replacement for one of the components of the petroleum product. This discovery allows the foam to have better breathability. At the same time, it gets rid of the other issues like heat retention and odor.

Plants like soy beans, castor beans, coconut, and peanuts are just some of the examples where the oil that is processed to produce a more “eco-friendly” product. For conventional polyurethane foams, the molecules used to create foam came from petroleum. Now, natural plant oils reduce the by-products of petroleum, making the foam more environment-friendly.

Final Thoughts

Mattresses continue to evolve in order to address the sleeping needs of people. The use of plant-based materials to create a foam, for example, has been proven to be beneficial not only to the environment but also to the health of the people. Though plant-based memory foam is more expensive than the conventional memory foam, it gives more and healthier benefits.


Best Materials for Sofas and Recliners

Sofas and recliners are two of the best furniture items that provide comfort and rest. However, when poorly made, they can give you a backache instead of easing it.

The quality of a sofa or quality recliner relies heavily on the type of materials used. Things like strength, stain resistance, toughness, and cost are some of the factors that need to be considered before purchasing one. The materials used in sofas and recliners can be divided into two groups – Natural and Synthetics.

The Natural Materials have been popular with many users because of the amazing comfort it brings. The following are considered natural materials:

  • Leather – This material is strong, easy to clean, and has a nice texture. You just have to avoid bringing it close to sharp objects because it easily gets punctured.
  • Cotton – This is cool and soft to the skin but not as durable as the synthetic products.
  • Linen – The material gives a feeling almost the same as that of the cotton. This is great for pieces of furniture intended for children.

On the other hand, Synthetics allow people to manufacture products quickly. Here are some examples of synthetic pieces:

  • Microfiber – This is fine polyester that is strong and easy to clean.
  • Faux Leather – Synthetic leather is a poorer version of the real leather.
  • Chenille – Chenille is elegant in looks. However, the quality can hardly be compared with any natural material.

These materials have their own advantages and disadvantages. What you choose will depend on your budget. However, if budget is not a problem to you, then natural materials are highly recommended.

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