Maintenance Progress

Maintenance Progress

Jan | 28 | 2018

January started with a slow work progress with a few landscaping maintenance jobs. Maintenance is important given the fact that, after the massive landscaping itself, the lawn begins to shot and the trees start shedding their leaves, you will need to maintain that outdoor beauty you seek. thus it is important to keep a check on the maintenance progress.

These include lawn mowing, collecting dead leaves, supporting young tree to grow straight, weeding the lawn and flower beds and trimming the hedge.

 

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Top 5 environmental documentaries of 2016

1. Anthropocene

Anthropocene, a short documentary produced by the ABC-TV Catalyst series, examines the characteristics and the consequences of this oncoming age.

2 Before the Flood

Named the United Nations Messenger on Climate Change in 2014, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary ‘Before the Flood’ represents the fruits of his efforts to educate himself and others on this pressing crisis. The film takes a sweeping and all-encompassing view of the slowly building catastrophe that is global warming.

3 Great Lakes, Bad Lines

The film concerns the inevitable erosion and malfunction of Enbridge Line 5, a Canadian-owned pipeline that stretches across over 500 miles and transports 23 million gallons of oil through much of Michigan’s Great Lakes on a daily basis.

4 Chevron vs. the Amazon

The oil industry giant Chevron began operating in Ecuador’s Amazon rain forest in 1964. Over the course of thirty years, the Amazon became the victim of unregulated corporate abuse and greed.  Empire Files host Abby Martin visits the scene of the crime in Chevron vs. the Amazon, and uncovers the extent to which the criminal acts of industry have spoiled the riches of a tropical paradise.

5 The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy

The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy, a new documentary produced by the acclaimed VPRO Backlight series, takes us inside the corporate offices and production lines where this groundbreaking work is being done, and examines what it could mean for the future of energy consumption on Earth.

LED Lighting the World

LED Lighting the World.

17| June| 2016
They say with great power comes great responsibility, and it turns out this adage may apply to electrical power as well. In many developed countries, the percentage of the world’s energy consumed far exceeds the percentage of the population that lives there. Extrapolating on this data about energy usage made it clear that if all the countries of the world one day consumed energy at the same rate as these countries, the world’s energy supply and natural resources simply wouldn’t be enough to continue powering the globe.e14-60smd---1

In response to this data, a program was launched in India to provide households with low-energy LED lighting in hopes that energy usage would significantly decrease. The program gave away <a href=”https://www.ledlights.co.uk/wired/worldwide-adoption-of-energy-free-lighting/”>770 million LED light bulbs</a> in the hope of reducing India’s energy footprint. The lights were distributed in 2015, and it’s now time to examine the results and see if the experiment worked.

Visit, https://www.ledlights.co.uk/   to find out more.

 

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The Art of Planting Trees

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Trees play an essential part in giving us a serene environment with clean oxygen air, in cooling the environment and preventing soil erosion not forgetting they also provide a natural habitat for wildlife. Apart from all these, trees make our home and yard beautiful. For lovers of serene environment, the importance of trees becomes a matter of life and living in a natural setting. They also help in adding property value to the homeowner. Planting trees to many may seem like just digging up a hole and setting the tree root in the hole then filling back the soil and that’s it. Apparently, this not the case since there is a guide process to follow for the tree to grow and mature well, even for the next generation to enjoy its benefits.

Tips to consider
Before planting consider the climate of which trees grow best on moderate temperature and rainfall so the roots anchor well. The neighboring surrounding like the drainage system should be considered since you do not want to plant which will later die because of the sewage water. In addition, the slope of the area and erosion are some of the factors not to overlook. However, to plant a tree, you will need a shovel, a tape measure, and a garden hose and here is how to go about.
Procedure
First, mark the ground on where to plan the tree. Then measure the height of the root ball, and then dig a hole that is not too deep to allow oxygen circulation. It should not be too narrow since the root structure will not have room for expansion hence they will not be able to find nutrients for nourishment and to hold on the ground firmly. On poorly drained soils always, avoid glazing that occurs on the sides and the bottom of the hole since a barrier is usually formed making water difficult to pass to the root. Then check for any metal or plastics or any burlap surrounding the ball of soil and the roots and if any cut away completely. If the roots are so compressed use, fingers or a blunt object to tease the fine roots from the densely packed soil and spread them. Seat the tree on the hole and backfill the hole with the original soil and avoid compressing with your feet but gently press with your hands. Then set up the drip irrigation bags since you do not want your tree lacking water, which contributes much to its growth.

Finally 
To ensure and boost the growth of the tree, you can add fertilizers on the planting hole and around the planting hole to promote root expansion and root establishment. Other component like the Mycorrhizal Fungi can be used to help eliminate the damaging fungi on the roots and to establish the root system growth. With all these guidelines, you can now plant many trees of your choice to make your yard beautiful and create a healthy serene environment. Other component like the Mycorrhizal Fungi can be used to help eliminate the damaging fungi on the roots and to establish the root system growth. With all these guidelines, you can now plant many trees of your choice to make your yard beautiful and create a healthy serene environment.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2015-(THE 3R ACTION)

Celebrating the World Environment Day 2015 with the 3 R’s

On Friday the 5th 2015, the United Nations is celebrating World Environment Day in recognition that “the well-being of humanity, the environment and the functioning of the economy ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.”

The theme for 2015 is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” As people consume far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide, World Environment Day is a reminder to do more and better with less.
According to the World Environment Day program overview at http://www.unep.org/wed, “by 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.”
With the ‘Seven Billion Dreams’ there is a “3 R” Action Plan that can help reduce our consumption of the natural resources towards a greener future..

these are:-
 REDUCE: Lets reduce the amount of waste we produce.

  • Buy products that don’t have a lot of packaging.
  • Borrow or co-share anything that you want to buy and not use always
  • Try walking, taking the public bus, or riding your bike instead of driving to reduce pollution.
  • Reduce the garbage to be taken to the landfill by making compost manure for your gardens
  • Do not print on any paper unnecessary
  • Turning off lights  not in use.

REUSE: Instead of throwing things away, try to find ways to use them again

  • Go shopping with a sack cloth bag rather than waiting to be packed in another plastic paper bag
  • Reuse Plastic containers, Coffee cans, shoe boxes, and other types of containers.
  • donate old and outgrown clothes, toys, furniture, and other things that you don’t want anymore.
  • Use long-lasting silverware and dishes instead of disposable plastic utensils and plates.
  • Store food and food stuffs in reusable plastic containers.

RECYCLE: Create new products out of the old and wasted materials.

  • Purchased products that contain recycled materials.
  • Set apart the recyclable waste for the recycling company, don’t dump together with the non-recyclable ones

The 3R’s Action Plans above are just points to guide to the endless “Seven Billion Dreams” be creative and innovative.

by Jonathan N.

“I pledge to, dream, activate and share towards a greener future. A future that will seek to enhance sustainable consumption of Natural Resources, through promoting the 3-R’s (Reuse Reduce and Recycle).”

Jonathan Njoroge