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Learning About Fire Prevention, Causes and Educating Kids

We all live our lives day to day thinking that nothing bad will happen. We never think that we will be the ones dealing with the cleanup of a house fire. Unfortunately, there are many, many families that suffer the impact of house fires each year. Last year, a close friend of mine was a victim of a house fire and since then, my life has been different. I have spent many hours researching fire prevention, causes, and teaching children about fire prevention and what to do in the case of a fire. It is my hope that my research can help those of you concerned about house fires make the necessary changes in your home and teach your kids what they need to know about fire.



Learning About Fire Prevention, Causes and Educating Kids

A Simple Way To Install Sod

by Pedro Taylor

If your lawn needs new grass, there are two methods to replace it. While hand seeding your lawn will be the cheapest method, it will take several months for the grass to finally look great. Installing sod is your other option. While it is more expensive, it will provide instant results for a great looking lawn the same day you install it. Installing sod is simple if you follow these 3 steps.

Ground Preparation

Start by measuring your lawn's dimensions to figure out the total amount of sod you need to buy. Once you figure out the square footage, add 5% on top of it. There will be sod that is damaged, or odd corners that need to be filled, and that extra sod will definitely be useful.

You will also need to evenly spread topsoil over the ground, which can be done using a grading rake. Sod needs 2 inches worth of topsoil for the grass roots to take hold.

Sod Installation

The initial pieces of sod should go around the straight surfaces of your yard, such as a deck, fence, or a wall of your house. Starting with a straight line will help guide the sod during the installation, using it as a reference point to help ensure it lays down straight.

The sod will need to overlap slightly along adjacent rows of sod. It will help if you stagger each row of sod so that all the seams are not next to each other. To do so, use half pieces to start alternating rows.

If you have a tree or lamp post in the middle of your lawn, do not stray from your straight rows. Instead, cut the sod around the object so you can continue laying down straight rows. Wrapping the sod around an object in a circular pattern can create obvious seams of where the sod joined together.

Sod Maintenance

New sod needs plenty of water to keep it healthy and growing. Throughout week 1 you should be watering your sod every single day for 1 hour. You can reduce watering to only 45 minutes for week 2, and 30 minutes for week 3. On week 4 you can water your sod just as if it was normal grass.

You will know your sod's roots have taken hold and it's ready to be cut when you can firmly grab it and it no longer lifts off the ground.

Sod is the fastest way to get your lawn looking great, and these steps will ensure that the sod is installed correctly. Contact a company like Monarch Landscape and Design for more information.