Reasons You Need a Professional to do Your Landscaping

Maintaining a healthy, safe, and beautiful landscape requires a lot of time and effort. If you have a day job and have to spend evening and weekends working with your landscape, this task can seem never-ending. Your landscape requires regular maintenance or else your property is at risk of becoming overgrown with pesky weeks, lawn diseases, pest, or unhealthy or dying pets.  Maintaining your landscape, lawn, flowers, trees, and maybe even your pool can become overwhelming and has the potential to take away time that you could be spending with your family or doing activities you love.

Ware landscapers have over a decade of experience maintaining and renovating a wide variety of landscapes and understand that landscape service is more than just showing up and doing the job. Our job is about understanding what you want for your property and we strive to help you achieve your dream landscape. While landscaping may seem like a job you can do on your own, it is a lot of work and very time-consuming. Our landscapers have an experienced eye for a well-designed landscape and we work closely with each of our clients whether residential or commercial to understand your vision in order to give you the beautiful landscape you have always wanted.

At Ware Landscape, we offer a variety of services for landscape maintenance including, flower bed edging, routine fertilizer application, sod and seed installation, mulch delivery and installations, lawn mowing, weed prevention and removal, pruning, and general cleanup. As you can see, when you add this all up, it is a lot of work. Each of these tasks requires specific equipment and skills if you want the job done right. Not to mention that each season of the year requires specific landscape maintenance and we know exactly what to do and prepare for each season, even the harsh winters of Illinois.

If you are looking to sell your home or property soon, hiring a landscaper to renovate your property typically can have upward of 150 percent return on investment. Not only can hiring a professional landscaper to take all of your landscape maintenance problems off your hand, but it is also a great investment if you are thinking of selling your property.

Our landscapers are equipped with the proper knowledge and skills to not only deliver you a beautiful landscape but also maintain it through the year. If you find yourself spending too much time working with your landscape and feel like you still a lot of work still to be done, call us today to discuss your landscape or request a free quote online. Our landscapers are ready to take care of all your landscape maintenance for you.

The Keystone Pipeline and the Threat to Oil

Recently, there was an oil spill in South Dakota from the controversial Keystone Pipeline. Days later, Nebraska approved a new route to continue the pipeline over protests. These two facts show the longterm difficulties oil will have no with getting the legislation passed to explore and export oil, but with the perception of those practices in modern America.

To be clear, America still needs a lot of oil. Though renewables have made inroads, those are minuscule on the macro-scale. Oil remains one of the major sources of energy in the country.

That is likely to continue for the next few decades to come, even in the rosiest of environmental futures. What may continually change and make business increasingly difficult is the perception of what oil stands for.

For decades, oil stood for American economic development, it stood for innovation and upward momentum. It helped fuel America’s rise in the 20th century and people were grateful.

Now, though, oil is starting to get a bad name. This started with oil spills like the Exxon Valdez in 1989, but it has skyrocketed in recent years. For one thing, Americans, and others around the world are more aware of the environment than they once were. Though there remains controversy around global warming in America, it is no longer a topic simply dismissed. It is seriously argued over, and every policy that involves energy involves a debate over how it affects the climate.

Those along the Gulf Coast have also seen some of the effects of offshore after the explosions on Deepwater Horizon (which was so seared into the national consciousness that it was made into a movie).

These issues have combined to make the country far more aware of the negative as well as the positive effects of fossil fuels. It has led to things like the Keystone Pipeline being passionately contested by parts of the country.

With the virulent strain of storms that hit the country this year being partly blamed on global warming as well, oil will inevitably be drawn into this conversation as well.

The long-term trajectory for oil on this issue could pose some serious difficulties. Protests are likely to continue over pipelines. There may be more lawsuits over gas and oil land rights as activists buy up land or convince landowners to take a stand. Ultimately, what would be most concerning, would be if more people in America felt worse and worse about going to the pump every week to fill up their car.

That sense of guilt and the following sense of obligation to find other options could be a very serious problem for oil’s future.

To avoid this, the oil industry should do more to offset some of its negative environmental impacts. Buying up rainforest, for instance, or sponsoring investment in more efficient vehicles would do some good for the product’s image. Avoiding more spills would also, obviously, be very helpful.

Overall, more needs to be done to convince people oil can be a positive in their lives, and that they can feel guilt-free filling their tanks.

The Dangers of Riding Motorcycles

If you ask an average person how they are scared of dying, you’ll receive answers such as “drowning” or “cancer.” Generally, you’ll never hear them say “car accident,” but car accidents and traffic fatalities are crazy common. Most traffic accidents happen just within 2 miles of your own home, but driving is such an everyday occurrence that many forget the dangers of operating a vehicle. However, when it comes to motorcycles, people are quick to point out how crazy someone must have to be to drive one. Traffic statistics in Canada confirm that motorcycle fatalities happen in higher proportion than cars, but does this necessarily make them more dangerous to a safe driver?

This article posted on the Fortnine website investigates just how dangerous motorcycles really are using traffic data gathered from Transport Canada. The author of the article used statistics gathered from 2009-2013 to point out that the number of cars registered to Canadian drivers is about 31 times higher than the number of motorcycles. However, when it comes to how often these vehicles are driven on Canadian roads, the author corrects his calculation because bikers do not ride their vehicles in the winter time due to snow and bad road conditions, but other drivers do. The article comes to the conclusion that for every kilometer a motorcycle travels in a year on Canadian roads, a regular light vehicle will travel 75. Using this metric, the article uses fatality data to compare the number of cyclist deaths versus the number of deaths of drivers of regular light vehicles. This yields the unsurprising conclusion that in a traffic collision, a motorcyclist is 13.5 times more likely to die in the accident than a driver of a car. The article then lists a number of ways motorcyclists can keep themselves safe by citing data for the causes of motorcycle fatalities, such as maintaining the speed limit, gaining more experience riding their bike, wearing proper safety gear, and never drinking and driving. When bikers are safe and informed about their vehicles, the chances of dying in an accident fall drastically.

Considering this article was written for a motorcycle parts company, it makes sense that they would try as hard they could to paint motorcycles as safe vehicles, but the fact of the matter is that even if a biker does as the article suggests and follows all of the recommended safety advice, accidents will still happen due to forces beyond their control, such as another driver on the road. Since an accident on a bike is more likely to cause serious injury, motorcycle accident lawyers exist that can make sure the driver who caused the accident is held accountable.

The article suggests that if you ride a motorcycle safely, your rate of death goes down to about the same as a normal car. But if you ask me, that is still far too high. Everyone must make an effort to continue learning about their vehicles and proper traffic safety, whether that’s on a bike or in a pickup.

Estate Planning: A difficult but necessary decision

Death is a difficult thing for human beings to quantify and experience. The very nature of death is confusing to most people because it begs the answer to many metaphysical questions about the possibility of an afterlife and the phenomenon of human consciousness. Unfortunately, death often tends to force out sides in the personalities of the living that are unpleasant and damaging to their fellow, grieving family members. Succeeding family members that are left to deal with the aftermath, often in legal and financial regards,  of the death of a loved one, can experience difficult situations. Personal grief and incidental depression can leave family members too exhausted to handle the affairs of their deceased loved ones.

Estate planning, as it is commonly referred to in modern times, is the practice of preparing a course of action in the event of sudden death. Typically this is a very loving precaution for one’s family. In most cases where there is no last will for a person, their family can go through excruciating times where tensions are high, and compassion may be difficult to find. Families can already be completely torn apart by losing their family members to death, but when large sums of money, property, or even personal items of high monetary and sentimental value are up for grabs, the pain of losing that person can mutate into a cloud of irrational decisions. Petty quarrels over personal belongings of the deceased are common in family deaths.

The wisest plan of action to avoid these adverse outcomes for each person to plan for their death. While this idea seems morbid and depressing for most people it should be looked at as an opportunity to live life fully until the imminent day when you will pass on from this earth. With schedules taking the reigns on many people’s lives it is easy to see how taking the time to plan for such a morbid appointment. Obviously, we are not keen to the idea that one day this body will cease to breathe as we pass on. This attitude is a human phenomenon in that the fear of the death is usually what inspires us to live each day to its fullest potential. Ironically, selecting a burial method, payment methods, and selecting which of your favorite tea pots will live on among younger descendants is not the type of appointment we make room for in the busy life schedule.

To conclude, death is an extremely difficult phenomenon in the way that it forces humans to confront their fears of their own mortality. With heavy emotions weighing down on the reasoning centers of each psyche it is obvious how family members can turn against each other in vindictive ways. In order to diffuse these tensions and ensure that one’s death remains free of negative interactions between family members it is wise to plan accordingly when the end of life is near. Death may be painful, but the tense feuds between blood relatives can be equally painful on the living.


How to Avoid House Fires

House fire is both a personal and financial burden. It is personal, because of possible injuries to the skin, bone, lungs, and brain, negative psychological responses, and the possibility of wrongful deaths. It is financial, because of medical bills, lost wages for losing time at work, and property damages.

Also, according to the website of K2 Consulting, your insurance may not even properly assess the damage and give you the compensation you deserve. In other words, your insurance will also be a financial burden in its own way.

Check the systems

There are various systems in your house that can pose as a fire hazard if they become defective, particularly the electrical, gas, and heating systems. It is best to not try to inspect these systems on your own. They may be dangerous even if they don’t have defects, especially if they are being tinkered by someone who is not knowledgeable.

It is best to hire a professional to do the hard work for you.

Check the appliances

You should also maintain all your appliances to prevent malfunctions that may lead to house fires. This is especially true for appliances that are directly related to heat, like stoves and ovens. But you should also look into the cords, because they too can be fire hazards.

Also, remove the lint from your dryers. Maintenance is key to avoid malfunctions.

Be wary of extension cords

As said earlier, you should give particular attention to your electrical system and the cords, because they too can malfunction. But you should also be cautious of extension cords and how they relate to your electrical system and appliances. An overloaded extension cord, especially when wired with the electrical system and appliances, can be problematic.

Be wary of combustible materials

There are many flammable materials in the house, such as bed sheets, curtains, and even mittens. Make sure that these things are away from any source of fire or heat, whether that source is an appliance, candle, or electrical system.

Negligence can also play a role here. Make sure to not leave flammable materials unattended, especially in the kitchen.

Pedestrians: How to Avoid Accidents

Pedestrians may sustain the most damage when accidents occur. This is mainly because they do not have protective gears, unlike car drivers who have seatbelts and motorcyclists who have helmets and elbow and knee pads.
But the good news is, according to the website of The Benton Law Firm, pedestrians who have been hurt in accidents may have legal options, like trying to get compensation from the damages. However, this does not mean that pedestrians should go around and be negligent and reckless. They should also be responsible in the road, to avoid the burdens of hospitals and courts.

Stay in the sidewalk

Roads are mainly for vehicles, and sidewalks are mainly for pedestrians. That’s one of the most important things you should realize – know your place. Stay in the sidewalk and you are already minimizing the risk of getting involved in an accident.
If there is no sidewalk, it is best to be in the edge of the road, and be sure to walk opposite of traffic so you can see potential dangers.

Cross only in marked areas

Even though roads are mainly for vehicles, you also have the right to be there, and mostly this right comes in the form of crosswalks. It is best to always cross the street through crosswalks, because typically, if you get hit by a non-intoxicated driver outside of a crosswalk, you will not be able to press charges.

Look on either direction before crossing

Crossing in a crosswalk does not guarantee safety. You will never know when a negligent or reckless driver will show up, so it is better to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

Avoid crossing behind obstructions

Avoid crossing the street near obstructions that may block the drivers’ view of you. The most common obstruction is a parked car in the edge of the street. The drivers may not have an idea that there is a person behind that obstruction, so if you suddenly cross the street, they may be surprised and may not have enough time to avoid a collision.

Stay visible

As seen from the previous entry, visibility to drivers is an important aspect of pedestrian safety. Make sure that you are always visible to the drivers around you, and you can do this by wearing reflective clothing, avoiding dark clothing, and having lights with you whenever you are in a poorly lit area.

Motorcyclists always Face Higher Risks on the Road than Car Drivers

Motorcycles, especially those with high performance capabilities, can definitely make you look cool and feel great. However, unlike cars, these are less visible, much less stable and do not provide riders with the kind of protection enclosed vehicles do. This is why, in accidents, riders can easily be severely injured or killed.

Though a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that motorcyclists who got injured in 2015 numbered only to 88,000, down 4.3% from 92,000 in 2014, the number of deaths increased by 8.3 percent: from 4,594 in 2014 to 4,976 in 2015. More than half of these injuries and deaths were caused by multiple-vehicle crashes, or crashes where another vehicle was involved.

Multiple-vehicle crashes are usually results of: a vehicle crossing the centerline and hitting the motorcycle head-on; lack of alertness due to distracted driving, a more common fault among drivers of another vehicle; impaired driving, which is the cause of more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents; failure of drivers to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic, especially before making a turn or changing lanes; overspeeding; and failure of drivers to respect motorcyclists’ right of way. Though multiple-vehicle crashes occur less frequently than single vehicle accidents, their results are always more severe.

Single vehicle accidents, which involves only the motorcyclist, is the cause of about 1/4 of motorcycle accidents. These often occur due to rider error, usually a slide-out and fall because of over braking or running wide on a curve due to overspeeding or under-cornering, or a motorcycle colliding with some fixed object, such as a lamp post.

Other than intersections, where most motorcycle accidents happen, most accidents occur during a short trip and shortly after the beginning of the trip, such as those usually associated with running an errand, visiting a friend,shopping, recreation or entertainment.

The law firm Russo Russo & Slania explains, “There are a wide range of different reasons that motorists may be attracted to motorcycles as an alternative to other forms of transportation, but the unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists face serious risks to their health and safety when sharing the road with cars. Whereas car accident victims have the added protections of certain safety features such as airbags and seat belts, the relative exposure of motorcycle riders and passengers means that the potential for catastrophic injuries or even death in the event of an accident is greatly increased.”

In the event of an accident, a victim is often forced to cope with serious challenges as a result of their injuries, and in many cases, it may be necessary to pursue legal action in order to recover the compensation needed to deal with these challenges.

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