Xeriscaping with Crassula Tetragona

Xeriscaping with Crassula TetragonaCrassula tetragona are drought tolerant plants look a little like pine branches with the needles sticking out the sides, or a green bottle brush. They are often used in bonsai pots to look like pine trees. In the open ground, they can grow up to 4 feet tall. They will branch at the tips and can be used as a low, informal hedge.

Their leaves, which look like fat pine needles are about an inch long. Their color can vary from green to deep, bluish green. They can take full sun to light shade, love heat and are easy to root and grow.

Like other Crassula, these grow well in dry gardens with other succulent and cacti. As houseplants, give them up to 6 hours a day of sun. They should also do well with bright, indirect light. These perennial plants are drought tolerant and only need water once a month or so. In summer they get wide, flat sprays of flowers.

Blooms are produced on the tips of their branches. Flower color can vary from white to yellow. Crassula are hardy to 40 degrees. In garden they can survive with light dustings of frost. But all that water stored in their leaves and branches will freeze if they are exposed to cold temperatures for very long.

Crassula are easily propagated by cuttings so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of plants. These plants branch at the tips and can get a little too heavy. Trim the tops to create more succulents for your landscape. If you plant the cutting straight up, it will continue to grow that way.

If you place a cutting on its side, the cutting will develop roots along the branch and form several plants. Those branches take root with no help from you. So, you’re slowly getting bigger groups of Crassula growing around the yard with no time or effort, cool right?

Xeriscaping (landscaping or gardening with little amount of water) with drought tolerant cactus and succulent plants has become popular, especially in dry or dessert area. Crassula are growing in both full sun and shade, in heavy alkaline, clay soil. They are poking up around my cactus and their fluffy branches provide a nice contrast to the flat green cactus pads.

You only need to water this plant once a month. They’re pretty, carefree and always look green when everything else has fried. If you think you have a brown thumb, this is the plant for you!

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Promoting Your Homes and Building Offers

Homes and Building OffersWhen one is looking into marketing for the home builder, one should find a number of tools to promote newly built homes and home-building offers:

Advertising: the marketing for the home builder package should offer an advertising agency.

Your primary goal, to draw leads, should be catered to with such services and offerings as a marketing plan, an established venue (or venues), listings and listings links, link-backs, artistic renderings (drawings and/or photos), all to create web presence by name branding, the latest in internet sales generating techniques.

Boosts: marketing for the home builder agencies should include sales generating tools.

To generate interest and sales and then to continue that interest and maintain string relationships, the company you choose will have tools and services that ensure a complete home builders cycle secures home buyers, keeps them, and has them passing the word of your reputable relationship on to others.

Such features might include website design, maintenance, and support; online advertising, including satisfaction testimonials; offline advertising, an aggressive outreach and promotion deal, and biographical and work history and experience materials that promote your quality work, your comprehensive home building experience, and your commercial decorum.

Creative support: the complete marketing for the home builder company will offer creative support.

Rendering artists and graphic designers are at the epicenter of home builder marketing and sales. Architectural representation, aesthetic exterior and interior capturing, and 3D floor plan drafting and presentation are all one of the most important elements in the reaching, resale, and referral process.

The marketing for the home builder package, ideally, also includes sale training and support disclosure.

The agency that suits you best will even include a sales and marketing team that encourages your involvement by identifying strategies and techniques used to maximize your sales. In addition, a support system should be firmly ensconced in the process.

Additional marketing for the home builder pluses are a boon to your business, as well.

Such knowledgeable insight into demographics, market supply and demand cycles, and other newsworthy market research data would make for an even smoother sales process, as well as facilitate your responding to sales leads, making presentations, and responding to warranty calls.

An agency that maintains and accesses a centralized database, that provides complete analyses, does buyer profiling, and works with feasibility studies as well as focus groups will assure you of a more successful new home marketing process.

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Honed Finishes Maintenance

Honed Finishes MaintenanceA honed finish is a satin surface with relatively little light reflection. It is specified for floors, thresholds and other locations where the presence of water might make a polished finish slippery, or where heavy traffic would wear off the polished finish.

As a rule, honed finishes are more susceptible to soiling than polished finishes, because a honed surface is slightly more porous and absorptive than polished finish. However, the honed finish is easier to restore because it will sustain harsher cleaning efforts.

Normal maintenance of honed finishes involves as-needed washing with clean water and mildly abrasive cleaners, which retain a pumice-type finish, while the cleaners remove soils. There are thick liquid cleaners and chlorine-bleach type scouring powders commercially available.

The marble should be wet with clean, hot water. Then using a mildly abrasive alkaline cleaner and stiff bristle brush wash it in overlapping and swirling strokes. Suds can be left to stand for several minutes to permit the bleaching agents to work on the stains and dirt. Rinse thoroughly and dry with cotton, cotton flannel, burlap or a chamois skin. Wipe it well to avoid from streaking the marble’s surface.

If further cleaning is required, you can use a special treatment or make a paste to the consistency of syrup using a mildly abrasive alkaline cleaning powder if necessary. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

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Natural Pest Control

Pest control is high on our list when we are looking to keep the pests out of our home and yard. Every year we go through the tasks of pest control and a lot of us don’t like to use pesticides because of the toxic level of the product. We would rather have a natural pest control method that is effective. Luckily there are plenty of natural methods to pest control. First it will depend upon the type of pests you have.

If you are looking to kill bugs with a natural pest control method you will want to have flypaper, glue paper, bug lamps, and citronella candles. Most bugs are attracted by sweet scents so if you lay down some glue paper around your home or even near the doors outside chances are you will get the pests before they have a chance to infiltrate your home.

More products for natural pest control

Other helpful products include calcium products, corn gluten, molasses, and aeration of the soil. Each method will help you keep all sorts of pests away from your home and land without having to use pesticides that are toxic.

Another natural pest control method involves electronic devices that work off of ultrasonic sound where the pests are turned away by the frequency because it is an unpleasant noise for them.

Peppermint and similar herbs have been found to get rid of pests as a natural pest control method. Peppermint, spearmint, catnip, and other herbs combined with apple cider vinegar creates a natural pest control spray that effectively kills bugs or at least turns them away from your property.

Use of oils

There are also oils that can be used for natural pest control methods. Essential oils can be toxic or painful to the touch. So you need to dilute the formula and make sure kids and pets are kept from the area you are using the spray. It is pest to use the herb rather than these oils to make sure that you are not creating something harmful to your family. After all your purpose it to keep your family and pets safe from pesticides you don’t want to bring something equally as dangerous into your home.

Use of herbs

There are also herbs that you can use to keep flying insects away. Basil is a natural pest control repellant. It is like citronella where the fumes of the basil will keep the mosquitoes and other flying insects from ruining a great picnic. Other methods of keeping flying insects from you home will include having screens on all the windows. The screens should be in great shape with no holes that the insects can get through. The screens if properly installed will keep the bugs at bay.

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