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Alternative gardens can help make growing more accessible
Bangor Daily News
Straw bales. Pallets. Raised beds. When it comes to creating an alternative garden — ones grown above ground — options abound.
Some save money while others allow gardeners to accommodate different mobility needs or improve the health of the soil. Regardless, more people are gardening these days than ever before, and experts say alternative gardens go a long way toward providing accessibility for people who may not want to or can’t have a traditional garden in the ground.
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Perfect scents: Tips on growing a perfumed garden
With roses at the peak of their seasonal crescendo and summer flowers, tubs and hanging baskets poised to take over the starring roles, everything in the garden looks wonderful at the moment. But is it all just eye candy? Summer gardens need scent and if your garden is a tad lacking in the sensory department, there’s still time to do something about it this season.
Controlling weeds before summer rains trigger their emergence
The recent rains could mean an early onset of hot weather weeds in lawns, gravel yards and alleys. Now may be a good time to consider an application of a pre-emergent weed killer to help keep them under control. Herbicides, chemicals that kill weeds, come in several different types.
How to landscape with pavers that are low on water, high on appeal
Los Angeles Times
After years of addressing drought conditions, Californian gardeners and landscape designers have become adept at pulling out lawns and installing low-water alternatives. And nothing is more unthirsty than pavers. Here are some creative ways to install pavers.
Plant now: Eat all summer, fall and spring
A 2014 report revealed that 42 million households are growing their own food at home. And since each square foot of garden produces around half a pound of veggies, it's a great way to save money on produce.
Take tomatoes, for example: An upfront investment of $8-10 for seeds and dirt will yield about $20 worth of the fruit.
The green thumb — mulching
While gardening can be fun and therapeutic, there is nothing fun about pulling weeds. The best way to keep your garden from becoming infested with weeds is to take a proactive approach right after planting — by mulching. By doing the mulching early in the season, you save yourself from having to pull weeds all the time later on.
24 shortcuts only top salespeople know
You could study the art of selling for several lifetimes and there would still be more to learn. Even so, the basics of selling are mostly common sense. The following shortcuts can help you get started and hone your basic skills.
How to turn a one-time buyer into a lifetime buyer
By Benoit Gruber
Customer service — both good and bad — has a long-lasting impact on revenue. Today, customers can immediately go online to voice frustrations and discontent with a brand. With online purchases and competitor information easily available, a business's time frame to please customers during the purchasing phase is short. It's up to each business to make sure customers are happy at every stage to gain repeat business. Here are a few tips to turn a one-time buyer into a lifetime buyer.
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Tech habits: 5 trends marketers should know
Business 2 Community
Remember the Alex from Target phenomenon last fall? A 16-year-old cashier was bagging some items at Target when a young woman inconspicuously snapped a photo of him and posted it on Twitter. Before the end of his shift, Alex Lee was an Internet celebrity and didn’t even know it. How?
That’s the power of Gen Z — the demographic of people born after 1995, and the first generation unfamiliar with life before the ubiquity of laptops, smartphones and tablets.
The art of making customers happy on social media
If you sell something online or if you run a business with an online presence — even if you’re just having a good time growing your personal brand — you’ll have the honor and the privilege of chatting directly with customers. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.
This always-on mentality is an amazing privilege, and at the same time it can provide some challenges for small businesses.
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