Plants & Health Tips

Plants & Health Tips

Understanding Pesticides

Homeowners are one of the most common users of pesticides. For controlling unwanted critters and bugs, there are a range of pesticides that are available for home use. Pesticides aren’t just limited for use on ‘killing bugs’ as is the most common definition. Controlling and managing insects are a few of the many uses for pesticides, as there are many different kinds of pests that are prevalent in and around homes.


Pesticides come in a range of mediums, from concentrates (usually mixed with water) to synthetic pesticides that are chemical creations, to more organic formulas that are made from natural sources. The range of pesticides are made for different uses, which can usually be delineated in terms of their names, like ‘insecticides’ and ‘rodenticides’ to more lesser known varieties such as ‘mildewcides’ (contained in cleaning products) to ‘herbicides’ (plant defoliants). For those using pesticides, it depends on the area of your home that you will be using them, as well as which type of pesticide you are using in regards to what form the pesticide comes in. They can be in liquid form (which stick to surfaces), or sprays (some of the main varieties for easy application). Powders, granules and baits are all dry forms, which the pests usually ingest, and even barriers are used to create a perimeter around the space or house.


For whatever reason you are considering using pesticides, it is advised to use with caution, and always read labels carefully, have a well-ventilated space, and keep children and pets away from the areas you are treating. You can also utilize a pest control service to assist in controlling pests in your home.

Plants & Health Tips

Water Garden Mosquitoes Problems

Water GardenWater garden is one of the nicest things you can have in your garden or backyard. If you have ever added a water garden to your house you know that this is not a simple task. There is a lot of planning to be done when considering this wonderful addition to your home.

As nice as it is to have one,  water garden owners know as summer nears that there is a significant problem with some water gardens.   This problem is not evident and sometimes doesn’t even show before the early days of the summer.

One major thing with any large body of water that is physically located in the vicinity of any house is the potential for mosquitoes problems. Since mosquitoes need water to live and breed,  as a water garden owner, you will need to find solutions to this problem.

The good thing is that by implementing a few, relatively simple tips,  every water garden owner can prevent mosquitoes from breeding in their garden and decrease the risk of disease significantly.  One simple fact is that mosquitoes will only use a flat body of water to lay eggs.  They avoid laying eggs in running water so if you create a situation in which the water garden has constantly moving water,  the female mosquitoes will not be able to lay the eggs and you have stopped the problem before it has even begun.

Using a device, such as a water fountain, will move the water around your water garden and help you fight the potential danger of mosquitoes. It is also recommended for general water quality and the overall performance of your water garden. Getting fish that eat these flying problem makers is another thing you can use to fight mosquitoes.  In fact there are a few kinds of fish that are enemies of the mosquitoes, and therefore your friends.

Most water garden owners love having fish in their ponds and water, it is one of the benefits of having a water garden. If you have not tried having fish in your water garden yet,  this may be a good time to try and enjoy this opportunity the water garden provides. Not only you will have a fish helping you fight mosquitoes you can also discover the joy of keeping and caring for the fish.

If none of the advice we gave is to your liking, you may want to try and add a toad that will rule your water garden and feast on the mosquitoes. Whatever you decide, a water garden is a nice addition to your home.

If you decide to add a water garden, it is important to keep it clean in order to keep the environment healthy.  If you don’t have the ability to clean the water garden yourself and if it’s not self sustaining, you may want to hire a professional cleaning company.  This company would need to specialize in this type of service.  Make sure you do your research to ensure you find the right one.

Plants & Health Tips

Indoor Plants Can Help Us At Home And Work

Elderly woman taking care of a plantAn idea that’s being planted in more and more offices, senior care centers and homes is one that may surprise you: namely, the benefits of indoor plants. Studies show that being close to plants may reduce stress.

Research has shown that blood pressure and skin conductivity may benefit from the presence of plants in close proximity and that people in offices with plants recover from stress faster than those in unplanted offices.

The effect is shown to be more significant in offices where the tasks being performed are repetitive may not require high levels of concentration.

Studies in the U.S. show plants can improve workplace productivity by reducing stress and improving attentiveness. A number of studies also show that plants can reduce the incidence of minor health complaints in the working environment.

In a Norwegian study, after plants were added to trial office environments, staff complaints about:

• Fatigue were reduced by 30 percent
• Headaches were reduced by 25 percent
• Dry throats were reduced by 30 percent
• Coughing were reduced by 40 percent
• Skin irritation were reduced by 25 percent.

This research is believed to show that plants to have such a dramatic effect because they both improve indoor air quality and people’s perception of the building.

Today, horticultural therapy blooms as a profession and a practice. The American Horticultural Therapy Association reports that “horticultural therapy is not only an emerging profession; it is a time-proven practice.” Nurturing and caring for plants is a highly interactive and satisfying experience for people of any age, particularly for seniors.

As a way of giving back to the elderly care community, Initial Tropical Plants, the largest provider of interior landscape created the Grassroots Senior Healing program while shining a spotlight on the healing benefits of taking care of plants. They donates plants, containers and volunteers at low-income senior citizen centers and demonstrate the healing benefits of the seniors tending to interior plants.

Typically, buildings with a good amount of plants also have less airborne dust than unplanted ones. The effect is mainly due to increased humidity and static electricity. Plants are slightly negatively charged compared with their surroundings and will attract positively charged dust particles, reducing the number in the air and on surrounding surfaces.