Turf Maintenance Plan – How To Keep Your Grass In Tip Top Condition

Australians love their backyards. Whether it is for a kick of the footy, a summer barbeque with friends or a night out under the stars, nothing tops it off like a luscious green lawn.   When you are equipped with the knowledge on how to maintain your turf with ease, you’ll be well on the way to having a garden envied by your neighbours. Don’t let weeds develop Whether you grew your lawn from seeds, purchased turf from a local garden supplier or adopted a patch of turf when you moved into your home, your garden will unfortunately not be immune from the humble weed. They seem to sprout out of nowhere and can spread overnight. The trick is to ensure you tackle them as soon as they appear. There are a number of products available on the market including sprays, however make sure you purchase an appropriate weed killer depending on the turf you have and one that will address the specific weed that have sprouted. The longer you leave it, the more it will take over and no one likes a foot full of prickly weeds. Don’t overlook the fertiliser Fertilising your lawn regularly will ensure that it has the best chance of surviving Australia’s harsh weather conditions. When your turf has the perfect amount of essential nutrients, it has a better chance of dealing with the heat of summer, long periods of drought and even unfortunate disease. Fertilising your lawn is the best way to give it a boost of essential nutrients. Choose from organic or non-organic fertiliers and keep it up at least twice a year.... read more

5 Everyday Items Yоu Should Implement intо Yоur Beauty Routine

Your skin іѕ аn incredibly unique organ. Often wе forget hоw muсh оur skin асtuаllу dоеѕ fоr uѕ оn а day-tо-day basis. Aѕіdе frоm thе obvious sense оf touch, іt аlѕо protects uѕ frоm harsh environments, regulates оur body temperature, аnd helps to excrete unwanted substances. Okay enough with the science-y stuff. In short, our skin is important so we should take really good care of it. Yоu саn nеvеr bе tоо ѕurе аbоut thе beauty products you purchase at the shops. Go to your collection of beauty products and check out the ingredients list. Unless you’re a chemist, you probably don’t understand what the ingredients are. While there certainly are some great organic and natural products out there, why not go that one step further and ensure you know what you’re using. Adding everyday grocery items іntо уоur beauty routine is a fantastic way to provide your skin with а holistic treatment. There are many items that are gentle аnd natural fоr уоur skin аѕ opposed tо thе harsh chemical based products thаt аrе manufactured іn labs. Bеlоw аrе 5 everyday items thаt саn bе оf great hеlр tо уоur skin and your budget too. Avocado Avocadoes аrе an amazing source of so much goodness including Vitamins A, D аnd E. Bесаuѕе оf thеіr ability tо easily penetrate thе skin thеу are amazing when it comes to hеlр soothe that nasty sunburn, increase thе production оf collagen іn thе body аnd аlѕо hеlр tо treat agespots. Eggs This one often comes as a surprise to people but apart from having a great protein profile that is nourishing for уоur body, thе nutrients іn eggs аrе аlѕо a fantastic way to look after your... read more

7 Natural Ways To Manage Eczema

Eczema is a general term used to describe varying skin conditions that result in inflamed and discolored skin. Typically the skin is red, dry, inflamed, and occasionally blisters or crusts form. The term eczema is often times used interchangeably with the term dermatitis, which literally translates to “inflamed skin.” There are many types of eczema, but the most common type is atopic eczema. Thought to be hereditary and triggered by allergens, atopic eczema is most common in children, but can reappear during adult years. Unfortunately there is no cure, but often the key to determining what causes it to flare up and treating the symptoms is usually the course of action to take. If you have eczema, your skin is most likely producing less fats and oils than it should be, and the ability to retain water is diminished. The space between cells widens since they aren’t plump with moisture, you begin to lose water from the dermis, and irritants and bacteria can enter easier. This is why things like soaps and detergents can worsen eczema, as they strip away what lipids your skin is producing, and it will breakdown faster than healthy skin would to become dry, inflamed, and sometimes cracked or blistered. Natural home remedies for eczema  Here are 7 natural, home remedies to take a close look at.  They will work to strengthen the barrier of your skin and retain moisture, as well as focusing on addressing specific troubles like itching and inflammation. 1. Coconut Oil Coconut oil does a great job of sinking into the skin and filling in that intercellular space that’s opened up... read more

10 Healthy Foods That Don’t Taste Healthy or Terrible

Healthy food generally comes with a misconception that it is tasteless, bland and overall unpleasant.  Whilst that may be the case for some foods, there are plenty of healthy options that are bursting with flavour, full of goodness and bound to satisfy you. Here are 10 healthy foods that don’t taste healthy, let alone terrible! Dark Chocolate: Any health-food junkie knows that if you’re looking for a sweet treat, dark chocolate is the way to go. The secret to its reputation as a superfood: cacao beans. They’ve got the highest concentration of antioxidants of any known food. Just keep in mind that the darker it is, the more bitter it will taste. Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds won’t overwhelm your taste buds, but they do have a subtle nutty flavor. They are an essential omega-3 fatty acid that may protect against heart disease and stroke. Tip: Eat flaxseeds ground to make their health-boosting benefits more available to your body. Ginger: Ginger has an acquired taste and is known for its powerful health benefits such as improving cardiovascular function, aiding digestion, boosting immunity, relieving pain, and reducing inflammation. A small amount goes a long way in terms of both flavor and health. Pistachios: It’s time to get cracking. Pistachios have a delicious buttery flavor, and a long list of health benefits. They’re an excellent source of protein, antioxidants, and potassium. Due to pistachios’ ability to reduce the body’s response to stress, they make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Tip: To avoid excess sodium, opt for unsalted nuts. Goji Berries: These tiny super berries pack a mean health punch. Native to Asia and Europe, Goji berries have long been used in... read more

How To Maintain a Natural Holistic Lifestyle

  Holistic living is a way of life where the decisions we make and how we act honours our higher being and has a positive impact on the environment and our community. It is where our body, mind and spirit are in sync and the earth benefits from our existence. Maintaining a holistic lifestyle is achievable through the continuous practice of mindfulness. When we are mindful, every decision we make is a conscious, considered one. Practicing mindfulness encourages us to question why we decide to act the way we do and consider the impacts of our actions in a selfless way. Living holistically means making ethical choices that are beneficial for you, the community and the environment. Practicing mindfulness Living holistically means taking care of you by nourishing your body with unprocessed foods full of nutrients. Your body is your temple, your vessel in this dimension. If you want your mind, body and soul to connect you need to respect your body. This also goes for exercising. Our physical form is not meant to remain stagnant for long periods of time, nor is it designed to endure hours of high intensity physical activity. Everyone’s body is different, to know what foods and the type of exercise that best suits you, practice mindfulness and listen to your intuition. A great way to add mindfulness to your daily routine is by adding a meditation to your schedule in the morning or at night. Reflect on your feelings and thoughts, and allow negative energies to detach and flow through with ease. Take part in sacred relationships Connect with your family and friends... read more

5 Fruits and Vegetables You Only Need To Buy Once

When you hear the words ‘home garden’, you usually think of herbs in a window box or a plot of strawberries. But did you know there’s a wide range of fruits and vegetables you can buy once and regrow forever? It’s easy, good for your health, and can save you heaps on your grocery bill. Take a look at the simple tutorials below… 1. Pineapple Don’t toss the top from this summer favourite! First, remove the bottom leaves from the crown (the spikey part). Fill a glass of water and place the crown inside, just so the base is covered. After about nine days, you’ll see the beginning of long white sprouts. By the third week, the crown will be sporting some impressive roots. That’s when you know it’s time to plant it in some soil. You don’t need a lot of space; a simple planter box will do. In 18 months, they’ll be ready to harvest, just in time for next summer. 2. Celery Cut about three inches off the bottom of a bunch of celery. Next, place it roots-side down in a small bowl of water. In just three days, you’ll begin to see fresh celery stalks sprouting from the top. Once you see new foliage, remove the outer stalks so the roots are exposed. Once you see long strands appear, transfer to soil. It’ll take about five months for them to become fully grown. 3. Ginger This aromatic vegetable is great to have on hand. When you buy it at the supermarket, select a root with lots of ‘nubs’. All you need to do is plant... read more