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How to Have a Green Thumb

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Have you tried to have plants in your apartment and they die every time? Use these tips to keep them alive! Article at: http://apartment-living.avaloncommunities.com/ava/7-things-need-know-keep-indoor-plants-alive/

 

7 things you need to know to keep indoor plants alive

Indoor Plant Care

Houseplants are a great way to liven up any living space. Studies show they can purify the air as well, making them helpful inhabitants of your home. But what if you’re not much of a green thumb? If you’re new to taking care of plants, the good news is that it doesn’t take a degree in botany to get them to thrive in your environment. There are seven main things to keep in mind when taking care of indoor plants, and we’ve compiled them below.

  1. Understand your plant’s needs. Every houseplant comes with its own set of instructions. These can be found on the little tab in the soil in the pot you bought it in. Read this, as well as any other advice you might find on the internet about your plant, before doing anything else (even actually buying it). If you feel you can take care of the plant the way it needs to be, should you bring it home.
  1. Know when and how to water. Every plant is unique, which means each one has its own set of watering guidelines. Start by following the instructions on the tab, then adjust according to your plant’s appearance. It helps to know the signs of under- and overwatering. If you’ve under-watered, the soil will appear dry and crumbly. If you’ve watered too much, the soil will still be wet, even after a few days. Strike a balance to make sure your plant is getting just the right amount.
  1. Be careful about location. Some plants need more sunlight than others. It’s a balancing act — too much sun can burn it, while too little can make it look wilted. Pay attention to how much sun it gets every day, and adjust as needed. As always, the instructions are a good baseline to start with.
  1. Keep an eye on appearance. Besides checking the soil, it is important to make sure your plant looks healthy. If the leaves begin to look dry, it may be time to move the plant out of any direct sunlight. If the plant isn’t growing, or looks like it’s trying to grow towards where the sun shines, you need to move it into the sun. Any brown or yellow spots are a concern and may require that you increase the humidity of their environment.
  1. Repot when necessary. You can repot at any time during a plant’s cycle, but there are four signs that your plant truly needs it. When new leaves grow slowly and are smaller than older leaves, when the soil dries out more quickly than it used to, or when the roots are either overgrown or tightly wound, you know it is time. Move your plant to a new pot just before the plant’s growth period to ensure its health.
  1. Watch out for temperature changes. Keep your plants in a space with a moderate, consistent temperature. That, in part, means keeping them away from any heating vents or air conditioners.
  1. Feed them the good stuff. Remember that plants need food, too. Fertilize your plants when repotting, or when they seem to stop growing. Always remember to give them just enough, because too much fertilization can harm growth.

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How to Keep Pets Safe in the Summer

Monday, 12 June 2017

Helpful tips for keeping your pets safe in the summer heat! full article at: http://apartment-living.avaloncommunities.com/wag/keep-pet-safe-hot-summer-sun/

 

Take your pet for a checkup. It’s smart to make a veterinary appointment in the spring or early summer for a checkup and to make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations. Pets should also be given a blood test for heartworm every spring, especially in Southern states, where heartworm is most prevalent. Heartworm is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and is usually fatal. Pets should be on a monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventative medication all year-round.

Be wary of exercise on hot days. On very hot and humid days, walk your dog early in the morning and in the evening, when the weather is cooler. Encourage your dog to walk in grass, if possible, because asphalt can burn their paws. A hot day is not the time to take your dog on a hike or a long run.

Be aware of of the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause permanent organ damage or death, so bring your dog to the vet immediately if you see any of the following symptoms: excessive panting, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, drooling, vomiting, lethargy, lack of coordination, weakness, glazed eyes, a purplish tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. Bring your pet into air conditioning quickly and use cold towels or ice packs on the dog’s head, neck and chest, or run cool water over them. Let the dog drink small amounts of cool water or lick some ice cubes.

Take special care with at-risk pets. Animals with flatter faces and shorter muzzles such as pugs, Pekingese, shih tzus, Boston Terriers, bulldogs, and boxers are at greater risk for heat stroke because they can’t pant as effectively as other animals. They should be kept in air conditioning as much as possible, along with pets who are very young, elderly, overweight, and those with lung or heart disease.

Know the symptoms of dehydration. Dogs and cats can become dehydrated very quickly, so it’s important to provide plenty of fresh, cool water and shade whenever your pet is outside. Add ice cubes to their water and consider making a frozen treat for your dog, like peanut butter pup-sicles. Symptoms of severe dehydration can include sunken eyes; excessive or too little urination; dry, sticky gums; or a lack of skin elasticity. It can be an emergency, so bring your pet to the vet immediately so IV fluids can be administered.

Don’t expose your pet to fireworks. Dogs and cats are frightened by fireworks, so don’t bring them to any July 4 displays. Not only can lit fireworks result in burns and trauma, the loud noise from fireworks can be stressful and scary.

Make sure windows are secured. Every year, veterinarians treat animals for “high-rise syndrome,” which happens when an animal falls from a window that’s not properly secured. Keep any unscreened windows closed at all times and ensure that adjustable screens are tightly fastened shut.

Never leave your pet in a parked car. Temperatures inside a car can skyrocket on a hot day, and keeping the window opened slightly won’t help much. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes, putting your pet at risk for heat stroke, which could be fatal. Leave your pet at home if you can’t bring them inside with you.

 

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