3 Tips to Hide Outdoor Yard Objects with Plants

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Investing in your landscape is a big deal and when it is time to design your dream landscape with beautiful trees, plants, shrubbery, and an outdoor entertainment area, you do not want your outdoor bulky objects to bring down your landscape. Air conditioners, plumbing and electrical equipment, and poor filters can stick out like a sore thumb compared to your beautiful landscape. If you have a beautiful landscape or outdoor entertainment center, you do not want your bulking outdoor objects to be the first thing people notice. Actually, it is better if they don’t see them at all. We have included several unique ways to hide and conceal your outdoor objects so that your guests can focus on your beautiful landscape. You can conceal your outdoor objects by utilizing the following:

  1. Hedges– Adding hedges to surround an air conditioning unit may seem like an obvious option, but with proper design and strategizing, hedges can truly make your property jaw-dropping. Hedges come in a wide variety and for residential purposes, hedges like the Arborvitae hedge can be great privacy. For commercial properties, hedges can hide electrical outlets on the outside of your building.
  2. Spruce– Spruce trees are beautiful trees that are slender and can grow up to 100 feet tall. Spruces are should be used for bigger and taller outdoor equipment. There are a wide variety of spruce trees and depending upon if you are commercial or residential will determine which spruce is best for you situation. However, it is important to note that if your spruce grows too tall and interferes with electrical lines, this could be very dangerous. Therefore, it is important to consult a professional landscaper to determine the best place to plant your spruce.
  3. Bold Flowers and Plants– Adding bold flowers and plants can really give your property the ‘wow’ factor to impress your visitors. Bushes such as the butterfly bush have a stunning variety of colors to take attention away from any bulky objects near your home. This is a great option if you are considering covering up any unwanted objects that are right next to your house.

At Ware Landscaping, we work to make sure that your dream landscape is actually your dream and this includes concealing unwanted bulky outdoor objects. Our landscapers can help you determine the best design to conceal your outdoor objects while making them seamlessly fit in with your landscape. If you are looking to hide outdoor objects such as air conditioners, plumbing, and electrical equipment, or poor filters, call us today for to discuss your landscape or request a free quote online today!

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Reducing Distracted Driving

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

A technology push is necessary in order to overcome the increasing amount of distracted driving taking place on the road.

With the increased prevalence of technology, with its ever-present hold on our attention, driving, already dangerous for a myriad of reasons, has become a significantly riskier activity. For instance, according to the personal injury attorneys of Brunkenhoefer, P.C., last year there was a 3.59 percent increase over 2015 for deaths related to distracted driving. That amounts to one death every two hours and 20 minutes.

In Texas, there were 14,202 serious crashes with over 17,000 injuries.

These statistics prove that driving isn’t just dangerous, it’s becoming more dangerous every day.

The solution may not be obvious, however, and should be highlighted here.

The first part of the solution is a greater push for cheap, easily available technology that will encourage people to put their phones down.

While hands-free technology exists, it is not that prevalent at this time. Most car drivers do not use the technology. A greater push for this would help reduce crashes. For instance, free handsfree sets could be given out at local DMV/BMV locations when regular activities like renewing licenses took place.

Another change could be more focus on handsfree software within the phone. While Siri has her charms, as the program becomes more intuitive and responsive, more people will take advantage while driving. A program that effective reads and writes texts and emails, for example, would be a great assistance and might encourage more drivers to switch from playing with their phones to speaking to them.

The second part of the solution also involves technology to some extent. There needs to be stricter enforcement of distracted driving laws. If someone is caught with a phone out, all fines and punishments should be automatically doubled. One way to catch people would be to use the phones themselves. A program should be automatically installed on all phones that can be accessed by police to prove if the driver was using the phone at a particular moment within, say, the last 48 hours.

Such a program would allow police to definitively prove whether a person was focused on driving or not, and once that was possible, drivers would be far less willing to risk losing focus.

The third and final part of the solution is simply to increase driver education about distracted driving. While many lose focus over finding the right song or reading an important text, most aren’t doing so thinking they are being unsafe. They simply aren’t thinking at all. A series of commercials or mail-out pamphlets might help educate the general driving populace about the very real danger of driving with a phone in their hands.

The smartphone has done a great deal to improve modern life. It is almost unthinkable to go about life without one now. But as smartphones become so prominent, more responsibility needs to be taken for their misuse. That means we should be focused on teaching people how dangerous using their phones can be when driving and punishing those who do it anyway.

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