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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Not out of the Woods Yet for Tiger’s DUI Charge

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

There is probably no celebrity out there who fell from grace so fast and hard than 41-year-old golfer Tiger Woods. Once championed as one of the greatest golfers every, it all went downhill in 2009 with the career-crippling infidelity scandal. This lead to billions in losses from shareholders and advertisers pulling out of the Woods brand and a divorce from his wife Erin in August of 2010. America thought that we had seen the last of Tiger, but he is back in the news again for a DUI charge he accumulated in May of 2017. 

At around 3 AM Woods was arrested just outside of Jupiter, Florida for driving while under the influence. Police say he was asleep at the wheel when they had found him and was stopping an entire lane of traffic. Besides the sex scandal of 2009 Woods criminal record is clean. Well, besides the blemish in late 2009 when he crashed his Cadillac into a tree and fire hydrant at his residence. Tiger defended his reckless driving this past May by saying that he had an “unexpected reaction” to some prescribed medication he was taking. An arraignment was scheduled on August 9th, but Woods skipped it. His attorney released a not guilty plea, and Tiger has agreed to enroll into a DUI offender first-time program before appearing before a second arraignment on October 25th. If the golfer had pleaded guilty during the first arraignment, he would have had to pay a fine of $250, perform 50 hours of community service and attend numerous classes on DUI prevention. He would also be subject to spontaneous drug and alcohol tests during a short probation-like period, but instead, Woods chose to fight his charges. In an interview with ESPN Tiger said that he hopes to continue golfing again after this situation is resolved. However, he doesn’t know what the future holds for him. He’s been out of the game for a while and recently underwent back surgery so a DUI charge might just be the least of his worries.

It is understandable to feel like one shouldn’t be charged with a DUI if other factors were at play. In Tiger’s case, the effects of his prescription medicine should have been stressed throughout his proceedings more. The DUI attorneys of Flaherty Defense Firm state that the normal punishment for a first-time DUI defense is up to six months in jail. This sentence is a little harsh and of course can be appropriately combated with the right legal help as Tiger is doing.

Whenever a celebrity messes up, they have the unfortunate reality of having even their most minute faults broadcasted of everyone to see. While some of these missteps are serious crimes requiring punishments more often than not a celebrity slips up like every other person. Everyone deserves proper legal representation before the law or else we would all slip through the cracks.

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Truck Accidents in Memphis

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Due to the sheer size of the United States, with its sprawling cities and the vast rural expanses between them, one of the most direct ways to transport goods across this huge country is via 18-wheeler. These behemoths are huge; they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds! Regular car accidents are bad enough, but a crash involving a semi truck can affect thousands of people. Entire highways can be shut down for hours, causing traffic to back up for miles. Other vehicles can also get caught in the crash, resulting in more injuries or fatalities. Buses are even more of an issue since the cargo they carry is much more precious. Many believe self-driving trucks and buses will solve all of our problems, and it may certainly be a step in the right direction, but the number of large truck accidents is already declining.

According to Tennessee crash statistics from 2006 – 2008, Shelby county, which encompasses the majority of the city of Memphis, experienced the highest number of medium to large truck crashes per year than any other county in the state, and it beats them by a long shot. In 2006, there 2190 crashes in Shelby county, nearly double the number of crashes in Knox county, which takes the second place slot. Thankfully, the number of large truck crashes in the Memphis area has been steadily decreasing. In 2007, there were 1876 crashes, and in 2008 there were 1584. There are many possible reasons for the decline in crashes. Recently, awareness has spread about the dangers of texting and driving, and drunk driving is punished more harshly in many areas.

Even though large truck crashes have been declining, the number of bus commercial bus crashes has remained steady during the same period. In 2006, there were 268 crashes. That number dipped to 250 in 2007, but then rose back to 266 in 2008. Why has the number of truck crashes been decreasing, but the number of bus crashes has remained steady? Many truck drivers travel with companions, so it could be that sleeping in shifts and having another driver available makes it easier to stay focused and alert. Perhaps trucking companies have actively been trying to reduce accidents, and commercial bus companies have not felt the need? With so many things that could go wrong, it is important that the transportation company in charge of these vehicles focus on consistently trying to prevent accidents. In fact, there are personal injury lawyers that deal specifically with large, truck related accidents, and can fine companies that are not making sure their equipment is properly serviced to avoid a crash.

Even then technology progresses to the point where we can have self driving trucks and buses, not all of our problems will be solved. Other people on the road can still accidents, and huge trucks can cause a lot of collateral damage. These vehicles will still need to be maintained, and companies will need to continue to make a conscious effort towards ensuring every driver’s safety.

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Avoiding Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

In deciding whether to put your loved one in a nursing home or not, you consider the medical and personal factors. In the medical factors, you determine whether the decision will be good for the health of your loved one. In the personal factors, you determine whether the decision will be good for the family and your loved one’s wellbeing. But your decision-making should incorporate another idea – the possibility that your loved one being abused or neglected in a nursing home.

Abuse

There are different forms of abuse, but the main ones are physical, sexual, and emotional. Physical abuse happens when your loved one receives unwarranted force, resulting into undeserved bruises, cuts, and wounds. Sexual abuse happens when your loved one receives unwanted sexual advances, resulting into sexually transmitted diseases, soreness in the reproductive and anal areas, and injuries in the pelvic regions. Emotional abuse happens when your loved one receives treatments that are aimed at lowering self-worth, like bullying and insulting.

According to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, those who have been victimized by nursing home abuse may have legal options, as they deserve to receive justice and compensation.

Neglect

Like abuse, neglect can manifest in a variety of ways. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has enumerated its common manifestations, such as dehydration, malnutrition, failure to accommodate specific medical needs, and poor hygiene. These can lead into the rise of new medical problems or the worsening of existing ones.

Most negligent behaviors can be traced back to nursing home management. For example, its hiring of incompetent nursing home staff may be the reason why some residents are being dehydrated or malnourished. Its constant taking of new residents without hiring new staff members may be the reason why some residents are not getting their adequate medical and hygienic needs.

Avoidance

Even though you can file a lawsuit to get justice and compensation, avoidance of abuse and neglect is still better. You don’t want your loved one to experience degradation. To avoid such things from happening, you should acknowledge that they do happen, so you can be assertive enough.

Before putting your loved one in a nursing home, you should investigate the conditions in it, including the staff-resident ratio, competence of the management and staff, existence of adequate facilities, and the cleanliness of the premises, as these are the major factors that may influence the rise of abuse and neglect in a nursing home.

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