Is Hydroponics the Future of Farming?...

Sep 30, 2014 by

Landspace is an increasingly limited resource, while the world’s population is increasing. This can mean population outpacing food production over time. Hydroponics provides the ideal solution for planting all types of crops in water without the need for land space dedicated to farming. In addition, this type of agriculture uses less water than is normal with regular crops.  To be successful, it is necessary to understand hydroponics solutions and systems. Types of Hydroponic Nutrients One of the most important aspects of hydroponics is using the right mix of solutions to provide the nutrients plants need to grow and or to bear fruit.  When plants grow in the earth, it is easier for them to get the right amounts of nitrogen, potassium, and other trace minerals for healthy growth. However, with hydroponics systems, you will...

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3 Types of Strata Managements Arrangements...

Sep 30, 2014 by

Are you looking for a new home and considering buying into a strata? Strata living can be a very enjoyable experience. You’ll also get a built-in community of neighbors who collectively make decisions about the building’s upkeep and improvements. One big thing you’ll want to consider is how the strata’s management is set up. The strata’s management structure will determine just how much maintenance you have to do and how much your monthly management fees are. Here are the three most common types of management arrangements. Professionally managed. In this arrangement, the strata’s owner’s corporation has hired a professional strata management company to handle all aspects of the strata’s operations. The management company will usually coordinate maintenance and repairs, oversee the strata’s financial accounts and keep all required documentation. This type of arrangement is...

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3 Reasons to Call a Professional for Domestic Demolition...

Sep 26, 2014 by

If you have a house or outbuilding that needs demolishing, you may be tempted to try to handle this job yourself. If the building is already dilapidated you might assume you can tear it down by hand, or you might think about renting a tractor or bulldozer of some sort and handling the job that way. Before you do this, consider some very good reasons why it’s best to call a professional for domestic demolition instead. 1. You’ll need permits and paperwork before you begin Even if you want to demolish a house or building on your own land, you will need permits and paperwork filed before you can begin work. This can be a bit complicated as that paperwork may need specific information about the scope of the work and how it will...

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Should You Try to Clean Your Own Grease Trap?...

Sep 26, 2014 by

If you own a restaurant or any food service establishment you’ll need to properly maintain your grease traps. These are small receptacles that go over your drains and catch fat and oils. These cannot be allowed down the drain as they can cause a clog and may contaminate local water supplies. Most cities have strict regulations as to how grease traps are to be installed and used in restaurants and how often they should be cleaned. Restaurant owners may be tempted to clean out their own grease traps as needed but there are some very good reasons to consider having this done by a professional company instead. Consider a few of those reasons here. 1. The grease trap has many small parts under the lid Underneath the lid of the grease trap is a...

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How to Grow a Low-Maintenance Organic Lawn...

Sep 25, 2014 by

Looking for a way to ‘green’ your property? Look into organic lawn care. Now that the world has become more environmentally aware, many people are looking for alternatives to large, high-maintenance lawns. Especially in sandy soils, lawns can waste a significant amount of water, and if fertilised too frequently, unhealthy synthetic chemicals washed away by rain water can end up in local water supplies. Organic lawn care combats these wasteful practices, and integrates your lawn into the local environment. Here are three tips to get you started. Choose the Right Lawn Type To get started with an organic lawn, look for a local variety of turf that is native to your area. Having healthy native turf on your property has many advantages. According to TurfAustralia, for example, turf: reduces soil erosion increases groundwater quality and...

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Are you Paying Attention to Occupational Noise Exposure in the Workplace?...

Sep 24, 2014 by

As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are providing a safe and secure environment for your employees to operate in. This is true not just in terms of training, equipment and other safety measures, but this also includes noise control. Although it is sometimes overlooked, occupational noise exposure is a real problem that can have serious ramifications. From industrial manufacturing centres to auto repair shops, properly managing noise control is important. Dangers of Occupational Noise Exposure In order to understand how excessively loud noises can pose a danger, you first have to understand how sound travels. Sound enters into your ear through sound waves that produce vibrations. These sound waves first enter the outside of your ear. The vibration from the sound waves then travels to the ear drum until...

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