At Whispering Pines Landscaping we are part of a great team. Teamwork is one of our core values and through these times of uncertainty it is incredible that we can lean on each other for support.
Our team at Whispering Pines is dedicated to stopping the spread of COVID-19. We have put measures in place to keep our team and clients safe. You can have peace of mind that our snow removal team is continuing to keep your property clear in any snow event. The WPL office will be physically closed for the next two weeks. Our sales teams are available and working hard to pull your upcoming projects together. Technology is an incredible thing. We can conduct meetings, present drawings and 3-D renderings to you. Whispering Pines is completely mobile and we are ready to bring all the dreams you have made up in self-isolation to life!
During this time of uncertainty we want our community and clients to know that we are here for you. While we are not sure of the future, we are taking it day by day and ensure that when we are able to roll out, we are ready!
At a very young age people already being to ask you what you want to be when you grow up. As a child our answers range from a police officer to an astronaut. It is ingrained in us quite young that you need to attend University to get a good job. However, that isn’t always the case as many skilled trades are seriously in need of building their work force.
In order to understand how robot mowers work you need to forget what you know about lawn mowing. Traditional lawn mowing lets the grass grow long over the course of a week. Then you cut it down to a pre-determined height. Often people will have to collect the clippings or rake them into piles as there is significant growth over the course of a week.
At one point or another we have all tried to keep house plants alive. Some of us have succeeded and others weren’t so lucky.
There are so many reason’s why people like to have plants in their homes. It could be because seeing plants alive and green is a huge de-stressor. Plants also make great decorations, and can even be edible of you choose fruits or veggies. Another big reason is they purify the air we breath.
In 1989 NASA did a study on which plants purify the indoor air the best. They began by establishing which chemicals were the top 3 indoor pollutants. Then they selected common house plants and put them in a sealed chamber with the 3 chemicals to see which cleaned up the most parts per million of those toxins within a 24 hour period.
Benzene – Can be found in Glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents.
Formaldehyde – Is in emissions, disinfectants and fixatives, or preservatives in consumer products
Trichloroethylene – In homes undergoing renovation.
Now that we know what are typical pollutants in our homes (especially new builds) we can suggest some plants to help out with that. Keep in mind that you can’t just have one tiny plant to purify your entire house. Statistics show that you need 1 plant (with a pot size of 6-8 inches of diameter) for every 100 sq feet of floor space. That would mean if your room is 12 ft by 15 ft you would need 2 plants!
Daisy’s can significantly clean the air of Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichlorethylene. In the study NASA conducted in a sealed chamber over a 24 hour period it removed 50% of the Formaldehyde, 67.7% of the Benzene and 35% of the Trichlorooethylene molecules.
In NASA’s experiment the peace lily was exceptional at removing Benzene (79%) in a sealed chamber over a 24-H period. It also removed 30% of Trichloroethylene in that 24 h period. This is great news because I have one of these!
This is a very common plant in a lot of homes. I am sure many of you grew up with one of these in your house. Ficus are fantastic at removing Formaldehyde, in this experiment they measured that it removed 47% of the Formaldehyde in the sealed chamber in a 24 h period, 30% of the Benzene and 10.5% of the Trichlorethylene
We also love plants like Aloe Vera, English Ivy, Golden Pothos, Spider Plants, and Banana trees. I have even dotted my house with some pretty little Kolanchoe.
If you aren’t a real green thumb an air purifier mimics what plants do and is a great solution to cleaning the air in your home.
As Landscapers we love plants and it is quite amazing how long you can keep a house plant around if you meet its lighting and watering requirements. I have had these orange Kolanchoes for years and they keep re-blooming. Instead of cut flowers maybe give the gift of a potted plant this coming Mother’s day!
Post written by : Leah Brakke Leah is our resident blogger with over 9 years experience in the landscaping industry. She loves to share her knowledge and passion on Whispering Pines’ blog. If you have any questions or topic idea’s you can email her at email@example.com
Going green in 2019 is Whispering Pines new initiative. Dedication to this is essential to do our part in reducing our footprint. As Landscapers we take our roles very seriously and want to ensure that we take care of the earth to the best of our ability.
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