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Have your say on traffic plan

May 29 2013
By Kaiya Marjoribanks

Plans to create a partial one-way traffic system around much of Stirling’s city centre are being put out to consultation.

Stirling Council roads officials are seeking views on their proposals for Murray Place, Maxwell Place, Station Road, Goosecroft Road and Barnton Street.

The plans are aimed at making the city centre more attractive to walkers and cyclists and include taking over the front of the railway station from Network Rail to transform it into more of a `gateway’ for visitors to Stirling.

And Maxwell Place would also be opened up to one-way traffic which would then merge with one-way traffic coming along Barnton Street and Murray Place and heading towards the city centre.


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Roads improvement manager Brian Roberts said: “We would be looking to take out one of the flows of traffic in Murray Place. There, all the bus stops would be along the front of businesses on the side where the Red Cross shop is, while on the other side where Oxfam is there would be a taxi rank.

“Footways would be widened and there would be the opportunity of further parking spaces in the evening.”

He added: “It is about improving the management of the bus and taxi provision and loading bays and the pay and display.

“At the moment there is a lot of conflict between the different type of users and we hope these proposals will help deal with some of the confusion.

The main changes under consideration are:

Barnton Street: One-way traffic with parking maintained on both sides; footway improvements to create more pedestrian space with less clutter; reduced traffic congestion and a more pedestrian friendly layout.

Goosecroft Road: continuous footway link alongside Goosecroft Road; new bus stances with shelters for passengers waiting to board outbound journeys (site boundaries have been established with developer to accommodate wide footways); two-way traffic maintained but lane widths reduced on approach to the Station Road roundabout.

Maxwell Place: Open access from Goosecroft Road to allow one-way travel towards Murray Place; revised parking layout to consider deliveries and customer needs.

Murray Place: One-way traffic towards Station Road with simplified road layout; improved bus stops mainly catering for passengers drop off; new larger taxi rank in central location; wider footways for improved pedestrian access; removal of as much clutter and signage as possible; revised traffic orders giving improved arrangements for buses, taxis and loading; high quality materials and street furniture incorporating trees and soft landscaping where possible.

Station Road: `Boulevard-style’ wide pavements and trees; new development is likely to have loading requirements – loading bay accommodated on-street; dedicated contra-flow cycle lane.

Railway station forecourt: Enhanced pedestrian route linking the station entrance with repositioned pedestrian crossing on Goosecroft Road; relocation of the taxi rank to the station building side of the forecourt.

Mr Roberts added: “Yes, we are trying to address some of the traffic and conflict issues but this is really also an opportunity to enhance the area and make it more attractive to pedestrians.

“I think we can mitigate against the increased speeds that sometimes occur in a one-way system.

“There would be some sort of traffic calming and enhancement to the junction of Maxwell Place with Barnton Street. Goosecroft remains two-way.

“This is a masterplan that allows people to start the debate and look at the potential.

“It is important we get in there and get the ideas down and that people see this as a platform for discussion and traders and residents see it as an opportunity for change.

“It would be done in several phases, probably over a number of years.

“But we are not doing things in isolation. This will complement the plans already announced for King Street and further along Murray Place and vice versa.

“It is part of the City Transport Plan which is really about how we deal with transport in the wider sense so people can walk and cycle and not just drive. It is ‘joined up thinking’.”

For more details of the plans go to www.stirling.gov.uk and search for “Proposed roads improvement schemes consultations”.

What’s your view of the proposed traffic changes: email john.rowbotham@trinitymirror.com

Article source: http://www.stirlingobserver.co.uk/stirling-news/local-news-stirling/news-stirling/2013/05/29/have-your-say-on-traffic-plan-51226-33399720/

Ideas presented for Old Courthouse Road corridor

By STEPHANIE A. JAMES


Staff Writer

Preliminary design work of what the Old Courthouse Road corridor could become was presented to the Appomattox Town Council recently.

Officials want to make the one-mile of corridor from Farmer’s Bank at the intersection of Confederate Boulevard to property just before the Surrender Grounds bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

Also, they want to provide alternative ways for people to come into town.

Transportation engineer Bill Wuensch and architect Richard Price, who conducted a one-mile stretch of the road, explained that they compiled ideas for the corridor after soliciting suggests from the public.

Wuensch said that stakeholder meetings attracted 45 people and has received positive feedback.

“This is a rare occasion that everyone was behind it,” he said.

County planner Johnny Roark mentioned a comment of someone who described the setting of how Old Courthouse Road is now.

“Coming into town into 24 feels like you are coming into the back door of the community,” said Roark.

Roark added that he wanted that back door of the community to become the front.

In February and March, there were stakeholder meetings in which the public were invited to attend.

During the meetings, some of the ideas included creating bike lanes and landscaping along the corridor.

Previous suggestions for the area include installing light posts, benches and landscaping along the corridor.

The two presenters described the designs as a starting point.

Price explained that they have been working on the project for months. The initial work began in January when traffic counts were made to determine the travel patterns of those entering in and out of the corridor.

Three themes were developed referred to as gateways, neighborhood greens, and historic villages.

In terms of beautifying the area, Price said that they want to come up with a unified theme of landscaping.

Price recommended that placing nodes in the area so that it would not be a long corridor.

After Price and Wuensch’s presentation, Council members voiced their opinion about the design work.

“It is impressive. I think we need a new look,” said councilwoman Claudia Puckette, adding that a changed appearance is the way to go if the town is focusing on tourism.

Councilwoman Mary Lou Spiggle agreed.

“I think that it is a wonderful beginning to future expansion,” she said.

Mayor Paul Harvey said that he liked that a lot of ideas from the public were incorporated in the designs.

Final designs will be released in June.

At the end of the process, local officials will receive information on what grants are available to implement the ideas presented.

Previously, during meetings the two presenters used such locations as Historic Williamsburg to show how it is an attractive place for walking and bicycling.

During the examination of the corridor, Wuensch and Price incorporated previous studies. Those studies included the Appomattox Heritage and Recreational Trail Plan, Region 2000 Greenways, and the Virginia Outdoor Plan.

The study was funded by VDOT and managed through the Local Government Council.

About a year ago, the study was initiated after developers expressed interest in developing the area after the museum opened in March 2012.

Article source: http://www.wpcva.com/times-virginian/news/local/article_7fd4c010-c86a-11e2-b7ea-001a4bcf887a.html

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Good Landscaping Can Add 10-15% to the Value of Your Home

landscapingWouldn’t you pay more for a home with a lush lawn, flowering trees, a deck and patio?  You’re not alone.  Studies show that landscaping can add 12 to 15 percent to the value of your home.  All you need is a green thumb to put some extra green in your pocket.

Landscaping is more than flowers and shrubs.  Upgrades can involve things like patios and decks, flowerbeds, barbecue pits, watering systems and plants of all sorts. As you enter into a landscaping project, you have plenty of choices about what kinds of upgrades to make.   The trick is to make improvements that prospective buyers want.  If you do, then your property value will rise.

Though experts agree that landscaping improvements usually raise a property’s value, it can be extremely difficult to predict exactly what kind of gains a specific homeowner will see in her individual circumstances. Estimates vary by home and notes that the lasting effect of landscaping requires ongoing maintenance. Virginia Tech horticulturist Alex Niemiera concluded that landscaping can add 12.7 percent to the value of a home — in his research six years ago. That translates into an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home. In extreme cases, property values can more than double, and conversely, they can actually decrease if the landscaping contains undesired features that the local market doesn’t support.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10 percent of the home’s value in landscaping. Landscape architecture goes beyond plantings, or softscaping, to include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools, and ponds. Outdoor rooms, terraces, and decks are also high-yield structural or hardscaping investments. A landscape architect can work with the client to generate a detailed plan. Typically, the homeowner then hires a general contractor, landscape contractor, or subcontractor to perform the installation.

Of course, it’s quite easy to spend more on installation and ongoing maintenance than the landscaping benefits the value of your home.   A professional landscaper might seem like an extravagance, but they can help you gain equity in your home and save money by recommending features and plantings that will appeal to buyers and are cheap to maintain.  For example, perennials and bulbs can add color and style to your property all year long. Other cost-effective improvements include aesthetically pleasing architectural improvements, such as stone walkways and terracing that require little or no maintenance.

Another important factor to consider is the contractors who do your landscaping upgrades. Many companies vie for this kind of business, and choosing the right contractor can make a lot of difference. Find a contractor with whom you are comfortable, who is honest and patient, and who can show you a good track record. Lastly, pay attention to the details.  A subtle, small change, such as curving the edges of your flowerbeds, can by itself increase your home value by 1 percent.

There is no doubt that appealing landscaping can measurably increase the appraised value of your property.  “If a landscaping change is positive, it can often enhance price and reduce a home’s time on the market,” says Appraisal Institute President Richard L. Borges. “But if the change is negative, it can lower the price and lengthen the time a home remains for sale.”

Curb appeal is essential when selling a home, Borges says, noting it’s the homeowner’s opportunity to make a great first impression. A home with lackluster landscaping or an exterior in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint will likely be unappealing to prospective buyers and ultimately could affect the home’s potential resale value, he said.

Borges says homeowners should ask themselves the following questions when it comes to the quality of their home’s green space:

• Is the landscaping attractive enough to make the prospective buyer walk through the front door?  Keep the design contemporary and in line with comparable properties in the area.

• Could the landscaping provide cost savings? Landscaping that requires little or no water to maintain could be desirable depending on the geographic area.

• Is the landscaping energy-efficient for the home overall? For example, it’s a good idea to plant trees in a place where they block the sun in locations with year-round hot climates.

• Are the trees planted at a safe distance from the home and are they healthy and well maintained? Weak, old or damaged trees planted too close to a home or building could pose dangers to the home’s structure and will need to be removed. Consumers should also be sure that mulching or beds don’t get too close to wood around foundations to avoid wood-destroying organisms.

Home renovation guru Bob Vila counsels that perhaps the biggest mistake homeowners make is a piecemeal approach to landscaping.  “Homeowners begin projects, start to clear areas, put in a mix of plants, and proceed without a plan. The result is a hodgepodge of plantings and gardens that give the property a disorganized feel. An implemented professional landscape design provides a polished look. Following a professionally prepared plan will lead the homeowner to a beautiful property while remaining within a pre-established budget.”

Vila cautions homeowners to remember that everything doesn’t have to happen at once. Consider a five-year plan that has plantings maturing at varying rates and adds various features each year. This way you can remain within your budget—time-wise and cost-wise—while still progressing toward a complete landscape renovation.

Article source: http://www.totalmortgage.com/blog/borrower-tips/good-landscaping-can-add-10-15-to-the-value-of-your-home/21677

Good time to prune, aerate and fertilize

If those are on your to-do list, here are a few tips to consider:

Azaleas and heathers: This is a good time to shear azaleas and heathers back by a few inches all over the plant to encourage branching and more flowers.

Rhodies: You can control overgrown rhododendrons by removing one third of the tallest branches or shortening the entire shrub right after the plant finishes blooming.

And after you’re done with that, get to work on your lawn.

The end of May is a good time to aerate, fertilize and add lime to your lawn if you haven’t done so yet this spring. Leave grass clippings on the lawn to return valuable nitrogen to the soil and help shade out weed seeds. The secret to having a tidy yard and not collecting the clippings is to mow more often and use a mulching mower that will chop those grass blades into tiny pieces that can fall back into the soil.

INCREDIBLE EDIBLES TO ADD NOW

There is good eating ahead for anyone who visits a nursery this month. New plants are available that will make you rethink how you enjoy your landscape – and eat your meals. Take a look at these:

Raspberry Shortcake: This compact plant is perfect for containers. This new raspberry plant does not need a pollinator, will not sprout wild vines that need supports and is happy contained in a pot. The berries are full-size and ready to harvest the first summer. Even apartment dwellers with just a bit of a sunny deck or patio can enjoy the fruits of very little labor.

Blueberries: These also are perfect for urban farmers. New blueberry varieties are available in dwarf and compact forms as well as unusual colors such as blueberry “Pink Lemonade.” Blueberry plants can thrive in container gardens if you remember that they love moist, acid soil. Keep them well watered and fertilize with a plant food made for rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. Blueberry plants do not like lime near their roots.

READER QUESTION

Q: My new house sits on an empty lot and I am overwhelmed about where to start landscaping. What one piece of advice would you give to someone new to the area – or new to gardening? N.M., Woodinville

A: Start at the front door and work your way all around the house. By breaking a landscaping project up into smaller chunks, you can slowly envision and design separate areas as smaller gardens.

Once you add pots of color near the front door, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. Then choose small and compact evergreens to spread around the property. Evergreens will make up the winter skeleton of the landscape. Fill in with flowering shrubs and small trees arranged in layers around the house. Finally, add groundcovers and splashes of color.

To learn more about what to plant where, pay attention to the plants that do well in your neighbor’s landscape, visit public gardens and go on a lot of garden tours this summer.

Tip: The Enumclaw Garden Tour is June 22.

Marianne Binetti is the author of “Easy Answers for Great Gardens” and eight other gardening books. She has a degree in horticulture from WSU and will answer questions at binettigarden.com.

Article source: http://www.theolympian.com/2013/05/29/2563365/good-time-to-prune-aerate-and.html

Meet Your Tahoe Merchant: ‘Growing’ business at High Sierra Gardens

The love for plants, flowers, gardens and the lake brought Dan Yori in 1970 to Tahoe, where he worked for years doing landscaping for different yards along Lakeshore Boulevard.

But even before that, High Sierra Gardens’ owner was shaped and pruned to be in the plant business.

“At age 11, my grandfather made me cut grass and work in the garden,” Yori said.

Yori was raised for the most part by his grandparents, and spent a lot of his childhood in their garden in Sparks. He helped his grandfather with planting and weeding, harvesting vegetables — he was a kid getting his hands dirty.

He said his grandparents asked him to complete his chores in the garden, “before tossing (him) ten cents to play the pinball machines.”

After more than a decade working in landscaping in Inline, Yori bought Ponderosa Nursery and made it his own High Sierra Gardens. Today, his business has expanded into a nursery, florist, gift shop and design landscaping.

Most of Yori’s clients have come from word of mouth, or by people simply liking what they see.

“The next person looked over the fence and saw my work,” he said of the early day marketing.

Design landscape became Yori’s specialty over the years in Incline and he is proud to say that many houses in the North Tahoe area (and nearly half along Lakeshore) are the work of he and his team.

Working with texture and colors, as well as keeping up with the constant changing of yards, keeps Yori intrigued and excited.

“It’s where my creative juices are — it’s what I like to do,” he said of landscape design. “I always had a creative eye with landscape, I can see a yard and see it three different ways or five different ways.”

He often uses large granite, perennials, trees and water features to create a feeling of serenity in a space. Aspens are his favorite for “the way they quake.”

Like many businesses in Tahoe, Yori must work closely with the seasons — not for tourism, but for weather itself.

“Mother Nature is a huge influence on us,” he said. “Having a nursery in the mountains means you have to really pay attention.”

The business owner is thankful for this year’s early spring, as some years he hasn’t been able to open the nursery until as late as mid-June.

“The sunshine comes out and the phone starts ringing and I’m scrambling,” he said.

Although with its flowers and wind chimes, tall trees and greenery, the scrambling he may feel is never felt by customers.

Through the back of the business runs Wood Creek, a small stream which starts in the Sierra and empties into the lake.

Small wood bridges and benches create a feeling of serenity among the potted plants for sale and the native plants all around.

For the volume High Sierra Gardens caters to, the business is relatively small.

“It feels serene now,” Yori said, “but wait until a truck comes in, we get cleaned out quite quickly.”

In his off time, Yori is at home, on his knees in the soil, getting his hands dirty.

“Don’t you ever stop?!” yells a neighbor over the fence as he digs and plants, picks and (as he says) “putzes.”

“Gardening is my stress relief,” Yori said.

Happy birds and the distant sound of passing cars on the highway are the only sounds in Old Brockway as Yori works in his vegetable garden, bringing in his heirloom tomatoes for a salad, picking herbs to cook with.

Like anyone who can make a living doing what they love to do, Yori agrees he is a lucky man.

Working with plants and soil, flowers and yards is what the man has known since a boy and has transformed and brought the love to others through high Sierra Gardens.

“It grew in me where I had this passion for it, now there’s a science to it,” he said.

“It’s where my creative juices are — it’s what I like to do.”n

Dan Yorin

Owner, High Sierra Gardens


Article source: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/northshore/nnews/6712945-113/yori-gardens-sierra-business

Container gardening: Local Master Gardeners offer advice

From traditional window boxes to repurposed containers, gardeners everywhere are potting up their plants. It seems no matter how long I work on it, finding the perfect container combinations and keeping them looking great seem to take constant inspiration.

So I asked Clemson Extension Master Gardeners to share their favorite tips and plant combinations for beautiful, low-maintenance container gardens.

Heather Powers says, “You can grow almost everything in a container, and almost anything can be a container.”

She proved it by “up-cycling” a set of old dresser drawers into a creative planter.

Beth McCandless finds that even traditional garden features such as birdbaths take on new life when planted with fragrant herbs such as lemon thyme.

Sue Lawley found the bottom of an old sea buoy on a neighbor’s trash pile. A few drainage holes in the bottom and a coat of paint to enhance its hammered metal finish turned trash into treasure. Lawley’s favorite three-season flowering combination consists of pansies, snapdragons, stock, licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare), alyssum and the prolific blooming hybrid Supertunia.

Filling large containers with high-quality potting media containing slow-release fertilizer can become cost prohibitive and make pots too heavy to move.

Karen Smelter says, “You don’t need to fill a large pot with all soil.”

Adding lightweight packing materials such as Styrofoam peanuts to the bottom of a pot not only lessens its weight, but saves money.

Smelter’s large-scale pots contain topiary hibiscus, combined with sun coleus Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), and Diamond Frost Euphorbia (Euphorbia graminea).

John Pienadz suggests gardeners try adding a bag of soil, then placing several empty 2 or 3 liter soda bottles with caps on, and adding more soil to fill the pot. Pienadz’s pots pack a tropical punch, combining Kimberly Queen ferns (Nephrolepis obliterata), plumeria, tropical hibiscus and chenille plant (Acalypha hispida).

Yvette Guy uses drill bits made for ceramic and glass to drill drainage holes into clay and concrete vessels. An avid herb gardener, she advises, “Always plant with good drainage in mind … especially for herbs, because wet feet will kill most of them.”

Guy also cautions that plant roots in pots left on patios or in other sunny locations are vulnerable to overheating and “cooking,” so choose heavy clay pots to protect plant roots. Her favorite long-lasting container is a large glazed bowl filled with blooming chives and edible flowering dianthus.

From colorful exuberance to quiet understatement, creative expression draws gardeners to containers.

Cathy Damron prefers the ease of grouping single plants in individual pots to create cohesion. Eve Brown masses glazed blue pots filled with red and white impatiens as a memorial to her son, Gene, who loved gardening and once served in the Navy.

She says she has spent a small fortune on blue pots, but designing a garden in her son’s memory has been great therapy.

Planting in containers allows gardeners to use every inch of space available to them. Master Gardeners grow fruit trees, vegetables, edible flowers and herbs, along with ornamentals, to maximize space. Donna Powell incorporates strawberries, rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme and tarragon into pots. She adds nasturtiums, purple basil and Japanese eggplant for edible elegance.

A drip irrigation system makes watering easier; without it, frequent hand watering is necessary to keep most container gardens thriving during the heat of summer. The Master Gardeners say that while automatic watering with timers and drip systems is great, they also offer the following tips for reducing water use:

Choose light-colored containers to reflect heat.

Edge containers into shadier areas during the summer.

Place pots directly on soil instead of paved surfaces to reduce water loss.

Mulch containers with moss, compost or pine straw.

Choose “garden soil” over “potting soil” so pots don’t dry out too quickly.

After watering, fertilize with water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks or as needed to meet the needs of the plant.

You can find inspiration at local garden centers, magazines and websites such as Pinterest. Stubbs says, “Remember this rule: You will need a “thriller, filler and spiller,” but you don’t have to replace every plant in the container each season.

Susan Seabrook uses evergreens and tall perennials as thrillers and spillers in her combinations, and changes out the filler to match the season. Seabrook recommends canna lilies, coleus, globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), wire vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris), and purple-heart vine for part-sun gardens.

The last bit of advice from the Master Gardeners is to group plants with similar needs for easier maintenance, keeping in mind these “mini-landscapes” are only temporary. To revamp tired planters, dismantle them, add fresh potting media, divide and re-plant perennials, pop in new annual color and enjoy.

Amy L. Dabbs is the urban horticulture extension agent and Tri-County Master Gardener coordinator for the Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Send questions to gardening@postandcourier.com.

Article source: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130526/PC12/130529555/1268/container-gardening-local-master-gardeners-offer-advice&source=RSS

Helen Bergin: Seasonal gardening tips

In the first of her new monthly columns, Crawley Horticultural Society’s Helen Bergin shares tips and tales from her Southgate garden

HOORAY, it’s spring! Well, it looks like spring even if it doesn’t feel like spring.

  1. TOP TIPS: Helen Bergin shares gardening expertise in her monthly column

  2. IN BLOOM: Doronicums are in flower in Helen’s garden

This is the busiest time of year for all gardeners and 2013 has been particularly difficult with the windy, wet and cold weather we have had.

Despite this, my garden still has daffodils in flower as well as blue and pink pulmonarias with their white spotted leaves, forsythia, tulips, forget-me-nots and doronicums.


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Seeds are also being sewn for summer, autumn and winter vegetables.

Currently on my terrace and in the greenhouse I have beetroot, lettuce, spinach, broad beans, runner beans, french beans, sweet peppers, cucumbers, courgettes, leeks, parsnips, peas and tomatoes. Most of them are ready to go into the allotment or out into the flower borders.

For planting in the garden, there are pots of sweet peas, cosmos, annual and perennial dahlias, tagetes (for the pollinators in the greenhouse) and zinnias.

Now is the time to plant hanging baskets with summer bedding. Remember to think about where your basket will be – in the sun or shade – before you buy your plants and decide on a theme or colour.

Bees are also a necessity in the garden. The numbers of bees visiting our flowerbeds and vegetable plots have been falling over recent years.

Last spring there were worryingly few and this year is the same, so we should try to think about them when we are planning our gardens.

Bees like plants which help them collect nectar and pollen to turn into honey in their nests.

They love aquilegias, marigolds, cosmos, sunflowers, poppies, achillea, asters and echinops.

Come along to our talk at the Crawley Horticultural Society (in Ifield Avenue, West Green) on June 6 and listen to our bee expert explaining how important bees are to us and what we can do to help them.

Lastly, remember that whilst planning all the good things in the garden, we must remember to keep on top of weeds – the bitter fight for all gardeners.

I am currently digging over my autumn flower border which is infested with pernicious creeping buttercup and dock leaves.

They arrived over winter and will choke the summer day lilies and heleniums if I don’t dig now.

When I have cleared the ground I will also plant a very tall perennial sunflower – Lemon Queen – alongside a deep purple aster, which should look spectacular in the autumn, and be food for the bees at the same time.

If you have any questions or would like more plant recommendations you can e-mail me at editorial@crawleyhorticulturalsociety.org.uk

Crawley Horticultural Society calendar of events (held in the CHS Hall):

6 June – Dr Karin Alton, honey bee research scientist at the University of Sussex, will be giving a talk on “Planting for pollinators, how can we help boost our declining populations?”

9 June – Cats Protection Homing Show 11am – 3pm

22 June – Summer and Pelargonium Show 1.30pm

Article source: http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/Helen-Bergin-Seasonal-gardening-tips/story-19121877-detail/story.html

How to Grow a Great Garden–With Less Pain: Tips From Topical BioMedics

Gardeners place demands on their bodies and—if done improperly—gardening and yard work can lead to muscle and joint pain, repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as well as other injuries and accidents. Topical BioMedics, Inc., Rhinebeck, NY, offers insights and tips for enjoying gardening more with less pain.

Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) May 29, 2013

It’s the time of year people are tidying up their yards, digging in the dirt, and planting flowers and vegetables in their gardens. However, along with the joy and satisfaction of being active outdoors in nature, gardening also brings with it the risks of pain and injury. Topical BioMedics, Inc., of Rhinebeck, NY, offers insights and tips for enjoying gardening more with less pain.

BENEFITS OF GARDENING

Some of the benefits of gardening include being outside in the fresh air and sunshine as well as getting the blood moving. It’s also great form of exercise because it combines three types of physical activity: strength, endurance, and flexibility. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s possible to burn the same number of calories gardening for 45 minutes as doing 30 minutes of aerobics.

Here’s another benefit. In a study of more than 3,010 women, researchers from the University of Arkansas found that those involved in yard work and gardening had lower rates of osteoporosis than women who jogged, swam and did aerobics. In addition, spending time in nature can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and relieve muscle tension.

There’s no doubt that gardeners place demands on their bodies and—if done improperly—gardening and yard work can lead to muscle and joint pain, repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as well as other injuries and accidents.

“Planting, raking, weeding, digging, pruning, stooping, reaching, bending, kneeling, lifting, crouching, carrying heavy debris, and operating machinery puts stress on different parts of the body,” says Lou Paradise, president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, Inc., the makers of natural Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Creams. “Gardeners spend hours performing these activities and without warming up and using proper form, they can lead to a variety of problems such as sprains, strains, twisted ankles, hand and wrist pain, lower back and shoulder pain, foot, and knee pain.”

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year, more than 41,200 people were injured while gardening. For a safer 2013, Topical BioMedics offers the following tips to help stay injury free and safe from potential hazards throughout the gardening season:

To avoid/reduce injuries:

–Warm up/stretch as you would before any physical activity, and then cool down and stretch afterwards.

–Wear gardening gloves to lower the risk of skin irritations/cuts and reduce blister formation, and use kneepads or a foam cushion to make the work less stressful on knees.

–Dress to protect yourself from lawn/garden pests and the hot sun. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long, light-colored pants made from breathable cotton, tuck pants into socks or boots, and check yourself and family members for ticks. Wear a hat and sunglasses, and if you use a sunscreen make sure it is as safe and natural as possible (for recommendations, visit the Environmental Working Group at http://www.ewg.org).

–Wear goggles when doing things like weed-whacking or chipping and ear protection when using loud equipment.

–Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day. Remember that you’re outside in the heat, working up a sweat and perspiring.

–Use ergonomically designed tools, or ones with padded handles that are kinder to hands. Keep your “tools of the trade” in tip-top shape by making sure your power equipment is working properly and your tools are sharpened and properly stored.

–Do not mow grass when it’s wet and slippery. Before mowing, walk around the yard, checking for sticks, stones, toys, and other foreign objects that could shoot out from under the mower.

–Work at a steady, constant speed, take breaks often, and be sure to change positions every 10 or 15 minutes to avoid overusing any one muscle group.

To prevent and treat injuries:

Aches and pains don’t have to interfere with summer gardening when you practice prevention and follow activities/injuries with appropriate treatment protocol.

Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream is a favorite treatment for gardeners around the country. Fueled by nature not chemicals, Topricin is a blend of eleven natural medicines that naturally help the joints detoxify by stimulating the body’s desire to drain toxins and excess fluids from the muscle tissue, which restores blood flow back to normal and helps heal the damage that is causing the pain.

–As a preventative, Topricin can be applied prior to outdoor activities. For example, if you are planting flowers or vegetables, apply Topricin lower back, hands and wrists, which are points of stress. Topricin can also be applied to exposed areas of skin, acting as a barrier to the urushiol oil in poison ivy.

–Topricin helps relieve symptoms of pain from other gardening aliments such as blisters, tick bites, Lyme disease, poison ivy, and minor sunburn and dehydration.

HOT AND COLD THERAPY:

Hot and cold therapy, along with Topricin, can shorten the duration of the recovery so the body heals faster and you feel better sooner.

–ICE is the first course of action, for the first 24 – 48 hours to help with inflammation. Ice therapy has an effect when the ice is REMOVED. Ice stops the blood flow, when removed it releases fluids and toxins, stimulates lymphatic and toxin draining and more blood flow. Basic procedures for ice therapy: 10 minutes on; 5 off; 10 on, 5 off.

–MOIST HEAT and ICE/HEAT:

–HEAT: 48 – 72 hours after injury try using heat on the injured area. You’ll know it’s OK to continue if you don’t feel worse afterwards. Heat draws more blood to the area and removes toxins.

–ALTERNATING HOT AND COLD: Cold and heat can be very powerful when used together at this point. Protocol – takes about 45 minutes: Start with HEAT for 10 minutes; followed by 5 minute break. Then COLD for 10 minutes, followed by 5-minute break, then HEAT again for 10 minutes. Follow with application of Topricin.

Topricin Application Instructions:

–Generously apply Topricin as needed three inches on and around to affected area/injury. Rub in well until absorbed. For best results, apply evenings, morning/after bathing and 3 – 4 or more times during the day as needed.

NOTE: For severe pain and swelling, seek medical attention (Topricin may be applied as a first line first aid treatment while enroute to a medical facility).

To learn more about Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, go to http://www.topricin.com.

About Topical BioMedics, Inc.

Topical BioMedics is the research and development leader in patented topical natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and is now a leading natural therapeutic brand. A combination biomedicine formula, Topricin has been awarded a patent for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy.

Topricin products are formulated with approved medicines as found in the HPUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States) and are in compliance with federal rules for homeopathic over-the-counter medicines. Safe for diabetics, the products contain: no parabens, petroleum or harsh chemicals, are odorless, greaseless and non-irritating, and produce no known side effects.

For more information or to sign up for the free newsletter Natural Healing, Natural Wellness visit http://www.topricin.com

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SOURCES:

Topical BioMedics

Rodale.com

Mother Nature Network

SparkPeople/The American Institute of Cancer Research

Health.com

Care2.com

Weed Man

Prevention.com

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How to Grow a Great Garden–With Less Pain: Tips From Topical BioMedics

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Topricin is a great tool for gardeners who wish to prevent and heal aches, pains, and injuries

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year more than 41,200 people were injured while gardening

Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) May 29, 2013

It’s the time of year people are tidying up their yards, digging in the dirt, and planting flowers and vegetables in their gardens. However, along with the joy and satisfaction of being active outdoors in nature, gardening also brings with it the risks of pain and injury. Topical BioMedics, Inc., of Rhinebeck, NY, offers insights and tips for enjoying gardening more with less pain.

BENEFITS OF GARDENING

Some of the benefits of gardening include being outside in the fresh air and sunshine as well as getting the blood moving. It’s also great form of exercise because it combines three types of physical activity: strength, endurance, and flexibility. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s possible to burn the same number of calories gardening for 45 minutes as doing 30 minutes of aerobics.

Here’s another benefit. In a study of more than 3,010 women, researchers from the University of Arkansas found that those involved in yard work and gardening had lower rates of osteoporosis than women who jogged, swam and did aerobics. In addition, spending time in nature can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and relieve muscle tension.

There’s no doubt that gardeners place demands on their bodies and—if done improperly—gardening and yard work can lead to muscle and joint pain, repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as well as other injuries and accidents.

“Planting, raking, weeding, digging, pruning, stooping, reaching, bending, kneeling, lifting, crouching, carrying heavy debris, and operating machinery puts stress on different parts of the body,” says Lou Paradise, president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, Inc., the makers of natural Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Creams. “Gardeners spend hours performing these activities and without warming up and using proper form, they can lead to a variety of problems such as sprains, strains, twisted ankles, hand and wrist pain, lower back and shoulder pain, foot, and knee pain.”

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year, more than 41,200 people were injured while gardening. For a safer 2013, Topical BioMedics offers the following tips to help stay injury free and safe from potential hazards throughout the gardening season:

To avoid/reduce injuries:

–Warm up/stretch as you would before any physical activity, and then cool down and stretch afterwards.

–Wear gardening gloves to lower the risk of skin irritations/cuts and reduce blister formation, and use kneepads or a foam cushion to make the work less stressful on knees.

–Dress to protect yourself from lawn/garden pests and the hot sun. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long, light-colored pants made from breathable cotton, tuck pants into socks or boots, and check yourself and family members for ticks. Wear a hat and sunglasses, and if you use a sunscreen make sure it is as safe and natural as possible (for recommendations, visit the Environmental Working Group at http://www.ewg.org).

–Wear goggles when doing things like weed-whacking or chipping and ear protection when using loud equipment.

–Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day. Remember that you’re outside in the heat, working up a sweat and perspiring.

–Use ergonomically designed tools, or ones with padded handles that are kinder to hands. Keep your “tools of the trade” in tip-top shape by making sure your power equipment is working properly and your tools are sharpened and properly stored.

–Do not mow grass when it’s wet and slippery. Before mowing, walk around the yard, checking for sticks, stones, toys, and other foreign objects that could shoot out from under the mower.

–Work at a steady, constant speed, take breaks often, and be sure to change positions every 10 or 15 minutes to avoid overusing any one muscle group.

To prevent and treat injuries:

Aches and pains don’t have to interfere with summer gardening when you practice prevention and follow activities/injuries with appropriate treatment protocol.

Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream is a favorite treatment for gardeners around the country. Fueled by nature not chemicals, Topricin is a blend of eleven natural medicines that naturally help the joints detoxify by stimulating the body’s desire to drain toxins and excess fluids from the muscle tissue, which restores blood flow back to normal and helps heal the damage that is causing the pain.

–As a preventative, Topricin can be applied prior to outdoor activities. For example, if you are planting flowers or vegetables, apply Topricin lower back, hands and wrists, which are points of stress. Topricin can also be applied to exposed areas of skin, acting as a barrier to the urushiol oil in poison ivy.

–Topricin helps relieve symptoms of pain from other gardening aliments such as blisters, tick bites, Lyme disease, poison ivy, and minor sunburn and dehydration.

HOT AND COLD THERAPY:

Hot and cold therapy, along with Topricin, can shorten the duration of the recovery so the body heals faster and you feel better sooner.

–ICE is the first course of action, for the first 24 – 48 hours to help with inflammation. Ice therapy has an effect when the ice is REMOVED. Ice stops the blood flow, when removed it releases fluids and toxins, stimulates lymphatic and toxin draining and more blood flow. Basic procedures for ice therapy: 10 minutes on; 5 off; 10 on, 5 off.

–MOIST HEAT and ICE/HEAT:

–HEAT: 48 – 72 hours after injury try using heat on the injured area. You’ll know it’s OK to continue if you don’t feel worse afterwards. Heat draws more blood to the area and removes toxins.

–ALTERNATING HOT AND COLD: Cold and heat can be very powerful when used together at this point. Protocol – takes about 45 minutes: Start with HEAT for 10 minutes; followed by 5 minute break. Then COLD for 10 minutes, followed by 5-minute break, then HEAT again for 10 minutes. Follow with application of Topricin.

Topricin Application Instructions:

–Generously apply Topricin as needed three inches on and around to affected area/injury. Rub in well until absorbed. For best results, apply evenings, morning/after bathing and 3 – 4 or more times during the day as needed.

NOTE: For severe pain and swelling, seek medical attention (Topricin may be applied as a first line first aid treatment while enroute to a medical facility).

To learn more about Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, go to http://www.topricin.com.

About Topical BioMedics, Inc.

Topical BioMedics is the research and development leader in patented topical natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and is now a leading natural therapeutic brand. A combination biomedicine formula, Topricin has been awarded a patent for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy.

Topricin products are formulated with approved medicines as found in the HPUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States) and are in compliance with federal rules for homeopathic over-the-counter medicines. Safe for diabetics, the products contain: no parabens, petroleum or harsh chemicals, are odorless, greaseless and non-irritating, and produce no known side effects.

For more information or to sign up for the free newsletter Natural Healing, Natural Wellness visit http://www.topricin.com

# # #

SOURCES:

Topical BioMedics

Rodale.com

Mother Nature Network

SparkPeople/The American Institute of Cancer Research

Health.com

Care2.com

Weed Man

Prevention.com

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