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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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3 Tips For Creating A Safe Yard For Children With Allergies

by Edwin Johnston

Playing outside is one of the primary joys of childhood, but outdoor play can be unpleasant and even dangerous for children with allergies. Asthma attacks can be life-threatening, and garden variety hay fever and contact dermatitis can doom an allergic child to spending gorgeous summer days indoors while siblings and friends play outside. Fortunately there are several ways that homeowners can make their outdoor living spaces safer for children who experience plant allergies. Here are three of them:

Avoid Using Plants That Produce Wind-Borne Pollen

Plants that spread their seed via wind-borne pollination are more likely to cause allergic reactions in allergy sufferers simply because their pollen grains are in the air. Choosing vegetation that is pollinated by bees, birds, or bugs will decrease atmospheric pollen levels significantly. Example of flowering plants that are pollinated by bug, bees, or birds include:

  • Daffodils -- these cheerful flowers are a welcome sign on spring in most locations.
  • Begonias -- these colorful annuals are excellent in shady spaces.
  • Azaleas -- these flowering shrubs come back reliably every year.
  • Viburnum -- this easy-care old-fashioned garden favorite can be used as a specimen planting or used as hedging.

Your local plant nursery can advise you of other plants that would work well for your individual landscaping needs.

Mulch With Inorganic Materials

Pollen isn't the only thing that can cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Organic mulch materials such as bark dust can retain significant amounts of moisture, thus creating conditions conducive to the development of allergy-causing mold and mildew. Using inorganic mulching materials such as oyster shells, pebbles, or even recycled rubber pellets.

Install Artificial Grass

While lawn grass usually isn't allowed to grow long enough so that it produces pollen, it creates conditions where flowering weeds can pose potential problems for allergy sufferers. Also, like organic molds, lawn grass may provide a nourishing environment for mold and mildew spores. As an added benefit, today's artificial turf products are far more realistic than their counterparts of the past. Other benefits of using artificial turf include:

  • You won't need to use fertilizers and insecticides to keep it looking good, meaning that children won't risk developing contact dermatitis due to exposure to harsh chemicals.
  • Some people are allergic to the botanical oils produces by most lawn grasses, and artificial grass completely eliminates chances of this occurring.

For more information on the benefits of installing artificial turf, contact a local contractor who specializes in alternative landscaping options.

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