Autumn brings the most frequent loss of leaves from trees, but it is not the only time. Many plants and trees lose their leaves and needles year-round. Berries and flowers also drop throughout spring, summer and winter, piling up on front walks, driveways, decks and porches. Keeping up with falling debris from trees and shrubbery in the yard can be an endless chore. One way to reduce the amount of raking and sweeping involved is to use a leaf blower. It can be used on a variety of yard debris to keep the property looking clean and can also prevent injuries from slip-and-falls or tripping visitors and family members.

Make a determination of staying with what you are doing. Never ever think of quitting. Temporary failures should not make you lose your confidence; instead you can take these failures as a learning curve and build up on your knowledge.

I never left my house without treats in my pocket. I began to cross the street when I saw someone approaching. I stopped wherever I was. I would go up driveways, walkways, grassy areas. I did what I had to in order to give the distance he needed.

Switching your phone to airplane mode when you are traveling, or in an area where you can’t receive calls or texts will help to save your battery life. Having to find and remain in contact with the nearest towers uses up a ton of battery. Switch to airplane mode in the setting’s section of your phone and keep your batter for when you actually need it.

If the rhododendron bush under your picture window looks scraggly and sad, it may be nearing the end of its life. Bushes that are starting to look leggy can often be saved by a good, firm pruning, but if your bush is old and unhealthy, it may be time to replace it with something new. Some bushes, like butterfly bushes, can grow to full size in a year or two; others, like barberry, can take years to reach full size. If you don’t want to wait years for your bushes to mature, you can either shell out the extra money for larger specimens, or you can choose a fast growing shrub.

Also check out what the neighbor’s lawn or property looks like. Does it contain a lot of large and small sticks? Is it trashy and contain stuff that belongs in a Dumpster?

You can use borax to clean toilets, freshen drains, get streak-free mirrors and windows and much more. It’s versatile, it’s cheap and it’s green! Try a box of the magic powder and you’ll see for yourself how much you can do around the house with it. You’ll save a ton of money over ordinary, high-priced products and you’ll be saving yourself, your family and your environment!