A Pet Waste Removal Service That Saves You Time

As pet owners, we all know the daunting task of cleaning up after our loved ones. I first got my dog, Gracie, from the Prince William SPCA not far from the Manassas and Bristow VA area. She was a lively little beagle mix who was never short of energy. I knew she was the one when I first saw her. I didn’t however realize the amount of attention a dog needed when I first got her. I was an avid workaholic and spent a lot of my time back and forth from the office. I had installed a doggie door that would open when Gracie was close through embedding a sensor on her collar. The only problem was the small amount of allotted time I had for pet waste removal.  Sometimes my yard would be so poop ridden that it would take thirty minutes to an hour to dispose of all her poop.Pet Waste Removal

To safeguard my guests and me from stepping in any land mines and to assure the health of my dog, I decided to call upon a professional pooper scooper company. Lucky for me this was an easy find. At the top of my search I found “Doody Calls” who had many reviews on being the area’s best pet waste removal company. They would come to your home at a conveniently scheduled time and get the dirty job done that I didn’t have the time for. They offered a pooper scooper service that could be at your door weekly, monthly, and bi-monthly which seemed just right for me. I picked the weekly option (Gracie does a lot of business). Doody Calls was also part of the Doctor Trusted organization which made me feel comfortable about my decision and the safety of my dog.

When the pet waste technician arrived at my home I was welcomed with a warm greeting and a very timely servicing. I was there for the first pooper scooper service but he assured me that I didn’t need to be there when they were cleaning up. He told me they would put a certificate of completion at my door when they were finished. This is very helpful being that I got this service to save time in the first place. Three months down the road and I’m still enjoying this wonderful luxury. No longer do I have to handle the “doodies” of the dog life!

This entry was posted on April 20, 2015.

Fencing for Any Style


If you are looking to improve the look and value of your home by installing a fence, it is important that you know what options are available to you. A good fencing company, like Fencing Unlimited in Richmond Va, will no doubt tell you, it is vital that you select your fencing carefully. It should complement the design of your home while also fitting in with what is in the neighborhood. There are many different types of fences to choose from. Below are just of few to consider.

Split Rail

The split rail fence design is one that is a bit rustic. These are usually constructed with long, rough-hewn beams and typically use black locust wood. The goal of this type of fencing isn’t to get a look that is perfectly polished. When you view a split rail fence, it will call to mind farms, ranches, and open space. As a result, this type of fence works well for ranch homes and farm style homes.

Picket Fence

The picket fence is classic and likely the type of fence your fencing company is most familiar with installing. This style of fencing can complement virtually any style of home, though it does look best on homes that have smaller yards.

Lattice fencing, known for its intersecting or crisscross style, is a great way to add some extra flair and style to your yard. Often seen with decorative posts, they are a great way to add a bit of elegance to the surrounding area.

Chain Link Fence

A chain link fence generally isn’t selected for its looks, but rather for practicality. Out of your fencing options, this will be the cheapest and it is an easy way to secure larger expanses of land.

Privacy Fence

A privacy fence refers to any tall, solid fence that obscures views and provides you with some privacy. As this is a general term, there are many styles you can choose from so that you are able to complement the look of your home. Your fencing company will likely recommend one style of fencing for the front of your home and a privacy fence for the back.
Of course there are many other fencing options to choose from based on your needs. These are just a few of the most basic and popular styles available. Always check with your local fencing contractor to see about all of their different styles and options available for you.

This entry was posted on March 13, 2015.

Tips for Gardening into Your Later Years

When you think of gardening, the first thing that comes to mind may be the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making a flourishing landscape. Often to those who do not think they have a green thumb, they may look at maintaining a yard as more of a necessary chore as opposed to a relaxing hobby. Especially as you age, you may begin to feel that your body can’t take all of the kneeling and bending required to maintain a garden. However, in a recent article from USA Today, gardening has been used to improve both the physical and physiological conditions of many patients as a mild form of aerobic activity. In fact, horticultural therapy was pioneered in the late 1940’s as a form of rehabilitation for war veterans. This form of therapy was proven to improve coordination, balance, and endurance of patients after only 10 weeks.

That is why I whole-heartedly believe that if you have a passion for gardening, there is no age limit. Also, if you are a senior who is looking for a low-impact, creative project that you can do at your own pace from the comfort of your own home, then you may want to consider taking up gardening as a hobby. Here at the Garden Center Blog, we have three easy tips you should know if you or a loved one is 65 or older and plans on taking on gardening.

1. Invest in the Right Tools
It is very important that before you begin any hobby that you have the proper tools and equipment. Many elderly people who suffer from mild, non-life-threatening conditions such as arthritis, find it difficult or even impossible to use regular gardening tools. When investing in gardening equipment, be sure the focus on lightweight tools that also have the proper grips and hand cushioning. In addition, just because you can no longer sit low to the ground doesn’t mean you have to give up gardening. Raised flowerbeds are a great compromise to allow you to continue to garden comfortably into your golden years. These flowerbeds can be raised to a comfortable seating or standing height and can be built using a number of materials including wood, concrete, brick, or stone. If you aren’t up to building your own raised flowerbed, many pre-made flowerbeds are sure to be available at your local home improvement store.

2. Have a Gardening Buddy
One important tip to always keep in mind if you are elderly or disabled is that you should never garden alone. We advise against gardening by yourself for a number of reasons, the biggest reason being to maintain safety. You never know what could happen while you are outside gardening. If it is a hot day, you or a loved one could become overheated or lightheaded and faint. Also, if you are kneeling down or maneuvering through outdoor terrain you could lose your footing, fall, and potentially injure yourself. One of the most important things to keep in mind while gardening outdoors is to have a gardening partner. If you do not have a friend or family member nearby, there are a number of senior home care services that will come to your home a couple times a week to help with light housekeeping and errands. Even if you only have a senior helper visit once a week, it will give you and your family added peace of mind that you won’t be alone, should something go wrong.

3. Start Slow
Lastly, the best piece of advice we have at the Garden Center is to pace yourself. Gardening is a marathon not a race, and the most beautiful things in life take time. Depending on the type of plants, vegetables, or flowers you want to plant you should also do your research as to when is the best time of year to plant or prune them. This will help your garden will thrive! If you make a plan, do your research, and work on your gardening project a little at a time, it won’t be long until you start to see all of your hard work turn into a beautiful work of art right outside of your door.

This entry was posted on October 28, 2014.

Fall is a Great Time for Landscaping

Many people I know start to cut back on their gardening and landscaping efforts right about now, in the middle of October. Maybe they know that no matter what they do, leaves will still fall from the trees and shrubs in a matter of weeks, and yards will look a little bare until spring. And they’re content to take a break from landscaping until then.

So it seems that every year, I find myself encouraging people to spend more time planting, moving, and adjusting their gardens and landscapes throughout October and November. The weather is bound to be wonderful, as it was here in Virginia Beach last weekend. And many things we can do now, in early fall, will reward us next spring and throughout the year.

One thing I always suggest doing is visiting a Virginia Beach nursery or two. Grab a pumpkin latte and do a little cool-weather browsing. You won’t see the spectacular colors on display that would have excited you in June, but you are likely to see some great bargains. Nurseries don’t want to keep their stock over the winter, so trees and shrubs will be priced to move.

Fall isn’t just the best time of the year to buy new trees and shrubs: It’s the best time to plant them. New plantings can expand their roots for months while stresses are at a minimum. By the time the stresses of growing season and summer’s heat, your plants will have the robust root systems to bring them the moisture and nutrients they need to thrive.

I’ve had great luck both finding and planting trees in the fall – in fact, it’s almost become an annual tradition for me. I’ve found excellent bargains on normally expensive Japanese maple trees that I normally couldn’t afford, and the trees look great come next spring. The only downside to getting a bargain on a big tree is that I can’t handle it myself. If this happens to you, do as I do: Put one of Virginia Beach’s best landscaping crews to work.

If you’re like me, over the course of the year you find yourself wanting to re-position a shrub or two. Maybe a shrub is getting too much sun, or maybe not enough. Perhaps your shrub has outgrown its space or is about to be overshadowed by that lovely purple maple you just planted. As is the case with any new plantings, your repositioned shrubs will benefit from being moved during a low-stress time of year.

Now is also a great time to remove unwanted shrubs. Maybe that shrub’s color, blooms, and foliage are wrong; maybe it needs more light or shade than your yard can provide. If that’s the case, pull it out of your yard. But before you do, try to ask a friend or a neighbor if they may have a place for it. Sometimes a change of environment is just what an under-performing shrub needs – and giving it a second chance beats sending it to landfill.

Winter will get here soon enough, and you’ll have plenty to time to stay inside and relax. In the meantime, take advantage of the lovely October weather we get in Virginia. This weekend’s forecast calls for clear, blue skies in the mid-sixties. So grab your gardening tools, enjoy the fresh air, and plant something you’ll love seeing next spring.

This entry was posted on October 21, 2014.

Stay Protected Efficient Windows In Denver

When a storm comes in through the Denver area, you want to know that your house is going to stand up to the elements. Renewal by Andersen Windows in Denver can handle the heat and the snow. If their windows can stand up to Hurricane Sandy, they can stand up to just about anything. Denver is no stranger to extreme weather. Feet of snow can fall overnight and temperatures can plummet below zero in just a matter of hours. Let’s not forget the wind. That wind can hit the Front Range at gale force speeds. You need windows that are going to be able to handle that time after time.

Benefits of Andersen Brand Windows for Your Colorado Home

renewal by andersen double hung windowAndersen Windows in Denver can take just about anything. Just call them up and find out what kind of windows can work for your home. A friendly sales representative will walk you through all your options and help you find the windows that are within your price range. Andersen has energy efficient windows that can save you thousands on your energy bill over the lifetime of the window. In a city like Denver, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to make your home more energy efficient. You’ll never leave empty handed! Once you’ve selected your windows, an installation expert can help you put your new windows in. Trust me, you’re better off paying someone to install your windows. A new window is pointless if it’s installed incorrectly. You don’t want your new window to leak do you? You’ll be glad you did and you’ll be satisfied with your new windows.

So what are you waiting for? Andersen Windows is eagerly awaiting your call. They have years of experience and they’re dying to pass on their wisdom to you. Your new windows will illuminate your life and elevate your home’s value. It’s never been a smarter time to upgrade to some brand new windows from Andersen Windows. They also have many styles of windows available from double hung, to bay&bow as well as specialty windows all custom made for your home.

This entry was posted on August 14, 2014.

Upholstery Cleaning Benefits, My Experience

Instead of gardens and outdoor improvement, today I wanted to get a little bit off topic and talk for a little bit about an indoor home solution I am passionate about, upholstery cleaning.

after upholstery cleaning by ChemdryWhile most people know its beneficial to maintain their carpets by having them cleaned every so often, many people don’t think the same way about their furniture and upholstery. Every household nomatter how large or small brings in dirt, makes stains and sheds on their furniture whether they know it or not. Over time, this debris builds up and creates stains and leaves behind things like allergens that you may or may not notice. An upholstery cleaners like Richmond Chemdry can be the difference between having a healthy living area and being around a cocktail of food stains, mold, allergens and even animal waste from my dog among other components of household dirt.

Here are my top 3 reasons for why I recently hired an upholstery cleaner:

  1. Allergen Removal. Many if not most families throughout the country have a member with allergies. This is no different from my family so I always try to make sure we live in as allergy free home as possible. Dust and pollen in the air is attracted to surfaces like upholstery and since we use our furniture so much, it can be a spot allergens really build up.
  2. Like-new appearance. The couches in my living room were so dirty they didn’t even pass the eye test. Once a cream color, they were becoming a shade of yellow before I had Richmond Chemdry step in. Your entire living space becomes more enjoyable when you have clean, brightly colored furniture to enjoy.
  3. Longevity. Im the type of person who prefers to buy quality products no matter what it is. That said; I also am high on maintaining them so they last longer than the average similar item. With this in mind I knew if I was going to avoid replacing the living room set I had bought years ago I needed to keep it clean so any dirt, stains, or other debris would not sink in and cause permanent damage.

There is a lot more to cleaning than appearance might suggest. Keeping a clean home helps keep everybody who enters healthy and creates a positive environment all can appreciate. Upholstery cleaning is one great way to help maintain this.

This entry was posted on July 31, 2014.

Landscaping with Paver Stone

With my parents getting older I like to help them as much as I can. Even though they are still able bodied and can do everything for themselves I always volunteer to do a few projects around the house for them. This year im helping my father landscape the yard at my parents home near Richmond VA. He has a plan to build a patio with a long walkway out to the garage. We were planning on using a landscape supply company to buy the stone pavers from Pete Rose we needed for the project.

Landscape Supplies, Delivered

I was about to go pick up the pavers and other materials we needed until my dad told me Pete Rose, the landscape supply company was going to deliver them for us. This saved us time to get started on the digging process. When we had to do was dig out an area of the patio deep enough to put the manufactured stone pavers down. The hardest part aside from digging in the heat was getting everything level to get the stones set in place just right. The ones we choose were from  Eldorado stone and I could tell it was a good choice, something I rarely admit to my father.

Finished Product

stone patio landscapingAfter a full weekend of toiling in the heat we finally had the patio and walkway completed. Along with the ever expanding garden that was there every year, this time packed with fresh tomatoes and the new privacy fence the yard was nearly complete. That’s when I was informed he also wanted help putting in a small pond in just a months time. I cheerfully agreed knowing how happy it makes my parents to have a landscaped yard.

This entry was posted on July 1, 2014.

Virginia Remodeling Company

‘The best place to live in America…’: Finding a Northern Virginia home remodeling company

living room and kitchen remodelingThe ideal remodeling company not only provides home improvements which make for a more enjoyable living space, but can also drastically increase the value of your property. Whatever your motivations, finding just the right home remodeling service for you can depend on several factors.

Your remodeling vision

Whether or not you want to get into the design process yourself, it’s important to remember that remodeling companies know the limits: architects and builders work side by side to ensure that a re-fit is not only beautiful, but is also suitable for daily living.

It’s also worth remembering that some companies may offer special discounts for large-scale remodeling: While initially, you may have had the idea of modeling one room at a time, multiple jobs could, in the long-run, save you thousands.

Finding the right company

Finding a company who can cater to your desires might seem like no easy task. After all, how can you tell if a contractor is any good until the job is done? There are several precautions you can take to ensure you find which Fairfax, Arlington, or Alexandria VA home remodeling company is right for you.

The company should offer you a list of referrals as well as several examples of previous remodeling work. However, don’t get distracted by flashy images: a single point of contact, a remodeling which fits your budget and reassurance about the building materials and techniques are all signs of a reputable remodeling company who are equally eager to provide you with a long-lasting, durable remodeling job. In this way, you can go some way to find the perfect blend of aesthetics, quality and reliability. One you find a reliable contractor you can hire them to do even more varieties of work. For example, I used the same company to build a home addition and I was equally satisfied with the results of my expanded home with 2 new rooms.

This entry was posted on June 9, 2014.

Benefits of Vinyl Windows

When looking at the outside of your home you notice the main attributes of the home like the color and the material, then you notice the windows. A lot of home owners will spend the time improving their siding, lighting, roofing, and even landscaping before thinking about replacing their windows. Replacement windows are a necessity when it comes to improving the look of a home and the efficiency. There are many different interior window improvements you can make to ensure increase your energy efficiency but not a whole lot you can do to improve the look of your windows, besides replacement.

The integrity of windows last a very long time but when it comes to the efficiency of the window it diminishes over time. Just like any other technology as the years go by newer and more efficiency technology arises. This is why it is very important that you replace your windows when they are starting to show signs of replacement.

I remember when I had to replace my windows for my home in Texas and how difficult it was decide on a style and type of window for my home. Should I purchase wood windows or vinyl? What are the pros and cons of each? What is my budget for this project? These are all questions I had to think about before making my final decision. Luckily for me I found Southwest Door and Window, the best replacement windows Dallas had to offer. They were able to help me answer the questions that I needed answering. There provided the pros and cons of vinyl windows, the best style for my home, and the right budget to spend.

When deciding the budget for my windows I had never thought about the return on investment that I would receive from purchasing new windows. Every month I would end up saving around $50 dollars on heating and cooling costs and over time those savings would basically cover the cost of my new window purchase. I also found out that vinyl windows way less maintenance compared to wood windows because you don’t have to paint, sand, or watch out for insects. I wanted something that would save me money each month, low maintenance, long lasting and vinyl windows were definitely the best choice.

The intangible benefits of new windows are very important factors that you never think about when you weight the options of replacement. My home looks way more appealing with clean and uniform windows. I also have a sense of security knowing that those windows were going to protect my home from the external elements. I would strongly suggest all of our readers to examine the tangible and intangible benefits and then make your final decision.

This entry was posted on June 5, 2014.

Benefits of New Glass

Windows are a fantastic way to accent your home and allow a great amount of natural light throughout the interior of your residence. It is very important that we expose our home to great amounts of natural light because it can heat your home during the winter and it will also provide energy to your family members living inside the home. I noticed that when my home was darker and didn’t have large amounts of natural light my son would be tired and lack energy; but when I had our glass replaced in our Philadelphia home he was more energetic and seemed a lot healthier. A great way to achieve greater light in your home is by purchasing new glass that allows healthy light into your home or by replacing the windows altogether and purchasing new ones.

There are many great window design ideas on the internet and magazines that you can look through to try and get the right idea of the design you want to go with. Not a lot of home owners think that windows are a great home investment but they actually provide a wide variety of benefits both tangible and intangible. By purchasing energy efficient glass you will be able to save hundreds of dollars every year just from stopping the flow of external air into your home.

By purchasing new window glass and frames you will be able to change the overall look of your home. If you are looking for a minor exterior change to your home then purchasing new windows is a great way to go. There are a wide variety of different colors, textures, materials, and designs that you can choose for you home. You will be able to find the unique look that you are looking for in your home and it can increase the value of your home. You will have neighbors walk by your home and say wow that home looks amazing which will increase the pride you take in your home.

The main things you can take away from this article is that new windows can provide a greater amount of natural light for your home increase the energy and health level of family members. It  can also provide tangible and intangible benefits that include energy savings, increased home value, and greater personal value of your residence.

This entry was posted on May 20, 2014.