Are Plastic Water Bottles Safe?

We all know the importance of staying hydrated. The method of choice for most people these days is to carry around a trendy, colorful plastic sports bottle filled with water. You know, the tough, hard plastic ones that everyone from bikers and hikers to active business folks to on-the-go moms tote around - not to mention students ranging from elementary to college. They're perfect for an active lifestyle - light, durable and available in a rainbow of colors. However, new research has shown that these plastic sports bottles may pose serious health hazards. 

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The Safe Alternative to Plastic!

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen is a reusable, light weight, risk-free stainless steel container that does not leach toxins into its contents. Recent studies link toxins such as bisphenol-a (BPA) to breast cancers and reproductive mutations. Plastics migrate carcinogens including BPA during regular use, exposure to heat, and especially after cleaning.

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Organic Lawn Tips from Gardens Alive

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Sunlight is an important factor in maintaining your lawn. Most common grass varieties (fescues, Kentucky Bluegrass, perennial rye) will only really stay lush and green in full sun, though most will tolerate some shade. If your property is partially shaded all day or receives less than 4 hours of full sun a day, you should consider sowing a variety that is more suited to shade such as Tall fescue 'Rebel', Kentucky bluegrass 'Park', Red fescue 'Ruby', zoysia matrella, St. Augustine or Chewings fescue. You may also want to consider Gardens Alive!'s Turf Alive! seeds.

Keep in mind that your landscape changes over time -- trees grow, old plantings die allowing more sunlight in, etc. You may find over the years that you need to reseed your lawn with a grass variety more appropriate to the new conditions or sow different types in different areas such as shade, high-traffic and full sun.

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When Lilacs
Won't Bloom

When Lilacs Won't Bloom

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Lilacs are usually fairly reliable bloomers, but sometimes they fail to flower. Here are some tips to make sure yours bloom:

Usually insufficient sunlight is the problem. A minimum of six hours of sun is needed each day.
Too much nitrogen can be a problem. Often lilacs are planted in the lawn and fertilizers used to green up lawns are too high in nitrogen. For the lilac, this causes beautiful green foliage but little bloom. Avoid using fertilizers high in nitrogen.
Make sure you prune at the right time. In early spring, remove any dead or damaged wood. But don't do any major pruning because you can easily remove the dormant flower buds. After the flowers fade, it's OK to do more major pruning, such as reshaping or rejuvenation of an old bush. You can also remove the faded flowers. Just be sure to complete pruning before midsummer. If you wait too long, you risk removing some of the next season's blooms. 

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