How to travel with your pets

How to travel with your pets

Pets are more than just animals for many of us, they are almost family, we highly appreciate their company and we take care of them doing our best to keep them happy and healthy, for that reason we try to what is best for them all the time, they are loyal lovely and noble companions who deserve all the love and care we can provide them.


Travelling with pets

We want to be with them as much as possible, and when we travel, we think they surely will enjoy the vacation trip as much as we do and sometimes that’s not really accurate, there are pets which enjoy a vacation trip with their human companion and they are very happy, but in some cases they suffer and definitely don’t enjoy our dream trip.

The first thing you must do, is to really think about it, think if your pet will enjoy the trip or will suffer, maybe it will be happier at home with someone who take care of it, maybe it will enjoy a road trip with you being together and knowing new places or the usual places you go during your vacations. Take in count if you are going to travel by air or you will travel in your car by road.

In any case, your pet should be properly vaccinated and identified, the best identification option is the microchip, it is reliable, safe, and has allowed many  pets to reunite with their humans, you should also clearly identify the kennel, with your permanent address and the address you will use during the vacation trip.

Take with you all the needed documents, like vaccination proof, health certificate, etc.

Be sure you have a proper carrier, big enough for your pet, it must be able to sit and lay without touching the sides, and that’s a requirement of some airlines.

Try to travel by road, it is far safer than air, even when airlines are trying to be pet friendly it has occurred a significant number of incidents with pets, included pets sent to wrong destination, lost, injured and even death, use direct flights and try to select a ln airline which allow you travel with your pet in the cabin with you (they usually allow this if the pet’s carrier is small enough to  fit under the seat), if it cannot do it, it will do it in cargo, be sure they have the proper conditions to keep your pet safe, take in count that the majority of airlines forbid snub-nosed pets like bulldogs or Persian cats, because they have breathing problems.

Prepare and plan your travel with time enough and find out which hotels at your destination are pet friendly, the best option for the trip, a hotel that use steam cleaner, etc.

If you travel by road, don’t let your pet lose, it is also forbidden in many places and it’s really insecure, stop frequently so your pet can relax and stretch its legs.



garden Water Distribution

Water distribution systems for garden

Most of homeowners are not quite familiar with all the responsibilities that a well cared home carries within. There’s so much to cover, chores go beyond than sweeping every once in a while, cooking and cleaning the kitchen or going or doing laundry. If you have a home which happens to have a garden in its front or back yard, you have to take care of it as if it were a pet or even a child.

Of course, you are not a professional gardener or landscaper that knows which plant to water, when to do so and not losing your mind while keeping track. That’s why water distribution systems exist.

Water distribution systems are as old as civilization. This invention has improved the task of watering plants via carrying buckets and trying to carefully water them without drowning them and transformed it into controlling the flow of water with just a valve. Back then it was first employed to optimize harvesting and other agriculture related tasks, and nowadays it can help you to take care of your beloved garden, one of the many faces that your sweet home has.

Of course, nowadays’ irrigation systems seem to be very similar to the ones used in ancient times, but technology and modernization have made their impact in their function and manufacturing, so one may ask “how do they work?”

Irrigation systems, especially those intended for garden usage, work by carrying the water through pipes that go around the whole garden starting from a water source like tap water and deliver it to some sort of outlet that will vary depending on the purpose you wat to give to it. These outlets could be:

  • Soaker Hose: Also known as leaky pipe, it’s a porous pipe that releases water slowly along its length. These are often used in long lengths such as 50m and it’s ideal to water vegetable patches, flower borders and terrains of similar areas.
  • Mini Sprinkler: These are perfect to cover vast areas of plantation in a rapid and simple way. They function by throwing big droplets streams that cover a radius of at least 5 meters. They are pretty easy to install as you might find them pre-manufactured or customizable.
  • Micro Jet & Sprays:  These systems deliver a fine spray as their outlet force a great pressure on water. They’re nice to cover small areas (around 2 meters of radius). Equal to mini sprinklers, you can find pre-manufactured or customizable ones.
  • Drip Irrigation: They’re precise and efficient as they deliver the water directly to the roots of a lucky plant. They do slow releases of water, granting a great control of delivering and water waste.

In order to take good care of your garden, you need to be sure that your water source is as clean as possible. Certain companies specialize on softener, deionization, filtration and many other water treatment systems that will guarantee the purest water to feed your plants.


Most Destructive Insects For Garden

Ten most destructive insects and how to get rid of them

Gardening is a beautiful and relaxing activity which is practiced by millions of people around the world, it give peace to your soul and calm your mind, taking the stress away, but create and keep a garden means many hard work, design your garden, decide which plant you will cultivate, the entire process of cultivating and then you must take care of your plants, their health, the soil’s quality, appropriate water irrigation and more.


One of the problems that may appear, and that you must solve fast, is the presence of bugs in your dreamed garden, many insects are good for plants, helping in their reproduction and more, but some insects are pests, they may harm your plant or affect your garden seriously, it is imperative to learn how to get rid of them without cause any additional damage by yourself.


The most destructive insects


There are many insects that may affect negatively your garden, there is a list of ten.


  • Spider mites, they are tiny mite pests, hard to see without magnification, they suck plant juices.
  • Aphids, are insects that suck plant juices weakening them and excrete a sweet honeydew residue that attracts other insects.
  • Flea beetle, tiny black beetles that feed on plants chewing small holes in leaves.
  • White flies, they are very small with rounded white wings, they secrete a honeydew similar to aphids that encourage the grow of sooty mold.
  • Cabbage worms, are small pale green caterpillars that chew irregular shaped holes in the foliage and leave excrement.
  • Tomato moths, are caterpillars that turn into moths, they feed on plants
  • Fire ants, very aggressive exotic ants, they are usually don’t harm plants, but they attack the gardener who will not be able to care the garden.
  • Japanese beetles, they are metallic blue-green beetles, the adults eat leaves and chew flowers, the larvae eat the plant’s roots.
  • Scale insects, they suck plant sap
  • Cutworms, they are grey segmented and fat larvae, 1 inch long, they chew through stems at ground level and they even may devour an entire plant completely.


How to get rid of them


There are several methods to get rid of those pests, there are some of them:


For Japanese beetles, spider mites, aphids and  white flies, you can use insecticide soap, with white flies you can also use malathion and pyrethrum products, malathion is effective against aphids too.


BT products are effective against cabbage worms, tomato moth and cutworms, in the case of cutworms you should use cutworms collar and spinosad and esfenvalerate.


Horticultural oil are effective against aphids and scale insects.


Flea beetles can be managed with carbaryl and malathion and for repel them you can spray plants with garlic spray or kaolin clay.


Fire ants can be managed with spinosad pesticide.

How to keep your garden weed free

How to keep your garden weed free

Gardening is a beautiful and useful activity practiced by millions around the world, and both, the process and the result are very relaxing, each one in its own way.

You can enjoy any garden, regardless of the size, feeling that quiet and peaceful atmosphere. That piece of nature that reminds us the stunning, breathtaking and amazing beauty of our mother earth, also help us enjoy the work, the process, the investigation looking for ideas and trends for the garden, the design, and planting every single plant with love and tenderness.


Plants are sensibles to everything that surrounds them, for that reason we treat them with love and concern, paying attention to every detail and avoiding any element that might negatively affect our precious piece of heaven, and there are some negative elements you should eliminate.


The evil weed


One of the elements that might affect in a negative way is weed, those unwanted plants seriously harm the aesthetics of our garden, they ruin our design and because of them our garden looks untidy, but beyond that, weed is invasive and undesired, it steals the resources our loved plants need to live and develop showing all their beauty, so it is not only a matter of how our garden looks, but the health and live of our plants.


There are some plant that may be considered as weed in certain places and/or situations, but in other places are desired plants, like white clover for example, and there are plants designated by authorities as noxious weed because they are harmful to agricultural, natural habitats and livestock, and in both cases we want to eradicate them as soon as possible.


How to eliminate weed from our garden


The most known method to eliminate weed is the use of weed-killers, the inconvenient is that they are toxic and chemical they have may harm the environment and our desired plants as well, but there are some home-made and environmentally-friendly methods we can use. Some of them are:


  • Boiling water: you may never imagined this, but boiling water will kill effectively the weed in your garden, but beware, you must spill the water only over the weed, because it will instantaneously kill everything it touch even the roots of vegetables nearby.


  • Salt: nothing will grow on a ground with salt, this is particularly useful when you have a zone with tiles and you need to avoid weed in the small zone between tiles. Mixing boiling water and salt boosts the effect.


  • Vinegar: you can prepare you own weed-killer mixing 1 ½ lt of vinegar, the juice of one lemon and one spoon of soap for dishwasher, put it all together inside a bottle with a spray-gun, spray the mixture over the weed in a sunny day.


  • Corn flour: nothing grows beneath that flour, so wait until your plants grow, then remove the weed, spread the flour and the weed won’t grow again.


Gardening Ideas 2018

3 garden ideas for 2018

Gardening is more than the practice of growing and cultivating plants, it is an art practiced by many people around the world from immemorial times, as a form of art, we can enjoy it just as we do with a painting, sculptures or any other work of art.

When we are in a garden enjoying the view, it doesn’t matter if it’s a small garden in our yard or a legendary and famous one as the Gardens of Versailles, we always feel transported away from noise, stress and troubles. Gardens are always relaxing and gardening too, we lost ourselves in their serene and silent beauty, but it can also be useful, when we cultivate healing plants or vegetables, fruits and herb that we use when we cook.

Types of gardening

There are several types of gardening and an accepted classification is this:

  • Indoor gardening, gardens inside the house or greenhouses, etc.
  • Native plants gardening, using native plants in harmony with the selected area.
  • Water gardening, using water plants.
  • Container gardening, using any size and/or kind of container to cultivate plants.
  • Hügelkutor, growing plants on piles of rotten wood.
  • Community gardening, social activity performed by a group of people.
  • Garden sharing, cultivating in a partnership, sharing the work and the benefits.
  • Organic gardening, using natural and sustainable methods and non-genetically modified plants.

Tendencies for gardens in 2018

Like an art and important activity practiced by millions around the globe, there are tendencies in gardening, defining the latest trends in gardens, there are many magazines and specialized information about that theme with plenty orientation to grow that special place which will fill our soul with peace and beauty

Three of those trends for 2018 are:

Copper accents, the use of copper decorations in all its forms and color will be tendency for this 2018, copper provides color, warm and a special contrast that contrast with the softness and color of the plants.

Japanese art of Wabi-Sabi, it is a japanese term which is based in the beauty of imperfection, it states that beauty is imperfect, incomplete and impermanent. It have characteristics such as asymmetry, roughness, intimacy, economy and modesty among others. This feature very appreciated in Japan is tendency this year as well as japanese themes in gardens.

Alfresco living, the tendency this year is to use our gardens to perform daily and routinary activities such as dinner, reading or for spending time, usually outdoor dinner spaces are placed near the kitchen but this year they are placed out into garden, in order to have a more relaxing and pleasure experience, and not only space for dinner, you can place other spaces inside your garden combining them in harmony with nature.