Have you ever walked into a room and instantly felt better -- or worse? Then you've experienced the psychology of color. Colors can instantly calm us, energize us, or clear our thoughts. Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions. Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.
Spring and fall are both excellent times to plant new grass seed. Whether you need to patch a small dead spot or reseed your entire lawn, planting grass seed is easy and it doesn't take long to see results. Early spring is the second-best time to start a cool-season lawn from seed. The young grass has less time to become established before the onset of hot weather than in the fall, but you can get good results if you start now. With a little work you can get your lawn looking lush and green.
A primary benefit of organic gardening, whether planting vegetables or flowers, is the elimination of chemicals in your yard and ultimately in groundwater and the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, studies have shown that vegetables grown in organic soil are not only chemical free but often taste better and are more nutritious.
Water in nature never exists as just pure H20. More than 60% of the earth's water is groundwater below the surface. When water passes through soft rock formations such as shale and limestone, it dissolves and picks up minerals from the rock and ends up in the underground aquifers we draw our water supply from. "Hard water" is basically water containing higher amounts of dissolved minerals-usually calcium and magnesium but also iron.