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5 Latest Gardening Trends No Gardening Enthusiast Should Miss Out On

August 12th, 2013

Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast, an architect, a landscape designer, or even someone simply looking for garden layout ideas, the following are five recent gardening trends that might interest you. Have a look.

Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is all the rage these days. In fact, ‘rage’ might be too small of  a word to describe how popular vertical gardening is getting these days. Not only gardening enthusiasts, but literally anyone and everyone wants a vertical garden! A new and exciting style of gardening, vertical gardens are rapidly popping up across the globe in the form of home gardens, public art, or as a green cover for civic and residential buildings. From tropical plants to succulents, to fully functional herb or veggie gardens, the possibilities are endless when it comes to vertical gardening. This type of gardening is a great way to increase your growing space, and apart from that, it also offsets a space’s carbon footprint and at the same time it looks aesthetically pleasing!

Rooftop Gardening

The concept of growing greenery on roofs is also consistently catching up with other gardening trends. Whether you decorate your roof with potted plants, grow a complete patch of vegetation, or even if you grow a lush green lawn on your roof, there is no limit to the ideas and creativity that can be applied to rooftop gardening.  Many modern households and residential building these days prefer going for green roofs which have endless environmental and economic benefits. A roof garden covering the entire roof of a building reduces the effect of the heat and in turn keeps the heating and air conditioning costs down, helping you save up on electricity. Besides, a green roof absorbs air pollution, filters the air, balances the carbon footprint, blocks noise pollution, attracts birds, and even provides better insulation to the building. So if you’re looking to add some beauty to your outdoor living space and make your living healthy, eco-friendly, and sustainable, there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider investing in a beautiful rooftop garden.

Self-sustaining edible garden

Another trend that is quickly catching up is “homesteading” or growing an edible garden in an effort to be truly self-sustaining, and to grow more in less space, while at the same time trying to use less water. Gardening enthusiasts everywhere are now looking to grow their own vegetables or herbs since this empowers them at live a healthy lifestyle at an affordable cost, while being self-sufficient and self-reliant at the same time. You could start your edible garden by growing fresh herbs – you could grow them in cute little pots on your windowsill or even outside your kitchen wherever there is sufficient sunlight. If space permits, you can even go on to grow vegetables, nuts, fruits, and spices. Growing an edible garden is a deeply satisfying experience that’s results into healthy living.

Permeable Pavers

Off late, gardening lovers everywhere have been paying a lot of attention to permeable pavers, not only for their pleasant aesthetic appearance, but also for the purpose that they fulfill. With traditional paving, most of the storm water that falls on the paving either runs onto the street, or into the drain or yard. However, when it comes to permeable paving, the paver allows the movement of storm water through the joints on its surface back into the earth or into the base system, thereby reducing runoff. With this you are not only preventing landscape erosion, but you’re also reducing the leaching of any contaminants. What’s more, permeable pavers look good too –a perfect combination of good aesthetics and an efficient storm water management system.

One-color gardening trend

Another trend that is slowing catching the attention of gardening enthusiasts and landscape designers everywhere is one-color gardening.  Using a single color or different shades of the same color can bring a type of soothing unity to planting, while at the same time adding a brightening influence. Moreover, an arrangement composed around a single color highlights the elegance of your garden. Whether you go for cool whites, or a hot scheme of oranges or reds, or blend in some light pastel shades, or even if you go for shades of lavender, blues, and purples, a mono-colored planting scheme is bound to give your garden a unique yet stylish and appealing look!

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This post was written and provided by, John Walters, an employee at WaterGarden Warehouse, a company that offers a variety of garden pots. Painting and decorating his own space are a few of his favorite things to do. To know more about his work, click here.

San Carlos Joins List of Cities to Ban Plastic Bags

July 31st, 2013

r215609_837743Joining 14 other SF Peninsula cities, San Carlos has officially recognized and implemented the county ordinance banning retailers from distributing plastic bags. The ordinance permits retailers to distribute paper bags at a cost of 10 cents per bag, given that the bags are made of at least 40 percent post-consumer content. It is the latest step towards Bay Area-wide acceptance of green recycling procedures.

San Carlos was hesitant to join other cities that immediately enacted the legislation citing concerns from local businesses. According to Assistant City Manager Brian Moura, “We moved the start date after a survey with the retailers in the city; a number of them indicated they wished to use up their remaining stock of plastic bags.” Some businesses who voted against the measure did so because of the inability to liquidate their supply of plastic bags.

Plastic bags cause major headaches for all involved in waste management. Although they are made from recyclable materials they are often mixed in with other materials like paper, requiring extra sorting. “Plastic bags create challenges wherever they show up,” said Robert Reed of Recology, the company that handles trash and recycling in the area.

While paper bags provide a greener alternative to plastic, Reed suggests shoppers become accustom to using canvas bags to further reduce excess junk buildup in their cities. Canvas bags provide a reuse factor that both paper and plastic cannot give.

As supporters of green-hauling techniques, Fast Haul supports the city of San Carlos in their decision and hopes other cities still on the fence consider the benefits.

Source: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-carlos-the-latest-city-to-ban-plastic-bags/Content?oid=2498570

By: Ethan Malone

 

Berkeley Schools Recycling & Composting Initiative

July 17th, 2013

IFGreen School Initiative, a local non-profit in Berkeley, has taken on the commitment to foster recycling and composting in public schools from elementary to high schools. With in-house recycling and composting, Green School Initiative believe school districts can save up to $50,000 a year in trash hauling services as well as reduce overall landfills and greenhouse gases.

In addition, Green School Initiative will be partnering with the Berkeley School Boards and the Alameda County Waste Management to receive educational programs for students in response to the district’s pledge to recycle and compost 90% of their waste by 2020. Berkeley schools were diverting their waste at just about 36% while neighboring cities’ school districts such as Alameda diverted at about 64% of their trash, Albany at about 57% and Oakland at about 50%.

Green School Initiative plan to improve composting and recycling efforts with signs, education and monitoring as well as get students more involve in the program. Thus far, classes have implemented paper recycling in their classrooms and started a composting station in the lunchroom. Looking ahead, Green School Initiative hopes to expand their cause to others school districts in California.

As a provider of affordable green hauling, Fast Haul support Green School Initiative and any programs that help the environment by way of proper recycling and composting.

Source: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/06/17/berkeley-school-recycling-gets-back-on-track/

By: Ethan Malone

Illegal Dump Sites In Oakland

July 6th, 2013

dumping_Illegal dumping is a major problem in Oakland, according to KTVU.com. Piles of garbage, couches and mattresses can be seen on the streets in most of the city’s low income communities. Oakland residents are worried that these illegal dump sites will be an open invitation for more crimes and want Waste Management to help provide trash hauling services to clean up their neighborhoods. With a high jobless rate in Oakland, money is scarce and many residents can’t afford to hire garbage haulers to properly dispose their trash, often resulting them to participate in illegal practices such a dumping their waste in public streets.

Oakland residents demand Waste Management to fork up their own cash to clean up the city’s illegal dump sites as well as offer free monthly drop off at the dump. Waste Management has already offered free junk pick up once a year and responded to their complaints is being misdirected. The responsibility, they say,  goes towards the city’s residents to not commit illegal dumping as well as their elected officials to enforce the laws. Although, Waste Management is not responsible for the illegal dumping, they are willing to work with the Oakland as a partner to address the problem.

Fast Haul abide by the laws and discourage illegal and harmful dumping. Fast Haul offer an alternative solution to Waste Management as they provide junk removal and junk pickup services at a reasonable rate for all Bay Area locations including Oakland.

Source: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/oakland-residents-look-waste-management-clean-ille/nX3Zm/

By: Ethan Malone

Clean-up Projects Tackle Litter Along Bay Area Highways

June 24th, 2013

freeway junk removal in Bay AreaLast week, as part of the 10th annual Litter Cleanup and Enforcement Day, Caltrans and California Highway Patrol crews took part in a trash removal project aimed at some of the Bay Area’s most littered highways. About 40 crew members worked at 4 different locations during the one-day event to show local residents, as Caltrans spokesperson Adam Priest said, “(trash buildup on highways) is an issue we need to bring attention to.”
The first cleanup site was highway 101 in San Jose, one of the longest and most trafficked roadways in California. Dozens of bags of litter, spare tires, and other various items between highway 280 and highway 237 were hauled away. The second site took place farther north on the highway, with crews cleaning up between the Sierra Point Parkway exit in Brisbane and the Candlestick Park exit in San Francisco.
In the East Bay, Doolittle Drive in Oakland was targeted. Crews focused on the areas between Island Drive in Alameda and Hegenberger Road, an area known for having a significant amount of litter. The junk hauling crews tackled the area before moving on the fourth and final location in Marin County. Highway 101 was once again visited, between Tiburon Boulevard and Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera and over the Alto Hill.
At the end of the day, hundreds of bags of litter were hauled off, making the day a success for Caltrans. In addition to major cleanup days like these, smaller cleanups happen quarterly as well. For more information about the program, visit www.dot.ca.gov.
Source: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=9136940
By: Ethan Malone

 
 
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