4 Low Maintenance Additions to Your Landscaping

While you are deciding whether or not you would like to invest in a beautiful landscape, you must first decide on how much time and effort you are willing to put into caring for your landscape. Some aspects of your landscape such as plants require much more attention than a tree or shrub. Therefore, you must determine how much of your time, outside of initially planting your plants, that you are willing to commit to taking care of your landscape. Flowers can require an extensive amount of attention such as daily watering and weekly de-weeding. If you are quite often on a busy schedule or simply do not want to spend that much time tending to your landscape, we have created a list of low maintenance additions that you can add to your landscape. Low maintenance landscape additions include the following:

  1. Hosta– Hostas provide consistency throughout the year because they can survive nearly anything. This blue-ish green perennial is a favorite throughout the Midwest because they are so flexible to the weather and beautiful.
  2. Catmint– Catmint is a purplish-blue bloom that is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. Catmint will add fragrant foliage to any Midwestern home.
  3. Peonies– Peonies are color-packed flowers that can brighten anyone’s day and add a great addition to the centerpiece of your table. Peonies are a great way to bring that pop of color to your garden.
  4. Russian sage– Russian sage is great for the Midwest because it is very tolerant of the heat and drought. This plant is a cool blue color and mixes well with all colors throughout your garden. This plant is unique because it attracts bees, but not rabbits or deer so your garden will flourish without being damaged by rabbits or deer.

Note: For Chicago and the surrounding Chicago suburbs, it is critical to plant in the spring to avoid the harsh winter. Your plants will survive subsequent winter, but they need time to grow before they can do that so remember to always plant in the spring and in some cases, mulch again after the first hard frost and avoid contact with salt to ensure that your plants will survive.

Although these are low maintenance additions to your beautiful landscape, most of them do require professional installing. Low maintenance plants and shrubs do have their downfall, however. Like many things, the more work you put into your landscape and invest into it, the more you will see a beautiful result. If you are interested in more high maintenance greenery, let a Chicago landscaper at Ware Landscaping & Snow Removal take care of your landscape for you. We understand the busy life you live may not always leave time for the beautiful landscape you deserve so we are here to help you maintain your landscape. Call us today to discuss how we can best assist you with the landscape of your dreams.

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Trucking – Weighing the Good and the Bad

From the outside, trucking can look like a great career option for many. It is, after all, one of the few careers that offer a reasonable salary without requiring a lot of expensive education. Signs posted on the back of trucks advertise what many consider quite lucrative hourly wages. And all those signs imply that there are many positions open. No one could blame a casual driver heading down the road to a minimum wage job for considering switching to the trucking industry.

And no one should try to stop them. Trucking can be as lucrative and as positive a career as those dreamers think, but a few negatives should be highlighted just so anyone going into the job is realistic about the prospect of becoming a trucker.

First, the hours are long and lonely. Being on the road can be great for a few days, but it isn’t quite so charming after weeks of endless road spent alone. On top of that, the deadlines are tough, which means there’s no time to stop and enjoy yourself while you’ve got a load. You’re on the clock, and you’re expected to make deliveries on time across the country regardless of the traffic or weather you face along the way.

Second, while the money can be good, it isn’t always consistent. At the best of times, there’s no end to the work on offer, but with even the slightest contraction in the economy, that can slow things down for truckers. Just two years ago, the Huffington Post reported that trucking was struggling. Of course, in that instance, it was too much freight and not enough drivers, but it can easily be the reverse.

When there isn’t enough freight for the drivers, drivers start struggling. Since drivers are only paid after a load is delivered, in tougher times, they often have to consider things like advances from factoring companies. These companies can be helpful in a pinch, but it speaks to the deep financial instability that can come during difficult economic periods for truckers.

Finally, the job is, ultimately, relatively dangerous. It is not the most dangerous profession in America by a long stretch, but it is among them. Truckers driving long hours can end up fatigued and start driving less carefully. This can lead to accidents. As can the need to drive through all sorts of weather to reach deadlines. Finally, simply being on the road for so many hours increases the risk of serious accident.

All of these points can be true and still, trucking can be a great industry for many people. The money is good, and if the work suits you, you should consider taking it up. Trucking offers far better long-term prospects for many people than working in the service industry around town. Drivers start out at the wages that a general manager in restaurants and shops command. And there’s always room to improve.

Simply consider the good with the bad when you make your decision. And then, the best of luck to you.

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Amazon Falls Prey to Lawyer Scam

Recently, Amazon was tricked by a fake law firm into removing a product from their website, which cost the seller $200,000 in sales. An Amazon seller stated his product was removed from Amazon, because of a complaint. Experts state that Amazon is known for not properly vetting seller complaints. The merchant put in an appeal last month, but Amazon could not resolve it for a while which made him lose $200,000.

Before Prime Day in July, the owner of Brushes4Less received a suspension notice for his best-selling product, which was a toothbrush head replacement. The product was suspended because of an intellectual property violation. To resolve the matter, the merchant had to contact the law firm that filed the complaint. However, the law firm did not exist. The number provided did not work and belonged to another firm in Pittsburgh called Robb Leonard Mulvihill. The person who complained was not registered to practice law in Pennsylvania, according to CNBC. The owner of Brushes4Less told his story to CNBC but asked that his name be protected for privacy concerns. Amazon was tricked into shutting down the seller’s #1 product days before the website’s busiest shopping event in the year. The seller complains that Amazon failed to do five minutes of detective work, and complains that Amazon fails to do any work. Hot items become booted and innocent sellers are suspended coming from viral sellers who are masquerading as lawyers. Last year, sellers like Nike and Michael Kors said they have also received violation claims even when they are buying inventory from legitimate distributors. Paul Dworianyn, the founder of Amazon Seller Consulting, says, “Virtually any person can push the right buttons to get Amazon’s attention for particular issues.” Amazon faces many comments from fake lawyers who are actually competitors. The Brushes4Less brand generates about $2 million in sales just from Amazon. He also sells wine tote bags and brushes for auto parts. Amazon did not provide a comment for the Brushes 4Less incident. For sellers, Amazon does not have much to offer by way of guidance in fixing IP issues.

There needs to be a better way of resolving these issues; Texas business litigation lawyers express the need for businesses to be able to work in good faith with their partners. Amazon needs to explore and play around with different options. Amazon receives many complaints, but the internal teams are overwhelmed by these complaints; therefore, they are very slow to react to fake submissions. Amazon can implement new tools and guidelines before removing a product from the website. Amazon will continue to suspend accounts unless they ensure IP addresses and the validity of complaints. Businesses lose a lot of revenue for these mishaps, and even so, some law firms may receive slander even when they are not responsible for filing the complaint. Building guidelines and transparency will prevent problems between the buyer and seller and the law. These complaints are an unfair way of competition.

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Proper Motorcycle Training

North America is a beautiful continent with vast, wide open spaces and beautiful scenic drives, so it is no wonder that motorcycles are incredibly popular here. Combined with the sense of community shared between bikers, the drive to own and ride a bike is natural, but operating a motorcycle is not very similar to driving, so proper training is needed first. Motorcycle accidents are some of the most serious due to the lack of safety features, and many drivers neglect to check for motorcycles on the road. In Ontario, Canada, the biker community is trying to reduce the number of accidents by ensuring people are properly educated and trained in handling a motorcycle.

 Dan Redekop, The head of a nonprofit motorcycle training academy in London, Ontario called Learning Curves Foundation, claims that the entire process for issuing motorcycle permits needs an overhaul, according to this article from CBC news. The law as it is right now allows anyone 16 or older to ride any kind of motorcycle during the day on Ontario roads up to 80km/hr (50mph) as long as they pass a vision test and a written traffic safety test. Anyone can do this, even those without a regular driving permit. Two people died in motorcycle accidents in London during Canada Day Weekend in July, and Redekop thinks that the death rate will slow if adequate training is mandatory. He advocates for implementing a licensing system like Europe, where there are a different license and training program required to ride bikes of different sizes and engine power. Until then, the goal of his foundation is to provide education and training for those who want to ride motorcycles, starting out on small bikes and gradually moving to large ones. Local London bike shop owner Gordon Inglis agrees, and he will refuse to sell a large bike to an inexperienced driver.

 It is excellent that members of the biker community in Ontario are looking out for each other and trying to educate others about motorcycle safety. However, the sad reality is that even when adequate training is provided, motorcyclists are still the most at risk for injury or death due to the faults of other drivers. Motorcycles are small and fast, and even when you do everything right something awful could happen. For cases like these, motorcycle accident lawyers in Toronto can protect you, especially since most people are quick to blame the biker unfairly. Knowing resources as these exist are helpful, but frequent training and keeping up to date on motorcycle safety are invaluable. 

The Ministry of Transportation implemented the motorcycle permit law in the 80s according to the article, and times have changed since then; there are more drivers on the road, and there are more distractions available. It may take a while for the law to be revised, if it ever is, and so it is more important than ever than bikers living in Ontario seek out proper training.

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Is Your Insurance Acting in Bad Faith?

Whether you live in a coastal area or not, you are still prone to a variety of natural disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, hailstorms, and storm surges. These may result into injuries and property damages – either has its own respective financial burdens.

The last thing you want on such scenarios are insurance problems, especially if you rightfully deserve coverage. The website of K2 Consulting & Services, LLC has mentioned that insurance companies have the tendency to give their clients less.

But how can you know if your insurance is acting in bad faith? Below are some of the most common signs.

Denying legitimate claims

You have already submitted the necessary documents, including hospital bills from injuries and repair bills from property damages. Still, the insurance company is denying you coverage, even though the policy clearly includes these things.

Giving coverage immediately

Sometimes, it is not about the denial of coverage. There are instances where insurance companies immediately approve claims, but with a twist – they are giving coverage that is way less than what the client deserves, but they give it immediately to give the client the impression that at least his claim has been approved.

Delaying the claim study

Insurance companies will investigate whether your claim is valid or not. That is understandable, but sometimes, they may intentionally delay the investigation directly, by saying that they have other claims to investigate or the claim is complicated enough to warrant a long process, or indirectly, by making unnecessary demands and extensive documents. The intention here is to make the process as stressful as possible, so you will give up in pursuing your claim.

Not paying properly on approved claims

Not because you claim has an approved coverage it already means that you are secured. There are instances where even approved claims don’t get what they deserve. Usually, it manifests this way – the insurance company will intentionally delay the coverage payments, with the hope that the stress will make you stop pursuing them.

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