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Risks & Rewards Of The Best Commercial Truck Insurance

Risks & Rewards Of The Best Commercial Truck Insurance

Higher risk is associated with the possibility of higher reward.

Much of history was written by those who dared to take risks.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where seemingly capable but ultimately dishonest people leverage the promise of greatness to defraud investors and manipulate the general public.

As the founder of Theranos, once valued at nine billion dollars, Elizabeth Holmes was named by Forbes as the youngest and richest self-made female billionaire in the United States. The following year, Fortune named her in their article, “The World’s 19 Most Disappointing Leaders.” In response to a bombshell report that the lab results of her blood testing invention were falsified, her now infamous words were, “This is what happens when you work to change things, first they think you’re crazy, then they fight you, and then all of a sudden you change the world.” Holmes was sentenced to jail for 11 years on charges of fraud. 

As a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the son of two well-respected Stanford Law Professors, Sam Bankman-Fried had a fall from grace that also made headlines. Bankruptcy had been declared after it was revealed that the former director of an altruistic center had transferred billions of customer funds from his FTX trading platform towards exotic, high-risk investments at his quantitative trading firm Alameda Research—all without disclosure. He had apparently been all too comfortable with risk, mishandling funds without ethical discretion. 

Nasdaq-traded and San Diego-based autonomous truck startup TuSimple lost nearly half of its valuation after an investigation revealed that its CEO may have breached fiduciary duties for their involvement in transferring financial and technical information to a Chinese startup. The news is shocking in an industry that is rife with challenges in the era of COVID and labor tensions.

The American economy relies on trucking. Trucking is a risky business—so much so that the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that fleets meet insurance requirements in order to operate. Risks of bodily injury and property damage are inherent and must be mitigated to insure or compensate parties in the event that losses occur. Commercial trucking fleets require specialty insurance, which can be found here. Without specific legal documentation and comprehensive insurance coverage, owners and operators are vulnerable to the risk of financial loss that has the potential to severely compromise the viability of the business.

“In addition to filing an application for operating authority, all applicants for motor carrier, freight forwarder, and broker authorities must have specific insurance and legal process agent documents on file before the FMCSA will issue the authorities.”

— United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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Only the future can tell what comes of today’s risk-takers. For those who take risks, it is important to remember that taking shortcuts to success may offer more immediate fame, power, and money, but rarely without ramifications. Without ethics and risk management, leaders put their businesses in danger of not only destroying their reputations but also the lives of all stakeholders involved. 

Pest Control Goes Green With Natural Termite Inspections

Pest Control Goes Green With Natural Termite Inspections

Exterminating pests is a dirty business – at least, it is in the common imagination. Pest control is one of those ‘unfortunate, but necessary aspects of modern life that we all need, but don’t like to think about, thanks to its potential adverse environmental effects.

But…what if it didn’t have to be bad for the environment? What if there were more natural, cleaner, and safer ways to make sure insects and other critters didn’t destroy our property and foodstuffs?

Those were the questions asked by the fine folks at Natural Science Exterminating, who wanted to clean up both the image of their profession and their effects on the local ecology. Natural Science began looking into what naturally-derived chemicals and compounds could be used to drive off pests and soon discovered a treasure trove of knowledge that would help make their mark on the southern California scene.

Utilizing natural irritants and repellants like orange peel oil, the team at Natural Science is able to destroy termite colonies and nests without the need to introduce any long-term pollutants into the local wildlife food chain. Best of all, the team has a number of experienced contractors on staff that can provide carpentry services to repair any damaged sections of your building.

The company is also bringing new life into the industry by providing impeccable service – a rarity in a business rife with grumps and surely operators. Just read some of the testimonials left by clients new and old:

We have been using Natural Science Exterminating for years. We started back when they were called Hired Gun. We initially hired them to deal with a termite problem. They were able to effectively treat the issue without resorting to tenting. (The other firms we contacted for quotes all wanted to tent.) We continue to use them for annual termite inspections and also for bi-monthly treatment of spiders and ants. Brian, our exterminator, is friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, and on-time. He answers all of our questions and gives us options for the best treatment solution for any of our issues.

Nicholas Gebelt, Google Review

You can’t beat Natural Science they are the best.. We have been customers for almost 20yrs. They go above and beyond with their expertise fantastic customer service. They arrive on time and always with a smile. I had Mike inspect my home yesterday, and he brought up other issues that he noticed that I should get fixed. Joey is who used to come, but I’ll take Mike and say. What a wonderful young man. Of course, you can’t get anything started without Julie. She’s a wonderful asset to the company. Keep up the good job, and I will continue for another 20 yrs. Great company.

Katherine Henshaw, Google Review

Hired Gun Exterminating does a complete and professional job. Ron and Joey have been very through with their inspections / repairs on our 3 residential properties. Melissa P. provides the most awesome customer service. I would highly recommend Hired Gun Exterminating to anyone in need of this service. We have been a satisfied customers for many years and will continue to be for many more. Thanks for all your great service Melissa.

Nancy Lewis, Google Review

If your house is in dire need of pest control, but you’ve been holding off because of environmental concerns, this is the company for you. Give them a ring:

Natural Science Exterminating

+18002467378

11642 Knott Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841

Settle Down And Upgrade

Settle Down And Upgrade

The price of real estate continues to rise across the United States and is likely to continue, especially not in California. Real estate markets have become so prolific that Netflix’s award-winning hit show “Selling Sunset”, based in Los Angeles, now has spinoffs in Tampa and Orange County.

The median price of a San Diego home costs $905,000, which requires an approximate household annual income of $166,828. To make San Diego real estate more affordable, president-elect of the San Diego Association of Realtors Frank Powell says “Build, build, build. If we want to solve this cause, as long as there’s no supply and increased demand, like any other product on the market, it’s going to continuously go up.”

San Diego is the third most expensive city when it comes to purchasing a home.

— Source: Visual Capilalist

However, the market may now be leveling out, with home sales slowing down ever so slightly. Ben Graboske, president of Black Knight Data & Analytics says that “25% of major U.S. markets saw growth slow by three percentage points in June, with four decelerating by four or more points in that month alone.” That said, the gap between housing prices and the ability to finance represents “a national shortage of more than 700,000 listings” that could take more than a year to normalize.

Exorbitant house prices aside, it’s hard not to fall in love with the weather and culture of San Diego. Moreover, those who own a home in San Diego may find it hard to justify relocating at this particular time in the market. Some homeowners are enticed by the opportunity to sell their homes, a high-value asset in an eager market, in order to earn capital gains that could be then used to purchase a home in a less expensive area. Others might feel locked in—moving in and of itself can be expensive, and moreover, now might be a time to hold rather than sell a high-value asset that isn’t expected to diminish in value anytime soon.

With so much appreciation for their existing homes and so little desire to leave the nest, many have upgraded their homes and had their backyards transformed by San Diego Landscape Designers. Founded by one of San Diego’s very own, Torrey Pines Landscaping designs and builds stunning gardens, patios, water features, fire features, outdoor kitchens, driveways, entryways, patio covers, planters, and more.

Read Christine B.‘s review of Torrey Pines Landscape Company on Yelp

Many people no longer see their home as a place just for sleeping, eating, and relaxing. Homeowners desire more functionality than ever from their homes, like home office space to replace or supplement a traditional 9-5 office, or outdoor living and dining space to host friends and family get-togethers to replace public dining and entertainment.

There is no better time and place to start a landscaping project than right now. You can give Torrey Pines Landscape Company a call today.

Torrey Pines Landscape Company
5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121, United States

Synthetic Solutions To Real Problems

Synthetic Solutions To Real Problems

Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA) is a program that is commonly known to be used to verify that you are indeed human and not a robot while accessing a website. 

“Click all the squares that contain traffic lights.”

The application has a bit of a backstory. From 2011, reCAPTCHA was used to digitize millions of New York Times articles that dated as far as 1851. Typing tests asked users to prove their humanity by recognizing obscured or warped text and correctly identifying a string combination of numbers and upper and lower case letters. Optical character recognition programs became more sophisticated, aided by humans answering these CAPTCHA tests. Visual tests followed, requiring that users identify certain objects within a picture split into several squares.

CAPTCHA tests were once as easy as one-click to check off a box. Today, CAPTCHA tests have become a little more rigorous—and a little bit more tedious.

Exactly what is CAPTCHA trying to do?

CAPTCHA tests are mostly used for security, but they’re also used to improve artificial intelligence. The program tests the same content on users around the world and aggregates responses to determine accuracy. This then helps train Google’s artificial intelligence, which is used to improve applications like Google Maps and Google Images.

“In 2014, Google pitted one of its machine learning algorithms against humans in solving the most distorted text CAPTCHAs: the computer got the test right 99.8 percent of the time, while the humans got a mere 33 percent.”

— “WHY CAPTCHAS HAVE GOTTEN SO DIFFICULT“, Verge

It’s no surprise that one of the inventors of CAPTCHA is passionate about education and technology. His inventions have not only taught robots and humans alike. Luis von Ahn is the co-founder of CAPTCHA as well as the popular language-learning application Duolingo. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Lemelson-MIT prize, which awards those whose inventions have significantly improved society.

There is another invention that involves artificiality imitating reality to significantly improve society. Specifically, it has improved the lives of countless homeowners. It saves people the time, money, and hassle of mowing, watering, and treating their lawns. 

Artificial turf is a miracle for those who want everything about a beautiful green lawn without any of the hangups of real lawn maintenance. It may not be real grass, but artificial turf is about as close to having a real lawn maintained by AI robot gardeners. That said, we’re unlikely to see robots doing our gardening any time soon. 

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Synthetic grass not only allows homeowners to be more carefree, but it is also more durable, meaning that it can withstand wear and tear and the elements. Moreover, your lawn will look picture-perfect year-round, which is nearly impossible in many parts of the country. 

There is no shame in fixing a real problem with a synthetic solution. If it makes your life easier, then you deserve to replace your lawn with artificial grass. After all, all revolutionary inventions were borne out of an all-too-common situation that had to be improved. 

Ready For The Flood

Ready For The Flood

We’re now halfway through 2022 and it appears as if the supply chain crunches that snared up shipping rates and caused soaring inflation has begun to finally even out. Southern California readers will vividly remember an ocean horizon filled with well over 100 massive cargo ships waiting for unloading during the pre-holiday rush, but the line to enter the Los Angeles harbor has finally slowed to a manageable trickle.

This slowdown has two major causes – a dramatic fall in demand thanks to markets responding to vastly increased shipping prices and the current port closures all over the Chinese seaboard. As fewer and fewer ships enter and exit Chinese ports, shipping rates have slowed dramatically, finally giving a beleaguered Los Angeles port a welcome break to clear out the buildup.

This situation is not to last, however. Chinese authorities have already begun easing some restrictions on some port cities, including some of the largest in the country near Shanghai. With 1/5 of the entire world’s shipping fleet stuck off the Chinese coast, once operations begin in earnest, we can expect a deluge of shipping containers making their way back across the Pacific.

This means that logistics companies need to start getting ready now to handle the huge influx of cargo coming our way. Companies that will be servicing the port need to ensure vehicles are well-serviced, new drivers are trained, and fleets are ready to hit the ground running once the vessels make their way into port.

A key part of this is making sure fleet vehicles are properly insured and that drivers, loaders, and logistics operators are fully aware of what paperwork needs to be filed quickly and efficiently once containers are picked up. This means finding a highly communicative insurance provider that can find you the best policies for your field of operation.

One southern California local insurance provider that checks all these boxes is S.W.A.N. Insurance. S.W.A.N. Insurance has been finding San Diego trucking companies great rates for Last Mile, Cargo, Auto Liability, and Inland Marine insurance coverage for the better part of a decade.

S.W.A.N. is best known by their clients for going above and beyond the line of duty to ensure that they know exactly what procedures and paperwork are needed to create an airtight claim in the event of an accident. Here it is in their own words:

Chris Mahlberg of Swan Insurance was recommended by a friend. At the time, I was searching for a knowledgeable, proactive agent that would find the best policies to fit my personal & business needs. I wanted a professional I could rely on to continually keep our policies updated with the right coverage and competitive rates. The top notch customer service and ongoing communication with personalized support that I have received has been absolutely AMAZING!! A major factor in my decision to retain this agency was the willingness that Chris provided to go above and beyond the customary practice. He is extremely competent, driven, and extremely passionate about his job and it shows. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for help in finding the best coverage for commercial auto, general liability, workers’ compensation etc. Swan Insurance values client relationships which provides outstanding, professional service along with competitive pricing. By far this agency is one great example of a local company demonstrating that capacity and aptitude!

Danny Boyd, Google Review

With a new port logjam likely coming up on the horizon, logistics companies need to be ready to take advantage of yet another spike in demand for their services. Being ready means making sure your fleet is properly insured, and for that, you need S.W.A.N. Insurance. Call now:

S.W.A.N. Insurance

+18583813108

2148 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Protect Your Home Like Rocky

Protect Your Home Like Rocky

It is uncomfortable to think about the dangers of everyday life. Accidents and tragedies are reported on the news daily. True crime documentaries and podcasts are soaring in viewership and listenership. And it is just because humans love to indulge in our morbid curiosities. In fact, no matter your luck, anything can happen to anyone—and it could happen to you. 

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.

— Rocky Balboa

How can you protect yourself from the dangers of our world? 

Virtual Private Network 

A virtual private network (VPN) encrypts your internet usage data and passes it through a remote server, obscuring your location and identity. It is highly recommended to use a VPN when you are using a public intent connection or whenever you are connected to a network you cannot trust. Beware that VPNs do not serve as malware and they do not directly prevent hacking. But there are many benefits to using a VPN, including being able to set your remote server to a location that is different from where you are based. Although not recommended, many people use VPNs to stream shows and movies that are blocked in their home country.

Two-Factor Authentication

Private accounts with sensitive information are constantly being hacked. And yet, the irony is that most people don’t bother to secure their apps and sites with strong passwords. One of the most common passwords of hacked accounts is:

password

People are lazy with their passwords even though do care about securing their data—it’s just that secure passwords are hard to remember. After all, most people have a hard enough time remembering birthdays or even basic facts about their week.

Two-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security by requiring verification by the user even after the correct password has been entered at login. This means that even if the wrong person correctly manages to guess your password, two-factor authentication will require further verification such as entering a one-time code from an authentication app or a text message from your phone.

Pest Control

If you haven’t looked away from this article yet, bravo for being brave!

Unfortunately, hackers and thieves aren’t the only people trying to make unwelcome entrances into private spaces. 

One of the most problematic and common pests in America is termites, which cause billions of dollars worth of damage annually. Though small and seemingly harmless at first glance, termites will potentially eat anything that is wood or wood-based in your home at an alarmingly fast rate. If you have a termite infestation, we highly recommend calling a professional immediately for termite tenting and control.

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Delaying professional termite control or attempting at-home remedies will allow the infestation to persist, which can lead to costly structural damage and health hazards. We recommend the seeking the help of Grand Oaks Termite & Pest Control Inc. You can give them a call today:

Grand Oaks Termite & Pest Control Inc
110 S Worthy Dr Glendora, CA 91741

Create A Mini-Golf Course At Home With Synthetic Turf

Create A Mini-Golf Course At Home With Synthetic Turf

Are you one of the many who want to hit the golf course these days? There are many health benefits to outdoor physical activity. Did you know that playing golf lowers stress and improves your mental health? It can also ward off physical ailments such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Undoubtedly, golf is an activity you should be participating in regularly. That’s why creating a mini-golf course in your backyard is a beautiful idea that you will not regret doing.

But how do you achieve that? It turns out that it is very simple with the help of synthetic grass.

The benefits of synthetic grass

Can you create a mini-golf course with synthetic turf? Yes, you can. Synthetic grass completely elevates the landscape, among many other time-saving and cost-saving benefits. The artificial turf-covered golf courses don’t need irrigation. In an era where homeowners are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, artificial grass has become a popular choice for its eco-friendly nature.

Green Grass Field

For some busy homeowners, natural grass simply requires too much money and time to maintain. It can be frustrating to see how it takes no time for weeds to grow and regrow on a freshly manicured lawn, destroying the overall aesthetic of your backyard. However, homeowners don’t need to think about the weeds with synthetic turf. While natural grass requires maintenance year-round, synthetic putting greens in Lake Forest can be used in all four seasons, as it is able to withstand snow, sun, and rain. Synthetic turf has a significant lifespan. Thanks to the fibers forming its structure, artificial grass provides a durable surface to play golf on a natural-looking green field. It’s worth mentioning that artificial turn doesn’t retain water on the surface. Hence, the holding capability of the ground increases and lowers any injuries. Golf is always played with a golf club, which can cause a natural grass golf course to be deformed over time. That said, the good thing about synthetic grass is that it hardly ever looks worn. Designed for professional sports and various other use cases, modern turf allows people to enjoy the outdoors with more comfort and beauty.

Synthetic grass can be installed in one day by experts, allowing homeowners can relax. You run no risk if you take an added step by adding a weed wall cloth upon installation. Artificial turf does not attract pests as natural plants do. Moreover, they do not require watering, which can save significantly on utility costs. The ease of artificial grass lawns simply cannot be achieved with natural grass, not to mention that stunning aesthetic.

Among the many incredible things that you can do in your backyard, installing a mini-golf course is one of the best. Golfing is an outdoor activity that can keep your family healthy in a fun and light-hearted way. Anyone can spend time with friends and loved ones from the comfort of their home. If you would rather spend your summers enjoying the outdoors instead of toiling away at lawn maintenance, call NoMow Turf, Inc. today!

NoMow Turf, Inc. – Synthetic Lawns & Putting Greens
26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630, United States

Build Your Own Spa At Home

Build Your Own Spa At Home

A spa is a place for recharging your mind, body, and energy. Pampering at a professional spa can be quite the luxury—and the prices can certainly reflect that. However, you can create a spa experience at home. There are many ways to practice self-care and connect with your highest self at home.

Our skin is our body’s largest organ. Elevate your bathing ritual and turn it into an experience. Bathing is more than a daily chaotic task of jumping in and out of the shower as you rush to get out the door; it can be an extremely relaxing experience if you give it time! Fill your bathtub with warm water and add relaxing Epsom salt. Pour yourself a glass of coconut water (fresh, if possible) and place it beside you in your tub so you can sip it while bathing. Use an organic plant-based body scrub with essential oils and lightly apply all over your body. Light candles, play some soothing music, and immerse yourself in the moment. Don’t forget to deeply moisturize your skin right after you step out of the bathtub!

Take 20 to 30 minutes out of your busy day to give yourself a head massage. Apply olive or coconut oil to your scalp, warm it a bit, and gently massage. Drop some essential oils into your diffuser. Some of the most relaxing essential aromatic oils are bergamot, lavender, rose, jasmine, and sandalwood. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can apply them to your bed sheets or curtains. 

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You can also create the aesthetics of the spa in your home. Instead of visiting a luxury resort, you can build your own spa at home by renovating your bathroom. Update the color palette, as color can have a huge influence on our mood. Spa salons usually follow a pastel color scheme to create a feeling of serenity. They tend to follow a monochromatic color scheme so that everything flows seamlessly together. Minimalistic design has become the most popular design aesthetic for millennial homeowners, as simplicity elegantly separates their minds from the hustle of their daily lives.

A new bathroom can change your home and your life. The best bathroom remodels are the work of professional designers and contractors. An experienced team can do wonders for your home. They can suggest the styles of appliances and fixtures that will best suit your desires and floor plan. One of such customizations is the choice of shower accessories that offer different modes for the flow of water like a spa is another option. In addition, they can offer multifunctional lighting, to adjust the brightness and color of your bathroom. You can also upgrade your water and lightning appliances to smart and eco-friendly technology to conserve utility costs and help preserve the environment.

The spa is an experience that comes from the ambiance and tranquility of the surroundings! Build yours at home today with Inspired Remodels.

Inspired Remodels
21098 Bake Pkwy Suite 102, Lake Forest, CA 92630, United States

The Third Option

The Third Option

When ending a marriage, many couples don’t realize they have any options outside of the highly publicized litigable method of separation. In practice, options outside of litigation may be highly preferable to the often highly destructive and emotionally charged court battle.

Outside of divorce litigation, couples have two options. The first, annulment, is very specifically legally defined and only applicable to a small percentage of marriages. Annulment is typically only available to parties whose marriages have been either illegally or improperly conducted, as in the case of bigamy or to facilitate fraud, or for parties who are deemed incapable of performing as needed in a partnership, as in the case of those incapable of consummating a marriage.

The third option is a process called mediation. Mediation involves the use of a neutral third party to guide the couple through the process of separation, divvying up assets and resources and facilitating negotiations over items of interest such as spousal support and custody over children.

Mediation is typically a much smoother and more constructive process than traditional divorce litigation, since parties are not incentivized to fight tooth and nail over every item. Mediation turns the zero-sum game of divorce into a cooperative and amicable separation, where each party leaves the relationship with their bridges intact.

The key to a successful mediation process is the mediator themselves. No matter how amicable the parties may be, the act of separating is an inherently emotional event and it’s easy to succumb to the baser aspects of our souls as we see items and people stripped away from us.

For southern California readers who are in the process of separating from their spouses, this means getting in contact with Colleen McNamee, divorce expert and mediator. She has been working with couples during the darkest and most stressful periods of their lives for decades, and yet has managed to accrue an astonishing number of glowing testimonials from her clients over the years.

A few short examples from her Google page:

“As a financial planner, I see my clients go through a number of changes in their lives and sometimes it includes a separation/divorce. Mediation is the far better option when dissolving a marriage as it puts a lot less strain not only on the finances but also the emotions of everyone involved. This is where Colleen McNamee stands out. As an attorney-mediator, she is extremely knowledgeable in her field, has two decades of experience, but also truly cares about her clients. Something that cannot be taught in law school is the gift of empathy and caring for others, which translates into achieving fair and equitable results for couples. Thanks to her very strong skill set and the services she’s able to offer, she remains a neutral counsel to both parties throughout the process, and the Agreements she drafts are far superior to any other divorce mediator I have seen! My clients have come out feeling like they were treated fairly, received their equitable shares, and can now move forward with their lives onto their next chapters.”

Katerina Hencova

“I have known Colleen McNamee for over two years and I love how she handles people who are having marriage problems. She is always interested in what is best for everyone involved, especially for any children. Sometimes, it’s a “marriage contract” that she draws up to help people stay together amicably instead of getting a divorce. If divorce is the only option, then unlike a contentious court divorce with attorneys pitting spouses against each other in public and draining the couple’s bank accounts, Colleen can get couples working together for the best solution, at far lower cost, and it’s a private matter. I highly recommend her services, and so do people who have gotten divorces through her because they often talk about how she made it so much less stressful than a courtroom divorce.”

Gregg Hill

You and your partner may not be right for one another, but that doesn’t mean you want to destroy the lives and family that you’ve built together. For those of us who do not want to burn our bridges, choose the third option of mediation, with Colleen McNamee.

McNamee Mediations

+19492233836

4590 MacArthur Blvd Suite 500, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Landscaping Ideas For Your Next Staycation

Landscaping Ideas For Your Next Staycation

After a hectic day at work, wouldn’t you love to enjoy a relaxed and calming activity in the arms of nature? Spending time outdoors has been scientifically reported to provide real health benefits, not just for physical wellbeing, but for mental peace as well. Spending time in nature can help relieve depression, stress, and anxiety. It is observed that spending time with fresh air and plants can elevate your mood and lower stress hormones.

Research reports reveal that natural exposure helps in stress reduction by moderating brain activity, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Spending more time in greenery can also reduce the production of cortisol levels while increasing endorphin and dopamine generation which promotes happiness. Nature also leads to restorative properties while increasing the feeling of focus, vitality, and positive energy. It can significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

During these unique times, many of us have experienced the tragedy of loved ones experiencing health complications. Nature can assist with the grieving process as it improves a person’s ability to cope with self-confidence and self-awareness, which can result in a positive uplift in mood. Experts advise taking a walk outside every day for your overall well-being. That said, many of us are working from home these days, and we prefer to get fresh air in the comfort of our own backyard. If that sounds like you, it might be the perfect season for a landscape redesign and reconstruction.

Why you should hire a professional landscaper instead of attempting to do it yourself

Although you may find lots of tutorials for DIY landscaping on the internet, you can never be certain that you will achieve your desired results. Landscaping is serious labor; it requires lots of time and effort, and the process may be quite difficult to handle for the average homeowner. Moreover, inexperienced homeowners may not be aware of the right technique and process of designing and landscaping. That is why experts are recommended for San Diego landscape maintenance. They can design your landscape to your desired look and functionality.

Landscaping experts are best for installing pools, sheds, tiles, driveways, and walkways on your property. When it comes to planting florals and greens, they have the right knowledge about the best plants to choose based on your location and climate to ensure healthy growth. This ensures the proper survival of all the plants on your premises. Professional landscapers can also create a master plan to design and maintain your landscape with a fresh perspective. They will also consider drainage issues, seating arrangements, and curb appeal as well. 

Read Ryan S.‘s review of Torrey Pines Landscape Company on Yelp
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The professional landscapers know how to prevent costly mistakes while maintaining a garden. They can choose right layouts, forms and shapes for the landscape while suggesting adequate material selections. These experts can also recognize the inherent challenges associated with your yard while providing great solutions to every problem. The professionals can assure that every landscaping project is executed within set time constraints and specific budget ranges. They do not just work on plantation and grass management; rather, can also provide best suggestions for irrigation and lighting. Therefore, hiring an expert for landscaping projects can save your time, money and efforts while ensuring better returns in the long run.