Friday, April 21, 2023

This Plastic Alligator Cleans Florida Beaches!

Fun green and Eco friendly project! 

It's the clever idea from Artist Donald Gialanella and his first time participating with it at the Clearwater Beach festival. He’s responsible for bringing one of his unfinished “Allie-Gator” with him for guests to enjoy and even participate in.

He has done similar projects at other Beaches, such as Fort Myers, Florida.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

One Green Thing A Day Pledge Earthday and Everyday

The one-a-day-pledge.  A vitamin for a better world.

Free Earthday Activity
Any day is a good time to make a new resolution to be green! 
At Planetpals we think it's never to late to start the pledge to be greener.
Do One Green Thing A Day!
Help Yourself Help the Planet by doing one green thing a day. Planetpals One A Day Pledge makes it easier for you to be green at home, at school, at work and in your little and big world. 
And, just like a one-a-day vitamin, it will make you healthier and happier all around. In fact it will make you and your world better!
Learn how you can be greener everyday and take the pledge. Then, send it to a friend!  Let's color the world green (:)

An Eco friendly Prescription for all of Earth's citizens.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

What to do with UGLY RUST stains outside your house or on your sidewalk

We are all about making our world more beautiful, so here's another handy tip.

When just getting rid of RUST is a MUST:

One very common problem, particularly in the South, is the rust causeD by sprinklers and our irrigation systems. It’s a result of calcium and lime deposits. What are the best remedies and how do you prevent in the future? Check out these tips below:


Let these simple prevention techniques save you needless frustration and time cleaning

in the future:

  • Use a Rust Shield! Purchase this simple plastic device in several variations that anyone can install in no time available at any hardware store, even Walmart.
  • Use 1/2 or 3/4 directional sprinklers
  • Use one of many Rust Prevention liquids available to help out, too. Products such as UNrust Rust Preventers.

Removal Options:

There are a few products available and they are all quite simple and not very costly. Many people swear by the product “SNOWCAP” mentioned below, there are other products out there, plus natural options, too.

Simply spray that built up rust away with products like SnowCap, Iron out, Por-15. The natural solutions suggested online include white vinegar, etc.

Check out the links and videos below for more detailed information and how to's.

Rust splash guards available at hardware stores:

VIDEOS: How to Power Wash, Repaint,  Remove rust:


Tuesday, April 11, 2023

What Are Those Unsightly Meters In Our Yards?

Utility Boxes: Wondering what they are, what you can do about them, and who cares for them? They vary among telephone, cable and water meters. Some are obsolete, some still in use. 

They can be eyesores because many of them are leaning, rusty, and broken!  It depends on the type of box or "post" it is and which utility: cable, electric, water, etc, what we can do to it. Sometimes you can call the town utility company and they will replace them. 

Recently, A village of my neighbors tackled the utility box issue together. They paid for the paint and a very generous resident painted them in "Trailing Vine" green that blended in with lawns...and with all painted the same color they disappeared! NIce idea!

There are other solutions such as decorative items sold to cover them, even fake rocks.

Options to update posts:

  • Call the provider see if they will replace it with a new one-sometimes they do.
  • Landscape and plant around them. If they are a meter (electric) someone has to get at, leave one side open.
  • Buy fake rock covers, available in various sizes 
  • Buy decorative covers like light posts (for small ones)
  • Paint them
  • If you are not sure do your research!
On specific meters, If you are in question, check with your HOA, your utility companies: Electric or Water or Cable or town.

1. You can cover boxes and posts as long as you make sure that they are still accessible to workers who may need to enter them.

2. Water meters are flat in the ground and have blue pipes - the Utility Dept usually replaces these.

3. Large boxes (like the one shown) are for multiple units like condos, townhouses, neighborhoods.

4. Check with neighbors who have done theirs, they may have the info.

Let's keep our world beautiful! 

Some fun ideas:

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Don't Be Seedless! Find Or Make A Plant Seed Library

Fun Fab Earth Day And Everyday Garden Idea

To Make Your World Greener!


What Is A Seed Library?

It's a "Seed Share" idea similar to neighborhood and beach libraries used for books.  

You can sometimes find them at your local library and in a community or neighborhood library box. Seeds are often provided by agricultural colleges, garden clubs and seed share groups. Sometimes there are plant swaps, at your town swap or in your neighborhood, too.

You don't have it? Create it! 

Here are some simple ideas to help you get started:

The Neighborhood Box:

The Library Box

The Garden Group Box

The Plant Swap 

Be creative, if your neighborhood, community, or town doesn't have it. You can always suggest it or make one! All you need is to upcycle a container such as a file cabinet, file box or book shelf. Of course if you are handy you can make a little library house box. 

What  do you share? For seeds you can share flower and plant seeds, seedlings, even cuttings depending on your means. Some people bring extra gardening tools and no longer needed plant pots to plant swaps. Besides the all year swap, you can hold a one day swap, a porch swap or an ongoing seasonal swap. 

The sky is the limit...or is it the Earth? Happy Gardening!