Archive for December, 2013

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2013

ImageThe winter holidays are a time that everyone thinks back on their year- including us at Inside Plants. It’s also a time to look forward, but we’ll come to that in a moment. As the last days of 2013 wrap up, we’re reminded of how much we value our customers and our colleagues. We’re all for giving gifts, but we don’t want to leave giving thanks out of the picture.  So we’d like to put out a big warm holiday “Thank You” to all our clients, vendors and our incredible staff.  Everyone makes up a part of the environment that lets our company thrive and grow.  Without the active participation of so many unique and talented individuals, Inside Plants would not be what it is today.

Now to the looking forward part: 2014 is going to be an amazing year, and we know that because we’ve got all of you with us. As a community and a team, we can bring the health benefits and joy of plants in the home and workplace to more people than ever this year.  Here’s to more clients, more relationships and many, many more plants!

Wishing everyone the best this holiday, and for 2014.

Your Local Pet Sitter: What they need to know

December 13, 2013

 

 

Riley_Heddy SalernoWhen leaving on vacation it’s important your local pet sitter have all the information they need to take proper care of the precious family member(s) you’re leaving behind. Here are some basic instructions to go over with the person you’re having take care of your animals.

How often your pets need to be visited.  Do you want them to come once a day?  Twice? At what time?  If your dog is used to being fed twice a day, keep up that routine.  If you your pets need more extensive tending, choose an extra local pet sitter (within a mile or so of your home) as it will be more convenient for them.

Where all the pet paraphernalia is kept:  He/she will not know that the leash is under the shoe rack and will be uncomfortable tearing your house apart looking for it.  Make sure they know the location of food, treats, toys, medicine and anything else your pet may need.

How to perform any specialized care: If your pet needs medication, you will, of course find a local pet sitter who is experienced with the more intricate activities beyond feeding and watering.  Even then, it’s good to advise them about your routine- that Fluffy needs to be wrapped in a towel, or is always given treats after meds, etc.

What NOT to do:  Are there any restrictions he/she should know about?  If your pet becomes aggressive at the dog park, or must not be allowed in your bedroom, now’s the time to share that.  Also non-pet activities – if someone else is taking care of your plants you don’t want them to do you that “favor.”

How to reach your vet:  there is a very small chance that something may go wrong. A local pet sitter will know where to find veterinary care, but it’s best they have contact information for the specific vet who knows your pet’s medical history.

Once you begin writing your instructions, you’ll think “Oh! And I need to tell her…” so don’t wait until the last minute.  Start today!
 
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Oh Christmas Tree

December 6, 2013

ImageChristmas trees  are a delight this time of year.  Keeping them looking perfect until New Year’s Day is easy if you know how to handle them. Here are some basic care guidelines to keep your tree fresh and healthy.

  • Get it in water.  Your tree has been away from water for who knows how long.  Upon arriving home, get it in water immediately – ideally a proper tree stand which ought to contain a large water reservoir.  This is especially important for Christmas trees in Palm Springs, what with the desert climate.
  • Avoid heat sources. Logically, heat will dry out your tree, and dry = bad. When you are deciding where to put your tree avoid heat registers and putting it too close to the fireplace. Make sure to unplug lights overnight, and when you leave the house.  One solution: decorate with LED lights that will not heat up and dry out the branches.
  • Keep the water coming. Trees soak water up in shocking amounts. It’s crucial to check the level every day, and add fresh water even though it’s kind of a pain to crawl under there.  This is a good task for the younger family members willing to help with holiday activities!
  • Think about a truly “living” tree.  Trees are available that come with roots intact so they can be planted after the new year.  This may or may not be practical depending on where you live.  Christmas trees in Palm Springs won’t do well planted in the backyard, so go with a smaller potted variety that can be cared for indoors and then planted elsewhere in the spring.

If you have environmental concerns, your best bet is a faux tree. Our experience has proven that when decorated well, they are just as beautiful. Add a pine-scented candle and voila! It’s Christmas.

Need help with your holiday decorating? Have questions about indoor plant care? please contact us. Inside Plants has been providing superior home and commercial plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.

Organize your life, instantly!

December 3, 2013

IMG00202-20110601-0943OK, I lied. The truth is, you can’t organize your life instantly.  But isn’t it a tantalizing concept? In reality being organized comes down to one thing. Hard work!  So how do you even wrap your mind around this monster project?  Here’s some food for thought:

  • Break It Down
    Maybe rather than tackling your whole life your life, you can start with your house. In the house, start with the bathroom, and in the bathroom, start with the medicine cabinet.  Organizing your whole life seems insurmountable, but the medicine cabinet you can handle, right? Take it one step at a time.
  • Keep It Real.
    Have realistic attainable goals. You know that organizing anything is a huge undertaking.  You’ve got to be honest and not overestimate what you’ll be able to get done.  Enthusiasm doesn’t make the day longer, and it tends to wane as you wade through messes.
  • Don’t go it alone
    Family, roommates, mother-in-law:  you’ll need them on your side.  If they’re not on board, you’ll be disorganized again in no time. Parents take note:  this will save kids a lot of grief as they learn to be more organized from the get-go.
  • Celebrate the small stuff
    If you’ve chosen reasonable organizing goals, broken down the monster into small tasks, and have your support team onboard you’ll be ticking things off your list in no time. Once you’ve accomplished something, even something small make sure you honor that success.  It’s the early successes that will keep you going.  Give yourself a hand. Make everyone you know admire that medicine cabinet!

A new year is a great time to kick off a project, and rumor has it we’ve got one of those headed our way.  Why not make it an organized one?

Need more time to organize your home or office? Contact us to take plant care off your to-do list, or with any indoor plant maintenance issues. Inside Plants has been providing top quality home and commercial plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.


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