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Did you know that there are several ways to save water using a conventional septic system? There are things every member of the household can do, most of which are free and simply require changing one’s routine. For those who can afford it, upgrading appliances that use water makes a huge difference as well.

1. Only do full loads of laundry instead of several small loads

2. Only run the dishwasher when it’s full

3. Limit time spent in the shower

4. Turn water off when shaving, brushing teeth etc.

5. Upgrade to low-flow toilets

6. Install low-flow/energy efficient appliances when upgrading

What things do you do to save water with your septic system?

Additional Septic System Help

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Going green is something many households are striving to take on, including making their conventional septic system a little more earth-friendly. There are several ways that make going green with a septic easy, and they’re low cost.

3 Ways to Make Your Septic “Green”

1. Limit how many chemicals go down the drain. Instead of using cleaners with bleach, which can be harsh on the septic system, try a green product, or in other words, one that is made from natural ingredients.

2. Only flush biodegradable products such as septic safe toilet paper and human waste. Never flush feminine products, cigarette butts, q-tips, trash etc. Septic safe toilet paper doesn’t contain bleach, perfumes or dyes, is single-ply and non-quilted. Many brands are made from recycled materials making it a greener product.

3. Use less water. Not only does this put less stress on the septic system, it’s an all-around green way to go. Fix leaky taps, put a time limit on showers and only run the washer when it’s full.

Additional Septic System Help

Septic System Installation in Central Maine
List of Septic Safe Toilet Paper
Septic Safe Toilet Bowl Cleaners
Septic Systems: A Homeowners Guide
What Not to Put Down the Drain with a Septic System

Unusual_plant_containers,_Bromyard_-_geograph.org.uk_-_807127Not everyone is fortunate enough to have plenty of room to grow their favorite plants. To combat this problem and save space in the garden, use containers. Many edibles, plants that are pretty to look at and dwarf shrubs and trees can be grown in containers. The key to successfully using this space saving gardening technique is all about choosing the right plants, soil and positions.

Choose a Container According to Size and Style

When choosing containers to save on space in the garden, always think ahead. How large will the plants be at full maturity? Will they need to be repotted as they grow? Choose containers that are the right size to allow roots to spread and don’t be afraid to get creative with different colors and textures.

Choose the Right Plants to Save Space

Who says all edibles and shrubs need to be grown in the ground? Many herbs and vegetables thrive in containers such as tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. Choose small, compact varieties and provide them with the right support. When it comes to trees and shrubs, go with “mini” or dwarf varieties.

Use Nutrient-Rich Loam

A majority of plants that can be grown in containers love neutral soil. Loam is a great way to start plants off to a healthy life because it contains nutritious organic matter. Keep in mind that some plants, such as carrots, prefer a more sandy soil, so choose a soil according to the plant’s needs.

Place Containers in the Right Position

Containers can go anywhere as long as they’re put in a position with the right amount of sunlight. Place containers on the patio, stairs, along walkways and even in the garden for a pop of texture and color. Container plants also make great centerpieces and can be brought from outdoors, in.

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Loam for Sale in Maine

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Located in Lewiston, Maine, Beaulieu Industries has loam for sale for the 2014 season. We offer delivery in and around Androscoggin county, or we’ll load you up if you’d rather come pick it up yourself.

Cost of Delivery

Delivery of loam in the Lewiston/Sabattus area is $16 per yard and $18 per yard for the Auburn/Poland area. If you come pick it up yourself we charge $12 a yard. For a complete price list of our materials, please click here.

We have loam for sale by the yard, or if you only need a few bucketfuls for your garden, we can supply that too. If you’re not sure how much loam you’ll need for your project, we’ll be happy to help you figure out how many yards you’ll need.

About Our Loam

Our loam doesn’t contain any fillers and is screened so it doesn’t contain any rocks or branches either. If you have a large project in Central Maine, we offer excavation services, which means we’ll not only deliver the loam, we’ll level it for you too.

How to Place an Order

Call Roger Beaulieu (240-4499) at Beaulieu Industries to place an order or contact us via email. We’ll set up a delivery/pick up date and time that’s convenient for you.

About Beaulieu Industries of Maine

In what was supposed to be a day of athletes putting their bodies to the test, the city of Boston and the many great people supporting the Boston Marathon were themselves put to the test, both physically and emotionally. We would like to extend our sympathy and support to the great city of Boston and join others around New England and the world in saying, “stand strong Boston – you will recover.”

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PrunedTreesShould you prune your own trees? The answer depends on the size of the job. If a pruning saw and lopper is all that is needed, then go ahead and do the pruning yourself. If scaling the tree and using a chainsaw is what the job calls for, call a professional to get the job done safely.

Reasons to Prune a Tree

  • Overall Tree Health: Removing diseased, damaged or dead branches allows the tree to focus its energy on growing new branches and putting out new buds, flowers and fruit.
  • Increase Air Circulation
  • Encourage New Growth
  • Shape the Tree
  • Remove Obstructive Branches
  • Make Tree Shorter

When to Prune a Tree

It’s best to prune a tree in late fall or winter while the tree is dormant. This reduces stress to the tree and helps prevent disease from spreading.

Professional Tree Removal Services in Central Maine

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Linum-ground-coverA common question among new home owners with a septic system is whether or not they can landscape over it. The answer is yes, with a few exceptions of course. Before calling in the landscapers or putting on your work gloves to do the work yourself, keep a few things in mind.

Where is Your Septic System Cap?

Seeing as the septic system needs to be pumped every 5-7 years or so, knowing where the cap to your septic system lies is important. This prevents having to poke around for it, sometimes digging up the landscaping, in order to find it. To help your septic system cap better blend in with the surrounding landscape you can purchase a cover (some are made to look like rocks).

Don’ts when Landscaping over a Septic System

  • Do NOT plant trees & bushes over the septic system. Strong root systems can cause cracks or damage. (plant at least 20 feet away from septic)
  • Do NOT use heavy machinery over the system – this can cause compaction
  • Do NOT till over the system – this can cause disturbance
  • Do NOT add more than 16 inches of landscape materials
  • Do NOT leave soil on top of septic bare as this can lead to erosion
  • Do NOT grow edible plants on the system

Do’s when Landscaping over a Septic System

  • Plant groundcovers/grasses that don’t require lots of water
  • There should be at least 6 inches of material over the system
  • Do plant plants with shallow root systems

As long as you stick to using plants that require little water and have shallow root systems, you can safely landscape over a septic system. Avoid as much traffic as possible over the system to further prevent compaction or disturbance  and to keep it in working order.

Additional Information on Septic Systems

Septic Systems: A Homeowner’s Guide

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