What is the Difference Between Hardscaping and Landscaping?

By on 10-21-2015 in Workers' Compensation

You’ve likely seen the beautiful products of professional landscaping and hardscaping. But you probably cannot distinguish between the two.

You also probably think the specificities of outdoor/exterior design are not important to you. However, most people utilize third parties to take care of the features in their front and back yards. And when you are discussing potential additions or redesigns of your back and front yard, you need to know the correct terminology to ensure that your dream lawn is realized.

Landscaping refers to outdoor features that are living or need nurturing to stay alive. Even the rarely-watered cactus is considered a tool which landscapers can utilize to bring to life your planned yard. Anything that can die, turn brown, or go rotten is landscaping.

Hardscaping, of course, refers to all of the other features in an exterior design that are living. Elements like walkways, rocks, lighting, water features, and more are used by lawn service or (confusingly titled) landscaping companies to accompany your beautiful lawn and foliage.

Advantages of Landscaping

The benefits of landscaping taking center stage in your exterior design are numerous. Most important for the climate-conscious consumer, is that landscaping components in a yard or lawn are likely not contributing to pollution or energy consumption — unlike electric lights or water features in hardscaping.

In fact, landscaping features often contribute to the local ecosystem through the addition of plants (and thus, insects or small wildlife). That the flowers smell beautiful and the trees’ fruits are tasty may not hurt, either.

Advantages of Hardscaping

Hardscaping is just as important as landscaping, lest you want your garden to look like Mother Earth had a fit when designing your plot of land. Water features can add tranquility and peace to a rambling brush of a backyard. And stone pathways can guide guests through a garden in a way no other walkway can!

While water features with small fountains may cost money to operate (and may make some noise depending on the type of fountain and motor), they can truly be a point of pride in an otherwise average garden.

Decks are also considered hardscaping. These can be incredibly ornate or intensely simple. One of the advantages of decks is how classy they can make an outdoor space seem, despite being just a (typically) shaded platform for people to gather on and enjoy company outdoors.

Why You Need a Professional

Some people are tempted, in order to cut costs, to try and install landscaping and hardscaping services as amateurs. I can understand the appeal of small projects like putting in the soil for a garden. But for large, laborious projects like installing a pathway or a water feature, it is undoubtedly a better idea to leave it to the professionals.

Messing up a water line can damage your foundation or lead to serious issues down the road. And a simple mistake in a deck installation can lead to injuries or costly repairs. Professional companies like Daybreaker Landscapes have experience in hardscaping and landscaping installation, in addition to maintenance or repairs. Check them out if you are interested in the benefits of these features!

Lane splitting study

By on 10-21-2015 in Workers' Compensation

It’s one of the great annoyances for any biker when we get the speech about lane splitting. There’s always a finger to wag at us about how dangerous it is, how it could cause accidents, how selfish we are not to just wait in traffic safely like the rest of them.

Part of this is, of course, jealousy. Car and truck drivers just wish they could inch through traffic and get around miles-long backups. The fact they weren’t smart enough to buy a bike isn’t our fault, but they want us to suffer with them.

Still, there has long been an assumption that there’s a grain of truth behind this bitter finger wag. Isn’t it dangerous to split lanes?

Before I answer that, a quick catchup for any of you who don’t know what I’m talking about. Splitting lanes are when a bike moves between stopped cars by making way between the lanes, hence splitting them. It’s a common practice. You’ve probably seen it before, and if you were in a car, you probably wagged that finger at the act. Jealousy, pure jealousy.

And that’s all it is, it turns out. According to a study done by Berkley, lane splitting can be perfectly safe if done correctly, and not just when traffic is at a standstill. As long as it is done careful with traffic moving at less than 50 miles per hour, there’s no evidence it is increasing risk for anyone.

Of course, many of us on those bikes splitting those lanes could have told everyone this years ago, but it’s good someone at Berkley proved it anyway. It’s a handy piece of information to throw back at those giving us a talking to next time.

Beyond this excellent point, there’s a more intuitive one to add: lane splitting speeds up traffic. This is obvious when you think about it. If you have ten cars backed up and one of them, even if it is just half the size of the others, can be removed, then there is obviously less traffic. If bikers don’t get caught in the traffic, it will speed up. When we add this point to the one above, that such activities aren’t dangerous to anyone, the solution seems obvious: just let bikers do it. It’ll speed up your commute every day since that’s the time when bikers are usually doing this anyway.

Such information may also lead to some legal reforms. Lane splitting is illegal in almost all states. In others, like Texas, the law is ambiguous. Whether it is uncertain or outright not allowed, studies like those done by Berkley (and the intuitive point I made afterward) make a strong case to allow bikers to get back to one of the best parts of being on a bike: not having to wait around in slow traffic like the rest of the world.

So let’s change those laws people. Because, who wants to be stuck in traffic longer than they have to be?

When Injured due to Someone Else’s Negligence, Seek help as soon as possible.

By on 10-21-2015 in Workers' Compensation

Due to the statute of limitations, a time constraint put on personal injury cases, a plaintiff, the person filing the lawsuit, needs to file their claim as soon as they are able because the opportunity to receive compensation for their pain and suffering may expire.

The attorneys at Williams Kherkher Law Firm recommend contacting an attorney even if it is only for simple legal advice that does not lead to a lawsuit. They recommend keeping track of:

      All medical expenses resulting from the accident

      All property damage

      Any lost wages due to time off work

      Photos and other evidence of the accident

      Emotional trauma

      Pain and suffering

This is information necessary to building a case against a negligent party in any personal injury case. The Williams Kherkher attorneys have 30 years of experience in fighting for people’s lawsuits and understand that the victim’s priority should be to their health and well-being as well as their family. They also understand that an insurance company’s priority is protecting itself and its related parties, so they fight to recover all lost income a family incurred and more to cover all further pain and suffering that their clients experienced.


In short, personal injury lawsuits are about holding parties responsible for their negligent actions. Accidents can result devastating outcomes, both emotionally and financially, so victims should call professionals to help fight for them to get the best outcome in their cases because the fight may be too much for one person alone.

Why Divorce is Not Always the Answer

By on 10-21-2015 in Workers' Compensation

When you get married, you think and hope that the relationship lasts forever. But sadly, not everybody has a fairytale ending. Some marriages involve domestic violence, infidelity, and other controversial issues, and many times they end with divorces.

There may be legitimate reasons to get a divorce, but it is important to point out that divorce is not always the answer to your troubled marriage.

It may be an emotional reaction

The decision to file for divorce does not come overnight. Usually, it comes after an infinite number of disagreements and toxicities. If you have made the decision immediately, stop for a moment and consider that maybe it is just an emotional reaction because you are hurt.

It may further develop hard feelings

According to the website of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, divorce may involve a variety of issues, including alimony, child custody and support, and property division. These issues may lead to heated arguments, make the separation process more personal and hurtful not just for the spouses, but also for the children involved.

It may greatly affect the children

Going separate ways also have a negative effect on children. This is particularly true on instances where the involved children are in their development years. Boys are likely to go on rebellious phases and girls on emotional detachment phases.

Children may also think that they are part of the reason why their parents are separating, resulting into emotional and psychological responses such as lack of self-worth.

It may be a serious financial burden

Family courts and divorce lawyers are not free, and their fees may easily skyrocket if the divorce involves disagreements on aspects such as alimony and the other legal concepts stated earlier. The thing is, it is likely that there are disagreements, so it is not hard to believe that your divorce will cost you a lot of money.

It may be worse than you think

You may have fantasies of being alone or being with someone else every time you and your spouse have a disagreement, but once you complete the divorce process, living the single life may not be as fun as you think. Divorced individuals are known to develop emotional and psychological issues, including depression and escapism, such as overeating and overworking.

Safe Driving Practices

By on 10-21-2015 in Workers' Compensation

Car accidents can happen because of a variety of reasons, such as driver error and recklessness, mechanical defects, and hazardous road conditions. But the worst car accidents and injuries occur when someone else has caused them.

According to the website of this Des Moines personal injury lawyer, you may be able to benefit from pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident.
But at the end of the day, nobody wants to go to hospitals and courts and miss time at work. The best option is still avoiding car accidents altogether by doing safe driving practices.

Watch your speed
The faster you go, the less reaction time you have on stimulus and unexpected events, such as sharp turns, curves, animals that cross out of nowhere, and weaving vehicles. It is also important to point out that speeding is not just about going over the speed limit. It is also about driving too fast when the weather and road conditions are considered. The most common conditions you should consider are rain, snow, ice, wind, debris, and road defects.

Stay in your lane
Lane dividers exist for a reason. They are there to make sure that there is a considerable distance between you and the other vehicles around you. They are also good ways to judge the positions of other vehicles. Distance and position are very important factors in avoiding collisions.

Avoid tailgating
Again, this is about distance. Make sure that there is enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you, so you have enough time to react in the vehicle’s actions, such as its turning or sudden stopping. Tailgating often results into rear-end collisions.

Use your signals
If tailgating is about distance, then signaling is about position. It should be second nature to you to utilize your signals upon turning, so the others around you will know your future position and adjust accordingly. If you don’t use your signal, you are not letting your future position to be known and you are giving the others around you very limited time to react to your turning maneuvers.

Drivers, especially those that are experienced, have the tendency to be complacent and intentionally do careless and reckless behaviors, such as distracted driving. Avoid distractions such as mobile phones, food and drinks, and other objects that can put your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road.