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Best types of trees to plant in Sarasota, FL

Florida’s blend of hot, humid temperatures and sandy soil can make it very hard for landscapers and homeowners to create interesting and attractive yards. It’s important to choose plants and trees that are native to the area so that they can withstand the salty, sandy conditions as well.

You will also need to take into consideration how large you want the tree to be and how much trimming and pruning you will want to do in the future.

To choose the best types of trees to plant in Sarasota, Florida, you should look for palms and other varieties that are native to the area and that have the other qualities mentioned above. One of the biggest factors to look at is the salt tolerance of the tree. Some are very tolerant, while others are not at all. Thanks to the folks at Sarasota Tree Care Services for the insights…

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Planning a Trip to Hood River

Pack up and head out! Destination: Hood River, Oregon. Tucked away in the Columbia River Gorge right near Mt. Hood, Hood River is home to a wealth of natural wonders, outdoor recreation, historic landmarks, arts and culture, and delicious food and drinks. Whether you’re traveling to the area for business or for pleasure, there’s a lot to do and a lot to see. To ensure that you make the most out of your stay in Hood River, check out these tips on some of the best places to eat, drink, stay, and play. Continue Reading

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Hood River’s Economy and Where to Work

Nestled in the mountains along the northern Oregon state line, the city of Hood River is home to a population of 6,710. With a very diverse community made up of almost an even split between males and females, the median household income comes in at just around $31,580. Private companies make up about 76 percent of the workforce, while a remaining 15 percent are government employees, in addition to the last 9 percent being self-employed. While many may think of Hood River as just a popular tourist destination, this small city has a lot more to offer. One of the most talented group of custom painters groups are nestled in the outskirts of Hood River. Custom car painters, home painters and others come to check out their work. Continue Reading

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Our Epic Trip Driving From Texas to Oregon

30 hours, five states, and three natural wonders—that’s what it took to drive all the way from San Antonio, Texas to Hood River, Oregon. Of course, no one really enjoys spending that many hours in a car, so the thought of driving for that long and for that far can be quite daunting; however, like a wise man once said, “the joy is in the journey.” After packing up and stocking up on plenty of travel-size snacks, the road trip was underway. A little special thanks to the folks at Lone Star Carpet Care who took care of a little toilet overflow accident the day before we left for our trip. They saved my bacon. Continue Reading

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Where to Kayak near Hood River, Oregon

The Northwestern region of the United States has always been known as a playground for adventure-seekers of all ages, and Hood River, Oregon is no exception. The lure of snow-covered mountains paired with countless amounts of rivers and lakes provides the perfect stage for an extensive line-up for recreational sports including snow-skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, fishing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, rafting, and of course, kayaking. Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or you’ve never stepped foot in a kayak, there’s plenty of different options and locations that are great for every skill level. Continue Reading

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The History of Hood River, Oregon

Nestled between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams inside the Gorge along the Oregon-Washington state line rests a hidden hideaway filled with snowy cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Founded over 211 years ago, Hood River, Oregon was first discovered by Lewis and Clark in 1805. They discovered the area that sits right near the Barlow Road, a road which pioneers traveled on to head up to the Oregon Trail and over Mt. Hood to what’s known as the Columbia River Gorge Highway. The two expeditioners quickly set up camp, nicknaming the site “Waucoma,” which means “place of big trees.” The campsite went on to earn many different names since its beginning. It was once known as “Labeasche River,” named after Francis Labiche, a French-Canadian waterman. Other historical sources have reported it as “Dog River,” but that name was quickly shot down by Mrs. Mary Coe, who was the wife of a well-known pioneer and landowner in the region, Nathaniel Coe. Mrs. Coe was finally successful in presenting the town with its final name, Hood River, which was fitting based on its close proximity to Mt. Hood. Continue Reading