InventHelp Inventor Develops New System to Help Keep the Interior of a Parked Car Cooler (HLW-2348)

HOLLYWOOD, FL, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Celestino Manuel Iriarte introduces “Car Shades”, an automated system to help keep the interior of a car cooler on hot days. Heat can wreak havoc on a vehicle and its daily operation.  The warm weather and humidity can create a hostile environment for your car.  Cars need protection from the hot weather to ensure they run optimally and don’t end up with serious problems.


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This patent-pending invention provides an automated method of blocking the sun’s rays from a car’s interior.  This practical device is designed to provide shade and lower the temperature inside your car which will provide comfort to the passengers and protection to the interior of your vehicle.  The system could be incorporated into new vehicles or offered as an aftermarket product. 

The inventor is seeking a company to license and manufacture the invention.  Please go to www.carsshades.com for more details including an animated video of the invention in use as well as survey results and feedback from a test group of 100 consumers!

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Water Cooler: Fall decor ideas for your home

Now that fall is officially upon us, it is time to spruce up the home with cozy accents, colors and decor. Pumpkins don’t have to be your only source inspiration. Fall decor can have a lot of unique personality while drawing ideas from the season, so here are some ideas to help you brainstorm the perfect autumnal aesthetic for your personal taste.

Fall color palettes

Classic autumn – Pair warm browns with deep orange-reds, bright, golden oranges and golden yellows with accents of light wheat.

Rustic fall cottage – Pair warm grays with auburn, rust orange and Oxford blue accents.

Mulled wine – Balance deep wine purples with lavender and pair with dark amber and apricot.

Victorian autumn – Pair olive with ocean blue and add punches of plum, oxblood and ecru.

Retro harvest party – Golden orange and yellow work as the base with accents of chocolate brown and avocado green.

Sunny fall day – Use crisp sky blue, sunflower yellow and carrot orange to pair with apple green and scarlet.

Autumn glamour – Pair spice orange with currant, metallic gold and sage.

Decor items

Pumpkins and squash – They’ve already started popping up at grocery stores everywhere. Pumpkins and squash of all sizes can be excellent for decorating stairways and tabletops. To add a decorative pop, paint black vertical stripes or black squares for a checkerboard look.

Garlands – Leaf gardens are most popular, but you can add in dried wheat grasses for a rustic look or sunflowers for a bright harvest aesthetic.

Lighting – Ambient light for the shorter days is a must have for the fall and winter. Stock up on candles, either real or battery operated. Lanterns work excellently for an antique and almost spooky atmosphere. Wooden candlesticks and holders create a cozy, pastoral character. Use strands of light to intertwine with garlands and other decorations so you can enjoy them at night as well.

Dried corn – For an old world, cornucopia-inspired look, dried corn is a wonderful addition to fall decorations. The rich tones of yellow, brown, red and white evoke the atmosphere of a plentiful fall harvest of a crop that is native to the Americas. Use full cobs for larger pieces or corn kernels for accents to hurricane jars.

Wooden crates and weaved baskets – Not only do these items also evoke thoughts of fall harvest, they are an excellent way to shape spaces and provide more vertical dimension to decoration arrangements.

Wood signs – Wood signs are a popular item for every season, but they work especially well for the fall because of their inherent rustic look. Paint them with your favorite fall images or warm autumn greetings for guests.

Throws – Now that we’re out of the warm weather, it is time for accent throws galore. Not only do they add a wonderful dose of cozy texture and rich color, but having extra throws and blankets around is also a must for adjusting to the colder temperatures.

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Preparing your lawn for cooler weather

By Chris Kerr
 |  For the Times-Union

I’m sure winter still seems far off, but in terms of ensuring our lawns come out of the winter looking their best, we have to prepare beforehand. Now, ideally all of the major issues have been covered throughout the year — maintaining proper mowing, fertility and irrigation, limiting weed incursion and controlling any pest and disease issues as they’ve occurred through a vigorous scouting regimen. If that hasn’t been done, there is a good chance the lawn may have large patches of warm-season weeds or bare spots in the lawn that will leave the door open for cool season weeds to settle in next.

While we can’t change the past if we’ve made any lawn mistakes this year, we can move forward and make sure our lawn is as resilient as possible. There are a few things I’d recommend doing. 

Many of you have heard of winterizer fertilizers, but be cautious — some of these contain too much nitrogen and may in fact increase lawn susceptibility to cold injury. If you’ve been fertilizing appropriately, now is the time to put out your final fertilizer. Don’t wait much longer or we’ll start to risk both increased chances of cold injury and nutrient leaching. 

Fertilizer is always posted with three numbers in front representing the percentage contained of N:P:K. We never want to apply any P (Phosphorus) to our lawns unless a soil test indicates it’s necessary, and if it’s needed you should be applying that in the spring before the rainy season starts. What we’re looking for is a balance between N (Nitrogen) and K (Potassium), either in a 1:1 or preferably 1:2 ratio; the exact mix isn’t an issue, it’s the ratio and the quantity that we apply. 

A commonly available fertilizer is a 15:0:15 and that will work fine for this time of year if you can’t find one with a higher ratio of potassium. You may find a 32:0:10 labeled as a fall or winterizer fertilizer, but avoid these if you can; they will promote too much growth without the cold tolerance we get from a higher rate of potassium. 

So, how much should you be applying? Apply at a rate of one-half to one pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet, keeping in mind there is a limit to the amount of soluble nitrogen that can be applied. If you don’t have slow-release nitrogen component, limit your application to no more than 0.7 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. If you’ve neglected to fertilize all year, I would recommend limiting your application to the lower end of the spectrum at just one-half pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.  Make sure to lightly water the fertilizer in.

Another thing we can do if we generally mow low is to start raising that mower up to the highest recommended height for our grass type — 3.5 to 4 inches for St. Augustine or bahia and 2 to 2.5 inches for our zoysia

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With some signs of cooler weather creeping in, it’s time to start planning your fall garden | Home/Garden

We’re fortunate that predicted high winds and rainfall from Hurricanes Laura and Sally did not materialize. We can’t let our guard down now, however; we still have months left in hurricane season. But we can at least allow the extreme anxiety produced by Sally to subside.

One factor that might help to soothe us is that, in the middle of hurricane season, we are also seeing a gradual transition to milder temperatures. Cool fronts begin to move through the state this month, bringing welcome relief from extreme heat and humidity. A cool front was expected to moved in Saturday to produce nighttime temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s and daytime highs around 80 over the next few days.

Summer is not ending — we will likely see more days in the 90s, and temperatures in the 80s linger well into October. But we are through the most intense heat of the summer.

For the next six weeks we will experience a gradual shift to milder weather. There will be cool spells followed by decidedly summerlike weather, but as we move into late October, cooler weather will begin to dominate. Generally, not until mid- to late-November do we experience the frosty cold weather and changing leaves that tell us that fall has finally arrived.

Much of what we do in the garden over the next couple of months is influenced by the coming changes.

Watering

Because we have had so much rain this summer, you may not be in the habit of watering your landscape regularly (hasn’t that been nice). We saw record amounts of rain in July, and abundant rain also fell in August. With high temperatures and rain keeping the soil wet, however, root rot was fairly common and led to the loss of fruit trees, young shade trees and shrubs.

Since late August, however, conditions have been relatively dry, and irrigation is needed now. When watering a landscape, you must apply the water slowly and over a long enough period of time to allow it to penetrate at least 4-6 inches into the soil. You can best accomplish this by using sprinklers, soaker hoses or even drip irrigation.

After a thorough irrigation, don’t water again until the soil begins to dry out. You can even wait for the plants to show slight drought stress. Deep watering should be necessary for established plants only once or twice a week, even during very dry periods.

Newly planted bedding plants and vegetable transplants will need more attention and will likely need more frequent watering. Irrigating two or three times a week, possibly more frequently, may be necessary while they get established.

There are a few other things you may need to attend to this time of the year.

Flower beds

Here at the end of the summer growing season, it might be a good idea to impose some order on those overgrown flower beds. In addition to cutting back plants where needed, groom the planting to remove dead flowers

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