Many of us dream of starting our own business, but few of us actually start the process. It’s costly, it takes a lot of time to build up a base of customers, and the paperwork can be overwhelming. But if you do get your own business up and running, the benefits are undeniable – you can set your own hours, your earning potential is virtually unlimited, you can make your own decisions and tailor your business to your lifestyle.
Learning from Mr. B’s Experience
At Mr. B’s, we’re excited about helping those who are interested in starting their own businesses or becoming independent contractors. We’re looking for individuals with a strong work ethic, drive, determination and a desire to succeed!
Mr. B’s was started by Brian Bush in early 1991, when he started mowing lawns while still in high school. From those beginnings, Brian has grown five successful businesses employing over a dozen employees and several independent contractors. Brian wants to take the business skills he’s learned over the years and pass them on to the next generation of entrepreneurs, giving them the opportunity to set themselves up as small business owners in their own right.
A Rare Opportunity for Starting Your Own Business
Does this sound good to you? It should! This is an opportunity that seldom comes along. You can learn from someone who has built his own companies from the ground up without having to pay for an expensive education, you’ll get paid on the job, and while you’re earning and learning, you’ll be working toward taking on a segment of Mr. B’s current businesses as your own.
We’ll take you through every phase of establishing your own business, including making sure you file the proper federal, state and local paperwork, assisting you with getting the right insurance, creating a marketing plan, establishing a customer list and finding the right financing options.
There’s never been a better time to start your own business. If you’re serious about starting your own business and willing to learn, contact Brian Bush at email@example.com for more information. Please let us know what experience you have, including any certifications or licenses. No phone calls, please.
Most homeowners look forward to the first signs of spring so they can get outside and start their gardens. At the very least, most will want to plant some flowers around the entrance to their home for a pop of welcome color after the drab shades of winter. Some people have a naturally green thumb while other unfortunate, would-be gardeners can’t seem to get anything to thrive once it’s planted. For those hopeless gardeners we’ve put together a list of easy care flowers that are almost impossible to kill, even if neglected a bit. If you don’t think you have what it takes to be a gardener, try these hardy plants!
Cosmos are Easy Care Flowers that Bloom for Months
At the top of the chart are Cosmos. These delicate looking flowers are famous for being practically care free while blooming all summer long. Delicate, fern-like leaves and bright petals can cover your garden in color. Cosmos thrive in hot, dry weather and come in a wide variety of colors including white, pink, purple, gold and candy stripe. There are several varieties of Cosmos, ranging in height from four inches to over three feet, making them easy to stagger for a natural, meadow-like garden appearance.
Easy Care Vinca are Small but Mighty
There are several strains of Vinca depending upon the leaves and height, but they are all hardy, ever-blooming summer flowers. The glossy, smooth leaves make an attractive ground cover, and the flat, five-petaled flowers resemble stars in shades of pink, purple, coral, red and white. The centers of the stars are usually a bright, contrasting color. They do well in almost any climate, including hot, dry, humid, cold and poor soil.
Sunflowers Aren’t Just for Seeds
The typical image of a sunflower is the six-foot-tall variety with enormous seed heads, but you can now grow sunflowers in a wide range of sizes and far more colors than the traditional, bright yellow. You’ll find gold, peach, burgundy and even bi-colored blooms that will grow anywhere from 10” to eight feet tall. Dwarf sunflowers are great for along fences while the larger varieties will attract songbirds who love the seeds.
4. Zinnias Offer Easy Care Flowers in a Multitude of Shapes and Colors
Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow and they thrive whether planted in borders, flower beds or even containers. They attract hummingbirds and butterflies and are beautiful as cut flowers because they last for at least a week after cutting. An added bonus is that when you cut them, even more flowers will bloom. They love the heat and sunshine of summer and bloom repeatedly throughout the summer and well into fall. You can grow zinnias in colors ranging from soft pinks to deep reds, oranges and creams. Some blooms have seemingly endless mounds of petals while others are flat with distinct centers of gold or cream.
5. Daffodils – An Easy Spring Flower
Daffodils have been linked to springtime for generations, and with good reason. Once the bulbs have been planted, Daffodils will rise again every spring in a profusion of cup-shaped flowers surrounded by a ring of brilliant petals. Although known for its bright yellow color, you can also get them cream, peach, gold and combos that have one color for the cup and another for the flat petals. These bloom in the spring, but the flowers last for weeks. Just plant daffodil bulbs in the fall and they’ll quickly spread every spring.
6. Phlox are Butterfly Magnets
This cheerful flower used to bloom profusely, but only for a few weeks in the spring. Recent hybrids and newer strains, however, can bloom clear through the first frost. The flowers bloom in compact clusters that resemble the flowers on Vinca, but are smaller and grouped tightly together over long, spiky leaves. Phlox flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds but deer tend to stay away, making Phlox ideal for suburban gardens.
Marigolds Grow Almost Anywhere
Marigolds love bright, sunny spots and they are hardy enough to withstand even the hottest temperatures. They bloom profusely from late spring to fall. Traditional marigolds can grow anywhere from three to five feet tall, but you can also get dwarf varieties for containers and window boxes. The fern-like leaves are a deep green and the blossom colors include yellow, red and gold.
Pansies are Dainty Delights
Pansies look delicate and frail, but they stand up to sunlight and grow well as long as they are watered during stretches of drought. Gardeners love the “face” on each pansy bloom that combines an overall petal color with vivid streaks of a deeper color forming a blaze in the center of the flower. Pansies come in an astonishing palette of colors, including burgundy, reds, purples, yellows, creams, golds and peaches. Pinching off spent blooms will force even more blooms. These do best in the spring and fall, reviving quickly after any hot spell. Pansies don’t grow very tall – a foot at the most, but usually more like 6 to 8 inches.
9. Impatiens Come in Two Varieties
Impatiens are most often seen in containers and hanging baskets, but they are excellent in shady areas of your garden as well. They can easily wilt in the heat of the day, so keep them well watered. If you keep them shaded, they will proliferate and spread with mounds of amazing color. The leaves are softly rounded in a cheerful green in most varieties, although New Guinea Impatiens feature darker leaves with sharper edges. Impatiens come in a spectrum of warm shades ranging from a bright, pure white to cherry red with tints of pink, salmon, fuchsia and orange. For shady borders, nothing beats Impatiens for constant color.
10. Grandma’s Begonias are Making A Come-Back
It’s almost impossible to kill a begonia, which is what has made this plant a favorite with gardeners for generations. Your grandmother probably planted “wax begonias” in her first garden. Back then, most begonias had waxy, spade-shaped leaves and flowers clusters in either red or a orangey flowers. Today you’ll find begonias with leaves of purple, citrus green or deep green that are round, spaded or rough around the edges. Flowers come in reds, oranges, golds and peaches as well as bi-colors. They are still as durable and reliable as ever, being disease and drought resistant.
Snapdragons Add Height to Your Garden
Snapdragons are easy to grow in even rocky soil, blooming into tall spikes of color that are perfect for bouquets. Their complex flowers grow in clusters along the top half of each spike, blazing in bright shades of yellow, red, pink and orange as well as variegated versions with multiple colors. You’ll find Snapdragons that grow anywhere from twelve inches to four feet in height depending upon the type. The intermediate height (one to two feet tall) are the hardiest and come in the deepest colors. Snapdragons are proficient bloomers in the summer and into early fall.
12. Morning Glories are Easy Care Flowers for Fences and Trellises
These charming, old-fashioned flowers sprout quickly from seed and flourish even in poor soil. To encourage sprouting, most gardeners soak the seeds in lukewarm water overnight before planting. Once they’re in the ground, just stand back and watch them grow. These are a twining vine, so plant them along a fence or trellis. The spade shaped foliage is usually a soft green. Gardeners prize morning glories for their easy growth and the vibrant blues and purples of the trumpet-shaped flowers. You can also find Morning Glories in pinks, purples and striking striped varieties.
If you aren’t sure what flowers you want to plant or need help with landscaping your home or garden, Mr. B’s Lawn Care can guide you with professional landscaping services.
Spring has officially arrived, and you’ll soon be mowing your lawn, planting flowers and trimming shrubs. At Mr. B’s, we can help you prepare for the long summer days and your long list of summer chores by getting your lawn mower, hedge trimmers, weed whackers and chainsaws ready to perform after months of sitting in your garage or shed.
Our small engine repair professionals can give your mower a thorough tune-up, replace your chainsaw chain or sharpen lawn mower blades. We work on all size mowers, including push mowers and riding lawn tractors.
Don’t know when you can drop off your mower at our 513 Third Street, Ellwood City location? Call 724-752-5551 to arrange pick-up and delivery in Ellwood City, PA!
Garage floors take a real beating from most homeowners. The concrete cracks over time and quickly becomes stained by oils, gasoline and more from cars and trucks. Most homeowners don’t think much about the appearance of their garage flooring until it’s time to sell their home, and then they’re dismayed to realize just how bad the concrete flooring looks. By then it may be too late to clean and patch the worn concrete. That’s why more homeowners every year are coating their concrete garage floors with a durable, poly coating that protects and beautifies.
American Guardian Protection offers an outstanding, spray-on poly elastomer coating that was originally developed for use on bed liners and heavy equipment, so you know it can stand up to just about anything you can dish out. This innovative product seals concrete floors and adds an extra layer of protection that’s attractive and lasts for years.
There are several benefits to coating your garage floor with liquid bed liner from American Guardian Protection:
It’s durable. The poly elastomer coating will provide years of protection and will won’t stain or crack. You won’t have to worry about repairing crumbling concrete or trying to remove stains.
It’s easy to install. You can paint on American Guardian’s poly flooring with a paint gun or paint brushes and let it cure over the weekend.
It’s attractive. American Guardian Protection now offers their poly coating in black, antique white and sky blue so that you can choose the color that works best in your garage or workshop.
It’s safe. If you install a poly floor by American Guardian Protection, you can choose a formula with grit, which will give the garage flooring a skid-free surface that provides traction and decreases the chances of someone slipping and falling on your floor.
It’s easy care. All you have to do to clean your poly flooring is hose it down occasionally. It’s also waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about water seeping underneath the flooring and damaging the concrete underneath.
Ready to upgrade your concrete garage flooring to a durable, poly flooring? Call American Guardian Protection and ask for more information about how you can use our liquid bed liner to finish your garage flooring and add years of durability, safety and beauty to your garage in one easy application!
Spray-on truck bed liners have been popular for years to protect pickup truck beds from wear and tear while improving the looks of the truck bed. But there are plenty of others uses for this versatile material, particularly if you’re looking for a product that meets a lot of durability requirements. A top quality, spray on bed liner like that offered by American Guardian Protection gives you all this:
Good looks. The black finish covers up scratches and dings and can easily be hosed clean whenever it gets dirty. It doesn’t show wear and tearing, keeping its good looks for years.
Stain coverage. So you spilled a bucket of paint or varnish in your truck bed? No problem – our spray-on bed liner will cover the entire area, making it look like it’s brand new.
Corrosion control. You’ll never have to worry about corrosion from salt or the elements when our liner covers your truck bed.
Do these advantages translate to other applications? Absolutely! Think about the many kinds of equipment that could benefit from a waterproof coating that protects from the elements:
You can protect your boat against moisture damage or wood rot by applying American Guardian Protection’s liquid protective coating, and it will give you improved traction on deck.
Do you use an ATV with a dump bed for hauling loads where trucks can’t go? Our spray-on bed liner can protect your ATV’s dump bed just like it protects your pickup’s bed.
Horse and livestock trailers take a lot of abuse. Acids from urine and feces can corrode metal quickly. A spray-on bed liner will protect against that kind of damage and is easily cleaned with a garden hose.
Your garage, basement or barn floor. That’s right! By applying American Guardian Protection’s spray-on protective coating, you can instantly update an old concrete floor that can be quickly hosed down. There’s no need to worry about cracking or peeling and it will resist stains, looking great for years to come.
American Guardian Protection prides itself on providing the most versatile and easy-to-apply bed liner product on the market. It’s easy to apply and you can do even a sizable job in a weekend. For more information, visit American Guardian Protection or call 800-346-1116.
The unusually warm weather and sunny skies this winter may have you looking forward to spring, but it’s still too early for most outside chores. Instead, focus on a few indoor chores that can brighten your home and get you ready for summer. The bonus? Your house will look and feel fresher.
Deep clean your kitchen. Pull out and clean behind your appliances, scrub off the counter tops and clean the front of your cabinets to get rid of any residue left by sticky hands. Clean out your pantry and fridge, tossing any expired products and organizing the rest.
Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t have these, now is the time to purchase and install them.
Clean the window coverings. Wash the drapes and curtains or take them to the dry cleaners and clean off your window blinds. If you have windows that are framed by both sheers and heavy draperies, consider using just the sheers during the summer months for a breezy look that will let in more sunshine.
Switch to lighter bedding. If you have the option, switch out your winter bedding for lighter, airier coverings. Replace flannel sheets and duvets for cotton sheets and gauzy throws.
Declutter. Less is more, particularly in rooms with lots of summer foot traffic. Do one room at a time and separate items into “throw out,” “store,” and “yard sale” groups. The bonus? When warmer weather and sunny skies arrive, you’ll have lots of stuff ready for a yard sale.