Tom Disselkamp has been with 3M Company as Electrical Engineer for 30 years. Thomas Disselkamp has worked in a variety of capacities from design engineer and systems engineer to program and people management. In his time away from work, Thomas Allen Disselkamp enjoys watching educational television shows such as the PBS NOVA series.
In a recent episode, titled “The Great Math Mystery”, NOVA explored the question of whether mathematics is a construct of the human mind or whether it exists independently on its own. This is a fascinating and perplexing question as to how the abstract concepts of numbers and their relationships explain the vast majority of all physical phenomena in the known universe – from the Newtonian physics of molecular motion to the gravitational attraction and behavior of galaxies. Many schools of thought posit that mathematics already exists as in integral part of the physical universe, only to be discovered by us through observation and designed experimentation. At the end of “The Great Math Mystery”, a famous professor concluded that it could very well be a combination of both.
Tom Disselkamp, a product development specialist at 3M Company in Minnesota, enjoys a wide variety of hobbies during his free time. In addition to being a fan of archery, cooking, and grilling, Thomas Disselkamp enjoys landscaping. Thomas Allen Disselkamp has several years of experience designing and implementing varied shrubs, trees and annuals around his home and others.
When looking to landscape on a budget, establishing a basic plan is very important. Thinking about the final look of the space allows for early recognition of problem areas and creates a basic supply list. Further, a plan decreases the likelihood of buying unneeded items, such as too many flowers or plants, thus saving money.
Checking local newspapers and ads is a great way to find free items when gathering supplies and plants. Construction sites may have excess stones for a pathway, or neighbors or friends may be getting rid of trees or mulch. Trees and good soil are especially important when landscaping on a budget: Rich soil helps store-bought transplants thrive in new places, and trees fill up space more quickly than many flowers and plants.
Rather than redoing everything, save money by designing around trees and plants you already have in your yard. Reducing the size of your lawn or learning more about lawn care prevents excess watering and saves you the cost of replacing dead patches. Further, planting perennial flowers saves money in the long run, although they may be more expensive at first. Unlike annuals, perennials come back every year, eliminating the need to buy new plants each season.
Thomas Disselkamp has worked for 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, for more than 30 years.