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Garden Essentials to Turn Your Dirt Yard into a Beautiful Green Lawn

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garden Essentials to Turn Your Dirt Yard into a Beautiful Green Lawn

You don’t need to be born with green thumb in order to have a beautiful, green lawn. What you do need are the right tools and supplies. This guide is designed for homeowners who want to take care of their lawn themselves and don’t want to rely on hiring gardeners to show up every week and do all of the work for them. The Right Grass Seed First up is the grass seed. If you get the wrong seed, then you are going to be headed for disaster. The main issue to consider is your location. Generally speaking, grass seed can be broken down into two main types: cold weather and warm weather. The location of your home will determine what type of seed you get. Cool season grass seed is better for shade, and it’s also better in climates such as the Midwest and Northeast where spring and fall temperatures get cool. A popular cool weather seed is Kentucky bluegrass. If you live down south, or somewhere out west, then you should look for a seed such as St. Augustine. A Lawnmower and Edging Tools You will need to take care of the grass once it has filled in. Besides making sure the lawn looks good, it will help keep it healthy. If you don’t mow the lawn, then it can grow wildly, and that can lead to certain areas getting little sun and eventually going bare. Get a good mower and an edger to handle areas near your walkways. There are lots of different types of mowers (self-propelled, bagless, etc.) but the main feature you should look into is that is has an adjustable blade height. This will enable you to cut the grass to the exact height you want. A Sprinkler System If you are serious about getting a good looking lawn, then you will want to invest in a good sprinkler system. You might envision yourself outside with a hose, but that really is not the best way to water your lawn. The hose won’t be as evenhanded as a sprinkler. You risk over-watering some areas and under-watering others. The advantage to a sprinkler system is that the sprinkler heads can be installed at specific locations to ensure a perfect watering. Plus, they can be set on a timer so that they water the lawn automatically. This way you never “forget” to water the law, and you don’t have to worry about going on vacation and leaving the lawn untended to. Click here for info about sprinkler...

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Choosing a Lawn Mower for Your Small Yard

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing a Lawn Mower for Your Small Yard

If your new home has a tiny yard, you may be wondering what type of lawn mower would work best in your situation. You probably want to avoid a riding mower since one of those is more appropriate for a large yard with a lot of room to maneuver around in. A push mower is a better choice, but you’ll still need to decide between the various types. Here is a quick look at your options. Gas or Electric A gas mower usually has more power than an electric model. This is handy if your yard is hilly, is uneven, or has thick weeds that need to be mowed down. However, gas mowers tend to be bigger and heavier than electric mowers. This could be a disadvantage when you have a tiny yard since you’ll have fewer long runs and more lifting and turning of the mower. Another disadvantage of buying a gas mower is that you also need to buy and store gasoline, which could be a problem if your yard is too small for a shed. Electric mowers tend to be lighter, easier to maneuver, and quieter to operate. They start when you depress a switch, so there is no pull cord to contend with. Since they are lightweight, it is easier to move them around flower beds, trees, and other obstructions in your yard. Plus, since they don’t have a strong gasoline odor, you can store your electric mower in your garage or on your porch, and that is handy when space is tight. Corded or Battery Powered An electric mower is an ideal choice for a tiny yard. If you decide to buy one, you’ll need to choose between a model that runs on a battery and one that runs on an extension cord. A corded mower usually costs less, and you won’t have to worry about keeping the battery charged. The drawback to a corded mower is that the cord may constantly get in your way as you mow the yard. You have more freedom of movement if you use a battery-powered mower. Since your yard is small, you can probably mow it all before the battery runs out, but if running low on battery power is a problem, you can always buy an additional battery and switch it out as you mow. Reel Mowers A reel mower is another option to consider buying. One of these could be suitable if your yard is flat and free from thick weeds. These run on human power alone, so to be effective, you have to keep the blades sharp and in good condition. These mowers are small and lightweight, so they are perfect for tiny lawns. You may need to make more passes to get the job done, but that isn’t a problem when your yard is small. These are also an inexpensive option, and since they are small and contain no gas or oil, you can store a reel mower indoors in a closet if you need to. Choosing the best mower for your small yard comes down to the layout of your yard, its terrain, and the type of grass you have. These factors help you determine how much power you need in a mower. Also, you need to consider your physical abilities. Decide...

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3 Things Millennial House Hunters Should Know Before Beginning The Search

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things Millennial House Hunters Should Know Before Beginning The Search

You’ve figured out how much house you can afford, you’ve saved up for a down payment, and now you’re ready to begin the house hunt, right? Wrong! As a first time homebuyer, there are a few things you should know before beginning the search. To get started, check out the three must-know things listed below. A Real Estate Agent Can Save You Lots of Time (and Money) As a first-time buyer, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes that you may not be aware of. From legal contracts to negotiations to the exchanging of large sums of money, it’s good to work with someone who knows what they’re doing. A reputable real estate agent will always have your best interests in mind. And, with their wealth of knowledge working in your favor, you can save a lot of time (not to mention money) on your search. Ask friends and family for referrals, or look up online reviews of your local real estate agents to get a feel for the kind of agent you’d like to work with. Choosing the right real estate agent for your needs is almost as important as the house hunt, so take your time and only work with an agent you feel comfortable with. You Won’t Find a Home That Satisfies Your Entire Wish List If you’ve been thinking about buying for a while, you likely already have a list of things you want in a future home. It’s important, however, to prioritize that list from must-have to would-be-nice so that you don’t get stuck looking for the perfect home which likely doesn’t even exist. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your list, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions. For example, what wish list items can be added into your home at a later date? What things on your wishlist are 100% non-negotiable? What wish list items are entirely unrealistic? It’s a good idea to tweak your wish list as you learn more about the local real estate market and what the homes in the area have to offer you. Location Matters (So Much More Than You Think) When it comes time to sell, the one thing you cannot change about your home is the location. So, even if your home is newly remodeled and your lawn is perfectly landscaped, location can make or break a potential sale. There are a number of things to consider about the location of a home before purchasing. For example, you may not plan to have any children, but if you buy in a less-than-ideal school district, you may have trouble selling in the future. Other things to consider include how well developed the area currently is (and whether there are plans for future development), how accessible the neighborhood is to the major routes and roadways, and how many amenities are located nearby. To learn more about the local housing market and how to get started on your house hunt, consult with a knowledgeable real estate agent in your...

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Two Reasons Why You Should Use A Vertical Wall Planter

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Reasons Why You Should Use A Vertical Wall Planter

Whether you’re the kind of person who loves to garden in the great outdoors or you keep a small herbal garden in your house, a vertical wall planter can be beneficial for you.  Vertical wall planters work by shifting the position of your garden from a horizontal approach, to an upright one.  They can be purchased from stores, or you can even get creative and make your own from products that you already have around your house.  Learning more about the benefits of vertical wall planters can help you see why it’s time to start using them today. Vertical Wall Planters Help To Maximize Your Space One of the main reasons why vertical wall planters are so valuable is because they help to maximize your space.  This can be very advantageous, especially if you live in an urban area. A problem that some people have when it comes to their gardens is a lack of variety.  Because they don’t have a huge outdoor yard, they may only be able to plant a limited number of flowers or vegetables.  Although they may want to diversify their garden, they just don’t think they have the space to do so. That’s the beauty of using vertical wall planters.  You can make the planter as tall as you like, and plant a different item on each row.  You’ll be able to have the full, rich garden you’ve always wanted because the planter provides you with the space that you need. Vertical Wall Planters Increase Your Privacy If you live in an area where the fences aren’t very high, you could be dealing with privacy issues.  Whether it’s because the houses are situated very closely to each other and neighbors are able to see into your yard or because there is a lot of foot traffic around your house, you may long for a greater sense of privacy when you’re tooling around in your yard. Vertical wall planters answer this need in a natural way.  Instead of paying for the expense of getting a new fence, line your existing fence with vertical planters.  This will increase your privacy and give you beautiful scenery while you’re relaxing in your yard. Using vertical wall planters could prove to be a very wise decision.  Take your gardening up a notch by choosing vertical wall planters as soon as possible, so you can enjoy these benefits and many more.  For more information, contact local professionals like Shades Of...

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Tips To Help You Easily Take Care Of Your Granite Countertops

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help You Easily Take Care Of Your Granite Countertops

Granite counters are not cheap so you will want to make sure that you are caring for them in the best way possible. To help you do this, you will want to read through the following tips. Do Not Place Hot Pots And Pans Directly On The Granite While it may be true that granite can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans, you will still want to make sure that you are placing a trivet on the counter and placing the hot dishes on that. The reason for this is that if there is any dirt or grit on the surface of the counter or under the pot or pan, the heat and pressure can cause the debris to scratch the surface of your granite counter. Never Use Generic Bleach Or Household Cleaners It is important to make sure that you are sticking with cleaners that are made specifically to be used on granite surfaces. The reason for this is because a lot of the other generic cleaners out there contain alkalis, acids, and other chemicals that can ruin the seal on the granite. When that seal is degraded, the counter becomes more prone to staining. Do Not Stand Or Sit On The Counters While it is true that granite is a stronger material than the cheaper laminate options that are available, it is not as flexible. This means that too much weight or pressure on one area of the granite counter can cause it to crack. If your granite counter cracks, there is no real way to repair it. It will need to be replaced by another solid piece of granite. Blot Up All Spills Right Away  Even if there is a sealant on your granite counters, you will want to quickly blot up any liquid spills. Liquids such as coffee, wine, soda, and fruit juice are very acidic and can quickly stain your counters. You do not want to find out that your sealant for the granite was wearing down and it needed to be resealed because you accidentally stained the surface of the counter. With those four suggestions in mind, you should find that it is much easier to take great care of your granite counters. The better you care for them, the longer they will last before you will ever have to worry about needing to replace them. For more information, contact local professionals like Artisan Granite &...

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How To Improve The Function Of Your Central Air

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Improve The Function Of Your Central Air

A home central air conditioner system is dependent on several elements. The condenser (which you might call the air conditioner), furnace, evaporator, ducts and air registers are all key to good airflow and energy efficiency in your building. The condenser unit is the only part of the system that is outside of the building. As a result, it can get dirty and normal operation can be hampered. It is very important to clean your condenser unit on a regular basis. It is smart to clean it at the end of every winter, before you start running your AC on a daily basis. This article explains a few basic cleans to do before starting your AC for the season. Keep It Covered First of all, your job will be much easier if you kept your condenser covered with a vinyl or plastic cover. Condenser covers are cheap and they will preserve the life of your unit. If you don’t have one, at least cover your unit with a plastic sheet or tarp until you invest in one. Clean Out the Main Compartment First, you want to clean out the main unit that houses the fan. This is right in the center and it can be accessed by removing the bird guard on top. The guard can be easily removed by loosening a few screws with a power drill. You will want a hose vacuum to get any leaves and dirt on the bottom of the unit. You also want to use a wet rag to wipe down the fan blades and sidewalls. While you have access, make sure the fan blades don’t have any rust or mold. Clean the Condenser Fins The chief operation of the condenser unit is to release heat from inside the house. This happens via the coils that line the outside of the unit. The coils are covered by thin aluminum ridges, which are called fins. When the fins get dirty or bent, the condensing process is seriously slowed down. Luckily, it is very easy to clean them. First, soak them in water with your hose. Then, spray on a basic cleaner or degreaser. If you are able to buy actual condenser cleaning solution (yes, that is a thing!) you will get even better results. Spray your cleaner on, let it soak in for a few minutes, and then spray it off with a strong stream of water. A fair amount of dirt should flow from the fins. Any dirt on the ground is dirt that was previously decreasing the efficiency of your condenser. If you do these basic cleaning every year or so, your system will be that much more...

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3 Ways To Make Your Living Room More Colorful Without Painting

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Make Your Living Room More Colorful Without Painting

If your living room appears drab or lacking in color, you may be feeling like it’s time to bring out the cans of paint. Whether you are thinking of adding an accent wall to break up the bland monotone of your living space or you feel that paint is the only way to bring this room to life, you don’t have to go to such huge makeover extremes to make your living room pop with color. Here are ways you can make your living room more vibrant with color without doing a single stroke with a paintbrush. Add an engaging area rug An area rug, like those from Designer Rug Store of Tuscon, can quickly become the focal point in your living room, adding both comfort and fun color. Choose a circular area rug with large colorful polka dots or swirls, or opt for neon block prints on a large rectangular piece. Mix colors and textures by choosing contemporary styles in bold blues, grays, yellows, and even hot pinks in flat and shag textures. You can place an area rug on your wall to make it an even more interesting accent piece. If you prefer to be more traditional, place your area rug in the center of your living room in front of furniture so it gets the attention it deserves. Toss in some thrilling throws If your furniture is lacking color or is an outdated hue or tone, you can easily make it stand out by using beautiful throw designs to give your pieces a new look. Throws in thrilling animal prints, bold stripes, or even tropical designs can make lighter pastel furniture pieces appear brighter. Mix and match these bold throw patterns to give your living room an unpredictable style, which will make it stand out in a bold new way, no painting need. Reflect on style with a large mirror A single wall in your living room can become an accent wall even if you choose not to paint. A large, rectangular mirror can reflect all the decorative pieces you have in your living space while making the whole area appear larger at the same time. If you feel cramped in your boring room, then a mirror can make a huge difference in the appearance and size of your room. There are many ways you can make your living room appear more colorful without resorting to painting your space. From gorgeous area rugs to large mirrors, you can make this space more engaging and colorfully delightful to be in without having to lift a...

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Where Should The Water Go At The End Of Your Rain Chain?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Where Should The Water Go At The End Of Your Rain Chain?

Your rain chain should function like a gutter downspout, carrying water away from your house in order to protect your home’s foundation. Water that flows down the rain chain must enter a water management or water capturing system that will prevent the water from saturating the soil around your house. Directing the water away from your home can prevent foundation problems and can also prevent your home’s basement from having moisture and flooding problems. The following three methods are good ways to direct the moisture from your rain chain away from your home. Rain Garden A rain garden is a garden developed at a low point in your yard, where rain and moisture can gather to feed plants. Your rain garden should be about 10 feet away from your home. To build a rain garden, dig a small ditch that leads from the end of your rain chain to a round depression in your yard. If no depression exists naturally, dig one. Amend the soil in the depression with sand to promote good drainage. Fill in the ditch with large, round river rocks to help direct the water from the rain chain to the rain garden. Finally, fill your rain garden with plants like asters and irises, which prefer well-draining soil but can also handle occasional flooding. Rain Barrel A rain barrel enables you to capture the rain that flows from your roof. Water in a rain barrel is often saved to be used for gardening and lawn watering purposes. Many rain barrels come with a lid and are designed to form a seal with your rain gutter downspout. The seal helps prevent leaves and mosquitoes from gaining access to the water inside the barrel. Rain chains, unlike gutter downspouts, cannot form a seal with the rain barrel. To avoid problems, choose a rain barrel model specifically designed to work with a rain chain. Alternatively, you can also install a screen that covers the open space between the barrel lid and the rain chain to prevent debris and insects from gaining access to the inside of your rain barrel. Underground Drain Install an underground drain by digging a small ditch leading from your rain chain to a point in your yard. Once the ditch has been dug, lay down a PVC pipe in the ditch to collect rain water from the rain chain. Insert the end of the rain chain directly into the pipe. Finally, cover the pipe with dirt and sod, except at the two ends of the pipe. This simple but effective system will direct the rain water away from your home....

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Put Broken Glass To Good Use

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Put Broken Glass To Good Use

If you have a broken window around your house, then you want to get a window replacement as soon as you can. Leaving the window broken will put you at an increased risk of having a criminal or pests enter your home. Other problems with a broken window include injuries to someone in the household and increased heating and cooling bills. In some cases, you can repurpose some of the glass pieces that come out of the broken window. If you are someone who likes to do craft projects, then you may want to consider saving some of the broken glass pieces and using them for one of the projects detailed below. *Tip: Make sure you wear work gloves when you are handling the glass so you don’t end up with cuts. Use the glass to create mosaic stepping stones You can paint one side of the glass pieces all different colors and allow them to dry. Then, mix up some fast drying cement and pour it into a shallow cake pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Press the pieces of glass color-side down into the wet cement and make sure all of the edges of the glass are even with the cement. Allow the concrete to dry all the way and then take the stepping stone out of the pan. Once the stepping stone is out of the pan, allow it to set for another few days before displaying it in your yard to make sure it is fully hardened. Making this type of stepping stones will allow you to have full control over the different colors, so you can match them to the rest of your landscaping. Using the glass will give the stepping stones a glossy and colorful looking appearance that helps them to stand out. Use the glass to create a textured painting If you are an artist looking for a way to liven up your paintings, you can incorporate some of that glass into them. Just as above, you can paint the backs of the glass any color you want and allow them to dry. Paint your canvas and once the paint has all dried on both the canvas and the glass pieces, add glue onto the painted side of the glass pieces and press them onto your painting. You can use this method to give buildings the appearance of real glass windows, to create a shinier sun or to add any other touches you want. The third dimension will add a whole other level to your masterpiece. The above ideas describe just a couple of ways you can reuse some of the glass out of your broken window. You can come up with many more and create some unique pieces to display around your...

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Five Ways To Change The Mood Of Your Room Using Window Treatments

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Ways To Change The Mood Of Your Room Using Window Treatments

Feel like changing the mood in your home this spring? It is easy to alter the atmosphere and change the mood of any space using one simple element: window treatments. If you want to give a space of your home a distinctly different vibe, consider some of the following suggestions: Give a room an open, airy feeling. Open up a small space in your home with sheer panels that are longer than the actual window measurements. Allowing the fabric to puddle on the floor will make the room seem taller, and will even give it a light, carefree appearance. Hang the curtain rod a few inches above the top sill of your window to make the ceilings seem even higher. Bring a sense of warmth to a formal space. Give your room an instant sense of intimacy and warmth by choosing rich, textured drapes that can be pulled tight for privacy, or opened wide to let the sunshine in. Choose opaque material, preferably in colors that coordinate with the colors of your room, and that will meld with the walls creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Make your small space seem larger. To make a room seem larger, buy window treatments that are the same shade as the wall color. Paint the walls and ceilings the same color and hang matching drapes to create an optical illusion that makes your room seem bigger and taller than it actually is. Be sure to remove any obstructions from the front of your room’s windows to further enhance the feeling of a larger room. Turn a large empty space into something more intimate. If you have the problem of a space that is too big or empty, use window treatments to make it seem smaller and more welcoming. One way to achieve this is by using valances hung across the middle of the window, instead of at the top sill. Use vinyl window clings in the top pane to provide privacy and to further enhance the feeling of a smaller, cozier space. Check out draperies and window treatments online (like at http://www.sylvansdrapesandblinds.com and similar websites) to bring a new feeling to your space, and to get the best options for your buying budget. Create an illusion with the intentional use of window treatments to address the issue, and to turn your room into the space that you desire. Be sure to swap treatments periodically to allow time to launder or clean your curtains or drapes, and to coordinate your home’s d├ęcor with the current...

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