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4 Ways To Deal With Weeds In Your Yard

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Deal With Weeds In Your Yard

If you’re like many people who like their yard to look beautiful, weeds are something you are very familiar with. However, you may not be aware of any natural, nontoxic ways to deal with them, so that you don’t have to worry when your children or pets play in the yard. Here are some ideas to help. Boil Some Water One of the easiest things you can do to kill weeds in your yard is to use boiled water to kill them. Boil some water in a kettle, and pour it onto weeds. The extreme temperature of the water will kill them. It is important to note that boiling water doesn’t discriminate between weeds, grass or other plants. Therefore, be sure not to touch any other plants with the boiled water; that way, you can preserve those while killing the weeds. Try Baking Soda Sodium bicarbonate, more commonly referred to as baking soda, can be used to handle weeds that sprout up through cracks in your cement walkway or path. Simply sweep or pour a bit of baking soda into the crack where the weeds are growing, and the sodium in the baking soda will affect the soil structure and the ability of the weeds to absorb water, causing them to wither and die. Use Alcohol Vodka, gin and other spirits may be effective in stunting the growth of plant leaves and stems, so pouring a little diluted alcohol directly onto your weeds might stop them from growing any further. Vodka in particular may disrupt the coating on leaves that prevents them from blocking out the sun and they dry up as a result. Use a Shower Curtain Sometimes, you can handle weeds by ignoring them completely. If you’re working in an area where you plan to put down mulch or wood chips, an easy way to make sure that weeds don’t poke through is to use a plastic shower curtain. Simply arrange the shower curtain flat on top of the soil, and put down your wood chips or mulch. Without sun and water, the weeds are likely to die underneath the shower curtain. Now that you have some ideas about how to handle garden weeds, use the information above to see what works best for you. You may also consider getting in touch with local landscapers for more ideas about how you can keep your garden free from weeds throughout the year.  To learn more, contact a company like Snyder’s Weed...

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Receive A Potted Plant As A Gift? Care For It With This Self-Watering Trick

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Receive A Potted Plant As A Gift? Care For It With This Self-Watering Trick

If you have received a potted plant as a housewarming gift, you know how much life it adds to a room. However, you know that you’ll need to spend some time keeping your gift alive by making sure it has enough water. Make the process easier with this quick and easy self-watering trick. All you need is one empty wine bottle. Step 1: Make Sure Your Pots Are Big Enough to Accommodate the Wine Bottles Before you get started, make sure your pot is big enough to accommodate the wine bottle. The neck of the bottle will be shoved into the dirt of the pot with the body of the bottle sticking up out of it. Be sure that the pot can support the weight of the bottle without tipping over and creating a mess. Also, check to see that there will still be enough room for the plant to grow without getting crushed. Step 2: Wash Out the Wine Bottle The wine bottle will soon become an essential part of your plants’ livelihood; so wash it out to make sure it’s clean. Use soap and water and even a bottle-cleaning tool if you have one. You may also want to remove the label on the bottle, depending on the aesthetic you’re looking to achieve in your room. Step 3: Fill the Bottle with Lukewarm Water Fill the bottle with lukewarm water once you have cleaned it. The temperature of the water is important. Hot water could potentially harm your plant and cold water could shock it. Room temperature water from your kitchen or bathroom faucet is perfect, so simply fill the bottle with it. Step 4: Insert the Bottle Into the Plant Insert the bottle into the plant once you’ve filled it with water. Remember, you want to bury the neck and opening of the bottle into the dirt so that the body of the bottle is sticking upright or at an angle. You may spill a little water when flipping the bottle over but don’t worry about it. Initially you will notice that some of the water will empty from the bottle and into the plant, this is your plant’s first self-watering! Step 5: Repeat as Needed Once the plant has been self-watered, the water will stop flowing and remain in the bottle. When the dirt is dry, water automatically seeps out of the bottle. When you notice that the wine bottle is empty, it is time to refill it. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to reset your new self-watering system. This simple self-watering trick for your new potted plant gift can save you a lot of time. One word of caution, some children may be tempted to pull the bottle out of the dirt and play with it. Keep an eye on small children or keep the potted plant out of reach. For children that are slightly older, include them in the preparation process so they understand what the bottle does and even feel like they helped create it! To learn more about creative gifts, contact a company like Clarence’s Gift...

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Want More Blooms from Your Gerbera Daisies? These Tips Can Help

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want More Blooms from Your Gerbera Daisies? These Tips Can Help

If you’re beginner at gardening, you might find that there are many tips and trick to help your plants grow faster. You may also find that there are many ways to promote more blooms on flowering plants. If you love gerbera daisies, you likely want as many blooms as possible. This guide provides some natural tips to make that happen. Tip 1: Ensure That There Is Plenty of Sun Full sunlight for part of the day is ideal for these plants. Gerberas take in the sunshine’s vitamins to keep their shape; otherwise they droop and are lifeless. Consider where the sunlight falls in your yard when choosing where to plant your daisies or place your pots. Tip 2: Create a Lot of Space between Plants Gerbera daisies do best when they are able to have their own water, soil, and nutrients. Plant your gerberas several inches apart, so that they can thrive in their own space. When the flowers are not able to get enough vitamins, they tend to wilt. Tip 3: Deadhead Frequently Snip off dead flowers as soon as possible, just below the bud on the stem with small shears. Doing so ensures the nutrients go to the live blooms, not the dead ones. Removing a dead bloom makes room for the plant to replace the bloom with one or more flowers. Tip 4: Fertilize with the Proper Fertilizer Fertilize your gerberas with a balanced fertilizer. The needs of these daisies are similar to African violets, so a fertilizer created with the African violet in mind may be ideal to keep them fed with excellent nutrition. Tip 5: Mist the Gerberas with a Water Bottle Mist your gerberas with a water bottle with a mist setting or even a hose with an attachment. Gerbera daisies do well with a daily misting. This helps them best absorb the sunlight they need each day. Misting the daisies also helps create moist soil, which is what gerberas thrive in. Consideration: If you’re in an especially rainy season, hold off on the misting until the natural precipitation levels out. Even though gerbera daisies love moist soil, they won’t do well if they are in standing water. The more you care for your gerbera daisies, the more blooms you’ll have. In no time at all, you’ll see the entire area where you’ve planted them filled with gorgeous flowers, adding to your healthy landscape. Ask your landscaper, from a site like http://www.lawnscapeshydroseed.com, for help with any of these tips, or if you still have problems getting the amount of blooms you...

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Keeping Your Closet Clutter Free: 3 Tips For Packing Clothes For Storage Units

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Closet Clutter Free: 3 Tips For Packing Clothes For Storage Units

A study conducted in 2010 found that the average American household spends approximately 3.8% of their earnings on clothing each year. Keeping all of your purchases in your closet can quickly become chaotic and can ruin fabrics if not properly folded or stored. Instead, consider storing clothing that is not in season in a storage unit. Here are 3 tips that you should follow to keep your clothes looking fresh and like new. Wash Your Clothes Before Storing Them Even if you think that your clothes are clean, wash and dry them thoroughly before storing them. This will remove any unwanted odors and stubborn stains that will only be more difficult to remove after being stored for long lengths of time. Inspect all clothing before you pack them up for storage. Also, skip the fabric softeners and any starchy products, as they tend to attract moths, insects, and other unwanted pests that can damage your clothes. If you are concerned about the softness of your clothes, you can put them through a wash cycle with fabric softener when you take them out from storage. Avoid Cardboard Boxes and Opt for Sealed Plastic Containers Although cardboard boxes are cheap and easily accessible, make the effort and buy sealed plastic containers. Cardboard boxes, no matter how secure, are never airtight and even bugs can get in. If the self-storage units flood, the cardboard boxes do not offer any form of protection against mold or mildew. Sealed plastic containers are not only airtight, but will protect your clothes from flooding and other elemental conditions. Stack Heavier Clothing at the Bottom The different materials and fabrics make some of your clothing, like jackets and pants, heavier than others. Perfect the packing that you do by folding and placing all of your heavier clothing at the bottom of the sealed plastic containers and placing the lighter pieces of clothing on top. If you place heavier pieces of clothing on top, it may cause the lighter pieces of clothing underneath to become damaged or excessively creased or stretched to the point where the integrity of the clothing becomes compromised. Conclusion By packing seasonal pieces of clothing in sealed plastic containers and storing them in your storage units, you could free up closet space and get rid of a lot of clutter. This will not only make your closet look a lot more attractive and organized, but will also help you easily find the clothes that you are looking for without having to dig through piles and piles of clothes. For more information about self storage, check...

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3 Common Reasons Why You Could Be Losing Water Pressure In Your Home

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Reasons Why You Could Be Losing Water Pressure In Your Home

If you have ever hopped in the shower only to realize that your water pressure was low, you know just how much of an inconvenience that can be. Not only can a lack of water pressure be uncomfortable, but it can also be a sign of a serious repair issue somewhere in your home. Although there are a few different things that can cause loss of water pressure, these are some of the common things that you should look for. Then, you can repair the problem before it gets worse and restore the water pressure inside your house. 1. Issue With Your Well Pump If you have a well on your property, then you might want to check it first. Lack of water pressure in your home could be an indication of a well pump issue or a plumbing issue that is leading from your well pump to your home. A skilled well pump repair provider can come out and inspect your well to ensure that your pump isn’t to blame for this issue. 2. Plumbing Leak Don’t assume that the plumbing from your well to your home could be the only source of the problem. There could also be a plumbing leak somewhere underneath your home or in your walls. If you notice that the water pressure is messed up throughout your whole home, you should look at the plumbing pipes that are leading directly into your home. If it’s an isolated issue, then this can give you an idea of which pipes to check first. If you do notice a leak, consider turning the water off immediately to help prevent property damage while you are waiting for a plumber to arrive to come and help you. 3. Clogged Plumbing Fixtures If the water pressure is only affected in one area of your home, you should check your plumbing fixtures to make sure that they are not clogged. For example, you may need to clean your showerhead to get rid of any debris and mineral buildup. If this is a common problem, you may want to install a water softener in your home that will filter out any excess minerals. As you can see, there are several different things that can cause you to lose water pressure inside of your home. If you find yourself dealing with this issue, check these three things first to help get to the source of the problem. For your pump repair needs, visit Stettler Supply...

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Carpet Cleaning Tips For Homes With Kids

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you have kids, shampooing your carpets can be a struggle. Not only do you have more stains to scrub out than the average childless adult, but you also have to figure out what to do with your little ones while you’re busy scrubbing the carpet. Here are a few tips that will make carpet cleaning in a home with kids easier and more effective: Treat the stains the day before. Working in spurts to clean your carpet is often easier than setting aside one big chunk of time to tackle the whole project. The day before you actually plan on shampooing the carpet, focus on spot-treating your stains with a carpet stain remover spray. If you have to, do one stain at a time between bath time, play sessions, and lunchtime. Keep your kids out of the room where you’re working, so they don’t come into contact with the stain remover before it dries. If they’re really young, this might mean working during their naptime. Shampoo around the furniture. Yes, the carpet underneath the furniture should be shampooed eventually, too. However, it does not receive as much traffic as the carpet you walk on daily, so it can wait until you’re less busy or the kids are away for the weekend. Focusing on just the bare areas of the carpet saves so much time – you don’t have to move heavy furniture, and you’re shampooing less space. Set up a play pen on one side of the room while you shampoo the other. Shampooing the carpet requires your close attention. So do your kids. If they’re not old enough to be left alone in another room for an hour or so while you shampoo the carpet, place them in a playpen on one side of the room while you shampoo the other side of the room. The next day, after the first side has dried, do the same thing with opposite sides. Use an all-natural, green carpet cleaner. Carpet shampooers don’t suck up all of the shampoo they deposit. Whichever shampoo you use, you can count on some of it staying behind on the rug. You don’t want your kids crawling through dangerous chemical cleaners, so use a green, all-natural shampoo. Simply cleaning with white vinegar and water might be a good choice, too. When you have kids, it is important to keep your carpets clean, since your kids probably play on them. By following the tips above, you’ll have an easier time balancing the carpet shampooing process and responsible childcare. To learn more about green carpet cleaning, try contacting a company such as Southwest Chem-Dry for more...

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Four Essential Elements Of Southwestern Decor

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve ever wanted to create decor that looks like it’s right out of the American southwest, read on. Here are four essential elements you need to assemble the rugged, historic look of the borderlands, with influences from Native American and Mexican cultures, as well as the desert and the open range. Religious Iconography Religious iconography is perhaps the most important element of southwestern decor and reflects influences of both early Christian missions and pre-Christian beliefs. Both aspects are often combined in the same home, as history has blended them over the years. Decorative crosses are a common item in southwestern homes and are often hung en masse over living room sofas or beds. Many people collect crosses that have been handed down through generations or purchased at antique or vintage stores. These are typically made of heavy, dark wood and/or tooled metal and sometimes inlaid with semiprecious stones or even natural elements like seashells. To make your collection of decorative crosses look like it’s been in the family for centuries, seek out old, worn crosses, and don’t worry about matching them. You should have a blend of large and small ones in a variety of styles. Other common southwestern iconography includes votive candles (purchased at Hispanic grocery stores) primitive religious paintings on wood or metal Dia de los Muertos altars (some are left up all year) Collectibles In addition to collecting crosses, many southwestern home owners display other items they’re passionate about. Straw hats or sombreros are popular collectibles, as are elaborately tooled cowboy boots and Native American silver jewelry. The kitchen is an ideal spot to show collections too. A classic southwestern kitchen will often have a wall of copper pots or brightly painted ceramic dishware. Brilliant Color If you’ve seen the desert when cactuses are in bloom or witnessed a sunset in the Grand Canyon, you know the southwest is alive with color and not just a faded palette of sand and sage. Bring those hues into your home for year-round energy and cheer. Typical southwestern colors are turquoise, red, and yellow, but you can use magenta, violet, orange, or any other bright color, and don’t be afraid to combine them in bold ways. If you’re not sure where to start, try painting one wall with an accent color to see how it looks, or add a panel of stained glass alongside a door or on the transom. Painted wood furniture is another common element of southwestern design, as are Mexican blankets covering sofas and armchairs. You can also make pillow covers from old Mexican blankets that have become too worn to use otherwise. Animal Motifs Animal motifs are another common southwestern theme. Try adding horse sculptures or other animal statuary, or look for furniture with animal figures carved in them. There are other ways to add animal elements too: a collection of Native American fetishes or fetish chains horsehair or cowhide upholstery horns used as hooks found antlers or skulls mounted on the wall If you take your time and shop slowly for your decor items, you’ll put together a nice collection that looks like it’s been there for decades. You’ll know you did it right if you turn around one day and feel like you’re living in your own little southwestern hacienda or art...

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5 Signs Of Rats Or Mice In Your Home

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rats and mice are good at hiding in homes. Many homeowners may not notice that they even have a rat or mice problem for weeks or even months. In order to ensure that you catch a rat or mice problem early, you need to be sure that you know the signs. You may not actually see the rat or mouse, but seeing these five signs are a huge indicator that they are there: Droppings: Rat and mice droppings are an obvious sign that they are in your home. However, you may not recognize them as droppings since they are small and have the appearance of rice grains or raisins. If you know that you haven’t cooked with raisins or rice grains for a while, then they are probably rat or mice droppings that you are looking at.  Tracks: Once you notice droppings, you should catch mice or rat tracks in order to be sure that those truly were droppings that you spotted. To do this, you can scatter flour around the edges of your home. Once a rat or mouse walks through it, they will leave their tracks in your home. Then you know for sure there is a problem that needs to be taken care of and you can call pest control right away.  Gnawings: When you are using anything in your pantry that comes in a box, you should check for signs of gnawings, which would be rats or mice trying to get through the packaging to eat the food inside. You may also notice shredded paper and more. You obviously don’t want to eat anything that has been touched by a rat or mouse since they can carry diseases that would put you at risk.  Nests: Rats like to make nests out of paper, cloth and more in drawers and closets. If you notice piles of random cloth and paper in your drawers or closet, this is another sign that you probably have a rat problem.  Odor: If there is a strong odor in your home, this is usually an indicator that you have a mouse problem since they leave a smelly, musty odor behind. This typically comes from their droppings.  There are many signs that rats and mice leave behind that homeowners need to be aware of to ensure that they know when to call the pest control professionals. Remember that even if you do not see the rat or mouse physically, the signs that they leave behind make it obvious that they are...

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Helping Your Child Personalize Their Bedroom

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As your child gets older, he or she will want to personalize their space. You can help them do this by changing different aspects of their bedroom. To start, you want to look for a range of products at a furniture store that both appeal to children and ones that are also functional. Doing this will help you find appropriate yet personalized items for your child’s room. Beds When you are shopping for furniture pieces, you want to choose ones that your child can use even when they are older. One basic item is the bed you want to buy. It can be difficult to choose the right bed, because some styles will fit the personality of a child, but they may not work for a teenager. To work through this complication, it is best to choose a solid wood framed bed. The solid wood works well for most age groups because it sturdy enough to last for years and to handle the abuse of small children. Additionally, this option allows your child to customize it throughout the years. The easiest ways for them to personalize their bed is by choosing different sheets and blankets. When they are older, you can allow them to choose a different paint color for the bed frame, so they can continue to customize their personal space. Dressers The next logical item to buy is a dresser for your child. You want to make sure there is enough storage, but you can also find ones that are easy to customize. Choosing a basic white dresser with multiple drawers is a good choice. With this dresser, you can paint each drawer a separate color that your child chooses. Another option is to use chalkboard paint on the drawers, since this will give them a place to add their own personal touches that they can change whenever the mood strikes them. One aspect to consider is the height of the dresser. If you are buying the piece for a younger child, it is best to choose a wider dresser. This type allows even young children to access all of the drawers, but it is still big enough for when they get older. Accessories To finish the space, you want to give your child the ability to choose personalized accessories such as lighting, clothes baskets and curtains. These smaller items give your child the added ability to personalize their space. Additionally, as your child grows, you can easily replace these items without spending a lot of money to do so. When you buy different items for your child’s bedroom, it is a good idea to look for ones that they can personalize, while also finding functional items for the space. It will take some time to find the right options, but it is worth it so you can help your child customize their...

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Fun DIY Ideas For Repurposing Your Old Patio Screen Doors

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Patio screen doors are a fantastic way to keep bugs out while enjoying the fresh air from nature. However, screen isn’t made to last forever, and eventually your screen door will wear out and need to be replaced. If you don’t know what to do with the leftover patio screen doors, here are some fun DIY projects that let you repurpose that screen door. Mold and Deckle You can make your very own paper with a screen door. A mold and deckle can be made from a screen door by using the screen door section for the mold, and building your own simple deckle from scrap wood. If you’re tool challenged and need a simple method to re-use your screen, simply take two old picture frames of the same size, and cut out the screen from the door. Staple the screen to one of the picture frames and you have your mold and deckle. Room Dividers Remove the screen from your door, and glue or staple fabric across the space that used to hold the screen. You can paint the door as well. Fasten the door to other doors, to the wall or add a “foot” for stability for a solo door and you can enjoy your new room divider. Drying Rack Need something on which to dry your herbs, flowers, or garden produce? A screen door can be laid across two chairs or boards to raise it off the ground for air circulation. Simply put your items that need to be dried in a single layer across the screen and you have a fantastic and easy to use drying rack that you can move to the right spot. Jewelry Holder A decorative old screen door can be used as a jewelry display or holder as well. Simply lean the door against the wall for stability, then insert your earring posts through the screen and put the back on the earring. For your necklaces, bracelets or other jewelry items that do not have a post, you can use wire strands to fasten the pieces to the screen. You can also fasten metal hooks to the screen to hold multiple items. These are just a few of the ways you can repurpose that old screen door and give it new life. Before you toss that door, take a look around your home with new eyes and see how creatively you can incorporate that door into a new function! Talk to experts like Scott’s Screens for more...

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