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4 Considerations For Installing Fencing On Your Property

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Considerations For Installing Fencing On Your Property

To be sure that you are purchasing and installing a chain link fence that can enforce boundaries and enhance your property overall, you will need to understand some tips. These tips will help steer you in the right direction and allow you to make the decisions for purchasing a fence and getting it installed. Follow these points and use them in order to get the fence that you need for your property.  Find Out How Much Your New Fence Installation Will Cost If you’re thinking of getting a new fence installed, the cost will understandably be a big part of the process. Because of this, you need to plan on getting several estimates of labor, supplies and service, so that you have a clear idea of the prices contractors are offering in your area. Based upon a nationwide study, the purchase of a fence and installation can cost you, on average between $16.30 to $21.83. Getting some quotes ahead of time will allow you to get the best prices possible in this regard. Shop Around For The Chain Link Fence Specifications That Will Protect Your Home It is also important to note that there are plenty of different types of chain-link fences. Some examples include fences that are about 2 in.² and built in a mesh style, fences that are zinc coated to prevent rust and your standard medium-size chain-link fence, with no extra coding or color added. You will need to take inventory of your home to get an idea of which will work best for your property.   Find The Right Contractor To Handle Chain Link Fence Installation Project Perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle is which contractor you get to install your fence. There are some things you will need to keep in mind as you reach out to potential contractors. First and foremost, get an idea of your contractor’s experience level in relation to the size and scope of your project. You should also be sure that you research the needed zoning changes, permits or any other municipal obligations, and ask your prospective contractor whether they will take care of that legwork for you. Have a contractor walk you through their construction process and provide a look at their previous work, so that you can feel comfortable about the hire that you make. Purchase A Gate Opener If you are building a fence that surrounds the entrance to your property, or simply want to streamline the process of getting in and out, consider buying an automatic gate opener. These gate openers will require professional installation, which will cost between approximately $2,000 and $8,000 total. Shop around between contractors to get the best price and service. Use these tips so that you can get the chain link fence that you need for your...

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Fall Lawn Care Dos and Don’ts for Cool-Season Grasses

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fall Lawn Care Dos and Don’ts for Cool-Season Grasses

When the cooler months of fall approach, homeowners in the northern portion of the country (those with cool-season grasses) must begin preparing their lawns for the harsh winter months. This way, their lawns will be in the best possible shape come springtime. As you prepare your lawn this fall, however, there are some important dos and don’ts to keep in mind that will ensure the best results and save you a lot of weeding, seeding, and hassle next spring. DO Use a Winterizer Fertilizer Fertilizing your lawn during the fall is a must if you want to have any semblance of a healthy, lush lawn in the spring. The best times for fertilizer application can vary greatly from one cool-season state to the next, but you generally want to apply a fertilizer just before the first frost or heavy freeze of the season. Be sure to use a winterizer fertilizer, which will provide your grass with nutrients it needs to grow back strong when temperatures warm back up. DON’T Forget the Pre-Emergent Believe it or not, weeds that will plague your lawn in the spring are likely already germinating this fall. Therefore, the best way to get an upper hand on them is to simply apply a pre-emergent during the early months of fall. This can help you avoid a potential weed problem this spring. If you’re looking for an organic, natural pre-emergent, you can spread corn gluten meal on your lawn, as it’s quite effective. DO Make Use of Fallen Leaves If you have lots of leaves to rake up on your lawn this fall, make use of them! Don’t just bag them and toss them out. You can actually use your leaves as mulch and spread them on your lawn to use as a natural fertilizer. Of course, you shouldn’t use this in place of a regular fertilizer, but mulched leaves can help to add more nutrients to your lawn that will come in handy this winter. DON’T Mow Grass Too Short Finally, when you’re preparing to mow your grass for the last time this season, be sure to leave it decently long. This will help to insulate it from frost this winter. Mowing too short can leave the grass more susceptible to weed overtake and will also leave it growing back patchy in the springtime. Stick to one of the longer settings on your lawn mower for the best results. For further advice, contact an establishment like Turfcare Unlimited Lawn Spray...

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5 Tips For Keeping Your Carpet In Good Shape

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Keeping Your Carpet In Good Shape

A good-quality carpet does not just improve the look of your home; it also adds insulation in the winter. Whether your carpet is brand new or 10 years old, it is very important to take proper care of it. If you treat your carpeting well, it will last you many more years. Here are five helpful tips for keeping your carpet in good shape: Take Care of Set-In Stains Although spills should be cleaned up immediately, that is not always possible. If the spill has been on the carpet for a few hours already, dip a dry wash cloth in some detergent and blot the stain for a few seconds. Wait about 15 minutes. Then dip another wash cloth in vinegar and dab the stain with it. After another 15 minutes, pat the stain with a wash cloth dipped in warm water. Use Furniture Coasters If furniture sits on your carpet for a while, it can create dents. These dents look unsightly and can be quite difficult to remove. If you do not feel like moving your furniture around every month, you should put coasters under the furniture legs. Vacuum More if You Have Pets Although it is important to vacuum at least once or twice a week no matter what, you may have to do it more often if you have pets. Dogs and cats tend to shed a lot, making your carpet look unkempt. To keep your carpet looking nice, remember to vacuum it at least every other day. Get Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned Even if you do a good job keeping your carpet spotless, you should still get it professionally cleaned once a year. Professional carpet cleaners have the right equipment and products to remove deep stains from your carpet, helping it look fresh again. Spending the extra money every year will prolong the life of your carpet. Keep the Curtains Closed The sun’s ultraviolet rays do not just harm your skin; they can also fade your carpet. That is why you should remember to keep the curtains closed when the sun is shining. Blocking the ultraviolet rays will help your carpet look newer longer. Keeping your carpet beautiful does not have to be a challenge. If you follow these helpful tips, your carpet will last you many more years. When guests come over to your house, they will be impressed at how nice your carpeting...

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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, 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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