2016

3 Tips To Improve Your Garden's Soil Quality

Quality soil can make the difference between having and not having a successful garden. If your soil’s quality is bad, the plants in the garden do not receive the nutrients that they need to survive. To improve the soil, there are several things you can do.  Use Charcoal Powder Activated charcoal powder can be beneficial to your garden’s soil. One of the main benefits is that it can help to reduce the pesticides that naturally occur in your soil.


Update Your Patio with Modern Style

Modern style can be a very attractive look for your patio. First, the clean, geometric lines speak to a sophisticated minimalism. What’s more, modern decor complements a contemporary home. Such a style can also feel as soothing as it is simple. If it’s time for a patio remodel, consider making it over with these contemporary design ideas. Choose a Subtle Palette For the interior of your home, it’s possible to go bold with black and white or pop art colors.


How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

You will be surprised how refinishing your kitchen cabinets can change the feel of the entire room. Just by changing the stain tint, you can make your cabinets look newer and match better. If you restain while also repainting the walls or updating the flooring, your room will look brand new. The job is actually fairly simple if you want to do it yourself to save some money. This article explains how to restain kitchen cabinets.


Getting A Generator? Make Sure You Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Having an emergency generator can certainly come in handy when the power goes out. But, generators do come with certain risks. One of those is carbon monoxide poisoning. This gas is generated whenever fuels, including propane, natural gas, and gasoline, are burned. If you’re not careful, your generator may exhaust carbon monoxide, or CO, into your home. Here’s a look at how to keep this from happening. How do you prevent your generator from leaking CO into your home?


Help Your Air Conditioner Run More Efficiently

If your air conditioner isn’t running efficiently, then not only could you be experiencing poor performance from your unit, but you could also be paying more for your electricity bill each month. Instead of continuing to run your air conditioner in this condition, be sure that you improve its performance by taking advantage of the following: Maintain the Condenser Unit: Your condenser unit is a critical part when it comes to the performance of your air conditioner, which is why routine maintenance is a must.


It's Automatic: 3 Steps to Keep Your Automatic Gate Operating Properly

If you’ve had automatic gates installed on your new fence, you need to be prepared for the maintenance that will be required. While automatic gates are a great way to provide additional security for your home, they do come with their own specific maintenance needs. Here are three maintenance tips that will keep your automatic gate running smoothly. Keep the Tracks Clean If your automatic gates operate along a track system, you’ll need to ensure that the track is clean and free of debris at all times.


3 Ideas To Give Water Collection And Gutters A More Attractive Makeover

Rain collection can be a great addition to your home to start conserving water, but it can also be unsightly or just too plain for your tastes. The common commercial barrel and simple gutter downspouts can be replaced with more attractive features that blend in naturally to your landscaping design. Here are some ideas that you may want to consider to improve your rain collection system with a personalized touch:


Protecting Precast Stone From Becoming Stained

If you are planning on using precast stone pieces to construct a wall on your property, you will soon be enjoying the majestic appearance it will give to your land. Many people enjoy the aesthetics of precast stone as the pieces are not mottled in color or riddled with flaws as with natural stone. Protecting precast stone from becoming stained is very important from the time you receive the product to store and continuing until after it is installed.


Fun Summer Uses For Your Christmas Lights

If you invested a lot of money in LED Christmas lights last holiday season, or if you found an amazing after-holiday sale to stock up on them, why not use them during the summer months, too? LED Christmas lights can add a fabulous touch to your outdoor summer landscape  Light Your Pool Area Nothing says summer nights like a lighted pool area. Blue or green strands are the ideal colors, but multi or white are beautiful, too.


Eliminating Mischievous Mice From Your Yard

If you noticed field mice scampering through your yard every time you are outdoors, you will want to take action to keep them far away from your house. Since mice are known to carry bacteria that cause disease, it is important to keep them on the exterior side of your house if possible. Here are some precautionary steps you can take to keep mice from becoming a problem inside of your home.


Four Creative Locations For Mirrors In Your Home

When it comes to the placement of mirrors in the home, many people opt for the standard locations in the bathrooms and next to the front door. While these locations are certainly helpful, it’s important to realize that you can get creative with the placement of other mirrors to make the interior of your home seem larger, brighter and even more visually appealing. With so many different styles of mirrors available today, you’ll have no trouble shopping for the right look to suit your home design and overall style sense.


Residential Weed Control Tips For Homeowners

Maintaining the appearance of a lawn or garden can be a daunting task for many people. Successfully doing this task will require you to keep the growth of weeds to a minimum, but this can be a seemingly endless battle. For homeowners that are having a difficult time with this aspect of yard maintenance, there are a couple of tips that can be used to help make the process of battling weeds easier.


Home Alone: Three Things You Can Do To Keep An Elderly Parent Safe When They Live Alone

If you have an elderly parent who lives alone, you probably worry about their safety, especially if they aren’t able to get around as well as they once did. You may have suggested they consider moving in with you or moving to an assisted living facility. However, giving up their independence isn’t easy for most elderly people, as they desire to remain in their home and live a normal life. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help keep your elderly parent safe when they live alone.


Flowers Didn't Make It Last Year Due To Not Enough Water? 2 Ways To Make Sure They Survive This Year

Even though it is still winter, spring is only a few months away, and this means planting flowers. If your flowers didn’t do well last year due to not getting enough water, you can do a few things to make sure they get enough this coming up spring and summer. Follow the tips below and your flowers will stay healthy and happy all season long. Provide Water Underground Flowers need water at their roots, so providing them with water underground is the perfect strategy.