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Simple Bathroom Makeover Solutions

The bathroom is probably one of the smallest rooms in your home that you probably spend 30 minutes or more in each day.  Make your bathroom attractive, pleasant, comfortable and functional environment for yourself and your family.  Here are some tips to improve on what you have.

 

  • Use reflection:  Install another mirror or replace the small mirror with a larger and fancier one.  Another mirror will give two people more room to get ready.  The size of your bathroom will instantly look larger.  Mirrors are relatively inexpensive as long as you stay with one that is not highly elegant such as gilt-frame beveled mirrors.
  • Add Illumination:  For the best lighting, install incandescent light fixtures on the same wall as the mirror you are using.  This way, the light comes more directly toward you and eliminates shadows.  A light in front of a mirror enhances the light reflection and will give your bathroom the illusion of expanded space.
  • Reduce Clutter:  Magazines and other reading material have no place in the bathroom; doctors routinely advise against prolonging your stay on the toilet seat.  Avoid putting fancy soaps out in the bathroom for decoration; they serve no purpose and sit around collecting dust.
  • Create Lushness:  Most plants will flourish in the humidity of the bathroom.  Plants are an inexpensive way to decorate.  Arrange your plants near a window or where they will not be in your way.  Find simple to take care of plants such as Moth orchids; they are some of the least expensive, most common, and longest blooming orchids available.  Visit your local nurseries and select versatile plant varieties that will tolerate low to medium light, high humidity, and not poisonous if eaten or chewed by pets or children.  You don’t want to have something else to worry about.
  • Remove Wallpaper:  If your wallpaper is curling up at the edges or developing mildew, get rid of it.  Replace it with vinyl wall covering which can look the same as wallpaper but vinyl is sturdier and easier to clean.  You can also simply remove the worn out wallpaper and paint the wall.  Mildew-resistant latex-based paints are as good as traditional oil-based paints for their durability and cleanup ease.
  • Window Covering:  Install plastic mini-blinds or shades over the windows.  Fabric curtains or shades are likely to stay wet and grow mildew.  Plastic shades or mini-blinds are easy to wipe clean and are more durable.  Select the shades or mini-blinds that are the most opaque.  No need to put on the show for the neighbors.
  • Replace Showerhead:  If you have an old showerhead, replace it with the newer water-conserving models which have the maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.  The good showerhead will reduce the flow of water without noticeably lowering the water pressure when you take a shower.  Be careful when buying showerheads; a larger showerhead doesn’t necessarily mean more water pressure.

Your bathroom should be both pleasant and functional refuge.  You and your family refresh and replenish yourselves in this room everyday; make it a grand room; make it a pleasure to be in.  Give your bathroom a number one, or two, priority for a simple makeover.

April 7, 2016 / by / in
Home Safety and Security
An intruder will examine the security of your home’s surroundings before ever considering your possessions inside.  Make your home difficult for thieves to approach.  Take measures to protect your home from criminals; your goal should be safety, security, and peace of mind.  Here are some tips on security options to help protect your home from intruders.

 

  • Evaluate your home.  Determine all points of entry to your home including windows, doors, and skylights.  If you locked yourself out of the house and have to break in, examine how easy it is for you to get in your house without a key.  Then make sure the real criminal has a hard time gaining entry to your home.
  • Consider a home security system.  If your budget allows, you may want to consider using a security system to help protect your home.  Be sure to post security system warning signs or stickers around your home and doors alerting potential vandals that your place is protected.  Even if you don’t have a system, the thief may not make the effort to find out for sure.
  • Install sensors.  Motion sensors detect physical movement in your house or yard.  When movement is detected, an alarm turns on and police are contacted.  Have your sensors calibrated carefully so that pets and birds won’t trigger the alarm every time they enter your yard.
  • Put in motion lights.  Security lighting that activates when a presence is detected on your property at night make an excellent weapon against foe.  Consider your neighbors and keep the wattage low enough just to scare away potential burglars.
  • Using video monitoring systems.  Video surveillance cameras can either be put in plain sight or hidden.  In plain view, they might frighten off potential thieves, but you run a risk of having your camera disabled by determined intruders.  Hidden camera won’t scare anyone but it will provide the police useful footage in case of a home invasion or break-in.
  • Buy a big dog bowl.  Even if you do not plan to have a dog, buy a really big dog dish and leave it outside where a potential intruder can see.  Dogs are natural crime deterrent.  Burglars know that dogs can hear a foot step and will make a lot of noise; most likely the criminals will move on to another home.
  • Install an electronic dog barking machine.  Electronics stores sell a small device designed to hang on a doorknob inside your home.  If someone attempts to turn the doorknob of your home at 2:00 A.M., the person will hear a recording of a dog barking furiously.

 

Criminals always look for easy target and most active thieves are pretty good at determining risk—the ones who aren’t are most likely to be in jail.  If approaching your home is difficult, the thief may choose a less risky target.  Don’t make your home “a piece of cake” for intruders.


April 7, 2016 / by / in
Essential Tools for your Home

Keeping your home in good condition requires the right tools.  If your home maintenance and renovation are more involved than painting and planting new flower beds, you need proper toolkit to handle home chores faster and with precision and avoiding the annoyance of waiting around for the repairman.  Buy only the best tools; cheap ones can be more difficult to use and may need to be replace often.  Your home toolkit will grow as your skills and your confident grows.  Always use proper protective gears with each tool.  The following tools will take care of most simple home repairs and do-it-yourself projects.

 

  • Hammer.  If you own just one tool, this should be it.  Look for a-15 to-20 oz. one that has a cushioned grip and tempered steel head, even though it may cost more.  A wooden handle is fine, but make sure it is hickory or another hardwood.  The clawed end is for removing nails.
  • Screw driver.  A staple in anyone’s tool box, screw driver is used to tighten screw.  Look for a set that accommodates different head screw types such as star-head (Phillips), square-head (Robertson), or flat-head (slotted).
  • Crescent wrench.  An adjustable wrench is designed to tighten and loosen nuts and bolts of all sizes with its moveable jaw.  A smaller wrench will come in handy when loosening small nuts in hard-to-reach places. The larger one will tackle most nuts and other fasteners.
  • Allen wrench.  These hexagonally shaped bars also known as Allen keys or hex keys usually come in a set and used in assemble furniture, repairing faucets and bathroom fixtures.
  • Adjustable pliers.  Pliers are a great all-around fix-it tool.  They grab on to almost anything and can unscrew, bend, or manipulate things in many different ways.  Buy pliers that are tempered steel and have cushioned rubber grips.
  • Needle-nose pliers.  They can reach tight spot or hold on to the end of wire and are useful also for holding nails when you start hammering.  Make sure they are made from tempered steel and have rubber grips for comfort.
  • Utility knife.  Buy one with retractable blade.  Choose one with a snap-off blade that can be removed once the edge has dulled (a.k.a a box-cutter).
  • Measuring tape.  Buy an Auto tape measuring tool which can be operated entirely one-handed; it is battery-operated and it is extended and retracted slowly with a button (about $20).  20 to 25 feet is long enough to do most household tasks.
  • Drill.  A power drill is a common tool for the weekend handyman or handywoman.  Corded versions are inexpensive (less than $20), but spend a little more (less than $100) and get the cordless one.  It will help you drill holes and drive screws faster than with manual tools.
  • Level.  A 2-foot metal multipurpose level should be all you need for most jobs such as hanging pictures, mirrors, and shelves.
  • Caulking gun.  It is an ideal tool for sealing windows, bathtubs, sinks, and floorboards.
  • Saw.  Saws come in many shapes and sizes.  If you don’t do much cutting, then a hand saw may be all you need.  Hack-saws are designed for cutting metal, chain, nails, etc.  A power circular saw can be purchased for as little as $20 or $30 and is very versatile.  Look for a 7 1/4-inch size with a wide base for stability.
  • Safety goggles.  Keep your eyes protected from wood and metal shavings and toxic solvents and it is a must for using with all power tools.
  • Miscellaneous must-haves.  Pick up an assortment of nails and screws for spare.  Flashlight is good to light dark corner.  A bucket is a must for minor plumbing repairs and leaks.  Disposable mask will help keep you from breathing in dust when you sand or drill.  Old toothbrushes are useful for cleaning crevices and applying grout sealant to small areas.  Old T-shirts are good for putting on or wiping off various liquids, gels, powders, and dusts.

 

Every homeowner should have at least a basic toolkit to do minor household repair.  Visit your local hardware stores and start assembles your own tools.  When in doubt, consider hiring a professional tradesperson.  To get self confident with tools, enroll in trades’ course at a local college to strengthen your skills and safety awareness of power tools.  Learn to use power tools; they might give you a charge.

April 7, 2016 / by / in
Creating your Carpentry Workshop

One of the joys of woodworking is creating something you can actually use in your home.  To be productive, a separate creative work space is needed to plan, pursuit, and produce projects.  To set up a dream woodworking workshop, there are many factors to consider:  Location; space available; storage; lighting; ventilation; electric power requirement; and safety.  Use these guidelines and build yourself a perfect workshop.

 

  • Location:  Select the location that have a separate entrance and be in a convenient place for the ease of transporting materials into and out of the workshop.  It should have an extra-wide door to make getting things in and out easier.  Find the place that is off the beaten path so you need not worry about disrupting family activities as you work.
  • Space available:  You need a space large enough to install your stationary tools such as a table-saw or radial-arm saw, a place for your workbenches, sawhorses, and storage for your portable tools and accessories and still be able to move around safely and comfortably.  Consider the size of the materials you will be using such as sheet goods (plywood, fiberboard.)  Plan how work will flow through the room as you move from one piece of equipment to the next.  Plan your detail to make sure your setup would work before you set it up.
  • Power Source:  Large workshop should have separate circuits for tools and lights.  Install Grounded Faulty Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles.  Have ample convenience plugs to run your power tools.
  • Storage:  Install a sheet of perforated hardboard (pegboard) to the wall near your workbench to hang tools.  Hang the board so it extends 1 to 2 inches out of the wall so the tools can be inserted.  Install wall cabinets and shelves for your portable power tools, finishing materials, and small hardware.  The most important things is to keep all your tools organized and in their appropriate place so when you need a tool you know where to find it all the time.
  • Lighting:  Your workshop should have excellent lighting from artificial source and natural lighting from windows.  Large fluorescent lighting fixture usually works best.  It provides more light than incandescent lighting and is less expensive to operate.  Add task lighting as needed.
  • Ventilation:  Chemical hazards include finishing’s and solvent vapors.  Sometimes a common household fan is adequate for ventilation requirement in the work area.  Install an exhaust fan in a window of the shop that can exchange the air every 4 minutes.  The cubic feet area of your shop determines the size of the fan needed (the length X width X height).
  • Workbench:  Workbench is an activity hub for woodworking workshop.  The workbench must be sturdy, strong, flat, and large enough to accommodate your work.  To get a personalized proper height workbench, stand straight and rest the palms of your hands on a surface just high enough so that your elbows are slightly bent.  Measure this distance from the floor and you will get your proper upper work height for your workbench.  For woodworkers who use table-saw and radial-arm saw often, you might want to make your workbench the exact height of your stationary tools.  This makes it easy to handle sheets of plywood for cutting and allows you to use the bench as an additional cutting support.  A full size workbench typically measures 6 to 8 feet long, 24 to 36 inches deep, and 30 to 42 inches high with drawers or shelves under the work area and two vices at each end of the workbench.
  • Dust Containment:  Efficient dust containment is a major consideration.  Unless you are using only hand tools, most power tools especially power sanders create large amount of easily inhaled air-borne dust.  Have a plan for a good dust collection system.  Make it as easy as possible to keep your shop clean for health and safety reason.  Have garbage containers with wheels so you can remove the trash easily.

 

You have taken the steps to become a carpenter; you bought essential tools and armed yourself with honey-do lists of home improvement.  Now begin with a simple project to ignite your woodworking passion.  Caution though, woodworking project inevitably leads to another and you might discover that you have an ingrained artistic talent with wood.

April 7, 2016 / by / in
Create Your Own Garden Workstation

If you are a gardener with lots of yard equipment, set up a special potting area and storage for your garden tools and supplies to keep them in order.  A well organized garden work space means you can save time, energy, and money:  you won’t have to spend 15 minutes looking for that special weeding tool; you won’t be frustrated moving bags of potting soil out of the way so you can get to the weed-eater; and you won’t spend extra money to buy a pair of goggles because you can’t find yours.  Position this garden workstation near a door for easy access to your yard.  Use these guides to keep all your garden tools organized.

 

  • Hooks and Pegs:  Install a large hook with a steep angle on an easy-to-get-to wall to house your garden hose making it easy to find and getting it off the floor.  Hang a toilet paper holder on its side and use it to hold twines or thin wires.  Be sure to keep a cutter close to a spindle of twine.
  • Long Handled Tools:  Buy a heavy-duty plastic garbage can on wheels for storing long-handled yard and garden tools such as rake and hoes.  With all the yard tools in one place, all you have to do is wheel the garbage can with you around the yard or garden.
  • Small Garden Gear:  Keep your frequently used gardening gloves, kneepads, trowels, and small pruning shears in a portable basket, canvas tote, or light plastic bin with handle.  It is easy to grab and go when you need to get to work.
  • Potting Bench:  Build a potting bench indoors so you can plant or repot your favorite container plants even when it is raining.
  • Potting Mix:  Store potting mix and mulch in bushel baskets underneath your potting bench.
  • Containers:  Inexpensive plastic bins with lockable lids are an easy way to keep bird feed, chemical, and fertilizers moisture-free and squirrels and rats can’t get to it.
  • Lockable cabinet:  Store individual items in separate plastic or metal containers to organize them into mini zones.  Buy cabinets with adjustable shelves; the flexibility to match shelf height to bins is worth the cost.
  • Calendar Board:  Keep a calendar of landscaping activities so you won’t have to guess when you last fertilized your lawn or planted seeds.  By keeping track of planting and harvesting dates, the varieties of plants you grow, and pest encountered, you will have a valuable resource to help you gauge success and avoid next year’s garden problems.

 

Having a designated area for all of your yard and garden needs can make yard and gardening maintenance chore more pleasant.  Set up your garden workstation indoors and assign all your garden gears to their own space; keep them easy to find and displayed with style.  Take advantage of new and spiffy tool organizers and make your life simpler.  You should be digging in the dirt and not wasting time digging for your garden tools out of your kitchen junk draw.

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Controlling Ants in and Around your Home

Ants are one of the most prevalent pests found in our homes. They are primarily nuisance.  Though they cause little damage and are not disease carrier, ants are unwelcome.  Nobody wants ants in the home.  Here are some helpful ideas to help you clean up this antsy situation.

 

  • Ants’ habits:  Ants live in colonies in soil; nest sites vary with species but are often found next to buildings, along sidewalks, any protected places, and close to trees or shrubs that harbor some ants’ food source such as the honey-dew producing insects.  The ants you see foraging in your home are worker ants.  Workers find food and communicate with other worker ants by depositing a chemical message on the trails as they traveling back to the nest.  The scent trails are active for long periods of time and help other worker ants find food at the end of the trails; wiping the trails with soapy water will remove the ant’s communication channel.
  • Ant Prevention:  1. Remove food source.  Wiping counters and food preparation areas regularly with mild soapy water; get rid of food crumbs; leave no dirty dishes in the sink; keep foods in tightly sealed containers. 2. Seal entry points.  Caulk cracks and crevices in the house foundation and anywhere ants can gain entry to your home from the outside.
  • Monitoring and Inspection:  Look for large trails or for a few foragers.  Worker ants are scouts randomly searching for food or nesting sites.  When you spot ant trails, try to follow the ants to where they are entering the building and to the nest if possible.  Hire a professional pest control company to seal entry points with caulking products contain silica aerogel for long-term control combined with pyrethrins for immediate effects.
  • Emergency Invasion:  Ants invade the home to forage for food and seek shelter or both.  Here are what to do: 1. determine what the ants are attracted to and remove the source.  2. Vacuum the trail, wipe the trail with soapy water or spray with window cleaner. 3. Locate the entry points and caulk the openings or plug the cracks with petroleum jelly. 4. Put out bait stations at entry points.
  • Controlling ants with Baits:  One step toward eliminating infestation is to locate and treat nest sites with baits.  Baits are active insecticides mixed with food or materials such as carbohydrates, protein, or oil, or some combination of these that attract worker ants looking for food.  Space the baits every 10 to 20 feet outside around the foundation and at the nest openings.  Once the worker ants are attracted to the bait and recruit other workers to it, worker ants will carry small portions of the bait back to the nest where it is fed to others.  These eventually kill the entire colony.  To be effective, the bait products must be slow-acting so that worker ants have time to make their way back to the nest and feed the other members of the colony before they are killed.  Avoid products packaged as granules that contain the active ingredients cyfluthrin, permenthrin, or propoxur; these toxicants are actually contact insecticides that rapidly kill worker ants and do not control the colony.  Effectiveness of the baits will vary with ant species, bait materials, and availability of alternative food.  Different attractants are more effective against different species of ants at different times of the year.  Treatment made in late winter and early spring when ant populations are beginning to grow will be more effective.  Bait products are constantly being improved.  Look for new active ingredients and improvements to current products.

 

Be vigilant and keep an eye out for straggler ants.  If your home is already infested, don’t waste time; consult a pest control service.  A Professional pest control company will have access to useful treatments that are not readily available to general consumer.  They still have to use the long-term approach and make several visits to obtain favorable results.  Once the obvious ant problems are under control, continued service is often necessary to keep the pesky re-invasion at bay.

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Basic Power Tools for the Homeowner

A power drill, a circular saw, and a saber saw are all you need for most any household carpentry projects.  Homeowners are attempting more complex tasks around the house, and these three essential power tools will help speed up your weekend to-do-lists.  Here are some tips to empower you with power tools knowledge.

 

  • Circular Saw:  This tool crosscuts, angle-cuts, rips material lengthwise, and even bevels lumber cleanly and easily.  Choose a circular saw with thick base made of extruded or cast metal; a thin base plate made of stamped metal can warp.   A 7 ¼-inch saw means it takes 7 ¼ inch blade.  It cuts to the depth of about 2 ½ inches at 90 degrees.  Better saws are rated at 12 or 13 amps (so it doesn’t heat up easily) and run on ball bearings (for precise cutting and no wobbling.)  This combination of extra power and smoother operation make for a long life machine.  The most powerful saws are worm-drive saws and have the longest-lasting bearings; these are heavy and difficult to use; better to leave them to the trade professionals.
  • Saber Saw:  Saber saw makes curved cuts quickly in almost any materials.  When buying a saber saw, examine the base plate and the mechanism for adjusting it.  Cheaper saw base plate is flimsy and will eventually wobble making it hard to keep the blade aligned vertically.  A saw equipped with 3 amps or more can handle most difficult works.
  • Power Drill:  Decide how much speed and power you really need and don’t buy strictly by voltage.  Look for a variable-speed, reversible power drill.  A 3/8 inch drill is fine for hanging pictures and other easy tasks.   A ½ inch chuck is good for heavy duty work.  A keyless chuck makes changing bits quick and easy, but some people prefer a key chuck for a tighter grip on the bit.  Besides checking the drill’s weight, check its balance by gripping it firmly and lifting it to a wall as if to drive a screw; the drill’s chuck should point straight ahead and not tilt up or down.  For corded drill, a quality cord should flex like rubber and not feel like plastic.  For cordless drill, if possible, get an extra battery pack so you don’t have to wait for a battery to charge; battery voltage is an indicator of a cordless drill’s power; look for models rated 18 volts or higher.  For boring holes in concrete or tile, a drill with a hammer option is useful.

 

Maintaining and improving your home is easy with these three basic power tools.  With the two power saws, you can make straight and curved cuts precisely; the power drill allows you to make holes of almost any size and drive screws quickly and easily.  Practice your carpentry skills and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

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Different services in landscaping and lawn renovation

Attractive and well maintained lawns, gardens, and grounds create a positive impression and increase property values.  An increased real estate market value is the important benefit of well kept landscaping not to mention the pride of owning an attractive yard.  Many two-income households lack the time to take care of their lawns, so they hire ground maintenance workers.  Also, elderly homeowners require lawn care services to help maintain their yards.  Depending on your lifestyle and financial ability, you may want to hire a lawn care service to help with the time consuming tasks of keeping your landscaping beautiful and properly cared for.

 

Landscaping services transport, plant new vegetation, transplant, and mulch, fertilize and water plants.  They also install and maintain lighting, sprinkler systems, and build walkways, terraces, patio, decks, and fountains.  They guarantee their works.

 

Ground keeping services usually focus on maintaining existing grounds and they work in places such as athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and park.

 

Chemical lawn service firms inspect lawns for problems and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, diseases, or insect infestation.  Their services are helpful if you have allergy or upper respiratory problems or not sure of chemical mixtures to use.  Hiring the chemical lawn service firm to take care of fertilizing might safe newly sod lawn from burn resulting from too strong or too much used of fertilizers.

 

Arborist specialize in the care of individual trees such as trimming and pruning, diagnosing and treating tree diseases and recommending preventive health measure.  They are helpful if your yard have valuable trees and or for power line safety and prevention and precaution.

 

It takes variety of tasks necessary to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment.  Up keeping, maintaining, and upgrading your lawns, gardens, and grounds need knowledgeable know -how as well as time and money.

April 4, 2016 / by / in
Creating the Perfect Home Theater System

For serious movie fans, dedicate an entire room to movie viewing, preferably, one that isn’t subjected to household distractions.  Install proper high-capacity, high-grade wiring, and cable, paint the walls, set up the big screen and sound system, arrange comfortable furnishings, and you have got the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.  Here is what you need to create home theater experience.

 

  • The room:  According to audio-video experts, a movie soundtrack sounds richer and more realistic in a rectangular room than in a square room.  Hang draperies on windows.  Install large area rugs over hard wood or tiled floors because hard surfaces can distort sound and fabric lessen distortion.  Replace your regular light switches with dimmer switches.

 

  • The right entertainment appliance equipment:  The three basic types of equipment need to be worked into the room; video; audio; and control equipment.

 

  • The screen:  Bigger isn’t always better.  The distance from the couch to the screen matters most.  Professional installer recommends a seating distance that is 2 to 21/2 times the width of the screen.  If a screen is 27 inches wide, the couch should be 54 to 68 inches away.  To comfortably view a movie on a 120-inch-screen, the seating needs to be at least 20 feet from the screen.

 

  • The speakers:  You will need at least five speakers to create the full surround-sound effect.  Together, the speakers create the sense of movement and sound localization that links movie visual cues with the sound track.  To create the sound effect, place one speaker on each side of the TV screen, two behind the seat and one on top of the TV.  The two stationed at the sides of the screen should sit level with your ears (when you are seated) and about 3 feet away from the side walls.  Place the center speaker, which distributes the dialog of the movie, in the center between the front left and right speakers.  Then, place the two rear speakers on the wall behind the seating 6 to 8 feet above the floor.  Space them at least as wide apart as the front left and right speakers.  You may need to install a speaker mount for proper positioning on the wall.  Action movie buffs will want a subwoofer.  This component intensifies the bass of a movie soundtrack so those big booms sound all the more dramatic.

 

  • The accessories:  The rest of the equipment such as audio-video receiver, DVD player, and direct satellite receiver can be stowed inside a cabinet in a well ventilated closet or shelves.  Electronic equipment accumulates heat; keeping the surrounding space open helps to dissipate the heat.

 

  • Store CDs and DVDs in dust-and-scratch resistant –see-through sleeve that stand vertically in plastic bases on shelves so that you can see the titles and that can be flipped through in alphabetical order such as Action, Comedy, Drama, or Romance, etc.

 

  • Get a universal remote control, available at home improvement and electronics stores, to replace all of your others.  Operating one takes time to learn, but the convenience of having all the controls in one remote makes it all worthwhile.

 

Leisure is a fundamental component of a good life and watching a good movie is a form of leisure activity and a great way to unwind at the end of the day.  Create a family movie night ritual.  Keep a list of must-see movies in your wallet to avoid spending hours in the video stores.  Pop a bowl of popcorn, and settle in for a family movie night.  Go ahead, make my day.

April 4, 2016 / by / in
Building a Healthy Lawn

There is something about a carpet of green grass that makes it the important feature in the home landscape.  A healthy lawn protects the soil while still allowing water and nutrients to reach the tree and shrub roots in the soil below.  Here are tips to ensure a beautiful green lawn.

 

  • Beefing up the soil:  Use whatever local sources have to offer such as peat moss, ground bark, sawdust, rice-hulls, or any number of other organic by-products; make this layer about 2-3 inches thick.  Organic matter adds bulk to the soil and is vital for grass roots:  it insures space for air in the soil, hold moisture, improve drainage, and prevent against compacted soil.  Add 5-10 pounds of lawn food per 1,000 square feet of lawn.
  • Till the soil:  Work organic matter and lawn food into the top 6 inches of soil.
  • Level the site:  Be sure the lawn slope and drain just slightly away from the house.  Pick out stones, sticks, and other debris using rake to get the area to final grade.  Fill in trenches and scrape down high spots into low ones.  Make sure finished slope conforms to the grade you have planned.
  • Planting grass sod:  Lay strips straight with ends staggered, pressing with your hands to firm joints together.  Cut strips to fit corners.  Roll over the sod lightly and water the lawn up to 8 inches.  For newly-sod lawn, water everyday with at least 6 inches of water; turn off the water before puddles form.  Water the lawn for 4 weeks until the grass is about 2 inches tall.  Then let the lawn dry out to allow air into the root zone.
  • Lawn maintenance:  Mow when the grass grows about 2 inches tall and starts to curve.  Set the mower at 1 ½ inches and mow when the grass is dry.  Establish a proper maintenance schedule base on the grass species for mowing, watering and aeration schedule.  Footprints on the lawn are a sign that a lawn needs water.  Water your lawn right away; try for at least 6-12 inches of water.  A well established lawn is easier to maintain than ever; power-driven mowers and trimmers have taken the pain out of lawn grooming.  Selective weed killers, modern fungicides and insecticides have solved many lawn problems and make lawn caring fairly simple.

 

Landscape colors look better with healthy and well-kept lawn; green and weed-free grass is a perfect backdrop for colorful flower borders, flowering trees, and perennial beds.  When you are pleased with your lawn, you would be more active in taking better care of it; ensuring that the grass is greener on your side and not on the other side.

 

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