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Four Weed Control Mistakes To Avoid

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Unfortunately, a thriving and plush lawn sometimes comes along with weeds, but they are controllable. However, how well you are able to control your weeds has a lot to do with your weed control efforts. Here are just some of the control mistakes you want to avoid. Weed Control Fabric If you have weed control fabric in some areas, make sure you understand that it has an expiration date. The climate and how aggressive the weeds are growing in the space determine how long the fabric lasts. However, once it starts to get time for replacement, the fabric starts to deteriorate. Once this happens, it is no longer effective. Make it a habit to inspect the fabric at the start of each season to see if it’s time for replacement. Dirt Patches If you have some areas where grass is no longer growing and it’s simply a patch of dirt, don’t ignore this area. Leaving these spaces open is nothing shy of an invitation for weeds to grow. An open patch of dirt is actually more attractive to weeds than a space covered with grass or flowers. If you don’t want to plant grass in the space, you can plant a small flower or vegetable garden; just don’t live the space bare.    Weed Pulling When pulling weeds, there is a wrong and a right way to go about this process. Certain weeds, including dandelions, have roots that extended deep into the soil, known as taproots. If you don’t pull out the entire taproot, there is a chance that the weed can sprout right back up because new growths can generate from even a tiny remnant of taproot. Failing to pull correctly will only cause yourself more work, so make sure you are putting all the taproot out. Weedwackers There isn’t exactly anything wrong with weedwackers, but they definitely have their place when it comes to weed control. First, only use the weedwacker for the edge of your lawn or other spaces that might be a challenge to access. You should not be using the weedwacker as an alternative to pulling weeds. When you do this, you’re only cutting off the top of the weed, but the root is still intact and thriving. If your weeds are out of control, don’t hesitate a landscaping professional. A landscaper can assess your weed issues and help formulate the best plan for your lawn’s needs. Contact a company like Snyder’s Weed Control for more...

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Not On The Couch! Two Great Home Remedies To Deodorize Your House Before Guests Arrive

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Your pet just an accident in your living room again. While the mess is cleaned up, you can’t seem to get rid of that puppy poop smell. What’s worse is that you have company coming over for a party and you don’t have time to go out and buy an air freshener from the store. Don’t fret! Luckily for you, there are two home remedies that will remove the pet smell and leave your house smelling so fresh that your guests will wonder if you have gotten rid of your furry little friend.  Vodka Spray If you’re about to have a party, chances are you have a bottle of vodka lurking somewhere in your cupboards. Vodka is an excellent way to dispel pet smells because it evaporates almost instantly and soaks up unappealing smells around the house. In a regular spray bottle, mix in three cups of water, one cup of vodka and ten drops of any essential oil you have lying around the house. A citrus oil is usually the best to use for pet smells because the acid removes the bad smells without a problem while making your house smell fresh and inviting. Spray this mixture in the air and also six to ten inches away from furniture. Brown Sugar And Orange Peels Not everyone has vodka laying around their house. In this case, you can use a mixture of brown sugar and orange peels. The scent of the brown sugar is strong enough to mask the pet odor while the enzymes from the orange peels will break down the smell and eliminate it completely. Pour three cups of hot water into a spray bottle. The water has to be hot or the brown sugar won’t break down completely and will only get stuck in the nozzle. Add one-fourth cup of brown sugar. Next, grind up three to four orange peels in a blender and place those in the spray bottle. Screw on the cap to the spray bottle and shake very vigorously. Once all the contents are mixed completely, spray the concoction around your house, paying attention to the area where your pet made the mess. Be sure to spray your furniture and the common places that your pet likes to travel. You would be surprised how much stink can get caught in places around your house. Pets are just like family members, but that doesn’t make it any less upsetting when they make a mess in your home just minutes before guests are to arrive. Don’t stress over having no time to run to the store. By using one of the recipes listed above you will be well on your way to a fresh and clean smelling house just in time for your guests to arrive.  For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those...

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3 Tips For Cleaning Your Wood Flooring

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Wood flooring is an excellent option for your home because not only does it look incredibly elegant and timeless, but it is also quite durable and long-lasting. However, in order for you wood flooring to look it’s best, you are going to need to clean it properly. No one likes the look of a dirty wood floor that is cover with dust, foot prints, and/or streaks from mopping. This article will discuss 3 great tips for cleaning your wood flooring. Use A Dust Mop On It Daily If you have a wood floor in your home, you will notice that dust gathers on it rather quickly. A great way to keep this dust at bay is to take a few minutes each day to dust your floors. For this you will need a simple dust mop that can be purchased at most stores that carry home cleaning supplies. You will want to run this dust mop around all of the edges and corners of your floor first to gather this dust, and then proceed to get the dust from the middle of the floors. Doing this will likely take you a few minutes, but will keep your floors looking so much cleaner and will make it much easier for you to mop them when the time comes.  Spot Treat Before Mopping While mopping your floors is an excellent way to get them clean, it sometimes doesn’t allow you to get everything off of your floors. An excellent way to ensure that you get all of the dirt, spills, etc. off of your floor is to spot treat before you begin mopping. Walk around your entire floor with a wet wash cloth and look for any spots that are stuck on pretty good and will be hard to get up with a mop. Take a few minutes to clean each of these areas with your wash cloth, and it will make mopping a breeze for you.  Invest In A Steam Mop One big problem that people have when they are cleaning their wood floors is trying to figure out which mop isn’t going to leave streaks on their floor and what floor cleaner isn’t going to leave a film. This can be difficult to figure out depending on what type of wood you have, what finish you have, what direction your wood planks are going, etc. However, in order to avoid all of this headache, you should consider investing in a steam mop. A steam mop simply uses hot water and steam to clean your floors and dries very quickly after it touches your wood floor. As long as you go with the direction of your wood planks, you shouldn’t have any streaks. Contact a business, such as the Flooring Gallery, for more information....

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Tips For Shopping Second Hand Wood Furniture

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The thrill of the hunt and a good deal are the main draws of shopping the second-hand market. If you are in need of furniture, it can be an inexpensive way to get durable and classic pieces that will last a lifetime. Often, these pieces have seen better days. The following tips will help you determine which pieces are worth the time it takes to refinish and restore, and which ones you should pass on by. Tip #1: Skip the Veneer Generally, wood veneer furniture is of lesser quality than a real wood piece. The veneer is usually placed over sub-par wooden products, like particle board. It also can’t be refinished if you don’t like the stain, nor is it easy to repair if it is chipped or missing any veneer. Even paint doesn’t adhere well to veneer. The only exception is if the piece is in excellent condition and if you love it. Tip #2: Check the Construction A quality piece isn’t simply glued together. Make sure it’s held together with wood screws, dowels, or dovetail joints. Dovetail drawers are especially desirable. You can spot these joints because it appears the two sides of a drawer are held together by interlocking “fans,” or dovetail notches, cut into the wood. If a piece is wobbly, verify that you can easily see the cause and that it is an easy fix (for example, a missing dowel peg or screw – not a broken structural piece). Tip #3: Beware of Paint Older wood pieces that have been painted likely were because of major damage, such as impossible to remove burn stains. You simply won’t know until you strip off the paint. If you are comfortable with repainting instead of staining the furniture a natural wood color, then a painted piece can be a good deal. And you never know – you may find pristine wood ripe for refinishing underneath that decades old layer of latex. Tip #4: Be Mindful of Details Carvings and filigrees can add visual interest and beauty to a piece, but they also make refinishing more difficult. The same is true for any detailed decorative work on the furniture. You will need to carefully remove the old finish and sand every nook and cranny of the detail work without damaging it before you can refinish the wood. If you are in love with a piece but worried about the amount of work, contact a professional furniture refinisher like The Strip Joint to get a quote on having the furniture...

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Using Environmentally Friendly Fabric

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If you enjoy sewing clothes for yourself and others, and you wish to lend a hand at leaving a decreased carbon footprint in the process, you may want consider the usage of eco-friendly materials. There are several fabrics you can purchase that are woven without the use of harmful chemicals in the process. While most eco-friendly fabrics still require the use of water, energy, and land for production, they still eliminate the use of harmful pollutants. Here are some eco-friendly fabric choices you may wish to try with your next project. Organic Cotton Traditional cotton is susceptible to all types of pest invasions. Because of this, most cotton fields are laden with a high dosage of pesticides to help save the crops. When choosing organic cotton, you are helping the environment by selecting a material made without needing to add harsh chemicals to the soil to grow it. When selecting organic cotton, stay away from those with chemical dyes for the most natural fabric possible. Organic cotton is usually light brown, light green or cream-colored. If you would like to color your material, use a vegetable dye before or after stitching your articles. Peace Or Vegan Silk The luxurious, smooth fabric made from silk is not synthetically processed. It is derived from the silk worm and woven into a silky fabric many enjoy. Environmentalists use “peace” or “vegan” silk, which is the material made from silk worm casings. This fabric is considered completely eco-friendly as the silk worms are not harmed in any way. The casings are used after the worms turn into moths and vacate. Silk can be naturally dyed to give it a bit of coloring. Wool And Cashmere Organic alpaca and sheep wool is made from the animals’ fleece without the use of toxic chemical treatments. The end-product is a soft material that has natural flame resistance. Cashmere is processed by removing the bottom under-layers of hair from Kashmir goats. This material used to be only obtained through import from the Himalayan mountain region, but is now found worldwide.  When purchasing wool or cashmere, make sure the fabric is a pure form and not one blended with polyester or other chemically treated material. To have a truly environmentally friendly material, it should also be free of color additives. Pure wool and cashmere will last for a lifetime if cared for properly, making it a great material for those wishing to help the environment. Visit your local fabric store to find the right eco-friendly fabric for your next...

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3 Small Landscaping Upgrades That Can Make A Large Difference In Your Yard

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If your yard looks like it could use a bit of organization but you don’t want to put a lot of effort into your landscaping, there are a few options you can consider to make your space more inviting. Here are 3 small landscaping upgrades that can make a huge difference in your yard.  Curbing Curbing along your front lawn and around your large trees can help streamline your landscape and give your yard a modern appeal. Curbing is a simple upgrade that can be done in a few days by a landscaper or a curbing expert. If you don’t want to do traditional cement curbing, consider having your landscaper bring in decorative gravel rock to line your yard with instead to create a similar, organized appeal. Retaining wall A retaining wall is an excellent way to break up a large, open landscape without having to plant shrubbery or trees to fill the space in. A retaining wall can be made of classic brick or decorative pavers. The back end of a retaining wall is often filled in with dirt and then covered in grass to allow the structure to blend with the rest of your yard. If you’d like, you can adorn the front of a retaining wall with garden lights to illuminate your yard at night and make your landscape more inviting. You can make your retaining wall more noticeable by planing colorful blooms above the wall’s structure, such as rose bushes, snap dragons, or even daisies for added effect. A retaining wall with blooming flowers can make your large yard appear more welcoming and less plain. Climbing vines Cheeky climbing vines, including morning glory, Virginia creeper, and even grape vines, can be beautiful accessories to your fence line. Climbing vines are not only aesthetically pleasing in your yard and offer whimsical appeal, they also provide privacy through chain link and help make your property line more distinct. Consider placing climbing vines along your front fence so they can be seen as part of your home’s curb appeal. If you want your yard to look more inviting and long to make a change, you don’t need to make huge upgrades in order to make the area more modern. If you add curbing, climbing vines along your fences, or even a retaining wall, you can make your yard appear more organized, colorful, and welcoming. These small changes are a great way to give you the landscape you’ve always wanted without a lot of...

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Cleaning Tips For Wood Blinds

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Wooden blinds add a touch of elegance to any room, whether you opt for Venetian style slats or louver style shutters. The key to maintaining their timeless look is keeping them clean. Dust and fingerprints can make them look grimy and dated over time. The following tips can help you keep them in good shape. Tip #1: Skip the Water While a damp cloth is a quick way to collect dust off of plastic or aluminum blinds, water can cause wooden blinds to warp or develop spots. They are even more prone to water damage if the wood is a veneer, since this can weaken the glue and cause the veneer on the slats to peel. Instead, use a wood cleaner, such as an oil soap, to wipe down your blinds. This will remove the dust without any fear of damage, and oil-based wood cleaners also condition the slats so they keep their healthy sheen. Tip #2: Consider the White Glove Treatment Plain cotton gloves (white or otherwise) are the perfect items for cleaning blind slats. Simply put on a pair, apply the cleaner to the fingers, and then wipe down the under and upper side of each slat. You can even do two at a time if you slide one slat between your pinky and ring finger, and a second slat between your middle and index finger. Unlike similar tools made to clean blinds, you have more control over your fingers so you can even get into the tricky areas where the cords are attached. Tip #3: Go With Microfiber Not every wooden blind cleaning needs to be a deep cleaning with gloves and oil soap. Between the more in-depth dusting, do a light weekly or twice-weekly dusting with a microfiber cloth. Fully close the blinds in the downward position and rub the cloth over the slats, then flip to the upward position and repeat the process. This only takes a few minutes, but it prevents heavy dust buildup. Tip #4: Put on the Polish If your wood blinds are looking dull, try applying a coat of polish. Wear a clean pair of gloves and apply it using the same technique as for cleaning the blinds. For blinds that have become faded or discolored, you can try a rub-in stain. This can be time consuming since you have to do each slat individually. You simply rub in the stain with a clean cloth and then use a second cloth to rub off any excess. The result is new looking blinds. You can even change to a darker color, if desired. If re-staining seems like too much work, contact a local window blinds company to look at new window covering...

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3 Tips to Keep Your Home’s Hot Water Tank in Good Condition

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Hot water is something that many families might not think much about until it’s gone. Your home’s hot water tank or heater is a necessity that allows you to do everything from wake up with a warm shower to keep your dishes clean. If you want to increase your hot water tank’s longevity, you will want to perform regular maintenance on it. Here are a few maintenance tips for hot water tanks that will hopefully keep your unit running efficiently for a long time to come. Periodically Test the T & P Valve The T & P valve on your hot water tank stands for temperature and pressure relief valve. This valve is critical to the ongoing operation and safety of your water tank. This will function on its own during normal use, but you can conduct your own test to make sure everything is going as it should. The T &P valve is the only pipe sticking out of your water tank with a small lever on it. Pull up on the lever part way and then let go. The valve should snap back into place, but you will be able to hear some water gurgling as it moves into the drainage tube. If this gurgling sound starts to sound more faint, it could mean you have a drainage problem developing.  Flush the Water through the Bottom Valve Ideally, you want to give your tank a full flush in order to remove sediment buildup. But a full flush will also require turning off the water heater, which may not be ideal. Instead, you can do a mini flush and remove the water at the bottom of the tank. Look for the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. It usually has a handle or a spot where a screwdriver can be inserted. Place a large bucket under the valve and pull the handle or turn the valve with a screwdriver. The valve will release a few gallons of water into the bucket and will hopefully remove a good portion of the sediment that was building up towards the bottom of the tank. Don’t forget to turn the valve off firmly once the bucket is close to full. Get Professional Help While a mini flush can help, it is best to get your hot water tank professionally serviced at least once a year. This will involve turning the heater off completely and thoroughly removing and replenishing all water in the tank. This will allow you or the professional you hire an opportunity to fully scrub and clean all sediment inside the tank and is much more effective at giving you a clean start than simply flushing through the valve. A hot water tank specialist can also check other working parts of the tank, such as the pressure valves or the pilot light, to make sure everything will stay in good working order until your next maintenance appointment. If you want to keep your hot water tank in good shape, you should periodically check the temperature and pressure relief valve and also do a mini flush through the tank’s lower valve. But for best results, contact a local HVAC or hot water tank specialist for a full cleaning and maintenance...

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Clean A Water Well’s Submersible Pump

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If there isn’t a steady flow of water coming out of the faucets in your home, your well’s submersible water pump may require cleaning. If foreign materials block portions of the pump, water can not flow through it properly. Learn how to remove and clean this vital part with the following steps. Once debris has been eliminated, you will have access to water in your home whenever it is needed. Materials flashlight socket wrench socket set vinegar water hose bucket wire brush tube brush mild detergent sponge Remove The Water Pump And Soak It Turn off the electrical supply to the water pump so that you aren’t accidentally shocked while completing the cleaning steps. Remove the well’s cover and look down into the tank to locate the water pump. It should be next to one of the interior walls. Use a flashlight if you are having trouble spotting it. Use a socket wrench to loosen and remove the hardware that is holding the pump in place. Pull the pump out of the well. Flip the pump over and slide the filter screen from the bottom of it. Place the pump and filter in a bucket of water. Add a cup or two of vinegar to the water to help loosen debris from the pump and filter. Wait several minutes for the parts to soak. Eliminate Debris Pull the pump and filter out of the water. Set the filter aside as you clean the pump. Use a wire brush to remove dirt and debris from the pump’s exterior. A tube brush can be used to clean small crevices if the wire brush does not successfully eliminate buildup from the pump. Wipe the pump’s surface off with a soapy sponge when finished. Rinse the pump and the filter off with a water hose. Reattach the filter. Reattach The Pump Line up the pump inside the well and reattach the hardware with a socket wrench. Turn the power supply back on. Check the faucets in your home to make sure that a steady stream of water is coming out of each of them. Minimize cleaning steps in the future by setting up a time to have the inside of the well cleaned each year by a professional company like Stettler Supply Co. Make sure that the well is always covered to minimize the chance of grass clippings, leaves, or dirt from getting inside of the tank. These steps will keep the water pump clean and will prevent it from becoming...

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The Beginner Survivalist’s Guide To Storing Food And Water In Public Storage

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Survival planning is becoming even more talked about and incorporated into life by individuals across the country than it has ever been before. Even if you feel like you should get in on the survival planning and storage action, you may not have a lot of space to work with at home. If this is your situation, you should know that not all survivalists store their cache of supplies at home, especially when it comes to excess food and water. Taking advantage of public storage units is a good way to make sure you have access to the food and water you and your family would need to get by in the event if a disaster.   What types of food can be stored in a public storage facility? Every storage facility will have its own set of guidelines when it comes to storing food and water in their units. Some companies have mini units available that are designated solely for food and water storage, and these units are typically climate controlled. However, some companies will not allow any food products to be stored on the premises, regardless of its form or what unit you choose. Therefore, it is always best to ask about restrictions before choosing a specific location.  Is there a preferred way that you should store a water supply? There has been a lot of discussion about storing water in plastic containers in the recent years, because it has been suggested that some plastics release high levels of cancer-causing agents when exposed to extreme temperatures. Therefore, it is a good idea to store your water in either BPA-free plastic containers or glass if you have it available.  Is it necessary to have a storage unit with climate control? It is not absolutely necessary that you rent a storage unit with climate control to store your cache of food and water, but this definitely can be a good idea. Even though dehydrated, shelf-stable foods can last for years, humidity and drastic temperature changes can compromise shelf stability in the long term. Plus, if you do have water stored in glass or plastic containers, freezing can create the potential for the containers to bust as ice expands. Canned goods are even best kept at a temperature between 50 and 75 degrees. Therefore, climate control can be a good idea for food and water storage and is readily available in both mini storage units and those of average size. .  Keeping a ready cache of supplies on hand, especially food and water, can be one of the most intelligent things you do as a survivalist. If you would like to get started building your own cache of food and water in a storage unit, talk to a facility manager with any additional questions you have.  Visit a website like http://www.magnumselfstorage.com to learn...

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