How To Care For Your Lawn

If you love your lawn, it’s only natural that you would want to give it the proper care to help give it a healthy appearance. After all, your landscape is one of the first things that people will notice when they arrive at your home. Your lawn can either make or break your curb appeal.

If you have weeds, remove them with the proper tools or by pulling them out of the ground manually. An important part of grooming your lawn is mowing it regularly to give it a manicured appearance.

You must always feed your law. Your yard gets hungry and what it craves more than anything is water. Most experts recommend that one thorough watering each week is preferable over a light misting every other day. When it comes to feeding your lawn, the best time of year to fertilize is during the spring. This is when your lawn begins to grow and its beautiful shade of green begins to come alive, which is why it’s important to make sure that it has all of the nutrients that it needs to enjoy the warm months ahead.

What happens when your lawn begins to dry out or shows signs of brown spots? It could mean a number of things, but treating it properly will help to get your yard sparkling again. One way of doing this is by planting seeds so that new grass can grow. Before doing this, make sure to loosen the soil so that the seeds will have a healthy start. Your other option is to bring in sod, which is commonly used for larger areas that are in need of a quick fix. Just as you would loosen the soil for seeding, it’s important to do the same for sod so that it can properly attach to the surface of the lawn.

Your lawn is a reflection of your home, but it’s also a potential haven for pests. It’s important to pay close attention to the plants and/or flowers that you choose for your landscape as certain types can deter pests, while others may actually attract them. If in doubt, ask a local gardening expert or a representative at your local home improvement store for more information on this topic. If you develop a pest problem, there are products designed to protect your landscape and permanently rid the pests of your space.

Backyard Summer Entertainment Ideas

When it comes to entertaining outdoors, there’s no place quite like your very own backyard. Many families enjoy the warm summer weather by spending as much time outside as possible, and one way of doing that is by making it a fun place to be.

The smell of a freshly grilled hot dog or hamburger… the unmistakable taste of a meal that’s been prepared outdoors… the excitement of getting together with family and friends for a barbecue… these are all things that you are sure to enjoy and, if you really want to get things cooking, you will get out your grill and cook up something that your entire family will love.

A cookout is a fantastic idea for summer entertainment, which means it is perfect for both small and large groups. Whether you prefer a quiet dinner with your family or you want to make your outdoor grilling adventure into a party by inviting your friends from the neighborhood, outdoor grilling is a fun way to make use of the summer heat.

If you have a pool in your backyard, there’s no better time than summer to put it to use. When the sun comes out and the temperature heats up, a pool party is the perfect way to spend the day cooling down. Before you start picking out your swimsuit, make sure that the pool is properly cleaned and ready for guests. In addition, make sure that there are flotation units for those who need a little help in the water and towels for everyone to dry off when they step out.

Hosting a pool party also means having something to eat and drink for your guests. Whether you’ve planned lunch or just a light snack for everyone, make sure that you have something on hand to curb those cravings. If you’re inviting children over for a pool party for the youngsters, make sure that you have their parents’ permission beforehand.

Believe it or not, many homeowners enjoy setting up a backyard sporting event and inviting everyone to join in. Whether it’s volleyball, horseshoes or just a friendly game of basketball, there’s no better court than home court. If you plan to create a sporty atmosphere, make sure that you have plenty of water on hand for everyone to drink. It’s also important to refrain from playing when the sun is at its peak, which is typically in the early to mid-afternoon hours. Instead, wait until it cools down before heating up your backyard with some friendly sporting competition.

Your Home First Aid Kit: Ten Must Haves

It’s a known fact that the majority of accidents occur at home, which is why every household must be equipped with a first aid kit complete with all of the essentials needed to handle life’s unexpected and unfortunate events.

Band-aids – No two ouches are alike, which is why a selection of band-aids is a requirement for every first aid kit.  It’s important to keep various sizes and shapes to accommodate all types of cuts, scrapes and everyday boo-boos.

Allergy Medication – Whether it’s common everyday allergies or a reaction to a bee sting, it’s important to keep your home’s first aid kit equipped with the medication necessary to treat sudden ailments.

Antibacterial Wipes – If you have a small cut or scrape, you also risk bacteria being able to enter your body through the broken skin.  If you want to reduce the risk of infection and clean the area, use antibacterial wipes as a temporary fix until you can flush out the wound completely.

Tweezers – If someone gets a bee sting and has the stinger left behind in their skin or they find themselves with a splinter, a pair of tweezers will help you to come to their rescue.  These handy little tools are a must have in every first aid kit.

Gauze – Transparent fabric gauze is used for dressing and/or swabbing wounds.  This product is a requirement for every home first aid kit as some mishaps require more coverage than a standard band-aid can handle.

Gauze Tape – If you have gauze in your first aid kit it’s only natural that you would also need gauze tape.  This product will keep the bandage secured to the skin for protection against re-injury and/or to prevent bacteria from entering the wound.

Nail Clippers – If a fingernail accidentally gets broken or requires attention to prevent it from being ripped from the surface, it’s important to have a reliable pair of nail clippers on hand for just such an emergency.  A badly damaged nail can be painful, but proper attention can help to ease the discomfort and prevent it from worsening.

Bandages – A bandage is a strip of material that’s used to protect a wound or injury.  These are an essential part of any home first aid kit.

Antiseptic Medicine – This type of over-the-counter medication is designed to prevent the growth of bacteria in a wound, which may lead to disease or infection.  When applied to a wound, it may help to protect the sufferer from falling ill to either of these, which makes it a must have for every first aid kit.

Gloves – If you are dressing a wound, it’s important that you wear the proper gloves to protect the injured from infection.  Bacteria can live underneath your fingernails or even on your hands and can enter a wound if you aren’t careful, so do yourself and the sufferer a favor by wearing the proper gloves when treating a wound that needs to be handled with a first aid kit.

Cleaning Tips & Tricks

To clean your home is to free it from dirt, pollutants and other elements.  Not only that, but cleaning can also translate into organization and proper storage of your possessions and eliminate your home’s clutter.  Either way you look at it, cleaning is an important task and, although not the most fun, it can be simplified with a few tips, tricks and a little knowhow.

Roll With It

When storing clothes, roll them instead of folding.  This not only prevents fold lines, but also results in your clothing taking up less space.  What does this mean for you?  Quite simply, you can maximize your storage space and still keep your clothes free of creases.

Stain Removal

If you want to remove stains from countertops, appliances, flooring or other surfaces, consider using baking soda or a vinegar/water combination.  Either one of these is less harsh than typical cleaning products and still provides a quick fix for most of your stain removal needs.  You may also consider anti-bacterial liquid soap and water for cleaning some surfaces.  It’s important to note that you should never submerge any electrical appliance into water.  Instead, spot clean it with a cloth.

Categorize & Organize

Before starting to clean, create categories for your clutter.  By separating your items by intent, such as keep, donate and discard, you will be able to move through your cleanup quickly and efficiently.

Getting Rid Of Dust

When you clean, you are likely to stir up a little dust here and there.  Regardless of how much or how often you clean, dust is a part of life and it’s bound to find its way into a few corners.  If you want to reduce the presence of dust in your home, try using a portable air cleaner in the room where you are cleaning.

Cut It Out

Instead of simply tossing out your old bills or credit card offers, shred them with a cross-cut or confetti-cut paper shredder.  This will prevent any unscrupulous crook from sifting through your garbage and discovering personal financial information.  If you don’t own a paper shredder and don’t have the extra money in your budget to purchase one, simply use a pair of scissors and cut anything with your name, address, social security number or banking information into small unreadable pieces.

Plastic Please . . .

Cleaning leads to tossing those unwanted items away, which means you may have a need for a lot of garbage bags.  You can use the plastic bags from your local grocer to line your small wastebaskets.  The handles make them easy to retrieve, tie and discard.  The next time you are asked if you want paper or plastic, say plastic please.