Budget-Friendly Garden Cleaning Tips

By Debra McCoy / June 19, 2018

Gardening TipsThese days, nothing ever goes cheap. Every little thing you need to do around the household requires money. When you’re on a tight budget, it is pretty much understandable if you have to prioritize some over others. For instance, you will most likely make sure your home’s interiors are better well-kept and maintained compared to the outdoors. After all, your family is mostly inside the house.

However, budget constraints should not stop you from having a beautiful garden. If you have a landscaped home exterior, then from the beginning, you must have known that it requires work. It’s not just about watering the plants or cleaning leaves shed off by trees in your property, it’s also about keeping things in order and plants in perfect shape. Continue reading

How To Fertilize Your Lawn Like A Pro

By Debra McCoy / February 24, 2018

The lush green grass of your lawn needs nutrients  to stay healthy. The grass of the lawn extracts the required lawn fertilizingnutrients from the soil. So, it is important to fertilize the soil periodically to ensure the greenery of the lawn. It is the best way to keep the lawn healthy, lush, and green. And a healthy soil also benefits your trees and landscape.

A fertilizer is a natural or synthetic/chemical-based substance that ensures the fertility of the soil. The fertilizer supplies soil micronutrients and secondary nutrients essential for healthy growth of plants and crops. And on the flipside, unhealthy soil can have a devastating effect on your lawn, your landscape, as well as your shrubs. Continue reading

Tree Trimming

By Debra McCoy / December 4, 2017

Tree branch trimming is a difficult task. Everybody has to be very careful about how he does it or the process might damage the tree. If you’re trimming heavy tree branches, you have to be extra careful not to damage the bark or interfere with the tree’s natural healing response. Doing it right is actually no more difficult than doing it wrong, particularly if you think ahead to how much work it would take to remove a dead tree.

Trees are trimmed for any one of the following reasons; they are catching up some tree diseases or to make their growth easier, they’re crossing or rubbing another branch, they’re growing inward or competing with another branch and one needs to go. Another reason for tree service may be to raise or open the canopy, either to provide more vertical clearance or allow more light to reach the ground. However, there is a right and wrong way to trim those branches. When cut properly, trees quickly recover but the wrong cut can create a snowball effect of negative consequences.

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Maintaining Healthy Lawns

Everybody wants a lawn that is healthy, green and beautiful. A lawn that you can stare at that can give you a sense of calm and serenity. A lawn that helps relaxes you especially after a long day at work. You want a lawn that can be your instant escape and not one that will only stress you out because of how messy it is.

What other people don’t know is that maintaining healthy lawns need not take so much of your time. You don’t have to slave yourself all that time just to keep your lawn looking its best. You just have to be wise in the use of your time when you take care of your lawn. Think quality not quantity. Here are a few tips to help you maintain a healthy lawn.

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Cleaning Your Windows

By Debra McCoy / January 31, 2017

Few things can spruce up a home the same way that newly washed windows can. There are many ways to wash windows, and all of them are successful. The most common method is to just use a well-known window cleaning solution as well as paper towels; however, this usually leaves streaks. It is also not an affordable way to wash windows.  There are better and affordable ways to get your windows clean.

DIY Cleaning Solution

The most ideal approach to clean  windows is to make a DIY window washing formula. The best formula incorporates both ammonia and vinegar: to break up tough grime and to make the window glass streak free, respectively. Homemade window washing solution apparatus include warm water, ammonia, rubbing alcohol, dish detergent, and vinegar. Take 1.90 liters of warm water, half cup of ammonia, around 475 ml of subbing alcohol, 60 ml of vinegar, and 15 ml of any dish detergent you have. Mix together all of these ingredients and apply this solution to the windows. Wipe off until the windows are completely dry. You can also put your DIY cleaning solution in a spray bottle for easy application, however, using a bucket is recommended for best cleaning.

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10 Energy Efficient Home Improvements

By Debra McCoy / December 27, 2016

There is nothing as important as improving your home. And among the issues is energy related home improvements. Its so important to develop your home to be energy efficient not forgetting the benefits that comes along with it. For instance, you will save on energy bills and maybe direct your money to other projects that could help generate income. Furthermore, as you embark on making your home to be energy efficient, you might find yourself offering services to others or offering consulting services to other homes on the same. This article not only describes the importance and benefits of energy efficient home improvements but also enlighten you on some of the best energy efficient home improvements you can choose.

The first thing that is normally recommended is to make sure that you have insulated your home perfectly. This kind of improvement will save you the extra cash you spend on electric bills when you are using gadgets for heating and cooling your house. Insulating your doors and windows using seals will trap heat inside your home hence reducing the usage of energy.

Secondly, it always pays off to repair or just upgrade your home appliances such as the heating and cooling systems. These systems use up a lot of energy and sometimes it’s not because they are designed that way but they are faulty, and inefficient. Therefore take your time and do yourself a favor, shop for those gadgets that use up less energy in your home.

The other important factor that most of you ignore is water, saving your water will reduce your energy consumption. Take good care of your house, for instance the broke walls, the gutter which is normally crucial when it comes to water as it is the first line of defense when it rains, snows, etc. how does this happen, if you run on a water meter, by reducing your home environment impacts such as carbon dioxide emission, you are saving on your bills by ensuring that your water pumps, heater, and water treatment systems are working efficiently.

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Weed Control Methods for a Beautiful Yard

By Debra McCoy / December 27, 2016

Dense planting is always useful for lessening weed growth, but another strategy is often required. Organic weed killers are not generally comprised of unsafe chemicals. They are considered eco-friendly, as well as safe for home landscape use. If you use organic weed killers, then you don’t have to worry about endangering plants, pets, and people.  This gives a perfect alternative to using harsh chemical products.

Acidic Characteristics

While there are different sorts of natural weed killers, most of them have acidic characteristics.  Organic weed killers which are acidic in nature lower the pH levels of weeds to kill them. The acids disappear quickly, which means these types of weed killers are not dangerous to nearby plants. You can likewise purchase organic weed killers from retail shops as they are commercially available. For example: Spectracide is very powerful as a weed killer because of using deet in the formula.  We have found it to be much more effective than Roundup.   Spectracide is great and can be used to kill weeds in driveways, lawns, beds, and gardens.  These weed killers can be purchased at Home Depot.

Obviously one important consideration with weed killers is to keep your pets away. It is very common for cats and dogs and other pets to move around the yard and lick the grass. This can be very hazardous if they are licking toxic chemicals intended to kill weeds. Just make sure when you are treating your lawn or landscape, that your pets are indoors or they are tied up away from the area.

If you need some help with your landscape, here is some advice on finding a tree service company.


Getting Organized with House Cleaning

By Debra McCoy / December 27, 2016

A house cleaning checklist is basically a kind of chore list that incorporates all those things that must be done to clean the house. Many folks make checklists as a reminder of what should be done; different cleaning tasks, then can be checked off after the completion. A checklist might likewise used to split up cleaning tasks among family members, so that everyone takes care of their duties. It is especially helpful with your children, as it gives them a sense of responsibility and work ethic which many children do not have.

One of the first priorities in house cleaning is your carpets. We always feel that if your carpet is not clean, then nothing else matters. So in addition to the vacuuming that should be on your list, we also strongly encourage professional carpet cleaning at least twice each year as it really takes the dirt and germs out of your carpet, and really provides much needed sterilization. We stayed in Daytona Beach last year and used a company that cleaned our carpets in our rental home, and the carpets were dry in less than two hours. It was really very convenient.

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Preparing Crops for a Healthy Harvest

By Debra McCoy / December 27, 2016

The crop cultivation process needs a great deal of diligent work, patience, as well as the knowledge about the crops.  And crops can mean major planting on a farm, or a garden bed for your home.  This covers all the basics for each kind.  All the guidelines are different when it comes to crop cultivation, because each crop has different characteristics, diseases, pests, and growth patterns.

However, some general tips serve as a guide for the process of crop cultivation:

  • Preparing the area
  • Planting the crops in the best possible manner
  • Tracking the progress
  • Pest management
  • Proper irrigation
  • And more

Selecting the Type of Crop & Preparing the Soil

Select the type of crop you want to plant; this is the first step towards crop cultivation. Choose something that is suitable to the climate and determine the characteristics of the plantation area. After analyzing area and the climate, you need to determine the type of soil that is suitable for the location. It is better to create a checklist before starting the process so that you won’t forget anything. You should also consider other factors like the availability of resources important to improve the selected crop. After deciding everything, you need to think about preparing the plantation area. This would include clearing unwanted objects like weeds and debris from the area. To loosen the soil, the plantation area needs to be tilled and this requires specific equipment like plows, cultivators, and tractors.

The most important thing is a strong foundation, in for a crock your strong foundation is the soil. You’re trying to garden or farm on soil that is not healthy and fertile then it will always be nearly impossible produce a good crop.  So it is imperative to always make sure that your soil will produce a good and healthy crop.

Selecting a Tree Service Company

By Debra McCoy / December 27, 2016

Tree service specialist are experts who skillfully and appropriately care for trees. The need for this particular service comes when dying or dead trees becomes a threat. Property owners who have many trees on their land also need tree service specialists. Choosing a tree service specialist is not difficult. In fact, selecting any type of service is not difficult if you know what to find or look for in that particular service.  The main thing is to do your homework on tree service companies in your area that have good reviews and excellent customer service.  You might also ask for referrals so that you know what you are getting and can be trusted when they come to your home or business.

For Tree Removal

Not every tree service company is the same; prefer a firm that can carry out the tasks and handle all your tree care needs professionally and efficiently. For instance, you need a tree service company to remove an unsightly or dead tree, you should check whether they are insured and bonded, and you should also make sure that they will eliminate all the left over from the tree. The process needs to be safe as well as efficient. We have used this company for years and they always do an excellent job on tree removal.

It is always best to call the experts if you need a tree removal for your home or business. This can be a very dangerous operation, and many people assume they can perform a tree removal and it turns into a hazardous project. It is never worth, and always best to let the professionals handle these projects.

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