8 Reasons Why You Should Use Micro Mesh Gutter Guards

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At their core, gutters are very simple: they collect rain water, and guide it to the ground below with ease. However, the dilemmas associated with gutters can be far reaching and unnecessarily tedious.If your gutters are clean, water will stream down the drainpipe when it rains (as it should).However, what happens if there’s an obstruction in the way? Say, a leaf clog or even oil seeping down from under your shingles? That’s a problem no one wants to have, much less have to fix. … [Read more...]

Before You Buy Gutter Guards, Review These Pros & Cons Of Installing Gutter Covers

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Gutter guards are advertised as being able to prevent your gutters from clogging with leaves, as well as water and debris -- thus saving you from what could be a dangerous household task.Cleaning gutters is no fun at all!However, not everyone agrees that gutter guards are worth the cost, time, and effort to get them installed. Following are the pros and cons of installing gutter guards (or leaf guards, gutter covers, gutter screens, etc.) on your home...  … [Read more...]

Flower & Plant Zone Hardiness Maps Updated

Do you know what your plant zone is? One of the most important considerations in determining which plants you can grow in your garden is whether or not they will survive the climate in your area; in other words, it depends on what zone you live in. Gardeners need to compare the climate of their garden with the climate that their particular plant of choice grows best in. If you plant a perennial, shrub, or tree, the plant needs to be able to tolerate year-round conditions in our area, meaning … [Read more...]

Best Moving Tips Revealed: Best Time To Move Into A House… Or Apartment

My first job out of college was as a property manager.  I worked in that field for several years.  As a property manager it became obvious that:May 30th to June 1st were the busiest days of the year in terms of moving. August 31st through Sept 1st ran a close second. The dates in between were pretty active as well (June 2nd through August 30th).Of course, the busiest moving days of the year are largely dictated by the region of the country you live in and the local school … [Read more...]

The Many Downsides Of Planting Bradford Pear Trees + Pruning Tips

The Bradford Pear tree, a variation of the Callery Pear which is native to China, was developed in 1963 by government scientists in Prince George County Maryland. It quickly became widely adopted for its quick growth and pleasing colors that lasted well into fall. This ornamental fruit tree with its snowy white spring blossoms became very popular. Neighborhoods and individuals across America have planting Bradford Pear trees for years. They provide almost immediate gratification when it comes … [Read more...]

20 Great Tips For Having A Successful Yard Sale

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Each year as I do my spring cleaning, I get rid of all items that haven't been used in a year. Some of these things are like new. Others are gently used. They are placed in totes and set aside for a yard sale.Who knows?... What I can't use may be useful to someone else, or it may even be something that someone else desperately needs.You never know when your junk may be someone else's treasure. And to top it all off, a yard sale is a great way to bring in a bit of extra cash!When … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Shopping 101: Tips For Finding Garage & Yard Sale Bargains

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Yard sale season will soon be in full-swing.As people declutter their homes and do some spring cleaning, they will begin gathering their unwanted items to sell at garage sales and yard sales.Typically, yard sales take place from early spring until mid-fall. Unless you happen to live in an area of the country where it's warm year-round -- in which case, yard sales take place all year long. (Lucky you!)There are a lot of bargains to be had by shopping at yard sales.Here are our best garage & … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Outdoors: Lawn & Garden Tips

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Each spring there is an assortment of garden chores that can be done early in the year, before planting season arrives.This is also the time we need to assess the lawn and provide basic lawn maintenance to keep it in optimum health.Following are some tips to guide you through your spring gardening chores and save yourself a lot of work later in the season.  … [Read more...]