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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Don’t Let Winter Whittle Away Your Lawn

You may miss the heat and outdoor adventures of Summer, but at least Winter brings welcome relief from the hassle of lawn duty… right? Not exactly. While mowing and weeding may move to the back burner, there’s still plenty to do to get your lawn ready for the months of shorter days and lower temperatures…

First things first: Clean up the yard.  Sure, many people feel that leaves add to their lawn’s seasonal and aesthetic appeal. But the truth is leaves that aren’t raked can actually suffocate the grass beneath. (I know, it seemed strange to me, too.) If that weren’t enough, consider this: diseases that can affect a lawn are more likely to occur if leaves are trapping the grass. Could someone please pass a rake?
 

Ways to Save on Furniture

Not surprisingly, retailers hope to entice customers to drop their cash on a big-ticket item, like a sofa, rather than, say, a pricey ski trip. That’s why they often schedule their sales to coincide with popular vacation times.

That’s why, you’ll always find the sales up to 50% off right before and during the holiday season and then again right before spring and summer vacations. To take advantage of these ‘special offers,’ consider these tips:
 
  • Try to Negotiate: Asking, “Is that the very best price?” may yield you an extra 5% off.
  • Cut Your Cost: By opting for a cheaper cushion material instead of ordering cushions made of 100 percent down, you can go from plush to flat in an instant.
     

The Art of Window Dressing

Well-designed window fashions do more than just simply cover a window. A great design is beautiful to live with, provides a variable light control, insulates the rooms against heat and cold, protects your furnishings from damaging UV rays and even absorbs sound, which improves the acoustics of the room.

So, if you’re looking for an easy project this winter or would just like to dress up one of your rooms, consider starting with the windows. A nice or elegant window shade can completely change the room and give it a new, fresh look. Not to mention help save by keeping in the heat.
 
 

Baby Your Trees

When exposed to bright sunlight or excessive heat in the Winter months, newly planted trees can die. This process, known as sunscald, can occur when the temperature fluctuates quickly. This often happens on those random days in Winter when the temperature might be warm in the sun during the day, but returns to sub-freezing once the sun goes down at night. Newly planted trees can be protected from possible sunscald by wrapping their trunks in burlap or plastic wraps – just check your local lawn care or hardware store.

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