Grass and Lawn Care – Helping to Guide You

Most people do not become excited by the thought of grass, but your grass does much more than just sit across your lawn. Your grass loosens the soil across your property so your lawn doesn’t turn into a swamp. The grass keeps weeds away, releases oxygen into the environment, and it feeds wildlife around your home. You can say that I am a grass enthusiast, and I want you to take care of the greenery on your property. I can offer assistance, whether you have Bermuda, centipede, fescue, bluegrass, or zoysia grass growing on your property. Learn how to cut, water, and fertilize these grasses and also find out how a simple mulching blade can provide good nutrition. Take care of your grass and provide a soft and luxurious place for you, your wildlife, and your children to enjoy. It might just be easier than you think.

Two Harmful Types Of Bacteria That Could Be Hiding In Your Carpet

Most people think their home is clean. After all, you spend countless hours scrubbing the countertops, disinfecting the doorknobs, and even vacuuming the floor, but just how clean is your home? When it comes to your carpet, it’s probably not as clean as you might think. Here are just some of the things that could be lingering inside your carpet. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus More than likely you’ve never heard of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, but if anyone in your home spends a lot of time at the gym, it’s possible that this bacterium is in your home. More formally known as MRSA, this growth runs rampant in moist and heavily populated areas like the gym. When you visit the gym and walk on the floor, you then track this growth into your home when you walk on the carpet. MRSA can produce serious symptoms even in healthy individuals. While a professional cleaning can eliminate this growth, it’s best to be proactive. Before walking inside your home it’s best to take off your shoes and leave them in the garage to avoid tracking this inside your home. E.Coli And Fecal Coliform Bacteria Whether you spent the day in the city visiting a number of unsightly public bathrooms or you and your dog had an eventful day at the dog park, you could be introducing bacteria from fecal waste into your home. When you walk in either of these types of environments, it’s highly likely that you could come in contact with E.Coli, found in humans or fecal coliform bacteria, which is found in pets. When you walk inside your home with...

Caring for Your Leather Living-Room Furniture

If you just purchased new leather furniture for your living room, you are most likely enjoying its appearance as well as the comfort it provides to those who use the pieces to relax on. Leather living-room furniture needs to be properly maintained so it retains this appearance for years to come. Here are some steps you can use to help you take care of your furniture so it appears like new for a long time. Remove Surface Dirt Frequently To help keep your furniture from getting a dull appearance, surface dirt should be removed often so it does not have a chance to accumulate or become embedded along stitchery or in crevices between arms and the seating area. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft-bristle brush attachment to remove loose particles of dust with ease. The end of the attachment should be held slightly away from the leather so it does not scratch the surface while removing dirt. Eliminate Caked-On Grime If you forget to remove debris from your furniture, or if something happens to spill on a piece, a deeper cleaning session will become necessary. Use a mild detergent mixed with water to wipe down areas where caked-on material is present. This can be done with a piece of microfiber cloth so the leather is not scratched during the process. Dip the cloth into the solution and wring it out before wiping the leather. Use a piece of dry microfiber cloth to entirely remove any moisture from the furniture. Condition Your Furniture So It Shines A mixture of linseed oil and white vinegar can be used to condition your furniture so it does not become too dry, as this can cause cracks to appear...

Tips For Cleaning Blinds

If you’ve ever had to clean your house for a party, you might have looked at your blinds with a more critical eye and noticed that they were absolutely filthy. You might try to clean them but only end up pushing the dust all over the place, rather than actually getting rid of it. If you have ever experienced this frustration, you absolutely need these pointers about how to clean your blinds quickly and effectively. If You Have a Ton of Dust: If you have a ton of dust on your blinds because you have never cleaned them before, you might need to first anchor the dust slightly to the blinds before actually starting the cleaning process. Take a spray bottle and spray the blinds lightly. Don’t try to soak the dust because it will make it harder to clean up and it might start dripping down your windows. A light mist will help you keep from getting the dust everywhere. Next, take your vacuum and use a brush attachment to start vacuuming the anchored dust up. You might need to turn up the suction on your vacuum if you added too much water to the dust on your blinds.  If you have an overwhelming amount of dust that your vacuum attachment can’t handle, take a dry paper towel and knock the bulk of the dust on the ground. Sweep it up or vacuum it up afterwards. If You Have a Moderate Amount of Dust: If you have a moderate amount of dust, take your vacuum and put the brush attachment on it. Start moving horizontally across each blind...

Four Ways To Use Beads In Your Home Daycare

If you own a home daycare, it is important to be sure that you have many different ways to keep the children entertained during the day. Beads can serve as a great manipulative for older children. The guide below walks you through a few different ways you can use beads to help children learn and be creative. Stringing the Beads The first and most obvious way that beads can be used by children is by stringing them. Stringing the beads onto a piece of thread or rope will help build hand-eye coordination and allow children to be creative at the same time. Be sure to tape off the end of the rope or string to create a point, so the children can easily thread the rope or thread through the opening of the bead to create a necklace or bracelet. Use Beads for Counting Beads can be great to use to help children learn to count. Write numbers on flash cards and then draw circles correlating with the number on the card. Draw one circle for the number one, two circles for number two, and so on and so forth. Children can then place one bead in each circle to help them learn how to count properly. Use Beads for Color Sorting Beads are often available in many different colors. Purchase an assortment of beads for the children to sort. Paint each section inside of an egg carton a different color and then allow children to use tweezers or a spoon to pick out specific colors and place them in the appropriate color within the egg carton. This is...

Hardwood Floor Cupping And How To Deal With It

Hardwood floors are among the most beautiful types of floors on the market, but they are seriously affected by moisture. One problem that they often suffer from is cupping. This occurs when moisture warps the center of the board to make it higher than the edges. This serious problem makes an uneven floor, but it can be repaired. When Cupping Is Serious Wood floors will naturally swell and shrink with changes in their moisture, with swelling occurring when moisture is between 0% to 25%. When it’s higher than 30%, wood is more stable. So if your moisture level falls in this range (which you can check with a wood-moisture gauge), your hardwood will start to swell and shrink. But it won’t change shape equally in all directions. Typically, moisture content between 0% to 28% will cause the board to grow 0.1% lengthwise and 5% to 15% in width. This is when you are most likely to see your most severe cupping. Identifying Causes Of Cupping If your hardwood floor was installed properly, then cupping is typically caused by a variety of problems. Some of the most common of these problems include low indoor humidity, moisture imbalance in the wood, spilled water from a bathtub or dishwasher, plumbing leaks directly onto or underneath the floor, and other problems that change the moisture level of a floor. Identifying which problem is at fault is simple. Start by testing the moisture level of the floor and the air with an appropriate gauge to check for moisture imbalances. Correct these by adding humidifiers (if the moisture is too low) or de-humidifiers if it...

Three Tips To Prepare Your Home For The Upcoming Tornado Season

Spring can be a great time of the year for many people. The leaves are growing, flowers begin to bloom, and the weather starts to warm up. Unfortunately, it can also be a time where many storms start to appear, especially tornadoes. Since wind is invisible, you may not be able to spot a tornado until a few minutes before it hits. In an effort to keep you and your family safe during a major storm, you want to be fully prepared ahead of time. This means having the necessary essentials ready in case the storm hits without notice. Here are some tips for preparing your home for the upcoming tornado season.  Keep a First Aid Kit Handy While most tornadoes travel at about 30 miles per hour, many of them can reach speeds of 70 miles per hour. This can cause major injuries and in some case fatalities. The winds are notorious for knocking around debris that could be dangerous to your and your family. Should you get injured in the middle of a storm, you may not have the option of heading to the local hospital with the weather conditions being bad. Your first aid kit should have plenty of supplies that include bandages, alcohol wipes, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, and more. This can help with any injuries until the weather calms down enough for you to get to the hospital.  Have an Emergency Generator Tornadoes and bad storms are known to knock the power out. This makes it hard to cook, see, and do many other things that you are used to doing only a daily...

The Kid Cave: How To Create An Inexpensive And Practical Playroom Your Kids Will Love

If you have children, you’re already aware of how fast their toys can take over your home. You may long to have your living room back or be able to walk through your home without tripping over toys. Creating a playroom for your kids will get their toys out of your space, and it won’t cost you a fortune. Smart starts When buying paint for a playroom, always choose a paint that is washable. Be careful of the color you select. A color that looks cute for a small child’s playroom might not look as nice for an older child’s playroom. A neutral color is best and will save you the expense of repainting the room later if you choose to redecorate. Avoid using carpet flooring. Laminate, linoleum, or tile flooring makes cleaning up messes a breeze. Kids and toys are tough on floors. Get the best flooring your budget allows. This is the one area where paying a little extra now can save you the need to replace the flooring later. If you want to add an area rug to the floor for little ones to sit on when playing, choose an indoor-outdoor rug. These types of rugs will hold up well to spills and can be taken outside and hosed off if needed. Be wise about window treatments Never purchase blinds with cords for a child’s playroom. Curious kids and dangling cords are not a safe combination. Always purchase blinds that are cordless and kid safe. To save money, use a simple curtain topper and no blinds. Curtain toppers are relatively inexpensive and can be swapped out...

Tips For Growing A Wildflower Garden

Whether you are planting a single garden bed or trying to grow an entire meadow, wildflowers can provide a shock of bright yet low maintenance color to your landscape. The following tips will help you integrate the wildflowers into your landscape with the least amount of effort or trouble. Tip #1: Pick a regional mix Before purchasing a mix of wildflower seed packets, make sure the selections in the mix grow well in your area and aren’t considered an invasive species. This may require a phone call to your local Master Gardeners, Noxious Weed Board, or nursery. Keep in mind that a plant seen as invasive in one area may not be in yours. For example, morning glories can be invasive in temperate climates where they survive year around, but they are generally non-invasive in areas that experience deep killing freezes in the winter. This is why it is best to check each plant variety on the seed packet with a professional agency in your area to be sure. Native wildflower mixes are the best option. Tip #2: Verify plant care The best wildflower mixes will have a combination of plants that have the same basic sun and water requirements. This ensures they all grow well together. For the least amount of maintenance opt for regional varieties that thrive in your area’s natural moisture. For example, drought-hardy flowers are a better choice for areas with dry summers, while those that need a bit of extra moisture may be a better choice for planting in wet climates or marshy soils. Tip #3: Prepare the spot Minor preparation is necessary. You...

The Differences Between Window Replacement For Your Sunroom And For Your Conservatory

Many people tend to confuse a sunroom with a conservatory. A conservatory is made almost entirely of glass panes and looks more like a greenhouse attached to your home. A sunroom is more enclosed, and more closely resembles an interior room with floor to ceiling windows. The differences do not stop there, and it is important to know the differences in the event that you need glass and window replacement for either of these rooms. Glass Replacement in a Sunroom If you have glass break in one of the windows in your sun room, there is a chance that you will need to replace the window entirely. The windows that are frequently used in sunrooms are custom-made because they are supposed to fit unusual lengths and widths and take over almost all of the sun room’s walls. Additionally, these windows are sprayed or coated with a material that prevents too much heat from entering the room and keeping heat from leaving the room in the colder months. While you may be able to get a window contractor to help you replace the damaged window, it might be a better idea to call the contractor that originally built and installed your sunroom (if they are still in business) and request a new window from the sunroom contractor. Glass Replacement in a Conservatory Glass panes in a conservatory are often “floating” panes (i.e., the panes are not rigidly held within a tight frame and thus they have the appearance of floating in the air). These panes cannot be interchanged with the sun room’s glass because of the way the two types...

6 Reasons To Buy A Rug Pad For Your Rug

If you have purchased a rug to accentuate your decor, you may be wondering whether or not you need to buy a rug pad. Although you may not want to spend the extra money to purchase a pad, a pad can be a great investment. Here are a few reasons why: Floor Protection Without a pad under your rug, rough fibers can scratch your floor. In addition, a heavily pigmented rug can transfer some its dye to your underlying flooring. The rug pad serves as a protective barrier between your rug and the floor. Longer Rug Life A rug pad protects your rug investment by extending the life your rug. The pad prevents excessive wear and tear on the rug fibers by absorbing some of the shock and eliminating the repeated crushing of your rug against a flat, hard surface. More Air and Less Allergens Rug fibers are known to trap allergens, such as mold, mildew and bacteria. However, a rug pad allows more air to flow through the rug. More air circulation helps reduce the amount of moisture retained by the rug. Mold, mildew and bacteria often prefer moist, dark conditions.  Easier Cleaning Vacuuming your rug can become an ordeal when the suction of the vacuum lifts a corner of your rug, and draws it into your vacuum cleaner. Not only can this damage your rug, but it can make vacuuming laborious and time-consuming. A rug pad can hold your rug in place so that it can be vacuumed with the same ease as carpet flooring. Soft Steps Even though your new rug will supply some level of...