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Lawn Care Maintenance: 7 Tasks for Fall
Lawn Care Maintenance: 7 Tasks for Fall

In addition to having a master& 39;s degree in sustainable development, Susette works in water conservation and sustainable landscaping.Whether you maintain your lawn yourself or hire someone to do it for you, it& 39;s important to know when to do what at which time of year. Winter is a time of resting the land, spring is new growth, summer is stasis, and fall is preparation for winter.

Tips for Painting Staircase Spindles
Tips for Painting Staircase Spindles

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. What& 39;s the Best Way to Paint Spindles?Painting staircase spindles involves a process of cleaning, sanding, priming, and painting. The work is very tedious, but dated oak spindles look awesome when painted white.

Best Primer for Kitchen Cabinets
Best Primer for Kitchen Cabinets

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Do Cabinets Need to Be Primed?Stained kitchen cabinets should always be primed before painting, preferably with two coats. Even painted cabinets should be primed, unless they were primed before, and the paint is in good condition with no visible tannin bleed.

What Are the Differences Between Daffodils, Narcissus, and Jonquils?
What Are the Differences Between Daffodils, Narcissus, and Jonquils?

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. The sunny yellow flowers of daffodils are a welcome sight after a long winter, especially in areas of the country where deer are a problem. Deer don’t eat them because they are poisonous.

How to Identify and Get Rid of Bed Bugs
How to Identify and Get Rid of Bed Bugs

I am a property manager in Little Rock, AR. I enjoy writing about various topics that I think may be helpful to others. If You Are Reading This Article, You May Have Bed BugsAnd, I& 39;m sorry! I& 39;ve been there. Not only at my personal home, but, as a property manager, I have unfortunately seen it a couple of times over the years.

How to Grow Witch Hazel, a Native Plant, for Winter Interest
How to Grow Witch Hazel, a Native Plant, for Winter Interest

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Can you name a native shrub that blooms in the late fall/early winter and is often mistaken for forsythia, a non-native shrub? If you guessed witch hazel, give yourself a pat on the back.

How to Prepare Your Vegetable Plot or Allotment for Next Spring
How to Prepare Your Vegetable Plot or Allotment for Next Spring

I& 39;m an avid gardener interested in all aspects of the growing process, from prepping my vegetable plot to making my own compost. So the end of the growing season is approaching, and a distinct change in the daily temperatures is becoming noticeable. The runner beans, courgettes, and tomatoes are starting to look a little & 34;tired,& 34; and their leaves are beginning to turn yellow as they struggle to produce the last few crops of the season.

How to Quickly Update Your Door Trim and Baseboards
How to Quickly Update Your Door Trim and Baseboards

Terrie is a creative person who loves DIY on a budget and updating her farm house. She enjoys sharing creative tips, tricks, and knowledge.Updating your home by changing the trim and doorway style is an inexpensive way to make a dramatic change to the interior of your home. The replacing of trim and baseboards is quick and easy.

How to Grow Corkscrew Hazel for Winter Interest
How to Grow Corkscrew Hazel for Winter Interest

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. When planning your landscape, don’t just consider how it will look in the spring, summer and fall. There are plants that can add interest to the winter season either through color or shape.

The Best and Worst Materials for Building Raised Garden Beds
The Best and Worst Materials for Building Raised Garden Beds

Chris Sherwood is a project manager by day and avid home and garden scholar by night who loves to share his trials and success with others. The popularity of raised-bed gardening continually picks up speed as more people turn back to nature as a source of cheap, safe, healthy, and reliable food. With popularity comes innovation, and with innovation comes blog after blog featuring different building materials for developing raised-bed gardens.

Do I Need to Dig My Vegetable Plot or Allotment Every Year?
Do I Need to Dig My Vegetable Plot or Allotment Every Year?

Cindy has been a writer for a number of years. She enjoys sharing her life experiences and what they have taught her. The Answer to This Question Is: Not NecessarilyIt might surprise those of you who are used to digging over your vegetable allotment religiously every year (probably dreading this backbreaking chore coming round again) to know that depending on the type of soil you are working with, you might very well be able to avoid the whole task almost totally.

How to Grow a Jade Plant
How to Grow a Jade Plant

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Jade plants (Crassula ovata) look like trees, but they are actually succulents. Their brown “trunks” are fleshy stems, and, like most succulents, they are native to South Africa.

How to Calibrate a Hayward Goldline Aqua-Rite or Swim Pure Plus Pool Salt Chlorine Generator
How to Calibrate a Hayward Goldline Aqua-Rite or Swim Pure Plus Pool Salt Chlorine Generator

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Step 1: Adjusting Salinity (Salt) levelBefore the chlorine generator can be calibrated correctly, the salinity—or salt level in the pool water—will need to be at the correct level. For these systems, it should ideally be between 3200-3600 ppm (parts per million).

Makita Random Orbit Sander Review
Makita Random Orbit Sander Review

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. The Pros and Cons of the Makita Orbital Sander (Model BO5041)My review is based on the corded Makita orbit sander, not the cordless model. I bought mine from my local Home Depot store.

Purple Mattress Review: Is the Purple Powder Toxic?
Purple Mattress Review: Is the Purple Powder Toxic?

Kate is a mother of two and holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Sonoma State University. She& 39;s also a passionate researcher.After two months of research, I decided that I would try a Purple Mattress. Yes, two solid months. I have a bad habit of researching things to death—just ask my often frustrated husband.

The Complete Guide to Garden Hose Fittings
The Complete Guide to Garden Hose Fittings

Eugene has a keen interest in DIY and gardening. Over a 30 year period he has also become self taught in garden power tool maintenance.How to Connect Up a HoseThis guide shows you what fittings you need to connect up your garden hose to an indoor or garden tap and also how to attach it to spray nozzles, sprinklers, pressure washers and coiled hoses.

The 10 Easiest Plants to Grow for Beginners
The 10 Easiest Plants to Grow for Beginners

Kenna writes about the care of plants, both indoors and out. She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops. You Don& 39;t Need Green ThumbsLive plants are a great, quick, inexpensive way to liven up any room, from your office to your bathroom. And contrary to popular belief, there are quite a few houseplants out there that are easy to grow, even for people who don& 39;t think they have green thumbs.

How to Make Your Air Conditioner or Heat Pump More Efficient
How to Make Your Air Conditioner or Heat Pump More Efficient

Dan has been in the HVAC industry for 23 years with experience ranging from installation and service to sales and distribution.Air Conditioning Efficiency Isn& 39;t a Promise, It& 39;s a PotentialMany homeowners (and even some HVAC contractors) don& 39;t truly understand HVAC equipment efficiency ratings.

How to Replace a Bathtub
How to Replace a Bathtub

Dan has been a homeowner for some 40 years and has nearly always done his own repair and improvement tasks. He is a licensed electrician. Can I Replace My Own Bathtub?Removing and installing a new tub can be a daunting task for most homeowners, but it is quite possible if you are willing to stretch your limits a little and spend some time doing it.

How to Grow Arugula
How to Grow Arugula

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. It’s no secret that I love spicy food. Even my salads have to be spicy with radishes and arugula added in. Not long ago, I was introduced to wasabi arugula. It tasted exactly like wasabi—that green paste that often accompanies Japanese dishes.