As soon as the first morning frost appears and the first snowflakes start to pile up, many begin looking forward to spring. Images of green leaves, red and orange blossoms, fresh vegetables and herbs help keep the cold winter days manageable as you wait for the ground to thaw so you can start planting. Here’s what you should know:
Is your winter tree maintenance limited to trimming the Christmas tree? If so, you’re missing out on one of the season’s most important home projects. Many homeowners pay little attention to their trees and bushes once colder weather arrives, but seasonal maintenance done during these months can be incredibly beneficial, not only for the plant but for you as well.
Holiday lights and decorations are the symbols of the season. More than 86% of Americans decorate their homes for holiday celebrations. (2013 Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) Survey.) Decorations are beautiful and fun but it is important to be careful and follow these holiday safety tips so that you can enjoy the holidays with your family and not have to worry about anything else!
As it gets hotter out, people are advised to limit their outdoor activities. Unfortunately, that is not always an option, especially for those who work outside. For those that must be outside, knowing the risk factors and knowing how to prevent them is key to keeping yourself protected.
What’s stopping you from gardening today? Do you live in an urban area, have a small yard or is your soil rocky and full of clay? Any of these challenges could make you believe that planting a garden simply isn’t in the plans this year, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
In the midst of the winter we love to think of the summer as this idyllic time when we live barefoot under the sky and everything is perfect and beautiful. Then when the summertime comes, we find ourselves complaining about too much sun, being too hot or bugs – and stay inside in the cool AC to avoid them. The good news is you can create a cool, shady and even bug-free spot for yourself, no matter the size of your outdoor space or your wallet.
While most people think of mosquitoes as just annoying pests, they can do a lot more than just leave an itchy bite! Biting insects, including mosquitoes, can carry many diseases and cause thousands to get sick and possibly die each year. It is important to know how to protect yourself and what you are protecting yourself from to stay safe!
Mulching your yard is a great way to keep your landscape plants healthy. By mulching you are protecting your plants and the bare soil and giving them many advantages over unmulched plants. Learn about the many benefits of mulching, the various types of mulch, how and where to mulch, and even calculate how much mulch you need.