Home Improvement

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Oct 05, 2015 .
 
The right tools for the job can be the difference between an interminable landscaping project and one that goes smoothly and efficiently. Aspiring landscapers probably have a few shovels and rakes hanging in their garages and sheds for basic landscaping work. But while such tools are effective for certain projects, when it comes to churning soil for garden beds or digging holes for outdoor structures, additional tools come in handy. It may be well worth a trip to a nearby home center to purchase or rent one of these tools ideal for breaking ground.
 
Rototiller
 
A rototiller, sometimes called just a...
 
Before a winter storm arrives, it’s important for home and business owners to prepare for snow clean-up and ice removal. Police, fire and medical emergercy personnel remind home and business owners that it’s best to get ready before a storm strikes.
 
The days after a storm can be dangerous for people who are trying to get things back to normal and facing extraordinary circumstances.
 
Just a few short years ago, the Greater Toronto Area was ravaged by an unprecedented ice storm which left many homeownners powerless over the holiday season.
 
 
Roger, a local fire official says that far...

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Aug 25, 2015 .
Now is prime time to prep your yard for the next growing season
With cooling temperatures slow aboveground growth, excessive moisture enriches soil and encourages strong root development. Removing spent stems, dead branches, and heavy leaf cover protects plants' overall health.
 
Here's 10 Great Ways to have an elite landscape next spring
 
 
Aerate the Lawn
If rainfall pools on the grass, it's time to aerate compressed soil so water and nutrients can reach the roots. A garden fork can do the job on a small yard, but for larger lawns Roger uses a walk-behind aerator that pulls out 2½-to 3-inch-deep...

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Jul 24, 2015 .
 
With hot, humid sunshine and little rain, preserving your lawn and landscapes becomes a summer necessity.
 
The key to getting your lawn through heat waves is to water effectively. Bluegrass lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week and even more with the heat. Sod roots generally grow about 6 inches deep and need enough irrigation to soak the entire root mass. To determine how deep your current watering program is getting, dig a small hole in the lawn and measure the band of damp soil. If it’s not wet down 6 inches you need to water longer.
 
 
How long is enough? That is going to depend on your...
 
I admit it. It turns out that one of the best home-remodeling projects in terms of return on investment is landscaping.
 
Landscaping projects can have a recovery value of 100-200 percent if done well. The same story reported recovery values of 75-125 percent for a kitchen remodel, 80-120 percent for a bathroom and 20-50 percent for a swimming pool. Simply put, landscaping can significantly affect property values. When done right, it can add significant value to a home. When landscaping is done poorly, or is neglected, it can take away value.
 
But wait! I'm not intending to sell my house any time soon. I...

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Apr 09, 2015 .
 
Proper tools can churn up soil in a short amount of time to make landscaping projects that much easier.
 
The right tools for the job can be the difference between an interminable landscaping project and one that goes smoothly and efficiently. Aspiring landscapers probably have a few shovels and rakes hanging in their garages and sheds for basic landscaping work. But while such tools are effective for certain projects, when it comes to churning soil for garden beds or digging holes for outdoor structures, additional tools come in handy. It may be well worth a trip to a nearby home center to purchase or rent one of...

Posted by in News, Home Improvement on Mar 10, 2015 .
 
Spring fever hits everyone as we finally begin to see some relief from a long, bitterly cold, snow-filled winter.
  
However, despite all the delightful spring days, March can sometimes decide it hasn’t had enough of winter and surprises us with a cold spell just when we think it is safe to plant vegetables for our main-season gardens.
 
Go ahead and plant those tomatoes outside, but keep a protective covering nearby in case of a cold spell. You can use fabric row cover or a cloche. A cloche is a bell-shaped glass covering that you place over your plants to hold in the warmth of the sun and protect against...
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