The summer heat has subsided, so now’s the time for tending to household chores. Start by checking the following areas:
– Garden: This is just the right season for planting perennials, trees, and shrubs. Prune non-flowering shrubs and trim back tree limbs near your roof.
– Preparation: Prepare for winter by giving your heating system a tune-up. Also, check caulking and weather-stripping around doors and exterior windows. Clean out gutters and downspouts, and make sure outside water pipes are drained and protected from freezing.
– Garage: Make a clean sweep of the place. Get rid of unused items and organize tools and equipment. Also, remove anything that’s likely to freeze, such as paint.
– Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries if necessary.
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Family Garden 2013
With spring in the air, the time is right to plan your garden. And if you don’t have a garden, maybe you should get one. Landscaping improves the value and appearance of your home, and gardening itself is as rewarding as a home improvement project can get. So, where do you begin?
Fertilize – Spring is the right time to take care of this important chore. Fertilize to prolong the blooming period in outside and inside plants.
Prepare flower beds – Till the soil and remove dead plant material; and that goes for winter mulch too.
Take care of your lawn – Thick lawn growth looks great and also helps control weeds. If it’s thinning, reseed. And get the fertilizer out.
Prune – Prune branches, evergreens and young trees; but prune spring flowering shrubs after they bloom.
Plant seeds and bulbs – Now is a good time for planting perennials, ornamental grasses and annuals.
Tend to your roses – Proper pruning encourages new growth, while feeding them now will help ensure good flowering. Use a rose food with a systemic insecticide to control the bug problem.
Remember houseplants – If you haven’t got enough to do so far, remember to prune and fertilize your houseplants.