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Tips to Keep Your Flower Beds Beautiful

Often, the most beautiful part of your outdoor landscaping can be the colorful thriving bed of flowers surrounding your home. But keeping the plants blooming and the beds looking their best takes a lot of time and effort. Some people seem to have it mastered with very little effort, but their secrets involve more than a green thumb.

There are a few tips you can follow that will cut your efforts in half and keep your flower beds looking well-tended and beautiful. The trick is to work smarter and eliminate the things that disrupt the plants and the healthy soil around them. You must eliminate your flower garden saboteurs.

Flower beds

Stop the things that sabotage your flower gardens and watch them thrive.

The Endless Cycle of Weeds

Have you ever planted something and given it the best of soil . . .

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Considering a Roof Replacement: Get the Facts

When it comes to complex jobs like replacing your roof, you need to know the facts before you can make the best choice for your home and your wallet. Roofs are as important as the home’s foundation and you need to educate yourself about what issues require repair and what types of damage require complete replacement of your roof.

According to bobvila.com, when it comes to dealing with roofing issues, the most important decisions for the homeowner should happen before they hire a contractor or start comparing shingle manufacturers.

Can You Simply Repair It?

If you lost a few shingles due to storm damage or tree branches falling on the roof, repair may be an option. The damaged or missing shingles can easily be replaced.

Things to know:

Unless your roof is relatively new or you saved spare shingles after the home’s last roofing, the repair job will probably not match the existing roof.

A repair . . .

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3 Outdoor Chores That Can Be Simplified

Everyone loves a beautiful yard and nicely manicured landscaping, but few of us love the work involved in maintaining it. Yard work can be time consuming and exhausting unless you enlist a few tricks to help you simplify your tasks in a way that provides the most results with the least amount of effort.

Gutter guards can save you time and effort by keeping gutters clean for you.

3 Major Outdoor Chores to Simplify

There are several things you can do to simplify your yard work to-do list and still enjoy beautiful results. The trick is to work smarter, not harder, in a few basic maintenance tasks.

Put Away the Weed Wacker

The need to use a weed wacker, as well as the time and effort it takes, is one of the most common complaints of . . .

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Clogged Gutters Can Lead to Foundation Damage

The key to a strong foundation may be above your head. You may not know it, but your home’s gutter system plays a big role in preventing costly damage to your foundation.

Essentially, the purpose of your gutters is to capture rain and melting snow and keep it flowing away from your home. This protects not just the siding and wooden surfaces from water damage, but also the actual base of your home, your foundation, which can suffer cracks and leakage if exposed to pooled water or improper drainage. Clogged gutters can cost you a lot more than you might think.

Clogged gutters

Rain collected in your gutters needs to flow freely
away from your home and its foundation.

According to homeguides.sfgate.com, continual exposure to water and dampness near or within your dug or slab foundation can cause . . .

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Don’t Let Wasps Keep You From Enjoying Your Outdoor Space

If there is a lot of “buzz” happening around your house this summer, your patio, deck, or your back yard may be the new gathering spot for wasps and stinging insects. This can be very frustrating for any homeowner because it typically will impact your family’s enjoyment of the outdoor living space the home provides.

Nobody wants to be stung and for those who suffer an allergic reaction, it can be dangerous. But, there are things you can do to keep these pests away from your yard, deck and patio areas, leaving these outdoor spaces for your family to enjoy.

Outdoor space

Your patio should be a place of enjoyment:
you shouldn’t have to worry about wasps.

Build It and They Will Come

As soon as a home is built it becomes a target location for wasps and hornets . . .

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Expert Interview with Darian Bobby Of Atlas Home Improvements On Bathroom Renovation Tips

Bathroom renovations

Bathroom renovations are some of the most extensive remodels a homeowner can undertake. As such, it is more important than ever to make sure ahead of time that you know what you want and how to achieve it. Considering the difficulty and the cost of a bathroom renovation, chances are you will be living with your new commode for a while; so it makes sense to ensure you’re going to like the results.

To find out the newest fashions and best remodeling tips, we talked to Atlas Home Improvements’ Darian Bobby. Atlas Home Improvements is bathroom remodeling experts who have a wealth of information and experience to share.

What are some things someone should ask themselves before undertaking a bathroom remodel?

It is important for the homeowner to consider how long they plan to stay in the home. Are they looking for a long-term solution, . . .

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The Island Debate: Does it Really Help a Kitchen Stay Organized?

The kitchen is truly the heart of the home; it’s often where family and friends gather for all sorts of occasions. It’s important to have organized space and still be warm and inviting. Modeling a kitchen to make meal preparation easier is also something to keep in mind.

Is a kitchen island the best choice, or are there other, better options to explore? Read on for some pros and cons of islands so you can make the best decision for your own kitchen.

Kitchen

Pro: Additional Storage

A kitchen island can be designed with drawers and cabinets, which allow for more storage space that can be used to organize special servingware or even dry or canned food. In some kitchens, the addition of an island can almost double storage space while also allowing for easy access of items that would otherwise be . . .

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The Problems Birds Can Cause: Clogged Gutters, Roof Damage & More

Birds may be beautiful, but did you know that they may be damaging your home? As peaceful as it may seem to watch them at the bird feeder, where these creatures decide to nest and spend most of their time may actually be impacting your roof, chimney and gutter system. And if left alone, your feathered friends could cost you a lot in repairs.

Clogged gutters

Each year, birds nesting within gutter and drainage systems

cause a number of unexpected roof repairs for homeowners.

How can these little creatures cause such big damage? There are few reasons birds setting up home in your yard may cause your house some unexpected repairs:

Roof damage: According to birdbarrier.com, birds often build their nests in your rain gutters, drains and corners of your roofs where these drains are found. The presence . . .

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Selling Your Home? Clean Gutters & Other Simple Things That Increase Buyer Interest

If you are selling your home, you may think it looks appealing and that it will sell quickly, but how do you know for sure? Many sellers do not have the cash for major home improvement projects simply to draw in buyers. But the reality is that small repairs can increase curb appeal, which can work wonders in attracting buyer attention.

Clean gutters

Selling can be an exciting time, but not if your home is sending the wrong message to potential buyers. Without proper maintenance and curb appeal your home may be turning buyers off rather than drawing them in. As its owner, you may not have taken stock of your home’s curb appeal. It is simply “home” and you have an emotional attachment to it. It is hard to be objective, but a wise seller puts themselves . . .

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Does Moss on Your Roof Mean You Need a Roof Repair?

A rolling stone may gather no moss, but your roof has no such mobility options — and a buildup of moss on the shingles can drastically reduce your roof’s usable life span. That’s why it makes sense to deal with any moss you see before you have to shell out for a major roof repair. Let’s take a closer look at this “green menace” and how to protect your roof against its effects.

The Problem With Moss

Moss is a seemingly innocent vegetative growth that many people regard as an attractive enhancement to old stone or brick garden walls. Its mass of tiny leaves creates the appearance of a green organic carpet. But this is one carpet your rooftop can most definitely do without. Moss grows not only on shingles but over the spaces between shingles — in fact, it actually favors these spaces because its spores naturally tend to collect there.

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