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4 Fun Ideas For Turning Your Patio Into An Outdoor Room

If you are getting your patio ready for summer entertaining, why not take some time to turn it into an outdoor room? When you add a patio cover or roof over your patio, it becomes quite easy to transition from boring patio to outdoor oasis in a matter of hours. Here are some ideas you may want to consider: Island Hideaway One great way to enhance your patio is to turn it into a tropical hideaway in your own yard.

Window Treatment Solutions For Tricky Spaces

Not all windows are conventional double-sash panes, and there may be some challenges when looking for window treatments for these features. Try some of the following tips to install treatments that not only are fully-functioning, allowing you to control the light that comes into the space, but also that have a polished and cohesive appearance with the rest of your home's windows: Casement windows Casement windows resemble traditional windows with one exception: the cranking mechanism typically located at the bottom of each pane.

Tips For Attracting Birds And Butterflies To Your Property

If you enjoy watching birds and butterflies in your garden, there are some ways to lure them to visit your property. Depending on the time of year and types of birds in the region, you can bring more flying friends to your home with the right type of seed, and a warm welcome. Butterflies bring a beautiful spot of color to your property, and can be very relaxing to watch. Some tips for bringing birds and butterflies to your yard are:

The Benefits Of Paying For Professional Landscape Maintenance

Whether you have worked really hard to create the perfectly landscaped yard or you had someone do it for you, it is probably safe to say that you would like to keep it that way. To help you achieve that goal, you might want to look into professional landscape maintenance. This is a service that provides much more than just grass cutting so make sure that you are learning about the various benefits of such services.

Planning For Better Furnace Performance And Efficiency During Winter

Keeping your furnace well maintained and at peak performance is crucial to reducing your heating costs this winter. The furnace system that keeps your home warm can consume a huge amount of energy, even close to about 70 percent of your home's energy consumption during colder months, so it is important to tune it up so as to ease up its energy consumption as much as possible. Here are a few tips that can help you plan for better furnace efficiency this winter.

4 Things You Need To Maintain To Avoid Unnecessary Refrigerator Damage

A refrigerator break-down can be an instant emergency, resulting in a scramble to save the expensive food it was storing. You can avoid some repairs by developing good maintenance habits. Preventing a problem or spotting an issue early helps avoid food loss and it can reduce your fridge's energy usage. #1: The Condenser Coils Regularly cleaning the condenser coils is one of the most important maintenance chores to extend the life of your refrigerator and to save energy.

Don't Let Burdock Dock In Your Yard: Tips For Eliminating This Invasive Plant

Burdock, though commonly confused with rhubarb, is an invasive plant that can take over your yard, suffocate your landscape and release thousands of seeds every year. The seeds are contained in small burrs that can stick to clothing and animal hair, irritating skin. It grows best in areas that are nitrogen-rich and moist. If you suspect that you have burdock in your yard, it's important to confirm its presence first, then be aggressive about eliminating it.

Water With Wow: Using Sprinklers In Your Landscaping

Forget the old fashioned sprinklers that spray water from side to side in a monotonous fashion, and ignore the fancy sprinklers that pop up out of the ground at times intervals to squirt out water and then disappear. Instead think about watering in terms of sprinklers that add visual appeal and interest to your lawn. Here are some ways sprinklers can double as a water feature in your yard.  Flowing Fountains

How To Prevent Your Trained Cat From Scratching Your Brand New Furniture

Your trained cat probably already knows to stay away from your existing furniture, but new pieces of furniture are vulnerable to your cat's claws until you can train him or her to stay away. These tips will help you protect your new sofa or ottoman, or whatever piece of furniture you've recently purchased. Cover the Furniture with Something Undesirable   You probably already own a scratching post or two to keep your cat away from your old furniture, but when your new furniture is brought home, your cat may think your new furniture is a new scratching post.