Could your home benefit from these small projects?
Your driveway is an important part of your home. It offers passage into your garage, space for parking, and a smooth surface for playing basketball or riding bikes. Your driveway also has aesthetic appeal, as it can enhance (or detract from) your home's appearance.
Home improvements let you personalize your living space, update your mechanical systems, and add to the value of your home. They also increase your home's basis, which is an important factor when eventually sold. Be prepared for tax time and home emergencies by keeping track of your home improvements. When you might need home improvement [...]
Your home is an investment and knowing how to properly maintain it makes good financial sense. By learning how to do your own home improvements, you can save money on repairs and upgrades. You also have more control over your home projects and will be better prepared to hire professionals for the jobs that are [...]
When it comes time to sell you’ll want your bathrooms to be a show place.
Replacing home appliances is expensive. And while nothing lasts forever, there are some steps you can take to extend the life of your appliances. Not only will they last longer, you are likely to avoid costly repairs along the way. Refrigerators Refrigerators will last about 13 years. One of the best ways to extend the [...]
There’s no denying that a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. Fresh color can increase your home’s value and greatly improve its curb appeal.
You can also use a leaf vacuum to collect mulch leaves. If you don’t want to use them on your lawn, consider spreading them thinly over your garden and around trees. For best results, and to prevent blowing, turn the top soil once with the leaves.
Leave make an excellent addition to your compost. You can add whole leaves, but again shredded best. Mulched leaves we decompose more quickly.
As mentioned above, many towns and municipalities have ordinances specific to disposing of leaves, so check with your town hall first. Also, many communities have banned yard waste disposal at local landfills, so be sure to check before you load up your car.
If you have trash pick up before you rake and bag leaves, find out what kind of bags you should use. Larger paper bags made from recycled paper are available at your hardware store and are biodegradable. If you’re lucky and your town deploys a vacuum truck, your task may be as simple as raking piled leaves along the curb for easy pick up.
Taking a little extra time to reuse leaves as opposed to disposing of them at the dump or local landfill is both more efficient and environmentally friendly.