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  • Fresh Fall Produce to Enjoy

    Sep 15, 2022

    As hot, humid days give way to cool fall temperatures, it is prime time to enjoy a new bounty of fresh vegetables. Homeowners may be ready to pick the vegetables they have been growing the past several months. While many home vegetable gardeners focus on early spring plantings that yield the tomatoes, cucumbers and squashes of summer, they also should consider summertime sowing that will yield tasty offerings throughout fall. Some of these cooler-weather stock can be harvested just before frost sets in. Individuals ready to bite in to produce...

  • Kitchen Essentials For People Just Starting Out

    Sep 15, 2022

    The day a young person moves into his or her first apartment or home is a momentous occasion. Few things evoke a sense of accomplishment and independence as much as having your own place. Upon moving into a first home or apartment, young people soon realize just how many items they need to make a home feel like home. Furnishings like a bed and couch are a necessity, but young people also will need some kitchen essentials so they can prepare some simple meals on their own. As young people expand...

  • How to Furnish Your Dining Room

    Sep 15, 2022

    Modern homes look a bit different than those of generations past. Rather than several small rooms divided by walls, modern homes offer open-concept floor plans. That means the boundaries between spaces are not so defined, allowing rooms and activities to blend into one another. Formal dining rooms may or may not be part of the current home layout with regard to new construction. Many homeowners now gravitate toward kitchens with adjacent breakfast nooks that utilize large islands with stool seat...

  • Invasion of the Fall Armyworms

    Sep 15, 2022

    Have you started noticing an outbreak of worms or moths in your lawn? It's the time of year to be mindful and observant of different pests and insects. Some species of worms or caterpillars can cause detrimental damage to your lawn and garden while others aren't as harmful. It's also important to be able to identify which types of insects are invading your yard so that you're aware of the level of damage they may cause. What are fall armyworms? The fall armyworm is a caterpillar that comes from...

  • Spotting Mold In Your Home

    Sep 15, 2022

    Homes are safe havens and relaxing spaces for their residents. No one wants to imagine the place they call home putting their health in jeopardy, but that’s precisely the case for people who live in homes where mold is present. The United States Environmental Protection Agency notes that molds are not usually a problem indoors. However, when they are, molds produce allergens, irritants and potentially toxic substances. Molds can become problematic when spores land on wet or damp surfaces and begin growing. If inhaled, those spores can cause a...

  • Approaching a Basement Remodel

    Sep 15, 2022

    A fully finished and functional basement is a dream for many homeowners. Such a space, when completed, can serve as an entertainment space, a man cave, an artist's studio, or any number of additional functions. Despite their usefulness, finished basements are something of a rarity. In an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Construction, the National Association of Home Builders® found that only around 24 percent of single-family homes built in 2018 have basements....

  • Features to Focus on for Your Entertainment Room

    Sep 15, 2022

    It might not take a home theater to enjoy the big game with friends or fire up family movie night, but a spacious entertainment room can certainly enhance such experiences. That’s especially true when homeowners give considerable thought to designing entertainment rooms. Film buffs and sports fans may have different notions of the ideal entertainment room, but the following are three design features that merit consideration by all looking to upgrade their entertainment spaces. 1. Screen It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer abundance of opt...

  • Maintenance Tips to Keep In Mind for Your Lawn

    Sep 15, 2022

    1. Reduce Mowing for Deeper Roots It’s actually recommended that you mow your lawn a lot less during the fall months. For cool season lawns like bluegrass and fescue, a mowing height between 2.5–3.5 inches during the fall is ideal. This mowing height will also help prevent snow mold in snow prone regions. However, if it gets too long, it’ll create a mat layer, which is ideal for disease breakouts. 2. Water Less as Temperatures Drop It’s important to water your lawn less as temperatures drop as too much water can lead to disease. Tempera...

  • How to Sharpen Your Lawn Mower Blade Safely

    Sep 15, 2022

    The fall and winter season is the perfect time to take preventative care of your gas-powered lawn mower because you're either approaching the end of the mowing season or approaching the beginning of spring. Preventative maintenance improves the lawn mower's overall lifespan and performance with the goal of saving you time and money come springtime. It also has a huge effect on how well your grass performs. Why You Should Sharpen Your Lawn Mower Blade It turns out that after years of usage, your...

  • Cozy, Comfortable: Cove Businesses Give Homeowners Recommendations

    KATHY MELLOTT, For the Herald|Sep 15, 2022

    Years ago when country decor was the rage, a popular saying was "Home is where you hang your heart." While the adage may be old, the thought remains true, as evidenced by a growing trend to make a home inviting not only for the occasional guest but for those whose hearts hang inside. Industry experts estimate we are spending in excess of $540 billion this year on home improvements across the United States. Floor features That money is paying for massive renovations and square foot additions,...

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