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  1. How can I prepare my deck for the warm season?

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    An outdoor deck provides great comfort and luxury for spring and summer outdoor entertaining. But, even the most well-constructed deck needs to be well-maintained and inspected every so often. Wood decks require the most maintenance, but even composite decks need to be checked. Follow these steps to ensure a safe deck season for your family.

    INSPECT YOUR DECK

    At least once per year, conduct your own inspection of the deck to identify ...
  2. How should I prepare my irrigation system for the season?

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    If you've installed an automatic irrigation system in your lawn, you already know you've made a significant investment in your lawn's health. Protect that investment by taking the proper steps to turning it on for the first time in the season. Irrigation systems involve many small moving parts and a constant water flow, and these elements require frequent maintenance. You should perform an inspection at least twice a year when you start up for spring and when ...
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    Garden, Landscaping
  3. Your official spring home walkthrough

    With the change of seasons, it's time to open your windows and let that fresh spring breeze flow through your home. But it's also time to inspect your property for damage, maintenance issues and potential improvements.

    If you conduct a thorough home walkthrough, your spring tests and inspections will fly by and you'll be on to enjoying the weather in no time.

    - Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're working properly, and swap out old batteries ...
  4. How can I prepare my lawn for spring and summer?

    When you plan for spring lawn maintenance, don't overlook aeration and dethatching. These two seemingly unglamorous, unexciting processes can play a big role in maintaining a healthy, bright lawn through the summer.

    AERATION IMPROVES NUTRIENT ACCESS

    Soil tends to compact over time, and this hinders the passage of air, water and nutrients to your grass roots. Aerating a lawn involves creating deep, slender holes that create a pathway for water and nutrients to reach hungry ...
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    Garden, Landscaping
  5. How can I save water around the house?

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ID:	11159Water is one of the most important utilities in the home, and one of the easiest to overuse. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average home loses 10,000 gallons per year to leaks. The EPA has declared March 18-24 as Fix a Leak Week, but you can improve your home's water usage any time.

    Follow these tips to conserve water around the house and save money while doing your part to use water wisely.

    Update your appliances: Older appliances ...
  6. Spring cleaning checklist: Hire it out or DIY?

    If you're like most homeowners, your home maintenance to-do list is longest during the spring. Over the course of a few short weeks, you need to clean house, get organized and tend to any essential maintenance issues that resulted from winter's harsh weather.

    Chances are, you can't get to everything on the list yourself, which is where the pros come in. But which projects should you hire out and which should you tackle yourself?

    HIRE IT OUT

    DEEP CLEAN CARPETS ...
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