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  1. How should I protect my trees in summer?

    Summer can be a dangerous time for trees. Although they’ve made it through winter snow and spring rains, summer storms can be sudden and harsh, and the wind and rain pose a serious threat to the trees in your yard.

    In particular, a tree that’s already stressed by existing damage is vulnerable. Your best bet against this is a strong defense. Take stock of your trees now and seek out professional help if necessary.

    Checking out your trees

    Perform a self-inspection ...
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    Garden, Landscaping
  2. Paint color mistakes to avoid

    Thinking about painting your home? Make sure you choose your colors carefully!

    It’s a minor job compared to other home renovations, but how you paint your home and plan your wall and trim colors makes a major impact on how you use your space.

    But you can put this to work when designing your painting plan. Your color and finish choices can make a bold statement, so choose wisely.

    Choosing the right properties of color

    Color is the first thing you ...
  3. 6 ways to breathe cleaner in your home

    Whether your concerns are about pollen and allergens, overall indoor air quality or just breathing a little cleaner, consider these tips to clear the air.

    1. Install HVAC upgrades

    Ultraviolet lights, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and filters all offer different ways to strip allergens and impurities from your air. These do come at a premium cost, so talk to an HVAC expert about what’s best for you. If you have an older HVAC system, you can improve air quality just by upgrading ...
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    HVAC
  4. Is a fire pit a good idea for my backyard?

    A fire pit is a perfect addition to your backyard for gatherings after dark. After all, the bright glow and the warm crackling of the fire is the ideal backdrop for a lovely evening’s entertainment. They’ll bring beauty to your outdoor space and perhaps make your home more attractive when it comes time to sell.

    You can build the pit yourself or hire a professional to do the work. A DIY fire pit kit usually costs between $200 and $400. This will include stones or pavers to build the ...
  5. What should I do after a flood?

    Whether it’s caused by a late spring rain, a broken water main or a backup from some other cause entirely, a flood in your house can be destructive and expensive to repair. How you react immediately following a flood is critical. The steps you take in the minutes and hours after the water starts flowing can make a big difference in hassle, cost and personal safety. Here are some steps to take as quickly as possible to minimize the damage, the cost and the headaches.

    1. Shut off your ...
  6. What summer projects should I plan ahead for?

    The warmer months offer the ideal environment for outdoor work! Because of this, many professionals get booked up quickly. Think about these top summer home improvement projects, and call your pro before they get too busy.

    Repair or replace your roof: $350-$1,500 to repair; $5,400-$12,000 to replace

    Many roof repairs are best done during the summer, which may make it hard to find a pro this time of year. Still, if your roof needs fixing, this is the right time to do it. ...
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