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  1. How can I maintain my pool this summer?

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ID:	11195Before you get to splashing around and enjoying your in-ground pool this summer, ensure your family's safety and your pool's long life by engaging in proper preparation.

    Then, pay attention to pool care to keep your water clean and fresh.

    OPENING THE POOL FOR THE SUMMER

    The first time you open the pool, take great care to get the season off to a good start.

    First, remove water and debris from your pool cover. Use a ...
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    Patio and Outdoor
  2. What kind of maintenance does my hardscape require?

    It's easy to think of stone hardscaping as needing little or no maintenance. Patio stones, pavers, retaining walls and sidewalks are made of stout material that seems indestructible compared to wood, dirt and plants. But, the elements still take their toll on your hardscape, and this stonework will deteriorate without proper care.

    The good news is hardscaping maintenance isn't difficult. Follow these steps to ensure many years of enjoyment from your outdoor stone.

    REGULARLY ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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
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