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Benefits and Disadvantages of Swimming Pool Screen Enclosures
Benefits and Disadvantages of Swimming Pool Screen Enclosures

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience. About Screen EnclosuresScreen enclosures are typically made entirely of aluminum material. Lightweight and durable, swimming pool screen enclosures can have many useful benefits. This usually comes down to the individual homeowners& 39; preference since this is not necessarily the best idea for all swimming pools.

HVAC Gadgets & Universal Parts: Tools for Furnace Repair Pros
HVAC Gadgets & Universal Parts: Tools for Furnace Repair Pros

Dan has been in the HVAC industry for 23 years with experience ranging from installation and service to sales and distribution.Preparing for Winter Furnace RepairsThere& 39;s no getting around the fact that winter is on its way. Though we have some time left before the snow flies, now is the time to prepare for the use of our furnaces and the potential breakdowns that come with them.

What Is Vermicomposting?
What Is Vermicomposting?

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Organic gardening is very popular and with it, compost. But multiple, large compost bins are not an option for apartment dwellers or people living in communities with strict HOA rules.

Tips for Removing Old Wallpaper
Tips for Removing Old Wallpaper

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. What& 39;s the Best Way to Remove Wallpaper?Old wallpaper—older than twenty years—is usually made of vinyl with a paper backing, which is more difficult to remove than newer, non-vinyl wallpaper.

How to Care for an Aloe Vera Plant
How to Care for an Aloe Vera Plant

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Aloe Vera is a succulent, meaning that it stores water in the fleshy part of the plant& 39;s leaves and can go long periods between watering. Aloe Vera is fairly pest resistant too, as the spines and tough skin are bothersome and unappetizing to animals.

How to Break Down and Service a Purex-Triton Nautilus FNS DE Filter
How to Break Down and Service a Purex-Triton Nautilus FNS DE Filter

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Servicing DE FiltersIt is recommended that DE filters be dismantled and inspected at least once per year— ideally, every 6 months to prevent DE powder & 34;blow-back.& 34; Blow-back occurs when a filter is back washed, DE is then added, and most, or all of the DE, ends up in the pool rather than coating the grids and staying in the filter.

Stairs and Landing Makeover
Stairs and Landing Makeover

Arthur strives to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden. This article functions as a guide for a stairs and landing makeover. It includes steps and tips for replacing the skirting boards, varnishing, wallpapering, painting, decorating, and other minor DIY tasks.

How to Grow Dahlias for Summer Color
How to Grow Dahlias for Summer Color

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Growing up, my mother grew flowers and my father grew vegetables. The only exception to this division of labor was my father’s dahlias. He loved them, especially the large dinner plate dahlias.

How to Care for the Burning Bush Plant
How to Care for the Burning Bush Plant

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Where to Plant a Burning BushAs the name implies, the “burning bush” has fiery red foliage in the fall after it has been dark green during the spring and summer months. Homeowners often use this shrub as a privacy screen or to help brighten dark spots in the yard.

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Ever-Flamboyant Dahlias
How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Ever-Flamboyant Dahlias

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.Flamboyant, Colorful Dahlias Planting Dahlias: When, Where, and HowWhen - Early spring is the best time to start planting dahlias, but don& 39;t be in a rush if you feel like another cold snap might be coming.

What's the Best Masking Tape for Painting?
What's the Best Masking Tape for Painting?

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Choosing the Right Masking Tape for PaintingUnless you have the skills to cut in a straight line, painter& 39;s tape is essential for not only achieving sharp, crisp lines, but protecting trim or baseboard from paint splatter and paint bleeding when rolling walls.

How to Care for and Harvest Lavender Plants
How to Care for and Harvest Lavender Plants

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. There are three main types of lavender: tall English lavender, Spanish lavender, and French lavender.All lavenders require full sun, prefer well-draining soil, and are winter-hardy in milder climates.

How to Care for Sunflowers & Harvest Seeds
How to Care for Sunflowers & Harvest Seeds

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Although sunflowers are native to the Great Plains of the United States, European settlers took them back to their homeland to grow and cultivate for themselves. In fact, today, sunflowers are a major agricultural crop in Russia, notes Burpee.

Ohio’s Blooming Magnolia Trees
Ohio’s Blooming Magnolia Trees

Teri Silver is a journalist, commercial copywriter, editor, broadcast anchor, and Public Relations Specialist. Magnolias are not only a symbol of America’s southern states—deciduous, evergreen, and semi-evergreen magnolia trees are growing throughout the country. In Ohio, our ever-changing spring weather determines when the most popular magnolia tree species will start to bloom.

Nitrogen-Fixing Plants: How to Grow Your Own Fertilizer
Nitrogen-Fixing Plants: How to Grow Your Own Fertilizer

Amelia has been an avid gardener since childhood and enjoys experimenting with natural and sustainable gardening methods. Nitrogen is essential for plant growth, but as organic gardeners, we don’t just go get some chemical with the right N-K-P numbers, right? We could go buy some compost or steer manure, but while these can be valuable components to get our garden started, there is a more sustainable way to maintain soil fertility.

Polymeric Sand
Polymeric Sand

Polymeric sand is a building material that fills and binds paving joints—spaces between units such as concrete pavers. It is officially described as dry joint sand stabilizer.Online it& 39;s called all sorts of things that revolve around pavers (to know why see History) polymeric sand for pavers, filling gaps between pavers, paver leveling sand, paver locking sand, and the like.

How to Plant and Care for Calla Lilies
How to Plant and Care for Calla Lilies

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Although traditionally thought of as white, calla lilies are available in a variety of colors. The structure we normally associate as the calla lily isn’t really a flower.

Stink Bug Population Increasing in the United States
Stink Bug Population Increasing in the United States

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.Recognized By Their Shield Shape Why Couldn& 39;t We Have More Butterflies?Of all the beautiful things that could be increasing in population—you know...butterflies, hummingbirds, swans—it has to be stink bugs?

How to Grow and Prepare Edamame
How to Grow and Prepare Edamame

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. A friend who was browsing a seed display asked me what edamame was. I explained that they are soy beans and that soy beans are used to make soy milk and tofu. But that explanation is not entirely correct.

How to Plant Pansies in the Garden
How to Plant Pansies in the Garden

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Investing in flowers with a short life is a real drag, but you won’t have that problem with pansies. Better Homes & Gardens notes that these flowers are planted in September and can frequently bloom as late as April or May.