March 20 marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. To celebrate the start of a new season and prepare for fresh growth, I plan to spend time outdoors performing early spring maintenance. At the end of winter, it’s common to find dead or damaged branches, piles of fallen leaves, and mud-caked walks and pathways. With a little time and elbow grease, you can clean your yard and optimize spring regrowth.
If you’re looking to expand the square footage of your home, you may be considering an addition over your garage. Building an addition over an existing garage is a cost-effective way to achieve additional living space for much less than it would cost to start from the ground up. A new addition above your garage can also boost your home’s curb appeal and its overall value when you go to sell your home later on. However, before embarking on your project, I recommend that you consider the benefits, drawbacks, and legal requirements of such an addition.
A rusty, dirty, or unkempt mailbox can leave a dismal first impression. With a simple mailbox makeover, you can instantly enhance your home’s curb appeal and flawlessly incorporate your mailbox into your landscaping. From a splash of paint to the application of new house numbers, I found that upgrading a mailbox takes minimal time and effort but can make a significant curbside statement.
A sneeze is an interesting thing. It’s something that everyone does, and almost anywhere you go on Earth, the local culture has a special response reserved just for sneezing. If you want to know how different cultures around the world respond to sneezing you can do one of two things: You can sneeze your way around the world and record the responses, or you can check out this awesome chart and save yourself a lot of time.
Trees, large shrubs, and other plants have the power to help you conserve energy when placed in certain areas around the home. In addition to reducing your energy bills, planting trees around your home can also help fight climate change. I have found trees to be useful all year, providing shade during the summer months and relief from the cold, harsh elements during the winter months. The right landscaping design is key to reaping the benefits of energy conservation from your plants.
Did you know that invisible toxins are likely to be lingering in your living room? Pollution levels are typically two to five times higher inside your home than outside. At any given time, the average home contains mold, pollen, and fumes from harsh chemicals. While most of us do our best to keep our homes clean and tidy, that isn’t always enough. To prevent health hazards, consider other ways that you may be contributing to air pollution in your home and how to fix them.
For some, winter camping means venturing out to their backyard for a night of family fun. For others, a winter camping trip means staying in the wilderness at a state or national park. No matter where you roam, winter camping can be frigid and uncomfortable if you’re not well-prepared. If you’re willing to brave the cold, I suggest planning ahead to make your winter camping trip pleasant and memorable.
Bird-feeding is an easy way to attract native birds to your backyard. Install a bird feeder in a tree, on a fence, or hanging from a pole to attract a variety of bird species. You can also create your own feeding station with objects in and around your home, such as peanut butter smeared on a pine cone. As not all birds eat seeds, it’s important to learn about your local birds and what they prefer to eat.
Increasing the value of your home doesn’t require a full house renovation. There are many simple things you can do to enhance the appearance of your home while capitalizing on its value. Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or simply want to undergo essential upgrades, try out some of these ideas to spruce up your home without breaking the bank.
Incorrect or inconsistent watering is one of the biggest causes of plant death. Maybe you’re watering too much, too little, or at the wrong time of the day. The truth is that many of us don’t really know how much water our plants need, and when they die due to our lack of knowledge, we blame their demise on our black thumbs. By understanding your mistakes, you can avoid common watering errors.