Gardening~Fall Cleanup

You and your fall garden benefit when you give your plants the same TLC in the fall as you do in the spring and summer.  Wildlife will find food and shelter, weeds will be easier to control, and plant diseases as well as pests will no longer drive you crazy.~Remove all rotten fruit from the ground around trees-infestations last through winter.~ Mulch to maintain soil quality, using weeds(but not … [Read more...]

Spring cleanup tips

 Here are some tips to conquer cleanup projects.  * Wash the blinds - Metal blinds can be removed from the window and taken outside for washing. Use a scouring brush with a mild cleaner and some water to loosen dirt. Hang the blinds on a slanted surface and hose down with the garden hose to clean off the dirt.  * Clean the windows - Use water and dish soap and a sponge to wipe the inside and … [Read more...]

Thinking of Upgrading Your Kitchen? Ideas for less than $2000

Remodeling a kitchen is still one of the best value-enhancing investments you can make in your home. Remodeling Magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report says that even minor kitchen remodels return more than 72 percent of your investment at the time of resale. Yet the cost of even a “minor remodel” doesn’t look that minor – $19,588 on average, according to the report. What if you don’t have … [Read more...]

Keep Your Cottage Safe For The Winter. Tips To Secure Your Property.

As summer winds down, and cottage season comes to an end, many people return to their homes with hopes that their cottage is safe and secure during the winter months. Many break and enters are committed as a crime of opportunity and often, criminals see a vacant cottage as an easy target. Listed below are some helpful tips to prevent your cottage from becoming a target of a crime. • Remove all … [Read more...]

Renting? How to Save for a Home

As a renter, with each rent cheque, you may become increasingly anxious for homeownership and the day when these regular payments go towards your own mortgage instead of your landlord’s pocket. When you’re ready, homeownership can make a lot of sense, allowing you to start building equity each month.   So, where do you start? If you’re serious about home ownership, make a plan and commit to a … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Grass Green Using Less Water

Watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, filling swimming pools and with periods of low rainfall – in the summertime our water use can double. So how can you keep your lawn green and use less water as the title suggests?  By using a few simple tips, your lawn and garden can cope with dry conditions and you can minimize water wastage. Many people tend to over water which results in significant … [Read more...]