How to – protect plants from frost and freezes

With the arrival of cooler fall weather, gardeners need to be prepared for the threat of freezing temperatures and frost. If the weather dips below freezing (32° F or 0° C) or gets cold enough for frost to form, there’s a good chance that sensitive plants will be harmed or killed. Here’s what you need ...

How to – rake leaves like a pro

A fall rite of passage for homeowners, raking leaves is as simple as most yardwork comes. Nonetheless, there’s still a smart and a not-so-smart way to do the job. If you’d rather spend less time corralling fallen foliage and more time enjoying the season, here are some tips on how to rake like a pro. 

How to – remove water stains from wood

Insisting on drink coaster use may seem like a fussy obsession – until you find a water stain on one of your prized pieces of wood furniture. Whether from condensation on a drink, a leaky plant pot or a spill, water that isn’t quickly cleaned up can leave a stain on wood. Once fully set, ...

How to – prepare your home for fall and winter

Fall doesn’t officially start until September 22, but it’s not too early to prepare your home for the new season and the winter to follow. Completing these tasks will better protect your home and family, minimize your expenses and help prevent bigger problems down the road. Here are several important ways to prepare your home ...

How to – mop floors the smart way

There’s a smart and a not-so-smart way to tackle even the simplest of chores. This is certainly true when it comes to mopping your floors. Going about the job the wrong way can mean wasted effort, dirtier floors and even damage to your surfaces. Here’s how you can work smarter, not harder, when it comes ...

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