Decorating Tip: Child-friendly drawers
For a house with young children, dining-room-storage solutions must be child-friendly and clever enough to keep little hands away. Designer Christopher Grubb recommends using bench storage or a window seat with drawers to keep curiosity at bay.
-- Scripps Howard News Service/ HGTV
Did You Know …
Existing-home sales decreased 2.6 percent in March from February but are 5.2 percent above 2011 numbers. – Realtor.org
Home-selling tip: Professional lawn care
An investment in professional landscaping can go a long way when it comes to luring in potential home buyers. Professionals can suggest elements, like topiary shrubs and flower paths, that will enhance your front yard and make it look its best while on display. Since the front yard is the first thing a buyer sees, it needs to impress. Also, keep lawn decorations, like gnomes, to a minimum.
Going Green: Don’t forget to recycle paint
Many people don't know that latex paint and some oil-based paints are recyclable, and as a result, between 65 and 69 million gallons of paint are improperly disposed, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Do your part, and find a recycling center near you that accepts paint or a paint company that will recycle your paint for you.
Garden Guide: Don't over water
Watering too much can result in shallow plant roots, weed growth, storm water runoff and the possibility of disease and fungus development. Give your lawn a slow, steady watering about once a week. Adjust your watering schedule depending on rainfall, as well as your grass and soil type. Trees and shrubs need longer, less frequent watering than plants with shallower roots.
-- Family Features/ TruGreen
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