One of the joys of owning your own home is getting to sit back and admire that lovely emerald green stretch of lawn in your front yard. Of course, before you sit back and admire you have to bend over and use a little elbow grease.
Some people work harder than they have to in order to have a beautiful lawn. Grass is pretty tough. If you give it the right growing conditions your grass will defend itself from most weeds and diseases. One of the main mistakes people make is in when and how to water the lawn. Here are some watering tips that will help your lawn be strong and healthy.
DO water every five to six days during the warm season.
DO water early in the morning.
DO set sprinkler water spray close to the ground, not in high arcs.
DO soak the area for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
DON’T water during the heat of the day (you lose ⅓ of the water to evaporation).
DON’T over-water, as you will lose nutrients and encourage rot and disease.
DON’T water too frequently, as it encourages shallow roots and weak grass.
DON’T water at night, as it encourages disease.
1. Fill a screw hole that has become too big for the screw. Stuff the hole with steel wool and re-insert the screw.
2. Make an instant pincushion. Stuff an old sock with steel wool and tie tightly for a pincushion that will keep pins and needles rust free.
3. Repel kitchen pests, by placing steel wool around the pipes under the sink.
1. Remove sticker residue from glass objects.
2. Unstick your fingers after a superglue mishap.
3. Remove marker and ink from appliances, glass, and stainless steel.
1. Revitalize leather shoes and baseball gloves.
2. Clean greasy hands.
3. Repel moles in the yard. Soak a cloth in olive oil and stuff it into the mole hole. Moles hate olive oil!
1. Remove grease stains from the garage floor.
2. Clear a sluggish drain.
3. Loosen a bolt that is rusted on.
4. Remove stubborn stains from the toilet. Pour in the cola and wait one hour before scrubbing.
Save energy and avoid the risk of leaks by replacing your hot water heater. With new technology and tax credits on efficient models, now is the time!
Gas or electric: what’s right for you? If you don’t have an available gas line or propane hook-up, electric might be your only choice. For most homes with natural gas hook-ups, gas models are preferred. You can compare the efficiency of different water heaters at energy.gov.
Tank or tank less? Tank less water heaters promise unlimited hot water on demand and energy savings. Instead of storing a tank full of water that is constantly heated, tank less units only fire up when you run hot water. Cold water passes through a heat ex-changer and is rapidly heated, then piped off to your shower or sink. When the faucet’s turned off, the burner turns off to save energy.
Tank less units aren’t right for every house because they cannot share a vent with your furnace. They require a dedicated vent to the outside of your house. Also, you’ll need to buy the appropriate size for your household. If several people live in your home, you’ll need a high-capacity model which is more costly. However, your long-term energy savings can help offset the up-front cost. Ask a qualified contractor to determine if a tank less unit is right for your home.
What about solar? Solar water heaters come in a variety of designs, but they all use the heat of sun to heat water. Some systems heat water directly, while others use a special liquid to absorb the sun’s heat, which is then transferred to water. If you live in a warm and sunny climate, a solar water heater may be worth looking into. Be sure to ask about tax credits! Water heaters that meet certain efficiency criteria are eligible for a Federal Income Tax Credit. Ask your retailer, or check out http://www.energystar.gov for more information.