Gardening Tips and Tricks

It’s never too late to start gardening, and you don’t need much to grow the perfect garden. You only need a few simple elements, some time and a lot of patience. Here’s the basics to help you get started:

  • First, you’ll need quality soil. You can choose to purchase top soil and other helpful components, such as peat moss and compost, or you can till your own soil and add the necessary nutrients to the soil.
  • Second, your plants need water! But remember, don’t over water them. Most plants only need to be watered once or twice a week, and they shouldn’t be soaked in water. To make watering the most efficient, water during the mornings or the evenings – watering in the afternoons can cause the water to evaporate before it has sufficiently watered your plants.
  • Next, your plants need sun to grow. You’ll need to research the needs of the plants you want to grow – some plants need more sun than others. Let these needs determine the location of your garden.

Once you have these simple elements – you’ll need to properly care for your garden in a few ways:

  • Mulch – A layer of mulch will help you keep weeds out of your garden.
  • Weed – You’ll need to weed your garden on a regular basis, it’ll be easier to keep up with the weeds if you do it often.
  • Fertilize – Fertilize your plants often, especially during important stages of development.
  • Research – Find out when the plants you are growing should be planted and other important information.

The most important thing to remember when gardening is be patient! Plants take a long time to grow and you might need a few attempts to get it right. Good luck!

How To: Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

If your hardwood floors are well-cared for they can stay beautiful and last a lifetime. How do you How To: Maintain Your Hardwood Floorskeep them that way?

  1. Prevent Scratches – Use felt pads for the bottom of furniture and rugs in high-traffic areas – but avoid rubber-backed mats, as they can damage the floor. Ask people to remove their shoes inside your home, especially high heels. Keep pets nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching the floor.
  2. Vacuum – Vacuum often to remove dust and dirt, but watch out for spinning brushes on your vacuum that could damage the floor.
  3. Clean the Floors – Clean your floors often, but only use a cleaner specially designated for hardwood floors, particularly for the type of wood you own. Avoid any cleaners with products like oil, wax, ammonia or silicone-based, also avoid water when cleaning the floors, it can dull the finish and permanently damage the floor.
  4. Clean Up Spills – Liquid damage can happen quickly, so clean up any drink or food spills as soon as possible to avoid damage and be sure the area is dry.
  5. Watch Humidity Levels – Moisture damage can also occur from changing levels of humidity during the seasons. Keep levels constant to keep your floor from pulling or warping, either by using a humidifier or an air conditioner, depending on the season.
  6. Sun & UV rays – Sun and UV rays can fade or change the wood’s color over time, so rearrange furniture or rugs periodically to avoid obvious areas of fading.
  7. Flooring changes – Keep an eye out for changes in your flooring – dips and raises in the flooring indicate potentially serious problems that should be dealt with immediately.

If you follow these tips, your hardwood floors should stay beautiful for years, but if your floors aren’t looking their best, give us a call about our hardwood refinishing services today!