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Lawn_grassNow’s a good time to start reseeding your lawn and fixing any dead or bare patches. Before heading to the store and picking up any old bag of grass seed, there are a few things to consider. Choosing the right type of grass seed makes a big difference in how well your lawn grows.

Tips for Choosing Grass Seed

  • Cool/Warm Season Grasses: Choose according to the area in which you live
  • Use of Lawn: Consider use of the lawn and how much wear and tear it will receive and choose a grass that can handle its use
  • Maintenance: How much time do you have to mow, rake and water the grass? Choose a high or low maintenance type of grass seed accordingly

New Lawn Installation in Central Maine

Image: MichaelPloujnikov

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Choosing the best diecer for your home or business comes down to availability, budget and preferences. Most deicers are pretty easy to find at local hardware stores and lawn and garden centers. Heck, most grocery stores have them in stock during the cold season too.

When it comes to price, some deicers, like those that are organic, are a bit pricier than others and a little harder to find than let’s say sand. Preference boils down to whether or not you want something that’s environmentally friendly or something that you can hear melting the ice as soon as you scatter it on the walk.

Help Choosing a Deicer

Deicers: Choose the Best Deicer for Your Home or Business

Use this helpful guide to learn about different types of deciers and which one’s work best for your home or business.

Natural Alternatives to Using Salt to Deice Sidewalks and Steps

Concerned about the environment and looking for a natural deicer? There are several options available, some easier to find than others depending on the area in which you live.

Does Sand Make a Good De-Icer?

Sand is inexpensive, readily available and a natural deicer. It does require some sweeping up once the snow is gone, but it gets the job done.

Using Cat Litter as a Deicer

Did you know that cat litter can be used as a deicer? When it comes to litter and providing traction, some types of cat litter work better than others.

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If your going to pay someone to perform an energy audit on your home, it’s best to go with a certified energy auditor. Certified auditors are up to date on the best practices for auditing a home and have the means and know how to perform tests including the blower test and thermograph scan, all of which are needed for a thorough and complete audit.

How to Find a Certified Energy Auditor Near You

Energy.gov recommends several reliable ways to find a certified energy auditor near you. Before hiring an auditor, ask for references and make sure they perform the above mentioned tests.

* I did a search for my zip code using the directory. No auditors in my state (Maine) appeared on the list. The closest auditor was in Vermont. However, I went on the Efficiency Maine website and was able to find several certified auditors within 25 miles of my town. (In a nutshell, Efficiency Maine is an independent trust that helps Maine residents use less energy and save money.)

What is a Home Energy Audit?

 

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Fall is a great time of year to plant new trees and shrubs in the landscape. What’s even better, many online retailers and local nurseries run fall sales to reduce their overhead before winter sets in and people forget all about ordering trees, shrubs and seeds until the snow melts come spring. So, buy your transplants now and put them in the ground so they have a healthy start to life.

Choosing a Spot in the Landscape for New Trees and Shrubs

There are a number of things to consider when choosing a spot to plant new trees and shrubs. Always think ahead and picture how your new plantings will look each season and how much they’ll grow. A tender sapling may look nice by the corner of the house now, but what about when its 8, 12 or 15 feet tall?

Appeal: How will they fit into the existing landscape? Is there room for any new trees and shrubs? Think about fall leaves falling into the pool and how your neighbors will react to a fully mature tree blocking the sunlight into their yard.

Room for Growth: How big will they be when fully mature? Make sure to check this information before planting new trees and shrubs, especially when choosing a spot near the foundation. Will the tree’s branches touch the roof? Will your new shrubs block the view and sunlight from any windows?

Soil Conditions: Each type of tree and shrub has it’s own preferences when it comes to soil conditions. Read the planting instructions that come with every seedling and make sure the area you’ve chosen provides the right soil conditions. If not, amend the soil or choose another suitable spot in the landscape.

Sun Conditions: Just like soil conditions, you’ll need to choose a spot in the landscape that provides ample amount of sunlight for your new trees and shrubs to grow. When planting in the fall, account for existing trees in the yard that may block the sun from new ones when in full bloom.

Fall happens to be one of the best times of year to plant new trees and shrubs in the landscape. The soil is still warm and roots have plenty of time to anchor themselves in preparation for the winter to come. Remember, when choosing a spot in the landscape for new trees and shrubs, picture them at the height of their maturity and choose a spot that accommodates their growth and growing conditions.

Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli/Wikimedia Commons

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