Winter-Friendly Landscape Design

If you live in a climate where winter is harsh, designing a landscape that can weather the winter while still looking beautiful in the summer is a challenge. Here are some easier winter-weather landscape-design ideas that will look great no matter the season. 1. Choose plants where winter is the show season. Large evergreen trees are not an option for most city and suburban homes, but you can still enjoy a green landscape when you opt for shrubs that stay green during the winter.

DIY Backyard Patio: What You Need to Know before Your Ready-Mixed Concrete Is Delivered

Backyard concrete patios provide level and sturdy areas for grills and outdoor seating arrangements. Concrete patios can be formed as a DIY project, but you will need to have the concrete delivered. Big projects like patios require a large amount of concrete, which can be delivered by a ready-mixed concrete delivery truck. Before you schedule the delivery of ready-mixed concrete for your new backyard patio, there are a few important things to consider.

The 4 Best Landscaping Designs for Hot Weather Climates

Landscaping in a hot and dry weather climate can be a difficult proposition. However, just because you're designing your landscape in a hot weather climate does not mean that you will be relegated to rocks and cacti. There are plenty of options for those who live in hot, dry climates. Water scarcity is often an issue in these climates, so that is something of which to be acutely aware. In fact, successful landscaping in such climates often revolves around water saving and water reducing strategies.

Beware The Construction Zone! Safe Driving Tips And Advice

Road construction may not seem like the most threatening job in the world, but it can endanger the lives of both workers and drivers on the road. Although it may seem like common knowledge to follow the rules of the road while driving through a construction zone, in 2013, Pennsylvania work zones experienced 1,845 work zone crashes, which resulted in 16 deaths. Fortunately, there are ways you can practice safer driving while passing through a construction zone.

The Fracking And Water Quality Debate: What You Need To Know

Fracking – the term sounds made up, but fracking is a very real and serious issue. Whether you're listening to reports on the evening news or to conversations about fluid control in the local coffee shop, it's likely that you've heard that there is a heated debate surrounding fracking and its effects on water quality. In this article, learn what fracking is, how the practice impacts water quality and what steps can be taken to protect water quality while fracking.

Signs And Sounds Of A Leaky Toilet: Tips For Stemming The Water Flow

One of the most common sources of water leaks in the bathroom is the toilet. If your toilet is running or leaking, you'll need to address it right away. The wasted water can cost you significantly in your monthly water bills, and it could be a sign of more serious plumbing issues. Here's a look at two of the most common issues you can experience with your toilet and what you should do about them.

3 Reasons You Should Consider Signing Up For An Appliance Repair Plan

As you shop for new home appliances, you might almost feel pre-programmed to refuse the extended warranty or appliance repair plan that the salesperson offers to you. Although it might seem like a way to save a few extra bucks, it could end up costing you a lot of time and money down the road. Here are three reasons you should consider signing up for an appliance repair plan, and how it can make your life a little easier.

3 Easy Ways To Conserve Water At Home

Clean water is a luxury that's easy to take for granted. Because you can turn on a tap in our home and get a stream of clean water whenever you want, it's easy to think of it as unlimited, but in reality, water scarcity is a global problem. While it may be less severe in the United States, there are areas that experience drought, or use so much of their freshwater resources that they're constantly on the verge of a drought.

Seven Ways To Ensure A Winterized Roof Over Your Head

If you live in a cold climate, your roof may be exposed to snow and ice during the winter months. Before the cold weather sets in, it's a good idea to winterize your roof to withstand the elements. It's best to begin with a thorough roof inspection. A few measures you can take include replacing curled and broken shingles, unclogging the gutters, pruning overhead tree limbs and preventing critters from nesting.