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Super Simple Ideas for People Who Don’t Like Yard Work

Who has time to prep for a patio party when you can’t even keep up with the regular stuff? Shouldn’t you get to kick back on your lawn, too? Yes, you should. It’s just a matter of designing your landscape so it requires less attention from you. Here are a few strategies to help:

 

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Grass doesn’t grow on rocks. Besides stating the obvious, what that really means is that they’re the perfect, versatile tool for creating a low-maintenance outdoor space. Use them to create walkways, or group them together to form decorative outcroppings.

Switch to Tall Grass That Never Needs Mowing

Not all grass is created equal. Tall grasses, like switchgrass, bluestem, muhly, and fountaingrass, all grow fast and require very little TLC. Nor do they ever get mowed.
How to use tall grasses:
-Group along a fence line.
-Group into geometric patterns in your yard for a clean look.
-Go more random for a more natural look.

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Plant Your Own Mini Forest if You Get Lots of Rain

Where there are trees there shall be no grass. But there will be shade, and that’s a plus for picnicking and lawn-chair lounging. Consider your local climate, as soaking up water can be good or bad. Do you need to sop up excess water? Is the yard already too dry? Keep in mind that native trees are less maintenance because they’re adapted to your area.

For more creative ideas, click here.

Source: Houselogic.com

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8 Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Home Cleaner Longer

It’s spring cleaning time again…Do you know some of these tricks to keep your home cleaner for a longer time? Read more.

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Our latest newsletter

Check out March’s e-newsletter here and find out how you can enter into next month’s $25 gift card drawing!

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Atlanta Braves may be coming to North Port

For all of you Braves fans out there, it looks like Southwest Florida may be the new spring training home for Atlanta in 2019. North Port, only about 20 minutes away from Punta Gorda, will be building a new stadium if negotiations go well.

Read more here.

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December’s Newsletter

Be sure to check out our December newsletter to see all that’s happening in Punta Gorda! Click here to view. Also, remember to like our Facebook page here and you will automatically be entered into our American Express gift card drawing for January.

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Do You Know About This Free City Service?

Away From Home

If you are away from your home for an extended time, the Punta Gorda Police Department can conduct periodic home checks and notify you of any concerns or problems that arise. The primary purpose of the Away from Home Program is to offer vacationing, seasonal, and year-round residents the reassurance that if a problem exists at their property such as suspicious activity, utility emergencies, or other emergency conditions, the resident or their designated key holder can be contacted. Find out more here.

 

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November Newsletter

Congrats to Kristin Burkey, the winner of November’s Facebook drawing! Take a look at our e-newsletter here to see how to be added to next month’s gift card drawing.

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Our October Newsletter

Congrats to Laquanda Dixon, winner of this month’s gift card drawing! Check out our newsletter here to see how to enter next month’s drawing.

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Fabulous Fall Decorating Ideas

Ok, so it doesn’t get very cold here in Southwest Florida and the leaves don’t change. But that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your home to make it feel more like fall inside! Check out some of these ideas.

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Blooming Pumpkin

Choose your favorite pumpkin and pick up some violas, pansies, red and green leaf lettuce, thyme, and rosemary to decorate. Clean the pumpkin with a Clorox wipe, cut a hole in the top, and scoop out seeds. Line with aluminum foil or a plastic bag, and fill three-quarters full with potting soil and plants. Or to make it even easier, take a trip to Michael’s and buy a plastic pumpkin.

 

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Make Pomanders
Display oranges studded with dried whole cloves for a festive and fragrant addition to your fall decor.

 

 

 

 

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Make Custom Candleholders

Transform mini pumpkins into luminarias by cutting a 1-inch-wide circle into each pumpkin, scooping out the centers with a tablespoon, and inserting votive candles.

 

 

 

For more decorating tips, visit Southern Living.
Source: www.SouthernLiving.com

 

 

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Remodeling Regret: 5 Kitchen Layout Ideas to Avoid

It’s the day you’ve been dreaming of: It’s time to plan your kitchen remodel. Dream big, but make sure you’re not making mistakes that’ll cause you to regret the money you spent and the inconvenience you went through.

What kitchen renovation decisions might you regret? Here are five.

1. Creating a Crowded Kitchen
Your kitchen wish list might be long, but make sure you’re not trying to squeeze too much into the space you have. Installing an island? Make sure it’s surrounded by at least three feet of space on all sides. And make sure you can walk around your dishwasher, even when it’s fully open. If you’re not sure what will push your kitchen over the line from “full” to “stuffed,” the National Kitchen and Bath Association offers detailed measurement guidelines for every imaginable situation, like ensuring 15 inches of landing area around your microwave and refrigerator. The fridge also requires four feet of floor space for the door.

2. Going Overboard with Open Shelving
Yes, it’s popular. And it can look amazing, especially to show off a stunning collection of cookware, and to make your kitchen look unique. But give some serious thought to which shelves should be open. Open shelves for items you use often, such as plates and coffee cups, are a good idea because you use them often so they’ll stay clean. But if you use open shelves to store things you use infrequently, they’ll quickly become dust collectors. You’ll also want to avoid making your lowest cabinets open. They’re harder to clean and tend to fill with dust faster.

3. Getting Overly Luxurious
Major kitchen remodels recoup less than 70% of their value upon sale. (A minor kitchen remodel will receive slightly better returns.) Unless you’re planning on staying in your home for a very long time, and having an über-high-end stove is really important to you, don’t waste your time and money on a splurge. Top-of-the-line appliances and other luxury upgrades just lighten your pocketbook — without adding much value.

4. Forgetting About the Garbage
When “Apartment Therapy” asked its readers for their biggest kitchen design mistakes, there was one unexpectedly common response: forgetting about the trash. There’s little worse — at least in terms of a kitchen remodel — than a gorgeous workspace with no place to discard your garbage. Don’t forget to make room for either a can or compactor in your new kitchen. After all, now’s the time you can design a specific space to hide that ugly plastic box. Whether you stick it under a sink (maybe install a sliding system?) or even custom-cut a hole in your countertop for easy disposal, keep trash in mind when designing a beautiful room.

5. Neglecting to Properly Vent
Cooking dinner for a family of four can release more than a pint of water into the air — and if you’re using a gas range that number doubles (and adds carbon monoxide). Improperly vented, that liquid seeps into your walls, ceiling, and appliances where it can cause problems with mold and mildew. Make sure your ventilation systems are properly installed and lead outdoors, which keeps your kitchen cleaner and helps protect your home’s structural integrity.

The opportunity to reshape your kitchen into the workspace you’ve always dreamt of can be so tempting: Finally, a bigger island with enough room for all your groceries. At last, an upgraded refrigerator. But in your haste to redecorate, don’t forget to think things through — otherwise your fantasy kitchen could turn into your biggest regret.

 

Source: Houselogic.com

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