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May 28, 2015

Summer is approaching rapidly and with it comes various challenges to ensure the upkeep of your home is well taken care of.  This summer, keep your indoor spaces taken care of with Rite Rug. However, the indoor area of your home is not the only place you need to maintain upkeep for. The outdoor area can get messy in these hot months by excessive grass and plant growth. This sometimes comes with a fair amount of landscaping challenges. During this hot summer months, keep in mind that outdoor spaces need to be well-maintained with expert weeding, watering and general landscaping. 

Watering Priorities

The stifling heat of mid-summer can easily kill off plants that aren't watered correctly, and can burn plants that are watered during the wrong time of day. Reviewing the plants in your yard can help you prioritize which plants need water more urgently, which is especially helpful if the season turns out to be extra dry or hot. Plants that generally need the most water are:

• Trees, shrubs and perennial plants that were planted recently.

• Flowers, especially perennials.

• Plants that are showing signs of drying out like: yellowing leaves, curling or wilting foliage, slow growth, early dropping of blooms, and stems that are bending or losing strength.

It is also helpful to know the best times to water plants. Most plants will require watering in the early morning or whenever they're exposed to shade. The sun is strongest during mid-day and if plants are watered during this time, the water sitting on leaves may cause them to burn. In order to prevent this, water before noon or use a watering can to deliver water to the roots instead of all over the plant. 

Keep an Eye on Vegetation

Plants grow rapidly in the spring and summer, which leads to a lot of excess vegetation and weed problems. Vegetation that is left to accumulate will become a harbor for bugs and household pests, in addition to killing off wanted plant species, so be sure to keep overgrowth maintained. Keep bushes trimmed back regularly so they don't collect too much moisture. Tear away any vines that are growing on the exterior of the home. Vines grow rapidly and can quickly eat away at cracks between bricks and supporting structures. If you want to plant vines, give them a garden trellis to climb instead. Aside from keeping on top of weeds and overgrowth, be sure to eliminate any standing water in your yard. Old buckets and any other kind of pooling water are favored breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so get rid of this around your yard to help fight off bugs. 

Pay Extra Attention to Flowers

Flowers are beautiful and delicate, but it also means they're fragile and need a little extra care. Flowers that are sensitive to heat will struggle during the extreme temperatures of mid-summer. They can't be transplanted during summer either, so make sure you plan your flower bed accordingly. If flowers have already been planted and are showing signs of heat damage, consider planting a shrub which will provide shade, or take other steps to shade them for part of the day. Mulching around the base of your plants is a great way to lock moisture into the soil and fight off weeds. Also, keep in mind that flowering plants can be deadheaded once their first blooms die to encourage another bloom. 

By following this basic advice, your yard is sure to flourish when summer rolls around. When it comes to maintaining the inside of your home, contact Rite Rug for all of your flooring needs. 

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Summer is approaching rapidly and with it comes various challenges to ensure the upkeep of your home is well taken care of.  This summer, keep your indoor spaces taken care of with Rite Rug. However, the indoor area of your home is not the only place you need to maintain upkeep for. The outdoor area can get messy in these hot months by excessive grass and plant growth. This sometimes comes with a fair amount of landscaping challenges. During this hot summer months, keep in mind that outdoor spaces need to be well-maintained with expert weeding, watering and general landscaping. 

Watering Priorities

The stifling heat of mid-summer can easily kill off plants that aren't watered correctly, and can burn plants that are watered during the wrong time of day. Reviewing the plants in your yard can help you prioritize which plants need water more urgently, which is especially helpful if the season turns out to be extra dry or hot. Plants that generally need the most water are:

• Trees, shrubs and perennial plants that were planted recently.

• Flowers, especially perennials.

• Plants that are showing signs of drying out like: yellowing leaves, curling or wilting foliage, slow growth, early dropping of blooms, and stems that are bending or losing strength.

It is also helpful to know the best times to water plants. Most plants will require watering in the early morning or whenever they're exposed to shade. The sun is strongest during mid-day and if plants are watered during this time, the water sitting on leaves may cause them to burn. In order to prevent this, water before noon or use a watering can to deliver water to the roots instead of all over the plant. 

Keep an Eye on Vegetation

Plants grow rapidly in the spring and summer, which leads to a lot of excess vegetation and weed problems. Vegetation that is left to accumulate will become a harbor for bugs and household pests, in addition to killing off wanted plant species, so be sure to keep overgrowth maintained. Keep bushes trimmed back regularly so they don't collect too much moisture. Tear away any vines that are growing on the exterior of the home. Vines grow rapidly and can quickly eat away at cracks between bricks and supporting structures. If you want to plant vines, give them a garden trellis to climb instead. Aside from keeping on top of weeds and overgrowth, be sure to eliminate any standing water in your yard. Old buckets and any other kind of pooling water are favored breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so get rid of this around your yard to help fight off bugs. 

Pay Extra Attention to Flowers

Flowers are beautiful and delicate, but it also means they're fragile and need a little extra care. Flowers that are sensitive to heat will struggle during the extreme temperatures of mid-summer. They can't be transplanted during summer either, so make sure you plan your flower bed accordingly. If flowers have already been planted and are showing signs of heat damage, consider planting a shrub which will provide shade, or take other steps to shade them for part of the day. Mulching around the base of your plants is a great way to lock moisture into the soil and fight off weeds. Also, keep in mind that flowering plants can be deadheaded once their first blooms die to encourage another bloom. 

By following this basic advice, your yard is sure to flourish when summer rolls around. When it comes to maintaining the inside of your home, contact Rite Rug for all of your flooring needs. 

 

May 21, 2015

Congratulations on your new home! You probably have a lot to think about with moving, unpacking and decorating. Most likely, the last thing you're thinking about is what types of tools you should have around the home. However, stocking up on these homeowner essentials now can avoid a lot of inconvenience in the long run, as well as help you in the settling in process. Consider this helpful checklist of tools every homeowner needs to make life a little bit easier.

1. A Ladder
From changing out-of-reach light bulbs to cleaning gutters, you won't get far without a ladder. A ladder is one of the first things every homeowner should purchase. If space is an issue, new telescoping ladders are easy to fold up and store away neatly. 

2. A Cordless Drill
There is nothing more necessary to a homeowner's tool belt than a drill. Drills are used in almost every home project you can imagine. Invest in a 14 or 18 colt cordless drill with lithium batteries so you don't have to worry about lugging around hardware or running out of batteries. Be sure the drill is reversible as well, so you can remove screws as easily as you insert them.

3. A Screwdriver Set
A diversified set of screwdrivers is a necessary addition to any homeowner's tools. Most sets come with a variety of head sizes for both Phillips and flat head screwdrivers. There will come a time when you'll need that extra small flat head. Many screwdriver sets come with magnetic and interchangeable tips as well, which makes it easier to find and switch the size you're looking for quickly.

4. Hammer
You're not going to make much progress in a home repair project without a hammer. Invest in a nicely weighted 16 oz. hammer and make sure to get the claw back variety. The claw backside is useful for pulling out nails, prying open boards, and pulling up carpet, among other things.

5. Tape Measure & Level
A tape measure and level should go hand-in-hand when it comes to necessities for your tool box. After all, you not only need to know where to hang the shelf, you also need to make sure it's straight, right? Locking 25-foot measures are inexpensive and versatile. There are also a few options that support longer lengths on their own which makes tackling a project solo much easier. When shopping for a level, look for one about 3 feet long with a smooth edge that doubles as a ruler.

6. A Wrench & Pliers
An adjustable wrench is another homeowner essential. A good wrench should be easy to adjust and should hold the setting easily. Likewise, a pair of locking pliers will help you get a hold of smaller things the wrench can't grip.

7. Duct Tape
Every tool box on earth should contain a roll of duct tape. The most versatile and widely used "tool" in the world, duct tape can be used for patching holes, adding support to something, holding things together--just about anything, really. At some point in your life as a homeowner, you will probably find a use for duct tape that you didn't even know was possible.

We hope these tips and tricks will help you settle into your new home. If you're searching for new flooring in your new home, contact Rite Rug Flooring today. 

 

 

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Congratulations on your new home! You probably have a lot to think about with moving, unpacking and decorating. Most likely, the last thing you're thinking about is what types of tools you should have around the home. However, stocking up on these homeowner essentials now can avoid a lot of inconvenience in the long run, as well as help you in the settling in process. Consider this helpful checklist of tools every homeowner needs to make life a little bit easier.

1. A Ladder
From changing out-of-reach light bulbs to cleaning gutters, you won't get far without a ladder. A ladder is one of the first things every homeowner should purchase. If space is an issue, new telescoping ladders are easy to fold up and store away neatly. 

2. A Cordless Drill
There is nothing more necessary to a homeowner's tool belt than a drill. Drills are used in almost every home project you can imagine. Invest in a 14 or 18 colt cordless drill with lithium batteries so you don't have to worry about lugging around hardware or running out of batteries. Be sure the drill is reversible as well, so you can remove screws as easily as you insert them.

3. A Screwdriver Set
A diversified set of screwdrivers is a necessary addition to any homeowner's tools. Most sets come with a variety of head sizes for both Phillips and flat head screwdrivers. There will come a time when you'll need that extra small flat head. Many screwdriver sets come with magnetic and interchangeable tips as well, which makes it easier to find and switch the size you're looking for quickly.

4. Hammer
You're not going to make much progress in a home repair project without a hammer. Invest in a nicely weighted 16 oz. hammer and make sure to get the claw back variety. The claw backside is useful for pulling out nails, prying open boards, and pulling up carpet, among other things.

5. Tape Measure & Level
A tape measure and level should go hand-in-hand when it comes to necessities for your tool box. After all, you not only need to know where to hang the shelf, you also need to make sure it's straight, right? Locking 25-foot measures are inexpensive and versatile. There are also a few options that support longer lengths on their own which makes tackling a project solo much easier. When shopping for a level, look for one about 3 feet long with a smooth edge that doubles as a ruler.

6. A Wrench & Pliers
An adjustable wrench is another homeowner essential. A good wrench should be easy to adjust and should hold the setting easily. Likewise, a pair of locking pliers will help you get a hold of smaller things the wrench can't grip.

7. Duct Tape
Every tool box on earth should contain a roll of duct tape. The most versatile and widely used "tool" in the world, duct tape can be used for patching holes, adding support to something, holding things together--just about anything, really. At some point in your life as a homeowner, you will probably find a use for duct tape that you didn't even know was possible.

We hope these tips and tricks will help you settle into your new home. If you're searching for new flooring in your new home, contact Rite Rug Flooring today. 

 

 

 

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