Garden Pest Control

Gardeners understand the constant battle of dealing with unwanted pests in their garden beds. The key to sustaining a healthy garden is to create equilibrium between a number of predators and prey in your garden. When you create the perfect balance, it will ultimately eliminate the need for chemical pest controls. 

 

Garden Pest Control 101

  1. Spread out your plants. By spreading out your plants, you can help divert pests for making a home in your garden. It becomes difficult for the pests to make themselves comfortable when you place the same plant in different areas of your garden. 
  2. Remain active. Investing in a plant magnifying glass will help you to catch pests quickly. You should check the plant’s buds, shoot tips, and underneath the leaves. At night, you will need to do a quick scan with your flashlight to detect any nocturnal pests (slugs or snails). 
  3. Pull weeds. You will need to consistently pull weeds and keep your eye out for any pests that may have been hiding. 
  4. Know the difference between predator & pests. Predators can feed off of the pests in your garden. It is important to understand the difference to prevent killing the good guys. Become familiar with your predator’s larvae. They sometimes hide underneath leaves and bark mulch during the daytime then come out at night to eat your pests.
  5. Welcome the beneficial insects. Certain insects can be beneficial to your garden. To encourage nectar-feeding insects, offer hibernation sites (plant log pile or flowers).To attract frogs and toads, provide a small pond surrounded by grass. You can also lure birds by providing them with a water and food supply. Birds can be beneficial to a garden because they feed off of insects and caterpillars. 
  6. Plant Mint in Pots. We recommend placing mint into pots because it can overtake your entire garden. Mint can deter pests from your garden plus it tastes delicious! Place your mint plant in an area that gets morning sun and shade in the afternoon. 

 

Pests will always be a problem for gardeners, but these simple steps can help you deal with them a little better. Are there any pest control remedies you live by? We would love to hear about them in the comment section below. 


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Love Your Pets?

Pets are members of the family, so it makes sense that we would also want to accommodate them when installing flooring in our homes.  Our Petguard Plus Installation Service Package will assist you every step of the way to ensure that you are receiving the most appropriate and highest quality materials for your home’s needs. 

 

Our service package starts with a free in-home consultation with one of our professionals to review your specific flooring needs.  Our specialists will measure the areas you want to update and present you with multiple options that will ensure that you and your pet have the safest and most comfortable environment.

 

We also include a hypoallergenic moisture barrier pad because let’s face it, accidents are going to happen.  Whether your furry friend knocks down your drink or doesn’t make it outside to do their business, our barrier pad will prevent any leaks from sinking into the floor cushions.  Simply absorb the stain with a cloth when spills occur.

 

For more stubborn stains, professional cleaning may be necessary.  Our service package offers 1 free hour of spot cleaning good for 18 months from purchase so you can have peace of mind knowing that if a big mess happens, you’ve got this bonus in your back pocket.

 

When you install carpeting with our Petguard Plus Package, there is no additional charge for furniture replacement or removal.  This also extends to standard waterfall installation. 

 

Lastly, when you sign up for this special service offer, you will receive our lifetime installation guarantee. 

 

With all of these benefits, it’s an easy choice.  Pets enrich our lives and love us unconditionally.  Why not show them how much you care by adding the Petguard Plus Service Package to your installation order today?  Never again will you have to worry whether you are making the right choice for them or for you because they will be one and the same.

 

As always, regular upkeep and maintenance will ensure the extended life of your carpeting. Promptly dry spills and vacuum regularly to keep your floors looking like new. Combining these preventative measures with our service package is the best way to make every member of your family happy with their surroundings.

 

 

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Laundry Room Upgrades

Upgrading your current laundry room is an easier task than you may think. With some DIY love and patience, you can add charm and purpose into your once hated room. Depending on your laundry room’s size, you can add as little or as much as you want to into this space. Here are seven things you can add to your laundry room: 

 

1. Ironing Board

An ironing board can save your life when you have last minute ironing emergencies. You can even attach it to the wall to help clear space when it is not in use. 

2. Folding Area

A designated area for folding your clothing is essential for happy laundry room habits. If you do not have extra counter space, try incorporating a side table. You only need just enough room to place your clean clothing on it for folding. 

3. A Sink

A sink can really come in handy when you are doing laundry. From soaking stained clothing to washing your hands, you will not regret installing a sink into this space. Just make sure to purchase a large enough basin for your laundry room.  

4. Shelving System.

Shelves are extremely useful for households that have a lot of family members. They provide useful storage for all your laundry room essentials and you can give each of your family members an assigned shelf.

5. Clothing Rack.

If you are known for doing all your wash in one day, you understand the usefulness of extra clothing racks. Install an upper and lower rack in your laundry room for maximum storage. 

 6. Baskets & Hampers.

Baskets, bins, and hampers are perfect for sorting and assigning a family member their own. Get stylish baskets that match your new laundry room’s style and incorporate them into the design. 

7. Delightful Decor

Finish your laundry room off with beautiful pictures and lighting. Some new paint can really add to the laundry room’s beauty. Try out some fun colors that you are too nervous to try out in other rooms. 

 

If you are interested in upgrading your flooring, we are here to help! We have a knowledgeable staff ready to answer all your questions. Call or visit us for more information.

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Creating a Modern Rustic Interior

If you’re looking for an interior style with modern touches that seamlessly blend with natural elements, consider the Modern Rustic look. Incorporating this look in your home will give you the flexibility to use whatever modern decor you desire against a backdrop of natural colors and materials that will pay homage to the beauty of the outdoors. Using these natural elements throughout your living space will give it flow and provide a welcome and relaxing feeling to you and your guests.

 

When it comes to your color palette, keep it simple. Soft whites, neutral tones, and colors you can see outdoors are all welcome. Leave behind busy patterns and shocking colors. Your space needs to feel soft and clean to really showcase the natural materials you are going to use in the space. Feel free to bring nature itself indoors. Potted plants, a little herb garden above the sink and fresh flowers on your table are all nice touches.

 

When it comes to decor and architecture, think of exposed beams, wide unobstructed windows, reclaimed wood and natural stone elements. If your home has a special feature such as an exposed brick wall, make it a focal point in the room. Resurface the fireplace with a stone or reclaimed wood facade if it doesn’t blend in with your home’s new look. Make sure that windows can give you a wonderful view of your outside scenery while providing an abundance of natural light.

 

Hardwood and natural stone floors are also great features for creating a Modern Rustic look. Use plush textures to add warmth to them. Faux animal hide rugs can add a nice touch. In lieu of a standard fireplace, a wood burning stove would help bring this style to life. Use reclaimed wood for shelving or even a headboard for the master bedroom. A sliding barn door on an iron rail will also draw attention.

 

Whether you want to redo your whole home in this style or simply a room or two, it is guaranteed to create an attractive and comfortable setting for all who enter it. 

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How to Throw an Amazing Party

You always host the best parties. What is your secret? Everyone is always captivated by your amazing grace and elegance while you never look stressed. The truth? You read this article and have no fears when it comes to hosting a celebration. The secret is out and you are ready to share it with all of your friends:

 

1. Have a plan. This seems obvious, but you know as well any host that the most important part is being prepared. 

a. Decide on a theme for the evening. Themes get your guests involved and even give them the opportunity to dress up. 

b. Make a list and check it twice:

    • Guest list. Who will you be inviting this year? 
    • Seating arrangement. Sometimes, a lot of thought needs to go into who will be sitting next to whom. Place an outgoing, talkative friend at each end of the table to keep your guests engaged. 
    • Decorations. Know what decorations you want to buy and keep to a reasonable budget.
    • Menu. Serve appetizers and finger food to keep conservation flowing.
    • Schedule. Make a plan of how you want the night to go, what time you want food to be brought out and what time you want things to begin wrapping up.

2. Clean the house. It is important to clean areas that guests will be and less important to focus on areas that they will not enter during the party. Decipher by making a list of areas you need to clean. For example, be sure to clean the bathrooms, living room, kitchen and dining room. Determine where you are putting guests’ belongings and make sure that room is tidy as well. 

3. Finalize food. Guests usually will have different food preferences from one another. Offering them a buffet of different types of food or appetizers allows them to choose for themselves. They will feel less obligated to take food they do not prefer and food will not go to waste on their plate. 

4. Be interactive. There may be a lull and things may get silent, but that is when you come in and interact. Make sure everyone is doing fine and that conversations are flowing. Introduce people who may have things in common with one another. 

 

Remember that you are the hostess! The party goes well if you feel relaxed and at ease. Do not sweat the small stuff, but be engaged.  


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Give Our Virtual Room Designer a Try!

Are you still in the planning process for your home’s design? Maybe you’re wondering if there is something you’re missing or not visualizing. Let us help you fill in the empty spaces with our Virtual Room Designer. Sometimes when we are so closely invested with a project there may be special ideas and considerations which can be overlooked. Our room designer can help you take a step back and make sure that your are covering all the bases when creating the best possible layout for your home.

 

All you need is a photo of the room or rooms you are working with. Upload the necessary pictures into our software and in about three business days they will be available for use with this free service. We will notify you when they are ready through the email address you provide upon signing into the program. Once you receive our notification, get started on building your dream living space!

 

Since none of the changes are permanent and cost you nothing, play around with different colors and textures within the software. Try styles you would not normally gravitate towards since there is no risk to you. Then you will know for sure whether it is a good idea to move on to other choices. The room designer may go a long way in helping you realize that you like a certain style that would not have been on your radar previous to this process. Allow yourself to try as many new configurations as possible so you will be happy with your final choices.

 

It’s important to save your progress as you go along since this may not be a one day process. You want to be sure you are making the right decision and sleeping on it may help you come to the conclusion that you are doing the right thing for your space.  You want all your data to be there in the morning, so keep that in mind when you are done looking at it for the day.

 

When the process is finished and you have your final product, contact us to get started on your order. By taking this step before you start your project you can feel 100% confident in your choices and purchases. Try our Virtual Room Designer today!

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Essential Elements to a Mudroom

The mudroom is your home’s first line of defense against the dirt and grime from the outdoors. This is a high traffic area that needs to withstand everyday wear and tear while still giving guests a good first impression upon entering your living space. Here are a few tips for keeping this essential area of your home clean and functional.

 

To be sure that you are creating a space that accommodates your needs, think about what happens when you enter the room. A mudroom must be able to handle dirt, moisture, salt, and even mud.  The best materials to handle this type of abuse are LVT, laminate, and tile.  Make sure to keep up with the required maintenance of these floor types!

The first piece that needs to be placed inside is an indoor/outdoor rug.  No matter what kind of footwear your floors encounter, you can protect them from the worst of it with the proper area rug.  Try one with a rubber backing that will prevent leaks onto the floor from melting snow, rain or dripping wet bathing suits.  It will also help absorb easily falling dirt and debris.

 

Be sure to place a shoe tray near the rug so anyone entering the mudroom can remove their footwear before they even step off the carpet.  A durable one made of tough plastic with a surrounding lip will keep messy shoes right where you want them. An umbrella stand nearby is also a good idea to prevent dangerous pools of water from developing in the middle of the floor. 

 

A place to hang up coats, towels and other outerwear is next on your list.  You may have an entryway closet which can immediately solve this issue, but if not, there are a few options for creating a hanging space.  You can install hooks at assorted heights on the wall, mount a tall shelf and attach hooks below it or you can install a coat rack/bench combination. This type of unit will allow you to hang things without damaging your walls and provide you with storage space below or beside the bench area. No matter which method you choose, it will keep everything organized where you and your guests can see it.

 

Finally, be sure you have proper lighting in the room. You and your guests may be coming in from a sunny day or in the dark of night. Be sure you can see what you’re doing to prevent falls from happening.

 

By implementing these tips, you will have the best chance at keeping a clean and functional mudroom. Now come inside and relax!

 

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Designing a Small Bedroom

When selecting the furnishings in a small bedroom, less is definitely more. However, when choosing a bed, compromising on your mattress size is not always an option. When you leave as much floor space available as possible, you can choose to utilize a headboard and leave out the footboard. Both a headboard and footboard can take up a large portion of your floor space. Consider setting your bed up on bed blocks that allow you to store large items under your bed. 

 

Do not quickly assume that a room is too small for two beds. Yes, even a small guest bedroom or the kid’s room can accommodate two beds. In this scenario, you may choose to opt out of the traditional bedside tables. Also, adding wall or ceiling lights can help save you space and are extremely functional for all rooms. 

 

Multifunctional furniture will be your best friend when decorating a small bedroom.  A bookcase can function as a headboard while providing more space to store some of your items. A storage ottoman or bench is a practical option when you are short on space. It can provide stylish seating and concealed storage that creates a neat look. 

 

The colors you choose for your small room can help open up your space. We recommend that you embrace a soft color palette. This will help your space look bigger and helps draw attention to your furniture and decor. If you are looking to add more color, think about incorporating an accent wall in a dark or bold color. 

 

Now that you have plenty of floor space available, you can upgrade your current flooring. If you are looking for coziness, consider looking into plush carpet. This carpet is perfect for sinking your toes into and add an essence of warmth to your space. If you are looking for a clean look, hardwood flooring or luxury vinyl planking provide a classic, stylish option for homeowners. The best part about these flooring options is that they are easy to clean and are available in a variety of colors and textures. 

 

Need help deciding on flooring for your home? Visit our site for more information and guidance in choosing the perfect flooring for your home. We are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 


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BBQ Tips and Tricks

Spring has sprung and barbecue season is in full force. Barbecues are perfect for get-togethers and family dinner nights. Compliment your next barbecue this season with our delicious tips and tricks. 

 

Barbecue Tips & Tricks:

  • Spice it up. Literally, we mean add spices and herbs to your barbecued meals. This is a delicious take on any traditional barbecue meal from vegetable kebabs to grilled chicken. 
    • Pro-tip: Create your own herb brush to delicately marinate your meat and vegetables. The idea of a herb brush is that you are taking your herbs and tying the together to form a brush-like shape. In order to create an herb brush, you will need to take the stems (make sure that they have grown to at least six inches) and tie them together with a twine. The base of your herb brush can be a plant like rosemary, sage, oregano or bay. After you have created your base, you can add in other herbs that are more fragile like mint or cilantro. You will just take your herb brush and dip into your marinade to apply the sauce to your food. 
  • Think of all the possibilities. When you think of barbecues, your mind probably goes straight to the classics like steak, chicken, hot dogs or burgers, but barbecuing does not stop there! Try slicing up some sweet potatoes in a french fry shape and grilling them up or making your own cilantro fajita tacos on the grill. 
  • Go additive-free. If you use charcoal, it is important to buy additive-free lump charcoal rather than regular charcoal. Staying healthy is always important to us and choosing additive-free charcoal can any eliminate potential dangers posed by regular charcoal. 
  • Get saucy. Pairing your barbecued food with a delicious dipping sauce can really set the tone for your meal. Try making a zesty lemon or spicy mango sauce to add a flavorful kick to your next meal. We promise that the sauces you make can really complete your meal with the perfect finishing flavor. 
  • Get jamming. Throw on your favorite music while grilling to amplify your barbecue mood and set the tone for the evening. There is nothing like barbecuing on a warm night while listening to your favorite song, go ahead, just imagine it.

 

When in doubt, cook it out. Barbecuing can be a great stress reliever and guarantees a well-deserved treat at the end. 


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Easy Kitchen Updates

The kitchen: the place where you eat, cook, entertain, laugh, and create. Kitchens are significant rooms in our households because so many things take place there. Updating your kitchen does not need to be an intimidating task. You can update your kitchen with less stress than you might imagine. 

 

What to update:

  1. Paint your cabinets.

Painting your cabinets will change the entire look of your kitchen and it can be inexpensive. 

    • Want to try something different? Paint the cabinet doors one color and the inside of the cabinet another. 
    • After you paint your cabinets, replace its handles/knobs. This will help complete the overall look.
    • If you have ever seen Monica and Rachel’s apartment on “Friends,” you have seen the popular look of removing cabinet doors. This trend has come back full-force. You can easily remove your cabinet doors and create an open feel in your kitchen. 

 

2.    Switch up your lighting. 

There are several energy efficient lights on the market and they tend to be very stylish. Consider changing your room’s lighting and electric bill with this simple update. 

 

3.    Incorporate extra counter space.

If your room allows, think about adding extra counter space. Take a look at your floor plan and determine what would be appropriate for your kitchen.

    • Islands are always a nice feature. You can buy yourself a tall table-like island from the store to keep the costs down.

 

4.     Invest in new flooring.

Bad flooring can be a bit of an eyesore. Updating your flooring will make a world of differences. The best part is that there is a variety of different flooring to choose from. You will never be left unimpressed. 

 

5.    Switch out your sink faucet. 

 

6.    Update your appliances. 

Take time to save your money and eventually update your kitchen’s appliances. Updating your appliances will add the finishing touch to your kitchen. 

 

7.    Change up the decor. 

Now is a great time to buy new decorations for your kitchen. For your decor, you can pull colors used in your cabinets, appliances, etc.  Decorating will be the final and most fun step. 

 

A kitchen can be one of the greatest investments you can make for your home. A kitchen will add value to your house which can be important if you are ever looking to resell. After this, your kitchen will be the talk around town just from these simple updates. Enjoy the updating process and make it your own. 


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