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Pool Remodeling Tips To Make The Most Of Your Investment

pool remodeling tips

Spending an afternoon relaxing by the pool, catching up on your favorite book, is a dream for many homeowners. The reality, however, is that maintaining a pool can be a lot of work. Then, there are the repairs to consider. Many homeowners also get to a point where they realize that it may be time for a pool remodel.

Pool Remodeling Tips

There are many reasons to remodel your pool. While some homeowners consider new features to make their pool more enjoyable for their family, others choose to make upgrades to improve a home’s resale value. Whatever the motivation, let’s dive in (pun intended) to the topic with some reasons why you might consider remodeling your pool and simple updates you can do to make the most of your investment. 

Five Reasons to Remodel Your Pool

Sooner or later, every pool needs a renovation of one type or another. Here are some signs … Read Full Post »

How to Get Rid of Weeds Without Killing Grass

How to Get Rid of Weeds Without Killing Grass

How to Get Rid of Weeds Without Killing Grass

It’s spring! The wildflowers are blooming, the warm breezes are calling you out for bike rides and picnics and it’s time to get started on your garden. But when it comes to gardening and lawn care, there’s always one thing you can count on: you’re going to have to deal with weeds. One topic that’s always in season is how to get rid of weeds without killing grass.

While weeds can be annoying, if you make a plan in advance and attack the problem early in the season, you can make less work for yourself overall. Below, we identify some common weeds in the south and what you can do to get rid of them naturally, without harming your lawn or garden plants.

Common Weeds

Many weeds in our gardens spread through airborne seeds or runners and can be difficult to fully eradicate. Some of … Read Full Post »

Is Zika in Orlando?

Is Zika in Orlando

As of early 2017, there were more than 5,100 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the continental United States, including over 1,000 pregnant women who had been infected. Miami, Florida, was the first U.S. location to document local, mosquito-borne transmissions of the virus, making Florida a focal point in the fight against this illness that can have devastating effects for pregnant women and babies born to infected mothers.

Is Zika in Orlando?

While Florida’s mosquito control efforts have been somewhat successful in stopping Zika’s spread—in December 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott even declared South Beach and all other areas of Florida to be Zika-free—the virus still remains a threat in Miami-Dade County, along with other parts of the state. So what about central Florida? Is Zika in Orlando? Let’s take a look at the facts.

How Zika Spread to the United States

While the spread of Zika in the United States first … Read Full Post »

2017 Zilker Park Events

Zilker Park events

Just as Austin is deep in the heart of Texas, Zilker Park is right in the center of the city’s vibrant and growing downtown area. Overlooking the skyline, Zilker is our own Central Park, with a lush carpet of grass that provides a fun weekend or weekday escape for both two and four-legged Austinites. With Barton Springs, the Austin Nature & Science Center, the Zilker Botanical Garden and the Butler Hike and Bike Trail just a stone’s throw away, Zilker Park offers something to please just about anyone.

2017 Zilker Park Events

The centerpiece of Zilker is the Great Lawn, which also doubles as a venue for some of Austin’s most popular annual events. Here’s what’s in store at our city’s most popular park during 2017.

Fly a Kite at the ABC Kite Festival

March 12, 2017

**The 2017 ABC Kite Fest has been canceled due to inclement weather.**

Can you imagine a better kick-off to … Read Full Post »

Asian Beetle vs. Ladybug: What Are the Differences and Why Does It Matter?

Asian beetle vs ladybug

Ladybugs are often seen as a good luck charm. With their black-spotted backs and bold red color, ladybugs can be hard to miss, even despite their small size. Ladybugs look very similar to Asian beetles, but there is one big difference: Asian beetles bite. For that reason, many people are left to wonder: what are the differences between these two insects?

Asian Beetle vs. Ladybug: How Are They Different?

Asian beetles and ladybugs may look similar, but if you know what to look for, you can distinguish between their physical appearance. These two insects also display different behavior, life cycles and preferred habitats. Most importantly to homeowners, one type can make its way inside your home and cause trouble.

Appearance Matters

The more common of the two types of insects is the ladybug. Ladybugs are native to the United States and have oval, dome-shaped bodies, with six short legs which are hidden under their … Read Full Post »

Mosquito Repellent Plants Help Keep Bites Away

Mosquito repellent plants

Many homeowners invest a significant amount of time and energy into making their outdoor spaces inviting places to relax and unwind. Unfortunately, there is a common pest that often interferes with these well-laid plans: the mosquito.

Are you wondering how to keep mosquitoes away without bug spray? You may not have realized that the intense aromas of many herbs repel mosquitoes. Some of them may help just by being planted near sitting areas, while others are most effective when crushed and rubbed on the skin, or in commercial essential oils.

Mosquito Repellent Plants

Below, let’s take a look at some of the best options for your garden and deck.

Citronella Grass and Lemongrass

Both citronella grass and lemongrass are warm-climate clumping grasses.  Citronella grass (Cybopogon nardus) is the source of citronella oil, the most common ingredient in herbal mosquito repellent products. Most consider it to be inedible, but the plant can help keep the … Read Full Post »

Early Signs of Termites

Early signs of termites

Termite damage to your home can be a costly—not to mention stressful—problem to resolve. That’s why preventing termite infestation before it begins is the best way to avoid the extensive damage that can be caused by these invasive pests.

Early Signs of Termites

Fortunately, there are many ways to spot early signs of termites, so you can treat the problem before it spreads. Read on to learn more about warning signs that might indicate termites are nearby, and what to do if you suspect there is termite activity in or around your home.

Types of Termites

North America is home to two main varieties of termites: subterranean and drywood

Subterranean termites need plenty of moisture to survive, so they make their nests in soil. Their nests are connected to food sources such as fence posts, trees or houses, by way of mud tubes. Subterranean termites eat along the grain of soft wood. The distinctive honeycomb … Read Full Post »

Spring Lawn Care Tips For A Thriving Outdoor Space

spring lawn care tips

Spring is just around the corner. Many homeowners take this time of year to get your lawn ready for the growing season. We share our best tips for spring lawn preparation and a spring lawn care schedule to help showcase the beauty of your outdoor space.

Spring Lawn Care Tips

The most important part of spring lawn care is to make sure that your lawn has plenty of opportunity to come back to life gently during the early spring months. The sun and soil will do most of the work for you.

For many of the southern states, spring is a time to nurture warm-season grasses like as Zoysia, St. Augustine, centipede and Bermuda, which typically thrive in the heat and go dormant during winter.

Water Wise

Once your grass starts growing, make sure that your lawn gets at least one inch of water per week. Until then, you can water less frequently, … Read Full Post »

How to Get Rid of Moisture in Your Home

How to get rid of moisture in your home

One surprising thing for homeowners can be the presence of humidity or moisture in a home and what that moisture brings along with it. Humidity is simply the amount of moisture in the air, and most people are comfortable with a relative humidity level of about 45% at home. When humidity is high, the air seems hotter and heavier. Excessive humidity may encourage mold growth, which can lead to bad smells, structural damage and health problems. House mold cannot exist without a source of moisture.

How to Get Rid of Moisture in Your Home

Wondering why it’s feeling humid in your home, and what you can do about it? Learn both how to make your indoor spaces more pleasant and how to prevent humidity in your home in the future below.

Telltale Signs of Moisture and Humidity

Inside your home, you might feel a change in humidity in a few ways: as dampness on … Read Full Post »

Why Are Bees Dying?

Why Are Bees Dying

Do you consider bees an unwelcome pest? If so, you aren’t alone. Many people are afraid of this small, buzzing, yellow-and-black insect—or, more specifically, scared of its sting. For people who are allergic to bee stings, an encounter with these stinging insects is truly a critical (even life-and-death) event to be avoided. Even for those who aren’t allergic, chances are that you’d rather stay away from bees.

While you may know that bees play an important role in our ecosystem, you may not realize that bee populations worldwide have experienced a significant decline. If you’re among the folks who avoid these little creatures at all costs, that may not sound like such a bad thing. Let’s talk about why bees have been dying, why they’re important to humans and what to do if you find a beehive in or around your home.

Why Are Bees Dying?

In 2011 in Brevard County, Florida, about … Read Full Post »