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Christmas Lighting Tips

Switch to LED lights. They've come a long way from their early days of blinding color. Not only have they perfected the design, but LEDs last almost a 100 times longer and use 90% less electricity than incandescent bulbs! And you can string ten strands together, a big jump from the old three-strand maximum. That means less extension cords.

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Holiday Lighting

Whether you take the Martha Stewart route of tasteful Christmas lighting or you want to unleash your inner-Clark Griswold and illuminate your block, keep these tips in mind...

Leaves decaying on hard surfaces make their way into area streams and rivers robbing the water of oxygen and releasing nitrogen which leads to algae blooms, fish kills and "dead" zones in the Chesapeake Bay. Leaves can be, however, very beneficial when used around your yard.

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6 Steps for a Great Lawn

Fall brings plenty of sunshine, soil still warm enough to germinate seeds and cooler air that invites grass to grow a strong root system -- all reasons why fall is the best time for seeding your lawn. Planting grass seed in Maryland should be done between September 1st and October 31st.

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Seal and Protect

Excessive heat, ultraviolet rays and substances such as salt, oil, gas and grease all take their toll on an asphalt driveway. Without protection your driveway can become a lumpy, crumbling mess. A little time spent patching and sealing can extend the life of your driveway and improve the curb appeal and value of your home.