Debbie Remaley

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Get Your Boat Ready for the Water

After a slow start, spring is finally here, and we are moving quickly towards boating season. That means it's time to get your boat cleaned up and ready for action!

Your Deck –Maintenance, Cleaning & Staining

Decks made of composite materials have gained in popularity in recent years because, although they cost more to build, they are low-maintenance and last a long time. However, many people still have a wood deck and/or prefer the look and feel of a classic wood deck--which does take a bit of work every year. Even if your deck is just a few years old, it's a good idea to start a routine now to increase its lifespan.

Prevent Weeds with Corn Gluten Timing is Critical!

Weeds love spring just like everyone else, and they arrive en masse in lawns. Once there, it's a monumental task to get rid of them. That's why you need to get ahead of them with Espoma Organic® Weed Preventer or Jonathan Green Organic Weed Control with Fertilizer!

Composting Means Better Soil and Reducing Waste

Most people don't think about their soil much. And why would they? You plant your veggies, give them some water and fertilizer and you're good to go, right? Not so fast.

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So Where DOES All That Water Go?

The nice thing about the heavy rain the past couple of days is it will wash away the last reminders of winter in the form of obstinate piles of wet snow sulking next to driveways and on the side of the road. On the other hand, that is a LOT of water all at once. Where does it all go?

Spring IS Coming.....and So Are the Weeds!!

By the time you see this, we will be in the throes of a snowstorm-winter's last gasp. We hope. That said, this is Maryland, which means that this snow and cold could give way in a few days to warm temps and daffodils. One never knows around here.

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Wood Floor and Winter

Sure winter has its up side. There's skiing and...um...well we're sure there are a bunch of other things that winter is good for. But winter is NOT good for your hardwood or laminate floors. The salt and ice melt used on roads and sidewalks can scratch and dull your floor over the course of one minor snowstorm.

Plant Seeds Indoors for a Jumpstart on Spring

Even the gloom of winter can't dampen the glimmer of hope that comes from planting a seed, promising you spring isn't as far away as you think!

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Take the Edge off Winter!

Space Heaters

Welcome to the dead of winter, a time that is so gloomily cold, that even your furnace or heat pump can't completely take the edge off the temps. That's where a space heater comes into play.

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It All Started with the Babylonians

Over four thousand years ago, the ancient Babylonians would make promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and pay off all their debts by the start of the new year. A couple of thousand years later, as the Romans entered their new year, they made all kinds of promises to their god, Janus, for whom January is named.

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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.

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Cut the Clutter & Organize your "Stuff"

A clutter-free and organized home has obvious benefits but getting there can seem to be an overwhelming task.

Too many tomatoes? Surplus of strawberries?

This winter, wouldn't it be nice to take a jar of summer-perfect fruits or veggies out of the cabinet? While "old-school", canning preserves the harvest-fresh taste and nutrition of fresh fruits and veggies and ensures you of chemical-free food for your table this winter. There are basically two methods of canning:

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How's Your Garden Doing?

Have you noticed black spots on your plants and veggies or a powdery white substance on the leaves? Either could be a disease fatal to your plants if left untreated.

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Proven Tips to Keeping Your Lawn Green Proven Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Green

Despite recent thunderstorms, July and August will most likely be our driest and hottest months this year -- conditions that are tough on your lawn. Watering is critical to keep your lawn healthy and green but different grasses require different amounts of water. For example, Kentucky bluegrass will turn brown and go dormant during the hot, dry summer months if not watered consistently while Bermuda grass requires less water to maintain a healthy green color. Here are specific watering recommendations for three of the most popular types of lawn grass:

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EcoScraps

At an all-you-can-can-eat buffet, college students Dan and Craig noticed how much food was being wasted. They learned that food waste, instead of clogging landfills, could be turned into beneficial gardening products. Today, what started as a dorm project has become EcoScraps, a leader in organic compost and gardening products. EcoScraps plant foods are nutrient dense and meet the highest organic industry standards. New to K&B TrueValue, EcoScraps are good for your garden and good for the earth.