Debbie Remaley

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LED's

Remember when you could stroll down the lighting aisle when you needed a bulb and grab a couple of sixty-watts without even thinking about it? Those were the days! But times have changed. How many times over the past couple of years have you found yourself in that same aisle, scratching your head, puzzling over the myriad of confusing selections that are now available? It’s confusing. We know.

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Zika Virus Products

Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

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Green Gardening this Spring

Simple, earth ­friendly practices will beautify your yard — naturally

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Starting From Seed

Starting Seedlings in Winter

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Ice Melters 101

MYTH: If I throw ice melter on the driveway, the ice will always go away.

When it comes to Christmas Lights, LED or Incandecent?

It’s about time to start digging out those boxes of Christmas lights out from the basement or attic and begin the process of untangling years worth of knots. If your strands are starting to get stiff or, conversely, the braids are starting to unravel, it’s time to think about new lights. Odds are that most of your older lights are electricity-guzzling incandescents, so it’s time to make the switch to LEDs.

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Your Home and Autumn's Arrival- Part 2

Autumn is here and its getting colder- fast.

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Hot Weather Watering

Let’s talk Maryland weather. The last two years notwithstanding, our winters tend to be fairly mild. That’s the upside. On the downside, our summers are brutally hot and humid with a great deal of rain from mid-May to late June. The grass is green as green can be, and gardens thrive. But then, the waterworks stop. From July through mid-September, Maryland enters a dry season. And that’s when things get dicey.

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Catch, Steam & Enjoy!

Maryland crab season starts in early spring which is fine if you like small, anemic crabs who have just groggily crawled out of the muck from their long winter snooze. Long-time residents know July is when the crabs start to get good and heavy. However, unless you’re not willing to fork out a substantial chunk of change for a bushel of crabs, you should consider catching them yourself. It’s easier than you think.

The Doctor is In… the Plant Doctor That Is

We’ve had a lot of rain lately, which is unusual for Maryland this time of year. Usually we’d be experiencing Maryland’s annual summer drought and we would be giving you watering tips. But not this year. That is both good and bad. It’s good in that you are not lugging hoses all over the yard in the sweltering heat. But all the moisture, coupled with humidity and heat, can introduce a host of diseases and pests into your garden.

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Grub Control

You work hard on your lawn. We appreciate that. Your family appreciates that. Your neighbors appreciate that. So, when brown spots appear, it’s upsetting. We totally get that. What’s the deal? Most likely grubs.

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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.