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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Mosquitos and other insects get in the way of enjoying summer outdoor activities as well as posing a health risk. Citronella, derived from different species of lemongrass, has long been used an insect repellant and is recognized as a non-toxic biopesticide by the EPA. But citronella is not always the best choice. For example, OFF Clip-on insect repellent is odorless and works without applying directly to skin.
New Dynatrap Bug Trap
Mosquitoes and other insects get in the way of enjoying summer outdoor activities as well as posing a health risk. But it's been hard to find a kid and earth friendly way to eliminate insects in your yard... until now.
The NEW Dynatrap can be used indoors and outdoors and is:
Lightweight, easy to assemble and install.
No propane or gas needed.
Dynatrap uses a unique, non-toxic method for insect elimination. Like bug zappers, Dynatrap's UV fluorescent bulb produces a warm light which attracts flying insects. But Dynatrap also has a titanium dioxide coating which emits carbon dioxide--irresistible to mosquitoes. Once attracted, insects are sucked into the trap by a fan. With no harmful pesticides or fumes, Dynatrap is the safe way to control insects in your yard this summer. K&B True Value has several models to choose from, stop in a take a look today!
Have you ever walked into a room and instantly felt better -- or worse? Then you've experienced the psychology of color. Colors can instantly calm us, energize us, or clear our thoughts. Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions. Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.
Spring and fall are both excellent times to plant new grass seed. Whether you need to patch a small dead spot or reseed your entire lawn, planting grass seed is easy and it doesn't take long to see results. Early spring is the second-best time to start a cool-season lawn from seed. The young grass has less time to become established before the onset of hot weather than in the fall, but you can get good results if you start now. With a little work you can get your lawn looking lush and green.
A primary benefit of organic gardening, whether planting vegetables or flowers, is the elimination of chemicals in your yard and ultimately in groundwater and the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, studies have shown that vegetables grown in organic soil are not only chemical free but often taste better and are more nutritious.