Debbie Remaley

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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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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.

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Don't let the bugs bite this summer!

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.

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New Dynatrap Bug Trap Quit Zapping & Start Trapping!

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:

Pesticide/Odor Free

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!

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Celebrate Earth Day with Us

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now a worldwide celebration of our amazing planet. While progress has been made since the first Earth Day to protect our world, there's much more we can all do. Below is food for thought as we celebrate our fabulous home.

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Popcorn for a Purpose

K&B True Value is pleased to offer local non-profit organizations a unique no-risk fundraising opportunity: "Popcorn for a Purpose.

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Green Cycler

Compost Expert Shares Secrets to Success in Annapolis on Saturday, March 29

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Change your Mood with Room Color

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.

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Step by Step Seeding

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.

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Organic Soil

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.

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Looking Back

Ken and Bobbie Niefeld started "The Hardware House" (later K&B True Value) on Forest Drive in 1974 but it was a milestone year in other ways...

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Hard Water?

Water in nature never exists as just pure H20. More than 60% of the earth's water is groundwater below the surface. When water passes through soft rock formations such as shale and limestone, it dissolves and picks up minerals from the rock and ends up in the underground aquifers we draw our water supply from. "Hard water" is basically water containing higher amounts of dissolved minerals-usually calcium and magnesium but also iron.

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Mouse in the House!

The especially cold temperatures we've had recently provide extra incentive for mice to find a way into your house. If you suspect you have mice, address the problem immediately. Mice present a health hazard to you and your family. And since a female can have up to 10 litters a year with six or more babies per litter there is no such thing as one mouse!

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