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  • Apr 28 / 2014
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Home Improvement

10 Helpful Landscaping Tips to Kick Start Spring


Spring comes with it sunshine in abundance, making it the perfect time for landscaping, gardening and enhancing the home’s general curb appeal. The action taken by homeowners to landscape their properties in preparation for Spring depends on the type of soil in the area, geographical location and the kind of plants that grow in the specific soil type native to the area. In order to properly landscape your home in preparation for the dawn of Spring, consider these 10 great and helpful tips.

Determine the Type of Climate

When preparing to usher in Spring, it is important to determine and know the prevailing climate in the specific area of residence. The climatic conditions of the yard or area at large and location on the globe should be determined and known. Depending on the specific plant to be planted, it should go well with the available sunshine and shades within the home’s yard.

Research, Research and Research

Landscaping strategies should be planned in advance, just like any other DIY project. Determine whether a professional will be hired for the job or DIY will do. By conducting a research, homeowners will be able to get the information they need in order to landscape properly. Check out the The Old Farmer’s Almanac for a whole bunch of free garden plans and growing guides.

Learn About Local Pests

Pests like insects, wild animals or even stray ones can render landscaping a nightmare. With the knowledge about local pests, homeowners can put in place measures to prevent them from wreaking havoc on the well landscaped gardens, lawns or yards. Certain plants and wire mesh or fence installations can easily keep local pests at bay and thus providing protection for the property.

Appropriate Timing

Every plant has a time when gardeners and horticulturists recommend they should be planted; this ensures they thrive for many years to come. Whether the plants in question to be planted are flowering shrubs or fruit trees, determining the right timing is very important. The internet is also a perfect resource for finding out the right timing for the plants being considered the landscape.

Growth Requirements

Different plants have different requirements for growth depending on their size and height when fully grown. This ensures that the specific location where they are planted will accommodate them once grown. Therefore, it is important to plan for growth and find out the size of the plants to be planted after specific time periods, such as 4 weeks, 4 months and even within a year.

Seek Inspiration

Homeowners can seek inspiration and ideas of how they want their landscape to appear once completed. Publications or magazines for home and garden, landscaped yards owned by neighbors and DIY satellite TV programs are good sources of inspiration. Visit your local garden center or even dive into the rabbit hole world of Pinterest landscaping ideas.

Demarcation of the Area to be Landscaped

Stake out the available space to determine where driveways, pathways or even walkways will be located. This ensures that the plants to be planted will not obstruct the ways and paths in the future once they are all grown.

Maintenance Plan

Landscapes need care and maintenance in order to maintain their beautiful looks and functionality. Maintenance services include watering, weeding, pruning as well as thinning and replanting of dead plants. The planned maintenance should suit the needs of the plants to be planted. If necessary, a lawn service or professional gardener can be hired to care for the plants.

Select Plants that Complement the Design of the Home

There are various plants out there that go with almost any kind of design style in existence. Homeowners should choose the plants that would match or complements their home’s design style for a beautiful appearance. For instance, ornamental grass goes well with rustic homes.

Exterior Décor

Exterior spaces of homes should complement, match or contrast the landscape for a welcoming and aesthetic touch that reflects the personality of the homeowner.

This article was written by James McNulty. James is a writer and SEO Manager for Smith Monitoring. Keep up with him on Twitter.

  • Mar 12 / 2014
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5 Local Texas Attractions You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

When planning a summer vacation, most Texan-ites will choose to stay local. However, as a Texan myself, I feel like I’ve seen all of the normal hot spots; the Riverwalk, Reunion Tower, 6th Street, Billy Bob’s, Enchanted Rock, Houston Rodeo, and even floated the Frio river. Until now. These 5 places in Texas made me realize I haven’t seen it all; not even close.

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  • Mar 26 / 2013
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Smith Home Security Blog

Spring Cleaning 101: Top 5 Place You Don’t Want to Miss


It’s that time of year! Get ready to pull out the rubber gloves, trash bags, and open up the windows for a good spring-cleaning. This is the perfect way to push the restart button on your home. Here are our top five things to put the clean on this spring.

Closets and Dressers

Yours, the kids, and the coat closet. It’s time to hit the clothing caves to declutter and pass on all those “too small” and unused clothes. Consider giving jackets, clothing, and gently used shoes to a local donation centers or the Salvation Army. Doing this will help you to know what your kids have grown out of, identify what’s been hanging in back of your closet for three years, and find that coat a mystery party guest left at your home six months ago.

Pantry and Fridge

It’s time to dig around in the pantry, fridge, and freezer to throw out all of those expired items. Remember salad dressing that you bought and never opened? The chip dip left over from your super bowl party? What about the leftovers from last week? Get rid of them all. This would also be the perfect opportunity to give the fridge and freezer a refreshing scrub down. Take the time, when you’ve decided what food you’re going to keep, to organize and store all your food in sealed containers. This will help keep bugs out, and your food lasting longer and staying fresher.

Underneath the Bed

This is a popular place for kids to stash away clothes, toys, and homework they would rather avoid than take put away properly. Keep in mind that this spot is great potential real estate for organized storage of unused winter clothes. You can find tons of “under the bed” storage containers at local home and super stores, especially around Back to School time.


With the exception of the floors, these can end up being one of the dirtiest places in your home. They also go overlooked most of the year. Grab a bucket of water, an old rag or sponge, and get on your hands and knees! This is a laborious project, but when you realize how much dirt and grime is hanging out down there you’ll be happy to get it done. You also might find parts that have been broken or chipped away and can take the appropriate measure to fix or repaint them.

Bathroom Cabinets

If you have girls in your home, it’s likely you have cabinets full of fruity body wash, hair ties, and make up. This can be an easy clean up project without having to throw anything away. Use recycled containers and jars to sort out make up brushes, ponytail holders, and hairpins. Cheap baskets or decorative boxes can be placed under the cabinet to organize body wash, hair care products, and styling tools.

What are your spring cleaning tips and tricks?

About the Author: Michelle is a blogger for Forward Home Security. She loves social media, spending hours on Pinterest, and hanging out with her cat, Zoie.

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