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National Public Lands Day – Fall Gardening Guide

Saturday, September 27th is National Public Lands Day.  Started in 1994, this day is devoted to preserving public lands and national parks.  The holiday will provide free admission to state parks on Saturday as well as volunteering events for those looking to aid in public park maintenance. Here is a list of National Public Lands Day events happening across the nation. In celebration, Handyman Matters has a guide to keeping your garden as remarkable as our nation’s wilderness.Fall Garden

  • Step 1: Weed & Fertilize

As the fall season gradually turns colder, it can also bring more moisture to your lawn.  If you are able to anticipate some of that humidity, you should weed and fertilize.  If done in advance to a more wet day, the fertilizer will act as a deep conditioner to your lawn: replenishing and repairing its dry areas. Start with pulling all the excess weeds from your lawn.  If possible, avoid applying any weed treatments as these are more hash on lawns during the fall.

Next, find yourself a heavy duty fertilizer.  September is one of the last months to optimize nitrogen absorption.  Nitrogen will help your lawn repair it’s foliage from the summer abuse.  Focus on finding a fertilizer with a higher first number in its formula – this is its nitrogen count.  In a month or so, you will want to fertilize your lawn one last time with a prosperous rich formula to stimulate root growth.  The second number on the fertilizer’s formula will indicate this – shoot for the high twenties.

  • Step 2: Trim Branches

In most parts of the country, winter is synonymous with snow.  This can mean broken branches and safety risks if there is a heavy snow.  Avoid winter damages by trimming back dead or astray branches.  Focus on directing branches away from walkways and entrances.  Branches above a roof can also be trouble – consider clearing these ones out as well.

  • Step 3: Plant Bulbs

Fantasize your future garden.  When spring begins to bloom, what colors would you like to see most in your yard?  Create a map of what you want and where, then go get some bulbs!  Bulbs are essentially flower time capsules.  Planting these in the fall will give them time to establish roots, and then when the temperatures begin to rise in the spring, you will see little flowers peaking their head through the surface.

  • Step 4: Mulch

Applying mulch is the last step in preparing your garden for the cold months ahead.  Mulch is like fertilizer in the sense that it will help seal in moisture around your flowers. Distribute mulch around plants and exposed soil, this will also help prevent any last minute weeds from popping up.

Gardening is often the best way to increase your home’s curb appeal.  Handyman Matters excels in exterior maintenance.  For assistance checking these fall tasks off your to-do list, call 866-FIX-MY-HOME.

 

 

 

Fall Efficiency

As summer winds down, we are shuffled back into the rush of the year.  Fall EfficiencySchool starts up once again, schedules begin to divert from each other, the weather cools, and we are left trying to keep up with all our renewed demands.

Although there is a lot to get done, fall can be an exciting time.  Handyman Matters wants to help you have a stress-free fall by providing you with a guide to help hone in your Fall Efficiency. In the upcoming months, Handyman Matters will cover…

  • Preparing your Entryway for the Holidays 

Halloween, Thanksgiving, these are two holidays that require immaculate entryways.  We will help you plan, covering everything from curb appeal, to welcoming doorways, to organizing the first steps inside your home.

  • Entertaining

You may not be the Barefoot Contessa, but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain like her.  Handyman Matters has the secret to creating a kitchen and dining room worthy of the Food Channel.

  • Winterization

Winter is just around the corner and we don’t want you to get caught off-guard.  Handyman Matters has the key to preparing your yard, reinforcing your homes structure, and maximizing coziness as temperatures begin to fall.

  • Simple Solutions for Organizing

The secret to balancing schedules is organization.  Creating simple solutions to store your everyday necessities will help speed up mornings and slow down anxiety.

  • Creating a Work Space

When it’s cold outside, we know where you want to be. Every home needs a work space, whether it be for reading on rainy days, creating Pinterest crafts, helping your kids with their homework, or for working from the comfort of your own home.

Get the most out of your fall!  Stay tuned for more Fall Efficiency tips from Handyman Matters.

Fast, Frugal Fall Fix-Ups

fall-fixupThe ebbing sun and dropping mercury in the garden thermometer signals the end of summer. The shorter, cooler days also mean you might be coming back inside from the great outdoors to discover your home could use a little pizazz. After all, you spent the past few months soaking up the rays while you worked and played in your yard rather than inside the house.

It takes only a few quick fixes, combined with some creativity and elbow grease, to transform the rooms where you spend most of your time. In a weekend or less, you can make your home go from stale to striking for the fall season ahead.

As you look around the house, ask yourself this: “If I could fix only one thing in each room, what would that be?” These answers are your quick fixes. Not all home decorating ideas require a great deal of time or money but can transform a tired-looking room into something truly eye-catching.

Sometimes all it takes is a couple small changes to transform a space.  Even tiny updates can make a big difference in a room’s appearance. Here are some tips from the pros at Handyman Matters:

  • Study your foyer, for starters. It’s the first thing guests see when they enter your home. What can you do to make it more inviting? Maybe it needs a little more color. Add a colorful rug to the entry way and maybe a floral arrangement to the console by the front door. Or maybe less clutter? A small storage bench can reduce clutter – shoes, school bags and sports equipment to a minimum and add a clean, inviting look to this first-impression space.
  • Next look at the kitchen. If your house is like any other, the kitchen likely is the other main gathering place for both family and visiting friends. These high-traffic areas usually need fresh paint more frequently than other rooms. While high-quality paints might cost more upfront, you’ll get a solid return on your investment because it extends the time between repaints and keeps your room looking its best as long as possible.
  • Next, what about your living room? Is it too austere? Does it sit unused? While it might be out of your budget to change the furniture, you can warm it up and make it a space where people want to sit and visit, simply by getting rid of those formal, outdated window treatments. Dress windows with light blinds or sheer curtains that provide privacy but allow light to filter through. You might also want to rearrange the furniture into a grouping that’s less formal and more inviting. Chances are, you and your family think your family room is pretty great, but even your favorite lounging space always can use a little upgrading to keep it modern, fun and welcoming. One easy change for this often-used space is new throw pillows. Add a splash of fresh color to the familiar simply by swapping out pillows on couches and chairs or adding a nook of colorful floor pillows for family members who prefer to sprawl on the floor to watch TV and play video games. Or, if you feel your sofa looks tired and worn out, maybe you’d rather invest in a new slipcover to bring a fresh look to the room and transform your old sofa into something new and special. New lamps also can update a room almost instantaneously.
  • When you’re doing your fall upgrades, don’t forget the bathroom. For a small investment, you can transform the space with some fresh paint and a new faucet. If you’re looking for an even bigger change, you can accessorize it further with a mirror in a finish that matches the faucet, as well as coordinating robe hooks and towel bars.

Putting a fresh spin on your home’s decor doesn’t mean you have to think big.  The small changes can easily transform a space from boring to beautiful, even on the tightest of budgets. Handyman Matters can handle any job around your home – no job is too small! Contact us today to talk about all of your handyman matters. Click here to find a location near you or call 866 – FIX MY HOME.

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Fall Home Maintenance Tips from Handyman Matters

fall-homeFall is just around the corner and the brisk air outside means goodbye summer! Before you sit back and enjoy watching the leaves change, carve a jack-o-lantern or plan Thanksgiving dinner, remember that fall is a good time to get outside and provide some important maintenance to your homes and property.

During the fall season, before the weather grows colder it’s important to prepare for the winter months to prevent costly damage later on. Below are fall preventative home maintenance tips that every homeowner should follow.

  1. Check outdoor paint for peeling, cracking and coverage
  2. Inspect attic for insulation and leak stains
  3. Inspect weather stripping, thresholds, transitions, and windows
  4. Inspect exterior trim, gutters, and downspouts
  5. Review storage areas and move temperature sensitive material to warmer areas
  6. Drain outdoor faucets and winterize hoses and spigots
  7. Clean gutters
  8. Remove screens and install storm windows
  9. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries if needed
  10. Tighten handrails and grab bars

The tips offered are to help better prepare a home for the winter. Homes react to seasonal changes in temperature and moisture levels; it’s important that maintenance is done in order to avoid higher energy bills, or worse, damage to the home. Handyman Matters can help get your home prepared for fall. To find a location near you, call 866-FIX MY HOME or visit HandymanMatters.com.