Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Weep Holes

Weep holes are those two little slots at the bottoms of your vinyl windows. When the rain beats against your window pain and you think of summer days again, these little weep holes play an important role. They allow the water that runs down your window pain to drain to the outside of your house rather than build up in the window and seep water onto your window sill.

It is important that you keep these little weep holes free from debris, and certainly don't block them with caulking and paint. It could make the difference of you sill rotting out, your drywall being damaged, your insulation saturated, your carpet getting wet, or your hardwood floor being ruined.

There are times after a driving rain against the window that the weep holes may not be able to handle all of the moisture and your sill and floor may be wet. If this happens you may want to test your window using a garden hose. Sometimes a window just has to be replaced. Don't worry, windows aren't that expensive. But do yourself a favor and hire a professional who will replace your window and exterior trims, caulk them, and paint them. It's worth the extra cash you will put out.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Want a Great Lawn

Many think that having a great lawn is a lot of work. Not true! Of course, that depends on how they define work. Here are some keys to having a great lawn.

1. In early spring apply a fertilizer with Halts in it. this will fertilize your lawn while preventing crab grass growth.

2. In early spring top your lawn (cut short dead growth) and rake up as much death grass as possible (this is the hardest part).

3. In early spring apply granulated or liquid Revive, which is a surfactant which allows the water to penetrate and green up your lawn.

4. Start watering your lawn if you live in a dry area such as Colorado. Folks, grass does not grow without water.

5. Fertilize about every three to four weeks.

6. Mow regularly, and don't mow too short!

7. When you mow, bag the clippings. Too much thatch smothers the lawn.

8. Apply weed and feed when necessary.

9. Apply and insecticide when necessary. (I only use spot weed killers)

10. Edge around your sidewalks.

Do you think this is a lot of work? It take me an average of 30 minutes a week to care for my lawn, and it looks great. Yes, I have a front yard and a back yard. The first yard cleanup in the spring takes the longest. After that, it's a breeze.

Oh, and notice I did not suggest aeration. I have never aerated and my lawn is the best in the subdivision.

Now, make a pot of coffee and sit on your deck or your porch and enjoy your yard.