Weekly Home Help with items on how to get your lawn ready for spring, the new Samsung Galaxy media player, how to repot your houseplants and more.
A beautiful landscape doesn't happen on its own. You can help your lawn, trees and shrubs get off to a healthy growing season.
Here are some lawn and landscape tips to help you take care of your yard this spring.
* New spring growth can be hampered if it's covered with debris. Clean out dead leaves, branches, trash or anything else that could impair your lawn's growth.
* Fences or other structures can restrict air flow, which can interfere with growth.
* Make sure you have the right type of grass for your lawn. Wherever grass has a hard time growing, plant shady ground covers instead.
* If you're considering sod, make sure the temperature is warm enough for grass growth. Firmly pack sod into the soil and water as needed to encourage deep root growth.
* Make sure your early spring fertilizer has less nitrogen and more phosphorus to promote strong roots.
* Be sure to keep fertilizer on target to prevent run-off, and sweep fertilizer granules that may reach pavement back onto your lawn.
* Give your lawn a slow, steady watering about once a week, but adjust depending upon rainfall, grass and soil type in your area.
-- Family Features
Decorating Tip: Bathroom clutter
If you store necessities on top of your bathroom counter, try grouping them on a tray. Just make sure that the items are pretty. Keep the toothpaste and hair dryer out of sight.
-- Scripps Howard News Service
Home-Selling Tip: Stainless-steel appliances
Is your kitchen attractive to potential home buyers? Today, black and white refrigerators can look dated. Make an investment in stainless-steel appliances, which appeals to everyone because they are used in commercial-grade kitchens. This upgrade may be what you need to get your house sold faster.
Did You Know …
For each new single-family home that is built, the National Association of Home Builders estimates that three jobs are created.
Going Green: Recycle that plastic cap, too
In the past, people were discouraged from leaving the plastic caps on top of plastic bottles when recycling them because they presented problem in the assembly line. But the Closure and Container Manufacturers Association and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers say that any of these technical issues have been resolved, they recently launched the "Caps On" campaign to encourage people to include the plastic caps in their recycling.
Garden Guide: Houseplants in spring
In the spring, longer days and higher light intensity cause indoor plants to grow more rapidly. Start fertilizing again using a half-strength solution at every other watering. Repot houseplants when their roots grow through the drainage holes, when the soil mass is filled with roots, when new leaves are smaller than usual, or when the plant wilts between waterings. Put the plant in a container that is one to two inches wider than the original pot.
-- University of Illinois Extension
New Product: Samsung Galaxy Player WiFi media player
If you're looking for a portable digital media player for your music and movies, you have more options than just the Apple iPod or your smartphone. According to the Consumer Reports Electronic Blog, the Samsung Galaxy Player WiFi media player has an "excellent touchscreen that is easy to control," and the Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities give you access to apps and digital content.
GateHouse News Service