DIY Certification Guide

As market season kicks into high gear, farm stands beckon shoppers with signs: Local! Organic! Natural! No Spray! Sustainable! Organic is defined by strict federal standards. But what do these other claims really mean, and which are worthy of support?

About Our Cover: Farmers Markets

In this issue: Farmers Markets DIY Certification Guide 7 Reasons to Shop Farmers Markets In the Garden: Hydrangeas Be a Pollinator Champion Understanding Saltwater Pool Filtration Home Remodeling: How to get the best bang for your remodeling buck Planning a Renovation? How to get your home ready and […]

Let There be (Extra) Light

It’s a common quandary, especially in older homes: One or more rooms lacks ample artificial illumination due to an absence of overhead light fixtures. Making matters worse, that same room may be short on outlets, requiring you to use extension cords or power strips to accommodate your only mode of lighting, table and floor lamps.

The New Must-Haves

With homes selling for top dollar in many markets lately, some sellers may question the decision to spiff up their abodes above and beyond “as is” condition. Truth is, however, that homes boasting the in-demand features and frills that buyers crave will likely sell sooner and net a bigger profit.

Rain Barrels

One of the easiest and most cost effective methods for conserving water and improving water quality is to INSTALL A RAIN BARREL. Rain barrels collect water from rooftops and hold it for later use. The water can then be reused for a variety of watering needs – lawns, gardens or even indoor plants. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from your property. It’s a great way to conserve water and it’s free water for use in your landscape.