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Inexpensive ways to boost a home’s curb appeal


Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Curb appeal can go a long way toward making a home more attractive to its inhabitants, as well as prospective buyers, once the house is put on the market. Improving curb appeal is a goal for many homeowners, and while many projects aimed at making homes more aesthetically appealing can be costly, there are ways for cost-conscious homeowners to improve their properties without breaking the bank.

Put your green thumb to use. A well-maintained landscape can dramatically improve a home’s curb appeal. Pay attention to the plants, shrubs, and trees throughout your property, watering them during periods of little rainfall and trimming them when necessary so your lawn does not look like an overgrown, neglected suburban jungle. Professional landscaping services can help you maintain your property, but even if your budget does not allow for such an expense, you can still make sure your landscape adds to your home’s appeal by keeping a watchful eye on the property and addressing any issues that arise. Maintain your lawn through the colder months of the year as well, making sure no one walks on the grass when frost has settled, as doing so can produce dead spots throughout the lawn.

Redo your front door. While their eyes may initially be drawn to a well-manicured lawn, prospective buyers will eventually find their way to the front door. If your door is especially old, consider replacing it. If your budget does not allow for such an expense, you can still give your home’s front entrance an entirely new look by installing some inexpensive molding around the door before giving the door a fresh coat of paint. Molding around the front door can make an entrance more impressive, while a new coat of paint can make a home feel warmer and more vibrant.

Plant flowers. Another inexpensive way to make a home more appealing is to plant some colorful flowers around the property. Line walkways with flowers native to your region, as such plants will last longer than exotic alternatives that may not be capable of adapting to the local climate. In addition to lining walkways, hang window boxes filled with colorful flowers or plants outside naked windows. Doing so can make windows seem larger and add some color to your home’s exterior.

Another creative way to make use of colorful flowers is to place a few planters at the foot of your driveway and painting the numbers of your address on the planters. This can be both effortl .....
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Creative ways to recycle leaves

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Leaves cascading down from trees indicate the arrival of autumn. However, colorful and awe-inspiring autumn leaves can be a hazard if left to lie on the ground too long. Fallen leaves form a dense insulator to protect trees’ roots and prevent co ..... 
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Did you know?

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fences can provide privacy and transform backyards into calming places to relax and unwind. But fences also may lead to disputes with neighbors if installation is not carried out with etiquette. Always place the fence within your property lines, whi ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.21.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Today’s article is the autumn edition of your invitation to participate in Hazardous Household Waste collection day. The fall HHW in Fillmore County is scheduled for the first Tuesday in October, that being the 6th this year. The hours for the co ..... 
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Secrets to keeping an organized shed

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Despite other intentions, homeowners often turn their garages into storage centers for random, little-used items, leaving little to no room for the tools and even vehicles that actually belong in a garage. Such homeowners may turn to sheds to store ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.7.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

I recently wrote several articles concerning the different types of recyclables in Fillmore County. I continue to get questions concerning what is recyclable and what is not. Today I am going to discuss this once again in a shorter form. I hope th ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 8.24.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, grocery bags, wrappers, light weight bags, and shrink wrap accounted for 192,600 tons of trash in Minn. in 2013. Some of this was recycled. Most of it was buried in landfills throughout the stat ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

The 2015 Fillmore County Fair concluded on July 25. I would assume most of you visited the fair at least one time and many of you made several visits. The 4H projects and animals were exceptional and I heard numerous positive comments concerning th ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 7.20.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Even though many of us have cloth or canvas grocery bags, plastic grocery bags are used by most of us now and then. Newspaper and magazine articles concerning plastic grocery bags are numerous. Many plastic bags find their way into roadside ditches ..... 
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