2020 – The Year of Home Improvement Resolutions

Every year the new year arrives, brimming with possibilities. A fresh start. A new chance to achieve the things you may have slacked off on in 2019. An opportunity to leave the past behind you and surpass your goals.

Chances are, you’re probably really excited to set out on your venture of achieving your new year’s resolution. You might have vowed to quit smoking, lose some weight, travel more frequently, or spend some more time with your family and friends. But what about your home – the place where you’ll spend most of your year? So many of us pick these elaborate goals while often forgetting that improvements can be made at home, too!

They say home is where your heart is but we believe a lovelier, better organized, and more comfortable place to live will surely do wonders. Plus, many of the items you improve in your home can help to achieve your overall resolution. For example, if you’re wanting to lose weight then create a healthy kitchen. Here’s a few more of our favorite ideas on how to include home improvement in your 2020 resolution:

  • Cut down the use of energy
  • Create a healthy, family-friendly kitchen
  • Install low-maintenance and durable materials
  • Organize your space
  • Spend time together doing home improvement projects like installing new sod in the front yard to enhance your curb appeal
  • Create a system to keep your house clean (and stick with it!)
  • Make your home more inviting 

It may not seem like much, but improving your home could be just what you need in 2020. Whatever your resolution is, we wish you great luck and fortune in the new year!

Tips & Surprising Ideas for Decorating with Pumpkins

Despite the current temperature, fall is officially here! While the weather still feels like a mid-July summer, October is knocking on the door and cooler days are on the horizon. Don’t let the lack of low fall temperatures put a damper on your holiday spirit! It’s time to head to the attic and snag all things Halloween and Thanksgiving decor. But, let’s be real… Did you really even decorate for fall if there aren’t a few pumpkins scattered around? That’s a hard no! 

Head to your local farmers market to snag a few real pumpkins to throw in with your fall decor. If you’re in the Baldwin County area here’s a list of local farmer’s markets. On average, pumpkins that are kept in a cool area with plenty of circulation can last two to three months. Planning on carving a few? These bad boys can stick around for about two weeks as long as you put them in the fridge between uses.

Really wanting to kick your pumpkin decorating up a notch this fall? Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate pumpkins that are sure to surprise you!

Keep it Cool

When fall comes to mind, typically pumpkin spice follows shortly after. While the season is known for this warm drink there’s no reason we have to rule out the cool drinks too! Are you planning to host a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving dinner? If so, kick the ice bucket to the curb and replace it with a hollowed out pumpkin! Scoop out the pumpkin seeds, fill it up with ice and put in a bottle of your go-to bubbly.

Candy Jar

Put a new spin on a candy dish by using a pumpkin! What cooler way to greet your trick-or-treater’s than with a pumpkin filled to the brim with sweets? Just simply slice a pumpkin so that about two thirds will act as the base, and one third will be the lid. Keep it around after Halloween and use it for additional fall decor!

Fall Vase

Displaying flowers inside is a great way to create a relaxed, beautiful atmosphere. Now, amplify the atmosphere by transforming a pumpkin into a vase to hold your favorite blooms! It’s much more simple than it sounds. After hollowing out a pumpkin, add a small-scale jar with water to the inside and place your bouquet inside. Use this as your dining table or coffee table centerpiece for the fall season!

Add Some Color

The days of orange-only pumpkins are long gone. While it may be the standard, it’s easy to switch it up and create a range of vibrant colors. Choose colors and styles to fit your home decor. Add some glam with metallic pumpkins or go for the farmhouse look with pastel hues. Go the whole nine yards by pairing a few different colors together!

Adding pumpkins to your home’s decor is a great way to get in the fall spirit. While it may not feel like fall just quite yet, it can certainly look like fall! Use the above tips to (pumpkin) spice it up and take your fall decorations to another level.

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Control Fire Ants in Your Yard

Did you know that fire ants occur in practically every home lawn across the United States? Even for those who manage to achieve a completely fire ant free yard, it usually doesn’t last long because newly mated fire ant queens will quickly make their way to colonize it. Plus, new fire ant colonies are able to thrive better in areas where they don’t have other colonies to compete with.

In the South, controlling fire ants in your yard can seem like a never-ending battle. But, there are steps homeowner’s can take to keep their lawn practically free of those pesky fire ants.

Baits

Baits are the easiest, cheapest, and most effective step a homeowner can take to controlling fire ants. You should apply them as broadcast treatments instead of trying to treat individual mounds. Broadcast bait treatment works by targeting all of the fire ant colonies in your yard, not just the big mounds. When you treat just the big mounds, it allows the smaller colonies the opportunity to thrive due to having less competition.

Early springs is a great time to start applying fire ant baits in your lawn. If you can treat your lawn again during midsummer and fall it will help keep the issue controlled. Try to apply the bait during a time when it is not supposed to rain for a few days. This will allow time for the ants to pick up the bait and take it back to their mound before the rain washes it away.

Mound Treatments

Do you have a large mound forming by your back patio that you can’t wait 4 weeks for a bait treatment to control? Try using an individual mound treatment. Individual mound treatments contain contact insecticides which provide a quicker control than bait treatments. Mound treatments are great to use when you want to quickly eliminate a large fire ant mound.

Dry mound treatments that contain acephate as the active ingredient are the most effective. However, the odor may linger in the area you treat for weeks. So, people typically tend to use treatments that contain the active ingredients deltamethrin or cyfluthrin.

Broadcast Insecticide Treatments

Broadcast insecticide treatments are applied across the entire lawn. These treatments are usually more expensive and time-consuming than baits. The usage of broadcast insecticide treatments is most common in highly managed areas, like athletic fields and golf courses.

Most broadcast treatments used for controlling fire ants also help with other pests including: chinch bugs, white grubs, and mole crickets. So, if you have multiple pests problems using broadcast treatments may be the most useful. It’s important to read over the label prior to purchasing to make sure the treatment will help with the group of pests you need to control.

If you are willing to go the extra mile in your efforts of controlling fire ants, you can combine the methods. Some homeowner’s use broadcast insecticide treatments on areas where there is high traffic, like the patio. Then, they will use baits throughout the rest of the yard. Want to learn more about fire ants? Read more by clicking here.

Are you searching for ways to improve your lawn? Fresh, new sod may be just what you need. Our quality control measures surpass most farms throughout the southeast and our commitment to quality is such that we will not sell a product that doesn’t meet our rigorous standards. Contact us today for more information.