What are these annoying flies that are populating my kitchen? Where are they coming from? How come they never seem to quit hanging around? These are questions that we are asked every year during the summer months. Here are some tips for diagnosing which pest you have and for treating them effectively.

Fungus Gnats – are tiny (1-2 mm) small flies that sort of “bounce” through the air. Their erratic behavior is annoying and makes them tough to catch. Fungus gnats have very little structure. Their bodies are thin and their wings make up most of their size. If you have live plants in a room they are noticed in, or an adjacent room, then you can pretty much figure that fungus gna...

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It is important to regularly inspect your mower blade and your lawn to determine if the blade needs sharpened or replaced. Signs of a dull or damaged mower blade can be the following:

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1) Frayed Grass - Shredded, brown tips to your grass may not seem like a big deal, but this exposes the grass blades to insects and disease more than a clean cut would do. Grass can also experience more moisture loss because of frayed edges as well, which is never a good thing during the summer time. The picture to the right shows a lawn just mowed by a dulling blade >

2) Dented or Nicked Blade - A mower blade with too many dents will need sharpened. Dents can happen because of small rocks or roots that are co...

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Safer alternatives to weed control have been around for 10+ years, but in the last 2 years we have seen a growing number of options in this category! If you are opposed to using chemicals in your lawn and garden, there are now many more options to kill and contain weeds around your home than ever before. And their effectiveness is quite impressive as well.

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Weed and grass killers are best applied to garden areas around mature plants, or around driveways, sidewalks and other structures. Burnout from Bonide is a favorite for many years and works by 'burning' the leaves of plants to effectively kill the plant. Spectricide's weed and grass killer is new to our store and a much safer alternative...

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Miele's superior performance, suction, and design is now in the form of a cordless stick vacuum. This new vacuums are convenient, effective, and super easy-to-use. The first ones available at our store are the TriFlex HX1 in ruby red, and the TriFlex HX1 Cat and Dog (with improved filtration and included small electrobrush head).

Here are some of the prominent features of these TriFlex vacuums:

Superior Suction - Thanks to the vortex motor and Miele's effecient design, the suction created from these cordless vacuums are on par with Miele's best C3 canisters. The suction control at the handle easily adjusts between 3 different power levels depending on what you cleaning.

3-In-1 Flexibility - Mo...

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We love succulents and we have many great products for you to find creative ways to care and display them in your home. Cute and functional planters in various sizes. Terraniums and decorative moss to make a unique display. And a multitude of potting mix and plant foods to make them feel right at home!

Here are some tips for success!

Some sun, but not too much direct sunlight. Succulents love sunlight, but too much can cause them to sunburn. If the plants are getting too little warmth and sunlight, the soil may not dry out enough and be prone to root rot.

Some water, but not too much water. The general rule of thumb is to water succulents indoors once per week. If they are in a sunny spot, ...

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New this month are Austin Air purifiers. These robust machines provide medical grade HEPA filtration for you home, and are great for those with allergies to dust, pollen, pet dander or more. Most units also clean the air of toxins, smoke, gases and other chemicals, so they are also great for those with chemical sensitivities and asthma, or for homes with cigarette or cigar smoke.

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These purifiers are not your run-of-the-mill tabletop purifier that doesn't move much air, or that requires expensive filter replacements. Austin Air purifiers have a simple, yet effective design that contains a powerful, German-made fan motor (with 3 speed adjustments) as well as a large HEPA filter that is designed...

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Our barbecue grills have been in heavy use for the spring and summer and now is time time that they start to show some wear and tear from the season. Here are some helpful tips for cleaning and maintaining your grill:

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Cleaning: Over the course of several months, a grill can become quite dirty! It is a good idea to keep your grill grates, cook box, and drip pans clean of excess soot and grease, so that you experience fewer flare-ups and more accurate cooking temperatures!

  • Clean your grill from the top – down. A plastic puddy knife works great for cleaning your cook box, Flavorizer bars, drip pans, etc. By scraping these surfaces clean from build-up you eliminate the chance for hot grease ...

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The drought and heat over the past 2-3 weeks has been very tough on our yards and lawns. As rain continues to be scarce, here are some tips to improve moisture retention and to get through these hot times with little-to-no damage to your beloved plants.

GARDEN AREAS:

Make sure that these areas are mulched with 2+ inches of material. Mulch provides some much needed shade to the soil and prevents the ground from drying out and from the soil getting too compacted. Landscape rocks can work just as well if that is your preferred look.

LAWNS:

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Water is so important, especially so for young grass that may have been planted last Fall or this past Spring. More mature lawns will probably be able to withst...

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The Wet and Forget family of products were introduced to the US over 10 years ago, and they have become a favorite of many because of how simple and easy they are to apply! As the name suggests, simply WET and FORGET. No scrubbing, no rinsing required.

I recently had an opportunity to use these products at my home in Dormont on a few locations that have continually gotten worse and worse with mold and moss growth. This organic growth was forming on a wooden seating bench as well as a decorative retaining wall at the side of my house. That's why I called upon Wet and Forget! The results in just 2 weeks have been fantastic. The retaining well is more porous and for that reason will take a litt...

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Spring time is such a busy time around the house with lots of tasks to do. In this article, we will provide a few tips for re-potting houseplants with success. Be sure to stay tuned to the short video at the bottom of this article for a visual demonstration sponsored by Espoma.

When to re-pot? If your plants are requiring frequent watering and looking to start suffering, it is important to consider replanting them. If plants are not actively growing because their planters are too small or the soil too old, you will often see some signs of the plants not looking so healthy. In this case, remove the plant from the pot to expose some the roots. If the roots are a tangled mess and reaching all e...

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