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Bur Oaks: Should You Plant This Beautiful, Low-Maintenance Shade Tree?

There are many kinds of oak trees, but most have a tall, narrow shape. The bur oak, however, has a wider crown, which enables to serve as a shade tree. Bur oaks do grow slowly, and it may be a decade or more before one grows large enough to provide shade in your backyard. However, by planting a bur oak or two, you are ensuring that your property will be shady and attractive for years to come.

5 Ways To Save Some Wear And Tear On Your Lawn Sprinklers

Keeping your lawn green and your plants alive is an important part of home maintenance, but all that nature can result in costly water bills and put a lot of pressure on your sprinkler system. The following five tips and tricks offer easy ways to save some money and a little wear and tear on your lawn sprinklers: Plant Your Tasty Herbs Indoors Instead of relying on your sprinklers to take care of herbs, peppers, and other small veggies that you like to eat, consider growing them in your kitchen windowsill or on the porch.

Got Allergies? 3 Reasons Why You Should Learn To Love Carpet Again

If you suffer from allergies, you've probably been told to get rid of your carpet because it traps dust, pet dander and other allergens that can trigger your symptoms. However, new studies have shown that carpet is not at all bad for you. In fact, carpeting poses many benefits that will help you stay healthy. Not only does it keep your home warmer by providing thermal resistance, it prevents slips and accidents.

7 Benefits Of A Granite Kitchen Countertop

Interior designers have understood the many benefits of granite kitchen countertops for decades, but it's only been 10 years or so since homeowners have started to recognize these benefits, as well. There are many reasons why people of all income levels are beginning to choose granite countertops for their homes. Here are seven benefits you can enjoy after selecting granite countertops from a company like Alma Granite for your kitchen remodel.

3 Tips For Unclogging A Toilet -- After You've Tried A Plunger

When a toilet clogs, the first thing you reach for is a plunger. But sometimes even the sturdiest plunger and old-fashioned elbow grease aren't enough to unclog the toilet. Here are a few tips for how you can try and unclog the toilet on your own. Baking Soda and Vinegar Liquid drain cleaner is available at most stores, but costs a pretty penny and still doesn't always work. You can try a cheaper at-home alternative using baking soda as the star ingredient.

Best Counter Materials For High-Use Kitchens

Your home kitchen might not be a full-scale restaurant, but it can feel like it on a busy night. All of that chopping, sliding and spilling can take a toll on your counters if they aren't made of a durable material. If you are planning a kitchen remodel in the near future, consider installing counters made of one of these low-maintenance yet durable materials. Granite The award for the most durable luxury material goes to granite.

Surprising Facts About Your Chimney--And The Chimney Sweep

If you have a fireplace at home and cannot remember exactly when it was cleaned and examined last, it is time to hire an experienced chimney sweep. However, choosing the right person for the job may not be as easy as you think. Today, the job description of a chimney sweep is more challenging and inclusive than it was just a few years ago, and that means it is easy to keep the chimney and fireplace safe and usable.

Give Crooks The Closed Window: Four Security Features To Add To Your Window Replacements

If you are going to have the windows in your home replaced, there are a lot of things to consider. You will want to choose the types of materials the windows are made of, their design and style, and so forth. You can also have things done with your window replacement to add security to your home. This can include things like hurricane shutters, security screens and sensors for alarm systems.