For the past several weeks, we have had very, very hot and humid days. Our flowers have wilted and our lawns are looking like dry, golden wheat. This kind of weather has a definite effect on our homes and yards, but there are simple solutions to many common summertime troubles.
Are unsightly weeds growing between your patio stones, unistone pavers, driveway or walkway? Here is a great way to keep them under control. Pour boiling water over them. If you have a lot of weeds, it will take time, but it will be worth it! What the boiling water does is scald the roots, thereby killing the weeds. Make sure to pour slowly so the water gets into the cracks and right down into the roots. Easy, and doesn't cost you a cent!
Mosquitoes are definitely pesky pests! The good news is it's easier to eradicate them than you might think. All you need to do is spray Listerine into the air in a circular motion and they'll take off faster than a speeding bullet. This is the perfect way to get rid of them any time, whether you're just sitting out on the deck reading a book or you're having an outdoor party. Oh, and by the way, if you do get bitten, putting an ice cube over the bite area immediately takes away any itchiness. By the same token, if you should be stung by a bee (and you don't suffer with a life-threatening bee allergy), forget applying medicated creams. Simply place a penny over the affected area and the copper in the penny will counteract the bee's venom.
Lawn cutting after the rain
First dry, humid heat - then endless rain. With this rain over the past two weeks our lawns have come back two-fold. And that can make it hard for lawn mowing, as you may have several lumps of wet grass across your yard. However, there is no need to rake. That takes far too much work. I recommend getting a blower and blowing the clumps so they will break up and settle over the lawn. Then re-cut the grass, and all the excess grass will go where it is supposed to - back into the lawn. If you have a mulching lawnmower, that is what it does. If you don't have one, when it comes time to get a new mower, think about getting this type as it will help mulch the grass cuttings back into the soil.
Another use for boiling water
Have salt stains on the carpet in your car? Take a hot cloth like a tea towel and lay it over the stain, then pour boiling water on the cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes, then remove the cloth. Salt stain gone! If the salt stains are on the side carpet, you may need a scrub brush, but they will soon disappear. Of course, if you have lots of stains, it may take more than one application, but this is a sure-fire way easy way to take care of the problem fast.
I hope you enjoyed these simple, no-cost solutions for common home and yard problems during the summertime. I intend to write many articles this Summer and Fall, with the three major articles being on windows, shingles, and furnaces.
Watch for more articles coming up.
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