Welcome to the first issue of Your Home, a free newsletter designed to help you maintain and enjoy your Connecticut home.
Your Home will feature do-it-yourself home maintenance tips and info, seasonal information about your Connecticut home and garden, and expert advice from our founder and home guru, J Reilly. In the future we are planning on adding guest writers on various topics such as the real estate market, energy efficiency and Connecticut living.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or ideas you have about Your Home. We hope you enjoy the first issue!
Do It Yourself
Leaky Basements in Spring
We’ve had an unusually wet spring and in these circumstances even the driest of basements may get damp or wet. The most common reason for a wet basement is drainage problems around the perimeter of the home caused by clogged or broken gutters or by grading issues around the foundation of your home. Find out how you can identify and fix these problems yourself... CLICK to CONTINUE >
Garden Quick List
Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs & Ornamentals
If you're eager to get out the pruning tools, check our list of spring bloomers before you cut! Many new homeowners make the common mistake of cutting off the branches that will soon bloom, resulting in a lackluster display of flowers... CLICK to CONTINUE >
Easy Organic Lawn Care
Did you know that most artificial fertilizers don’t really do anything to improve the long term health of the soil? In fact, most of them degrade the soil and kill beneficial insects like ladybugs and butterflys.
Additionally, most homeowners apply too much fertilizer which leads to run off into natural drinking water systems or lakes, ponds and Long Island Sound. Over application also contributes to respiratory problems and can damage skin like bare feet and the paws of our pets.
Find out some easy tips and solutions for maintaining your lawn organically. Or, just hire one of the lawncare companies that have gone organic... CLICK to CONTINUE >
A Weed Loved & Hated, the Dandelion
Dandelions, or "tooth of the lion", were brought to North America by the French in the 1700s as they were commonly used as salad greens. Toss the greens into salad but make sure you pick them before the flowers go to seed otherwise you'd wish you hadn't as they then get quite bitter. Check out more of the reasons why we hate these beloved "weeds." CLICK to CONTINUE >