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6 Things to Do This Summer

Add these best practices to your summer routine

Harvest Herbs

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Snip 2- to 3-inch cuttings after the morning dew has dried, and store them in the fridge loosely wrapped to prevent premature mold.

Check Tire Pressure on Lawn Mowers

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Unevenly inflated pneumatic tires can cause steering issues and uneven cuts. Test yours using a tire-pressure gauge.

Banish Grass Stains

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To save your carpet from tracked-in turf, mix ¼ teaspoon laundry detergent with 1 cup cold water and blot onto the stain using a clean cloth, working from the outside in.

Surge Safely

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Before summer storms hit, plug large electronics and appliances into top-quality surge protectors to safeguard the devices from damage and reduce the risk of household fires.

Brighten Exterior Lights

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Bugs and dust can dampen their glow. Give them a boost by washing covers with glass cleaner and wiping bulbs with a dry microfiber cloth.

Repair Screen Doors

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Use a utility knife to cut a clean square around the hole, then patch it using a repair kit from the home center.