6 Fast Fixes for July
Easy ways to keep up your home during summer stress
If they need shaping, give juniper and pine trees a light trim now, after they've established their new spring growth.
Confirm the location of your gas and water shutoff valves and learn how to turn off the electricity, in case of severe summer weather.
Give yours a refresher by removing the cover and wiping it and the blades with a damp cloth. Be sure to disconnect the power at the circuit breaker first.
To keep kids safe, check the auto-reverse feature by placing a block of wood in each door's path; if it doesn't bounce back after hitting the wood, call a pro.
Hand-pulling is easier after a summer rain, thanks to softened soil. For dry weeding, use a hoe to cut just below the soil line.
Concrete looking grimy? Spray with outdoor mildew remover before scrubbing away. Hose the area generously before and after to prevent damage to surrounding plants.