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Decks                              
Got an old wooden deck that has turned black
and gray with age?  
Try pressure washing it and then treat with a good quality waterproofing sealer with a tint base and UV protectant.In most situations you can turn an old and unappealing deck into one you can be proud of at a minimal cost and a short weekend of work.  Pressure washers can be rented from your local rental. Be sure and tell them what you're doing and they will be sure you get the right tool for the job.                                                     
Mulching
When you decide to put mulch in your flower bed or around your plantings,be sure to use some type of weed blocker.It will save you hours of weeding and keep you beds looking better throughout the year.
There are several different products available thru gardening centers and hardware stores.
One thing that works great is old newspapers,
Put them on the ground and then mulch over,this keeps the weeds from growing and the newsprint is biodegradable so you don't have a problem getting rid of it later
Bird Feeder
         Like to watch Birds in your garden? One simple easy way to attract birds is to spread peanut butter on a large pine cone and roll it in bird seed. Hang this from the limb of a tree. Makes a great bird feeder.
Some Ways to Use Baking Soda

To remove black scuff marks from linoleum floors, make a paste of water and baking soda and use a small sponge to easily clean away the marks.

Kitchen Help

To clean your copper or brass utensils, use half a lemon sprinkled Baking Soda and use as scouring pad. This will clean aluminum but it will also darken the finish.

Siding Cleaner

If you have a home with vinyl or aluminum siding this may be of some help. When your siding starts to look a little dull try making a cleaning solution of Baking Soda and water. Apply with a large brush and rinse with a water hose. Does wonders for dull coloring and does'nt cost nearly as much as commercial cleaners.








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