Ad Sack: Find classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, events and more!: Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Top Story

Checklist: The Right Equipment To Create The Yard Of Your Dreams

(NAPSI)—These days, many families are spending more time at home and “staycation-ing.” A beautiful landscape improves curb appeal and can increase your home value by as much as 17%, so investing in yard care can be a smart financial decision. An amazing yard extends valuable living space and helps you and your family de-stress and enjoy time outside.The right lawn equipment can make yard work more pleasant. With a refocus on staying home, now might be the time to invest in new equipment, which is more efficient, quieter, and more ergonomic than ever before. In addition, more power options are available including solar, battery/electric, propane or gasoline-powered equipment. There are even autonomous, robotic options available for mowing your lawn.To help you decide on whether to update your yard equipment, here’s a checklist from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of power equipment, small engines and battery power, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars.1.Plan your yard needs. Draw a sketch and include such major features as trees, bushes, a garden, flower beds, lawn furniture, play or sports equipment, or a patio. Note where maintenance is required. Will bushes need to be trimmed back? Do you want to install more flowering bushes or trees? Are you planning to add a fence and more grass for your pet and games?2.Consider your equipment. Visit your garage or shed and find those forgotten lawn and garden tools. Make a list of what you need and what needs to be upgraded.3.Consider upgrading or adding equipment. If you have a large garden, you may need a cultivator or tiller. If you have a large lawn, a riding or zero-turn lawn mower can make mowing easier. Alternatively, you can get a robotic lawn mower that mows autonomously. A string trimmer makes caring for bushes or trimming grass near a fence line easier. A pole pruner trims back limbs that are too high to reach safely with a saw, and a leaf blower clears leaves faster than a rake. A wood chipper turns branches into mulch. Mower attachments can aerate your lawn or collect leaves. 4.Research online before buying. Think about efficiencies of scale. Equipment may be sized to handle a smaller job or a massive one, and tasks can be a little easier with some of today’s ergonomic, super-charged equipment. Ultimately, your decision should be based on your needs. The right equipment can mean more time for other activities, and mean doing yard work is more enjoyable for you.5.Ask questions. Talk with the staff at the store or ask online about the equipment. In the store, pick up and hold equipment to determine its “fit” for you. Discuss safety features and manufacturer fueling and care instructions. Find out how often equipment may need to be serviced. 

  • icon Updated: Yesterday

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Recent Headlines

Wednesday 07/08/2020
5 time-saving tips for faster cleanup this summer
Updated: July 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - With summer in full swing, backyards are the ultimate oasis for warm-weather traditions like grilling or enjoying frozen treats and ice-cold drinks on the patio. And after months distanced from friends, family and colleagues at home, the need to physically distance from chores and get outside is at an all-time high. Try these five tips to conquer kitchen cleanup, spend less time indoors and more time enjoying the summer sun:

Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If you often find yourself standing in front of a closet bursting with clothes but can’t find anything to wear, it may be time for a makeover – not only for your wardrobe, but for your closet, too.

Add Natural Light to Any Room
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home can help make spaces feel larger and more inviting. An option like Sun Tunnel Skylights from Velux are a cost-effective, healthy way to transform nearly any room by funneling natural light from the roof through the attic to the area below.

Productive Paint Projects
Posted: July 08, 2020

(Family Features) With many homeowners seeking to renovate or reshape the look of their homes, one common project stands above many others: painting.

This Week's e-Edition

Close/Open Ad