What Makes a Good Neighbor?

They say good fences make good neighbors, but we’d argue that’s probably not the only criteria. And being a good neighbor has benefits. The time and effort you put into making your neighborhood a better place can: Make your home safer, encouraging the neighbors to look out for you, and each other. Keep property values high. Help you make new friends with people who live on your street! Get you more invested in your neighborhood, which makes it a nicer, better place to live overall. But most of us have been trained to sort of live our lives and retreat.

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5 Outdoor Holiday Decorating Mistakes to Avoid this Season

If your decorations aren’t already up you’re probably already planning on adding something festive to your yard soon (unless you just aren’t into that sort of thing). Thing is, it doesn’t take much to turn your decor into a disaster. Here are 5 ways to make sure you avoid a display that sends Santa running for cover. Don’t overdo it with the lights. We’ve all seen that family who puts lights on every available outdoor surface. Like this picture. Right here.  The result isn’t festive: it’s gaudy. Besides, it’s a great way to send your electric bill into the stratosphere.

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Final Fall Gardening Tasks

Winter is coming! The Farmer’s Almanac predicts the first flurries of the year will happen around November 29th. That means you’ve only got a few short weeks to handle your final fall gardening tasks. Give Your Houseplants Some Shelter If you have houseplants which you put out during the warmer months then it’s time to bring them inside. Make sure you spray them down for unwanted pests before you do. GardenKnowHow.com also suggests taking this opportunity to get them pruned before you bring them inside. The site also suggests acclimating your plants by bringing them inside at night..

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