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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Tips to Secure Your Home in Spring

March 31, 2016 1:51 am

Warmer weather is on the way! From freshening up the home to planning a pre-summer getaway, we all have tasks to look forward to come spring. Amid the spring fever, it’s important to be mindful of your home’s security, says Steve Kolobaric, spokesperson for security solution provider Weiser Lock.

Kolobaric’s safety tips include:

• Inspect entry points around your home for winter-related damage. Ensure window locks are functional and gates or fences are secure, and replace any burnt-out bulbs in outdoor lighting. If you’ve recently purchased the home, change the door locks if you have not done so already.

• If clearing storage areas while spring cleaning, be sure to cut, stack and tie cardboard boxes together when you place them in the recycle. Leaving boxes as-is, especially if they’re for expensive items like televisions, computers or video game consoles, can give thieves incentive to burglarize the home.

• When spending time outdoors, lock your front door. It may seem excessive, but most break-ins occur through an unlocked front door. Be sure to lock windows when closing them for the night.

• If traveling for spring break, ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your property while you’re gone. Ask them to collect the mail, sweep (or shovel!) the walk way, or occasionally park a car in the driveway to make it appear someone is home.

Source: Weiser Lock

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3 Tips to Get Your Yard Summer-Ready

March 31, 2016 1:51 am

(Family Features)—Year after year, our yards endure the winter elements—and that wear-and-tear can mean less time outdoors come summer. To get your yard into summer shape, start preparing now with these tips, courtesy of the experts at Sun Joe, a leading outdoor power equipment provider.

Preparing the Garden
Prepare planting beds by using a tiller before seeding. Loosening up existing soil helps water and nutrients reach your new plants' roots. Add manure before tilling to create a healthy growing environment. Mulch around your plants—a 2- to 3-inch-deep layer will keep roots cool in the upcoming summer months.

Preparing the Lawn
Wait for the soil to dry out before starting work on your lawn—working with soggy soil can harm tender grass roots. Once the soil is dry, mow only once you need to; grass is at its healthiest if you cut no more than a third of the blade.

Preparing the Patio
Use a pressure washer to eliminate grime, which can build up significantly over winter. Whether you own your own equipment or plan to rent or buy it, be sure to read the instruction manual thoroughly before operating.

Source: Sun Joe

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