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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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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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Have You Sprung for Flood Insurance?

March 31, 2016 1:51 am

Homes in high-risk flood areas are not the only ones that need flood insurance. Approximately one in four of all flood disasters occur in areas with low to moderate risk of flooding.

Floods can happen anywhere, anytime—not just near the coast, lakes and rivers, warns the Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut (PIACT), a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies, brokerages and their employees throughout the state.

Torrential rain, snow melt and mudslides can all cause flood losses. Teri Walsh, PIACT president, reminds homeowners that generally, coverage provided by a standard home or business policy does not include damage caused by flooding or mudslides.

Walsh says this type of damage could be extremely destructive to your property, and without the proper insurance coverage, you could be devastated financially.

It's important to remember that, with very few exceptions (such as a lender requiring coverage on a brand new house), you must wait 30 days before coverage becomes effective.

A professional insurance agent can help with details on how the right coverage can protect you from the aftermath of flooding.

To find out your flood risk, explore coverage options or find an agent in your area, visit FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419.

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