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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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The Secret to a Healthy Home Garden

June 2, 2015 1:09 am

What's the key to a garden full of healthy plants? The secret is in the soil, says Melinda Myers, author and host of Melinda’s Garden Moment.

"Most homeowners don't have great garden soil in their yards," says Myers. ”The soil in most suburban yards has been damaged during the construction process. Typically it was scraped away and sold, or it was compacted during building."

Healthy plants require the right growing conditions and healthy, fertile soil. One way to improve the condition of your soil is through peat moss, which naturally absorbs water and slowly releases it to plants. In addition to helping to balance the soil's water retention and drainage, peat moss also improves soil aeration that improves plant health.

"The best way to improve soil is to add amendments such as compost and peat moss," says Myers. "Peat moss improves water drainage in clay soil, and peat moss helps lean, sandy soil retain water.”

Myers recommends adding 2-3 inches of organic matter to the top 12 inches of soil, which is the “basic zone” for most plantings.

Source: PeatMoss.com

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Save on Utilities with DIY Filter Swap

June 2, 2015 1:09 am

\One of the easiest ways to boost indoor air quality at home is to change the filter on your HVAC unit. Replacing the filter becomes even more important when your cooling unit is running consistently, according to the experts at FiltersUSA. An inefficient filter can produce greater stress on the blower motor and restrict airflow, increasing energy expenses and the possibility of a breakdown.



How can you tell when the filter must be replaced? A general rule of thumb is to replace the filter at times proportional to the frequency of use. Doing so will prevent the cooling coil from becoming clogged or freezing.



To change the filter, turn the air conditioner off, open the cabinet and pull out the old filter, noting the direction of the airflow arrow. Insert a new filter in the same direction of the arrow.



The type of filter you use will have different results. A denser filter media with a higher MERV rain will capture smaller particles; electronic air cleaners remove the smallest particles.

If you live in an apartment building with limited access to the HVAC unit, consider using an inexpensive portable room air cleaner, many of which are small enough to move from room to room and offer true HEPA filtration.



Source: FiltersUSA.com


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