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Weeding Tips and Tricks

Weeding Tips and Tricks

Weeds can be aggressive and invasive to your beautiful lawn so it’s important to learn how to best get rid of them and keep them away. Even though it takes some work, it is worth it, in the end, in order to enjoy your lawn and gardens without pesky weeds.

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First, the most important rule to remember when weeding is to not leave the roots behind. After you pull it out, if the roots are left the weeds will grow back. So be sure to grab it close to the ground and not leave any behind.

Tug of war

Another key trick to help make weeding easier is to do it when the grass is wet after the rain. This helps the weeds to pull out easier. If there is no rain in the forecast, you can water your garden and lawn yourself before you start pulling.

Clean fill wanted

When planting your garden remember to not leave bare spots for the weeds to move in. Space plants apart as recommended and fill in unused spaces with a liberal amount of mulch. Use mulch as much as possible as it retains the moisture and doesn’t let weeds grow.

Natural weed killer

To kill tough weeds you can make a solution with vinegar and water in a spray bottle, which works as a weed killer. Just be sure to only spray the weeds and not the plants.

Keep away

The last tip is after you pull the weeds out, do not throw them in a compost pile as any seeds that have already formed might spout. Keep on top of the weeding to make it a less tedious job and achieve that desirable weed-free yard you’ll love.

How to Price Your Home for Sale

How to Price Your Home for Sale

One of the most important – and trickiest – considerations when selling your home is listing it for the right price! An overpriced home is the number one reason it won’t sell. When it’s priced too high it can sit on the market for far too long and turn into a stale listing. Here are some ways to best find out how much your house is worth.

Nice price
Pricing is all about supply and demand and turning to someone with experience in the market will really make a difference. Real estate agents are professionals with in-depth knowledge and can guide you to set the price just right. Also getting a licensed appraisal done by an expert appraiser is a great way to get professional advice to make this important decision.

Neighbourhood sales
The best place to start determining what your home is worth is to check the sale prices of homes in your neighbourhood, known as ‘comparables’. Look at every home that’s been listed in your area in the last three months. Keep in mind you want to compare apples to apples, so find homes listed with similar age and square footage. You’ll have to adjust prices for lot size variances, configuration and upgrades. Also, compare the original list price to final sale price to see any price reductions.

Market watch
Another key factor is knowing where the market’s at. In a seller’s market, you might add 10 per cent more to the last comparable sale, because when there are little inventory and lots of buyers, you can ask for more. In a neutral market, you may want to set your price at the last comparable sale.

And remember to leave a bit of a cushion for negotiation. Buyers love to haggle, so don’t start out with the absolute lowest price your willing to go.

Taking Care of Your AC

Taking Care of Your AC

Hot, sticky summers can be more bearable by cooling off at home with air conditioning (AC). To keep it running efficiently and properly, it’s important to observe proper maintenance. This will help you save money and increase its lifespan. With some regular attention, you can increase the efficiency of your AC unit. Here are a few ways to make sure it runs at its best for you this summer.

Professional inspection
Keep on top of maintenance and inspection. Having a professional inspect the unit will help find any problems to keep it working in perfect condition. You can also check for common problems yourself, such as weak airflow and leakages which could indicate that there’s a blockage in the unit itself or the filter is clogged.

Clean & clear
Clean the unit and keep the area around it clear. To clean the unit turn off the power and then remove the fan cage to clean away the debris from the interior by hand or with a vacuum. Next, clean the fins by using a brush attachment or a Shop-Vac to remove dirt. Then rinse the outside with a hose. Clear the area around the condenser unit by removing any debris that could be obstructing airflow from the condenser fan. Rake back leaves and cut back branches at least two feet in all directions.

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Check the filter every three months and either clean or replace as needed. A clogged air filter can make the unit work harder, waste energy and shorten the compressor’s life.

By doing these easy steps you’ll keep your AC running smoothly all season.

July Happenings in Haldimand County

July Happenings in Haldimand County

There is always something to do in beautiful Haldimand County! This peaceful, scenic area throws lots of fun events for the community, including the following.

Mysterious Night Skies
July 6-7
Visit Rock Point Park in Haldimand County for Mysterious Night Skies.  Be led by park staff and special guests from the Royal Astronomical Society through an information and viewing session of the twinkling night sky. Visit www.ontarioparks.com/park/rockpoint for more information.

No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum Open House
July 7
For anybody new in town who wants to learn a little about Dunnville, they may want to visit No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum Open House. Tour historical exhibits and vintage aircraft while visiting arts and crafts vendors from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission.

Pool Days!
Cool off in the pool and get a bit exercise too!  Visit www.haldimandcounty.on.ca for the full aquatic event schedule. Choose from aquafit, public swim, and fitness swim times.  Dip into your local community centre and find out how.  Parents can also bring the little ones to cool off at the Splash pad in Hagersville or the Dunnville Wading Pool.

Summer days at the library
Parents and children can meet up at the library for lots of activities, story times and Lego Ukulele Club and more. Visit www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/ to learn more.

Dunnville BIA Sidewalk Sale
July 8
Calling all shopaholics! Dunnville BIA Sidewalk Sale is taking over downtown.  Dine and shop away your SundayFunday in Dunnville. This annual event is a great way to support and interact with local business owners in the community.

Charm of Haldimand County

Charm of Haldimand County

Haldimand County is a vast and beautiful region with plenty of great small communities located along the Grand River and Lake Erie.

Hagersville is small community located along Highway 6 that has everything a growing family could possibly need.  It’s a great rural neighbourhood perfectly situated between both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Hagersville is home to Catholic and public elementary schools, a secondary school and West Haldimand General Hospital.  Residents can be at the lake or river in minutes or they can go for a dip at Hagersville Lions Pool.  Hagersville has its own arena and public library branch for all sorts of extra curriculum programs for all ages. Be in downtown Hamilton or with feet up in the sand within an hour in either direction.  A great mix of home styles, big box retailers, franchise eateries and amenities makes Hagersville a must see for homebuyers!

Peacock Point is a hidden gem along the Lake Erie coastline.  This small hub is  surrounded by shoreline and the Haldimand Conservation Area and Selkirk Provincial Park.  Being more of a cottage community, Peacock Point doesn’t have schools and is essentially supplied only by Peacock Point Variety Store.  However, it shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re looking for your next summer home or vacation spot. Take a cruise along South Coastal Drive and see the properties for yourself.  Peacock Point has so much to offer seasonally and exclusive vantage points to Lake Erie.

Haldimand is a vast county with so much conservation and farmland.  Great fishing, beaches, conservation areas and provincial parks make it a wonderful place to call home.

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