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April is Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month, reminding Florida residents to call 811 before planning any digging projects.  As a responsible homeowner, safe digging should be a top priority. 

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Simple Backyard Improvement Tips

Cooler months in Florida are rare therefore, we must take advantage of this time to work on the outside of our homes. Changing the landscaping of your home can give your home and property an updated and fresh look for the new year. Small changes made now, will allow you to enjoy your back yard once the temperatures rise to enjoy entertaining your family and friends outdoors.   Believe it or not, a small backyard can be made to feel larger by dividing the area into two distinct spaces. Experts say adding a simple wall such as trellises or a vine-covered wooden space will allow you to separate the space into two. If your space allows for two areas, it MUST be big. Place your BBQ grill on one side and create a relaxing area away from the grill with lounge chairs and side tables to enjoy your meals with family and friends in a “different” area.   When you can’t go sideways, go up! Consider adding accents to your backyard space such as gazebos, oversized tall planters, or a ...

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Easy Projects to Fall in Love with Your Home Again

    When you first move into your home, whether it is a fixer upper or in move-in ready condition, you undoubtedly, loved your home. However, after some time, your house can start looking a little worn or dated. February is a month all about love, as such, you should take this month to fall back in love with your home. By making a few changes, you may be able to do so, without it turning into a costly or messy project. There are lots of easy changes you can do to make your house feel like home again, here are a few options for you to consider:   Landscaping   Landscaping is often overlooked however, you do not have to dig up your entire yard or spend thousands of dollars to revitalize your landscaping. Adding some new plants, flowers, and pots can make a huge difference in the look outside your home. For some great gardening and landscaping ideas, visit our Pinterest page.   Paint A new coat of paint can make a huge difference in the look of your house. If re-painting the e ...

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Preparing the Landscape for a Hurricane

The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1st and ends November 30th, 2017. Each year, we gear up for this season by stocking up on canned food, bottled water, batteries and more. Although this is important, we should not forget about our plants and trees. We recently offered tips on protecting your plants during the winter season. Now, here are some tips to protect your plants during hurricane season.   Make a plan: If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you should plant high quality trees that have good structure. Planting more wind-resistant trees makes it more likely they will survive hurricane season. When the season comes near, pay attention to your trees to make sure they are in good shape. Look out for large, dead branches, as these should be removed to prevent damage to your home.   Protect the Harvest: If you have a vegetable garden, harvest all vegetables before the storm arrives to keep them out of harm’s way. Chances are, if high winds arrive, there will be littl ...

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What to Do with Your Plants During the Winter

Winter gardening can be a challenge. Most people don't even think it's possible. In order to save your plants in the winter, you must guard them against wind, root damage due to fluctuating temperatures and protect them from drying out. Please take these suggestions into consideration this winter in order to save your plants: Avoid exposing your plants: Inconsistent temperatures can cause significant injury to your plants. As a result of this, your plants could even be heaved out of the pot. To avoid this sort of damage, place your pots over soil instead of directly on the pavement can be dangerous, since the sun will quickly heat up, causing your pots to freeze and thaw many times during the day.  Choose a bigger pot: When choosing pots for your plants, bigger is always better. A smaller pot will freeze faster than a large one. The surrounding soil will provide proper insulation for plant roots. You should also choose a pot with at least one inch of thickness for enhanced protection. Smaller pots a ...

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Easy Plants to Garden

Florida Peninsula Insurance Company offers advice for home gardening

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