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Many homeowners aim for a picture perfect lawn, but Mother Nature may have other things in mind, such as less than stellar growing conditions for their lawns, plants and other foliage. It can be easy to become frustrated when your yard is too muddy, too shady, or has soil that doesn’t allow anything to grow. However, there is hope. Brett Black of White House Lawns and Landscaping of Red Oak said there are plenty of options for homeowners with lackluster lawns. For homeowners with too much shade in their yards, Black first recommends thinning out the tree canopy to allow sunshine to reach the yard. Additionally, Black said there are many fescue grass blends that are tailored toward specific sunlight scenarios. Homeowners may find that low-light blends will grow better in shady areas. Hostas can also help decorate a shady area, said Black, as well as other ground cover plants. If all else fails, a homeowner might use landscaping as a way to decorate the shady spots – making it look as though it’s intentional. The soil in Southwest Iowa is mostly Loess soil, a mixture of clay

and sand. Black said most fescue grasses grow well in the Loess soil, which is a good thing. In general, Black said the soil in this area is great, thus the reason why it’s such a great agricultural area. However, great soil can’t help much when it comes to irrigation issues. Improper drainage and low-lying areas in a yard can become a muddy mess, but luckily, Black said it’s fixable. Installing a draining system or having the property sloped to draw water away can sometimes be done by a homeowner but is often best left to a professional. You may need to dig trenches, and the property may need to be regraded to make a difference. As for other lawn issues, Black said because of last year’s hot and dry conditions, he recommends aerating lawns this spring to break up the compacted soil. “We need to get that soil opened up,” said Black. The amount of aeration depends on how compact the soil in, and Black said soil needs to be moist during aeration, but not wet. “For the most part, a nice looking lawn just has to do with maintenance and mowing at the right height.”

soil retain water and nutrients, which will help your garden thrive. “If you’re going to do a flowerbed or landscape bed, you don’t need to till it, but make sure you get rid of all the weeds and grass before you start planting. A preemergence herbicide is never a bad thing to put in first,” Crawford said. “I’ve heard people talk about laying wet newspapers in the soil to prevent weed growth, but the thing about paper is, it does decompose; landscape fabric will stay there for years and still allows moisture to get through. You’ll still get some weeds, but nothing compared to what you would otherwise.” Crawford said landscape fabric costs approximately 40 cents a running foot. n Timing is everything. When you plant is sometimes as important as what you plant. Crawford’s rule of thumb is: if the ground is not frozen, trees and shrubs can be planted, but summer annual things, like geranium flowers, are safer to plant after May tenth’s frost date. He said pansies could survive in 26 degrees, as they can handle cold, but not heat. Hold fast to these suggestions or your garden might not grow much at all. Keep in mind many seedlings need significant light throughout the day. n Mulch much! “When you mulch, your flower beds look better, it helps prevent weeds, and it will hold moisture better than the soil,” said Crawford. Mulch also keeps soil in the bed, helping roots grow stronger, while deterring bugs and preventing weed growth. And, many gardeners find mulch adds an inexpensive visual appeal to their garden. n Keep it clean. Beginners rarely recognize the importance of cleaning gardening tools before putting them away. “When pruning different things, it’s important to clean the tools after each variety of plant is pruned, or fungus from one plant will be transferred to the next,” Crawford said. He suggests spraying the tool with a bleachwater ratio of one part bleach to 50 parts water. At the end of each gardening session, clean all tools thoroughly, as soil left on garden tools can play host to harmful microbes that could kill the plants. Gardening can be a labor-intensive yet gratifying hobby. By sticking to a few simple rules, beginners can develop a thriving garden that will reward all of that hard work.

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Unseasonably warm weather conditions this winter have jumpstarted the growth of fruit trees and plants across Iowa. “The nice warm winter was good for us because there was not a lot of damage for our perennial fruit crops,” Joe Hannan, Iowa State University Extension commercial horticulture field specialist for central and western Iowa, said. “We saw very little, if any damage, to our apples, grapes, sweet cherries, peaches and brambles.” Hannan said it was fairly unusual for less hardy fruits like sweet cherries and peaches to come through an Iowa winter unscathed. However, each of those fruits has already bloomed and apples are currently in bloom. As a result, local residents with fruit trees should have already started their pest management programs. Meanwhile, people growing strawberries need to closely watch their plants, if they are still under mulch, and get them uncovered once new leaves start to emerge. Although the growing cycle in Iowa is currently a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, Hannan said there are still two significant factors that could impact the growth of local fruit crops. The first threat is the lingering potential of frost. “With everything breaking buds, there is a susceptibility to frost. That is what everybody is interested in,” Hannan said. Typically, Hannan said May 10 is considered the end of the frost period for Iowa. Still, he said frosts are very site specific. Even if Southwest Iowa had a cold period, injury to perennial fruits would vary from location to location. The second factor is drought conditions that have developed in portions of the state as a result of the low snowfall totals. Hannan said Southwest Iowa is currently not considered one of those drought zones. However, he said growers in north central and northwest Iowa are experiencing the most severe lack of moisture at the present time. Still, he said irrigation practices can offset those drought conditions. “So long as there is a water supply for irrigation, this is manageable,” Hannan said. Finally, Hannan reminded local fruit growers that the production season is just getting underway. He said the unpredictability of weather in Iowa could still impact production totals in the state. “I’m not sure if the early start to the growing season will push the harvest forward because we do not know what the rest of the season is going to be like,” Hannan said.

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Home Projects PERFECT FOR SPRING The rejuvenating spirit of spring makes this beloved season an ideal time for homeowners to take stock of their homes and properties and address any issues that arose during the winter. While some homes make it through winter unscathed, the harsh weather of the year’s coldest season can add several tasks to homeowners’ springtime to-do lists. While some projects are best left to the professionals, others can be tackled even by those homeowners with little or no DIY experience. The following are a handful of projects tailor-made for spring.

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Inspect the gutters Gutters tend to bear the brunt of harsh winter weather, and come spring gutters are in need of inspection if not repair. Winter winds, snow and heavy rainfall can compromise the effectiveness of gutters, which can easily accumulate debris and detach from homes during winter storms. In addition, gutters sometimes develop leaks over the winter months. As a result, homeowners should conduct a careful inspection of their gutters come the spring, being sure to look for leaks while clearing the gutters of debris and reattaching gutters that might have become detached from the home on windy winter days and nights. When reattaching loose gutters, make sure the downspouts are draining away from the foundation, as gutters that are not draining properly can cause damage to that foundation and possibly lead to flooding. Take stock of roof shingles Much like its gutters and downspouts, a home’s roof can suffer significant damage over the course of a typical winter. Shingles may be lost to harsh winter winds and storms, so homeowners should examine the roof to determine if any shingles were lost (lost shingles might even be lying around the property) or suffered damage that’s considerable enough to require replacement. Summer can be especially brutal on shingles, especially those that suffered significant damage during the winter. If left unchecked or unaddressed, problems with damaged shingles can quickly escalate into larger issues when spring rains and summer sun inevitably arrive, so homeowners should prioritize fixing or replacing damaged shingles as quickly as possible. Check for freeze damage Frozen temperatures can be hard on humans and homes alike, but unlike humans who can stay inside when temperatures dip below freezing, homes are forced to withstand the elements throughout the winter. External hose faucets are often susceptible to freeze damage. To inspect such faucets, turn the water on and then place a thumb or finger over the opening of the faucet. If your thumb or finger can completely stop the flow of water, the pipe where the water is coming from is likely damaged and will need to be replaced. Examine the lawn for low spots Once a lawn has thawed out, homeowners can patrol their properties looking for low spots in the yard or even low spots within spitting distance of the home’s foundation. Such spots increase the likelihood of flooding. Flooding near a home’s foundation increases the risk of potentially costly damage, while low spots on the lawn that go ignored can make great breeding grounds for insects, including mosquitoes, when the weather warms up. When low spots are detected, fill them in with compacted soil. Compacted soil can prevent spring rains from flooding a yard or damaging a home’s foundation. Assessing potential property damage is a rite of passage for homeowners in the spring. Though some damage is significant, oftentimes even novice DIYers can work their homes and properties back into shape in time to enjoy spring and summer. Article provided by

Getting started on spring cleaning For homeowners, spring cleaning is one of the annual rites of spring. The return of warmer weather presents the perfect opportunity for homeowners to open the windows, let some fresh air in and tidy up after a few months spent cooped up inside while the weather outside was frightful. But now that spring has arrived, the time to clean up around the house has come. Homeowners about to start on their annual spring cleaning should consider the following before beginning. Get the right tools The right tools won’t necessarily be a hammer and nails, but cleaning products that can make spring cleaning more efficient. Rubber gloves, cleaning products (preferably natural products that are good for the environment) and enough garbage bags to discard a winter’s worth of clutter should all be on hand before you begin cleaning. If they’re not, you’ll likely need to make a trip to the store while cleaning, which can be time-consuming and prolong the process. Take some inventory Many people have no problem buying new clothes, but they do find it hard to get rid of older items. Part of spring cleaning is tossing old items you no longer use, and that includes clothing. Clothing can take up a significant amount of space, so take some inventory on your wardrobe and decide which items you want to keep and which ones you can afford to discard or even donate.

Address the windows If the last several months have been especially cold or snowy, then you might not have looked out the windows in quite some time. Unfortunately, those windows might have accumulated quite the amount of dirt and grime while you were huddled inside. When washing the windows, do so on a cloudy day, as the sun can actually cause streaking. In addition, be mindful of what you’re using to wipe down the windows post-cleaning. Microfiber rags typically give windows a great shine without any streaking. The blinds and drapes will also need to be addressed, as they have likely accumulated some dust over the last few months. Dust the valance and the frame, and wipe the blinds down with a damp cloth. You can also use your vacuum’s upholstery and brush attachments to further clean blinds and drapes. Tidy up the bed You likely wash your bed linens regardless of the season. When spring cleaning, toss these linens into the washing machine and don’t forget to wash the mattress pads and bed skirting as well. While those items are in the wash, flip all the mattresses in your household. Don’t forget the kitchen The kitchen is not immune to clutter, and it’s especially easy for items to overstay their welcome in the refrigerator and the kitchen cabinets. Look for old takeout containers

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TOP DRIVER DISTRACTIONS Distracted driving can be very dangerous. Diverting one’s attention from the road for mere seconds can have serious, and potentially fatal, consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found distracted driving kills more than 15 people each day while injuring more than 1,200. Any activity that takes attention away from driving is considered a distraction. These include taking your hands off the wheel, daydreaming or engaging in any behavior that takes your eyes off of the road. Certain activities are known distractions, and understanding which habits can be dangerous and making strides to correct behaviors can help save lives, prevent injuries and reduce accident-related expenses. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute indicates 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes in the United States involve some form of driver distraction. This distraction took place a mere three seconds before the vehicle crash. An Allstate Canada marketing survey of 1,605 Canadian adults conducted between July 26 and July 28 found that, although the vast majority of Canadians thinks driving while distracted is unacceptable, nearly three out of four Canadian drivers admits to engaging in a behavior that is considered a distraction. That is perhaps in part because drivers are not aware just how distracting some the following behaviors truly are. Using mobile phones Leading the list of the top distractions behind the wheel are mobile phones. Phones now do more than just place calls, and drivers often cannot pull away from their phones, even when driving. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, studies have shown that driving performance is lowered and the level of distraction is higher for drivers who are heavily engaged in cell phone conversations. The use of a hands-free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle crashes and near-crashes attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening. Accident rates have increased thanks to texting, which involves a person taking his or her hands and eyes off of the road. A 2009 study by Car and Driver magazine

compared the dangers of texting while driving to the effects of driving drunk to see which would be more dangerous under the same conditions. Measuring the time it takes to brake after being alerted by a red light to stop, the reaction time was recorded when the driver was legally drunk, reading an e-mail and sending a text. Texting easily elicited the slowest response time. Ironically, in January 2011, Texas man Chance Bothe drove off of a cliff after texting that he had to stop texting or risk dying in a car accident. Bothe survived but sustained significant injuries and had to be revived from death three times. Moving Objects Whether there’s a pet bouncing in the front seat or children being boisterous in the back, passengers and items moving around the car are significant distractions. Turning around to look at the kids or to reach for a ball that may be rolling around on the floor of the car can take a person’s eyes off the road. If something really is important and needs to be addressed, it is much safer to pull over and take care of it before getting back on the road. Daydreaming Many people will admit to daydreaming behind the wheel or looking at a person or object outside of the car for too long. Perhaps they’re checking out a house in a new neighborhood or thought they saw someone they knew on the street corner. It can be easy to veer into the direction your eyes are focused, causing an accident. In addition to trying to stay focused on the road, some drivers prefer the help of lane departure warning systems. Eating Those who haven’t quite mastered walking and chewing gum at the same time may want to avoid eating while driving. The majority of foods require a person’s hands to be taken off of the wheel and their eyes to be diverted from the road. Reaching in the back seat to share some French fries with the kids is also distracting. Try to eat meals before getting in the car. For those who must snack while en route, take a moment to pull over at a rest area and spend 10 minutes snacking there before resuming the trip.

Most people purchase a car for its looks and performance. However, unless the auto is kept in a garage and never driven, it is impossible to keep it in pristine condition. In many cases, damage to the clear coat or enamel paint on the car is something vehicle owners expect. A car owner who decides he or she wants the car to remain in the best shape possible will have to take an active role in maintenence and damage prevention. One of the key things to remember is to never allow any substance to remain on the paint for too long; otherwise the risk for damage increases. Also, it may be very difficult to clean if the offender is allowed to sit on the paint. Here are some other factors to consider. n UV light: Just as UV light can affect skin, hair and other parts of the body, it also can affect the paint on a car. UV rays oxidize the paint and cause a white, powdery film to form on the car. Washing the car frequently enough and applying the best quality wax will help keep UV rays from penetrating through the paint. n Over sprays: Life does not stop to allow cars to drive through, particularly when it comes to construction zones. It’s possible for a car to be doused in paint spray, tar, concrete, and other chemicals that are routinely used in construction. Do not allow these substances to harden on the car. Rinse promptly with automotive soap. Try to avoid construction zones whenever possible. n Rain: Both acid rain and regular rainwater (and other sources of water) can dissolve paint over time. The U.S. Geological Survey has said that water is a universal solvent because it can dissolve more substances than any other liquid. Whenever the car becomes wet, it should be dried with a towel or chamois and not allowed to air dry. n Natural substances: Tree sap, bird droppings and splattered insects contain compounds that can erode the paint on a car. Avoid parking under large trees where sap and bird


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droppings may be prevalent. In terms of bug splatter, try to wash it off as soon as possible to alleviate damage. n Eggs: Oftentimes, rambunctious children think it is funny to egg a car. However, the enzymes and sulfur content in eggs can cause paint and clear coat to dissolve, leaving white spots in the wake of the egg. Because egg can be sticky and very hard to remove once dried, it is helpful to wash it off as soon as possible. It takes only a few hours for the damage to be permanent. n Bleach: Although a bleach-and-water solution is often heralded for its ability to clean many things, it should not be used on a car. Bleach is an oxidizer and it will pit metal and discolor paint. Be careful with pool chemicals as well, as chlorinator is usually regular household bleach. There are many things that can damage a car paint job. Although it’s impossible to shield the car from everything, there are precautions that can be taken. Article provided by

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Tips when driving in rainy conditions

Rainy weather can arrive any time of year. While an afternoon spent indoors watching the drops fall can be relaxing, driving in the rain is anything but. It requires extra concentration and improved reaction time. Rainy conditions can be challenging and treacherous, and drivers should proceed with caution on rain-slicked roads. Rain is blamed for many accidents, but many of these situations are largely preventable among drivers who adapt to the weather and roadway conditions. Here are some things to consider. n Reduced visibility occurs from wiper blades, glare (particularly at night) and heavy downpours. When you are unable to see the road ahead, including other vehicles, reduce your speed. If the rain is coming down in torrents, pull over to the side of the road and wait for a respite. Turn on your lights to ensure you are visible to other cars on the road. n Recognize that rain can cause slick conditions. A film of water develops on the roadways, and that can affect the performance of your vehicle’s tires. Less traction means the car can slip and slide. Hydroplaning, or coasting on the surface of the water, is common. Another, lesser-known condition is slickness caused by grease and oil in the asphalt. During a long dry spell, these substances build up on the roads. When it rains, the oil and water doesn’t mix, bringing the oils to the surface and exacerbating slick conditions. The first few hours of a rainstorm can be quite dangerous until heavier rains wash the oils away. n Water spraying up onto tires and brakes can compromise braking ability. That means it could take longer to stop under wet conditions. Do not tailgate and leave extra room between vehicles. If you drive through a puddle of water, pump the brakes and test them out to be sure you can stop. Brake earlier so that other drivers understand your intentions and can react accordingly. n Avoid extremely large puddles. First of all, you cannot judge the depth of the puddle and you may end up getting stuck, especially in the event of roadway flooding. Water splashing into the engine compartment may damage electrical components. Steer around puddles to be on the safe side. n Use extra care watching out for pedestrians. A normally observant person may be distracted by the rain, puddles and wrangling an umbrella and veer into the path of cars. Be mindful of the side of the roads and where pedestrians may be, such as around parked cars. n Change wiper blades twice per year. You do not want to be caught with shoddy wiper blades in poor conditions. Without an effective wiper blade, rain cannot be cleared effectively from the windshield. n Limit distractions inside of the car to focus even more of your attention on the road. While some have become accustomed to answering phone calls or fielding questions from the backseat while driving, avoid such distractions when driving in the rain. Turn down the radio if you must and encourage passengers to remain quiet until safely home. n Leave extra time to get to your destination. Rain causes slowing down of traffic. Rushing may increase your risk of being in an accident, so always leave extra travel time when driving in wet conditions. n Make way for emergency personnel. Accidents and bad weather are common. Slow down or pull over to allow emergency vehicles to pass by. If there are flashing lights on the side of the road, move into the left lane to give a wide girth around first responders. Driving in the rain requires drivers to exercise caution. Making a few adjustments improves safety on the roadways. Article provided by

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