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A Real Estate Publication of the St. Tammany News • Friday, April 16, 2010

Is it time to plan your summer fun? Fantastic Acadian style home on a large corner lot with an inground pool. Front and back porches for relaxing and side yard for playground equipment or install a goate for parking a boat. Vaulted ceiling in the oversized den with a wall of windows overlooking the pool. Master suite is downstairs with separate shower, garden tub and granite vanities. Kitchen is equipped with top of the line appliances and custom cabinets. 2 bedrooms upstairs with a double balcony connecting them. This a must see! Contact Gail Ross at 985-641-9563 or 985-690-1529 for a private showing. This property presented by Gail Ross and Remax Real Estate Partners

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Give yourself a lawn you can enjoy (ARA) - Your lawn is your carpet in the summer; a soft surface to run, play, and relax on ... so why does it have all those bald spots and thinning patches? That wouldn't be comfortable to walk across on your living room rug, so why put up with it in your lawn? No lawn is perfect, but every lawn can be a full, comfortable surface to hang out on. It's a lot easier to grow luxurious grass than you may think and figuring out how doesn't have to be confusing. The experts at Scotts offer a few tips: The Basics If your lawn has patches and holes, seeding can easily help fill in bare spots. A generally healthy-looking lawn with just a few bald spots doesn't have to be a challenge, spot seeding will probably work nicely for you. Even if you have tried this in the past, don't lose hope. Just follow these quick steps and remember that the keys to success remain the same no matter what - start with quality seed, ensure that the seed makes good contact with the ground and keep it moist. Finding the root of the problem Why is your lawn thin? What is the source of those bare spots? It's important to find out what's causing bare spots so you can possibly eliminate the cause while treating the problem. A patch next to your driveway, an area under a tree, a high traffic path, or a spot often visited by the dog - all these areas can be riddled with difficult bare spots, but they don't need to be a challenge anymore. Solve it with seeding Fixing a bare spot is actually pretty easy. All you need to do is to rake the ground and remove the dead grass or weeds. For best results apply seeding soil, such as Scotts Turf Builder Seeding Soil, over the area to a depth of about 1 inch. Then scatter some seed

down in the area. Finally, give the grass seed a good watering and remember to keep it moist. An even easier option is to simply apply an all-in-one seeding product like Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed. This is the only product you'll need, no need to even cover it or the bare spot with soil. Keeping grass seed adequately watered has always been the challenge. How do you know how much water is too much? Or too little? EZ Seed eliminates guesswork - when you first put the seed down, water it until it turns a deep, rich brown. When the color lightens to milk chocolate, it's time to water again. Once you've established a thicker lawn, be sure to give it the nutrients it needs to thrive. Follow a feeding menu appropriate for your region's climate. An

all-over feeding with lawn nutrients, like Scotts Turf Builder, will keep grass thriving and prevent future problem spots. Be sure to follow package directions on how to apply. Just a couple of times a season can end up saving you time and energy in the long run. In fact, compared to an unfed lawn, a well-nourished lawn develops a denser root system that requires less watering and tightly knitted grass roots to help block out weed growth, maximizing your results while minimizing your efforts. By following this simple advice, you'll no longer have a thinning or patchy lawn. Instead you'll want to show off your luxurious grass carpet to all of the neighbors. So go ahead, take your shoes off and enjoy.


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Creating an outdoor living room (ARA) - For leisurely entertaining this summer, take full advantage of the great outdoors and extend your living space by creating an outdoor room. Why not have an outdoor living room with comfortable seating for all or your friends, or a space where you could fire up the grill and dine out under the stars? Adding a level, low maintenance surface, like a patio, will give you not only the pleasure of living in your outdoor space, but of loving it too. A great way to create this space is by installing pavers, bricks, or stone to create beautiful patios and paths. Whether you do it yourself

or hire a professional, it can be as easy as installing a winding path to connect your home to your garden or creating a space for a cozy bench to watch the birds splashing in the bird bath. Pavers come in many different shapes, sizes and colors, offering you ways to customize your ideas to match your house and landscaping. Once you have your patio or walkways installed, you can make your backyard inviting and appealing all summer long. Here are a couple of fun, easy tips: *Find sturdy, comfortable seating that will withstand the elements for years to come. Try wrought

iron, wood, or even resin (often made from post-consumer bottle waste such as milk containers) for low-maintenance options. These are readily available in your local garden or specialty stores. *Seating is even more comfortable with the quick addition of colorful cushions and throw pillows. Swap these out for a change of scenery and store pillows in a clean, dry space (like a garage or storage bench) when not in use to extend their lives. *Plant flowers, herbs, and vegetables in containers to add a pop of color to your outdoor living spaces. Keep these lush and lively all summer by planting seedlings in a good quality potting mix. *Keep unwanted grass and weeds from popping up between the pavers by using a weed controler. This weed control can be used early in the season between the pavers to kill the weeds you see popping up, and will keep new weeds from growing for up to one year. What a great way to spend less time working and more time enjoying your yard!

* Use an edger to trim the grass around the walkways and the edge of your patio for a more finished appearance. *String some twinkle lights for a festive party atmosphere and use inexpensive, solar powered yard lights to illuminate your outdoor spaces. These usually require little or no installation; just stake in the

ground along paths or in pots for added interest. With the addition of patios or paths and a trimmed, designer look in your backyard, you’ll be able to enjoy spending time in your outdoor living space, and not have to worry about a lot of maintenance to keep it looking beautiful. Start living in the outdoors and loving it.

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Garage doors can add history and style to a home

(ARA) - When George Vanderbilt and architect Richard Morris Hunt were designing the Biltmore house in the 1880s, they carefully planned for detailed craftsmanship in every aspect

of the construction. When it was completed in 1895 in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was arguably America’s finest residential structure. More than a century later, Biltmore

retains its title as one of the most prominent and beloved homes from architecture’s 19th Century Gilded Age. In 2007, Biltmore ranked eighth on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. Approximately 1 million guests visit Biltmore each year, many of them leaving with a desire to replicate the structure’s artistry and craftsmanship in their own homes. Now, they can. Amarr Garage Doors is one of several companies offering Biltmore-inspired home products. “The garage doors offered in our Biltmore For Your Home Collection capture the meticulous detailing and custom craftsmanship associated with Biltmore,” says Vickie Lents, Amarr residential category director. “Like Biltmore House, the garage doors are

distinctive, inviting to visitors, and built to last.” “The doors feature wood construction that can be painted or stained to match any home exterior,” she says. “These charming doors replicate traditional, swing out carriage house door styles but open overhead like any other modern garage door. They’re also energy efficient.” The best-selling garage door in the Biltmore For Your Home Collection, the R.H. Hunt, bears the name Richard Howard Hunt, the son of Richard Morris Hunt and Biltmore’s architect for the Cottage on Biltmore Estate, a historical and exclusive overnight getaway that originally served as the residence of Biltmore’s market gardener. The R.H. Hunt is joined by a group of five other doors reflective of Biltmore

House’s design and geography. Among the names of other garage doors in the collection are the Chateau, Swannanoa, Vanderbilt, Antler Hill and Amherst. “The door designs are based upon actual doors on structures on Biltmore estate,” Lents added. “The popular R.H. Hunt design is based on a door that can be seen in the courtyard of the Cottage on Biltmore Estate.” Homeowners often incorporate these doors into modern home architecture. The result is a contemporary house design that embraces classic design elements in the garage entrance as well as in other areas of the home. For more information about Biltmore, visitbiltmore.com. To explore the Biltmore For Your Home Collection, visit amarr.com and click on “wood doors” under the residential section.


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