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ECOZINE ISSUE #4
As the spring season looks like it has arrived in full force with all the rain and sunshine creating fertile ground for a multitude of growth on our lawns including beautiful flowers, shrubs, but also weeds and pests. I've comprised a list of "green" options to rid our lawns of these otherwise unwanted visitors:
1. The best solution would be to get on your hands and knees and start pulling the weeds out. Water the yard first to soften the soil or wait after it rains, to make it easier to pull the roots out. Use a knife blade, screwdriver, or "dandelion puller" alongside the deep root and pry it loose a little before pulling. You can spray some vinegar onto any remaining root system you can't pull but be careful not to get vinegar onto your grass. The vinegar will damage anything it touches.
2. When boiling potatoes or pasta, drain out the boiling water and pour onto the weeds. The scaling water will shrivel up the weeds in a couple of days.
3. Cover low growing weeds like clover and crabgrass with several layers of newspaper. Eventually they will die off due to the lack of sunlight. Newspaper is excellent for building flower beds as it composts into a rich, loose loam.
Getting rid of ants
Keep mosquitos away
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RE/MAX 30th Annual Conference
RE/MAX has always been a proud supporter of the Children's Miracle Network and recently affiliates have given back by raising over $72,000 during the “Miracle Makers Luncheon” in support of Children’s Miracle Network and its member hospitals. The event was held during the RE/MAX of Western Canada 30th Annual Conference held here in Calgary, AB last week.
RE/MAX affiliates have donated over $4 million for the Children’s Miracle Network 14 member hospitals across Canada in 2013, with Western Canadian affiliates contributing $1.7 million of this total. RE/MAX has been a proud partner of the network and its member hospitals since 1992 and is one of the Children's Miracle Network's largest partners. RE/MAX agents across Canada have dedicated much of their time and resources to volunteering and giving back in their local communities. Read more online...
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Sustainable Living Home Design
Fuel prices have soared. Electric rates are volatile. And it's hard to ignore the economic and market uncertainties in the leading oil-producing countries. In the wake of all this, "energy efficient" is becoming more than just a buzzword; it's a way of life for a growing number of homeowners who embrace sustainable living. It is possible to trim costs without significantly affecting your lifestyle—check out these 24 smart ideas for saving energy in your home.
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It is my pleasure to announce to you my new Kim Avery - The Real Estate Girl's newest Community Magazine. This mag will feature hip and hot new tidbits of almost anything. Watch for features about clients, neighbourhoods, lifestyle, green initiatives, the list goes on!
I am so excited to keep in touch with you. Feel free to connect track me down on facebook, or check me out on my new website launch kimavery.com. Stay tuned to see our first issue...
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