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Stop Tiptoeing Around Your Lawn Care: Spring Planting Basics

Lawn Care: Know what you’re planting

It may seem obvious, but many people miss out on this one. Alaska has a unique climate, and a whole host of soil irregularities if you’re planting into the ground instead of pots. Make sure whatever you’re planting is hardy enough for the conditions; certain perennial flowers like tulips, pansies, and columbine do particularly well. Your lawn care efforts will prevail with a nice flower garden.

Locate a nursery near you

Lawn care planting is tough in Alaska, but there are no shortage of local nurseries. These folks know their flora, and it’s always a good idea to have a professional opinion close at hand. Local, nursery-grown plants are often healthier than alternatives, so check out your options when buying. Some popular nurseries in the area are Dimond GreenhousesTryck Nursery, and Far North Garden Supply.

Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize

Alaska’s biggest obstacle to lawn care and gardening is the soil; permafrost and rocks don’t make for a green garden. Laying fertilizer in your garden beds will ensure your plants get the nutrients they need. Compare brands to see which fertilizer is right for your garden; most specialize in one certain mineral deficiency, and your plants will do better if you know what your soil is lacking.

Lawn Care & Planting Professionals

Be Happy Property Services offers an array of professional lawn care and planting services. We have experience in maintaining impressive landscapes for both commercial and residential properties. From regular lawn maintenance to full scale excavation and landscape creations, Be Happy PS has the tools and experience to make your property shine. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by your lawn and garden, or would like to give your curb appeal a new face-lift, contact Be Happy PS today. Click here to read more about our landscaping services.

Pet Odors: 3 Tips to Neutralize

1. Pet Odors: Baking Soda and Vinegar

When it comes to pet odors, this one’s a classic. If your odor problem isn’t a big stink, this light odor solution might be your best bet. After cleaning the affected area, sprinkle the spot with baking soda and leave it overnight (make sure your furry friends are contained; you don’t want your pets to eat it). In the morning, sweep or vacuum the baking soda and rinse the area with a strong vinegar wash (1-2 cups of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of water).

2. Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and Liquid Soap

If baking soda and vinegar isn’t cutting it, this is a good next step (and still low-budget!). Strap on some rubber or latex gloves, and carefully mix a quart of hydrogen peroxide with a quarter-cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of liquid soap. You’ll want to mix this right before you use it, and don’t store this one in a closed container. Pour or spray this mixture onto the affected area*, and blot the excess liquid after waiting 24 hours. The rest will air dry. *Before using this method, you might want to test it on a hidden area of your carpet to make sure it doesn’t affect the color.

3. Professional Cleaning

You’ve tried every homemade solution you can find. You’ve bought commercial products that just aren’t working. You’re at your wit’s end trying to treat that spot in the carpet that Fido keeps coming back to. It might be time to throw in the towel and get professional help. It can’t hurt to ask around. Call your local carpet cleaning or property service companies, and see what they offer in odor removal.

Pet Odors too Strong to Eliminate?

Sometimes our pets can wreak havoc on our home. While regular cleaning and maintenance of your home is the best solution for keeping your home odor free, sometimes more extreme measures need to be taken. Replacing carpets with solid surface flooring is a great way to get your home smelling fresh again and to keep it that way. Be Happy PS has extensive knowledge and experience with home renovations. If this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, contact us today for a remodel/renovation quote. Additionally, you can learn more about our residential services by clicking here

Lawn Care for Beginners: 3 Surefire Ways to Better Your Yard

Use your lawn care know-how to improve your curb appeal from the ground up. It may be an acre of suburbia or a concrete doorstep, but your outdoor space is the first impression people receive when they visit your property. Here are a few lawn care steps to make sure that that impression is a good one.

Keep it clean

You’d be amazed how many people skip this one. Sweep the porch, cut the grass, and rake the leaves. Remember, you don’t have to go over your lawn with a fine-toothed comb, but clear the junk that accumulates on anything outdoors. If you’re worried about time, try penciling it in to your weekly schedule; say, an hour every Thursday afternoon. While it takes some effort, you’ll notice the difference a little tidying up can make in your lawn’s appearance.

Make a wishlist

This is another good way to boost curb appeal. Maybe you’ve always wanted a stone path, or a water feature, or a tree in the front yard. Let yourself have it! Start by checking out Better Homes and Gardens or your local garden store for ideas. Make sure to do some research; find out what needs to be done, what it will cost, and if you’ll need professional help. Be realistic with your time and money, but if you a vision for your space, it will almost always look great.

Add a personal touch

What impression of your lawn care do you want to give someone looking at your property? Choose a strategic art piece or bit of outdoor furniture that says something about you and your property. Pick a colorful piece of sculpture that intrigues, possibly a sitting area that makes your outdoor space look inviting. Aim to draw positive attention with something that represents what you want to say about your property and your lawn care practices. Now, get out there and build a better yard!

Home Maintenance for Your Log Cabin in 3 Steps

Alaska has a lot of log homes. Unfortunately, most of these properties don’t have proper home maintenance. By the time owners notice the need for maintenance, the residential repairs required may be too extreme without professional help. Here are some good practices to avoid unnecessary damage to your log home.

Do an annual wash of your home

Spraying down the outside of your log home goes a long way. It cleans your property of dust, pollen, bird droppings, insects, and anything else that wears down your finish over time. An annual wash is also a good time to do a quick inventory of the state of your walls; note any chipping and the condition of your home’s stain. If noticeably deteriorating, this is a good time for home maintenance by applying a coat of stain.

Know what kind of stain you have

Assessing the state of your log home’s stain is a matter of knowing what kind you’ve got on your property. If your stain is oil-based, look at knots and the color of your walls; they’ll turn blonde when the finish is wearing off. If your stain is water-borne latex-based, check the glossiness; once the finish is dull, it’s time to do some home maintenance by applying a clear coat.

Remove failed chinking and caulking

Chinking or caulking is acting as the sealant between your home’s logs. However, both of these materials wear away over time. If the edges of your chinking or caulking are peeling away, mark the spots and remove the failing areas with a knife or razor. If the damage is severe, contact a home maintenance professional for help. This maintenance should be done before any stain maintenance.

Commercial Property Advice: Fix It Now, Before It Gets Worse!

Advice for the commercial property maintenance procrastinator:

Whether it’s renovating your bathroom or mowing the lawn, chances are there’s a project around your property that needs some attention. We can all agree that it’s tempting to delay the inevitable. However, the reality is that small repairs left unchecked can turn into commercial property maintenance nightmares. You’re not eager to tile your roof anytime soon, but immediate action means you won’t have an infestation in your attic or water damage the next time it rains. At the end of the day, maintenance now prevents disasters later. Preventative commercial property maintenance is important, and will save you money in the long-term. And who says you have to do it yourself?

Still unsure if you can do this?

Not everyone is Joe Handyman. If you’re seriously concerned about the state of your property, contact a professional. Be Happy Property Services offers free estimates to potential clients.