• Top 10 do it yourself ideas from Pinterest

    Finding cheap and inexpensive ways to clean or decorate a house can be difficult for some.

    During tough economic times, most families have already had to cut to the bare minimum. But what most don’t realize is that they may already have the materials, they just might not know how to use them.

    From using household items to things found in nature, there are ways to clean and decorate a home and garden without breaking the bank.

  • Five signs you need to insulate your home this winter



    The average family spends more than $1000 annually — nearly half a home’s total energy bill — on heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program. Unfortunately, a large portion of those expenses are wasted due to poor home insulation.

    How do you know if your home is properly insulated?

  • Top tasks for maintaining your fall home maintenance



    Keeping your home in shape may not top your daily to-do list, but completing certain small seasonal tasks can save you money, time and the need to complete larger, more expensive projects in the future.

    “Investing a small amount for preventative fall home maintenance can save thousands in the long run,” Leah Ingram, personal finance expert, said.

    Don’t know where to start? The following checklist from HomeAdvisor can help homeowners prepare their homes for the cooler months:

  • Is your home’s heating system ready for cool weather?



    In cool weather, wise homeowners will take steps to ensure their homes are well-prepared. There are a number of ways you can keep your home comfortable and your energy bills in check all season.

    Is your heating equipment working optimally or are you wasting energy and paying more than you should?

    It is estimated that nearly half of all heating and cooling equipment in U.S. homes never performs to its advertised capacity and efficiency due to incorrect installation, according to U.S. government statistics.

  • Oh the horror!

    It’s fall, and for many people, it’s the most frightful time of the year.

    It is the season when foul-smelling, hairy creatures invade homes, looking for food and warmth. They live in your attic and crawlspace and only come out at night. They eat almost anything, and even gnaw through walls. They move so fast they appear as a blur. They can jump many times their own height, and can scale walls and other vertical surfaces with lightning speed.

  • Fall leaves: Beautiful scenery, lackluster for lawns

    The presence of autumn arriving is an easy one to spot with brown, yellow and red leaves covering residential lawns, and once green trees becoming increasingly bare.

    While the fallen foliage may be a festive sight, lawn care professionals recommend homeowners remove the leaves for the betterment of their lawns.

    Shane Meeks, manager of lawn care at Bardstown Enterprises and son of owner, Anthony Meeks, said lawn preparations in the falls can keep your yard looking good in the spring.

  • Kentucky’s ColorFall 2013 helps public track leaf changes

    Fall has arrived, and with it the 2013 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.

    Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 28th year. ColorFall features a website, www. kentuckytourism.com/

  • Cool temperatures initiate some blooms

    How about this weather?

    I am anticipating a very good orchid season coming up because our temperatures have been so mild, especially with night time temperatures dipping into the 50s already. These cool nights are a piece of the puzzle in order to get some plants to bloom indoors in the winter.

  • Fall perennials anchor color in the garden

    There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late summer and fall performance. Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring.

    My mixed perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought). The black-eyed Susan’s, Russian sage, and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific, but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of year.

  • The sounds of starlings flocking usher in fall

    The other evening I was sitting outside under a tree babysitting our hens. We have only been letting them out in the evening under supervision until we can get a handle on some fox problems. (We are working on it!)
    As I sat and read, a sense of calm came over me and I was surprised to realize that it was triggered by a little flock of nasty starlings. Starlings start to flock up this time of year and I guess there was just some sort of Pavlovian response that said, “Yes, fall is just around the corner. The starlings say so.”