Celeste Bourque


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10 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While You're Traveling

Set off on your trip with peace of mind, knowing you've taken the right steps toward keeping your home secure Full Story
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Smart Realestate
"Excellent article, good job and great efforts just wanted to add one point.
Don't let the expectations of a well-deserved vacation prevent you to see the risks of leaving your home unprotected. Go for your beach, camping or city shopping holiday, but take cautions, before you leave. so recheck your home safety checklist before you go out. A little extra wariness will help you to keep your property and belongings safer while you are on vacation -- and will keep you from worrying about security once you're on you way to have fun and to feel the adventure.
Best Regards.
August 27, 2013 at 3:53am   
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bernie_a
You can live in a home 39 years and
the only time a water line breaks is when you're on a long vacation. Absolutely shut the inside water main off.
Water the indoor plants.perhaps in a shady place in the yard.
Arrange for yard care.
Triple check that appliances are off
Indoor and outdoor light timers on at dawn. Shut off at bedtime.
Irrigation system working properly, and have a neighbor make sure no outdoor plants drying up.
Set thermostat appropriately for home protection and energy saving.
If gone for several months we turn off circuit breakers to delicate electronics and appliances to protect them from power surges.
Set up indoor motion sensors that call your phone if any movement inside the home occurs. We usually vacation where cannot get images off a security camera, but cell phones have coverage for alerts.
Leave nothing in the refrigerator that will mold.
Bring outdoor furniture in or protect them.. A random storm can blow them into your windows.
Our newspaper carrier doesn't always look at the vacation stop list, so we cancel service a few days before a really long trip so they don't know we're gone and we can be assured they stop.
I have a different list for winterizing our summer cottage, when we're away for 8 months at a time. That's a couple hours of prep time.
July 2, 2014 at 5:40am     
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How to Install a Drip Irrigation System

Save time and water with a drip watering system in your vegetable garden — a little patience now will pay off later Full Story
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sj4home
scoutstella, that's probably what I should do, although most kits don't come with the pressure regulator, timer, or filter. All essential to really use the system effectively. Those items will at least double if not triple your initial investment.
June 23, 2014 at 1:06pm   
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juleslarosa
Well, we had a "professional" landscape gardener put our drip hoses in and they fell apart by the second year, now she want to just put in a overground hose with a sprinkler, I feel like she doesn't know what she doing--you guys here make it seem so much simpler than she has, should I get rid of her?
July 4, 2014 at 6:55pm   
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How to Tap the Potential of a Big Side Yard

The expanse is a chance to design something that's grand yet inviting and in tune with the home Full Story
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oneillmikelisa
These are beautiful...will use some in my new gardens
May 17, 2014 at 6:24pm   
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jacksonbeth
We used a great landscaper in the Charlotte NC area -- http://www.hyattlandscaping.com -- they did a great job!
June 10, 2014 at 4:51am   
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7 Ways to Design a Garden That Flows and Intrigues

Transform a staccato yard into a smooth and relaxing delight by mastering the art of garden transitions Full Story
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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens
Great piece, Jay!
September 25, 2013 at 5:55am     
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jacksonbeth
I love these ideas. I saw another great idea at http://www.hyattlandscaping.com -- you can view more photos there.
June 10, 2014 at 4:46am   
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Patio of the Week: Keep a Secret Garden on the Side

Privacy and plantings are the focus of this Philadelphia side yard, offering a respite from a busy backyard Full Story
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Archevie Design
Carol, Not sure if you were referring to my picture, but the pair of shrubs on the right are Cytisus purgans (Spanish Gold Broom). They are a xeriscape plant and are supposed to get covered in yellow flowers in the spring. I get very few, maybe because it's kind of shady there. Nice plant anyway.
September 3, 2013 at 7:42am   
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Soergel Landscapes, Aquascapes, Florascapes
Beautiful! Nice use of plants and stone, awesome design, nice in seasons.
February 4, 2014 at 12:07pm   
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