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Remove Tile Grout in a Few Simple Steps

Removing tile grout can be a long, messy project. You have to use buckets for water and vinegar, wear clothes that can get dirty, and deal with the mess of paste-like grout remover floating around the room.

However, it doesn’t have to be all bad. If you want to avoid all this work, you can get your tile grout looking new again with little effort by following tips used directly by the pros.

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In this article, we will give you the best ways to remove tile grout- with a tool, a blade, a chemical solution, or even through prevention. We will also provide some simple tips on how to clean up afterward. Let’s get started. 

The Tile Grout Removal Tool

One of the best and easiest ways to remove tile grout is by using a grout removal tool. This is a handheld tool that has a small blade on the end. You can buy these tools at most home improvement stores.

To use the tool, you simply put it in between the tiles and pull out the grout that has collected there over time. The grout will come out of the tiles in small sections and may take some time to remove completely.

However, if you feel that this step is too much work, there are other methods to consider.

How To Remove Tile Grout With A Blade 

Another easy way to remove tile grout is by using either a utility knife or a box cutter blade. Simply prop up one end of your tile on some spare boards or bricks so that the bottom side is facing up at an angle. 

Then slide your blade into the crevice where the tiles meet, then forcefully push it forward. The grout will pop right out. Once you have removed all the grout in this way, you can then go over the tiles with a wire brush to remove any leftover bits.

If you have a lot of tiles to clean, this may be the quickest and easiest way to do it. However, it is not without its dangers- be careful not to cut yourself while doing this.

How To Remove Tile Grout With A Chemical Solution

If you don’t want to use a blade or a removal tool, you can also tryremoving tile grout with a chemical solution. There are many different products on the market that promise to do this job quickly and easily, but our personal favorite is muriatic acid.

Muriatic acid is a very strong chemical that can be bought at most hardware stores. It is used to clean concrete and masonry, so it is perfect for removing tile grout.

To use the acid, you will need some safety equipment- rubber gloves, goggles, and a respirator. You should also avoid any contact with your skin or clothing.

Pour the acid into a bucket and dip your brush in it. Then start scrubbing at the grout between the tiles. The acid will eat away at the grout and start to dissolve it. Keep scrubbing until all the grout is removed.

Be very careful when using this method- muriatic acid is a dangerous chemical and can cause serious injuries if not handled properly.

How To Prevent Future Buildup of Grout in the Tiles

If you want to avoid having to remove tile grout in the future, there is one simple solution – seal the grout lines with a sealant. This will create a barrier between the grout and the tiles and will help keep it from collecting dirt and bacteria over time.

There are many different sealants on the market, so be sure to do your research and find one that is right for your needs. Some sealants need to be reapplied every few months, while others can last up to 10 years.

Once you have sealed the grout lines, you will never have to worry about removing tile grout again.

Which rooms can you remove grout from?

There are various areas in your home where grout can get dirty and need removal. Here are some of the most obvious ones.

Bathrooms: Grout lines in bathrooms are exposed to moisture regularly, which can lead to mold build-up over time. If you see signs of this phenomenon beginning to happen, it is best to remove the grout as soon as possible.Kitchens: Kitchen floors usually have tile grout lines with food particles stuck inside them. This attracts dirt and bacteria, which can cause dangerous cross-contamination issues if not cleaned regularly.Laundry Rooms: The same goes for laundry rooms- tile grout lines collect soap scum and lint from clothes, so they should be kept clean at all times.ShowerGrouting a shower is a tricky business- it is constantly exposed to water and can easily become dirty. If you notice that your grout is starting to look stained or mildewed, it is time for a good scrubbing.Basements: Basements are often damp areas, and this can cause grout lines to become discolored and dirty. Make sure to check your basement for this problem regularly, and remove the grout if necessary.Anywhere there are tiles: If you have any tiles in any other room of your house, it is a good idea to keep the grout clean and free of buildup. This will help keep the room looking its best and will prevent any future problems.

Removing tile grout can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right tools and techniques, it can be a quick and easy job. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a sparkling clean tile floor in no time.

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Cleaning up after yourself

Once you have removed the bad grout, you should seal it with a new layer or reapply the old one to prevent future wear and tear. It is also a good idea to clean the work area so you’re not left with a mess.

Pour some diluted bleach onto the floor and use a mop to clean it up. This will remove any remaining residue from the acid and will help disinfect the area. Be sure to rinse the mop thoroughly after each pass, and don’t let the bleach come in contact with your skin or eyes.

When you’re finished, your floor should be clean and grout-free. Congratulations on a job well done.

Final thoughts on removing tile grout in a few simple steps

In conclusion, removing tile grout is a process that can be done relatively easily with the right tools and techniques. There are many different areas of your home where grout can become dirty and need to be removed, so be sure to stay vigilant and keep on top of it. A clean tile floor will brighten up any room in your house and will make it look newer and more inviting.

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How to Build a Wooden Gate for Your Yard

A wooden gate that is not maintained will look ugly and uninviting. It can also be a safety hazard for your family, pets, or guests. The good news is that you don’t need to hire a professional to build or repair your gate. You can do it yourself with the right tools and instructions. 

You can build your good-looking wooden gate from start to finish and make it as durable as you like. Here’s how to do it.

The Tools and Materials Needed for the Job

Other than the gate, you’ll need a few common hand-held carpentry tools to get started. These include:

Tape measureWheelbarrowScrewdriverPencilMiter sawCordless drillSmall diameter drill bitCarpenter’s glueStraight edge rulerHammerShovelSafety glassesSpeed squarePosthole diggerHearing protectionOne-handed bar clamps

Steps to Building a Wooden Gate

Step 1: Preparations

When planning the materials needed to build your gate, it’s important for you to do a little math to make sure that both of the posts will be at the same height. The idea is to set one post in concrete in one corner of your yard and then make another post on the opposite side of your yard match up with it. Think through the location and weigh out all the considerations and locations where you want to build your gate.

Step 2: Dig Holes and Plumb Posts

Take the time to dig your post holes to have the same depth and size. You will also want to make sure that your posts are plumb before you set them in the concrete. Use a level or speed square to test for plumb and adjust as needed.

Step 3: Measure and Cut the Tongue and Groove Boards

Once you have the posts in place and are sure of the height, it’s time to measure and cut the tongue and groove boards. You will want to cut four pieces that are each 72 inches long. Use a measuring tape to make a pencil mark at 72 inches on each tongue and groove board. After that, cut the boards 72 inches long using your miter saw.

The frame for a basic wooden fence gate should be a simple box with four sides, usually smaller than the gate opening. Typically, you would use the same variety of wood you used on the fence. If you want a different color, redwood is sometimes used for large gates.

Step 4: Measure and Cut the Horizontal Bases

Next, you will need to measure and cut the horizontal bases for your gate. You will need a measuring tape to measure three 42-inch segments on two of the 1×6 cedar boards and not tongue and groove boards. Cut these segments, so you have three boards that are 42 inches long.

Step 5: Lay Out the Boards

Once you have your boards cut, lay them out on a flat surface and make sure they line up with each other. If the tongue and groove boards fall apart while doing this step, then move them to where they will not get in the way of your layout. This won’t be hard if you understand other carpentry work such as building a floating deck

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Step 6: Attach the Tongue and Groove Boards

You will need to clamp the boards together while attaching them with screws. This keeps the boards in place while you attach them. Attach them to the 1×6 horizontal brace boards underneath the 7/8-inch exterior screws. Pre-drill holes for the screws to eliminate splitting. Keep a close eye on the lower boards, so they don’t move out of position when you work.

Step 7: Anchor and Plumb the Brace Posts

You will want to make sure the posts are plumb or vertical. You can use a level to check this. To keep them in place, you will need to anchor them to the ground. If your soil is soft, you can use a post hole digger to make a hole deep enough for the post to be stable. Post length should be at least ⅓ longer than the planned height of your gate.

Pour some gravel into the bottom of the hole to allow for drainage and place a cement brick at the base of each post. Make sure your posts are tall enough to reach about three feet off the ground when they are all put together or tall enough to be bent around by hardware cloth. Cover with soil and tamp down until it is solid. 

Take your next two posts and place them about a foot from each other. The closer they are, the more support you will have. Decide which direction you want your gate to swing, then place one of the corner posts in between them so that it is even on both sides. Use a level again to make sure this post is straight.

Step 8: Measure and Cut the Diagonal Brace

Next, use a measuring tape to measure the length of your hardware cloth and cut it so that it is just a bit longer than the width of your yard. You can use wire cutters for this task. Put the hardware cloth into place and attach it at each corner with hog rings, pushing them down on either side of the post.

Now it is time to install the diagonal brace. This will help keep the gate stable and prevent it from sagging. Measure from the top of one post to the opposite of the other post. Mark this spot on each post and then use a level to draw a line between the two marks. Lay your straight edge over this diagonal brace, staying parallel with the lines of the horizontal slats.

Make six pencil marks on a diagonal brace parallel to the top and bottom of each horizontal brace. Remove the temporary screws, then cut the diagonal brace with your miter saw at those six marks. Three cut pieces will be discarded, leaving two cut pieces that you’ll use as the diagonal brace.

Step 9: Attach the Diagonal Brace

Run a line of carpenter’s glue over the end of the diagonal brace, then drive in a 3-inch screw. Then, press the pieces on the gate in between the horizontal braces. Weigh down the two glued pieces with cinder blocks, rocks, and anything sufficiently heavy. Let the glue dry for about two hours, then remove the weight. Drive-in two more screws, one at each end of the diagonal brace.

Step 10: Cut Frame Pieces to Size with a Miter Saw

Using a miter saw, cut the pieces of the frame to size. You can start the gate by cutting the top and bottom pieces to the same width or length as you planned for, slightly smaller than the opening in the fence. Cut the upright side planks about 3 inches shorter than the height of the gate. 

Step 11: Screw-in Top and Bottom Planks

Screw the top and bottom boards to the gate frame. Position the plank, so its edges are flush with the frame, then screw into place every 16 inches or so, using three screws per board. Drill a pilot hole for the screws before putting them in to not split to the wood. Fasten with deck screws, pre-drilling to keep the wood from splitting.

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Measure from the top bend to the opposite bottom corner and make sure both sides are the same. As you start assembling the gate framing, it’s good to lay it out on a flat surface such as a patio or driveway. Attach the top and bottom rails to the side rails, ensuring it’s square.

Step 12: Cut an Angle Cross-Brace and Attach it to the Top and Bottom Rails

This will help to maintain strength and rigidity. Connect these to the frame boards that match the rest of the fence by using deck screws, pre-drilling. Use a miter saw to make your diagonal cut and place diagonally onto the box and trance with a pencil where the angles go. Place the cross-brace at a 45-degree angle extending from the bottom corner of the gate to the opposite corner of the top of the gate. But if it’s a rectangular frame, make a drawing to scale and measure the angle you’ll need with a protractor.

Step 13: Cut and Install the Planks

Place the first plank with its bottom side against the foundations and side rails and tight in between them at both ends. Use a combination square to ensure all of your planks are even before screwing down. Cut the planks using a table saw and secure them using deck screws, drilling pilot holes to keep your planks nice and clean.

Step 14: Design the Top of Your Gate

The top of your gate should have a nice curve to it. Cut the two 2x6s to the desired length and then use a jigsaw to cut out the arch. Drill pilot holes and then screw the boards together using deck screws.

Start by drawing an arc across the top of the fence gate using a string and a pencil, filling it with decorative curves of your taste. If you’re a woodworker, feel free to get fancy with your decoration. Use the jig to cut along your pattern.

Step 15: Install Hinges and Mount Your Gate

Once the top is finished, it’s time to install the hinges. Place them on the upper left and right corners of the gate. Pre-drill holes and then screw the hinges in place using 3-inch screws. The final step is to hang your gate. Have someone help you hold it in place while you screw it into the hinges.

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Leave about a 1/4 inch of distance on the hinge side of the gate. Using the cordless drill and screws included with the hinges, screw the hinges at the top, middle, and gate frame. Check to ensure the gate swings properly. Adjust the hinges to level, tighten or loosen the gate if necessary. Add diagonal cross brace to keep the gate square and prevent sagging. Remember that installing a brace with a little pressure in the opposite direction will make your gate warp. So, take diagonal measurements to check for squareness. 

Step 16: Mount the Gravity Latches

Mount the gravity latches on the gate frame, one near the top and one near the bottom. The latch should be positioned so that it will snap into place when the gate is closed and hold the gate shut. Drill pilot holes and then screw in place using 2-inch screws. 

Use a cordless drill and the screws included in the latches to screw the slide latches in place on the top and bottom of the gate. Screw the receiving section of the latches to the gate frame and mount the flip latch in a similar fashion at the center of the gate.

Step 17: Seal the Wood

Seal the wood with a sealant or weather proofing product. This will help protect the wood from the elements and keep it looking nice for years to come. You can use a paintbrush or garden sprayer to apply your sealant. 

Try to cover the whole surface evenly, making sure you hit the bottom of the planks, which absorb more water than the end grain. This area is likely to rot or become discolored so let it dry for a couple of hours in dry climates or a day in more humid climates.

Step 18: Use Your Wooden Gate

Now that your wooden gate is complete, it’s time to enjoy it! Not only will it add beauty and privacy to your home, but it will also provide a secure barrier for your family and pets.

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FAQs on How to Build a Wooden Gate for Your Yard

What are the benefits of having a wooden gate at home?

The benefits of using a wooden gate over another material are many. If you’ve already learned how to build your own house, adding a gate with the traditional look can be the best decision. It can blend in with all home styles, from modern to Victorian to an earthy farmhouse. Unlike other materials, it requires very little maintenance and looks as good as the day you installed it years later.

How can you attach pickets to the frame?

Use one angled piece from the bottom of the hung side to the corner of the latch side. Lay out pickets on the frame to check spacing and mark when you’re not satisfied.

Final Thought on Building a Wooden for Your Yard

Wooden gates provide a sense of privacy and security for your home and yard. They also add beauty and value to your property. Installing a wooden gate is a relatively easy project that can be completed on the weekend.

If you have any questions or need assistance with this project, don’t hesitate to contact a professional contractor. They will be able to help you with the planning and installation of your wooden gate, ensuring that it is a beautiful and safe addition to your home.


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How to Grow Scallions

Scallions are fresh, fast, and fabulous in salads, stir-fries, and savory tarts. Also known as green onions or salad onions, scallions are harvested before they reach maturity and can be grown year-round indoors.

Fast-growing plants like lettuce that you plant directly in the ground get tall quickly but have a short harvest window of just a few weeks. Indoor onion plants grow slowly over several months with an even longer harvest window than outdoor varieties.

Scallions are also one of those crops that can be sown in late summer to give one of the earliest harvests next spring. Here’s how to grow scallions from seeds indoors, so you always have these tasty vegetables on hand for cooking or snacking.

What are Scallions?

Allium fistulosum, also known as green onions, is called bunching onions or scallions.  Scallions are produced from specific cultivars of the bulbing onion and have a mild flavor.

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Green onions look similar to the traditional onion known as Allium cepa. They have tall, green stalks that are usually 1 to 2 feet tall. Scallions have slender white bulbs at their base that do not get large enough to form an onion.

Scallion Varieties to Try

There are several scallion varieties. These include:


Guardsman scallions are known for their slow bolting. They grow to about 20 inches tall and have green leaves that are blue-green at the base. The white bulb is slender, cylindrical, and has a mild flavor. This variety takes 50 days to grow, and it straddles the line between a spring onion and scallion for taste.

Evergreen White Bunching

Evergreen White Bunching is a green onion that grows best in the spring and fall. It has thick, blue-green leaves with white bulbs at its base. The plant grows up to 12 inches tall and keeps growing every 45 days until frost. This scallion takes around 60 days to grow from start to finish.


Nabechan is an oriental green onion that grows about 8 inches tall with white stalks and blue/green leaves. It takes around 60 days for these scallions to grow. It’s a Japanese variety prized for its flavor.

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Tokyo Long White Bunching

Tokyo Long White Bunching is a white scallion that grows to about 12 inches tall. The leaves are long and slender, with a white bulb at the base. It takes around 90 days for these scallions to grow. This variety is also known as Welsh Onion or Scallion.

Red Beard

Red Beard is a red scallion that grows to about 12 inches tall. The leaves are long and slender, with a white bulb at the base. It takes around 90 days for these scallions to grow.

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How to Grow Scallions from Seed

You can plant seeds indoors about 8 to 10 weeks before your projected last frost date. You can also direct sow in the garden once the threat of frost has passed. Sow your seed about 1/4 inches deep. Other onions may have slow and poor germination. So, the most important element scallion seeds need is constant moisture, making starting them indoors a good choice.

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Seedlings emerge in one to two weeks. Once you have grown, thin the seedlings to about 2 inches apart. For a continual harvest, plant new crops every four weeks.

Potting and Repotting Scallions

Scallions can be grown in pots or containers on a sunny windowsill. Use well draining soil and organic potting mix when growing scallions in containers. Cover the seeds with a loose layer of soil and water them thoroughly. Make sure you keep the soil moist and not soaked.

Potting and Repotting Scallions
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If you want more instant gratification, then scraps and starts are two methods that are too quick for growing green onions. You’ll have scraps left over when you buy and use scallions from the grocery store. Get your container and rich potting soil. You can make your own compost to add some nutrients to the soil.

The scallions leave between three and four inches of the white bulb intact. Make 1/2 inch deep holes an inch apart in your container and drop the scrap in. Keep the soil moist and not soaked.

The final method of growing green onions is to get the starts from your local nursery. Take your starts off from the soil and gently shake off excess dirt so you can see the roots. Get a container and fill it with rich potting soil. Trim your roots back until they’re two or three inches long.

Your pot should be narrow and at least six inches deep. Make sure your container is in an area that will get direct sunlight. Keep the soil slightly moist and don’t overwater because this allows for decay and diseases. This way, you should be able to harvest and plant more scallions after every three weeks.

Scallions Care

Sun Exposure

Give your scallion plants at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. If you’re planting indoors, put them by a south-facing window. When planting outside, put them in an area that gets the most sunlight. Plant them in a partial shade if you don’t have that area.

Soil Requirement

Scallion plants prefer rich, sandy soil with sharp drainage and a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH. Amend your soil with organic matter to ensure good drainage. If you live in heavy clay soils, add sand or gravel to the mix. Consider doing some DIY soil tests to get the best for your scallions.

Fertilizing Green Onion

Fertilize green onions with a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 when you first plant them and again every four to six weeks. Fertilizer rich in nitrogen such as fish emulsion is ideal for green onions because it will provide the plants with a steady stream of nutrients over an extended period and keep them green and growing.

For a longer-term solution, use granular fertilizers released slowly into the soil. You can also top-dress with rich compost.

Watering Scallions

Scallion plants have a shallow root system, so regular watering is important. Keep the soil moist and do not let it dry out. While this may seem difficult in areas with long periods of hot, dry weather, you can greatly reduce the amount of time between watering by mulching with straw or pine bark nuggets. You can also try planting scallions in a raised bed to improve drainage and provide better access to water.

If you’re growing scallions in a container, make sure the pot has drainage holes and keep it evenly moist; they will likely need more frequent watering than they would get in your garden. A well drained soil also protects foliage from excess moisture, which can cause rot.

Temperature and Humidity

Allium cepa grows best when the air temperature is between 68°-78°F. If you’re growing scallions from seed, place a heat mat over your flats to ensure even soil temperatures around 45°F.

Ensure your flats get at least 6 hours of light each day for optimal germination rates and shoot growth. Scallion seeds do not mind humid conditions as long as they have good drainage to prevent rot and other diseases.

Pruning Scallion Plant

Most of the time, pruning is done by removing wilted leaves, which should be left until it’s time to pick them. If your green onion bolts to seed and you want to prevent seed drop, trim off the flower stalk. You may also experience leaf wilt during flowering.

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Once you notice that the flowers are fading, cut the stalk once it begins to droop and set it somewhere to allow the head to dry out and the seeds to drop out of the flower.

Propagating Scallion

One method of propagation is bulbs or sets. The best way to use sets is by planting them in late fall and overwintering them in the garden. In the spring, they’ll start pushing up new growth. You can also use nursery starts of Allium cepa and plant them to achieve the green onion stalks.

Remember that only Allium fistulosum will produce green tree onions without onion bulbs. True scallion has a milder flavor than A. cepa, which has a stronger onion flavor.

Harvesting and Storing Scallions


Start picking your spring onions once they reach a usable size. The best time to do this is when the bulbs are white and have a diameter about the size of the pencil, but even smaller sizes can be harvested.

You can dig up the whole plant if you plant to eat the mild white bulb or snip the stem off just above the soil level and allow it to continue growing. When growing traditional bulb onions as green onions, harvest the green leaves earlier and use them like scallion plants. 


Store your green onions in a partially filled jar in your fridge with enough moisture to keep the leaves from wilting. If you harvest stalks without bulbs, store the stalks wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic storage bag. You can also slice and refrigerate them in a plastic bag.

To freeze your onions, rinse them off and thoroughly pat or air dry them before freezing. Their texture will be a bit mushy when they thaw out, so it’s best to use them in cooked food rather than as a garnish. Dehydrating the stalks and grinding them into a powder is a great option for long-term storage if you have a dehydrator.

Common Pests and Plant Diseases


Thrips and aphids are common pests in onion crops and can be remedied by using a strong stream of water from a hose. If they persist, use insecticidal soap or neem oil or treat severe infestations with pyrethrin. Cutworms, onion maggots, onion nematodes, slugs, and allium leaf miners are also potential pests but can be dealt with by using prevention methods such as crop rotation or organic mulches.

You can also use a beer trap to trap slugs and snails. As long as the trap is deep as a pie pan, snails and slugs will be attracted to the beer’s aroma, which will be deep enough to drown them.


Botrytis neck rot, purple blotch, and Fusarium basal rot are the most common onion diseases. They can be controlled by planting disease-resistant varieties and spacing plants properly. You can also remove infected plants and leaves, and use a fungicide.

White rot can also cause mold or rot at the base of the plant and yellowed, wilted leaves. If you notice the diseased plants, remove and dispose of them. Avoid planting Allium in that location for a couple of years. Practice crop rotation for the benefit of your plant’s health.

FAQs on How to Grow Scallions

Do green onions grow back every year?

These spring onions are biennial and can live for several seasons. They’ll come back after being cut down but won’t regrow if the bulbs die or are frozen.

Final Thought on How to Grow Scallions

As you can see, growing scallions is easy and can be done in almost any climate. With a little bit of care, you’ll have plenty of these delicious onions to enjoy all season long. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your scallion garden today.


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Reasons Why Mowing Wet Grass is a Bad Idea

Is your lawn looking a little shaggy? Are you thinking about mowing it, but the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating? Then don’t do it. It’s better to wait until the grass has dried out than risk damaging it or your lawnmower by cutting when it’s too wet. 

If you’re considering mowing your lawn, then make sure that the ground is dry before doing so. Otherwise, you’ll end up having to deal with clumpy grass and damaged equipment. And if you want to keep your yard healthy and green, don’t cut grass while wet. This will help prevent soil compaction, which can lead to erosion and runoff into local waterways like lakes and rivers. 

This article takes a deeper dive into mowing wet grass and why you should avoid it. Read on.

Why You Should Not Mow a Wet Lawn

Cutting Wet Grass Can Hurt Your Lawnmower

The first reason you shouldn’t cut wet grass is that it can damage your lawnmower. It’s not worth breaking out the mower if the grass has just been watered or if there are puddles on the ground. If you cut wet grass, you’ll likely end up with clumps of grass stuck to the underside of the mower deck.

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The clumps will end up blending into your lawn, but they’ll also eventually dry and look like dirt until you run over them again with the mower. Moisture is problematic for the gasoline in the mower’s fuel tank, its metal, and indirectly its engine. Intruding moisture can cause corrosion if you don’t mix a stabilizer into the fuel tank.

Moist grass clippings that cake on the metal underside can cause rust. Even in the short term, the caked substance can stress the engine, impeding the motion of the mower blade and making your engine work harder to make up for it.

Cutting Wet Grass Can Affect Your Lawn’s Health

Mowing wet grass doesn’t just affect your mower only; it can also have an impact on your lawn. Wet grass blades are more susceptible to disease and fungus infections, which can lead to problems with your lawn’s health down the road. For an ideal cut, your grass blades should be standing up off the ground.

Wet blades are heavier than dry ones, making such blades hug the ground. As your wet turf starts to dry after rain, some of your blades will resume their upright position and get chopped off when you mow. The resulting uneven look would be bad enough, but the result will be tears instead of a clean cut when you try to cut damp grass.

The wet clippings will mat down, preventing healthy airflow. If you allow wet grass clippings sticking to the underside of your mower deck to remain, you’re inviting mold that can spread to your turf. Also, making passes up and down a wet lawn with your machine can hurt your lawn.

The large wheels will sink into a moist surface in a way that they won’t in dry grass. The wheels will form ruts on the surface, directly damaging the grass. This will cause the soil to become compacted, causing damage over time. You can learn how to use core aeration to heal your grass and beautify your lawn.

You Cannot Cut Wet Grass with an Electric Mower

Water and electricity don’t mix, so using an electric lawn mower on wet grass is out of the question. If your mower has a mulching attachment on it, then the clippings will stick to the underside of the mower deck and create an incredible mess.

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You’re also at a greater risk of injury when mowing wet grass than dry grass with electric mowers, especially when an extension cord runs the risk of being wet and becoming a safety hazard. When this extension cord gets wet, it can damage your mower and even electrocute you while mowing.

Alternatively, opt for a cordless electric mower which provides a safer option since there are no exposed wires. However, these cordless don’t have enough power to cut through serious wet grass. So, it’s best to stick with a gas mower for wet grass because it’s the safest, effective, and least frustrating option.

Uneven Cutting

When your mower’s blades hit hidden rocks or other debris while cutting through wet grass, it can cause the mower to jerk and unevenly cut the grass. This creates an unattractive look to your lawn and can also lead to scalping or slicing off too much of the grass blade, exposing the soil beneath.

Wet grass bends and lies closer to the ground compared to dry turf. This is because the dew on the grass blades makes them heavy, forcing them to bend down instead of standing upright. Your blades need to stand upright to cut the grass properly.

Otherwise, your mower will miss most of the grass, producing uneven cuts across your lawn. Once rainwater starts to drain away, and the grass blades dry up, sections of your lawn will appear as if you didn’t mow them. This uneven cut will make you go over the lawn and mow it afresh to get that even cut.

Clippings Clump on the Lawn and Sticks to the Mower

If your lawn is too long and wet, clippings will not just lie on the grass as usual after you mow it. Rather, they cling to blades of grass or form clumps resulting from heavy dew. The clippings won’t be as easy to collect and discharge from the mower’s bag if clumps and grass are stuck to it. This will require you to stop and clear your lawnmower blade before restarting the machine.

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It’s a good idea to mow wet grass, especially regularly, because the mower will produce wet clippings that easily clump together and lay over your grass. When wet clippings stay on your grass for some time, they’ll keep a lot of moisture over an extended period, exposing your lawn to fungus diseases.

So, it’s best to cut dry grass because the clippings will easily fall off your blade and can be collected in the bag. If you still prefer to mow your lawn after it rains, then consider getting a drag unit to help you clear the soaked clippings off the grass. Furthermore, check the deck frequently when mowing turf grass after the rain to ensure the clippings are not clumping it, which can be a problem for air tapered decks.

Cutting Wet Grass Can Easily Spread Diseases

Mowing wet grass can easily spread diseases because the clippings will be wet and covered in mud. If you mow over a disease-infested area, you’ll just be spreading the disease all over your lawn. When the clumps of damp, matted clippings are left on the lawn without sufficient airflow to dry out, the grass becomes more susceptible to fungal diseases.

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The wet grass clippings that stick to the underside of the mower deck can grow mold which can spread to your lawn next time you mow. So, before you start cutting, make sure to walk around your yard and identify any infections such as the brown patch disease

Mowing a Wet Lawn Gives You Extra Work

Mowing a wet lawn is also more difficult because the grass is wet and heavy. This means you’ll have to spend more time mowing, and you’ll probably end up with a tired arm at the end of the day. In addition, wet grass stains your clothes, shoes, and every surface your shoe touches, making cleaning an uphill task.

If you must mow wet grass, make sure you take all the safety precautions. Start by testing your soil’s saturation. When you stand on your lawn, you shouldn’t sink into it or see water rising around the edges of your shoes. Therefore, mowing too much is a bad idea.

Without the presence of standing water, you could tame your yard to some degree using a stabilized gas powered mower with sharp blades. If possible, set your mower to side discharge mode. Though this leaves rows of cut grass on your lawn for manual bagging later, it will save you the mess of dealing with a mower bag with a wet interior.

FAQs about Mowing Wet Grass

How long should you wait to mow the grass after it rains?

When dealing with mild morning dew or after light rain showers, you may need to wait between two and five hours for the lawn to dry before mowing. With heavier rainstorms, you should wait for at least one day to mow safely.

Can you cut grass after it rains?

While mowing a wet lawn can damage your mower or grass, there’re still tricks that you can use to minimize the problems if you don’t have time to wait. Such tricks include using a sharp blade to keep your lawn healthier when the ground is still damp.

Does mowing wet grass result in a dull blade?

While wet grass alone cannot dull a mower blade, its slick surface doesn’t make the cutting process easier. And if you leave the lawn to sit on the blade, the saturated clippings can cause rust and an early demise to metal parts of your mower, such as the blade.

Final Thought on the Reasons Why Mowing Wet Grass is a Bad Idea

While it may be tempting to mow your grass after it rains, it’s important to wait until the ground is bone dry. If you can’t, make sure you sharpen your blade first to avoid a nasty accident, soil damage, and fungal infections, which are preventable with a little patience.


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12 Best Plants for Your Bedroom

You spend a lot of time in your bedroom. That’s why it’s important to make this space as peaceful and relaxing as possible. Apart from decorating your bedroom to look beautiful, you also need to improve the air quality and the best way to do so is to bring plants into the picture. 

But which are the best plants for bedrooms? There is no one-size-fits-all answer here because there are so many different types of plants out there that could work well for you. This depends on where you live and other factors like how much sunlight they need and if they require special care or not.

Here are some air purifying plants that are all great for bedrooms:

1. Corn Plant

The Corn Plant is a great option for people who live in areas with low humidity. It’s a hardy plant that doesn’t need much sunlight and thrives in cooler temperatures. This makes it perfect for bedrooms.

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With its long, glossy top stout trunks, a substantial corn plant can serve as a handsome anchor in the bedroom corner. It produces white flowers when located in a sunny spot. The corn plant is also poisonous and shouldn’t be around nibbling pets and curious children.

2. Snake Plant

Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, the Snake Plant is one of the best options for bedroom plants because it thrives in low light. It’s ideal for people who don’t have time to give their plants a lot of attention. This is the best air purifying plant for any other houseplant.

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The leather, strappy leaves of the snake plant have adapted to harsh conditions of West Africa where the soil is poor, and rain is irregular. This low maintenance plant is an optimal choice for the bedroom because not only does it claim a top spot in the best ten air purifying plants, but it’s also one of few plants that convert carbon dioxide to produce oxygen.

Snake plants filter indoor air during day and night. It prefers bright indirect sunlight but water it occasionally to avoid messy dropped leaves.

3. Peace Lily

This elegant flowering plant is a great choice for the bedroom because it’s one of the best air purifiers, and it’s easy to care for. Peace lilies thrive in shady areas, so it’s perfect for bedrooms with little light. It removes harmful gasses such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.

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The peace lily is poisonous, so make sure to place it somewhere out of reach for children and pets. To care for a peace lily, keep the soil moist and place it in an area of your home that gets moderate to bright indirect sunlight. This plant purifies indoor air and also helps in emitting water vapor.

4. Spider Plant

Spider plants have made a huge comeback in recent years after being commonplace in bedrooms. Most people are familiar with the spider plant, also known as the airplane plant, from its ability to produce multiple pups on stems that dangle from the mother plant.

You can leave the baby plants in place or clip them and re-pot them for gifts or use other rooms. Spider plants absorb odors and fumes to help keep the oxygen level high, making you fall asleep faster. These plants produce baby spider plants, so you can grow and propagate new plants for your bedroom.

This hardy plant is easy to maintain and can naturally filter air pollutants by removing pollutants such as cigarette smoke, ammonia, benzene, and Spider plants that do well in moderate to bright light with average moisture. If leaf tips turn brown, collect rainwater to irrigate your spider plants since they’re sensitive to the fluoride in tap water.

5. Monstera deliciosa

If you’re looking for a versatile plant that can thrive in low light, then the Swiss cheese plant is perfect for you. They can cleanse the interior spaces of your home without taking up much space or requiring much care.

The Swiss cheese plant is native to South America and thrives in indirect light, so it is ideal if your bedroom lacks direct sunlight. Also, keep it out of reach for cats, dogs, and other small animals because its foliage may irritate them.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a great air-purifying plant and is easy to care for. It helps you sleep better because it emits oxygen at night, nourishing your body and mind. These succulent plants produce offsets that you can remove to start new plants.

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The new plants can serve as replacements if you remove leaves to harvest their healing gel for cuts and sunburns, making it good medicine.

7. Lady Palm

Lady Palm, commonly known as the Bamboo palm, is a great plant for filtering out formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. Bamboo palm is also good at humidifying the air, so it’s perfect for your bedroom if you have dry skin or suffer from allergies.

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Lady palm plant does best in bright, indirect light near a window or skylight commonly found in sleeping quarters but can also tolerate low light conditions. It doesn’t need much water, so it’s the perfect plant for people who forget to care for their plants.

8. English Ivy

English ivy can filter out benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. It also is capable of reducing carbon dioxide levels up to 60 percent at night, though most experts recommend keeping your bedroom at 8-12 percent CO2. It requires a low level of light, so consider including it near a window or skylight in your bedroom.

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Thriving in all light conditions, the trailing vines of English ivy look attractive in hanging baskets or draped over a bedside table. Not only does English Ivy help remove toxins, but the research shows that it may be able to clear air of mold and animal feces and improve allergy symptoms.

9. Areca Palm

Areca palm is one of the most efficient air cleaners on the list. It removes harmful toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene from the air. It does not require much light, so that it can be placed near your window or even in low light areas.

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Areca palm is also one of the best plants for removing carbon dioxide from the air. This palm absorbs air pollutants, hence purifying indoor air. These palms grow best in bright indirect light when their soil is kept evenly moist.

10. Chinese Evergreen

Also known as Aglaonema, this plant is very easy to maintain. It helps clean the air removing up to 12 toxins, including benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. Chinese evergreen grows best between 65°F-75°F, so it’s an excellent bedroom plant since your bedroom temperature tends to be lower at night.

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This plant grows slowly, so it’s usually small enough to keep on your nightstand. It’s toxic to pets, so better steer clear and choose different bedroom plants if your animals sleep with you.

11. Golden Pothos

This plant is also known as Devil’s Ivy and is a great choice for beginners. It grows well in low light and high humidity, perfect for the bedroom. The Golden Pothos helps remove Formaldehyde, Xylene, and Toluene from the air.

This plant has a similar aesthetic to the heartleaf philodendron, which you can place with heart-shaped leaves on top of your dresser or nightstand to help purify indoor air and eliminate odors.

12. Rubber Plant

The rubber plant is another good choice for the bedroom. It tolerates lower light levels well and will help with better air quality by releasing oxygen at night. The abundant leaves of this plant draw in a large amount of contaminants, making it excellent at cleaning indoor air. It improves indoor air quality by absorbing airborne chemicals.

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FAQs on Best Plants for Your Bedroom

Is it important to have plants in the bedroom?

Yes, it is important to have plants in the bedroom. Not only do they add a touch of nature and beauty to the room, but they also help improve air quality. Indoor plants can help purify the air by removing harmful toxins and pollutants. However, remember not to have houseplants that can be harmful to cats and dogs if you have these pets around.

Final Thought on Best Plants for Your Bedroom

There are many varieties of indoor plants that you can bring to your bedroom to help with a good night’s sleep. These plants not only look great, but they also help improve air quality. So, if you are looking for ways to improve your health and get a better night’s sleep, bring in some plants.


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Outdoor Treasure Hunt for Kids

Kids love games, and they also love to be challenged. But sometimes, it is difficult to come up with ideas on how you can keep their interest in a game that might have become boring after playing it for the umpteenth time. An outdoor treasure hunt for kids allows them to explore nature while having fun.

It will also help them develop critical thinking skills and enhance their observation skills, which are important when looking for treasures around your home or community. And what’s more? They will get some exercise too. 

This guide has printable outdoor scavenger hunt clues so that you can set these treasure hunt riddles in minutes:

What is a Scavenger Hunt?

A scavenger hunt for a treasure hunt is a fun game where you follow clues or riddles and collect small prizes or a large prize at the end of the hunt. For an Easter scavenger hunt, you can even use plastic eggs to hold the clues in. Both individuals and teams can play scavenger hunts. The game is adaptable and has greater activity for smaller and larger groups alike.

Scavenger Hunt Clue Ideas

Nature Scavenger Hunts

A nature scavenger hunt can be a fun way to get your kids excited about being outside and learning about the environment. You can make a nature scavenger hunt as easy or hard as you want by including different items in the list. It can take place in your backyard, a park, or a nature preserve.

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It involves searching for items or following clues to find hidden items outdoors. These scavenger hunts are great for every age group, including very young kids. An outdoor scavenger hunt is a great way to engage the senses. So, consider a search that asks players to identify things they can watch, smell and hear.

A nature hunt can also be fun to teach kids about environmental stewardship. You can help beautify a trail by picking up trash you find on your walk. Collecting trash can feel like a menial task, but it can be fun when it’s considered a game. Pass out gloves and plastic bags and offer prizes for whoever collects the most trash and finds the strangest object.

Ensure each group of the kids has adult supervision for safety if they’re collecting trash. Nature scavenger hunt ideas include collecting sticks, pinecones, and leaves in a nature craft. Spot and photograph nature items from a list, and lastly, identify and photograph a variety of bugs, leaves, plants, and flowers.

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts

A neighborhood scavenger hunt is another type of treasure hunt where players are given a list of items to find in their surroundings. This can be a fun activity for kids who live in urban neighborhoods. Items on the list might include a rubber band, toothpick, a canceled stamp, a cookie, a drinking straw, and a paper cup.

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There are a couple of variations on neighborhood hunt. The first variation is to have teams go door to door where players tell the neighbor who answers the door that they’re on a scavenger hunt. They then ask them for the items on their list. The next variation is holding an outdoor scavenger hunt in the neighborhood like you would have a nature hunt. 

This is also a great way of keeping kids occupied during a neighborhood block party. Use discretion with a door-to-door variation of this game, as knocking on someone’s door more than once could quickly become irritating for neighbors.

If you have two teams, each team might go to odd-numbered or even-numbered houses, or one team could go to the north side of the street and the other to the south side. Neighborhood scavenger hunt ideas include finding hidden items in the neighborhood, finding specific landmarks and locations, following hidden clues to find a prize, and going door to door to request items from a list.

Color Scavenger Hunt

This hunt is perfect for younger kids learning the names of colors. Write down the names of commonly known colors and post them in a visible spot. Split kids up into teams and give each team a different color crayon or marker. 

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The goal is for the kids to find all of the items listed on the sheet in that particular color. Let your child find the colors and label them with the appropriate names on the hunt sheet.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

This hunt is perfect for older kids. Give them a digital camera and take pictures of items listed on the sheet. The items can be anything from a specific color to something found in nature. The best part about this hunt is that you can tailor it to your child’s interests.

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If they love animals, make a list of items that includes pictures of different animals. If they love nature, make a list of items, including plants and flowers. You can also make the hunt harder by including specific details in the photos, such as something in motion or a picture taken from a distance.

Photo scavenger hunt ideas include items of a particular color or shape, local landmarks, players doing certain activities, and things that start with a specific letter.

Stay at Home Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts can be great at-home activities too. They’re a fun way of breaking up a boring weekend. Sleepovers and birthday party scavenger hunt ideas are especially popular. 

Stay at home scavenger hunt ideas include favorite things like favorite foods, favorite colors, and favorite toys. Others include household items and something that starts with A, B, C, D, and more.

Scavenger Hunt Clues for Treasure Map

After creating a list of items or clues, tally up the total number of items and assign a point value to each item. For example, if there are ten items on the list, assigning a point value of five each would make the total points 50. 

Now create a simple treasure map with a starting point and an ending point. The path between the two should have several circles or X’s drawn, each representing a clue.

Field Trip Scavenger Hunts

Field trip scavenger hunts can be a great way to keep your kids engaged at museums, zoos, or amusement parks. Scavenger hunts at public places involve finding specific items and clues. This is a fun way to explore new places and learn about unique objects.

Field trip scavenger hunt ideas include certain colors or shapes, items in an exhibit at the museum, items with the logo, and specific rides at a carnival or amusement park. Others include animals at the zoo and vendors that sell specific food items such as cotton candy and popcorn.

When having a scavenger hunt in public spaces, talk to kids about proper etiquette and safety. For example, if your hunt is in a museum, ensure your kids understand that they should talk quietly and walk.

If it’s a noisy outdoor venue, make sure your kids know to stay in designated groups and not wander off on their own. For safety, let an adult or teenager stay with each group if younger children are participating and make a plan of what you’ll do if someone gets lost.

How to Make a Riddle Scavenger Hunt

If you want to make your own outdoor scavenger hunt clues for scavenger hunt games, it’s pretty and easy to do. Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, you can come up with dozens of clues and ideas for riddles or games. You can try keeping one child busy and occupied or throwing a larger themed birthday party or traditional Easter egg hunt.

You can turn all these scavenger hunt riddles into whatever theme you like or use on a family camping trip. If you’re looking for a quick way to occupy your child once they’re on a school break, you can raid the dressing up box and toys for some props or age treasure clues with a wet tea bag and use some pennies as a real treasure. 

Kids Scavenger Hunt Ideas and Theming

There are plenty of scavenger hunt ideas that you can use to theme your game. Whether it’s finding things around the house or in the garden, there’s something for everyone. You could even go on a treasure hunt and set up a series of clues that will lead players to different items hidden in your backyard or neighborhood.

Traditional Easter Egg Hunt

Alternatively, you could set up a traditional Easter egg hunt with wrapped candy or plastic eggs that contain some prize. You can even get your child’s friends involved and play along too.

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Try our treasure hunts if you’re looking for something truly inspirational and creative to do with the kids. When it’s clear what your theme is and whether you’re holding an outdoor or indoor treasure hunt, you can decide on the treasure hunt clue.

How to Make Your Own Find Things Treasure Hunt

If you don’t want to buy treasure hunt cards or cards with scavenger hunt items like the brilliant find it a game, you can make your scavenger hunt clues for kids or visual treasure hunt questions. 

You can cut out magazine or newspaper pictures and stick them to a sheet, then your kids can run around hunting for the treasure hunt items on the list. This also works well for scavenger hunt clues around the house. 

If your kids can read, then scavenger hunt clue ideas can include a simple list of the items or write down a subject. For older kids, you can make more elaborate riddles or rhyming riddles for them to solve.

Scavenger Hunt Supplies List

Here’s a list of universal treasure hunt ideas and can be used for an outdoor or indoor scavenger hunt game. You can also add rules like don’t bring anything back that’s alive like worms, a pet, a growing plant, or a flower.

Themed treasured gifts and prizesDecorationsTimerBags or baskets for the itemsPen or pencil to cross off the list itemsPre-printed list or paper and magazine pictures bought treasure hunt cards.

FAQs on Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids

How can you do an online scavenger hunt?

You can use a virtual scavenger hunt to connect with friends and family who live far away. Virtual scavenger hunts are played the same way as in-person scavenger hunts, except that you’ll connect with fellow players over video conferencing.

What are some of the benefits of outdoor scavenger hunts for kids?

Scavenger hunts for kids have many benefits, ranging from inflicting team building to kids, improved outdoor time which helps in getting Vitamin D, which is crucial for the development of kids. Scavenger hunts are one of the best ways to bring kids into the present moment.

Final Thought on Outdoor Treasure Hunts for Kids

As you can see, these scavenger treasure hunts do not require special skills, materials, or investment. They’re also inexpensive and accessible games for people of all ages. So, if you’re thinking of a scavenger hunt, you can make it as simple and elaborate as you want with things you can find around the house and some items on the checklist you find.


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Pros And Cons Of Gravel Driveway

A gravel driveway can be attractive, inexpensive to install, and easy to maintain. But it also has some downsides that you should consider before installing one in your yard.

The best type of driveway for you will depend on a variety of factors including needs and budget. This article will explore these factors along with the pros and cons of a gravel driveway. This will help you make an informed decision about whether or not this is the right choice for you. Let’s dive deep into this topic. 

What is a gravel driveway?

A gravel driveway is a driveway that is built with a base of gravel. Gravel may be mixed with other materials to create a strong, durable surface capable of bearing vehicles. Also, gravel driveways are more aesthetically pleasing than asphalt. This is because they have a more natural appearance and can be customized to match the style of your home.

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Pros of a gravel driveway

Inexpensive: Gravel driveways are one of the most affordable types of driveways to install. The materials needed for this type of driveway are readily available and easy to work with. This makes for a quick and easy installation process, which can save you money on labor costs.Easy Maintenance: A gravel driveway is one of the easiest types of driveways to maintain. All you need is a rake or shovel to keep it clear of debris and ensure that water can flow freely. This saves you time and effort when it comes to upkeep.Durable: Gravel driveways are one of the most durable types of driveways on the market. Once your gravel driveway is installed, it will not require a lot of maintenance or repair work for a very long time.Aesthetically Pleasing: Gravel driveways have a natural look that makes them aesthetically pleasing to have in front of your home. This can increase its curb appeal, which may boost its resale value as well as your enjoyment of it over time.Customizable: You can customize your gravel driveway by using different types and sizes of gravel to create an attractive design that reflects the style of your home and complements the existing landscape in surrounding areas. Plus, you can add rocks, stones, pebbles, logs, and more to give your gravel driveway a one-of-a-kind appearance.

Cons of a gravel driveway

Drainage Issues: Gravel driveways are susceptible to drainage issues. This is because gravel holds water in its gaps, which can cause puddles to form when it rains or snows. The only way to prevent this would be to install an asphalt or concrete driveway instead. Another option when you have a gravel driveway is to spread grass seed over the surface so that when you do get standing water on your driveway, it will absorb some of it and allow the rest to drain through the small spaces between stones and other materials used for the bedding. But if you choose this method, be prepared to water the driveway regularly to get the grass seed to germinate and take root. Theplumbing on a home should also be checked yearly to ensure that water is draining away from the house and not pooling up against it because of the gravel driveway.Unpaved: A gravel driveway is an unpaved surface, which can be a concern if you have small children or pets who like to run around outside. This is because a gravel driveway can be rough on their feet and paws and may cause them to get injured if they fall or walk on it without shoes or boots.Difficulty Driving On Gravel: Gravel driveways are not as smooth as asphalt or concrete driveways, so they can be difficult for some vehicles to drive on. This may include sports cars, motorcycles, and other high-end vehicles.Dust: When a vehicle drives over gravel, it creates dust. This can be a nuisance for homeowners who live close to their gravel driveway and can also cause health problems for those who are sensitive to it.

As you can see, there are both pros and cons to having a gravel driveway in front of your home. It is important to weigh the positives and negatives of each before deciding which type of driveway is right for you. 

If you decide that a gravel driveway is not the best option for your needs, consider asphalt or concrete instead. These types of driveways are more expensive to install, but they offer many benefits that gravel driveways do not, such as better drainage and a longer lifespan.

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Other factors to consider

Here are some other factors to keep in mind before making up your mind about the type of driveway you’ll have.

Cost: Installing a gravel driveway is less expensive than installing an asphalt or concrete driveway, but it may require more regular maintenance to keep it looking its best.Weather: Gravel driveways are more susceptible to damage from bad weather conditions than asphalt or concrete driveways. This is because they do not have the same level of protection against rain, snow, and ice.Homeowner Association (HOA) Regulations: If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, there may be regulations in place that restrict or prohibit the installation of a gravel driveway. Be sure to check with your HOA before deciding on a type of driveway for your home.Slope: If your home is located on a sloped lot, a gravel driveway may not be the best option, as it can be difficult to maintain and can result in drainage issues.Effect on the Landscape: Gravel driveways are not environmentally friendly because they can disrupt the surrounding landscape, which is also something to consider when deciding if it’s right for your home.Appearance: A gravel driveway will never be as smooth and flat as an asphalt or concrete one; however, you can choose different bedding materials that give it a unique look.Resale Value Asphalt and concrete driveways often add resale value to homes, while gravel driveways do not typically increase resale value unless they are professionally installed with high-quality materials.Safety: Gravel driveways are more susceptible to potholes than other types of driveways due to weathering over time, since water can seep into the cracks and freeze, causing the gravel to expand and crack.

When considering all of these factors, it is important to think about what is most important to you and your family. If a gravel driveway meets your needs, be sure to take the time to select quality materials and have it installed by a professional contractor. By doing so, you can ensure that your driveway will last for many years without requiring much maintenance.

Final thoughts on pros and cons of gravel driveway

In conclusion, the pros and cons of a gravel driveway are different for each individual. If you arebuilding your own house, building a gravel driveway at the same time might be a good option, but if you’re not, consider the landscape and how easy it will be to keep clean before making a final decision. 

Moreover, if you have pets who to roll on the ground, it’s along something to consider before choosing gravel as the material for your driveway.

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12 Shrubs with White Flowers

Are you looking for plants to brighten your dark spaces? Well, white flowering shrubs may be the perfect solution for you. Not only do they look great in your garden, but also produce a wonderful fragrance.

As an element design, these white flowering shrubs convey purity and they’re often used as the foundation for moon gardens, designed to be enjoyed in the evening. Some flowering shrubs are even valued for the spring color they bring to the garden. 

Here are 10 common shrubs with white flowers:

1. Japanese Andromeda

Japanese Andromeda is a flowering shrub that can grow up to 5 feet tall, with white flowers. It’s very fragrant and looks great when combined with other plants. The plant can also be shaped into a hedge or it can be grown as a single specimen. 

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This is a white flowering shrub with drooping clusters of small bell-shaped flowers. The early spring blooming shrub white clusters look like lily of the valley flowers. The benefits of growing this plant include evergreen foliage offering winter interest, leaves that offer attractive red color and an early bloom period.

Also known as Japanese Pieris, this evergreen flowering shrub grows between 9 and 12 feet tall and up to 8 feet wide. To enjoy the attractive white flowering shrubs, grow Japanese Andromeda in full sun to partial shade. With the right care, this shrub will indeed form part of your gorgeous flower garden

2. Rose of Sharon

Also known as Althea, this is a large shrub or small tree that typically grows 8 to 12 feet tall but takes pruning well. It blooms from mid-summer to frost, with clusters of trumpet-shaped white flowers. 

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This is a hibiscus to grow if others fail you. And if you want an earlier show, try one of the cultivars with variegated foliage. This upright shrub brings late-season color to the yard, making it a darling to many gardeners. Honeybees also love their big flowers.

3. Annabelle Hydrangea

Annabelle hydrangea is a summer bloomer that will flourish with dozens of large, bushy bloomers comprising a multitude of smaller, delicate blooms of any hydrangea. Annabelle hydrangea is loved by gardeners because its blooms are quite large and last from early summer through autumn. It prefers full sun to part shade and blooms well in zones 3 to 7.

4. Mock Orange

The mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) is an easy to grow shrub that is perfect for novice gardeners. This shrub grows in zones 4 through 8 and blooms heavily in early to midsummer with clusters of sweetly fragrant white flowers. It does best in full sun but can tolerate light shade.

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Smooth mock orange can become overgrown quickly, so a rejuvenation pruning and hard pruning that cuts the bush back low to the ground is a good idea every few years. Soil needs include well drained and loamy soil while it thrives in full sun to part shade.

5. White Lilac Bushes

Lilacs (Syringa) are popular shrub choices for the garden due to their beautiful, long-lasting flowers and strong fragrance. They are an early flowering shrub that offers up large blooms in spring.

Lilacs flower in shades of white, pink and purple depending on the variety, with both single and double blooms available. White lilac flowers grow up to 8 feet long.

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The white flowering lilac shrubs grow between 8 and 15 feet tall and up to 12 feet wide. Large lilac shrubs are ideal for summer privacy screens or hedges. If you have a small garden or container garden, opt for beautiful white blossoms of various dwarf varieties of lilac.

6. Korean Spice Viburnum

Korean spice viburnum is an example of a shrub that boasts of early spring flowers and fall colors. It has pink buds that open to become clusters of white flowers. It’s named after its fragrance, which contains a combination of sweetness and sharpness. 

You can opt to grow doublefile viburnum if you don’t like the touch of pink that its white flowers retain. The doublefile type has white pure flowers but lacks the scent of Korean spice.

Yearly feeding with an acid-enhanced fertilizer will help improve its flowering if your soil lacks the acidity preferred by Korean spice viburnum. Mulching the base of the shrub with pine needles can also improve soil acidity. USDA growing zones 4 to 7 and prefers average, moist soil, acidic and well draining soil.

7. White Spirea Shrubs

White spirea shrubs are deciduous shrubs that typically have a height and spread of 3 to 4 feet. They have arching branches with white flowers in late spring to early summer. The flowers are followed by fruit which is attractive to birds. 

White Lilac Bushes
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Some outstanding white blooming spirea varieties include garland spirea, bridal wreath spirea and Korean spirea. With their abundant white flower clusters, they brighten up spring and summer gardens. 

The upright, rounded shrubs grow between 3 and 9 feet tall, depending on the variety. If you’re growing in containers, consider varieties such as spirea thunbergia, birchleaf spirea and white meadowsweet spirea. Their soil requirements range from medium moisture soil to well draining soil and do well in full sun.

8. Camellia Shrubs with White Flowers

The Japanese camellia is a broadleaf evergreen with showy white flowers that bloom from late until early spring. The early blooming double flowers grow 3 feet to 6 feet wide and consist of up to 2o tightly growing petals in a peony flower like shape. Their stunning flowers complement the lush foliage.

Species of the white flowering shrubs grow various sizes of showy flowers with some being as small as 1.5 feet. The shrubs with their white flowers grow well in containers and shrub borders create beautiful fragrant flowers.

9. Azaleas

Azaleas are another class of abundant white blooming shrubs that are ideal for garden borders or hedges. They bloom in early spring or late spring, depending on the variety. The great white varieties include Northern hi lights, Pleasant White, Delaware Valley White, Cascade White and Bloom a Thon White.

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Hardiness zones and sizes depend on variety as some are suitable for most climates from zones 3 to 9 and from sizes ranging from 2 to 3 feet to 15 feet. Azaleas are excellent in woodland settings. 

Their foliage is unremarkable after the flowers have faded, although some varieties have pleasing fall colors. Unless your soil has the natural acidity preferred by azaleas, feed them with an acid-enhanced fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.

Their color varieties range from white, lavender, purple, orange, peach, pink and red. Grow this plant in full sun to part shade and soil needs include rich, medium moisture and well drained soil. It also prefers acidic soil.

10. Hibiscus Syriacus

This plant is a deciduous shrub that typically grows 6 to 10 feet tall and as wide. It has an upright growth habit with arching branches. White flowering shrubs with yellow centers appear in late summer to early fall. Plant in partial sun to part shade and soil that is moist, well-drained, and has some organic matter.

11. Snows of Kilimanjaro

This plant is a large tropical shrub that typically grows 6 to 10 feet tall and 4 to 16feet wide. It has an upright growth habit with arching branches. White flowers with yellow centers appear in late summer to early fall. 

As a member of the Euphorbia genus, it’s related to that Christmas favorite. Its alternate common name is known as little Christmas flower. As with poinsettias, flowering comes into bloom as days shorten. When the fragrant white flowers emerge, the bush reminds of a giant snowball.

To promote that snowball look, give the plant a severe pruning back in early spring, then another in early summer. When pruning, make sure you wear gloves because you may be allergic to its milky sap. It Grows in zones 10 to 13 and prefers full sun to part shade. Soil needs include medium moisture to well drained soil.

12. Dwarf Deutzia

This plant also has a great look for the winter months. Its leaves are smaller and more along those of perennials. The flowers will emerge in spring as do those from the shrub form. 

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What makes it special despite being a shrub is that it can function as a ground cover because it stays so short and is wider than it is tall, approximately 2 feet tall with a spread of 5 feet. It’s a late spring bloomer with small but fragrant bell-shaped flowers. 

The foliage on the dwarf variety turns an attractive burgundy in the fall. It needs regular pruning because their branches are fairly short-lived. Soil needs include medium moisture soil and good tolerance for clay soil. Grows in hardiness zones 5 to 8 and thrives in full sun to part shade.

FAQs about Recommended White Flowering Shrubs

What is a shrub with white flowers?

Pieris Japonica, also known as the Japanese Andromeda, is another evergreen, spring-blooming shrub with white flowers and a beautiful scent. It’s easy to grow and has the added benefit of being deer resistant.

Why do these shrubs have white flowers?

The shrubs with white flowers have this color because they contain a lot of anthocyanins. This is a type of pigment that is responsible for the red, purple, and blue colors found in many flowers and fruits. These white flowers enable them to light up a garden in the springtime.

Final Thought on Recommended Shrubs with White Flowers

As you can see, there are several shrubs that can help brighten your garden in the springtime. If you’re looking for plants that will bloom white flowers, then be sure to consider these options. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re also easy to grow and maintain. So, what are you waiting for? Start planting today!


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14 Best Home Renovation Apps

Home improvement projects can be a tedious process, with much planning and execution required. Besides being time-consuming, these projects can drain your energy if you decide to do it yourself. Fortunately, home renovation apps can help make the process a lot smoother.

Whether you’re a DIYer or a construction professional, these apps can make your project easier. From finding inspiration to getting expert advice, here are the best home renovation apps for every stage of your project.

1. Houzz Home Design and Remodel Ideas

If you’re a homeowner looking for a renovation idea, the best way to find inspiration is through photos of real homes. With its collection of more than 40 million images from 1,200 home design professionals and collectors worldwide, Houzz is your go-to place to search for the latest trends in interior design. Consider it your one-stop shop for all your home remodeling and interior design.

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The Houzz Home Design and Remodel app is one of the most versatile home renovation apps on the market. The app also offers a wealth of other features, including articles on home design trends, discussion forums, and the ability to contact professionals directly. It’s highly rated, free to use, is supported by all major operating systems, and has tens of millions of downloads.


It’s free to useAvailable in App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App StorePresence of 3D visualization feature4.8-star rating in the App Store and 4.6-star rating in Google Play

2. IKEA Place Home Renovation App

IKEA Place Home Renovation App is another free home renovation app worth checking out. This app offers 3D previews of furniture items, and it also allows the user to virtually place them within their homes. It’s very easy to use, supports all major operating systems, and has garnered excellent reviews on Google Play Store and Amazon App Store.

IKEA Place Home Renovation App
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App users with IKEA Place can shop for IKEA furniture and use augmented reality technology to drop images of IKEA furniture into pictures of the home. Once you find something that you love, you can purchase it directly through the app or find a nearby store that has it in stock.


3D visualization featureEasy to usePresence of augmented reality technology

3. Photo Measures

It can be annoying to get to the hardware store only to find out that you’ve forgotten the notebook at home where you’re writing all your materials for your home renovation project. Not only is that, but even your measurements in that book. You’ll feel frustrated and drained.

However, if you’ve downloaded the Photo Measures app, you would have had all that information in the palm of your hand. All you need to do with this home renovation app is to take photos of your space, draw in your measurements and never worry about forgetting your supplies again.

4. The Home Design 3D App

This is a free home renovation app that has gained popularity. The 3D home design software shows you in real-time what it would look like if you added or removed certain objects from your space. This is also the perfect tool to help you design your entire home and is compatible with mobile phones, tablets, Macs, and PCs.

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Designed by Anuman Interactive, this home renovation app was released to the public in 2011 with the company’s first iOS version. Today, this app is available in most app stores and is compatible with all mobile apps and laptops. You can design any part of your home using this app as it allows the user to create multiple floor plans in 2D and 3D, add furniture and decorative items of their designs.

You can also experience your home design using the 3D real-time visualizer. There are also features that allow you to share your design outside the app. This home remodeling app is free to download, and you can use a few basic features at no cost.


It doesn’t require an internet connectionSupports all devicesAvailable in App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store


No free version for PCsWorks best with iOS devices

5. iScape Home Remodeling App

This app has a very clean and simple user interface that is easy to use. Animations of all changes while designing are smooth and fast, making it enjoyable while building your dream home. The application also supports 3D rendering for outputting images and videos of the design.

If you don’t want to plan a new house but remodel an existing one, this app got you covered with a library of objects and materials to work with. Home renovation projects also don’t need to stay within the confines of your home. Instead, take your space to the next level by tackling a landscaping project, courtesy of the iScape app.


You can design your landscapeGreat for DYers and landscaping businessesSharing capabilitiesIt comes with a 4.6-star rating in the App Store


Only available for iOs devices

6. ProjectColor by the Home Depot

ProjectColor is an app by Home Depot that can select paint colors and coordinate them with other design elements in your home. The app has a library of more than 1,500 colors and allows you to save your favorites for future reference. You can also take pictures of rooms in your house to get a better idea of what different colors will look like.

You can also check which paint colors are popular and trending. You can also visualize how the paint will look in any part of your home and save your favorite paints or buy them. If you’re not ready to commit to a full can of paint, paint samples are available for purchase within the app. This app is free and is compatible with iOs and android services. But when it comes to painting, learn how to choose paint colors first before you proceed.


It’s free to useIn-home color visualizerAvailable for iOs and android services4.5-star rating in the App Store


2.7-star rating in Google Play

7. Palette Cam Home Renovation App Review

This app helps you visualize what you’re going to paint and allows you to share your photos with friends and family. The home renovation app also provides a way for you to share the images on social media and save or print them, which is useful if you want to show off your painting skills. This app is free but does contain ads.

The Palette Cam app will pull all the colors in any photo to create gorgeous color palettes you can use to inspire your next design project. Whether you’re looking to bring the beauty of the beach into your bathroom or the warm colors of a sunset into your hallway, the Palette Cam app is the right choice.

8. Vivid Home Wall Color Selection App

Updating your wall color can be a big project, but it doesn’t have to be with this app. With the Vivid Home Wall Color Selection App, you can take pictures of your home’s walls and experiment with different colors to see what will look best. This app is free to download and use.

However, choosing between Intense White and Benjamin Moore or Essential Gray by Sherwin William can be a daunting task. But thanks to vivid paint colors, you no longer need to go to the hardware store and pick up bundles of paint swatches. You can search by color or inspiration for paints by top brands like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Glidden.

9. Roomle 3D and AR Room Planner

Roomle 3D and AR Room Planner is another great app for home renovations. If you’re unsure where to start or want to see what your finished product could look like, this app is for you. Roomle 3D and AR Room Planner offer a virtual reality view of your rooms as you renovate them.

This comprehensive home remodeling app helps homeowners design floor plans and use augmented reality to populate existing floor plans with furniture. This app allows you to measure and draw rooms and create your scanned room floor plan.

10. Wayfair App

Wayfair App is a home improvement app for homeowners or renters looking to improve their space on a budget. The app offers interactive 3D models of furniture by room, so you can get the feel of what it would look like in your living room before you buy it. With new products being added daily, this is an awesome app for anyone who wants to remodel on a budget.

This is a great tool when you’re furniture shopping for your home renovation. And if you want to design the complete area of the house with brand new furniture, then you can use a room planner tool to create a 3D design of your place with the products you want until you find the perfect setup.

11. Angi Home Remodeling App

This app is perfect for homeowners looking to do a little remodeling on their own. It includes tips, videos, and how-to guides for various home improvement projects. You can also find local contractors through the app, which is super handy if you’re not comfortable doing the work yourself.

Get your home renovation dreams completed in a snap by downloading this Angi app, formerly known as Angie’s List, to hire contractors in your area.

12. iHandy Carpenter App

This is the perfect app for homeowners who want to improve their homes without hiring a contractor. This app has five tools, including a spirit leveler, stud finder, a plumb bob, and even a protractor. You can use the surface level and bubble level to flat surfaces and plumb bob to access vertical walls. The app can also give you an estimate on how much a job will cost and how long it may take.

13. Morpholio Board

Any interior designer using this app would instantly understand that interior designers designed it. This is a total industry game-changer. This glossy app lets interior designers layout mood boards, design ideas, and collages.

Morpholio Board
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This app offers you a chance to let your imagination run wild. It is so easy to use, so much fun, and will help you develop ideas when you are in the shower.

14. MagicPlan Home Floor Plan App

This app is a must-have if you’re in the home renovation business. It will help you with everything from creating floor plans to estimating the cost of your project and getting real-time feedback from contractors.

This app is perfect for anyone who wants to undertake a home renovation project but isn’t sure where to start. It takes all the guesswork out of the process and makes renovating your home a breeze. It comes with an estimated feature, meaning no manual calculations.

The magic app also comes with augmented reality and LiDAR scanning features that make visualization and measurements easier. It’s free to download, and you’ll get full access to all of its features for your first two projects at no cost.

FAQs about Best Home Renovation Apps

What are some of the functions of a home renovation app?

Home renovation apps offer a lot of functions. They can help you stay organized, create and design projects, shop for products, and even hire contractors.

Final Thought about the Best Home Renovation App

Home remodeling can make your head spin. It can be overwhelming to stay on top of everything, from choosing wall art to how to level wall hangings, to how to arrange furniture and which color palette to choose. So, why not make these renovation apps simplify your design life in a major way.


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