Decorating Tip: Keeping pets in mind

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Decorating Tip: Keeping pets in mind

Keeping your dog or cat clean will help your house stay cleaner for longer. Think of it this way: It's easier to clean your dog than your upholstery, and it's usually more fun. Vacuum your pet's hair off the furniture at least twice a week. You may need to vacuum daily when your pet is shedding. Discover the joys of Crypton, a synthetic fabric that's resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws.

-- HGTV/ Scripps Howard News Service

Home-Selling Tip: Rent a storage unit

Everyone has little knick-knacks around the house that can cause it to look cluttered: vases, photos, sculptures, extra furniture and personal items. Consider renting a storage unit for all the extras around your house. Aim for a look that is minimal, clean and impersonalized so buyers can envision themselves living in the space.


Did You Know …

The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $187,300 in July, up 9.4 percent from a year ago. –

Going Green: The Arc sponsors e-recycling initiative

The Arc, a national advocacy association for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, launched its eXplore eRecycling initiative, which will distribute nearly a half million dollars to start electronic recycling programs around the country.


Garden Guide: Dormant grass needs little water

Grasses can survive drought, but even dormant turfs require some water, according to University of Illinois researcher Bruce Branham. A healthy Kentucky bluegrass lawn should be able to survive at least six weeks without any rainfall or irrigation. If the drought extends beyond six weeks, lightly irrigate your turf with approximately 1/4 inch of water every two weeks. This will provide enough water to keep your lawn alive. It is important not to water so much that it brings the turf out of dormancy.