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I absolutely adore flower gardens. Whenever I want to relax and view nature in one of its most beautiful forms, I sit in or near a flower garden. Smelling the aromatic fragrances of roses always instantly improves my mood. Do you have a flower garden on your property? If you don’t currently have a flower garden, consider starting one this summer. If your knowledge about flowers is limited, visiting a local home and garden center is a great idea. An expert at this kind of business establishment can help you pick the varieties of flowers that grow best in your part of the country. On this blog, I hope you will discover the easiest types of flowers to grow in a backyard flower garden. Enjoy!


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3 Things You Need To Do This Spring To Keep Rodent Populations Away

by Amelia Sutton

If you're like many modern homeowners, you're looking forward to the beginning of spring, especially if you live in one of the parts of the country that has experienced a long, difficult winter. You may enjoy the sight of lambs, calves, and other baby animals frolicking in the fields, and perhaps you're lucky enough to live in an area where you can occasionally catch a glimpse of small wild creatures such as fawns. However, these aren't the only mammals that produce their young in spring — rodents also welcome new additions to their families during this time, and this means that homeowners need to step up their mouse and rat protection programs. Following are three things you should do this spring in order to help ensure a rodent-free home.

Give the Perimeters of Your Home a Thorough Cleaning 

You undoubtedly already know that keeping your home interior as clean as possible, particularly when it comes to food scraps and possible nesting places for rodents, is essential to maintaining an indoor environment that rodents don't find tempting, but you may not be aware that the area directly outside your home may also provide rodents with a habitat. Remove any overgrown vegetative material and consider relocating anything with edible fruits or berries to a greater distance from the house. It's also important to eliminate any possible sources of water — for instance, position your drain pipes so rainwater coming off the roof goes downward instead of simply pooling next to your house. 

Place Screens on Vents and Chimney Openings 

Many homeowners believe that rodents won't access their home interiors through the chimney, but certain types of mice can easily scamper up trees, get on the roof, and come down the chimney. They can also enter through the dryer, heating, and air conditioning vents, so make sure these are all equipped with tightly woven screens.

Seal All Entry Points

The most important thing you can do to keep rodents out of the inside of your home is to be vigilant about making sure to seal your home to prevent mice. Keep in mind that rodents, particularly mice, can squeeze through very small spaces. It's best to err on the side of caution and go ahead and seal an opening that you think may be too small for a rodent to get through. Also, don't limit your efforts to ground level — rodents have been known to gain access to home interiors from as high as the second or third story of a house.