How to get rid of carpenter bees

A couple of months ago, when the weather began to warm up and the temperature was warm enough to sit outside in the afternoon, a large bee would hover menacingly outside the door. 

It seemed like a dare: see if you can get by me to enjoy your yard! It wasn't long before I noticed that above the door was a piece of wood holding our awning up, with about thirteen 1/2 in holes in it, the work of carpenter bees.

2019-07-03T16:49:32-04:00June 23rd, 2016|Home, Homeowner tips, Owning a home|0 Comments

Tax considerations for homeownership

There are a number of tax benefits available to homeowners, such as mortgage interest deduction. However, the only way to know the precise tax value of any economic decision is to prepare a tax return for the taxing agency (or all of them) first without including the economic decision and then prepare it again including the economic decision. The difference between these two outcomes is then the exact value of the tax benefits associated with the decision. 

Making progress towards a lush lawn

Are you a good gardener? I would call myself more of an aspiring gardener. 

I moved into a new house in November, and it is the first time that I've had an actual yard in my adult life, after years of apartment living.

Since it was already quite cold out when I moved, it was hard to tell what the lawn might be like in warmer weather. Now that spring is here, I can see that the yard is mostly weeds!

2019-07-03T16:21:18-04:00May 18th, 2016|Gardening, Home, Homeowner tips|2 Comments