Foundation Repair Business Soars as Drought Hits Homes

By Miguel Llanos, NBC News As if shriveled crops, dead fish, water rationing and brown lawns aren’t bad enough, some residents across the Midwest and South are seeing the drought in their own homes as foundations shift in dried-up soil. Sometimes they’ll even hear the shift. “We will get calls where homeowners hear a loud pop,” John Clark, general manager at Indiana Foundation Service, told NBC News. “They’ll explain that they’ve heard the house move.” Adding insult to injury, insurers typically consider such damage an “act of God” and thus homeowners are on the hook for funding repairs. Clark said drought-repair business in and around Indianapolis is booming, with calls almost doubling in the last month and his crews doing about 10 home repairs a…

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Transform your Interior Decor to Create a Cozy Atmosphere

The change of seasons, the change of family schedules, or even a change in furniture; there are many reasons to take the time to transform the interior of your home and revitalize your decor. Why not take the opportunity this fall and winter to refresh your interior with the bold colors trending this year? Traditional fall colors like bronze orange, vibrant gold and comfy eggplant bring plenty of life to a home’s decor, especially after the temperatures have dropped and you’ve closed up the house for a season. Winter colors are warm this year, with a lot of browns blended in with reds, yellows and taupe, creating a cozy interior feeling through the long winter months. And if you’re looking to transform your home into…

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Garden Now to Refresh your Outdoor Space for Entertaining

This summer gardens and outdoor green spaces often look limp and lifeless due to lots of hot, sunny days and limited precipitation. No need to despair, just a few simple tips can help to rejuvenate any outdoor space well into fall – and be water-wise as well. Garden Mulch Mulch adds a nice, finished look to beds, paths and containers alike. It also helps to keep weeds out by blocking access to sunlight, reduce competition for water and nutrients from weeds, retain moisture in the soil where the roots can access it and moderate soil temperatures. In essence, mulching around plants, trees and shrubs is fundamental to keeping water where it is needed. Mulch your landscape beds at a depth of 2 to 3 inches…

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June’s To-Do List for Busy Gardeners

A column by Jane Ford Fort Wayne News-Sentinel This is great gardening weather, but the cool nights and cooler-than-normal days are causing some of our warm-weather annual flowers and vegetables to grow very slowly. I’m sure that will change soon, and we’ll see tomatoes and peppers forming on the vines. I’ve listed things to do in June around the house and garden: Spring-flowering shrubs can be pruned after the blooms are gone. Apply fungicide to prevent and control black spot on roses, and clean up all signs of the disease and throw that in the trash. Disinfect pruners. Water well new trees and shrubs every seven to 10 days when there is little or no rain. Use stem tip cuttings to propagate deciduous shrubs, such…

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