Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

Houston Hurricane Watch: How to Prepare Your Home

Aug 14, 2014

Houston’s proximity to the Gulf Coast means that sometimes, tropical weather — including hurricanes — may threaten. Although, luckily, the area has been spared a direct hit by a major hurricane in the past several years, that doesn’t mean residents should let their guards down. With the typical hurricane season in the Atlantic running from June 1 to Nov. 30, […]

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Protect Your Trees Against the Emerald Ash Borer

Aug 14, 2014

Chicago residents are facing a new threat to their property this year: a beetle that has destroyed more than 10,000 ash trees in the city, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. Called the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), the pest is a green beetle native to eastern Russia and Asia, according to emeraldashborer.info, […]

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: Turn an Old Dresser into a Planter

Aug 12, 2014

Looking for an interesting place to make those flowers grow? Consider reusing an old chest of drawers as a unique planter.

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: Capture the Rain

Aug 12, 2014

If you’re looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle at home, one thing to consider is catching and using rainwater. Some people utilize rain barrels to capture water, which can be used on lawns or use for other purposes. The video below contains more information on using rain barrels: Keep in mind, though, that some areas may […]

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: ‘Green’ Grilling

Aug 12, 2014

Nothing says summer like firing up the grill to cook an outdoor feast. Keep Mother Nature in mind with these eco-friendly grilling tips:  

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: Eco-Friendly Picnic

Aug 12, 2014

Having a backyard party? Don’t automatically rush out and buy paper napkins, plastic tableware or a disposable tablecloth. Use the ideas below for a more eco-friendly – and wallet-friendly – party: Source: http://makezine.com/projects/frisbee-plate/

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: DIY Torches

Aug 12, 2014

Light up your backyard with style by creating your very own torches. Just use empty wine bottles and a few other items to create these unique lights:

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Green Tips For A Better Barbecue: Creating An Eco-Friendly Oasis

Aug 12, 2014

Planning a summer soiree? With a little creativity and some things you already have around the house, you can transform your yard into a green paradise. Check out these quick tips, from grilling and decorating to conserving water and making your own Tiki torches, that will get your earth-friendly party started. Turn an Old Chest […]

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Get Your Green On: 6 Eco-friendly Back-To-School Tips

Aug 05, 2014

Whether you’re green to the roots or just jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon, these easy back-to-school tips require little effort and make a big difference when it comes to avoiding waste. And, as if helping the earth isn’t incentive enough, these tricks can have a positive effect on your wallet, too. Count Those Container Uses […]

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All the Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping Basics

Aug 01, 2014

Honeybee hives are typically found in the cavities of trees, the crevices of rocks and other mostly inaccessible locations. But, as more people adopt beekeeping as a hobby, hives are increasingly taking shape in boxes lined up neatly on urban rooftops and in suburban backyards. Here’s what you need to know to decide if backyard […]

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