Landscape Tips

Mature Plant Size Beware, that cute little evergreen beside your front steps may be a baby giant redwood. One of the most frequent homeowner mistakes is to pick a lovely plant at a nursery, without realizing its mature size. Always check the plant label and ask the supplier how large the plant will want to grow. Even if a plant …

Don’t Get Scammed: Find a Qualified Contractor

There are thousands of legitimate, ethical contractors in business around the country. Unfortunately, there are also scam artists looking to cheat you out of your money who pose as legitimate contractors. These “fly-by-night” operators often show up in communities impacted by natural disasters to try to scam distressed home owners into paying for shoddy repairs or work that they will …

Hard Water in Your Home?

Get answers to all your questions about hard water in your home.   What does it mean to have “hard” or “soft” water? Hard water contains a noticeable amount of dissolved minerals, namely calcium and magnesium, but also chalk and lime. Soft water is treated water that only contains sodium. What are some indicators of hard water around your home? …

Heated Driveways, Sidewalks, and Patios

Heated Driveways, Sidewalks, and Patios The world now knows what snowfall amounts Erie can expect thanks to the record 120”+ reported this past December. Keep your winter access areas clear of snow with heated pavements. Concrete unit pavers, poured concrete and asphalt paving can be installed with a snowmelt heating system. Controls can regulate the system to operate efficiently only …

Protect Your Home From Holiday Break-ins

‘Tis the season for giving — and for taking. Unfortunately, the holiday season has become a prime time for criminals to go shopping in unprotected homes. FBI data shows that burglaries in the United States spike in November and December each year. The National Crime Prevention Council recommends home owners take extra precautions to protect their homes during the holidays. …

Housing Trends for Baby Boomers

New Features Keep Pace with this Active Generation Baby boomers, who were the largest American generation until the Millennials took over, are either retired or quickly nearing retirement age. Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964 and who count more than 76 million, may be getting older, but they are definitely not ready to head to the retirement home! The boomer …

Hiring a Reputable Contractor in PA

If you’re planning a home project or remodel, hire a professional with excellent credentials. The best results are achieved when professionals do the work. You can find these professionals at the Builders Association of Northwest Pa. at 814-833-3999 Doing your research upfront is the single biggest step to making sure that the job gets done right. Contractors are only as …

What to Look For When Signing a Home Improvement Contract

If you’re looking to hire a contractor to work on your home or property this year, you should be familiar with the PA Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA). This law requires contractors to keep registration up-to-date with the state of Pennsylvania and also outlines what should be included in a home improvement contract. So what should you look for …

Don’t Forget the Trees!

When building your house, don’t forget to plan for the trees. The benefits of tree planting are far reaching as they relate your personality to the neighborhood and add value and character to your property. Trees are a powerhouse of environmental control and a low maintenance workhorse for aesthetics and function. Talk to a Landscape Architect to choose the trees …

Storm Damage to Trees and Shrubs

After the severe storms this past fall and winter, now is an optimal time to evaluate your landscape for possible damaged. Trees and Shrubs that have been neglected will take the brunt of the damage due to poor structure and overweight limbs. A Certified Arborist can review the damage and recommend necessary action. All storm damaged limbs should be removed …

Permeable Pavers: an important water quality component

Permeable pavers provide protection against increasing threats of contaminated drinking water and flooding due to development. As new urban areas are created and existing ones built out, infiltration of natural rainfall is disrupted by rooftops, paving and other impermeable surfaces. Surface water that once was absorbed by more natural landscapes now rushes overland to receiving streams, rivers, and storm sewers. …

Battelle Institute – Study on Water Softeners

Battelle Study Press Release – by Water Quality Association Water softeners can save significant amounts of money and energy in the home, a major new study by the independent Battelle Institute revealed. Softeners help preserve the efficiency of water heaters and major appliances and keep showers and faucets unclogged, the report found. The study was commissioned by the Water Quality …