10 Hurricane Facts: Debunking the Most Popular Myths

In many parts of the country, particularly coastal areas, hurricanes are inevitable. (©gguy – stock.adobe.com)

Severe weather is inevitable. It’s important to know the facts about hurricanes — that way, you can make informed decisions to protect your family before, during and after the storm.

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding hurricanes because there’s widespread misinformation about the topic.

Read on for the top 10 myths about hurricanes — and the truth behind them.

Hurricane winds blow palm trees as flooding takes over streets
Tropical areas come to mind when many people think of hurricanes, but regarding location, these storms don’t discriminate. (©Satoshi Kina – stock.adobe.com)

Myth #10: Hurricanes only happen in coastal areas

While the drama of a hurricane crashing onto a coastal area makes compelling front-page news, the effects are felt far inland.

In fact, strong winds, heavy rain, tornadoes, and inland flooding can spread hundreds of miles from the coast, leaving behind extensive death and damage.

Hurricane evacuation route sign
Just because you live inland doesn’t mean you’re out of harm’s way — listen to the weather forecast and evacuate as directed. (©marchello74 – stock.adobe.com)

Myth #9: The storm surge is a hurricane’s deadliest part

A storm surge is a wall of water pushed ashore as the center of a

Read More

Concrete Molds: Buy or DIY?

Every concrete creation starts with a form. Before you begin a project, think carefully about the necessary materials.

Concrete creations enhance and add function to any indoor or outdoor living space. You don’t have to spend a bundle to enjoy its beauty, character and texture — you can tackle many do-it-yourself projects on a tight budget.

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you worked hard, did it well, and made something pretty from your own two hands, but any concrete project is only as good as its mold. So first, you have to decide whether to buy or DIY the concrete form.

And this guide will help you decide! 

Making concrete pathway with Quikrete WalkMaker
Any do-it-yourselfer can create a concrete path with Quikrete Walkmaker.

Concrete Walkway

My husband and I work hard to make our lawn look good, and we want it to stay that way! If you want to keep guests off your grass, stepping stones signal a clear path. (So, no excuses.)

You can easily create concrete stepping stones — or just make a continuous walkway — with Quikrete Walkmaker and several bags of concrete mix. Walkmaker’s concrete molds are available in a variety of brick or stone patterns sure

Read More

Backyard Smart: How To Repair Lawn Bare Spots

Even if you have lush, green grass, you’re going to have to learn how to repair bare spots on your lawn. Follow the steps in this Backyard Smart video and you’ll be well on your way towards becoming a yard-of-the-month owner!

Lawn bare spots happen for a variety of reasons, and, when they do, seldom fix themselves. So, some intervention on your part is required.

But, all that’s required is a step-by-step approach with this guidance—and a little bit of elbow grease.

  1. Clear your lawn of invasive weeds, dead grass or thatch. To give your new grass a fighting chance, the soil underneath needs to live its best life, first and foremost.
  2. Use a good, heavy garden rake to loosen the soil two to three inches deep.
  3. If your soil’s dry, amend it with fresh topsoil to add a hearty mix of nutrients and grass-growing energy to the depleted ground.
  4. Rake a seed type that matches your grass type into the soil.
  5. Keep your re-seeded area moist for at least a few weeks before new growth will appear. It’s also important to wait a few more weeks before mowing to allow new grass to become established.

Follow these steps to

Read More