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This weeks Dollar Stretcher Tips

April 7, 2010
Dysart Reporter

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Ever get tired of looking at the same old art pieces in your home?

Get some friends together and see if you can trade paintings, photographs or statues. It will be like giving everyone's home a facelift, and it won't cost anyone a dime. You can set the rules however you want. Either make the trades permanent or stipulate a length of time for a loan.

Mimi H.

Fertilizer Power

Water-soluble fertilizers may be great for a quick feed for your annuals, but for trees, shrubs, perennials and vegetables, use organic. Water-soluble fertilizers leach out of the ground within a few days, so to provide a consistent source of food for your plants, you have to fertilize every two weeks! Organic fertilizer stays in the ground for when your plants need it, so you only have to fertilize every six to eight weeks. Also, if you over-fertilize with water-soluble fertilizers, they can leave salt deposits behind and your plants may get salt burn. Organic fertilizer may be a little more expensive to start with, but it lasts longer and is better for your plants and the environment.


Floor Marks

The absolute best "scouring powder" I have ever found for removing shoe marks plus many other kinds of marks on floors is baking soda, straight from the box. Just moisten the floor with a damp rag, sprinkle a light coat of baking soda on the mark, and then rub again with your damp rag. I have used baking soda safely and very effectively on our vinyl floors and on laminate. It never scratches, and it is amazing what it removes. In fact, the only thing I came across that it didn't completely remove was some tracked in asphalt.

Karen R. in Indiana



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