Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 6, 2012

Bob Vila’s “Must-Do” Projects for May

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Step 2: Ready the sealer. Open the container of asphalt sealer and stir well. Be sure to read and follow manufacturer's directions and precautions. Pour enough sealer onto the driveway to cover an area of about 4 x 4 feet. Working the sealer in smaller sections will give you the time necessary to apply an even, overall coat.

Step 3: Sealing the asphalt. You can use a brush or squeegee to apply the sealer, whichever you find easier to use. Push the sealer back and forth until you have a good, even coat. Be sure to feather the edges to avoid ridges or evidence of a patchwork application process.

Step 4: Clean up. Soap and warm water should be all that's required to clean tools - and yourself - when the job is complete. Be certain to refrain from walking on or using the driveway for at least 24 hours. Block the entrance to the drive with the turned-over sealer containers.

2. CHECK AIR CONDITIONING

May is a good time to make sure that air conditioning units are in good working order for the warmer months ahead. Change the filter, check hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely. In addition, vacuum any dust that has settled on the unit and connections; over time it can impact the air conditioner's effectiveness. If you suspected problems with the efficiency or performance of the unit last summer, now is the time to call in a professional to check it out. Since the warm weather can also elevate humidity in the basement and garage, be sure to set up a dehumidifier to reduce the problem early.

3. TEND TO YOUR LAWN

During the winter, soil compaction, along with chemical changes altering your soil's PH, may have left your lawn vulnerable to weed growth and other issues. Even if you can't see weeds, they are more than likely waiting for optimum conditions to propagate. If you want to prevent them from germinating, consider an organic herbicide; fertilizers are better suited to the fall. Also, consider reseeding on a regular basis, as it will continue to make a denser lawn, while helping to prohibit weed growth, too. You don't have to layer on the artificial fertilizers and toxic pesticides to achieve a greener lawn.

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