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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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The Everyday Home
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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Well … The onions and potatoes are in the ground, but the rest of our place doesn’t look near ready for flower planting or gardening!  If your place is anything like ours, the cold weather takes its toll on the organization and cleanliness of our yard and property.  As the weather warms up (but before it is really time to fill in those spring/summer pots, flower beds or vegetable gardens) it’s a great time to get things back in order.  Taking a day or two now can save you time and money later.  Here are just a few things to think about:

 



  • Clean out and reorganize those sheds and outbuildings:  Put all your tools back where they belong and out of the doorways where you tossed them after quick winter projects!  Make sure to repair items, or make a list of things which need to be replaced this year.


  • Take stock of your pots and planters:  This is one of my favorite things to do!  Decide which pots or planters have served their purpose and need to be replaced.  Really think about where you want to place your planters this season, and where you might like to add a little more “flare”.  Be sure to make a list with the style, color and size you would like to have, and then look for those on sale throughout the early season.


  • Clean out your bird baths and feeders:  After a long winter of use, and sometimes little care, other than a quick refill.  It’s a good idea to clean out these items with a weak bleach and water solution.  Let air dry completely before refilling.  This also works for livestock troughs and tanks as well.  


  • Clear out the old to make room for the new:  Go around your yard and clean up any old foliage or leaves which have collected along your house foundation or fences.  Cut back dead foliage in flowerbeds.  Really survey your trees and trim back low lying or dead branches. 




 

Spending a little time now can really make a difference later, making your job of putting in flower and vegetable gardens easier.  While you are getting your outside ready for beautification, don’t forget to look for items on your house needing repair.  We will talk about some of those next week.  After I find all my needed repairs this weekend while I am (hopefully) doing my Yard Spring Clean!!       

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