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10 Ways to Celebrate Spring
Winter has come to an end at last, and your Champion store if you have any just plant a few ﬂowers, getting the
spring is a time of renewal. Here are a concerns or questions. seeds growing in early spring instead
few fun, productive ways to celebrate the of buying seedlings later on can save
season and get ready for an active, fun- 5. Add Color. Why not cycle out your you a lot of money. All you need is a
ﬁlled summer. old accessories and replace them with sunny window or, depending on your
some new, colorful décor? Simple spring weather, a sheltered spot on
1. Clean Your Closets. Changing additions such as a new tablecloth, the porch.
seasons is a perfect time to go through scented candles, a few throw pillows,
your clothes and get rid of things you or a new area rug can make your 8. Plant a Tree. Early spring is the
no longer wear. Make room for new home bright and cheerful. perfect time to plant trees. Why not
purchases to update your look, and try growing a fruit tree this year? It
bless someone else with your castoffs 6. Detail Your Car. Spend a couple of won’t bear fruit right away, but the
by donating them to a thrift store or hours out in the sunshine washing sooner it’s in the ground the sooner
holding a yard sale. your car’s exterior, wiping the you’ll be enjoying its bounty. Try an
inside surfaces, cleaning ﬂoor mats, easy shade tree or a lovely ornamental
2. Clean Your Carpets. Get rid of those vacuuming seats and carpets. Use such as red maple or magnolia.
muddy paw prints and the salt and organizational tools such as nets, bags
grime the kids tracked in on their that slip over seat backs, and bins to 9. Plan a Summer Reading List.
boots this winter. Look for spring contain the toys and tools that clutter Check out the bestsellers, and try
specials from professional cleaners, or up your car. Add a new air freshener some classic favorites too. Save money
do it yourself with a rented machine for a ﬁnal touch. by visiting the library - you can place
from the grocery or hardware store. popular titles on reserve. Many older
7. Start Seeds. Grab a few peat pots publications in public domain are
3. Spruce up Your Houseplants. It’s a and some potting soil and get a head available free online in eBook format.
great time to give your indoor plants start on your garden! Whether your Why wait till summer?
some attention: re-pot those that are want to grow a vegetable garden or
root bound or need new soil, fertilize 10. Evaluate Your Winter. Was there
them for spring growth, examine anything you would change? How
them for insect or fungal problems, could you save on next winter’s
and wipe dusty leaves with a heating bill or make your life easier
damp cloth. when the snow falls? Remember,
Champion is always happy to help
4. Wash Your Windows. There’s you plan for the future, whether those
no better way to enjoy the brighter plans include new siding, windows,
sunlight of springtime than through or a new insulated exterior door. We
clean Champion windows! Take make home improvement easy, and
some time to wipe window frames we can make next winter a lot
and tracks, too, and examine more enjoyable!
windows to see if maintenance is
needed for screens or seals. Call
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Puzzle - Earth Day Make Every Day
C E Y S G C C R E O T R C L G Earth Day
N O L Y N I L C Q D N E A N Q
T O I C N A O E E O E S C A J
and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.
V Q I A Y S E R A N M O S T G
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A P G T Y C E C E N N U N U F
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Plant A Fruit Tree what will grow well in your choosing trees that bloom at the
Everyone is looking for ways to own backyard. same time.
save money these days, and growing Choose the right size. Unless you Get off to a good start. Dig a
your own food is always a great idea. crave a big, old-fashioned fruit tree, generous hole for the root ball, and
If you’re looking for the best return consider dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties. make sure the graft line is just above
on your investment and effort, you Ranging in height from the dirt level. Gently
can’t beat a fruit tree. Your trees may ﬁrm the soil with
not produce right away, but in a few for small yards and easy to your foot, and stake
years you’ll have a great payoff - food, harvest. Smaller varieties if needed. Water
along with shade in the summer and a also tend to produce fruit well, and be sure to
beautiful ﬂoral display in the spring. sooner than larger ones. water regularly until
How do you choose what to plant? Provide pollinators. Some your tree is well
While there are varieties that claim to are self-pollinating, but established.
be hardy outside their usual region, it’s others need companions Train and prune.
best to stick with trees well-suited for in order to produce fruit. You’ll want to snip off
your zone. Apples do well just about You might get lucky with branches that cross,
anywhere in the U.S., as do pears and your neighbors’ trees, but encouraging an open
plums. Peaches may not do well north sometimes you’ll need to pattern of growth
put two compatible varieties around a central
close together. Ask your leader. This is best
Consult your local garden center to see local nursery for help in done in winter or
Recipe - Banana Bread
What does banana bread have to do with Earth Day? You can “recycle”
those bananas that are starting to turn brown!
If you have a delicious recipe you
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bananas. Stir banana mixture into ﬂour mixture, just enough to moisten. Add nuts, if desired.
before removing from pan.
New EPA Rules for Lead & Renovations
The Environmental Protection Agency The EPA requires that homeowners residential and commercial buildings.
has new rules to protect homeowners and tenants be made aware of these risks Workers need to be trained in lead-safe
against lead exposure during renovations. before renovation begins. It also requires work practices to minimize occupants’
Could it affect your projects? the business to be a Lead Safe Certiﬁed exposure to lead hazards.
If your home was built before Firm with special training, certiﬁcation, Champion is an EPA Lead Safe Certiﬁed
1978, chances are the new rules and work practice requirements for all Firm. You can trust Champion to be on
will impact every renovation and workers involved in renovations of both top of all these new requirements - all of
improvement you make to your home, our installers are regularly trained and
including window replacement, door their skills updated, so we can continue to
replacement, siding installation, provide you the very best quality service,
patio room construction, and more! and to protect you during all phases
These projects can create lead dust and of your project. Champion really does
chips, which can create a health risk. deliver your easiest home improvement
This health risk is especially dangerous project ever!
to young children and pregnant women.
The EPA’s new rules are aimed at
protecting residents of these older
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Reading and relaxing by your bay window, enjoying A Few Photo Tips
your kitchen garden window, partying in your patio
room, posing by your beautiful new front door, tossing 1. Make sure your
picture is in focus
a football in front of your siding. Whatever you do, the 2. Make sure your
important thing is this: you’re not scraping, scrubbing camera is straight
3. Make sure your
and painting - you’re enjoying the day! picture is interesting
E-mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org 4. Play around with
Please make sure your digital photos are the highest quality your ﬂash on/off
your camera can take. Please include your name, address and 5. Try changing your
phone number. Any questions? E-mail email@example.com white balance
outdoors from auto
Deadline is May 31, 2010. to cloudy for a
By submitting photos, you are giving Champion Window permission to use 6. Make sure the
your photo in all advertising communications. Good Luck! resolution is high
7. Use a tripod if
Eating Right: It’s Not Just For People
For most people, feeding the family dog a cheap brand of pet food can actually total food bill will be lower or equal to
or cat is a simple matter of opening up a end up costing more money in the long what you’d be spending on budget brands.
bag or a can and dishing it out. But did run- not to mention shortening your pet’s
you know that life. Low quality ingredients, excessive Make It Yourself
all pet food is not chemical additives, and poor labeling You don’t have to feed your pets
created equal. standards can result in many health commercially manufactured foods. The
Choosing the right problems for your pet, including allergies, best diet for your dog or cat may be
food can make a skin problems, diabetes, and cancer. one you create yourself, using common
big difference in ingredients that are just as healthy for
your pet’s health at a specialty pet supply store or through people. To save time, you can prepare
and longevity, and several days’ food in advance. There are
commercial pet standards, do not add artiﬁcial dyes, and many resources in print and online to
foods are not the add supplements such as vitamins and help you create the perfect homemade diet
only option? antioxidants. Super premium foods are for your pet, including fresh meats, eggs,
made with human-grade ingredients, vegetables, grains, and even fruit.
You Get What and pack concentrated nutrition into Ask your veterinarian for advice when
You Pay For smaller portion sizes. According to Nan choosing the right type of manufactured
Everyone Weitzman and Ross Becker in The Dog pet food or creating a homemade diet. A
wants to save Food Book, the main difference between little attention to what goes into your
money whenever Economy, Premium, and Super Premium pet’s food will really pay off in terms of
possible, but dog foods is the clean up. Less goes in ... his health and happiness, and you may
cutting corners less comes out! You may end up feeding actually save money in the process.
by purchasing at least half as much, which means your
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