Tips from Toby – The Bed Bug Tip
Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don't let the Bed Bugs Bite! An old phrase uttered by just about every parent to their kids at bedtime. Unfortunately, bed bugs are becoming a significant problem in homes throughout the country and Kansas City area. You don't have to have a dirty home to get bed bugs. They can be brought in with your luggage after a trip, on kids backpacks, moving trucks or just on someone's clothing. They are about the size of an apple seed. These little vampires feed off of human blood and are experts at hiding. Bed Bugs multiply at a rate that would make a bunny blush and quite frankly, they are disgusting! Learn what they look like, how to professionally treat the problem and how to avoid letting a couple of bed bugs become a huge, expensive problem in your home. Treatment can cost $100's of dollars per room and a female bed bug that is pregnant can lay 100's of eggs per day so they spread like wildfire and so do the costs! Check out all you need to know about Bed Bugs in this week's tip and you'll sleep tight avoiding a big problem!
Tips from Toby Fireplace, Chimney & Dryer Vent Tip
The leading cause of home fires in the United States is caused by excessive lint buildup in our dryer vents and by creosote buildup in our chimneys. As the nights get a bit chillier it won't be long before we are firing up those fireplaces and lots of static will be firing up around our dryers. Don't be one of those victims you see on the news and suffer damage to your home or much worse! This is an inexpensive maintenance tip that should be a priority this Fall on your home upkeep list!
Tips from Toby Winter Home Prep
The colder nights are here and that means it time to get your plants, furnace and home Winter ready. From garage door maintenance to unscrewing that hose so you don't have a broken pipe and flood on your hands! Check out this week's tip from Toby to check off these ease Winter Prep items off the list and keep everything running great!
Tips from Toby – The Fall Leaf & Their Benefits Tip
The beautiful Fall leaves are coming down and unfortunately covering up all that nice green grass. It only takes a couple of days of sun blockage by those leaves to begin to yellow or kill out the grass underneath. Don't reach for that back breaking rake and leave your hands with blisters! There are incredible nutrients in those leaves that can actually be advantageous to your lawn. But the rake is not the answer, it can tear up newly seeded lawns and fill bags and leave you aching. Mulching, chopping and blowing are the better answer and you won't be filling up the landfills. Check out Toby's tip to find out how you can use those leaves to your advantage and avoid the rake!
Tips from Toby Fall Furnace Checks & Prep
The cooler nights mean it won't be long before we begin firing up those furnaces. What till you hear how easy it is for something as simple as a dirty furnace or misaligned vent to spread CO Poisoning throughout your home. Check out the easy steps you can take to avoid problems and even death. CO is a silent killer, but it is very easy to avoid problems if you are prepared. We look into humidifiers and their benefit to your home, woodwork, furniture, skin and overall comfort - plus you'll be amazed at how much they can save you on energy bills. Get that annual tune up scheduled now and don't wait till you "have" to turn on your furnace to experience problems.
Tips from Toby Fall Procrastinator Final Chance
If you've been busy watching too much football or busy with the kids and have Procrastinated till now to get that lawn back in shape - Time is Up! This is the final weekend to get down any grass seed or Fall Lawn Starter Fertilizer and follow an easy lawn program that will have your entire lawn beefed back up, strong for next Spring and looking great. But time is really up. Wait any longer and you will just be wasting time and money because you can't get things growing fast enough in time for a possible freeze. Find out what you should do, mower settings, how to seed properly and what fertilizer schedule to follow. You are talking about a little less than a couple of hours time and it's not too difficult. So quit your procrastinating and get going. You'll have a lawn you can be proud of all year round.
Tips from Toby Allergies & Your Furnace
If you think your allergies have been worse this year than most - they probably are. The great growing conditions mean the plants that cause our allergies (ragweed, grass, etc) is growing strong and that means lots of sneezing, itching, and watery eyes. In this weeks tip we show you how to keep allergens out of the house and breathe a whole lot easier!
Tips from Toby – Fall Bugs, Mice & Itches!
The Oak/Itch mites are back in full force. Learn about Whup a Bug from Toby and his Brother - who’s lawn team was being eaten alive. Whup a Bug is all natural and it has been keeping the itch mites and other biters away for quite some time. It might work for you! The mice and bugs are trying to get into your home as the nights get colder. We show you the easy solutions to keep them out of the house and not spray any chemicals or leave nasty traps inside the house! Watch the video tip now to find out how you can keep from getting bit or bothered over the Fall.
Tips from Toby Fall Fertilization Essentials
Just about every week Toby gets a call on his radio show, "Toby, my lawn looks horrible, what should I do?" Toby always asks how many times they fertilize per year and the answer is usually, "once or twice", or "I can't remember".
If you want to have a great lawn next Spring and Summer, you need to give your grass the nutrition it needs now to beef up all winter and be ready for the lawn stress of the Summer heat.
Watch this video tip now to understand the how, what, why and where to fertilize your lawn this Fall.
Tips from Toby – Fall Lawn Program
This is the time of year when many of us "overseed". From advertisements to big seed sales, it's what we're told to do. The truth is - most of us don't need to put down seed at all, we just need to feed the grass that is already there. Proper fertilization, watering and the cooler weather will do the rest. Grass thickens (tillers and rhyzomes) all on its own. We just need to give it a Fall boost to get there. In this week's tip we discuss whether you need to seed at all, how to properly apply seed and the equipment to get the job done right. Find out if you need to seed, or if simple fertilization will do the trick. It can save you a lot of time and money.