Winterizing Tips for your Lawn and Garden

Your outdoor plants have worked hard for you all summer, making your yard a place you’re proud to call home. Properly winterizing your lawn and garden is an important step toward healthy soil, lush grass, and happy plants next year. Remember to take care of your outdoor accessories, including your lawn equipment, gardening tools, and…

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Patio Heaters and Fire Pits

In some areas right now, the weather is ideal for sitting outside in the evening — the bugs have gone and the sky is clear — but the nights are chilly. Don’t let the cool evenings send you inside — extend your outdoor living season by heating your deck or patio. Different heaters are available…

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Quick Facts About Outdoor Lighting

When the days start to get shorter, the darkness may drive us inside from our porches, patios or decks. Don’t despair, outdoor lighting can lengthen the day and dramatically extend the potential of our outdoor living spaces. The first step, as with any project, is to plan. How do you want to use this space…

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How to Shingle a Roof

Shingling or roofing a house is a major undertaking for a homeowner and extreme caution is required. This said, a Do-It-Yourselfer homeowner can shingle or roof their own home with a little knowledge and the right tools. Required Tools In order to roof a house properly and safely the following tools are needed: Ladders, Roof…

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Deck Building Basics

We’ll look at how to get started actually building your deck. By this time, I will assume that you have your building permit in hand, a good set of plans, and a materials list. If you don’t have a material list, simply take your plan to your nearest home center or building supply store and…

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Plant Floribunda Roses For All Season Blooms

This Latin name translates as “many flowered” or “abundance of flowers” and the Floribunda rose surely lives up to its name. These roses are among the most colorful of the modern roses. Their blooms are arranged in low-growing large clusters. Many consider the Floribunda a better variety than the Hybrid Tea, their ancestor, largely because…

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Lawn Care Tips

A beautiful lawn does not come without some effort. Depending upon what type of soil you have, the amount of effort will vary. For instance when raising trees and shrubs, sandy or a gravel base soil is great. Landscape plants like well drained soiled. A lawn on the other hand is different. Lawn grasses grow…

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Thinking About a Swimming Pool?

Some things to consider Backyard swimming pools have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity as a great way to cool off and relax in a private setting. A swimming pool can be a great focus for family, friends and entertaining. As great as owning a swimming pool can be there are things to consider if…

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7 Factors Needed for a Compost Pile

Compost, made from decomposed grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and branches, becomes a dark, crumbly mixture of organic matter. Learn how composting works. Even a newbie to composting can make good quality compost. It can be compared to cooking as art or part science. The following 7 factors will help you master the art of composting….

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Whats Underfoot A Quick Guide to Patio Surfaces

Patio Surface

Patios and terraces have always been popular outdoor spaces. Whether a Parisian courtyard or a rooftop alcove, only porches and sunrooms beat out these paved (or semi-paved) retreats in a recent survey of my readers as the most ideal outside living space. Let’s examine some of the wide variety of patio surfaces. Patio Stones Somteimes…

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