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October 23, 2018

Guide to Growing Vines

Adding vines to your outdoor living area is a great way to incorporate movement and green into any space. Growing vines will instantly cover those areas of your home that look a bit tired and soften the overall look of hardscape. Check out this guide to growing vines around your home.
 
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July 10, 2018

Second Season Crop Planning: What to Plant

Depending on where you live, you can plant several different cold-season or quick-maturing crops for an additional “bonus” harvest later in the season. Read on for tips.
 
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May 30, 2018

5 Ways to Refresh Your Front Porch

Summer is upon us and the warmer weather calls for more time spent outside. Long winters and busy schedules may have caused your outdoor living areas to be overlooked. Check out these easy ways to refresh your front porch for an enjoyable summer season.

If your porch is looking particularly drab and dirty, consider pressure washing it before you do anything else. Pressure washing may seem like a waste of time but you will be amazed at the difference a good pressure washing can do to brighten up the wood on your porch. Not only does it clear away the dirt but it also can clear off chipped paint as well. Pressure washing is a good way to see areas of your porch that will need [...]

 
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April 12, 2018

8 Easy DIY Pesticides for Your Garden

There are very few experiences that rival the sheer enjoyment you get out of growing your own food. Gardening is relaxing and is a great way to exercise while putting healthy food on your table. Unfortunately, in the age of organic and chemical-free growing strategies, it can be easy to find yourself inundated with hordes of creepy-crawly pests.

If you’re hoping to make the most of your natural space without contaminating it with store bought chemicals that can also harm yourself, practice safe gardening and consider making one of these DIY pesticides to keep the critters at bay.

Soap Insecticide

It’s easy to make a homemade insecticide from mild liquid soap [...]

 
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December 19, 2017

Holiday Hosting: Quick Ways to Spruce Up Your Home

With the holidays coming, don’t forget to decorate the outside of your home as well as the inside. Give the outside the warm holiday feeling from the curb to the door and then go on inside and sit by the crackling fire that’s in the fireplace. Sprucing up outside and decorating too can lengthen the holiday feeling even after the season as the decorations linger.

via Southern Living

From the curb

Before you start the decorating process, step outside and look around. Are their papers and trash stuck in the bushes? Does your grass need to be mowed if you live somewhere warm? Do sidewalks need to [...]

 
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October 24, 2017

4 Outdoor Features to Look For When Moving Into a New Neighborhood

Looking for a new home can be stressful. From the moment you research everything online to exploring the area surrounding it. There are endless factors to consider, and you can find all sorts of articles online providing insight on an area. Including a bundle of websites that are meant to help moving residents like Niche’s list of best suburbs to live in, LawnStarter’s infographic on reasons why everyone is moving to Tampa, or Thrillest’s guide to the best neighborhoods in Austin.

Whereas these guides and infographics are helpful with narrowing down your decision on an area, what about the land directly surrounding your potential new home? One feature that [...]

 
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September 13, 2017

Transitioning Your Garden Into the Fall Season

It’s almost that time of the year to clean out your garden bed and prepare for the first frost, or utilize a couple months of decently cool weather for second season crops.

Either way, it’s time to get your hands dirty again! – Whether you are taking advantage of second season gardening or just cleaning up, there are still a few ways to get back in the garden. LawnStarter Lawn Care suggests proper lawn care to prepare your lawn for the weather change, here are some ways to transition your garden into the fall season.

1. Clean out your garden bed

Depending on which vegetables or plants you currently have planted, you will want to remove any spent plants and [...]

 
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August 25, 2017

Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Yard Green in Extreme Heat

As a homeowner that takes pride in every detail of the place you call home, you want to make sure your lawn is healthy and a lush green, correct? No matter where you are located, I am sure you can relate to the initial feeling in the summer months when you notice the grass on your lawn is dry, dead, and yellow.

Why not try to maintain that luscious lawn with some solutions that are also friendly to mother nature? Here are some eco-conscious and preventative ways to show your lawn some love in the summer heat.

Maintain a healthy grass height from the get-go

Speaking in terms of your average turf grass, the upkeep of grass is just as important as a hair cut. Frequently [...]

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