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November 16, 2017

Winterizing Your Landscaping and Garden

An experienced homeowner knows you need to winterize certain aspects of your home, your HVAC system, and your car or RV, but what about winterizing your landscaping and garden? Although some plants will do fine left to their own devices, you can maximize your plants’ survivability and growth next season by helping them prepare for the cold winter months.

Plants are annuals (which die off after one year), biennials (which last two years), or perennials (which live more than two years). Your annual plants, which include marigolds, daisies, petunias, impatiens, geraniums, and most herbs, are going to die off no matter what you do. You may be able to gather some of their [...]

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October 24, 2017

Helping Your Lawn Survive the Winter

You’ve worked your butt off through spring and one of the hottest summers on record to ensure your lawn is lush and green moving into the fall. So the last thing you want to see is dead, yellow grass peeking out from the melting snow next year. That’s why the next few weeks are the most important part of your annual lawn care regimen.

Check out this action plan from a fellow lawn-obsessed homeowner (me), and you can stop worrying about getting your lawn through this winter.

Know Your Grass

If you didn’t plant your lawn, you might not know what kind of grass you have. In general, there are two types – cool-weather and warm-weather grasses. Here’s [...]

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October 19, 2017

5 Exterior Color Combinations for Fall-Friendly Curb Appeal

Use nature's vibrant array of yellows, oranges, reds, and more as inspiration for year-round color. If you're ready to take on one last home improvement project before winter weather hits, try one of these five color combinations to spruce up your home's exterior.
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October 5, 2017

Why Backyard Beekeeping is Good for You and Your Home

If you’ve ever spoken to a backyard beekeeper you’ve probably already heard this, but – you should raise honeybees! No, not every home is going to meet the requirements for a hive, but most people have the time, resources, and skills necessary to get started with their own backyard beehive, even if they’re allergic to bees.

As a backyard beekeeper (or more accurately, assistant-to-the-beekeeper – my mom), I can attest that the benefits of beekeeping far outweigh the time requirement and low costs. They improve your (and your neighbors!) gardens, allow you to get closer to nature, and of course provide delicious raw honey. Take a peek below to see what the [...]

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September 22, 2017

What Are 8 Must-Haves for Cozy Curb Appeal?

Crisp autumn air and brilliant fall foliage create a magical atmosphere every year. While nature gives our homes a big boost in curb appeal, we should do our part too. Whether you’re not ready to retire your motivation for summer home improvement projects quite yet or you have just enough time to place a decoration or two, this list has something for everyone and every home. Here are eight decorating ideas to maximize your home’s potential for irresistibly cozy curb appeal this season.

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Warm Lantern Lighting

The end of daylight savings is perhaps the worst part about autumn. Counter [...]

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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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September 12, 2017

Best Ways to Renovate Your Yard (Without Calling a Professional)

Sure, your yard would be amazing with a total overhaul – regrading, reseeding, landscaping, the works. But if you’re looking to improve your little patch of paradise without calling in the pros, here are some easy things you can do to upgrade and maximize your space.

First, Tidy Up

You’d be surprised at how different your yard can look after a day of tidying up. Get everyone in the house involved, buy some yard waste bags approved by your town and roll up your sleeves. Pull every weed in sight, rake dead leaves out of beds, pick up twigs and branches, and prune and shape out-of-control trees and bushes (check to make sure it’s the right season to prune [...]

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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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