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August 30, 2016

Tips and Tricks for Planting New Grass

Who doesn’t love a soft, green lawn? If your lawn has seen better days, it may be time to plant new grass. Don’t be daunted – we’re here to help.
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August 24, 2016

Chris Loves Julia DIY: Outdoor Fireplace

Our backyard underwent a major transformation this summer. We added a sprawling deck to our backyard and furnishings and finally, built an outdoor fireplace as the finishing touch.

We went between the idea of fire pit vs fireplace, but in the end a fireplace had the architectural elements that a fire pit didn’t offer; the height and the fact that the even when it isn’t being used, it still looks great and intentional especially sold us on the idea. I loved the look of a few board-formed concrete fireplaces I had seen, so with inspiration in hand, we built our own in a week for around $1200. Here’s how we did it:

First, Building code may [...]

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August 22, 2016

5 End Of Summer Projects for Outdoor Living Space

Those balmy summer nights will soon be replaced with the briskness of autumn, but that doesn’t mean your al fresco evenings are numbered. Even as the weather cools down, you can turn up the volume on that patio ambiance for year-round entertaining, relaxation, and quintessential curb appeal. Get some ideas from this roundup of DIY pointers for creating your end-of-summer backyard oasis!

Image courtesy of Pallet Furniture DIY 1. Wooden Pallet Walkway

Create a charmingly rustic and down-to-earth vibe by transforming wooden pallets into a garden walkway, lined with foliage or decorative rocks. Find various boards of discarded reclaimed wood and arrange them horizontally in your [...]

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August 10, 2016

Beyond Grass: Alternatives to the Traditional Lawn

Your grandpa may have had plenty of time to spend manicuring the perfect lawn; chances are good that you don’t. Here’s a quick guide to some time and labor-saving alternatives to the traditional lawn.
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July 25, 2016

Propane or Charcoal? A Buyer’s Guide to Backyard Grilling This Summer

Summer is here and it’s time to move cooking into the outdoors. Create a grilling area, outdoor kitchen, or patio paradise with this quick guide.
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July 18, 2016

Planting with a Purpose: Mindful Landscaping

For some people, gardening and landscaping comes naturally. There is a joy to be had in working the soil, being out in the fresh air, and taking the time to plan a beautiful yard, then getting to watch it grow and mature. For others, working out in the yard is more of a chore. But regardless of your motivation, take heart in the knowledge that a well-designed and maintained landscape can add significant value to your home, reduce water usage, regulate the temperature inside your home, reduce noise, shorten the time your property stays on the market when selling, control erosion, improve privacy, reduce your stress levels, and ultimately even reduce the amount of time needed for yard [...]

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July 11, 2016

Pool Installation Nightmares: What to Know Before You Dig That Hole

Having a pool at home can be fantastic, but installing one yourself can go wrong. Don’t let these potential pool installation nightmares happen to you.
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June 29, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About Sprinklers

No more hand watering! This handy guide will teach you everything you need to know about lawn sprinklers and help bring your garden to the next level.
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June 28, 2016

What to Look For and What to Avoid in Kids Outdoor Playsets

There are a few key things you want to look for when shopping for kids' outdoor playset. Learn what to look for and what to avoid in outdoor playsets now.
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June 2, 2016

Front Yard Vegetables: The Controversy You Want to Avoid

Front yard gardening: is it a great new trend or a public health menace? We’ll leave that up to you to decide.
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May 18, 2016

The 7 Best Ways to Use Landscaping to Add Real Value to Your Home

Landscaping can potentially add thousands of dollars in value to your property; here’s how to do it right so you can add solid value to your home.
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May 17, 2016

How to Get Your Deck Ready For Summer

I’m not sure why the idea of cleaning off the deck makes me want to break out into song. Something along the lines of “That Good ‘Ole Summertime.” Maybe it’s because nothing says summer like backyard picnics under the stars, and the smell of grilling hamburgers goes perfectly with the chirping of crickets. We use our back deck all summer long. But before the deck can start to party, it has to get a little refresh and renewing before we can send out the invites. Here are some of my tips to get your back deck party ready.

1. Start by clearing everything off the deck

We have a wood deck and vinyl siding on the exterior of our home, so we start the whole deck [...]

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