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Thumbs Up To Green: Regenerating Your Green Thumb

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If you’ve struggled with your garden and your neighbors whisper amongst themselves about your sad crop of squash, don’t despair. You can regenerate your thumb to a photosynthetic green. Know Your Zone There are lots of websites or apps that will help you determine your plant hardiness zone and the plants that will thrive in that area. Your zone is a combination of climate, soil type, and elevation and can vary by neighborhood, which means you may not be able to grow roses like your Aunt Myrtle across town. Read More»

Three Things You Can Do To Make Your Lawn Look Great

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Your front lawn is the first thing people see when they drive or walk up to your home. To make a great impression, it’s important that your lawn look beautiful. Here are a few things you can do to help your lawn look fantastic. Start by Testing the Soil If you’re like a lot of people, you may be planting flowers and wondering why they die even though you’ve used fertilizer and cared for them. Read More»

Designing A Fire Pit In Your Backyard

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You probably have pleasant memories of roasting marshmallows around a campfire and the wonderful conversation that ensued. Enjoy this camaraderie regularly with your friends and family by putting a fire pit in your backyard. Choose the Best Location Firewood is not completely solid. There are pockets of air between the wood fibers. These pockets create a whoosh that sends hot embers several feet higher than the fire. Locate your fire pit away from trees, hedges and wood fencing that could catch fire from the hot embers. Read More»

How To Winterize Your Sprinkler System Using The Blow Out Method

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Before winter hits, it is important to removing any and all water from your underground sprinkler lines, otherwise that water will freeze when temperatures drop. And when water freezes it expands–meaning the pipes are at risk of rupturing, thus causing expensive damage to your system. Here is a DIY guide to winterizing your sprinkler using the blow out method. The blow out method The easiest way to remove water from your sprinkler system is known as the blow out method. Read More»

Tips For Designing An Outdoor Kitchen

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Outdoor kitchens are an awesome way to increase the amount of usable space on your property. Before, the usable space might have only consisted of your house and maybe a patio, but after you install an outdoor kitchen, you essentially add an entire other room to your house, one that is likely larger than the average size of rooms already in existence. Here are some tips for designing your outdoor kitchen so that it functions similarly to your indoor kitchen, allowing you to relax and enjoy great weather and food. Read More»