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2015

The ABCs Of Creating The Illusion Of Space In A Small Backyard Area

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Enjoying the space that you have available behind your home is all about having attractive landscaping, but if you only have a small space to work with, any landscaping at all may seem like a big challenge. Even though your backyard may be a bit smaller than some, you can still add attractive elements to the space to make it more welcoming without just creating clutter. Even better, there are some things you can do when it comes to landscape design that can actually help you create the illusion of more space. Read More»

How To Landscape Over Your Septic Tank Without Ruining Your Plumbing

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Depending on where your septic tank is located, landscaping over it can be a challenge. Homeowners want their yards to be attractive, but just camouflaging the tank with beautiful landscaping doesn’t always work. There are a few soil conditions that restrict what you can grow, but the bigger problem is the possibility of ruining your plumbing. Grass If the tank lies under a vast expanse of grass and you want a lush green lawn, this usually isn’t a problem. Read More»

Landscaping Tips For Overwhelmingly Large Spaces

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If you are overwhelmed or don’t know where to begin when it comes to landscaping a large space, this can be done just as simply as smaller spaces with a little planning ahead of time. Just because your yard is large doesn’t mean that this needs to be hard to maintain. Here are four tips when it comes to reining in your large landscape. 1. Large Shrubs, Accents, and Pathways Read More»

4 Tips For Landscaping A Sloping Backyard

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Landscaping a sloped backyard can be challenging. Unlike backyards, creating a landscape design for a yard that has a visible slope requires thinking about the visual appeal while also proving stability to prevent soil erosion. While you may have to be a little more creative when landscaping a sloping backyard, there are many ways to create a beautiful outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy. Use the following tips: Read More»

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»

Landscape Your Yard For Fall Color With These 2 Flowers

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Once the temperatures starts going down, your flowers start to fade out leaving your yard with no color. Fortunately, you can keep the color around a little longer with the two flowers below. Get your landscaping supplies ready and plant these beautiful flowers. Mums If you go shopping at any garden center right now, you will see a lot of mums. This is because the mum is a fall blooming flower that will bloom until the first frost. Read More»