Prepping your deck and backyard for summer

Are you ready for summer? It’s time to get your backyard and deck in tip-top shape. We’ve got some great ideas on how to make the most of your outdoor space this year. The best-laid plans for a summer of outdoor fun can quickly turn into an epic fail if you don’t prepare your backyard and deck properly. There are so many things to do, but where should you start? It seems like there is always something else that needs to be done first. You could spend hours looking up DIY projects online or you could just read this article …

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Garden Studio

I absolutely love garden studios and I hope to someday own one myself!  These adorable one-room seclusion shacks are perfect for the little getaway any time of the day!  If you are not familiar with garden studios they are basically a little miniature home tucked away amidst your garden or backyard. Whether […]

Choosing the right mower for you

(ARA) – As the weather continues to warm, it’s time to get back outside and start working in the yard again. If your mower is on its last leg, it may be time to invest in a new one, and now is the perfect time to research which unit is right for you. “Whether you […]

Healthy lawn tips to keep pests and weeds away

(NC)—From Health Canada, take a look at this snapshot from its website fact sheet “Healthy Lawn Tips”: 1. Although it may look untidy, leave grass clippings on your lawn when you mow it to provide nutrient recycling. 2. Aerate compacted soil in the fall to help oxygen, water, and nutrients reach roots. 3. Overseed patchy […]

Summer entertaining: Spend less time preparing, more time enjoying

(ARA) – There’s no question why summer is the best-loved season of the year: it’s all about fun, relaxation, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. So, it follows that homeowners don’t want to waste a minute of those glorious months of sunshine. When planning traditional summer get-togethers, save time by taking steps to ensure that your […]

How to green your outdoor living space

(ARA) – With the housing market still in recovery, many American homeowners are choosing to stay put and renovate. Whether you’re updating the home you love or preparing your house for resale when the market finally turns around, your outdoor living space is a great place to start. According to a recent study from McGraw-Hill, […]

Pointers for prepping your deck and backyard for summer fun

(ARA) – Warm weather is here to stay, which means people everywhere are spending more time outdoors. If the sunshine, gentle breeze, and chirping birds are calling your family outside to enjoy some fresh air, it’s time to get your outdoor space ready for fun activities. With some smart home improvements, you can easily prep […]

Garden Lighting

Garden, or landscape, lighting can be a wonderful addition to your home garden! Landscape lighting or garden lighting refers to the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aesthetics, accessibility, security, recreation and sports, and social and event uses.  This is the perfect way to let your garden shine – literally! There are a variety of garden lighting options to choose from. Conventionally generated and sourced electricity remains the most used source for landscape lighting in the early twenty-first century. With the combination of energy costs from energy demands, increasing availability of sustainable design methods, global warming considerations, and aesthetic and …

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Top deck trends for summer 2012

It’s that time of year when homeowners are lured outside by the warm, sunny weather. Is your outdoor space ready to be enjoyed to the fullest? If your deck or patio needs updating, catching up on the top design innovations and trends will help you create an inviting area that will add value […]

Do-it-yourself deck-building tips

(ARA) – Looking for a way to enhance the use and enjoyment of your outdoor space? A deck addition may be the solution. A deck creates a designated area for entertaining and relaxing outdoors while increasing homeowner satisfaction and home value. If you’re a motivated do-it-yourselfer, building your own deck can be fun and […]