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Creative ways to take your raised bed and planter gardening to new heights
(BPT) - Generations of space-challenged gardeners have relied on raised beds and planting boxes to grow a harvest of vegetables, fruits and herbs - even in the tightest spaces. Vertical gardening gave us a whole new way to garden in tight spots, by encouraging plants to grow up, rather than spread o ...
Simple summer home improvement: Upgrade your curb appeal
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to complete your home improvement projects, but deciding which ones to tackle can be overwhelming. Here are a few simple curb appeal projects you can tackle this summer to welcome your family and friends into your home with style.Start fresh with a new front doorFor a ...
6 deck dos for creating your own deck escape
(BPT) - No longer simply a rectangle attached to the back of your home, today’s decks are built in creative designs to make them an ideal place to relax and de-stress. These six simple ideas will allow you to use the workability of modern decking to achieve an outdoor living space that’s ...
Upcycle your summer treasures with these 5 DIY tips
(BPT) - The months of summer are a perfect time to hunt for hidden one-of-a-kind treasures buried in neighborhood yard sales. Whether it's an old wooden dining chair, coffee table or bookshelf, there is beautiful potential in what others view as old and outdated. And with just a few handy touch-ups, ...
5 top trends in container gardening
(BPT) - Gardening is a peaceful activity that eases tension, reduces overall stress and promotes longevity. One long-term study found that daily gardening reduces the risk for both dementia and Alzheimer's disease. With all of these benefits, there are ample reasons why people of all ages and lifest ...
Lawn technology gifts for Mom and Dad
(BPT) - Whether it’s for Father’s Day, Mother's Day, a birthday or just to show your appreciation, it’s always a struggle to come up with gift ideas for your parents. This is especially the case when parents claim they have everything they need and prefer to do things their own way ...
Separating fact from fiction: A closer look at American hardwoods
(BPT) - As home improvement projects take center stage, the search is on for products that will enhance, rather than jeopardize the health and well-being of our families and loved ones. Products made from American hardwoods have been the natural choice for healthy home and work environments for gene ...
5 ways to increase productivity in the yard
(BPT) - Between cookouts and baseball games, there are countless ways you can enjoy the outdoors and keep busy once the weather warms up. But with so many activities on the calendar, it can be hard to stay focused on that seemingly never-ending yard to-do list. Get your yard chores done faster and e ...
5 ways to beautify your deck without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Are you ready to put your deck on the best-dressed list this summer, but hesitant to dent your savings? With these simple design ideas, you can make your deck the perfect place for summer festivities.1. Accessorize with railings.An easy way to give your deck a beauty boost is to update the r ...
The secret to maintaining and enjoying the beauty of your deck
(BPT) - In many parts of the U.S., warm, summer weather draws families and friends outdoors to enjoy the season while it lasts, making decks, gazebos or other outdoor areas of a house favorite spots for entertaining and relaxation. In fact, according to a recent survey by Sikkens ProLuxe Wood Finish ...
Preventing mosquito breeding grounds around the house [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are you harboring mosquitoes on your property? Learn these hot spots and how to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds with these tips from the National Pest Management Association and PestWorld.org.
From amateur to expert: 5 gardening hacks you need to know
(BPT) - Gardening isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. Connecting with nature, being outdoors and putting in the needed work for a beautiful result is the ultimate reward. As an avid gardener, you’re always looking for new ways to outshine the previous year and achieve bigge ...
Stay safe from mosquito-borne illnesses with these simple tips
(BPT) - Despite recent news that Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that can carry Zika, chikungunya and other viruses has spread to 30 states, the majority of Americans have yet to embrace basic recommendations to help reduce the mosquito population at their own homes.That’s the result of a new ...
Home improvement investments that pay you back
(BPT) - Homeowners are looking for value in every home improvement project they take on — whether they are upgrading for resale or their own pride of ownership. With new technologies and products on the market, it is easier than ever to add value to your home with projects that ultimately pay ...
5 easy tips for a stunning summer yard
(BPT) - Summer’s arrival brings longer days and more sunshine. This season also means more of your favorite outdoor activities, such as relaxing in the backyard or working in the garden. In fact, there is no better time to refresh your outdoor space."The secret to a well-manicured yard is prep ...
Catch 'em before they bite: 6 steps for fewer mosquitoes
(BPT) - Mosquitoes cause more human harm than any other living organism, according to the American Mosquito Control Association. Not only do these buzzing insects induce itchy red bites, but some species are also responsible for the spread of the Zika virus, which has caused concern in South America ...
10 points to consider before buying a walk mower
(BPT) - While it’s difficult to find the motivation to do chores when you’d rather bask in the sun, the right walk mower will make the job easier and faster.Before making a purchase, consider these top 10 points to ensure you get the right walk mower for your needs. The result: a beautif ...
5 steps to spring clean your yard
(BPT) - There's no better time than spring to tackle those yard projects you've been planning since last year. From expanding your vegetable garden to installing a new patio, there are plenty of tasks to check off the list. But before you get started, make sure your yard has fully recovered from win ...
Last minute DIY tips for backyard hosting
(BPT) - Summer means outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, a family reunion or a birthday party, you’ll want to make the backyard get together memorable. Here are some quick DIY ideas to help you get ready for a fun, stress-free gathering.Lawn prepA healthy gr ...
5 dream projects for DIYers and the tools you need to get them done
(BPT) - For many Americans, the longer, warmer days mean an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get to work on a number of home projects. You may plan to plant some new trees, make a new dining room table or just keep up with the usual list of repairs and maintenance items that come with the ch ...
Simple tips for a DIY concrete patio
(BPT) - The centerpiece of any backyard is a beautiful and vibrant patio. It seamlessly extends the interior home living space to an adjacent outdoor area where families and guests can enjoy each other’s company on a regular basis.The exceptional durability, versatility and strength of co ...
The electric revolution happening in your yard
(BPT) - On March 31, 2016, millions of people from around the world watched Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model 3. Touted as the first consumer-grade electric car, the Model 3 represents significant advances in battery-powered technology that allows drivers to both recharge their battery faster and go ...
Top 2016 trends in outdoor living
(BPT) - Take a deep breath of fresh air. Feel the warm sunshine on your skin. Kick back and listen to the peaceful sounds of nature. There's a reason people are investing in spaces that allow them to spend more time relaxing, dining and entertaining outside.In addition to expanding livable space, ou ...
The edible backyard: A source for family meals - and fun
(BPT) - Have your kids ever asked you where the food they’re eating comes from? It’s a question many parents are answering right from their backyard and porches.To create a hands-on educational experience, many families are transforming their usable spaces into fruit and vegetable garden ...
4 steps to a safe deck for summer
(BPT) - Now that the weather is warmer and you're spending more time outdoors, it's the perfect time to check that your deck is ready for outdoor entertaining. Just as you take your car in for regular maintenance to avoid bigger problems, a little deck maintenance goes a long way to ensure your peac ...
5 essential spring home improvement projects
(BPT) - The arrival of spring means new beginnings and a fresh chance to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for the last several months. Get your home ready for summer and make it more beautiful, efficient and functional than ever with these five seasonal projects.K ...
Battling mosquitoes? Eliminate standing water to deprive bugs of breeding spots
(BPT) - Malaria, West Nile virus and heartworms — as if you didn’t already have enough reasons to fear and loathe mosquitoes and the illnesses they spread, now there’s Zika, a virus that is possibly linked to birth defects. Mosquitoes are much more than itchy nuisances; the illness ...
8 must-have elements for a colorful, fun outdoor living space
(BPT) - Mother Nature is the ultimate exterior designer, and she shows off her chops every spring and summer when backyards come alive with colorful flowers, birdsong, warm breezes and the lush aroma of newly mown grass. Is your deck, patio or other outdoor entertaining area living up to her standar ...
7 simple steps for summer lawn prep
(BPT) - If you’re a part of the nearly 90 percent of Americans who believe it’s important to have a well-maintained yard, you and your backyard will appreciate these seven simple steps for tending to your natural turf lawn with minimal effort.According to Grass Seed USA, a coalition of A ...
7 steps to patio perfection
(BPT) - Daffodils bloom brightly by the back door, temperatures are balmy, cookout season is on the horizon and you’re ready to give your outdoor living space a breath of fresh air. Great patios and decks enhance your enjoyment of spring and summer, and boost home value, so it’s well wor ...
DIY concrete borders make a great landscape investment
(BPT) - How much are you investing in the landscaping around your home? The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends homeowners invest 10 percent of a home's value in landscaping, which can range from basic projects like planting a garden or mulching a flower bed to more complex pr ...
5 steps to get your mower ready for the season
(BPT) - After months of winter, warmer weather is finally here. It’s time to head to the lake, spend time on the deck or take your kids to the park. Yes, you’re ready for the season – but is your lawn mower?One of the season’s most important tools has been hibernating through ...
5 biggest myths about decking materials
(BPT) - Whether you’ve decided this is the year you’ll add a deck to your home, or you’re still pondering the project, as soon as you say the words: “I want to build a deck,” you’ll start hearing and reading lots of advice. Some of it will be useful, like: “ ...
3 ways today's lawn equipment is more like your car
(BPT) - The cars of today aren’t quite your father’s car. While that’s not a surprise given the rise in new technology for the automotive sector, what some homeowners may find surprising is the level of technology with items in the garage next to the car — like the lawn equip ...
If you can't read it, don't feed it; give birds healthy, natural food
(BPT) - Have you ever wondered what’s in one of your favorite packaged foods, grabbed the box from your pantry, read the ingredients list … and realized you still didn’t know what you were eating? The ingredients in some processed foods can read like a chemist’s shopping lis ...
Design the perfect deck: 5 must-ask questions before you start
(BPT) - A backyard should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. But all too often, homes lack enticing outdoor living areas. One way to give your outdoor space a retreat is to add a new deck. A well-designed deck can extend your living space, make your yard more functional and, best of all, provide a co ...
Raising backyard chickens: Egging on the farm-to-table movement at home
(BPT) - As more Americans choose restaurants that take pride in buying from local farms and cooking in season, many families have brought these farm-to-table values home with them. That may feel like the latest trend to emerge from the culinary world, but its roots run deep on family farms; the bene ...
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