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home : life : lawn & garden July 27, 2015

Elevate your garden game with raised beds and planter boxes
(BPT) - What’s stopping you from gardening today? Do you live in an urban area, have a small yard or is your soil rocky and full of clay? Any of these challenges could make you believe that planting a garden simply isn’t in the plans this year, but that doesn’t have to be the case... Read More

Create the perfect outdoor kitchen space with these easy projects
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather is here, you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible – and that includes mealtime. But what if your outdoor kitchen space is lacking? Worry not! There are several easy, affordable projects that can help you transform the area into the perfect cooking an... Read More

5 can-do projects to reinvent your outdoor space this year
(BPT) - When the weather’s this nice, it seems cruel to stay inside. With this in mind, more and more people are turning their outdoor spaces into an extension of their home by making upgrades that improve the space and increase their enjoyment. If you’re sick of staring longingly out t... Read More

Your how-to guide to outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - The end of cold weather signals the change of seasons, a move from indoor to outdoor activities and the perfect time to throw a great party. But before eagerly sending out those first invites, take a few moments to prepare for your upcoming event by following these three easy steps to hosti... Read More

Real sports on real grass: How artificial turf hurts the game [Infographic]
(BPT) - Soccer is a game meant for real, green grass. Artificial turf challenges the purity of the game, increases player injuries and takes away the fun that soccer on real grass allows. It’s time to take a stand that soccer, along with all recreational activities, should be enjoyed on real ... Read More

Standing water in your yard? Solve your drainage problems in three steps
(BPT) - Whether it’s the result of melting snow or a heavy rainstorm, standing water in the backyard is an unwelcome sight for any homeowner. While it’s unsightly and robs your yard of valuable green space, standing water can also cause excessive damage to your home’s foundation a... Read More

Is a wood or composite deck right for your home?
(BPT) - Outdoor living is a home improvement trend that can’t be ignored. If you plan to add a deck to your house, remember the design is only one aspect of the planning process. The materials you decide to use can affect the project in numerous ways, from the initial investment to maintenanc... Read More

Barbecue in style on a grill enclosed in decorative block
(BPT) - Barbecue season is a time when family and friends can enjoy cooking outdoors together. In fact, this popular annual pastime is as strong as ever with 58 percent of American adults agreeing that cooking outdoors is more fun and relaxing than dining out, according to the Hearth, Patio & B... Read More

5 over-the-top outdoor improvements for DIYers
(BPT) - A beautiful backyard has become a suburban status symbol much like a brand-new car in the driveway. Upgrading your outdoor space is not only uplifting, it’s practical, too. A great backyard expands your living space, enhances your enjoyment of your home and can boost resale value.Anyo... Read More

Avoid these fuel issues so your mower doesn't run out of gas
(BPT) - No matter how much you love mowing your lawn, there’s always something special about that first cut in the spring. It’s that initial opportunity to bring your lawn back to life after winter’s frigid temperatures finally give way to warmth. And operating a lawnmower instead... Read More

Biting back against mosquitos: Eliminate breeding and feeding opportunities
(BPT) - Warm weather heralds the arrival of cookouts, lounging poolside, weekends at the beach and a host of fun outdoor activities. Spring and summer are also mosquito season, and the little blood-suckers are far more than just an itchy nuisance. Mosquitos carry and transmit diseases that kill mor... Read More

Tips for growing a water-conservative garden
(BPT) - Families can decorate their homes with colorful flowers and bring healthy, home-grown foods to the table with gardens. Gardening, however, can use quite a bit of water, and in states struck by drought it’s important to conserve as much water as possible.If you're living in an area of ... Read More

4 tips to tackle any DIY project
(BPT) - (This post is brought to you by the makers of Advil(R).) It’s that time of year again: project season. It’s time to open the windows, reimagine your space and get to work on the home improvement project you’ve been dreaming about all winter. This is an exciting time o... Read More

4 ways to add 'wow' to your outdoor living space
(BPT) - Turning your backyard into an outdoor living oasis can be a tough project to start. Between product choices and design ideas, planning your ideal outdoor space can mean a lot of research and time at the local home improvement store.To simplify your project, many companies are integrating th... Read More

Old fuel can be hard on lawn mowers
(BPT) - Nothing says summer like neighborhoods coming alive with the sounds of lawn mowers and the smell of fresh-cut grass. But getting the lawn mower out of the shed and running properly can be a struggle early in the season. You turn the key and the riding lawn mower roars to life. Then the engi... Read More

6 steps to a championship caliber lawn
(BPT) - Creating a stadium-caliber lawn doesn’t have to take a lot of time, money or effort. This summer, follow these simple steps and tend to your natural turf in the morning and evening to create a yard that is championship caliber.1. Rake. Raking a lawn removes dead grass and other debris... Read More

Spring lawn care 101: Tools and tricks to landscaping success
(BPT) - Lush lawns and luxurious landscapes don’t just happen; you have to work for them. Success hinges on having the right tools and know-how to get the job done properly. The tool masters at BLACK+DECKER offer insight on how to make the most of your lawn with these helpful tips and tricks.... Read More

The natural secret to a high-yield, pest-free garden this year
(BPT) - Gardening is one of America’s favorite pastimes – an impressive 35 percent of U.S. households are growing food at home or in a community garden, according to the National Gardening Association. That means 42 million households are currently planning their annual gardens and rese... Read More

5 steps to create an outdoor sanctuary at home
(BPT) - The wildly popular outdoor-living trend has inspired homeowners across the country to add value and comfort to their properties by revitalizing their backyards. In an increasingly hectic world, having a peaceful place at home where you can enjoy nature and fresh air has become a top priorit... Read More

Deer wars: coming soon to a suburb near you
(BPT) - When you think of deer, do you envision a shy doe hiding beneath forest foliage? Or perhaps you imagine a buck bounding through a field along a quiet country road. The reality of where deer like to live is much closer to home than you think. Humans aren’t the only species that thrive ... Read More

Want to teach your children to be good stewards? Time to get your hands dirty
(BPT) - Growing your own garden is a popular pastime that cuts grocery bills and puts fresh produce within arm’s reach. But to parents it’s so much more than that. Gardening is a trending family activity that provides plenty of teachable moments, and it also promotes positive characteri... Read More

5 ways to give your home and lawn the spring refresh they need
(BPT) - With winter finally a distant memory, it’s time to get ready for spring. Prepare your home and lawn for guests and barbecues to come with a few simple DIY tips for inside and outside the house.When it comes to weed control, driveway repairs, home maintenance projects and more, these t... Read More

Beautiful lawn DIY: 6 steps to success
(BPT) - Has nicer weather inspired you to find ways to make your home more comfortable, attractive and environmentally sustainable while increasing its value? One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn.Installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is one of the best home improv... Read More

Get the most out of the sunny summer solstice
(BPT) - An evening spent with friends. The drive home from work or that early morning jog. All of these activities are best enjoyed when the sun is shining. The summer solstice is quickly approaching and with it, come the longest, brightest days of the year. It’s up to you to make the most of... Read More

Enhancing your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - First impressions mean a lot — especially when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. Whether you’re getting ready for resale or just want to update the exterior, you may think your home is ready for a curbside makeover.More than 80 percent of homeowners believe their home&r... Read More

Power tools to the people: Getting your outdoor equipment ready for summer
(BPT) - Some people eagerly anticipate summer barbecues, beach vacations and blue skies, but for avid do-it-yourselfers, the best thing about summer is the opportunity to use their favorite power tools to make their yards look great. Before you revel in the rich rumble of your prized lawnmower or t... Read More

The best and brightest: How to attract the most colorful birds to your backyard
(BPT) - Sparrows to doves, mockingbirds to magpies, every bird that visits your backyard this season will bring its unique brand of delight. Yet when a particularly colorful species shows up, you can’t help but feel a special thrill at the beauty of their plumage and song. You can take steps ... Read More

Know what's below: Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects
(BPT) - With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their garden shovels to start projects that require digging this spring.During the transition into “digging season,” Common G... Read More

Big impact, small investment: 5 home improvement projects that last
(BPT) - Home improvements big and small are on the rise thanks to a recovering economy and homeowners who are willing to use a little elbow grease to tackle DIY projects. While there are many worthy projects to choose from, here are five DIY ideas that will add beauty, functionality and value to yo... Read More

3 ways to make your backyard irresistible to kids this summer
(BPT) - When summer arrives do you see even less of your kids than you did during the school year? Too many American children, tweens and teens spend those extra hours of free time indoors playing with technology, rather than engaging in healthful activity outside. Even when you know where your kid... Read More

5 projects to amaze with your outdoor space
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather’s finally here, who doesn’t want to be outside? Lawn games, barbecues and lazy afternoons in the backyard – these warm days were made to enjoy. They also present a great opportunity to conquer some outdoor home improvements.If you have an eye on imp... Read More

5 easy ways to make your outdoor space the best on the block
(BPT) - When the calendar flips to the summer months, all you can think about is getting outside and soaking up the sun. But when you look out the window into your yard, what do you see? Is it an inviting space that encourages you to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Or could it use a bit of sprucin... Read More

Pot or plot? 'Right-size' plant picks for gardening success
(BPT) - Have you ever walked into a room that was so full of over-sized furniture it made an already small space feel miniscule and unusable? Or tricked your tummy into being satisfied with less food by using a small plate to make a modest portion look huge? Scale makes a decided difference in many... Read More

5 lawn mowing safety tips so you can enjoy your free time
(BPT) - Enjoying those warm summer and fall afternoons is a luxury, and often the stresses of the office or the yard duties like mowing the lawn get in the way.With zero turn mowers making the time spent mowing the grass more efficient, more and more homeowners are getting to enjoy their afternoons... Read More

5 essential steps for finding the perfect lawn mower
(BPT) - Nothing says springtime like the sounds of lawn mowing and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. For some, mowing the lawn is a chore. Others enjoy the sense of accomplishment and pride in a great looking lawn. Regardless of where you fall, you’ll likely find yourself mowing about 30-... Read More

8 ways to make yardwork more enjoyable
(BPT) - There’s no better time than summer to enjoy and show off your yard. But sometimes, the list of to-do’s can seem never-ending and leave you unsure of where to start. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to save time and help you be more efficient with your projects.Whethe... Read More

Fun ideas to make your summer entertaining a hit
(BPT) - The sweet days of summer signal a long awaited transition for outdoor living. Combine food, family and friends with fresh ideas, and the possibilities for summer entertaining are endless.“There is something so magical about taking a meal outside in the warm weather,” says design... Read More

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