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In the market for a mower? The A to Z of zero-turn mowers
(BPT) - A gorgeous lawn is a key element of the American dream, since a lush, green, well-trimmed lawn makes your home look great. The mower you choose affects the health and beauty of your lawn, and directly impacts the amount of time and money you invest in lawn care.If you’ll be replacing a ...
Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall
(BPT) - Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn pro ...
Swings, slides, swimming, supper and stains: How to enjoy everything summer has to offer
(BPT) - Long, cold months stuck inside can give any family cabin fever. Fortunately, winter is over and warmer weather has returned. That means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors with your family.If you love the idea of heading outside but you’re worried about the malo ...
DIY projects to help you whip winter
(BPT) - The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you’ll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed be ...
Bird feeding faux pas? 5 easy, no-fret fixes
(BPT) - Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable?Birds may be small, but they pack long memori ...
Celebrate patio season with elegant and affordable outdoor updates
(BPT) - Patio season is upon us, which means hosting family and friends for warm-weather gatherings and barbecues. Don’t fret; outdoor events don’t have to break the bank. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you’ll have an al fresco affair to remember in no time at al ...
Backyard projects to turn the area into a treasured sanctuary
(BPT) - You love the days when you can go home from work, open the windows and enjoy dinner out on the deck. And it sure isn’t hard to rise early on those sunny weekend days to spend all day in the backyard. Those days are here, and it’s time to get outside to spend time with the grill, ...
Outdoor living in style: 7 easy updates
(BPT) - Outdoor living has become a way of life for homeowners coast to coast. Whether you’re simply updating the look of your deck with a fresh new stain or pulling out the power tools to take on a larger project, there are countless ways to upgrade your outdoor living space. Here ...
Overcome common gardening challenges with raised beds and planters
(BPT) - Small yards, city dwelling or soil that’s sandy, rocky or full of clay – it seems no obstacles can keep Americans from the joys of gardening. More than 78 million U.S. households grow gardens, according to the Garden Writers Association Foundation, and many of them don’t ha ...
Fall clean-up tips for your lawn and garden tools
(BPT) - As the temperature drops, your lawn and garden will start settling into a dormant state. As you prep your landscaping and garden for a winter’s slumber, it’s a good idea to review the tools you used all summer. Taking care of this task now will ensure they’re in good shape ...
Lawn mower accessories help get landscaping jobs done efficiently and professionally
(BPT) - Efficiency is the name of the game these days. At the office it comes into play in processing work quickly and at a lower cost. At home, efficiency means being able to get the household and landscaping chores done so you can spend time with the family.If your chore list includes maintaining ...
Build a lasting memory with your backyard project
(BPT) - There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.If you want to improve your backyard with a special project for your family this year but you’r ...
Travel checklist for vacationing gardeners
While you’re enjoying that well-deserved summer vacation, remember that your garden will be home working hard.(BPT) - Here is a simple list of tips from Preen to keep your garden going while you are soaking up the sun.1. A farewell drink.Before heading off, give flower and vegetable gard ...
Keep your family secure at home with these tips
(BPT) - When it comes to protecting your family, your home is your fortress. It’s the place where your children fall asleep at night, tucked safely in their beds. It has the backyard where your pets roam freely without any danger of running into traffic. And it’s the place where you can ...
Meatless options for the grill
(BPT) - Cheeseburgers, chicken thighs and hot dogs are common fare at summer barbeques, but what about guests who are looking to reduce their meat intake? In addition to traditional meat dishes, there are many ways to prepare meals on the grill that everyone can enjoy, including vegetarians.“E ...
Getting the most out of farmers markets and seasonal produce
(BPT) - Warm weather months bring an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, and for those who enjoy buying local, farmers markets are popular destinations. Produce choices available at farmers markets are now reaching their peak. So how can you make the most of this seasonal bounty?Chef Daniel Rey ...
5 summer paint projects to create a splash
(BPT) - With the arrival of warm summer temperatures, it’s time to brighten the home with sensational summer shades. And it’s easy to add a pop of vibrant color with the help from the experts at Krylon spray paint.“Painting is a project that even a first time DIYer can feel confide ...
Outdoor living made easy with home improvements that boost comfort and value
(BPT) - Beautiful weather begs to be enjoyed, but a drab deck, dated patio and dull lighting can drive homeowners indoors fast. A few home improvements can ensure seasons full of outdoor comfort, all while enhancing your house’s value and exterior aesthetic.Outdoor home improvements extend liv ...
5 tips for a better lawn
(BPT) - Whether you’re an expert or just a beginner, it’s important to know how to properly care for and maintain your lawn – especially before the summer season begins.The overall appearance and health of your lawn is a result of the care you put into it, so consider these tips to ...
6 backyard projects you can't skip this fall
(BPT) - When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial – especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter’s harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season to season not only makes it easier f ...
Deck support: It's what's beneath the surface that counts
(BPT) - The substructure of your deck is the heart of its durability and the foundation for its aesthetics. Until recently, wood was the go-to material for builders and contractors but many professionals are now switching to steel for its superior structural integrity and design flexibility. Steel w ...
Extend your home to the outdoors this summer and beyond
(BPT) - Summer is here and most people are turning their attention to home improvement projects that let them spend more time outside. In fact, 92 percent of residential landscape architects noted outdoor living spaces as a popular design feature for this year, according to the 2014 Residential Land ...
Prepare your home for outdoor entertaining this summer
(BPT) - After a long winter trapped indoors, nothing beats a great backyard get-together to catch up with old friends, introduce yourself to new neighbors or just enjoy a beautiful day.Now that the weather is warmer, you may be thinking about your first gathering of the season, but before the guests ...
Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies
(BPT) - You’ve spent the summer tending and nurturing vegetables that have flourished, and now you have such an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and leafy greens, your home is starting to resemble the produce section of a grocery store.Some people think harvest season is when the work ...
Simple updates create the perfect outdoor living space in your backyard
(BPT) - In the summer your backyard can quickly become the most important “room” of your home. However, you aren’t alone if your backyard looks outdated and lackluster. Weather conditions can be tough on outdoor areas, but with a few simple updates, you can create the perfect outdo ...
Get decked out: prep your outdoor living space for a party
(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or entertaining a late-night dinner party on the deck, summer is the perfect time to throw a get-together in your outdoor living space.The outdoor living experts at Trex offer these tips for creating a party-perfect deck, porch or patio.Plan a ...
Fall projects to make your home sensational
(BPT) - There still is time to complete your unfinished outdoor projects. Sixty percent of homeowners will accomplish a home improvement project this year, according to survey data from the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey.Follow these tips to make your home’s exte ...
5 DIY fall yard cleanup tips
(BPT) - Fall is the perfect time to give your lawn the extra attention and care it needs – especially after an action-packed summer. Inclement weather, extreme temperatures and heavy foot traffic can take a toll on your yard, and inhibit the overall health and growth of your lawn. It’s i ...
Building memories around a fire pit
(BPT) - Whether you’re spending quality time with family or entertaining guests, few things compare to the cozy, warm and welcoming atmosphere created by a fire pit in the backyard. In fact, fire pits are among the most popular features for enhancing an outdoor living space, according to the 2 ...
Accomplish your to-do list of finishing the deck with ease this fall
(BPT) - If you have a wood deck, chances are that it’s made its way onto your summer to-do list. And if summer quickly slipped by you without that list being completely checked off, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time in the fall months to finish your deck. What many people d ...
How to choose a patio door to transform your home's view
(BPT) - It’s the time of year to get outside, dine on the deck, bask in the backyard or relax on the patio.Is your home ready for summer entertaining or is it time for a remodeling or replacement project? If the answer is the latter, now’s the time to get more out of your home by improvi ...
5 simple ways to inspire and improve your inner 'making' skills
(BPT) - Summer is often a great time to tackle your do-it-yourself and “making” projects. But between summertime travel, social commitments and long hours at the office, carving out time to “make” can be challenging.This Labor Day weekend, the Craftsman brand will host its fi ...
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