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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 30-4 ...
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.
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 impr ...
5 tips to crown your lawn king of spring
(BPT) - Those winter chills are finally history and it’s time focus on outdoor fun again. Your lawn is the perfect spot for family gatherings, sports competitions, barbecues and relaxing afternoons, so why not make it the best it can be? Before your calendar fills up, apply these five tips and ...
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 i ...
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 t ...
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&rs ...
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 an ...
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 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 engin ...
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 & Ba ...
From tundra to tulips: Top equipment for achieving a manicured lawn this season
(BPT) - Snowmageddon. Snowpocalypse. Polar Vortex 2.0. If you’re like most Americans, you’re limping to the finish line of yet another never-ending winter. But this winter doesn’t just have people at their breaking points, it has lawns across the country ready for a relief as well. ...
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 and ...
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 kids ...
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 improve ...
Have it made in the shade in your backyard this summer
(BPT) - In the midst of the winter we love to think of the summer as this idyllic time when we live barefoot under the sky and everything is perfect and beautiful. Then when the summertime comes, we find ourselves complaining about too much sun, being too hot or bugs - and stay inside in the cool AC ...
What's in your pool water?
(BPT) - You hit the diving board, get some air and tuck up for the biggest cannonball of the season. It feels good to be back in the pool again. Or so you think. Because the truth is, if you knew what was in the pool water you were jumping into, maybe you wouldn’t be jumping in the first place ...
5 home-improvement projects to help sell your home
(BPT) - The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking for long-term homes, ones they want to stay in for years while raising their children, or settling down ...
Give your landscaping a no-maintenance makeover
(BPT) - Low- and no-maintenance features top the list when making over outdoor living spaces because less time maintaining means more time enjoying.Low-maintenance landscaping outranks native plantings, water features and food/vegetable gardens according to the American Society of Landscape Architec ...
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 priority ...
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 g ...
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 t ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 Gr ...
5 ways to redefine your outdoor space
(BPT) - Winter’s coldest days make you appreciate spring and summer, as well as the warm afternoons spent outdoors enjoying these seasons. And when the time comes, there’s no better place to relax than in your own backyard. If your space isn’t all it could be, though, this is the p ...
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 resea ...
Take the sweat out of your DIY projects this year
(BPT) - You've been dreaming about digging in your garden, changing your landscaping or improving your house all winter long. Finally the weather is nice, your yard is clear and dry, and it's time for you to get your hands dirty. With the right tools and equipment, you can get all your DIY tas ...
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 hostin ...
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 ti ...
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.Anyon ...
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