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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 you b... More >>


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 preparati... More >>


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 Americ... More >>


10 points to consider before buying a walk mower
(BPT) - Warm weather means it's time to get back in the routine of mowing the grass every week. 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... More >>


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 wi... More >>


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 g... More >>


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 c... More >>


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, o... More >>


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 c... More >>


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... More >>


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 gardens that feed... More >>


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 pea... More >>


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.... More >>


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 illnes... More >>


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 standa... More >>


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 ... More >>


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 wo... More >>


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 p... More >>


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 throug... More >>


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: &ldquo... More >>


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 equi... More >>


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 li... More >>


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 c... More >>


5 things you can do to improve the look of your lawn today
(BPT) - You’ve waited all winter for the chance to transform your lawn from that drab, frozen tundra into the lush, green oasis you know it can be. But this transformation doesn’t happen overnight, and you can’t expect Mother Nature to take care of everything herself. Getting your... More >>


Spring cleaning: 6 areas to repair, replace and refresh
(BPT) - Spring is one of the most popular times of year to clean up your home inside and out, make renovations and take steps to ensure it operates efficiently for the rest of the year. But after the long winter months, the list of projects can pile up. This year, focus on six key areas to repair, ... More >>


Backyard bounty: Vegetables are nature's original nutritional powerhouses
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the chatter around how a handful of unusual foods are must-eat nutritional powerhouses — and wondered how you’ll ever get your kids to try kale or chia seeds. But you don’t have to stress over how to incorporate the latest health food fads into ... More >>


Don't skimp on safety when planning your deck: Expert tips for creating a safe outdoor space
(BPT) - When dreaming of your at-home outdoor oasis, safety may not be top-of-mind. But when making decking decisions, a key element to enjoying your retreat for years to come is ensuring it is safe and structurally sound.The experts at Trex, the world’s No. 1 decking and railing brand and le... More >>


Go green to save green: 6 earth-friendly home improvement ideas
(BPT) - From cleaning out the garage to upgrading your floors and windows, it often seems like home improvement projects will never end. While you may be dedicated to making your home a better place, it’s also important to consider how it affects your carbon footprint. Are you doing everythin... More >>


Don't dumb down deer - they're smarter than you think! Outsmart them and protect your yard
(BPT) - With 2015 breaking records as the warmest year ever in the U.S., you’ll soon be seeing an unhappy side-effect of the mild weather; more deer will be browsing your backyard when the weather gets warm.Most of us have seen more acorns, a bumper crop in fact, that provided deer with an ea... More >>


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 ben... More >>


Clover comeback: Today's twist to a lush, green, easy, eco-smart lawn alternative
(BPT) - Who doesn’t love the look and feel of a lush, green lawn? Having your home surrounded by gorgeous green turf has forever been part of the American dream. But once reality sets in, maintaining and irrigating traditional turf lawns can cost you time and money. If you’re an eco-con... More >>


5 ways to open a world of flavors in a small space
(BPT) - If a big part of your weekend is dedicated to experimenting with recipes and combining ingredients to create new flavors, you just might be a foodie. If you have a checklist of restaurants you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t had a chance to because you’ve been busy eati... More >>


5 ways to improve your outdoor space with retaining walls
(BPT) - When you picture a retaining wall, do you imagine it holding back dirt? That’s the most common use for retaining walls — to address elevation changes and prevent erosion. But concrete segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are multi-purpose landscaping tools with many more uses.Si... More >>


Stack the deck in Mother Nature's favor with these green deck-building tips
(BPT) - Communing with the bounty of nature in your own backyard is one of the many advantages of having a deck. Not only does it boost home value, a deck gives you a comfortable venue for enjoying the outdoors — and what could be more environmentally friendly than spending some time with Mot... More >>


Give homes custom curb appeal with exterior moulding and trim
(BPT) - When it comes to home exteriors, the beauty is in the details. Custom homes have rich, unique exterior elements, including decorative moulding and trim, which enhance architectural aesthetics and create captivating curb appeal. But you don’t need a custom home to enjoy custom looks. W... More >>



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