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While spring and summer are the prime time for growing flowers, a fall bloom can be just as beautiful. If you’re not an expert on what types of flowers to plant when the weather starts to get cool, discover some fall flower varieties below. BLACK-EYED SUSANS (RUDBECKIA) A classic flower that looks at home in any garden. These dainty yellow flowers are part of the sunflower family and happily bloom well into the fall. These perennials thrive in full to partial sunlight. ASTERS These striking perennials are favored by whimsical wildlife, so be sure to plant a few for the…

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The summer months are the best time of year for a repaving project. If your driveway is in poor condition, it will only get worse over time as weathering takes a toll on its surface. Here are some reasons to start a project to repave during the summer. Why It’s Best Done in the Summer A hot mix asphalt will arrive at your home inside a heated truck where it is maintained in a liquid form to ensure that the aggregates inside staying evenly mixed and that it is easy to pour. When the weather is warm, this asphalt can…

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There’s nothing quite like coming home to a beautiful house and impeccably designed front lawn. While freshly groomed grass is always a tried and true way to keep your lawn looking good, you can do so much more than that. If you don’t have the budget to spend on expensive flowers and fountains, check out these 10 ways to obtain your dream lawn on a budget. 1. Get Creative Think about landscaping concepts that you have always dreamed of and find a way to come up with a cheaper alternative. Consider anything that may improve your home’s curb appeal and…

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Whether you are someone who enjoys the passive tides of a shallow springwater fed lake or a thrill seeker who likes to witness the awesome power of giant breakers pounding the shore, there are a variety of water safety tips and precautions to consider. Rogue Waves Worldwide, drowning is the leading cause of death. If you inhale as little as two tablespoons of water, you can drown. If you are not going to be personally teaching your children how to swim in a freshwater lake or pool before hitting the big oceans, your child is at grave risk of getting…

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As the summer heat intensifies, your garden may struggle to maintain its beauty. Leaves may begin to wilt or you may notice spots appearing. If your garden looks like someone splattered paint all over your plants, then you have sunscald. Sunscald is damage that happens to plant tissue, because of overexposure to the sun. How to Know if Your Plants Have Sunscald? Whitish spots on the leaves, is a tale-tale sign that your garden is suffering from sunscald. These spots may also turn a brownish shade once the damage has set in and that part of the plant starts to…

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Summer is here and you can’t wait to entertain guests outdoors. If there’s too much sun, you might find yourself sunburned, a sure way to spoil your day. Block the scorching sun by creating a sunshade for your outdoor area. There are more ways than one to bring shade in your backyard, try some of the helpful suggestions below. 1. DIY Shade Sails Shade sails are designed in to provide relief from the scorching sun. They’re perfect for swimming pools, gardens, and patios. You can choose to have these shades made from canvas or cloth material, it all depends on…

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If you have a garden, early summer, means weeding. While you may not be able to fully get away with the chore of weeding, there are a few tips to reduce the number of weeds in your garden and keep your plants healthy and happy. Mulch Providing a mulched covering for your flower and vegetable garden will reduce the number of weeds that can sneak their way into the beds. Mulch not only keeps the weeds at bay but also gives your plants a good source of nutrients. There are several kinds of mulch you can use. Organic Mulch If…

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As days get hotter and skies get clearer, your garden is going to need some extra help. Here is an easy to follow cheat sheet for ensuring a prosperous summer garden. Keeping up with Rehydrating When it comes to deciding how many times to water your garden, there are a few things to consider. Sandy soils (that are dry for up to 4 inches) let you know that plants needs water, while a clay soil (hard to dig through) is dry. Keep an eye out for dry or thick soil. See how much water was absorbed during a rain shower…

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Grilling season is just around the corner, now is the time to get your grill in shape for your next backyard bash. Here are some things you’ll need to do to get your grill ready for summer barbecues. Clean the Grill’s Interior and Exterior Surfaces The exterior of your grill will likely be covered in dust, if you haven’t used it for several months. Use a non-scratch sponge or cloth rag to wipe down all the surfaces with warm, soapy water. Dry the surface thoroughly to prevent streaks and possible corrosion. For stainless steel surfaces, wipe along the direction of…

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Summer is almost here, and you’re probably looking forward to backyard cookouts, block parties, and relaxing nights in your backyard. But if you plan on hosting any of these events, you’ll want your grass to be full and green. Unfortunately, with summer comes hot weather, and this increases the likelihood that your grass will be burnt by the hot sun. Yellow grass always puts a damper on even the most festively decorated backyards. So if you’re looking for some tips to keep your lawn plush the entire summer long, follow the tips below and keep your yard a beautiful emerald…

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