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After autumn arrives, you should clean your home’s lawns to prepare for winter. Choose a day when it isn’t raining to complete these outdoor cleaning chores. Here are a few tips for cleaning your backyard and front lawn this autumn. Tip 1: Have the Proper Equipment for This Chore Before beginning the cleaning process, make sure to have the right equipment, including rakes, shovels and containers for trash. If you have a lot of debris to get rid of, then using trash bags isn’t enough, but you can rent a dumpster from a local company. Tip 2: Raking Autumn Leaves…

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When it comes to seasonal plants, mums are a fall staple. Mums come in a variety of shapes and colors, making it easy to add distinctive flair and style to your home garden this season. Below are several ways you can take care of your mums this autumn. Repotting If you have a potted mum, look at the root system of your plant. If it’s been a while since you last re-potted your mom, you will want to transfer it to a bigger container so the root can expand, rather than compact and cut off nutrients. This will revitalize your…

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Beautiful lawns require maintenance, includes mowing, watering and fertilizing as well as making sure that vital nutrients are able to make their way to the soil beneath your grass. Aeration in particular is a required task because doing so allows water and air to penetrate through lawn thatch or built-up grass. Below is a guide on how to aerate your lawn. The Basics of Aeration Aeration is the process of perforating the soil in your lawn with small holes. These holes let nutrients, water and air reach the roots of your lawn, helping them spread deeper into the earth to…

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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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