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If you want to have healthy plants, it is important to know how to care for them during the sizzling summer heat. Use these tips to keep your flowers and plants thriving all summer long. Tip 1: Understand When to Water Your Plants Don’t water your plants during the hottest part of the day. The soil surrounding the plants will become hotter as the day progresses. If you water the plants during that time, the roots will become damaged from the boiling water. Water your plants early in the morning when the soil is cooler in order to protect your…

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A colorful flower bed can add pizzazz to your outdoor space. The right choices can make or break your garden, leaving you playing catch-up throughout the year. Paying attention to the small details will pay immediate dividends. A thoughtful mixture of colors, shapes, and heights will leave others green with envy. What are the steps to designing a colorful flower bed of your own? Here is a how-to guide that will help you make the decisions that are right for you and your space. Location The first thing to do when planning your proposed garden space is to determine the…

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It’s that time of year again, when your green thumb gets the itch. You want to grow your own veggies, load a pretty wicker basket with freshly harvested garden goodies. But you’re not the most patient gardener, and you waited until summer’s half over. Good news, it’s not too late! The following plants will give you the makings for salads and side dishes in no time, and all of them can be grown in pots or in the ground. Radishes This crispy peppery vegetable wins the title of fastest growing. It goes from dirt to serving dish in under a…

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With the onset of the warm summer months, now is a great time to start spending time outdoors. Whatever the occasion, whether a graduation party or basic BBQ with friends, the best way to keep your guests entertained and ensure that the party goes off without a hitch is to take part in some fun and time-wasting outdoor party games, which are perfect for those times when you’re waiting for the food to be ready or for drinks to be served. While there are almost endless amounts of outdoor party games to choose from, here are a few that are…

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“Good fences make good neighbors,” as Robert Frost has said. But what if traditional fencing is not the option that you are looking for? After all, traditional fencing can leave a lot to be desired in regard to simple aesthetics. While wood, chain link or iron can be installed quickly and can provide you with some degree of security and privacy, these options may not strike your fancy from a pure appearance point of view. And frankly, a natural hedge may provide not merely a more attractive option, but may serve as a formidable guarantor of your family’s privacy. Once…

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Spring time is here once again and soon summer will be upon us. We have a lot to look forward too including warm weather, longer days, vacations, and the kids being home from school. There will be family gatherings and parties, as well as getaways. Unfortunately, with all the good that summer brings, the warm weather also brings back insects. We are going to be discussing a few natural and safe remedies to get rid of these pests so you can enjoy your summer. Wasps The first warm weather insect we will be talking about is the wasp. Wasps come…

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It’s that time of year, again, where your dinner plans and your party plans have you heading outdoors, from your kitchen stove to your BBQ grill. And, just like your kitchen stove, your BBQ grill, requires regular cleaning to keep it up and ready for this year’s summer parties. Keep reading to find out how to get your grill clean at the beginning of the grilling season, make clean-up easier while you’re grilling, and how to keep it clean between uses, throughout the summer party season. Prepare your grill for your first summer party If your grill has been neglected…

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Pool maintenance is an essential part of having a clean and sparkling pool. Waiting until a big problem arises, however, is an expensive way to work on maintenance. If you want to save money and time on your pool’s upkeep, keeping to a list of short and inexpensive chores can help. Test Your Pool’s Water Checking the levels of various chemicals in your pool each week can help you take care of minor issues before they grow. In addition, being aware of your pool’s chemical levels can help you avoid unnecessarily adding expensive chemicals to your water. Get a Pool…

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