Category: Lawn & Garden Focus

Safety tips for consumers with their mowers, chain saws, high-ethanol gas

With warm weather on the way, many Americans will be heading outdoors. Whether you’re beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you’ve always dreamed of, it’s important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures help protect both the equipment and the people […]

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Turn your ‘victory garden’ into a ‘vitamin garden’ with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs

It’s a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn’t it be better—not to mention tastier—to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your vegetable and herb garden into a “vitamin garden?” Fortunately, many vitamin-packed vegetables and herbs […]

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Bringing life back into your yard and garden

Return of the green: Get your grass and garden growing again Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly […]

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10 reasons to love your lawn

As summer approach­es and your thoughts turn to home im­provement and the outdoors, you’re probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable – while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn. Perhaps surprisingly, installing and maintaining a natural turf […]

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Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends

Whether you’re personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities. Here are four easy and affordable DIY tips to bring 2014’s trends into your home. Don’t just spring clean … spring create Spring cleaning doesn’t have to mean getting rid of everything in the garage. Familiar pieces […]

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Personalize your backyard with a concrete path

Paths provide the practical purpose of connecting two or more locations but a well-made walkway that will stand up for years can enrich the natural landscape of a backyard and complement the exterior look of a home. While traditionally popular materials for creating paths, like brick and stone, are attractive and durable, they can be expensive and challenging to install. […]

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End-of-summer gardening tips will pay off next spring
End-of-summer gardening tips will pay off next spring

End-of-summer gardening tips will pay off next spring

PansiesDiasciaNemesia As the summer garden season nears an end, don’t let your guard down. Keeping up with a few basic chores can improve your landscape’s beauty and reduce your workload next season. • Continue weeding. Removing weeds now before they go to seed will eliminate hundreds of weeds next season. Destroy invasive weeds, those that have gone to seed and […]

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Inspect fences to ensure safety and security

Fencing around the home is vulnerable to weather-related, accidental or intentional damage. Rain hastens rust, and ground freezing and thawing or high winds can affect gate alignment. Children swinging on gates and animals trying to get through the fence also take a toll. Now’s the time to inspect fencing, gates and gate hardware around your property to ensure all are […]

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Create an outdoor patio design fit for a magazine cover

While the nice weather lasts, there’s nothing better than expanding your living space to the great outdoors. Luckily, it’s easy and affordable to create a comfortable and chic outdoor room that’s perfectly put together. Use these quick tips and inspiring ideas to transform your deck, porch or patio into one you’ll be proud to show off. Planning perfection Simply putting […]

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Rejuvenate lawn from heavy summer wear and tear

As summer winds down, heat and drought may have left your grass a little tired. Soccer, picnics and chasing fireflies have likely taken a toll. Luckily, because of cooler temperatures and an increase in precipitation, fall is the best time for lawn rescue. To many homeowners, early fall yard work may seem overwhelming, but a few 15 minute projects are […]

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