Category: Lawn & Garden Focus

Home improvements that increase home value

When granite countertops or shiny, stainless steel appliances beckon homeowners from the display areas of home improvement stores, it’s tempting to gear remodeling thoughts toward the items that will add flair and decorative appeal to a home. Even though most improvements add some measure of value, deciding which are the best investments can be difficult. Return on investment, often referred […]

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How to fix that sticking door

Nearly everyone has experienced a sticking door that just will not close properly. This problem may become more noticeable when temperatures rise and humidity contributes to the swelling of wood doors and frames. According to The Family Handyman, a home improvement resource, the standard remedy for alleviating a sticking door is to remove the door and pare down the edges […]

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Research permits requirements for spring projects

With the arrival of spring comes the itch to begin those long-anticipated home-improvement projects. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or a homeowner who hires contractors to perform the work, it pays to be aware of what your local government may require of you. Of particular importance is when you need a building permit to begin your project. Because requirements and […]

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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 approach?es and your thoughts turn to home im?provement 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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