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How to Get Rid of Yard Waste the Right Way

Whether you have grass clippings from mowing your lawn or branches leftover from pruning your shrubs, you may not think about the amount of yard waste you create. However, yard waste accounts for over 35 million tons of garbage generated in the U.S. each year, making it the fourth-largest waste contributor, according to the EPA. …

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15 of the Best Plants and Bushes for Privacy

No matter how much you love your neighborhood, everyone needs their privacy. While fences work, they may not provide the level of privacy and style you want. Plants, however, not only provide an extra level of privacy, but can also add beauty to your yard by creating a more natural-looking barrier. If you want to…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Wood and Gas Firepits

Photo: rh2010 / Adobe Stock An outdoor firepit is a great way to upgrade your patio to enjoy time outdoors without a disruptive overhaul. Wood and gas firepits are both excellent choices, and each comes with its advantages and drawbacks. Gas firepits are perfect for those who want something easy to maintain without a smoky…

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How To Build a Rain Garden Step-by-Step

Rain gardens are perfect solutions if you want to prevent stormwater runoff from flooding and damaging your yard, driveway, and home’s foundation. After heavy rain, water might pool in your yard due to poor soil drainage, often collecting pollutants from fertilizer, pet waste, pesticides and chemicals from the streets and gutters. The excess water can…

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How To: Build A Gas Fire Pit in 10 Steps

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. A fire pit is a great way to enjoy time outside. This easy DIY project is great for all skill levels and customizable to your own backyard or patio. It can be built in grass, on concrete, or patio pavers. Gather around a warm and cozy…

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The Ultimate Dog-Friendly Landscaping Guide

A backyard is an enjoyable place for dogs and humans, but it’s important to make sure your space fits your needs as well as Fido’s. Dog-friendly landscaping and human-friendly landscaping aren’t automatically the same thing. While you may view your outdoor space as a spot to relax or grow a vegetable garden, your pooch doesn’t…

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13 Affordable Patio Ideas

The idea of spending time with loved ones in a freshly designed outdoor space is exciting, and a revamp could be just the refresh your outdoor area needs. Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank to create a patio space you love. Below is a list of cheap patio ideas that will help you…

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Best Way to Kill Carpenter Ants

The best way to kill carpenter ants is to bait them and find their nests within your walls. You can then drill holes and use boric acid to eliminate them or call in a professional exterminator. Fix leaks, replace damaged wood, and keep trees and bushes trimmed to prevent carpenter ants from coming back. On…

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Best Way to Get Rid of Flies Outside

The best way to get rid of flies outside your home is to use either a homemade or store-bought trap. Insecticides may kill some flies on contact, but it can be toxic to other animals in your yard. Clean up debris and standing moisture to prevent fly infestations, and use natural repellants, like fans and…

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