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Dry Stack Stone Walls Create a Rustic Look for Your Yard or Garden

Take a long drive through the countryside on a fall day. Beneath the colorful, swirling leaves, you will see solid stone buildings and farm walls that date back to more than one hundred years ago. Most of these were built by hand, using a simple, but sturdy, method of construction called dry stack. Dry stack…

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How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities

Children of all abilities and needs should have room to play and explore their world. In fact, play is so important for a child’s development that the United Nations declared play is a human right for children. Making your home a place where a child with special needs can be active takes more than a…

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5 Steps to a Better Lawn Next Year

Those in the know will tell you, fall and early winter are the best times to start thinking about next year’s lawn. If you’ve always wanted the best lawn on the block, here are our picks for the best lawn enhancements you can start today. 1. Apply Fertilizer tells us, “By fertilizing your lawn…

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Outdoor room

Outdoor Rooms: Enhance Your Outdoor Living

Want to add some extra living space to your home —just reclaim that unused space outside. Outdoor rooms are becoming very popular and not just in warm weather climates. Homeowners are remodeling their decks and patios into small—and full-scale—outdoor kitchens, dining and entertaining areas. They’re even upgrading their electrical and plumbing systems to accommodate outdoor…

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Outdoor living

25 Outdoor Living Ideas

Outdoor entertaining is as popular as ever. While modern Americans have plenty of usable indoor space, there’s just no stopping us from cooking out and congregating outside when the weather is nice. Unfortunately, outdoor space often goes unnoticed when it comes time to upgrade our homes. Here are 25 ideas to make your next outdoor…

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Soil Testing

Soil Engineers & Testing

A soil engineer is someone who conducts soil testing and advises on preventive solutions for problems that may arise from expansive soil, saving the homeowner future difficulties. A soil engineer can be contracted through the architect or builder, or you can contact the engineer directly. It’s important to make sure you hire a soil engineer…

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Dog house

Dog Houses

Just because you’re getting an outside dog, doesn’t mean that he or she won’t need the comforts of a home. Outdoor dogs are often left to fend for themselves under porches or beneath over hangs. Owners and prospective owners should take into account that a dog’s transition from indoors to outdoors could take some time….

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Sprinkler system

Winterizing Sprinklers

If you’ve just mowed the lawn for what feels like the final time this year, then it’s also time to close down your sprinkler system for the winter. This might just seem like another thing that adds to the cost of having an irrigation system, but the fact is it will be more expensive to…

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Types of Retaining Walls

Retaining walls were first used for the simple and necessary task of holding back earth. Erosion is a natural process, but when it means soil being washed off your property or worse, accumulating against the side of your home, a retaining wall can be an essential part of your landscaping. These walls are not only…

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Well-Planned Backyard Landscape

Dry Well Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

The most common problem with a dry well is that over time lint, solids, soap, and scum in waste water can clog the openings of the well’s walls and the pores of the surrounding soil. As this build up continues, water does not filter out of the well at an adequate rate. Eventually, these clogs…

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