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Backyard Camping for Kids with Disabilities

For outdoor enthusiasts who also happen to be parents, taking the kids camping for the first time is an almost-intoxicating experience. Seeing their eyes light up at a night sky full of stars or the dancing flames of a bonfire can reignite your sense of wonder at the natural world all around us. Of course,…

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Mudslide Safety for the Home: How to Assess Your Risk and Take Preventative Action

Disasters like the devastating California wildfires have brought the mounting dangers of Mother Nature home for many Americans. But the damage doesn’t just stop with the scorched trees and damaged bushes across hundreds of thousands of acres: widespread fires create perfect conditions for mudslides. The ground needs plant life to create structure for moist dirt…

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Gardening Hacks to Protect and Nourish Your Plants

Updated October 2017 Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. It can be a beautiful lawn, spread across a few thousand square feet or a small one in your backyard or even a vertical garden (backlink to vertical garden article). But they all have a common enemy: pests and weeds. These can reduce your beautiful…

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How Much Does it Cost to Install or Assemble Fitness Equipment?

Updated September 2017 Fitness has become an indispensable part in most Americans’ lives. Many people prefer to engage in physical exercise in their own homes. It is important to dedicate a separate space in the home for sports and fitness activities. But it is equally important to understand the cost of installation of the equipment…

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How Much Do Garden and Yard Work Services Cost?

Updated September 2018 Your garden can a subtle and elegant way of showing off your personality to your neighbors. Yard maintenance costs often vary from $130 to $400 per month. Homeowners spend approximately 5-10 percent of the value of their home on landscaping. When landscaping and gardening are done right, the value of your home…

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Water saving irrigation system

8 Water-Saving Home Renovations

Garden Landscape by Conserva Irrigation of Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, VA Water saving renovations are money saving renovations. Leaky pipes, outdated appliances, and poor irrigation practices hike up your water and energy bills and wreak havoc on your septic system. And, in drought-ridden states, water wasting can be subject to hefty fines and usage…

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8 Reasons to Add a Rain Barrel to Your Garden

A rain barrel is a small, above-ground tank that collects and stores rainwater for later use. There are a few types, but the most common ones collect rainwater from your roof. Adding one or two rain barrels to your home can be good for your plants, the planet, and your wallet. It’s an inexpensive, practical…

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Visual Guide To Companion Planting

A Visual Guide to Companion Planting

Gardening can be a rewarding pastime, but it can also be pretty frustrating. You want your plants to be strong and healthy, but you don’t want to douse them with artificial fertilizer. You grow some beautiful veggies, but they taste, well – mediocre. How can you use natural methods to improve your gardening results? There’s…

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Planning the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Whether you’re lounging around the pool or telling stories around the fire pit, you love entertaining outdoors. So why wait? Now is the time to design and build that outdoor room you’ve dreamed about. But where do you start to make sure you have the best entertaining space? These tips will help you with project…

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Backyard Playground and Deck Safety for Your Home

When the weather gets warm, families with kids naturally move their daily activities outdoors to enjoy the sun and comfortable temperatures. As kids run and play outside, they get beneficial exercise, which helps them get stronger and stay healthy. However, it’s important to monitor and supervise children’s play to keep them safe. Even around the…

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