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Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements
First impressions happen at the curb. Even if you're not planning on selling your home anytime soon, simple outdoor improvements can make a dramatic difference. Add curb appeal without emptying your bank account.
Composite or wood? Myth-busting facts to know before you decide on a deck
Myths persist about composite decking. Here are the facts homeowners should know before deciding on composite or wood for a deck.
Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth of the sun
To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
Learn how modern technology can make daily chores easier, freeing up time in today's busy lifestyle.
Bringing life back into your yard and garden
You can take pride in your backyard year after year with a breathtaking landscape by following these simple steps.
Mowers, chain saws and high-ethanol gas: safety tips for consumers
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.
Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
New battery-powered tools are compact, lightweight and easy to store. They share the flip-of-a-switch appeal of other portable devices. But instead of connecting you to the outside world, these improve the world outside your own back door.
Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining
Try these tips for planning an outdoor entertaining soiree for a birthday, bridal shower, graduation, or simply to spend time with some friends.
10 reasons to love your lawn
Installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is a home improvement that pays big, making your home more comfortable, attractive and environmentally sustainable.
Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends
Find out how to recreate your outdoor living space without spending a fortune. There are plenty of easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in just a few weekends.
Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
Turn your victory garden into a "vitamin garden" and reap all the health benefits of gardening.
Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
Deer damage to bushes, blooms, shrubs and gardens can be annoying at best and costly at worst, but deer can pose other, more serious, risks to the safety of your home and family. A pro-active approach can help protect your home from deer dangers you don't know.
Creating inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining
From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. Here's advice from the experts.
How to personalize your backyard with a beautiful concrete path
Paths provide the practical purpose of connecting two or more locations but a well-made walkway that will stand up to years can enrich the natural landscape of a backyard and complement the exterior look of a home.
Call 811 before every digging project, large or small
Keep safety in mind before you start to dig for your landscaping project this spring and summer. Use these tips to be sure you know where all utilities are located prior to digging.
Inspect home fencing to ensure your home's safety and security
Fences are important for keeping children and pets safe. Take the time this spring to inspect your fences, gates and gate hardware for signs of rust or other damage.
Easy tips to create the perfect outdoor living room
It's that time of year - time to dust off your patio furniture, fill your planters and set up to spend the spring outdoors. While expanding an outdoor space is a top renovation project for homeowners and renters alike, it does not have to induce a state of pre-spring stress. With a few simple tips, you can create an outdoor space that adds value and comfort to your home.
Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for spring
With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring.
Sowing the seeds of spring: How to start your garden indoors
While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.
Empty nesters want low-maintenance yards that focus on fun and functionality, not fuss
One of the first questions new empty nesters face is: what do we do with the nest? One key area to tackle is the yard and garden. The following are tips for transforming a yard's maintenance-hungry features, especially the lawn, into alternatives that offer fun and functionality without the fuss.
Six ways to kick your lawn's grass this season
For most all of us, springtime can't come soon enough. Following a brutal winter with severe temps and record snowfall nationwide, people are more anxious than ever to enjoy the first days of spring outdoors.
Five surprisingly simple ways to turn your current deck into a dream outdoor oasis
It's easy to dream of perfectly pristine outdoor spaces when looking at the decks in magazines and online, but too often what we want and what we have don't align. If your deck suffers from weathered wood, loose railings or dated balusters, you're not alone. The good news is there are surprisingly simple ways to give your deck a facelift and transform it into the outdoor oasis you want in as little as one weekend.
Must-have luxury upgrades for your over-the-top deck
Some home improvements are simply worth a larger investment to achieve outstanding results. The extra investment ensures optimum returns in value, beauty and livability. Indoors, kitchens and baths rate that extra attention. Outdoors, decks are the pinnacle of great home improvements.
For small lawns, choose smart tools that get the job done quickly and store away neatly
Small lawns have many of the same needs and issues as larger lawns, but they don't always require the same bulky tools to get the job done. A smart arsenal for small lawn care includes some sturdy hand tools and a few small, but powerful, gadgets. If you're looking to outfit your arsenal, consider these tools.
Decked out from coast to coast: Top outdoor living trends for 2014
From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Here is a glimpse into the national trends that will be emerging outside homes across America in 2014.
Four tips for achieving a healthy lawn on a budget
As spring rolls around, it's time to start thinking about yard maintenance. If your budget is tight, you might be tempted to let the lawn care slide, but maintaining a great lawn doesn't need to be expensive - and the reward for just a small investment is a beautiful, environmentally friendly setting for outdoor activities of many kinds.
Prepping tips for spring outdoor projects
Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning - and prepping for - a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is the time to start gearing up for those spring projects.
Ways to make your outdoor living spaces more useful all year
No matter if you live on a coast or in the Upper Midwest, you can use your outdoor spaces to the fullest in any season by adding a few enhancements. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, it's easy to add features like a seat wall and a fire ring for an outdoor gathering spot, or an outdoor kitchen to create the taste of summer all year. A few simple improvements can help you create a space that keeps you outside longer into the night, earlier in the spring and later into the cooler seasons.

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