Tag: garden

7 Home Maintenance Troublespots to Take Care of Today

    Okay, okay, I admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. The signs of potential trouble were there, yet I chose not to take them seriously. For quite a while, I’d been finding it more and more difficult to turn my key in the front door lock. I tried wiping the key down with a little olive oil and cleaned out the lock faceplate … which was full of dog hair. But I avoided taking the plunge and calling an actual handyman (or woman). Until I ended up locked into my apartment. Pretty scary for a minute there....

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Fencing That’s More Than Just Functional

Security, privacy, animal-proofing … there are all kinds of excellent reasons to install a fence on your property. But one quality of fencing that’s not so commonly mentioned is its remarkable ability to add distinctive character and beauty to your yard. A handsome fence will even increase your home’s curb appeal. Whether you are about to construct a new fence or you’d just like to give your existing one a little facelift, consider the following suggestions. Choose a Nice-Looking Material to Build a New Fence Wrought iron has long been a top choice for strong, hardwearing fencing. However, this...

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What to Do Now to Prevent Winter Garden Problems

Winter is hard on your garden. Cold weather, heavy winds, and snow obviously have great potential to harm your precious plants. Other possible trouble sources are hungry animals and inadequate drainage through the frozen soil. Act now to safeguard against these problems and look forward to a healthy garden next spring. Harsh Weather Conditions Wind — Protect outdoor container plants from winter gales by moving them to sheltered areas of the yard or into a cold frame. Stake fragile plants like berry bushes so they won’t be knocked over. Set up horizontal tarps to cut the force of the...

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Custom Carpentry to Make Your Backyard Say “Summer”

There are at least 3 great things that we can think of about summertime. 1. It’s summer. 2. You can spend the whole day out in your garden without freezing your nose off. 3. There are all kinds of fun wooden furniture pieces and other installations which simply and inexpensively add a very special seasonal (read: relaxing) touch to your backyard. Here are 6 ideas that we especially love. Potting Shed Every backyard that belongs to a gardener, whether an old hand or a newbie, needs a potting shed. A shed is a handy spot to store landscaping tools and supplies. But...

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