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5 Ways to Enhance Your Pool Area

Pool Areas
On a sweltering summer day, there’s no better place to relax than poolside. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that summer 2015 will be hotter and drier than usual in New England, so now’s the time to start making your outdoor pool area the ultimate place to chill out. Here are five ways you can enhance your summertime hangout, even if you’re on a budget. 1. Plants Everyone loves a lush surrounding, but there’s a reason most pools have wood or cement decks. Leaves, petals, and debris can clog your pool filter, so be conscious of that when choosing a…
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How to store your lawnmower in your outdoor shed for the winter

Winter Storage TIPS
As with any tool, lawnmowers will work better and last longer if you follow a regular maintenance schedule. In New England and other places with real winters, you’re safe assuming that you won’t need to mow from November through April. Before we all put our mowers away in our outdoor sheds for the winter, let’s follow these steps so they’ll be ready to go come spring. Drain your gas tank If you’re storing your lawn mower in an outdoor shed, gas left in the tank over the winter can gum up your mower’s carburetor, potentially causing rust and definitely hindering performance.…
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How to dispose of yard waste responsibly

How to dispose of yard waste responsibly

Backyard Care
In the past, getting rid of yard waste every fall was easy. You’d grab some big trash bags, spend the better part of a day raking up lawn, and then another hour re-raking the leaves after the kids and puppy romped through the pile. Most homeowners today have a handful of options, ranging from municipal curbside pickup to mulching. We’ll discuss a handful of the most common and effective approaches, and give you some pointers on how to decide on the method that will work best for you. Getting rid of yard waste: The old ways Bonfire! If you think…
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7 ways to have some backyard Halloween fun with your wooden gazebo and shed

backyard sanctuary
Halloween is a great time to have some fun with your outdoor shed, wooden gazebo, or just your backyard in general. When else do you get to put a scare in the kids, indulge in candy, and get creative? One of the things we look forward to most is throwing a backyard haunted-house party. There are so many ways to have fun with decorations that can help you make the most of your yard, gazebo, and garden shed. Here are some of our favorite ideas. The Classic: A Haunted graveyard We’ve always loved the idea of a haunted backyard graveyard, and…
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New Eng;land Fall Cleanup Checklist For Your Yard

A Fall Checklist For Your Yard

Backyard Care
Fall can be a great season in New England. The leaves explode in a sea of reds and yellows, we get pumpkin everything, and what isn’t pumpkin-laced is stuffed full of fresh, orchard-picked apples. All in all, it’s easy to see why some of us love the crisp autumn months of September and October. Others, however, dread the sight of the first splash of color among the trees – many of them homeowners who know that fall means winter is coming, and with the change in seasons comes a whole bunch of tasks and chores that need to get done.…
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Buying A Shed: Big-Box Store or Small Retailer?

Buying A Shed: Big-Box Store or Small Retailer?

Storage Sheds
There are plenty of good reasons to buy and install an outdoor shed on your property. There are just as many things to consider – from county and neighborhood restrictions, to choice of material, to preparing the area for installation, and more! This post will help you decide where to turn once you’ve decided to take the leap and add some storage space to your yard. There are a lot of retailers out there. They range from home improvement giants like The Home Depot, to companies that specialize in shed construction and customization. While similar across many aspects of the…
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4 Ways to Add Shade to Your Backyard

4 Ways to Add Shade to Your Backyard

backyard sanctuary
The heat and humidity can get pretty unbearable during the summer months, making it harder to host guests for outdoor parties. If you’ve been considering different ways that you can add some massive shade to your yard without relying on a measly little patio umbrella, then you are in luck! In this post, we’re sharing four different structures that you can add to your yard to protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays and the harsh summer heat.  1) Pergola Although these structures offer partial shade, they can be dressed up with vines, outdoor ornaments, lanterns and other decorative fixtures. You…
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What To Consider Before Purchasing a Doghouse

What To Consider Before Purchasing a Doghouse

Dog Houses
Owning a dog can be both rewarding and challenging. Pets offer comfort, companionship and protection, especially for people that live alone. Taking care of a pet though can also be a costly experience, especially in regards to time and money. One way that you can cut down costs for your pet this summer is by fully researching and strategically planning your next pet purchase. In the event that purchase is a doghouse, here are a few important questions to keep in mind. What material should be used to construct my doghouse? The main purpose of a doghouse is to protect…
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6 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Outdoor Home Improvement Project

6 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Outdoor Home Improvement Project

Home Improvment Tips
An outdoor home improvement project can be both challenging and exciting, especially when landscaping and installing new structures are involved. The costs of a backyard makeover can be hefty, however, purchasing the right shed for your garden tools can prove to be a valuable long-term investment. In order to help you make your dream backyard a reality, we asked leading home improvement experts and landscaping enthusiasts to share their money saving tips. Here’s what they had to say on everything from choosing the right storage structures to picking out the best plants for your yard. Decide What Matters: Quality or…
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21 Pergola Designs and Decorating Tips

Pergolas
Summer is approaching, which means outdoor parties, backyard fun, and tons of entertaining. If you’ve been thinking about how you can revamp your backyard to welcome future guests and family members, then a pergola may just be the outdoor structure you need to add some extra flair. Pergolas, also known as arbors, are outdoor structures that form a shaded walkway or sitting area with the use of vertical pillars, crossbeams, and a lattice. They are usually attached to a building, however in some cases they can stand alone. Below we have curated 21 pergola designs that we hope will inspire…
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