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Creating the Perfect Backyard Sanctuary

Creating the Perfect Backyard Sanctuary

Backyard Care, Storage Sheds
Don’t let work and other obligations take away from your free time at home. It’s much easier to relax and stop thinking about the to-do’s on your calendar when you have a designated space to kick back – and what better location than your own backyard? Here are some ways to make your yard into a sanctuary for you and your family. Eliminate Junk and Clutter Your first step to creating a relaxing environment should be to get rid of anything taking up unnecessary space. Toss any trash and put yard tools, gardening supplies, and equipment in your storage shed.…
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Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

How to Organize Your Storage Shed

Storage Sheds
Whether you’ve got a brand new shed just waiting to be put to use or your current shed looks like someone swung a weed whacker through it, we’ve got the tips you need to get your outdoor equipment in order. Here are a few key points to keep in mind when organizing your shed: Shelves, and drawers, and hooks – oh my! Just one look at Pinterest will tell you that there’s no shortage of organizational storage products out there. But before you go spending a fortune on shelving units and fancy hooks, consider some of the items you already…
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5 Uses for an Outdoor Sun Room

5 Uses for an Outdoor Sun Room

Outdoor Sunrooms
There’s no doubt that a private sun room in your backyard would be an ideal place to spend a summer’s day, but you can do so much more with these small structures than lounge. Here are five ways you can repurpose your outdoor sun room to get the most out of the space 1. Theater Movie night is always more fun when there’s a twist. Put a TV or projection screen in your sun room, make sure you have plenty of pillows, blankets and snacks, wait till the sun goes down, and enjoy your very own backyard movie 2. Greenhouse…
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Which Style of Gazebo is Right for You?

Which Style of Gazebo is Right for You?

Gazebos
Summer is drawing near, and that means long days spent basking in the warm air and soft breezes. The only thing that could enhance a lazy New England summer is having the perfect outdoor space to relax and entertain guests. If you want to add to your yard but not necessarily in the market for major renovations, a gazebo is the ideal addition. It’s a great place for an outdoor meal, cocktails at sunset, reading on a sunny afternoon, or even having a small party. Once you decide to get a gazebo, there’s only one problem – which style to…
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How to Keep Your Mower in Top Condition

How to Keep Your Mower in Top Condition

Storage Sheds
When it comes to keeping your yard lush and green, the tools you use matter. Even if you purchased the best mower on the market, you’ll still need to put in a little work to keep it running efficiently and to ensure a properly cut lawn. Here are some tips to prolong the life of your mower and get a good clean cut every time. Keep it Fresh Just like your car, your mower will need oil changes. This should be done each spring even if you don’t think your mower needs it because dirt and buildup in your oil…
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Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

Storage Sheds
You test the acidity of your soil to make sure it’s in perfect condition, carefully cultivate your compost heap, and strategically pinch off leaves to encourage growth in your prize plants. But do you have a place to safely store tools, soil, fertilizer, mulch, bulbs, and the plethora of other things you need to keep your enviable backyard in shape? If this question made your mind jump to an image of your meticulously curated garden supplies scattered among empty paint cans and rusty bikes in your garage, it may be time for an upgrade. Here are a few reasons why…
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Custom Built Pool Gazebos New England

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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shed or gazebo backyard fun ideas

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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