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Best Grass for Shade

A shaded back yard is great for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors, but it is less than ideal if you also want to have a lush lawn. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between one or the other. Shade tolerant grass can grow healthy and strong, even if your yard is not…

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Lawn Lessons from Fertilization to Cleanup

Having a healthy, beautiful lawn is important for your home’s curb appeal, and offers many other important benefits to homeowners. When you learn basic lawn care, you’re able to keep your grass healthy and prevent the growth of weeds. Understanding how to care for your lawn, from mowing and cleanup to fertilization and landscaping, and…

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How to Hang a Porch Swing

A porch swing is a great addition to any porch or patio. You can enjoy the first nice days of spring or relax on warm summer evenings from a comfortable spot on your porch. Your morning coffee or evening glass of wine will taste better while rocking on your porch. Kids and guests will enjoy…

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How to Effectively Declutter a Messy Yard

Decluttering is a trend that many homeowners have dived into over the past few years, and for good reason. Tidying up a messy yard will liberate you of physical and emotional junk that’s taking up precious space on your property and in your life. Here is your step-by-step guide to decluttering your messy yard once…

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Arctostaphylos densiflora (manzanita), Agave 'Blue Glow,' Stachys byzantina, Dasylirion longissimum, Sesleria 'Greenlee'

4 Easy, Affordable Ideas for Creating a Water-Friendly Yard

Whether you’re worried about the impact of climate change on future generations or you simply want to save on your monthly utility bill, a water-friendly yard is a great way to reduce your consumption of one of the planet’s most valuable resources. That’s because there are plenty of easy, inexpensive ways to create and maintain…

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Orchids: Special Considerations When You’re Growing to Sell

Most people grow orchids at home for the love of bringing their beauty to life—not the money. That doesn’t mean that you can’t turn your favorite hobby into a lucrative gig to help pay the bills, bring in some extra spending money, or simply help pay for your orchid habit. In the current economy, more…

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Roses: Special Considerations When You’re Growing to Sell at Home

Whether you’re working with a backyard garden plot or a few acres, it’s possible to turn your gardening hobby into a fertile business. In fact, once you get it up and running, your backyard rose farm could gross $25,000 to $30,000 per acre, about half of which is typically profit. But every rose has its…

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Should I Get Sheep? Pros, Cons, and a To-Do Checklist for Hobby Farmers

When you think about home improvement, livestock may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, as our society turns to re-embrace sustainability and self-reliance, some families are choosing to renovate their outdoor spaces to accommodate small livestock, like chickens, sheep, and goats. When it comes down to it, the initial considerations for…

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Should I Get Chickens? Pros, Cons and a To-Do Checklist for Hobby Farmers

Livestock is not typically what comes to mind when you hear the word “hobby.” Gardening? Sure. Pots filled with tomatoes and herbs, raised beds full of greens, and even rows full of corn are commonly found in the backyards of hobby farmers, especially in rural areas. But recently, another type of hobby farming is on…

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