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Landscaping Tips: Preventing Ticks in Your Backyard

Ticks are brought by sunny and warm weather, especially during spring. It is during this time when most people are victims of these tick bites as a result of the increase in outdoor activities and the heat. There are various diseases associated with tick bites, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. To…

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The United States, Ranked by Yard Size

How big is the average lawn? In the United States, residential lawns average 10,871 square feet (or roughly a quarter of an acre). This depends greatly on location. For instance, the average lawn size in California is 5,575 square feet. This is calculated by taking the average lot size in CA, or 7,200 square feet,…

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Sod vs. Seed: Which is Better for Your Real Grass Lawn?

If your lawn is patchy and thin, you have several options for bringing it to life. Two of the most common methods are seeding and sodding. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and which one is right for you will depend on your circumstances, your budget and how soon you need a lush lawn….

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Can I Afford a Backyard Basketball Court?

Playing basketball is a great way to get in some exercise, have fun and spend time with family and friends. If you or your kids want to play hoops at home, you’ve got plenty of options. Regardless of your budget, DIY ability or your available space; there is a backyard basketball court that will work…

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Can I Afford a Backyard Baseball Diamond?

When it comes to backyard sports fields, a baseball field is typically one of the easiest and least expensive to build. As long as you have the space and are willing to put in the work, a basic backyard baseball field could cost you as little as a few hundred dollars and several hours of…

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Landscape Architect & Designer Hiring Guide: Differences & Interview Questions

Hiring a Landscape Designer or Architect Though they’re commonly mistaken for each other, land designers and architects focus on different areas of your property. A landscape architect has a formal license and can lay out a plan for your entire yard, including structural changes. A designer focuses on the plants and typically has a horticultural…

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Saltwater vs. Chlorine Pools: What’s the Difference?

Left/Top: © anucha sirivisansuwan / Moment/Getty Images. Right/Right: © Changyu Lu / Moment / Getty Images. Chlorine and saltwater are the two most popular pool systems. And whether you have an above-ground or inground pool, you need to know how to keep the water clean and safe. Saltwater is a healthy, environmentally friendly option and…

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A Gardener’s Guide to Poisonous Plants

Poisonous plants can grow virtually anywhere, from remote fields and forests to parks and backyards. Spending time outdoors relaxing or having fun can lead to unexpected contact with poisonous plants, which could harm both humans and pets. This guide will help you identify these in your yard to make it a safe place for your…

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Home Playground Remodels: Keep Your Kids Safe

Fresh air and time on a swing set or playground can create memories for children that last a lifetime. However, injuries and trips to the hospital may make memories that are more bitter than sweet. Statistics show that about 200,000 children end up in the emergency room each year due to injuries that could be…

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