Tag: Outdoor Home Improvement

3 Outdoor Chores That Can Be Simplified

Everyone loves a beautiful yard and nicely manicured landscaping, but few of us love the work involved in maintaining it. Yard work can be time consuming and exhausting unless you enlist a few tricks to help you simplify your tasks in a way that provides the most results with the least amount of effort.

Gutter guards can save you time and effort by keeping gutters clean for you.

3 Major Outdoor Chores to Simplify

There are several things you can do to simplify your yard work to-do list and still enjoy beautiful results. The trick is to work smarter, not harder, in a few basic maintenance tasks.

Put Away the Weed Wacker

The need to use a weed wacker, as well as the time and effort it takes, is one of the most common complaints of . . .

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20 Outdoor Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Outdoor Gardening ToolAs a follow up to our 20 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own blog, we decided to expand to include the outdoor tools.  Since summer is in full swing, the outdoor tools are being used the same, if not more, than the indoor tools during the summer.

Here is a list of the 20 Outdoor Tools that Every Homeowners Should Own:

Lawn Mower:  This one is a no brainer.  The size and terrain of your yard determines the type you need- push, self-propelled, ride on, stand on, etc.  Need to tune up your lawn mower?  Check out our past blog post on tuning up lawn mowers for tips.
Weed Whacker:  For those hard to reach places that the lawn mower just can’t get to.
Wheelbarrow:  To transport dirt, rocks, mulch, and just about anything else you can think of.
Gloves:  To . . .

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DIY Project: Creating a Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden New EnglandThis year I plan on starting a vegetable garden at my home.  I love the idea of having fresh vegetables to use when cooking (not to mention the cost savings).  Now is the perfect time of the year in New England to begin preparing the garden for the summer and fall harvest.  I am planning on planting tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and maybe some green beans and/or broccoli.  I plan on getting the plants from a local farm and maybe starting a few from seed in my garden.  I will see what they recommend for the New England area and a gardening beginner like me and update you on the specific plants used.

Here are the steps needed in order to create your own vegetable garden:

Scope out your yard      

When planning a vegetable garden from . . .

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Preparing Outdoor Living Areas for Winter

Fall is a great time to clean and prepare your outdoor living area for the cold winter weather.  Use these fall weekends to clean your patio or deck because it is still warm enough to use your hose. 

Here are some tips on how to clean those outdoor living areas:

Winterize your Patio

Winterize PatioRemove and clean all patio furniture before storing it away for the winter.  This will keep your furniture looking newer for longer and will ensure all of the pollen and dust from the spring and summer does not buildup. 

Use an outdoor push broom, found at your local hardware store, and give the patio a thorough sweep.  This will break up and remove the dirt and dust from months of usage.  Next, rid the patio of any weeds to prevent heaving of tiles, . . .

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3 Cheap Outdoor Updates for Your Home

When the temperature outside goes up we tend to shift our time and energy to the outdoors.  While we would all like DIY’s Yard Crashers to come and makeover our yards, the reality is that our budgets only allow for minor updates.  Just because wallet is thin, doesn&;t mean you can&;t upgrade the appearance of your home.

Here are 3 outdoor projects that will add curb appeal without breaking the bank:

Upgrading Fixtures

Nothing makes a home look outdated like old outdoor fixtures.  Consider upgrading your lighting, mailbox, house number and door bell.  Be sure that the finishes and styles match to create a cohesive look.

Lighting fixtures should be proportionate to the space allotted.  Nothing looks more awkward than a beautiful entrance with dinky light fixtures that barely give off any light.

A good rule of thumb is the fixture(s) length is:

Doorway with Single Sided . . .

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Lawn Maintenance Blog Series: Part 3 – Accent your Lawn with a Garden

Now that your lawn is on its way to being green and lush, it is time to accent your gorgeous lawn with a garden.  Nothing adds to the landscaping of a home like some colorful flowers and well positioned bushes and plants

Prep the area

Planting a GardenWhether you are adding to an existing garden or creating a new one, it is best to get an early spring jump on maintaining those areas.  Rake and turn over the soil now before the plants to grow and you must work around them. 

If starting from scratch, use a flat spade to dig up any grass or vegetation from the desired area.  Add some organic fertilizer or composted material and turn over the top 8 inches of soil.  Be sure to rake the top to level it off. 

Location, Location, Location

Pay close attention to the areas . . .

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Lawn Maintenance Blog Series: Part 1- Tune Up Your Lawn Mower

Rhode-Island-Massachusetts-Home-ImprovementSpring has arrived!  It certainly doesn’t look or feel like it in New England but we are hoping to will the warmer weather with our blog series on lawn maintenance.  When spring fever hits, many homeowners turn to their yards.  We want to help you get your home’s lawn ready for the long summer days that lie ahead.  So, pull those yard tools out of the garage, get out your grass stained jeans and get out there!

The first article in the 3 part blog series will deal with lawn mower maintenance and tips for properly mowing your lawn.  Next week, we will attack spring lawn maintenance steps and the optimal time of the day/year to do them.  In our final series we will discuss accenting your green lawn with a new garden.

Lawn Mower Maintenance

Most homeowners mow their lawns at least . . .

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