Prevent Backyard Flooding With These Landscaping Tips

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Without adequate drainage, heavy rainfall can saturate a lawn, causing damage to grass and crops. Constant moisture also creates the perfect environment for disease and fungus growth. While you can’t control the weather, I’ve found a variety of solutions for preventing backyard flooding. If you’re tired of dealing with backyard flooding, identify the source of your lawn drainage issue and incorporate a fix into your landscape design.

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Hot Tub Hints for New Owners

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Many of us lead busy, chaotic lives. In honor of National Hot Tub Day on March 28, perhaps you should treat yourself to a revitalizing hot tub. Purchasing a hot tub will provide a place for you to go and unwind after a long day. It can also help treat physical ailments like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Before splurging on a hot tub, make sure that you’re prepared for every aspect of the purchase, including installation, maintenance, and related fees.

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Bring the Masters Home With These Lawn Golf Ideas

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It’s the beginning of April, meaning the Masters Tournament is in full swing. Like most golf fans, I enjoy a leisurely round of golf but don’t always have time to get to the course. I’ve found that the next best solution is to practice in my own backyard. There are many ways to incorporate a putting green into your landscape, and you don’t need acres of land to do it.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal This Weekend

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When it comes to your home’s exterior, first impressions matter. Fortunately, there are many easy and inexpensive ways to boost your home’s curb appeal in just one weekend. As the facade of your home is the first thing visitors and passerby will see, I recommend above all else cleaning the siding, washing the windows, and sprucing up the landscape. Also try some budget-friendly projects to bring color and charm to your home’s exterior.

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Simple Signs That You Need New Patio Furniture

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Patio furniture is designed to withstand the elements. With routine maintenance, patio furniture can last many years before it needs to be replaced, but how long that is exactly will depend on the materials used to construct the furniture, how much moisture it encounters, and how well it’s cared for. If your patio furniture is starting to show its age or signs of wear and tear, it may be time to consider a replacement.

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Winter Clean Up for the First Day of Spring

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March 20 marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. To celebrate the start of a new season and prepare for fresh growth, I plan to spend time outdoors performing early spring maintenance. At the end of winter, it’s common to find dead or damaged branches, piles of fallen leaves, and mud-caked walks and pathways. With a little time and elbow grease, you can clean your yard and optimize spring regrowth.

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What to Know Before Adding An Over-the-Garage Addition

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If you’re looking to expand the square footage of your home, you may be considering an addition over your garage. Building an addition over an existing garage is a cost-effective way to achieve additional living space for much less than it would cost to start from the ground up. A new addition above your garage can also boost your home’s curb appeal and its overall value when you go to sell your home later on. However, before embarking on your project, I recommend that you consider the benefits, drawbacks, and legal requirements of such an addition.

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Give Your Mailbox A Mini Makeover

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A rusty, dirty, or unkempt mailbox can leave a dismal first impression. With a simple mailbox makeover, you can instantly enhance your home’s curb appeal and flawlessly incorporate your mailbox into your landscaping. From a splash of paint to the application of new house numbers, I found that upgrading a mailbox takes minimal time and effort but can make a significant curbside statement.

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How to Respond to Sneezes Around the World

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A sneeze is an interesting thing. It’s something that everyone does, and almost anywhere you go on Earth, the local culture has a special response reserved just for sneezing. If you want to know how different cultures around the world respond to sneezing you can do one of two things: You can sneeze your way around the world and record the responses, or you can check out this awesome chart and save yourself a lot of time.

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Planting For Energy Conservation

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Trees, large shrubs, and other plants have the power to help you conserve energy when placed in certain areas around the home. In addition to reducing your energy bills, planting trees around your home can also help fight climate change. I have found trees to be useful all year, providing shade during the summer months and relief from the cold, harsh elements during the winter months. The right landscaping design is key to reaping the benefits of energy conservation from your plants.

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