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DIY Fire Pits
By: Admin    June 27 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Hardscape , DIY
Gathering around an outdoor fire is a summer essential. How else can you roast marshmallows, enjoy s’mores, and tell great ghost stories? If buying a fire pit is not in your budget, try making one yourself! DIY fire pits can range from just the basics, to incorporating pricier add-ons. The best part is that you can be in complete control of the process, customizing it to your desires and budget. Getting Started The first step to building your fire pit is gathering your supplies. For a basic fire pit, you will need stones to build around your fire, lava rock, a shovel, and a level. If you are looking for the most inexpensive fire pit, you can potentially gather and use large river stones. Otherwise, visit your local hardware store. After getting your supplies, use your stones to make a circle or square into the desired size of your pit. Use your shovel to mark the ground....
Closing Your Pool for the Winter Season
By: Admin    October 11 2017 , 12:47 pm
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Category: Hardscape , DIY , Pools , Seasons
The end of summer is a crucial time for pool owners.Temperatures are dropping and so can your yearly pool maintenance costs, depending on how you prepare your pool for winter. While many people hire outside help to close their pools, you can save hundreds of dollars by doing the work yourself; and the best news is that winterizing your water does not have to take all day! With the proper tools and a few hours at home, you can close your own in-ground or above-ground pool this season – and gain some valuable experience for years to come.Closing In-Ground PoolsWhen preparing your in-ground pool for winter, a good place to start is with the water itself: do not drain it too low. Keeping the correct water levels through wintertime will be crucial to your pool liner’s health, so make sure to drain no lower than just below the skimmer. Checking the pH levels (how acidic your water is), and balancing your...
Gardening to Achieve a Dog-Friendly Landscape
By: Admin    August 14 2017 , 08:47 pm
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We all love our dogs.As a pet owner, you want your dog to be able to enjoy your backyard, but as a homeowner you also want your yard to be in top shape! If you have a canine pal, there are certain things to keep in mind when looking to spruce up your yard or start a garden. With a little planning and training you can keep the damage to a minimum, while still allowing your dog safe yard access.Landscaping Your Yard and Training Your DogYour dog’s normal habits have the potential to do a number on your yard.Create a Potty AreaEncourage your dog to pick one area for urinating. Dog urine is acidic, and while you can tweak their diet to keep the pH balance healthy, it is a good idea to train them to urinate in a smaller area. If you want to go the extra mile, you can build a dog potty area, or purchase special “turf” for a potty area.Break the Bad HabitIf your dog likes to search for treasur...