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October 19, 2018

Considering a composite deck? Here are expert answers to homeowners' most common questions
(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you'll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyar... More >>

Oh deer! How to keep hungry herbivores out of your yard all year-round
(BPT) - Few sights make homeowners more furious than an attractive landscape destroyed virtually overnight by hungry deer. Rose bushes and ornamentals? Nipped off every bud. Expensive shrubs? Browsed within an inch of their lives. Trees? Damaged, disfigured and sometimes dead.Deer - and their wilde... More >>

Take a road trip through Arkansas for the best fall foliage views
(BPT) - With vibrant colors, crisp air and unmatched natural beauty, autumn is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas. During the months of October and November, The Natural State is the ideal destination for a long weekend trip to experience some of the most vibrant fall folia... More >>

Make your tailgating party the hotspot
(BPT) - Tailgates down! Portable grills are full of mascot-stamped brats ready to be washed down by the contents of ice cold coolers. The scene includes enough family and friends to leave no leftovers behind. Rivalry-fueled rhetoric, bag toss tournaments and face painting mark one of the most antic... More >>

5 things to know to help your pet live a healthier life
(BPT) - Pets are part of the family, so it's important to practice preventative care to support their well-being and help them live long, healthy lives. Just like people, pets can be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies. That's why it's always good to stay in... More >>

Prepare your backyard now and create a safe haven for birds in bad weather
(BPT) - Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before the snow starts falling, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole's Wild Bird Products suggest timely tips to encourage birds to seek su... More >>

Prevent these 4 winter home problems now
(BPT) - When you start feeling those first hints of winter, the instinct to get ready kicks in. You may dig out your car's snow brush, blanket, shovel and winter survival kit and place them in the trunk of your car. The winter coats and boots come out of storage, and you may pick up some extra mitt... More >>

Tips to give your pet a happy, healthy fall
(BPT) - The dog days of summer are over and your furry family member is up and ready to play! It's the time of year when even pets can get excited about the season and all the autumn outdoor activities families may enjoy. It's also a time of year that can come with some hazards and vulnerabilities ... More >>

Why fall is one of the best seasons to build a deck
(BPT) - As the weather starts to shift and the crisp air settles in, your first inclination might be to head indoors, cozy up with a blanket and save that deck project you've been researching for next year. Not so fast. While home improvement stores sell spring and summer as the seasons for all thi... More >>

Safe and effective: Choose physical therapy for your back pain
(BPT) - If you're living with low back pain (LBP), you're not alone. The condition is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Studies show 80 percent of American adults will experience LBP at some point in their lives. If LBP turns from short-­term to chronic (lasting three months or lo... More >>

Life skills 101: 4-H empowers happy campers
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Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
(BPT) - Snow, Nor'easter storms and too many blisters to count - no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Francisco on Sep... More >>

Back to basics: The importance of real grass
(BPT) - Well-maintained outdoor spaces increase curb appeal and can bolster property values. They inspire kids' imaginations and support healthy play. They make a homegrown neighborhood hangout, ideal for spending time together.Whether you're a first-time homeowner or looking for ways to improve yo... More >>

Chemical conundrum: 5 ways to keep pesticides away from your kids
(BPT) - As pesticides continue to be used on crops, in landscaping and in consumer products, many Americans are becoming more concerned about the effect of such chemicals on our children.Because children's brains and nervous systems are at early and critical stages of development, they are more sus... More >>

10 ways to beef up your tailgating game
(BPT) - The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and tailgaters are coming out in droves to support their favorite team - but more importantly, show off their grilling skills with beef as the star of the show. Tailgaters young and old converge in the wee hours of the morning outside stad... More >>

Beyond the Liberty Bell: Exploring Western Philly
(BPT) - A visit to Philadelphia is sure to be steeped in American history and culture. It doesn't get more American than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. And it doesn't get more authentically Philly than cheesesteaks ... More >>

Don't have time to walk and meditate? Try them together
(BPT) - The mental and physical merits of walking are well established, from helping ward off depression to preventing heart disease. Meditation, likewise, can help reduce anxiety symptoms and improve sleep quality. Have you considered combining these seemingly very different activities?Walking med... More >>

The making of the mobile man cave for football tailgate season
(BPT) - It's football time, and many Americans are making the annual pilgrimage to man caves forged in living rooms, basements or garages. There, fans hunker down for hours in the extreme comforts of recliners, snacks and drinks, and of course, mega-sized TV screens.Yet for others, the football exp... More >>

6 tips for throwing the best party of the year
(BPT) - There's always one magical gathering every year that has everyone talking long after it's over. It's about getting people together, enjoying good food, music, and cocktails, and creating memories that will linger long after the last guest goes home.With a little planning and preparation, yo... More >>

Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families - no strict school schedules to obey!Take advantage of this flexibility while you can, and plan your escape to Myrtle Beach. This oceanside city along the beautiful South Caro... More >>

Historic Women's Baseball World Cup unfolds Aug. 22-31 on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - For the first time in the history of either the men's or the women's competition, a Baseball World Cup is coming to America. Later this month, the Women's Baseball World Cup will be drawing attention from far and wide to the baseball diamonds at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Flori... More >>

Will my deck have room for a hot tub? And other questions answered
(BPT) - As the major outdoor living trend sweeps the nation, decks are getting bigger. But with television shows featuring 3,000-square-foot monster decks, the average homeowner is left to wonder, 'Just how big of a deck do I need?'Frank Pologruto, owner of Decks & More in Atlanta, says it all ... More >>

DIY outdoor bar serves up entertainment
(BPT) - As outdoor living space continues to be an extension of the home for entertaining, it's no surprise that nearly 60 percent of homeowners believe outdoor kitchens will be popular this year, according to the latest Landscape Architecture Trends Survey by the American Society of Landscape Arch... More >>

Celebrate the season! 5 ways to get your yard party-ready
(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, you're planning an outdoor party to celebrate the warm-weather season. That may be especially true if you've made recent improvements to your outdoor spaces; according to a recent Houzz survey, 51 percent of homeowners conducting such upgrades plan to throw mo... More >>

How to make a concrete lawn border [video]
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Add curb appeal with a concrete lawn border
(BPT) - Curb appeal is important to homeowners for many reasons. Some people take pride in keeping up the exterior appearance of their home and enjoy the process of doing so. Others want to be the envy of the neighborhood or are meeting property guidelines required by the local homeowners' associat... More >>

5 simple tips for a low-maintenance lawn
(BPT) - Whether it's regular outdoor entertaining, kids playing soccer or dogs chasing tennis balls, fun on the lawn - combined with hot, dry conditions - can mean your grass gets a major workout during the summer and early fall. But that doesn't mean you have to.To keep your lawn looking sharp wit... More >>

5 insider tips to plan an unforgettable African vacation
(BPT) - When you get lost in wanderlust, do you find yourself dreaming of Africa? This exotic continent is on many people's travel bucket lists, but planning a trip can be intimidating. If you are ready to stop dreaming and start planning an unforgettable African adventure, here are some simple tip... More >>

5 tips to amp up the natural benefits of your yard
(BPT) - It's easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend w... More >>

Wisconsin landmark celebrates 100th birthday
(BPT) - Many travelers seek out cultural enclaves to explore the fascinating stories of how Americans lived, thought and dreamed in the past. That helps explain the $762 million in revenues logged by U.S. historic sites in 2013, according to Statista. Other research predicts the revenues realized b... More >>

4 ways gardening is good for you
(BPT) - In this increasingly digital world, there's an app for just about everything. People are glued to their smartphones, texting instead of talking, and, in general, interacting with technology more than they do with the living, breathing world around them. But there's a cure for tech overload:... More >>

Considering a new deck? Avoid these pitfalls
(BPT) - Homeowners across America enjoy entertaining guests and relaxing on decks, enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that's somewhat removed from the elements.Studies reveal adding a deck to your home pays for itself in resale value. A 2016 report by the National Associa... More >>

5 tips to help keep pests from attending your backyard party
(BPT) - When you're making memories surrounded by friends and family by the grill, the last thing you want to be doing is swatting and shooing away pests. With a few tips from Terminix, you can help keep your backyard the perfect place for all your celebrations.Reduce standing waterStanding water i... More >>

Give pets the ultimate mealtime experience
(BPT) - Dogs and their owners have many things in common. For example, they both love to eat! When preparing a meal for your four-legged family members, make sure it's packed with flavor and nutrients, and you are creating a dining experience they enjoy and look forward to. Help give your pets the ... More >>

5 fantastic energy-boosting snacks for fitness success
(BPT) - As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can't do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you're focused on a 5K or full marathon.There are a varie... More >>

Top 4 grilling tips to kick off National Grilling Month!
(BPT) - National Grilling Month is here, making it the perfect time to enjoy outdoor barbecues with friends and family and trying out brand new recipes with savory pork favorites.Pork, the classic crowd pleaser, is the move for any barbecue menu given not only the juicy, savory possibilities of a p... More >>

Got company? 5 quick and easy refreshments for summer guests
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to create memories with friends and family, and some of the best times happen when you gather your favorite people together on your deck, balcony, poolside or screen porch. As singer John Mayer puts it, 'A little bit of summer's what the whole year's all about."As you... More >>

Choosing the right wood for your deck project
(BPT) - The deck is the perfect spot for get-togethers and events. However, if yours needs a facelift or a complete re-do, now is the perfect time of year to complete a new outdoor living space customized to fit your needs. A new wood deck can add value to your home, but be sure to choose the right... More >>

Explore Australia's largest and undiscovered fringing reef
(BPT) - Where do the red and orange hues of Australia's iconic outback meet white sand beaches and turquoise blue water? Where can you walk off the shore and instantly experience pristine coral reef during a special drift snorkel? It's where the best marine encounters in the world are part of every... More >>

Smart steps to beat the heat in favorite outdoor spaces
(BPT) - Are summer's sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Garages, patios, sheds, gardens and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year. Unfortunately, heat and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summ... More >>

Savvy summer fitness and nutrition tips
(BPT) - The warmer-weather months are the ideal time to get outdoors, stay active and focus on your health goals. Staying fit and eating healthy can come easy when you keep a few simple tips in mind.Explore Mother NatureIf the gym is getting boring or just isn't your style, it's time to find inspir... More >>

Fresh grilling ideas for entertaining
(BPT) - When it's time to entertain, the grill can be a host's best friend by making it a breeze to cook and relax outside at the same time. Grilled Flank Steak with Southwest Corn and Grape Salad is guaranteed to please the senses with its tasty flavors; beautiful color medley from red and green g... More >>

Build boldly with these 4 features of advanced decking
(BPT) - If you're planning to create an outdoor living space, advanced decking enables you to show off your creativity. For years, complex deck designs have been difficult to achieve with traditional lumber. But, with advances in today's decking materials, you have the flexibility to create virtual... More >>

6 sure-fire tips that save time and labor on yard work and gardening
(BPT) - It's summertime, and you'll want to spend many sun-drenched hours in the great outdoors. But while Mother Nature is flourishing, it feels like you're wasting too many precious summer afternoons and evenings doing chores in the yard and garden.Give some of these labor-saving tips a try so yo... More >>

A vacation for the ages: 7 off-roading tips
(BPT) - Summer's here and millions of folks are gearing up for the Great American Road Trip. Instead of hitting the highway, how about taking a sharp turn off-road instead? That's the suggestion of 79-years-young Jim Brightly, a still-active off-road and outdoor journalist who has a vast array of p... More >>


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