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August 15, 2018

3 secrets to hosting a great party on your deck or patio
(BPT) - Cookouts, barbecues, family reunions and more are upon us, and as the coolest neighbor on the cul-de-sac, hosting is a no-brainer. We've compiled three simple ways to get your deck and yard ready to go, so you can play host to the cookout of the year.1. Make your deck and patio shineAfter y... 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 >>

5 yard updates you can complete in a fall weekend
(BPT) - If you love spending time in your yard, the end of summer can mark a period of sadness thinking about the colder temperatures and shorter days you must endure before getting back outside.One sure cure for the blues is looking forward to something fun. Get a head start on spring and use the ... 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 >>

4 ways to prep your home for winter
(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 >>

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 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 >>

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 >>

Your home haven: 5 common mistakes when planning a DIY deck
(BPT) - Across America, decks have become a popular place for people to entertain guests or just relax. The greatest appeal? The elevated outdoor living areas offer a convenient option for enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that's somewhat removed from the elements.Furthe... 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 >>

DIY deck re-do: Resurface in a weekend
(BPT) - Outdoor living season means backyard BBQs, yard games and relaxing with a good book or good friends. If you own a wood deck, however, it also means considerable time and money spent on seasonal maintenance and deck repairs.While wood decks are aesthetically pleasing, properly maintaining th... More >>

6 ways smart robotics can give you a better lawn
(BPT) - No one has ever looked at their yard and wished it looked terrible, right? You naturally want your lawn to look as amazing as possible. The problem, of course, is finding the time to make your lawn look exactly as you envision it, and with today's busy schedules that is tougher than ever.In... 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 >>

The right wood for the job: Your guide to summer deck building
(BPT) - Think about your favorite moments and memories from past summers. The time you spent with family and friends, dining, playing games or simply enjoying one another's company. Now, ask yourself this: How many of those summer memories took place outside, on the deck?The deck is the perfect spo... 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 >>

Bee responsible! How to attract pollinators to your garden and help them thrive
(BPT) - It's been in the news for years now: the decline of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies, and how it's upsetting our world's healthy ecosystem. We need pollinators for the growth of many of the foods we eat each day - according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, some sc... More >>

Paint like a pro in 5 easy steps
(BPT) - Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish on their own.'Summer is the ideal time to tackle a painting project, as the warmer temperatures lead to faster drying times... More >>

DIY dream: 4 cedar project ideas for your home or cottage
(BPT) - Americans love their do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and the warmer months can be an excellent time to brush up on your construction skills and complete a woodworking project to grace your home or cottage.Do-it-yourself fans in the U.S. are expected to spend some $43.7 billion tow... More >>

3 easy ways to get on deck with the right decking
(BPT) - If The Old Farmer's Almanac prediction holds true, this summer will be a hot one. The weather forecast anticipates temperatures for the season to be 'hotter than normal' across most of the U.S. If you're ready to kick up your feet and soak in these rays, now is the perfect time to get start... More >>

5 pet-friendly preparations for your summer travels
(BPT) - On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home - as it often does during summer travel - ar... More >>

Become the hero of your grill this summer
(BPT) - Summer is upon us and that means one thing ... grilling. Gather your friends and family for a barbecue with your favorite recipes, including fresh pork! Chef Ernest Servantes officially kicked-off Grilling Season in Miami doing what he does best: cooking up something special on the grill us... More >>

4 simple tips for hosting a memorable summer party
(BPT) - From outdoor cookouts to dinner parties on the patio, summer is the ideal season for entertaining guests. According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet, an overwhelming majority of homeowners (89 percent) plan to host at least one summer gathering this season. To ensure hosts ar... More >>

5 ways to up your summer get-together game
(BPT) - Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it's no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge - how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for your guests... More >>

4 Tips to Pull Together a Garden-to-Table Meal This Summer
(BPT) - The summer season is the best time for enjoying the garden you've worked so hard on throughout the spring months. As the flowers bloom, the herbs mature, and the vegetables ripen, it's time to celebrate all your hard work with a garden-to-table meal.Chris Lambton, garden and yard care exper... More >>

Take the sting out of summer with these pest prevention tips
(BPT) - If you're like many people, the warm months of summer are when you are most active outdoors. You're not alone. The same is also true for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. New findings show these pests are more than just an annoyance, they can pose a health risk. According to the Centers for Dise... More >>

Reclaiming the rooftop: Tips for decks with a view
(BPT) - Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers a mixture of space savings and an unrivaled view. Rooftop decks take what was formerly unused space - the top of a building or the flat roof over part of a home - and rec... More >>

5 tips for selecting the right railing for your deck
(BPT) - As one of the most visible elements of a deck, the railing serves an important aesthetic and structural role - adding support, safety and style. Here are five expert tips for creating the perfect perimeter for your outdoor space.1) Aim high and low - When choosing railing, look for high-per... More >>

4 decorating tips for the perfect outdoor entertaining space
(BPT) - When it comes to outdoor entertaining, making sure your space is ready is critical for enjoying summer - from its "unofficial" start over Memorial Day weekend all the way through Labor Day.Lowe's recently partnered with Julia Engel, lifestyle influencer of Gal Meets Glam, to style her new C... More >>

Great grilling tips and tricks of the pros
(BPT) - Across the country as weather heats up, so do the grills. You don't need to be a pitmaster to enjoy the fresh flavors that only come from grilling. A few simple tips and creative tricks will help you perfectly grill foods so juicy and delicious, you'll impress even the pickiest of palates.K... More >>

Feed your dog from a DIY concrete bowl
(BPT) - With dogs living in more than 60 million U.S. households, pooches are by far the most popular pet in America according to the America Pet Products Association's 2017-2018 National Owners Survey. The same research also indicates that dog food accounts for a large proportion of the expenses t... More >>

Easy ways to create your personalized garden
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Make the most of your landscaping projects this year with these tips
(BPT) - Home improvement projects aren't constrained to a single season, but during these warmer months, your focus is no longer simply on your home's indoors. Now there's outdoor yard work to do as well, and if you're looking to recreate your outdoor space, your outside projects may include some l... More >>

5 essential planning tips to make your outdoor wedding perfect
(BPT) - There's so much to love about an outdoor wedding. Whether it's set on the beach, at a winery or even in the backyard of a family member, pledging your eternal commitment to your partner in beautiful natural surroundings makes the day extra memorable.If you're thinking of holding the big day... More >>

5 ways gardening and plants can reduce stress
(BPT) - In today's busy world, we're continually searching for new ways to slow down and unwind. This has led more people to discover the calming benefits of gardening and how incorporating plants into decor provides a way to reduce everyday stress.Studies have shown that indoor plants clean the ai... More >>

6 summer essentials to stay healthy and maximize the season
(BPT) - The long summer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe ... More >>

Invite monarchs to stay at your place this summer
(BPT) - Farmers, gardeners and lawn care aficionados take great pride in their work, which typically involves removing weeds. However, a new movement flips that script by encouraging people to establish milkweed habitats.Milkweed is at the epicenter of a monarch butterfly habitat, as it is the mona... More >>

Tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat
(BPT) - Spring is here, summer is approaching fast and it's time to get outside and start taking advantage of the warmer weather. Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has a few tips and tricks on how to keep your pet happy and healthy in the heat.Before you start your jogging... More >>

Do's and don'ts of attracting hummingbirds and getting one to land on your hand
(BPT) - Watching a hummingbird is enchanting. Their tiny size and incredible speed make them a natural wonder. Flapping their wings an estimated 70 times per second, they can move in every direction, or simply float majestically in midair.You may have observed hummingbirds in the wild, but you can ... More >>

3 ways to set the stage for the perfect summer soiree
(BPT) - The backyard barbecue is a staple of the American summer. Long days filled with sun, fun, family and friends are what make lifelong memories. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your next barbecue, so you, too, can create memories you won't soon forget.However, before you fire up ... More >>

How your lawn equipment is harming the environment
(BPT) - Spring is upon us and our yards are beginning to bloom. The grass needs to be cut, the hedges trimmed and the debris blown away. This is an exciting time of year as we all look forward to getting outdoors after a longer than desired winter season.As we begin our list of warm-weather chores,... More >>

How to get a more sustainable yard this spring with battery-powered products
(BPT) - Years ago, lawn care could hardly be considered an eco-friendly business, but today's market has changed thanks to new technologies and emission regulations. The result leaves homeowners with the best of both worlds - the ability to create the perfect outdoor space by using tools that are p... More >>

4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you're working on a spring home improvement project or a summer task, this is the time of year when you focus on improving your home both inside and out. As you look for ways to make your home even better, nothing beats a good DIY project.DIY home improvement projects are popular ea... More >>

5 tips to create a personalized shed
(BPT) - The backyard. It's your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It's the place to go not only for 'me' time - but quality time with friends and family.This National Barbecue Month, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association wants to help you make your backyard the best backyard ... More >>


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