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February 17, 2018

4 tips for protecting your home this season and beyond
(BPT) - Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more t... More >>

Top trends to inspire your outdoor living
(BPT) - Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018.Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from ... More >>

Deliver curb appeal with a DIY block mailbox
(BPT) - We've all heard the old adage, 'you only get one chance to make a first impression.' Well, that statement holds true when you're talking about a home. Whether it's the landscaping, the siding, the front door, the windows, the paint, the driveway or the outdoor furniture, the initial reactio... More >>

A great lawn begins with a great engine
(BPT) - As the days grow longer and the snow begins to recede, homeowners will once again venture outdoors to get their yards and lawn into tip-top shape for summer fun. But just like your lawn has been hibernating over the long winter, so too has your lawn mower and other small engines. Even if yo... More >>

Spring without the wings: 5 tips to avoid a seasonal pest problem
(BPT) - Daydreaming of spring is something everyone does during the coldest days of winter - even pests. The promise of warmer weather on the horizon is also a boon for the numerous species of pests that inhabit your area, and when the temperature perks up, many of those pests come out of hiding an... More >>

Keep your home pest free this year
(BPT) - Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you'd like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It's important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems... More >>

5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home
(BPT) - During the coldest months of the year, it's hard not to think about the warmer months to come - and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home remodeling ... More >>

Think spring: Now's the time to plan the landscape of your dreams
(BPT) - The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year's lawn and landscape projects? That seems like no small feat... More >>

Safe snow removal: How you can avoid potential health hazards this winter
(BPT) - A full patch of undisturbed snow can be one of the most beautiful sights of winter - unless, of course, that patch is covering your driveway or sidewalk. Then, it's tough to see it as anything other than an annoying chore - and a potentially dangerous one at that.Research shows that roughly... More >>

Hurricanes harm birds, too: What you can do to help your backyard birds
(BPT) - Americans in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico suffered through devastating hurricanes this year, and they weren't alone in their desolation - Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria also caused unparalleled upheaval for wildlife, including bird populations. Many nature experts are worried about the... More >>

Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn't just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and... More >>

Survey: Messy garages stand in the way of Americans pursuing their passions
(BPT) - Americans would love more time to pursue hobbies they're passionate about, and time-drains like disorganized garages are a big obstacle to doing the activities they enjoy, according to a new survey conducted by Gladiator and Kelton Global.Eighty-four percent of Americans surveyed would like... More >>

Deeper than grassroots: Playing field surfacing decisions go beyond looks
(BPT) - Often an afterthought for spectators, the choice of playing surface - natural vs. artificial - is a major decision for sports teams and field managers that goes far beyond aesthetics.According to Don Follett, director of fields and grounds for the Baltimore Ravens, the decision to transitio... More >>

Desperate deer turn winter into the most dangerous season for pricey landscape plants
(BPT) - Deer can cause major damage to yards in any season, but in winter they can be downright deadly to some of the most expensive backyard landscape plants.When regular foods like leaves, grass and annuals become scarce, deer turn their attention to woody plants, shrubs and trees that stay green... More >>

Your 7-step process to winterizing your lawn-care equipment
(BPT) - Winter is coming and that means the end of another season of yardwork. This also means it's time once again to store your tools and prepare them to endure the winter months ahead.These tools have been good to you all season so it's time to return the favor and follow the seven simple steps ... More >>

The savvy homeowner's 5-point outdoor winterization checklist
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you're reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it's important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings.This five-point checklist will help safeguard your home against ... More >>

How to keep your lawn healthy this fall
(BPT) - With colder temperatures quickly setting in and the holiday season creeping around the corner, it's not uncommon to find lawn care at the bottom of your to-do list. However, fall offers a prime opportunity for your lawn to revitalize from summer and prepare for winter, as grass roots are ac... More >>


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