Lawn & Garden

How To Planning Your Backyard Patio Before You Get In Too Deep

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    Many people love sitting in their backyard after work or playing with the kids and they want to improve what they have but sometimes they get these grand ideas before really considering what fits with their property.

    Before you begin any job it is important to plan it out and understand not only how it will look but how it will function for many years to come.

    A friend is starting a new backyard project that …

    How To Know If Bulk Wood Mulch Is Ok For Your Garden

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      If your garden uses a large amount of Mulch around trees and near vegetables you probably have thought about having a bulk delivery of Mulch to reduce costs and to ease with the install but there are some things you should know before you jump right in and cover your garden with mulch.

      In our gardens there are two primary areas: The vegetable garden and the rest of the yard.

      Vegetable gardens must have extreme care when …

      How To Kill Weeds in your Vegetable Garden

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        The last couple years I have been neglecting my vegetable garden. We had a really bad rainy summer about 3 years back and it got hit by some blight and I figured I would let it set a while. Its small but I do rotate crops but eventually the soil will get mixed through and whatever problems I had will takeover the whole garden.

        While it was sitting the weeds took it over. I would go …

        How To Fix A Brick Paver Patio that has Sinking Problems

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          One of our friends just had their brick patio repaired by a contractor and after about a week and some hard rain it seems that there is some out of level and sinking problems in the center of the patio.

          He says that the patio is made from brick pavers laid in a basket weave pattern. The workers laid them on top tamped and leveled sand, and then filled sand in around them. After a …

          How To Restore an Outside Plastic Bench that is Powdery and Oxidized

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            Today I decided I had a little extra time so I started looking for something to do to improve the front yard. Near my front door I have an Outside Bench that is made of heavy plastic. It is still in decent shape since it doesn’t see much use other than to be a place for the mailman to drop a package or once in a while I will go out and enjoy the …

            How To Prevent Pests from Entering Your Home

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              In this How To a friend is asking about the best way to seal their foundation and areas at ground level to help prevent pests from entering their home.

              We have crickets and mice during the summer so we need to fill the cracks between our siding and foundation. We tried to caulk it with polyurethane caulking.

              Well at least they made an attempt and although its pretty ugly work it may help some. Unfortunately bugs …

              How To Avoid the Biggest mistakes of a Beginner Gardener

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                Over the past few months we have been talking with gardeners and asking them what are some of the biggest mistakes you made when you first got into Gardening.

                This How To will cover some of them in hopes that you can avoid them.
                Over Planting and Not Pruning
                The first mistake that many people shared was that they didn’t give their vegetables enough room to grow. On your package of seeds or on your planing spikes …

                How To Clean Up a Backyard Walkway and Concrete Steps

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                  One of our friends asks about their backyard. Its spring and they recently purchased their home and they want to clean up the backyard and make it more usable. One of the projects they have in mind is an area around some concrete steps that are in disrepair and they want to connect the area between the steps and the patio so they aren’t walking on dirt to get into the backyard.

                  This is a …

                  How To Setting Fence posts

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                    One of our readers asks about installing a new fence in their backyard. They are at the point of setting the posts and want to know how deep they should be and how much concrete to use when installing them.

                    When you are setting fence posts you only need to set the first one and any corner in concrete. The rest you can set in dirt but if you want to be nice when you …

                    How To Learn to Can Fruit Vegetables and Food

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                      In this How To Guide we are going to cover the beginning steps of understanding Canning. The process is not extremely difficult but you need to be careful to follow the canning procedures and a specific recipe that has been tested for canning.

                      The first thing you are probably saying is I don’t want to follow someone else’s recipe but the thing is canning recipes are specifically designed so that when the food is processed …