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December 16, 2017

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 >>


Behind the Fuss for Real Grass Playing Fields
(BPT) - Whether attending a child's scrimmage, the hottest college bowl game of the week or a professional playoff, the vibrant expanse of a football field offers more than a colorful canvas for the action. Often an afterthought for spectators, the choice of playing surface - natural vs. artificial... 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 gree... 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 >>


Build a classic concrete fire pit with a modern look
(BPT) - Getting your backyard ready to entertain during the fall and winter months can take many forms. One popular outdoor trend is the addition of a fire pit. This trend seems to resurface every year for a variety of reasons. For some, a fire pit provides the perfect area for gathering family and... More >>


Four ways to preserve summer tastes from your garden
(BPT) - Your backyard garden was a huge success this year — you grew a ton of fresh food, which not only saved you money at the grocery store but also ensured your family ate nutritious, great-tasting fruits and vegetables with every meal. But now that the growing season is coming to a close, you m... More >>


Preserve seasonal flavors through the joy of canning
(BPT) - With summer coming to a close, there's more of a desire than ever to hang on to those breezy afternoons and peak flavors from newly picked fruits and vegetables. Canning, a time-honored tradition, makes it simple to not only preserve our favorite garden-fresh flavors, but also share them wi... More >>


5 tips to keep ticks away
(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time - and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to this. The... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it's time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in... More >>


5 strategies to embrace a green lifestyle
(BPT) - Going green: It's more than an idea - it's a fundamental change you make to support the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. In making this change, you probably started with the small stuff. You turn the lights off when you're not in the room, unplug devices that aren't in use and ... More >>


Bringing sustainability home is as easy as ABC
(BPT) - With 67 percent of consumers from across the globe preferring products from sustainable sources, according to a recent Nielsen survey, creating a more sustainable home is the new normal. From buying down and feather products to repairing leaky pipes, making your home more sustainable is as ... More >>


Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door
(BPT) - If you're buying a garage door, you'll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face.The design decisionRemember the adage that the front door is the most importan... More >>


Inspirational tips for autumn outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - The days are shorter, the temperatures are cooler and kids are back in school. You've said goodbye to summer socials, but that doesn't mean it's time to put away your apron and stow the patio furniture. Autumn is one of the best times of the year for outdoor entertaining, and with a few sma... More >>


5 safety essentials for working outside
(BPT) - Remember when you were a kid and biked around the neighborhood without a helmet? Or how excited you were to sit in the front seat when your mom or dad picked you up from kindergarten?These days, it can be shocking to think about how lax people once were when it comes to certain safety issue... More >>


3 things you'll need to throw the ultimate tailgating party
(BPT) - Football season is finally upon us and fans everywhere are getting revved up to cheer on their favorite team. Whether you watch the big game from the comfort of your home or head down to the stadium, it's the perfect time to throw the mother of all football celebrations - a really big tailg... More >>


5 fabulous deck fix-ups
(BPT) - Are you tired of having a deck you're no longer proud to show off? You're not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime.If you're like s... More >>


Practical meets pretty: Fresh herbs at your fingertips, even in autumn
(BPT) - The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of your gardening enjoyment, even if you don't have the time or climate for a full plot of food plants. Herbs are perfect fall crops; they are prolific growers, can satisfy your desire for fresh, garden-grown greens and are one of the easiest w... More >>



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