5 Best Ways to Heat Your Patio in Winter

5 Best Ways to Heat Your Outdoor Space in Winter

Honestly, there are more than 5 ways to heat your outdoor living space in winter. However, I feel like all of these other methods kind of fit snugly into 5 categories and so we’ll be going over those 5 main categories.  In my opinion, the 5 best ways to heat yourself and your outdoor living…

10 Ways You're Ruining Your Lawn

10 Ways You’re Ruining Your Lawn (Beginner’s Guide)

Homeowners often battle to maintain a green, healthy lawn for their home and there is a lot of information that is wrong. An example of this is the question: Does watering grass in the sun burn it? Watering your grass in the heat of the day under a bright sun will not burn it. The…

Best Materials for Raised Garden Beds

Best Materials to Build Raised Garden Beds (Helpful Guide)

The material you choose for your raised garden beds all depends on your budget and what materials you might have access to. In some cases, we just used what we have available, and that’s fine. But the question is, what are the best materials available for building your raised garden beds?  The best material for…

4 Ways to Cool Your Outdoor Space

4 Great Ways to Cool Your Outdoor Space (Beginner’s Guide)

Patios and well, really any outdoor living space is the prime location for everything from family get-togethers to hosted dinners, to simply enjoying the outdoor air while working on a paper. But I’m from the Southern United States, and summer days can get hot and steamy.  Before you let the hot temperatures drive you inside,…

7 Things to Know About Raised Bed Gardens

7 Things to Know About Raised Garden Beds (Starter Guide)

If using raised garden beds is the right choice for your gardening style, you may have some questions. Even if you’ve done your research, things come up.   If you do the proper planning and maintenance, your raised bed gardens will give you a great return on your investment of money and time.  In this article,…

What Outdoor Furniture Lasts Longest

How Many Years Can Quality Outdoor Furniture Last? (Helpful Guide)

With all the different types of outdoor furniture, one can wonder which of them lasts the test of time. This article delves into which is the longest lasting.

Troubleshooting Your Viking Hot Tub

Troubleshooting Your Viking Spa Hot Tub – The Basics

All hot tubs are different. Just like all computers or all phones are different. If you have a hot tub of a certain brand, usually their main operating systems and design are similar enough across all models for you to be able to troubleshoot some things based on those primary similarities.  Nothing is a substitute…

What is the Best Wood for Burning?

What is the Best Wood for Heating Outdoors? (Answered)

As someone who has had firepits at nearly every residence I’ve owned, I try to buy or find the best kind of firewood for those cool fall and winter nights when the family wants to enjoy the warmth of a firepit. But is there a single type of wood that works best for an outdoor…

5 Simple to Stop Icicles from Forming on Gutters

5 Simple Methods to Stop Icicles from Forming on Gutters

When it comes to icicles, I have a love-hate relationship with them. They are beautiful and as an amateur photog, I love capturing them just right in the light of the sun. However, when they’re hanging from the Eaves of a house or from the gutters, they can be dangerous.  The five methods of stopping…

What Should I Know about Snowblowers?

What Should I Know About a Snow Blower? (Answered)

A good portion of us will never have to worry about snowblowers. I had no idea about them until I read up and did my research for this article.  If you’re ever going to need a snowblower, it’s helpful to know what they are, the basic types you might end up using, how they work,…

Which Bird Feeder Should I Use in Winter?

Which Bird Feeder Should I Use for the Winter?

Winter brings its own complications to the realm of feeding birds. To overcome these issues, I’ve come up with a list of suggestions for specific bird feeders that might be a bit more winter-friendly.   The best bird feeders for winter are those made of metal or with a metal roof and possibly base, those that…

6 Myths About Birds in Winter

6 Myths About Birds in Winter – Let’s Get Real!

Every year I hear more and more people tell me what to do and what not to do when it comes to feeding birds during the winter.  The most common myths about birds in winter: Birds will freeze All birds fly south If you stop feeding birds, they will die Nut butter can kill birds…

Should you Feed Outdoor Birds in Winter?

Should You Feed Your Backyard Birds During Winter? (Answered)

You’ve seen them out there all puffed up like little colorful snowballs in the wintertime, looking for food and scraping by. But should you feed the birds that are hanging around your yard?  Because most birds need food during temperature extremes when their standard food supply is lacking or while on migration, it is helpful…

Can you have a hive in your Backyard?

Can You Have a Beehive in Your Backyard?

You know it’s a great thing to accomplish – making a home for bees, insects that are in danger all over the world due to climate changes, and the use of pesticides. Not only that, but if you have a garden or flowers of any kind, bees can help keep them pollinated and producing. But…

How to Introduce a Queen to Your Hive

How Should You Introduce a New Queen to Your Hive?

There are plenty of reasons for having to get a new queen for your beehive. The hive could be in decline because of an older queen, the queen may have died without a successor, or the queen may have swarmed and the successor wound up non-viable. So what to do?  Requeening is the act of…

How much for a Queen Bee?

How Much Does a Queen Bee Cost? (Answered)

Yes, I will tell you how much a Queen Bee costs. I know there are a lot of backyard apiarists in our region and if you’ve ever had the curiosity and wanted to help out with the bee population, maybe you should look into it.  A queen bee’s cost is directly influenced by the type…

Do Weeds Die in Winter?

Do Weeds Die in the Winter? What You Should Know

So, what exactly are weeds? Well, in the simplest of terms, a weed is a plant that’s growing where it’s not wanted. Some people say it’s an “undesirable” plant. I like the thorny weeds out front because they make lovely fluted blue blooms that some of the hummingbirds like. But otherwise, yeah… they’re still weeds…