Backyard Landscaping

Tips and information about all aspects of landscaping to help you and your family boost your home’s value.

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,…

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…

5 Tips for Sound Dampening Your Outdoor Space

5 Great Tips for Sound Dampening Your Outdoor Living Space

We have had our concrete patio poured and cured. The furniture and hot tub are being delivered piece by piece. We’ve decided to go with easy-to-assemble pergolas. I and the hubs walk outside and consider where to put everything when suddenly our peaceful moment is interrupted by the sound of the heat pump cutting on. …

How to Fix a Gravel Driveway Overgrown by Grass

How to Fix a Gravel Driveway Overgrown with Grass

I think one of my least favorite things to deal with while owning a home was the fight with grass over my gravel driveway. Also, the fight with grass over my gravel or rock-strewn landscaping. Or what’s going on right this minute in my backyard: the fight with grass over the firepit area. So, how…

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…

What is Scalping?

What Is Scalping and When Should I Do It? (Explained)

People scalp grass in their yard accidentally, all the time. But did you know that there were times when you may want to scalp your yard on purpose?  Scalping your yard is when you cut the grass blades to the right above the crowns of the grass, usually by lowering your mower to the lowest…

What is Thatch? What Should I Do About It?

What is Thatch & What Should I Do About It?

You may not have noticed it, but there is actually a layer of organic material that rests between the grass blades in your yard and  Thatch is that thick layer of organic material between the blades of grass and the soil. As long as this layer is around 1 inch thick, that’s fine. If the…

Should I Water the Lawn in Winter?

Should I water my lawn in winter? (Answered)

That’s a really good question. It can be tricky to answer because it really depends upon your climate, the kind of grass you’ve got, and the situation with your grass.  The rule of thumb is, that if you live in an area where the climate remains over 40°F/ 4°C or where the air rarely gets…

Plants that Repel Mosquitos

Best Mosquito Repellent Plants for Your Outdoor Space

There are so many plants that can repel mosquitos, that I’m fairly certain I will not be able to include all of them in one article. Since we’re focused on our backyards and outdoor spaces, I’ll limit the research to plants that do best in those areas.  The most popular and easiest plants to use…

Aerating Your Lawn for Success

Aerating Your Lawn for Success (Lawncare Guide)

You can get aerating shoes for $21.99. You can get a manual lawn aerator for around $79. You can buy a motorized aerator for around $169 – $200. You can even rent an aerator or hire someone to do it for you. So, should you? And if you are, what should you know about the…

What are Grass Burrs?

Grass Burrs – What Are They and How to Get Rid of Them

It’s one of the worst things that can happen to your lawn. Picture it. You’re outside, enjoying a nice summer day. The breeze is blowing, and you’ve just finished watering some plants. You turn to walk back in and suddenly pain shoots up from your toe. You look down and see wedged between the strap…

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