Buyers look at many aspects of a home before making an offer- just as you did when you bought the home you are now reselling. It’s time to step back and take a good look at your entire property from across the street. “Curb Appeal” means not only new paint and windows but includes your…

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The first seed catalogs are arriving in the mail. Spring is officially getting closer! You may still be hunkered inside but there’s plenty to do in February while you wait for the weather to warm up. Some of these items may be zone-specific. Check with your county extension office or local nursery for advice about specific…

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Your backyard should reflect your tastes and lifestyle. It’s not just some place to store the outdoor grill and potty the dog. This year, choose a backyard project that will morph your outside space into your family’s go-to hangout spot. Here are some inspiring design ideas for creating your dream backyard in 2017: Create a…

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Bagging fallen leaves seems just as synonymous with autumn as apple picking and football. But those tree leaves are actually a valuable natural resource that can be a free source of organic matter and nutrients for your lawn. They contain 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients a plant extracts from the soil and air…

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Bare spots in your lawn can seem to appear out of nowhere. They’re hard on the eyes, and unless repaired, they may continue to grow. The good news is it’s easy to restore that bare spot so that it’s not even noticeable. But before you can repair, you first need to determine its cause. If…

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Your grass’ roots are like Olympic swimmers. They do most of the work under the surface but need to come up for air to keep going. Aerating warm-season grasses such as Bermuda, Buffalo or St. Augustine lets that happen. Aeration is the process of perforating your soil to get rid of compaction and enable proper…

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Unlike growing grass from seed, laying sod gives you a head start on the lawn of your dreams. You can have a lush, green yard in a matter of days. Proper preparation and installation are key to getting professional-looking results. Here are some of our best tips for installing your lawn successfully. Preparation Time it…

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Mulching your landscape makes your entire yard look more perfectly manicured. Many people don’t realize it’s not simply pleasing to the eye. Mulch can considerably improve the health of landscape plants if laid properly. Here are some mulching basics. Rock, rubber, fabric or wood? Mulches fall into either the inorganic or organic category. Inorganic mulches…

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If you live in the northern two-thirds of the country, cool season grass is your best turf option. Cool season grasses thrive when the temperature is between 60 and 75 degrees. You’ve got your choice of four common varieties: Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, fine fescue and ryegrass. Each has its benefits. Keep in mind that…

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