9 Ideas for Low-Maintenance and Foolproof Landscaping

Posted by Laine Smith on 6/4/16 10:00 AM

Landscaping. Your curb appeal depends on it, but some homeowners dread the thought of spending countless weeknights and weekends digging, watering and planting. Although there’s really no such thing as zero-maintenance landscaping, we’ve narrowed down some ideas to keep your yard and garden maintenance to a minimum this summer.


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DIY Lawn Care: 7 Ways to Get a Healthy, Green & Enviable Lawn This Summer

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/29/16 9:09 AM

Spring is a time that many homeowners focus on annuals, perennials and landscaping, but don't forget about a major part of your home's curb appeal - your grass! Having a lush, green lawn is a pride for many homeowners - but it does require some work and regular maintenance. Here are a few DIY lawn care tips for achieving a greener, healthier lawn.

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Creating an Outdoor Living Space: The Biggest Patio Trends of 2016

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/21/16 10:00 AM

Planning to revamp your patio, porch or deck this summer? What was once a place to enjoy a meal or entertain guests on a pleasant summer night is now meant to serve as an extension of your home. Here are some of the year's biggest trends to inspire the look of your outdoor living space.

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Happy Mother's Day! Here Are 8 Perennials You Should Plant in Your Mom's Garden

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/8/16 10:17 AM

Happy Mother's Day! Stuck on what to give mom this year? Give her a long-lasting, low-maintenance gift by planting some of these Midwest-native perennials in her garden.

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Weekend DIY Project: How to Build Raised Garden Beds

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/7/16 1:20 PM

Raised garden beds, also known as garden boxes, have been gaining popularity due to their beneficial environment for flower and vegetable gardens to thrive and accessibility and adaptability. The contained boxes provide:

  • Protection from weeds and pests
  • Prevention of soil compaction and erosion
  • Proper water drainage
  • Ease of access to plants for gardeners who want to avoid the pain of constant bending and kneeling
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8 Home Renovations That Can Decrease Your Home Value

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/23/16 10:00 AM

The ability to personalize your home to meet your personal style and needs is a huge perk of homeownership, but when it comes to home renovations, not all boost home value. Certain home renovations, additions and amenities can devalue your abode.

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Budget DIY - 15 Home Improvements Under $20

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/10/16 1:54 PM

Home improvements can sometimes turn into daunting and expensive tasks. This is why we’ve compiled a handful of projects you can complete in a weekend’s time and will improve the functionality or look of your home without breaking the bank!

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Spring DIY Project: How to Start Your Vegetable Garden Indoors

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/30/16 2:44 PM

Thinking it’s a little early to start your vegetable, herb or flower garden? Beginning your garden inside your home is a great way to speed up the growth process come summertime, avoid the expensive purchase of starter plants, and ensure a plentiful harvest or bloom.

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Spring Home Maintenance: How to Revive an Old Deck

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/27/16 6:18 PM

As you gravitate outside to tend to flower beds and your growing lawn, don't forget to do a lookover of likely your favorite spot for spring and summer get-togethers: your deck. Just liek any part of your home, your deck requires annual repair, cleaning and protection to keep it's livelihood over time. Use these tips to spruce up a deck that's looking a little on the worn side.

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9 Lawn Care, Landscaping & Gardening Do's and Don'ts for the First-Time Homeowner

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/20/16 5:31 PM

Owning your first home can be overwhelming as you adjust to the new responsibilities and tasks of homeownership. While you’re busy turning the interior of your house into your own home, don’t neglect the view of from the curb. Here are some beginner’s tips for making wise and budget-friendly choices when it comes to your landscape.

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