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Landscaping Tips For The Perfect Outdoor Oasis

Do your neighbors talk about your yard and how great it looks? Is your yard often snickered at, and perhaps even ridiculed? If your yard is a laughingstock, perhaps this article will set you on ...

Topsoil, Mulch & Compost

Topsoil, mulch and compost are key ingredients to turning depleted, lifeless soil found around so many homes and fields into healthy, microbial-rich soil. Conserve topsoil, spread mulch (or allow garden debris to form its own layer of mulch) and turn organic waste into food for your garden by compos

How to Plant Grass in Bare Spots on My Lawn

While every homeowner works hard to maintain a green lawn that is pleasing to the eye, an occasional bare spot or two can create a bit of a panic. These bare spots must be tended to immediately to prevent them from growing bigger, causing erosion problems and then requiring the skill and expertise o

How to Make a Grill Pan

From steaks to vegetables, food prepared on a grill can be a delight. Kitchen specialty shops are loaded with accessories for cookouts, including grilling pans in all shapes and sizes that can be quite expensive. Rather than spend your hard-earned dollars on a manufactured grilling pan, create your

Preventing Soil Erosion

Soil Erosion is the removal of topsoil through the action of various agents such as water, wind, animals and human activities. It is a natural process and is responsible for shaping the landscapes around us.

Seven Tips to Better Roses

Understatement: Roses can be difficult to grow. Fact: A few simple tips have taken our personal rose garden from disappointing to very satisfying. Here are seven tips to help you get the same results.

DIY Floating Island Ecosystem

A DIY floating ecosystem is a small man-made island made of recycled plastic or foam containers in a netting tube. Unlike natural islands, these versions float on the water's surface. Based on the biological structure of wetlands, they provide habitats for birds and fish and remove pollutants from

How to Make an Outdoor Patio Canopy

If you live where the summer is hot, your outdoor patio is probably underutilized. Cool things off with an outdoor patio canopy that provides protection from the sun. Not only is an outdoor canopy practical, but it also adds interest and effect. You can purchase an outdoor canopy at a number of reta

How to Compare Above Ground Pools

An above ground pool can be a great place to cool off during a hot summer afternoon. Above ground pools have many advantages. Compared to an inground pool, above ground pools are far less expensive to purchase, can be easily removed off site if you change your mind later and can be used in small bac

Can Flowering Plants Be Divided Into Monocotyledon and Dicotyledon?

Monocotyledon and dicotyledon are the major taxonomic classes for distinguishing flowering plants. Plants in these classes differ in their seeds, leaves, flowers, roots and vascular tissue. However, flowering plants in one class may have some characteristics of the other class -- and some flowering

Home Gate Automation

Gate automation is becoming increasingly popular across the country, due to its highly beneficial convenience and security aspects. With technology developing and becoming easily accessible, more and more people are opting for expensive and cutting edge advancements, all of which are stored within t

How to Install the Optional Mulcher Plate on a Murray Walk-Behind Lawn Mower

Murray Walk-Behind lawn mowers are dependable, reasonably priced and offer a variety of features that will meet the needs of most homeowners. One feature that a lot of users like is the optional mulcher plate available on select models. Mulching cuts the grass much finer than regular mowing, which a

How Much Should Be Charged to Power Wash a Deck?

Pressure washing wood can add value to a deck.Deck de madeira image by CarlosNeto from Fotolia.comUnder $75 a DayPressure washing equipment can be rented for around $40 to $75 per day, according to CostOwl.com. Renting equipment for the day means paying less than having a handyman do it....

How to Build Your Own Micro Drip Irrigation System

Drip irrigation isn't just for farmers. Gardeners can build their own micro-drip irrigation systems to water indoor herb gardens or just to make sure the houseplants get enough water. This system is simple, adaptable and very inexpensive to set up. It can also be used with plants that grow in soil o

Building a Gazebo With Plans - What is Involved?

The addition of a gazebo, a free-standing or attached outdoor structure often found in gardens and parks, can liven up any residence or outdoor area of choice. These gazebos are typically rounded or octagonal in design and can be anything from simple to complex to build.

Different Types of Siding

Wood is a traditional siding material.Weathered Red shingle siding on the side of a barn image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.comSiding has been used as an outdoor covering for homes for hundreds of years, according to Ask the Builder. While wood siding provides a timeless look, siding made...

How to Make Compost in Your Garage

Composting is a great way to reduce the amount of garbage you send to the landfill, and while some may imagine compost bins must be messy and smelly, nothing could be further from the truth--especially if you do worm composting, also called vermicomposting. Although you can be assured a worm compost

Building Deck Railings

Not all decks require railings but you may want to build one for either safety or aesthetic reasons. You have a wide variety of materials from which to choose. You can also select from among many different railing styles, depending on your needs and personal preferences. Building a deck railing is