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Articles about things you can do around the outside of your home from exterior repairs, improvements, painting, to outdoor improvements such as landscaping and gardens.

10 Good Reasons To Start A Vegetable Garden

Reasons To Start A Vegetable Garden

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the price of veggies in the supermarkets is ridiculously high, even more so since they don’t taste as good as those from your childhood.

Maybe that is the real reason why the idea of growing your own food crosses your mind too often lately. Although it sounds complicated, know that starting a vegetable garden is a manageable project, even if you are a newbie. So, if you are weighing the pros and cons of becoming a gardener, here is the list of ten convincing reasons why you should head off to the nearest gardening tool store and shovel your backyard upside down.

How to Care for Newly Planted Sod

Caring for Newly Planted Sod

Whether you’re looking to repair a portion of your lawn or plant a whole new lawn to revive your landscape, sod can be a great solution. Compared with seeding, which can take months to establish, sodding a lawn is as close to instant gratification as you can get with landscaping.

But, although simpler and faster than growing grass from seed, sod can be pricey. For a typical quarter acre lot, you can expect to spend close to $15,000 for a professionally installed, brand-new sod lawn. So, it’s important to know how to protect that investment and give your sod the best chance at success.

5 Eco-Friendly Fencing Options for Your Home

Eco-Friendly Fencing Options

When it comes to finding the right fence for your home, you want one that matches the style of your home, contributes privacy, and evokes curb appeal. In addition to these criteria, many homeowners also want their fences to be eco-friendly. It’s important to consider the materials the fence is made out of, the chemicals those materials could leach into your soil, and the environmentally-demanding maintenance that goes into the fence’s upkeep.

There are a number of fences made out of renewable resources that require little maintenance. Traditional fences made out of wood, stone, and metal are still go-to options, but often require frequent maintenance and sealant application that works its way into your soil. Meanwhile, metal fences and quarrying stone take a lot of energy to produce, therefore harboring a significant environmental impact.

Achieve External Beauty: Quick Ways to Clean Your Vinyl Siding

Quick Ways to Clean Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has quickly become the most well-known siding material. It looks great, durable, and doesn’t flake or rot. However, it gets a dull and dirty appearance over time.

Luckily, cleaning your vinyl siding is a simple task you can do. Whether you're doing a single rinse to keep it bright or a deeper clean to eliminate dirt and mildew, here are some of the ways to make your vinyl siding look new again.

Tips for Making Sure Your Roof is Storm Proof

Tips for a Storm Proof Roof

Keeping your home safe from damage in case of natural disasters such as wind storms and hurricanes is a number-one priority for many homeowners. As a homeowner, you should focus more on reinforcing your roof because it is one of the most essential parts of keeping your home protected from such storms. The best practice is to prepare your roof since it’s the element in your home that is most exposed to wind, hail, and rain. Following these five tips will make sure your roof remains solid in case of a storm.

Why Should Your Home's Windows Be Tinted?

Tinted vs Not Tinted Windows

Owning a home is expensive enough as it is; upkeep can be difficult and people's priorities can feel scrambled when they are faced with several necessary improvements or upgrades that cost tons of hard-earned money. Even beautiful, new homes could always benefit from certain improvements. Commercials, magazines, and the amazing house down the block constantly push people to improve their homes with similar dedication to optimistic self-improvement.

Glow in the Dark Paving

Pavers that glow in the dark

I was recently sent an email about Bonita Stone so I took a look at their website and I was immediately captivated by their Glowpave pavers.

As you can see from the picture on the left and in more detail below, these pavers glow in the dark like something out of the movie Avatar.

Outdoor Radiant Heaters

Outdoor Radiant Heaters

Last month I wrote a piece called Outdoor Entertaining During Winter in which I mentioned outdoor radiant heaters as being a good option for keeping your guests warm. The article featured a picture of Heatstrip heaters on the patio ceiling, so I thought I'd go into a little more detail to explain what these types of heaters are.

Building a Small Organic Farm in Australia

Organic farm in Australia
If you're a dedicated follower of this blog, thank you, and you'll also be aware that I visited my brother Daniel's property inland from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia last Christmas and I brought back photographs of his outdoor bathroom in the bush.

Pool Shade Structures: Adapting the Sun to Your Own Preferences

pool umbrellas

The absolute best thing you can have in your garden when it comes to long hot sunny days is a pool – it will not only make your garden more stylish, but will provide you, your family and friends a place to cool down, make a party and swim. If you, on the other hand, prefer to keep the sun only semi-present, there are some great ways to equip your beloved pool with some shade.

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