Landscaping

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6 Reasons Why Your Brush Cutter Trimmer Line Breaks

On my farm, I have two brush cutters, a Stihl and a Branco. Problems with trimmer line need to be resolved quickly to keep the work going on the farm. Avoiding and preventing unnecessary trimmer line breakage can save you both time and money.

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Which Type of Mulch Is Right for You?

Buying the correct mulch can be confusing to many people. How much of it is enough? Which one is right for your yard? How do you apply it properly? This article will try to answer those questions and help the reader to understand the many benefits of mulch.

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Garden Tours Spark Inspiration, Relaxation, and Conversation

The next time you find yourself in a rut, take a walk and see what nature has to offer. Be inspired by what gardeners are doing to enhance our environment. Strike up a conversation. Take the knowledge you gain home with you. Create your own backyard oasis.

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Greenworks 14-Inch 40V Cordless String Trimmer 21362: Pros and Cons From an Owner

I love Greenworks! I have slowly been replacing all of my garden tools with lithium-battery based units by Greenworks—specifically, 40V (the 40V Blower works much better than their 60V). This article will break down my thoughts on the 14-inch cordless string trimmer.

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Build Your Own DIY Garden Fence

Keep animals and little ones out of your garden with this DIY 3-foot wood picket garden fence. It even has a 4-foot gate with a lock!

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Lawn Maintenance: How to Seed a New Lawn

In this article, we will examine the steps required in seeding a new lawn and how you can achieve this simply and effectively, even if you have never done it before.

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Building a Low-Maintenance Garden Storage Shed From Steel Cladding

A diary detailing the various stages of construction of my new garden shed over a two-year period from 2015 to 2017. Covering construction of the frame, sheeting the walls and roof, making the door and adding facias.

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Simple Lawn Maintenance Tips

Here are proven steps you can start applying today to ensure you have a lawn that is verdant, healthy and breathtakingly beautiful.

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Need Extra Space? Add a Finished Shed to Your Yard

This article will break down how we put together our shed and what you need to know to build your own.

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Great Plant Choices for Your Poolside Landscape

Learn what to consider when designing a plant bed near your swimming pool. This can create a lush, luxurious environment for lounging and enjoying your poolside retreat for seasons to come!

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How to Use Fire in Your Home's Landscape

Fire is elemental. We are drawn to it in many forms. This article explores various ways to bring it into your home landscape. It also goes over some general practices and guidelines to consider to make it safe and enjoyable.

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How to Control Central Florida Lawn Pests

A guide to help central Florida homeowners with lawn pest infestations. Insect damage can quickly give a green lawn unsightly brown spots. Luckily a healthy lawn normally recovers quickly after detection and treatment of the pests.

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How to Multi-Zone a Robotic Lawnmower

Many robotic lawnmowers (cheaper models) are limited to single zoning a lawn (boundary wire). I briefly explain what single zoning is and its limitation and finally give a step-by-step guide to a simple and inexpensive method for multi-zoning your lawn by using a 2-way switch to create 2 circuits.

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Protect Building Foundations by Rainscaping

In this article, I cover the work I did to rainscape; working the landscape to direct rainwater, at Grace Community Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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Turn an Ordinary Outdoor Shed Into the Ultimate She Shed

A common outdoor shed can be turned into your very own sanctuary for gardening, relaxing, crafting, and entertaining.

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How to Dethatch Your Lawn

Dethatching or removing thatch buildup from your lawn is a simple process. An improved appearance and healthier lawn is the result!

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Top 7 Tips to Protect Your Koi During a Power Failure

Sooner or later, power failures hit every pond. For koi, a fish species dependent on electricity, the situation could turn deadly. The best solution is preparedness, before this kind of emergency destroys years of hard work.

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Instructions for Making a Scarecrow

Whether you choose to install a scarecrow to protect your plants from pesky critters, or just want to decorate your yard (or porch) for autumn, building a scarecrow is easy! All you need are a few simple supplies.

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How to Build a Fire Pit

Few things are as cozy on an autumn night than gathering around a fire pit. Even when the weather isn't chilly, I can’t wait to get the kids outside to just relax around a fire.

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Characteristics of a Healthy Lawn

Homeowners frequently take pride in a good-looking lawn and for good reason. A healthy lawn doesn’t occur without effort, but it doesn’t need to be as labor intensive as some people make it out to be.

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A Review of the Black & Decker LST540 Brushless String Trimmer

I wanted to replace my elderly Yardworks grass trimmer. Black & Decker’s LST540, which comes equipped with a 40V Max battery, appeared to be the best candidate.

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How to Make a Latex Mold for Garden Ornaments

In this article, I teach you how to make your own latex mold for garden ornaments. It is fairly simple to do and does not require any fancy equipment.

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How to Prevent Flooding in the Home

Minimize water damage or avert it all together using this method! Read on for simple step-by-step instructions complete with video and photographic tutorials. You'll be surprised how easily this technique could save you thousands of dollars in water damage. You got this!

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How to Care for a Bahiagrass Lawn

A complete guide for the homeowner with a bahiagrass lawn. When properly cared for, this low-maintenance grass creates a lush ground covering that will look good for many years.

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Everything You Need to Know About Striped Maple Trees

The striped maple grows throughout Southeastern Canada, the Northeastern United States, and Appalachia. Here, you'll find tips for planting, caring for, and growing these lovely trees.

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Caring for Ohio Lawn Grass

Mowing, weeding, and fertilizing ushers in lush, green grass to yards and landscapes. In Ohio, lawn grass needs constant care to keep turf healthy.

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Ohio’s Blooming Magnolia Trees

In Ohio, our ever-changing spring weather determines when the most popular species of magnolia trees will start to bloom.

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How to Care for the Burning Bush Plant

If you are looking to add spectacular color in your garden landscape, consider adding the flaming red “burning bush” that changes from dark green to bright red almost overnight.

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How to Care for St. Augustine Grass

A guide for Southern homeowners who choose St. Augustine grass as a ground cover.

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Reviews of Exmark, Ferris, Dixie Chopper, and Kubota Commercial Zero-Turn Mowers

Are you looking for a commercial zero-turn mower? Compare reviews of the best ones. These reviews will help you decide which is best based on power, comfort, speed, and price.

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How to Kill Crabgrass in Your Lawn Naturally

Most people hate crabgrass. Advertisers teach us to when they promote their many products for killing it. Although it has benefits and farmers love it, homeowners would much rather be rid of it.

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How to Grow Green Grass Successfully

Most lawn grasses in the U.S. come from Europe, but weather in the U.S. is different. How do we grow grass lawns in our country to make them lush and attractive year round?

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Lawn Care Maintenance: 7 Tasks for Fall

In maintaining a healthy lawn, there are certain tasks that are seasonal. You plant new grass in the spring, not the fall . . . or do you? Here are seven lawn maintenance tasks to carry out in fall.

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How to Clean a Birdbath (and Why You Should)

Clean birdbaths are essential to the health and well-being of visiting birds. This article describes the best way to keep your bird bath clean and healthy.

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Microclimates Are in Your Yard

A microclimate is a good thing to know about if you plan to put a plant in the garden and want it to thrive.

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DIY Fishing Gear Storage Shed With Solar Battery Charger

I built my own solar-battery-charged shed to hold my fishing gear so I don't have to carry it all down to the pond with me. Here's what I did (with photos and instructions).

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How to Decide What Type of Fence to Install on Your Property

Are you looking to replace your fence or install a new one? There are many types of fencing materials out there, and each has its pros and cons. Decide which type of fence is right for your home.

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Best Hedge Trimmers: Corded, Cordless, and Gas

Keeping a yard neat and tidy means keeping the bushes and shrubs under control. In my experience, these selected hedge trimmers offer excellent value for money.

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John Deere 445

This article is about my personal experience with troubleshooting a John Deere lawn mower.

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Replacing Pavers With Concrete

What's involved with taking out a patio of pavers and replacing it with concrete? Here's how we did our project, with instructions, tips, and photos to show the steps.

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Husqvarna Tiller Review

We needed help on our farm, and the Husqvarna tiller was the answer. It is more manageable than a tractor and works well in tight spaces, whilst still rotavating the soil to clear weeds.

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Review of the Black & Decker CM2043C Cordless Lawn Mower

This article focuses on the CM2040, CM2043 and CM2045 Lithium Cordless Mowers.

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Best 4 String Trimmers 2020: Electric, Gas, and Brush Cutter

String trimmers are necessary for dealing with the areas around gardens, trees, fences, and other obstacles, as well as areas of thick brush that can't be dealt with any other way. Here are the best.

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Comparison of Echo and Stihl String Trimmers

Find out how the top string trimmers match up in power, weight, and amenities. If you use or are buying a string trimmer, this comparison will help you know which string trimmer to buy.

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How to Create a Backyard Labyrinth One Step at a Time

I've included my step-by-step process of creating a backyard labyrinth near my garden beds for use as a walking meditation.

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Review of Our Mtd Riding Lawn Mower

Our MTD riding lawn mower has transformed our farm. It has enabled us to get more work done in less time without killing ourselves through overwork. For us, it was one of our best investments.

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Why Your Brush Cutter Won't Start, and What to Do About It

It's frustrating when you go to do your cutting and the brush cutter won't start. Here are things you can do that will get your string trimmer working again without taking it in to a repair center.

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Stihl Brush Cutter Review

Having used a Stihl brush cutter for 8 years, we can wholeheartedly recommend the FS85 model. It has been an integral part of the maintenance on our organic coconut farm in Brazil.

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Wildlife Pond Makeovers: Water Features and RGB LED Strip Lighting

This is a how-to (from my own experience) for making and maintaining wildlife ponds. It includes water features and waterproof RGB (coloured) LED strip lighting.

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Renovating an Ornamental Garden Windmill

This is a how-to guide on restoring an old ornamental garden windmill back to its former glory, with modifications and improvements to make it more impervious to rot and sails and more inclined to turn in the wind.