2 Eco Friendly Ways to Dispose of Your Leaves

Sometimes the best gifts in life are free: such as an abundance of leaves covering your front lawn. All jokes aside, autumn’s finest foliage can be quite the nuisance when it creates a blanket across your property — with the chance it could hinder new grass blade growth in the process. If you’ve already raked up the leaves and don’t know what to do with them — might we suggest these green alternatives?

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Eco Friendly Way 1: Make Mulch

Whether you already have an abundance of mulch on your property or not, leaves make the perfect eco friendly alternative. Unlike traditional mulch that you’d purchase at your local home improvement store, leaves create a barrier on the soil of your gardens to add the perfect level of warmth and nutrients. In addition to being bountiful in terms of nutritional benefits for plant life, using autumn leaves as mulch is also cost efficient — since they’re falling on your lawn for free. Thanks, Mother Nature!

Eco Friendly Way 2: Create Compost

In addition to creating the most decadent mulch on your property, it’s an added bonus to start a compost pile with the leaves you rake up. Known for enriching the soil, compost piles are an incredible way to give your plants and vegetables the nutrients they need. If you’re looking for the best earth-friendly alternative to common gardening chemicals, then this is the best choice for you! In addition to being environmentally friendly, starting a compost pile will also save some funds because you’ll be making your earth-bred fertilizer for free — but you still need to rake up the leaves and start a pile to get started.

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3 of the Best Fall Gardening Tips

One of the best times for gardening is during the fall, believe it or not! Despite what many may think, it’s the prominent time to get your property ready for the winter — but also prepare it for spring, which will only be a few months away! If you’re looking for the best gardening practices this fall, then here are some great tips to follow:

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Tip 1: Begin Planting Spring Bulbs

The most important step in autumnal gardening is to begin planting spring bulbs as early as possible. Since the soil is still warm (and not frozen), fall makes for the perfect season to start preparing your garden for spring. If you’re not sure which bulbs to plant, Daffodils and Hyacinths are the perfect fall-to-spring choice for your garden. Just think: the earlier you start your gardening, the more prepared your property will be when spring arrives!

Tip 2: Start a Winter Woodpile

As the weather continues to grow colder, it’s important to think about the unexpected before the first snowfall arrives. When pondering about the winter weather, you should always think about the possibility of losing power in your home — and this is a prime reason to start a woodpile! When starting a woodpile, it’s imperative to figure out where you’ll keep the wood initially. Most times, it’s best to find a spot that will be covered from the elements and at least twenty feet away from your home — since there’s a possibility termites become your new roommates. Once you find the perfect spot for your pile, start collecting the wood — but make sure it’s recycled, since that will leave less of a carbon footprint.

Tip 3: Rake Loose Leaves

This tip might be the most obvious, but it’s always important to rake up any loose leaves on your property. Weather they’re covering your lawn or the walkways, they can become hazardous (and a nuisance). If you let leaves sit on your lawn for a long period of time, then they will eventually kill your lawn — and you’ll have to continuously reseed. If you let leaves sit on your sidewalk and it rains, then it becomes a potential slipping hazard (and liability issue, too). The next time you’re thinking about skipping that raking session, reconsider your choice and locate your rake.

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3 DIY Halloween Yard Decorating Ideas

What do you get when a vampire, witch, and ghost walk up to your front door? Halloween, that is! Known as one of the best holidays on the calendar, this spooky-fun day is a great way to let your creative juices flow — especially when it comes to decorating your front yard! If you’re looking for some inspiration, then here are some fun DIY ideas to help you get started!

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Idea 1: Bats

Looking for the ultimate Halloween decoration besides pumpkins? Try implementing some faux bats into your holiday display! Taking less than thirty minutes to create a series of bats, head to your local craft store and pick up some black felt. Once you acquire the material, take a stencil of a bat (or freehand the design) and then cut out as many decorative bats you’d like to make! Once complete, attach them to your front door with some durable, double-sided tape for the spookiest home on the block!

Idea 2: Spiderwebs

One of the most iconic Halloween decorations: spiderwebs. Usually adorned on trees and bushes, these cobweb wonders transform your property — but also damage foliage once you take them off your plants. Instead of using synthetic spiderwebs, try making a gigantic spiderweb out of a clothesline! Stop by your local home improvement store and pick up some inexpensive clothesline rope. From there, tie the pieces into a circular pattern that closely resemble an actual spiderweb. Once the assembly process is complete, it’s time to cover your bushes with this larger than life spiderweb — which will definitely be a focal point for sure!

Idea 3: Spooky Trees

Have some bare branched trees on your property? Instead of letting them sit there, dress them up! Take a trip to your local dollar store and find some unique Halloween decorations, such a faux crows! After you acquire your Halloween goodies, take some string/wire and securely attach each of the crows to the tree branches. Once the crows are safely secured to the tree, you’ll have the most decadent Halloween tree in your town!

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3 Benefits of Applying Lime On Your Lawn

One of the most important features of any home is the front lawn. Known for being quite high-maintenance in terms of care, your grass sometimes doesn’t exactly turn as green as you’d like it to be. If you’re still striving for that picture-perfect lawn, have you thought about applying lime? No, we’re not talking about the fruit — we’re talking about the calcium oxide component!  Here are some of the many benefits of applying this miracle product to your lawn:

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Benefit 1: Neutralizes pH Balance

When you think of your lawn, what exactly comes to mind first? For most, it might be the desire for a green lawn — but what about balancing the pH levels? When you apply lime to your lawn, it will take care of the balancing for you. If your soil is acidic, adding lime will counteract and neutralize the low pH, making your lawn healthier, greener, and much more picturesc.

Benefit 2: Percolates the Soil

Just like traditional flowers and plant life, your lawn needs a healthy abundance of nitrogen to grow properly. If you’re ready to apply lime to your lawn, not only will this agent work perfectly to make your green grass dreams come true, but it will also aerate your lawn’s soil in the process. When the soil is properly aerated, it will create more of an opening for nitrogen to enter the soil and create that picture-perfect lawn that you always longed for.

Benefit 3: Adds Calcium and Magnesium

Another major benefit of applying lime to your lawn is that will add calcium and magnesium to the soil. Just like the human body, your grass needs some TLC when it comes to its health. If you’re set on having a picture perfect lawn, you’ll need to add the proper nutrients to the soil such as magnesium and calcium. When you apply lime, not only will it take approximately two months for it kick in, but it will add all the desired benefits into your lawn’s composition, leading to a much greener front lawn.

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Why Gardening Is Healthy For You

Since the beginning of time, gardening has been a staple of society. Besides being the perfect way to add some appeal to any landscape, gardening also bears a wide variety of mental and physical health benefits. If you’re looking for a new hobby with positive attributes, then here’s why you should try gardening:

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Increases Healthy Brain Activity

Just like a classic game of Sudoku, gardening promotes positive brain activity within those who participate in the hobby. In addition to counting, gardening also creates situations for participants to problem solve, use sensory skills and even stimulates the mind to play a memory game at times. In recent studies, health care professionals have prescribed this green activity to Alzheimer’s patients since it helps stimulate brain activity, and keeps their sensory skills active in the most positive way.

Promotes Physical Exercise

Just as important as the mind, gardening is also a great source of physical exercise. From lifting bags of soil and potted plants, to bending down to plant, participating in this green activity is just as good as taking a trip to the gym! In addition to the most obvious physical elements in gardening, taking a shovel and digging can be similar to lifting a weight and doing reps — and that’s another reason to love gardening.

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3 Important Fall Checklist Items For Your Home

Autumn is the perfect time of year to take charge of your property. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your home’s curb appeal or prepare it for the upcoming elements, it’s important that no corner is left unturned. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some prominent suggestions to get that autumnal ball rolling:

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Item 1: Trim Away!

Have a pesky tree on your property, with branches that obstruct the sidewalk? Instead of handling the task in the summer — hack the branch off in the fall. It’s the perfect season to take care of this matter since plants are slowly going dormant for the winter — slowly ceasing new growth until the spring. As an added benefit, with less leaves, clean up will be a lot simpler compared to a branch with full-foliage.

Item 2: Wash Away!

Are leaving beginning to accumulate in your gutter at an alarming rate? If this is the case, or not, then it’s time to clean your gutters out immediately! Since your gutters tend to accumulate an array of foliage in autumn, it’s important to take action and make sure your gutters are clear enough to drain when needed — since this will eliminate the chance of any damage to come. If you’re unable to clean your gutters out, or feel your safety might be at risk, then it’s important to call a professional right away.

Item 3: Mow Away!

Despite the change in weather, it’s important to still continue mowing your lawn. Autumn is the most essential season to prepare your lawn for the upcoming months — and eventually when summer makes its grand return. To ensure that your grass isn’t deprived of oxygen, it’s important to give your lawn a slightly shorter cut. When you complete this process, it will then create more room for growth, and will ensure a healthy lawn when spring arrives!

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3 Effective Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Before the first leaf drops on your lawn, it’s time to start preparing your home for autumn! With a beautiful array of orange and yellow hues, it’s the perfect time to really show off your home’s decorative features. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some helpful tips to make the most of your home’s appearance this autumn:

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Way 1: Add Mulch

One of the best ways to prepare any home for fall is to add mulch to your flower beds. Having a reputation for being easily attainable, visit your local home improvement or gardening store to pick up a few bags of this earthly good. Once you arrive home, just rip open a bag of the mulch, dump it into your flower bed, and spread it around to cover any bare spots. In no time you’ll have a vibrant array of flower beds outside of your home!

Way 2: Create a Compost Pile

Always wanted to create a compost pile? Autumn is the perfect time to make this eco-friendly dream a reality! Simply section off a part of your yard and build a small fence around it. Once you complete that step, it’s time to start building your first compost pile! Start by taking any leaves and degradable earth products and place them within the fence. After that’s done, just like nature do the rest and you’ll have a working compost pile in no time!

Way 3: Install Bird Feeders

Looking for a way to bring some nature to your yard? Purchase some bird feeders, and birdseed, online or at your local home improvement store, and hang them from the trees in your backyard. Once that step is complete, you can fill the birdfeeder with some birdseed of your choice. This will be a great way to bring some nature to your yard, and help birds find some food in the colder months ahead.

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3 Eye-Catching DIY Backyard Projects That You Will Love

One of the best ways to revive any backyard is to add some decor. Regardless of the season, any vision is possible with a little creativity and determination! Afterall: who doesn’t want the best backyard on the block? If you’re looking for some plans this weekend, or think your outdoor space needs some TLC, then here are some ideas you’ll love:

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Project 1: Plant Flowers

Instead of planting flowers in traditional flowerbeds, try planting flowers in some unconventional items such as an old pair of shoes! Simply treat the pair of shoes like a flower pot and put some soil within — filing them completely. Once that step is accomplished, simple take a flower of your choice and plant it within the opening. Before you know it, you’ll have the coolest planters on the block!

Project 2: Build a Bridge

Have a an awkward piece of property in your backyard? You know what we’re talking about: that little patch of lawn or dirt that doesn’t serve much of a purpose? Instead of leaving that area bare, build a bridge! With some simple salvaged pallet wood planks, which you can stain any color you’d like, simply lay them flat in the pattern of a bridge — no assembly required! In under an hour, you’ll have a makeshift bridge that will be a focal point in your backyard!

Project 3: Refurbish a Lawn Ornament

Have a statue of a gnome that faded over time? What about a plastic lawn flamingo? If you’re torn on throwing them out to the curb, try refurbishing them! Take a trip to your local home improvement or craft store and pick up some outdoor paint (see a salesperson for assistance) and paint brushes. Once you have your supplies, it’s time to clean the tarnished lawn ornament with some soap and water! After the lawn ornament is dry, it’s time to get creative and paint! In no time you’ll have a newly refurbished statue in your garden that you can cherish for the years to come!

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3 Landscaping Tactics For the Perfect Yard

Thinking of giving your home a face lift on a budget? Instead of conducting an extensive remodeling project, why not revitalize your landscape! Before you start ripping your property apart, here are three ways you can heighten your home’s charm:

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Tactic 1: Install Turf

Have a space where your lawn refuses to grow? Installing some turf (artificial grass) will solve this problem and will make your lawn look greener than ever! Additional benefits of “planting” turf include not having to cut that area of your grass — and dogs not being able to dig and bring mud into your home! It’s a win-win situation!

Tactic 2: Hide Your Septic Tank

Is your home’s septic tank taking away from the scenic views? Banish the sight of that bulky tank lid and cover it with mulch! Coming in a variety of colors and materials, mulch can be picked up at most home-improvement centers and is as easy to “install” as dropping dirt on the ground! Plus: if your tank has to be accessed, you can simply sweep the mulch off to the side!

Tactic 3: Buy Some Planters

Tired of gardening in a traditional flower bed? Take your hobby to the next level and create some planter-based gardens! Stop by your local gardening supplier and pick up some planters of different sizes. Next pick up a bag of topsoil and fill the planter to the top. After that, take some plants/flowers of your choice and bury the roots into the soil. In under an hour, you’ll have the most stunning landscape on the block!

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The Most Effective Way to Kill Ivy

Ever witness a horror film in real life? No, we’re not talking about a villain chasing you through the woods, but a plant that engulfs any structure on your property whole. Yes, if you haven’t guessed it already, we’re talking about ivy — the “monster” that claims any space it comes in contact with. If you’re not a fan of the emerald leaves (especially if it’s engulfing your home), then here’s a way to tackle this high-maintenance plant:

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Step 1: Check the Weather

The most important step in the ivy-slaying process is to check the weather. Although you can dismantle ivy in any climate, it’s important to know that the temperature should be between approximately 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature falls into this range, there will be less of a chance of any topical chemicals used reacting negatively to the weather and will keep you safe in the process.

Step 2: Slay the Beast

When you’re removing ivy, it’s important to know that there are two different methods for taking care of the pest at hand. If strands of ivy are growing across the ground, you must clip the vines one-by-one since this plant is known to grow back from a single strand. If ivy is taking over a tree or wall of your home, it’s important to start clipping at the root and leave the rest attached to the vertical surface — since ripping down the detached strands might cause more damage. Eventually, any remaining detached ivy stands will become brittle and you can remove them gently from the surface over time.

Step 3: Throw It Away

After you’ve clipped and removed the root of the growth, it’s time to throw away the ivy. Take the strands, roll them up neatly, and toss them in a garbage bag. It’s very important to clean up any remaining strands of ivy since it’s prone to grow from a single strand and come back even stronger — you don’t want to have to remove it again.

Step 4: Spray It Away

To make sure your unwanted tenant doesn’t make a grand return, use a herbicidal spray to prevent new growth. If you’re unsure which one to use, visit your local home improvement or gardening store and ask a professional which will one will be right for your property and the season. This is extremely important to know because you don’t want to create any bigger problems (such as killing your lawn in the process or breaking any local laws).

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