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Understanding Permits

Jun 23, 2011 by Level One Construction

As a homeowner, you are not legally permitted to perform your own renovation work, with the exception of the electrical, but it is strongly recommended amateurs not do this as disastrous results can occur.

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Turn Your Backyard into a Child's Paradise

Mar 19, 2010 by Canadian Parents

Imagine a secret place where children can play safely, to their hearts content, without a care in the world. A place filled with all their favourite playthings, in an environment that both stimulates and educates. Where is this wonderful place? It could be right in your own backyard.

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Build the ultimate outdoor retreat

Jul 16, 2009

When renovating a home, people often forget one of the most important components: the outdoor space. If done right, your yard can become more than an extension of your home – it can be your very own private escape!

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The Essence of Landscaping

Feb 12, 2008 by Ananda Landscapes

Many of today’s homeowners are contemplating the use of their yard. The large spans of grass and few trees no longer suffice; however, a bare lot can be very intimidating to many of us. Creative ideas for the use and enjoyment of our yards do not always immediately come to mind. It is at times difficult to constructively consider our lifestyle into a design; our stylistic ideals pertaining to such elements as home decor, architecture, and even personal apparel play an …

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8 Simple Steps to a Do-It-Yourself Outdoor Kitchen

Feb 12, 2008 by Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor cooking areas are the hottest trend in residential landscape design. They can range from a modest fire pit to a full-blown outdoor kitchen that will rival the most lavish indoor cooking areas, complete with stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and sinks and a host of appliances, including specialized weather-resistant outdoor refrigerators. If you are willing to put in a little investment, a bit of sweat equity and some free time aside, an outdoor …

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Outdoor Spaces for Relaxing & Entertaining

Jun 01, 2009

We still have some great porches and when you’ve got a view, you certainly want to enjoy it.

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The Pros of Synthetic Turf

Mar 27, 2009 by Browne Group

With the water and pesticide bans set in place more and more people are turning to synthetic turf to keep their homes looking flawless.

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The Truth about Phosphorus, Lawn Care, and Your Water

Jan 19, 2009 by NaturaLawn of America

Phosphorus is quickly becoming a familiar word these days because of its connection with algae blooms, contaminated water sources, and some fertilizer practices.

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Choosing the Right Ice Melter For Winter

Oct 31, 2008 by NaturaLawn of America

As the winter approaches, many of you may turn to ice melting products to keep your walkways and driveways clear. While these melters aid in the prevention of snow and ice build up, some can cause harm to your lawn, your property, or even worse, to your loved ones.

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Winter Care for Your Landscape

Sep 22, 2008 by NaturaLawn of America

Much of the frustration and disappointment from plants damaged over the winter can be avoided by following some simple guidelines this fall.

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Lawn Care Rejuvenation

Aug 27, 2008 by NaturaLawn of America

Over time, and with heavy foot heavy traffic, the soil underneath lawns compacts and causes turf to deteriorate. One of the more beneficial cultural practices you can perform on a lawn is core aeration, and in most cases …

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Easy Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Lush

Jul 29, 2008 by NaturaLawn of America

Mowing is an integral part of maintaining a healthy lawn, and if done correctly, allows a lawn to grow thicker and fuller throughout the season. Keeping your lawn in the best shape can be as easy as following a few important guidelines.

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Artificial Turf: Faux or Just a Faux Pas?

Jul 29, 2008 by NaturaLawn of America

Artificial turf made a name for itself back in the 1960s when it was introduced in the sports arena as a substitute for natural grass athletic fields. What may be surprising is the number of people who are now looking beyond the realm of sports and into their own backyards …

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Safety Tips for BBQs

May 22, 2008 by Safety Authority

Summer season is upon us, and that means BBQ season. Whether you’re installing a new BBQ, replacing an existing BBQ, or just plain enjoying one after a day of home renos, it’s important to play it safe. A new gas BBQ installation requires a gas permit and licensed contractor, while even “dusting off” your current BBQ for the season requires close attention. The majority of barbecue accidents and fires result from gas leaks caused by poor maintenance or improper lighting …

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Accessorizing with Fountains

May 01, 2008 by Wall2Wall Fountains

Like so many design fixtures that are intended to improve your decor, running water fountains once served a practical and necessary function. Fountains reached their pinnacle of utility and splendor in Ancient Rome, when they were the recipients of thousands of liters of water supplied by aqueducts. The fountains were dispersed throughout the city and were used for drinking, bathing, and irrigation. But as practical as they were in that day and age, fountains with fresh …

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Dealing with Springtime Weeds

Apr 16, 2008 by NaturaLawn of America

The arrival of springtime means budding flowers, blossoming trees, and green blades of grass. Unfortunately, with this abundance of new growth come sprouting weeds as well. Crabgrass in particular, is a weed that continues to frustrate homeowners year after year. However, by understanding how a weed grows and knowing a few prevention tips, you’ll be on your way to having a healthier, more weed free lawn. What is crabgrass? Crabgrass is a summer annual weed whose seeds …

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The Value of Landscaping

Feb 27, 2008 by Ananda Landscapes

My landscape is my own personal retreat. In it my husband and I find a great amount of pleasure entertaining, relaxing, and playing with our two dogs. I love the solace it brings when I can get into the dirt to nurture and grow things. In the winter, I admire its snow covered beauty, grateful to have some substance of interest to carry me through the six months indoors. Come April, I can hardly contain my excitement when the first sign of a crocus or snowdrop pokes its …

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Keeping Container Plants Hydrated

Feb 14, 2008

Plants in hanging baskets, pots and planters can be hard to keep sufficiently watered. Not only does the soil in containers dry out faster than in beds, but large leaves and blooms often prevent rain from getting to the plant, so you cannot rely on rainfall alone to keep them adequately watered. The choice of container and potting medium and the use of watering devices all play a role in preventing dehydration of container plants. Containers. Most plants will rot if …

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Patio Pointers: Planning, Materials and Construction

Feb 14, 2008 by Southview Design Landscape Contractors

The patio is one of the most important features of your outdoor living area. So it’s important to plan carefully, choose the right materials, and above all, build a compact and secure base before installing pavers, stone or concrete. Before you build: The Plan. The design and placement of your patio is determined by several factors: how you will use the space, traffic flow, sun patterns, septic systems and grading. Tim Johnson has been designing landscapes for ten …

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Planting Containers For Beautiful Spring Colors

Feb 14, 2008

When the dull days of winter start to ease, we begin looking for signs of spring, and what better place to look than in our own garden planters full of dazzling blooms. Bulbs should be planted in the fall so that spring will bring a burst of brilliant yellow, deep purple, and pristine white as daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses reach for the warm rays of the spring sun. Tulips in their multitude of colors announce that summer is on its way when the leaves on trees are just …

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Deck Designed in a Day

Feb 14, 2008 by Circa Renovations Inc.

The deck was designed in a day and the project was completed in two weeks and two days. All post holes were dug to 32" into the ground, five beam support posts were evenly positioned along with four railing posts, all posts were cemented and allowed a weekend to cure. On the second day, beam support posts were cut and leveled, the beam was installed, and next the ledger was installed and the deck floor joists on 16" centers. On the third day, the framework for the …

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