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How to Use and Maintain Sheds in New England

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How to Use and Maintain Sheds in New England

Sheds are an important part of homes all around the country, but they play a special role in New England states like MA, NH, RI, and VT. In the Northeast, the changing seasons and often harsh winters make a quality storage shed a must-have for many homeowners. If you invest in a shed for your property, it’s essential that you make the most of it and take the right steps to maintain it. Here are some seasonal tips on how New England homeowners can get the most out of their...

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6 Summer Shed Must-Haves

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6 Summer Shed Must-Haves

Summer is here! Make sure your shed is prepared to help you with every fun summer activity that comes up. Spend a little time this year getting your shed ready for the summer. Along with regular use and maintenance, ensure that your shed has all or some of these features so that you’re ready for every warm weather activity. 1. A Great Hose  Whether you’re watering your garden, your lawn, or setting up a sprinkler for the kids, you’ll need a quality hose. The summer is so short, don’t waste...

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The 7 Most Important Summer Yard Care Tips

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The 7 Most Important Summer Yard Care Tips

With the typically unpredictable New England weather, summer is one of the only times throughout the year when you get to really enjoy your yard. Keep your yard looking great and ready to use all season long with these handy tips.1. Hydrate Your YardA healthy lawn needs about one inch of water per week. Whether through rain or watering, ensuring your grass gets this weekly amount can help it stay green and springy.When there is hotter, drier weather, more water may be needed. In areas where water bans are in effect,...

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How to Organize Your Shed in One Afternoon

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How to Organize Your Shed in One Afternoon

Whether a gardening workshop where you tend to exotic flowers or a simple storage space for all of your outdoor adventure gear, your shed can serve a number of purposes. But whatever your shed is to you, it’s important that it is clean and well organized.Here are a few tips to help you get your shed from messy and cluttered to tidy and sorted in just one afternoon.Start by Cleaning When your shed is overwhelming and messy, it’s important to start by simply cleaning and sorting. Pick a nice, warm...

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5 Ways to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring

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5 Ways to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring

Spring is filled with new growth, rebirth and – of course – warmer temperatures. As flowers start to bloom and trees begin to bud, make sure your lawn is ready for this lively time of the year as well. A little work on your lawn in the can lay the groundwork for a great and green season.1. Tidy up the lawn Once you’re certain that harsh New England snow is gone for the year, it’s time to clean your lawn. Start by walking around the area and looking for any serious...

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How to Winterize Your Yard

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How to Winterize Your Yard

Fall may be one of the most beautiful seasons for New Englanders, but as most are all too aware, what follows is anything but pleasant. Homeowners may be able to curl up by the fire with a nice mug of cocoa to stay warm, but that same luxury does not extend to lawns or outdoor fixtures.Winterizing your yard is just as important as stocking up on salt and sturdy snow shovels. Preparing your lawn for the cold season can ensure that it stays vibrant and healthy come spring, meaning you...

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How to Organize Your Storage Shed

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How to Organize Your Storage Shed

Whether you’ve got a brand new shed just waiting to be put to use or your current shed looks like someone swung a weed whacker through it, we’ve got the tips you need to get your outdoor equipment in order.Here are a few key points to keep in mind when organizing your shed:Shelves, and drawers, and hooks – oh my!Just one look at Pinterest will tell you that there’s no shortage of organizational storage products out there. But before you go spending a fortune on shelving units and fancy hooks,...

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How to Keep Your Mower in Top Condition

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How to Keep Your Mower in Top Condition

When it comes to keeping your yard lush and green, the tools you use matter. Even if you purchased the best mower on the market, you’ll still need to put in a little work to keep it running efficiently and to ensure a properly cut lawn.Here are some tips to prolong the life of your mower and get a good clean cut every time.Keep it FreshJust like your car, your mower will need oil changes. This should be done each spring even if you don’t think your mower needs it...

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Pool Area

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Pool Area

On a sweltering summer day, there’s no better place to relax than poolside. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that summer 2015 will be hotter and drier than usual in New England, so now’s the time to start making your outdoor pool area the ultimate place to chill out.Here are five ways you can enhance your summertime hangout, even if you’re on a budget.1. PlantsEveryone loves a lush surrounding, but there’s a reason most pools have wood or cement decks. Leaves, petals, and debris can clog your pool filter, so...

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How to dispose of yard waste responsibly

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How to dispose of yard waste responsibly

In the past, getting rid of yard waste every fall was easy. You’d grab some big trash bags, spend the better part of a day raking up lawn, and then another hour re-raking the leaves after the kids and puppy romped through the pile.Most homeowners today have a handful of options, ranging from municipal curbside pickup to mulching. We’ll discuss a handful of the most common and effective approaches, and give you some pointers on how to decide on the method that will work best for you.Getting rid of yard...

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