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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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5 Easy Gazebo Decorations for Autumn in New England

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5 Easy Gazebo Decorations for Autumn in New England

Autumn in New England is simply gorgeous with its brightly colored leaves and crisp breezes. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the season, and there’s no better place to do that than in your backyard gazebo. If you live in MA, NH, or another northeast state, use one of these quick and easy gazebo decorating ideas to create the perfect autumn haven for your family. 1. Fall Garlands Garlands are perfect for decorating the posts of your gazebo. Head over to...

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What's the Difference Between a Pergola and a Gazebo?

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What's the Difference Between a Pergola and a Gazebo?

If you live in New England, chances are you relish spending summer weekends outside, enjoying the weather your family and friends. However, it can get hot out there in the sun, so you may be thinking about installing a backyard structure to provide shade during your gatherings. This begs the question, though: Should you install a gazebo? Or a pergola? If you’re wondering about the difference between pergolas and gazebos, here’s what you need to know about these two structures and some tips on picking the right one for you....

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Where Should My Shed Go?

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Where Should My Shed Go?

Investing in a new shed can be a great idea. Sheds give your home extra storage, functionality and can look great in your yard. But for use and style, it’s important that you place your new shed in the optimal location. Follow these tips so that you’ll know where to put your new shed so that it works for your yard. Think About Function First Are you planning to build a garden shed? Are your using it for a ride on mower? Are you storing snowmobiles or other tools? Place...

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What Shed Size and Style is Right for Me?

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What Shed Size and Style is Right for Me?

 Investing in a shed is a great idea for any homeowner. It allows you to add functional style to your yard for everything from storage to a specialty space.However, a shed doesn’t work if you get the wrong style or size. Nobody wants a shed that hogs the whole lawn or one too petite to fit your lawnmower. It’s critical to find the right shed for you, your needs, and your space. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the right shed size. Measure Your YardDo you know the...

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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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How to Pick the Perfect Location for Your Shed, Gazebo or Pergola

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How to Pick the Perfect Location for Your Shed, Gazebo or Pergola

If you’ve decided that you could really use a new shed, gazebo or pergola, the next logical decision is where you’re going to put it. It may seem like a simple choice, but there are a number of important factors to take into account.Know the size of the structureIf you haven’t picked out your new addition, you’ll want to do so before you choose a location. After all, a 6-by-8-foot shed will be easier to place than a 14-by-26-foot gazebo. Plus, having a size picked out will allow you to...

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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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Plan Your Shed Construction Now

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Plan Your Shed Construction Now

If you live in New England, you’re likely already prepping for the icy sting of winter. You should be loading up on flannel sheets, bringing out the winter wardrobe, and – of course – reorganizing your outdoor storage space to bring your winter tools up front. Ideally, you’ve got these resources securely stored in an easily accessible outdoor shed.Sheds and outdoor buildings are essential fixtures during the colder months. These structures not only protect your spring and summer gardening tools during the chillier seasons, but they also offer a confined...

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