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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 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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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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Pergolas: The Unsung Hero of Outdoor Structures

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Pergolas: The Unsung Hero of Outdoor Structures

Durable vinyl pergolas are perfect for any climate. Close your eyes and imagine the perfect fall evening. What do you see? Can you feel the leaves crunching under your feet as you stand up to stoke the campfire? Can you smell the marshmallows starting to melt over the heat? No doubt you can picture yourself warmly wrapped in a flannel blanket swapping stories and laughing with your closest friends. It’s chilly outside, so you’ll want some kind of structure to huddle under. But the stars are among the best part of being...

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Can a Shed Add to Your Property Value?

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Can a Shed Add to Your Property Value?

The ideal home improvement serves your immediate needs while also increasing the value of your property in case you decide to put it up for sale later on. For homeowners who need extra storage and want to add curb appeal, a wood shed could be the perfect solution.Here are some ways in which building a quality outdoor shed can increase the value of your home.Extra StorageThis is a no-brainer for renters and buyers alike. No one likes a cluttered home, so having ample space to store seasonal items, outdoor furniture,...

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Start Thinking About a Storage Shed for Winter

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Start Thinking About a Storage Shed for Winter

 Recent news reports are reminding East Coasters that the Old Farmer’s Almanac isn’t necessarily a great indicator of long-term weather forecasts – just as the source predicts an upcoming winter even worse than the last. If there’s one thing we can be sure about, though, it’s that there will be snow – possibly lots of it.When your driveway and sidewalk are housing feet of snow, you’ll want easy access to shovels, salt, and snow blowers. Lawn mowers and garden hoses standing in the way will only be an annoying obstacle...

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Creating the Perfect Backyard Sanctuary

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Creating the Perfect Backyard Sanctuary

Don’t let work and other obligations take away from your free time at home. It’s much easier to relax and stop thinking about the to-do’s on your calendar when you have a designated space to kick back – and what better location than your own backyard?Here are some ways to make your yard into a sanctuary for you and your family.Eliminate Junk and ClutterYour first step to creating a relaxing environment should be to get rid of anything taking up unnecessary space. Toss any trash and put yard tools, gardening...

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Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

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Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

You test the acidity of your soil to make sure it’s in perfect condition, carefully cultivate your compost heap, and strategically pinch off leaves to encourage growth in your prize plants. But do you have a place to safely store tools, soil, fertilizer, mulch, bulbs, and the plethora of other things you need to keep your enviable backyard in shape?If this question made your mind jump to an image of your meticulously curated garden supplies scattered among empty paint cans and rusty bikes in your garage, it may be time...

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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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