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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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6 Ways to Use a Pavilion on Your Property

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6 Ways to Use a Pavilion on Your Property

  Installing a pavilion near your home can help improve your property. Not only do these beautiful and simple structures add aesthetic appeal to your yard, they can also add function and versatility. If you’re looking to get more use of your yard, whether you have 1 acre or 100, a pavilion can be the right answer. Check out six ways that a pavilion can upgrade your property and give you a fun, useful new space. 1. Create a Barbecue Shelter Many homeowners love to grill or barbecue outside. From...

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How A Gazebo Can Improve Your Yard

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How A Gazebo Can Improve Your Yard

  Gazebos aren’t simply great looking centerpieces for a public park or town square. These beautiful structures are perfect for your yard or property as well. Coming in a large number of shapes, sizes, materials, and colors, gazebos can significantly improve your yard (as well as your property value). Check out some of the ways a gazebo can upgrade your space.   It Adds Utility to Your Yard One of the biggest way that a new gazebo can improve your property is by changing the way you use your yard....

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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 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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A Fall Checklist For Your Yard

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A Fall Checklist For Your Yard

Fall can be a great season in New England. The leaves explode in a sea of reds and yellows, we get pumpkin everything, and what isn’t pumpkin-laced is stuffed full of fresh, orchard-picked apples. All in all, it’s easy to see why some of us love the crisp autumn months of September and October. Via Yankee Foliage. Others, however, dread the sight of the first splash of color among the trees – many of them homeowners who know that fall means winter is coming, and with the change in seasons...

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