Outdoor Living

Get The Most Out Of Your Garden With These Five Great Uses For Sheds

Get The Most Out Of Your Garden With These Five Great Uses For Sheds

Sheds are traditionally used for storage, keeping all your gardening equipment in one dry, safe place. While they are still great places to store the extra garden tools and seeds for next year, garden sheds are gradually assuming other roles. From a place to escape to a place for noisy kids, sheds aren’t just for junk anymore.

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Companion Planting in Your Backyard

Companion Planting in Your Backyard

The green movement is encouraging more and more people to change parts of their lives in a positive way. Living sustainably benefits both you and the world around you. A sustainable option that many people do not know about is companion planting. Companion planting is the planting of different crops in close proximity because they are beneficial to each other. Some aid as pesticides, some help with pollination, and some help with productivity. By using companion planting, you can hopefully eliminate or reduce the need for chemical pesticides or fertilizer by utilizing nature’s own versions. Here are a few common and extra-helpful plants to use as companion plants.

Marigolds

Marigolds are the wunderkind of the plant world. The golden blooms are beneficial to practically all other plants; the exceptions are Brussels sprouts, beans, and cabbage plants. Tomatoes see special value from being near marigolds. The flowers produce a pesticide from their roots. This works to keep out beetles, eelworms, nematodes, and other pests. It can even be effective to stop the growth of some weeds.

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Knowing What’s Going On In Your Yard Can Keep Termites Away

Knowing What’s Going On In Your Yard Can Keep Termites Away

This time of year, termites are a big problem for many homeowners. Experts say, you need to be aware of what’s going on in your yard. Any wood in contact with soil can be attractive to termites. It’s unusual for them to infest mulch, but it can happen.

Instead, termites are more likely to attack decaying stumps or fallen limbs that contain large pieces of dead wood. As long as you keep the wood-based mulch a foot or so away from the house’s foundation, you should be able to see any mud tunnels that termites would make as they cross the barren zone.

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Patio Furniture

Patio Furniture

Local realtors say as the current housing market continues to be sluggish, many are not bothering to put their homes on the market. Instead, homeowners are staying put and making updates to their homes. A big trend is to add more living space outdoors. To do this, many are sprucing up their backyards with new patio’s and decks. Of course, that means new patio furniture! The goal for many homeowners is to transform their backyards so it feels like they‘re on vacation all year round!

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Patio’s And Decks

Patio’s And Decks

If you want your house to feel like it has more square footage, experts say you need to make sure you have a great “outdoor living room”. Many homeowners today see outdoor living space as a must-have amenity, as a well-planned deck or patio can add a lot of enjoyment to their home. Local realtors say, if you want to sell your home, your outdoor space should make buyers feel like they are on vacation all year round!

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