Extend Your Outdoor Living Area Season

A  great way to extend your season of being able to enjoy your outdoor living area is with fire!  Fire pits are a great way to heat up the area to remove the chill.  You could install a wood-burning or gas fire pit.

A wood-burning fire pit will give you a feel of camping with the wood-burning smell.  It’s also a great way to test if you’d like to put in a more permanent fire pit that is easier to light and without the smell of smoke.  The good side of wood-burning is that they are much easier to install and there is no need to run a gas line.  They also produce more heat than a gas fireplace.  Now the downsides to wood-burning, they’re harder to get started, you have to watch for flying sparks so you need proper spacing from anything that could catch fire, you have to cut or buy wood, if there’s a pollution ban you won’t be allowed to light it, and you’ll smell like campfire afterwards.

If you’d like something easy to start up, a gas fireplace or a gas lamp is a great way to heat up the area.  Both work very well.  Some of the benefits of gas, they are easy to light up, they are much cleaner, they turn off instantly – there’s no waiting for them to burn out, and they don’t leave you smelling like you were camping .  Some of the downsides to gas is you can’t cook over them, they produce less heat, the fire rings may clog, and the logs or rocks can look cheap.  With the gas fireplace, there are so many different styles to choose from.


How To Battle The Frost

When you know it’s going to get cold enough to cause some freezing, here are some ways to protect your plants:

  • Use frost or shade protection fabric to cover your plants.  You can buy this at most garden centers
  • You can also cover your plants with sheets, blankets or towels if you don’t have any of the above fabric.  Although if there is moisture they won’t be as effective.  With mmoisture, you’ll want to use the fabric above.
  • If snow is in the forecast, you can use tarps or plastic bags

Some plants will be stronger than others.  The frost and freeze borderline is right around 32 degrees.

If your plants to get some frost, you can do some basic steps to try and recover the plant.  If there are any wilted leaves, this is a sign of frost.  Prune all of these wilted leaves off of the plant so that it can redirect its energy back into the plant.  Otherwise it will spend too much energy trying to recover those areas.

Now if it’s going to get down below freezing, it’s about time to give in.  At that point we’d suggest to pick all the crops off the plants in your garden and then look forward to next spring when you can plant again.

Vegetable garden in winter


Is Widlife Eating Your Garden?

Are any pesky creatures eating your vegetables in your garden?  Maybe racoons, squirrels, rabbits, or any other critter.  They may be cute, but if they’re eating your garden, they’re not so cute anymore.

There are some things you can do to protect your gardens.

  • With rabbits, try building a raised bed of 2 feet or higher.  This is higher than they should be able to jump.  Or if a raised bed is not possible, surround the garden with a fence that is at least 2 feet high.  If it’s a wire fence, make sure they can’t squeeze through any of the holes.
  • For birds, you could try bird netting by draping it over the plants..  You can find this at most garden centers.  This could also deter other critters as well.
  • Racoons are probably the hardest to deter because they are quite intelligent animals.  If you can create some sort of tall barrier with a slick surface that the racoons can’t climb or hold onto.

Hopefully any of these tricks help get rid of those pesky critters.  If you have any other ways of protecting your garden share them with us.


Now’s a Great Time To Prune Your Trees

Once the weather warms up a bit and the snow melts, winter is a great time to prune.  Below is a great video on how to prune your trees the right way and not kill your tree.  It’s a lengthy video but well worth your time.  He goes into great detail how to do it and why.  I recommend you watch the video to take the best care of your trees!  And if you’re not sure you can do it or don’t have the right tools, I recommend you hire a professional to prune your trees.

Winterizing Your Irrigation System: 3 Reasons Why It’s Important

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It’s easy to forget to winterize your irrigation systems, but failing to do so is a common cause of irrigation system repair. Here are 3 reasons why you should.

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This should’ve been posted on the site months ago, but better late than never right?  In the colder parts of the country, I hope you’ve already winterized your sprinkler system.  If you haven’t, I’d suggest doing so.  It can keep you safe from the items in this article.  The warmer climates can probably ignore this article.

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Setup an Outdoor Watering System

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The only way to keep your lawn looking fresh it to make sure it has plenty of water. In this post we go over some of the fundamentals that will you get started with setting up an outdoor watering system.

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Arrange Containers to Maximize Landscape : Outdoors : Home & Garden Television

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Containers don’t have to be restricted to the patio when landscaping your garden. This article discusses using containers to create garden ‘rooms’ and add architectural interest.

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A great way to decorate your yard and inside your house.

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10 Tips to Prepare your Home for Spring Landscaping

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“Once the first official frost is no longer a threat, don’t you just want to run out into your yard and start spring landscaping?”


“Now that spring is here, gardening, landscaping and increasing your curb appeal is on most people’s minds. Depending on your geographic location and what type of soil and plants are native to your region will steer you in the right direction for your home.”

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Now that the cold weather is almost past us, here are 10 great tips to help you get started with your landscaping.

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Use Caution when Fertilizing with Raw Horse Manure –

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Use Caution when Fertilizing with Raw Horse Manure
ACVIM, professor of medicine and epidemiology at the school.

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Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

Don’t let your vegetable garden fade away at the end of summer. With a little planning, you can keep growing and harvesting vegetables well into the holidays. Here are tips for what to plant, when to plant and how to plant a fall vegetable garden.

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