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What is Heat Lightning … and Is It Dangerous?

Ever seen flashes in the sky on a hot day you can't quite explain? You might be witnessing what some people call "heat lightning."

10 Mistakes You’re Making to Attract Mosquitoes to Your Home

Don't leave a welcome mat for mosquitoes to swarm your home!


How to Keep Deer and Other Pests Away from Your Hostas

Deer, rabbits and other animals love hostas just as much as gardeners. Here are some easy ways to keep these...


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20 Home Renovations Increase Home Value Instantly

These are the top renovations that increase home value. Some are easy and inexpensive updates that you can do over...


Jobsite Etiquette Tips for Subcontractors

Here are some great tips that will keep you and your subcontractors in your customer’s good graces.

Best-Reviewed Snow Shovels on Amazon

Upgrade your snow shovel this winter to a product that's Amazon reviewer approved. Find your best snow shovel here.


Which Exterior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?

Not all exterior renovation projects are created equal. These are the ones that add the most value at resale.

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Should I Buy a Snow Blower or Hire a Snow Removal Service?

Deciding between buying a snow blower or hiring a snow removal service? Consider the pros and cons so you can...


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9 Tool Hacks You’ll Use Time and Time Again

Tools are usually designed with one task in mind, but many can be used for all sorts of jobs.


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Is Your Snow Blower Ready for the First Big Dump?

The season's first big snowstorm could be just days or weeks away. Get your snow blower ready for the season's...


25 Surprising Grilling Facts You Haven’t Heard 10 Times Before

After mastering these tips from professionals, you'll never look at your grill the same way.

8 Mosquito-Repelling Plants You Need in Your Backyard ASAP

Why invest in pesticides or bug sprays to control mosquitoes when you can repel them naturally with plants?


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How to Use a Charcoal Grill for the First Time

Want to take advantage of the summer weather and do some outdoor cooking? Learn how to use a charcoal grill...


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7 Ways to Conserve Water in the Garden

Follow these steps to use water smartly and still keep your plants happy and healthy.


How to Build a Gazebo

Build this airy summer hangout that features fish-scale shingles and decorative trim you make yourself.


What to Consider Before Buying a Patio Umbrella

For proper shade, safety and protection, you need to pick the best patio umbrella for your cherished backyard space. Take...

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How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder

Backyard birdwatchers share their tried-and-true tips to keep sugar water safe for their favorite fliers.


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How to Grow Hops

Growing hops rewards homebrewers and gardeners. Use these tips for buying, planting and nurturing this fast-growing vine.


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Home Gardening: Easier Weeding and Watering

These great tips will help you create an ideal, low-maintenance and beautiful outdoor living space.


The 7 Do’s and Don’ts of Garden Containers

Check out these seven tips for a thriving small-space garden from the National Garden Bureau.


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Maximize Growing Space with a Vertical Veggie Garden

Use a trellis, netting, A-frames or an arbor to create a vertical garden that maximizes space and adds to your...


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Gardening Tips for Brown Thumbs

So you think you can't grow anything? Here are 10 common excuses — and how to turn them into successes.


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Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas for Your Yard and Garden

If you want a beautiful yard without a lot of fuss, here are six low-maintenance landscaping tips that will keep...


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7 Things You Should Know About Hummingbird Nectar

Attract hummingbirds in your yard, or increase their traffic, with these expert sugar water tips.

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10 Tips to Create an Affordable Garden

The average household spends more than $500 on gardening annually, but you can do it for much less with these...


Your Home for All Things Outdoors

Your destination for tips, hacks and DIY inspiration for all things camping and grilling.


6 Best RV Solar Panels and Kits

Silent and fume-free electric power for your RV is what solar panel kits deliver. Check out these six top models...


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10 Vegetables You Should Start Indoors

Even if you're stuck inside you can still start preparing for your vegetable garden. Here are 10 veggies that work...


9 Tips To Get Your Garden Blooming Quickly

Want more growth in your garden? Check out these nine tips for getting your garden to bloom quickly. You'll thank...


Tips and Tools for Achieving Better Painting Results

Seasoned professional painters have learned from experience what paint works best in any situation, what equipment is durable and yields...