Recycling Trash 101: How To Dispose Of Things That Can’t Go In Curbside Recycling Or Your Regular Garbage


Before you go to throw something away at home, you need to know that there are lots of household items that cannot (or should not) be disposed of in your regular trash. Many things cannot even be recycled via your regular curbside recycling or in your county's recycling dumpsters. The following items pose a hazard to the environment and human well-being and, therefore, must be recycled in other ways. Usually, this means taking the item to a Household Hazardous Waste collection center in … [Read more...]

Unique Wheelbarrows For Special Purposes + Creative Uses For The Everyday Garden Wheelbarrow


Guaranteed, there's been one in your life at some point in time. You may have sworn at it once or twice as you lost your balance and dumped your load at the worst possible moment, but nonetheless, that trusty 'ol wheelbarrow has been the mainstay of many household projects. Since there are always inventors who are looking to build a better mousetrap, the wheelbarrow has been improved upon in many ways. There are many variations of wheelbarrows these days. They're not just for construction … [Read more...]

Leaf Blowers vs Leaf Rakes – Which Is Best & Why?


Wow, if this isn't a hot topic! No matter where you live, or how much you like your neighbors, the minute a neighbor fires up a noisy leaf blower, you're at their mercy and have to deal with the loud noise & air pollution. Still, leaf blowers are commonly seen as the simpler, faster option when it comes to gathering leaves. But are they really more efficient than raking?...   … [Read more...]

Yard Aeration: How & When To Aerate Your Lawn


If your lawn has brittle little blades of grass rather than a thick plush surface, it may be suffering from compacted soil. This prevents the root system of your grass from penetrating and growing to its fullest potential. It also prevents water from penetrating through to the roots when the rains fall. The end result? Moisture runs off into the drainage ditch and your lawn misses out on the nourishment it needs to thrive and grow into a lush green lawn. Compressed soil makes it difficult … [Read more...]

14 Unique Rakes With A Purpose – From Leaf Rakes To Garden Rakes And Everything In Between


Odds are, if you head to the garage for a rake, you will probably grab one of these: A standard leaf rake. Lawn rakes or leaf rakes have 2 designs: straight edge or sweep (broom). Straight edge rakes pull leaves and debris toward the user, gathering up heavier trash such as sticks and stones. Sweep rakes are used like a broom. They pull or sweep the leaves and debris past the user. Sweep rakes are fan shaped, better ones with spring-steel teeth of graduated lengths for a straight leading … [Read more...]

12 Lawn, Garden & Home Projects That Should Be On Your Fall To-Do List


Before you know it, cooler winds will start blowing in and winter will be here to stay. There are so many things that need to get done around the house before the snow starts falling.     Following are 12 household projects that should probably be at the top of your fall chores checklist...   #1  Attend to your garden harvest. The last few tomatoes and squash are waiting to be picked. You don't want to leave any to go to waste. Work now to prepare your … [Read more...]

Husqvarna Automower Pros & Cons


Wouldn't it be wonderful to have your lawn mowed with no time or effort on your part? The Husqvarna Automower might be just that labor-saving device you're looking for! The Automower is an autonomous robot that mows your yard for you, on a pre-determined schedule. Husqvarna also makes a solar-powered hybrid model. It's the world's first solar-powered robot lawnmower. Q: What effect does Automower have on the environment? A: Since Automower runs on batteries, there are no emissions … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Outdoors: Lawn & Garden Tips


Each spring there is an assortment of garden chores that can be done early in the year, before planting season arrives. This is also the time we need to assess the lawn and provide basic lawn maintenance to keep it in optimum health. Following are some tips to guide you through your spring gardening chores and save yourself a lot of work later in the season.   … [Read more...]

7 Easier Ways To Rake Leaves (…And Keep It FUN!)


For those who have a garden and lawn, the best way to keep both healthy is to make sure you take care of all those Fall leaves by raking them up. While some subscribe to the leaf blower method, it never did make much sense to me to blow leaves into the street (or elsewhere) instead of raking them up. Also, using a blower isn't environmentally friendly. So, if like me you prefer to try and do your yard clean-up in as green a fashion as possible, then I see a rake in your future. Here … [Read more...]

Instead Of Patch Perfect, We Like Scotts PatchMaster Tall Fescue Seed Mix


Four days ago, we seeded portions of our backyard with Scott's PatchMaster Seed Mix. This is the 2nd time we've used this brand. The first time, we had good results getting grass to grow in some bare spots, so we decided to use it again -- this time, to cover a much larger area. So far, so good. Here's why we chose Scott's Patch Master Tall Fescue Mix instead of that brand with the familiar name: Patch Perfect. Last May was the first time we went looking for a grass seed mix to repair a … [Read more...]