Landscaping & Gardening

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Millie’s Remodel Update: Exterior Front Reveal

Get a load of this transformation! See Millie's Remodel and her exterior front reveal. Plus, I'm sharing tips to help you keep your home protected from termites when landscaping. Millie's Remodel Update: Exterior Front Reveal This update of…
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How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with a Cucumber Trellis

It's spring-time and the perfect time to start a garden. Build this raised garden bed with or without a cucumber trellis and start gardening tomorrow! How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with a Cucumber Trellis Is there anything better than vegetables…
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9 Lasting Alternatives to Concrete Walkways

Pathways around your home can be functional (protecting grass, your feet, or creating a smooth surface to walk on.) Paths can be whimsical, natural, utilitarian or decorative. Here are 9 Lasting Alternatives to Concrete Walkways. Alternatives…
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Landscaping 101 – Tools & Planting

Landscaping 101 - Tools & Planting When we bought our first home 13 years ago, we were lured by the idea of having at least half an acre of land. Little did we know that it would involve LOTS and LOTS of yard work. Over the years we've…
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Can This Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Really Replace a Gas-Powered Mower?

Can This Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Really Replace a Gas-Powered Mower? I have underestimated the abilities of battery-powered mowers for years. But, recently I received the STIHL RMA 460 Battery Powered Mower to test out. Did it live up to…
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How to Build a Window Pane Lattice Privacy Fence and Gate

How to Build a Window Pane Lattice Privacy Fence and Gate I should probably re-name this post How to Build a Window Pane Lattice Semi-Privacy Fence. But, honestly it's only semi-private because the lots in downtown Raleigh are so close together…
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Saving Etta: Front Yard Transformation

Saving Etta: Front Yard Transformation & Tips for Saving Money on Landscaping I hope you enjoyed the backyard transformation I shared on Monday. Like the backyard, the front has taken on quite the transformation of its own. One of the first…
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Saving Etta Update: The Backyard Transformation

Saving Etta Update: The Backyard Transformation This has to be one of the biggest transformations (besides the demolition and framing) at the Saving Etta project! The backyard was an unruly mess of vines, overgrown shrubs, and weeds. I resisted…
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How to Easily Fix a Leaky Hose

How to Easily Fix a Leaky Hose A garden hose is a valuable tool around my yard in the summertime. It's vital to keep my yard looking beautiful, keeping plants watered, and occasionally for a fun water fight with my kids. But what happens when…
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How to Create an Inexpensive Mulch and Stone Walkway

How to Create an Inexpensive Mulch and Stone Walkway Spring is on its way and that means more rain. It's also the time of year when the grass has been dormant and there is more exposed dirt and mud in your yard. Let's be honest, everyone tends…

Use this App to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Use this App to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal What would you say if I told you there's an app that could help you improve your curb appeal? Would you believe me? What if I told you this app could also help you complete all those home maintenance…
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How to Compost – Magnificent Garden Soil

Do you compost? Oh my gosh, if you don't, why not?!!! It is easy, it's great for the environment and it will result in amazing nutrient rich soil that surpasses anything you can buy from a store! Some of the additional benefits are that you…
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How to Replace a Wheelbarrow Tire in 5 Minutes

What happens when you are ready to do some work in the yard and discover your wheelbarrow has a flat tire? You pump it up. But, then you realize the tire is dry-rotted and no air will stay in the wheel. Trust me when I say you don't want…

Swing Set for Grown Ups

Are your kids still using that old swing set in your backyard or have they long outgrown it? After our major landscaping project, we've been spending more time outside enjoying our new backyard. But, this eyesore was blocking the view. It…
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How to Install Landscape Lights and Repel Mosquitoes

Pop Quiz: How can you beautify your yard AND repel mosquitoes at the same time? Do you give up? Introducing the new NuTone Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System. As a resident of the North Carolina, we fight a losing…

Create a Living Wall Lattice Privacy Screen

Did you see the Living Wall Lattice Privacy Screen I created for our new patio? It was so easy to install that I'm kicking myself for not thinking of the idea sooner. I'm just happy to have it now as it gives us a little more privacy and…

Backyard Landscaping and Patio Reveal

I've had many friends and readers ask if our backyard renovation was complete. Truth be told, it was finished right before Spring arrived. I wanted to wait for the plants to start blooming before taking the final pictures. Plus, I had to wait…

How to Build a Square Foot Gardening Grid that Won’t Rot

As I mentioned before, I am trying my hand at Square Foot Gardening. If you've never heard about this style of gardening, do some research or check out this book on Square Foot Gardening (affiliate link). The basic premise of the Square Foot…

How to Build a Vegetable Trellis on a Budget

Recently, I showed you how to build these rot resistant planter beds. They are definitely working well for me. Many of my seeds have sprouted and they look very happy. Soon I'll need a trellis to support the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and…
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How to Build a Rot-Resistant Raised Planter Bed

I've wanted to start a vegetable garden for three years! Each Spring something comes up and it doesn't happen. This year is the year, I told myself. I'm going to build Raised Planter Beds that are rot-resistant (because who wants to build…
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Building a Pergola with Trellis Screens

One of the design elements that our landscape designer proposed was Building a Pergola Trellis to screen our trash cans.  As soon as I saw the magazine clipping that she gave me, I was in love with the idea. Clipping from WoodMagazine.com I…
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Backyard Landscaping Update

Things have been busy in our yard. There's been lots of mud and dust flying around. I figured you'd like an update on our backyard landscaping. Put on your boots and let's get dirty! If you remember, I had big plans to give our back yard…
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Backyard Landscaping Plans

I know many of you come to my blog for exciting and inspiring ideas. I love showing you beautiful spaces and makeovers. Sadly, today I have to show you the ugly side of our house. Our backyard is quite a sight. It's been on our "want to do"…
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Lowe’s Spring Makeover Tour

Have you been following all the Lowe's Spring Makeovers? There were 10 in all, and each one is truly a miraculous transformation. If you remember, there were 10 bloggers who were sent to 10 different areas that were hardest hit by this past…
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Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveal

**This project and post has been sponsored by Lowe's Home Improvement. They are a company that works hard to give back to the community. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in one family's life. Thank you,…
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Dragonfly Garden Decor using a Wire Whisk + Skewer

Summertime is coming and I'm enjoying spending more time in our garden. I'm always looking for cute craft ideas that I can do with the kids while school is out. When I saw this great idea for making a wire whisk dragonfly on Morena's Corner,…
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DIY Firepit and Seating

Firepits are very popular right now. You can purchase a simple firepit at your local home improvement store, or put in a little sweat equity and create a DIY Firepit with Seating. When we had several hardwood trees taken down in our yard,…
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Lowe’s Spring Makeover Plans

I'm super amped to give you an update on the Lowe's Spring Makeover plans. If you recall, Lowe's was partnering with these bloggers heroes to come to the rescue of a few homeowners: All Things G&D | Beneath My Heart | Brooklyn Limestone |…
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How to Install a Birdhouse on a Post

Hey y'all! I'm back with another easy tutorial. This is another #DIYCourage project sponsored by Duluth Trading Co. Do you love birds? Want to add some birdhouses to your property without attaching them to trees? Today I'm going to share a…
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How to Build a Temporary Pergola

This tutorial to build a temporary pergola is perfect for a wedding, photo shoot, for some shade, or for your garden if you are okay with it not lasting forever. My sister and I constructed it for our Thompson's WaterSeal Bali Dream Deck…
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Heart Shaped Topiary

The season of love is upon us. Have you embraced it? Or are you struggling to find something cute but not cutesy. Or something non-red or pink? Today I have a tutorial to show  you how easy it is to create a heart shaped topiary. Keep it…
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WORX JawSaw Product Review

A few months ago WORX sent me their WORX Lithium Cordless Chainsaw with Extension Pole for a product review. Our property is very wooded and we have so many trees that I've lost count. I do know that they need pruning and maintaining on…
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How to Identify Yellow Jackets and Protect from Being Stung

Summertime is here and I can't keep shoes on the kids... ...or clothes for that matter. I think my kids inherited it from me. I have fond memories of running around our backyard as a child barely clothed. I also have a not so fond memory…
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3 Step Little Red Wagon Planter

Container gardening is easy and great for instant color gratification. But, it's especially fun to find "unconventional" objects to use as a planter. You may have noticed my little red wagon planter in the Landscaping 101 post. My 3 Step…
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How to Recover Outdoor Pillows and a Mini Patio Makeover #LowesCreator

When Lowe's challenged me to give an outdoor spot a mini-makeover, I knew exactly where to turn my attention. Our small paver patio is where we sit on warm spring days to eat lunch, take a break or sip wine after dark. The winter months wreak…
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Easy Potted Clover for St. Patrick’s Day

Valentine's Day is in one day, right? So, what am I up to? I'm getting ready to celebrate the return of spring and St. Patrick's Day of course. In North Carolina, the trees are starting to bud and a few have flowers. I'm super excited for…
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How to Patch Spots in Your Grass (The Easy Way)

Welcome back to the Spring Olympic events. We are here in Handy Stadium which is home to numerous sporting events including: football, soccer, 25 yard dash, off-road cycling and you can't forget father/son wrestling. As you can see, we have…
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Creative Container Gardening – DIY Talent The Pink Hammer Blog

Welcome back to another day of the DIY Talent Parade! Do you see that flurry of pink activity? You know what that means, it is none other than Kelly from The Pink Hammer Blog! Kelly is the gal behind those rockin' pink tools. With a drill…
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How to Root Plant Clippings

I have a bush in our yard that is a pure delight to me. It has the distinguished honor of being the first flowering plant in our landscaping after a long winter. In the winter, it has pretty dark shiny evergreen foilage. When these little…
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Installing Your Own Sprinkler System

Last week I shared with you how to grow a better lawn based on what I learned from my education at Pennington Seed. Part of growing a more beautiful lawn is learning how to water it properly. Did you know that the majority of homeowners…