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  • Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

    For the last several years, I’ve been keeping a list of features I want in my dream house. They include a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves, a giant kitchen and maybe even…

  • Cracks Be Gone: How To Patch A Sidewalk

    What’s not to love about a sidewalk? You can draw on them with chalk, and they’re a safe haven on which to walk, bike, jog, jump rope, play hopscotch–you get the…

  • How To Create A Year-Round Outdoor Space

    Grilling, dining al fresco, relaxing in a hammock with a good book–it’s no wonder that spending time outdoors is one of the top activities during the summer. And if your home…

  • Can You DIY An Irrigation System?

    As temperatures heat up, now is the perfect time to think about your yard’s irrigation. If you don’t already have a sprinkler system, you may want to consider one, especially if…

  • How To Clean Rain Gutters

    While watching an episode of “Friday Night Lights” last night, I was struck by a scene in which football star Tim Riggins selflessly donates his time to clean and repair his…

  • Why We’ll Be Watching HGTV’d

    In a couple of weeks, HGTV will premiere a new series: “HGTV’d.” And we love the premise. HGTV hosts will travel around the country (accompanied by a massive HGTV’d 18-wheeler) to…

  • Five Reasons To Try Your Hand At Night Gardening

    From foliage to roughage, a well-tended garden can boost your home’s curb appeal, cut your grocery bill, and help you be more environmentally friendly all in one swoop. But if you’re…

  • How To Build A Picnic Table

    There’s nothing like dining al fresco during the summer–or spring, fall, or even winter, if you live in the right part of the country! Eating outside seems to take even the…

  • Make Your Own Gutter Garden

    For a multitude of reasons, not everyone can plant a traditional garden. Maybe you live in an apartment or condo where green space is sparse and not really yours to dig…

  • Natural Born Weed Killers

    It’s the season to start thinking about your lawn and getting it back into shape for summer. It’s possible that weeds have taken root and infiltrated much of your yard. If…

  • Fence Installation Tips

    Adding a fence to your property–or swapping out an old fence for a new one–is not only a good idea for your home’s security, but also adds aesthetic appeal to your…

  • Planning For An Outdoor Space

    We’re seeing some amazing photos around the Internet of newly renovated outdoor spaces. ‘Tis the season to break out the patio furniture and barbecue grill and spend as many hours outside…

  • Expert Tips On Starting A Lawn

    Here in the Ohio contingent of Charles & Hudson, we’re looking at rehabbing both our front and back yards — because in a former life they were actually small urban farms…

  • Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

    Have you guys seen that commercial (for a headache medicine, maybe?) where the husband pressure washes the deck and obliterates all of the outdoor furniture? Too funny! All joking aside, however,…

  • How To Get Rid Of Ground Moles

    Warmer temperatures mean that critters are on the move, both inside your home and outside. Yesterday, one of our Facebook friends posted a plea for mole removal techniques, so after a…

  • John Deere Riding Mowers at Home Depot

    Last month we visited one of the John Deere plants near Augusta, Georgia and were the first to check out their new lineup of utility tractors, zero-turn mowers and riding mowers.…

  • Help Wanted: Design Ideas for a Driveway Gate

    A reader recently contacted us regarding a driveway gate he is planning on installing. His home is of a French Normandy/Storybook style, almost like what you’d find in the Swiss Alps,…

  • Use Coffee Grounds For Gardening

    Searching for a way to garden a little greener while creating less waste in the kitchen? Look no further than your trusty coffee maker for one of the best fertilizers, composters,…

  • Early Spring Maintenance Checklist

    We may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but it’s time to think spring! Even if you’re not quite out of the winter weather woods, we’ve got a short list…

  • White Roofs Can Reduce Energy Costs

    Painting building roofs white is a movement that’s slowly catching on in big cities. A light-colored roof reflects light, rather than absorbing it, a function that can significantly reduce energy costs.…