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Having a sprinkler system in your yard can be an easy and efficient way to keep your plants watered on a regular basis. There are above ground sprinkler systems, but they can be a pain in the rear to deal with primarily when it comes time to mow the lawn. Planning out the layout of your irrigation system is the first step. When you are confident that the plan will work properly, you can start…

If you’re a dog owner, then you likely absolutely love your dog and want to be able to give it a great yard to enjoy. The problem is that your dog might be making it hard for you to keep your yard looking great. Dogs trample the ground, dig holes, and urinate all over the grass. What can you do when your grass isn’t growing well partially because you have dogs on the property? Well,…

Skunks are most certainly not a welcome sight on your property. Everyone knows that skunks can be quite annoying to deal with. If you get too close to these creatures, then you might wind up getting sprayed with a foul-smelling odor that will linger for many days. You certainly don’t want to have to try to de-skunk your pets or yourself because you ran into a skunk on your property. If you have seen signs…

It’s important to do your part to take care of your property. You want to keep your grounds looking as nice as possible so that you can enjoy your property to the fullest. This is why you’re so meticulous about mowing your lawn and taking care of other things. While you’re mowing, you’re going to create lots of grass clippings. What can you do with these grass clippings if you don’t want to be wasteful?…

At first glance, chipmunks are adorable. They are basically small squirrels. Chipmunks are small, dainty little creatures that scamper about. Though they tend to be most commonly found in forests, chipmunks are very commonly found in yards as well. You may find them taking up residence under patios or walkways, around stone walls, or in gardens in particular. While they aren’t known for causing property damage, they are known for tunneling either to get to…

Birds may be beautiful to look at, but they can cause a plethora of issues with various outdoor items. If you have an air conditioner, either the outdoor or window variety, birds can become a real problematic point. The simple fact of the matter is that, especially during the summer months, your air conditioner is one of those essentials that we just can’t do without. If you think that birds are posing a problem for…

Birds come in many different shapes and sizes, each bringing with them their own unique set of challenges and concerns. Though there are many different types of birds that some will watch as a hobby, it is safe to say that the starling is not one of them. Starlings are small birds that can permeate garages and barns on a regular basis. Even worse, they will keep the birds that you want to see –…

Ivy is the common name for a species of about 20 different evergreen perennial plants. Depending on where they grow, they can be both ground creepers and climbers of nearby rocks, trees, buildings, or anything else that their stems can grab onto. When ivy has a solid base, it can climb up to heights of almost 100 feet. When they grow on the ground level, though, they will rarely go any higher than six inches…

Hummingbirds make for a beautiful visitor to backyards everywhere. They come in vibrant, beautiful colors and their small stature gives them a grace that few other creatures can match. There is nothing quite like looking out the back window and seeing them flying around the yard. One of the best ways to attract them to your yard is through the use of a bird feeder. Bird feeders can require quite a bit of maintenance, so…

Peppers are one of the most universally loved vegetables out there. They go with just about anything and they are simple enough to grow that just about anyone can plant them in a backyard garden or even in a small apartment window garden. Most people enjoy the taste and health benefits of the bell pepper, which is one of the most common types of pepper out there. Even better, the bell pepper can be grown…

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