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Mulch is a very valuable additive that is added to your flower beds and gardens to bolster their ability to grow and add nutrients to your flowers or plants. Just like anything else, mulch has a shelf life to it. When that mulch becomes old and has outlived its purpose, you will be left with mulch that doesn’t serve much use for your garden bed anymore. So, the question becomes what should you do with…

It’s always so nice to be able to get out in your backyard and do some grilling when the weather permits. Many people look forward to being able to use their charcoal grills to get that fine flavor that they dream of. Charcoal grilling is a lot of fun but sometimes you wind up with a lot of charcoal ash and you aren’t sure what to do with it. This can be problematic since you…

When putting a garden together, we all have different goals. Some want the beautiful visual of blooming flowers to look at each and every day. Others want flowers that will smell great that they can hang or use in their homes. Other people are looking for the kind of flowers that will attract beautiful butterflies to their garden. After all, butterflies are one of the most visually appealing insects that there are. Wanting them in…

Backyard sheds have become very commonplace in society. They serve a very real and practical use in that they can keep tools for property upkeep—lawnmowers, edgers, pruners, etc.—safe and protected from the elements. But those same backyard sheds are now gaining use for other reasons. One of those reasons is that they can be used as a backyard sanctuary, a place to get away and enjoy some alone time. They can also be converted into…

Ants are tiny insects that usually walk about unseen on the ground. Because they are so small, it’s very difficult for the average person to look at them closely. However, if you do take a look closely, you will realize that not all ants are the same. Some are slightly different than others; some even have wings! From the size to the color to the overall shape, you will notice a vast difference between different…

Fireflies, also commonly known as lightning bugs, are found in many parts of the world. They usually come out at night in dimly lit or dark places, and you can see a warm glow at the back of their bodies. They are simply defined as soft-bodied beetles and are known as fireflies because of the bioluminescence they emit to attract mates or prey. Fireflies can be seen swarming around a tree on a night, or…

If you live in an area where pine trees are commonplace, it will only be a matter of time before you begin to notice those pine needles nearly everywhere. Many property owners will choose to not just let those pine needles sit around; they want to get rid of them. But how can you effectively get rid of pine needles? Is it possible to compost them and put them to some kind of use in…

The squirrel is one of the cutest rodents that you are ever going to see. Often seen during the fall season or during spring, squirrels usually like to feast on nuts, and they stay well away from humans. Therefore, many people consider it to be a special achievement when they notice squirrels in their yard. However, attracting squirrels to your yard is anything but easy. One of the things that you need to understand about…

Many people are divided about whether lizards in the backyard are a good or bad thing. However, while the jury is still out on that, you need to know that these lizards are quite common, and you might see them moving in your backyard quite frequently. While they are relatively harmless creatures, most people have issues with lizards in their yard because of a variety of reasons. Lizards usually eat a variety of different things,…

During the summer months especially, busting out the grill makes for a favorite pastime for many. There are few things that can quite match the experience of firing up the grill, cooking up a great meal, and spending time with friends and family. There comes a question, however, that many of us don’t really think about: what happens when it comes time to dispose of the ashes that get created during the cooking? Do you…

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