Archives: Landscaping

Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™

By Todd Fratzel on Landscaping

Safe Spring Cleanup Using Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™ After a long winter I’ve been dying to get outside and get the yard cleaned up for the Summer. One of the challenges that we face in our yard is keeping surfaces clean from mold, mildew and algae stains, especially on the north side of our…

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Build A Shed Series Part 2| Preparing the Site

By Jeff Williams on Design & Planning, Home Improvement, Shed

Build A Shed Series Part 2| Preparing the Site In part 1 of the Build a Shed series we covered finding out what rules and codes apply in your community, finding a good plan, and getting a permit. In part 2 we’ll cover utility locating, materials ordering, and finally site preparation. To be completely honest,…

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Build A Shed Series Part 1 | Planning The Build

By Jeff Williams on Design & Planning, Home Improvement, Shed

Build A Shed Series Part 1 | Planning The Build In this part of the country spring is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about and planning this years outdoor projects. If one of the items on your list is to build a shed than you’re in the right place.…

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Outdoor Timber Pavilion by Western Timber Frame

By Todd Fratzel on Landscaping, Structure

Timber Frame Pavilion Project Editors Note: We installed this pavilion in the late Fall here in NH and the weather turned before we could get some nice finished photos. We’ll update this article early next year when the weather clears and the final touches are complete on the landscaping. In the meantime we wanted to…

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How to remove a stump (Part 1)

By Jeff Williams on Landscaping, Trees & Plants

How to Remove a Stump without breaking your back or the bank (Part 1) Last year I cut down a large maple tree in the yard that was only 10 feet from the house. The previous owners never should have planted it that close. Over the years as it grew, the roots started getting bound…

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Outdoor Fire Pit and Patio

By Todd Fratzel on Landscaping

Backyard Patio with Fire Pit and Sitting Wall Outdoor living has become an increasingly popular topic for many homeowners looking to expand and upgrade their yards. One of the most popular projects in the outdoor living arena is an outdoor fire pit and patio. An outdoor fire pit can create a central gathering place for…

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Building Wood Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens Growing fresh vegetables is something I’ve done since I was a kid. When I was a kid we had a huge garden that took lots of hours and hard work but provide our family with all the vegetables we needed. With my family’s busy schedule a huge garden isn’t a viable…

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Applying Bark Mulch to Flower Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

How To Apply Bark Mulch To Flower Gardens I love Spring and early Summer here in New Hampshire especially when flower gardens blossom and the grass gets green after a long Winter. Mulching flower gardens not only helps control weeds but it also helps retain water and moderate soil temperatures. Applying bark mulch to flower…

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