Archives: Landscaping

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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Selecting Flower Garden Mulch

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Flower Garden Mulch Each year we mulch our flower gardens with pine bark mulch. Mulching your flower gardens has several benefits including: Weed Control Reduced Watering Pest Control Added Beauty and Value To Your Home If you’ve taken a trip to your local garden center or nursery then you know there are more types of…

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Fall Leaf Cleanup Tips

By Todd Fratzel on Lawn Care

Cleanup Fall Leafs for Healthier Spring Lawn Fall leaf cleanup is essential in order to have a healthy lawn in the Spring. Based on a recent survey (for John Deere conducted by Harris Interactive) only 22% of Americans know that Fall is the best time to clean up leaves over Spring. The following tips were…

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How To Seal An Asphalt Driveway

By Todd Fratzel on Driveways

Sealing Asphalt Driveways Sealing your asphalt driveway is an important maintenance step that’s needed to prolong the life and keep it looking like new. Asphalt driveways are a simple yet effective mixture of asphalt, stone and sand. When properly maintained an asphalt driveway can last 15 to 20 years. Maintenance of asphalt driveways consists of…

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