Archives: Landscaping

Inground Swimming Pools

By Todd Fratzel on swimming pools

Inground Swimming Pool Project As a kid growing up I always dreamed of owning an inground swimming pool. I grew up with an above ground pool that was great fun, but not nearly as awesome as an inground pool. After recently completing our own inground pool in our backyard I wanted to share my thoughts…

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Repairing an underground dog fence

By Jeff Williams on Fencing, Landscaping

Repairing an Underground Dog Fence Of all the home improvement projects tackled in the past 5 years the most useful one has been the underground dog fence. It’s a low voltage loop of wire that runs the complete perimeter of the yard. We can just open the sliding glass door on the deck and the…

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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 Outdoor living spaces have become one of the most popular landscaping projects for home owners looking to expand their yards and gain useful spaces to entertain and relax. Last Spring we started an extensive year long outdoor living project including a custom patio with built-in fire pit, retaining wall, outdoor pavilion,…

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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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