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How to Control Pests Organically

It’s possible to avoid heavy pesticides and chemicals and still control pests. If you want to grow an organic garden, you can avoid damage from bugs and still stay organic and natural. With a little time and a few extra minutes of effort, you can protect your garden and still deliver healthy, safe foods to your dining table. Start with a routine tour of your garden and pick off pests and insects you discover. Young, tender plants are serious attractants to pests and can often succumb to the damage. If you find damage on plants but can’t figure out the culprit, do your survey at …

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How to Refinish Your Deck

Refinishing your deck can be easier you think. In just a weekend, you can turn your old, tired-looking deck into an outdoor oasis. With a few tips and a little bit of time, you can refinish and stain your deck and return it to a newer-looking state. The first step is looking for any dark spots on you decking, railings, or steps. These spots are usually wood oxidation and tannin bleed, common effects of weather. Dark spots are best addressed with a wood cleaner followed by a wood brightener, allowing the affected area to better blend in with the other areas of your deck. For …

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Outdoor Cleaning While Saving Water

Everyone likes to keep the outside of their homes tidy and clean. Your neighbors may appreciate the effort, but your water bill may not. Saving water is easy when you change up a few of your routine outdoor tasks. Start with sweeping away the dirt from driveways, pathways, and sidewalks instead of hosing them off. Depending on your hose, you could be spraying at a rate of 5 to 10 gallons per minute. Even short five or fifteen minute jobs end up using a lot of water that is simply running down the drain. Sweeping takes little to no extra effort and delivers the same …

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