April 22nd, 2010
A lush, landscaped yard is a mark of pride for many homeowners. Whether they choose to enclose it within a six-foot privacy fence or leave it open to show off their hard work, nursing grass and plants through the hottest days of the year is one of the major summer tasks homeowners face.
With so much attention on water conservation these days, and with many state or local governments placing restrictions on lawn watering, maintaining a green lawn (and not feeling guilty about it) has become increasingly difficult. Here are some Earth Day tips to help you keep your landscape green and thriving all summer: Read the rest of this entry »
April 20th, 2010
Relaxing outdoors on your cedar or composite deck and enjoying the greenery of your backyard helps you connect with nature. In honor of Earth Day 2010 this week, you can make that connection even more meaningful by thoughtfully choosing deck furniture that’s healthy for the environment.
Eco-friendly deck furniture has blossomed into an entire market, with chairs and tables made from sustainably produced, recycled or salvaged materials. If you’re looking for something new, options range from FSC-certified wood furniture purchased from large retailers such as Pottery Barn to one-of-a-kind pieces crafted by local artisans from reclaimed materials. Or you can do the salvaging yourself, in which case your imagination–rather than your budget–is the limit.
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