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Ready, set, mow: An easy 10-minute lawn mower tuneup

The incredible look of lush, green grass. The feel of soft lawn beneath your toes. The smell of the freshly cut yard on a warm sunny day. A healthy lawn starts with good maintenance and the most important step is mowing. Is your lawn mower ready to go?A lawn mower is an investment, and if you take a few proactive maintenance steps, you'll keep it running efficiently all season long. However, research from Briggs & Stratton Corp., the worlds largest... read more
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Fired up for grilling season

Americans have a long-standing love affair with grilling. This relationship started many years ago. Our ancestors first learned to cook over an open flame, and today grilling has become a year-round lifestyle choice with many preferring to cook outdoors on the grill.Why do Americans love grilling so much? The reasons are wide ranging. Some grill to relax. The...
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Transform your weedy lawn from awful to awesome

Whether it's splotched, patchy or completely covered, a lawn choked with ugly weeds can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to transform an awful lawn into an awesome one that's thick, green and weed-free.What is a weed?Any plant that is unwanted is considered a weed. Many plants earn their weedy reputation because...
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Easy DIY projects to enhance your yard and garden

Itching for summer to arrive, when you can get out and enjoy your yard? Why not plan a DIY project to improve your outdoor space, while encouraging everyone in the family to get outside and have fun together?Here are some projects to consider, and the prep work involved.Check your deckDoes your existing deck need repair? Check for loose...
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5 smart ideas to refresh your deck

As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself...
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