The Benefits of a Backyard Fire Pit

Belgard Firepit

When you think of a backyard fire pit, you might picture something sleek and modern, perhaps a gas-burning fire table that gives off colored flames.

But fire pits have been around for nearly as long as people have been building fires. The first fire pits offered a method for cooking food, a way to ward off wild animals, and a place for the community to come together.

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Cleaning Tips, Refilling or Exchanging Propane Gas. What’s Best For Your Weber Grill.

Ever since Weber invented the kettle grill in 1952 and popularized the idea of backyard covered cooking, debate has raged: charcoal, propane grill, or natural gas grill? Over the years, a high-quality grill has become the center piece of the backyard come barbecue season, but how do you know what to choose? Not only do you need to select the right fuel type – be it gas, propane or charcoal – but then you need to decide which brand of grill will best deliver your homemade mouthwatering summer delicacies.  And of course, which grill out there will give you the best value?

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What’s the Difference Between Aluminum and Steel Landscape Edging?

Edged garden in front of home

Writing in the blog Gardenista, Janet Roth calls metal landscape edging the “little black dress” of backyard landscapes.

“Elegant, strong yet understated, tailored and timeless,” she writes, “a long-time design secret of professional landscapers, metal has edged its way into the amateur home garden to offer a clean-cut and practical solution to keep plants and materials in place.”

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Pet-Safe Ice Melt. Does It Work? Is It Really Safe?

Dogs on ice

Ice melt is a must-have for homeowners this time of year. It’s vital to have a method of clearing your sidewalks and steps during wintry weather and keeping things safe for you and your family.

At the same time, you want to make sure things are safe for the four-legged members of your family by using pet-safe ice melt.

“Of course,” you think. “I can just make sure I look for something labeled ‘pet safe’ and call it a day.”

Think again.

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Ice Melt vs. Rock Salt – Which Should You Choose?

Sbow covered car and tree

On Facebook, on TV and at work, everyone’s saying the same thing: There’s a blizzard coming.

And then you realize: We don’t have any rock salt at home. You ran out after last year’s big storm, and never got to replenish your supply.

So you head to your local hardware store to stock up and find yourself looking at a vast collection of different products, some of it labeled “ice melt,” some of it labeled “rock salt.”

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Stock Up on Winter Supplies: Calcium Chloride Ice Melt Products, Road Salt and More

Snow covered road.

Winter is almost upon us. Nighttime temperatures are in the 30s. There’s frost greeting us on our windshields in the morning. Any day now, the first snow will begin to fall.

And if there’s one thing we know about winter, it’s that the only thing worse than dealing with a snowstorm is being caught unprepared for a snowstorm.

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