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    How To Dig A Backyard Pond

    If you are tired of how your backyard looks, one easy way to add some extra visual appeal to it is by adding a pond. With a few free days, you could rent a backhoe and dig the pond yourself. Figuring Out Pond Placement Before you go and rent a backhoe, you first need to figure out where you want to place the pond. Think about how you use your backyard. Do not place the pond in a high traffic area.

    Diagnosing Damage To An Asphalt-Shingle Roof

    If you are looking for a roofing material that will keep your initial costs low, you should definitely consider installing an asphalt-shingle roof on your home. Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing material in terms of initial cost. While they come with a small cost, they are not as durable as other options such as metal roofing; thus, when you buy an asphalt-shingle roof, you need to be ready to inspect your roof regularly for weather damage.

    Off-The-Charts Efficiency: The Case For A Ground-Source Heat Pump

    Running a furnace to keep your home warm through the cold of winter adds up—in fact, it can be your most costly appliance. While installing a ground-source heat pump comes with a high initial cost, you will save money and keep your costs low by the unmatched efficiency of a ground-source heat pump.  How a Heat Pump Works A heat pump will use a set of evaporator coils to cool the air flowing into your home in order to cool your home through the summer.

    Choosing A Roofing Material

    Choosing a roofing material for your new home can be stressful because there are so many options, and so many different opinions, but essentially it comes down to your desired aesthetic, price range, and climate. Here are a few of the most popular roofing options, along with their pros and cons: Asphalt Shingles Asphalt is the most commonly found roofing material in most of the world. Asphalt can be found in any color you could possibly want, is extremely easy to install, and is therefore cheap to install.

    3 Tips For Saving Money On Driveway Paving

    Having your driveway paved is a wonderful way to provide a better driving surface for your vehicle, to make your property look better and to improve your home's property value, but it can get costly. If you are looking for ways to save money on driveway paving, give these tips a try. If you do, you can save a decent amount of money while still making improvements to your property.

    4 Tips For Making Your Outdoor Living Space Safer For Your Kids

    If you are like many people, you probably want to create a fun and attractive outdoor living space where you can entertain and relax during the warm months. If you have kids, however, you might be nervous about whether or not your outdoor living area will be safe for your entire family. Luckily, following these tips will help you make your outdoor living space safer for little ones and everyone else in your family.

    Build Your Own Compost Bin In 3 Steps

    Composting is the process of natural organisms within the earth breaking down leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and other organic materials. This process is occurring naturally all of the time, but it can also be facilitated deliberately to accelerate the process for a specific purpose. Composting results in a nutrient-rich organic material that can help enhance your landscaping and facilitate better growth when added to lawns, flower beds and vegetable gardens.

    Leaf Spot Diseases And Your Trees: Dealing With The Spots

    Shade trees can turn most homes' backyards into a great place to hang out. Unfortunately, shade trees are susceptible to a number of problems, including leaf spot diseases. The diseases eat away at the leaves and can destroy a tree that was once beautiful. Diagnosis and immediate treatment of the trees are important to saving the tree. What Are the Symptoms of Leaf Spot Diseases? The most obvious sign that your trees are suffering from a leaf spot disease is the spots that appear on the leaves.