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How to keep your patio warm in cold weather
Enjoy your patio even on chilly days with these 8 ideas. Read on for expert tips on setting up outdoor heaters, creating wind barriers, or enclosing your patio for maximum warmth year-round.
Outdoor spotlights vs. floodlights
You’ve invested lots of time and money in beautifying your home and its landscaping. Why hide those accomplishments after dark? Installing some outdoor landscape lighting can make your property sparkle when the sun goes down. But what type of lighting works best for your landscape design?
Electric outdoor heater ideas
Even when it's warm during the day nights can still be downright chilly. An open-air patio can be warm and sunny in San Diego but leave you shivering in Chicago. Even if mild temperatures are slow to arrive in your area, you can still have that outdoor family gathering. Read on for expert tips on enclosing your patio, creating wind barriers, and setting up outdoor heaters for maximum warmth.
7 fire pit styles to match your home
If you loved campfires as a kid, you know how a crackling fire can bring people together to share a magical evening of roasted marshmallows, s’mores, and late-night tall tales. Want to re-create those lifelong memories at home? Nothing matches that ambiance quite like a roaring fire pit.
How to get a catio
If you have an indoor cat who longs for the great outdoors—or an outdoor cat you want to keep safe from predators—adding a catio to your house or apartment may be the purr-fect solution. “Cat patios” allow your feline friends to enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and the sights and sounds of the world around them, while staying fully protected.
Ideas: learn the cost of adding a home putting green
If you’re a golf enthusiast (or even a mini-golf enthusiast), installing a backyard putting green could add fun and value to your home. It allows you to work on your short game from the comfort of home, have a fun activity for backyard guests, and even upgrade your yard in a cost-efficient way. (You’ll also cut down on time-consuming backyard maintenance.) Read on for a breakdown of costs to install your very own putting green.
6 signs you need a new roof
Water stains on interior walls? Peeling paint on exterior walls? These are 2 hidden signs that you may need a new roof. Read on for 4 other notable warning signs, and the important steps to take to save money on repairs
How to create a magical setting with outdoor lights
Uplights, spotlights, or string lights overhead—all can make your property sparkle when the sun goes down. Learn the basics to make your own yard a magical oasis after dark.
Pro tips to fix your own vinyl siding
Need to fix your vinyl siding? (Windblown trees or a wayward baseball can do more damage than we realize!) Read on for the best tips to DIY it—along with clear, step-by-step instructions from a pro. (And, if you’d rather not do it yourself, we offer tips for that, too.)
Make your pool sparkle this summer + 5 more tips for outdoor comfort
Summer means it's time to refresh your pool. From skimming to sanitizing, hiring a pro to clean your pool ensures crystal-clear waters that'll impress guests all season long. Learn whether to DIY or hire a pro in our guide, plus 5 more home tips for a trouble-free summer.
Guard your garden: Expert tips for repelling hungry pests
Organic insecticides are safer for DIY garden pest control than traditional chemical pesticides. Learn about low-risk ways to get rid of 9 common garden pests, including introducing lady bugs into your yard. And find out when it's time to call a pro in our guide to garden pest control.
Catios! DIY an outdoor oasis for your cat
Learn how to create the purr-fect outdoor space for your indoor cat. Whether you DIY a catio or hire a pro to build it for you, this article lists everything you need to know, from designing the space to safety precautions. Your cat will love you for it.
Harvest your garden + 5 more summer home tips
Our summer home checklist features 6 tasks that should be at the top of your to-do list this season, plus expert tips on planting your garden and when to harvest it.
Lawn envy? You can have lush grass, too!
Creating the lawn of your dreams involves more than just daily watering. Learn how to grow it lush and green using fertilizer, pest control, aeration, reseeding, patching up brown spots, and more. And find out whether it's better to DIY lawn care or hire a pro.
7 low-water plants for eco-friendly gardens
Looking to green your garden? Learn how to DIY an eco-friendly space with plants that use minimal water. Watching this Yelp video for expert tips on selecting the right foliage, the ideal places to plant it, and proper maintenance.