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11 Ways to Keep Your Garbage Down

Posted by s.e. smith | Aug 12, 2013

If you pay for garbage service, getting that monthly bill can sting, especially with prices rising across the US in response to rising costs for handling fees and programs intended...


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Invasive Species in Sweden Threatens Men

Posted by s.e. smith | Aug 12, 2013

Fishermen are often the first line of defense when it comes to invasive aquatic species, because their daily hauls create a sort of ongoing survey of what's going on in the water. Bycatch,...


Bringing the Rooftop Bar Experience Home

Posted by s.e. smith | Aug 12, 2013

Gothamist just rounded up the top 10 rooftop bars in New York City, and it got us thinking. Sure, going out is fun, but isn't it nice to stay at home sometimes? So why not build your...


Estimating Concrete Garden Terrace Cost

Posted by s.e. smith | Aug 12, 2013

Living on a slope can be a pain. Not only do you have to be more careful when it comes to water control and drainage, but it can be difficult to keep the garden in order, whether you...


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10 Tips for Helping the Ocean at Home

Posted by s.e. smith | Aug 08, 2013

Love the ocean? I totally do, and it's not just because I'm biased by living right next to the beautiful Pacific. Even if you're far from US shores, you can do your bit to help with...


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We're In Love With Cool Container Gardens!

Posted by s.e. smith | Aug 06, 2013

Container gardens. Awesome, right? Everyone's all about the gardening in containers these days, from that hipster down the street to the grandma on the corner. But don't you think...


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The Best Annual Flowers for Fall

Posted by s.e. smith | Aug 06, 2013

Fall is one of my favorite times in the garden; while the heat of summer may have dried out the lawn and many of the flowering plants that burst into bloom in the late spring, fall...


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The Most Durable Tile Kitchen Floor

Posted by s.e. smith | Jul 29, 2013

Dogs. Kids. Dropped cooking implements. And the thought of having to replace a beautiful tile floor after it feels like you just did a remodel and you bickered for weeks over the tile...


How much for a new kitchen?

Posted by s.e. smith | Jul 28, 2013

Kitchens are among the most frequently upgraded rooms in the home, and unfortunately for you if you’re considering a remodel, they also tend to be among the most expensive. How...


Help for a Hole in a Wood Deck

Posted by s.e. smith | Jul 28, 2013

Exposed to the elements as they are, wood decks tend to accumulate damage quickly, even when they’re maintained with regular coats of stain and sealants. When a hole develops...