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Backyarding Trends

The TurfMutt Foundation Predicts “Backyarding” To Become Permanent Trend

“Backyarding,” the new trend to move many indoor activities–from working in an office or classroom to dining and recreation–to the great outdoors, is growing. Under pandemic conditions, yards and other managed landscapes became a safe haven for social gatherings, celebrating milestones/holidays, working, studying, playing, exercising, relaxing.  
“Your own backyard is nearly limitless with possibilities, and homeowners got really creative as they expanded and enjoyed their yards over the last year,” said Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the TurfMutt Foundation. “We predict, long after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, our yards will become an even greater part of our lives. The notion of ‘backyarding’ is here to stay.” 
In 2020, home improvements – many of them in the backyard – skyrocketed. So did the demand for outdoor power equipment as homeowners invested in making their outdoor spaces fabulous, functional and flourishing. Overall, shipments of outdoor power equipment increased 16 percent in 2020.
“Expect people to continue to invest in their outdoor life this coming spring,” said Kiser. “Many homeowners who put time and effort into their landscapes last year will be rewarded when that yard comes back to life this spring. But, even if you did little last year, it’s never too late to start – just start.”  
Here are some ways to bring more “backyarding” into your life:  
1.    Invest in your yard. Design a dream lawn and garden. Consider its purpose. Don’t design just for aesthetics. Do you have kids and pets who need a place to play? Will you be hosting safe gatherings? Do you need a place for rest and relaxation and/or games and recreation?
2.    Get the whole family involved. Create a game or a friendly competition with your family to help identify all the ways you can move your indoor life to the great outdoors – and right out your backdoor. Can you take office calls and video meetings to the patio or porch? Can your kids do their online learning outdoors? How often can you take dining outside? Keeping safety in mind, can you gather outdoors for family celebrations, birthdays, graduations and reunions? 
3.    Plant something—as early as you can. (Or plant more). Adding trees, bushes, grass and flowering plants is a good yard investment, but they often take time to grow. Plant as early as recommended so you can enjoy the benefits faster.  Just remember “right plant, right place.”  Location, maintenance, sunlight and watering needs should all be considered, as well as your climate zone.
4.    Stretch winter-weary muscles. Take workouts, yoga classes and meditation sessions outdoors. You also can let off some steam by mowing the grass, trimming the hedges, or edging the lawn. Working in the yard not only helps our living landscapes look better and stay healthy, it also gives us a sense of accomplishment and control in trying times. 
5.    Plan a staycation. A makeshift “resort” or vacation spot could be just out your back door. Pitch a tent, build a campfire, hang a sheet between trees to make a movie screen, set up games – these are just a few ideas to make the backyard a vacation spot. 
6. “Level up” nature care. Add flowering plants, trees and shrubs to give wildlife and pollinators food and shelter. Your yard is part of the larger ecosystem, so check your climate zone for landscaping options that support your birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Don’t forget to take time to just sit and drink it in, observing the wildlife and nature around you.
Research shows simply spending time in nature – which starts in your backyard – is good for reducing stress, boosting heart health, boosting Vitamin D levels, and enhancing memory.  Thanks to the family yard, the health and well-being benefits of being outside are just a few steps away.
To learn more, go to TurfMutt

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Improve the Structure of Your Home With These Key Hacks

You have a lot to consider when you look to improve your home and make the most of it as an asset. Your home is something you should be looking to make the most of moving forward, and there are a lot of things that play a role in this. One of the major factors you need to keep in mind right now is that you are going to need to improve the structure of the home as much as possible.

Assess the Property

First things first, you need to make sure you assess the property and find out where there might be any issues that need to be addressed. Often with homes, you don’t actually realize there is an issue until it occurs, and once you go looking for one issue, others tend to appear. You also need to make sure that the structure of the home is as sound as possible. Try to come up with ideas that are going to help you assess the home!

Make Changes

No matter how much you love your home, there is a good bet you’re going to want to change parts of it to make you love it more. If there are structural issues, it is even more important to make these changes, as it is something that could make or break your home right now. Focus on taking it to next level. There are a lot of changes you can make that will help with this. 

Bring in Experts

There are plenty of experts you can bring in to help you deal with the structural issues you might face as a homeowner. This is something you need to do right now so that you can take things to the next level. Try to come up with ideas that will help with this, and make sure you are hiring a foundation problem expert to help look after the structural integrity of the home. 

If you can follow these hacks you will find yourself well-placed to make the right changes for your home right now. This is something that is going to improve the property and make it a much safer and more attractive place for you to live. There are a lot of things that play a role in this, and it is so important to try to make the most of this right now. 

How Your Home Benefits from Basement Waterproofing

Homes with basements have an added advantage over homes that do not have a basement. This extra space can prove invaluable in terms of improving the practicality of your home as well as boosting the value and condition of your property. Anyone that has a basement also needs to keep in mind that a neglected basement can have the opposite effect and cause all sorts of issues in and around the property.

Finding an experienced and reliable professionals means that you can look forward to the many basement waterproofing benefits. When you have this type of work carried out, you will be able to look forward to a better living environment as well as other benefits. In this article, we will look at some of the ways in which your home can benefit from basement waterproofing.

What Are the Benefits?

So, what are the benefits of having your basement waterproofed by a professional? Well, there are many key benefits to consider, some of which are:

Adding Value to Your Home

One of the major benefits that can come from having your basement waterproofed is that it can boost the value of your home. A waterproofed basement means you have an additional usable room in the home, which will add value. If you also decide to convert the room into something practical or an exciting new addition such as a games room, it can add a significant amount to the value of the property. This is one of the huge benefits that can come when you have your basement waterproofed.

Giving You Usable Space

Another key benefit you can look forward to when you have your basement waterproofed is having extra usable space to do whatever you want. You can use the basement to create all sorts of wonderful new rooms in your home such as a home gym, a theater room, or a games room. You can turn it into a space that the whole family can enjoy whenever they want to.

Boosting Conditions in Your Home

A basement that is left in a neglected, poor condition can have a negative impact on the condition of your home. It can lead to a bad smell, damp, mold, and low air quality to name but a few of the problems. When you have your basement waterproofed, you can avoid these issues, which means you can look forward to healthy living conditions and a pleasant and attractive home environment.

Boosting Salability

If you decide to put your property on the market in the future, you may find that your basement waterproofing helps to boost the chances of a sale. This boost in salability means that your home will be on the market for less time, and you will be able to get a better price for your property due to the additional boost in value.

These are just some of the benefits that you can look forward to when you have your basement waterproofed by a professional.