Outdoor Living6 min

4 Ways to Grow Your Best Garden This Spring

Previously, we offered ideas that helped you get ready for the new gardening season. If you followed those tips, you’ve already mapped out your garden beds, selected which plants you will grow and ordered seeds. You may even have some starter plants growing indoors. Now it’s time to move outside and get ready for a great growing season!

Here are some additional spring gardening tips to help you grow your best garden.

  • Give your soil some love. Get your soil ready for planting. Clear out any weeds that may have grown, and apply new compost from your compost pile or store-bought compost to add nutrients to the soil. Be sure you add compost a week or two before planting, so it won’t burn the roots of new plants and has time to work its way into the soil.
  • Repair raised beds and edge around flat beds. Soggy winter soil can strain and bow out the sides of raised garden beds. Take the time to fix them by digging back the soil on the bowed sides and reinforcing the sideboards with stakes. Clean up the edges around other planting beds with an edger and trowel to keep your garden looking neat.
  • Know your zone and frost dates. Before you decide when you will plant seeds and transfer starter plants to the garden, you need to know your first and last frost dates. Nothing is quite as frustrating for a gardener as tender plants that are damaged or killed by frost. The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers a calculator to help you determine frost dates for your location.
  • Nip spring weeds in the bud. Pull any emerging weeds in the garden now, while roots are shallow. Cover bare spots in your garden beds with ground cover or mulch to discourage the growth of new weeds.

Learn the steps to transfer starter plants to the outdoor garden.

Get Innovative Storage for Your Backyard

LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® offers a unique collection of engineered wood building products specifically designed for use in outdoor structures. Whether you need a garden shed, lawnmower storage or another storage solution, our products will make your structure a cut above the rest. Your nearest shed dealer can answer any questions you may have about buying or building a shed constructed from LP products.

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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.