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Outdoor Living7 min

Spring Garden Prep You Can Do in February

Avid gardeners (and novices too) can begin to get a bit stir-crazy in late winter, after months of being indoors. But with spring just around the corner, you don’t have to feel down! There are many things you can do in February to get prepared and excited for the new season.

  • Study and learn. If you have gardened for many years, you probably already know what grows well in your area. If you’re new to gardening, you can use winter downtime to study and learn about best practices from others who have already experimented. Research which plants thrive in your specific region, and the best ways to plant, transplant, cultivate and harvest them.
  • Map garden beds. Mapping out your garden before planting will help you know how many seeds you will need, where to plant them and how you can keep each bed producing through the growing season. Planning can be done on paper or using an online planning tool. If you plan on paper, use the spacing recommended by your seed supplier to determine how many plants you can grow in an area.
  • Make a plan. Determine which plant varieties you will grow, where you will source the seeds or plants, and when to plant. You may need to start some seeds in your garden shed or indoors, so record when that task should be done and when the seedlings should be transferred to the garden. You may also want to note approximate harvest dates for each crop. These plans can also be saved for next year, making planning for next year’s garden easier!
  • Order seeds. Now that you have determined what you will grow and where you will source it, you can order seeds. Once the seeds arrive, separate what needs to be started indoors from what can be sown directly in the garden. Finally, organize seeds by planting date.
  • Audit supplies. Take an audit of the gardening tools and supplies in your shed to see what needs to be cleaned or replaced. Make sure you have an adequate supply of potting soil, seed trays, pots and anything else you need to start seeds indoors. Service large equipment such as tractors, tillers and mowers as needed.

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Renovation5 min

HOW TO USE THE LP® SMARTSIDE® HOME VISUALIZER

Planning to refresh your home’s trim and fascia? Hoping to change the exterior entirely with a full re-side project? No matter your plans, choosing siding and trim colors can be difficult. Mentally visualizing how your home will look with a new product is a challenge—and it’s even tougher to imagine the amount of change even just updating trim will bring. That’s where the LP® SmartSide® Home Visualizer, a siding visualizer tool, comes in. This free tool can help you explore home siding ideas to find the best siding color combinations for your home. Read more to find out how to use the tool—and why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can make all the difference for your home.

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Selecting LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding with Liz Marie Galvan

Re-siding your home is a significant investment and a long-term decision on your home’s look. One of the first steps to siding a house is choosing a siding material that fits your needs. Being involved as you review types of siding and cost can give you confidence in your plans and peace of mind that the materials you choose are built to last. Liz Marie Galvan of the Liz Marie Blog shares her journey toward choosing LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding for her upcoming home re-siding project.

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A Deep Dive into the LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Limited Warranty

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