Mom’s Advice

My mom recently told me about internet.hughesnet.com which has turned out to be a real lifesaver. I moved out here to be more with nature but it turns out I just really miss the convenience of living so close to a town and I wish I was able to do a lot of the things I used to be able to do like walk next door and get a coffee or go out at night and take the subway in. I know this is just a phase and it’s good for me to be out here on my own with so much time to think…I thought about it enough, though, and I’m probably going to start looking to sell the house in the next year or so and get back in the city. I don’t know that it’s actually going to happen because the market’s so bad but I guess I can’t live here forever just because I’m scared I’m going to lose money in the short term. I guess I didn’t know I wasn’t country!

Guest written by our friend Mason Abbott

Get yourself a beautiful garden

DIY Network has just announced that they are on a mission to find the a truly hopeless landscape. If you happen to own one that would fit this ‘nice’ description, head over to DIYNetwork.com, and upload images and videos of your hopeless yard. If the judges and DIY Network decide your landscape really is the most desperate one, you have a chance to receive a yard makeover worth $25 000. The makeover is courtesy of DIY Network host and licensed contractor Jason Cameron together with his Desperate Landscapes Crew.

If you want to participate, be sure to upload your images and videos to their website before April 30, 2012. Only this way will you have a chance to win the $25 000 worth yard makeover and have the chance to appear on the one-hour special of America’s Most Desperate Landscape, premiering on DIY Network Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET.

DIY Network is the home improvement television, created by the makers of HGTV and Food Network, and is currently watched in more than 56 million homes. They offer how-to videos and step-by-step instructions for you to help with your home improvement.

Learn more about their search for the most desperate yards here -

Does your dog like your yard

Having a dog can be rewarding, and there are other times when the kids forgot to pick up after them or they dig a hole under your new fence that you question why you ever got a dog.  But have you ever asked yourself, “does my dog like his yard”.

It is a simple question really but may come up with some difficult answers.  Does he have a place to dig?  Or is there a deeper reason to why he does dig?  Is your yard a place your dog sees as a playground or a detention yard?  Dogs do best when there have boundaries.  Your dog would much prefer to have a smaller portion of your yard that he can really enjoy then to have this excitingly curious whole world to explore that is filled with things he isn’t supposed to touch or go near and DEFINITELY isn’t suppose to pee on – LOL

Take a look at your yard today and ask yourself, “what could I do to make my yard enjoyable for my dog?”.  Then take some time, set some limits and set up some fun for you and your dog to enjoy your yard together!

5 Things to think about when moving

So your moving?  You have found the perfect house and are packing boxes.  Now is the time for you to start thinking about and planning for your lawn and garden needs.  Here are a few simple tips to make your move smoother:

  1. Keep all your lawn and garden items together – because these tools are often oddly shaped it is easy for them to end up in all sorts of places throughout the moving truck
  2. Pack them together – odd shaped items can be hard to pack but if you use things like work gloves and potting soil bags to fill in spaces having it all together can be a real time saver
  3. Know where your lawn and garden items should go – often these items get thrown off to the side when unpacking the truck and can then be strewn all over the house and garage.  Plan a little space and have everything put there to begin with
  4. Don’t tackle the whole house and yard all at once – whether the house is perfectly manicured or a complete wreck, doing a little each day will get you a lot further then trying to do it all at once; getting burnt out; and never finishing
  5. Don’t forget this is something you are supposed to do to make you like your house more – even if you community has standards your lawn has to be kept to remember your house first and foremost needs to be a HOME

Moving can be stressful enough! Take your time and enjoy the process and you will reap the rewards for a long time to come.

Gardening Blog in 2012

Do you love gardening? Do you hate gardening? Or have you never even thought about a garden, but you know growing plants exist? No matter your level of interest we are expanding Her Gardening Blog this year to have helpful tips for all around your house, your yard, your neighborhood and your world. Unless you are from another planet, it is our intent to have something here that will help you.

Should his antidote mount a stumbling soup?  Do you know what this means? We dont know either but stay tuned and maybe before the year is over we will all find out

We are making great strides this year and as we start off the spring with a bang watch out for new and exciting changes here are her gardening blog!

Are you ready for a lawn care revolution?

If you own a garden, you know how time-consuming it can be to take care of your lawn. You also know that a nice lawn is a great welcome to your visitors as well as a great playground for your kids. And let’s not forget the most beautiful lawn competitions in certain neighborhoods.

Independent of the reason you want to have a nice lawn, the steps to take to keep it green, soft and beautiful, are still the same.

Experts say that you should fertilize your lawn 3 or 4 times a year. Depending on the size of it, it might take you quite a bit of time to do it. Plus making sure the appropriate amount of fertilizer would be spread equally everywhere. While we can’t help you with everything, we can make your job just a bit easier. Try Scotts Snap Spreader System. It’s easy to use – the spreader’s Snap Pac connects directly to the Snap Spreader. The system automatically sets the proper flow rate making sure your fertilizer will be spread equally and in right amounts everywhere.

You don’t want to see the product on the sidewalks or anywhere else where it shouldn’t be. With a simple EdgeGuard feature you don’t have a problem with that anymore either. Plus you don’t have to worry about the mess, the spreader stays clean even after you have removed the Snap Pac – the automatic activation of the Snap Pac’s self-seal feature upon its removal takes care of that.

It’s easy, it’s clean and in addition to fertilizing your grass, you can also spread other products with it. Be it grass seed, insect killer or anything else.

Don’t forget to see the instruction videos below.