3 Green Alternatives for Your Next Home Renovation

Home renovation; interior under construction
When you plan a home renovation, consider environmentally green construction alternatives. (DepositPhotos)

With Earth Day approaching, many people are asking how they can make a difference when it comes to their effect on the environment — especially if they’re planning a home renovation.

According to a recent report, the typical U.S. household’s
carbon footprint is over five times the global average. Food, housing,
transportation, apparel and other personal services are included in this
household consumption statistic.

There are plenty of ways you can change your behavior to be
suitable for a more sustainable lifestyle. Energy consumption, water usage and
the types of materials used are all areas of home living of which you can be
more conscious.

So, the next time you’re undergoing a home renovation, consider some of these green
alternatives to ensure you’re doing your part to be environmentally friendly!


Discussing home renovation financing options
Home renovations aren’t cheap, but numerous loans are available to finance them.

Financing Your Efforts

Since housing is one of the main factors influencing your
carbon footprint, choosing green home renovations is a good place to start to reduce your
environmental impact.

However, the high cost of these renos prevents many people
from moving forward with them. Fortunately,

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Lawn Care Tips — How to Mow Like a Pro

Did you know that those visible “stripes” found on high-end lawns and athletic fields aren’t created by varying lawnmower blade heights or by using different grass types?

Simply put, those stripes and patterns are caused by light reflecting off blades of grass after they’ve been bent in opposite directions.

Learn how to give your lawn that professional look, and mow like a pro, by watching Brian Latimer’s lawn-striping demo video.

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About Done-in-a-Weekend Projects

Whatever your yard needs, the Exmark Original Series, “Done-In-A-Weekend Projects,” is loaded with DIY project tips and expertise.

The series’ host, landscape designer Doug Scott, addresses all the steps you need to take to make your dream backyard a reality.

And the best part? These are quick-hit videos that cut to the chase.

So, you can spend less time watching and more time creating and enjoying your backyard life.

Watch more on exmark.com/backyard.

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Lawn Doctor Review (2020) | Today’s Homeowner

Lawn Doctor Review: Stethoscope on green grass
In this Lawn Doctor review, learn how the prominent nationwide provider of lawn care services stacks up against the competition. | Photo Credit: Adobe Stock, © Elena Blokhina

Even the most ambitious DIY-er needs a little help from time to time. If an appliance breaks or wears out, you can check out the latest home improvement videos to learn how to fix it. But your lawn is a living thing, and it often requires more than some elbow grease to restore to full health. You might only need a little fertilizer, sure, but do you know whether that stubborn brown patch is the result of an overzealous dog or a developing anthracnose infection?

Whether your lawn needs a complete overhaul or just some freshening up, hiring a professional lawn care service can save you time and effort while also giving you the peace of mind that experts are on the job. 

Of course, there are many lawn maintenance services. Choosing the right one for your lawn can feel like a daunting task. Lawn Doctor is a viable option, a trusted lawn care provider with 50 years in the business. In this Lawn Doctor review, the reviews team has researched the

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The Key to Keeping Dogs Off Your Lawn

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Do you have a hard time keeping strays and neighborhood dogs off your lawn? Here are some of the most effective things you can do to keep your lawn dog-free. | Photo Credit: Adobe Stock, © Lindsay_Helms

If you’re a homeowner who puts a lot of effort and attention into maintaining a lush and healthy lawn, the last thing you want is someone’s dog coming into your yard and ruining all your hard work. Roaming pups can do a number on your flower beds and green grass. 

The Today’s Homeowner reviews team has taken a look at the most effective home remedies that will keep dogs off your meticulously maintained lawn. This guide also discusses commercial dog repellents and shares tips on how you can prevent your dogs, the neighbor’s dogs, or strays from doing further damage to your lawn. 

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a link.

Use Specially Designed Commercial Dog Repellent 

If you put a lot of effort into maintaining your lawn, the last thing you would want

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Your Complete Guide to Lawn Care Services

Green lawn lined with stepping stones and manicured hedges and flower beds
Everyone wants a gorgeous, green lawn — but not everyone has time to do their own lawn care. This guide to lawn care services can help you choose the right team for your property. | Shutterstock, © aimful

Caring for your lawn can cost you time, money and stress. From mowing your lawn to removing weeds, comprehensive lawn maintenance can be a pain. Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle your lawn care alone.

If you want a healthy lawn without having to take all of the time and effort to make it look its best, you may want to consider hiring a professional lawn care company. Just make sure you do your homework on which company you go with. Not all lawn care companies are the same, and the services they provide aren’t all equal.

The reviews team understands that you only trust the most reliable companies with your lawn. The team has researched lawn care services across the United States, considering factors like price, customer satisfaction, services offered and more. 

In this Article

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency,

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4 Easy Ways to Make a Small Garden Look Bigger

Small garden, fenced in, with dog in backyard
The secret to an inviting small garden is to keep it simple but picturesque. (DepositPhotos)

Taking in the
sights and smells of a small
garden can be relaxing. The trick, however, is creating the feeling of a
vast expanse, especially with limited space.

So, what’s the
magic formula? Here are 4 tips to enhance any small garden’s appearance.


Decluttered small garden with hardscaping
Mixing landscaping and hardscaping, such as this stamped concrete patio, is one way to declutter a small garden while keeping it visually pleasing. (DepositPhotos)

1. Declutter Your Small Garden

Remove any features
in your garden that use up a lot of space; having too many large features ends
up making your already limited space look and feel cramped.

Maybe you’ve
installed outdoor seating for 10 people — how about reducing that seating to
serve four? The idea is to get everything you don’t need off the floor, if it’s
a balcony, or your lawn, and to see more of the ground.

To that end, if your garden hose doesn’t have a proper home, and it’s just curled up like a snake on the ground — a wall-mount garden hose reel will free up considerable floor space for you! And it will make

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