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Dress up a Drab YardWant to turn your drab yard into your own personal oasis? Well, there are 3 ways to do so. First, decide what it is you want to achieve, how much you want to spend and what you can do yourself.

Rock Walls

Rock walls can draw the eye to a section of the yard or hide what’s behind it. They can be used as dividers or to define individual gardens. A nice rock wall can dress up a drab foundation or make a an eye-catching retaining wall.

Trees, Shrubs & Bushes

Planting trees, shrubs and bushes in the right locations can turn a drab yard into a welcoming one. Always choose plantings based on your USDA zone and what you want to achieve. Do you want a stunning display of blossoms in the spring, shade in the summer or fruit and berries in the fall? Choose accordingly, keeping in mind maintenance and the size of the tree, shrub or bush when fully grown.

Pots and Planters

Spice up the yard with different sized pots and planters. Choose from an array of colors, textures and sizes. Place them along walkways, stairs and in the garden. Fill with nutritious potting soil made for containers and plant annuals and edibles.

Before endeavoring to dress up your drab yard, think ahead about how much time and money you have to spend. For large jobs, call in a local general contractor or landscaping company. They’ll be able to construct a rock wall or two and have the right equipment to plant larger trees and shrubs.

Which ways do your dress up your yard?

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Hurricane Sandy has blown in and out here in Maine and other parts of the north. While Maine didn’t receive the destruction other North Eastern states like Connecticut and New Jersey did, many of us still have lots to cleanup in our yards. When the weather settles in your area and it’s safe to head outdoors, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner to cleanup after Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Supplies

Depending on the amount of destruction left in your yard, you may need to pick up a few supplies before your cleanup process can begin.

Work Gloves
Wheel Barrow
Safety Goggles
Steel Toed Boots

Tips for Safe Yard Cleanup

I think this goes without saying, but if there are any downed wires in your yard do not try to handle them yourself – call the proper utility company and report the downed wires to them. If a tree, branch or other debris has fallen on the wires, do not remove it yourself – report this to the utility company as well.

Pick up all Branches
Hand Cut Felled Trees for Easier Removal (for large trees you may need to call in a professional)
Collect & Bag Debris
Rake Up Broken Glass & Dispose
Clear Drainage Ditches
Clean Exterior Windows

Professional Yard Cleanup

In some cases, when a large tree needs removal or a washed out gravel road needs repair, you may need to call in a professional for cleanup and repairs. If that’s the case, get on the phone and call your trusted general contractor as soon as possible. Remember – always think safety first.

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With all the weird weather we’ve been having here in Maine and the Northeast, do you think it’s a precursor to what we’ll see this winter?

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