A winter storm warning has been issued by The National Weather Service and will be in effect for much of North Carolina beginning at 7 p.m. Approximately 6 to 10 inches of snow are predicted for most counties, including Wake County. Many of the main roads have already been brined in anticipation, and the governor has declared a State of Emergency ahead of the storm. With all that the state is doing to prepare, do you have a snow removal plan in place for your business?Removing ice and snow is essential to keeping your business running safely. With temperatures predicted to remain below freezing throughout the weekend, the snow won’t be melting quickly. Accumulated snow can put undue stress on overhangs and roofs, causing structural...

Adding a fire pit to your yard can prolong your ability to enjoy the outdoors even as the temperatures drop. Grab some firewood and marshmallows and have some family bonding time this fall. Fire pits are easy to install and have low upkeep to keep in use all year round as an elegant and cozy backyard accessory.Installation OptionsNo matter which option you choose, adding a fire pit is a relatively easy piece to put in any yard. Just keep in mind that you should not try to put them under an overhang or in an enclosed space, and approximately 10-15 feet from other objects, such as trees or a house.Pre-Made Fire PitsSome fire pits come already assembled and ready to use. There are several...

What sets apart amazing landscaping that takes your breath away from ordinary gardening? Mulch! That may be a bit of an exaggeration, however mulch has many advantages, including benefits to your plants and reduced labor. Brighten up your garden while cutting down on weeding time by adding in your favorite type of mulch.Some benefits of adding mulch include:Slowing water evaporation after rain or watering to keep plants hydrated longer. Reducing weed growth. Enriching soil as they decompose. Controlling temperature fluctuations in the soil to protect roots. Enhancing the look of your garden by adding color and texture.OptionsMulch comes in several varieties, all of which are suited to different uses. Some main types are wood chips, bark, and pea gravel. Organic types of mulches improve soil quality as they break...

Landscaping on a hill can get a little bit tricky, but you have a few options to make it look beautiful as well as avoid erosion. No matter which route you choose to take, proper maintenance is important to keep your lawn both looking nice and prevent soil from washing away.TerracingCreating terraces in your yard is relatively easy to do. Put in some landscaping timber, such as railroad ties, at the edge of where you want your terraces to be. Next, flatten out each level by excavating the high parts of a lower level and adding the soil to the low area of the level above. Steeper slopes require several narrower terraces while gradual slopes can have a few wider ones. You then have several...

A large part of landscape design is the foliage that you choose to incorporate in your yard. There are several factors to consider when deciding on plants that will create the atmosphere you are hoping for, while keeping in mind the ability for those plants to thrive in the environment. Some of these factors include size and shape, sunlight, and soil composition.Size and FormKeep in mind how large the plants you are going to put in will end up growing, and how you want them to look. Some small plants may be invasive throughout the rest of the garden if they are not contained in some kind of pot. Look up how much creeping vines will spread without continual trimming. If you are looking for...

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