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Blueberry cage keeps birds away

Blueberry Cage Keeps Birds Away

Birds Kept Eating all Our Blueberries

A long time ago, we planted a bunch of blueberries. We planted 5 bushes total of 3 different types to grow as many blueberries as possible. Each year we got more and more blueberries, but we also have lots of birds. We have so many birds now, you can even hear them in the backround on the video above. The problem was the birds were eating all of our blueberries. Luckily, my Dad and I came up with a way to stop the birds from eating all our blueberries. We built a blueberry cage!

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Shindaiwa gas-powered hedge trimmer multi tool

Shindaiwa Makes Great Hedge Trimmer

Great Hedge Trimmer!

Shindaiwa makes trimming hedges easier.

A while back, I made a video showing how I turned my yard from basic to professionally landscaped on a budget. Basically, I hired a landscape architect to draw a landscape plan, then I found a wholesale nursery and put the yard in myself by following the plan. A key part of the landscape plan were the hollies and hedgerows that added structure to the yard. Today, I want to talk about the great hedge trimmer I’ve found to shape those hollies and keep the hedgerows looking their best.

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Stihl leaf blower won't rev up? Check out Steve's Small Engine Saloon on YouTube!

Leaf Blower Need Repair?

Leaf Blower Stopped Working?

A hand-held, high-powered leaf blower can really help you maintain your landscape. But it's a real pain when your leaf blower stops working and needs repair, especially if you're trying to get the fall leaves up off the lawn, out of your yard, and out to the street for pick up. When my leaf blower stopped working last fall, I was thinking it was going to cost me at least $100 plus all the time finding a repair shop and waiting to get it fixed. Luckily, I found a great online resource that helped me get my gas-powered leaf blower back up and running in about 5 minutes for nothing.

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Landscape plan showing Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Landscape Plan was a Great Investment!

How to Get Great Landscape Design for Less Money

A landscape plan using landscape design focused on your personal home can help make your house look great, and it can be a great investment. Front landscaping just makes you feel good when you come home after a hard day at work. Plus, it can add significant value to your home. Professional landscaping can be expensive, but there is a way you can get the awesome results of professional landscaping without spending a fortune.

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Sewer cleanout with box lid open, showing gravel

Sewer Cleanout? Underground it!

Sewer Cleanout Critical but in the Way

A sewer cleanout is a sewer pipe that gives you access to your home's sewer line. Should a backup occur, getting to a sewer cleanout quickly can save you money and reduce the damage from an overflow inside your house. So, it's critical for maintaining your connection to your sewer system.

To make sure they are easily accessible, sometimes a builder will install a sewer cleanout above grade. Sometimes that's because of a local law on how high above ground a sewer cleanout has to be.

But a sewer cleanout that is above ground has its own set of problems. Luckily, I've found a pretty easy and cheap solution.

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