Nature Starts at Your Back Door. Your yard, our parks, school yards and other community green space are vital to the world’s ecosystem. Living landscapes, including a balanced mix of climate-appropriate grass, trees, shrubs and flowering plants, contribute to the health and well-being of people, pets and wildlife. Landscaping isn’t just for beauty. It is a wildlife habitat, a stress-reliever, recreational space, and an outdoor living area.

 

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Beyond Curb Appeal
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Your Yard Contributes to Your Health & Well-Being
Living Landscapes Matter

9 Tips to Get Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready for Winter Storage

Fall is a busy season in the yard for home owners, especially those trying to sell. After the lawn gets its last cut before winter, it will be time to put away spring and summer outdoor power equipment, like lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, and trimmers. And you...

Tips to Ready the Yard for Fall Showings & Enjoyment

Every year The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) provides tips and reminders to help families and backyard enthusiasts stay safe when using outdoor power equipment. This year is different, reports OPEI, as the world experiences a paradigm shift in how we live...

Busting 4 Myths About a Big Yard as Buyers Look for More Space

In the era of the coronavirus pandemic, many buyers are looking for bigger homes with larger yards. After all, the family yard continues to be a safe place for people to go to get outside, breath in fresh air, de-stress, and reconnect with family, friends, and nature....

Six Tips To Keep Pets Safe During Storm Season

While no one is immune from the devastation of a natural disaster, preparing before a storm hits is key to keeping everyone in your family—including your pets—safe. It’s even more important now – in the era of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic – that pet...

10 Tips to Safely Use Generators

Generators are critical during severe weather events when the power can go out. During summer storm season, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of power equipment, small engines and...

Storm Preparedness: Tips to Prepare Ahead of a Natural Disaster

The preparations homeowners make now – ahead of storms, floods, or hurricanes – can help them recover faster and stay safe during clean-up, especially important for those hoping to sell their home so showings don’t get sidelined because of a natural disaster....

Flood Recovery: Tips for Safely Using Pumps When Cleaning Up

If you have experienced flooding, you know that a water pump is an important part of the clean-up process, helping move gallons of water quickly and efficiently to dry out flooded basements. When you’re in the midst of selling your home and it gets flooded, time is of...

De-stress in Your Own Back Yard

While adults are home teleworking, and kids are at home participating in online educational instruction (we hope), it’s even more important during these challenging times to take a moment to get out into the family yard. The TurfMutt Foundation reminds families that...

Robotic Lawn Mowers – Smart Home, Smart Lawn

Robotic outdoor power equipment will be the hallmark of the 21st century, with technology that lets busy sellers and homeowners take a hands-off approach to lawn care. Thanks to robotic lawn mowers, the smart home is now extending to the smart lawn. The Outdoor Power...

Fall & Your Lawn During Drought: Six Tips To Help You Cope

Autumn may be here, but your lawn still requires care. The drought in the West has taken a serious toll on lawns throughout the region and they are showing signs of stress. Here are a few tips to help you keep your yard in top form and delivering these health benefits...

Living Landscapes Bring Surprising Health Benefits

Studies show that green space and landscaping contribute to health, happiness, and intellect. It’s natural to long for spring when our yards, parks and other natural spaces bloom. Did you know, there’s a good reason you may pine for green? Living landscapes are an...

Do This Fall Yard Work and Reap Springtime Benefits

Don’t believe your family yards needs attention in the fall? Autumn is no time to ignore your lawn and landscape. “What you do now will determine the quality of your family yard next spring and summer,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment...

Beat the Heat: Tips for Creating Curb Appeal in the Summer

It’s no secret that curb appeal has a big impact on a buyer’s impression of a home. But summer heat and dry conditions can take a toll on the family yard – and the chances of catching a buyer’s eye. Here are some tips to help sellers keep their lawns looking good...

Having a Pet-Friendly Yard with Tips from Lucky the TurfMutt

Is your yard “pet-friendly”? Fall is a great time to review your lawn and landscaping and make plans for improvements. Who better to ask for advice than a dog? Lucky the TurfMutt is a rescue dog who is “pawing it forward” by teaching children about how to take care of...

Home Habitat. Why Do We Need Yards, Anyway?

The American yard has been getting a bad rap recently, especially in California where the drought is serious business. Californians have been told to reduce water consumption by 25 percent and could face fines of up to $10,000 per day for wasting water. The...

Grasscycling: A Way to Help Your Yard Fight the Drought This Fall

Your yard has been under a lot of stress with the drought, and grasscycling is one way you can help your lawn improve its strength and overall health this fall. Grasscycling is the practice of leaving grass clippings on your yard to decompose. According to the...

Grass Gratitude: Seven Reasons Why Our Grass Is Awesome

You may not have thought about it before, but did you know that the grass beneath your feet offers amazing benefits for your family and community? The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute shares seven reasons to thank your lucky stars that grass is part of our living...

Landscapes & Home Investment

Buying or selling a home? Landscaping contributes to your home’s worth, as well as your family’s well-being. Your yard is the first impression of your home that potential buyers will see. Beautiful landscaping can increase home value by as much as 17 percent. In a...

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