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.

 

Lawncare: Keep Safety in Mind with These 8 Tips

Lawncare: Keep Safety in Mind with These 8 Tips

It’s yard work season. It’s no surprise to Realtors® that beautiful landscaping improves curb appeal, which can increase home value by as much as 17%. But in the era of physical distancing, homeowner’s green space becomes an even greater asset to home values as yards...

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6 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal While Sheltering at Home

With most people sheltering in place at home, and the real estate market on pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is a great time for sellers to focus on home projects that will boost curb appeal. The living landscapes at a property – the grass, trees, shrubs,...

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...

How to Sell a Backyard to Buyers Who Have a Dog

Experts agree that having and spending time in our green space (a.k.a. being an “outsider”) is good of our bodies and our minds. Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve memory, boost heart health, and offer a host of other...

How to Remove Buyers’ Objections to Having a Large Yard

We would bet this is a situation you have faced. You’re showing a property to a couple who is looking to buy a new home. They love the open floor plan, the kitchen is perfect, and the home is just the right size. But they balk when they see the big backyard. Maybe...

5 Mistakes New Homeowners Make in Their Yards & How to Avoid Them

A yard is something many new homeowners look forward to when they purchase a property. After all, it’s a place to make memories with family and friends, to let kids and the family dog play safely, and to customize to individual needs and desires. But there are some...

10 Easy Ways to Get a Dose of Vitamin N(ature) in Just 10 Minutes

A growing body of scientific evidence proves getting outside (i.e. being an “outsider”) is good for our health and well-being. Exploring and appreciating nature – in our own backyards, community parks, and schoolyards – reduces stress, improves memory, boosts heart...

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...

The Outdoor Living Room: 4 Ways Landscaping Adds Value to a Home

Buyers and sellers want a property that offers the most bang for their buck. Of course, many factors go into determining a home’s value – location, neighborhood, schools, safety, floorplan and whether it has been updated, to name a few. There’s another important...

5 Staging Tips For The Outdoor Living Room

It isn’t always obvious to buyers how the spaces in a home are intended to be utilized. Solid staging can help, but there’s good reason to take the extra steps to stage the outdoor “living room," as well. Outdoor spaces are quickly becoming one of the most coveted...

Tips for Making the Most of the Living Landscape At Your New Home

Moving into a home requires new homeowners to get acquainted with many new things – neighbors, schools, stores, creaks and noises the house makes, and the requirements for caring for your new lawn and landscape. TurfMutt, OPEI’s environmental stewardship program,...

8 Tips for Having A Great Yard for Your Pet in the Spring

How to be “Backyard Ready” for Dog Fun When Spring Hits. Winter is nearly over, and it’s time for your dog to get outside to bask in the sunshine and roll in the grass. Here are some tips to help you get your yard ready for springtime fun from Lucky the TurfMutt, a...

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...

California Lessons for Spring Planting

The Vagaries of Mother Nature Cannot be Regulated. Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Urges Smarter Spring Landscaping Choices. Across the nation, many regions are finding spring is arriving ahead of schedule. As homeowners and gardeners grapple with what, when and...

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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