Build another kind of fire in the backyard: a blazing swath of fall leaves.

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October is well underway and parts of the country are seeing the colorful goodness of the season. Indeed, fall leaves are a tourist draw for many of the northeastern states. You can have your own bright show every year if you choose the right species of tree. Here are 4 for the northeastern corridor as suggested by the Arbor Day Association.

Apple season’s as easy as pie

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Now is the time to harvest your own bushel of apples for a whole cart of fall fun. Right around now is the best time to get outdoors and go apple picking. Whether you’re lucky enough to have your apple trees in your own backyard or you have an age-old (or new!) family tradition of heading out to the local orchard, apple picking is always fun on a crisp autumn day. It’s a great October outdoor group activity for all ages. The best part is the piles of apples you have at the end. But sometimes we go a little wild and we pick a peck or two too many. Here are a few apple ideas to help you reap and use well the fruits from your labors.

Grass tech fills in the gaps: Synthetic turf and patio pavers

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Artificial grass has come a long way. It’s not the fake grass made of sharp bright green plastic found in the cheesy store displays of yore. If you are looking for a great-looking, low-to-no maintenance solution for your landscape, you may want to give synthetic grass another look.

Building Blocks for Grownups: A DIY guide to building your own fire pit

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If you spent time as a kid creating structures with Legos, you may have the skills to build a permanent fire pit in your backyard. We’ve laid it all out for the home hardscaper. Getting something done on your own brings a unique and cherished sense of accomplishment. Don’t shy away from a fire pit project because it seems daunting. We have kits with detailed instructions that any do-it-yourself enthusiast can follow.

Rock the garden: whimsical stone displays to add fun to your outdoor decor

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Add some impromptu sculptures and spots of color to your garden and patio with these simple projects. Decorating the patio with small details brings a sense of wonder and serenity to your outdoor space. Fortunately, there are some very easy and inexpensive ways to do it. Here are a few ideas to try.

Renew, refresh or replace? Paver answers for a perfect patio

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Time heals all wounds, but time and Mother Nature can leave their marks on your pavers. There are handy tricks to freshen up the look of your sturdy, steady patio pavers. Many of the questions we get about pavers have to do with cleaning them. Usually a gentle rinse down with a hose will be enough, but after a decade or two of harsh seasons, a homeowner may want to get more down and dirty with leaf stains and dark streaks. We have a few tips for you.

Team Day: Show your spirit on the patio

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Football season is here. Is your patio ready? Across the country and perhaps the world, folks have gathered online and in person to painstakingly draft together their fantasy teams. College football fans have kicked off their semester, full of hope and anticipation for a winning record. Football season is back!

Old World look: 3 Cobble Style - Paver Tips from EP Henry

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Traditional style homes can be challenging to landscape. Fortunately there are pavers designed specifically to complement centuries-old structures. The trick to updating the landscape and hardscape of an older home is using the right paving stones. Many original streets in the New England territories are often said to have been paved with leftover ballast from European ships, but this theory has been debunked. Nevertheless, cobblestone is instantly recognizable for its worn edges and its soothing, natural colors

Late summer spread: 4 Grass seeding facts to know

Seeding now can be the key to a lush lawn come spring. Here’s what you need to know about this essential lawn task. Like all things worth doing, a lovely landscape takes time. Great grass is a year-round project, and mid-to-late August until the end of September brings another round of important lawn care activities. Generous and proper seeding starts now.

Getting creative and clever with outdoor decor for the patio

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Patio furniture and accessories don’t have to be expensive, and these crafty DIYs will keep things interesting. Outdoor decor is somewhat of an enigma. We’ve spent years building up a collection of furniture and accessories for the interior of the house, but sometimes our instincts and wallets don’t stand up to the challenge of decorating an outdoor room. First-time homeowners often live a few years with half-empty rooms until they can cobble together a budget for furniture. Inherited and leftover pieces often inhabit a new home’s interior spaces. Adopting and transforming the same kinds of pieces will work just as well outdoors as it did indoors all those years ago.

Under the deck: A little magic transforms a forgotten space

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Under-porch patios are making a splash as homeowners look to enhance their existing homes by gaining more living space. A little paver planning can transform that weedy, moldy area under an elevated deck into a room of many uses. When a raised deck is more than 8 feet off the ground, the space underneath may be a prime candidate for a patio project. Outdoor rooms are a popular home-improvement project, but many homeowners naturally neglect the darker spaces like under-deck areas. The key is to embrace the advantages of an under-deck patio.

Paver porches: For the forever season

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Wiling away the wistful summer evenings on the porch is one of the best relaxation methods around. But that peace and quiet can be disturbed when old wood porches have seen too many seasons.

Make their night: Host a movie marathon on the patio

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You may already have the makings for an amazing movie night right outside your door. Start a tradition of stars under the stars. Outdoor movies have been popular ever since the drive-in days. Drive-ins are hard to find now but almost all major cities host a movie-in-the-park series. A picnic dinner, a blanket and little ones in their pjs make for a classic summer night to remember.

Lazy days make for a slow cooker summer

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Think your slow cooker is just for the cold months? Think again. Summer’s hot days have us searching for meals that don’t require a lot of oven time. Dust off the your slow cooker, because it may just be the answer you’re looking for. Slow cookers don’t emit a lot of heat into the kitchen and their automatic cooking functions give you more time to spend sipping a margarita on the patio or sunning poolside.

Hardscape hand-me-downs: How to integrate inherited pieces into your outdoor decor

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Family members pass down their favorite furniture to the next generation. But what if those pieces don’t match your style? Newspapers like the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and USA Today are noting the trend of adult children and grandchildren rebuffing offers for antique furniture and other decor. The time-honored tradition of divvying up Grandpop’s old treasures has faded.

Green screen: Plant a living fence around your patio

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Shrubs, trees and ivies can be beautiful privacy borders for your landscape. Robert Frost wondered why “Good fences make good neighbors,” but good fences can turn your yard into a haven made just for you. A “living fence” is a landscape border constructed with greenery. Self-supported woody shrubs and trees add height and shade. Ivies or tall grasses are trained on trellises.

Get crabby! Host a crabfest on the patio

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Whether you call it a crab “fest” or a crab “feast,” it’s time to crack open the crabby party gear for a summer crab celebration. Fresh seafood is one of the greatest tastes of summer. This is the time when a crabfest may be happening near you. Check local and shore-town calendars. A little travel time will be worth the deliciousness. Throwing your own feast, according to the experts, is the most authentic crabfest way to go. Crabs are easy to make and serve. Pair up some beers, some slaws and some salads and you’ll have a feast to remember.