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July 15, 2021 | Tyler Difley

Four backyard staging tips to make your home 'sale-ready,' inside and out

Most sellers in this day and age recognize the value of staging a home's interior, but what about the backyard?

Especially in the summer months, when outdoor spaces often look their best, a well-staged backyard can be a major selling point and might just help you seal the deal with a buyer.
Courtesy of Urban Shed

March 30, 2021 | Natalie Noble

Convenience and productivity converge in the backyard office, with interest among Calgarians at an all-time high

Working from home lent convenience to the lives of many Calgarians over the last year, but distraction can take its toll.

Competing for space with pets, children, a spouse or roommates can steal concentration quickly. As a result, backyard offices have become a trendy way to create a healthy boundary between home and work.

Courtesy of Peter Hughes Landscape

March 01, 2021 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Backyard makeover: it's time to start planning your 2021 landscaping projects

Calgary is still stuck in the throes of winter, but many homeowners are already planning their landscape projects for 2021 to ensure they have an outdoor space to enjoy this summer.

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July 27, 2020 | Geoff Geddes

The taste of summer: how to choose the barbecue that's right for you and get grilling in no time

Due to the ongoing safety concerns around dining out these days, the humble backyard grill – already a fixture for many during the summer months – has newfound appeal.

If you're new to the grilling game or your current barbecue has seen better days, it might be time to go shopping. However, there are some key points to consider before you buy.

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July 02, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Six easy ways to spruce up your backyard for summer

Despite the gradual reopening of businesses and other public spaces as part of Alberta's relaunch strategy, COVID-19 still loom large in our daily lives several months into the pandemic. As a result, the humble backyard might be where many Calgarians spend much of their time outdoors this summer – whether they're seeking sanctuary or a place for small, physically distanced gatherings with friends and family.

So, there's no time like the present to make the most of that space. Here are six easy ways to spruce up your yard and create the outdoor oasis you've always wanted.
Courtesy The Landscape Artist Inc.

June 26, 2019 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Luxe landscapes: Three of the hottest high-end outdoor living trends

When it comes to landscaping and outdoor living, Calgarians have a lot of options to choose from, both in terms of features and the latest products. CREB®Now talked to two leading Calgary companies to find out a few of the hottest trends in luxury landscaping.
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June 12, 2019 | Donna Balzer

June in the garden: If you can't live by the lake, bring the water to you

A dove flies into our water feature and starts flapping its wings – it's 7 p.m. and it's bath time.

We'd love to live on a lake, but we don't. Luckily, the sound of water attracts wildlife to the 60-centimetre-wide, recirculating bird bath on our tiny back patio. Under a tree, next to our sitting area and in plain view of our indoor dining table, our water feature has become the virtual reality show of our garden.

Courtesy the Landscape Artist Inc.

April 18, 2018 | Gerald Vander Pyl

The great outdoors

Embracing the possibilities of outdoor living

Given Calgary's sometimes seemingly endless winters, it's important to make the most of summer.
That's why people have embraced landscaping trends that create outdoor living spaces in their own backyard.

If your yard is a bar, mushrooms are not just furniture. They are the patrons and the servers in your yard bar. They drink in the sugars and pass around the snacks.  Photo by Donna Balzer/For CREB®Now

Oct. 18, 2016 | Donna Balzer

Can I take your order?

If your yard is a bar, mushrooms are the patrons and the wait staff

newDonnawebThe phone call came during my regular CBC radio phone-in show.

The caller had heard Dr. Scholl's foot powder was a fungicide. She knew lawn mushrooms were a type of fungus, so she wondered if she could kill her lawn mushrooms with foot powder – active ingredient Tolfanate, a synthetic thiocarbamate.

"No, definitely not," I exclaimed.

Sept. 07, 2016 | Donna Balzer

Seeding into fall

Try a last-minute salad crop

newDonnawebIt was well after her neighbour had finished their veggie harvest and late into November last year when my daughter, Chelsie, allowed her son, Cohen, to fulfill his final garden wish of the season.

First, she asked eight-year old Cohen to fill eight more bags of Kale from their patch.

The next morning, when the temperatures crashed and the remaining crop was crisply covered with frosty icing, Chelsie gave Cohen the go-ahead. He bounced high on his trampoline and lept off into the frozen kale patch. The kale cracked into shards on impact, and the still-soft soil broke his fall as he tumbled like a gymnast down the row. You couldn't imagine a bigger smile and a better way to say goodbye to summer.

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