backyard family living & Gardens



Housework, of course, does not stop at the house. And once spring arrives outdoor living is in full swing, it's rush hour on patios, flower beds, and lawns.

Tidying up around the outside of the house is often not a top priority.

After all, outdoor living, planning gardens, and backyard parties are a lot more fun than preparing the yard and garden and cleaning up before them.

But since a spring-fresh patio and backyard is a necessary part of making the fun stuff fun, why not get the kids to pitch in on outside chores and cleanup as well so everyone can fully enjoy outdoor living?

From cleaning patio furniture and garden ideas to identifying good garden bugs and bad garden insects and gardening with kids, the backyard family living articles below can help get things growing.



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