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When it comes to expanding your home living space, one of the most effective ways to do it is to finish the basement. You can turn a full basement into an entire floor of extra living space. You may even be able to create bedrooms, install a kitchen, and add a bathroom. I created this site to share my experiences with basement renovations and construction. My hope is that sharing what I have learned will help others to see that it's easier than you think to finish the basement and create the space you have always envisioned in your home.

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Getting A Puppy? Here's How To Get Your Yard Ready For Optimal Safety And Minimal Damage

Worried about your new puppy staying safe and happy while spending time in your yard? Here are a few things you can do to optimize safety and comfort while minimizing damage to your dog's play yard:

Fence a Play Area

Even if your entire property is fenced, it's a good idea to fence off a designated play yard for your new puppy, so he has somewhere to run and play without sacrificing your gardens or carefully designed landscape features. The fenced area will also help keep your pooch safe from cars, neighborhood kids, and other dogs that might get loose in your community. Choose an area of your property that doesn't already have a lot of vegetation, or clear an area out just for your new pooch.

After an area has been chosen and cleared, fence the space with a material that will hold up well to wear and tear. Vinyl fencing is an excellent option because not only does it stand up well to extreme weather conditions, but it is non-toxic and easy to maintain over time. Vinyl fencing is also easy to install, and it is resistant to chewing and biting – both of which your new dog is sure to try.

Install Artificial Grass

Dogs have a tendency to dig grass up and kill it or make it look messy. To avoid a messy play yard and to minimize maintenance needs, it's important to have artificial grass install in the yard. Artificial grass can't be dug up, killed, or disheveled in any way, and will last for several years before it needs to be replaced. Artificial grass will keep the dog yard looking clean and healthy while providing your pooch with the comfort they need.

You'll never have to worry about cutting or watering the grass to keep it looking lush. You won't have to pay for any fertilizers or weed killers to keep the grass alive, which should help save you some money as time goes on. And you can simply clean the yard with a pressure washer when the need arises.

Incorporate Trees and Shrubs

Your new puppy will need some shade to relax under as it ages, especially during the summer months when the sun is out a lot and temperatures tend to get uncomfortable during the day. Unfortunately, some shrubs are trees are poisonous to dogs, so you can't plant just any type of foliage in the yard and expect your pooch to stay healthy over time. But there are many small shade trees that would keep your new dog safe and provide plenty of shade when it's needed most – consider planting one or two of the following options:

  • Arbutus Unendo Compacta

  • Hydrangea Paniculata

  • Katsura Heronswood Globe

With these trees and shrubs in place, your new pooch is sure to stay comfortable and happy all year long while spending time in their play yard. Contact a company like Bourget Bros. Building Materials for more information and assistance.