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  1. How to Get Rid of Mushrooms in Your Backyard

    How to Get Rid of Lawn Mushrooms

    Though lawn mushrooms are mainly harmless, they can be unsightly and some types can even sicken people and pets. Why do they suddenly appear on your lawn, and how can you safely get rid of them? Also, how do Arrow and Shelterlogic sheds help keep your yard mushroom-free? Check out our simple guide below to obtain a beautiful lawn sans fungi.

    Why Are There Lawn Mushrooms in My Backyard?

    Mushrooms appear when there is a high amount of organic material in the soil. Since fungi break down materials to make the soil fit for plants, they play a vital role in the world's ecosystem. If mushrooms appear in your lawn, there is likely to be significant organic material that needs to decompose. For instance, if you cut down a tree but leave a stump in the ground, mushrooms are likely to grow on the stump for years to break down the wood into soil.

    Are Lawn Mushrooms Dangerous?

    While most lawn mushrooms are harmless, some varieties are poisonous or hallucinogenic. Typically, mushrooms with white gills are poisonous while red-capped species can cause someone to hallucinate. Other mushrooms may look like tasty treats but can cause stomach aches when consumed. It takes a lot of experience to identify mushrooms for foraging, so never eat a mushroom that you see in the wild — even if it’s in your backyard. 

    Every homeowner with small children or pets should remove all mushrooms on sight. Mushroom poisoning can happen to dogs and kids when they accidentally nibble or play with backyard fungus. Though a mushroom may not be poisonous per se, it can still make your loved ones suffer from a s

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  2. How to Build a Backyard Office and WFH

    How to Build a Backyard Office and WFH

    If you’ve been part of the WFH workforce for a while, you might find yourself longing for a change of scenery. While skipping the morning commute is certainly convenient, it’s sometimes hard to stay productive with all the distractions happening inside the home.

    However, if you’re lucky enough to have some backyard space, you can solve the problem with style! Backyard offices and studio sheds are a fun new trend that's catching on like wildfire. From an elaborate freestanding building to a simple shady spot on the deck, there are many ways to turn your outdoor space into a WFH space. Here are some of our top tips for creating an outdoor WFH space you’ll love.

    Backyard Office Preparation: Evaluate Your Space

    Before you get started, take a moment to evaluate your space. This will help you determine the ideal location for your new backyard office. One of the advantages of working outside is the ability to immerse yourself in nature. See if you can position your office so it offers you a view of your garden, a water feature, your pool, or an outdoor fireplace. You’ll also want to make sure it's located far enough away from your home and the street so you aren't distracted by noise. 

    Don't forget to pay attention to where the sun is positioned at various points of the day. A little bit of sun is great, but you don’t want to swelter under harsh rays day after day.

    In most cases, you won’t need a ton of space. An eight-by-ten-foot structure should work fine. Remember, many cubicles are only six feet by six feet. If you can come up with at least that much space, you can enjoy working outdoors!

    Here are a few other things you'll need to consider as you plan out your space. 

    Temperature and Shade

    When designing a backyard office, choosing a cool, shady space is critical. Glare on your laptop will make working difficult and the eye strain can cause headaches. If you’re always hot and uncomfortable, you also won’t

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  3. 5 Reasons to Invest in Your Backyard Living Space

    5 Reasons to Invest in Your Backyard Living Space

    The last year saw an incredible rise in DIY projects focused on home and property improvement. It turns out that there were a lot of little things, or big ones, that homeowners had wanted to do for so many years but didn't have time. When furlough came about, and the COVID-19 pandemic shut down many workplaces, all of a sudden, time is all people had.

    Not everyone got to cross off every item on their list or perhaps thought about starting another project but didn't want to commit. If you thought that creating a backyard living space would be interesting but wouldn't give enough back, think again. This article looks at the benefits of creating a backyard living space and how your investment can pay off both short-term and in the long term. Here is a list of ways that backyard improvements can add value to your home and your life.

    Invest in Your Backyard Living SpaceInvest in Your Backyard Living Space

    1. Backyard Features Add Property Value

    More emotional or familial reasons make it worth it to redefine your backyard with an outdoor living space, but let's first look at the financial reason. There are hundreds of hardscapes and structures you can put in your backyard to make it more "livable."

    Backyard features that have value can include kitchens, outdoor living rooms, a fire pit with patio furniture, and so much more. It can be as big or as small as you like

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  4. Backyard Getaway: Turn an Outdoor Storage Building into a Man Cave

    Backyard Getaway: Turn an Outdoor Storage Building into a Man Cave
    There’s an old saying that a man’s home is his castle. Truth be told, it really isn’t. If you’re a married man, it means you share your home with your wife, and most likely your kids. That means you can’t hang your posters in the living room, which is probably overrun with children’s toys. You may no longer have privacy in your home, so why not gain your own space with a man cave in your backyard? You can convert a portable garage, shed, or other outdoor storage building into your own backyard getaway. All it takes to build a backyard man cave is some creativity and ingenuity. Once you assemble it, your backyard man cave can be the home-away-from-home you’ve always dreamed of.
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