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Spring Into Action This Season

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Lowe's offers springtime projects that will spruce up any outdoor space in no time</i> </p>

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Spring Into Action This Season16:10 EDT Tuesday, May 01, 2012 MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Business Wire) -- It's time to start taking advantage of those extra hours of daylight and start digging into your to-do list. Lowe's has a wide range of springtime projects to fit any timeframe. Here's some inspiration from Lowe's to put a little spring in your step. One-Hour Projects Outdoor design continues to evolve, creating more opportunities to enjoy a breath of fresh air while entertaining guests. Lighting, rugs and other items typically found indoors can also brighten up outdoor areas. If you're pressed for time or looking for convenience, buy your items on Lowes.com. Your purchases will be ready for pick-up in store in 20 minutes, guaranteed. Add comfort. Any outdoor space should be just as comfortable as your indoor space. Try incorporating more color with patterned throw pillows that will pop with your existing patio set. Outdoor fans add style plus the functionality needed to create a cool spring breeze, and rugs inspired by natural elements can soften the space underfoot. Let there be light. Lighting provides a simple way to extend your outdoor enjoyment past sunset, so you don't have to move the fun indoors. Installing a landscape lighting system is a perfect beginner's project for a Saturday afternoon. Low-voltage outdoor lighting systems are inexpensive to operate, easy to install and movable. Solar lighting is another great option. The lights use no electricity and are easy to install with no wires. One-Day Projects Test your green thumb with projects you can complete in a day or less. Bring your yard to life with colorful flowers and fresh vegetables. Liven up your lawn. A healthy and actively growing lawn starts with a soil test to see what additives or fertilizer your grass needs. Add a new layer of mulch to the planting beds and paths. For an even quicker fix, stir up existing mulch to make it look fresh. Give gardening a go. A raised bed garden is an easy way to create the perfect growing conditions for vegetables and herbs in just a few hours. If you're a beginner, start by planting carrots, beans and tomatoes, which are some of the easiest vegetables to grow. Weekend Projects Take advantage of warm weekend weather and spend time outdoors updating your deck and patio to impress your guests with your DIY skills. Make time for trellises. For outdoor spaces that would otherwise go unused, these DIY trellises provide appeal that can be enjoyed up close or from the curb. Once constructed, enhance the beauty of these structures with climbing plants and flowers. Give your deck some TLC. A fresh coat of paint isn't just for your walls. Cleaning and staining your deck will ensure it's beautifully maintained for any outdoor gathering. To save time all season long and make home improvement simpler, use the MyLowe's tool to create product wish lists for your projects, set reminders for common maintenance items and store product manuals and warranties to easily keep track of all things home. Whether you have one hour or a weekend, Lowe's offers quick and easy projects to update any space this spring. For more inspiring ideas and projects, download the Lowe's Creative Ideas free iPad app in the iTunes store and follow Lowe's on Facebook and Pinterest. About Lowe's With fiscal year 2011 sales of $50.2 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,745 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com. Lowe?s Companies, Inc.Colleen Maiura, 704-758-2282colleen.m.maiura@lowes.comorJaclyn Pardini, 704-758-4317jaclyn.pardini@lowes.com