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What You Can Do About Messy Neighbors

Advice from the pros about how you can solve the problem of messy neighbors. How you can broach the subject with your neighbors, what authorities you can appeal to for help, and how you can obscure the view.

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Inspiration

Common Mistakes When Planning
a Backyard Wedding

Considering a backyard wedding? We’ll discuss important factors when planning a backyard wedding, common backyard wedding mistakes, and ways you can save on your big day.

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Inspiration

The Story Behind the Beloved Adirondack Chair

Most of us are familiar with the Adirondack chair and its quintessential summer charm. Here’s a brief history of the design that became an iconic image of coastal landscapes across the US.

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Lawn

How to Grow Bamboo

With the right climate, bamboo can grow in nearly any type of fertile, well-drained soil. Learn how to grow this versatile evergreen and how to care for it throughout the year.

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Garden

How to Keep Deer
Out of Your Garden

Deer creating problems in your garden? We’ll help you identify signs that you’re dealing with deer and provide 17 effective methods (including plenty of humane and harmless tactics) that have been proven to keep deer out of gardens all year long.

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Lawn

17 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
(and Other Bugs Too)

Investing in plants that repel mosquitoes is an alternative to chemical bug sprays and a natural way to keep your lawn, garden, and home bug-free. Here are 17 plants that repel mosquitoes both indoors and out.

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Maintenance

How to Clean a Grill

Start grilling season off right with a clean outdoor grill. Not only does a clean grill provide for better-tasting food, it prevents bacteria from building and is much safer than cooking on a dirty grill. Here’s your quick guide to a clean grill.

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Health

Green Roof Revolution: Why Cities Are Adopting Green Roofs

With benefits like increased energy efficiency, reduced heating and cooling costs, and improved air quality, to name a few, green roofs are appealing to many eco-minded homeowners, businesses, and cities throughout the country.

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Inspiration

Front Stairs Inspiration

Exterior stairs have the potential to really contribute to your home's curb appeal. From floating concrete stairs to stone porch steps, here are 10 ideas for your home's front stairs.

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Garden

Delphinium: Everything You Need to Know About Planting and Care

Known for its colorful, eye-catching blooms that shoot upward in tall spires, delphinium is a favorite of hummingbirds.

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Garden

Verbena: Everything You Need to Know About Planting and Care

Most commonly known for their long, trailing flowers that provide the perfect draping blossoms for flower boxes and containers, Verbena is a stunning plant available in a number of varieties.

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Garden

Columbine Flower: Planting & Care

Columbine flower boasts colorful spring and summer blooms that bring a beautiful touch to any garden. Here’s everything you need to know about how to plant and care for columbine.

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Garden

4 Plans for a Vertical Vegetable Garden

A vertical vegetable garden is a perfect way to grow your own food, gild your deck, patio, or exterior walls, and maximize your outdoor space.

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Garden

How to Plant and Care for Bee Balm

Bee balm is an attractive, aromatic, and edible flowering plant known to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Learn about the history of bee balm, as well as how to grow and care for this well-loved garden plant.

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Lawn

Alternatives to Traditional Mulch

Do you want to change up the look of your garden while still maintaining weed growth? Here are seven alternatives to traditional mulch that prevent weed growth and add nutrients to your soil.

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Lawn

8 Fast-Growing Trees for Your Yard

Fast-growing trees are a great landscaping addition, providing shade and privacy to your yard while increasing your property value. Here are eight of our favorites.

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Garden

How to Plant and Care for Dianthus

Dianthus is a stunning spring and summer bloom that brings beautiful bursts of color to lawns and gardens throughout the country. Read on to learn a bit more about this vibrant and easy-to-grow flower.

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Garden

8 Popular Summer Flowers

Summer gardening season is on its way. Plan your dream garden by peeking through our guide to some of the most stunning summer blooms.

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Lawn

How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is a pesky, invasive plant capable of wreaking havoc on grass and gardens when if takes over a lawn. We explore chemical and natural methods of getting rid of this garden irritant.

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Garden

How to Plant and Care for Forsythia

Learn how to plant and care for easygoing forsythia shrubs and herald the coming of spring each year with a cheerful profusion of yellow blossoms.

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Garden

Everything You Need to Know
About Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susans are a beautiful and easy-to-grow addition to nearly any garden. Here’s everything you need to know about these hardy summer blooms.

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Garden

Organic Gardening 101

Growing an organic garden is a truly gratifying experience with benefits to your health and the planet. Learn everything you need to know to plan, grow, and care for your own organic garden filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

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Garden

8 Popular Spring Flowers

Get excited about the arrival of spring with our guide to eight popular spring flowers.

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Lawn

How to Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn once or twice a year yields a healthy, verdant, and thriving yard. Learn how and when to fertilize your lawn—and how to pick a fertilizer.

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Garden

How to Plant and
Care for Coreopsis

Coreopsis is loved for its bright, long-lasting blooms and ability to thrive in less-than-perfect conditions. Learn all you need to know to select, grow, and care for these low-maintenance garden staples.

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Lawn

Tree Trimming 101

Tree trimming is an annual home maintenance project that keeps your trees healthy and safe. Learn the best time to trim your trees and how to keep them looking great.

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Garden

Community Gardening: Fostering a Closer Connection
with the Land

Community gardens are a great opportunity for city dwellers to grow their own food, eat healthier, live more sustainably, and connect with neighbors. See the contributions of community and urban gardening around the US and how you can get involved.

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Lawn

The Beginner’s Guide to Urban Beekeeping

If you’re interested in beekeeping, harvesting honey, and increasing the number of pollinators in your garden, our guide to urban beekeeping is the best place to start.

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Lawn

Everything You Need To Know About Pre-Emergent Herbicide

Learn everything you need to know about pre-emergent herbicide: how it works, what to buy, and how and when to apply.

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Garden

Homesteading 101

Find out everything you need to know about homesteading in this helpful guide. You’ll learn how to get started as well as the challenges and benefits you can expect along the way.

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Garden

Patience and Planning:
Tour a Lush and Thriving
Pennsylvania Garden

From designing the landscape and hardscape to selecting a variety of plants and flowers, get a home gardener's insight on completely transforming your outdoor space.

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Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are a common household nuisance that can cause severe wood and structural damage if left untreated. Here’s everything you need to know to get rid of carpenter bees.

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Garden

How to Grow Azaleas

The profusion of beautiful azalea blooms makes them the royalty of the garden, and growing azaleas is easy and highly rewarding. Here's how to grow azaleas and care for them in your garden.

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Garden

The Basics of Organic Gardening

From soil health to quick pest control, master the organic gardening basics, from soil and natural fertilizer to organic weed and pest control.

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Garden

Plants that Attract Pollinators

Pollinators like birds, bees, and butterflies are vital to plant health and food production. Learn to cultivate plants that attract pollinators in your garden.

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Garden

How to Plant and Care For Marigolds in Your Home or Garden

Marigolds are simple to grow, easy to maintain, and act as great companion plants. Here’s everything you need to know about planting and caring for marigolds.

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Lawn

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Spring

Learn how to properly care for your lawn in the spring with these helpful tips and tricks, from weeding and dethatching to aeration and watering.

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Hardscaping

5 Patio Materials by Cost, Durability, Installation & Style

When choosing a material for your patio, consider cost, durability, style, and—if you’re taking on the project yourself—installation difficulty. We’ve ranked five of the most common materials to help you make the best choice.

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Lawn

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Winter

Cold temperatures leave many homeowners at a loss for ways to keep their grass green and healthy. Here are some winter lawn care tips to keep your yard in top shape for spring.

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Hardscaping

A Quick Guide to Brick Patterns

A quick digest of the most common brick patterns. We rank six patterns from easiest to hardest so you can decide whether you want to DIY the job or call in a pro.

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Garden

A Guide to Growing Orchids in Your Home or Garden

Many common orchid varieties require little care and can be easily grown inside. Learn how to grow these exotic beauties in your home or garden.

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Garden

5 Flowers That Bloom
in Winter

These five hardy winter-blooming flowers will add months to your gardening season—and vibrant colors to a typically neutral winter palette.

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Garden

How to Protect Plants from Frost

Overnight frosts occur as early as September, depending on your region. We’ll show you how to protect your outdoor plants from frost.

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Garden

Basic Wisdom for Your Herb Garden

From cold killers to drink garnishes, herbs are powerhouses in the kitchen and around the home. Here are some basics for a high-yield, at home herb garden.

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Garden

8 Easy Plants to Make the Most of Your Garden

Balance time with enjoyment with both flowering plants and vegetables that are easy additions to your garden. Try these 8 easy garden plants that demand very little care.

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Garden

How to Create the Perfect
Fall Garden

Careful mid- to late-summer planting can return a fall garden of nutrient rich vegetables and herbs. We recommend these 8 plants for a thriving fall harvest.

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Lawn

How to Get Rid of Crabgrass

If you find crabgrass popping up among your Bahia, Bermuda, and Bluegrass, here are two ways to treat the problem and reclaim your lawn.

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Garden

How to Make Natural Weed Killer

A quick and simple recipe for powerful, all-natural weed killer than can be made with household materials.

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Lawn

How to Care for Your Lawn
in the Fall

Adapt your yard to the changing seasons. Prepare for cold weather and the following spring now as the weather cools. Here’s how to care for your lawn in the fall.

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Garden

Composting at Home

Create your own black gold in the garden with a compost pile using natural, organic ingredients.

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Hosta garden
Garden

The 7 Best Shade Plants to Add to Your Garden This Year

Some plants do better with less than four hours of sun exposure per day. Try these 7 shade-thriving plants to build a lovely low-light garden.

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Inspiration

How to Build a Backyard Bonfire

A backyard bonfire is the perfect complement to a cookout, s’mores, or just drinks. Learn how to build a backyard bonfire safely and easily.

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Lawn

What You Need to Know About Lawn Aerators

When watering, mowing, and edging are not enough to keep your lawn healthy, using a lawn aerator can inject new life into tired and worn grass.

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Garden

How to Plant and Care for Roses

Gone are the days of high maintenance rose bushes. Even beginner gardeners can add the beauty and elegance of roses to their gardens with the proper watering, fertilization, and pruning.

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Big Flowers of Chrysanthemums plant with raindrops, in orange and light brown and dark green leaves, outdoors.
Garden

What to Know About Planting and Caring for Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are stunning, late-blooming shrubs that are surprisingly easy to grow and care for. They come in a myriad varieties and return year after year in beautiful blooms.

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Garden

How to Use Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

Adding used coffee grounds to your garden is an easy, simple, and inexpensive way to give your plants a natural boost.

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Garden

Everything You Need to About Planting & Growing Peonies

Peonies make fabulous additions to gardens and hedges for their extravagant, fragrant blooms and their lush, glossy, green foliage. Learn how to plant and maintain peonies in your garden.

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Garden

How to Make Perfect Hummingbird Food

Learning how to make hummingbird food is quick and inexpensive. We've provided a few tips that will encourage hummingbirds to visit your property.

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Lawn

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Summer

Summer is a busy time of year for lawn upkeep. Learn how to keep your lawn in top shape this season with our guide to summer lawn care.

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