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How To: Grow Potatoes
If you've never tasted homegrown potatoes, prepare to be amazed. A hundred days or so after planting—more or less, de...
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The Good Guys: 8 Beneficial Bugs for Your Garden
Roll out the welcome mat for friendly insects that will get on your garden's good side. While some insects like aphids and grasshoppers can wreak havoc on gardens...
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10 Common Garden Problems—and How to Fix Them
Summer is what gardeners dream of all winter—warm weather, flourishing flowers, and a bountiful harvest that's carried straight from the veggie patch to the dinne...
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Bob Vila Radio: Small Yards
A well-designed outdoor space is like having an extra room in the house. Even a small yard is a great treasure, but i...
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5 Great Ways to Garden in Comfort
Growing a beautiful garden is no small feat. Not only does it take regular attention, watering, and cooperative weath...
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DIY Mason Jar Wall Planter
I have been canning peaches so I had mason jars on the brain. I have seen several versions of this idea. I have seen ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Day Lily Care
There are few flowering plants as satisfying as day lilies—they bloom in late spring and early summer, just as the sp...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lilac Pruning
If you didn’t prune your lilacs right after they bloomed, you still have a little time left, but don’t delay: Pruning...
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Bob Vila Radio: What Is the Cooperative Extension Service?
I’m sure you’ve read articles that suggested contacting your local Cooperative Extension Office for services like soi...
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No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with our lawns. Although we enjoy the cool carpet of green grass to lie on and play on in summer, no one wants to spend h...
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How To: Keep Deer Out of Your Garden
Though deer look innocent, home gardeners know they can be a menace to plants and trees. Gardeners also know that bar...
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Bob Vila Radio: USDA Zone Maps
Farmers and gardeners alike are familiar with the USDA plant hardiness zone map, which divides the country into growi...
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10 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners
If you’ve always wanted to grow a vegetable garden, but have been too afraid to try, start by planting veggies that are almost guaranteed to succeed. Maintaining ...
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How To: Test Soil pH
Soil matters. To the plants you wish to grow in your garden, nothing is as important as what's in or missing from the...
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12 Expert Tips for Eye-Catching Front Yard Landscaping
Your front yard, regardless of its size, plays an important role in your home’s overall curb appeal. Attractive landscaping, however, requires more than just a be...
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11 Creatively Stylish Ways to Display Succulents
If you don’t have a green thumb, then succulents might just be the plant for you. Succulents are a family of fleshy plants, including aloe vera and cacti, known f...
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Growing Up: 10 Inventive DIY Vertical Gardens
Spring is in the air and it’s time to get growing! Whether you’re working within the confines of an apartment balcony, a modest backyard, or an expansive ranch, a...
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New & Notable: 12 Gadgets to Tech Out Your Garden
If you want to put your best gardening foot forward this spring, it is important to take your first steps in the right direction. Decisions you make in early spri...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Front Yard Landscaping
Your front yard, regardless of its size, plays an important role in your home's overall curb appeal. Your landscaping...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planting Bulbs in Spring
When we think about flowering bulbs, we often picture beautiful spring bloomers like daffodils and tulips, whose bulb...
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Bob Vila Radio: Building a Raised Garden Bed
There are lots of reasons why you might want to plant in a raised garden bed rather than directly in the soil. Raised...
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How to Make Wall-Mounted Pinch Pots
Our new house is white walled, and I'm kind of loving it. I like the idea of bringing in little pops of color with ar...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ferns
Leafy, green, and graceful, ferns bring drama and texture to the garden. They are attractive in rock gardens and make...
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Bob Vila Radio: Indoor Herb Gardens
Fresh herbs add flavor, fragrance, and sophistication to your cooking—and they can’t get much fresher than those you ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Why Have a Raised Garden Bed?
Growing plants in raised beds is a tradition that goes back at least hundreds of years. Here are five reasons why a r...
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How To: Grow Moss
There are two main types of mosses—acrocarpous and pleurocarpous. The former grows vertically and resembles strands o...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Simple Ways to Set Up a Compost Bin
Compost: It's what eventually becomes of all decomposing organic material. Essentially, it's dirt—but it's not just a...
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Early Bloomers: 7 Spring Flowers Bringing Color NOW to a Yard Near You!
Nothing heralds the coming of spring like perennial flowers. Their reliable return each season is one of the reasons gardeners love to plant bulbs; put in the gro...
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Bob Vila Radio: Starting Vegetables from Seeds Indoors
Now that spring is here, many people’s thoughts turn to gardening, and to the joys of leafy salads and delicate sprin...
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Bob Vila Radio: First Day of Spring
Today is March 20, the vernal equinox, better known as the first day of spring. For most of us around the country, th...
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Vegetables On Demand: How to Grow Edible Plants Indoors—Starting from Seeds!
Don't let a lack of fertile land prevent you from getting the fresh vegetables your body needs and deserves. By following a couple of vital guidelines, you can gr...
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Rhododendrons: Keeping It Green All Winter Long
Bursting with vibrant blooms in the spring and retaining their leaves through the colder months, rhododendrons are the perfect "evergreen" for your winter landscape.
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5 Best Houseplants for Air Purification
Interior designers have been using potted plants to liven up homes for several years. But green houseplants can also ...
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10 Evergreens to Beautify Your Garden Year-Round
Perk up a drab yard with some leafy, four-season greenery. Here are ten varieties certain to do just that.
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4 Simple Tips to Care for Your Orchids
The Orchid. A beautiful and exquisite flower. Some plants look too perfect to be real. And contrary to what most people ...
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Lasagna Gardening: It's Only a Little Like It Sounds
Mulching has its rewards: Not only does it give you richer and more nutritious soil, but it can also suppress weeds, ...
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Botanical Tulips: Jewels of the Garden
With their dainty proportions and showy blooms, botanical tulips are sure to bring surprising beauty and interest to your spring garden.
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Bold and Beautiful: 10 Fall-Blooming Flowers
Bright colors and big blooms don't end in summer. In fact, nothing says fall quite like these 10 ubiquitous autumn blossoms.
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Plant More, Spend Less: Shop Nurseries Off-Season
Browsing the local nursery, you may find yourself wanting to bring home half the store: There are so many beautiful a...
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DIY Tales: The Aftermath of a Gigantic Fallen Cactus
I have many, many items to tackle around here. Now that we have the swimming pool somewhat on the mend, I'm exited to get...
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How To: Weed Your Garden
Even late into the season, the summer can seem like one prolonged fight against garden weeds. The bad news? There's n...
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10 Pretty Plants You Didn't Know Were Poisonous
Not every pretty plant has a pleasant disposition. Here are 10 of the most common venomous plants to keep out of your garden!
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Everywhere Ferns: Choosing the Right Variety for Your Garden
With a history dating back 300 million years, ferns have proven their staying power. Today, their frilled fronds and ...
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The Importance of Deadheading
As your garden flourishes over the summer and your springtime planting efforts are rewarded with beautiful bursts of ...
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Happy Corner: Houseplant Haven
Around my house this summer, a lot of furniture was moved and removed and swapped around rooms. One of the biggest cha...
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Before and After: Free Sod in the Side Yard
This was intended to be a tutorial with pics….but I’m having technical difficulties… with both ...
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Save Seeds, Save Money
Many veteran gardeners save seeds almost compulsively. Why? Because if you harvest the seeds from your own garden, yo...
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Build Your Own Greenhouse: 11 Easy-to-Assemble Kits
A die-hard gardener’s ultimate dream is having a greenhouse in the backyard. If this is your dream, it’s not as far away as you might think. You don’t necessarily...
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3 Keys to Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden
As summer wanes, gardeners turn their attention to such "cleanup" activities as removing failed plantings. But while ...
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Choice Apps for Garden Geeks
Every gardener has a favorite tool. For some, it's a trusty old spade. For others, it's a pair of pruning shears that...
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Garden in Comfort with These 10 Ergonomic Tools
Gardening can sometimes leave you feeling achy and sore. But don’t despair, because there are many ergonomic gardening tools available to help take the pain out o...
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How To: Plant a Bush
Available in countless varieties, bushes add depth and diversity to the landscape, whether they are fruit- or flower-...
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9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds
With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test.
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Why Every Gardener Needs a Worm Bin
Anyone with a garden knows that fertilizer and enriched soil can be expensive. But did you know there is a source of ...
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Ripe for the Picking: 10 Full-Bodied, Full-Flavored Heirloom Tomatoes
Nothing says summer like juicy tomatoes—particularly heirloom varieties—fresh from the garden. Here are 10 top varieties sure to tempt your taste buds.
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So, You Want to... Plant an Herb Spiral
Sustainable agriculture is all the rage, even at home. Looking for an easy way to participate? Try building a DIY her...
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6 Pro Tips for Successful Container Gardening
When she's not sharing her knowledge of container gardening as a guide on About. com or photographing New England gar...
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6 Common Houseplant Pests—and How to Get Rid of Them
You may have a certified green thumb, but that won't keep bugs away from your plants. Follow these guidelines to identify and eliminate the most common houseplant...
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Easy DIY: Making Your Own Trellis
While shopping for trellises, I noticed that even simple ones costed $25 or more... so I decided to make one myself usin...
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Managing 3 Common Problems Faced by Roses
The rewards of roses are not easily earned. These universally prized flowers behave temperamentally whenever they are...
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The Plight of the Impatiens
This year, many are struggling to find a beloved mainstay of the American garden: impatiens. Sought for the vibrant c...
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Ultimate Lawn Care Guide: 12 Steps to a Prize-Winning Yard
Follow these tried-and-true guidelines to achieve a bright green lawn—and keep it that way.
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11 Signs of an Unhappy Houseplant (and How You Can Help)
Who knew so much could go wrong with a houseplant? Here are 11 of the most common afflictions and their treatments so you can revive your friendly foliage in no t...
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Double Digging Boosts Soil Health in Your Garden
Quality, nutrient-rich aerated soil is the foundation of a good garden. Sure, the "no dig" gardening method has its a...
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Ditch the Hose with a Drip Irrigation System
Tired of standing next to your planting beds, garden hose in hand? Concerned about getting too much water where you d...
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10 Not-to-Be-Missed Sunflower Blooms
Nothing better symbolizes summer than a robust sunflower's bright yellow face, often so high you could easily mistake it for the sun itself.
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Growing a Bamboo Garden
Clumping and Running BambooBamboo is a member of the grass family, with more than 200 species available in the U. S. ...
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10 Plants Sure to Stop Deer in Their Tracks
If your backyard and garden have become a buffet for deer, these 10 Bambi-resistant plants will encourage them to forage elsewhere.
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Pro Tips: Square Foot Gardening
Compact, efficient and easy to maintain, Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening offers new and experienced gardeners a smart, space-saving backyard alternative.
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10 Sun-Loving Plants That Thrive in Summer
We've gathered a bountiful bouquet of flowering plants that can survive a full day in the sun and still serve up a slew of show-stopping blooms.
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Bob Vila Radio: Butterfly Gardens
Watching a butterfly flit low above a garden is one of summer’s great delights. You can attract these delicate creatu...
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The Coreopsis is Back to Life!
The coreopsis have returned from the dead. Astonishing. The original one I split from was looking like this a couple of w...
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5 No-Kink Garden Hoses That Test True
Loads of hoses claim to be kink-free, but is there really such a thing as a no-kink garden hose? As it turns out, there is.
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All Garden Hoses Are Not Created Equal
Let's talk garden hoses. Every home needs at least one, whether to water the lawn, wash the car, or run the Slip 'n S...
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3 Special Geraniums to Seek Out for Your Garden
With a reputation for hardiness, geraniums can be found in literally hundreds of varieties, many that boast impressiv...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dandelions
Kids love them, but landscapers hate them. I’m talking about dandelions, whose cheerful yellow flowers can make you w...
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Top Tips for Growing a Vertical Garden
Want to test your green thumb but lack the space for a traditional garden? It may be time for you to try vertical gar...
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Bob Vila Radio: Potting Benches
A potting bench can be a handy addition to any yard or patio—even if you’re not much of a gardener! Here’s why. Liste...
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10 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine
Hardy, shade-loving flowers bring beautiful blooms even to those parts of your backyard that receive little sun.
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Why Should You Keep a Gardening Journal?
Gardening is an ongoing process marked by victories and challenges, experiments and surprises.  Seasons come and go q...
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How To: Make a Straw Bale Planter
Straw bale gardening is an old idea that, over the last several years, has witnessed a great deal of renewed attentio...
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Dividing Perennials in the Spring
One of the pleasures of spring is taking stock in your garden: Which perennials are ready to be doubled (or even trip...
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Heirloom Apples: Growing a Slice of History
Shopping at the grocery store, one can usually find only eight or ten varieties of apples. That selection represents ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pruning Azaleas
Late spring is the time to sit back and admire those azaleas as they bloom; azaleas add a veritable explosion of colo...
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How To: Transplant Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials
With the sun shining, the birds chirping, the temperatures rising, and the days getting longer, this is the season to...
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10 Faux Planters with Genuine Style
Lightweight and low-maintenance, these budget-friendly planters match the look and style of much more expensive options.
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Flowering Climbers: 8 Cures for the Common Garden
Grow your garden from ordinary to extraordinary with flowering vines that add a beautiful new level of interest to your landscape.
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10 Great Ways to Grow Your Walls Green
Add life—literally!—to an interior space with a visually stunning vertical wall garden.
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Plant Containers
If you’re like a lot of people, you have a stack of old pots in your garage or shed just waiting for the next time yo...
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How To: Make a Butterfly Garden
Butterflies are mesmerizing creatures with more to offer than beauty alone. Because they are nectar eaters, they are ...
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Fresh Flowers: 10 New Annuals for 2013
Mix and match these new-to-market annuals to ensure an unforgettable garden this year.
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10 Inspired DIY Planters to Dress Up Your Garden
Why put your plants in a boring pot, when you can make your own unique planter with materials you may already have on hand?
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Vegetable Garden DIY Revamp
Every Spring the veggie gardens get a redo. I wasn't too excited for it this year because my allergies have been serious...
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So, Who Are Master Gardeners and What Can They Do for You?
If you live on a property with a lawn or garden, you should be aware of Master Gardeners. In 1972, the first Master G...
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Add a Little Spice to Your Life with a Culinary Herb Garden
If you love to cook, then you know the value of fresh herbs. Modern transportation and preservation methods make all ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Starting Seeds
If you get a thrill out of watching your garden grow, you might want to get a jump on the season by starting from see...
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10 New Perennials to Perk Up Your Garden
Add excitement to your flower beds this spring by planting standout varieties from 2013's crop of new perennials.
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9 Essential Tools for Every Gardener
Getting your yard ready for spring? The right equipment can mean the difference between a beautiful garden and a barren wasteland.
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10 Ways to Wake Up Your Yard for Spring
Outdoors and in, take care of a few simple tasks now to bring your house out of winter hibernation!
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8 Reasons to Love Azaleas
From Southern roots, azaleas have grown into a countrywide favorite, prized for their beautiful blooms in so many colors.
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We Heart Azaleas: Top Tips on Care
Azaleas are getting ready to set gardens on fire. The fluorescent shades of this plant's hallmark blooms tend to make...
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How To: Dry Your Garden Herbs
If you want to keep a little bit of your summer garden with you all year long, you can do so by drying herbs and stor...
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5 Spring Garden Favorites to Plant Right Now
The time to dream about your spring planting has passed. Now is the time to get going in the garden. So here are five...
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How To: Make a Deck Rail Planter
Last year, I was dying to have some deck rail planters to grow spinach and lettuce in, but I couldn’t find any that w...
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5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Garden for Spring
Ready for spring to arrive? So is your garden. The ground may still be cold, but longer days have already begun to co...
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Mail-Order Seeds: Variety, Viability, Value
It couldn't be easier to go out and buy seeds from the local nursery or the nearest home improvement store. A large s...
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10 Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Improve your home’s indoor air quality—and your overall mood—with an easy-to-grow houseplant.
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Composting
Composting’s a great idea: it helps your garden thrive and keeps valuable organic waste out of landfills. But once yo...
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Breathe Easier at Home with Indoor Plants
As winter draws to a close, things are getting a bit stuffy in our house. Like many energy-conscious consumers, we’ve...
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Bob Vila Radio: Container Gardens
There’s nothing quite as fresh as food that you grow in your own backyard. You may think your soil is too poor for a ...
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Plant Cool Weather Crops in Containers for Spring Salad
Though Punxsutawney Phil has barely gotten back into his den, you’re already itching to start spring planting! Unfort...
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Bonsai for Beginners
Bonsai—caring for and nourishing miniature shrubs and trees in pots—has long been a way for hobbyists to reduce stres...
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Starting Tomatoes from Seed
During the cold, dark days of January and February, my mind turns to sunny, bright red tomatoes—for this is the time ...
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Add Flavor to Your Kitchen with a Winter Herb Garden
During the dull days of winter, I long to get out into the garden to harvest something for my dinner table. Having ha...
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Winter Care for Houseplants
Over the winter, when your outdoor garden has little to boast about, the greenery inside your home lifts spirits and ...
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Amaryllis, Year After Year
The amaryllis is usually thought of as a one-off winter bulb that makes for a great holiday accent. But with very lit...
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Deck the Halls: Holly Bushes
As your home decor becomes festive inside, it’s nice to see a little of that color scheme reflected outside as well. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gardening Online
Nothing's more heartening in the depths of winter than leafing through a bulb catalog or shopping for next season’s g...
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5 Fiery Fall Bushes
Finding your garden lacking when it comes to fall color? Our favorite fall bushes will not only add a bright spot of ...
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Don’t Forget to Plant These Bulbs!
It’s the season to be planting bulbs. Many gardeners get fixated on the old standards—tulips and daffodils. Yes, ther...
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Adding Ornamental Grasses to Your Garden
Ornamental grasses bring more than just bulk to your garden—they add various textures, movement, and color, and they ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Bulbs
Always looking ahead, it’s time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. All they require is a bright, sunny location and a li...
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How and When to Plant Garlic
Now is the perfect time to get garlic into the ground. The cloves get a head start on the growing season so that by l...
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5 Plants to Divide in Fall
October is a great month to look over your property and determine which perennials are in need of dividing. Splitting...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mulch
Autumn leaves are a gift to your garden that literally just falls out of the trees. Instead of getting rid of them al...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall Composting
All those piles of raked leaves and mown grass don’t do much good in your local landfill. If you garden, you can cut ...
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5 Fall Plants to Plant Right Now
Now that the temperature has dropped, it’s the time to replace those fading summer blooms with plants that thrive in ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Shrub Success
Fall is a great time to upgrade your landscaping. Plants, trees, and shrubs are slowing down from the hot summer and ...
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9 Daffodils to Cheer Up Your Garden
Plant any of these jolly perennials now for a bright and sunny bloom come spring!
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Dreaming of Daffodils
I’m a beginning gardener. I have lots of ideas but little experience. The basic landscaping package that came with ou...
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10 Low-Maintenance Mums
These hardy chrysanthemums will survive even the most forgetful gardener's care.
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Mums: Hardy, Colorful, and Fall-tastic!
Boldly colored mums on porches or planted in garden beds are wonderful harbingers of fall, going hand in hand with th...
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How To: Dry Hydrangeas
The end of the summer is just days away but instead of celebrating the season, the last bright blooms are starting to...
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How To: Plant an Apple Tree
Since moving to the 'burbs, I’ve been slowly trying to convert on this fantasy I have of backyard sustainability. I p...
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18 Ways to Color Your Garden This Fall
When summer blooms fade, usher in a new color show with one or more of these unique fall varieties.
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10 Compost Bins for Backyard Gardeners
Composting is one thing... how you manage it is another. Here are ten compost bins to help you turn scraps into gardener's gold.
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Composting 101: What You Should and Shouldn’t Compost
The best gardeners know that compost is better than fertilizer, when it comes to providing a nutrient-rich growing en...
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Zen and the Art of Weed Whacking
Since moving from the city to the 'burbs, I’ve gotten reacquainted with one of my weekly teenage chores (for which I ...
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How To: Combat Garden Pests (Part 2)
Most people react to deer, groundhogs, and rabbits with a smile acknowledging their adorableness. But gardeners know ...
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How To: Combat Garden Pests (Part 1)
It’s the time of year when garden pests become especially irritating. Your ripening harvest might be snacked on by ap...
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Boxwoods: Maintaining Structure in Your Garden
Boxwood hedges might look formal, but they are a workhorse in the garden. The evergreens can define areas and be the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Irrigating Sustainably
Irrigating your yard can really be wasteful and expensive; clean water is a precious commodity, and not just in deser...
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Bob Vila Radio: Composters
I get alot of questions from folks who want to improve their garden soil with compost, but aren’t sure which kind of ...
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10 Hydrangea Show-Stoppers
With their large flower heads, variable habits, and beautiful (changeable) color, here are ten of our favorite Hydrangeas.
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Bob Vila Radio: Integrated Pest Management
To control garden pests without using toxic chemicals, work with nature, not against it. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON ...
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So, What Is Your Local Extension Office, Anyway?
I’m a novice gardener. We moved to Southern Delaware after living 20 years in New York City. I struggled there to kee...
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Summer Stars: Hydrangeas
Native to Japan where hydrangeas are beloved not just for their full, lush blooms, but also for the tea made from the...
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In Search of the Ultimate Garden Hose Storage
Since moving from a small NYC apartment a little over a year ago, we have been slowly acquiring all of the suburban h...
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Bob Vila Radio: Gardening Greener
That old adage, “what goes around comes around” is especially true in your garden. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON GARDEN...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garden Journals
You can read all you want about gardening, but a garden journal is the best tool for making sure you remember what wo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Natural Pesticides
Encouraging birds and bats to visit your yard is a great way to keep BUGS down without spraying. LISTENListen to BOB ...
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How To: Decorate Garden Pots
Looking for something to do with all of those clay pots that have been collecting dust in your garage or garden shed?...
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How To: Plant a Vegetable Garden
One of the joys of summer dining is fresh, local produce. Nothing tastes better than a tomato or cucumber just off th...
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The Basics: Building a Raised Garden Bed
For the soil- and drainage-poor gardener, a raised garden bed offers the opportunity to perfect your environment and ...
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How To: Make a Terrarium
Terrariums can be as basic or elaborate as you want. While those featuring sand and air plants (tillandsia) are popul...
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How To: Care for Roses
Like most stars, roses are divas. When left to their own devices, they get tangled and produce only when they feel li...
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Roses: 11 Sensational Varieties to Consider
From Knock Outs to ramblers, here are eleven rose varieties certain to add color, beauty, and fragrance to your yard and garden this summer.
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Top Tips for Growing Tomatoes
There’s really nothing better than a vine-ripened tomato plucked from the plant in your vegetable garden and still wa...
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5 Reasons to Celebrate Spring
I don't know why this date seems like a late one to be celebrating the arrival of spring—perhaps it is because of the...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garden Planning
A little garden design and planning before you spend any money or pull on the gloves can give you a better garden eve...
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7 Popular Ground Covers to Enhance Any Yard
Often requiring less water than grass, ground covers are a smart—and beautiful—way to enhance any garden or landscape.
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Easy Ground Covers: 7 Varieties to Enhance Any Landscape
A great solution to those patchy parts of your landscape, 'ground cover' is a general term for perennials that are kn...
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7 New "Must Have" Annuals
Here are seven of the most eye-catching new annuals on the market to fill in your summer garden.
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7 Eye-Catching New Annuals
While there’s no need to dismiss those hardworking favorites with which you fill your garden year in and year out, he...
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Gardening: From Dread to Bed, and Some Drip Line in Between
Our backyard is about the size of a dollar bill... but somehow that doesn't make it exempt from a winter thrashing. It do...
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Light, Water, Warmth: Tips on Germinating Mail-Order Seeds
With the last frost imminent in most parts of the country, you can begin working on your garden today. Instead of buy...
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5 (Nearly) Kill-Proof Houseplants
These easy houseplants will enhance your decor and purify the air in your dwelling.
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Reblooming Amaryllis
Far from a one-time treat, forced amaryllis bulbs in a pot, with their big trumpet flowers, are one of the bright spo...
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The Winter Garden: Hedge Your Bets
“Don’t stop gardening just because it’s winter,” says Cindy Baker, Manager of Grounds at the Chicago Botanic Garden. ...
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Quick Tip: Compost
Successful Composting: Balance Is Key Successful composting requires four things: carbon, nitrogen, water and oxygen....
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Quick Tip: Mulch
Choose the Right Kind of Mulch There are lots of different kinds of mulch to choose from, depending on what’s in your...
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Quick Tip: Building a Cold Frame
Gardening doesn’t have to be just a summertime activity, even in colder climates. Spend a weekend building a cold fra...
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How To: Mulch Your Flower Beds
Laying mulch before the winter gives your soil a head start for the next growing season. It also protects delicate pl...
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It's Bulb-Planting Time!
For gardeners in areas where the weather has cooled, it’s time to plant bulbs for spring tulips and daffodils. Bulbs ...
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A Kitchen Garden
If you have a summer home, you know that referring to it as a "retreat" or "get-away" doesn't relinquish you of the r...
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Reviewing the Landscaping Plans
Landscaping architects Rick and Nancy Lamb present their ideas to Bob for converting the landscape and creating urban spaces.
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Revising the Landscaping Plan
Bob talks with landscape architect Rick Lamb about revisions to the plan. Bob points out the redesigned parking area and the plan for magically melting the snow.
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Touring the Burpee Trial Gardens
Bob visits the Burpee trial gardens in Ambler, PA, to review the current and future catalog of plants and flowers.
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Beginning the Landscaping
Bob meets with landscape architects Rick and Nancy Lamb to assess the back yard. Arborist Charley Cummings trims some Hemlock trees.
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Touring the Naumkeag Historic House Gardens
Bob takes a break from putting his own landscape in order to tour the elaborate gardens at the Naumkeag historic house in Stockbridge, MA.
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Hardscaping, Selecting Plants, Installing Artificial Grass in the Backyard, and Preventing Weed Growth
Backyard landscaping has progressed with the completion of stone work, new plantings, weed control, and the installation of artificial grass.
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Custom Bamboo Garden
Kalo joins Bob to create a Zen bamboo garden.
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Natural Fertilizers and Non-Toxic Pesticides
Angela Polo and Ken Micklow shows Bob dwarf planting ideas and install a raised vegetable garden which requires soil enhancement, Craig Harmer shows Bob natural p...
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Sustainable Planting for Florida Landscape
Ken Micklow and Trent Culleny talk with Bob about native, storm-resistant gardening. Then Carm DiBella shows Bob an environmentally friendly termite protection s...
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A Sustainable Yard and Landscape
Bob does a walkthrough of the finished Punta Gorda home. He discusses sustainable gardening, water conservation and low-maintenance plants. Then he joins Leslie...
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Building Planter Boxes
Bob Ryley is in the garage workshop building a planter box for the sunroom.
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Working With Unilock Tumbled Concrete Pavers
Bob joins Brian Kallmeyer (from Unilock) to talk about concrete pavers. Unlike natural stone, these pavers are made in a mold, so they are easy to work with. In t...
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Discussing the Home's Landscaping and Hardscaping
Bob discusses the home's landscaping and hardscaping with general contractor Kevin Kalman and landscaper Josh Gavin.
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Reviewing the Landscape Design
Bob and general contractor Sam Daniel discuss the landscaping of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Planting Trees and Shrubs in the Front Yard
Landscape contractor Janet Cox explains her approach to the plantings for Roxbury development homes.
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Tour of the Restored Victorian Front Porch and Garden
Bob takes a last look at the restored porch, its second-floor balustrade, polished-brass door fixtures, and the newly planted rose garden and boxwood bushes.
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Project Update on the Patio and Kitchen
Bob meets with contractor Ed Weller for a project update. The patio is well underway and the landscaping is beginning. A stone grill has been started and, inside,...
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Discussing the Zen Garden Design
Bob meets with Donald Young for a tour of the home's Zen garden. Donald discusses the plant choices and lighting requirements in a garden of this size. Slate tile...
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Tour of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Manufacturing Plant
Bob tours the Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing plant in Winter Haven, FL to see how paint is made.
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Budget Landscaping
Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains her choices for the foundation plantings and her cost-saving measures.
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Installing the Greenhouse Windows
Contractor Bob Ryley shows off the greenhouse's motorized windows. At the touch of a button, or via a thermostat, the windows open and close. Bob helps Ryley asse...
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Landscaping for Energy Efficiency
Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains her selection of plant material and flowering shrubs for the backyard and directs the planting of a Sephora Japonica shade...
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Tour of the Completed Greenhouse
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley tour the spectacular finished greenhouse and, in addition to the greenhouse, a vestibule to the house has been created, solving the h...
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Plant Shopping With Martha Stewart
When shopping for plants at Haskell's Nursery, the homeowner gets some professional help from Martha Stewart, who transforms the greenhouse into an elegant settin...
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Discussing the Greenhouse
Bob, Martha and the homeowner, Diana, discuss the greenhouse and the decor before Bob reveals a special suprise.
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Smart-House Wiring and Waterproofing the Stairway Planter
Bob talks about the "Smart House" system that will be installed in the house with the electrician, Pete Tim. Meanwhile, hot-mopped tar is used to waterproof the s...
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Planting Palm Trees in the Courtyard
Bob and the landscaper discuss planting five fully grown Queen Palm trees in the courtyard, partly in order to hide unsightly features of a neighbor's home.
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Touring the Courtyard and Meeting Pamela Anderson
Bob tours the tiled courtyard, with its Queen Palms and fountain. And there is a surprise visit from Pamela Anderson, a cast member of "Home Improvement".
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Landscaping Plans
Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains a few techniques for promoting drainage and keeping weeds under control, respectively. She also discusses the plants she h...
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Altering Landscape Plans
With Bob having decided to alter the landscape design, shrubs are transplanted and perennials are planted. Plus, sodding goes down to create a grass lawn.
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Discussing Swimming Pool Design
Bob discusses the addition of a swimming pool with the project architect.
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Plans and Preparations for Landscaping
Bob visits Joanne, a landscape designer, at a local nursery to find plants for the project house's outdoor space.
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Landscape Tour of the Cracker Cottage
Remodeling of the cracker cottage is complete. Bob tours the home, starting with the exterior and the landscape.
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Discussing the Landscaping
Bob discusses landscaping with specialist Susan Hofer. Topics include sod, a gravel driveway, brickwork, fences, and perennials.
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Landscaping the Front Garden
Gardener John Rasthenis landscapes the front garden.
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Landscaping the Coach House
Bob goes outside to observe a tree being planted and to see the little garden beyond the entryway landscaped.
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Landscape Design on a Sloping Bank
A sloping bank descends from deck level to the yard. Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains her choice of plantings for this garden: It will be green, with junip...
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Planting Bulbs and Seeding the Lawn
Bob meets with landscape designer Ruth Foster, who explains the correct method of planting bulbs. For turf, Foster suggests a relaxed approach, with perennial rye...
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