Heather Blackmore


Heather Blackmore is an award winning writer and photographer specializing in gardening, health, and family. Her work has appeared on Good Morning America as well as in several regional and national publications including Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Chicagoland Gardening, Farmers' Almanac, and Chicago Tribune. She also contributes weekly to her blog, Here She Grows, where she shares the highs and lows in her suburban Chicago garden. Heather and her husband are currently weathering the storm of two teenage daughters and one attention-hungry dog named Stella.
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MAY 19, 2020 | TUESDAY
The Best Sprinkler Controllers for Lawn Care

When life gets busy, lawn maintenance is just one more thing on the laundry list of to-dos we often struggle to squeeze into our day. Smart sprinkler controllers take the guesswork out of...

MAY 19, 2020 | TUESDAY
The 15 Best Flowers for Rookie Gardeners

Try these colorful, tough-as-nails stalwarts to boost your garden confidence and green up those thumbs.

MAY 3, 2020 | SUNDAY
The Best Watering Cans for Indoor and Outdoor Gardens

Whether your green thumb involves caring for houseplants or young seedlings that prefer not to be drowned by a blast from a garden hose, it’s important to deliver the right amount of wate...

MAY 1, 2020 | FRIDAY
The Best Hose Nozzles for Gardening and Lawn Care

Using your thumb to adjust the water flow on a hose isn't the most effective way to water plants. A hose nozzle provides much better control and helps prevent overwatering. However, with ...

The Most Dangerous Plants in America

They may be pretty and difficult to resist, but some plants carry a dark secret. They’re thugs disguised in attractive foliage or tempting flowers that suck you in before sabotaging your ...

APRIL 24, 2020 | FRIDAY
What’s the Difference? Biodegradable vs. Compostable

Labels are confusing. Consider, for example, organic, non-GMO, and cage free. They all have one thing in common—they appeal to the environmentally conscious consumer. We buy items package...

APRIL 21, 2020 | TUESDAY
Watch Out for These 9 Types of Lawn Weeds

Get to know some of the most common lawn invaders and how to deal with these lawn weeds before they gain a foothold in your landscape.

9 Mistakes You’re Making That Are Damaging Your Soil

Whether you have loose, nutrient-dense soil or something more like modeling clay, the way you treat it could be making it worse.

The Best Weeding Tools for Your Garden

Herbicides are common in weed control, but they pose serious risks. These chemicals can leach from the soil and find their way into drinking water or into rivers and ponds where they pois...

APRIL 10, 2020 | FRIDAY
The Best Grow Lights for Your Indoor Plants

Unless you have a greenhouse or an unlimited number of south-facing windows, grow lights are your best bet for reliably providing the right light to your plants year-round. Though nothing...