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This Guide to Bromeliad Care Covers Epiphytic and Terrestrial Varieties
The bromeliad plant family is a large one. Although the Spanish moss native to parts of the Southern U. S. is conside...
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20 Outdoor Plants You Can Propagate From Cuttings
Since most annuals and perennials can be more easily propagated by seed, this list of plants to grow from cuttings mo...
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How to Grow Milkweed
While most pollinators can survive on a variety of plants, monarch caterpillars rely exclusively on milkweed. The pla...
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How to Grow Watermelon for the Perfect Summer Treat
Growing a watermelon plant can be challenging since it requires plenty of space and heat in which to spread out and b...
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The Best Lawn Fungicides of 2022
Even the best-tended lawn can develop a fungal problem, which can show up as visible brown patches, rusty-looking or ...
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10 Endangered Plants You Can Help Save at Home
North America is home to many native plants, but some species’ populations have dwindled because of environmental fac...
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12 Climbing Vegetables That Are Perfect for Compact Gardens
Many home gardeners might dream of having acres of growing space, but there’s a lot you can do with just a few square...
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The Best Fertilizers for Zoysia Grass of 2022
Native to Asia, zoysia is a warm-season turf grass that’s commonly grown in the southern part of the U. S. , where su...
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6 Types of Berries That Are Easy to Grow in Containers
Who doesn’t love a small-space edible garden? Plucking and eating fresh berries right off the plant makes for a conve...
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8 Planting Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Garden Before it Even Gets Going
Many gardening errors can be blamed on impatience, as we often endeavor to make our plants bear fruit (or flowers) as...
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Here’s Why You Should Always Plant Tomato Seedlings Sideways
Tomatoes have long been one of the most popular vegetables for home gardeners to grow. They don’t take up much space,...
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The Best Grow Tents of 2022
Grow tents can be a must for hydroponic gardening, which is increasing in popularity thanks to the flexibility it off...
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The Best Fertilizer for Strawberries of 2022
Using the right fertilizer for strawberries encourages healthier plants, which means plentiful harvests and delicious...
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The Best Bermuda Grass Seed of 2022
Bermuda grass is a popular choice for turfgrass applications, and an abundant lawn starts with the right Bermuda gras...
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The Best Soil for Jade Plants of 2022
The jade plant, Crassula ovata, is often referred to as a money plant because it’s believed to bring prosperity to an...
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The Best Grass Seed for Overseeding of 2022
The best grass seed for overseeding a lawn will depend on the existing type of grass, the prevailing climate, and the...
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The Best Tall Fescue Grass Seeds for a Lawn That Will Turn Heads
One of the most popular grass types, tall fescue, which is native to the European continent, was first brought to the...
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The Best Kentucky Bluegrass Seeds for a Beautiful, Lush Lawn
Kentucky bluegrass—prized for its soft, low-growing habit—is best suited to northern regions where summer temps do no...
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The Best Fertilizers for Centipede Grass to Ensure a Healthy Lawn
Slow growing and semi shade tolerant, centipede grass is known throughout the South as “the lazy man’s grass. ” It th...
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The Best Grass for Sandy Soil to Ensure a Lush Lawn
A lush green lawn isn’t just nice to look at; it also slows down water and soil runoff, reducing the effects of erosi...
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The Best Fertilizers for St. Augustine Grass of 2022
A favorite in warm coastal regions due to its ability to tolerate salt, high humidity, and toasty temperatures, St. A...
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Hydroseeding: Is it Right for Your Lawn?
The process of hydroseeding is garnering attention from homeowners who want a new approach to a beautiful lawn, espec...
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The Best Potting Soil Mixes of 2022
Unlike soil amendments that mix into natural soil for gardening, potting soil is an all-in-one mixture for container ...
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The Best Grass Seed of 2022
Many homeowners dream of a lush, green carpet of grass upon which their children and pets can frolic. Growing a lawn ...
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Solved! Does Grass Seed Go Bad?
Q: I purchased two bags of grass seed last spring, and I am finally getting around to using them. However, one of the...
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The Best Fertilizers for Tomatoes of 2022
Sweet, juicy homegrown tomatoes are the epitome of backyard garden produce, and they don’t happen by accident. It tak...
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Solved! Do Seeds Expire?
Q: Do seeds expire? I have many flower and vegetable seed packets dating back several years and don’t know if I shoul...
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5 Simple Steps to Overseeding a Lawn
A full, green lawn creates curb appeal and makes you feel like sipping an iced tea on the back patio. But if bare spo...
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10 Houseplants That Thrive Where Others Die
If you have a history of killing houseplants, don’t give up! We have the right plant for you.
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The Best Lawn Fertilizers of 2022
Whoever said, “The grass is always greener on the other side” probably wasn’t using the right stuff. When it comes to...
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The Best Fertilizers of 2022
Garden plants need nutrients to grow and remain healthy. Adequate soil fertility is as important to plants as a healt...
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12 Secrets for a Successful Indoor Garden
Nothing tastes better than freshly picked herbs, vegetables, and fruit, but you don’t need a large yard or the perfec...
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8 Top Tips for How to Use Compost
Composting is great for your garden and the environment. Instead of dumping vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, grass c...
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Solved! How Long Does Grass Take to Grow?
Q: I recently had work done in my yard that left a large area of bare soil. If I reseed the area, how long does it ta...
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Why Planting a Victory Garden This Year Is More Important Than Ever
Occasionally, an idea comes along that is so great it lives on from generation to generation. The victory garden is o...
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How To: Grow Fresh Produce from Your Leftover Groceries
Don't toss your scraps into the trash. Learn how you can grow fresh produce from your leftovers and cuttings.
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5 Things to Know About Succession Planting
If you’d love a steady supply of fresh vegetables, the tried-and-true farming practice of succession planting could f...
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Solved! Why Are My Succulents Dying?
Q: I thought I’d finally found a plant I couldn’t kill, but the small collection of succulents I arranged in my livin...
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7 Signs Your Tree is Dying—and How to Save It
A sick tree may be saved, but a dead tree can pose a risk your home and family. Look for these symptoms to determine the health of your tree.
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The Dos and Don’ts of Mulching the Garden
Mulch is any material laid over the surface of the soil to retain moisture, suppress weeds, regulate temperature, and...
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5 Things to Know Before Forcing Bulbs
Although it sounds rather aggressive, forcing bulbs for flowering plants is a lovely way to bring pops of springtime ...
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Here’s How Building a Cold Frame Can Extend Your Gardening Season
A cold frame is one of the most valuable accessories for the northern or mountain gardener. With a cold frame, garden...
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8 Care Tips for Houseplants in Winter
Over the winter months, when your outdoor garden has little to boast about, the greenery inside your home lifts spiri...
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Solved! When—and How—to Repot a Plant
Q: When should I repot a plant? And how do I ensure success?A: Plants don’t stay little for long, especially if they ...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Planting Ground Cover
Bring beautiful color and texture to stubborn areas of your yard by strategically selecting and then properly planting the right ground cover.
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The Dos and Don'ts of Deadheading Flowers
Encourage beautiful blooms all summer long with this simple, essential pruning technique.
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10 Tips for Planning a Raised Garden Bed
Grow a bountiful garden without a lot of effort or space with these raised garden bed success secrets.
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The 9 Easiest Plants You Can Buy on Amazon
Gardening is meant to be a relaxing activity that connects you with nature as you beautify your yard—yet crowded nurseries and finicky flowers can make the hobby ...
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50 Plants That Thrive in Any Yard
With a pinch of effort and almost no upkeep, you can have the lush, beautiful garden of your dreams. The secret is to choose plant varieties that enjoy a little h...
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15 Good-Looking Ornamental Grasses to Spruce up Your Outdoors
Increase curb appeal and backyard beauty with any of these hardy, easy-to-grow ornamental grasses.
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Solved! The Best Time to Plant a Tree
Q: I’d like to plant some new trees to boost our home’s curb appeal. Will they survive if I plant in the fall, or sho...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Buying Plants Online
Visiting the local nursery is an annual rite of passage for avid gardeners and plant lovers who bask in the rows of s...
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All You Need to Know About Keyhole Gardening
Keyhole gardens, so named because they’re shaped like an old-fashioned skeleton-key lock, were developed to help folk...
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Solved! Does Using Epsom Salts in the Garden Actually Help?
Q: I have heard that Epsom salt can do everything from jumpstarting tomatoes to fertilizing garden shrubs. How do I k...
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6 Things to Know About Lawn Striping
Ever wondered how those striking stripes wound up on the turf of your favorite ballpark or golf course? They aren’t t...
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15 Tips for Growing Kitchen Herb Gardens
The use of fresh herbs can mean the difference between decent food and truly vibrant, delicious cuisine. But purchasi...
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Solved! 8 Flowers Sure to Bloom in Winter
Q: I’m dreading the coming winter months because my yard always looks so bare and brown when all the summer blooming ...
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All You Need to Know About Compost Tea
Even greenhorn green thumbs know that applying compost to soil helps plants fight erosion, pests, and disease. But we...
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Solved! Which Evergreens Grow the Fastest
Q: We just bought a house in a brand new development so our yard is pretty bare. We’d like to plant some fast-growing...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finding the Right Fertilizer
CM_BVNOTES-1742-2Listen to ORGANIC VS. SYNTHETIC FERTILIZERS or read below:Organic versus synthetic fertilizers—here’...
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How to Protect Plants From Frost
Unexpected early fall and late spring frosts—periods when outside temperatures go below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenhe...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Watering Plants
No matter what color your thumb, you likely already know that all plants need water to reach their full potential—aft...
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Solved! What to Do About Lawn Fungus
Q: My lawn was so lush and green last year but this year it’s full of unsightly brown patches that won’t green up no ...
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All You Need to Know About Starting Seeds Indoors
If you’re itching to get your garden going, don’t wait until the weather outdoors is agreeable—get a jump on the grow...
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Bob Vila Radio: This Is When You Should be Watering the Lawn
Drought conditions, combined with scorching summer temperatures, can make it hard to keep your lawn properly watered....
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Bob Vila Radio: Putting a Squash on Mushrooms
Unless you live in an area with drought conditions, rain usually supplies a good bit of moisture for our lawns. But t...
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Solved! What to Do About Brown Grass
Q: I started seeing brown patches on my lawn at the end of spring. They seem to have grown in size and number since t...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Secret Solution to Your Garden Pest Problem
If garden pests are bugging you, but you’d rather not nuke them with toxic chemicals, maybe you should give insectici...
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Solved! The Best Time to Plant Grass Seed
Q: I’d like to lay some grass seed this year, but I don’t want to get the timing wrong and create more work than nece...
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Solved! This Is the Best Time to Water Grass
Q: I notice neighbors’ sprinklers running at all hours of the day. What’s the best time to water grass, and how much ...
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How To: Transplant a Tree
Whether they’re deciduous or evergreen, shade or ornamental, trees add value and curb appeal to any property. But occ...
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All You Need to Know About Insecticidal Soap
Are aphids gnawing on the heirloom roses? Are spider mites munching on the tomato plants? If garden pests are bugging...
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All You Need to Know About Begonia Care
Prized for their prolific blooms in a rainbow of colors—from creamy white and soft pink to shades of deep rose and cr...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Poinsettia Care
During the holidays, nothing rivals the floral festivity of the season’s favorite plant: the always colorful poinsett...
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Solved! How to Get Rid of Mushrooms in the Lawn
Q: After every rain shower, I find mushrooms popping up all over the lawn. What can I do to get rid of them and keep ...
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How To: Propagate Succulents
Want to juice up your space, indoors and out, without spending a bundle? Think succulents! From the rosettes of Echev...
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How To: Stake a Tree
Many new trees do just fine on their own. In fact, the movement they experience from normal wind and weather helps th...
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How To: Make Mulch from Scratch
Treating your trees, garden, and landscaping beds to mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and arm plants...
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Don't Forget to Fertilize Your Lawn This Fall!
Autumn is generally seen as the season of winding down before winter dormancy. But when it comes to lawn care, fall i...
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How To: Repot a Plant
Even if you've never before tried to repot a plant, you can do it today without much trouble, probably in under 15 mi...
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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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How To: Prune a Tree
Sometimes a homeowner prunes a tree for aesthetic reasons, trying to keep the landscaping neat and tidy. Other times,...
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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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How To: Get Rid of Crabgrass
If you are one of the many homeowners who labor in pursuit of the perfect lawn, then you know what a menace crabgrass...
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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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How To: Aerate Your Lawn
It's not easy maintaining a lush carpet of green grass. We only see the blades on the lawn surface, but the health of...
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How To: Plant Grass Seed
Do you want to establish a new lawn or rescue a worse-for-wear patch on your property? The solution is, of course, to...
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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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Homemade Fertilizer Makes the Grass Always Greener
Spring is near, and for many that means coaxing the lawn back into shape. Growing grass can be frustrating and reward...
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What Would Bob Do? Removing a Tree Stump
I would like to remove a tree stump that is a couple of feet away from my house. It's starting to rot, and I'm afraid...
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How To: Plant a Shrub
 Here's how to properly plant a new shrub around your house. Mix one part peat moss with two parts top soil for high ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planting Fruit Trees
Do you dream of picking a crisp apple or juicy peach from a tree right in your own backyard? Planting a fruit tree ca...
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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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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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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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How To: Plant a Bush or Shrub
Available in countless varieties, bushes add depth and diversity to the landscape, whether they are fruit- or flower-...
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Laying Sod: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Lush Lawn 
Laying sod is a great way to have a lawn without the interminable wait for seeds to germinate and grow, but don’t kid...
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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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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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Top Tips for Transplanting Sod
It’s been about 18 months since we moved into our house, but only recently have we begun to landscape beyond the basi...
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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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How To: Plant a Tree
The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972 with a mission toward conservation and education. It’s the largest nonpr...
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Top Tips for Watering Your Lawn
Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to think about lawn maintenance again. Go ahead and tune up your mower and sta...
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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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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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Bob Vila Radio: Winterize Your Lawn
If you haven’t done it already, this is the time to winterize your yard!  Make a list of the things you need to do to...
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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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How to Dry Hydrangeas for Stunning Tabletop Displays
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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Composting 101: How to Put Kitchen and Yard Waste to Work in Your Garden
The best gardeners know the simple truth about compost: It’s better than fertilizer when it comes to providing a nutr...
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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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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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Air Plants: Growing Tillandsia
Air plants—or tillandsias—are one of my favorite indoor plants. I bought my first little pup about a year ago and sin...
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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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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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How To: Plant Bulbs in Fall
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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