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8 Easy Steps to Grow and Care for Amaryllis

What is better than FRESH flowers for your home? Not much. With the Christmas season around the corner, Amaryllis are a great holiday plant to decorate with. Amaryllis are easy to care for, produce gorgeous flowers for winter interest, and come in a variety of colors.

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Caring for Paperwhites

Paper whites can be grown in shallow bowls with no drainage holes but to create the most impact, use a clear bowl with loose gravel or stones. Paperwhites are also great to show in clear vases!

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7 Steps to the Best Shaped Artificial Christmas Tree

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to think about decorating with a tree. With its many advantages, an artificial tree may be the perfect choice for you.

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Plants for Screening

A natural solution to block a view is doing so with plants. Greenery provides a soft look without the harshness of a fence or other structure.

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Harvesting & Storing Vegetables

Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in high quality, nutritious produce that will store well if conditions are right.

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5 Tips for Overseeding Your Lawn this Fall

August through September is the BEST time to over-seed a lawn. Warm soil and cool temperatures at night make the perfect growing conditions. Here are 5 expert tips on doing it right!

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How to Avoid or Control Tomato Blight

To most people, tomato blight refers to a number of specific diseases that can attack tomato plants. These diseases are usually soil-borne.

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Grow the Best Tomatoes

A good tomato is hard to forget. You know you’ve hit the jackpot in that first, juicy bite. All tomatoes have the potential to be great and some extra attention now will pay off big time come harvest. Set the stage for a stellar performance by this year’s crops with these tips.

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Get Rid of Moles, Voles & Holes in Your Lawn

Have you ever stepped on your lawn only to find that the ground was soft and almost looks like you have tunnels running through it?

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Deer-Resistant Plants

Nothing is more frustrating than having the plants in your landscape being eaten by hungry deer. Bear in mind that no plant is completely deer-proof. If deer are hungry and they’ve exhausted all the desirable food in the area, they may look to your yard.

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5 Tips for Preparing Soil for Spring

You may not think there’s much to do in your lawn and garden this time of year while you’re waiting to roll out the lawn mower for the first time, but there’s several things you can do right now to get your garden off to a great start. To ensure a great season with more colorful flowers, tasty crops and a healthy thick lawn, check off these jobs below.

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Bird Feeding 101

Question: Is all bird food is created equal?

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Let's Talk Taters - Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes

One of the most popular vegetables in the home garden is the potato. Potatoes purchased at supermarkets may have been treated to prevent sprouting. For quality, high yields and best results, use certified seed potatoes.

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Plant a Veggie Garden

SITE - Choose a location that will get as much sunlight as possible. Six or more hours of direct sun is needed for ideal growing.

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Groundcovers 101

Groundcover plants are an effective solution for tough areas where other plants (or even grass) struggle to grow. Groundcovers are known to spread over time and “fill in” thin or bare areas, providing dense cover.

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How to Care for Roses

Roses can bring you many years of beautiful blooms with a little care and maintenance.

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Hardy Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses are HOT, as people recognize their beauty in the landscape. Most ornamental grasses are very tolerant of heat and drought and will grow in areas where other plants fail.

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Quick Tips for Growing Onions

The question on purchasing and planting onions is: what to plant. The onion plant, the onion set or the onion seed? Why not plant some of all three? They all have a different purpose, and all have a place in your garden.

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6 Tips for Maintaining a Beautiful Lawn

1. Sharpen the blade.

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Tips for Successful Spring Grass Seeding

Whether renovating or starting a new lawn, preparing your lawn for seeding is one of the most important, yet most overlooked steps.

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