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  1. 7 Tips to Prep Your House & Yard for Spring
    Spring flower bud sprouting from soil in early spring

    Now that winter has come and gone, it’s time to stop hibernating and start enjoying the outdoors again. Kick off the warm season by tackling some spring cleanup outside your house. Be sure to click on the Project Shopping List to stock up on everything y

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  2. 4 Tips for Organic Lawn Care
    Kids laying in healthy green grass

    Homeowners spend quite a bit of time and money in the quest for a beautiful, lush green lawn. While chemical fertilizers and pesticides are often the go-to products for greener pastures, using them too much can be detrimental to your soil and the surrounding

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  3. How to Install a Sprinkler System
    Sprinkler system watering lawn

    With the turn of a knob, an underground sprinkler system can efficiently and evenly water your lawn. It's not a project for inexperienced DIYers, but installing a sprinkler system is something a handy homeowner can do to keep the lawn looking its best.

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  4. How to Kill Crabgrass (And Keep It from Coming Back)
    Crabgrass growing in lawn

    Crabgrass is the bane of many lawn-loving homeowners. Not only does it muss the appearance of a perfect parcel of grass, it can also take it over, competing with grass for the water and nutrients it needs. Don’t give up your turf to this common invader.

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  5. 4 Types of Lawn Damage (And How to Fix Them)
    Dead spots in grass on damaged lawn

    Your lawn takes a beating, season to season, from winter-weather salt damage, insects, rodents and birds, family pets, weeds and thatch. While there's not much you can do to prevent damage once it's been done, you can make repairs to get your lawn looking

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  6. How to Fertilize Your Lawn
    Spreading fertilizer on healthy lawn

    If you don’t regularly fertilize your lawn, you should. Fertilizer keeps grass healthy and green, and helps prevent weed growth. And, a vibrant lawn makes the rest of your home’s exterior look more appealing.

    Choose a Fertilizer

    Adding

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  7. How to Dethatch and Aerate Your Lawn
    Dethatching lawn with thatching rake

    As fall fades into winter, it's time to combat two common lawn enemies: thatch and soil compaction. Thatch is the buildup of dead organic matter and, along with compacted soil, it can prevent your lawn's roots from getting enough water and air. Dethatching

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  8. How to Trim Trees & Bushes
    Trimming hedges with shears

    Cutting back tree and hedge growth keeps plants healthy, fosters growth and makes for a more attractive landscape. To get the best results, you should first understand the whys, whens and hows of trimming foliage for best results. Keep reading to learn

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  9. String Trimmer Maintenance & Safety
    Well-maintained string trimmer or weed wacker

    String trimmers, also known as “weed wackers,” “weed eaters,” “weed whips” and a host of other names, are essential lawn tools and should be as big a part of a lawn care arsenal as a lawnmower. While the lawnmower usually does most of the heavy lifti

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  10. How to Build & Plant a Raised Garden Bed
    Raised garden beds built with wood

    Raised-bed gardens are a great way to grow vegetables and maximize gardening space almost anywhere in your yard. They are ideal for planting a garden in areas where soil is of poor quality, experiences poor drainage or is compacted. They are easy to weed,

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  11. How to Plant a Hedge
    Planting juniper shrub as hedge

    Hedges add year-round beauty to your landscaping and they can provide natural privacy fencing, wind buffering, and a safe haven for wildlife. Planting and maintaining hedges properly takes some preparation and know-how, but with the following instructions,

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  12. Design Your Own Landscape
    Diagram of backyard landscape design

    If you want your landscape to look like something out of a magazine, start by mapping out ideas for your yard now so you're ready for planting when it's warm enough.

    Step 1: Know What You Want

    Before putting anything on paper, think

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  13. How to Patch & Repair Bare Spots in Your Lawn
    Grass seed growing in lawn

    Whether your yard is bald and bare, or the grass looks thin, one thing is certain — patchy lawns look terrible. Until automatic, self-repairing lawns are invented, the next best thing is quick and easy bare spot repair. Keep reading to find out how t

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  14. How to Stripe Your Lawn Like a Pro
    Tidy lawn mower stripes

    You keep your lawn healthy and well-manicured but you can take it to the next level by mowing stripes into your yard. If you want your grass to have the professionally trimmed look of a baseball field or golf course, follow the steps below and make your

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  15. Install a Paver Patio and Solar Lights
    Paver patio edged with lights

    Installing a paver patio for outdoor entertaining and family R&R is a great addition to any backyard. Paver stones are available in a number of colors, shapes and sizes to complement your home's exterior. Also, adding solar lights around your paver

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  16. How To Remove a Tree Stump
    Tree stump to be removed from yard

    Tree stumps are often left in the ground for a reason — they can be very difficult to remove. Removing a tree stump is not as impossible as it seems though. In fact, with the right advice and tools, you can do the job yourself. Here are a few ways to g

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  17. Herb Ground Cover: Easy Mulch Alternative
    Front garden ground cover

    If you're seeking an alternative to mulching your garden beds while simultaneously growing herbs for fragrance or cooking, then look no further than planting herb ground cover. Ground cover works much the same way as mulch: It is a low-maintenance way

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  18. Organize Your Garden with Plant Markers & Signs
    Hand-made plant signs for vegetable garden

    Winter may not be the time to be outside gardening, but it is a good time to be indoors completing a do-it-yourself project that will help you organize your garden when the weather breaks.

    Making plant markers can help you plan your garden by

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  19. How to Clean a Bird Feeder
    Goldfinch on clean bird feeder filled with seeds

    You’ve made your backyard the place to be for local birds by installing a bird feeder or two. If you don’t keep the feeders clean though, you risk causing the spread of disease and illness amongst the bird population your family enjoys watching. Keep bir

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  20. How to Build a Retaining Wall
    Stone retaining wall in landscape

    A retaining wall is a functional and fashionable way to create a level area on a slope for a flower garden or to prevent erosion on a sloped landscape. Building and installing one is a great do-it-yourself project that can turn a previously unused hill

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  21. Backyard Privacy Ideas
    Backyard privacy fence and landscaping
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  22. Too Cold to Garden? How to Start Seeds Indoors for Spring
    Seedlings growing in plastic potting containers

    While it may be cold outside, you can still enjoy your love of gardening by starting seeds inside your home in preparation for the warm weather ahead. Keep reading to find out how to grow seeds indoors, when to start and what you’ll need.

    Step 1

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  23. How to Repot Your Plant
    Repotting house plant in new pot and soil

    Does it seem like your houseplants look "sick and tired"? It might be time to repot them, a simple DIY project you can do in an afternoon.

    When to Repot a Houseplant

    Over time, your potted plants' soil loses essential nutrients and the

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  24. How to Care for Poinsettias Year-Round
    Repotting poinsettias on deck

    Aside from a Christmas tree, nothing says “holidays” like poinsettias. A beloved holiday tradition both for decoration and gift giving, poinsettias also make attractive indoor plants all year long. You don’t have to throw them out with your tree when

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