Patio & Garden

  1. How to Install Landscape Edging

    Installing plastic edging around tree

    Edging your garden provides a functional and fashionable border that sets your planting space apart from the rest of your lawn. It also protects the garden against erosion, which is more than a mulched bed alone can do.

    When it comes to home gardens,

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  2. How to Care for Succulents, Indoors & Outdoors

    Collection of succulents growing indoors

    Succulents (plants like cacti and aloe) grow in warm, arid regions and so are commonly thought to be low-maintenance plants. While their water-storing properties allow them to survive in harsh conditions, they still require periodic care and attention,

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  3. What are "Good" Garden Bugs & How to Attract Them

    Ladybugs in garden of Forget-Me-Not flowers

    One of the best ways to grow a bountiful and beautiful garden is to recreate the natural relationship between fauna and flora that exists in the wild. By growing plants that attract beneficial insects, you can keep your garden healthy, thriving and balanced

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  4. Alternative Mulch Landscaping Ideas

    Rubber mulch on landscape fabric to prevent weeds

    Mulch is a vital tool in any home gardener’s shed. It retains moisture, insulates plant roots and reduces weed growth, all while enhancing the visual appeal of flowerbeds and other landscaping features. While many people rely on shredded wood or bark m

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  5. Get Ready to Grow: Plan Your Vegetable or Flower Garden

    Girl harvesting tomatoes from backyard garden

    Whether you are growing an herb, vegetable or flower garden, now is the time to decide what you want to plant, map out the size and look of your garden and select the plants that will grow best in the climate where you live. We’ll walk you through the s

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  6. How to Build a Backyard Bird Habitat

    Cardinal splashing in bird bath in lush garden

    If you're a bird lover and want to draw a diverse range of bird life to your yard, you'll need more than just a birdbath or bird feeder. You need to attract birds the way a natural habitat would.

    Creating a habitat for birds in your yard is not

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  7. 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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  8. How to Protect Your Trees in Winter

    Pine tree branch covered in frost in winter

    If you thought you wouldn't have to think about your trees until spring — much less care for them — you wouldn't be alone. However, trees should be nurtured and protected year-round to make sure that they stay healthy.

    Step 1: Keep Trees Cle

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  9. Winter's Coming: Prep Your Perennials for Next Spring

    Chrysanthemums in autumn frost

    Perennials are a fairly hassle-free way to enjoy colorful vegetation each year. Once they are planted, with the right care and attention, they come back every spring. As long as you put in a little work in the fall to prepare them for winter, they will

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  10. 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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  11. How to Protect Your Landscape from Road Salt

    Bushes by street covered in snow and salt

    It's the perennial winter tug-of-war: How do you make snow- and ice-covered walkways safe while protecting your landscape from harmful deicers and road salt? Salt and other ice-removal compounds can be very hard on the grass and shrubbery adjacent to

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  12. How to Get Rid of Fleas & Ticks on Dogs

    Dog receiving shower in soapy bathtub

    Fleas and ticks have long been the nemeses of domesticated dogs the world over. Not only are they an annoyance for your dog, their propensity for spreading disease can also be dangerous to the health of your pet. If your dog spends a lot of time indoors

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  13. Check Out These Gorgeous Window Boxes (Including My Own!)

    Flowers blooming in late summer window boxes

    Well it's been the weirdest summer, weather-wise, that I can remember in a long time. It started out absolutely GORGEOUS, with lower temps and humidity – it was fantastic. And then Mother Nature went into fits and mid-summer was full of intense drought a

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  14. Choose the Right Insect Repellent

    Spraying insect repellent on body outside

    Insects can put a damper on outdoor fun when they appear in large numbers. They can be more than a nuisance, though. Some, such as mosquitoes, also can carry disease and potentially cause infection and sickness when they bite. Insect repellents are a

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  15. How I Prepped My Flower Bulbs for Spring

    Bulbs planted in spring garden

    This time of year I start dreaming of the beauty of spring. The anticipation of being outdoors back in the garden really helps get me through the last bit of grey, dreary weather.

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  16. How to Reseed Your Lawn

    Lush lawn covered in frost

    After a long summer of hot weather your lawn can look tired and worn out. Heat, foot traffic, drought and pet damage take their toll. However, you can revive your lawn and prepare it for the coming cold months by fertilizing and reseeding. Come spring,

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  17. How to Get Rid of Ants: Inside and Out

    Ants crawling under door crack

    Ants are everywhere. And, for the most part, they're beneficial to the natural order of things. But when you experience an ant invasion and their numbers become too large in your yard, garden or home, they can become quite a nuisance. Keep the ant population

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  18. How to Get Rid of Rodents

    Mouse approaching cheese in trap

    Not only are rodents a source of aggravation for many homeowners, but they also spread disease. If they find a way into your home and find food or a place to nest and you don't take care of the problem, you can bet they'll visit more often and quite possibly

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  19. Control Weeds in Gravel and Paved Areas

    Weed sprouting from gravel landscaping

    Weeds are a common nuisance that can make your yard or flower beds look unkempt and uncared for. Unwanted plants also look bad growing out of cracks in sidewalks and driveways, and can bring down the entire appearance of your home.

    But, you don't

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  20. How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

    Clean white bed sheets free of bed bugs

    Bed bugs have made a resurgence in recent years and can be a serious nuisance in your home. Don’t panic. They are small and hard to see, but often leave telltale signs they’re around. Learn how to find bed bugs, get rid of them and prevent them from inf

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  21. Lawn Mowing 101: Tips to Do It Right

    Mowing tidy lawn and landscaping

    Mowing your yard correctly is the first step to a great-looking lawn. Even if you feel you’re handy with a mower, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on your skills. Here are some basic lawn care tips on how to mow and manicure a lush lawn that looks spectacular.

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  22. How to Can Fruits & Vegetables

    Canning tomatoes, onion, and basil from garden

    If you’re a gardener, you’ve probably found that each season you have an excess of produce that your family can’t possibly eat before it goes bad. Have you tried home canning your harvest? Canning fruits and vegetables can cut down on waste and provi

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  23. Water Conservation: How to Build a Rain Barrel

    Rain water draining from gutter to barrel

    Homeowners use a lot of water every year watering the lawn or garden, which means that a lot of water and money goes, as they say, down the drain. Installing a rainwater collection system at the end of your gutter downspouts controls excess surface water

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  24. How I Canned My Own Peach Jam

    Homemade canned jam with English muffin

    It’s summertime! One of my favorite things about this time of year is the abundance of fresh fruits in our local grocery stores and farmers' markets. Here in Georgia, the “peach state” sweet, plump peaches are readily available this time of year. It’s

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