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10 Simple Steps to Greener Gardening

10 Simple Steps to Greener Gardening

The best gardening is done by working with nature, not against. As a gardener you can make a positive impact on the environment, helping nature in its time of need. Here are ten simple, yet effective, tips for an eco-friendly garden.
Flowering Tropical Plants for Your Patio

Flowering Tropical Plants for Your Patio

Grow these exotic flowering plants in containers for your next outdoor gathering or garden party. They can transform any deck, patio or balcony into an instant tropical paradise.
Plants to Attract Dragonflies for Natural Mosquito Control

Plants to Attract Dragonflies for Natural Mosquito Control

Dragonflies love to eat mosquitoes and can get through 100 or more per day. Grow these plants to attract more of the beautiful insect hunters into your garden and help keep mosquito numbers under control.
When and How to Prune Hydrangeas

When and How to Prune Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas come in different forms and, not surprisingly, have different needs when it comes to pruning them. We have tips for trimming bigleaf, climbing, smooth and hardy hydrangeas.
7 Simple Lawn Mower Safety Tips

7 Simple Lawn Mower Safety Tips

Whether you find mowing the lawn a boring chore or a relaxing pastime, it’s important to do it safely. Here are seven simple, but essential, lawn mower safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
Outdoor Wedding Ideas

Outdoor Wedding Ideas

Here’s how to throw an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception. We have tips for simple decorations, home-cooked food and rustic-chic place cards.
9 Methods to Control Insect Pests

9 Methods to Control Insect Pests

Are bothersome bugs ruining your outdoor fun? Insects can be annoying when you are trying to enjoy time spent outside. Here are nine tips for keeping unwelcome insects away from your yard.
How to Grow Hibiscus in a Pot

How to Grow Hibiscus in a Pot

The exotic flowers of the hibiscus plant make it a landscape favorite, but these beauties also do well as potted plants. Inside or outside, potted hibiscus are a great choice for a sunny space indoors or out on a deck, balcony or patio.
Pests and Diseases of Cucumbers

Pests and Diseases of Cucumbers

Cucumbers are generally easy to grow, but there are some things that can ruin your harvest. We’ll show you how to identify and treat common insects and diseases that affect cucumber plants.
How and Why to Deadhead Flowers

How and Why to Deadhead Flowers

Deadheading is one of those small things you can do that will yield big results in your flower gardens and planters. Our FAQ on deadheading will give you all you need to get started on this essential maintenance practice today.
When to Harvest Garden Vegetables

When to Harvest Garden Vegetables

Learn when and how to harvest twenty of your vegetable garden favorites.
4 Tricks for Hiding Utility Boxes

4 Tricks for Hiding Utility Boxes

A stark metal transformer box in the middle of your lawn or an ugly cable hook up hanging off the side of your house can wreck an otherwise serene landscape plan. But it doesn’t have to.
Best Way to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

Best Way to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

Whether you’re growing fruits and vegetables yourself, picking them up from the farmers’ market or buying them at the grocery store, wash them. We have tips for washing fruits and veggies correctly, so they are safe to eat.
Keep Chipmunks Out of Your Garden

Keep Chipmunks Out of Your Garden

Chipmunks, though cute, can wreak havoc on your yard by digging holes and eating plants. Find out how to keep these pests away, humanely.
Secrets to Growing Beautiful Begonias

Secrets to Growing Beautiful Begonias

With a few tips, anyone can grow beautiful begonias. When mixed with plants of similar growing requirements, you can create eye-catching flower beds with continuous color.
5 Tips to Max Out Your Summer Tomato Harvest

5 Tips to Max Out Your Summer Tomato Harvest

Here are easy tips and tricks that will help your tomato plants produce more fruit. These tips include pruning sucker branches, mixing varieties for staggered production and using the paper bag ripening trick to get an extra harvest at the end of the season.
How to Grow Happy and Healthy Camellias

How to Grow Happy and Healthy Camellias

Camellias have been popular in the southeastern United States since before the Civil War and were beloved in Victorian England. Learn what it takes to keep these classic beauties looking their best.
Stake Your Flowers to Keep Them from Falling Over

Stake Your Flowers to Keep Them from Falling Over

Supportive stakes or “cages” can improve the appearance of plants with tall flower stems or exceptionally heavy blooms. They’re simple to install and enhance the beauty of your garden by keeping your plants upright.
Tropical Plants with Really Big Leaves

Tropical Plants with Really Big Leaves

The huge green leaves of the banana trees, philodendrons, cannas and more are the signature element of our favorite lush tropical landscapes.
Edible Plants for the Flower Garden

Edible Plants for the Flower Garden

Learn all about edible plants you can add to your flower garden. They look good enough to eat and taste good enough to eat!
Gardening in Raised Beds: Benefits and Drawbacks

Gardening in Raised Beds: Benefits and Drawbacks

Raised garden beds offer many advantages to the home gardener. But they do need a one-time investment in building materials, time, and effort. This article will help you decide if the benefits make it worthwhile for you.
Turn Your Garden into a Wildlife Habitat

Turn Your Garden into a Wildlife Habitat

Just about any outdoor space can become a sustainable food source and safe living area for wildlife. With the right plants and planning, you can encourage all sorts of birds, frogs, small animals, and beneficial insects to visit your yard.
Reasons to Plant a Living Privacy Screen

Reasons to Plant a Living Privacy Screen

Living fences are a great alternative to traditional fencing! Wood and metal fencing can be expensive and don’t necessarily provide privacy. Learn about the advantages of using shrubs to surround your property or create private outdoor living spaces.
4 Plants with Colorful Leaves for Pots

4 Plants with Colorful Leaves for Pots

Create a vibrant scene to decorate your doorway or porch! Combine bold-colored leaves from tropical plants in containers.
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Frost Map with Dates

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