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Fixes for the Most Common Succulent Pests and Diseases

Succulents include a wide range of fleshy-leaved plants and cactuses. And considering that they’re nearly foolproof to grow, they’re an excellent choice for first-time gardeners. If your plant is looking less than healthy, succulent pests and diseases could be the problem. See our tips and how-tos to detect and remedy succulent problems, below. What are the most common succulent pests and diseases? Most common pests – Scale looks like a white cottony covering or tiny […]

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How to Find The Best Shower Curtain for Your Bath

A shower curtain may seem like an afterthought, but they serve an important purpose as well. Shower curtains protect the bathroom floor from wayward sprays and drips. Here we’ll cover how to find the best shower curtain for your bath. How does a shower curtain differ from a shower liner? A shower curtain hangs outside the tub. Although it does shield the area surrounding the tub from water somewhat, it is mainly used for decorative […]

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Winter in the Garden – How-tos for Cool Weather Garden Plants

Winter is an unusual time to think of vegetable gardening, but don’t put away your shovel just yet! Did you know there are still lots of options for the home gardener? See our tips and how-tos for cool weather garden plants and cold-hardy veggies. Winter signals a dramatic turn in the growing season. Plant growth suddenly ends, and vegetable plants wither with the first frost. But if you’re a gardener who grows winter crops, the […]

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Easy Succulents for Beginners and How-tos for Indoor Gardeners

Succulents are one of the most popular indoor plants. One look at Pinterest and you’ll see thousands of appealing photos of these native-to-southwest gems. Available in a wide variety of colors, textures, sizes, and shapes, easy succulents will add visual interest and a natural feel to most any style décor. They also look great as a single planting or grouped with other succulents. What are a few easy succulents for beginners to grow? These easy […]

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Helpful Holiday Tips for Taking Care of Poinsettias

The poinsettia with its beautiful bright red bracts and deep green leaves is the quintessential symbol of Christmas. Poinsettias are native to the warm, dry climates of the Southwest U.S. and Mexico. Read on for tips for taking care of poinsettias. Choosing the Perfect Poinsettia Poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima) with their colorful blooms are one of the most popular holiday plants. The flowers are not true flowers. They’re modified leaves called bracts. Below are things […]

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How to Choose the Best Christmas Tree for Your Home

When it comes to choosing a Christmas tree, most people reside in two camps. Those that insist on a real tree and those who prefer the convenience of a faux evergreen. If you are trying to decide between the two, here we’ll cover how to choose a Christmas tree that is right for you – whether your symbol of the season comes from a Christmas tree farm, big box store, or Amazon. Which fresh-cut Christmas […]

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Weather Stripping How-Tos for Doors and Windows

Do your windows rattle on a windy day? Do you feel a slight draft when you stand next to an exterior door? If so, your indoor air, either heated or cooled, is leaking outside. This can become an expensive problem that will show up on next month’s utility bill. Adequate weather stripping for doors and windows is essential. Worn or insufficient weather stripping is often the cause of chilly indoor drafts in the winter and […]

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How to Dry Flowers, Plus Dried Flower Décor Ideas for Fall

Whether it’s your treasured blooms from your favorite hydrangea bush or a gorgeous arrangement from a friend, drying flowers will preserve their beauty, and enhance your home’s decor. See below for three ways to dry flowers. And decorating ideas, too. First, determine if your flowers will dry well. The best blooms and greenery for drying include: Lavender Hydrangea Thistle Peony Yarrow Roses Chives Olive branches Baby’s breath Carnation Echinacea Globe amaranth Larkspur Lily Strawflower When […]

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Top 5 Gardening Tasks to Do Before the First Frost Arrives

When Indian summer fades into fall, it’s time to catch up on late-season gardening to-dos. Some gardening chores should be completed before the first frost arrives. Check out our five-point list of what to do in the garden before the first frost. When will the first frost arrive? The first frost or hard freeze to arrive will depend on where you live. In general, the estimated frost date will be earlier in the northern states, […]

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Transplanting Flowers in Fall – Tips and How-Tos

Fall is the ideal time to transplant spring and summer blooming perennials in the garden. It’s also a good time to divide plants that become crowded. Transplanting flowers is easy when you follow the tips and how-tos below. Plus, you’ll be rewarded with healthy, happy plants next spring. Why should I transplant? You may have garden plants that were once in the shade but are now in full sun. Your plants may be overgrowing the […]

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