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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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Fall Tree Care Tips – How to Prep Your Trees for Winter’s Freeze

Autumn is the best time to prepare your trees for the chilly months ahead and to take steps to ensure healthy growth next spring. Pruning dead and diseased branches, mulching, and fertilizing are all essential. Follow our fall tree care how-tos and your trees will be healthy and happy during their long winter’s nap. Why is autumn tree care essential? Trees undergo a certain amount of stress during the hot, summer months. As the weather […]

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Enjoy the Changing Seasons with These Popular Fall Patio Decorating Ideas

Leaves turn brilliant colors of orange and red. There’s a noticeable chill in the morning air. Aside from an occasional Indian summer day, fall is here! But don’t pack away your summer trappings just yet.  Continue to enjoy your patio, deck or outdoor space with these cozy fall patio decorating ideas. Backyard Fireplace Options Add fun and warmth to backyard family time with a crackling fire. Several outdoor fireplace selections are available including chimineas and […]

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All About Planting Spring Blooming Bulbs in Fall

Bright and beautiful tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are welcome cues of spring’s arrival. But to enjoy their lovely blooms, it requires a little planning ahead as spring flowering bulbs should be planted the previous fall. Cool fall weather allows time for the bulbs to winter over, producing cheerful flowers the following spring. Below are hints and how to’s on planting spring blooming bulbs in fall. Spring flowering bulbs can be purchased at garden or home […]

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