Home Improvement Lawn & Garden Article Archive 2017-06-04T19:07:57+00:00

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Blue Swirl Glass Bird Bath

The beautiful Blue Swirl Glass Bird Bath is a fine piece of yard art that also provides a welcome watering spot for feathered friends.

Deluxe Log Carrier

Got firewood? There’s no better way to transport it from outdoors to the cozy indoor fireplace.

Grow The Perfect Kitchen Garden

Growing vegetables and herbs in an EarthBox® is easier than growing plants in the ground

Hampton Church Glass Lantern

Sometimes a modern rendition of classic styles and values is the perfect gift for the holiday season.

Bird Watching Gets Trendy

The AutoFeeder from Wingscapes is the world’s first programmable automatic bird feeder that enables you to determine how much seed to offer and when to dispense the seed.

Deluxe Large Gardening Bag

Size matters! This Deluxe Large Gardening Bag has an inner pocket with enough room for everything from seeds and bulbs to gloves and flower pots.

Cool Tools

Gardeners love tools that make it easier to dig in the dirt. No wonder the CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator is at the top of gardeners’ wish lists.

Logee’s Fairy Garden

Fairy Gardens appeal to the young and the young-at-heart, and this charming garden can grow almost anywhere indoors for a spot of whimsical greenery.

Children’s Gardening Set

Foster a child’s love of nature with this durable and colorful collection of gardening tools.

We Call This One A Beautiful Ramada!

With your own custom designed Ramada you can enjoy the experience of being outside without being exposed to the elements.

Pergolas With Styles As Unique As Their Owners

If you’ve had your eye on the outdoor living industry at all, you’ve no doubt seen a pergola or ten.

What We Can Learn About Paint Color From “Prettiest Painted Places in America(SM)”

The Paint Quality Institute, formed to educate the public about paints and coatings, periodically searches for the prettiest painted communities in America.

Plant A Fall Garden

Labor Day is behind us, but that doesn’t mean that you have to close down your garden for the year.

Lawn Mower Storage

As the season comes to a close and it is time to place your lawn mower into storage

Understanding the Need for Fire Rated Doors

No one knows how that door withstood the extreme temperatures and flames for so long, but that Therma-Tru door was the true hero of this catastrophe.

Early West Nile Virus Cases Prompt Mosquito Warnings

If cases of West Nile virus herald the arrival of the summer season, then summer has arrived with a vengeance in the USA.

Insect Line Protects Households And Landscapes Against Various Pest Issues

For more than 30 years, the Amdro® brand has been trusted by homeowners and professionals to eliminate a wide variety of pest problems.

Make Your Home And Landscape Less Susceptible To Pest

An essential aspect of landscape maintenance is insect control

Five Things Your Dad Was Wrong About

Your dad may have taught you well the basics of baseball and what’s under your car’s hood but did he get Yard Care 101 wrong?

Biological Mosquito Control Also Kills Fungus Gnats

Unusually warm weather has brought the earliest spring season in recent memory across much of the U.S.

Pleasure Time: Without The Blazing Sun

Ramadas, in kit form or fully assembled, are available and can be custom designed online to enhance any back yard, porch, pool or garden area.

An Historic And Romantic Pergola That Captures The Overall Mood Of Any Occasion

Whether your choice is our standard Pressure Treated Pine; Western Red Cedar; or Maintenance Free Vinyl; a new Pergola is going to change everything.

Soil Preparation For A Beautiful Lawn

There is no better time to enhance lawn’s ultimate beauty and success than by improving the soil before any planting takes place.

Eat, Drink And Be Merry With Your Own Poly-Wood Octagon Walk-In Picnic Table

Grab your family and friends, and your favorite barbecue, and enjoy a wonderful time outdoors with this Poly-Wood Octagon Walk-In Picnic Table.

Shed Light On Favorite And Exotic Plants With A Heavy Duty Extruded Aluminum Greenhouse

Transform your back or side yard into an early season propagation center for tender young annuals to fill your spring and summer gardens with hundreds of mature colorful flowers and plants that you’ve grown from seeds in your private greenhouse.

Pleasure Time: Relax A While In Your Own Rochester Rope Hammock

WA well-used hammock can become a person’s dearest friend.

Got Herbs?

Every great cook knows the importance of using fresh herbs, but not every great cook has room for an herb garden.

Expert Predicts The “Worst Mosquito Summer Ever”

Unusually warm weather has brought the earliest spring season in recent memory across much of the U.S.

Spring is Here, Site Preparation Steps for Lawn Installation

Proper site preparation and soil improvement, before any planting takes place, will make it easier for the grass roots to penetrate deeply and evenly.

New Cordless Trimmer Technology Provides 14” Cut With 4 Line Blades

Today’s string trimmers have become vital tools for outdoor residential and industrial landscape maintenance.

Bluestone Perennials Introduces Larger Plants Grown in Pots That Eliminate Transplant Shock

Bluestone Perennials became the first perennial nursery to completely banish the use of plastic growing pots.

Spotlight on Economic Benefits of Turfgrass

Turfgrass provides many economic benefits to homeowners, businesses and to the public in general.

Holiday Gifts For Home And Garden

Finding new and unusual holiday gifts and decor is always a challenge. After all, the tired old choices are not going to excite anyone in the iPad era.

New TimelapseCam Is Ideal For “Capturing Life In Fast Forward”

“TimelapseCam makes it easy to create short videos that show a complete project or event from beginning to end in seconds or minutes,”

Tips For Bringing Potted Plants Indoors

As the weather cools down, it’s time to examine your outdoor potted plants and decide which ones you want to bring indoors for the winter.

Get Your Compost Piles Into High Gear

As the gardening season winds down, it’s time for fall clean-up. Instead of sending dried leaves and other yard waste to the landfill, compost it!

Fall Frost Protection In Your Garden

As warm days begin to yield to cooler evenings, cool-weather vegetables (lettuce, spinach, etc.) and flowers begin to thrive. But many plants will need protection against cold nighttime weather.

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Environment Today, Oxygen and Turfgrass

Green plants take in carbon dioxide and water and use the energy from sunlight in photosynthesis, which produces carbohydrates for the plant to live off of and releases the true breath of life … pure oxygen.

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Fall—The Best Time To Rejuvenate Your Lawn

Fall has a greater impact than similar efforts in the spring or any other season for developing a great lawn throughout the year.

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How Turfgrass Affects The Environment

Scientific research has documented the many benefits of turfgrass to our environment.

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Prolong Outdoor Entertaining With An Enclosed Garden Structure

Installing an enclosed garden structure will provide a party-spot away from the house that is as versatile as the outdoor living space.

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Maintenance-Free Vinyl Pergolas Provide Year-Round Relaxation

Vinyl has answered the call for a building material that needs absolutely no upkeep!

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Autumn Is The Perfect Season For Outdoor Entertaining

Autumn offers many wonderful opportunities for outdoor entertaining.

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Breakthrough Cordless Chainsaw Power?Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before

Rather than buying a costly designer patio set or lounge chairs that will lose their luster by next season, invest in a new lighting scheme that will enhance your existing outdoor furniture and amenities.

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Summer Tips To Nurture Nature In Your Own Backyard

Having trees at home can bring a touch of nature to any yard, but homeowners need to know that sometimes nature has to be protected from itself.

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Protect Plants And Lawns From Fungal Diseases

Black spot, late blight, root rot, powdery mildew, turf dollar spot, rust, grey mold and other fungal diseases can damage and even kill garden plants and lawns.

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Natural Insect Killer

Are bugs bugging your garden plants? Mother Nature has a cure.

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A Cure For Green, Yucky Pond Water

A Floating Barley Straw Planter acts as a natural filter to keep the water in ponds clean and clear.

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Deep Drip Watering Stakes

Deep Drip Watering Stakes are the perfect way to get water down to plant roots.

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Why Hire An Arborist

Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care.

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Outdoor Lighting: Create An Outdoor Resort In Your Back Yard

Rather than buying a costly designer patio set or lounge chairs that will lose their luster by next season, invest in a new lighting scheme that will enhance your existing outdoor furniture and amenities.

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Durability And Low Maintenance Merge In Beautiful New Fiberon Pro-Tect™ Decking

Fiberon rounds out its line of highly durable, extremely low-maintenance alternative decking products with new Pro-Tect Decking

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Deck Staining Solutions – Tips From SHUR-LINE

SHUR-LINE Introduces New Line of Deck Staining Tools Designed to Provide Better Coverage and Reduce Project Time.

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Experts Predict “Mosquito Summer From Hell”

Top mosquito control experts are expecting the summer of 2011 to be the worst mosquito season in decades.

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Deck Staining Is Easy And Economical

Staining a deck is an inexpensive and relatively simple project that virtually anyone can do in a weekend.

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Feeney To Feature Their Innovative Trellis Products at the Independent Garden Center Show (IGC)

With today’s smaller living areas, garden space is often quite limited, and trellises are a great way for homeowners and businesses to expand their garden areas

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Gardening Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is June 19th, so there is still plenty of time to get Dad something that he will really love.

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Avoid Tree And Utility Conflict – Plan Ahead

Proper tree and site selection will provide trouble-free beauty and pleasure for years to come.

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Proper Mulching Techniques Key to Healthy Trees

Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a homeowner can do to keep trees healthy.

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Discover The Hidden World Of Backyard Birds

Audubon BirdCam takes high-resolution 5-megapixel digital photos that capture candid moments of the birds that visit your backyard in stunning, full-color detail.

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Kill Mosquitoes Naturally—Before They Become Biting Pests

Mother Nature has her own mosquito killer—it’s a naturally occurring bacterium called B.t.i.

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Plant An Organic Fruit Tree During National Arbor Month

In honor of National Arbor Month, www.naturehills.com is offering an exclusive line of Organic Heirloom Apple Trees.

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Supercharge Your String Trimmer with an Aero-Flex Universal Kit

The Aero-Flex Universal Kit replaces a standard trimmer’s monofilament line with a unique four-line blade cutting system.

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The Best New Home & Garden Products for 2011

Gardeners and homeowners are always looking for the newest and the coolest products, and this year offers a bumper crop.

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NatureHills.com Introduces Miss Jilene Hibiscus

New for national distribution in Spring 2011 is Miss Jilene Hibiscus, a truly remarkable variety of one of the most treasured flowering shrubs in the world.

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Get More Enjoyment and Use From Your Deck or Patio…

Just lower your SunSetter in less than a minute to get partial shade or full protection from sun, glare and rising temperatures.

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Your Lawn’s Ecosystem Services

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines ecosystem services as the many life-sustaining benefits we receive from nature.

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Keep A Casual Summer Cadence With Relaxed Porch Design

As the heat of summer sweeps the nation, porches and patios are quickly becoming vacation destinations for families and friends.

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Alfresco Dining Keeps Outdoor Entertaining Fresh

Take advantage of the budding flowers and take dinner parties outdoors for an alfresco dining experience.

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5 Tips For Creating Outdoor Spaces Suited To Young Families

Many homeowners are creating gathering spaces right in their own backyards, to provide a fun and at-home retreat.

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Gardens Transform To Fresh Air Living Spaces

Gardens have become chic entertaining venues, dining spaces and living areas.

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How Turfgrass Affects The Environment

Scientific research has documented the many benefits of turfgrass to our environment.

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Easy-to-use Timelapse PlantCam

Anyone interested in creating time-lapse video will love the easy-to-use Timelapse PlantCam.

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Outdoor Décor

Birdhouse, Birdfeeders and Decorative Mailboxes

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Long-Lasting Gifts For Children

Gifts that are useful, high quality, and long-lasting are usually the most enjoyed.

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Great Buys For The Family Grill Master

Getting grilling accessories for the family griller is always a fantastic gift.

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Unique Gifts For The Family Gardener

Get a great gift for the gardener in your life this season.

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Great Gifts For The Family Host And Entertainer

Outdoor Patio Dining, Buffet and Bar sets available from the CedarStore.com.

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Keep Christmas Trees Fresh And Green All Season Long

Vacation is an all-natural tree preservative that keeps fresh-cut Christmas trees looking green all season long.

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Setting the Scene: Put Your Outdoor Living Space in the Best Light

Curb appeal is essential, whether you are selling or buying a home, or giving a warm welcome to friends and family.

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Finding A Landscape Professional

A yard and garden upgrade is becoming as important to Americans as other popular home improvements.

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Prolong Outdoor Entertaining With An Enclosed Garden Structure

Installing an enclosed garden structure will provide a party-spot away from the house that is as versatile as the outdoor living space.

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Autumn Is The Perfect Season For Outdoor Entertaining

Autumn offers many wonderful opportunities for outdoor entertaining.

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Maintenance-Free Vinyl Pergolas Provide Year-Round Relaxation

Vinyl has answered the call for a building material that needs absolutely no upkeep!

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Creating A Rose Arbor

Start preparing your garden now for an arbor covered in rambling roses

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Backyard Ponds Add Value, Lift Spirits

Backyard water features, like ponds and waterfalls, go a long way toward adding monetary value to your home.

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Prepare Trees for Potentially Damaging Weather

High winds and violent rain in the spring and summer can present dangers to our trees and communities.

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Fall, The Best Time To Rejuvenate Your Lawn

Horticultural experts generally agree that proper lawn care in the Fall has greater impact than similar efforts in the Spring or any other season for rejuvenating a lawn throughout the year.

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Drought, Let Your Grass Go Dormant

Grasses have the ability to go dormant for differing lengths of time depending on their genetics and overall health.

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The Importance Of Curb Appeal

Few people will be eager to see your fabulous interior if they aren’t wowed by your curb appeal.

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Pergolas Offer Versatility And Style

A pergola, or a large arbor with enough room under it for a living space, is absolutely the newest and most popular garden structure used for defining outdoor living areas.

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Outdoor Living Takes The Design World By Storm

Homeowners are now vying for a new space to be revamped to perfection.

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Ceiling Fans Transition To Outdoor Use

Modern technology has allowed ceiling fans to transition for use outdoors.

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Gazebos Redefine Their Image

As outdoor living spaces catapult to the top of the list of rooms homeowners are looking to revitalize, gazebos have redefined their image.

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Garden Bridges Give Landscapes A Lift

DesignerBridges.com features both garden bridges and pedestrian trail bridges in a multitude of styles that can be customized to fit your needs.

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Lightweight Drainage System And Filler For Pots Helps Ensure Healthy Plants

Packing Pearls are extra-large polystyrene balls that can be placed at the bottom of large containers.

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How To Turn Your Home Into A Sanctuary With Carefree-Maintenance Outdoor Products

How about a vinyl deck that starts in the garden and climbs toward the treetops?

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Before Installing New Fencing, Get The Lay Of The Land

Royal Outdoor Products offers a complete package of vinyl deck, fencing, railing systems, columns and full trim which can be custom configured to suit all style applications.

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Homeowners Find Adding Water Adds Value

One of the best ways to enhance your landscape and the visual appeal to your home is to install a water feature, such as a fish or wildlife pond.

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The Grow Chamber From Logee’s Is A Mini Greenhouse

The Grow Chamber provides over 18 square feet of covered growing space for plants.

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Timelapse PlantCam And Audubon BirdCam

Timelapse PlantCam And Audubon BirdCam Offer Exciting New Ways to Enjoy Backyard Nature.

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How To Create Your Own Stunning, Customized And Hand-Crafted Gazebo, On A Budget

Gazebos, today’s most popular outdoor garden structures, became a kind of status symbol around the mid 1930’s, and the “quiet place to retreat from household chaos,” has gained momentum in all the years since.

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Big Bridges, Little Bridges, Covered, Durable, And Long-Lasting, Designer Bridges—To Go

Whether for providing access from one side of a creek or stream to the other, adding an architectural flair, or creating a unique garden design; backyard or landscape bridges have the capacity to make your property a showplace.

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Escape To Natural Beauty And Quiet, With A Sunroom

Sunrooms, always popular for botanical pursuits, healthy quiet time, and guest quarters; are fitting right into 21st century life styles…

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Stylish Sheds Offer Modern Storage Solutions

The storage shed has a long history throughout modern times. Archaeological studies of ancient societies’ sheds have produced some of the greatest insights into earlier modes of living…

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Don’t Throw Away That “Green” Shower Curtain!

The handiest recycle job in my house is a neatly folded, forest green vinyl shower curtain …

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LawnScape – Plan Now For Next Spring

When it comes to a healthy lawn, now’s the time to plan ahead for next spring. A good fall clean-up, like removing fallen leaves, branches and other debris from your lawn can make a world of difference in your turf come next spring.

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Responsibly Managed Lawns Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The Carbon Footprint of a Lawn- a new study conducted by Dr. Ranajit (Ron) Sahu, an independent environmental and energy expert and university instructor, shows that responsibly managed lawns sequester, or store, significant amounts of carbon, captur …

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Mow Your Leaves For A Healthier Lawn

One of the biggest chores in a lawn is tree leaf removal. People will do whatever it takes—raking, blowing or vacuuming–to get–those leaves off the lawn.

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Create an Eco-friendly Rain Garden in Your Backyard

As the green movement has infiltrated the home improvement sector, companies are continually developing more products and projects for you to “green” your home.

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Insects And Disease Prey On Stressed Trees

Sufficient water, light, and a proper balance of nutrients greatly influence plant health. Too much or too little of any of these environmental conditions may cause plant stress …

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Winter Tree Care Tips For Homeowners

Winter brings frigid temperatures, icy winds, and plenty of snow. Just as people battle Mother Nature at this time of the year, so do trees, with one major exception: trees can’t avoid exposure to the elements.

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Fight The Bite! Avoid Mosquito Bites to Avoid Infection

When dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry.

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Top 10 Plants For Dazzling Container Gardens

Looking for a quick way to spruce up your home’s curb appeal or create the outdoor living room in the backyard that you’ve always dreamt about?

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The Environmentally Proper Way To Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizer acts as vitamins for your lawn. Using too much is harmful. Using too little—when needed—can result in poor health and susceptibility to diseases.

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Drought? … Let Your Grass Go Dormant

It seems that every year we experience a period of drought or heat that adversely affects the grass in our yards. Our regionally adapted grasses are prepared for this onslaught.

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Get Your Kicks

During the past 25 years or so, the little Mantis Tiller/Cultivator has become the world’s most popular mini-tiller with more than a million sold.

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That’s A Huge Cabbage!

When Eva Dickenson’s 3rd grade class decided to participate in a national cabbage growing contest, Eva’s father knew exactly how he could help.

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Plant Of The Month

If you are looking for colorful flowers for a container all summer long, try Hibiscus Stolen Kiss.

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Summertime Is Mosquito Time

Millions of biting, disease-carrying mosquitoes are buzzing around backyards, parks and neighborhoods this summer. You can reduce your chances of getting bitten by mosquito pests

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Are Lawns a Waste Of Time and Money

Turfgrass is more than just an eye-appealing, home lawn feature. It’s essential to parks and playgrounds, golf courses and sports fields and to improve commercial property.

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Enhance Your Backyard Enjoyment: Just Add Water

Installing a water feature to your backyard is a great way to create instant aesthetic value to any setting. Options abound for the do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowner.

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First Aid Procedures For Trees

The trail of damages after a major storm truly reveals the power of Mother Nature, and the remains can be devastating, especially for trees.

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Tips To Nurture Nature In Your Backyard

Is something bugging you? More importantly, with summer approaching, is something bugging your trees? If you don’t know, it’s time to find out—take a look around your yard …

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Add Value To Your Home With A Backyard Water Feature

As the housing market slump continues, homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes stand out and increase resale value without spending their life savings.

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Imagine A World Without Natural Grass

Imagine a world barren of natural grass; a world where today’s front lawns and backyards are no more.

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Lawns, Water And The Environment

People who want to maintain a beautiful and environmentally friendly landscape and conserve water can now turn to the book, “Water Right: Conserving Our Water, Preserving Our Environment.”

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Just Say “Yes” to Play Sets

If you’re a parent, your kids may be asking for a play set for the backyard. Kids are always asking – or begging – for things that they see, on television or elsewhere, and you have to decide whether or not they’re good for them.

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Consumers’ Most “FAQ” About Lawn Care Answered by Turfgrass Research Specialists

From growing grass in the shade, to eliminating broadleaf weeds, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to maintaining a beautiful lawn that continues to add value to your home.

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Remodeling With Trees Can Have An Environmental Impact

When you are considering remodeling, don’t just focus on the inside. Remodel your landscape as well. Besides increasing your property value, a landscape that includes trees will also increase the quality of the environment in which you live.

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Making The Best Tree Selection For Planting

Selection of the right tree for your property is one of the most important investment decisions that a home owner makes when landscaping a new home or replacing a tree lost to damage or disease.

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Plant of The Month: Musa ‘Dwarf Lady Finger’

If you’ve ever wanted to grow bananas—real, edible bananas—in a pot on your patio or balcony, Musa ‘Dwarf Lady Finger’ is for you. This new banana plant only needs to get five feet tall, which is about as good as it gets

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“Green” Lawnmower is Hot

Mantis, the company that makes the world’s most popular mini-tiller, has another hit on its hands. The new Mantis Cordless Reel Mower, introduced earlier this year, is selling like proverbial hotcakes. The Mantis Reel Mower is powered by a 24-volt

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Cool Weather Slowed Spring Gardening Season

The “on again, off again” spring season, which featured late season snowstorms in the Northeast and Midwest and cool weather throughout much of the country, resulted in a slow start to the 2007 gardening season.

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You Don’t Need Chemical Pesticides To Kill Mosquitoes

Summer is primetime for outdoor activities, and it’s also the time that millions of American homeowners roll out the pesticides and spray enough chemicals to kill every insect that ventures into their yards.

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Beauty of Ornamental Iron Fencing in Maintenance-Free Aluminum

Jerith Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia, PA has created an ornamental fence that is fabricated from aluminum, yet has the traditional look of wrought iron.

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Keep Houseplants Happy And Free Of Pests

When whiteflies, aphids, spider mites, mealy bugs, scale or even hard-to-kill fungus gnats attack, keep your favorite houseplants healthy and happy with an environmentally responsible horticultural spray oil.

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Logee’s Miracle Fruit Featured on The Martha Stewart Show

The miracle is in the berry; once you’ve eaten it, anything sour eaten afterwards tastes incredibly sweet–including sour lemons and limes.

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Perrenial Plant Focus: Oenothera fremontii ‘Shimmer’ (Freemont’s Evening Primrose)

This new drought-tolerant evening primrose cultivar has extremely narrow foliage and prolific 3-inch-wide lemon-yellow flowers.

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Mantis Extended Reach Pruner

Early spring is a great time to prune dead branches off trees and shrubs. It’s also a great time to thin out overgrown trees, because it is much easier to see the structure of a tree’s branches

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All Hail ‘King Harry’

A new potato variety called ‘King Harry,’ developed by Cornell University and field tested by Wood Prairie Farm, is resistant to the pests that bother Irish potatoes.

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New Garden Products Win 2007 MGA Green Thumb Awards

A total of 10 new gardening products have won 2007 MGA Green Thumb Awards presented by the Mailorder Gardening Association.

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Low Voltage Lighting Products Brighten Yards And Gardens

Low voltage lighting is one of the easiest, most economical ways to make your home, yard, garden or deck more attractive. Whether you enjoy sitting on your deck during a beautiful summer evening or highlighting your newly landscaped yard for guests, low voltage outdoor lighting adds a new dimension to any location.

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Adopt A School Garden Program

The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that Ames True Temper is making a generous donation to National Gardening Association’s Adopt a School Garden Program as its way of honoring National Garden Month® 2007.

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Tree Care Tips: Common Myths And Misconceptions

Most homeowners treasure the trees on their property, but very few seem to know how to care for their trees properly. In fact, much of what you’ve heard about tree care is probably incorrect.

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Protect Your Investment, Hire An Arborist

An arborist is a professional who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining trees. Why hire an arborist? Proper tree care is an investment which can lead to substantial returns. Well cared for trees are not only attractive but will also add value to your property, while poorly maintained trees end up being a liability.

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Wood Arbors And Gateways Stage A Strong Revival

From the earliest days of settlement in New England, European immigrants brought with them to America their beloved climbing roses, honeysuckle and berry vines and also their trellis and arbors.

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Underground Lawn Sprinklers Almost A Cinch To Install

With some careful planning and a weekend of time, underground lawn sprinklers can become any homeowner’s asset.

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Arbor And Trellis Designs: Plan Before You Buy

Arbors and trellises make a timeless, attractive contribution to almost any garden, but it pays to plan ahead when purchasing an arbor or a trellis to make your gardening life a little easier and more enjoyable in the years to come.

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Organic Weed Prevention Products

It can take hours of backbreaking labor to clear your lawn or garden of weeds. Of course, you could use traditional chemical herbicides but then you risk causing chemical burns to your expensive plants, or worse, exposing your family and pets to toxic chemicals.

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Drought Tolerant Lawn Grasses

Turfgrass research scientists have proven it is not only possible but environmentally responsible to create a healthy, drought tolerant lawn that can survive dry seasons without wasting water!

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Prevent Or Eliminate Crabgrass In Your Lawn

Crabgrass is such a persistent problem that many homeowners think this weed is impossible to prevent or eliminate in their lawns. In fact, crabgrass is actually a warm season annual, which means that every crabgrass plant in your lawn dies as cold weather sets in each year.

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Garden Design Ideas

When it comes to designing an attractive flower garden, creativity should rule the day. All too often, the beauty of nature’s floral gift is lost to man’s propensity for straight lines and symmetry.

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Soil Balanced Fertilizer Provides A Total Solution

Soil conditions can vary dramatically from region to region and even from backyard to backyard in the same neighborhood. Unfortunately, packaged fertilizers often assume that every plot of garden soil needs exactly the same nutrients.

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New Flowering Perennials Add Pizzazz To Garden

There’s nothing like new flowering perennials to add “pizzazz” to a tired garden, according to David Salman, president and chief horticulturist of High Country Gardens.

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Landscaping With Clay Pavers: Beyond The Brick Path

Typically associated with traditional, formal landscaping and scenic drives through the many historic districts of our nation, landscaping with clay pavers is, increasingly, the choice of homeowners looking to add a bit of timeless beauty to their landscapes.

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Building A Trellis: Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space With A Western Red Cedar Trellis

Trellises have been adding character and elegance to outdoor living spaces for years. Better yet, these stylish wooden structures are practical projects that bring everyday elegance to your yard or garden–and can be built in a single weekend.Home Improvement Ideas and Articles Separator

Zoysia Grass Uses Less Water And Can Cut Your Lawn Watering Bills In Half

Zoysia grass is a tough, spreading turfgrass that grows into a permanent, perennial lawn that never needs reseeding. Unlike cool-season turfgrasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue and perennial ryegrass, zoysia grass is a warm-season grass that thrives in summer heat.

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Outdoor Plumbing Makes A Comeback

Outdoor water spigots provide extra convenience for a wide range of home maintenance, lawn care and entertainment tasks. And fortunately, installing new exterior water service around your home is not as difficult as you might think.

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Brick Industry Association Offers Technical Notes And Guidelines For Landscape Architects

Landscape architects must carefully balance their creativity against the constraints of federal, state and local building codes. The Brick Industry Association, a national trade group representing the clay brick industry, offers a variety of technical documents to help landscape architects understand these requirements.

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Unique Gifts For The Gardeners On Your List

Let’s face it, nobody ever puts socks and fruitcakes on their holiday “wish lists.” So where can you find interesting gifts that are as fun to buy as they are to receive?

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Winter Gardening Tips

Because it always provides “something to do,” gardening can be a year-round activity. And if you can’t think of any gardening tasks for the winter months, here are some tips to get you going.

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Lawn Aeration Benefits Run Deep

Aerating your lawn is one of the most important things you can do to keep your lawn healthy and attractive. According to the Lawn Institute, the aerification process reduces thatch build-up in your lawn and opens passageways for air, water and nutrients to reach grass roots.

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Clay Brick Paver Information Resources Available From The Brick Industry Association

Whether you’re a homeowner, contractor or city planner, clay pavers offer durability, strength and value. Read this article to learn how the Brick Industry Association’s online information resources can help you plan a paver project to make best use of this popular product.

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Landscaping For Energy Savings

With consumers looking for effective ways to take control of their energy costs, an often over-looked opportunity can be found in landscaping.

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Fall: The Best Time To Rejuvenate Your Lawn

Horticultural experts generally agree that proper lawn care in the Fall has greater impact than similar efforts in the Spring or any other season for rejuvenating a lawn throughout the year.

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CedarStore.com Produces First Cedar Hurricane Gazebo

Coastal residents will again be able to include gazebos in their backyard.

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From Bench To Desk To Picnic Table … They Are All Maintenance Free

Looking for an eye-catching comfortable bench to use in the backyard? Or an outdoor desk? Or even a picnic table with bench seating? You can have them all with the unique new Multi-Bench — and, best of all, you’ll never have to worry about painting …

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Before Installing New Fencing, Get The Lay Of The Land

We rely on fences to serve an array of different purposes. They keep children and pets safe, offer privacy from nosy neighbors, transform yards into outdoor entertainment centers, and add beauty and value to property.

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Brick Industry Association’s Clay Paving Web Site: Helps Homeowners To Enhance Value And Appearance Of Their Homes

The Brick Industry Association invites you to visit its site which is dedicated to assisting homeowners interested in enhancing the value and aesthetics of their houses through the use of genuine clay pavers

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2006 MGA Green Thumb Awards Given To 10 New Gardening Products

Five new plant varieties and five new gardening products have won 2006 MGA Green Thumb Awards presented by the Mailorder Gardening Association.

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Rich Clay Color Now Available For CertainTeed’s Bufftech Imperial Semi-Private Fence

CertainTeed Corporation expands design options in its Bufftech Imperial semi-private fence line with the addition of Clay to its color palette.

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Stamp Out Grubs!

If your lawn looks brown (even though it’s getting plenty of water) and its roots can be easily pulled out of the ground, blame it on lawn grubs.

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Plant A Garden Anywhere

Want to grow tomatoes but don’t have a garden plot? The Garden Patch Planter is the perfect way to grow full size tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables on a patio, balcony or any sunny area.

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It’s Easy To Grow Greens

One of the great joys of having a garden is being able to enjoy freshly picked salad greens.

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New DVD Features Colorful Waterwise Plants

David Salman of High Country Gardens, is one of the nation’s top experts on xeriscaping and waterwise garden plants. Now Salman has made much of his hands-on knowledge about waterwise gardening easily accessible with the release of a DVD video …

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It’s Easy To Attract Hummingbirds And Butterflies To Your Garden

With just a little bit of planning, you can attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.

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New SOLO Chest-Mounted Spreader Is Ideal For Irregular Terrain

You can spread a larger variety of materials over a hilly, irregular plot of land more conveniently than a wheeled spreader with the new Solo model 421S chest mounted manual spreader from SOLO, Inc.

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Grow Your Own Potatoes And Veggies For A Wholesome, Tasty Treat

The Organic Potato Blossom Festival and a new line of Organic Garden Seed are among the new offerings found in the 2006 Wood Prairie Farm mailorder catalog and website.

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High Country Gardens Introduces New Plants For 2006

For Spring 2006, High Country Gardens continues its tradition of introducing unique new plants to American gardeners. The new offerings in the 2006 High Country Gardens mailorder catalog include …

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The Safe Way To Kill Mosquitoes Before They Bite

As the weather warms up, mosquitoes become an annoying part of the outdoor landscape. Homeowners looking for a safe, nontoxic way to control pesky, disease-spreading mosquitoes can use Mosquito Dunks …

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Mantis Electric Tiller Is Featured On NBC’s ‘Today Show’

The Mantis Electric Tiller was chosen as one of the best gardening tools for seniors by Jim Miller, “Savvy Senior” correspondent for NBC’s ‘Today Show.’

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New Extended Reach Power Tools Make Landscape Jobs Easier

Homeowners who maintain their own yards are always trimming a little here and pruning a little there. But every year hedges grow larger, shrubs get bigger and trees grow taller, so sometimes it’s tough to reach up to the branches that need to be trimmed.

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The Easy Way To Grow Bigger, Tastier Tomatoes

If you want to grow tomatoes that are big and beautiful enough to win a blue ribbon at the State Fair, you may need to give Mother Nature a little help.

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Plant Of The Month

The beauty and unflinching performance in harsh conditions will make Stachys inflata (Shrubby Lamb’s Ear) a favorite in your garden.

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Are Wasps And Yellowjackets ‘Bugging’ You?

You’re all set to enjoy lunch on your lovely back patio when wasps discover your food and decide to crash your party. To control wasps and yellowjackets that become pests in the summer when foraging for food, try a Garden Solutions Wasp Trap.

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Horticultural Oil Suffocates And Repels Insects Without Dangerous Chemicals

Horticultural oils have been used for years to control insect pests and mites on dormant trees and woody ornamental shrubs.

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Garden Info Is Just A Click Away

Looking for information about gardening, garden catalogs and gardening websites? You’re only a click or two away.

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Grow A Xeric Aroma Garden

Preplanned gardens are all the rage because they combine an assortment of plants with similar growing needs and the pleasing-to-the-eye design skills of a professional landscaper. The Xeric Aroma Garden grows to create a living potpourri by bringing …

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A ‘Designer’ Zucchini

Backyard gardeners know how prolific zucchini plants can be. Sometimes zucchini plants produce so many of the delicious veggies that it’s hard to give them all away.

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All-Natural Lawn Fertilizer

Get your lawn off to its best start ever with all-natural fertilizer that not only produces turfgrass with a rich, green color but also improves the soil structure for a healthy lawn all year long.

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One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato–Four

Potatoes are often overlooked as a backyard gardening crop because it’s hard to find interesting seed potato varieties at garden centers.

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How To Get More Mileage From Your Lawn And Landscape

How enthusiastic are you about giving your lawn and landscape a spring tune-up? According to Den Gardner, executive director of Project EverGreen, it’s a lot easier to get excited when you consider all the benefits it can bring.

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A Container Garden “To Die For”

Container gardening is more popular than ever, and container plant selection is getting more and more sophisticated. Three stunning plant varieties make the Guardian Gate Collection a dramatic container showpiece.

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Keep Trunk Clean With A Box Tidy

Gardeners are always visiting plant nurseries and bringing home more plants than they need. Unfortunately, plant containers can be wet and dirty, and they can really make a mess when they tip over in the trunk or in the back of the SUV.

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Survey Says

According to the 2006 Early Spring Gardening Trends survey released by the Garden Writers Association Foundation, 52% of American households plan to purchase most of their spring plants at mass merchants and D-I-Y stores, while garden centers and loc …

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Kill Pests Without Using Harsh Chemicals

Year-Round Spray Oil is new lightweight horticultural oil that effectively controls pests on even the most sensitive plants such as roses, impatiens, philodendrons and ferns. It can be used any time during the year because it won’t harm plant buds, …

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Delightful Delphinium

If you love delphiniums you’re going to love Delphinium ‘New Zealand Doubles Mixed.’ New for 2006, ‘New Zealand Doubles Mixed’ is the first double-flowered mixture ever offered from seed.

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Mantis Launches New Home and Garden Products Website

Mantis, known best for its original mini-tiller, has added a wide variety of products to its offerings over the years.

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Instant, Foolproof Lawn Repairs With Turfgrass Sod

A patch of dead grass, even a small one, in an otherwise acceptable lawn can be an eyesore and a source of constant and consistent aggravation, unless you know how to fix it right and fast, the first time.

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U.S.A. Brings A Lot To The Picnic Table

One of the greatest social events ever dreamed up, a picnic is a combination of food, family, friends, recreation, entertainment, and merriment. At the first sign of spring, people begin firing up their grills and taking their meals outdoors, and the …

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Front Porch Swings Are Always In Style

The porch has been a part of our dwellings since prehistoric times, when overhanging rocks were used for shelter.

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Go For The Gusto–Get A Gazebo!

Fanciful or formal, fun or functional, the gazebo has come a long way since its origin as a roof-top structure …

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Drab Garden? Get Over It With A Bridge

Garden bridges can be traced to the earliest civilizations, where they decorated landscapes from the stately grounds of ancient Roman and Greek aristocracy, to the exotic water gardens of Japan and China.

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Pride In Your Lawn Reflects Good Environmental Stewardship

You take pride in your lawn, investing considerable time and effort to maintain it. You know it increases your property value and that its aesthetic appeal reflects on you as a homeowner.

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Lawns, Water And The Environment

People who want to maintain a beautiful and environmentally friendly landscape and conserve water can now turn to the book, “Water Right: Conserving Our Water, Preserving Our Environment.”

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High Quality Wood Lattice Provides Easy Outdoor Elegance

One of the easiest ways to add a touch of elegance, a note of class, or a decorative feeling to a yard or outdoor living area is to integrate lattice in your landscape. With its airy classic look, lattice provides an ideal backdrop for foilage and flowers, whether you’re entertaining or just relaxing with the family.

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