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Lawns & Gardens

7 Natural Wonders You Haven’t Heard Of

We all know about the Grand Canyon and Mount Everest. Sure, they're spectacular, but there are plenty of other places on this planet that are just as spectacular but don't get the recognition they des…

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4 Ways Ants are Good for You and Your Garden

There are over 12,000 named species of ants and at least double that many that remain to be discovered. And while we may not like them inside our house, ants serve a number of useful functions. Accord…

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How to Create a Rain Barrel

Even though rain barrels are pretty much all the same concept, each one tends to be put together in its own way. This is my rain barrel. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. It’s ma…

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The Ultimate Lawn Care Guide (Infographic)

Lawn care sounds simple enough, but unsightly brown grass and shrunken flower beds can pop up in even the most well cared-for front yard. If you're not in a drought-stricken area, learn some gardening…

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Best Non-Gasoline Powered Lawn Mower Options

Gasoline powered lawn mowers may be powerful. But they're also a big source of air pollution. For each hour of operation, says the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, "one gas-powered lawn mowe…

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If You Don’t Have a Rain Barrel, You’re Losing Water and Money

Rain barrels have been popping up all over my neighborhood lately. I live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., and water is expensive here. It can also be scarce in the summer, especially in t…

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5 Chemicals in Lawn Fertilizer You Want To Avoid

Lawn chemicals are designed to kill weeds and bugs. But they can harm people, too, which is why so many communities are banning or minimizing their use. According to BeyondPesticides.org, suburban law…

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How to Create a Pollinator Oasis Right at Home

Did you know that about one-third of the world’s food crop production relies on pollination? Perhaps due to this connection, the plight of pollinators (bees in particular) has recently become highl…

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How Not to Spread Invasive Pests

When hungry insects decide to travel to new areas, they can devastate crops and trees and upset native ecosystems. And we humans often inadvertently provide transportation for these hungry pests. …

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8 Beloved Flowers for Every Soil Type

Flowers grew everywhere in my childhood. My late grandmother lived in the country surrounded by a wild profusion of flowering plants. And my mother loved to garden (still does, as a matter of fact!). …

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