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Lawns & Gardens

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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Easy Organic Compost (Infographic)

Composting does a garden good---and organic, DIY is even better! Whether you live in the city, in the suburbs, or in the country---even a cold climate---composting can be easy. No matter the siz…

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Do Seed Bombs Really Work?

I feel terrible about saying this out loud, but it’s been bothering me for a VERY long time, and I finally just have to admit it: I kind of don’t think that seed bombs work. So, Seed Bomb 101 fo…

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How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Having a garden is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Tangible benefits can be gained from interacting directly with the natural world, including healing faster after an illness and improving kids’ cre…

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3 Lawn Alternatives for Low-Maintenance, Eco-Friendly Yards

A lush green lawn is lovely in theory, but in actual practice, it tends to be a major hassle. Mowing and weeding are just plain hard work, and the amount of water necessary to maintain a traditional l…

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