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Delightful Tropical Plants You Can Grow Indoors

December 21st, 2011

Did you know that there are a number of tropical plants that can find a happy home indoors? Not only can they add a nice visual flair to your home, but according to the Smithsonian Gardens, indoor plants can do a lot to improve your quality of life. They naturally circulate air through themselves, which helps keep it clean. If you'd like to bring a bit of tropical flavor into...

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Three Essential Blooms to Have in Your Garden

December 13th, 2011

Have you got the insatiable itch to get out into the yard and do some gardening? Even though the cold weather is here, it's never too soon to start planning next year's garden. In fact, with a bit of foresight, you can be ready to go from the first nice day, guaranteeing that your garden is the most beautiful on the block. If you've never had a flower garden, you may be...

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How to Patch a Lawn

December 5th, 2011

Everyone enjoys a luscious lawn that is thick, soft and green. It's comfortable, appealing and can make your home look welcoming and well-maintained. The key to a fabulous lawn is plenty of care and upkeep, but sometimes, despite your best efforts, some parts of your lawn go bare. Whether you have a dog who goes to the bathroom in the same spot all the time or have simply...

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How to Make Your Own Fertilizer

December 1st, 2011

If you've recently begun gardening, you may be looking for a way to give your soil an extra nutritional boost. Doing so can yield brighter and healthier crops, and if you're growing vegetables, they'll taste much better. You can certainly buy fertilizer at the store, but you may want to consider composting at home. Not only will this save you money, but you'll be helping the...

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Tips for Training a Vine to Climb an Arbor or Pergola

November 28th, 2011

Oftentimes, flowering vines look best when they're trained to climb up structures like an arbor, pergola or trellis. The flowers will reach up to eye-level where they can be smelled and appreciated more. A sense of height in your garden is also good to have because it adds interest and a sense of permanence. Here's how to train your vines to climb, according to The Home Depot...

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How to Prune a Hedge

November 16th, 2011

Hedges are a great way to make your property a bit more private without having to resort to a fence. While they don't require much maintenance, pruning is necessary to keep them in shape and allow for the best growth. Here's how you should go about pruning your hedges, according to The Home Depot and the University of Minnesota. Reasons for pruning Pruning hedges can increase...

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Types of Roses

November 14th, 2011

If you're thinking about planting roses in your garden, it's important to look through the many different varieties out there to learn what type would be best for your area, climate and tastes. To get you started, here are a few of the most popular types of roses, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society and All-American Rose Selections (AARS). Hybrid Tea These...

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How to Plant a Tree

November 9th, 2011

Trees are one of the best additions to any yard and the investment can last a lifetime. Here are some tips from The Home Depot and TreeHelp.com to help you get the most out of your trees. The most important thing to keep in mind before you plant a tree is how big it's expected to grow, as this will affect where you put it. Most trees come with labels that tell you how wide...

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Planting Flower Bulbs - Storing Flower Bulbs

November 9th, 2011

Bone Meal and Flower Bulbs Bone meal was once considered the perfect fertilizer for flower bulbs. But like most everything else, we are learning more every day about flower bulbs. Bone meal is no longer recommended as a flower bulb fertilizer. The reason is that most of the bone meal available today has been overly processed and it generally does not have the...

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How to Take Care of Annuals

November 4th, 2011

Annuals are one of the easiest types of flowers to take care of, but that doesn't mean they don't require attention. There are plenty of annual flowers these days which will look colorful and healthy with the proper maintenance. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your annuals, according to The Home Depot and Gardeners.com. 1. Every plant needs good soil, and...

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