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Successful Sod Installation Starts with the Right Prep

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 10, 2015

Even in mid-winter, you can still dream of spring ... and your hopes for a deep green, luxuriant lawn this year. If you'd like to get a head start on the gorgeous grass of your fantasies,...

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What to Do Now to Prepare Your Yard for the Hot Weather

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 29, 2014

Summer is coming … though it may seem a little hard to believe after an exceptionally cold winter! Take the time to get...

Potting up amaryllis and paperwhites for winter forcing.  Photo: Barb Rosen/Hometalk

December Garden Checklist

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 28, 2013

Hard to believe it, but yes, November is almost over, and it's time to start thinking about garden chores for December. While the weather may be ramping up, that doesn't mean you can...

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Your Guide to Green Lawn Care

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 25, 2013

There's nothing quite like a sweep of emerald-green lawn, is there? It's a beautiful thing to see, but unfortunately, lawns are often laden with toxic chemicals: harsh chemical fertilizers;...

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Push Reel Mowers Versus Rotary Mowers

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jun 26, 2013

Full disclosure: I own a Push Reel mower. I am a downright dirty earth-loving station wagon-driving, no wait, I mean bike-riding urban homesteading vegan. It’s true. So I’m...

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How To Light Fireworks At Home – Without Getting Dead

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jun 26, 2013

Okay so it’s a funny title, and hopefully it “hooked” you, but it’s really no laughing matter. Fireworks are fun and iconic and beautiful and thrilling and it’s...

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20 Plants That Will Take Over Your Yard

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jun 11, 2013

Some of the following plants are sold as ornamental plants. Some of them are native to one region, but are considered invasive in others. Some are just totally invasive imports. For...

Creeping thyme in my garden. --Erica

Awesome Edible Groundcovers

Posted by Erica Glasener | Aug 09, 2012

Groundcover plants serve a multitude of roles in the garden. They can control erosion, act as a living mulch, provide an alternative to lawns and in some cases they are the perfect...